The beautiful school building was designed, planned and built to embrace and meet the learners’ needs as much as possible.
Much thought was given and research done about how to best accommodate the sensory and physical needs of the learners e.g. the colour of paint, both natural and electric light(s), acoustic properties, wheelchair accessibility etc.
The original concept from the Netherlands is called a snoezelen room. The school is very fortunate to be equipped with a sensory room which was donated by SASOL. A sensory room offers a relaxing atmosphere with pleasant surroundings, tactile experiences, soothing sounds and provides opportunities for interaction and engagement. Interesting lighting effects and comfortable seating allow our learners to self-regulate by choosing sensations.
We have two play areas to ensure that learners are able to play freely, without the overwhelming effects of large crowds. A putt-putt field is available to teach the learners leisure skills which they can also apply with family and friends outside of the school environment.
Classrooms (and chill room)
The classrooms were designed to have maximum natural light. Furthermore each class has a smaller room - a chill room - where teachers and staff can work with learners on a one-to-one basis. A learner may also retrieve to the chill room when he or she needs time to unwind.
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Learners eat in the dining hall, at a table, with their two staff members. This creates opportunities for them to learn basic table manners, sharing, etc.
Computer literacy is an important aspect for all learners and can open a world of knowledge and communication.
Aftercare learners’ lunches are prepared in the kitchen and some of our learners further their self-help and vocational skills here too.