Auslan at Brighton
Hello, my name is Kylee Haar, this is my fifth year at Brighton Primary teaching Auslan. I have a Cert IV qualification in Auslan which I completed at Tafe SA. I am continually seeking opportunities which I can further my understanding, knowledge and fluency by seeking opportunities to communicate with other Auslan users within the Deaf community.
Hearing Awareness Week is in term 1 and is Australia’s annual event to raise community awareness of hearing impairment and ways to protect your hearing. During this week we will discuss how the ear works and preventative methods to protect your hearing.
Reception – Students are becoming familiar with Auslan, including the introduction of letter recognition and basic vocabulary. Some cultural aspects of Auslan will be discussed.
Years 1-7 – Student focus will mainly consist of revision of the previous year’s learning with the introduction of new vocab and grammatical structure later in the term. This may be delivered through games, song, and discussion, affording all students opportunities to practice Auslan in different scenarios.
The curriculum will be built on the desires to communicate and interact particularly around topics that are familiar.
Specialist Choir (Singing) – Term 1
This term auditions will be held in the first few weeks of school for any interested students. The Choir will then be practicing for the audition for the Festival of Music, which will be held early in term 2. Choir members will also be choosing and rehearsing a song for Harmony Day which will be later in term 1. Choir practice is held in the Auslan room on Monday and Wednesday during lunch. Added practices may be required closer to performance dates.
Signing Choir will be held on Thursdays at recess in the Auslan room, all students are welcome to join the Signing Choir. This year I look forward to working with Rosanna and Giles, it will be an exciting year having such a wealth of knowledge available which will result in some very exciting performances throughout the year.
I am excited to introduce a new programme this year that will be held on Fridays at recess in the Auslan room. Auslan Club will be a fun way for the students to further their understanding of Auslan through games and Auslan based activities. This will begin in week 3 with the JP, years F – 3, and week 4 with the UP, years 4 – 7. It will continue throughout the year and will be available on alternating weeks. In order for this to run effectively there will be a limit to the number of students able to participate. I will be running this club with the support of Rosanna, Gavin and Stuart.
If you have any questions and would like to see the Auslan room, located in the Library, I will be available from 5:15 to 6:10pm on Acquaintance Night, or alternatively any morning before school and any afternoon after school. I will be on yard duty Monday morning on Brighton Road and Tuesday morning at Breakfast Club.