Drought takes toll on St Brendan’s with closure of dormitory

ST BRENDAN'S College has said goodbye to one of its four residential dorms as the mining downturn and drought takes a toll on families out west.

Out of the college's 686 students, 250 are boarders and are housed in four dorms designed to cater for 340 boys.

St Brendan's College principal Nick Scully said a decision was reached this year to close the Wallace dormitory and to continue to spend over $3 million on refurbishments for the remaining three dorms.

"Unfortunately the closure of Wallace has resulted in the redundancy of two boarding roles," Mr Scully said.

"The remaining staff have been reassigned to the other boarding houses. The boarding families were notified of the changes earlier in the year.

"We understand it has become increasingly difficult for many families to afford boarding fees for their children. We pray that it rains out west soon."



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