The name Thuthukani means progress and in this section of the school we believe that each learner can be developed to be a socially well adapted person in society. We offer an adapted curriculum running on 3 different legs.
The 3 legs are as follows:
- Predominantly academic classes (presenting Numeracy, Literacy and Lifeskills on each child’s level)
- 50 % academic and 50 % skills classes
- 80 % skills and 20 % academic classes
We serve learners with different disabilities and to provide for their needs, the Thuthukani section has a computer class for severely physically disabled learners where they learn to do academic work on the computer if they cannot use their hands sufficiently to write. Here they also learn to communicate through the development of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies if they experience problems using speech as their primary communication tool.General Aims of the Thuthukani section:
• to promote, within the special range of his ability and potential, the pupil’s intellectual, emotional and social development;
• to take cognizance of his poor retention ability and to make provision to meet it;
• to provide a programme which is flexible and diverse, so enabling the teacher to develop the learner’s worthwhile interests and to cater for his varied abilities;
• to provide regular opportunities for sound consolidation of skills acquired in speaking, reading and writing;
• to continue to develop his sensory perception and his imagination;
• to preserve the dignity of the learner, sustain his confidence in himself and encourage him to continue developing his abilities;
• to help him towards a sense of discrimination in his leisure activities, such as reading and audio-visual entertainment;
• to develop in him a readiness and willingness to consider new ideas and other points of view;
• to help him to understand himself and others so that he may live more fully, happily and responsibly, and to assist him to become self-reliant.
“If you change your thinking, you change your decisions. If you change your decisions, you change your attitude. If you change your attitude, you change your behaviour. If you change your behaviour, you change your life” –Claude Moller