Boarding at LAC House

Both LAC Head Prefects for 2018 are LAC House boarders

LAC House is a co-educational boarding establishment for Year 7 to 13 students within the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

‘LAC House’ became the official title for the Longburn Adventist College Boys’ and Girls’ Dormitories on August 29th, 2013.

At LAC House, boarders will develop lifelong friendships along with a sense of community and understanding of Christian values needed to prepare them for an ever-changing world.

The important development of one’s spiritual, academic, physical and social well-being is based on the Bible verse:

”And Jesus increased in wisdom (education), and in stature (health) and in favour with God (Spiritual) and man (social)” Luke 2:52 NIV

LAC House is owned and operated by the Longburn Adventist College Board of Governors.

LAC House Menu

General Information
Boarding Details
Boarding Fees
Boarding Scholarships
LAC House Staff
Staff Vacancies

LAC House Motto

LAC House boarding places are allocated through the normal school enrolment process.

Domestic Enrolment
International Enrolment

General Information

The students are housed in two dormitory buildings on the Longburn Adventist College Campus. The boys’ and girls’ dormitories accommodate students in double (shared) and single rooms. The dormitories contain a chapel, TV lounge, kitchenette, sick-bay, office and laundry. The cafeteria, which includes a fully equipped industrial kitchen, is located in a separate building within walking distance of the dormitories. Within the cafeteria building, is the dining room and assembly area.

The catering staff provide tasty, balanced, nutritious vegetarian meals and will cater for students requiring special dietary needs where possible. Students make their packed lunches at breakfast time.

Other student facilities for the Longburn Adventist College boarders include a tennis court, basketball court, athletics ground, and access to the LAC gym and music suite. There is a covered area for storage of bicycles.

LAC Boys Dorm

The dormitory is run on a day-to-day basis by the Boarding Director (Senior Girls’ Dean), the Senior Boys’ Dean, and two Assistant Girls’ and Assistant Boys’ Dean per dorm.

One male and female dean are always available to assist the students at any time. Additional catering staff prepare the boarders’ meals.

The Boarding Director is required to regularly report to the Board of Governors.

Many outside activities are offered for Longburn Adventist College boarders, such as running, basketball, netball, tennis, soccer, touch rugby, volleyball, table tennis, badminton and music lessons.

Longburn Adventist College is a Seventh-day Adventist Institution, with Sabbath being observed from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. As part of Sabbath observance, all boarders are expected to attend church meetings in Palmerston North on Saturday morning and to abstain from laundry, TV and sporting activities during the Sabbath hours.

Worship with LAC House in the cafeteria

Off-Campus Leave – This involves any activity that takes a boarding student off campus. Examples include sports competitions, town trips, family visits, medical trips and the like. Students must sign out in the Leave Register which is located in their dormitory. The Leave Register must be checked and verified by the dean on duty before the students can leave the campus.

Weekend Leave – Application forms for weekend leave have to be submitted to the boarding deans by the Wednesday before the weekend they want to take leave. The Weekend Committee, which meets every Thursday, will discuss the applications submitted and grant leave as they see fit. Forms that are not correctly filled out will delay the decision of the Weekend Committee.

Term-end/start Leave – Details for arrival/leave at the beginning/end of the term must be sent to the Boarding Director via email or phone at least two weeks before the travel occurs. This allows the boarding staff to arrange the pickup or drop off for your child. If required, boarding staff can assist with booking travel arrangements.

Students can apply for leave through their Boardingware account

Each dormitory has a sick bay room where students are cared for by the dean on duty. Students with illnesses that are contagious, such as measles, chicken pox etc. will be sent home. Regular illnesses are treated at The Palms Medical Center in Palmerston North where LAC House has an account.

Parents/caregivers and prospective students are welcome to make an appointment with the marketing and boarding staff to view the dormitory prior to enrolment.

Parents/caregivers can also create a Boardingware account to apply for leave and monitor activities for their child.

Within the dormitory, students have access to N4L controlled fibre broadband Wifi.

Local calls may be made from coin-operated telephones that are available in each dormitory. It is recommended that students get a Home 0800 number or a Telecom or Clear charge card for toll calls.

Each student has to apply for permission to have a mobile phone, which can only be used at designated times outside of school hours.

At all other times mobile phones, laptops & tablets will be looked after by the boarding deans.

Below is a basic ‘What to bring’ list for new boarders. For more details, please download our LAC House Handbook.

• BEDDING (e.g. duvet and covers, sheets, pillow and pillowslips)
A sleeping bag is optional.
An electric blanket is advisable for the colder months.
You may purchase extra bedding at our local retail stores (e.g. K-Mart, Warehouse) if required.

Personal products, e.g. bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products (girls).

Washing powder, clothes pegs, laundry basket.

e.g. family photos, room clock.

Casual and church wear (all named).

Boarding Details

Contact Details


+64 6 354 1059

Ext 703 (Girls’ Dorm Office)
Ext 761 (Girls’ Phone Booth)
Ext 702 (Boys’ Dorm Office)
Ext 760 (Boys’ Phone Booth)
Boarding Director & Senior Girls’ Dean
Mrs Maria Henry Email: mariah@lac.school.nz
Ext 729
021 987 161
Senior Boys’ Dean
Mr Roy Henry Email: royh@lac.school.nz
Ext 702
021 223 4808
Marketing & Boarding Admin.
Mr Eifion Paul Email: eifionp@lac.school.nz
Ext 729
021 229 8199

Boarding Handbook

The LAC House Student Handbook is available to view below and download here.

Boarding Fees

The annual fee for a boarding student (both domestic & international) to live within LAC House is NZ$13,270 (updated 7 December 2017).

Particulars Amount (NZ$)
Uniform Fee $600
Accommodation $6,200
Meals $5,560
Activites Fee  $200
Room Maintenance $210
Local Travel Fee $500
Total Annual Fee $13,270

For detailed information, please download the LAC Fees & Donations Summary.

Payment Options:
Boarders’ fees require an up-front NZ$1,000 deposit. The remainder may be paid up-front or by instalments.
All instalments must be finalised by the end of the academic school year.

Boarding Scholarships

Scholarships that are available (for domestic fee-paying students) at Longburn Adventist College include:

1. Longburn Adventist College Boarding Scholarship

The purpose of the Longburn Adventist College (LAC) Boarding Scholarship is to aid quality students who come from a financially challenged background.

The LAC boarding scholarship is available to domestic fee paying students who are facing financial hardship. It has been set up to primarily but not exclusive to help Seventh-day Adventist students who meet the application criteria.

  • Available through Longburn Adventist College
  • Scholarship amount: up to NZ$3,000 towards boarding fees only.
  • Available to domestic fee-paying students only (including Australia, Cook Island, Niue & Tokelau residents).

2. Ministry of Education Boarding Allowances

Applications for 2019 are now open.

Please click here of view below to download a copy.

The closing date for applications is 5 December 2018.


Our staff responsibility is to ensure boarders feel safe and spiritually nurtured towards serving our God and Saviour throughout their boarding life at Longburn Adventist College.

ROY HENRYSenior Boys' Dean
MARIA HENRYBoarding Director & Senior Girls' Dean
EIFION PAULMarketing & Admin.
KOFI AMOAHAssistant Boys' Dean

Staff Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies for Assistant Deans.

For January & July 2019 there will be vacancies. Please apply through the Adventist Volunteers Service: https://www.adventistvolunteers.org/