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.
The word Kamaruka derives from an aboriginal term meaning “Camp of the spirit children”. The three arrows of the Kamaruka emblem symbolise the core values targeted in the social development of the students at Kamaruka which are:
– Respect for self
– Respect for others
– Responsibility for one’s actions
Our social skills and behavioural programs aim to promote these values
Kamaruka Education Centre is committed to providing the best environment for your son to maximise his potential . The school prides itself in its values-based school culture, which creates a safe and caring learning environment for students, staff and families.