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Term 4 2018

Oct 12th - Jiggle Jam Competition
Oct 16th - Free Dress Yr6 Fundraising
Oct 16th - P&C Meeting 2 PM
Oct 22nd to Nov 2nd- Swimming Lessons
Oct 30th -  Waste Free Lunch
Nov 1st - Outdoor Classroom Day
Nov 8th - Lunch DISCO Yr6 Fundraising
Nov 9th - SDD- Pupil Free
Nov 19th to Nov 23rd - Open School/Art Show
Nov 19th to Nov 21st - Book Fair
Nov 21st - 10 Yr CElebration RPS/Sausage Sizzle
Nov 29th - P&C Meeting 2 PM 
Dec 6th- Waste Free Lunch
Dec 7th- PP-Yr5 Awards Assembly 9 AM
Dec 11th- Center Lunch
Dec 12th- Yr6 Graduation/Reports Home
Dec 13th- Students Finish

Useful Links

Education Support North Network
Roseworth Primary School
Department of Education
North Metro Regional Ed Office
Schools Plus
School Bus Service
Disability Services Commission


The therapeutic use of pets as companions has gained increasing attention in recent years. Research has shown that dogs help prevent everyday stress and pet animals bring out our nurturing instinct to make us feel safe and unconditionally accepted.

Meet Marcie, one of Roseworth ESC's pets. After a lesson on handling animals, staff members bring passive pets into the classrooms regularly, for students with parental permission, to pat and handle or simply to be near. The interaction between student and pet are carefully monitored. Even after just a few visits, the changes in students' behaviours are visibly evident.

Dogs can act as four-legged therapists. When a child learns how to work with a dog and say the right words to get the dog to do what he or she wants, it's a great boost in their confidence. Children with problems learning how to read have participated in programs where they spend time reading, one-on-one, to the dog. Since dogs do not comment or criticise, a child feels more comfortable and their fluency increases. Dogs have a calming influence and can dispel anxiety, depression, and tension. Dogs may also motivate a child to do physical therapy by encouraging activities such as walking, jumping, and running.

When Marcie visits Roseworth ESC, she spends half a day in each class. The students carry on with their Learning Program while Marcie walks around the room, naps or plays with a toy. When a student finishes their assigned task, they interact with her. They learn how to handle her, give commands, and make sure she has food and water, but most importantly they learn how to pet her. At recess and lunch, they take turns playing with her.

There has been a noticeable improvement in the students' behaviour and interactions with other students since Marcie starting visiting. Some students elect to have "Marcie" time when they need to have 'quiet time'.

Horse Riding

Another way that Roseworth ESC uses animals to improve students' communication and learning outcomes is by accessing the Carine Riding for the Disabled. The students learn a variety of skills relating to riding a horse.

The students help saddle the horse before they mount and a major focus of the lesson is interacting with their horse. They talk to their horse; they use the reigns and their legs to manoeuvre the horse, the play 'games' while mounted on their horse. They must also communicate with the helper assigned to them. Once the lesson is finished the student helps remove the saddle and assists with grooming the horse.

A multiple of learning opportunities come from one simple riding lesson including taking off and putting on their foot wear, school shoes and riding boots, remembering where all their equipment is kept, remembering the name of their horse and the helper, how to behave on a bus, how to behave in a public place… The list is extensive.
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