There are a host of positive things to be considered when making this decision:  out of the comfort zone of home, the girls are encouraged to try new things; hostel is a place where intense friendships are formed and these friends are accessible all the time; the girls make friends with girls from different walks of life with different fields of reference and experience; and the hostel girl has the opportunity to become part of a very proud community and tradition.  Importantly, hostel is an environment that allows the girls to make their own choices and to take responsibility for their own actions.

At Rhenish, we provide a ‘home-away-from-home’ environment while creating opportunities for all boarders to develop the life skills necessary on their journey to becoming well-rounded, strong young women fit to take their place as contributing members of society.  Girls come from far afield; they encompass diverse backgrounds and this, together with other social issues, provides a unique opportunity for our hostel girls:  not only are they housed in a safe environment, but they have the opportunity to learn from each other, to learn about each other, to develop understanding and respect for each other and for the things that make them different to each other and for the common humanity they share.  All Rhenish boarders are encouraged to develop a clear idea of what is right and what is wrong;  to uphold this standard with responsibility and integrity.

Rhenish Hostel aims to provide a happy, tolerant and disciplined atmosphere. Our girls are encouraged to behave appropriately, to take care of their own well-being while simultaneously caring for or being concerned about others.  The successful hostel girl is able to find this balance, she is able to bond with the other girls and thus she takes her place in a new family; one richly diverse yet enriched by its diversity; a place she can call ‘home’.

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