FAQ’s

What does LSEN mean?

LSEN is short for Learners with Special Educative Needs.

What qualifies a learner for Khanyisa School?

We accept learners who are in need of an education that cannot be met through remedial education alone. We educate children who want to learn but cannot cope with the pace and demands of the mainstream education due to a genuine learning difficulty. These are learners who need smaller classes and special individual attention, in order to reach their learning potential.

How does the Khanyisa School Programme work?

We follow a programme that has a daily main lesson where subjects are taught at a much slower pace than that taught in the mainstream schools. After main lesson, learners then do their practical classes, skills classes or extra lesson classes depending on their class timetable. Classes are kept small, (maximum 15 Learners in the senior school and 12 in the junior) in order to give each learner the necessary individual attention that they need.

What are main lessons?

A main lesson is unique to a Waldorf school timetable as it is an uninterrupted two-hour lesson given in the morning. Subjects are taught in modules or blocks of about three to four weeks. This approach allows the child to become deeply involved in the subject to aid memory and understanding. A Waldorf school day is structured to incorporate a specific rhythm of thinking, feeling and doing.  Lessons are presented in a creative and imaginative way through the use of story-telling, imaginative pictures, colour and movement.

Why is this rhythm important?

Rhythm enables the child to concentrate for longer periods without getting tired.

Why do you do a subject like movement and how does it benefit the child?

The Waldorf Steiner approach uses rhythm and movement exercises as an important teaching tool as it is seen as a necessary element in learning.  The activities used in movement classes which includes the use of balls, bean bags, skipping ropes, hoops etc. help to develop gross and fine motor skills, balance, co-ordination and concentration within a child. It also aids self-confidence and the ability to work in a team.  Some learning barriers are detectable through the use of movement and can therefore be remedied accordingly.

What is Eurythmy?

Eurythmy is exclusively taught in Waldorf schools. It is the art of movement to sound, either music or stories or verse.  It incorporates body movements that are expressed through artistic forms.  Its benefits in therapeutic education are far-reaching as it aids concentration, balance and facilitate rhythm and memory.

Why do you have different grade or class names, as opposed to the other schools?

Waldorf Schools teach their learners according to their age level in accordance with the soul’s development (as stipulated by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner), and not their grade level as in a government school.  For this reason and to avoid confusion, we adopt a year number in the high school and a class number like the other Waldorf Steiner schools according to their age grouping. Being a member of an LSEN class means that the child is following a special programme designed with his/her learning difficulties in mind. Our grades or classes are therefore not equivalent to that of the mainstream schools.

How are your classes named?

Junior classes are named as:

Class 3 (9-10 yrs)

Class 4 (10-11 yrs)

Class 5 (11-12 yrs)

Class 6 (12-13 yrs)

Class 7 (13-14 yrs)

Senior classes are named as:

Year 1 (14-15 yrs)

Year 2 (15-16 yrs)

Year 3 (16-17yrs)

Year 4 (17-18yrs)

Year 5 (18-19yrs)

Why are your high school classes named differently to the primary school?

The high school programme differs from the primary school’s as it includes the skills classes.

Do you write examinations?

No, we do not. As an LSEN school, we do not place excessive pressure or difficulties upon our learners.  Learners are assessed continually throughout the year by way of class tests, bookwork, class performance and independent project work.

What happens once my child has completed the primary school programme?

At Khanyisa School, we have a dedicated and experienced high school team who can further your child’s education by providing them with the same quality of care and understanding offered in our primary school programme.  Children simply move over to the next junior high class where they are educated according to the high school programme. Waldorf high schools recognise that adolescents have different and specific needs. The aim of the high school programme is to prepare the young adult for life.  Class teachers give way to specialist teachers who now lead the child through a journey of rich and varied selection of lessons and experiences that encompasses his or her growing intellect.  Through the use of stories, exploration, discussion and individual research, the adolescent is trained to observe acutely, think logically and be a self-disciplined free-thinking individual. Learners enjoy the benefits of the skills programme which allows them to become sufficiently independent.

Can my child go back to mainstream school after spending some time at Khanyisa School?

The Khanyisa School programme does not promise any quick fixes to your child’s learning challenges.  Each learner is an individual allowed to progress at their unique pace and level without the massive demands of a mainstream class. For this reason, children often make great strides in their learning as their needs are being met.  This does not necessarily mean that the child will be able to now suddenly cope in the mainstream.  Often a learning difficulty, although it can be overcome in various ways, will remain with an individual for life. The answer is to provide the correct remedy or formula unique to that individual.  Special needs schools manage these learning difficulties through their specialist programmes.  Mainstream education does not necessarily provide this specific formula.

What is the purpose of your high school skills classes?

• To enable the learner to be sufficiently trainable either for the workplace or for various post-school courses that they are able to do.

• To hone their natural abilities or interest for a skill into recognition, so that it can become a skill for life.

How do the skills classes work?

All skills classes in year one and two are compulsory, so that we can determine which classes are suitable for which individual.

How do you determine the skills groups?

Learners’ progress in the groups is monitored by the respective teachers and when the child has reached the required age and level where he or she can hone their skills toward a career choice, a meeting between teachers, learner and parent/s is called to help the child choose the appropriate skills class that will benefit them for their future.

Learners have the opportunity to choose their classes e.g. two or three practical skills classes out of five from year 3 onwards in order to hone their skills and make them trainable for the workplace.

Can my child change a skill class if they find that it is not suitable for them?

Yes, in consultation with the class and skills teacher they may do so.

Do your skills classes cater for all gender types and social groups?

Yes, they do.  No child is discriminated against in their choice of a class.

Are learners allowed to choose their academic subjects as well?

No, as a Waldorf School, all academic subjects are compulsory in accordance with the teachings of Dr Rudolf Steiner.

If you do not offer grade 12, matric, how do the children manage to graduate?

• Learners at Khanyisa School leave at the end of Year 5 with a Khanyisa School-Leaving Certificate certifying that they have completed the Khanyisa High School LSEN programme.

• Graduates are assisted in compiling their own CV reflecting their attained skills and receive a reference letter from one of their respective teachers including the class teacher.

What happens to learners once they leave Khanyisa School?

This depends on the child’s interest or abilities.  Some learners are able to cope with basic courses that are offered at Further Education and Training Colleges (FET).  Others, on the other hand, prefer to enter the workplace immediately where they can do casual or supervised jobs that fall within their abilities and/ or interests.

Will my child be eligible for an FET College after Khanyisa School?

It depends on your child’s learning difficulty.  If the difficulty has been mild and your child has coped excellently with the programme there may be a possibility of doing a course or internship after school.  The results on your child’s report and the advice of your child’s teachers are required for such an application.

If the difficulty has been rather severe, then there are opportunities for supervised workshops, apprenticeships or internships depending on ability and/ or interest after school.  Again, this should be planned with the advice of your child’s teachers.

Are there any special stationery requirements for the senior classes?

Yes, there are, the class teacher will provide this.

What other activities do you offer at Khanyisa Waldorf School?

Learners enjoy educational and enrichment activities by way of class outings, performances, festivals, sports activities, programmes with other schools, camps and tours.  Special programmes such as community projects and visits are organised by the various school faculties depending on lesson content.  The Khanyisa School Hiking Club frequently goes on hikes as part of their extra-curricular activity.

How does your therapy programme work?

Khanyisa Waldorf offers complementary therapy that aids the class teacher in their work. These therapies or counselling sessions are offered by private qualified individuals who operate at the school. Class teachers often recommend specific therapies for children who will benefit from them. As they are a private service, parents are expected to pay a certain fee that is considerably less than a private consultation. Psychology, sociology or art therapy students from various colleges and universities in South Africa and overseas, sometimes practice their internship for a short while at our school. These services offered by students under supervision are free.

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