Student Hostel Life

Weekday Routines

Wake Up and Fatigues

L.J Wild House HostelStudents are woken up by prefects and duty staff each morning at 6:45a.m. before beginning their morning fatigues, a set of daily chores students complete to maintain the cleanliness and organisation of the dormitories. Student cubicles and dormitories are inspected by staff each morning before proceeding to breakfast.


There are three meal services and a supper provided for students Monday to Friday. A continental breakfast is served each morning at 7:30a.m. After breakfast students are provided sandwich making supplies and facilities to prepare a morning tea snack for school.

A warm lunch is provided at 1:15p.m. Students who have school appointments, club meetings and tutorials at this time are required to either return to the dining hall to eat or pack a lunch in the morning prior to departing for school.

Dinner is provided at 5:30p.m. Students who have sporting or co-curricular commitments during this time are asked to request a late tea service, where a meal will be held for them upon their return. Students are provided second helpings of dinner during service, provided that each student has already received their meal.

A late evening supper is provided after prep Monday to Thursday.

Fruit is available throughout the day to provide healthy snack options and students are permitted to purchase snacks while on town leave and store them in their lockers.

Health and Fitness 

L J Wild House students are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle. In addition to compulsory sporting activities, students are encouraged to be engaged in regular fitness activities after or before school.

After School Sporting Activities

It is expected each afternoon Monday – Thursday that hostel students participate in fitness activities and when the weather permits a game/swim from 3.40-4.30pm. The plan is that every student is involved in a fitness option to start the afternoon and this is followed by a game or a swim to finish the session.

Fitness Options:

  • Fitness Cards – These have been designed to go for approximately 10-15minutes. There are 12 fitness cards, which can be largely performed individually but most work well in groups. Minimal equipment is required and all of the instructions are clearly laid out so either staff or students can run the activities. They can be added to if students want more of a challenge.

  • Runs – Any runs that students complete need to start/finish at the end of the hostel driveway (not through school). The runs need to be supervised and times recorded. The recommended runs include the following: BP run, Creek run, Double Block, Highfield Hill, Roots Road, Palmers Road.

  • Fitness Circuit – There are three pre-designed fitness circuits, which can be used or students can feel free to modify them or design their own. There is an outdoor circuit an indoor circuit and an indoor weights circuit.

  • Hostel Gym – The gym is used for rugby Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. It is available for use by other hostel students on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and every day after school. It needs to be supervised by a senior student or staff member.

Other options:

  • Sporting games – softball, cricket, ripper rugby, touch, village ball, soccer, netball, American football,

  • Indoor games – these include drama games, balloon games, team building activities, sock wrestling etc

  • Zumba/Pilates/Yoga

Swimming options:

  • Aqua aerobics

  • Water polo

  • Relays/Lengths

  • Diving games

School Team Sports

L J Wild House students are encouraged to join and participate in the wide variety and numerous amounts of co- and extra-curricular sporting teams at the school, including rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, football, basketball, softball, volleyball, cycling and golf. Hostel students are expected to participate in a team sport in Winter (Term 2 and 3).


All hostel students are required to do daily prep and homework. Homework is tracked and monitored by staff during prep time. Prep occurs Monday to Thursday between 7:00 – 8:30p.m. for juniors and till 9:00 p.m. for seniors. Students, especially seniors are encouraged to continue working if they require additional time for study.

Weekly tutorials are held during prep time and conducted by hostel staff in the dining room between 7:15 – 8:15p.m.

Bed Time

Junior students begin their preparations for bed between 8:30 – 9:00p.m. and are expected to be in bed by 9:00p.m. Senior students are expected to be back in dormitories by 9:00p.m. and to be in bed by 9:30p.m.

Weekend Routines

Wake Up and Fatigues

Wake up and fatigues follow a similar set up to the week days; however, wake up times are altered for weekends. Saturday wake up times are 8:00a.m.  (or 7:30a.m.sports are on); Sunday wake up time is 9:30a.m.


There are three meal services provided for students Saturday and Sunday. A continental breakfast is served Saturday at either 8:00 or 8:30a.m. and a cooked breakfast is provided on Sunday at 10:00 p.m. Dinner times remain the same throughout the week at 5:30p.m.

Fitness and Exercise

Several games and activities are organised by duty staff on the weekends.

Day Trips

Duty staff may organise day trips for students on the weekends, including local town leave, visits to Palmerston North for local festivals and exhibits, and trips to parks and local activities.


Duty staff organise prep sessions with students on the weekend to ensure they meet their homework expectations. The time and amount of prep will vary according to a student’s workload and prearranged activities.

Chapel or Seminar

Each Sunday evening upon the return of students to the hostel, a chapel service or seminar is held for students. Students are expected to be in their number one uniform for all chapel services.

Bed Time

Junior students begin their preparations for bed between 9:00 – 9:30p.m. and are expected to be in bed by 9:30p.m. Senior students are expected to be back in dormitories by 9:30p.m. and to be in bed by 10:00p.m.

House Competitions

The three houses at the L J Wild House compete in various events throughout the year to build relationships and create lasting memories amongst the boarders. These events include:

  • Swimming Sports
  • Inter House Quiz Competition
  • Cooking Competition

Hostel Events

  • Ski Trip
  • Hostel Ball
  • Waiarapa College Exchange
  • Hostel Birthday
  • State of Origin
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Valedictory Dinner


True academic success can only be achieved with a genuine commitment to study. This process must have major input from students and staff. Evening prep is a fundamental expectation of all students and is compulsory for all year levels on week nights.

  • Juniors (Years 9 and 10) 7.00pm to 8.30pm
  • Seniors (Years 11, 12 and 13) 7.00pm to 9.00pm (extended during exam time)
  • Friday nights and weekends are also times to use our prep facilities.

The hostel has its own computer suite that is linked to the school system and is used nightly during prep.  Study work is also available after school in the library.

Parents are welcome to make contact with the hostel / school at any time to discuss the academic progress of their children.

Senior hostel staff liaise with teaching staff at school and year level deans on a regular basis as well as monitoring student achievement.


LJ Wild House provides formal tutorial support to students. Hostel supervisory staff provide support to students during prep time and when students ask for assistance. 

School teaching staff also provide additional tutorial support during key times of the year for both our junior and senior students.

Red Book

The L J Wild House Red Book is a programme designed to support our students’ social and personal development.

This booklet is filled with tasks completed at prep which focus on the following areas: Leadership; Study Skills; The Boarding School Experience; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; and Personal Reflections. The red book is also supported by Hostel Chapel.

Guest Speakers

The L J Wild House encourages guest speakers to visit and present valuable information to our students. These speakers include local community members, previous students and leading experts in fields related to the boarding school experience.

In addition to regular chapel services on Sunday evenings, we have also hosted Robert Pereira, a highly respected international educational consultant, to speak to a number of our students on anti-bullying and risk taking over many years.