De la Bat School serves as a special school for the educational needs of D/deaf learners. Furthermore, we are a source school with an outreach team that not only delivers various services to our D/deaf learners but also additional mainstream schools.
De la Bat School entails a diversity of learners with specific educational needs. The school also provides ample resources and educational support to learners on multiple levels.
The pivot of our school’s character is leadership, dignity, solemnity, respect, and trust. Embedded in the aforementioned are six character traits; these character traits include responsibility, respectfulness, fairness, trustworthiness, caring, and citizenship that are rooted in our learners and staff members.
Effective education to and care of
Deaf learners and learners with
To equip Deaf learners and learners with hearing loss with knowledge, skills and values which they require to have fulfilled lives and to be equal citizens.
Rev. George Thom asked the synod in a letter
to pay attention to the education and care of
The synod of the Dutch Reformed Church decided to make an appeal to the whole church to establish an educational institution
for the Deaf.
The ‘Doofstommen Instituut’ in Worcester began with Mr. Jan de la Bat as principal and Lenie du Toit of Wellington as the first pupil.
Division for the blind began and the school was renamed as ‘Instituut vir Doofstommen en Blinden’.
The Deaf and Blind are separated into two
Rev. Gawie de la Bat, son of Mr. Jan de la Bat, is appointed as the second principal.
Referred to as ‘School for the Deaf’ for the first time.
New premises on the east side of Worcester and along the railway line to the north are acquired.
Rev. de la Bat requested the management to pay attention to the care of Deaf adults with multiple disabilities.
The first nursery school for the deaf is established in the Old Mill House (designed by Sir Herbert Baker) with 18 children.
Mr. JG Badenhorst is appointed as the third principal.
The Gawie de la Bat Nursery’s new buildings on campus are acquired.
Dr. Johan Hamilton is appointed as the fourth principal.
With the 100-year celebration, the school was renamed De la Bat School.
Dr. Hamilton is appointed as executive director of the Institute for the Deaf and Mr Eugene van Vuuren as the fifth principal of De la Bat School.
The school as a ‘church school’ becomes a public school.
Mr P.A. Cook is appointed as the sixth principal.
South African Sign Language Project is launched.
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