Victorian College for the Deaf

in 2010, Victorian College for the Deaf is celebrated 150 years of educating Deaf children in Victoria.

The first school for Deaf children was established in 1860 by a deaf man, Frederick John Rose, who responded to a letter published in the Argus in 1859. That letter was written by Sarah Lewis as she desperately searched for someone to teach her deaf daughter, Lucy Lewis.

FJ Rose began the school with Lucy as his first student. As more deaf children enrolled in his school, he moved the school a number of times to bigger premises until the government granted land on the corner of High Street and St Kilda Road specifically to build a new and permanent school for Deaf children, that included facilities for both day and residential students.

The original bluestone building continues to operate on that same site to this day offering services to deaf children and their families. School administration and classroom facilities for the P-12 College continue to provide unique educational opportunities for deaf children from all over Victoria.

The College follows the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development curriculum framework and delivery of that curriculum is through a bilingual approach encompassing Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English.

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