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Our School


Principal talking with students

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to St Mary’s College for the deaf, an inclusive educational experience designed with the flexibillity to see each of our deaf and hard of hearing children and young adults reach their goals and aspirations. Our school follows the charism of the Dominican tradition and welcomes students of all faiths. In the spirit of providing an education in a genuinely inclusive environment, our students are members of the combined community of St Mary’s College and that of one of our partner schools. Based on the principles of oral/aural education, we maintain a strong commitment to the development of effective communicative abilities and the critical thinking skills required for success as global citizens within each of our students . 

We recognise that finding the right school can be difficult without knowing what challenges lay ahead for your child. As such, having a team of experts including Teachers of the Deaf, speech pathologists and educational support staff continually onsite, allows our students to access various levels of support if and when they need it throughout their educational journey. We are extremely proud of our 70 years of experience in the provision of exceptional education to deaf and hard of hearing students and aim to continue to foster compassionate, empowered, and effective communicators, nurtured through the spirit of partnerships with our families.

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 

Parents & Friends Association

The St Mary's College PFA offers an opportunity for parents to gather and get involved in the life of the school through various events and fundraising activities. New parents are very welcome at meetings either for a specific event or as a regular attendee. Meetings are usually held at the Wantirna South campus but attendance can also be via video-conferencing. Please email pfa@smdeaf.vic.edu.au if you have any questions or queries.

Our Staff