AUSLAN is Australian Sign Language and is a great CAS experience covering Creativity and Service. Throughout AUSLAN this year, we have been dedicated to educating ourselves on deaf etiquette and culture. Learning about deaf culture has been highly beneficial, as we now know how to politely interact with people who are hearing impaired. We have learnt many other things such as the Finger Spelling the alphabet, how to introduce ourselves, and basic communication such as asking questions, counting, weather, family and animals. Learning AUSLAN has been a really fun, new experience. It's very rewarding and helps to develop your perspective on the human experience and your appreciation of the way the hearing impaired community communicate.
By learning AUSLAN it broadens so many horizons including possible careers and friendships. It provides skills that can be used in the future and will allow you to effectively communicate with hearing impaired people. By joining this CAS group we have not only fulfilled our CAS requirements but learnt real world skills.
Since our CAS group began, we have been learning how to sign the Australian National Anthem in the hopes of performing on assembly. Unfortunately, our plans were pushed back in Term 1 due to COVID and online learning but now our group has welcomed even more members and performed in front of the school. It was very rewarding to finally perform something that we have been working so hard towards.
Molly O'Dempsey and Charlee Wilson