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Community Access

Students are introduced to an array of skills needed for healthy and safe participation in the community outside school, such as shopping, pedestrian safety, using public transport, safe use of public conveniences, borrowing books from the library and asking for help. Riverside Education Support Centre covers all these learning activities and more as part of its individualised learning programs for Years 1 to 7. Students can replicate these tasks in a classroom setting but transference of skills from school to community receives a major investment in time, energy and resources.

For students with difficulties transference does not happen automatically. Our students receive repeated coaching in context. For example –

  • At the supermarket they experience how to manage a trolley or basket, where to find the deli, choosing a good piece of fruit or vegetable, locating toilet paper or hygiene items, and so on.
  • At the swimming pool the students are taught change room behaviour - how to stage undressing and dressing and facing the wall when changing; management of personal items – what to do with their clothes, bag, towel, and where to find them again; and poolside behaviour – observing rules, safe practices, finding help, using toilet facilities.

Riding for the Disabled

With the generous assistance of Mandurah Murray Mayday Club, students have been able to particpate in the Riding for the Disabled programme made available through the Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia (RDA). We continue to see excellent outcomes as a result of the programme.  Students have improved their gross and fine motor skills and their social skills through working with RDA staff and volunteers.  

Schools Alive Choir

Four children from Riverside Education Support Centre participate, with children from six other Education Support Centres, in the Schools Alive Choir. They practice each week, at a different school each term, and participate in a number of performances. At the end of each term they give a performance for the whole school where they have been practising.

Swimming

Students attend swimming lessons at the Mandurah Aquatic Centre every year. Prior to our annual ESC swimming carnival all students attended practice sessions at the pool, building confidence and familiarity.

Occasional Programs

A variety of short-duration and one-off activities complement the learning framework at Riverside ESC. A recent example is that of Circus Therapy, whereby students gain confidence from involvement in fun motor activities. Click here to read the Circus Therapy article.

What's New

  • New Director General appointed for Education

    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.

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  • Afternoon Tea for Positive Partners

    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.

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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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