Elizabeth Reed (Senior Years sub-school leader) and Robyn Whitney (Middle Years sub-school leader) recently represented VCD at the 19th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Jeju, South Korea. Make sure to read next week’s newsletter for more details about their contribution to this important event.

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Leading teacher Rob Burrows recently presented at Access All Areas, an interactive symposium in Adelaide exploring how galleries, museums and the broader arts and cultural sector can champion equality through their spaces, programs and consultation.

Rob presented alongside Jesse Chambers from Science Gallery Melbourne’s STEM Center of Excellence. Rob and Jesse outlined the unique partnership between the Science Gallery and VCD, highlighting its success in reinforcing classroom learning and creating an inclusive environment tailored to the school’s needs.

Rob and Jesse also presented and discussed VCD’s pedagogical model Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) and how it can be applied in science lessons both at VCD and the Science Gallery

The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland - Auslan translation by VCD students

MY1 students and their literacy teacher Stuart Anderson have created this fantastic Auslan translation of The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland!

From THE VERY ITCHY BEAR by Nick Bland. Text and illustrations copyright © Nick Bland, 2010. First published by Scholastic Australia Pty Limited in 2010. Reproduced by permission of Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. This material has been made available under s 113F of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (as amended) (the ‘Act’). Further reproduction or communication of this material is subject to copyright protection under the Act. Do not remove this notice.


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VCD was proud to present at the recent Principals’ Association of Specialist Schools (PASS) conference. Marnie and Caitlin spoke of the positive and evidence-based journey VCD has taken with EDI (Explicit Direct Instruction) from 2019 onwards.


Photo credit: Principals’ Association of Specialist Schools

Thanks Josh!

Thanks to Josh Burns MP for visiting VCD and announcing we were successful with a Federal Government grant to upgrade some of our technology. The funding will offset costs as we seek to purchase the next generation of large, interactive screens. We are grateful for the grant and hope everyone enjoys the video!

Celebrating Education Week in Victoria: Embracing Inclusive education and empowering learners

Celebrating Education Week in Victoria: Embracing Inclusive education and empowering learners

Education Week is here from Sunday May 14 to Saturday May 20, and we couldn’t be more excited to invite you to join us in celebrating this annual event dedicated to education in Victoria.
Science Gallery Melbourne’s STEM Center of Excellence is an initiative between the Victorian Government’s Tech School initiative and the University of Melbourne. We are delighted to highlight our unique partnership with the esteemed Victorian College for the Deaf. Together, we aim to create a positive and inclusive learning environment for students.
This year’s Education Week theme, ‘Active Learners: Move, Make, Motivate,’ resonates with the core values we hold dear. It underscores the significance of physical activity, hands-on learning, and amplifying student voices in the educational landscape. We believe that active learning is the key to unlocking the full potential of every student, and we remain committed to providing unwavering support on their educational journey.
To showcase our approach, we are thrilled to release a special video highlighting the power of collaboration and the transformative impact it has on the lives of students and teachers. You can watch the video by clicking here.
Let us unite to make a positive impact on education and collectively build a brighter future for all learners. Together, we can empower students to thrive and succeed.
For more information on Education Week here.
If you would like more information on our Learning Programs go here.

When I Grow Up Victorian college for the Deaf sign choir

Our VCD sign choir started 2023 with this interpretation of 'When I Grow Up' from Matilda, the Musical. VCD believes in its students and families, despite the barriers and difficulties that may be thrown their way. We know that deaf people can do anything they want, provided they have the education, support, language and literacy, and inclusion access to do so. This is part of our work and vision.