Mount View Primary School is located in the eastern metropolitan suburb of Glen Waverley. It is recognised for its high academic standards and for its willingness to support students with special needs in a culturally diverse environment. The school achieved accreditation as an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in 2012. The school actively fosters the attitudes of tolerance, respect, cooperation and empathy for each other. The school expertly provides for students with disabilities and impairments with appropriate support and specialised learning programs. This includes providing specialised aural/oral support for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Mount View’s program for students who are deaf or hard of hearing was established in 1994 with one major objective: to enable our students to successfully be included into a regular school by developing their spoken language skills to as high a level as possible, believing that this is the key to their future academic and social success. Our classroom teachers work closely and collaboratively with Teachers of the Deaf to provide safe, encouraging, inclusive classroom environments for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. These students, from Prep to Year 6, spend the majority of every school day learning alongside their peers in classrooms. In addition, they receive individualised educational programs from specialist Teachers of the Deaf and our speech pathologists working to enhance their listening, speech and language skills. Positive social and emotional wellbeing and good mental health is a priority and students receive individualised/small group support from our Deaf Facility Wellbeing Coordinator.
Every classroom is fitted with a sound field system to provide the best opportunity for all students to hear what is being said in the classroom.
All students have their hearing aids, speech processors and Roger devices checked every morning before school begins.
Students work in class for most of each school day surrounded by the normal spoken language of their hearing peers. They leave class to attend special support sessions, designed to address their individual educational, social and wellbeing needs and which complement and support their regular classroom programs.
Students receive individualised support from our teachers of the deaf and speech pathologists.
Highly Individualised programs are developed as a result of a series of formal and informal assessments and through regular liaison with parents and classroom teachers. Every program contains termly goals which are used to measure each student’s progress. Programs are constantly monitored and reviewed to ensure that progress is being made.
Classroom teachers and teachers of the deaf have high expectations for our students which they demonstrate with constant encouragement to succeed.
Parental involvement and support are highly valued and actively encouraged. Our parent group organises a number of social events and presentations every year.
Wellbeing coordinator works closely with students, families and staff to provide individualised support as required.
A measure of the spirit of our program is shown by the willingness of past students to return to the school to share their experiences with younger students and to become mentors for them.
We work closely with the University of Melbourne, the Cochlear Implant Clinic and Australian Hearing to implement best practice in deaf education through active participation in clinical research and educational/technological initiatives.
Additional services are provided by clinicians from Australian Hearing and the Cochlear Implant Clinic.