School for Intellectually and Physically Disabled Learners

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The Principal - Mrs Daleen Visser

In March, 1973, Ms. Ingrid Webber, mother of a severely mentally and physically handicapped girl, started a playgroup for 4 children with Down Syndrome.

On April 01, 1976, this playgroup was registered as Felicitas Training Centre by the previous Department of National Education. 



Therapy offered at the school includes Occupational Therapy, Speech therapy and Audiology Services.

Therapy is offered on an individual, small group or class basis– this is determined by the phase the child is in as well as the learners needs.

Therapy focuses on:

• Sensory– motor skills,

• Job preparation/ work habits,

• Social skills,

• Functional skills and activities of daily living,

• Maintenance of strength and range of motion,

• Wheelchair positioning and mobility,

• Language stimulation,

• Auditory perception and

• Augmentative and alternative communication.

School-leavers are included in the School-to-Work Program at Felicitas School.

School-to-work program

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Learners visit the Library for pure enjoyment. A selection of books

cater for learners on all levels of functionality.

Learners who are not able to read, will page through picture books,

discussing the pictures, “narrating”their own story around the


Other books provide in the need of learners who can read/recognize

single basic words, while a third group of books offer reading to

learners who are able to read sentences and can read a short story.

The aim of the Library is to offer reading for enjoyment, to expand

the learners’language and vocabulary, and to teach them to respect

and love books.


Learners are taught ...

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We have a Boys’Hostel and a Girls’Hostel that offer accommodation to 60 learners, 30 boys and 30 girls.


We offer weekly boarding, from Monday to Friday. Learners may arrive back after a weekend on the Sunday afternoon between 16:00 - 17:30. All learners have to be collected on a Friday before 18:00.
The hostels offer a homely atmosphere where the learners can feel happy, safe and at home.
Housemothers are on duty to assist learners with feeding, dressing, bathing, etc.
The Housemothers plan an afternoon programme to keep learners constructively busy, which include amongst others swimming, soccer, playing on the jungle gyms, etc.
Learners need to bring their own toy bag to the hostels to keep them occupied. They also watch TV at night.
Learners enjoy three well balanced meals per day, as well as sandwiches for break time and a four o'clock fruit.
Parents should comply with the clothes list and other items like toiletries which are required for the boarders. The learners' laundry is done at the hostel.
Day scholars
cannot be accommodated in the hostels before or after school.

In April 1977, the school moved to the old Convent School in Queens Road, Brakpan. There were 35 learners, 3 staff members, 2 assistants and a housekeeper. 

The following year a hostel was started in the old boarding-house on the corner of Bedford Street and Queens Road.

In 1989, the existing buildings were moved into. We are continually updating and upgrading our facilities to accommodate the growth of the school.

We accommodate learners between the ages of 4 years and 18 years.

We currently have 539 learners and we accommodate 60 learners in our two school hostels.