Situated in Sunshine North, Furlong Park School for Deaf Children was purpose-built to deliver educational programs to Deaf children from the western and northern regions of metropolitan Melbourne and the rural fringe. We have a mix of Deaf and hearing teaching and education support staff, providing both Auslan and English language models for the students.
The school delivers an engaging learning program that is focused on students’ academic, personal and social growth. Students are met with high expectations to work towards the achievement of their individual goals.
In 2020, our school was the fortunate recipient of a $10 million grant to redevelop our building and facilities, which is due for completion late in 2022.
Our motto, ‘Empower – Enrich – Educate’, represents our philosophy of delivering effective learning programs, which support students to develop the tools to independently access the world beyond Furlong Park. We aim to cater to each individual’s learning style and needs, and value and nurture the development of their independence, confidence, self-esteem and identity.
The school learning program, which follows the Victorian Curriculum, covers a range of subject areas, with a strong emphasis on English and Mathematics. The Early Education Program, aligning with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), is play-based and focuses on the development of language and social skills and self-sufficiency.
Building & Grounds
All classrooms are equipped with a sound field system, interactive whiteboard, Apple TV and 1:1 student iPads. Our facilities include spaces for art, music, speech therapy and assemblies, library, nine classrooms, and the large EEP facility, complete with its own outdoor play area. School outdoor areas include a bike track, soccer field, athletics track, basketball court and playground equipment.
These extensive amenities will be redeveloped in our exciting state-funded building works in 2022.
Our School program focuses on the following Victorian Curriculum subject areas:
Our Early Education program focuses on the following VEYLDF areas:
School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)
All staff and students are well-versed in our four school values which underpin our vibrant community. These are:
Students are explicitly taught the values within their classroom, and are rewarded for demonstrating these values throughout the school.
Allied Health Supports
The school has speech pathologists on staff and audiologists from Hearing Australia regularly visit the school. Occupational Therapists are contracted when needs arise. We are also supported by a psychologist through Student Support Services.
Furlong Park welcomes families to be engaged through our community Auslan classes, welcome evenings, weekly assemblies, annual music concerts and more! Parents and carers are kept up to date on important information and their child’s progress through our digital apps, ‘Compass’ and ‘Seesaw’.
All students are eligible for free bus travel, to and from school, through the education department’s student transport program.