At East Victoria Park Education Support Centre our vision is for all staff, parents and carers to work together to provide a safe and supportive learning environment so all children can learn and develop to their optimum potential.
We provide each child with opportunities, through individual education programs and small group teaching, to maximise the development of physical well-being, positive responsible attitudes and skills for life-long learning.
Our school caters for approximately 21 children from kindergarten to Year 6 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. An enthusiastic team of teachers and Education Assistants are specifically trained to support our students. They are committed to providing children with a quality education in a safe, inclusive learning environment.
We have an academic focus, using structured programs which effectively support students with learning difficulties. Each student has an Individual Education Plan which is reviewed regularly. These plans are formulated in consultation with the parents, teachers and therapists and recognise the child's individuality. Children are encouraged to understand the values of respect, environmental responsibility, citizenship and self-regulation.
We work closely with East Victoria Park Primary School and encourage integration wherever possible. This applies to both the ESC and the Primary school, with students integrating onto both sites. This inclusive approach between both schools provides a rich variety of learning opportunities.
In 2017, we added an early learning classroom catering for children from kindergarten and pre-primary. The focus is on developmental play, language and communication skills and is staffed by an Early Childhood trained teacher. Already we have seen gains in communication and socialisation among students in the class.
Some of the special programs that we run are:
Community Access Program (CAP): designed to provide opportunities for our students to practice and develop social and life skills learned at school. The students are involved in outings which involve shopping, catching buses and trains, purchasing food and visiting community facilities.
Cooking: weekly sessions provide opportunities to cook healthy foods and learn about nutrition.
Treatment and education of autistic and related communication of handicapped children (TEACCH): a structured program which is used internationally for students with autism and communication difficulties.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): used also to facilitate communication skills in children with autism and communication difficulties. Visual cues are important for all of our students with PECS being used in conjunction with key word signing.
Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP): runs three times a week for all students. Positive gains have been noticed in regards to students physical strength and coordination.
Specialist Music program: based on the Kids'n'Music program which incorporates speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
Self care: students learn about caring for themselves independently.
Weekly swimming lessons for selected students.
We also have a combined Parents & Citizens Association and at present our own school council.
In 1988 East Victoria Park Education Support Centre was built as a partner school to East Victoria Park Primary, and co-located on the school site in East Victoria Park. Native plants and large shade trees surround the grounds. Play equipment and playground space is shared with the primary school. We have three air-conditioned classrooms with computers and iPads, an administration block, a therapy room, a multi-sensory room and a fully equipped kitchen. We can use facilities at East Victoria Park Primary as required.
For more information please visit our website eastvictoriaparkesc.wa.edu.au.