Boarding at Galaxy is at the center of the enriching education we provide. Students are given the space to be individuals, to explore interests and to develop new ideas, while simultaneously learning to live in a close community that requires them to respect and celebrate the differences of others. The boarding groups provide the ideal environment for students to develop the personal and interpersonal qualities they will need for life beyond school; integrity, creative, self-reliant, respectful responsibility for oneself and others, self-awareness, empathy, leadership, service and a good sense of humor.
To provide the best boarding experience, we believe that full, 24/7 boarding should mean just that and the dormitory are busy at weekends due to our commitment to this ethos.
At Galaxy, our Dorm-masters and supervisors understand the importance of open lines of communication between House and parent and spearhead the support that we provide to all students in all areas of their school life. Students are selected for positions of responsibility and are fundamental to the effective management and leadership of their Boarding House.
Students of all ages come together as a team to engage in activities that include; sport, outdoor and indoor, activities that help build a sense of team spirit.
Most meals are served centrally in the dining hall, which is just one way in which students can sustain friendship outside their group. Other avenues for this include the evening and weekend activities that provide students with a different and vital form of stimulus, allowing them to unwind and to grow in a safe and trusting atmosphere. Many of these activities, but not all, are provided in collaboration with a number of local communities.
There are many avenues of support and help available to the students, both within and beyond the boarding. Staff, both academic and support, and not just those with specific pastoral responsibility take a real interest in the wellbeing of all students at Galaxy. The school remains committed to providing an excellent education, alongside its support system. Of course, much of the care that happens is between the students themselves and this is one of the school’s main strengths.
The school welcomes students of different faith, cultures and values the diversity that brings to the community.
The boarding houses have their own common room furnished with easy chairs and tables suitable for board games and coffee cups. The students have a kettle, a toaster, conventional ovens, and microwave ovens. There is a refrigerator in each house. The school supplies fruits, coffee, tea, sugar, milk, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, salt and pepper to boarders, as well as cups and cutlery.
All houses have shower facilities with both hot and cold water. The fronts of doors are common domain and are not to be personalized. We only ask that there are no pictures that they may cause offence to fellow students or visitors. Each student is issued a key to his/her wardrobe.
Bed sheets and pillowcases (changed on a weekly basis), insect sprays, and toilet rolls are also provided. We aim to make borders feel at home in their boarding houses on campus.
The day starts at 5:00 a.m., when boarding staff wake up the students to prepare for school. Students are expected to leave the dormitory premises by 7:00a.m.- 07:40a.m. This is followed by breakfast, which is served from 7:00 a.m.- 07:40 a.m. Borders must leave the dining hall by 7:50a.m. From 7:50a.m. to 3:30pm. students are under guidance and supervision by academic staff. After class co-curricular activities like sports and a variety of games activities take place for relaxation and refreshment.
Our evening meal is served at 6:00pm. from Monday to Sunday, regardless of whether the following day is a public holiday.
The ‘Study Hall’ is an important place in the daily routine. It is used for doing homework and for general revision. It is a place where we guarantee a quiet and peaceful work environment. It is also an opportunity to receive academic support from the staff on duty, as well as members of the teaching staff who may assist in the evenings.
All students are expected to be present in the prep room and to be working with the assistance of the supervisors as well as from those who are better at some subjects than them. Thus, we strive to maintain an environment in residential areas that is conducive to study at all times.
Students are expected to go back to their rooms after preps. The living room is open between the end of preps and curfew. The time between curfew and lights out is time during which students prepare for bed. Each student is required to be in bed with lights out at 10:30pm. on weekdays and at 11:45pm. on weekends.