Forest Hill Deaf Facility
The Deaf Facility at Forest Hill College caters for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students within a mainstream setting. Our ‘high support/high expectations’ philosophy allows all of our students to achieve their personal best within a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
Providing deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students with the opportunity to gain a high quality education within a supportive and challenging environment the College employs specialist Teachers of the Deaf, Auslan educational interpreters and an in-class live Captioner. These expert staff use contemporary research to implement innovative technologies and teaching strategies enabling all students to participate actively in the college curriculum alongside their hearing peers. Forest Hill is particularly proud of the recent addition of our STEAM Centre that enables students to explore robotics, design and creativity through the use of technology.
Teaching and learning takes place in mainstream classes with additional support offered through our unique specialist literacy and numeracy model. This enables students to be taught English as an Additional Language and Mathematics in small groups with a qualified, experienced Teacher of the Deaf. Students may also participate in small group or individual intensive teaching sessions with a Teacher of the Deaf, in order to consolidate learning and support their mainstream programs. Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the school’s LOTE subject, studied by all Year 7 and 8 students and available as a VCE subject; again; for all students who attend the College.
Forest Hill College is proud to offer a broad range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects including Auslan, allowing students to build on skills learned through LOTE in Middle Years. Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are encouraged to participate in annual theatre productions, Youth Parliament and our outstanding music program. The Sport and Performing Arts Academies provide students with access to elite training facilities, expert coaches and industry leaders from theatre and performing arts, or in the sports of soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, netball and women’s AFL.
Forest Hill College strives to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students. Central to this is a whole school focus on positive education, utilising Strengths, Resilience and a Growth mindset to assisting all students to Connect, Explore and Aspire.