The Boarding Experience

Rathdown offers seven-day boarding to girls aged 11 – 18 years old. Currently, we have 116 boarders, 78 residing in Hillcourt House and 38 senior pupils residing in Innismore, our new senior boarding residence.

Boarding Houses are open at weekends during term time (with the exception of Bank Holiday weekends). Many of our girls choose to go home on Fridays after school and return by 8p.m. on Sunday evening. Those playing sports or other pursuits stay on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Overseas pupils remain in our Boarding Houses or go to their Host Families who act ‘in loco-parentis’ during exeats at weekends during term time.

Activities and outings are organized on Saturday afternoons and a movie is usually shown after supper on Saturday evenings. Every month the boarders enjoy a day trip such as the steam train to Mullingar, visit to the Newbridge Museum and National Stud, Ice skating and a trip to the Panto to name but a few.

Numerous Social Evenings are scheduled during term times – the highlights being the Halloween Fancy Dress Party and the formal Boarders Christmas Dinner.

There are no compulsory weekends during which pupils must remain in the Boarding Houses throughout the academic year.