Salesian College (Sunbury) – St Mary’s College for the Deaf

Who are we?

Our Sunbury campus provides a warm and welcoming local school community where students experience a sense of belonging and can develop the confidence and communication success needed to participate in any school, work or social environment.

The Sunbury Campus partners with Salesian College Sunbury. The Sunbury campus features learning environments surrounded by open spaces and landscaped gardens for students to enjoy. With Jacksons Creek flowing through the property and vast amounts of accessible land, students have opportunities to experience learning in contexts outside of the classroom.

About our program

Our Sunbury Campus offers an individualised deaf and hard of hearing program delivered by Teachers of the Deaf who are passionately committed to student growth and learning in a setting that stimulates and encourages six years of secondary school excellence.

Students negotiate their course of studies to fully participate in the school curriculum as offered through Salesian College Sunbury while accessing St Mary’s College Expanded Learning Program (EXP).

At Salesian College, Agricultural education has been an integral part of the curriculum for the best part of 90 years. They run Sheep, Cattle and Horticulture programs that St Mary’s College students can become involved in if they have an interest.

Services we offer

St Mary’s employs Speech Pathologists who work on developing individual language and listening skills.

St Mary’s has adopted a positive approach to student wellbeing which underpins the spiritual, emotional, social, academic and physical growth of all students. Activities offered to strengthen wellbeing include St Mary’s College Positive behaviour for Learning (PBL) program and Student Wellbeing programs.

Our students feel a sense of belonging, connection and ownership at our Sunbury Campus. It’s a place where they care and respect each other while reaching their potential.

St Mary’s students undertake EXP, a subject taken as part of each student’s timetable of year level subjects. The learning areas taught by the Teacher of the Deaf are decided with students and parents and based on the Expanded Core Curriculum for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, designed to support students in accessing and experiencing success in their core subjects. Areas taught may include literacy, expressive and receptive language, audition, speech or social-emotional learning. This subject offering is flexible and can vary from student to student and year to year, depending on subjects and wellbeing needs.

Program support group (PSG/SSG) meetings are held with parents each term as a way of monitoring student progress, receiving feedback and planning for future teaching and learning. In between meetings, we maintain regular phone and email contact with parents.

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