Boarding life

Boarding life

Your child enjoys a welcoming and nurturing home away from home while living in a rural community.

As a boarding student, they live and study with other young people from the Great Southern region and beyond. They attend one of five comprehensive secondary schools and enjoy the wonderful recreational and sporting amenities in the City of Albany.

Whether your child is preparing for entry into university, other tertiary/training institutions or the workforce, students are provided with high level educational support while boarding at Albany Residential College.

Your child will be supported by qualified supervisors who guide and encourage students in their academic, sporting and social lives. Our supervisors work closely with the teaching and support staff at Albany Senior High School, North Albany Senior High School and Saint Joseph’s College, discussing strategies to enable continuity in your child’s academic and social development.

Students have access to supervised study nights five times a week, tutoring two nights a week, and other options for private tutoring and group study to support your child’s progress. They are provided with internet access and comprehensive learning resources through the college’s computer network and are encouraged to make the most of their study time.

Albany Residential College is home to over 80 students from surrounding country towns. Much like home, your child will feel safe in the College environment where we foster a culture of respect, tolerance and inclusion. Each child in the college feels supported as we invest time and resources to meet their individual social and emotional needs.

Our supervisors develop strong relationships with students and ensure each child has a sense of respect and fairness at all times. They are available at any time and deliver a similar level of support to what your child would receive at home. It is important to our staff that your child has a positive and happy experience at the College.

Being physically and mentally healthy is important for your child to do well at school. To ensure they can reach their potential, we have strategies in place to support them to live healthy lifestyles. We ensure they eat and sleep well, maintain a routine and have plenty of opportunities to recreate and be active. We also help them to access any health services they may need during their stay. 

At Albany Residential College, we provide three meals a day plus afternoon tea and supper.  Our menu includes a variety of healthy home-style meals and also provides for students with particular dietary needs. We have a five-week menu rotation which ensures the meals are varied. Our meal plans are checked by dieticians and approved by the Canteen Association of WA. 

We encourage students to be active and participate in group activities. Some of our students play for local cricket and football clubs. Others practice taekwondo or go to army cadets.

You can be assured that your child will be well looked after if they are unwell. We have two sick bays on site, GPs in town and Albany Hospital located nearby. Our supervisors are all fully trained in first aid and are on campus 24 hours a day.   


Albany is the perfect place for your child to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with beautiful beaches nearby, a large leisure centre with swimming pools, indoor courts and recreation centre, and a skate park. Our supervisors take the students on town leave, visits to the cinema and college camps to provide relaxing time away from study.

With the College adjacent to the Albany Senior High School, the students are able to use the school oval and courts after school and on the weekends. They play games with their friends and they’re encouraged to participate in activities organised by our supervisors.

Sometimes students feel homesick when they board away from home. This mostly happens when they first arrive and are settling in, or when something concerns them. Students are encouraged to speak with supervisors about their feelings or ring home for a chat. The supervisors also make an effort to help them make new friends and feel more at home.

If your child has something on their mind and they would like to speak to someone other than a supervisor or a parent/carer, they can seek support from:

  • Kids Helpline
  • School psychologist
  • School chaplain
  • School nurse.

If you or your child has any concerns about the residential college, it is a good idea to speak with the College Manager. If this does not resolve the matter, you can contact the Department of Education’s Manager, Residential Colleges on 9264 5432.