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Empowering students to achieve success

A Home Away From Home

The Roma Rural Student Hostel (RRSH) provides top quality co-ed accommodation and pastoral care for students from rural and remote areas who wish to study their secondary education in Roma, Queensland.

RRSH caters to students attending both Roma State College and St John’s College from years 7 to 12.

Established in 1992, the RRSH is owned by the Maranoa Regional Council, administrated by a voluntary committee and operated by experienced house parent, Janice Colley.

The not-for-profit organisation provides a safe, nurtured and fun environment for children to grow with confidence as they further their education in Roma.

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Our Facility

The Roma Rural Student Hostel is a fully accredited organisation which strives to exceed industry standards to meet the needs of our students and their families.  Our students enjoy an environment fitted with modern conveniences, privacy and plenty of space so they can learn and grow.  Our facility can cater for up to 25 students, offering 5 day and 7 day, or customised boarding options.  

Here’s some of the things our students love about the RRSH – their home away from home:     

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Single Rooms

Our rooms are high quality single rooms allowing each student privacy and a quiet environment to study

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Meals Provided

Healthy home cooked meals including lunchbox options to keep growing bodies fuelled and on the move

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Academic Support

We provide homework supervision and tutoring to our students to support their learning goals

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Safe and Secure

Our facility is a secure building with CCTV and alarms to ensure safety for all boarders

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Our students tend to have a lot in common and create longlasting friendships for life

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Chasing Dreams

We provide opportunities for students to participate in after school activities or employment

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Term Activities

Each term we hold events, formal dinners, pizza nights and a range of outings to keep students engaged

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Celebrate Success

Just like home, we love a good news story and celebrate our students successes just like family does

Parent and Family Support

We acknowledge that everyone settles into a new routine and surroundings at their own pace and our Houseparent is there to provide the support needed for that peace of mind. While we are very aware that our students require great support making this transition, we also place great importance on the communication and relationships we forge with our boarder’s parents and families.

We know that having a child move away from home can sometimes initially be a tough time for families.  We facilitate an open communication policy with our student’s families to keep them up to date and the on-site Houseparent is available to be contacted directly for any queries or matters requiring discussion or attention should the need arise.