From mild to severe, we accept learners with all levels of disabilities. These include cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments, injury-induced impairments, and hand/eye coordination problems, to name a few. For those unable to commute during the school term, our hostel comfortably accommodates learners who live in outlying rural areas.
The Open Air School plays a vital role in educating physically challenged youngsters, empowering them to become independent, well-adjusted people. Our school is the platform on which our children shine, as we prepare them to become global citizens who can change the world.
We offer a variety of therapies, including psychological, speech, physio and occupational therapies, while four professional nurses provide medical support.
Our speech, occupational and physiotherapists work hand-in-hand with the psychologist, medical department, educators and teacher aides, to provide for the needs of the children and to ensure that they develop to their full potential.
The hostel, situated a stone’s throw away from UKZN Howard College Campus, provides a term-time home to many of the high school learners who live too far from the school to commute on a daily basis.
Learners are provided with various extracurricular opportunities. In the field of paraplegic sport, our children do well. Many of them have received provincial colours in athletics, swimming, table tennis, boccia and wheelchair basketball.
We have an active Interact Club, whose aim is to serve the community in the true spirit of Rotary. At present, we also have a group of keen, dedicated learners in the Left Feet First Dance group.
The natural singing talent many of our learners possess has been developed over the years by our excellent choirmaster, Mr Derek Stafford. The choir is frequently asked to perform at a variety of functions.
We don’t always win in the competitions that we enter, but we believe that participation is far more important than winning.