To provide a safe structured, focused, caring environment for the personal development of students in Northland, whilst pursuing their academic excellence at Whangarei Girls High School.
To ensure the continuation of Lupton House as a financially viable establishment for future generations of Northland boarding pupils.
To make Lupton House the first choice of Northland parents and pupils who are considering boarding school as an educational option.
Within the hostel, residents make up a large family-like unit supported by friendly caring staff and a warm positive atmosphere. The hostel provides safe and secure boarding with clear routines and firm guidelines to enhance the residents’ opportunities of educational and social development. Staff endeavour to develop close links with parents and residents families who are welcome visitors and an integral part of the success of the hostel.
Study times on Monday to Thursday’s are compulsory and supervised by an education professional and set for all year levels; other organised programs include sporting and social activities.
On the hostel staff we have a team of friendly, trained Supervisors offering 24 hour care of residents, plus support staff who provided meals and essential services. The Hostel Manager is responsible for the hostel’s overall management, administration, legal compliance requirements and for the wellness of staff and of the residents.
The hostel is situated at 3 Lupton Avenue, and shares its grounds with Whangarei Girls High School and is within walking distance to doctors, chemist, shopping and sporting facilities.
Girls residing at Lupton House experience the quality learning and diverse range of subject opportunities provided at Whangarei Girls High School, some which may not be available at rural schools.
In 2003, following a decision by the school to close Lupton House, the Lupton House Management Committee (LHMC) was formed to ensure that Lupton House remained open, and WGHS Board of Trustees delegated the management of Lupton House to the LHMC. The LHMC is a very dedicated team comprising of elected parents, a BOT representative, 'Lupton Old Girls Association', the Hostel Manager, and a staff and resident representative.
The Lupton House Management Committee has a strategic focus, ensuring the benefits of Lupton House remain in Northland, for Northlanders and students of WGHS well into the future. Committee meetings are held monthly to set policy relating to the hostel, monitoring budget and administration matters, and offering support to the Hostel Manager, staff and WGHS. Parents of residents are welcome at these meetings – meeting dates are available from the Hostel Manager.
Caring for your daughter/ward
The Management Committee and staff aim to provide a safe, structured, focused and caring environment and make living in the hostel as “homelike” as we can. To ensure this happens, we have firm guidelines for residents’ behaviour and our policies and procedures are displayed in all dormitories, common/recreation areas and on this website (see general information).
Health and Safety
The hostel has a comprehensive plan for emergency evacuation. Fire drill training is carried out each term to ensure all residents and staff are trained should an emergency arise. At least once per year, the fire drill training is held in conjunction with Safety Officers from the NZ Fire Service. All fire exits are clearly marked and our emergency procedures are posted in each dormitory and in common/recreation areas.
The hostel has a dedicated sick bay for residents who are unwell, and they are cared for by staff that hold current Practical First Aid certificates. If residents require a doctor’s appointment, these are arranged with the hostel doctors at Central Family Health Care, unless alternative arrangements have been noted. No medication is kept in the dormitories (asthma pumps are an exception), but is kept in a locked cupboard in the Supervisors office and residents are reminded to take doses as per prescription. The time and date of all medication given to residents is noted and these records are kept on their personal files.
Residents who become unwell at home should not be returned to the hostel until they are completely recovered; residents who become sick at school must report to the school nurse who will decide whether they should return to Lupton House for the day. Residents are expected to be taken home, if they are unwell and unfit for school.
Lupton House residents attend Kensington Dental Care when dental care is required, unless alternative arrangements have been noted.
Through the eyes of a Senior
"Henry Drummond once said “people who influence you believe in you"
Lupton House is full of these people. It provides a stable environment were independence and positive life experiences are gained. During our years here we have acquired many skills which will be beneficial to our future. These include the ability to relate easily to others, and undertake leadership and responsibilities. We wouldn’t exchange these for anything. We’ve mixed with and befriended people from totally different spheres and of all ages and laughed. The friendships we’ve made will last a lifetime.
Lupton has become a big part of our lives, the people our lives, the people our family, the supervisors our friends, and the hostel our home
Residents are allocated to dormitories by year level. Year 9 and Year 10 residents share a cubicle, Year 11 residents have a cubicle of their own and Year 12 and Year 13 residents have a room of their own. Residents are encouraged to personalise their own area and make it more homely by having their own duvets covers and displaying favourite posters, toys, and photos of family and friends; items which advertise cigarettes, drugs or alcohol are prohibited.
Residents are encouraged to ensure they have adequate insurance cover for personal belongings (household effects insurance may cover this if you advise your insurer) as the hostel insurance policy does not cover these. We encourage residents to bring valuables and money to the office where it can be locked away safely until needed. ALL personal items should be labelled with the resident’s name. The Management Committee and staff will not accept responsibility for mobile phones, unnamed clothing or equipment or for valuables and money left in cubicles or rooms. Residents may have IPods in the dorm, but noise level must be considerate to others.
Residents are expected to keep their own cubicles and rooms clean and tidy, and dormitory and bathroom cleaning duties are shared between the residents to ensure a healthy environment is maintained. For safety reasons curtains must be drawn when residents are changing and when lights are out.
The Management Committee and staff promote non-violent, positive behaviour and respect for the others at all times. Bullying, and bystanders who support this behaviour, is not acceptable at the hostel and proven incidents of this behaviour will be considered serious and appropriate discipline will be taken.
Residents are expected to comply with Lupton House’s guidelines, policies and procedures for the safety and wellbeing of all; failure to do so may have consequences for the resident(s) concerned in the form of additional duties.
Swearing or abuse language is not tolerated and smoking is not permitted at any time in the hostel or the school grounds. Any resident who has or takes dangerous substances, drugs or alcohol, or encourages others to do so will be referred to the Manager, Police and the Management Committee for a disciplinary hearing, and the proven incidents will almost certainly mean suspension for the resident(s) involved.
Minor incidents will be dealt with by the staff member on duty and reported to the Manager. Serious incidents (those endangering the health and safety of others) will be referred to a Disciplinary Committee and may involve residents to be stood down. If three minor incidents are noted against a resident, inside a reasonable timeframe, parents will be contacted to discuss the need for changed behaviour; after five incident reports residents may be stood down for three days.
Application and acceptance into Lupton House
We welcome residents who are students at Whangarei Girls High School.
If you are not currently a student at Whangarei Girls High School, please contact the school principals’ secretary, who will arrange an interview for both the prospective student and her parent/ward and advise the school that you are interested in boarding and they will arrange an interview at the hostel on the same day.
All girls interested in residing at Lupton must complete the Application Forms (sent out on request), and provide a reference/statement from the principal of the school they are leaving.
All applicants will be interviewed and given a tour of the hostel, and will receive a letter from the Hostel Manager to advise of the outcome. When possible, new residents will be given the opportunity of a short stay at the hostel before moving in.