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Mount Erin Deaf Education Centre

At Mount Erin College students are encouraged and supported to take risks in their learning to strive for excellence and achieve beyond their goals. Our vision, mission and values reflect our belief that at Mount Erin College, all students can achieve success. We promote a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all. Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are supported in mainstream classes by Teachers of the Deaf, Interpreters and Educational Aides.

Students with a bi-lateral sensory-neural, moderate to profound hearing loss come to us from all over the Mornington Peninsula, Cranbourne, Kingston, Frankston, Hastings, Tyabb and Pearcedale. Students living more than 5km from the school receive transport concession for travel to the College. The School Bus Program provides transport for eligible Mount Erin College students who travel by bus via Tyabb or Pearcedale.

Program

The Deaf Education Centre (DEC) offers an environment, which fosters a positive attitude and outlook and provides pastoral care for all DEC students. A teacher of the Deaf acts as a mentor to the DEC students. Students attend timetabled tutorial classes with a Teacher of the Deaf, where mainstream work is clarified and supported.

Support in mainstream classes is based on students’ needs and may be as minimal or as intensive as each individual requires. The Interpreter, Educational Aides or Teacher of the Deaf can be accessed in the Centre by students and staff to assist with clarification of work being covered.

Technology

Our exciting new Stage One buildings incorporate the latest technology to support student learning. These state of the art facilities provide a highly stimulating and flexible learning environment, including the installation of sound field systems throughout and updated radio frequency units.

As many Deaf/HH students are visual learners, the 1:1 netbook program at Mount Erin College and the use of electronic whiteboards by teachers, support their learning. Mount Erin College is part of a pilot program trialing c-print captioning to further support Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in the classroom.

The Deaf Education Centre is well resourced with dedicated Poly-conferencing facilities to enable communication with students in other schools and access to a wide range of educational programs.

Staff

The DEC staff at Mount Erin College has a range of qualifications skills and experience including Primary and Secondary Training, LOTE training and teaching methods specialists.

Communication

Regular meetings with students, parents and staff are held where individual learning plans and goals are developed each semester. These goals are communicated to mainstream staff via Compass, the school’s electronic management system, and are evaluated at the end of an agreed period of time. Parents have access to their student’s progress and attendance through Compass and can communicate directly with his/her teachers. Compass is also used to keep parents up to date on important events and activities that are coming up. DEC staff and parents are in regular contact with each other through phone calls, emails and visits. The College Newsletter is sent out to school families via email and is also available on the College website.

Graduates

Deaf/HH student graduates from the college have gone on to a wide range of further studies and employment. They have taken up positions in: accounting, hospitality (Chef), youth work, landscaping and the travel industry.

Additional Program or Services

Mount Erin College offers several specialist select entry programs including The Arts Academy, The Sport Academy and the SEAL program. Eligible Deaf/HH students are able to apply to participate in these programs.

Australian Hearing Service

Regular visits from AH enable students to have their hearing aid checked and to participate in discussion with an audiologist on topics they wish to discuss. Topics range from how to use telephones to updated technology for home or school environment.

Extra-Curricular activities-

Students have the opportunity to participate in camps, sports days, productions, career expos, student leadership and MESEM as well as activities with other secondary Deaf Facilities.

Who do I contact for further information?

The DEC Director.