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BRUCE LINDSAY - PRINCIPAL - SPED HPED (SPEC.ED) BA B.Ed (HONS, WSM)
I was born in Harrismith, attended primary school at Parkdene Primary and matriculated at CBC in Bloemfontein. My school years were filled with the normal reprimands, punishments and adventures that boys are still experiencing today. Having firmly decided that I wanted to pursue a career in education, I graduated from the Bloemfontein Teachers’ College specialising in Special Needs Education. My life thereafter led to me along a path of a host of exciting experiences both in education and in the private sector and included an extended stay abroad where I gained invaluable experience at the real cutting edge of Special Needs Education. Through most of my adult life, I have filled both teaching and management roles within schools, (Teacher, HOD, Key Stage Manager, Acting Headmaster and now Principal), and throughout this time I have always relied on two sources of inspiration and guidance – my Creator and my lovely wife, Annelien (who blessed me with a beautiful daughter Tracey-Lee). My aims at Unity College are numerous and my aspirations for the School, very high. To avoid reader fatigue – To make Unity College a beacon of excellence in the country and THE SCHOOL OF CHOICE. To this end, I know I can rely on the support, energy, talent and insight of the entire Unity Family – Staff, Parents, Pupils and Community. Looking forward to meeting you in person. Bruce
 
ANITA WYLIE - SENIOR PHASE H.O.D. B.SOC.Sci. H. Dip E, HDL (LIBRARY SCIENCE)
I have found Special Needs Education very interesting after mainstream. The classes at Unity College are small, enabling teachers to get to know their charges. Each achievement, no matter how small, is noted and celebrated.
 
ANNIE BWALYA - INTERMEDIATE PHASE H.O.D. TEACHER - H. Dip. Ed (PRIMARY) & H. Dip Ed (SECONDARY)
Coming across Unity College quickly made me realise that this would be a facility that would enable me to live out my love and commitment to children with special needs. They are a pleasure and very fulfilling, and seeing them playing, enjoying themselves is what brings pleasure to me as well. My greatest fulfilment comes from supporting these kids in their efforts to be the best they can be. I believe these kids can all grow to live fulfilling lives and therefore one important aspect in this, is that from the very beginning they are made to feel confident about who they are. This is what makes me wake up everyday and look forward to a class. I am also aware that a lot of this comes to be real because of the enabling environment Unity College provides – from the facilities through to the curriculum and the friendly and highly skilled and supportive staff. It is a pleasure to be at Unity College.
 
AMY BRUNSDON - INTERMEDIATE PHASE | B.ED DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND FOUNDATION PHASE
I have always wanted to inspire, motivate , equip and guide young children into being everything that they were created to be, to use and view their differences as an advantage and not as a disadvantage. I aspire to inspire many young children to reach their goals, fulfill their dreams and to overcome their challenges. I hope to never stop growing and learning new ways to be the best teacher I can be. I went to school at St Mary's DSG in Pretoria and studied Early Childhood Education at The University of Pretoria. As a born again Christian, I am passionate about bringing glory to God, and doing Gods will in my life. I know that teaching special needs children is the calling upon my life, and I look forward to my future in special needs education.
 
ESME PELSER - REMEDIAL TEACHER - H. Dip. Ed
Through my years of teaching students with special needs, I experienced more holistic development and change in them, than in what society would call “normal “students. They thrive with love, boundaries and discipline. In the end, I too, experience this great change and it affects my life, and my discipline. One often thinks of special education students as “those who can’t cut it”. This is a very simplified view of the lives they will one day lead. They will, without a doubt, have great challenges, but I have seen through my work with them, that they grow in leaps and bounds. Sometimes this growth is measured in the smallest achievements, by the greatest understanding, when everything seems to fall into place. In teaching these special students, and watching them grow, I have learnt to admire them as they become successful and achieve their goals, with, sometimes a massive effort; I have experienced more personal job satisfaction, than in any mainstream school.
 
ESTELLE HENDERSON - H. Dip. Ed & F.D.E (REMEDIAL), Dip EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
While still living in Cape Town, I surfed the internet once to read up about institutions for learners with special needs, in Gauteng, for an assignment. I came across Unity College, read up all about the institution and used it as part of my assignment, but never followed up on an enquiry. After my relocation, from Cape Town to Pretoria, I decided to make an enquiry for possible vacancies at schools for children with special needs, as this was my field of specialization. Two of the schools which I have approached asked me to come for interviews of which Unity College was one. After my interview at Unity I told my self that this is the place I want to be. In retrospect, it was one of the best decisions – and now I am proud to be associated with an institution that strives to fulfill each learner’s true potential.
 
CARIEN GROENEWALD - JUNIOR PHASE – ILT THERAPIST, DIP - YOUTH COUNSELLING, B.ED DEGREE - FOUNDATION PHASE, MIND MOVES AND BEL-A-VIS-X QUALIFIED
I have a passion and vocation for developing learners in a holistic manner. Not only taking care and teaching on an educational level but on an emotional and physical level as well. I hope and believe that my caring, energetic nature will be valuable assets to my classroom at Unity.
 
FREGITAH DIREKO - JUNIOR PHASE 2/3 CLASS ASSISTANT - HIGHER CERTIFICATE ECD & INCLUSIVE EDUCATION LEVEL 5 -Dip EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
I have a special love for children with special needs. God has given me a talent for working with and understanding for these children, to help them reach their goals and become the best they van be in life.
 
HAZEL KEKANA - O.T. ASSISTANT - NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANCE
It is an honour and privilege to work with the learners in this school. What a wonderful opportunity UNITY COLLEGE has given me to get to know these special children. If you have determination, perseverance and open your heart for these children you will make it to the place called success.
 
HENRY BOTHA - UNITY BUSINESS MANAGER — LTH DEGREE
I have been involved in the administrative side of school activities over the past few years. Since I joined Unity College, my definition of being appreciative for the things we take for granted and having an impact on the lives of others, have been re-defined. The slogan of Unity College is “my future is created a step at a time “. It is indeed a privilege to experience firsthand, how the dedicated staff give meaning to the slogan as they daily contribute to the shaping of the learners’ future a step at a time.
 
MADELEINE SHARP - RECEPTIONIST
The reason why I enjoy working at Unity College is working with a team of very special people! I enjoy being a part of such a great group! We are all links in an educational chain, and each and every one of us is as important as the next person! I was born with right-hand side haemoplegia and Cerebral Palsy, which often makes it difficult for me to keep my balance, but knowing that there are children who have the same difficulties as I do, it just inspires me to know that they can cope with it as well as I can. These children are very special indeed!
 
MARY NDOU - JUNIOR 2/4 PHASE ASSISTANT - HIGHER CERTIFICATE LEVEL 4 (CHILDCARE)
I am working at Unity College because I like to work with people, especially with kids. I am glad to work in this school because it is a special school and I’m prepared to do all that I can do, to see this school to its best potential. I would love to see our learners out there somewhere, making a difference in our country or in the world as a whole.
 
MICHELLE KIRK - ADVANCEMENT OFFICER
You need only walk in the door, see the children and some of the most passionate, most caring individuals I’ve been fortunate to meet in such a short period of time, to understand why one wants to be a part of this family. Unity is just that, the uniting of special individuals from diverse backgrounds all working towards the same goal and with more love and kindness than I’ve seen in my 20 years of working experience. This is a great place and an honour to be a part of. May the joy continue.
 
MONYA OOSTHUYSEN - H. Dip ECD, Inclusive Education
When I look at a special needs child, I see possibilities. Never loose your child like wonder and make every experience a playful journey to learn!
 
SHADRECK CHIDWAKWA - SENIOR TEACHER - BBE. Educ and B.Ed
What I enjoy most at Unity College is the privilege of being part of a dedicated and friendly team of special learners and educators. It is quite fulfilling to see learners demonstrating their unique talents, gifts, strengths and creativity despite their learning challenges. Teaching numeracy, literacy and design and technology in Special Education is my newly found and exciting experience especially after teaching in mainstream for a long time.
 
SHELAGH POPPLEWELL - COUNSELLOR - B.A. HONOURS & B. PSYCH
From the moment that I set foot on the grounds of Unity College towards the end of May 2008 to attend an interview, the pervasive sense of tranquillity and containment which speaks to the very essence of all that the school stands for, resonated deep within me. Joining the staff in the position of Registered Counsellor in the following month felt indubitably “right”, and although my previous exposure to working within educational institutions is limited and sporadic, facilitating the Unity children’s social development and promoting their emotional wellness significantly enhances my own personal growth. They always give back more than what they are given – because they want to – and because they can. Issues which arise, unpredictably yet frequently, traverse the entire spectrum of life’s challenges, and provide opportunities for the children and me to confront them together. It is nothing less than a privilege to participate in the formation of each child’s holistic development, and to observe the individual gradual emergence of a sense of a more integrated self which equips them sufficiently, confidently, and with unbridled enthusiasm, to enter the next phase on the journey of life. One is reminded that it is not the destination but the journey that holds the most importance, and as “childhood is (being) measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows” (Betjeman, 1958), my mission is to position myself as a safety-net to catch any fall-out when dreaded reason interferes – because I can – and to empower each young individual to grasp and celebrate all the other positive elements which the universe offers – because they can.
 
TAMAR LEVIN - EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST - MASTERS Ed PSYCH, HONS PSYCH, BA SPEECH & HEARING
I first came to work at Unity College in 1998. At the time I was a newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist and working at a school for children with special needs was a daunting, but stimulating first job. After a few years I left the school to study further and to become an Educational Psychologist. Now over 10 years later, I am excited to have the opportunity to reunite with the Unity family in a new capacity. Although there are many fresh faces and some new buildings, the spirit of the school remains the same. I have returned to a warm and compassionate environment that inspires hope and perseverance.
 
TONIC SIBANDA - INTERMEDIATE PHASE TEACHER - B.Sc. SPECIAL EDUCATION
It all started way back in 1998 when I was still a mainstream teacher. I used to see and hear teachers complaining about children with learning difficulties and even sending some to the lower grades. As a senior teacher I was really disturbed and touched by the plight of these children. I decided, with the permission of the principal, to open a special class for them. Wow, what an experience. As those children began to feel the love of a teacher, their confidence and self esteem started to grow and they began to enjoy school. Even those who had developed the habit of bunking lessons and playing truant became enthusiastic about school. The principal, other teachers, the parents and I were stunned by the progress those children made in reading, writing and enthusiasm towards school. I realised that this was a calling and I responded by taking up a four year special education degree programme with one of the universities in Zimbabwe. That was when the myths, stereotypes, prejudice and social stigma surrounding people with disabilities were revealed to me. My passion for working with children with disabilities increases each day. Unity College gives me the fulfillment of working with special needs learners.
 
VANESSA SMITH - JUNIOR PHASE H.O.D - B.Ed from RAU
“My first encounter with unity students was during one of the school’s shopping excursions. I was immediately struck by the politeness of the students and their unabated enthusiasm. I knew then that I would enjoy teaching at Unity College. My convictions were confirmed when I was invited to teach on a relief basis in the senior phase of Unity. I now consider myself truly fortunate to have been able to take up a permanent post. My objective is to allow each child to reach their full potential in a nonjudgmental environment abounding with acceptance and love. I am delighted to be a part of the strong team who work co-operatively to impact in a positive way on the lives of these special children.”
 
VICKY MACRIDES-BRIMECOMBE - THERAPY DEPARTMENT H.O.D | SPEECH THERAPIST - B.A. HONS (SPEECH & HEARING THERAPY)
Life presents us with many opportunities to create the kind of life we wish for. For me it has always been important to create situations where I can make a difference. Working with special needs kids is an experience which challenges me as a clinician and where I know that every bit of input contributes in some way and makes a difference in the lives of my children and their families. But lets face it, it is also simply just FUN. Each day brings something that will either make me smile, inspire me, touch me or challenge me. What more could I ask for.