Scotch College boarders come from a diverse background and the school runs a number of programs to help boys settle into life in a city boarding school.
Boys participate in a transition camp before they arrive, spending a weekend at the Melbourne school meeting other new boys and key staff.
Each week boys can attend the evening workshop in the newly opened design and technology centre, where they tinker with their personal projects under the guidance of staff.
A designated activities co-ordinator takes boarders on trips every weekend, from skiing during winter to surfing on the nearby surf-coast in summer.
The compulsory sports program ensures boarders are active on weekends, be it basketball or rugby and the 27 acres of grounds provides some wonderful open space for boys to play, run and ride during their down times.
In-house tuition is provided in the key areas of mathematics and literacy for new boarders, to help them transition to the often higher academic standard at Scotch.
Having had boarders since its foundation, Scotch has a well-developed model for boarding.
Over this time the school has found the best antidote for homesickness is to keep boys active and busy and provide a caring and inclusive environment.
The extensive boarding program is a result of the school's commitment to ensure boys from rural and regional areas quickly forget the call of home.