The last two years of School before going off to university or the wider world are ones you will remember for the rest of your life.
School goes by too quickly, which you learn in your last year it seems! In those two short years you will have finished School; and the close bonds of friendship you have made will last a lifetime.
Once you get to Sixth Form, School isn’t just a ‘9 - 6 day’; your day is much fuller than that, staying much later, working together on academic projects, taking part in the many different a rewarding enrichment activities,going for coffee or out for a nice dinner.
Sixth Form boarding gives you the freedom to be independent and plan your own working day. You are encouraged to establish study techniques which will prepare you for University. You also take a much greater level of responsibility for yourselves and others. Carefully monitored, you are given more freedom and learn how to balance your work schedules and your free time. In addition to outings offered to the whole school, you may go to Worcester and Birmingham in groups at the weekend. With the assistance of staff, you take
responsibility for dealing with your own finances, travel arrangements, appointments to see
the school Doctor and your personal laundry.
Going up to the Red Lion, Nero’s, the Theatre or to watch a movie are just a few of the privileges you enjoy in Sixth Form. With a later curfew and more responsibility given to you, you are able to go into town when you like in the evenings, creating a more sociable School life. There are events such as drinks and birthday cake once a month for all girls whose birthday it was in that month and weekly House Meetings with cake, bringing the whole House together. The joy of Sixth Form living is very much based on trust and respect.
“Spending 24 hours a day with each other means that we aren’t just friends, we are sisters and family; when we leave it will be very strange not having everyone around"
It would be wrong to say “Day Girls”, as you’ll spend more of your time in School than at home with your families, which rightly makes you Day Boarders. Coming in at 8.00am and sometimes leaving around 9.00 at night; lectures, movie nights and with drinks parties take up any spare moments in your busy life in the House. The preconception that there is a large difference between boarders and day students is simply not true at MSJ; you spend all your time together in the House and all the activities run by the House are open to all students.
As a Day Boarder you have your own room or share with another student within Poulton; providing you with a place to work, rest and often play depending on the amount of prep you have!
“One of the great things about ‘living’ in Poulton, as it were, is that you are never apart from your best friends.”
There is always someone who will be happy to watch your favourite TV programme with you or explain the last set piece of work if you are confused. The Sixth Form Houses for a Day Boarder are like having a second homes. Everyone loves to decorate their rooms with things like pictures from the fabulous Summer Ball or the trip to The Gambia, and it’s great to have a base from which you can develop both your academic and social life.
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