We’re a special needs school with a difference

We are a registered LSEN Preparatory School, GDE Reg: 700400348, and can accommodate a maximum of 59 pupils ranging in age from 4 years turning 5 years to 18 years of age. We do not work in Grades as our pupils levels differ in each subject. We have a separate premises for our Junior and Senior phase. Our children have varied “labels” that have been attached to them by outside sources.

The staff at out school are very passionate about giving all out children opportunities to be able to contribute to society in their own unique way. We believe that is child is able and valuable with much to offer to the world.

Our children have been rejected by both government and private schools because of theor labels. Currently our pupil ‘labels’ are cerebral palsy. hearing impaired, asbergers, autistic, burn victim, near drowning victim, severe speech impediments, visually impaired, learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder and severe epileptic etc.

We take time to work out who they are and what their method of learning is.

Additional practical lifeskills:

  • Snr section will cover vegetable gardening, sewing, knitting and
    basic cooking skills among others
  • Individualised Learning Portfolios

We currently offer:

  • Maximum 10 children per class
  • Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic teaching techniques
  • Audiblox Therapy
  • Water Therapy (In Summer Months)
  • We have replaced the reading laboratory with a dedicated physical education teacher

  • Interactive white board teaching – keeping up with technology
  • Makaton & Tiny Handz sign language
  • PECS – picture exchange communication
  • Braille
  • We use tablet technology with every pupil

Support therapists available on site:

  • Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist and Physio Therapist.
  • Our school is also the ABR Therapy centre for South Africa

Our staff

Natalie Zoutendyk

Natalie Zoutendyk

Qualifications

  • BA (Social Work) Honours
  • Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Cum Laude)

Experience

My work experience as a Social Worker took place in Children’s Homes (St Mary’s Children’s Home and Oasis Haven) where I was involved in  foster care and host parent screening, counselling and play therapy, writing of children’s reports, filing and administration.

When my eldest son started struggling in main stream education, I home-schooled him for four years, until   he was able to re-enter mainstream education and complete his matric certificate. It was while I was homeschooling that I realised my absolute passion for teaching and that not every child is able to fit perfectly into the schooling box.

I then decided to study further and get my teaching qualification. Once I was qualified as a teacher, I worked in mainstream schools (Sharonlea and Agape Christian School) until I joined the Footprints team in 2018.

Why I do what I do

When you work with special needs children, each day can be demanding, rewarding, challenging and fulfilling all at the same time.  I often feel that I learn more from my precious children than they learn from me. Teaching in a special needs setting is always a journey of discovery. Every achievement each child makes, no matter how small, is something to be celebrated. My goal is to always focus on the child first and then on the work. What a privilege to be able to walk this journey with each unique child. Working in a special needs environment forever leaves an imprint on your heart.

In the words of the late Rita Pearson:

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be”

Kerry Horwood

Kerry Horwood

Qualifications

  • BA (Psychology & Industrial Sociology)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Human Resources)
  • PGCE (FP)

Experience

I completed my PGCE in 2010, whilst working as a Teachers Assistant at I R Griffith Primary School.  In 2011 I was appointed as a Grade 3 Teacher at IRG.  I taught Grade 3 for 4 years, and then moved to Grade 2, where I taught for 3 years.

Why I do what I do

This job inspires me to be better.  I wake up every morning and I want to see the children that have been entrusted in my care.  I believe each child is unique and they will learn and develop in their own way and own time, gently guided by me.  These amazing individuals have taught me patience, humility and tolerance, just watching the way they interact with each other and their teachers.  It is a privilege to laugh and grow with them each day.

Sharon Rowe

Sharon Rowe

Qualifications

  • NHED(PP)
  • SDTA
  • Audiblox Therapist
  • ABR Therapist
  • Usui Reiki Practitioner
  • Jikiden Reiki Practitioner
  • Makaton Sign Language
  • Braille
  • Level 2 1st aid

Experience

32 years of loving my work, every day a new adventure filled with loads of learning from each child I have had the privilege to work with.

I started in Pre-schools going up to senior teacher then Principal in a main stream school. From 2005 I headed up the foundation phase of Footprints school and we then opened the Intermediate and Senior phases in 2009. I have taught each phase and can honestly say I love them all.

Why I do what I do

I believe every human being is able to contribute to society in their own unique and valuable way. I love a challenge and thinking out the box, this is why I enjoy working with children, they are creative and have a wonderful enthusiasm for life. My eyes are opened daily to new ways of thinking because I learn from the children I work with, we are a team and together we can conquer the world piece by piece. Life is full of exciting adventures and lessons to learn and teach, working with Special needs children is a blessing and I can honestly say “I LOVE MY JOB”.

“Treat children as if they were what they ought to be, and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming”. This is what I aim for each day

Stephanie Roux

Stephanie Roux

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and English)
  • Honours in Psychology
  • Advanced Certificate in Play therapy
  • Registered Lifeline Counsellor
  • Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Experience

I began my training in an ABA centre and then went on to work at the Centre for Autism Research and Education. While completing my honours degree I facilitate children with special needs in  a mainstream environment. I went on to work at the L.U.C.C.A Centre when they first opened and joined Footprints in 2015.

Why I do what I do

I love the challenge as well as the rewards of working with children with special needs. I enjoy having to adapt lessons for each individual child and having to constantly think out of the box. I enjoy the sense of achievement I feel when a child finally achieves a goal and knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone.  The quote below explains every child with special need s that I have worked with and that is why I do what I do.

‘Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer their help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for good. This is how they’ll change the world’.

Hayley Oosthuizen

Hayley Oosthuizen

Qualifications

  • BA Foundation Phase Education

Experience

When I finished school, I studied a bachelor’s degree in foundation phase education specializing in learning support, and I am currently pursuing my honours degree in learning support.

Why I do what I do

I am a passionate, dedicated and hardworking teacher. My passion started when I spent my school holidays doing volunteer work at a special needs school. I enjoyed it immensely, the children were all very unique and from then I knew I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives.

Mauritz Kotze

Mauritz Kotze

Qualifications

  • Instructors Diploma Karate Do International Renmei
  • Instructors License Karate Do International South Africa
  • Level 3 First Aid Course First On Scene
  • Sports Management Diploma Exercise Teachers Academy
  • Personal Training Certificate TriFocus Fitness Academy

Experience

8 years of teaching karate: Teaching students from the young age of 3 all the way to the age of 73. Preparing them physically for classes and karate exams.

Started my own Karate Business, which is still in operation. I teach nursery schools as well as primary and high school students.

Instructors qualification: I lived in Israel for 2 months to further my studies to become a qualified instructor. I trained majority of the classes and taught a few classes under the supervision of the instructors in Israel.

Why I do what I do

It has been my passion for as long as I can remember to teach students in karate and physical education. I have always found that teaching is very rewarding when you have been able to help a student reach their karate and physical goals. I don’t see it as a job but as a growing passion.

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As a fully registered school with the department of education as well as ISASA parents are able to claim their school fees as part of their tax returns.