O'Connor Education Support Centre (OESC) is the only primay disability special education centre in the Goldfields Region and is located in Kalgoorlie. The Centre caters for students from Kindy to 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, and playground areas. The schools have a combined P&C and provide pastoral care through the breakfast program. Joint activities include the weekly assemblies, athletic faction carnival, Harmony and NAIDOC day celebrations, Year 6 camp 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.
O'Connor ESC has a targeted communication program that incorporates both speech and occupational therapy. A relationship with BEGA Health has begun with a shared vision to promote health, including ear health amongst our indigenous students and families.
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, linked to the Western Australian Curriculum and Abilities Based Learning Education, Western Australia (ABLEWA). This combined with a rich social environment is designed to meet the individual learning needs of each child.
Our aim "Empower Today for Tomorrow' supports students to participate meaningfully and successfully within their family, school and local community.