Student & Family Support

We welcome parents to volunteer at The Hawthorne School!

Areas to Volunteer:

  • School Garden
  • Career Day
  • University/College Day
  • Family Nights
  • Dorm Parent

Tips to Ease the Transition to a New School

For Students:

It is very exciting to begin a new school not to mention a boarding school which can give you some anxiety. Know that being a boarding school student is setting you up for an exceptional education with valuable life lessons learned in and out of the classroom, discovering new levels of independence, and not to mention making lifelong friends and opportunities for success. These exciting new changes can be accompanied by natural challenges such as homesickness and nerves.

These 10 tips for boarding school will help prepare you to cope and overcome any barrier and find boarding school manageable and a place of happiness.

Bring Plenty of Clothing

You will need your uniform, but don’t forget to pack clothing for after school and pajamas as well as few special personal items to create your new familiar space. The more pieces of home you bring, the more settled you’ll immediately feel in your new residence. Bring your favorite item from home, framed family pictures, your journal, etc. This will allow for you to connect to what your loved ones back home.

Be Open Minded

You’ll encounter plenty of new things when you arrive in boarding school — these discoveries are a fun part of the process! But change also has a way of making us want to cling to what’s familiar. Embrace new ways of doing things, different teaching styles and the plethora of diverse faces around you — the more open-minded you are, the sooner you’ll grow to love your new school.

Maintain Good Hygiene

Establish good and healthy habits from the start. You may be used to having your parents take care of certain cleaning habits at home, but boarding school comes with new levels of independence and self-reliance. It’s time for you to take control and demonstrate your independence!

Connect with your Roommates

Living together bonds people in ways that few other things can. Make an effort to bond with your roommates. Be intentional about sharing meals together, do fun activities together and share your tips to survive boarding school. You’ll likely find you have plenty in common!

Use your Time Wisely

Boarding school will offer plenty of extracurricular opportunities to jump in to, from clubs and events to sports teams and theatre productions. Decide which ones you can afford to spend time on, and make wise decisions about balancing your homework, social and personal time. This will help you from overcommitting early on.

Listen to your Resident Advisors

Dorm Parents, teachers, and your resident advisors have years of boarding school experience to offer — and most importantly, they want to help. Embrace their wisdom and consider them the caring, knowledgeable figures that they are. They’re on your side.

Learn to Manage Your Time

Boarding school will quickly teach you that procrastination is not your friend. Approach your new school with a plan to conquer time management. Organize your day with specific goals in mind, make checklists and keep an agenda of everything you need to accomplish and prioritize your time. This isn’t just a boarding school tip — it’s a valuable life skill!

Learn to Manage Homesickness

Homesickness is a very common part of adjusting to your new life at boarding school. The good news is, plenty of others will be struggling with the exact same thing, so you’ll have many people to connect with. Conquer your homesickness through strategies such as staying active, socializing with new peers, and keeping in touch with your family members. Ask for help if you need help. Your leaders, teachers, and resident advisors will always be there to talk things through.

Pray

Most importantly, the Bible says the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, James 5:16. You are not righteous by your works or deeds, you are righteous by the work Jesus did on the cross, His blood makes you righteous. Pray without ceasing and about anything that can be bothering you emotionally, physically, or with your loved ones, God hears you and will give you what you need.

Have Fun!


Lastly, remember to have a good time! Through all the transitions, boarding school is an incredible time for self-discovery and enhanced education. While you invest in your future, you can also have plenty of fun through new friendships, dorm living experiences and a wide array of extracurricular activities.

Are You Ready for the Boarding School Experience at Camp Cho-Yeh Grounds?

Now that you have these boarding house tips under your belt, do you feel more ready for the next step? The Hawthorne School will offer a unique, challenging learning environment along with the care and guidance of its leaders, expert teachers, resident advisors, and faculty. We’d love to have you join our school community. To learn more, request more information or schedule a tour of our campus in Camp Cho-Yeh grounds — or apply today!

For Parents:

Benefits of Going to a Boarding School

Choosing to send your child to a boarding school is a major decision. Here are some benefits of attending a boarding school if you are still undecided.

The Sense of Community and Personal Growth

When your child steps foot onto our campus for the first time, they enter into a community of fellowship and opportunity. One of the most impactful benefits of boarding school is that your child will grow every day in every which way possible for the good! Their minds will expand, their perspectives will widen, and their passions and beliefs will develop and strengthen.

Preparation for Life After School

I know as parents thoughts can go back and forth with the idea of sending your child to a boarding school, but know that their growth in popularity and success is that they help prepare young minds for the real world in many different ways. At the Hawthorne School, we will groom and shape our youth into productive citizens and leaders of the world through the quality of education, hands-on-learning, the development of interpersonal skills, outdoor learning, real-life experiences, fellowship, family and relationships, and through the process of independent problem solving

Strong Academic Opportunities

Boarding schools offer a challenging, encouraging, and stimulating academic learning experience. At the Hawthorne School, the International Baccalaureate curriculum will allow and forge all lessons to be taught at the gifted and talented level not to mention the involvement of real-world problem solving and hands-on learning. Our students will become critical thinkers in authentic situations and experiences.

Strong Academic Opportunities

Boarding schools offer a challenging, encouraging, and stimulating academic learning experience. At the Hawthorne School, the International Baccalaureate curriculum will allow and forge all lessons to be taught at the gifted and talented level not to mention the involvement of real-world problem solving and hands-on learning. Our students will become critical thinkers in authentic situations and experiences.

Learning Independence and Understanding Priorities

Sending your child to boarding school may seem difficult at first, but at the time they reach their teen years, your children are already strong and independent young students. One of the main advantages of boarding school rests in the potential for your child to develop their independence and understand priorities. Your child will learn how to manage their time and prioritize the important things in life. Things like studying for classes, exploring their passions, and spending time with their like-minded friends (and calling their parents, of course, situations and experiences.

A Rewarding Experience

The benefits of boarding school will sculpt your child’s brain, attitudes, and aspirations in ways no other kind of school can.

Boarding schools provide their students with unmatched experiences your child will thank you for the rest of their lives. We’ll give your child an unparalleled opportunity to discover their true potential and embrace countless possibilities in a faith-based environment, all while pushing their thinking limits.

Ready to Reap the Benefits of Boarding School?

The Hawthorne School is a place where God can be paralleled with knowledge and education without fear of being silenced for what you believe in and who you represent. It is for inspired students looking for a transformational educational experience and learns in a supportive and nurturing community alongside their faith.

If this school sounds like a dream opportunity for your child, request more information or contact us today!  

While it’s normal for your child to feel scared, homesick, lonely, or unsure, parents can be reassured that the schools themselves will do everything they can to help the children through that transition.

How to make the transition to boarding school easier

Encourage them to stay in touch with friends back home

While your child is settling in, trying to learn new routines, navigate increased independence and create new social circles, it can be helpful if they stay in touch with friends back home. Research shows that children with close friendships are happier, have greater life satisfaction, have better self-esteem, and are less likely to be lonely or depressed. Plus having a chat with a good friend can certainly make any hard situation seem more manageable.

Some parents may worry that ties to friends at home will slow the transition down. This is unlikely. Most children will feel reassured and comforted and will feel more resilient because of the foundation of friendship they can lean on. They’ll then turn to their present context and make the best of what they have in front of them.

The Hawthorne School is a place where God can be paralled with knowledge and education without fear of being silenced for what you believe in and who you represent. It is for inspired students looking for a transformational educational experience and learn in a supportive and nurturing community alongside their faith.

If this school sounds like a dream opportunity for your child, request more information or contact us today!  

While it’s normal for your child to feel scared, homesick, lonely, or unsure, parents can be reassured that the schools themselves will do everything they can to help the children through that transition.

Encourage them to get involved

The best way to settle in somewhere new is to throw yourself into that community. And it works for our kids as well. Children who are involved at school meet more people, and those people tend to have the same interests as well. 

Encourage your child to get involved at school – whether that’s in music, sports, debate, volunteering, or something else entirely. There are so many options to choose from – and if you don’t find something that suits you, speak to a staff member who can point you in the right direction.

Help them make their space their own

Boarding students should be encouraged to make their space their own. They should decorate it, put their own loved things on display and bring a slice of their own personality in. This could be posters, knick-knacks, books, or pictures of friends and family. Anything that will help their new home feel like home, will make the transition easier.

Make a plan

Everyone likes to have something to look forward to. But the power of anticipation is much stronger than that. In fact, anticipating something positive is an extremely powerful way to improve stress coping and create positive emotions. It can make you feel good, and make sure life doesn’t feel too overwhelming.

Planning something for your child to look forward to is a great way to combat those feelings of loneliness, fear, and worry that they might have when transitioning into a boarding school environment. This can be as simple as catch-up with friends over the holidays – or as special as an overseas trip at Christmas. But having something to look forward to will help your child cope better with everything life throws at them.

Listen

More than anything our children need us to listen to them. Make sure you have the time and the space to talk with and listen to your child. This includes before they leave for boarding school when you can chat during breakfast or on the drive out to rugby practice. But it also includes phone calls, text messages, and email while they are away at school. 

The more you can stay connected to your boarding child, the more you can be there when they need you.

A Rewarding Experience

If your child is struggling to transition, remember that it won’t last forever. Most children feel settled and comfortable within a month, though some may take a bit longer. If your child is struggling beyond that, reach out to your child’s housemaster for some insight and advice. The more you know, the more you can help.