Generations of girls and boys from Northern NSW and beyond have been educated at Calrossy Anglican School.
For more than 100 years, Calrossy has forged a place as one of the state's leading quality independent schools with a rich academic and boarding history. Once again in the 2021 HSC Calrossy's results were among the state's best, with three top 10 in the state places.
The learning pathways at Calrossy from K to 12 are as unique as the school itself, from the dual campus structure, a hands-on agriculture program, a revolutionary distance education program, single gender classrooms from year 7 to 9, girls and boys boarding and countless co-curricular opportunities. Calrossy is providing education with a difference.
This is the second year of an innovative distance education program, dubbed eCalrossy. The program delivers education to year 7 and 8 students into their home in real time.
The idea sprang from demand after Calrossy recognised some rural families were wanting solutions for children who weren't quite ready for boarding, or unable to travel long distances to school each day.
In the program, students are provided with the technology and learn in a supported, connected environment alongside other students studying the same way. Students get to know their classmates from the comfort of home while developing interpersonal skills and like-minded relationships, which includes residential sessions in the school holidays.
At the same time students have access to the proven education of Calrossy, which has consistently been the leading school in the North West region based on HSC results, this year securing a third and fourth in the state in primary industries.
Caitlin Reid is loving the change in her distance education delivery. She lives roughly an hour east of Bourke, on a sheep and wheat farm called The Marra.
Caitlin is currently in year 8 at eCalrossy, after her mum Heather Whigham-Reid tore an ad out of the ICPA magazine. The rest is history.
Heather said the benefits were enormous and "well worth the money".
Meantime, boarding at Calrossy remains its strength, with several refurbishments completed and more planned in the boarding facilities.