St. Peter Claver High School is a boarding school. The resident program seeks to form young men and women ‘to learn, to love, to serve.’

Under the guidance of the Residential Dean, patrons and matrons supervise the students, acting as mentors, role models, tutors, and disciplinarians when necessary. Together the Residential Dean and the matrons and patrons foster a community of accountability, growth, and learning. Matrons and patrons are charged with encouraging and nurturing each individual student in his or her personal and intellectual growth.

The boys dorm

The benefit of a resident program is the ample time it provides for study and other activities. Study halls are part of each school night and are times reserved for students to complete their work for the following class period, to review notes, etc. Supervised by matrons and patrons, the study sessions provide each student with the discipline to succeed academically. Recognizing its commitment to form the whole person, the School provides ample opportunities for students to pursue recreational activities both during the school week and Saturday and Sunday. Saturday mornings are devoted to study and Saturday afternoons to service to the St. Peter Claver High School Community (working in the shamba or elsewhere on campus) and to our brothers and sisters in Dodoma (for instance, tutoring primary school students). Sundays are devoted to religious and humanistic formation.

Ultimately, the hope of the resident program at St. Peter Claver High School is to offer students a complete experience that will prepare them for what follows in life. The students are challenged to succeed in all areas of life, encouraged to try harder, to strive farther – to seek the magis, the ‘more,’ and not to settle for mediocrity.

Because the resident program is a constitutive part of the formative program at St. Peter Claver High School, travel outside of those times provided in the calendar is strongly discouraged. Frequent absence on weekends will warrant a discussion about the suitability of the student’s continuing at St. Peter Claver High School.

1. Resident Staff

The Residential Dean is responsible for all resident life, including recreation, academic monitoring, and discipline. The dean is assisted in these duties by matrons and patrons, who monitor the students in the dormitories. Student prefects are students outstanding in character chosen to assist in the good management of the school.

2. Rooms and Roommates

With proper care and attention, the student rooms will be comfortable and pleasant. In order to ensure this, the following procedures and regulations are set forth:

  • Each student is supplied with a bed with foam mattress, mosquito netting, and wardrobe unit; students purchase school bed linens, pillow, and towels.
  • Students are responsible for the cleanliness of their rooms. Trash, dust, and debris must not be swept into the hall. Trash must not accumulate in the room. Beds must be made. Bed linens and towels must be washed regularly. Care must be taken not to damage mosquito netting. Room inspections for

    Getting settled in the dormitory room on reporting day

    cleanliness and order occur daily.

  • For the sake of cleanliness and hygiene, no food or drink may ever be kept in dormitory rooms.
  • Students sharing a room (4 per room, sleeping in 2 stacked beds; strictly one student per bed) are together responsible for that room and with their hallmates for the condition of the hall.  At the beginning of the school year, matrons and patrons check each room and take digital photographs as a record of any problems. The room undergoes a careful re-inspection for damage and is photographed again at the end of each term. Roommates share responsibility for the room, including the cost for any repairs due to neglect, misuse, or vandalism. Students should immediately report to a matron or patron any damage so that repairs can be made.
  • Roommates are assigned by the Residential Dean in consultation with the matrons and patrons. Roommates must work to come to a common understanding of each other’s needs and interests. They must respect the rights of each other, including the right to a restful night; they must also respect the property of others. Residents should consult with their respective matrons or patrons in the event of conflict. Room changes are infrequently made.
  • Water is a precious resource in Dodoma and should be treated as such.

3. Campus Safety and Security

With proper care and attention, the campus of Our Lady Queen of Peace Educational Centre will provide a safe and secure environment conducive to living and learning to the greater glory of God. In order to ensure such an environment, the following procedures and regulations are set forth. Other applicable guidelines can be found in the section entitled “Student Behaviour” found elsewhere in this handbook:

  • Students are never permitted to enter either the dormitory or room of a student of the opposite gender, nor can he or she have a member of the opposite gender in the dormitory.
  • Unless they have permission of a matron or patron, no students should visit any hall within their dormitory other than their own.
  • Students may not enter the dormitory buildings outside of the hours noted on the daily order. They should use only doors for entry and exit, never windows.
  • Students may not leave the dormitory from “lights off” until the beginning of the next day’s activities as listed in the daily order.
  • Screens must be kept in windows at all times; mosquito netting must be kept in good repair; doors are not to remain open.
  • With so many people living in such proximity, hygiene becomes an even more important issue than usual. Hands should be washed frequently, using soap. Students feeling ill should inform the matron/patron or other adult in charge in order to receive the necessary care.
  • No visitors – including parents, siblings, other relatives, or friends – may visit without presenting themselves first to the porter on duty at the main gate and then at the office of the Residential Dean, where they should obtain a visitor’s pass. Visits may occasionally take place, and then only on scheduled Sundays. Students should immediately report unknown individuals on campus not wearing a visitor’s pass.
  • In case of emergency, students should follow directions of adults.

4. Food Service

The School’s kitchen staff prepares healthy meals. The meals are those traditionally served at boarding schools in Tanzania and are principally vegetarian in nature. Meat will be served from time to time, and fruit will be available at various times during the week. There are no provisions for dietary substitutions at meals except for medical reasons; in such cases students must present documentation substantiating the reasons.

5. Laundry

There are laundry facilities in each dormitory. There is time provided during the course of the week for students to do their laundry, which should include bed linens and towels. Students should arrive to school knowing how to do laundry. Names should be written on every item of clothing.

6. Health

The school is concerned for the health and welfare of its students. There is a resident school nurse.

  • No student may matriculate at the School without a certificate of health.
  • Students taking medication should bring a supply sufficient for the entire term. As part of their orientation, they will report what medications they are taking to a matron or patron.
  • The nurse and matron will assist female students with their health needs.
  • Unless informed otherwise, the school will act in loco parentis, in the place of the parent, regarding decisions about the care of a student in case of emergency.
  • Students should report to the nurse only at designated times and only with the permission of matron/patron or teacher on duty. If a student is so sick that such a visit is necessary, that student will benefit from rest during the next recreation period. They will sit silently during the next scheduled recreation.

7. Recreation

Recreation is an important part of the boarding experience.

Jesuit education has as its goal the formation of the whole person, not just the intellect. For that reason co-curricular activities play an important role in the life of the School. There are three divisions of co-curricular activities; every student is expected to be a member of one group under each division.

I.    Social Clubs/Societies & Athletic Teams

II.  Academic Clubs/Societies

III. Pious Societies, Social Consciousness Organizations & Volunteer Organizations

Under no circumstances may a club, society, or organization meet unless it is formally endorsed by the School and moderated by a member of its staff assigned by the Headmaster.

Because physical education class occurs only once per week, students should take care to get proper exercise.

6. Study Hall — Preps

The principal task of a student at St. Peter Claver is to develop his or her academic potential. Study Hall is an environment in which students learn to study and accomplish their homework assignments.

  1. Weekday Study Hall takes place Monday through Friday evenings after the evening meal and according to the published daily order. A spirit of calm and quiet – even silence – should typify this time. (Afternoon study is the appropriate time for group work, seeking assistance from teachers and fellow students, etc.).
  2. Note the title of this time period: Study Hall. It is a time not only for doing required written homework but also for reviewing notes. This is to say that a student is never done studying during this period of time.
  3. Each student should report to his or her assigned classroom on time and should not engage in any distracting behaviour during the Study Hall.
  4. There is also a period of time during each weekday morning during which students are encouraged to seek extra help from teachers and other students. This is also the time for group study.

7. Evening Assembly

Every evening before retiring to their dormitory rooms, students are required to gather for a brief assembly. During this time, attendance is taken, students are led through a brief reflective time during which they reflect on the ways God was active in their lives that day and how they have responded to God’s grace), and are then dismissed.

8. Transport

The school is not responsible for the transport of students home from Dodoma during the holidays. It will assist younger students in planning trips home and provide livery to the Dodoma bus station, but not beyond. Parents outside of Dodoma should be certain to inform the school regarding the provisions for transportation of students home at the time of the various breaks.