Open Air School was founded in 1921 and is a school for physically disabled learners. We are a government school but desperately need funds to supplement our income in order to pay for ongoing expenses like water and electricity.

Some learners are fortunate to obtain bursaries from various sources including the St. Giles Association for the Handicapped.

Our fundraising initiatives encourage the participation of learners, staff and Governing Body members. The initiatives include a golf day, Market day, street collections and a concert.

If you would like to assist us by any means please contact the school via email at or call us on 031 205 1277.

Below are some of our fundraising initiatives:


Market Day

Open Air School Market Day was held on a sunny day with lots and lots of help from the staff and learners of Open Air School. We thank the parents and donors that donated food to re-sell at the Market Day.

We had new stalls like the “Pick a Box” that made over R 2000.00 and we made over R 6000.00 with our curry stalls. The Boerewors roll and bookstalls doubled their intakes from last year and we are very proud of them. Our Haunted House woke all the children in the neighbourhood! In general, we had a fun day.

We made R 5000.00 short of R 100 000.00 and hope to reach our target next year.

If more parents and friends join we can make fundraising at Open Air School even more fun!

Movie Day

On 28 February 2013, the Grade 11’s held a “Movie Day” for learners from Grade 4 – 11. This was done as a fundraising initiative. The learners enjoyed delicious popcorn made by our very own Grade 11 learners, as they watched The Journey to the Mysterious Islands. We would like to thank all those who supported and assisted, and to Mrs B Naidoo for coordinating the event.

Rotary Connection

Miss Robarts, our Educational Psychologist, recently returned from a two-week cycling trip across South Africa. She participated in The Rotary Connection Ride, which was organised through the Rotary Club of Empangeni and is aimed at raising money for various charities selected from the Zululand area. Miss Robarts cycled from Kosi Bay to Cape Town (roughly 1600 Kms) over a 15-day period, and some of the money raised from her efforts is to be donated to our school. Donations can be made up until the end of March. For more information please contact Miss Robarts through Open Air School or check out the Facebook page “Rotary Connection Ride”.

My School Card

Parents are requested to please apply for a “MySchool” card. MySchool cards can be obtained from 0860100445 or from They are free of charge.

There are now a wide variety of shops supporting MySchool cards:

  • Woolworths
  • Dirk’s Meat Markets
  • Mugg & Bean
  • Everfresh etc.
MySchool Card

ECR Big Walk

On 25th of July 2013, the Matric Dance Committee, together with the Grade 11 learners, held the annual ‘Big Walk’. The learners from Grade 3, the Intermediate Phase and PVC showed tremendous school spirit as they walked as many laps around the school as possible to raise funds for the Matric Dance.

All of the students were winners in our eyes, as they all showed enthusiasm and kindness in helping each other as needed.

However, at the prize giving, the following learners received awards:

  • 1st place (walker): Nhlakanipho Mngomezulu
  • 1st place (wheelchair): Ranetsi Manyoni
  • 1st place (crutches): Smangela Mfeka
  • 2nd place (walker): Siphamandla Bhengu

  • 2nd place (wheelchair): Samkelisiwe Mbatha
  • 1st youngest learner: Costa Kipili
  • The Spirit prizes: Samukelo Ngcobo, Gcina Radebe and Sfundo Skhakhane

Thank you to Mrs Hope and her team, as well as all the Grade 11’s who helped, and a special thank you to the families and friends of Open Air School who sponsored the children in this event.

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