Broome Residential College is an established boarding facility providing accommodation for secondary students from Years 7 to 12 who wish to study in Broome.
Situated in the beautiful regional centre of Broome, 2350 km north of Perth, the College caters to students attending both Broome Senior High School and St Mary’s College. Located at the corner of Kerr and Matsumoto streets in Broome, the College was designed in collaboration with local Traditional Owners to blend with the natural environment, provide a state of the art facility, and maintain environmental sustainability.
We have more than 100 students living at the College. They mostly come from communities and stations in the Kimberley, but also from other regions of Australia. Ninety-five per cent of students are Aboriginal and have a strong connection to Country and their communities. While at the College, they maintain a strong relationship with their families and friends back home - calling, emailing and visiting at weekends and holidays.
Although students come from all over the Kimberley region, they are very close to the other boarding students at the College. They care and support each other, tolerate and respect each other's difference, and encourage one another to strive for excellence at school and their personal interests.
The College has a team 21 members of staff, led by College Manager Kristine Van.
Caring for our students are 10 supervisors (five male and five female) who all live on site. They are professional and experienced in supporting young people in a boarding environment. One supervisor is responsible solely for medical, dental and specialist appointments for our students.
To assist the College Manager with administration, there is a registrar to organise all Abstudy travel and enrolments and administration and finance officer to assist with all enrolment and fee enquiries.
We also have six ancillary staff that help with the running of the facility. These include kitchen, laundry and cleaning staff.
Broome Senior High School
Winner of the WA Education Awards 'Secondary School of the Year' in 2016, Broome Senior High School has a reputation for excellence and achievement. The school has grown significantly over the past five years and now caters to over 850 students from Years 7 to 12. It offers a full range of academic subjects for students in all years, along with a variety of programs aimed to develop and/or engage the academic, social, creative, leadership and sporting talents of our students.
St Mary's College
St Mary's College is a coeducational Kindergarten – Year 12 catholic school with a rich history of educating students from across the Kimberley region for over 100 years. The College offers a wide variety of programs to cater for the educational, social and emotional needs of students from K-12. All students are encouraged to grow in their faith and Christian values and to strive to achieve their personal best in every aspect of their education.
Over 17,000 people live permanently in Broome. During the winter months, this number significantly increases due to transient worker and visitors. The community is friendly and welcoming to visitors from the region and afar.
The College maintains close ties with the community. A key way we do this is through our Local Input Networking and Communications (LINC) committee. The committee includes representatives from the committee and provides advice and support to the College Manager and staff.