Stepping Stone hosts Superhero Summer Festival

Stepping Stone Special Education School hosted a festival and also announced the raffle draw winners.

03 December 2018 | Education

Stepping Stone Special Education School in Swakopmund hosted a Superhero Summer festival to raise funds and create awareness of the school and their activities.

The school serves as a centre for learners who struggle to meet developmental milestones and who find it hard to learn in mainstream education, and caters for learners who are mostly afflicted with impairments resorting under the Pervasive Developmental Disorders-umbrella, mainly Autism Spectrum Disorder but also some instances of other disabilities including Down syndrome and sensory impairments.

Stepping Stone offers the opportunity for education to some of these children in the Swakopmund and Walvis Bay area. Learners acquire skills that are of value to them as they live and function in the wider community. The school equips learners to navigate life; to contribute and make positive choices as they progress. Where appropriate, lessons extend into the locality where skills are placed in real-world context.

The school includes day trips and special events to enable learners to explore their surroundings. This aids to increase awareness as well as learners’ independence and understanding of the world around them.

Currently the school has 20 learners enrolled of which nineare in the kindergarten and 11 in the primary school phase. Due to the extremely high student to teacher ratio required by intellectually impaired learners, the school employs three qualified teachers, six teaching assistants and one cleaner. Local and international volunteers assist at the school on a regular basis.

The Summer Festival was held at the SFC sportsgrounds in Swakopmund, with kids that could participate in camel rides, face painting, dancing and drumming. Stepping Stone also had a raffle draw to raise funds for the school.

The various prizes and winners are as follows:

Salvador Mouers - 2 nights at the Strand Hotel; Liza van der Linde - wine basket valued at N$3 000; Bruni Taockes - fishing trip for one; Alte Swanepoel - sandboarding trip for 2; Annette Louw - N$1 000 Woolworths voucher; Cathy Maggot - lamb chops valued N$1 000; J Hijambazapo - family photo shoot worth N$1 800; Ben Bjaminin - historical trip of Swakopmund for two; Hans - N$500 Mr Price voucher; Thandi Gaoses – N$500 cash; Nicky Bock - Zumba voucher; Alna Sorenson - N$300 voucher for Wilders Pub and Grill; B Goraseb - N$290 voucher for a head and back massage from Health and Aroma; and Michael Haller - horse riding lesson for one at Horse Tails.

Stepping Stone would like to thank the sponsors who made the raffle possible, as well as Desert Explorers, Herman Stadler and Johan who assisted in making the Summer Festival a huge success.

Anyone who would like to get involved, sponsor a child or contribute to other aspects of the school can contact the principal, Mrs. Almarie Mostert on 081 1433896 or [email protected] or see their Facebook page: Stepping Stone School Swakopmund.

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