Our position allows the students to make maximum use of Sydney’s wonderful public learning, cultural and recreational facilities

An education at St Vincent’s College is comprehensive with a full academic program plus a busy co-curricular schedule. Boarders take full advantage of these co-curricular activities, as well as participating in the after school and weekend boarding activities.

Our bright and spacious boarding house offers accommodation in twin rooms for Years 7 to 11 and single rooms in Year 12. Indoor and outdoor facilities encourage our Boarders to engage in structured and self-directed community building.

Our experienced and compassionate Boarding Coordinators encourage the Boarders to achieve their true potential. Under their care all manner of personalities learn to live harmoniously in Boarding.

The Boarding community attend a weekly Mass at our local Parish, St Canice’s and take active roles in the liturgy.

Afternoon and evening study is structured by learning stage and is supervised by Boarding and Teaching staff as well as Tertiary students.

Ms Maryanne O'Donoghue

Director of Boarding

Maryanne O’Donoghue has been the Director of Boarding at St Vincent’s College since 2016. She is a passionate Mathematics teacher and enjoys teaching from Year 7 up to HSC Extension 2 Mathematics. She has fulfilled the role of Head of House and Head of Mathematics over her many years of teaching which has prepared her for the challenges of running a boarding house. Maryanne has had various experiences in boarding across NSW ranging from the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands to the lights of Potts Point. With love, dedication and genuine care she prides herself on maintaining good relationships with both parents and boarders. Ensuring that the community is gaining the full benefits from the boarding experience is a vital ingredient for both personal student growth and the growth of the school. Maryanne is optimistic about the future boarding at St Vincent’s College.

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Ms Janette Gaffney

Deputy Head of Boarding

"Since 2011, in my present role, I find that being part of such a vital community supporting and guiding young students grow and reach their potential is a great joy and a privilege. Immediately before coming to St Vincent’s I spent six years in Alice Springs where I worked at Charles Darwin University and then ended up as Matron of Boarding at St Phillips College."

Ms Liza Bergantino

Boarding Pastoral Care Coordinator

Liza has an extensive background in education, pastoral care and leadership. Her teaching background covers Biology, Chemistry and Senior Science, she is also a senior examination marker in NZ. Liza is a Boarding coordinator for Years 9 and 10 and is the Pastoral Care Coordinator for the Boarding House. Her many roles and responsibilities in education, pastoral care and boarding have provided her with a unique wealth of experience. She finds being immersed in a boarding environment exciting to be part of - to be able to guide each individual as they grow and develop into young adults. Boarding education allows young people the culture of stability, mentorship and community.

Ms Anette Cooper

Years 9 and 10 Boarding Coordinator

Anette (Coops) brings over 15 years of boarding experience in schools across both Queensland and New South Wales. As an ex-boarder she appreciates the challenges and rewards of life as a boarder, and looks forward to supporting the girls as best she can. Anette’s pet cat has also joined the St Vincent’s community this year and he has been busy soaking up all the cuddles he can.

Ms Linda McCabe

Years 11 and 12 Boarding Coordinator

"I have been at St Vincent’s since January 1995 and have enjoyed every minute of my time here. We have wonderful girls and families and I am blessed to be a part of the community where there is such open communication for us, the girls and their families. Born in South Africa, I came to Australia as a Home Economics teacher in 1991 to be with my family and I became an Australian citizen in 1993."

Ms Susan Turner

Years 11 and 12 Boarding Coordinator

Susan’s association with St Vincent’s dates back to 2014. Her experience in residential education has been honed by her time working at a boarding school in England. She has qualifications in nursing, education and psychology (with a focus on educational psychology) as well as undertaking studies in complementary medicines.
Susan has a lifelong commitment to learning and lives by her key vision: to take advantage of each teachable moment; guide girls towards self-sufficiency and resilience and ensure they have the capacity to make their way in the world beyond school; and support their learning and self-belief.

Susan also indulges in her passion for music during her spare time.

Ms Hannah Waters

Years 7 and 8 Boarding Coordinator

Hannah is an ex-boarder (2012 graduate) from Nevertire. Having boarded herself since Year 7, the opportunity to return in a coordinator role is tremendously fulfilling and equally rewarding. So much so, that this year she is commencing a Master of Teaching, majoring in Visual Arts. Boarding offers an incredible sense of community and joy that the role of coordinator has only fostered and developed since her time at Vinnies.

Ms Naomi Wells

Years 7 and 8 Boarding Coordinator

Naomi is an ex-boarder of St Vincent’s College. She is a proud Vinnies girl and is grateful for the chance to be able to work in the boarding community that provided her with stability and routine when she was a student. Having knowledge as a boarder, Naomi knows all the tricks of the trade but also knows how best to become resilient and independent women of action. Naomi began working with Years 9 and 10 in 2018 and is now a Years 7 and 8 Boarding Coordinator. She is enjoying the new challenge of working with junior boarders and the joy and laughter that it brings.

LEAVE REQUESTS

To support our boarding students and their families, we have created online forms to more easily facilitate leave requests.