City Beach Residential College welcomes 2018 boarders


Eamon Fraser (11) from Mt Barker and Fynn Turley (17) from Collie. City Beach Residential College is home to a number of country kids who come to the city to study at public schools. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d478671
Eamon Fraser (11) from Mt Barker and Fynn Turley (17) from Collie. City Beach Residential College is home to a number of country kids who come to the city to study at public schools. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d478671

FROM country towns to the big smoke, Fynn and Eamon have come a long way to start the school year.

The pair are students at City Beach Residential College, which welcomes young adults from across the state enrolled in some of Perth’s top public secondary schools.

Residential manager Chris Chuck said the college has 56 students from as far away as Derby.

“They’re with us 40 weeks of the year, we try and make it a home away from home,” he said.

Fynn Turley (17) is the college’s head boy, and travels from Collie to attend John Curtin College of the Arts.

This is his fifth year of living at the residential college.

“I’ve become really close to the people in my year, it’s one of the benefits of boarding school,” he said.

“I feel a sense of nervousness this year going in to Year 12, but I know the staff will look after me.”

Eamon Fraser (11) is starting at John Curtin this year, and comes from Mt Barker; 2018 is his first year of living in City Beach.

“Even in the short amount of time I’ve been here, it’s really great; there’s nice food, scenery and help if you need it,” he said.

“I come from a small town where everyone knows each other, and it’s a good experience to be here, most people don’t get that opportunity.”

The Year 7 student will be taking part in a specialist program at his new school.

“I’m looking forward to my drama program, my dad and I gave it a shot to see what would happen and I got in,” he said.

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