The idea that each and every child has something of great value that they can share and give back to their community is core to everything that inspires me as a school leader. So our school is not a hierarchy of principal-teacher-student; it’s a partnership dedicated to building young lives that are happy, safe and fulfilled.
Our goal is to have every student be a valued citizen contributing to the diversity and prosperity of our broader community. I believe special needs educators must be shining examples of inclusion so we can change the traditional perceptions that linger in society. I proudly share this vision with my amazing staff who work tirelessly to seek new ways of teaching and learning, curriculum, employment and our engagement with the local community.
We are driven by the notion that our students have a right to a diverse and engaging curriculum that recognises their individual learning needs. To this end the school uses the West Australian Curriculum and supports additional learning with ASDAN. This gives our students a rich and varied learning experience, while removing many points of difference that might have otherwise existed between them and their siblings and friends. It also reflects our belief that schools should focus on discovering what students can do rather than what they can’t.
Kensington partners with a number of major retailers and service providers to offer employment experience and opportunities beyond those typically available for young people with disabilities. We are also entering into partnerships that are more community-focused, with environmental groups, local government and other schools. For example, our students will be helping restore and protect local bushland and wetland ecologies. The skills and relationships to be gained in these social ventures are truly life-enhancing and the benefits far reaching into society as a whole.
I believe schools should be enthusiastic places focused on people not things. People make a school what it is. They give it life, purpose and meaning. I’m proud to say this is what makes Kensington unique. We are a happy and proud community dedicated to creating happy and purposeful lives for young people who face challenges beyond the average citizen.
Words along cannot convey the unique feeling our school has. So I invite you to visit and meet with me, our staff and students and experience this in person.
Upper secondary students continue to develop relevant work skills, knowledge and attitudes through school activities, including coordination of the school canteen, and through participation in work enclaves, such as lawn mowing, car washing, Kensington Kafe and community newspaper delivery.
Eligible upper school students are enrolled in Structured Workplace Learning and are supported by school staff as needed.
Upper school students may progress towards a Certificate 1 in Horticulture through their lessons at school, work experience at Hillside Farm and in the wider community.
ASDAN courses of study leading to a certificate of graduation recognised by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
Functional literacy and numeracy programs to develop skills needed for work and in the community.
TEACCH classrooms and programs for students with autism.
Alternative communication (signing, picture exchange, eye gaze and electronic devices).
Gross and fine motor programs, including hydrotherapy, physiotherapy exercises and the use of therapy equipment.
Sport and recreation at school and in the community to develop student interests, skills and fitness.
Personal self-care and housekeeping programs.
Students living in our local intake area may travel to Kensington Secondary School with the School Bus Services provided by the Public Transport Authority. Apply on line for this service before your child commences at Kensington Secondary School.
Other children attending Kensington Secondary School travel by private vehicle or there is public transport options with a bus stop outside the school