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Principal's Update - 2017

Hello to the parents and carers of our student community and friends of Riverside ESC.
2017 is off to a wonderful start. We have 54 enrolments across six rooms and continue to field a steady stream of inquiries for all classes, from Kindy through to Year 6. It is great to welcome back staff and students and we look forward to a year of achievement and progress for everyone.
If you or your friends are looking for a school for children with special abilities, take a quick look at our parent surveys for 2015 and 2016. They speak for themselves about the morale and respect of our parent and carer community for the school. In other words, Riverside ESC is a good choice - highly regarded, professional in matters of education and management, and well placed to address the learning needs of your child.
Over the past few months our 2016-2019 RESC Business Plan has been updated and this will shortly be posted on our website. The Business Plan aligns with The Department of Education's ‘Classroom First Strategy’ and accompanying Focus documents and ‘High Priority - High Care’ 2016-2019 Strategic Plan priorities. 
I remind you, as I do each year, that it is a legal requirement that your child attends school. Please feel free to contact Riverside ESC for any attendance related matters.
Last year the Department of Education approved our application for a new purpose-built toilet block for ESC students, for which construction is currently underway. We always maintain a dignity and privacy for students who require assistance with their toileting and this new facility will be a great addition to our school. It is our expectation that the building will be completed and commissioned by the end of Term 1 this year.
Investment of time and energy into our website continues to deliver surprising results. In 2016, we received a staggering 128,000 page visits according to our backend statistics report. We will continue to build the website as an education and community resource and look forward to your ongoing participation, suggestions and feedback.
In closing, I remind parents and carers my door is always open to discuss educational matters relating to your child. For our mutual convenience it is always worth while ringing first to set up an appointment.
All the best for 2017.
Kind Regards,
Jim Douglas – Principal