Guthrie St Primary School
(PO Box 1310) SHEPPARTON 3632
Telephone: 5821 1944
TTY/Voice: 5821 1345
Fax: 5821 3202
Contact: The Coordinator
The Shepparton Facility, based at Guthrie Street Primary School, was established in 1995 to provide a high quality education for Deaf and hearing impaired children in Years Prep to 6. The facility promotes a bilingual (English/Auslan) philosophy, whereby all students learn English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language). English/Auslan interpreting is provided to support full access to all areas of the curriculum and school environment. A speech/language therapist supports Deaf Facility programs ensuring a high quality speech and language program.
Each student has an individual education plan which focuses on goals for Language and Communication; Speech and Audition; Deaf Studies; Reading and Writing in Auslan; and Auslan, as well as the National Curriculum goals. Facility staff provide extended transition for students entering from kindergarten and exiting to high school, to ensure a smooth transition during these critical times. Shepparton Deaf Facility also provides Visiting Teacher support to eligible students.
We ensure that students have access to Deaf role models and a range of Deaf and hearing friends by attending Deaf Camp, writing to deaf pen pals, visiting other Deaf Facilities and Schools for the Deaf and using modern technology such as webcams, to foster a positive self concept.
At Guthrie Street primary School, Deaf students participate in small group and individual sessions and are integrated into classrooms with their hearing and Deaf peers. Guthrie Street promotes excellence in education and fosters life-long learning through the Emotional Intelligence program. The Languages subject at Guthrie Street Primary School is Auslan, which is taught in all classrooms from Prep to 6, by a native Auslan user.