21 May, 2023
Building Australia’s biggest dorm room
By Ginni Brown
The Boarding Schools Expo, now in its 19th year, has come a long way from welcoming 18 boarding schools to Dubbo in 2005.
Local residents may not be aware that the business,
which convenes in-person events in regional NSW and
Queensland; works with over 165 boarding schools
from across Australia; and hosts the Australian
Boarding School Summit (an online event in conjunction
with their virtual expo event) was the brainchild of
Narromine resident Meg Bennett; and is now headed up
by Trangie’s Amanda Ferrari.
The Boarding Schools Expo – which is free - is all
about connecting families with options for their children’s
By bringing close to 40 boarding schools from
across NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland to the inperson
Expo locations in Dubbo, Narrabri, Wagga
(Wagga has 43 boarding schools attending) and Griffith
it makes it exponentially easier for rural families to
make contact with the schools.
“The Expos put all the schools under one roof, and
everyone is welcome” explained Mrs Ferrari.
boarding schools for my own children, the Expo was
a critical starting point to make contact with schools and
start working out where our values aligned”.
There are many reasons families consider boarding
schools – the sheer distance from a local high school,
having a larger city experience to prepare their kids for
options such as university and work after schooling is
completed, and a diversity of ethnicities and cultures.
The schools in return are grateful for their boarding
communities and the diversity that having country kids