Confidence to dream
Where to send your child to school is a big decision for any parent. Never more so than if you’re considering boarding-based education for them.
Boys like Cranbrook School’s Head Prefect Tully O’Regan from
Fellow Year 12 boarding student Lachie Bible, from Trangie, also enthusiastically attests to the value of a Cranbrook education. He believes his scholarship to study at the school is paving the way for him to pursue truly transformative educational opportunities.
I wouldn’t be who I am if I hadn’t come to Cranbrook to board. The experience helps you mature at a rate that will help you in greater life.”
– Tully O’Regan
As Tully explains, boarding is like living with your best mates while being a big brother figure for the younger year groups.
“You don’t lose that sense of family structure you’d have if you were living at home, you still have that relationship with parent figures and school routine and boys who are like siblings.”
One of the key components to the boarding house is the housemasters and resident tutors. Members of the teaching and coaching staff, they monitor the boy’s wellbeing, support them 24/7 and form close bonds with the boys and their parents.
“The housemasters and tutors are like your parents. It’s personalised and you really have a cool relationship. They help you so much, keep you safe and take pride in raising you.”
Tully credits this partnership between his Scone based family, his housemasters and tutors and the boarding environment with giving him the confidence to dream and try anything.
“I wouldn’t be who I am if I hadn’t come to Cranbrook to board. The experience helps you mature at a rate that will help you in greater life.”
In Tully, that maturity is evident, admired and aspired to. A respected student leader who readily throws himself at any challenge – from the sporting field, to the stage and even completing the gruelling Kokoda Track – Tully says that boarding life has played a vital role in inspiring to seize the many varied opportunities before him.
“Kokoda was amazing and I loved every aspect of it. I feel that boarding life helped me with coping in a group with people aged 32 to 45 where I was far and away the youngest.”
Diverse, inclusive culture
Cranbrook’s two boarding houses – Rawson and Street House, are home to boarders from across NSW, Australia and the world.
“Being able to learn in class and from each other, discuss our lives and share problems together in a supportive environment at school is really special.”
Designed to enable the boys to integrate, share, live together as a family and form deep bonds, the Boarding Houses are places where the boys can work, learn, grow, have fun alongside their friends, build self-confidence and interpersonal skills.
“Being at Cranbrook has changed my life – the school is so friendly, everyone helps you out and there are great facilities.”
The school offers prospective students a range of scholarships, designed to recognise and support talent, further potential and a positive and generous approach to school life.
Lachie Bible is the first member of his family to stray far from the family property at Trangie to take up the opportunity to study at Cranbrook.
Encouraged by family friends to apply for a scholarship with the School, Lachie was awarded the prestigious Matt Street Scholarship and commenced boarding at the Cranbrook in Year 11.
“Being at Cranbrook has changed my life – the school is so friendly, everyone helps you out and there are great facilities.
“When I first got approached about coming to Cranbrook I’d heard nothing about the school, but I’m really glad I took up the opportunity.”
It’s a sentiment that Headmaster Nicholas Sampson enthusiastically agrees with, saying that the school recognises the value of its scholarship programme in expanding the educational horizons of many students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience a Cranbrook education.
Find out how your son can apply for a scholarship and join the Cranbrook boarding community.