Rockingham High Education Support students get on their high horses to improve confidence and skills


The Rockingham Senior High School Education Support Centre’s horse-riding class |celebrate their successful year.
The Rockingham Senior High School Education Support Centre’s horse-riding class |celebrate their successful year.

DISCOVERING the unique bond between a horse and rider has been a highlight for a group of Rockingham students.

Students from Rockingham Senior High School’s Education Support Centre took part in a six-week course aimed at building their self-esteem and giving them a sense of achievement.

In recognition of their efforts, the students were given awards, before enjoying a leisurely ride around the grounds of Baldivis Pony Club.

Year 8 teacher Caroline Mason said the awards were for participation.

“They recognise students’ involvement with horse-riding to develop leadership, risk-taking, self-confidence and self-esteem and help them develop hobbies outside of school,” she said.

“For some students, riding horses is also a form of therapy to help develop muscle strength, balance and posture.

“For some, it has helped them develop their speech and their social skills.

“One student, Edward Wallis, was awarded the Most Improved trophy as selected by their coach Isabelle.”

Ms Mason said horse-riding was a new initiative for the school, which they intend to continue.

The course ran for eight weeks.

“The students have loved coming every single week and have grown in confidence and skills.

“The volunteers at Peel RDA have been wonderful to work with and we look forward to continue our horse-riding next year,” she said.