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Life in Wesley College’s Learning in Residence boarding community From her remote hometown of Finley in country NSW, Year 10 student and aspiring athlete Leia Varley made the move to Melbourne to become a full-time boarder at Wesley’s Learning in Residence last year. A passionate soccer player and shotput and discus athlete, Leia was drawn to the vast sporting opportunities available at the college. “I had heard that Wesley’s high-level sporting and coaching programs and facilities were among the best in the country, and I knew that this would be a great environment for me to study in and to further my sports talents,” Leia said. Boarding at Learning in Residence, at the Glen Waverley campus has opened up a world of opportunities for Leia, far removed from her former life in regional Australia. Prior to her transition, Leia’s sports training commitments required a daily six-hour round trip. As a learner in residence, Leia has full access to the state-of-the-art sporting facilities at Wesley’s senior school, with close proximity to public transport and the

convenience of private daily transportation to her soccer training, arranged by the college. She is currently in the Football Federation Victoria’s NTC Program, playing for the state team, and the Under-17 NSW Athletics Target Talent Program. Leia was surprised at how different Wesley’s Learning in Residence is from traditional boarding schools, with its strong sense of community and belonging. “We have grown to become like one big family,” she said. “We live within a diverse and closeknit community, where we have the opportunity to develop deep friendships with other students from around the world, and where mentors are always available to offer academic mentoring, support and care.”

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Wesley College’s Learning in Residence is a supportive and inclusive purpose-built residence for Senior School students (Years 10–12), who come from rural and regional Australia, metropolitan Melbourne and international locations. The innovative design of the facility, created by Cox Architecture, reflects the importance of social engagement within the learning process, and the need for all students to feel secure and at home. Each house is comprised of eight twin-share student bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and mentor living quarters. “It has an open and modern feel, where we really feel comfortable and at home—a home away from

home,” Leia said. Upon completing her schooling, Leia aspires to play soccer for an overseas college. Leia is a Learning in Residence scholarship recipient. Boarding scholarships are available for students in years 10 and 11. To find out more visit, or to book a tour of the facilities, phone 03 81026508 or email

DISCOVER BOARDING AT WESLEY At Wesley, we recognise that young people are intellectual, emotional, physical, social, cultural and spiritual human beings. That’s why our new Learning in Residence program is carefully designed to enhance development across each of these dimensions. State-of-the-art boarding facilities are available for Senior School students (Years 10-12) at our Glen Waverley campus. Enrolments are open for full-time and weekly boarding options.

2018 Learning in Residence Scholarships are available To apply, visit



Elmore field days 2017 lowres  
Elmore field days 2017 lowres