Furlong Park School for the Deaf

  1. About this service

    "Furlong Park School for Deaf Children is situated on extensive grounds in North Sunshine and was officially opened in June 1986 by the Hon. Ian Cathie, Minister for Education. Students previously attended St Albans Deaf Unit situated within the grounds of Jackson Specialist School (previously St Albans Special School) from 1976-1985.

    Since that time, our school has grown and much has been achieved. The school was purpose-built to deliver educational programs to deaf children, including those with additional needs from the western and northern regions of metropolitan Melbourne and the rural fringe. The school provides educational programs for both pre-school children aged 3 to 5 years of age and primary school students aged 5 to 12 years of age. The communication approach using spoken and written English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language) addresses individual student needs and is based on a bilingual/bicultural model.

    Our Learning Technologies Centre was re-situated in our new Library complex in 2011 and houses 10 computers. All classrooms have access to computers for students to use and we are trialling the use of tablet notebooks to enhance the access to technology for all children.

    The school is staffed by both Deaf and Hearing qualified teachers of the Deaf, suitably experienced support staff and speech pathologists. Audiologists from Australian Hearing provide support to students through fortnightly visits to the school. Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists are contracted when need arises.

    Our curriculum has expanded to now include specialists; Health and Physical Education teacher, a qualified librarian and computer teacher, a LOTE / Deaf Studies teacher and by providing school based literacy and numeracy coaching for all teaching and educational support staff. We also access a range of para professionals, including psychologists who deliver specific programs and supports for staff, students and parents.

    Our school achieved Performance Development Culture Accreditation in 2006.

    During 2008, our basketball court was resurfaced with rubaroc with basketball, tennis and bike education line markings being added. Playground markings of hopscotch, four square, maths and spelling games plus wall targets provide students with a variety of hop, skip ‘n’ learn activities.

    In 2009, Furlong Park installed a synthetic athletics track and in 2010, constructed a new Library complex, 2 full-sized classrooms and an enclosed Gallery area as part of the Building the Education Revolution program which provided schools with new facilities and refurbishments to better meet the needs of 21st century learning." 
    All information was obtained from http://www.furlongpark.vic.edu.au/

      • Service name

        Furlong Park School for the Deaf

      • Service address

        58-84 Furlong Road Sunshine North,3020
        Get directions

      • Phone

        (03) 9312 3244

      • Fax

        (03) 9312 6685

      • Urgency levels

        Direct Help, Some Help, Just Curious

      • Service hours

        Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

      • Age group

        5 - 13 years

      • Interpreters

        Available on Request

      • Service type

        INDIVIDUAL

      • Costs

        Variable

      • Public transport information

        Various Buses

      • Service for

        Students

      • Disability access

        Yes

      • Drop in service

        No

      • Outreach

        No

      • Outpost

        No

    More information for service professionals

      • Participation length

        Ongoing

      • Participation type

        Education

      • Funding limit?

        Ongoing

      • Who can refer

        Anyone

      • Point of intake

        Office Administration