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It is my pleasure to welcome you and your child to the boarding community at Djarragun College. We are a uniquely different boarding school and I trust your experience with us is rewarding and enlightening. Boarding at Djarragun College is available for students in Years 7 to 12.

Our community is built upon the foundations of respect, responsibility and accountability. All three are pillars to living a successful life and our aim is to equip students with the needs for the 21st century. It is through a partnership between the home, school and boarding house that this is achieved and celebrated.

At Djarragun College, we have always built our boarding program around the individual and we lead the way in modern residential care. In recent years, schools have responded to a new kind of residential care that fosters the needs of the 21st century young adult. Our community is fostered in the belief that young adults need to be equipped with the skills to live a productive life. These skills are not just taught in the classroom, but by living in a community with others. Respect, trust, integrity, academics, sport, friendships, relationships and life skills are all necessary experiences for adulthood. These skills are developed over time and need to be fashioned with care to provide the right opportunities for young adults to negotiate as they journey through their adolescent years.

It is our distinct purpose to keep our student numbers at a realistic level in order to provide the best opportunities to be in community, while not allowing individuality to be lost. Our boarders are given individual attention and they are supported by staff members who share this same vocation. The care of your son or daughter is as important to us as it is to you.

Our facilities are uniquely homely. While it is impossible to replicate a home situation entirely, boarders are provided with their own space and with an opportunity to live and learn alongside their mates, family and friends.

Our boarders are provided with an excellent activities program, taking advantage of our unique location near Cairns and the greater Tablelands area. We are within easy reach of many amazing opportunities and we like to ensure that our activities program balances culture with fun.

Once again, welcome to the boarding community and I look forward to working alongside you and your family as we journey together to provide the best possible care for your child.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the boarding team.

Dr Michael Barton | Executive Principal



Mr Richard Bignell

Head of Boys’ Boarding

Phone: (07) 4043 3777

Mobile: 0476 667 116

Fax: (07) 4027 9663




Ms Hannah Rosalski

Head of Girls’ Boarding

Phone: (07) 4043 3777

Mobile: 0472 916 832

Fax: (07) 4027 9663