Welcome to La Salle Boarding where our mission is to provide excellent residential care to help educate strong young Aboriginal students in the tradition of St John Baptist de La Salle.
Boarding at La Salle is quite unique, it is a co-educational program solely for Indigenous students, within the context of a diverse and mainstream educational setting. Residents enjoy the familiarity and cultural understanding in an all-Indigenous “home” life while gaining access to the full and varied education that the College offers.
Enrolments are taken primarily through targeted relationships with specific remote communities and towns throughout the Kimberley and Pilbara. We offer places for approximately 20 girls and 20 boys from Years 8 through to Year 12.
La Salle Boarding was established in 2011, but its roots date back to 2007 in a conversation between the Principals of La Salle and Luurnpa Catholic School in Balgo Hills Aboriginal Community. Through the desire to provide opportunities for Balgo students to gain access to a full high school education the Luurnpa Links Program was established in 2008 and a group of students from Balgo visited La Salle.
The following year, 6 students from Balgo, as well as 5 students from the Pilbara through Swan’s Kicking Goals program boarded at a nearby residential facility and attended La Salle as day students. This continued as a successful model for two years until the closure of the off-site facility meant students did not have a place to reside outside of school.
The College was committed to the new relationships that had been developed, which was growing with interest, and so decided to establish its own independent boarding program to allow the students to continue attending La Salle.
La Salle Boarding took its first full intake of boarders in 2011 allowing numbers to expand to 30-40 students. While our initial relationships with Balgo and Swans remain strong and primary to our program’s mission, demand for boarding from other Aboriginal families has meant an expansion to include new communities.
While La Salle Boarding currently operates from a leased residential facility located 3km off-site from the main campus, it is the College’s desire to build a small fully contained boarding facility on campus to allow the continuation of this successful program into the future.