Kalamunda Primary Education Support Centre (6052)

School Overview

At Kalamunda Primary Education Support Centre (KP ESC) we share our site with Kalamunda Primary School and are surrounded by magnificent Natureplay spaces and bush land. We are a growing, small school for students with disabilities. Initially, our Centre was established in 1985 as a school for children diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability (ID). Today, our enrolment still includes those students with an ID, but also encompasses students with Autism, Global delays and physical disabilities.

Our staff are well trained and experienced in designing and delivering programs that meet the diverse need of our entire student population with each classroom environment implementing the philosophies of TEACCH in structure and routines. We were previously recognised as a Teacher Development School delivering professional learning in the area of 'Structuring your classroom for success: A TEACCH approach'. Our staff are recognised as specialists in creating and teaching students with disabilities in highly structured classroom environments utilising the TEACCH approach.

Approximately one third of our students access the school bus service, provided by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) that offer a free of charge door to door service for students who meet criteria for enrolment and outside of our local area. KP ESC has a wide enrolment catchment, with the closest Education Support facilities being Durham Rd in Bayswater, Sth Ballajura and Maddington. KP ESC also has a number of students from outside of the PTA boundaries that are transported to school by parents based on their belief that KP ESC offers students something more than their local schools can provide.

All KP ESC staff value their relationships with families and work to build and maintain strong channels of communication. In turn, families support us in our endeavour to provide ongoing valuable and appropriate programs for all students and families. In recognition of the fact that many families live outside of the local area and rarely meet, we facilitate regular parent network gatherings in an effort to provide family links and support.

Each KP ESC student has a documented plan that covers the learning areas as prescribed in the WA Curriculum. There is also a determination that students will become independent in managing their daily needs and be responsible for their behaviour. In addition to an academic curriculum, we also offer specialised programs to meet the global educational needs of each and every student.

These programs include but are not limited to:

* Home Economic program
* Social Training program
* Augmented and Assisted Communication (AAC) including Key Word Sign, PECS and the use of AAC devices (both high and low tech is offered)
* Variety of Therapy Programs - both provided privately at the school and in collaboration with the variety of therapy providers (both NDIS and otherwise)
* Community Access Programs (in terms 2 and 3)
* Art specialist
* PE Programs
* LOTE program - Key Word Sign
* School Camps
* 123 Magic - Behaviour Intervention program across home and school (parent trainer on site)
* Behaviour Education

Our staff and families are extremely proud of our school and the educational experiences we provide for each student. We work as a cohesive team within our school and alongside our peers in the Primary School. Lee Bates (Principal of KPS) and Jarna Wright (Principal KP ESC) often refer to the 'our Kalamunda Kids'. Everyone is made to feel welcome when visiting us in this positive and exciting educational environment.

We believe that interested families should always investigate their options, so invite you to contact the Principal, Mrs Jarna Wright and make an appointment to visit.

T: 9257 4750
E: kalamunda.pesc@education.wa.edu.au
W: www.kalamundaesc.wa.edu.au