Enrolments begin at college

Laura GrubisaNarrogin Observer

The Narrogin Residential College is taking enrolments for the 2018 school year as the boarding facility gets ready for its 55th year of operation.

The college, which is next to Narrogin Senior High School, was originally founded in 1956.

There was no formal name for the college so it was known as The Hostel, and was home to only six girls.

Over time numbers started to grow and by 1961 there were 65 students living at The Hostel.

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In 1963 the Country High School Hostel Authority and the Country Women’s Association undertook the joint management and operation, and by 1969 the CWA relinquished its share of the management.

In July 2017, the CHSHA was abolished and all residential colleges have become part of the Department of Education.

Over the years the college flourished because of the success of Narrogin Senior High School and the response from parents wanting to board their children closer to home, and for many years the Narrogin school was in the top 10 per cent of all State schools.

The college has changed dramatically over the past 54 years, the biggest change coming in 2004 with the completion of the major college improvements.

New boys’ dormitories and senior girls’ dormitories as well as the main college recreation room and the college administration areas were finished and, to make way for all the new buildings, several old ones were demolished.

In 2010 and 2014 the college completed the redesign and refurbishment of the ageing girls’ two-storey dormitories with the old barrack-style sleeping quarters converted into single rooms with doors.

The college was also granted funding to replace its very old and well-used recreation building with a new bigger building with a full-sized basketball court.

The Narrogin Residential College co-ed student body has a rich diversity of students from all walks of life and has produced many outstanding students over the years.

These include a leading expert in child and youth development, a published author of several books, VFL/AFL footballers, a football writer for the West Australian and 6PR radio host and several commercial pilots, artists, and shipbuilders.

This year, the residential college head boy was named dux and valedictorian at school, and received a number of subject prize awards, as did six other residential college Year 12 students.

For further information, contact the Narrogin Residential College on 9881 1066 or email Narrogin. ResCol@education.wa.edu.au for further information regarding the 2018 school year.

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