St Mary’s College - Ringwood Campus
In partnership with Aquinas College
In 1997 a collaborative partnership was formed between St Mary’s College for the deaf and Aquinas College. The two schools work collaboratively to educate, inspire and improve the learning outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing students enrolled at St Mary’s College Ringwood campus. Students are immersed in the Catholic Identity of both St Mary’s College and Aquinas College being welcomed into a dynamic and inclusive community.
Students are able to attend classes and extra curricula activities offered through Aquinas College whilst also accessing highly individualized specialist programs within the St Mary’s curriculum framework with a Teacher of the Deaf. Parents and students are actively involved in helping to identify and structure the learning needs of each student through regular Program Support Group meetings and documented Individual Learning Plans. With a focus on career aspirations and lifelong learning opportunities, student progress is closely monitored and adjusted in consultation with the group as necessary.
Classes offered through Aquinas College offer exceptional Learning and Teaching experiences including interdisciplinary projects and visible learning environments. Access to a wide range of subjects and senior courses are on offer through the rich and extensive selection available through Aquinas College. These are carefully planned to enable opportunities to also access the St Mary’s curriculum, additional tuition or wellbeing support as required.
St Mary’s students have the opportunity to be involved in all co-curricular programs including but not limited to Cafe, City Project, Deb Ball, Kakadu, China trip and EIS.
St Mary’s College students are warmly included and are valued members of the Aquinas College community, following the policies and values of both schools. As members of the broader community of deaf and hard of hearing students at St Mary’s College, they also participate in events such as Secondary School’s Deaf Sports Days and optional lunchtime social Club.