St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf Centre

Teaching the Deaf: St Dominic’s School for the Deaf in Feilding

1970
What was school life was like for pupils who attended St Dominic’s School for the Deaf in Feilding? Footage includes hearing tests, classroom teaching, and celebrating a pupil’s 5th birthday with his classmates, before Mass with the Sisters.
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This video from 1970 shows what school life was like for pupils who attended St Dominic’s School for the Deaf in Feilding. We see Susan Jamieson, who was then three years old, with her mother visiting the Feilding school. They met Sister Jacinta and Ms. Kath Belcher to undergo hearing tests. This activity included bathing a doll and dressing it up.

There is also footage of the inside of the classrooms and halls where the Sisters would teach the pupils oral communication.

Stephanie Belcher shares her corgi dog with her classmates. The pupils role play as doctors and nurses to look after the sick patients. They celebrated Martin’s 5th birthday party at school with the other students and enjoyed a birthday cake in the shape of a ship.

At the end of video, we see pupils taking Mass, which they would regularly attend with the Sisters.

Note: Video is poor quality, if you or someone you know has a better copy please let SignDNA know.

  1. Audrey Batchelar

  2. Cindy Stringfellow

  3. Cushla Glynn

  4. Denise Tong

  5. Erica Carroll

  6. Jackie Davidson

  7. Jonathan Page

  8. Linda Felthan

  9. Martin Holtham

  10. Megan Smyth

  11. Sister Andrew

  12. Sister Dominic

  13. Sister Jacinta

  14. Stephanie Belcher

  15. Susan Jamieson

Donated by St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf Centre
Reference number SDC27-05-EDU70