Host: Legune Station
Written by Belinda Rasheed – Manager, Legune Station.
So let’s put it in perspective . . . We are 120km from Kununurra, WA. Kununurra is 500km from Katherine, NT, and 4,000km to Sydney.
To visit the kids at Boarding School in Brisbane it is a 4+ day drive. To visit family in NSW it is a 5+ day drive. Just so it is said out loud; you can’t catch the morning and afternoon bus to school out here.
So do the kids even go to school? It is School of the Air on the station for primary school and boarding school in Brisbane for senior school (with holiday visits home).
Geography isn’t the only challenge these kids face. Going from primary to secondary school is a huge social and cultural shift, beyond the usual teenage stuff. It starts by living in a station compound and working with your siblings and Governess for your primary school years, which is a very insular environment. To being sent off to the far yonder – boarding school is a far cry from home; a cityscape accommodating over 1,000 students!
There are challenges, like homesickness, and being thrown onto a competitive team sports field for the first time . . . However, these challenges have only proved to build character and this unconventional upbringing has prepared these bush kids for a fantastically diverse future!