New school nearly completed, but no new posts

2016-03-03 06:00
=Candice Kivedo, Sunshine Special School principal, Uitenhage   Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Candice Kivedo, Sunshine Special School principal, Uitenhage Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Construction of the state of the art all-new Sunshine Special School, for intellectually impaired learners, is well on its way and the completion date of the first phase is May 4th, 2016.

Principal Candice Kivedo said they were quite overwhelmed with the new school and were looking forward to having the learners accommodated in the specially designed classroom set-up.

The school include a state-of-the-art hydro therapy area, which is the first of its kind in Uitenhage.

“Block A, which comprises class rooms for senior learners, is in the process of completion. It should be done by the beginning of May,” said Candice Kivedo, Principal of Sunshine Special School.

Phase Two of school’s building process includes the upgrading of the hall and a parking area. The current offices will be demolished and in addition three classrooms and an ablution block will be constructed.

The completion date is the end of August 2016.

What is especially overwhelming for Kivedo and her staff, is the community’s eagerness to find out about job opportunities at the new school.

“We want the people to know that when it comes to posts or jobs at the school, that it is not in our hands. It is the responsibility of the Department of Education to create new posts.

“There are currently no new posts for educators and non-educators or support staff at Sunshine Special School. All posts have been filled,” said Kivedo.

Whenever posts will become available, those interested must go through the professional procedure of applying and so forth at the Department of Education.

Learners are placed at the school through references and the Department of Education. It accommodates intellectually impaired learners and also children with Down Syndrome.

“We are proud of our learners and their achievements and we are proud of our school. Sunshine learners excel on the sports field, cross country and our choir performs outstandingly.

“We request the community kindly to respect our learners and to refrain from being judgemental. Let God’s sun shine on all of us, also on the learners from Sunshine” said Kivedo.

The school was registered at the Department of Education on July 1st, 1991. Prior to this date it was registered as one of the Department of Mental Health’s educational projects to take care of children with special needs.

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