The goal of immersion huis:

Immersion huis aim to provide our regional students with an opportunity to connect with their deaf peers, and learn more about Deaf Culture, identity, history and deaf studies. In particular, deaf young people will be able to learn alongside, and socialise with the Christchurch van Asch DEC core school students of all ages, giving them the opportunity to make new friends and perhaps meet some role models for their future learning. Also, the opportunity of being away from home will give deaf young people valuable experience in being independent and responsible for themselves.

What you need to know:

Immersion huis are planned and run by the Specialist Resource Team at van Asch in Christchurch. They usually run from a Monday to Friday (four nights and five days). During the day, a Deaf Resource Teacher, supported by a Regional Teacher/s, will teach the students and take them on various planned activities. After 3.00 pm, the Residential Staff take over, and at night a Night Attendant looks after the student's needs. The Night Attendant is on duty and in the Residential house all night and will help the students get ready in the morning.

The students travel to Christchurch by aeroplane and are accommodated on site at van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Sumner. At the beginning and end of their journey, they will need to be dropped-off and picked-up at the airport by a family member. In Christchurch, they will be collected and dropped back to the airport by van Asch DEC staff involved in the Immersion course. The students need to be able to travel independently on an aeroplane or as an unaccompanied minor if they are under 12. If they are over 12 years old and it is the first time that they have travelled, we are also able to ask for special assistance from the flight staff for them.

All accommodation, travel and food costs are covered by van Asch DEC, however, we do ask for a contribution from parents towards the costs of the children’s activities (approximately $30 per child for the week).

Aside from learning new things, meeting new people and having lots of fun, we hope that Immersion huis provide your child with some experiences that will give them confidence and help them to gain more independence. To have a successful experience at the course they must first be able to:

  • Stay overnight independently in a new/different setting, with a group of other students.
  • Stay on site at van Asch DEC in Sumner, Christchurch, for the full duration of the course without family or other support (unless prior arrangements are made).
  • Care for themselves and their property.
  • Have openness to new people, new environments, and a willingness to take new experiences in their stride.
  • Be open to having some fun and learning new things about themselves.
  • Follow residential rules and emergency procedures.
  • Have self-awareness of their own needs, and the ability to talk with staff, about these.
  • Hand in technology when staff request them to do so every night.
What to do next

If you feel that your child is a good candidate for an Immersion Hui, we ask that you complete the attached paperwork and return it to us as soon as possible.

Each course is planned to suit the ages and needs of the children who apply/attend, so it may be that your child is not suitable for the next planned course, however, we will book them in the next suitable course later in the year/next year.