With boarding students leaving the care, comfort, and guidance that their home life provides it is imperative that a structured boarding program be in place. At Pickering College the boarding program is designed to provide a high level of support to our students in order to create a dynamic and respectful community within our residences. The program encourages each student to develop their full potential, to be tolerant, ethical, active in their community and curious about the world we live in. It also inspires a passion for learning by engaging students in a number of activities and outings and through weekly curricular sessions on a wide range of topics chosen to ensure our students’ success now and in their future beyond the four pillars.
The curriculum addresses students’ needs based on their age, stage of development, gender and cultural background. Our international students are taught Canadian cultural norms and expectations and are encouraged to share with our day students information about their country, culture and traditions.
The breadth of the curriculum provides a comprehensive approach to teaching important life skills such as managing their living space, doing laundry, living collaboratively to healthy habits, financial management, time management, and effective communication and study skills.
The program supports the values of the school and the Mission and Vision of Pickering College. Students also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles such as membership on the Boarding Life Committee as a Proctor. This is an esteemed position within the boarding community as these students work with the Student Life Committee to address the needs of all constituents, to discuss day and boarding life, to plan and organize school wide events and to support the boarding program.