Transoranje School for the Deaf
Principal: Dr Wynand de Wet
Principal: Dr Wynand de Wet
The Transoranje School for the Deaf in Pretoria West provides for the education and wellbeing of approximately 200 learners with severe hearing disability. A young deaf learner requires highly specialised tuition and education. The school aims at admitting learners from as young as three years so that they can acquire formal communication skills from specialised educators and therapists as early as possible. Apart from learning sign language, reading and writing skills, the learners are also taught to develop formal speech techniques in Afrikaans and English.
Specialised staff for optimal development
For the wellbeing of learners with special needs and for them to develop optimally, special guidance and counselling facilities are needed. The school’s personnel corps of specialist educators and support staff include an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, an audiologist, a psychologist, part-time medical specialists, experts in the field of sign language, nurses, technical skills instructors and housemothers. Due to the special needs of deaf learners, a relatively comprehensive corps of educators is required to accomplish a 7:1 learner/educator ratio.
Application of normal school syllabuses
Transoranje School follows the curriculums of the Gauteng Department of Education for primary and secondary education up to and including grade 12. This ensures that as many as possible learners acquire conventional skills so that they can eventually find employment in the economic labour force. All standard school subjects such as languages, mathematics, accounting and commercial subjects are offered, as well as practical, commercial, technical and life orientation skills. The curriculums are adjusted so that they will be “deaf friendly”. Matriculants who pass, obtain an NSC endorsed five subject certificate.
Religious education and the presentation of life skills techniques are the cornerstones for providing a healthy life balance and for the development of the learners. They are constantly encouraged to cultivate strong moral and spiritual values so that they can be responsible, empathic and fully-fledged citizens.
Enthusiastic participation in organised kinds of sport takes place, such as rugby, netball, athletics, badminton, chess and swimming. During the past few years the school’s sign language choirs have become known with their performances with well-known artists, and they also perform regularly at churches and functions. Various musical productions have already been staged, and international concert tours have taken place, to Argentina in 2005, South Korea in 2007, and Turkey in 2010.