Jim Hopkins Retires

At the recent 2018 Boarding Australia (BA) Annual General Meeting long standing Board Director, former President and now life member, Jim Hopkins, tendered his resignation after 23 years of outstanding service. ‘Jim has made an exceptional voluntary contribution since the inauguration of Boarding Australia’s original organisation, the National Association for Rural Student Accommodation (NARSA),’ says […]

From Jabiru to Paris: Young Historian Commemorates the Battle of Amiens

Corben Mudjandi is a high achieving 17 year old who lives in a small out station 20 minutes drive from Jabiru in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park. In August Mudjandi was one of five Army Cadets to travel to France with the Australian Defence Force Cadets Contingent to commemorate the centenary of the Battle […]

#StrongTogether: Path to success starts with genuine relationships

The staff at St John’s College boarding house, which provides for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and overseas students, combines high expectations with high levels of support. Director of Boarding, Scott Mannion says the secret to #StrongTogether is a genuine, positive relationship with a student and their family. ‘A great relationship and mutual expectations between school, student […]

Helping students settle into city life with more confidence

Within the heritage listed Lockington House in Melbourne, students from remote and regional Australia prepare for their school day. What began as a family conversation soon grew into the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), home to 22 Indigenous students wishing to access secondary education. Executive Director, Edward Tudor, left his job as a mergers and […]

Happiness is helping

In Borroloola, a hub town between the Northern Territory and Queensland, Noela Anderson, a woman from Garrwa and Yanyuwa language groups has worked as the school Liasion Officer for 14 years. The school is part of the Borroloola and Gulf Group Schools, which consists of three remote campuses in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the […]