Testimonials from overseas students
Rhiannon, 12, has been a boarder since January.
Her father works for Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
She said: “I was worried about being away from my mum and dad, but the girls were really nice straight away and the boarding house feels like home now.
“The staff are really nice and down to earth. They are fun and talk to you regularly to make sure you are alright.
“It’s an adventure coming to boarding school.
“I’ve decided I want to stay for my whole school career.
“I like the routines they have and the food is really good.
“We have film nights with the boys in our year at Monmouth School for Boys. On a Saturday night they come up to the boarding house. It’s good fun.”
Hadiyah from Saudi Arabia is also in Year 8.
Her father works for Aramco and she has boarded at Monmouth School for Girls for just four weeks.
She said: “My brother Usman has been boarding in Monmouth since the beginning of the year.
“I had no idea what it was going to be like. I was quite nervous about it.
“But the staff are almost like second parents.
“They are entertaining and they know what kids are like.
“Whenever you feel homesick they always help and we can call our parents whenever we want to.
“At the weekends there are so many things to do that you don’t feel homesick.
“There’s swimming, climbing, we go to town, play laser tag. The weekends are the best thing about boarding.
“We have social time with the boys in Year 8 when they come up here to watch films with us.
“It’s good to mix with boys now and then – it prepares you for real life and they are always quite funny and silly.
“Boarding is a lot more comfortable for me knowing my older brother is here.
“It’s good to know that even if my parents have to move around, I always have this base.”