There is definitely still a place at MHS for boarding in the 21st century and we feel it actually works very well with today’s busy lifestyles. Above all, though, it’s fun to ‘stay over’ and it shows; it’s often children, not parents, who want to try boarding when they see how much their friends love it!
Our “flexi-Boarding” system allows children aged 8 and over to board between one and four nights each week (most boarders stay just one or two nights). This informal introduction to boarding certainly benefits children who go on to full boarding senior schools but we feel everyone can gain from the experiences offered.
Boarding reinforces the importance of friendship, consideration and co-operation; our Boarder’s Motto is “To live in Harmony”. The children are always near to a phone if they need to call home but are usually having too much fun!! Boarding activities include Bingo nights, ‘movie and popcorn’ evenings and we have even run our own hotly contested “MHS Factor” competition.
Dormitories have themes such as ‘cricket on the green’, ‘surf’s up’ and ‘daisies’ and are bright and homely. Our comfy Boarder’s Common Room, complete with flat screen TV, is the place to snuggle up on wet or chilly evenings. Caring staff and delicious food complete the ‘home from home’ feeling of boarding here (albeit with strictly enforced “lights out”!)