About Us

 

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School Profile

Aurora School is an innovative educational organisation that provides optimal learning environments for Deaf and Deafblind children and their families across the State of Victoria. Communication, Language and Literacy form the foundation of programs that support each child’s whole development. The addition of an Inclusive Community Kindergarten supports access to the broader environment.

 

Aurora is purpose-built, & located in Holland Road, Blackburn South. A western campus that supports Early Intervention families is based in Sunshine.

 

Early Intervention

Early Intervention programs are available to families of children, living anywhere in Victoria, aged from birth until school entry who have a confirmed bilateral hearing loss and who are eligible for the provision of Early Intervention

  • Support from inter-disciplinary teams, including Teachers of the Deaf, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech and Language Therapists and Deaf  Educators

  • An early communication program delivered by Deaf Educators

  • Information about deafness and educational options

  • Early Learning Groups and Play groups

  • Language Enrichment Group - three year old Bilingual Kindergarten (accredited with the Department of Human Service)

  • Parent support groups, weekend seminars, family camps

  • Consultancy support  to caregivers other than parents

  • Video conferencing

  • Liaison with Australian Hearing and Cochlear Implant Clinic and other service providers

  • Centre-based and community-based services

  • Consultancy and professional development programs

 

Early Education

Early Education programs are available for children from three years of age who have a confirmed moderate to profound bilateral hearing loss. Early Education focuses on a play based, developmental pathway with particular emphasis on the effective use of expressive and receptive language. Early Education at Aurora School  provides:

  • individualised programs for children from 3 years of age

  • a play based curriculum  ranging from early education through kindergarten to the early years of primary schooling

  • communication and language development through meaningful experiences, events and outings

  • a choice of oral/aural and bilingual, Auslan / English, groupings in early education, kindergarten and prep programs

  • a warm and encouraging environment that fosters the development of all students according to individual needs and abilities

  • transport provided for students from southern, northern and eastern regions

  • parent accommodation available for country families

 

Individualized programs include:

 

  • curriculum tailored to each child

  • specialized speech and listening programs

  • local kindergarten experience

  • local primary school experience

  • outreach and home visiting program

  • bilingual programs delivered by deaf and hearing staff

  • play based early education curriculum

  • prep curriculum aligned to DE&T standards

  • camp program

  • music & creative movement program

  • transition program for children moving to other educational settings

  • access for some hearing children with specific communication needs

 

A strong interdisciplinary team work together with teaching staff to build on the strengths of each child. This team includes a Speech Pathologist, an Audiologist, a Physiotherapist, an Educational Psychologist, Australian Hearing, the Cochlear Implant Clinic and other service providers

 

Complex Needs (including Deaf Blind) Education

Complex Needs ( including Deaf Blind) Education programs are available for children from the age of three years. These programs offer specialised education for students with special needs children who have a hearing impairment.

 

Individualised programs build on the strengths of each student.

  • Play based programs focus on meaningful experiences.

  • The support of  strong interdisciplinary teams maximise student learning

  • A range of Augmentative Communications including visual, concrete and sensory strategies encourages learning which meets each child’s preferred learning style

  • An outreach program provides older students with inter school contact and age appropriate alternatives

 

All children can learn to communicate. Our Special Needs program specialises in establishing communication and language. To facilitate meaningful communication programs can provide speech, sign, objects of reference, touch cues, picture systems, pictographs and Braille

 

The environment is designed to enhance the development of awareness, confidence and independence. Students have access to spacious learning areas that include:

  • Specifically designed learning playgrounds

  • Sensory Room

  • Art Room

  • Library

  • Multipurpose Room

  • Auditory Training Booth

 

Strong, interdisciplinary teams work together to provide individual programs building on the strengths of each child. These teams can include Teachers of the Deaf,  a Speech Pathologist, an Audiologist, a Physiotherapist, an Occupational Therapist, an Educational Psychologist and an Orientation and Mobility instructor.

 

Aurora School Community Kindergarten

The Community Kindergarten offers a rich positive environment for children enrolled in Aurora School and Local Community Children. Programs offer Auslan and English, and are based on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

 

Accommodation

Aurora offers accommodation for country children and their families who access the school based programs.

 

Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing facilities increase the scope of the school’s outreach services. Aurora School delivers quality educational programs to maximise the achievement of deaf and deafblind children. These facilities will be enhanced with a State of the Art Learning Centre as part of the New BER Building

 

Transport

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provides transport assistance to those students living in the Eastern and Southern Metropolitan areas of Melbourne.