Victorian College for the Deaf
Announcment from VCD School Council
Victorian College for the Deaf School Council, in conjunction with the School Community, regretfully announce the resignation of our Principal, Ms Maureen Douglas as of 6th October, 2013.
Maureen joined the school in 2010 and in her three years as Principal, has had an enormous positive impact on the school community, the educational programs and pathways being developed and, most importantly, on the lives of our students.
Maureen enthusiastically led the staff and the school community in:
· highly valuing Auslan and the importance of a quality bilingual educational learning environment,
· advocating for Auslan proficient staff and Deaf role models to work in the school programs,
· encouraging robust professional dialogue,
· valuing the development of meaningful educational pathways for secondary students to support their transition to post school options,
· employing consultants to work with the staff,
· respecting Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community,
· actively promoting a Deaf CAN attitude and philosophy for our students,
· challenging stereotypical community attitudes to Deafness,
Maureen also approached the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, calling on their support to look at systemic intervention to assist in improving the education on offer to our students, and ensuring we have suitably qualified teachers entering our schools.
In her final letter to parents, Maureen stated:
I would also like you to know that I intend to continue to advocate for improving Deaf education because your children have the same rights as all students; access to the language and culture of their communities, to a decent education and positive life choices.
Maureen always and at every opportunity openly declared her pride in being Principal of the Victorian College for the Deaf.
We sincerely thank Maureen for her leadership of our College and wish her well in all her future endeavours.
VCD School Council President.
The Victorian College for the Deaf is a unique educational centre for deaf and hard of hearing students from Prep to Year 12. A bilingual philosophy supported by an innovative curriculum, challenges students to achieve their personal best.
To learn more about the college and its curriculum, please click on the brochures below.
To read about the Primary School - VCD Primary School
To read about the Secondary School - VCD Secondary School
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