Boarding life

Boarding life

Boarding in Esperance is the ideal experience for students from regional areas.

Happy boys at Esperance beachThe sun, surf and wilderness stimulate the senses. Friendships, country values and community spirit feed the soul. Skilled teachers, strong school leadership and high-quality educational programs develop the mind.

Tutors are available at Esperance Residential CollegeYour child’s academic success is one of our priorities at Esperance Residential College. We provide structured study opportunities for your child and work closely with Esperance Senior High School to keep your child’s education on track.

Each of our rooms provide a comfortable study space that is designed to encourage effective individual study. Your child will spend at least an hour studying individually in their room each school night during mandatory quiet study time. This time runs from 8 pm to 9 pm each school night before students get ready for bed. Senior students with higher study loads are able to continue a reasonable amount of study after this time. Internet access is restricted to learning and study purposes during individual study time.

5th year medical student, Tara tutoring Esperance Residential College boarders for ATAR examsYour child will also have access to tutoring services for additional support in their learning. Tutors in a wide range of subjects are available to students on-campus on Monday to Thursday evenings. The college engages regular tutors on set evenings to allow for consistency in tutoring and the best possible academic support. Our tutors have come from a wide range of backgrounds, and in the past have included medical students interning at Esperance Health Campus, as well as pre-service teachers who have lived on-campus during their practicum.

Esperance Residential College supervisors talking with boardersWe want your child to feel at home at Esperance Residential College while they pursue their secondary education. We understand it’s a new and sometimes challenging experience for your child to live away from their family. Our staff provide a positive and safe environment for your child, giving them a similar level of support that they would receive at home.

Esperance Residential College staff v students basketball teamsSocial and emotional development is just as important as academic progress for our students, so our supervisors develop strong, positive relationships with your child to ensure their individual needs are met. Supervisors are present whenever students are on campus and areas are available to your child when needed. Our supervisors are there to monitor and support your child with any issue they may face in their learning and personal development, including physical and social wellbeing, mental health, behaviour, and school attendance. Our college internet connection is on from 7 am to 10 pm.

Pic of students using gym equipmentYour child is actively encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle during their stay with us. The college provides ample opportunities for your child to be active and remain physically and socially healthy, with access to high-quality recreational and sporting facilities and organised physical and social activities.

Delicious roast dinner at Esperance Residential CollegeMeal times are an enjoyable opportunity for students to spend time together. Our kitchen staff provide wholesome home-style meals to our students, ensuring your child has balanced nutritional meals to get them through their busy school days. We provide for a wide range of dietary requirements, and seek feedback from our students about meal options. We provide students with packed lunches to take with them to school each morning.

Our meal plans are in line with the Fresh School Nutrition Advisory Program, FreshSNAP.

You can refer to an example of a typical menu (Term 2, 2024).

Esperance Residential College boarder proudly displaying the fish the caughttEsperance Residential College boarders gardening activityOur supervisors work with you and your child to ensure their physical health, mental health and medical needs are catered for. We ensure they feel comfortable communicating any concerns about their health or wellbeing with us by forming strong caring relationships with them. Students have ready access to medical, dental and pharmaceutical services in Esperance. Supervisors are fully trained in first aid and are on campus 24 hours a day, available to respond to any urgent care matters and emergencies.

Esperance Residential College boarders enjoying the spectacular 2024 Aurora AustralisWe have a wide range of activities and recreational options for your child to participate in.

We make sure your child has the opportunity to experience everything the Esperance region has to offer. The college organises group activities such as camping and day trips to various locations, drives into town or to Esperance’s spectacular beaches.

Boarders from Esperance Residential College enjoying a paddleStudents can access the community library, swimming pool or cinema, and sporting events or tournaments at the college and in the wider community. Our activities encourage healthy living, building relationships with fellow students and cultivating values of cooperation, respect, tolerance and confidence.

Your child is encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities related to their interests. The college provides a shuttle service to transport your child to after-school and weekend activities around town, such as sporting clubs, volunteering, music lessons or tutoring.

Check out all the fun activities we have planned for next term on our Term 3 2024 activity planner.

Boarders playing chess at Esperance Residential COllegeSome students may feel homesick when they board away from home. This usually happens when they first arrive and are settling in. We encourage students to speak with supervisors about their feelings or phone home for a chat. Supervisors also try to help students make new friends and feel more at home.

2 girls laughing at Esperance Residential CollegeIf your child has something on their mind and they would like to speak to someone other than a supervisor, parent or carer, they can seek support from the:

3 Esperance Residential College boarders wearing pink butterfly wingsIf you or your child has any concerns about the residential college, please speak with the college manager. If a student has any concerns they feel they cannot raise with the college manager, they can email

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