Curriculum & Services
At St Mary’s College, we aim to develop the capacity of our students to build and maintain healthy relationships, hold a positive and strong sense of self, a belief in their worth and the value of their contributions as global citizens and have a sound understanding of their place in the world as a deaf or hard of hearing child or young adult.
Our student wellbeing model follows Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) as a whole school approach to communicating behavioural expectations and understanding of the consequences of decisions made. These are a broad range of tailored and proactive strategies used in achieving positive social and academic learning outcomes.
PBL Expected Behaviours
As well as individualised goals that may be identified and supported through a student’s PLP, the following general services are offered.
St Mary's College students can access our partner school counselling team if and when the need arises. Student and family participation is voluntary, but available to our entire school community at no cost.
Our Auslan Club operates over lunchtime at various campuses as requested by students. The club, usually facilitated by a deaf role model, is open to students who use Auslan as a first language or those seeking to learn it as a second language. Hearing friends are encouraged to attend and discover this dynamic second language.
Social Club & Youth Work
Our Youth Worker runs recess and lunchtime 'opt-in' workshops on a variety of topics that are of interest to young deaf and hard of hearing students. These include managing social media, applying for part time work and preparation for tertiary study. Friendships with other students who are deaf or hard of hearing are facilitated through lunchtime social gatherings at various campuses. This may involve video conferencing with St Mary’s College students at another campus, or deaf students from other schools in Victoria or internationally. This is further enhanced for students who may also choose to participate in primary and secondary deaf sports days and camps or activities organised by Deaf Children Australia.