Casa do Sol School
Casa do Sol school caters for Learners with Special Educational Needs between the ages of six and twenty-one. Although the primary disability is intellectual impairment, the cause and nature of the learners’ special needs and barriers to learning are wide-ranging and divers.
Casa do Sol falls under the jurisdiction of the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and as such the school follows the prescribed guidelines and policies of the GDE. Although the school receives a government subsidy, it is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation and a committed parents Association works hard to raise the funds necessary to meet the shortfall between the government subsidy and actual costs as well as to finance any new projects. The school has been approved for section 18A(1)(C) of the Act and donations are therefore tax deductible.
The school curriculum has been designed to meet the individual needs and interests of each learner and to ensure their holistic development. The full and varied curriculum is based on a Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills Learning Programme, and this includes the teaching of Languages, Mathematics. Life Orientation, Arts & Culture, Natural & Social Sciences, Technology and Economic & Management Sciences. A strong emphasis is placed on the development of Life Skills, as it is imperative that each learner is equipped with the skills they need to be as independent as possible.
The co-curricula and extra-curricula activities that are offered at the school include music, woodwork, decoupage, sewing & knitting, cooking & baking, gardening and pottery. Sporting activities include ice skating, swimming, soccer, water aerobics, cricket, bocce and adaptive sports. All learners are included and encouraged to participate in the annual Sports Day and Swimming Gala, as the events are adapted to accommodate the different abilities and talents of the learners.
To facilitate the development of socialization skills, a number of social activities are organized, such as Junior School Fun Days, dances, etc.