Boarding life

Boarding life

While boarding at Moora Residential College, students enjoy living and learning in a rural community.

Our students are part of a close knit community and participate in community sport, activities and events. They have access to the great outdoors and feel at home in their new environment.

Living with other students from the Wheatbelt and beyond, they make life-long friends who share their boarding journey. Together they create wonderful memories of going to school, discovering new interests and having fun in their free time.

Many students are close enough to home to visit regularly.

Boarding at Moora Residential College gives students the opportunity to attend a school that provides a varied program of both ATAR and WACE subjects. Central Midlands Senior High School is a progressive school which is conveniently located adjacent to the College and is very welcoming to regional students.

At the residential college, our supervisors work closely with teaching and support staff at the high school to ensure students' academic needs are met and they are supported both at school and at the College. Meeting regularly, teachers and supervisors discuss their progress and develop strategies for any issues.

Homework and study is conducted under supervision five evenings a week. Students are encouraged to make full use of study times and facilities that are available. All of the computers are networked to the school so they can access the school’s resources. Tutorial assistance is available for all subjects by school teachers twice a week.

The College provides a wide range of recreational activities. Onsite, students can enjoy swimming in our 12 metre pool; watch movies on a large screen projector; attend a disco; play pool, air hockey, table tennis or X Box; hang out with friends and participate in games or activities organised by the supervisors.

With the school adjacent to the College, students are able to access the school oval and tennis, basketball and netball courts after school and at weekends. We encourage the students to be active and use the school facilities to organise games with their friends.

Students also enjoy frequent excursions to Perth and other locations. We are only a couple of hours from Perth, so it is easy for us to visit the City at weekends to enjoy activities such as sporting events, shopping, exhibitions or special events.

The College provides students with a similar level of support to what they receive at home so they have a positive and happy experience while they live away from their family. We place a strong focus on their social and emotional development as we understand this is just as important as their academic development. 

To ensure we meet each child’s individual needs, our supervisors develop strong relationships with them. They are available at any time and are present whenever the students are at the College.  Our supervisors are actively involved in group activities and make time for one-on-one discussions so students can talk about any concerns or share their positive experiences in Moora.

Students are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle while boarding at Moora Residential College. We provide opportunities to be active, belong to clubs, eat and sleep well and have access to any medical care they may need.

Moora has a number of sporting teams, including football, netball, tennis, hockey, basketball, swimming and cricket. There is also a recreation centre and community swimming pool. Students are encouraged to participate in community sport and we provide transport to venues. Students also stay active by swimming in our pool at the College.

When it comes to meals, we have a healthy choice policy at the College. This means students are given a choice of healthy options for each meal. They have breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner in the College dining room every day. They take a packed lunch to school five days a week and eat lunch at the College on weekends.

 

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.