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St Peters has been a coeducational boarding school since its inception in 1945 and a home away from home for generations of siblings.

According to Girls Boarding Coordinator, Kim Holman, it’s that sense of stability, connection and belonging that comes with the coeducational boarding experience that is very appealing for our boarding families.

‘St Peters is unique in that… we are able to accommodate families where the siblings can stay on one campus.’

‘Parents find it extremely comforting to know that their children are together, which makes travel and visits so much easier,’ Kim commented.

That has certainly been the case for the Stockwell family from Sunday Creek Station, a cattle property in the Northern Territory.

Boarding siblings, Brian (Year 12), Claire Stockwell (Year 8), and their eldest sibling Peta, who graduated in 2014, have each experienced the benefits of sibling boarding.

‘I remember feeling pretty homesick when I first came,’ Claire explained, as she recalled her arrival into Year 7 boarding last year.

‘It really helped that Brian was there,’ she said.

Now she has settled in, Claire is enjoying her extended boarding family.

‘Whenever you need something – like someone to talk to or help with your homework – there’s always someone there that can help you,’ she said.

Brian said it’s nice to know his sister is never too far away.

‘I see her around school and at most meal times,’ Brian said. ‘So, I just check on her sometimes.’

Kim said that the Boarding Houses provide plenty of opportunities for siblings to interact.

‘Within the boarding houses, we have brother/sister houses so students can do competitive activities and socials within those family groupings,’ Kim explained.

‘We also offer loads of recreation activities on the weekend that the siblings can be a part of and attend together if they wish.’

Siblings are also allowed to go to lunch and dinner outings on special occasions.

‘If there is a birthday, the siblings can join each other for cake and are there for present giving at the start of the day,’ Kim explained.

‘Both boarding houses have areas where the brothers and sisters can hang out and enjoy each other’s company.’