Boarding House

Photo: Gavin Maxwell

Boarding House

The McDonald College can accommodate up to 45 boarders of all genders from Years 7 – 12. Our boarders come from everywhere from China to Cootamundra and even as close as Concord.

Our focus

Our primary focus is to provide an environment where your child can develop academically, socially, physically, morally and emotionally. All while pursuing their passion – whether that be in performing arts or elite sports.

We know that when students are doing something they love, they perform better at school and flourish as a member of society.

Our values

Our strong community values, together with holistic guidance and support for our boarders creates close family-like relationships that last long after graduation.

Our much-adored and widely respected Head of Boarding is a registered nurse specialising in orthopaedics, a childcare worker, and a swimming instructor. She’s also the mother of three teenagers.


Study assistance, extra-curricular activities and outings are available to all students who live on campus. Their well-being is paramount and students have access to resources such as a School Psychologist and a Learning Enrichment team.


Our boarders accumulate important life skills. Your child’s interaction with people from different backgrounds will open their minds and broaden their horizons as they learn from each other. They take responsibility for themselves, their ‘house-mates’ and their immediate surroundings, learning the value of respect, harmony, and teamwork.

Every day, we see our boarders’ knowledge, skills and confidence grow and many progress to leadership roles in the student environment and beyond.


Our boarding house is located within the College grounds and it is a short covered walk to the school and performing arts areas, which includes dance studios, a music floor with a recording studio and a drama theatre. The close proximity to our Performing Arts facilities gives students every opportunity to participate in our After Hours classes and activities.

Tennis students are taken by private shuttle to nearby Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Courts for their training with our Elite Tennis Partner Voyager Tennis Academy.

The Boarding House is a secure, safe, caring and comfortable space to live and study. It has been designed to provide increased levels of privacy as students become more independent and mature.

Students in Year 10 and 11 are in double rooms, and Year 12 students have single rooms – all equipped with a bed, wardrobe and dedicated study space with internet access.

Our Chef provides nutritional varied meals making dinner time a highlight of the day.

Our communication style

We take a transparent and collaborative approach in our communications with you and your child to ensure they are fully supported to reach their potential. You are welcome to visit anytime (by prior arrangement).

Fees & Additional Information

  • The McDonald College accommodates full boarders, semi-boarders and occasional boarders.
  • Boarding fees can be found here. Payment plans are available.
  • For more information about our Boarding House, please contact the Head of Boarding, Ms Rebecca Rogers on 02 9752 0500.
  • For enrolment enquiries, please contact our Registrar via email

The boarding accommodation (Markham House) was launched officially in June 2016 and is named after its founding members. We would like to thank architects Leffler Simes for their creative vision and the Capital Grants Programme of the Australian Government for partly funding this project.