Issue 01 2021 is now online. Go to School Newsletter.
Issue 01 2021 is now online. Go to School Newsletter.
Outcomes for children and young people using disability services: A survey for carers
Researchers at Scope, a disability service provider in Victoria, are testing a survey that explores the impact of disability services and supports on children and young people.
Riverside ESC opens for the start of the school year on Monday 8 February. That is great news for parents and carers, our staff and especially for our students. The Department of Education will shortly issue directives to schools about how we need to conduct activities at school over the next week and we will share their advice with you as soon as possible. In the meantime, please note the following.
Mandurah is part of a statewide network of more than 30 Changing Places for peole with disabilities. Our city has three locations. These facilities are also part of a nationwide resource. Organisers have now added a free-to-hire beach wheelchair and beach walker.
School Bus Services (SBS) have commenced planning for the 2021 school year. Please read the following for existing and new applications.
Mandurah is part of a statewide network of more than 30 Changing Places for peole with disabilities. Our city has three locations. These facilities are also part of a nationwide resource. Find out more below.
Day for Daniel is Australia's largest day of action to raise awareness for child safety, protection, and harm prevention. Held annually on the last Friday of October, this safety lesson is reinforced by the use of the "Help Me" app which is a mobile phone-based call for assistance in the event a child feels threatened.
The City of Mandurah is seeking community input into the development of a revised Access and Inclusion Plan (AIP) 2020-2025. Our school is supporting this activity through the provision of survey information and forms so please take this opportunity to participate. The survey closes September 16.
Wanslea provides services for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren (full-time) on an informal basis. A support group run by a trained facilitator exists in Mandurah. How does it work? Contact by phone to find out more.
As WA continues to demonstrate success with the management of COVID-19, the State Government has authorised a relaxing of certain restrictions from today, some of which apply to our school. We welcome the opportunity to reconnect face-to-face with parents and carers, while staying mindful that the virus is not eradicated but well managed. Sound health and hygience practices must continue.
Rockingham's KEYS (Kwinana Early Years Service), formed to deliver an integrated range of early years (0-12) services that will empower parents, carers and children to achieve positive life outcomes, will provide a free information session for parents and carers with children up to 12 years of age. By participating in this session, parents and guardians will be equipped to better support their children through anxious times.
There is much to learn about how our local environment responds to the changing seasons by learning more about the Noongar people's seasonal calendar. Their information is derived from the accumulated experience of more than 45,000 years of continuous living in Australia's south west. During June and July we journey through the Season of Makuru.
Acknowledging the Noongar seasons of Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang is a component of the Bureau of Meteorology website and now a new initiative of the South Metropolitan Health Service. Noongar boodja (country) covers the entire south-western portion of Western Australia and therefore encompasses Mandurah and the Riverside ESC community.
The Department of Education has released a powerful video in response to this period of uncertainty. Titled Building On Strength in Uncertain Times: In this together, the video provides relatable and culturally responsive information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, parents and community members from both a system-level and Aboriginal perspective.
It takes a village to raise children and Mandurah is a City with a village heart! The City of Mandurah recognises that families are feeling the pressure of disrupted routines, social restrictions and financial pressures.
Principal Jim Douglas has written to all parents and carers of children enrolled at Riverside ESC to share information released by the Premier and Education Minister about schooling at the commencement of Term 2. The most important message: the school is open and will continue to provide students with access to classroom learning.
The Department of Communities advises students with disability, their families and carers to contact the organisations listed if they need disability related support due to COVID-19:
Staff at Halls Head College Education Support Centre have raised the bar when it comes to home deliveries! Utilising the school bus, they travelled the suburbs to deliver to students school packages, warm greetings and the confirmation that school is still open for business. It's just different, very different,
Under advice from the WA Department of Education the following letter is being sent home today to parents and carers of children enrolled in Education Support Centres such as Riverside ESC. This information changes and updates information previously supplied, recognising the greater risk for our students from possible exposure to COVID-19.
The WA Department of Education has released its latest statement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It changes how schools will operate from Monday 30 March and until further notice. Our school leadership team draws your attention to certain provisions within the release that exempt those in need.
'Social distancing is a set of non-pharmaceutical infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease' (Wikipedia). In less formal jargon, it means being consciously aware of safe personal space during times of illness, such as that presented by COVID-19.
You are invited to attend ONE of the three Triple P Seminar Series – The Power of Positive Parenting. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.
In the unlikely event that such measures are required, Riverside ESC has informed parents and carers of children who may have been exposed to Novel Coronavirus about precautionary practices that will be implemented, if necessary. An information letter, issued under guidance from the Department of Education, was sent to families at the end of last week.
In December 2019, 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.
Riverside ESC has a long tradition of supporting learning educators. Our programs and teachers are well respected and offer an opportunity for these pre-graduating teachers to experience the joys and challenges of an education support centre. This year we have hosted several "Pre-Service Teachers" from Murdoch University's Discipline of Education.
To assist families and carers of our students, we have prepared a Planner to cover the last half of Term 4. There are many events planned and while not every student will need to attend every event, a planner provides best opportunity to be prepared.
Parenting Connection Mandurahis delivering a free program for parents and carers where participants can learn about understanding your child's behaviour and ways to communicate that build positive patterns for their future.
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.
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.
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.
In accordance with government policy, the Department of Education has amended the Procedures for enrolment of children in public schools. These changes refer to immunisation requirements and the recording of Medicare details.
John 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.
International 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.
Riverside 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.
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!
The 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.
Riverside Primary School (RPS) is hosting the very successful Triple P -- Positive Parenting Program -- program during term 2 and term 3. It is open to parents and carers from all schools in the area.
Hall 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.
Riverside 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.
Directions Disability Support Services, a provider of relationship-based, personalised and individually tailored support to people in the Peel region, has created a program of activities for the April school holidays.
The 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.
'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.
Ms 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.
An 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.
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.
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.
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.
Riverside 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
All schools in Australia, including Independent and Catholic schools, will participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability every year.
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.
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.
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.
During 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.
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".
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.
The FREE parent/carer workshop assists parents to teach their children about body safety and abuse prevention. It complements Riverside ESC's Protective Behaviours program.
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.
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.
The Riverside Education Support Centre's 2017 Annual Report, a requirement of the Department of Education, is now published on our website.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
School 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.
The Greenfields Dental Therapy Centre will be closed for school holidays from Monday 25th Sept (Public Holiday) through to Friday 29th Sept.
In case of EMERGENCY please call:
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.
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)
Peel 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.
The 2016 School Survey, conducted under the auspices of the federal Department of Education, has delivered very positive feedback about the operation and effectiveness of Riverside Education Support Centre’s program.
NEXT 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.
The 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.
The Department of Sport and Recreation advises that from November 14, 2016 Kidsport applications can be made online.
Enrol your child for swimming lessons during the summer holidays. It's cheap, local, fun and a brilliant investment in your child's safe conduct in water.
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.
Earlier 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.
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.
The 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!!!
The 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!
On 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ..."
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.
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".
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.
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)
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.
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.
The 2015 School Survey, conducted under the auspices of the federal Department of Education, has delivered very positive feedback about the operation and effectiveness of Riverside Education Support Centre’s program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.