Boarding life

Boarding life

Narrogin Residential College is one of Western Australia’s largest and most progressive co-educational boarding colleges.

Your child boards in a comfortable and safe community environment with ongoing academic and pastoral care and support while attending Narrogin Senior High School.

At the residential college, we understand the importance of ensuring your child has access to a supportive and productive study environment.  We have compulsory study time in the evening from Sunday to Thursday for all students. In addition, after-school tutoring at the school is available to students, as well as access to private tutors.

If your child has an interest in music, private music lessons can be organised for piano, guitar and vocals.  The College has a piano for them to practice.

We are a progressive college with country values and traditions, and we make it our mission to provide a safe, supportive and caring environment for our boarders. We believe it takes a village to raise a child so our staff actively maintains an open and direct line of communication with Narrogin Senior High School and parents.

We genuinely care about the boarders in our care and understand that we play an important role in helping to raise and parent teenagers in the physical absence of parents.

Supervisors do not replace the role of the parent. Instead, they form good relationships with parents or guardians, and work hard to ensure that they communicate and support both the students and their families.

Narrogin Residential College provides 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. In addition to our five week menu rotation, our kitchen staff also organises a number of themed nights throughout the year. Here is one of our menus as an example.

At the College we encourage students to be active and participate in group activities. The College has its own sporting teams that play in the local competition at the Narrogin Recreation Centre.  We currently have four girls’ and two boys’ basketball teams, three netball teams and two mixed hockey teams.

Our students also play for local cricket and football clubs. Some students practise taekwondo or go to army cadets.

You can be assured that your child will be well looked after if your child is unwell. We have two sick bays on site, GPs in town and Narrogin Hospital located nearby.

The college offers a wide range of recreation activities. We have pool tables, foosball, table tennis, archery facilities, giant connect 4, Xbox, movie nights, arts and crafts, cooking sessions, table tennis, talent night, lawn cricket, lawn waterslides and scavenger hunts. 

Students can also join the local taekwondo club and cadets.

The college also organises excursions outside of Narrogin to Perth for shopping trips, visits to Bounce or the zoo, ice-skating, basketball and AFL games, Wagin Woolorama and other field and agriculture shows, the movies or ten-pin bowling.

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.