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Principal's Update - 2017

Hello to the parents and carers of our student community and friends of Riverside ESC.
2017 is off to a wonderful start. We have 54 enrolments across six rooms and continue to field a steady stream of inquiries for all classes, from Kindy through to Year 6. It is great to welcome back staff and students and we look forward to a year of achievement and progress for everyone.
If you or your friends are looking for a school for children with special abilities, take a quick look at our parent surveys for 2015 and 2016. They speak for themselves about the morale and respect of our parent and carer community for the school. In other words, Riverside ESC is a good choice - highly regarded, professional in matters of education and management, and well placed to address the learning needs of your child.

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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/.

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 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.

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Our Story


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.


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 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.

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School Board and P&C

Riverside ESC Admin at the front of the combined Riverside schoolsThe 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


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.

RESC - IPS REVIEW 2015 (read and download)

Article - 2015 School review



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.

2016 School Report (pdf)

Travel Safely

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

  • 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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