Studying in a foreign country is often stressful for students, particularly at the beginning of the school year. Over the years, Collège Bourget has developed several measures to alleviate this.
- Students receive all school supplies and the school uniform upon arrival at the dormitory. Textbooks are lent or given to students for the duration of the school year along with the school apps for the iPad.
- A personalized orientation session is held for students who are not familiar with the French language.
- Students receive their class schedule as well as a plan of the school.
- Students who do not speak French are paired with French-speaking students.
- There are almost daily lessons in French as a second language. These lessons are then tailored to meet the individual needs of international students.
- There are supplementary lessons in English as a second language for students who have not had prior instruction in English.
- International students are invited to register in at least one extracurricular activity. This gives the students the opportunity to make new friends and improve their command of French.
- A counselor makes sure that international students who do not speak French are given school-related news.
- There is a small celebration when it is an international student’s birthday.
- There is regular follow-up with teachers to enquire about the student’s progress.
- A counselor holds individual meetings with students when necessary.
International students are expected to contribute to their own success by:
- blending in with other students.
- signing up for extracurricular activities.
- participating in lunchtime activities.
- participating in the celebrations organized in honor of their country of origin.
- showing a desire to learn French (for the non-French-speakers) by trying to speak the language as much as possible at every opportunity.
- participating actively in class.
- demonstrating a positive attitude.
The success of this life-enriching experience requires commitment.
Various activities, outings and trips are organized throughout the year to contribute to the enrichment of dorm life. In addition to having the opportunity to participate in activities within the school, every weekend outings are organized for our residents.
- Movie outings
- FC Montreal game (soccer)
- Laval Rocket game (hockey)
- Montreal Alouettes game (football)
- Action 500 (recreation center)
- Montreal Botanical Garden
- Olympic pool
- Parc Safari
- Stroll at the Old Port of Montreal
- Various Montreal museums
- Montreal Science Center
- Illumi (monumental light structures)
- Sky Venture (indoor free fall simulator)
- Daytrip to downtown Montreal
- Forestiers (outdoor sports center)
- Arbraska (zipline and aerial game trek)
- Notre-Dame de Fatima Center (canoeing)
- Skiing at Mont Rigaud
Long stays example
Québec, Ottawa, Toronto, Boston, New York, Mont-Tremblant
*Overnight stays are not included in the total cost of residency. Additional fees are charged.
Example of activities offered at the school
- Participate in culinary workshops
- Get involved in volunteer work: senior center, café de la Débrouille
- Prepare and collect food for the Guignolée
- Organize and participate in Karaoke or "Talent show" evenings
- Participate in the community garden/greenhouse maintenance
- Attend conferences with the municipality of Rigaud
- Swim during free swim periods with the municipality of Rigaud
1. Boarder’s responsibilities
- Collège Bourget is the sole owner of the rooms rented to boarders. The school establishes the renting rules and enforces the code of conduct.
- A deposit of three dollars ($3.00) is required for the room key.
- Collège Bourget is not responsible for lost, destroyed, or stolen property.
- All damages are the boarder’s responsibility. Collège Bourget will see to repairs and the boarder will be billed accordingly.
- Additional furniture: Furniture cannot be moved from one room to another. The authorization of the floor manager is required to include additional furniture. The following items are forbidden in the rooms: television, refrigerator, cooking appliance, a rug, a walkie-talkie.
- Pets are forbidden.
- Posting on walls is permitted, but it must be decent and discreet. Only mounting putty (Fun Tack) is permitted as an adhesive.
- Lamps and humidity control appliances are authorized in rooms.
- Laptop computers are permitted in the rooms. They must only be used as a working tool during study periods. It is the boarder’s responsibility to keep it secure. Computers used after curfew will have to be returned home.
- The use of a mobile phone is tolerated. However, its use is forbidden during study periods and after 9:15 p.m. Boarders who do not respect these restrictions will lose the right to use their mobile phone.
- A boarder may receive visitors. However, the school must be informed in advance. A non resident needs the floor manager’s authorization to visit a room. Girls are not allowed in the boys’ quarters and vice versa.
3. Personal hygiene and room cleanliness
- According to the school’s code of conduct, all boarders must keep their room clean. The floor manager will apply sanctions (detention, loss of privileges,...) if this rule is not followed.
4. Code of conduct in the dormitory
The dormitory is a place of calm and rest where respect for others is a priority. Therefore, certain rules apply.
a) You must be in the dormitory as of 8 p.m. All boarders must sign their name legibly on the attendance sheet. If students expect to be late (after 9:15 p.m.) or absent, their parents must advise the floor manager between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., the same day.
b) To keep a calm and peaceful atmosphere, running, yelling and roughhousing are forbidden. The dormitory is not a recreation room.
c) Radios, food, and other privileges may be withdrawn if the rules are not respected, if a room is dirty or if a student is impolite.
d) Students are responsible for the tidiness of their room:
- Luggage must be placed under the bed.
- Clothes must be put away in the appropriate places.
- Bookcases and desks must be in order.
- Sinks must be clean.
- Floors must be clean (no paper or food).
- Waste baskets must be emptied regularly.
- At all times, students must pick up their things (hairdryer, hair iron, clothes, towels, etc.). Students cannot leave things lying around in their room, on desks, in common areas, in the halls, in the showers, in bathrooms or on sinks.
1- Evening Schedule
- Secondary 1-2: Showers must be taken before 8:55 p.m. Students may circulate freely on the floor and participate in various activities between 8:10 p.m. and 8:55 p.m.
- Secondary 3-4-5: Showers must be taken no later than 9:50 p.m. Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., you may circulate freely on the floor and participate in various activities.
- Students are responsible for their visitor’s behavior in their room (no more than four visitors at a time).
- The volume of radios must be at a reasonable level.
- Radios must be silenced after 8:55 p.m.
2- Calmness is the Rule
- At 8:55 p.m., for Secondary 1-2 and at 9:30 p.m., for Secondary 3-4-5, when lights are out in the hall, the dormitory must be quiet and calm; students must go to their room and close the door;
- Students must use earphones to listen to music;
- Students may not go to other rooms except for an emergency and with the floor manager’s permission.
- Curfew is at 9:15 p.m., for Secondary 1-2 and at 10:15 p.m., for Secondary 3-4-5, lights are out and it’s complete silence;
- Unless there is an emergency, students may not circulate in the dormitory after 10 or 10:15 p.m.;
- Studies, schoolwork, or reading are forbidden after 9:15 p.m. for Secondary 1-2 and at 10:15 p.m., for Secondary 3-4-5, except with the floor manager’s permission.
3- Schedule Upon Waking
- In order to respect everyone’s sleep, students must remain quiet when they wake up. They may not visit other rooms.
- Secondary 1-2: Students may take a shower as of 7:05, but they must remain silent. Secondary 3-4-5: Students may take a shower as of 7:00, but they must remain silent.
- When you leave for class, make sure that your room is clean, your bed made, and your door locked.
On departure days, students must ensure waste baskets are empty, rooms are in order, windows are closed and locked, and doors are locked.
Students must bring towels, personal toiletries, a swim suit and a swim cap, and personal clothes for after-school hours. After-school clothes must be free of violent logo and decent. Some students like to bring their own comforter or pillow, but we do provide the bedding.
The school uniform can be purchased when you arrive with your child, in August. It can also be ordered online directly from the company, Trium. Then create a profile to see the list of items and place your order.
Collège Bourget organizes various special events throughout the year. International students may wish to bring special clothes or costumes for these events.
- National Day: When possible, the school celebrates the national day of the countries of origin of international students. Students should bring clothing that is typical of their country, for instance the jersey of a sports team. International students are asked to plan typical activities from their country for other students.
- Halloween: The school holds a Halloween dance every year. Students should bring a costume and some make-up.
- Christmas: A formal dinner is held two weeks before Christmas. Students are expected to dress up for the occasion. Plan something elegant with clean shoes.
- Winter: Canadian winters can be frigid. Students must bring warm clothes (it is always possible for international students to buy them with the help of their host family):
- warm coat, boots, hat and/or tuque, mitts and/or gloves, scarf, warm socks; thermal underwear is recommended;
- winter day activities are planned during which students have the opportunity to ski (among other things); students will also spend a weekend in Quebec City for the Winter Carnival.
- Valentine’s Day: Students are asked to wear something pink, red, or white.
- Prom night: For secondary 5 students (grade 11), prom night marks the end of high school. This is a very formal event.