Rockingham Education Support Centre was established in 1987 sharing a site with the Rockingham Beach Primary School. The schools are located behind Palm Beach Jetty in Cockburn Sound and adjacent to Lake Richmond, renowned for its ancient stromatolites. This situation provides ideal an environment for students to enhance their classroom activities through participation in maritime events and environmental studies.
Students are drawn from the surrounding areas of Bungaree, Cooloongup, Hillman, Rockingham, Safety Bay and Waikiki. A free bus service is available for children attending the school. Students who enrol from outside these areas are transported to school by their parents. The Centre provides highly individualized programs for students with identified disabilities. These programs are prepared by our highly experienced specialist teachers following consultation with parents, psychologist, speech, physiological and occupational therapists and reviewed on a regular basis.
With our highly qualified specialist teachers and education assistants the level of support for students is very high and ensures the best outcomes for all students.
Presently the centre caters for 50 students. In addition to intensive literacy and numeracy programs; the centre provides excellent social/emotional skills, protective behaviours and pastoral care programs for our students. The curriculum programs are supported with regular excursions and a school camp organized for students on a yearly basis. In the area of physical education students are able to access Riding for the Disabled horse riding lessons and specialist swimming lessons in addition to their usual programs. Special events include inter education support centre swimming and cricket carnivals with faction athletics and beach carnivals. Opportunities for further competition in inter school team sports and athletic carnivals are available through the primary school for those students who excel in these areas.
All teaching areas are fully air conditioned with wet areas located in five classrooms. The centre has a life skills room with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Greater emphasis is placed on the use of information technology as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. All classrooms are equipped with computers connected to the school network enabling fast access to the internet and email and interactive whiteboards. All students have an individualised iPad.
The school is a Teacher Development school delivering Positive Partnerships professional learning across the state.
Excellent relationships exist between parents and staff with the School Council playing an important role in ensuring the school meets the expectations of the community. The P&C is also active within the school with the play equipment in the junior area recently upgraded courtesy of their fundraising efforts.