West Coast Secondary Education Support Centre celebrates $5.5m facility

West Coast Secondary Education Support Centre students Logan Farris and Ella McMahon. Pictures: Martin Kennealey
West Coast Secondary Education Support Centre students Logan Farris and Ella McMahon. Pictures: Martin Kennealey

WEST Coast Secondary Education Support Centre celebrated the opening of its $5.5 million facility in Warwick this week.

The centre is co-located on the Warwick Senior High School site and has an administration area, refurbished classrooms and a therapy room.

The move from Duncraig last June gave the centre’s 89 students with disabilities better access to specialist facilities and permanent classrooms.

Year 8 student Zac Chamberlain.

The centre caters for students in Years 7 to 12 with a mild to moderate intellectual disability or autism, who have opportunities for inclusion with mainstream classes and students as a result of the move.

“The beautiful new surroundings have given the students improved opportunities in which to learn and thrive and achieve their full potential,” principal Joanne Kriziotis said.

Warwick Senior High School Year 11 student Malidji Ryder with Cowan MHR Anne Aly.

“The resilience of the students and staff throughout the transition has been amazing and we are super proud of them – students are flourishing in their new environment.

“Students have easier access to local community facilities which is essential for the development of invaluable life skills.”

Student Ella McMahon.

Warwick Senior High School Year 11 student Malidji Ryder gave the acknowledgement of country and students also did a zumba showcase during the March 6 ceremony.

Education Minister Sue Ellery, Education Department director general Lisa Rodgers, assistant regional executive director Paul Meacock, North Metrolpolitan MLC Martin Pritchard, Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski, Cowan MHR Anne Aly and Joondalup Councillor Sophie Dwyer were among the guests.

Education Minister Sue Ellery.

“The relocation of West Coast Secondary Education Support Centre to Warwick Senior High School has provided new, improved facilities and enhanced opportunities for students with special needs at the school,” Ms Ellery said.

Mrs Stojkovski said the location would make it more accessible for families within the northern suburbs.

Student Logan Farris (in front).

“These facilities will further strengthen the school’s ongoing commitment to provide relevant and inclusive education for all students,” she said.

West Coast Secondary Education Support Centre students with visitors. Picture supplied