Deaf Facility

Willmott Park Deaf Facility in Craigieburn, established in 2003, provides access to a comprehensive mainstream education for primary aged Deaf and hard of hearing children in the outer northern suburbs. The Deaf Facility students are fully integrated into the School and also access Deaf Facility programs aimed at meeting individual needs.

The Teacher of the Deaf works closely with the classroom teacher to ensure the classroom environment and teaching strategies optimise the children’s participation and learning at all times. Professional development is given to the school staff each year on deafness and how to support students to function confidently in the mainstream school environment.

All Deaf Facility students access programs through the Deaf Facility. The program delivery for each student is based on their individual needs, informed by test results and analysis of communicative competence.

Willmott Park Primary School has a School Wide Positive Behaviour Support, explicitly teaching and rewarding our school values of Respect, Responsibility, and Achievement. The Deaf Facility ensures that these essential learning behaviours are clearly understood and practised.

Programs focus on:

  • Language: Oral language testing and goal setting; English grammar and vocabulary; Concept development; Pragmatic skills (management of spoken language)
  • Speech: Speech testing and weekly integrated speech sessions
  • Auditory Skills program: Integrated into weekly teaching sessions
  • Communication and Literacy: Reading and writing support in Deaf Facility during Literacy sessions
  • Welfare/Deaf identity: Including special events such a Deaf Sports, Auslan interpreted performances and videoconferencing with deaf students in other locations.

Teachers of the Deaf

Theresa O'Melveny

Theresa is an experienced teacher who has been worked in both the U. S. and Australia.  She has taught across a variety of year levels here at Willmott Park Primary school since 2009.  Theresa has a passion for providing students with an education that is engaging, accessible, and challenging.  What Theresa most loves about the Deaf Facility is collaborating with passionate teachers who are committed to truly student-centered teaching and learning activities.

Peta Turner

Peta is an experienced teacher of the Deaf with more than ten years of experience around Australia.  Willmott Park Primary School has been very lucky have Peta join the Deaf Facility in 2019.  Peta generously shares her wealth of experience and innovative ideas, ensuring that students have fun and engaging language experiences.  Some of Peta’s special interests and talents include a love of nature, gardening, and craft.  

Elizabeth Chrysostomou

Miss Lizzie has shared her love of Auslan with Willlmott Park Primary School since 2018. Impressively, not only is Lizzie trained as an Auslan teacher, but she also has additional qualifications as a Teacher of the Deaf.  Working as both an Auslan specialist teacher and within the Deaf Facility, Lizzie is able to support students bilingually.  Lizzie is a world traveller and has visited many countries, including Greece in which language she is also fluent!

Catherine Melvaine

Cat has been working within Willmott Park’s Deaf Facility since 2008.  She is trained in a variety of areas including deaf education, Auslan, Auslan interpreting, and special needs education.  These skills enable Cat to support children bilingually as needed.  Cat is also working as a visiting teacher to support a number of students across the Goulbourn and Ovens Murray regions.  Cat loves to share her many passions with staff and students, including West African drumming and dancing.