With an enrolment of approximately 830 students, Pearcedale Primary School is situated in a semi-rural setting on the edge of the Mornington Peninsula. The school has been refurbished to include landscaped gardens, an artificial turf oval and some engaging open learning spaces. Pearcedale Primary school embraces new technology and the most up to date best practise in education.
As part of the school, the Deaf Facility is able to offer all the benefits of a well established and resourced school with the added benefit of experienced and highly qualified Teachers of the Deaf (TOD) to meet the educational, social and well-being needs of students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
As a Professional Learning Community (PLC), the school embrace a collective responsibility to network and explore high impact, evidence driven learning strategies to support student learning.
The role of the Facility is to provide Deaf and Hard of Hearing students with access to the Victorian Curriculum while targeting their individual learning needs. Facility students have the advantages of being integrated into a mainstream environment, surrounded by the language of their hearing peers as well as accessing highly individual learning support by specialist TOD and Education Support Staff (ES).
Pearcedale Primary School prides itself on its commitment to promote a well-rounded education for all students that encompasses; digital technology, performing art, visual arts, STEAM and physical education while focussing on promoting student voice and leadership within the school and wider community. In addition, the school is committed to increasing students’ confidence with visual communication by offering Auslan as its LOTE.
At Pearcedale Primary School we offer the most up to date, evidence-based practises to drive positive learning outcomes. Classroom Teachers and Teachers of the Deaf work closely together and have high expectations for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to produce positive learning outcomes.
Most importantly we formulate Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) as a result of a series of formal and informal assessments. Student Support Group meetings are conducted to formalize IEP goals along with continual liaison with parents, classroom teachers, Educational Support Staff and Allied Health Professionals to optimise student growth.
All Deaf and Hard of Hearing students’ listening devices are connected to the classroom teachers TX Phonak Roger Network Touchscreen transmitter which guarantees a direct line of communication is maintained throughout the day. In addition, each classroom is equipped with a Soundfield Phonak Dynamic 5000 speaker system, a Phonak pass around microphone that is used during classroom discussions and Phonak multimedia hubs that provide connection to Promethean interactive screens. This technology allows students to be immersed in the spoken language of their hearing peers.
To complement their regular classroom programs, students may leave class to attend special support sessions designed to address their individual educational and social/emotional needs.
These sessions include:
At Pearcedale Primary School, Teachers of the Deaf also work closely with Melbourne University, the Cochlear Implant Clinic and Hearing Australia to implement best practice in Deaf Education through active participation in clinical research and educational/technological initiatives.