Cloverdale Education Support Centre (6064)

School Overview

Our school motto is 'Working Together To Achieve' in a place where there is an opportunity for all students to be happy and confidently equipped for their future.

Cloverdale Education Support Centre aims to develop the whole person socially, emotionally, intellectually and morally engendering a positive self-image and independence in daily life. Our vision and values of respect, friendship and kindness under pin all the key focus areas, broad strategies and student improvement.

Our school has a growing enrolment base of 45 Kindergarten to Year 6 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Sensory Impairments and Complex Communication Needs.

Our school is co-located with Cloverdale Primary School where students mix in the playground and selected classroom activities. We enjoy a collaborative relationship with Cloverdale Primary School and share a library, staff room and conference room.

The schools have a combined P&C and provide pastoral care through the breakfast program, parent support group and anti-bullying committee. Joint activities include the swimming carnival, sports day, after school sports program, Harmony and NAIDOC day celebrations and Year 6 graduation.

Our students have the opportunity to participate in additional school activities, with three of the Year 6 school councillors being appointed from the Centre. Our school welcomes all students and shows respect for all cultures and religions.

Staff are trained to incorporate research-based teaching strategies into their teaching. Social and play skills programs are implemented with communication as the focus.

Our teaching practice also incorporates Protective Behaviour programs. We provide a targeted, differentiated curriculum based on the Western Australian Curriculum and Abilities Based Learning Education, Western Australia (ABLEWA), combined with a rich social environment designed to meet the individual learning needs of each child.

Our aim 'working together to achieve' ensures students are supported to participate meaningfully and successfully within their family, school and local community.

We have a very successful and sought-after early intervention program which incorporates a Pre-Kindy program. Our Early Years program provides intensive support to develop the foundation skills that students require to learn, so their future schooling can be set on firm foundations. There is a focus on Applied Behaviour Analysis and Direct Instruction as well as Communication and Balanced Literacy. All our staff in the Early Years room have Early Years training and are very experienced in supporting our students.

Communication at our school means being able to say 'whatever, to whomever, whenever' as efficiently as possible. We believe that communication is the most useful, functional skill that we can teach those students who have Complex Communication Needs. Our staff are trained to incorporate communication within their daily practice. We believe that every student should have a voice, and as such, we ensure every child with Complex Communication Needs has access to an Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) device.

Every classroom has been provided with Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) books to ensure language is modelled throughout the day in all aspects of the regular classroom routine. All students are supported to use any AAC system that has been recommended for them.

We use the services of a school nurse, an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, school chaplain, and school psychologist. Cloverdale ESC has well-appointed facilities with classrooms located in different teaching blocks throughout the school campus.

Teachers use a wide variety of technology in curriculum delivery such as interactive white boards, iPads and computers. We are equipped with facilities such as a sensory swing, an interactive Springfree trampoline and sensory swivel egg chairs. Speech therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists are welcomed to our school to offer individual student support.

Our behaviour management program is based on the Positive Behaviour Support principles. Our staff are trained in Team Teach, which is a holistic approach to proactive behaviour management. We incorporate values education into the day to day curriculum, and work closely with the Cloverdale Primary School in the implementation of values education strategies.

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