The journey in boarding commences prior to the start of the new school year. We have programmes to help pave the way and make the transition to boarding as smooth as possible.
All aBout Connections, or ABC@PLC for short, is a unique programmme designed specifically for our incoming boarders. It aims to help the students in making connections with each other, connections with teachers and connections with and through technology.
ABC@PLC begins before the start of the new school year. Each family that chooses to participate in ABC@PLC is given a laptop and it is through this valuable tool that those vital early relationships are established. The students connect to a teacher at the School to participate in scheduled learning experiences and also with other students who are new to boarding. It is through these networks that knowledge is developed and friendships are established.
We are thrilled with the success of ABC@PLC. Last year the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. One student said, “The start of the year was a lot more comfortable and relaxing – one less thing that I did not have to think about.” Another girl said, “I was so worried to leave Mum, but knew that I had people around to help and support me”. As a result of its success, ABC@PLC is now a very important part of our orientation process.
Best Buddies is a programme designed to give new boarders a helping hand throughout their transition into boarding. New boarders are assigned a buddy who is best suited to their individual interests and needs and who will endeavour always to have her best interests at heart.
Best Buddies also gives buddies from higher years opportunity to develop and nurture their leadership skills as well as their own interests. They will help their new boarder buddy to discover the best aspects of boarding, overcome the challenges, conquer their fears and ultimately become their best selves.