Life in our Boarding House
Our boarding house is a ‘home away from home’ for the community of young people who live there—all Northfields students, aged between 13 and 18 years old.
Given that Mauritius has a multi-faceted expatriate community, most of our students, day or boarding, understand the challenges and opportunities of living in a new country, and support boarders as they adjust to living away from home. Our community is truly global, representing a diverse range of experiences, cultures and passions, and our boarders are provided with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of the school and our community.
An orientation programme, held the week prior to the start of classes each year is the first in a series of activities that welcomes new students in our boarding community. It fosters friendship and community spirit in the residential houses, and helps students adjust to a more ‘communal’ life. All students are allocated living and study spaces that they can personalise.
Our weekly routine helps our boarders strike a balance between academic and leisure pursuits, and enables them to engage fully in the learning programme offered at Northfields, as well as in boarding life.
Our boarders have a structured routine to help them maintain a healthy balance by ensuring they get enough sleep, have scheduled study times and manage their use of technology. Our goal is for boarders to learn to manage their time and grow in personal responsibility, preparing them for life after school.
There are also organised activities each week such as cultural evenings, discussions and movie nights. Many activities use the campus facilities. In any one week, boarders might participate in a house meeting, attend a music lesson or recital, perform on stage, debate a current affairs topic with their peers and play in a sports match—all in addition to their studies! There are also a host of recreational options in Mauritius which our boarders are also encouraged to explore on the weekends, including horse riding, kite surfing, scuba diving and golf.