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Where Every Voice Is Heard Where Every Sign Is Seen

Our School

De La Bat School serves as a special school for the deaf/deaf community’s educational needs. We are also a source school that delivers service. Through an outreach team of 13 mainstream schools.

Our diversity of learners, educational needs, resources and support on multiple levels are characteristic. It demands “gravitas” leadership to be relevant and stay excellent.

PRE-SCHOOL
Preschool De La Bat
At the Gawie de la Bat preschool we aim to create a safe and happy environment where children can develop mentally and physically.
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FOUNDATION PHASE
FOUNDATION PHASE
The Foundation Stage aims to teach young deaf learners a basis for his / her school career through effective education and emotional support.
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INTERMEDIATE PHASE
INTERMEDIATE PHASE
In grade 4 – 6 we mainly make use of subject education so that the learners are educated by experts in their field.
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SENIOR PHASE
SENIOR PHASE
This phase includes learners from grade 7 to grade 9 and is the final stage of schooling.
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SCHOOL OF SKILLS
SCHOOL OF SKILLS
This programme focuses on career orientated education and developing the learner’s skills and preparing them to be independent and to generate an income.
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MULTI-DISABLED
MULTI-DISABLED
This section makes provision for learners that are deaf but also have additional disabilities. The primary focus is upon increasing the child’s independence.
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FET Phase
FET Phase
In the FET phase, learners make their subject choices. CAPS offer learners a wide selection of subjects, enabling them to pursue these further for their chosen careers. Learners are thoroughly informed, enabling them to make wise choices. In the FET phase emphasis is placed on thorough preparation for the NSC matric examination.
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Our Vision

Effective education to and care of

Deaf learners and learners with

hearing loss.

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Our Mission

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.

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History

1821

Rev. George Thom

Rev. George Thom asked the synod in a letter
to pay attention to the education and care of
the deaf.

Educational Institute For The deaf

The synod of the Dutch Reformed Church decided to make an appeal to the whole church to establish an educational institution
for the Deaf.

1880
1881

Doofstommen Instituut

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

Division for the blind began and the school was renamed as ‘Instituut vir Doofstommen en Blinden’.

1891
1905

Seperated

The Deaf and Blind are separated into two
sections.

2nd Principal

Rev. Gawie de la Bat, son of Mr. Jan de la Bat, is appointed as the second principal.

1927
1928

School For The Deaf

Referred to as ‘School for the Deaf’ for the first time.

New Premises

New premises on the east side of Worcester and along the railway line to the north are acquired.

1929
1935

Multiple Disabilites

Rev. de la Bat requested the management to pay attention to the care of Deaf adults with multiple disabilities.

Nursery School

The first nursery school for the deaf is established in the Old Mill House (designed by Sir Herbert Baker) with 18 children.

1944
1951

Dr. Helen Keller visits

3rd Principal

Mr. JG Badenhorst is appointed as the third principal.

1953
1957

New Buildings

The Gawie de la Bat Nursery’s new buildings on campus are acquired.

4th Principal

Dr. Johan Hamilton is appointed as the fourth principal.

1976
1981

100 Years

With the 100-year celebration, the school was renamed De la Bat School.

5th Principal

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.

1993
1996

Public School

The school as a ‘church school’ becomes a public school.

Current Principal

Mr P.A. Cook is appointed as the sixth principal.

2008
2011

SAGL

South African Sign Language Project is launched.

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