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.
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.
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%).
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/.
RESC is pleased to provide its Business Plan for the 2013-2015 period (updated at the start of Term 4, 2015).
Business Plan 2013-2015 (pdf file)
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 an intellectual disability by their current school psychologist.
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.
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.
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.
Riverside ESC enrolments stand at 59 at the end of Term 3, more than 10% up on the same time last year.
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.
The 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.
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)
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)
Truth, Pride and Friendship
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.