Students, parents, teachers and members of the community gathered at the Manjimup Senior High School on Friday afternoon for the Education Support Centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations and the official opening of the new multi-purpose building.
The building was officially opened by Elizabeth Shorthouse on behalf of Federal Minister for Employment Bill Shorten.
Principal Fran Meeking said the education support program provided tailored learning techniques for 18 students with varying levels of learning difficulties.
‘‘The building was completed around six months ago and has been fantastic for hosting functions such as this opening, and involving the community in the students’ education,’’ Ms Meeking said.
‘‘As well as social events it provides an area where students can meet with agencies to discuss their post-school options.
‘‘We provide for several high-needs students here and our facilities provide a secure area that allows them to gain independence.’’
The ceremony was hosted by several of the centre’s students who introduced each speaker and the slideshows presented.
The Manjimup Senior High School Education Support Centre was the first centre in WA to cater for Year 1-12 students and is now regarded as a leader in the field of special education.