The program is specifically designed to cater for students with disabilities. Our Career Education, Community Access and Academic programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of the students. Literacy, Numeracy, Independent travel training and fully supported work placements are key features of our program.
The outcomes of our program demonstrate students have developed the necessary skills to achieve inclusion and independence both in the workforce and the general community. As part of the Centre’s philosophy of inclusivity, students also attend optional classes. Integration is also fostered for students who desire extension in their academic pursuits.
Bush Rangers Cadets
Bush Ranger program is offered to students in Armadale Education Support Centre as part of our recreational program. This program is linked to Australian Curriculum through Sustainability, one of the three Cross Curriculum Priorities. Marine life, nature and conservation, curbing pollution, waste wise; water wise and recycling is among the different themes that we cover within this program. Our dedicated teaching team, enthusiastically delivers these themes, through captivating and fascinating Bush Ranger excursions, incursions and camps that occurs in a range of local bushlands and parklands. Every Bush Ranger cadet is privileged with free of charge Bush Ranger uniform, which is often worn, with full of pride. This program offers our young minds to take an active role in the conservation of natural environment and better understand the mechanisms for its management. The Bush Ranger cadets meet fortnightly, learning a variety of skills mainly developing independence and leadership qualities, teamwork skills and appropriate social behaviour skills. Through this program our students build a strong sense of belonging and display a good understanding and appreciation of local plants, animals, landscapes and ecosystem that provides them with a path of learning for becoming active citizens. The Department of Parks and Wildlife has funded all Bush Rangers’ activities.
Drumbeat promotes social understanding and connection through a team drumming experience. It is fun, safe, creative, engaging and rewarding. Students lift their self-esteem, learn to work cooperatively and are exposed to the therapeutic and recreational benefits of music. It is conducted by the trained staff in the centre.
Social and Emotional Support
The support service is facilitated by Parkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc) school based support services. It is aimed to support the rights of people to have an independent body to listen to their story and understand their needs. Individual and group sessions are conducted weekly so that working together we can meet the needs of the students and families with compassion, understanding and skill.
The Aussie Optimism Program is implemented within the context of the School Health Curriculum. The program has three components: Positive Thinking Skills, Social Life Skills and Optimistic Thinking Skills. Aussie Optimism is a program appropriate for all students. It is both a preventive and early intervention based program that focuses on building emotional, cognitive and social skills in order to promote mental health, and prevent anxiety and depression. The program seeks to help students develop the skills necessary to deal effectively with problems and to enable them to approach adolescence and adulthood with resourcefulness and confidence. Within this program students will learn to regulate emotions, think positively and solve social problems. The lessons are carried out weekly and done collaboratively with the social worker in all the classes.
Our Workplace Learning Program educates and provides students with the necessary skills to enable smooth transition from school to the workplace. Students are trained and work either independently or fully supported, depending upon their abilities and requirements.
• Occupational Health & Safety
• Manual Handling
• Job Seeking Skills
• Travel Training
• School Based Traineeships
• Coffee Club
• Certificate I Hospitality
• Certificate I Agrifood
• Certificate I Information Digital Media Technology
• Certificate I & 11 Retail Services
• Certificate 1 & 11 Transport and Logistic
• Certificate 1 Manufacturing
• Work Experience / Work Trials
• Industry Visits
Our program provides training in life skills necessary for students to become independent and confident in the wider community.
Safety in the community
• Travel/transport skills
• Keys For Life Program
• Functional literacy
• Care for living things
• Emotional wellbeing
• Personal grooming/hygiene
At Armadale Education Support Centre, students from Year 7 – Year 13 participate in Career Education to assist the students to make informed decisions about their own possible career path through a range of planned learning experiences. These include developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work effectively in the workplace and make effective decisions about their futures. Each semester, the Career Pathway Plan for each student is revised and is crucial for Year 10-13 as these plans provide key information in relation to the types of work placements offered. This information is also used to assist the student decide on which pathway is more appropriate including Traineeships/Apprenticeships or a Nationally Recognised Certificate Course from a range of industries including Computing, Horticulture, Retail, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, Hospitality and Construction to name a few. The certificate courses are run through schools and overseen by the VET (Vocational Education and Training) in Schools program. All students who achieve VET units of competency in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) as part of their school program have these competencies recorded on their Statement of Results.
Middle School Options
Armadale Education Support Centre offers our students a diverse variety of discrete options within the main school. Discrete options are classes made up only of our Education Support students and Armadale SHS teachers. Armadale SHS teachers take the years 7, 8, 9 and 10 for Health and Physical Education, Computing, Wood Design and Art. All programs are designed to cater for the students’ individual needs and Education Assistants provide support required within these classes for student success.The students who excel in the various option classes have the opportunity to participate with the mainstream classes to enhance their learning.
Mathematics Stage 1
AESC offers an innovative and unique approach to teach Mathematics, providing superb opportunities for students with special needs to learn the basic Maths skills in a least stressful, but challenging and creative environment. The tasks are scaffolded to meet the individual need of every student. Mathematics Stage 1, provides an introduction to the basic concepts and techniques to use and apply mathematics, count, compare and order numbers, and describe relationships between them, secure knowledge of number facts which can be recalled quickly, used and applied appropriately, calculate efficiently and accurately, position and transform shapes, recognise and use their properties to visualise and construct, measure accurately using appropriate units, interpret and compare scales, process, present and interpret data to pose and answer questions.
English Stage 1
At AESC English Stage 1 is designed specifically to meet the unique educational needs of students in an environment that is supportive and nurturing. Working in small groups allows the teacher to work intensively on explicit teaching of aspects of the task such as pre-teaching of the vocabulary, deconstructing a sample text or a joint construction. It provides support for students who may be reluctant to contribute in a larger group. English Stage 1 aims to develop students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, viewing and writing, capacity to create texts for a range of purposes, audiences and contexts, and understanding and appreciation of different uses of language.
Transition to Work
In order to facilitate their transition to work we work with the students to identify potential post-school job roles based on their interests, skills, knowledge and experience. We also help them identify the requirements to be employed in these job roles.
Career and Enterprise Stage 1 , Workplace Learning (mode 1 &2) and work experience provides ample opportunities for students to learn how to generalise the concepts learnt in class.
Students practice writing resumes and cover letters, making phone inquiries, participating in interviews, dealing with rejection and filling out the basic forms they will encounter post-school.
We also introduce students to the services available to support their transition such as Centrelink and employment service providers.