At least 325 kilometres will be clocked up by Queensland’s largest boarding school as Rockhampton Grammar School boarders contribute to “Boarders Run Australia”, a national campaign by boarding students this week (14-20 May) to raise awareness of the benefits and opportunities that boarding provides.
Rockhampton Grammar students will join with residential students from all over Australia who plan to cover the equivalent distance of walking across the country, by each walking at least one kilometre in their School setting.
“National Boarding Week, an initiative of the Australian Boarding Schools Association, is an example of the deep feeling of ‘community’ that boarding instils,” explained Rockhampton Grammar School Director of Boarding, Mr Stewart Norford.
“Our boarders come to believe and then know deeply that they can challenge themselves individually whilst also doing things for the collective good,” added Mr Norford.
RGS students also have an option to participate in an additional marathon walk.
“We have students from all over the state who travel as many as 10 hours to live at School. It’s difficult to leave family at home, but boarders make a new family and find a second home at RGS,” said Mr Norford , adding that RGS’s international students travel as many as 7000 kilometres to relocate to School.
Pictured are: Students – from left to right – Walter Wilson (Banana Station), Lauren Neilson (Annandale Station, Nebo), Claire Delroy (Hydradeene, Jambin) and Jospeh Callanan (Clermont) share a love for boarding at The Rockhampton Grammar School. Credit: Rachael McDonald