Shepparton Deaf Facility

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The Shepparton Deaf Facility, based at Guthrie Street Primary School, was established in 1995.
Students who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired are placed in classes with hearing peers. Students participate in the same range of activities, subjects and curriculum as all other children and are supported to foster friendships with both Deaf and hearing friends.
Each child has an individual education plan which is developed in conjunction with parents through Program Support Group meetings. At these meetings, individual learning goals are established, monitored and evaluated. The group decides the child’s goals based on his/her individual needs. The Deaf Facility has established common learning goals in the areas of Speech and Audition, Auslan, Reading and Writing through Auslan, Language and Communication and Deaf Studies. These goals are achieved in conjunction with the Victorian Essential Learning Standards goals. The strategies for achieving the goals are then discussed, including a withdrawal program to provide individual and small group work in the Deaf Facility.

Support is provided by qualified teachers of the Deaf, classroom teachers, Deaf adults and Auslan/English interpreters giving the best possible access to mainstream education.
Each child’s social and emotional intelligence is fostered through a variety of targeted activities. Students are also supported to develop a positive identity through the Deaf Studies program. Each year students participate in a Deaf Camp with other Deaf students from around Victoria. Regular contact is maintained with their Deaf friends through emails, letter writing, webcam communication and video recordings.
Every child and classroom teacher at Guthrie Street Primary School learns sign language through the Auslan LOTE program. These weekly sessions allow everyone within the school to develop an awareness of Deaf culture and sign language.
Students are supported in transition from pre-school to primary school and from primary to secondary school through extended transition programs.

Students’ language and communication skills are developed through a bilingual model. Students learn English and Auslan and compare the two languages to develop a deeper understanding of both languages.
The Deaf Facility has two Deaf captains. This provides students with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills including organising group activities, public speaking, delegating and supporting their peers. Each child has a Deaf buddy within the Deaf Facility and a hearing buddy in the classroom. This cross-age program provides student-to-student support within the classroom and playground.
Shepparton Deaf Facility staff also provide visiting teacher support to deaf students based at other schools within the Shepparton area. At Shepparton Deaf Facility we support students to become independent young learners