O'Connor Education Support Centre (OESC) is the only special education centre in the Goldfields Region and is located in Kalgoorlie. The Centre caters for students from Kindy-Year 6, with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and complex communication needs.
O'Connor ESC aims to develop the whole person socially, emotionally, intellectually and morally engendering a positive self-image and independence in daily life.
The school is co-located with O'Connor Primary School and the two schools pride themselves on the collaborative relationship that exists between them. Students integrate with O'Connor Primary School students in the playground and in selected classroom activities. O'Connor ESC shares with the Primary School a library, canteen, staff room, conference room and playground areas. The schools have a combined P&C and provide pastoral care through the breakfast program. Joint activities include the swimming carnival, sports day, after school sports program, Harmony and NAIDOC day celebrations and Year 6 graduation. O'Connor ESC students have the opportunity to participate in additional school activities, with one of the Year 6 school councillors being appointed from the Centre. O'COnnor ESC is an inclusive school that 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 ‘empower today for tomorrow’ ensures students are supported to participate meaningfully and successfully within their family, school and local community.
The O'Connor ESC Principal and Manager of Corporate Services offices are located in the shared reception area in the Administration Block. Each class has a teacher and several full time education assistants. We utilise the services of an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, school chaplain, and school psychologist. O'Connor ESC has well-appointed facilities with classrooms located in different teaching blocks throughout the school campus. All classrooms are air conditioned with teachers using a wide variety of technology in curriculum delivery such as smart TV's, iPads and computers. The Centre is equipped with facilities such as a School Bus donated by Variety WA and a newly upgraded Sensory Room thanks to Evolution Mining. O'Connor ESC have local business - Brightminds who provide Speech and Occupational Therapy to the Goldfields community coming once a fortnight. A relationshp with BEGA health has begun with a shared vision to promote health, including ear health amongst our indigenous students and families.
The Centre is structured into homogenous classes including Early Intervention, Junior, Middle and Upper primary. At OConnor ESC, we acknowledge the importance of ongoing learning and creative expression. We believe a child’s potential is supported by an engaging environment that includes play, expressing thoughts and ideas, practicing skills, problem solving, promoting independence, role modelling, routines, security and social interactions including community access.
As Principal, I am excited about the future of our students and the centre. I have a passion for education and children with disabilties. For me, job satisffaction is seeing the happiness in children when they succeed and sharing that success with the family. I have an incredible group of staff who go above and beyond to ensure all our students can be all they can be.
Principal - OESC