An education at St Mary’s College is intricately woven with that of the partner school at each location. Students are welcomed into classes covering the core curriculum and elective subjects at each campus as members of the partner school community. Within these classes and negotiated small group or individual time, St Mary’s Teachers of the Deaf provide curriculum and interventions that specifically meet the learning needs of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Our curriculum framework covers key educational, social and cultural aspects impacted upon through the experience of being deaf. This includes but is not limited to:
- Language and Communication
- Deaf Identity
- Interpersonal Skills
- Personal Learning
Through formal and informal assessment, learning needs in relation to accessing the curriculum, achieving their best and maintaining a sense of belonging and connectedness are identified. This is then planned for through Program Support Groups and Individual Education Plans. Teachers of the Deaf work collaboratively with partner school teachers in differentiating learning and teaching in order to meet the unique needs of students with a hearing loss. The pastoral care of our students, including their social and emotional health remain fundamental to the provision of educational services across our College.