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School Phases

All learning happens here. Barriers are addressed and learners are supported and encouraged to persevere. So much more than “ordinary” teaching is needed for learners to progress and develop to their full potential.

Pre-school Phase

The Pre-school section consists of five classes with approximately 12 learners per class.
The class groups include:

  • Pre-Grade R (4-5 year-olds)
  • Grade R1 (5-6 year-olds)
  • Grade R2 (6-7 year-olds)
  • An English class
  • A Practical Pre-School class

 
A qualified educator is responsible for each class and is assisted by one or more class assistants. The prescribed departmental teaching and educational programme for pre-school learners is followed.

Foundation Phase

The Foundation Phase consists of learners from Grades 1 to 3. A maximum of 14 learners per class are accommodated. Class groups include:

  • One Afrikaans class per grade (Grades 1 to 3)
  • One English class per grade (Grades 1 to 3)

 
The educators are assisted by three additional adult class aides, depending on the need.

This phase follows exactly the same curriculum as mainstream schools, with much individual attention provided to learners and adjustments being made to accommodate all learners according to their special needs.

Intermediate Phase

The Intermediate phase consists of classes from Grades 4 to 6, with a maximum of 15 learners per class.
Class groups include:

  • One Afrikaans class per grade (Grades 4 to 6)
  • One English class per grade (Grades 4 to 6)

 
In the Intermediate Phase

  • Learners with serious reading problems receive their subject content on tape
  • Learners with serious writing- and spelling problems may make use of a transcriber during tests and exams
  • Individual computers are supplied to physically handicapped learners with motor co-ordination difficulties, for written tasks
  • Learners have access to an equipped language laboratory where they can listen to their work on cassette and can record answers to questionnaires on cassette
Senior Phase

The Senior phase consists of classes from Grades 7 to 9, with a maximum of 15 learners per class.
Class groups include:

  • One Afrikaans class per grade (Grades 7 to 9)
  • One English class per grade (Grades 7 to 9)

 
In the Senior Phase

  • Learners with serious reading problems receive their subject content on tape
  • Learners with serious writing- and spelling problems may make use of a transcriber during tests and exams
  • Individual computers are supplied to physically handicapped learners with motor co-ordination difficulties, for written tasks
  • Learners have access to an equipped language laboratory where they can listen to their work on cassette and can record answers to questionnaires on cassette
Practical Phase

Learners who are cerebrally, physically as well as intellectually challenged are admitted to the Practical Phase.

Curriculum:

The mainstream curriculum is amended to address these learners’ special educational needs.

Three learning programs are followed: namely literacy, numerical ability and life skills. An occupational therapist provides support concerning activities of daily life (ADL).

There are four academic and one practical day per week. Learners are exposed to the necessary and appropriate practical abilities for further development. This includes general hand co-ordination techniques, further creative abilities such as beadwork, paper crafting, cooking and gardening.

Computer training and TIPS (Therapeutic Intervention Program in Schools) are also provided to the learners.

Class Groups:

There are nine (9) class groups with ages ranging between 7 and 18 years. The total amount of learners currently in this phase is around 100.

One group is at our Pre-School Phase (Practical Pre-School group). They follow the Pre-School programme. When they reach 8 years of age, they are placed in the Practical Phase.

Learners in the Practical Phase require lots of individual assistance and therefore every educator has a class assistant. Many learners have facilitators, who are remunerated by the parents, to provide assistance to the more handicapped learners.

Most learners in the Practical Phase receive physiotherapy.

Should the learner meet the specific requirements at the age of 14 years, an application is made for admittance to a vocational school.

Learners who reach the age of 16 years are placed in the Work Preparation Group. Here they are prepared for sheltered or protective workshops, or the open labour market until the age of 18.

An occupational therapist, an educator as well as an occupational assistant are responsible for this group.

An integrated learning programme regarding literacy, numeracy and life skills is followed and attention is given to recreational activities.

The ideal is to place as many learners as possible in the open labour market. In order to achieve this we require the assistance of business enterprises to create opportunities for our learners. The occupational therapist does “job-seeking”, contacts businesses and does the appropriate placement of learners. It is extremely important that the parents of the learner are involved in this process.