The hostel consists of three separate hostel buildings in close proximity to each other. The names of the hostels are Andrew Clarke, Gracia Carpenter and Winsome Morley. Although separate buildings, they operate as a unit. The deputy principal serves as the superintendent of the hostel. There are close links between the hostel and the school, and the hostel programme is regarded as an extension of the school’s learning programme.
Three teachers and the hostel’s superintendent are responsible for supervising the implementation of the afternoon programme at the hostel on a rotational basis. A teacher is on duty every afternoon between 2 pm and 6 pm from Monday to Thursday. House supervisors and assistants take direct care of learners in their specific units. At night, a surveillance system is in operation. An assistant alternates between the three units on a regular basis. Apart from the night assistant, there are 2 supervisors and 1 assistant who sleep in the hostel. These staff members are available to support the night assistant in cases of an emergency.
The hostel is closed over weekends. Learners can be brought to the hostel from 6pm on Sunday evenings and reside there until Friday afternoons. Parents or guardians may visit the hostel learners every Wednesday evening, except for the first week of every term.
Meals are provided for hostel learners. A set menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner has been compiled in consultation with a dietician. Bread and spreads are provided for hostel learners to enjoy in their classrooms with their fellow learners at morning tea-time. Fruit is provided for these learners prior to lunch. The main meal of the day for hostel learners is in the afternoon at 2pm, which they receive from the school’s kitchen and eat in the dining room. On Fridays, a snack lunch is provided for them. Parents supply food for children that are on a special diet.