BIG BREAK FOR VERY SICK children
The Johannesburg Hospital School was opened on Wednesday after being refurbished.
The school received R500000 from a medical scheme company as sponsorship for the renovations. The school, which caters for grades R and 12 pupils, operates in the wards of the hospital.
It aims to bring normality to the lives of chronically and terminally ill children by providing continued education for long-term patients at the hospital.
The school provides pupils with an opportunity to receive medical treatment without neglecting their schooling.
It also facilitates a smooth transition from the hospital school to the children's own home schools once treatment is completed.
"The children and the staff are thrilled about the new classrooms and learning facilities. Our improved learning conditions have contributed significantly to creating a positive environment in which the children are thriving," said Ronel van Biljon, principal of the school.
Van Biljon said the school offers activities such as computer skills, life skills programmes, crafts, singing and remedial reading and writing lessons.
Established in 1943, the school also has a section that caters for blind and autistic children. It now caters for about 150 pupils.