Mission, Vision and Profile
'To be a leading provider of quality educational programmes and special related services which meet the needs of Deaf and hearing impaired students and their families.'
The van Asch Vision
Enhancing learning outcomes for deaf and hearing impaired students.
van Asch Values
PRIDE -- acronym
P - Pride in self - school - Aotearoa / New Zealand
R - Respect for - other people - diversity - the environment
I - Integrity - Individual responsibility - Independence
D - Deaf Culture - Deaf Participation in the wider community
E - Excellence -- Empathy - Equity
General Profile of the Centre, it's Community and it's Special Nature
van Asch Deaf Education Centre, located in Sumner, a suburb of Christchurch and in the Waitahi Iwi, was established in March 1880 as a fully funded Department of Education special school.
Today, it is both a coeducational composite special school and a national resource centre, having responsibility for the support of deaf and hearing-impaired children and students throughout the South Island and lower half of the North Island.
The Annual Resourcing Notice from the Ministry of Education provides funding for the Centre to provide a range of services.
It also provides a range of on-campus programmes, from preschool through secondary, and makes full use of the wide range of resources that are available both in the local district and greater Christchurch area.
An Early Intervention Centre on-campus programme is provided for local families. The E.I.C. has a sessional licence and provides group parent and child sessions. Weekly individual parent-child sessions are also provided. The Centre follows the Te Whaariki Curriculum with an emphasis on communication development. The E.I.C is also accessed by families from across the region through Preschool Residential Courses that are provided throughout the school year. Up to three families can attend each course.
Habilitation services for children with cochlear implants are provided through a contract with the Southern Hearing Charitable Trust. Habilitationists are based at the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme at St. George's Hospital. They also provide an outreach service to children's home areas.
The Centre has well maintained buildings and grounds. Many of the buildings, particularly in the residential section, have been constructed since 1980 and there has been progressive upgrading of classrooms. There is a well equipped media centre, which also serves the region, a gymnasium, sealed tennis courts, well- appointed playing fields, a hall and associated conference facilities, technicraft, audiological assessment and technical services facilities, preschool through post-secondary instructional areas and special purpose instructional rooms.
The Centre's Regional Specialist Teaching Service provides teacher support to Deaf students in mainstream and unit settings. There are approximately 400 deaf and hearing-impaired students in mainstream settings in the region. From the start of 2012 the ORS teacher components previously with the mainstream schools, are now incorporated into the regional specialist teaching services. Teacher support is allocated in the form of either a Resource Teacher of the Deaf or teacher hours transferred back to the school the student is enrolled in.
Students learning needs based on their current Individual Education Plan, language and literacy assessments inform the level of teacher support provided from year to year.
The Centre, provides additional assistance to educational settings and parents via its Specialist Resource Teachers where advice and guidance is needed for mainstreamed deaf and hard of hearing students. The Specialist Resource Teachers provide outreach support in the areas of Literacy, Speech-Language, Visual Communication and Sign Language.
To meet the wide range of responsibilities associated with the on-campus and regional functions of the Centre a total of approximately 120 positions, or their equivalent, are established. Of these, appproximately 75 are classified as teachers and the remainder as ancillary staffing: audiologists, a counsellor, technicians, media centre personnel, teacher aides, residential and domestic staff, ground persons, language assistant.
The full details of the Centre's Charter are set out in the attached PDF document.