Reunion School

The only school (established 1994) in the world where Cerebral Palsied children receive education and therapy in their mother tongue, Zulu; as well as in English.

The staff complement is as follows:

Principal Edith Makhaye
Secretary Bongi Mdluli

 

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide quality education to our learners irrespective of their physical and mental limitations. To make them independent, in regard to their disabilities and be worthwhile members of their communities. To empower and uplift families, community and learners in order to promote self-sufficiency.

HISTORY AND ORIGINS

In June 1992, after lengthy negotiations, The KZN Cerebral Palsy Association was given control of an unused school near the Durban International Airport, to become the Reunion School for Cerebral Palsied children of all population groups. Our Association acknowledged the need to expand the educational and therapeutic services provided by the already crowded Browns’ School. The most exciting date was 11th April 1994 when the Reunion School opened it’s doors for Cerebral Palsied pupils. On the day, 16 learners enrolled which rapidly increased and now stands at 151. With the generous support of our donors, motivated by The KZN Cerebral Palsy Association, a fully equipped Therapy Centre was built in 1997. We now offer education, physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, psychological, orthopaedic and paediatric services. Further hard work from the Association and their committed supporters and donors, another eight state-of-the-art classrooms, an extra 66-bed fully equipped hostel, a new and bigger dining hall and a brand new kitchen were added during 2003 - 2004. All facilities are wheelchair friendly and easily accessible by our Cerebral Palsied learners. When the new dining hall was built, the decision was made to keep the old dinning room intact. It was changed during 1996 into a fully equipped SKILLS AND LIFE TRAINING kitchen.

ACTIVITIES

BAKING: Our learners receive baking and life skills training. Under the supervision of the teacher, learners bake and sell what they produce to fellow learners and staff. Orders are also taken from the community around the school. The KwaZulu Natal Cerebral Palsy Association, with the support of donors built a fully equipped wheelchair friendly skills and training centre for our learners.

GARDENING: Some of our educators implemented the vegetable garden. They attended a workshop focusing on how to start a vegetable garden, which was arranged by the Department of Health. The vegetable garden is a success, as the produce is used by the hostel children and sold to the community and staff.

BEADWORK AND LIGHT WOODWORK: Learners are taught to make necklaces, earrings, bracelets etc. In woodwork lessons, learners are taught how to make vases, platters, ashtrays, jewellery boxes etc.

SEWING: The learners are assisted and empowered to use sewing machines despite their physical disabilities. Learners are taught to make cushions, peg bags, aprons (long and short), tissue box covers, cell phone bags, toiletry bags etc. All these items are sold at the school or to the surrounding community.

FUNDING

The school receives a Government education subsidy for the daily running of the school. All staff are paid by the Government except those who are employed by the School Governing Body. The school receives donations from The KwaZulu Natal Cerebral Palsy Association on an ongoing basis.

STAFF

The staff compliment includes a Principal, 3 School Management Team Members, an Administrative Clerk, the Deputy Principal, an H.O.D, 8 Educators, 5 Therapists and a School Nurse. We also have 6 Pupil Therapy Assistants and a Support staff of: 2 cleaners, 2 security people, 2 groundsmen, a driver, 6 hostel staff and 2 kitchen staff.

THERAPIES

The School provides Occupational, Speech and Physiotherapy.

TRANSPORT

It is our dream to have our own transport. A bus would enable us to transport our learners to and from school as well as to fun, sports and outreach facilities. If you can help, please contact our Sponsoring body, Mrs Ina Borstlap on 031-7003956.

HOSTEL

The School boasts a hostel, accommodating 103 learners and it is bursting at the seams. The hostel was completed and officially opened during February 2006.

Clinic address & contact details:

1 Rana Road Private Bag X32006
Isipingo Mobeni
4060 4060
Tel:  +27 31 469 1094 Fax: +27 31 469 1096

 

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