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Rock­ing­ham Beach Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre, along with Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School’s Michelle Dirksz, will have the chance to be recog­nised among some of the State’s best ed­u­ca­tors, after they were nom­i­nated as fi­nal­ists in the 2017 WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards.

This week the Tele­graph caught up with the friendly team at Rock­ing­ham Beach Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre, to catch a glimpse into how the much-loved lo­cal school had made it as a fi­nal­ist for WA Pri­mary School of the Year.

A com­mu­nity favourite since 1987, Rock­ing­ham Beach Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre is based on the same site as Rock­ing­ham Beach Pri­mary School.

With 54 stu­dents, the cen­tre pro­vides sup­port for stu­dents with iden­ti­fied dis­abil­i­ties such as in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity or autism, with high ed­u­ca­tional needs.

Prin­ci­pal Mar­garet Keen said ev­ery­one at the cen­tre was de­lighted to have made it this far. “We are quite amazed and thrilled that we made it through as fi­nal­ists,” she said.

Ms Keen said the cen­tre placed a real fo­cus on com­mu­ni­cat­ing with fam­i­lies to get the best for the stu­dents and their in­di­vid­ual needs.

“There’s of­ten a lot of chal­lenges that we need to con­sider,” she said.

“We have a lit­tle say­ing that when we en­rol a stu­dent we don’t just en­rol the stu­dent; we en­rol the whole fam­ily be­cause it af­fects them too.

“Ev­ery­one here be­lieves they can make a dif­fer­ence in the child’s life — we love what we do.”

Ms Dirskz, mean­while, has been nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist for WA School Ser­vices Staff Mem­ber of the Year.

All fi­nal­ists will re­ceive an in­vi­ta­tion to the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner to be held on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24, at Crown Perth.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Mar­garet Keen with stu­dents Sarah Wag­ner, 11, Dy­lan King, 11, and Ri­ley Geletie, 11.

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