Kamaruka Education Centre was founded in 2001 by the current principal, Alfonso Scibilia, to cater for a unique group of boys whose needs could not be accommodated in the mainstream classroom.

The school’s original campus in Richmond operated for 12 years accommodating up to 20 students. In response to the growing demand for Kamaruka’s intervention program offered, the school relocated to a larger premises at 52 River Street South Yarra in 2013. Further growth saw the establishment of a second premises in 2017 for the Primary Annex at 38 River street – four doors down. Kamaruka Education Centre now offers its alternative intervention program for up to 60 students from years 3 to 10.

The program offered at Kamaruka is designed for boys diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but can also benefit a select group of boys diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), formerly known as Asperger’s. A commonality amongst these boys is the low self-esteem developed over several years of failure in mainstream schools.

Their social inadequacies and emotional issues threaten their academic progress and social inclusion in our society. Through positive experiences and sense of belonging, self-esteem is restored and a pathway towards a rewarding career becomes achievable. Co-morbid disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) often compromise their progress, as does the anxiety which many of these boys present with at enrolment.



Thursday 31 JAN – Friday 5 APR Term

Monday 18 FEB – Thursday 21 FEB (Torquay) Camp

Tue 29 & Wed 30 JAN, Friday 22 FEB [Pupil free]Curriculum


Tuesday 23 APR – Friday 21 JUN Term

Monday 20 MAY – Thursday 23 MAY (Wellington River) Camp

Friday 24 MAY [Pupil free]Curriculum


Monday 15 JUL – Friday 13 SEP Term

Monday 12 AUG – Thursday 15 AUG (Cathedral Ranges) Camp

Friday 16 AUG [Pupil free]Curriculum


Monday 7 OCT – Friday 6 DEC Term

Monday 18 NOV – Thursday 21 NOV (Torquay) Camp

Friday 22 NOV [Pupil free]Curriculum

Public Holidays: Labour Day MON 11 MAR, Good Friday FRI 19 APR, ANZAC Day THU 25 APR, Queen’s Birthday MON 10 JUN, Melb Cup MON 4 & TUE 5 NOV