ABOUT

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Where Every Voice Is Heard Where Every Sign Is Seen

ABOUT

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.

Our Learners
  • Vary between the ages of 3 and 20 years old.
  • Are deaf or
  • Have hearing loss
  • Are diverse in abilities and needs

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Alternative Assessment
  • Deaf and hearing educators and assistants
  • South African Sign Language as a subject from 3years – grade 12
  • Vocational and skills orientated courses
  • Section for multi-disabled deaf learners
  • Vocational accompaniment and placement of school learners
  • Diverse sport and cultural activities

Comprehensive Support Services

  • Health Care
  • Social Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Audiological Services
  • Occupational Services
  • Student Support
  • Transport of day scholars
  • Weekend and holiday transport
  • 9 Hostels ensuring age-appropriate care with 24hr supervision
  • De la Bat Church with a full-time resident minister
  • Resource Centre and community services

The Anthem Project

SCHOOL ANTHEM: LYRICS

There’s a school that was willed by God
To break open the silence
Let this school give us the freedom
To break down the boundaries
Oh, happy days of fulfillment,
Of finding the meaning of the word
the speech, the knowledge
Let’s keep on conquering worlds!
Let’s keep on conquering worlds!
Where the beauty of valley and mountains
Surrounds and welcomes us all,
We find joy in the endurance
And winning remains our goal.
Therefore we now bring a tribute
To a school that we cherish;
Calling out with joy: EFFATA
For the day starting here now!
For the day starting here now!

SKOOLLIED: LIRIEKE

Daar’s `n skool wat God gewil het
om die stilte oop te breek.
Skenk daardeur vir ons bevryding
dat ons grense oor kan steek.
O gevulde blye dae
van ons soeke na die sin
van die woord, die spraak, die kunde.
Laat ons wêrelde oorwin.
Laat ons wêrelde oorwin.
Waar vallei en berg se skoonheid
ons omring en tuis laat voel,
vind ons vreugde in die spierspan,
bly die wenpaal steeds ons doel.
Daarom bring ons nou ons hulde
aan `n skool wat ons bemin.
Roep ons luid en bly “EFFATA”
oor die dag wat hier begin.
Oor die dag wat hier begin.

School Uniform

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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