The Victoria College for the Deaf has a long and proud history of providing excellent education for deaf children in Victoria. The school was instigated because of the visionary beliefs held by the community at the time that deaf children should be educated. Today that view has progressed and we are now focussed on developing pathways for all of our students. This enables them to be active members of the community contributing their skills and abilities to society.
I am very proud to be the Principal of VCD, leading a school with a long a proud history and with a new and exciting direction. Our school caters for children from Foundation to Year 12 and we offer a wide range of programs to meet the needs of all our students. We are a bilingual school with English and Auslan the languages being used. A focus on Language and Maths skills as the foundation for learning is integral from Foundation to Year 10. For the senior years 11-12 students we recommend students complete the VCE or VCAL course over three years to provide the students with the optimal support to obtain their certificate. For additional needs students a Vocational Education program is in place. Every student leaving VCD at the end of their year 12 will have a certificate to provide them with the opportunity for the next phase in their post school learning or employment.
We are a PSWB school, Positive School Wide Behaviour school. We have a whole school approach to a positive behavioural methodology. Our school values are;
These values have been explicitly taught, what it means to demonstrate these behaviours every day and the behaviours associated with each of the values. For further information refer to our student well-being page. Students are taught explicitly behaviours and focus is on positive behaviours. Students are supported by a Student Well-being Leader, school psychologist and local community programs. Staff in 2015 will be trained in mental health first aid further adding to the skills and expertise in this area.
VCD welcomes enquiries from families looking for a school to cater for the individual needs of their deaf child. Please contact the school to arrange a tour and interview.
Angelique den Brinker