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Aquinas has a long and outstanding tradition in residential care. The College has carried on the tradition from CBC Perth in providing a home environment for boarding students.

Residential life for Aquinas boarders is caring, safe and comfortable. It is also vigorous and energetic – as you would expect with so many boys from vastly different backgrounds! Students from all over Western Australia, Australia and overseas come together during term time to create a truly vibrant community.

The three boarding houses – Gibney, Nunan, and Pinder Boor – give students the opportunity to develop a sense of identity and belonging, while still being a part of the broader school community. Each of the houses is made up of boys from Years 7 to 12.

Attending school as a boarder is, for many, their first experience of living away from home. Regardless, most students adapt very quickly and soon appreciate their new friendships. This rapid adaptation is facilitated through a strong sense of family and mutual support, fostered in every aspect of residential life.

Boarding offers special opportunities for young men to learn the values of sharing and respect, to have the time to know and appreciate other people from different backgrounds, and to mature and develop close friendships with their peers.

Lifelong friendships are developed by both boys and boarding families.