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Rhymetime

Rhymetime is a fun and educational group for young children and their parents/carers. The program is designed to improve early literacy skills and engage with one another through the learning of rhymes.

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School Board Mandate

School Board

Riverside Schools is a combined board between Riverside Primary School and Riverside Education Support Centre. It is comprised of community, parent and staff representing both schools with a holistic focus. Members are nominated and elected for a 3 year term.

Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards

The role of a school council (board) is outlined in the School Education Act 1999. In essence, the role of school board is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

An Independent Public School Board will operate with functions consistent with the legislative role of school councils.

The responsibilities of an Independent Public School Board are to:

  • work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations;
  • contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan. (These documents summarise what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there; the agreement will be signed off by the chair of the Board, Principal and Director General);
  • endorse and review the annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources; It also lists planned expenditure, including salaries);
  • assist with the formulation of codes of conduct (guiding principles designed to influence decisions and actions that the school takes);
  • review the performance of the school;
  • create interest in the school within and across the community;
  • assist with principal selection when a vacancy arises (the chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel);
  • approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists);
  • approve extra cost optional components of programs;
  • approve arrangements for sponsorship and advertising;
  • liaise with other committees within the school e.g. the P&C;
  • hold one open meeting each year to report to the school community; and
  • provide advice to the principal on religious education and related activities.

The School Board does not:

  • manage the day to day running of the school.(for example, it does not employ staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or resolve issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents);
  • discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are very clearly management roles and therefore the responsibility of the principal;
  • represent specific interest groups, or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the Board;
  • intervene in the educational instruction of students;
  • purchase land, buildings or motor cars, nor enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless permission is given by the Minister; and
  • performance manage the principal or any other staff member.

Role of School Board members

Parent members of School Boards bring their experience as parents at the school, and the views and context of the wider school community to School Board meetings.

Community members bring a particular skill to the School Board. This may include business, accounting or building skills, or some other skill that the school is looking for at that time.

Department of Education employees bring their educational expertise to School Board meetings.

Principals' Update - 2018

Dear parents and carers of our student community and friends of Riverside ESC. We begin a new year of education and connecting as a vibrant and diverse school community.

Our enrolments numbers are very similar to 2017. We have 52 wonderful students in 2018, spread across classes from Kindy through to Year 6. As is typical of each school year, parents often have to reassess what is the best placement for their child, and so it is that we are welcoming of parent inquiries and new enrolments throughout the year.

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Parent Surveys

Riverside ESC is committed to a journey of continuous improvement across all aspects of the school. An annual survey of parents and carers, conducted as a voluntary activity, helps to monitor and strengthen that commitment while also satisfying our governing requirements as an Independent Public School.

The 2016 Annual Survey has yielded results beyond our expectations, with every response to questions being either "Agree" (13%) or "Strongly Agree" (87%).

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Riverside Primary School

Riverside Education Support Centre partners with Riverside Primary School (RPS) to provide an integrated learning environment for children of all abilities.

Contact RPS for information about enrolments and programs via their website at riversideps.wa.edu.au or by calling 08 9534 0300 during school office hours.

In Summary

Riverside ESC’s emphasis throughout the educational journey is on shared learning: the children, the family and education staff learn from each other and together we make progress that ultimately benefits each and every child.

Riverside Education Support Centre offers classes ranging from Kindergarten through Year 6. Children qualify to attend Riverside ESC after being assessed for any of the following:

  • Intellectual Disability diagnosed by a psychologist and according to the DSM5 Criteria
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder with identified High Educational Needs
  • Global Developmental Delay (when diagnosed in the 12 months preceding Kindy enrolment)
  • Severe Mental Health disorder in some instances (please contact the Principal for details around this criteria)
  • Some complex physical conditions may be eligible and should be discussed with the Principal for guidance.

Classes are generally composite, made up of children at different year levels. Our classes take into consideration varying learning abilities, behavioural challenges and requirements for hygienic and medical support, enabling the best possible distribution of teacher and staff resources.

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Our Story

2018

RESC has opened in 2018 with 51 student enrolments. The new administration block has been completed at a school-funded cost of approximately $250,000, providing rooms for the Deputy Principal and Manager of Corporate Services and a refreshed reception area.

T3 has commenced with 52 enrolments, three pending enrolments and two enrolment inquiries -- good indications of our growing status as a school of choice.

2017

This year, RESC has maintained enrolments similar to 2016, 54 at the start of the year and 59 at the commencement of Term 2.

A Deputy Principal role was approved by the Department of Education for the school.

A new bicycle track aimed at building student confidence and awareness has been completed, a sensory playground incorporating musical experiences has been installed, a new amentities block commissioned and construction work on a revamped administration building has started.

2016

Riverside ESC enrolments stand at 59 at the end of Term 3, more than 10% up on the same time last year.

2015

This year is our first as a K-6 school, including pre-primary. With the transition of both Year 6 and Year 7 to high school at the end of 2014, our numbers have dropped to 45. Reflecting Mandurah's status as one of Australia’s fastest growing outer suburban municipalities, 2015 has commmenced with several new enrolment enquiries. Kindergarten is opened for the first time.

At the commencement of Term 4 enrolments have grown to 53 with several new inquiries received for 2016.

On October 30, Riverside Primary Schools celebrated 20 years in operation.

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School Board and P&C

Admin Suite Extension 1 Feb2018The Combined Schools Board

The Riverside Schools Board consists of elected community, parent and staff representatives from the Primary School and the Education Support Centre. The School Board meets regularly to develop the School Board Constitution and Code of Conduct. They also take part in planning, monitoring and reviewing school priorities and policies.

The School Board sets and approves annual voluntary contributions, personal items lists and endorse the schools’ development plans.

Parents and Citizens Association

The Riverside Primary Schools P&C Association (RSP&C) is a parent representative body of both Riverside Primary School and the Riverside Education Support Centre. The P&C is affiliated with the state body WACSSO.

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Annual Report and Reviews

REVIEW

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 over several days, 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 in the delivery of high quality, well resourced and individual-focused education for our students. It is a tribute to our whole team and we recommend its reading to parents, caregivers and the wider community.

Our next review is scheduled for 2018.

RESC - IPS REVIEW 2015 (read and download)

Article - 2015 School review

 

SCHOOL REPORT

Each year, the School submits an Annual School Report to DoE. It provides information on the activities and achievements of the school, and is made available for download by clicking the links below.

2017 School Report (pdf)

Travel and Parking

Transport for students to and from Riverside ESC is determined by the specific needs of the student, with most children either coming by school bus or via family transportation. Very few are able to travel independently.

Families seeking to use the government-funded school bus service need to complete an application. Information is provided on our school bus webpage.

Like most schools, traffic at drop-off and pick-up times is hectic. Please exercise patience, using the parking zones in accordance with displayed signage.

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What's New

  • Coastal Lakes - A New College Pathway

    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).

    Shane Easton, Deputy Principal of the new college and leading the Hub initiative, has already communicated with and visited Riverside on several occasions to commence relationship building and to facilitate enrolment procedures.

    If you are considering Coastal Lakes as a future location for your child's education, please do not hesitate to contact the school. An introduction to the college and its contact details are provided on the DET WA Schools Online website here, or phone Principal Kya-Louise Graves on 0436 677 587. Email Lakelands.SS@education.wa.edu.au. Please note enrolments for 2019 may already be fully subscribed.

    Riverside ESC acknowledges Coastal Lakes College as another enhancement to Mandurah's identity as a supportive location for people of all disabilities and an important location for specialised education. We wish Coastal Lakes College every success.

  • 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.