2019 was a busy, but productive and fulfilling year for the Senior Phase.

The Differentiated Caps Curriculum was implemented this year with the focus on academic subjects and vocational training with strong flexibility between the Skills for Life Stream and the Vocational Stream depending on individual functioning levels. Academic subjects included English, Numeracy, English Second Language (Tiny Handz), Natural Science and Personal and Social Welfare. Vocational subjects included Ancillary Health Care, Consumer Studies (Food production) and Office Administration (Theory and Computers). Senior Phase learners and teachers adapted exceptionally well to the process.

Nine learners completed their Adult Education Training (AET) Independent Examination Board (IEB) English in Communication Exams at the end of October. Six learners completed the AET IEB Numeracy exams in the beginning of November and six learners the Knowledge Network Computer external exams.

Exposure to the World of Work remained a strong focus with senior learners who gained valuable exposure in the sheltered employment environment at Novalis and Logwood. Eleven of the learners were exposed to the open labour market which included work experience at Readers Warehouse Broadacres, Greywolf Spur in Broadacres, HoyoHoyo Chartwell Lodge, Hoopoe Haven Guest House, Mark White Nissan Fourways, Eagle Falls Spur at Fourways Crossing and the Talk Sense Therapy Practice in Bryanston. Learners also got the opportunity to attend two Job Shadowing evenings – one at Greywolf Spur at Broadacres (16 July) and one at RocoMamas in Pineslopes (13 Aug). Both nights were well attended, and learners made us very proud with disciplined and dedicated work ethics.

As part of the DCAPS Curriculum, sport periods and creative arts have been incorporated in the timetables twice a week. Sports codes included soccer, swimming, athletic track and field events, cricket, bocce, tennis and creative art, chess and volleyball. Selected senior learners also partook in Special Olympics Events that included netball, soccer, swimming, volleyball chess and table tennis. The annual swimming gala and sports day were both highlights in the sporting calendar.

Unity College’s annual concert formed part of creative arts and was a huge success where learners gave their very best during an outstanding performance.

Other special event and outings included:

  • Mr & Mrs Valentine
  • A three-night Konka Camp
  • A visit and tour to Sloane Meat Market in Bryanston
  • A Social Media Awareness Workshop co-ordinated by the Douglasdale Community Police Forum
  • Mandela Day community service outreach and tour at Munsieville squatter camp.
  • Senior Market day and the School Birthday
  • A visit to the “SET IT UP” Career expo in Centurion
  • Senior Dance
  • A visit to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown
  • Three informal Senior Phase socials at school
  • Senior prize giving

We are proud of our Senior teachers and learners for the effort and participation in the school programme in 2019. Well done, all!

By Debbie Röhrs – Senior Phase HOD

Mrs Röhrs’ class

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Mr Du Preez-Ackerman’s class

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Mr Chidakwa’s class

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Prefects and monitors

Unity College monitors


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