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The world is on your doorstep with boarding at Wesley, Glen Waverley

Sending their 15-year-old daughter to boarding school in Melbourne was not something that Dale and Kylie Pendergast had ever seriously considered until Tilly herself suggested it.

‘We had heard really good things about Wesley College boarding from Meika King’s parents who we know through the girls’ involvement in cricket,’ said Tilly’s mother, Kylie.

Meika, a former boarder at Wesley College who graduated in 2021, was the first girl to play on the Wesley First XI boys cricket team and was the inaugural Learning in Residence (boarding) Captain and a Senior School Prefect.

‘Living in Stratford in the Gippsland region meant we were spending a lot of time each week driving Tilly to and from Melbourne for cricket training and matches, so it made a lot of sense to consider boarding at Wesley. Tilly loves being around people of all ages and the disconnection of the last two years was really hard, so we just thought, let’s give it a go!  And since starting this year in Year 10, she hasn’t looked back,’ said Kylie.

‘With the boarding residences situated within the Wesley College Glen Waverley Campus, it is amazing that Tilly can now walk straight from her bedroom to the classroom!’ adds Kylie.

Tilly explains; ‘I now have more time in my day for schoolwork, sport, social activities and sleep, and it’s a relief not to have to get up before dawn and go to bed after midnight. I feel really well looked after; the food, facilities and learning opportunities at Wesley are just fantastic!’

A talented all-rounder, Tilly is following closely in Meika’s footsteps and is currently playing in the Year 10 Boys cricket team at Wesley. She has just completed a successful season in the Victorian Girls U16 State team and has her sights firmly set on making the state team again next season.

‘Boarding isn’t something we had planned for our daughter but we, and more importantly Tilly, couldn’t be happier!' says Kylie.

Learning in Residence is a contemporary, innovative, student-centred boarding program for students in Years 9 to 12 and provides a safe ‘home away from home’ at Wesley’s Glen Waverley Campus.

Our custom-designed residential curriculum provides our boarders with structure to their evenings, weekends, social and leisure time as well as access to academic support, personal training, cultural integration and wellbeing programs. From the courses on offer to the architecture and location of our facility, everything is designed to support development at an individual level and complement our students learning experiences in the classroom.

Enrolments are now open for full-time and weekly boarding options. Scholarships are also available for rural and regional students (applications close 14 October).

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