To provide clean and comfortable student accommodation for tertiary residents in a caring and supportive environment built on Christian values.
It is our aim to provide a caring college community environment for residents, based on the following values:
- Common sense
Raymont Residential College is located in the historic suburb of Auchenflower. It began in a grand old house Drysllwyn (named after a ruined castle in Wales, meaning ‘green, rolling hills’), built for the Davies family in 1904-05. William Davies was a Welshman who came to Australia during the gold rush. He prospered in the nearby town of Gympie, accumulating a controlling interest in about 18 mines.
With the Second World War in full swing, the US military command requisitioned Somerville House Girls School, displacing the students from their premises. Davies offered to lease Drysllwyn to the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association and from 1942 to 1944 the house was used as a day school for about 50 girls.
After the war the Methodist Church began to use the house for female boarders from the country who were undergoing teacher training or working. In 1947 Mrs E. Raymont left a large bequest to the church which enabled them to pay off debts and formally take ownership of Drysllwyn. Hence the building was renamed Raymont Lodge in recognition of this philanthropy, and the girls’ hostel was established. The beautiful verandas of the house were closed in to create more bedrooms. There were various additions for kitchen staff quarters, and walkways to and from these buildings.
In 1951 a wing which was later named Primmer Lodge was added to the hostel. By the 1960s Raymont Lodge housed about 48 young women. Primmer, a nearby boarding house for men was closed in 1977 and Raymont Lodge began to accommodate both male and female residents. Alcorn Lodge, a brick accommodation block with 98 rooms, was erected on the western side of Raymont Lodge in 1979.
The Raymont Residential College office is now located on the ground floor of the Uniting Church Centre, next to the Raymont Lodge dining facilities. There are 116 rooms for tertiary residents in the two buildings, Primmer and Alcorn. Raymont Residential College has become a vibrant multi-cultural community, including some international students, who enjoy the caring environment and accessible location.
The Raymont management team comprises staff who provide a combination of administrative, catering, pastoral and community support services to residents.
The Raymont Residential College Principal is responsible for the pastoral care of all staff and residents and for the administration of the rules and regulations that govern the standards of behaviour at the college.
Administration staff is responsible for all front desk operations, including payments, banking, resident records, maintenance issues and management support.
The on-site catering manager oversees the total catering service for the college including staff resources, menu planning, safety and adherence to health/hygiene standards.
Chaplains are on campus at least two nights each week and are available for support and/or counselling. Arrangements to see the chaplains at other times can be made through the college office or the senior residential assistants (SRA).
Senior residential assistants provide a critical role in supervision of the site for residents between the hours of 5.00 pm and 8.30 am on weekdays, and between 5.00 pm on Friday and 8.30 am on Monday and public holidays. SRAs also offer a point of contact for residents and short-term visitors who require assistance; they provide first aid as necessary and act as emergency wardens and after-hours emergency contact amongst other duties.
SRA are usually in their third year of residency and have previously held the position of a RA or Residents Association President.
Each year a number of returning residents are appointed Residential Assistants (RAs). To be considered as RAs, residents are usually in their second year of residency and will have demonstrated a responsible and competent work ethic. Their role is to offer support and advice to new residents facing the challenge of undertaking tertiary studies away from familiar surroundings.