ALMA SCHOOL: AIMING FOR A SPORTS FIELD IN 2016!

Alma

Alma School, a school for learners with disabilities in Pretoria, has been named as the top performer in last year’s Casual Day campaign in Gauteng, raising donations of R242 666. The school retains 40% of the funds and puts the remainder in the national pool to be distributed to the project’s 12 national beneficiaries.

According to Zirke Bondesio, the school's principal since 1985, severe intellectually disabled children are guided and assisted to reach their full potential and live with dignity.

According to Zirke Bondesio (left), the school’s principal since 1985, severe intellectually disabled children are guided and assisted to reach their full potential and live with dignity. The school relies greatly on donations and sponsorships to ensure sustainability as many of parents of many learners are unable to pay school fees.

The Casual Day Funds are usually used to maintain the school buses and for fuel to operate them. Over 100 children are collected from their homes in the morning and dropped off again in the afternoon. Six mini buses follow routes covering the whole of the Tshwane Metropolitan area.

Other learners use private taxis, coming from as far as Winterveld, Mabopane, Garankuwa, Soshanguve and Mamelodi. Parents pay for the transport, but it is subsidised by the school because they are unable to pay the full amount.

Specialised education and therapy go hand-in-hand in ensuring each individual learner’s optimal development, says Bondesio. Learners receive intensive specialised physiotherapy, occupational therapy and instruction. A state-of-the-art computer laboratory follows a training programme suitable for special learners to enable them to use computers, giving them exposure to new technologies.

Alma School also offers learners exposure to a variety of both cultural and sports activities. Cultural activities include participation in the school percussion band, wheelchair dancers and choir. Coaching in soccer, netball, cricket, karate and golf is provided at the school.

This year Alma School is working towards raising donations to develop their own sports field, which ties in nicely with the Casual Day theme: Up Your Game.

The campus is in a leafy area in Eloffsdal, Pretoria, and the historic buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens are part of the holistic service provided by the teachers at Alma School. But most of all, they provide love and caring support to children and parents.

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Andrea Vinassa

Andrea Vinassa

For more information, photographs and publicity material call Andrea Vinassa / Media co-ordinator for Casual Day Cell: 079 089 9835 Landline Cape Town: 021 790 6698 \ Landline Edenvale: 011 609 7006 Email address: andrea.flashpoint@gmail.com

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