Charles La Trobe Deaf Facility
The Charles La Trobe College Deaf Facility was established in 1984 as the first secondary Facility for Deaf/Hearing Impaired students in Victoria. Our aim is to provide access for Deaf/Hearing Impaired students to a full secondary education. Students are supported in mainstream classes by Teachers of the Deaf and Interpreters.
Students with a bilateral, sensory-neural moderate to profound hearing loss come to us from all over Melbourne, although they are predominately from the northern and eastern suburbs. Students living more than 5km from the school receive transport concession for travel to the College.
A Teacher of the Deaf is allocated to each year level and acts as a mentor to the Facility students at that level. Students attend timetabled tutorial classes with a Teacher of the Deaf, where mainstream work is clarified and supported. Support in mainstream classes is based on students’ needs and may be as minimal or as intensive as each individual requires. Notes are also taken in classes by the Interpreter or Teacher of the Deaf which can be accessed in the Facility by students and staff to help with clarification of work being covered in classes.
The College uses the latest technology including radio frequency units and sound field systems. As many deaf students are visual learners the 1:1 laptop program at Charles La Trobe College and the use of electronic whiteboards by teachers support their learning style.
Facility students participate in all aspects of the college program, for example the Leadership Program, SRC representatives, sports teams, theatre production. Past students have been elected School Captains, voted for by their peers and staff.