Ascham-the natural choice for country girls

If there’s a city boarding school that truly provides country girls with a sense of home and belonging, it’s Ascham. Home to generations of country boarders for over a century, Ascham understands rural families.

With three quarters of the School’s boarders hailing from country NSW, the students are in great company—the camaraderie evident among the boarders contributes significantly to their happiness and wellbeing away from home.

Set on 4.4ha of land, Ascham sits at the juncture of the city and Eastern Suburbs. Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach and the CBD are all within a stone’s throw. Yet the boarders wake to a chorus of kookaburras every morning, feed and fetch the eggs from the resident chooks, and take turns walking and playing with the boarding house dogs, Coco and Meg.

‘When you’re at boarding school you really miss the small things from home, like feeding the chooks and playing with the dogs,’ says Lily Aveyard, a Year 7 boarder from Tullamore in Central West NSW. ‘Having the animals here at school reminds me of home, and I get to do the things that I love.’

Lily is fortunate to have her older cousin, Molly Aveyard, also boarding at Ascham. ‘Molly and all her friends are really kind and thoughtful. They have made settling in to boarding at Ascham so much easier.’

Because the majority of Ascham boarders are from rural NSW, firm friendships are established early amongst the country girls. ‘I like living with all the other girls in Year 7 in Raine House,’ says Lily. ‘We have come to this new school and new city, and we are all boarding for the first time together. It’s nice to have others who I can relate to and who share similar family backgrounds. We like to talk about the farm and our animals at home.’

Working diligently at their studies during the week within Ascham’s unique academic system, the Dalton Plan, boarders get to enjoy some seriously fun downtime with the Boarders’ Weekend Activities Program. ‘The activities are amazing!’ says Lily. ‘We have so much fun and never get bored on the weekend. My favourites this term have been Luna Park, Wet’n’Wild, High Ropes at Taronga Zoo, a pizza-making masterclass, outdoor cinema, strike bowling and Zumba. They were a great way to make friends and explore Sydney.’

Built on the philosophy that a balance of hard work and relaxation produces happy, healthy, resilient young women, Ascham is the natural city home for country girls.

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