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van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand

Welcome to the van Asch Deaf Education Centre website. Search our site using the boxes to the right, explore the menus above, or view the extensive list of resources for deaf and hard-of-hearing students available for you to purchase from our Online Shop.

The van Asch Deaf Education Centre is a residential special school for deaf children, and is situated in Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Centre strives to be a leading provider of quality educational programmes and special related services that meet the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their families, in the lower half of the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand.

The Centre also provides services and support for mainstream students and their teachers.


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Happy Anniversary van Asch Deaf Education Centre
Van Asch Deaf Education Centre turned 134 years old on the 10th of March. The Wharenui and Sumner Hubs celebrated with a visit to some old buildings at Orton Bradley Park, where the students dressed up and played some old fashioned games.




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Education Outside the Classroom

Penguins Rule at Kelly Tarltons!
Van Asch Deaf Education Centre goes to extreme lengths to provide exciting educational experiences for  students! Experienced based learning is always a hit, especially in a another city of New Zealand. Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium  in Auckland was a unique and exhilarating location to study marine life. Van Asch female students and staff enjoyed getting up close to the Gentoo and Emperor penguins.







Van Asch Deaf Education Centre educators take students on an exciting learning journey from preschool to twenty-one years of age.


Residential Immersion Courses

At the Sumner site we offer week-long residential immersion courses for mainstreamed deaf students. Introductory courses are provided for students in Years 8-10 and for students Year 12 and above, who are transitioning out of compulsory schooling.
Activities during these courses are tailored to the needs of groups of students and may include; understanding your hearing loss, building confidence as a young deaf person, meeting other deaf young people, flatting experience, knowing your rights and responsibilities and what support and services are available for deaf people in taking the next step in education or in the workforce.
If you wish to find out more about our Residential Immersion Courses contact us at:



New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters (NZSL) for Deaf parents with children at school

  From February 2013 the Ministry of Education will fund New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf parents so they can contribute and participate in their children's core education activities.  
The Ministry of Education has contracted iSign, through Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand, to provide this service nationally for 2013.  This service is funded by the Ministry of Education and will be free to parents and schools.  It will be provided while children are attending primary and secondary school.  
Core education activities are defined as:
· Formal parent-teacher meetings
· Individual Education Plan meetings
· Attendance at prize giving/special assemblies
· Attendance at any additional meetings with school staff where any aspect of a child's education is being discussed
· Attendance at school enrolment meetings
Information about this service, and how to access it can be found on the Ministry website www.minedu.govt.nz or  www.iSign.co.nz.  The Ministry contact for any further information is Carolyn Grace and she can be contacted on 04 463 8953 or carolyn.grace@minedu.govt.nz


"Your human rights and making complaints
- A guide for disabled people and their families"

New free resource
The guide was written with disabled people. It explains what disabled people's human rights are, what they can do if they aren't happy with something that has happened, what they can contact the Commission about, what will happen if they do and who else might be able to help. It also contains helpful case studies of complaints disabled people have made to the Commission and how these were sorted out. Available in NZSL, Easy Read and Braille, and can be accessed online here: http://www.hrc.co.nz/2013/commission-launches-new-disability-complaints-resource




Preschool Residential Visits
- For parents and their deaf preschooler.


Assessment Visits
- For primary and secondary students accompanied by their parent/s.


Placement Visits
- For primary and secondary students accompanied by their parent/s, who are considering a placement at the Core School.
Click here for information > PDF document

last updated Thu 27 Mar 14