Year 7 is traditionally the most popular point of entry for students heading off to boarding school.
However, today more families are introducing their children to boarding in primary years and reaping the rewards.
Among the popular choices is The King's School's Tudor House in the Southern Highlands which caters for boys and girls from years 3 to 6, providing a strong foundation for a child's boarding journey.
Students enjoy a daily dose of more green and less screen on 68.50 hectares where the BMX track and Kahiba, its renowned outdoor education program, are favourite activities.
Tudor House is one of 20 NSW schools offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
Founded on a philosophy that recognises a child's natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect, teaching develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people.
Registrar Jo Grinham said families were delighted to find a genuine sense of community.
"The early introduction to boarding provides the opportunity for students to gain greater independence and resilience which sets them up to fly into year 7 with strength of character, strong minds and compassionate hearts," Jo said.
Year 6 student and house captain Kip Simpson, from Bellevue Hill, is a fourth generation Tudorian whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather attended.
"The space around the school is great, and I love the activities that we all do together on weekends like go-karting, paintball or the water park," Kip said.
"The newly upgraded mountain bike track is one of my favourites."
Boys who board at Tudor House gain preferred entry to The King's School at North Parramatta for Year 7.
Staff at Tudor House offer classes that encourage active and engaging classroom environments that and are filled with the latest technology to support students through their learning.
Students enjoy specialist lessons in woodwork, music and art. A language in addition to English is also taught, to encourage global citizens to develop an understanding of Australia's position in the world. The specialist physical education and sport sessions aim to develop health and wellbeing in our young children.
The music program at Tudor House supports and encourages every child to learn and develop an appreciation of music.
Students learn at least one instrument with some of our children playing up to three different instruments.
The children also consider it an honour to sing in the Tudor House choir.
More information at tudorhouse.nsw.edu.au.