Deaf Education Centre
Belmont City College has supported Deaf Education since 1989 and has been operating as a program since 2013, educating Auslan, bilingual and oral students. Deaf and hard of hearing students who enrol at Belmont City College have access to both the Deaf Education Program and mainstream curriculum ensuring the highest level of inclusion for all Deaf and hard of hearing students. Students in year 7, 8, 9 and 10 often access English lessons in the Deaf Education classroom. Year 11 and 12 students have access to a diverse number of pathways in ATAR, General, Foundation, ASDAN and Vocational Educational and Training courses.
Typically, Deaf and hard of hearing students are grouped together according to year level so that a cohort of students can be formed. This provides the students with a basis for forming friendships to develop their social and emotional well-being. It also enables students to access greater support than could be achieved if the student was enrolled in a local high school without other Deaf and hard of hearing students. Students are able to access additional academic support at the College’s after school homework club.
Students of all abilities are catered for at Belmont City College and are able to access any specialist subject or course offered including the A Plus Academic Extension Program. Students’ academic progress is monitored through an Individualised Education Plan (IEP) that is developed in consultation with the student and their parents.
Belmont City College is an inclusive school and students are supported and encouraged to participate in all activities offered including, student council, interschool sport and the Arts. Educational Interpreters can support Auslan students’ participation in after school sport training and performance rehearsals. Deaf and hard of hearing students have actively represented the college in AFLW, volleyball, rugby, netball and soccer. In the Arts, both boys and girls have performed dance routines to large audiences as part of the annual Belmont City College Arts Gala. The Deaf Education Program encourages links with community by supporting student involvement in Deaf Sports Australia and National Week of Deaf People, and building connections with WA Deaf Society and WA Foundation for Deaf Children.
Belmont City College employs two Teachers of the Deaf who deliver the West Australian curriculum to Deaf and hard of hearing students enrolled in the Deaf Education Program. They also support mainstream teachers on how to best deliver the curriculum to Deaf and hard of hearing students who are enrolled in mainstream education classes. Nine Educational Interpreters provide supported access to the curriculum, and a Deaf mentor supports students as an Auslan and Deaf cultural role model. Australian Hearing visit once a term to assist in diagnosis and maintain equipment. Student services staff are available to support our students’ social and emotional well-being.
To enrol in the Deaf Education Program, students need to have a permanent hearing loss and meet the criteria for Disability Level 3 Allocation or above. Students with Disability Level 2 Allocation may be considered on application. Parents are invited to contact Belmont City College for additional information or arrange an appointment with the Associate Principal to discuss enrolment.
For further information, please contact:
BArts(Hons), GradDipEd(Primary), MEd(SpecEdNeeds-Deaf)
Deaf Education Program Coordinator