Independence promising: principals

South Ballajura Education Support Centre principal Cheryl Lennox with students Grace and Lachlan. Picture: Marcus Whisson
South Ballajura Education Support Centre principal Cheryl Lennox with students Grace and Lachlan. Picture: Marcus Whisson

South Ballajura ESC and Westminster ESC are two of 15 schools in the Eastern Reporter’s distribution area the State Government announced would operate independently next year.

Principal Cheryl Lennox said in times of major educational change, being IPS would support South Ballajura ESC in providing quality learning programs.

‘In addition to our wonderful community supporters, IPS savings should also help us complete the next stages of our projects more quickly, including fencing, shade provision, playground equipment designed for students with disabilities and a sensory garden,’ she said.

‘Improving technology options is also on our IPS list.’

Westminster ESC principal Gary Hobson said as an independent school it would develop its kindergarten program further, continue working closely with autism support organisations and provide specialist support.

‘There is a need for specialist support for students who may have experienced trauma in their lives and a greater awareness of this is required by our teachers so they can provide students and their families with the support that they need,’ he said.

‘We have provided professional learning for a teacher to work with other schools in raising the awareness of children affected by trauma.

‘It is hoped that this program will continue and the teacher not just for schools with students with special needs but all schools in our area.’