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$20,000 a year and no air conditioning? Parent’s slam ‘cheap’ boarding school as their children are for making students sleep in 40 degree heat

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No air conditioning in the bedrooms of boys living at an expensive Queensland college has divided parents, as sizzling summer heat continues to sweep the state. 

St Brendan’s College in Yeppoon, a coastal town in the state’s centre, charges well over $20,000 per child each year, and only air conditions its communal areas. 

Parents vented concerns for their children’s welfare on Facebook, discussing whether the steep boarding prices should include a cooling unit in every dorm. 

No air conditioning in the bedrooms of boys living at St Brendan's College in Queensland  has divided parents, as sizzling summer heat continues to sweep the state

No air conditioning in the bedrooms of boys living at St Brendan’s College in Queensland has divided parents, as sizzling summer heat continues to sweep the state

Monday’s 40 degree scorcher, which prompted the college to call off it’s planned football match, had parents worried about their son’s ability to sleep comfortably.

‘Why hasn’t St BRENDAN’S got air conditioned dorms? The boys out there are suffering in this heat,’ an anxious father wrote on a community group Monday. 

Several parents echoed his thoughts and expressed that at more than $15,000 a year – for boarding alone – the students should have their own air conditioning.

‘I think it is disgusting that these poor kids done have air con. I’m absolutely gob smacked actually that they don’t. Especially with the heat up here,’ Shanny Nixon-Smith told Daily Mail Australia.

Someone else added, ’40+ (degrees) today. Should be all air conditioned. I am sure people will survive without AC it just makes life more comfortable. After all I bet your cars have AC, your workplaces, shopping centres etc.’ 

Several parents expressed that at more than $15,000 a year - for boarding alone - the students should have their own air conditioning

Several parents expressed that at more than $15,000 a year – for boarding alone – the students should have their own air conditioning

One parent was shocked when her son, who attended a leadership camp at the college, said there were no fans or air conditioning in the rooms, and had to sleep on the floor on a mattress.

‘When you have kids in a dorm on bunk beds with little ventilation it is going to be hot!! Today the boarders didn’t want to go back to the dorms because it was to hot!,’ she said. 

Others thought depriving the students of private cooling systems in their dorms was a good way to ‘toughen them up’.

A boy who attended a leadership camp at the college said there were no fans or air conditioning in the rooms and he had to sleep on the floor on a mattress

A boy who attended a leadership camp at the college said there were no fans or air conditioning in the rooms and he had to sleep on the floor on a mattress

‘Maybe they are trying to toughen them up so they aren’t so sooky. We don’t have air con in our bedrooms nor could we afford to run them.’

Another joked, ‘They want them to lose weight it’s the football season you know.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted St Brendan’s College for comment. 

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