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Boarding curriculum lays foundation for success

The boarding program at Wesley College Melbourne’s Learning in Residence facility seeks to nurture and develop the whole child, laying the foundation for success during their time at school and for life beyond it.


‘The final years of school are a time of considerable growth and development, and our goal is to ensure our boarders are fully supported across all domains. Through our Learning in Residence and wellbeing programs, the academic curriculum, and cocurricular experiences, Wesley helps to prepare students for success in their final years of school and life after graduation,’ Tom Giles, Head of Learning in Residence, said.

The residential curriculum offered after school and on weekends provides boarders with a range of programs that support their intellectual, social and physical development. Boarders have access to a structured evening program of academic extension including small group tutorials and individual learning assistance provided by academic tutors, experienced College teaching staff and mentors. Their curriculum also covers employment preparation and career coaching, life skills, community service, leadership, physical health and fitness and holistic wellbeing.

One aspect of the residential curriculum focuses explicitly on developing skills for the future, with students participating in certificate courses and workshops for resume writing, safe handling of food, First Aid, as well as swimming and driving skills.

Wesley weekend boarding activities‘Wesley has been amazing at supporting my academic goals, and Learning in Residence also has many different programs to help with developing study skills and other basic life skills, like budgeting or even learning to drive.’ Lara Rees, a Year 11 boarder from rural Victoria said. ‘My favourite activities so far have been going to the footy and indoor skydiving!’

Learning in Residence is a contemporary and innovative boarding program embedded within Wesley’s Glen Waverley Campus for boarders in Years 9-12. From the courses on offer to the architecture and location of the facility, everything is designed to support development at an individual level and complement 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 in September 2024).