The Deaf Department at Indooroopilly High School was established in 2013, and over the last several years has developed into a vibrant and inclusive program. The program offers a diverse range of quality learning opportunities for Deaf, Hearing Impaired, Hard of Hearing, and Signing Students. The foundation for the program is guided by Indooroopilly’s school values Each Person’s Dignity, Open Communication, Quality Learning, and Our Community’s Diversity which ensures that each student is considered as an individual and is respected for their cultural and linguistic background. Students who identify themselves as culturally Deaf, are provided opportunities to recognise and celebrate Deaf Culture whilst developing and utilising their Auslan and English skills on a daily basis.
Students in the Classroom
Students have support from Teachers of the Deaf, Auslan Language Models, Notetakers and Educational Interpreters.
Wherever possible, deaf students are clustered together in year level subjects to encourage academic discussion, and promote social and linguistic support structures. In senior schooling, students are placed where possible together and supported in individual elective subjects.
Hard of Hearing or Oral Deaf Students – can be clustered with each other or other Deaf or hard of hearing students if desired.
Signing Bilingual Students – are placed in classes with the Deaf students where appropriate.
Students who have an interest in signing can be placed in classes with Deaf students if parents request so.
Bilingual Opportunities and Auslan
Indooroopilly High School values open communication which highlights opportunities for our Deaf and hearing signing students. With classes comprising of signing students, Deaf Department staff, and teachers who are learning Auslan, communication between students and staff flows freely. All classes and school activities with Deaf students are delivered in Auslan (with a signing teacher, or through an Educational Interpreter) and signing students are assisted in developing their Auslan communication skills in a range of situations in and out of the classroom. Auslan classes are offered during lunch times at throughout the year and are open to all students and staff members. Auslan Short Courses are also offered to staff each term on a weekly basis after school hours (3:30pm-5:30pm).
Co-teaching and Co-planning combines the skills and expertise of a Teacher of the Deaf and mainstream specialist are assigned to a class. In these classes both teachers collaborate with planning, organisation, classroom teaching and assessment and this model is currently being used in core subjects. Co-teaching models being used include: Team Teaching, Parallel Teaching, Supplemental Teaching and Differentiated Teaching.
Alternate and Modified programs are available for students to suit their learning needs. These programs are designed by the Teachers of the Deaf in conjunction with the mainstream specialist teacher. For more intensive support students may work one-to-one with Teachers of the Deaf, Auslan Language Models or E.Is.
Educational Interpreters, Auslan Language Models and note-takers also support students in classes.
One-to-one or small group instruction sessions lead by a Teacher of the Deaf, ALM or E.I are offered to all Deaf students as additional support.
Vocational Educational Training (VET) programs are available and negotiated individually for students who wish to complete this type of pathway. These may include Certificate 11 or 111 level courses or school based apprenticeships.
As part of valuing each persons’ dignity, Indooroopilly High School recognises and celebrates pride in Deaf culture. Deaf awareness is promoted throughout the school which helps create an inclusive learning setting. The school provides opportunities to connect and establish relationships with the Deaf community and encourages Deaf, Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs), bi-lingual and signing students to understand and learn about their identity and place within both hearing and Deaf Communities.
Secondary Deaf Get Together
Each term in collaboration with other secondary deaf programs Indooroopilly Deaf department, Deaf Services Queensland and Deaf Sports Regional Queensland, gather all secondary Deaf students in this region and surrounding regions to share experiences and enjoy some fun activities. This is a highly valued part of the program aiming to ensure a positive self-image and identity for all of our students.
National Day for People who are Deaf
Indooroopilly Deaf Students with support from the Deaf department lead a range of activities involving a whole school celebration of National Day for People who are Deaf. This includes presentations on assembly, sign classes and simulation activities of what it is like to be Deaf.