Curriculum & Services
Teachers of the Deaf
Our Teachers of the Deaf are experts in their field holding Degree or Masters level qualifications in Deaf Education. Located across our campuses, they have a range of specialties including Auditory-Verbal Therapy, early intervention, language development and Positive Psychology. St Mary’s Teachers of the Deaf have expertise in understanding how to differentiate to meet the needs of our students and as such, work closely with classroom teachers in planning rich and accessible learning experiences.
Live Notetakers - C-Print Captioning
The C‐Print captionist is a trained operator who produces a text version of the spoken information in a classroom setting. At the same time as typing this information, one or more students read the text to access spoken information. The text can be viewed on electronic devices (iPad, laptop, phone) or read as a transcript after class to ensure no vital information was missed.
An audiologist from Hearing Australia visits each campus frequently, maintaining ear health, listening devices and providing advice and guidance to teachers and students in managing their listening needs in various environments.
Speech therapy is provided at our campuses on a identified needs basis. This is offered at negotiated times throughout the school day.
Our language specialist focuses on education, guidance, and the rigorous application of assessments, strategies and procedures that promote optimal acquisition of spoken language. Working closely with our Teachers of the Deaf, students are continually monitored to ensure language development is on track promoting excellence in expressive and receptive oral language.
Educational Support Staff
Educational support staff are located across our campuses, providing individualised assistance to students with specific needs including physical, emotional or organisational support, guidance with learning tasks, note taking and Auslan communication support services.