School’s founding dates back to 1963, when parents of disabled
children formed a care group, giving one another a bit of free time
to accomplish other things. It is now a departmental school,
resorting under the Gauteng Department of Education providing
special education for severe intellectually disabled children of all
races. At present
approximately 330 learners attend the school.
situated at 407 Eloff Street, Eloffsdal Pretoria. Our registered
address is 404 Franzina Street,, Eloffsdal Pretoria.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL:
School is divided into 25 groups / classes divided in different
Children in the Stimulation phase are exposed to a sensory
Learners in this phase are exposed to a stimulation programme as
well as a basic perceptual programme.
this phase learners are exposed to a stimulation program. We
also focus on perceptual training.
Foundation phase 3 is our curriculum phase. Learners in this
phase receive perceptual training and follow an adapted National
Curriculum for Foundation phase. The assessment standards are
scaled down into simplistic steps. When they have attained their
academic potential, we concentrate on life and pre-vocational
School-to-Work Junior phase
Learners in this phase follow a programme with the focus on
Learners follow the ‘School to Work’ program with the main focus
on skills training. Vocational centres expose learners to ‘real
life’ situations to be expected in sheltered work places or
working with disabled learners it becomes evident that specialised
education and therapy go hand in hand in ensuring each individual
learner’s optimal development. Our learners need intensive
specialised physiotherapy, occupational therapy and teaching which
makes it an expensive kind of education.
computer laboratory follows a training programme suitable for our
special learners to enable them to use computers and give them
exposure to new technologies. We have 4x Interactive SMART Boards in
respectively our Foundation phase 2 and 3.
School also offers our learners exposure to a variety of both
cultural and sports activities. Cultural activities include
participation in the school percussion band, wheelchair dancers and
choir. The following sports are coached at the school, namely
soccer, netball, cricket, karate and golf.
two annual sports days. Interspes, where +/- 9 LSEN schools gather
to participate in various athletics and sporting items. Soccer and
Netball tournament where the schools play knockout rounds to
establish the best soccer and netball teams.
help is needed in the classroom for feeding, toilet training, nappy
changing and to help learners in and out of their wheelchairs. The
salaries for extra staff members are a huge financial outlay.
School manages a feeding scheme that provides a balanced diet to a
number of less fortunate learners. This ensures optimal learning
and well-nutritioned children.
the children make use of the school’s transport system. Six
mini buses follow routes covering the whole of the Tshwane
Metropolitan area. Other learners use private taxis coming from as
far as Winterveld, Mabopane, Garankuwa, Soshanguve and Mamelodi. Our
learners cannot make use of public transport because of their
disabilities. The school has to run this system itself. It involves
many financial implications. Many of our parents do not have the
financial means to contribute to school fees, in such cases we
assist these children and sponsor many.
SPECIFIC NEEDS FOR 2016:
financial needs change from year to year. We are however, currently
in need of professional and financial assistance towards:
towards items listed on our
Assistance and contributions towards
as listed on our wish list: special projects.
Contributions towards our
aspects regarding the erection of a fully-equipped and
functional Therapy centre.
Apart from the specific needs as mentioned above, there
is also a need for financial support regarding day-to-day
We have established the following sustainable
projects as a result of our learners’ successful skills development:
A tea garden was established from the potential
seen in our disabled learners’ kitchen skills. Our learners,
under supervision, assist in the preparation of refreshments,
taking of orders and serving of guests. They also clear the
tables and assist with washing the dishes, tidying the area
etc. The tea garden is open every Friday from 09:30 to 11:30,
to book please contact Pietman Swanepoel. Products made by our
learners can be bought at the craft shop in the tea garden.
Our learners are taught and trained in specific
skills to upkeep and maintain a nursery and all its facets.
Alma School has managed to successfully grow and sell plants to
commercial nurseries and the public, if interested in our plants
contact Pietman Swanepoel.
The school hall and the picnic spot is available for
renting for functions. You can contact Pietman Swanepoel for more