Daily Dorm Routine

Meeting Dorm Students Daily Needs

Each school day morning begins with a home-made breakfast prepared by the dorm parents in each dorm home. Before students head off for school, they are responsible to take their laundry and tidy their rooms.

  • School starts at 8:20 am.
  • School lunch is served in the cafeteria.
  • After school, students return home to their dorms for a snack and to re-connect with their dorm parents.
  • Each afternoon is filled with a variety of activities including sports, drama, clubs, socializing, tutoring, and homework.
  • Dinner is served family-style in the cafeteria at 5:40 pm each evening. Dorm families take turns cleaning up the cafeteria after dinner.
  • A community time from 6:00-7:00 pm each school night gives students a break from technology to enjoy time with friends or engage in sports, arts & crafts, music, walking on the beach, kayaking, or other personal hobbies. If students need this extra hour for homework, they can ask their dorm parents to use their devices earlier than 7:00 pm.
  • Once a week a student-led worship and prayer meeting gathers in the student center from 6:30-7:30 pm.
  • Evening study hall is required from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Students may study in their bedrooms, the dorm lounge, dining room or study room.
  • At the end of study hall time, students gather for family devotions or a weekly dorm meeting with a special treat, or enjoy free time in the dorm.
  • Before bedtime snacking is popular, so dorm kitchens are stocked with basic foods like bread, fruit and noodles.
  • Bedtime for younger students is between 8:30 and 9:30 pm.
  • High school students head for bed by 10 pm.
  • Weekend bedtimes for older students are midnight on Fridays and 11 pm on Saturdays.

Weekend activities include trips to the mall for movies, shopping and eating out, or the night market on the tourist strip of Batu Feringgi, or to downtown Georgetown for trendy coffee shops, street art and local shopping. Penang is famous for delicious local food stalls which Dalat students enjoy on a regular basis. Weekends are also the time to work ahead on school projects.

The dorm staff are committed to nurturing and meeting the daily needs of dorm students. They plan family bible reading and prayer times during the week, sometimes together as a dorm family, sometimes with the boys and girls in separate groups. They serve after school snacks and a special homemade treat for the kids to enjoy during their weekly dorm meeting. They also arrange special outings and service projects in the local community for students to enjoy together.