Gwynne Park Education Support Centre (ESC) is a K-6 Level 4 Primary School which shares a campus with Gwynne Park Primary School. The school site is located in the suburb of Brookdale under the City of Armadale precinct. Gwynne Park ESC is a purpose built school opened in 1991 for students with Special Education Needs inclusive of those with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, challenging behaviours and/or autistic spectrum disorders. The school currently hosts one of the Department’s 11 Early Intervention Autism Spectrum Programs for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary aged students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The school motto is ‘Working Together’ in developing independence in each of our students.
Across the school campus Gwynne Park ESC currently has seven air conditioned classrooms – an Early Intervention Unit, Early Childhood, two Junior, an Intermediate and two Senior classrooms. Gwynne Park ESC has a refurbished fully equipped functional kitchen, multi –sensory interactive Therapy Room with accompanying technologies and resources, fully equipped Therapy room and adjoining laundry with ablution facilities. Other specialist equipment includes a Trampoline Park, Bike Track and Flying Fox. Together the Gwynne Park Schools share a range of facilities including a well-equipped library, assembly and undercover stage area, staff room, music room, canteen, playground areas and other specialist teaching areas.
Gwynne Park ESC participates each week in a variety of specialist curriculum activities, such as Riding for the Disabled at the Oakford RDA Centre; Individualised swimming instruction at the Thornlie Leisure Centre; access to an in-house Speech Therapist; and an in-house Protective Behaviours Program for all students attending the Centre. Our Centre has its own Variety Club ‘Sunshine’ bus, complete with fitted seat belts to access specialist curriculum services.
Gwynne Park ESC’s Principal, Deputy Principal and Registrar are located in the ESC Administration block near the ESC classrooms. Each class has a teacher and several Education Assistants. Staff at the school are qualified and / or trained in a range of Special Educational Needs specific programs such as TEACCH, Discrete Trials, Applied Behavioural Analysis, Team Teach and explicit teaching strategies.We utilise the services of a school psychologist and speech therapist and therapists from Therapy Focus offer individualised support.
Each student in the centre has their own Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is developed in collaboration with parents / caregivers, teachers, education assistants and outside agencies. The IEP specifies each student’s current goals and how the goals and outcomes will be taught and are revised twice yearly to inform progress, achievement and areas for future learning. The role of family in the development of each child is recognised and integral in our school.
Gwynne Park ESC is an inclusive school welcoming all students and families, valuing respect for all people, cultures and religions. Students integrate with the primary school students in the playground and throughout selected classroom activities. Joint activities for students include regular buddy classes, assemblies, sports day and Year 6 graduation. The school supports pastoral care through a breakfast club, parent support group and ongoing case conferencing with key stakeholders where required.
To advocate the rights of our students, and to provide support in the future direction of the School, Gwynne Park ESC has its own independent School Board. Gwynne Park ESC is also an active member of the Education Support South Network (ESSN).