Our boarding staff

BTC has two Heads of Dorms – one for each of the Junior and Senior Dorms. They are there to support, guide and correct where necessary through firm but fair leadership. They form a strong bond with boarders. In each house there is a team of staff who work with each Head of Dorms.

Junior Boarding:

Mrs Maree Ballantyne directly oversees all aspects of the Boarding Programme for our Junior boarders boarding. Maree is extremely experienced and has been at BTC since 1998. Maree develops close relationships with the boarders and provides a supportive, structured environment for them.

Senior Boarding:

Mr Cor Bezuidenhout directly oversees all aspects of the Boarding Programme for our Senior boarders.  Cor has a deep understanding of the values and ethos required for a harmonious boarding community.

Boarding ethos

Above all, boarding at BTC is about being part of a close and highly supportive community and we recognise our role in helping boarding students settle in, find their place as an inclusive part of the College and guiding each student along the paths of education, social and personal development.

Looking after each other

Boarding at BTC fosters a strong sense of collegiality, as our structure encourages  students to bond, form friendships and build a framework of mutual respect and trust.

Health and wellbeing

Overall, we encourage students to develop their own sense of personal worth and values: looking after themselves, maintaining their health, wellbeing and personal hygiene. Of course, there may be times when a student is injured or falls unwell, and we provide an outstanding level of heath care with a registered nurse being on call. Clinics are conducted every day with the nurse available on call at all other times.

We have very strong relationships with local chemists, doctors and dentists, who all recognise the various needs that boarding can impose on students, and should the need for wider medical intervention arise, BTC is very close to Charters Towers hospital.