Esperance Residential College has twice as many Year 7s enrolled for 2018, compared to last year.
College manager Peter Jarzabek said it was a reflection of the high reputation of Esperance Senior High School and the ‘amazing positive energy’ of the college.
“It reflects the great work that our staff are doing fostering good relationships with our young people,” he said.
The college had a record breaking 18 students enrolled in Year 7, compared with nine in 2017.
Mr Jarzabek said about half of those students were from within a 100 kilometre radius of Esperance, while the others came from areas such as the Northern Goldfields, Leonora and Menzies.
“It has a great flow through effect for the Esperance community,” he said.
“Parents come down on weekends and spend their money in town.
“It’s outside money coming to Esperance, as well as the jobs it provides at the school.”
Mr Jarzabek said the college was focused on creating a sense of community, and ran activities such as wheelchair basketball to promote inclusion during orientation week.
“Wheelchair basketball is an activity that shows how inclusive we are,” he said.
“It’s all about relationship building, not only between staff and students but between the students themselves.”
In week starting Monday 12 February 2018, the college would introduce a buddy system.
The buddy system pairs senior students with younger pupils, which helps juniors with the feeling of homesickness, Mr Jarzabek said.
Mr Jarzabek said the college had about 90 students enrolled in total.