Victorian College for the Deaf
Established in 1862, Victorian College for the Deaf offers a unique bilingual education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students throughout Victoria. The College strives to ensure all students achieve to their potential and to the best of their academic abilities. Students from Prep to Year 12 are educated using a bilingual language model with Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English as the two languages. The school recognises the role and importance of both English and Auslan.
All curriculum content is taught in Auslan. English is developed through reading and writing experiences, individual literacy programs, access to a speech/language program and rich experiential learning activities.
The school endorses a communication philosophy which allows for a wide choice from a range of communication strategies to cater for the needs of individual students.
In consultation with families/carers, Individual Learning Plans are developed that cater for students’ individual learning needs. Small classes ensure that quality educational programs are delivered by highly qualified and experienced Teachers of the Deaf supported by highly skilled Deaf Language Assistants. A school psychologist, speech therapist and occupational therapist provide support programs.
The innovative curriculum is based on the Early Years Framework, VELS and the Australian National Curriculum. Senior secondary students have access to VCE, VCAL and VET programs and pathways. In addition to the provision of a comprehensive curriculum, the College offers:
- Project based learning
- Drama productions
- Sport and outdoor education programs
- Camping programs
- Incursion and excursion programs
- Work Experience programs
- Student Welfare services
- Well-resourced library and science facilities
- State of the Art Information and Communication Technology
- Tradeblock Café VCAL training program
- Transport provision for Prep to Yr 8 students
- Auslan as a VCE subject for external students.