We endeavour to create a positive experience for all our students.
We do this by implementing Positive Behaviour Support. We focus on improving behaviour, teaching social skills and achieving higher educational outcomes. Our college culture is positive, respectful and encourages responsible and caring behaviour.
We support our students to reach their full potential in secondary education, and we encourage their social and emotional development as they interact and live with their peers. College staff connect students to the wider Geraldton community, encouraging community activity and participation to broaden our students’ horizons.
We are an established and respected institution within the Geraldton community. Our credibility is reflected in the confidence shown by families who have sent successive generations to our college over our many years.
We’re proud of our students and what they achieve during their time at Geraldton Residential College. Up to 119 students between 11 and 18 years old come from all over Western Australia, from as far north as Halls Creek, east to Meekatharra south to Jurien Bay. The college environment brings students' unique personalities and lifestyles together in one place, where they learn and grow from each other, forming life-long friendships.
Led by College Manager Ruth Davis, our team works to provide the best possible boarding experience for students during their stay in Geraldton. All-hours supervision is provided by our staff during the school term and weekends.
To ensure the best possible standard of duty of care, all supervisory staff hold current qualifications, including:
- Certificate IV in Community Services - Student Residential Care (CHC42021)
- Provide First Aid (HLTAID011) certificate and Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (HLTAID009) certificate
- water safety qualifications including Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC), Bronze Medallion and Aquatic Rescue for Group 3 Pools
- bus driver’s license with Passenger Transport Declaration (PTD) Authorisation
Our staff also include a manager of corporate services, cooks, cleaners and a grounds person, who all aid in the day to day operations of the residential college.
The college maintains direct contact with local schools to track our students’ progress and wellbeing.
Boarders at Geraldton Residential College attend the following schools:
Champion Bay Senior High School
Students who attend Champion Bay Senior High School travel the short 8km distance to school on public transport.
Champion Bay Senior High School provides a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment. Students can gain the knowledge, skills and values to help them realise their potential. We ensure that student achievement and learning is at the centre of all that our teachers do. Our broad curriculum offers pathways leading to attainment of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications or future employment.
Discover more about the school on the Champion Bay Senior High School website.
Geraldton Christian College
Students who attend Geraldton Christian College have a short 15min public transport trip.
Geraldton Christian College is guided by Christian values. Our students from K-12 are inspired on their learning pathway in an edifying and vibrant atmosphere. Our committed Christian staff are devoted to caring for each student. We create engaging learning experiences so our students can achieve their best. Our uplifting community is truly at the heart of our College.
Learn more about our school, curriculum and enrolment process on our Geraldton Christian College website.
Geraldton Grammar School
Geraldton Grammar School students are driven to school on the college bus.
Geraldton Grammar School has a proud history of providing outstanding academic and pastoral care to its students. Our foundations are built on the philosophies of the Anglican tradition. At Geraldton Grammar School every child is known, valued and cared for. Students are encouraged to give their personal best in all areas including sport, academic studies, Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs, Music or the Arts.
For a glimpse of student life and the programs we offer please visit the Geraldton Grammar School website.
Geraldton Senior High School
Students who attend Geraldton Senior High School can walk to school.
Geraldton Senior High School is a vibrant, multicultural school that embraces a culture of respect, responsibility and everyone doing their best. Geraldton Senior High School caters for students in Years 7- 12 enabling young people to complete their entire secondary education at our school.
We provide a broad comprehensive education with pathways consisting of Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) courses, Endorsed Programs and Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. Students can also complete an individualised pathway which could lead to an attainment of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
Discover more about what we have to offer on the Geraldton Senior High School website.
Nagle Catholic College
Students who attend Nagle Catholic College can walk to school.
At Nagle Catholic College, we strive to provide our students with a balanced and holistic education. This equips our graduates to live fulfilling and purposeful lives as happy and productive members of the wider community. At Nagle, the key partnership is that which exists between the student, the family and the school. The key goal is the success of every student. Great partnerships are built upon mutual respect, good communication and an understanding of the importance of working together.
Find out more about our curriculum and enrolment process on the Nagle Catholic College website.
Transport to and from school
Students at any school are welcome to borrow a college bicycle to ride to school.
Parents are asked to provide a TransGeraldton SmartRider card for their child which gives them access to public transport. Using a SmartRider card, students receive a student fare on school days. Students and parents are responsible for keeping their SmartRider card safe and loaded for travel to and from school. Access information about SmartRiders from Transperth.
Geraldton is an amazing place for students from regional Western Australia to live while completing their secondary education. Located 424 kilometres north of Perth, Geraldton’s population of over 40,000 enjoy beautiful beaches, comfortable climate and year-round sunshine.
A bustling regional city, Geraldton boasts a healthy community environment, a flourishing economy and successful industries such as mining, fishing, manufacturing, construction, retail and tourism. Our port city is located 5 hours’ drive from Carnarvon, Perth and Meekatharra and is connected by daily flights and buses to Perth.
The college has strong ties to the community. To enhance this connection we have a Local Input Networking and Communications (LINC) committee at the college. The LINC is made up of representatives from the community and provides advice and support to the manager and staff regarding the operation and management of the college. The LINC committee promotes the college and ensures that activities are in the best interest of students.