Unique school in Gillitts

2016-01-19 06:00
Photo: supplied Some of the Fulton School for the Deaf pupils.

Photo: supplied Some of the Fulton School for the Deaf pupils.

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FULTON School in Gillitts, caters to the specific educational needs of hearing-impaired pupils ranging widely in age, the youngest being three.

Over the past 57 years Fulton School has established recognition as one of the pupils in deaf education in South Africa. The education is main stream (preschool to Grade 12) and through the dual medium of English and South African sign language.

Fulton School is one of only four deaf schools in the country offering core mathematics to Grade 12 level. It is proud to have achieved a 100% pass rate since the inception of the new National Senior Certificate in 2008.

Its soccer, netball and volley ball teams compete in the Pinetown and district leagues against able-bodied children. Several pupils have provincial and national colours in various sporting disciplines. The school also offers swimming and cycling. In addition the cycling team participates at various duathlon, triathlon and mountain bike events.

The Fulton signing choir has performed with Jeremy Loops at the Botanical Gardens, participated at the Festival in the Hills as well as at the Hillcrest Anglican Church’s Harvest Festival.

During September (Deaf Awareness Month) the school stages its annual concert showcasing the talents of the pupils.

Weekly boarding is provided for pupils from the age of three.

The school provides a daily transport service from Durban. On Friday afternoons the buses takes boarders to Durban and Pietermaritzburg and collects them again on Sunday afternoons.

Audiology and speech therapy is provided.

A nursing sister is available each day and is on call after hours.

Many pupils come from extremely disadvantaged families, and the school relies on the support of service clubs, individuals, local schools and local businesses for support.

For more information, contact 031 767 1215.

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