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Access to a Rural Education

The Roma Rural Student Hostel (RRSH) is an established co-ed boarding facility providing accommodation for secondary students, years 7 to 12 who wish to study in Roma, Queensland. The RRSH provides families a choice for their children to remain closer to home for their secondary education years.  

An easy to follow application process is required, with priority consideration given to students from remote and rural areas of Western Queensland and also the Northern Territory.  Our cohort often has students from surrounding local areas such as Mitchell, Injune, Wallumbilla and Surat as well as from our neighbouring western areas such as  Augathella, Charleville, Quilpie and Birdsville. 

The facility has high quality accommodation capacity for 25 students.  It is located on the edge of the Roma township allowing the facility to have a large backyard, rural views and be in walking distance to schools. RRSH has been an intrinsic part of the Roma education framework for 25 years and is owned by the Maranoa Regional Council, administered by a voluntary committee and is operated by experienced house parent, Janice Colley.   The Roma Rural Student Hostel is committed to providing a highly valued student boarding service, which supports students in their personal development and education in a safe and caring environment.

The Roma Rural Student Hostel (RRSH) is an established co-ed boarding facility providing accommodation for secondary students, years 7 to 12 who wish to study in Roma, Queensland. The RRSH provides families a choice for their children to remain closer to home for their secondary education years.  

An easy to follow application process is required, with priority consideration given to students from remote and rural areas of Western Queensland and also the Northern Territory.  Our cohort often has students from surrounding local areas such as Mitchell, Injune, Wallumbilla and Surat as well as from our neighbouring western areas such as  Augathella, Charleville, Quilpie and Birdsville. 

The facility has high quality accommodation capacity for 25 students.  It is located on the edge of the Roma township allowing the facility to have a large backyard, rural views and be in walking distance to schools.

RRSH has been an intrinsic part of the Roma education framework for 25 years and is owned by the Maranoa Regional Council, administered by a voluntary committee and is operated by experienced house parent, Janice Colley.  

The Roma Rural Student Hostel is committed to providing a highly valued student boarding service, which supports students in their personal development and education in a safe and caring environment.

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Hostel Facilities

Located at 29 Powell Street, Roma, the Roma Rural Student Hostel is within walking distance of the Roma State College, TAFE and St. John’s Catholic School.   The Hostel offers accommodation for up to 25 students with 17 single rooms and 4 shared rooms.  

Click on the respective tab below to see a drop down list of what our facility can offer.  

Alternatively, contact us to make an appointment to tour the facility and meet our Houseparent in person.

  • 17 high quality single bedrooms for each student and 4 shared bedrooms (2 beds).
    Each room is furnished with a bed/s with storage draws, large wardrobe/storage, bin, side table and a desk and chair for private study.
    Rooms are equipped with evaporate air-conditioning and electric wall fans. 
    Bed linen, towels and blankets are not supplied.
  • Safe and secure building fitted with CCTV and alarms. 
    The windows in each of the bedrooms are secured against intruders.
    A security system is in place to monitor after curfew movements throughout the buildings.
  • Fully equipped laundry available for student use.
    The laundry includes 2 x coin operated washing machines ($1.00) and 1 x coin operated  dryer ($4.00) as well as an ironing and ironing board. 
    Large outdoor clothes lines are accessible for drying clothes.
    Washing powder/liquid not supplied. 
  • Separate male and female bathrooms
    Each bathroom is fitted with multiple toilets, shower stalls and hand basins
  • Large spacious outdoor areas
    Outdoor areas include covered seating, cricket nets and a combined tennis, basketball and netball court.
    Sporting equipment, such as cricket gear, basketball and table tennis is also accessible for students to use during their free time.
  • Car parking
    Special circumstances and approvals allow for resident students with a provisional licence to house their car at the hostel. 
    Please contact the Houseparent to discuss usage and permissions guidelines for driving of a car.
    Plenty of car parking is available for visitors.
  • High speed internet
    Internet services are available for students use in accordance with the RRSH relevant policy and usage guidelines.
    For personal devices, students must provide their own data.
  • Shared student computers
    3 x desktop computers are located in common study area and are available for use by students.  
    Access to printers and scanners are also available for student use
  • Lounge
    The lounge room is equipped with sofas, television, DVD player, gas heater and air-conditioning.  This is a common area.
  • Incoming/Outgoing phone calls
    Most students have personal mobile phones.  Limited residential landline contact is available for incoming calls and may be arranged by contacting the Houseparent.  Refer to Operations Policy for permitted hours of use for all electronic devices and phones.
  • Bike Storage
    A bike store room with racks is supplied for students bike storage needs.  We encourage each student to undertake precautions needed to secure their bike.  This room is locked after hours.
  • Healthy home cooked meals
    A variety of good quality and healthy meals are provided for breakfast and dinner served in the dining room.  Lunch options are provided for students to pack and take to school each day.  An optional supper is served each night prior to students going to bed.
  • Study hour
    Each night students are required to make time to study, do homework or work on assessments. 
  • Tutor visits
    A tutor visits the hostel twice a week and is accessible to all students who wish to utilise their expertise.
  • Curfews
    Afternoon and evening curfews are set and 100% adherence is expected. 
    Students require Houseparent permission for leave or arrivals outside of these times.
  • Term activities
    We hold activities each term.  These include formal dinners, pizza nights and a range of outings to keep students engaged.
  • Common areas
    A number of comfortable common areas with seating allows students to engage with each which assists the forming of friendships
  • Visitors
    Parents, family members and friends  are welcome to visit students at the hostel.
    They are to report to the Houseparent upon arrival and remain in the common areas of the hostel unless Houseparent permission is given otherwise. 
  • Extra-curricular activities
    Students are encouraged to participate in after school extra-curricular activities, sports or if they choose, employment.
    Support where possible, will be provided by the Houseparent to enable students to attend.
  • Celebrations
    Celebrations of birthdays with cake, candles and a song is a must!
    We make every effort to celebrate special occasions and student achievements – just like family does.

Meet our Houseparent

Janice Colley - the Roma Rural Student Hostel's Houseparent
Janice Colley - the Roma Rural Student Hostel's Houseparent
Janice Colley - the Roma Rural Student Hostel's Houseparent
Janice Colley - the Roma Rural Student Hostel's Houseparent

Hello, my name is Janice Colley.  As a 4th generation Roma local I spent my childhood on my parent’s beef cattle and sheep properties with my three sisters and one brother.   My lifelong passion for rural communities has seen me remain local and rurally based.  My many interests include education, family, beef cattle production, horse riding, tennis, cooking, sewing, and gardening.  My education involved of a variety of experiences, including home schooling by Distance Ed (Correspondence School), boarding at St John’s School for years 6 and 7, and traveling 106 km per day by school bus to attend the Roma State College for high school.  

After completing my education, I pursued an extensive career in the banking industry. Following the death of my husband in 1996, I remained rural, living on and running a small property north of Roma, raising my two boys, who are now grown with families of their own, whilst working in real estate, oil and gas industry, and an electorate office. Education is, in my opinion, a lifelong pursuit and among the many self-improvement courses I have undertaken; those relative to my current position have included a Cert IV in Community Services (Student Residential Care) and a Diploma of Youth Work.  I continue to complete various other certificates relating to the management of teenage issues, and hold a Senior First Aid Certificate and a Blue Card. Country children are just amazing!  Their resilience, acceptance of others and their genuine personalities are inspirational.  I am invested in providing rural students access to secondary schooling to enable them to further their study and encourage the realisation they can achieve anything with hard work and dedication.  My own education experiences and undergoing the hurdles rural children and their families face to access a good schooling are just some of the reasons I understand the importance of, and love the role of the Houseparent at the Roma Rural Student Hostel. The experience of working with people from many walks of life over my lifetime, encountering tragedy, and finding the capacity to overcome adversity while staying motivated and positive, to remain calm when under pressure, along with a quirky sense of humour, has equipped me with an ability to manage many varying personalities and situations.   I am driven by my passion to see rural communities prosper and grow, as well as a desire to support rural children achieve the level of education they aspire to. Enabling the hostel students to realise their visions and dreams whilst traversing their teenage years in a safe and friendly environment, closer to home and family life – are some of the most rewarding and sometimes challenging tasks I have undertaken.  It brings great joy and depth to my life, and makes me determined to ensure the facility remains viable for future generations to utilise. I welcome you to contact me with any queries you may have.

Hello, my name is Janice Colley.  As a 4th generation Roma local I spent my childhood on my parent’s beef cattle and sheep properties with my three sisters and one brother.   My lifelong passion for rural communities has seen me remain local and rurally based.  My many interests include education, family, beef cattle production, horse riding, tennis, cooking, sewing, and gardening.  My education involved of a variety of experiences, including home schooling by Distance Ed (Correspondence School), boarding at St John’s School for years 6 and 7, and traveling 106 km per day by school bus to attend the Roma State College for high school.  After completing my education, I pursued an extensive career in the banking industry. Following the death of my husband in 1996, I remained rural, living on and running a small property north of Roma, raising my two boys, who are now grown with families of their own, whilst working in real estate, oil and gas industry, and an electorate office.

Education is, in my opinion, a lifelong pursuit and among the many self-improvement courses I have undertaken; those relative to my current position have included a Cert IV in Community Services (Student Residential Care) and a Diploma of Youth Work.  I continue to complete various other certificates relating to the management of teenage issues, and hold a Senior First Aid Certificate and a Blue Card.

Country children are just amazing!  Their resilience, acceptance of others and their genuine personalities are inspirational.  I am invested in providing rural students access to secondary schooling to enable them to further their study and encourage the realisation they can achieve anything with hard work and dedication.  My own education experiences and undergoing the hurdles rural children and their families face to access a good schooling are just some of the reasons I understand the importance of, and love the role of the Houseparent at the Roma Rural Student Hostel.

The experience of working with people from many walks of life over my lifetime, encountering tragedy, and finding the capacity to overcome adversity while staying motivated and positive, to remain calm when under pressure, along with a quirky sense of humour, has equipped me with an ability to manage many varying personalities and situations.   I am driven by my passion to see rural communities prosper and grow, as well as a desire to support rural children achieve the level of education they aspire to. Enabling the hostel students to realise their visions and dreams whilst traversing their teenage years in a safe and friendly environment, closer to home and family life – are some of the most rewarding and sometimes challenging tasks I have undertaken.  It brings great joy and depth to my life, and makes me determined to ensure the facility remains viable for future generations to utilise.

I welcome you to contact me with any queries you may have.

Janice

Hostel History - Where it all started

The Roma Rural Student Hostel was built in 1992, opening in 1993, to provide accommodation for students from remote areas in South West Queensland to attend schooling in Roma. The hostel founding members and then Councillors, Mrs Anne Gibbes and Mr Alf Golder were the driving force to establish the residence. Along with other interested community members, they formed a Committee to get the project underway with council providing the land.  

Mr Golder and Mrs Gibbes remained on the Committee until 2017 when ill health forced them to retire, however they ensured there was a strong committee in place to continue their legacy.

The current committee has established Commemorative Shields for students and a cash award to remind the students of the dedication of the founders of the facility. These awards are presented annually to the most deserving recipient. 

The hostel buildings have been funded by the Federal and State Governments, as well as Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. More recently the Student Hostel Support Scheme has supported upgrades to the facility by matching half of the funds needed for projects. Other funding includes but is not limited to State and Federal Recurrent Grants annually, ICPA, and Volunteers Australia.

The Roma Rural Student Hostel was built in 1992, opening in 1993, to provide accommodation for students from remote areas in South West Queensland to attend schooling in Roma. The hostel founding members and then Councillors, Mrs Anne Gibbes and Mr Alf Golder were the driving force to establish the residence. Along with other interested community members, they formed a Committee to get the project underway with council providing the land.  

Mr Golder and Mrs Gibbes remained on the Committee until 2017 when ill health forced them to retire, however they ensured there was a strong committee in place to continue their legacy.

The current committee has established Commemorative Shields for students and a cash award to remind the students of the dedication of the founders of the facility. These awards are presented annually to the most deserving recipient. 

The hostel buildings have been funded by the Federal and State Governments, as well as Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. More recently the Student Hostel Support Scheme has supported upgrades to the facility by matching half of the funds needed for projects. Other funding includes but is not limited to State and Federal Recurrent Grants annually, ICPA, and Volunteers Australia.

Our Committed Committee

We have a dedicated team invested in the ongoing stability and success of the Roma Rural Student Hostel.  Should you have any matters you wish to raise with our committee members, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our current committee executive and members for 2022 are as follows:

Chairperson : David Knowles – 0427 354 667 –  member since  2018/Lions Club member – Roma town Community
Vice-Chairperson : Coralie Daly – 0408 730 024 –  member since  2017/ Campdraft Association – Rural Community
Secretary : Janice Colley – 0411 728 009 – member since 2015/ RRSH Houseparent, ICPA Representative – Rural Community
Treasurer : Luisa Beesley – 0421 549 036 – member since 2018/ RRSH Tutor- Roma Town Community
Executive Committee Members
Cameron O’Neil – member since 2016 / Maranoa Regional Council
Cassandra Sorensen – member since 2018/ Parent Representative – Rural Community
Julie Guthrie – member since 2020/ Maranoa Regional Council
Wendy Taylor – member since 2020/ Maranoa Regional Council
 
Founding Committee Member
Dawn Connolly – member since inception/ Rural Community
CHAIRPERSON
Alf Golder (founding Chairperson)
Scott Wason (2015)
Peter Flynn (2016)
Michael Galdal (2017)
John Cole (2018-2019)
Cameron O’Neil (2020 – 2021)
David Knowles (2022 – current)

SECRETARY
Ann Gibbs (founding Secretary)
Jeanette Darracott
Janice Colley (2015 – current)

TREASURER
Ann Gibbs (founding Treasurer)
Janice Colley (2015)
Sharon Frank (2016-2021)
Luisa Beesley (2022-current)

Interested in being a member of our committee?  Please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you!