It has been a busy term for boarders at Knox Grammar, with an action-packed program of activities including excursions to help new boys adjust to life as a boarder and build new friendships.
This year, Knox has welcomed new boarders who hail from Parkes, Singleton, Singapore, Gerringong, Hong Kong, Grenfell, China, Hay, Mullaley, Coolah and many places in between.
"The best bit about being a boarder at Knox so far would be the new mates that I have made," new year 7 boarder Hamish Gibson, from Grenfell near Cowra, said.
"Living with them means we have a closer relationship, almost like brothers."
The best bit about being a boarder at Knox so far would be the new mates that I have madeYear 7 Knox boarder Hamish Gibson
Knox head of boarding Brian Sullivan said, "Starting as a boarder at a new school can be challenging for some boys.
"We have many programs and support structures to help the boys as they settle into life as a Knox boarder.
"One of our big focuses is keeping the boys busy and encouraging them to have a go at activities they've never tried before." Zac Bradford, from Nundle, competed on the Knox team at the Interschools Mountain Biking Competition at Thredbo.
"This term I have been really enjoying mountain biking," he said. "At Knox this year I am trying out AFL and wood tech and I am also involved with social justice."
Boarders at Knox have access to additional academic support, with teachers visiting the boarding house each evening to provide assistance with homework and run workshops.
"The staff have helped me with any subjects I am struggling with," Campbell Binnie, from Mirannie in the Hunter Valley, said.
"Geography is interesting to me because I live in the country and it is a big part of my future career plans. History is just awesome because my teacher, Mr Simes, is hilarious."
Hamish said, "Sport after prep would have to be one of my favourite activities at Knox so far.
"It's great to go and play touch with your mates just before bed."
"Some tips I have for starting boarding at Knox is making the most of it and having a go at everything.
"The opportunities are endless and you are bound to find many things that you enjoy.
Also, if you get homesick, just keep busy and focus on having fun with your mates."
More information at knox.nsw.edu.au.