In 1996, the boarders moved from Mount Royal into the upper floor of Leith Lodge, but the accommodation was minimal. Through the generosity of the Townsend/Barlow family trust, the boarding house was expanded to include a second dormitory, study, kitchen and spacious recreation room. The new wing was named Barlow House and was officially opened in 2001. It is very much a home from home, where boys in the senior grades are made to feel that they belong, and that they are valued members of the “family”. As in many schools, our boarding house is the heart and soul of the school.
The house itself is situated on the Eden Rd campus, and accommodates 14 boys, split between senior and junior dormitories. An inviting lounge provides an area where the boys can relax, play table tennis and board games, make use of the pool table, or watch television; there is also a kitchenette, for the boys’ use.
Barlow House caters for weekly boarders, but short-stay “hotel-boarding” is also available. The boys are under the pastoral care of the boarding housemaster, Mr Allan Wells and his wife, Leza. Assisting with the evening prep duties is a highly motivated and caring team of staff, led by Mr Lups Tuswa, assistant housemaster.
The boys’ academic progress is of paramount importance and, although there is sufficient free time available to them, strict and thorough supervision is undertaken with regards to homework and test preparation. This takes place every evening after supper, though additional time is made available if required.
Days at Barlow House are structured, with the boys enjoying the stability provided by the routine of boarding. Both boys and staff meet regularly to discuss topics of the day. These times are enthusiastically anticipated by all, and they are an important part of what makes the boys feel looked after and loved.
You are welcome to contact Allan Wells with regards to your son having the opportunity to join Barlow House. Boarding is something that should be experienced by all, however short the stay may be.
021 761 8074