From Director of Boarding – Week 6

Mrs Stephanie Thomas

Mrs Stephanie Thomas

One of the most amazing aspects of boarding is the trust that parents place in the boarding staff to care for their daughters. The relationship with parent and boarding staff mostly occurs via phone, Boardingware, email and occasionally face to face when collecting or dropping off their daughters. I suspect sometimes parents may only ever meet their daughter’s House Mother or associated duty staff face to face maybe once or twice a term or even less! Therefore, I felt that as parents are placing so much trust is our staff then it only fair that I allocate part of the newsletter every fortnight to introduce a staff member or two to you.


Boarding staff @ NEGS


Mrs Donna Garrad

Mrs Garrad has been with us in boarding since 2015 – the current year 10 group were in Year 7!!!

Beginning in White House as a weekend House Mother her talents and skills quickly became apparent as weekends in White House included craft activities, dress ups and having a lot of fun!

It also became apparent that Mrs Garrad was soon to be asked to be a weekday House Mother and she hasn’t looked back. Saumarez were fortunate to adopt her in Term 4, 2016 where she continuously inspires the seniors to be the best they can. This year Mrs Garrad has been appointed as Deputy Director of Boarding where she assists me in my role. Specifically in Staff Management and training and the ongoing life of Boardingware – our online leave system in Boarding.


Long Weekend

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful June Long Weekend. It is a great time for the girls to re-group, have some home cooked meals, sleep in their own beds and enjoy some well earned family time.

A reminder that the boarding houses won’t be open until 3pm on Monday 11th June.


End of Term Travel.

End of Term Travel forms are due to Miss Hayley Sommerville ( by the end of Week 7 (Friday, 15th June).

Forms were emailed last week to all boarding families. If day students are wishing to travel home with boarders, parents are to contact Miss Sommerville ASAP.


Mrs Stephanie Thomas

Director of Boarding.