About Boarding

Small and supportive, the Boarding School offers some unique advantages to its residents. Residence Dons are dynamic young women, many with teaching and coaching experience. Dons live in Boarding with the girls and are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Dons act as liaisons between parents and teachers, guidance counsellors and Wellness Centre staff to ensure that each girl receives the individualized care and support she needs in order to thrive at Havergal.

Each Boarder is a member of a group headed by a Don and two Junior Dons (senior students). These “families” create a homey atmosphere for Boarders. Dons are in daily contact with the Boarders and act as advisors, mentors, role models and leaders. They help Boarders with homework, lend an ear and supervise activities to ensure the girls enjoy their Boarding experience. To help Boarders feel comfortable and secure, we provide around-the-clock security, on-site professional healthcare, excellent food services and a warm, supportive and collaborative atmosphere.

At Havergal, you will develop your independence, self-reliance, confidence and leadership skills while receiving personalized attention and support. Living in residence allows boarding students to focus on their academic pursuits along with their social, emotional and physical wellbeing. With extended access to school resources such as the library, music rooms, theatre and Athletic Centre and the support of the Boarding and Wellness staff, Boarding students are well equipped to thrive holistically.

Leadership opportunities for Havergal’s Boarding students are plentiful. Senior Boarders in the leadership positions of Boarding Prefect, Head Junior Don and Junior Dons act as mentors for younger students. These positions enable the students to use and develop their leadership skills to make a difference both within the Boarding and broader school communities.