Prinshof School for the Visually Impaired
19 Prinshof Street
PO Box 2617
Telephone number: (012) 328 4170
Fax number: (012) 328 4540
Prinshof School for the visually impaired is a multi-cultural, dual-medium (English and Afrikaans) school situated in the Central Business District of Pretoria. Opened in 1963, the school now caters for 351 blind and partially sighted learners from Grade R to Grade 12 of whom approximately 55% are from previously disadvantaged communities.
Learners are drawn from all over the country and hostel accommodation is provided for 180 learners who cannot travel to school on a daily basis. School transport is provided for day scholars.
Prinshof School comprises of a grade R class, Primary school, Secondary school, a section dedicated to the needs of learners with multiple handicaps and a Special Education section focusing on practical skills for the workplace. Learners at Prinshof follow the same curriculum as learners at mainstream schools in Gauteng and write the standard Senior Certificate Examinations. Subjects such as Mathematics, Physical Science, Music, Physiology, Computer Applications Technology, etc. are taught with great success to blind matriculants. Many old pupils are studying at various universities, following courses in Actuarial Mathematics, Informatics, Music and Humanities. The school has a proud record of 100% matric pass rate for 10 consecutive years and for the past 6 years the best learner in Prinshof School was also the best matriculant in a school for Learners with Special Educational Needs in Gauteng.
Auxiliary services at the school include 2 educational psychologists, 2 occupational therapists, a nursing sister, a general medical clinic and low-vision evaluation by a voluntary ophthalmologist and optometrist. Orientation, mobility training and skills for daily living play a vital role in the holistic education of the visually impaired child.
The activities of the Music Magnet Centre, employing 6 music teachers, include choirs, orchestras, ballroom dancing, tap dancing, gum-boot dancing, African drums and individual music lessons. The computer center is equipped with the necessary software for blind and low-vision learners, as well as braille and ordinary printing facilities and free internet for all learners and staff. An active sports programme includes swimming, athletics, soccer, judo and gym as well as opportunities for learners to participate in the annual SA Championships for the Physically Disabled. Learners are also encouraged to participate in the Representative Council of Learners and the Junior City Council of Pretoria. Learners are also involved in organic vegetable gardening, as well as tunnel farming to produce fresh produce for the hostels.