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Our School


Principal talking with students

St Mary's College is a Catholic educational community for students in Prep to Year 12 who have a significant hearing loss. We follow the charism of the Dominican tradition and we welcome students from all faiths. In the spirit of providing an educational experience in genuinely inclusive environments, St Mary's College students are members of two school communities – St Mary's College and that of the partner schools. Students develop sound communicative abilities and the critical thinking skills required for success as global citizens, whilst seamlessly receiving exceptional, evidenced-based innovation in deaf education. Students at each campus are able to access the breadth of curriculum offered through our partner schools whilst accessing interventions and supports specific to their needs through St Mary’s College staff based at each campus. Our aim is to foster compassionate, empowered, effective communicators nurtured through the spirit of our community and the values of the Dominican pillars. 

It is with great pride that I invite you to explore our website and encourage you to discover how St Mary’s College for the Deaf can realise your child’s potential. 

Amanda Purcell 

Our Staff

Principal Amanda Purcell, Principal

Team Leader WS Grace Broadbent, Team Leader Wantirna South

Team Leader S Frank Canning, Team Leader Sunbury

Team Leader D Sally Dane, Team Leader Dandenong

Team Leader R Mini Saundry, Team Leader Ringwood

Team Leader SM Rachel Wilson, Team Leader South Morang

Learning Leader  Kate Leigh, Learning Leader

Professional Support

Johanna Zadek, Speech Pathologist
Paula Zalcberg, College Counsellor

Teachers of the Deaf

Aiko Walmsley
Arina Healy
Debra Holman
Devora Koles
Emily Henricus
Emma Lynch
Gerard Carrick
Janelle Price
Josephine Hynes
Marg McAllister
Peter Begley
Rebecca Walton
Vanessa Stewart
Vicky Horton

Educational Support

Andrew Mountford 
Corinne Cribbin
Kelly Sparks
Lucille Malusu
Nicholas Steer
Patricia Jones
Rachel Georgesz

Administrative Support

Deb Daelmans

Bus Driver

Helen Thew