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Summary of School Survey 2019 for Parents and Staff

The school takes part in the National School Opinion Survey every two years. For various reasons the 2018 survey was deferred to Term 2, 2019. Information gained is used to help make decisions on school direction and gauge school success. School families and staff are invited to take part in the surveys, which are online, voluntary and anonymous.

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Summer Xperiences with WADSA

WADSA CAN 2019The Western Australia Disabled Sports Association (WADSA) delivers and facilitates the opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in a variety of Conservation, Adventure and Nature (CAN) activities. Parents and Carers may be interested to learn of two activities planned for 2020. The activities are suitable for under 25 years of age with family support.

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Enrol for VacSwim 2019

VacSwim Poster Oct2019 250VacSwim enrolments open July 24 for the October program. With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.

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Changing Places

Change place imageA Changing Place is a secure and clean bathroom specifically designed for people who need space and assistance to manage their bathroom needs while in the community and for whom universal access toilets are not suitable. This facility is available in Mandurah, at three locations.

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Disability Expo 2019 at Mandurah Forum June 28

JTCESC logoJohn Tonkin College Education Support Centre (JTCESC) will be hosting a special event for the disability community on Friday 28th June, entitled "Disability Expo 2019”. It is being held at the Mandurah Forum. The Expo is about disability awareness and information on local services available in the area, including sporting groups and community based organisations.

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Circus Quirkus Coming to Perth

circusquirkus smInternational Entertainment’s CIRCUS QUIRKUS is a contemporary take on your favourite, traditional circuses of ages past -- a great mix of Circus acts brought to you from all over the world. And they are coming to Perth! Thanks to the event's 2019 supporters, Riverside ESC has a limited number of COMPLIMENTARY tickets available on a first in first served basis.

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Riverside Connects with New Bali Sister School

Bali Sister School 2019 3Riverside Education Support Centre became a member of the AdoptASchool Association (AAS) in 2011. It is a program whereby WA schools can sponsor a school in Indonesia, which aims to encourage friendship and cultural understanding between WA and Balinese schools. This year Riverside ESC has a new Sister School.

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Wheatbelt Generosity Reaches Riverside ESC

At Riverside we are always overwhelmed by the varied and generous support of our communities. We have just received donations from community groups in the wheatbelt towns of Willams and Darkan, each about 150kms distance from our school!

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WA Dept of Education : Budget and Education Snapshot

WA Budget Education 2019 smThe Government of Western Australia has released the State Budget 2019-20 which includes investment in schools, ensuring all students – regardless of where they live – receive a high quality education. The McGowan Government says it is focused on ensuring schools can better support the growing numbers of students in modern, first class facilities.

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Halls Head College ESC Announces Transition Tour

HHCESC logoHall Head College ESC, a destination college for students from Riverside ESC for many years, is presenting an opportunity for parents and carers of Year 6 students to visit and gain an insight into its specialist curriculum and pastoral care programs. Families of Year 5 students are also welcome to attend.

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Unique Quilt Adds Colour to Riverside ESC

Quilt donation March 2019Riverside ESC is very pleased to receive a donation of a magnificent handmade quilt depicting a school scene in possibly a rural or outback setting. Beautifully framed and backed, the vibrant colours and familiar theme have already been welcomed by teachers and students alike, with Room 10 vying to be the first to make use of it.

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Help LeadAbility Come to Mandurah

LeadAbilityThe Disability Community of Mandurah is in a position to influence a decision to have 'LeadAbility' become a course available in our City. Have your say by completing a short online form. LeadAbility is a Leadership Course designed to develop people with disability and those in the sector, who have the potential to lead and generate change.

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Parents Can Promote Protective Behaviours

'Protective Behaviours' is a life skills program for parents offered by Child and Parent Centre, Dudley Park, in partnership with Anglicare. It is designed to help parents teach and promote safety to their children. Although the course is not related to the Protective Behaviours priority learning program at Riverside ESC, parents may find much that connects the two.

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New Director General appointed for Education

Lisa Rodgers DG DoE Jan2019Ms Lisa Rodgers has been appointed new Director General of the Department of Education in news confirmed by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. Riverside ESC extends congratulations to Ms Rodgers and looks forward to her input and direction for schools in WA during 2019 and beyond.

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Afternoon Tea for Positive Partners

RESC Positive Parents 1Oct2018 2An afternoon tea is made more special when people come together for a purpose. And so it was that on Tuesday 30th October parents and carers of students attending Riverside ESC came together at the school’s invitation to meet and share something of their experiences.

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Abilities Expo - Planning Your Future

 The Abilities Expo "Pathways to the Future - Planning for Success" is for people of all ages with disability, their families and carers who want to know more about the services they can access and the organisations that provide those services.

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Secret Harbour Cricket Opportunity

Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club has established an all-inclusve program for kids with a disability to learn new skills and play Australia's favourite sport. The Woolworths "Cricket Blast" program is open to all boys and girls. It's a great way to start the cricket season of 2018-19.

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Nipping Starfish? No, Starfish Nippers!

Mandurah Surf Lifesaving Club had started a new all-inclusive program for students, believed to be the first for W.A. The Club has opened enrolments and invites you to contact them to fill the limited places available.

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Coastal Lakes - A New College Pathway

Coastal Lakes College illustration 2018Riverside ESC is delighted to be able to offer our students and their families another transition option for post-primary education. Starting 2019, Coastal Lakes College in Lakelands, Mandurah, will open its doors to Year 7 and 8 students for entry into the college's Inclusive Education Hub (Education Support).

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Top Tips for being a Terrific Dad (with Maggie Dent)

This is a free seminar just for Dads which unplugs the important aspects of parenting children from birth to 25. Maggie has a keen ability to “talk bloke” and decodes complex information in a highly practical and informative way. In her common-sense way, Maggie will inspire, empower and enthuse every Dad in the room to be just terrific.

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Disability Expo for Mandurah Community (FREE)

JTC Education Support Centre invites students, parents and carers to its “Fostering Different Abilities” Expo. The Expo is FREE, organised to introduce to everyone the fantastic disability supports and services available. The organisers aim is to inform the disability community, to make everyone aware of the services available, and to enable and empower them to take control of their lives, encourage independence, and to provide equal opportunities.

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Links Updated

Riverside ESC has updated its comprehensive list of links to local, regional and government websites. This latest update to our General Links webpage includes a newly inserted section about headspace Mandurah. Useful Links has sites specific to your school age child, while General Links provides links to more general information, including Department of Education websites.

Thank you, Mandurah Murray Mayday Club

The ongoing community support of Mandurah Murray Mayday Club is deeply appreciated by Riverside Education Support Centre, which has received a Mayday donation of $1,000 toward the costs of the 2018 School camp for Year 5 and Year 6 students.

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HELP ME app upgraded

Help Me app

"Day for Daniel", Australia's biggest child safety lesson, has enhanced their app "Help Me", which is a mobile phone-based call for assisdtance in the event a child feels threatened.

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Down Syndrome WA Playgroup at Warnbro

Down Syndrome WA has advised the creation of a new DSWA South Metro Playgroup. It meets every week on Mondays (excluding public holidays) during Term 2 from 9:30-11:30 at Warnbro Community and Family Centre. 1 Moreton Cres Warnbro.

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Discounted Air Travel

Parents and Carers will be pleased to learn that discounted air travel is avaiable for a travelling companion of the disabled with QANTAS and Virgin Australia. This is for domestic travel only. Conditions apply and are subject to change.

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Smile Dear Parents and Carers of students at Riverside ESC, our annual school photos will happen this month, on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June (Week 9). Approximately two weeks prior to the photo day every student will receive a Kapture Photography order envelope to bring home.

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Constable Care Teaches Fun Scary

constable care logoDuring Week 6, term 2, several of our classes will host an incursion by Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, a recognised leader in safety education for children and young people throughout Western Australia.

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Never Stop Reading!

The Department of Education recently introduced an initiative called Never Stop Reading!, aimed at encouraging parents of children from Years 3 to 6 to continue reading aloud with their children as they progress through Primary School. Research has shown that earlier cessation of reading aloud fails to take advantage of the "significant positive effects".

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Halls Head College ESC Open Night

As a potential destination for Riverside ESC students, we are pleased to support the Open Night for Halls Head College ESC. Tues 8 May, 4-6:30 PM. Link here to the Open Night program.

Mandurah Playgroup for Unique Little People

A new playgroup has been founded in Mandurah to help children of all ages learn valuable skills during play. Play 2 Talk meets monthly to provide support to local carers and families from our city and surrounds with unique little people in their lives who have difficulties communicating and socialising.

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Autism Handbook Update

Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) has released their updated guide -- "Autism Parent's Handbok: Perth & WA - 2018 Edition" (your essential guide to services and support in Westewrn Australia). Given the last update was in 2015, this new version rpovies new and revied information that will benefit readers.

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WA Department of Education Issues 'Focus 2018'

Focus 2018 is based on the W.A. Department of Education's strategic plan with its commitment to a culture of high performance and high care across al schools. It provides Riverside ESC with a clear direction for priority actions in public education for the year.

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Vacation Care Activities

A1 is providing a vacation care activity program for the coming school holidays. Their activities are strategically planned by working educators in accordance with the ‘My Time, Our Place’ National Framework for School Aged Care in Australia.

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Cahoots Program for Children with Disabilities

Cahoots is a Western Australia-based NDIS provider that organises and delivers exciting and rewarding programs and camps for kids and young people living with a disability. Programs and camps throughout the year, catering to children and young people of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 30.

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Snake Bite Advice

With the warmer weather comes many advantages and a few cautions, one being to be mindful of snakes as they set about doing what snakes do. Due respect for these wonderful creatures will limit the possibility of snake bite but accidents do occur and need to be responded to with clear knowledge. The Royal Flying Doctor Service has updated its advisory on what to do if an event occurs.

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Freo Street Doctor now in Mandurah


Freo Street Doctor is a mobile medical health service that provides a visible, easily accessible and non-judgemental primary health care service to marginalised, disadvantaged and homeless people in our community. The service aims to care for those members of our community who for any reasons may not access mainstream general practice. The medical practice is accredited according to RACGP standards.

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Meet the School Board

The Chair and Members of the Riverside Schools Board invite you to meet with them on November 1st, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the schools' staff room. This annual event provides an opportunity to discuss and learn about aspects of the our combined schools and their governance.

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School Bus Service 2018 - New Applications Close Nov 17

schoolbus imageSchool Bus Services (SBS) has started planning for the 2019 school year. NEW FAMILIES are advised go to the School Bus Services (SBS) website now and complete their applications if they wish to apply for transport assistance in 2019.

Families currently receiving Transport Assistance by way of bus transport or a Conveyance Allowance and whose circumstances have changed must also re-apply.

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RESC Administration Office Upgrade

Dear Parents, Carers and members of the RESC Community,

I am pleased to officially announce that our Administration Office upgrade will commence on the 11 September 2017.

From that date access to the school office and front-of-school Disabled Parking bays will be limited by construction activities and hoarding around the work site. We will work with the builder to try to keep that disruption and non-access time to a minimum. Your patience and understanding during this time will be very much appreciated.

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Riverside Schools Trial 0-4 Playgroup: All Welcome

Riverside ESC and Riverside PS are now offering a combined Riverside Community Playgroup for the 0-4 age group. The Playgroup commences Wednesday 16 August and runs from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Parents and carers are welcome to introduce your child to the Playgroup, which will initially run for a 3-week trial period. (Inquiries: 9534 0328)

Local Baseball Opportunity - Check it Out

Kids play baseballPeel Diamond Sports and Peel Junior Baseball are proud to present the ALL NEW Challenger Division for the 2017-2018 Season, complete with a division designed for individuals aged between 4-18 yrs who have intellectual and/or physical challenges. See links to flyers below.

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New Movies from Sensory Friendly Flicks

Movie The Grinch Christmas 300NEXT EVENTS: The Grinch and Inside Out. Sensory Friendly Flicks provides movie events for children and their families who have Autism, Sensory Processing difficulties and other disabilities at different locations around the Perth Metro area. 

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Student Wellbeing Hub: New Australian Government Website

Student Wellbeing HubThe federal government has introduced the Student Wellbeing Hub website to provide information and resources for students, teachers and parents to assist them to create and maintain a safe and welcoming school environment. It is guided by the National Safe Schools Framework, with resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum, for the promotion of student wellbeing and the development of respectful relationships.

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Positive Partnerships Workshop - Autism

Like all school-aged students, young people on the autism spectrum benefit from strong, positive relationships between home and school. Positive Partnerships use evidence based materials and practical resources to help support these relationships by facilitating workshops for parents and carers.

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Slaters under the Microscope at RESC

Slater 1Earlier this term Rooms 33, 36 and 37 took part in a Micro-Critters Workshop presented by Robyn Brown, Waste Education Officer from Rivers Regional Council. The incursion was a planned learning experience as part of the biological sciences curriculum. Slaters and other critters under the microscope filled the students with awe and questions.

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Who makes a difference at our school?

As part of the WA Education Awards 2016 we’re asking students and parents to vote for staff who make a difference in our school and give them a chance to win $1000. The People’s Choice Award recognises dedicated and talented staff in WA public schools.

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Metamorphosis at Caterpillar Park

20160731 Caterpillar Park 1 copyThe City of Mandurah has done a brilliant job of transforming Caterpillar Park into an inclusive playground and would like to share these accessibility upgrades with parents, caregivers and families. Come along to Caterpillar Park (Milgar Reserve, Park Road, Mandurah) on Tuesday, 9 August 2016 3:30 PM-4:30 PM and be some of the first people to check out the inclusive playground upgrades!!!

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School Camp Draws Near

Wilma cowThe 2016 Riverside Education Support Centre’s School Camp is happening this September and the excitement is building. All students other than our little ones have been encouraged to attend and the response has been overwhelming – everyone is going!

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Schools Alive Choir Visits Silver Chain

Silver Chain Visits Jun 2016 from Silver Chain YouTubeOn Wednesday 22nd June the Schools Alive Choir, which includes several students from Riverside ESC, visited participants at the Silver Chain Social Centre for an afternoon of music and interaction. The choir performed a variety of songs, including the popular songs “Frozen” and “Let it Go” from the “Frozen” movie.

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Rhymetime is a fun and educational group for young children and their parents/carers designated to improve early literacy skills and engage with one another through learning rhymes together.

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RESC Commended by School Board

On behalf of the combined Riverside Primary Schools Board, Mr. John Reyburn, Chair, conveyed the Board's congratulations to Riverside Educaton Support Centre for the very positive School Review carried out by the Department of Education in late 2015.

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Right Track - public transport safety advice for students

Right Track is a Public Transport Authority (PTA) program that’s all about safer travel and encourages young passengers to become more responsible for their own safety and to make positive choices.

Amongst the program's objectives is making sure that all students are equipped with the information they need to have a safe and enjoyable journey using public transport.

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Colourful Safe Haven for Riverside Students

Riverside ESC launches it's new Sensory Room. Article published in Mandurah Mail Feb 22, 2016.

"Through a set of school doors at the Riverside Education Support school is a safe haven to help emotionally-charged students relax. Known as the sensory room ..."

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School Review Receives DoE Commendations

Toward the end of 2015, and as part of the compliance requirements set by the WA Department of Education (DoE) for Independent Public Schools, Riverside Education Support Centre underwent a comprehensive review process involving an in-depth investigation of the school's business plan and capacity to carry out it's stated goals. The subsequent report furnished by DoE recognises the excellent work of the school.

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Message from Principal

To all our Parents & Carers,

You may be aware that an evacuation incident involving both schools (RESC and RPS) took place yesterday. I have been ringing around to speak to you personally (and my apologies if I was unable to contact you directly) to re-assure you that all students were safe and well cared for by staff. Our school and Department procedures were implemented to ensure student and staff safety was not compromised.

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WAORRA Charity Ride Day

WA Off Road Racing Association presents its 5th annual day out for children with disabilities AND their families. Sunday 21st February. This is a very popular event so we recommend you take action early to secure a place. As the flyer states, "Places limited, RSVP call or text 0403 579 849".

Pinjarra Excursion

As part of Riverside ESC's programs on Indigenous Studies and Community Access, students from Rooms 33, 36 & 37 attended an excursion to Pinjarra on Monday November 16. Raising students' awareness of the cultural significance of sites in the Peel region and understanding of Noongar history and cultural practices was the aim of this much enjoyed excursion.

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Riverside Celebrates 20 Years

On Friday 30th October Riverside Primary Schools celebrated it’s 20th birthday (1995 – 2015). The day was full of fun events including a picnic for families then games were played around the school grounds. A special assembly was held with stories told from past and present students and the whole school sang songs. A large cake was cut and each classroom ate cupcakes which were made by a parent of each class. Finally, a large paving block was presented from both schools, to commemorate the occasion.

Images can be found on the Riverside PS website (click here)

Mandurah Mail article online (click here)

Individual Education Plans—IEP’s: A Guide for Parents

Have you been told that your child needs an Individual Education Plan or a Documented Plan? Are you wondering what you can do to ensure your child enjoys school and gets the best educational outcomes? Dolly Bhargava is presenting a Workshop for Parents that explains all. Date for closest venue: 24 November at Bibra Lake. Check out information listed in the School Diary.

Day for Daniel - Keep Kids Safe

Once again Riverside ESC will join with other school communities across Australia to participate in the Day for Daniel event.  The day is about educating children and adults about keeping kids safe through child safety and protection initiatives - this is the intergral message of one of our learning priority areas referred to as Protective Behaviours.

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Survey 2015 - Staff Feedback

Complementing the overwhelmingly positive Parent Survey as part of the DET 2015 School Survey, we are pleased to provide a summary of responses received from our professional staff.

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Disability Workshop for Parents and Carers

Developmental Disability WA invites you to the first of a series of workshops that will provide you with the skills to help you plan and make choices for your child to support them to reach their potential and achieve the best possible outcome.

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HELP: Call for Canteen Volunteers

The School Canteen is a vital and highly valued component of school life for the Riverside Primary Schools. It is staffed by volunteers and due to recent changes, new volunteers are required. 

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RESC Staff Updated on OSH

 As part of the ongoing professional development activities regularly undertaken at Riverside Education Support Centre, the majority of staff attended a very informative onsite session about implementation of Occupational Safety and Health in the school environment. Some staff from Riverside PS were also able to attend.

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Calming Clothing - an idea to explore

Calming Clothing is a patented Therapeutic Clothing designed to help children with sensory processing disorders such as experienced by children with autism. 

It is also has many benefits for children with: 

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Equal Footingball - Join In - Its Free

Peel Regional Football Council invites boys and girls of all abilities or beginners to experience the Equal Footingball Division. Players need to be able to move unassisted around a small pitch, with concession available for walking frame or stick. 

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Riverside Education Support Centre is a centre of excellence for the education and advancement of children with special learning difficulties. Being an Independent Public School conforming to the directions and guidance of the WA Department of Education, we take pride in the achievements of our students, the support and involvement of our community, and the teaching and care offered by our professional education team.

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RESC New Website Launch

Welcome to our new website. There is much to explore and we invite you to browse the various tabs and pages. Your feedback and suggestions will be valued and responded to.

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What's New

  • Canteen Menu Update

    The Canteen Summer Menu (pdf file) is now online.

    For more details about the Canteen, click here.

  • Summary of School Survey 2019 for Parents and Staff

    The school takes part in the National School Opinion Survey every two years. For various reasons the 2018 survey was deferred to Term 2, 2019. Information gained is used to help make decisions on school direction and gauge school success. School families and staff are invited to take part in the surveys, which are online, voluntary and anonymous.

    Read more ...
  • Summer Xperiences with WADSA

    The Western Australia Disabled Sports Association (WADSA) delivers and facilitates the opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in a variety of Conservation, Adventure and Nature (CAN) activities. Parents and Carers may be interested to learn of two activities planned for 2020. The activities are suitable for under 25 years of age with family support.

    Read more ...
  • Enrol for VacSwim 2019

    VacSwim enrolments open July 24 for the October program. With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.

    Read more ...