Home Away From Home
Imogen Johnston

Imogen Johnston
Posted on 03 May, 2019

Home Away From Home

The Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) are back in their sixth year of sponsoring Agfest.

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With six boarding schools from across the state supported by the organisation, punters have the opportunity to speak with representatives from each school, and learn about the boarding community and opportunities in the state.

At their site, parents and kids alike have the opportunity to participate in various activities, including face painting, virtual reality, and paper plane building.

Tom Dunsmore, the operations manager for ABSA says "We support all the Tasmanian boarding schools to build awareness in the state.”

With 1100 people through the site on Thursday, ABSA are hoping more people will consider boarding for their children.

Matt Dixon, from The Friends School told of how their 40-strong boarding school runs like a family.

“Everyone knows everyone, and everyone supports everyone,” he says.

Mika Browning, director of boarding at St Michaels Collegiate, reiterated the cohesive nature and nurturing environment boarding offers.

“It’s awesome to be able to provide kids with challenges, opportunities, and experiences that they wouldn’t have had access to at home,” she says.