Shenton College Deaf Education Centre is a specialist facility, in partnership with Shenton College, for deaf and hard of hearing students. All of the Deaf Education Centre facilities are embedded into Shenton College to construct an inclusive learning environment. Shenton College itself is a secondary school divided into two parts, the Middle School and the Senior School. Shenton College Deaf Education Centre is part of the state-wide services coordinated by the WA Institute for Deaf Education (WAIDE). It is located in Shenton Park, on the railway line and only 10 minutes from central Perth by train.
Currently, the Deaf Education Centre has 30 enrolments from Years 7 to 12. The students are able to select subjects and courses from those offered by Shenton College. Alternatively, the Deaf Education Centre will offer programs that are tailored to the students' educational and vocational directions.
The Deaf Education Centre has a resourceful school community, including strong links with the SENS:S, Padbury, North West Metro Education Office, Western Australian Deaf Society, and the City of Nedlands.
Programs are implemented that ensure all students develop socially, emotionally and academically. These include mentoring, Auslan as a LOTE, and Deaf Awareness Training for all areas around the college.
The teachers of the deaf are committed to continually developing their expertise through professional development in a wide range of related areas. The educational interpreters and notetakers are highly qualified and work as a strong team to ensure the students can fully participate in all aspects of school life. We have a school Psychologist 0.2 and a Chaplain 0.4.
The Centre promotes values of equity and diversity across the school and within the school community. The Centre also continuously looks for ways to improve and enhance the communicative access within the school for deaf and hard of hearing students, parents and community members.
The Shenton College Deaf Education Centre Council has very experienced representatives and contributes to the smooth operations of the Centre. Shenton College Deaf Education Centre's ultimate aim is to connect the students through the school community, to a very successful future.
The Centre has developed a positive reputation within the community. This is highlighted by our reputation at national and international conferences, the acceptance and inclusion of the students within the school community, awards for educational interpreting, and students achieving excellent results.