Senior School Houses

Sherborne House and Seondeok House are designed for the older students' Boarding at Branksome Hall Asia. We strive to help each girl learn to be independent and become better prepared for the university experience that is to follow their secondary years.

Single accommodations

Sherborne House and Seondeok House offer spacious single accommodations with en-suite bathrooms giving each girl their own personalized living space. This provides a conducive and study-focused environment. In addition, it provides a tailored program to support the highest levels of individual academic attention by Teacher Dons.

Organization Skills

An important features is the opportunity for the girls to receive more responsibility and more freedom to organize their day and study practices. Girls are encouraged to apply their social and organizational skills. They are involved in the decisions of the House and in the setting and upholding the best standards of behavior.

We encourage and support the girls to continue broadening their horizons through outside interests and extend their goals so that they become the self-confident, passionate and empowered young women for which Branksome Hall Asia is renowned.

Last year I was a day student and this year's Boarding life gave me a totally different experience. Since arriving at Sherborne House, my learning efficiency is higher, classmates and teacher dons can give me more help as well. I really enjoy the life in Boarding.
Grade 11 student


Seondeok House


Muniz-Fraticcelli, Mariana

Head of House

Seondeok Residence


M.A. Bilingual School Counseling (New York University)
B.A. English (Boston University)
B.S. Bilingual Education (Boston University)


Mariana joins us with vast experience in counseling especially

with middle and senior school aged students. She joins us from

New York City Department of Education, where she had the role

of G6-8 School Counselor at the School of Finance and

Technology. Mariana is fluent in English and Spanish and holds

a Master of Arts in Bilingual School Counseling from New York




Limbu, Sagun

Teacher Don




B.A. Education (Endicott College)


Sagun joins Branksome Hall Asia from Beverly, Massachussetts

as a teacher don. Sagun holds a Bachelor's degree in English

Literature with Creative Writing as her concentration.



Chenier, Christine

Teacher Don




(Hons.) B.A. (University of Toronto)


Christine joined Branksome Hall Asia last March in the Residence

Program after volunteering and working abroad for the past 3 years

as a Yoga Teacher. She brings over 6 years of experience working

in Education as a Montessori Asst. in Canada, an ESL Teacher for

the POE in Jeju, a Sr. KG Teacher in Seoul & a French Teacher in

Egypt. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University

of Toronto in a Specialist program called 'Education of Teacher's in




De Sole, Melissa

Teacher Don


B.A. (Colorado College)


Melissa left the United States four years ago to teach English in

South Korea. After four years working for Jeju's Provicial Office

of Education, she is excited to join of Branksome's residence family

this year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages

(French, Italian, and Spanish) from Colorado College and a

certification to Teach English as a Foreign Language from

Cambridge University.



Lee, So Ra

Teacher Don


B.A. Commerce (Monash University)

So Ra was born in Seoul and originally from Australia.She holds
B.A. in Commerce with majors in Finance and Economics from
Monash University. Before joining BHA, she has worked
in various English Academies and tutored both in Australia
and Korea where she developed her teaching abilities.
She is passionate to bring her experience of residing
and studying in Australia to the students in residence.



Chong, YeoJin

Teacher Don




B.SocSc. (The University of Hong Kong)


Yeojin is originally from Seoul, South Korea but has been to schools in

the UK, China, France, and Hong Kong throughout her life. She has

worked in many different fields before joining BHA team, including the

internship at the United Nations Environmental Plan Seoul office, a

global think-tank in Hong Kong, a TV show production team, and an

American PR agency. She found her passion in education after working

as a part-time GED and TOEFL teacher in Seoul. She holds a Bachelor

of Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong and TESOL

cerfiticate from the Okanagan College.


Sherborne House

Dryer, Mindi

Head of House

Sherborne House


M.S.Educational Leadership (Minnesota State University)

B.A. Physical Education (University of Northern Iowa)


Mindi joins us as Head of Residence. She holds a Master of

Science in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State

University. She has been teaching in International Schools

for 11 years, while living in Seoul, Alexandria, Beijing &

Guangzhou, where she has served as the Athletic Director

and Head of the Physical Education & Health Department.

She was also Head of Grade 12 and brings valuable

experiences in pastoral care.

Kim, Yu Kyung

Assistant Head of House


B.A. (Pitzer College)

M.A. (University of Southern California)


Yu Kyung Kim is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She

studied many years in England and the United States of

America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and

Sociology and a Masters in Teaching Secondary English

Language Arts. She is excited to use her academic

concentrations to support her students become confident


Smith, Stephanie

Teacher Don


BSc. Zoology (University of Reading)


Stephanie is originally from London, UK. She studied Zoology

from University of Reading. She is passionate about Science,

nature, travel, healthy eating, and fitness.

Yoon, Hye Ji

Teacher Don


B.A. Economics (University of California, Davis)


Hayla joins Branksome Hall Asia for a second year as a teacher Don

in the Residence program. She brings international experiences

studying abroad in New Zealand, Australia and the United States

since 2002. She attended an all girls Boarding & IB School and has

worked in education for 4 years. Hye Ji has a Bachelor of Arts in

Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Pu, Wanting

Teacher Don


B.A. (Lancaster)


Wanting is originally from China. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in

Media and Cultural Studies and a Master of Arts in Human Resource

Management from UK. She has worked in International college of

Beijing Foreign Studies University as an English tutor for four years

helping students with IELTS and pre-college english training. She

is excited to share her overseas education experience and academic

support with the Residence Students at Branksome Hall Asia.

Arocha, Allyson

Teacher Don


B.S. (Davidson College)


Allyson Arocha is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia but grew up in

North Carolina, USA. She received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology

with a concentration in Neuroscience while on the pre-medicine track

from Davidson College. She has worked in a clinic and is excited to

share her interests and academic concentrations to help students

achieve both their academic and non-academic goals.

What to Bring

What to Bring:

  • Pillow
  • Personal MacBook with earphones
  • Cell phone with local number. Students are encouraged to have a cell phone.
  • Toiletries including bathrobe, bath towels, toothbrush, shampoo, hair dryer, soap and plastic flip-flops (beach sandals) to wear in the bathrooms and shower areas
  • A named laundry bag, and laundry soap.
  • Clothes hangers for the closet
  • Alarm clock, desk lamp, flashlight.
  • Blue-tack for attaching pictures or posters to the wall (no tape or glue)
  • Extension cable (4m)
  • All clothing MUST be labeled with each student’s name.
  • Rain coat


  • Some students may choose to bring the following:
  • Sports equipment such as tennis/badminton racquet, rollerblades (with protective gear)
  • Small house-plant with drip tray
  • An extra pillow, pillowcase and bed sheet
  • Musical instrument
  • Provided in Residence
  • The following will be provided for each girl:
  • All linen including fitted bed sheets, mattress cover, pillowcase, duvet and duvet cover. However, many students like to bring their own duvets and we are happy for this to happen.
  • Desk with chair.
  • Wardrobe for clothes and shoes with mirror
  • Junior Residences have storage space on top of wardrobe (60cm by 60cm).
  • Senior residences have ample wardrobe space and shelving
  • Bed-drawers.
  • A lockable drawer.
  • Bookshelf and places for mementos.
  • In the common areas there are: Televisions, toasters, kettles, a fridge freezer and microwave.
  • Separate laundry room with ironing boards, irons, washing machines, clothes dryers

What NOT to bring:

  • Small appliances of any kind: kettles, hot plates, blenders, refrigerators, toasters, soup pots, toaster ovens, rice cookers, crock pots (slow cookers), microwave ovens and irons
  • Televisions are provided in Residence common areas and are not permitted in student rooms
  • bookcases
  • night stands
  • side tables
  • shoe racks
  • shelving units
  • electric blankets
  • candles
  • own wifi routers
  • printer
  • humidifier/dehumidifier
  • Residence faculty will confiscate any such items accordingly.
  • Residence faculty will be happy to assist students in any way possible to set up their rooms in order to create a comfortable atmosphere, which the students can enjoy all year long.

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