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St Mary's College Dandenong

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St Mary’s students have the opportunity of identifying with peers from both hearing communities and communities of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is in this broad schooling context combined with their family context that students develop their sense of identity and their place in the world. Hence the vital role played by each student’s emotional development and their personal and interpersonal relationship development.

 
Through the combined efforts of the college counsellor working across all four campuses, and the efforts of all staff working cooperatively with families, student’s emotional wellbeing is constantly monitored and any concerning issues which may arise are dealt with in a respectful, pastorally carrying environment. This combined with our Catholic Ethos of Love one Another, makes the goals stated in the project worth monitoring and maintaining in our school development planning.

The project aimed to:

  • Ensure staff will have an understanding of deafness and mental health issues and the link between Interpersonal Development and Personal Learningnsure staff will have an understanding of deafness and mental health issues and the link between Interpersonal Development and Personal Learning
  • Improve staff confidence to implement learning strategies that help strengthen students’ sense of identity and wellbeing.
  • Identify resources, purchased and implemented
  • Commence development of a program that will be implemented with some continuity from Prep to Year 12.ommence development of a program that will be implemented with some continuity from Prep to Year 12.

 This project instilled the confidence to investigate the available data more thoroughly and from a fresh perspective. This in turn resulted in students’ Individual learning plans (ILPs) containing relevant, achievable goals in the spheres of personal and interpersonal learning. The underpinning context of these ILPs was deafness and mental health issues having severe impacts on the lives of many of our students and their families.

 For further information please contact staff at St. Mary’s College for Hearing Impaired Students
principal@smdeafws.catholic.edu.au