Unity crosses the ‘acid river’

Intermediates at Unity College concentrate as they cross the 'acid river' on camp.

The energy was electric as Unity College’s intermediates set off for camp at Konka, earlier this month.

Every year the special needs school’s intermediates go camping for three days away from their parents as part of training them to strengthen their social skills.

Advancement officer for the school, which is based in Chartwell North, Michelle Kirk explained, “Attending camp teaches confidence building, addresses teamwork skills and one gets to practice everyday life skills while further developing independence.

“From the teacher’s side, they get to know students outside of the classroom environment and that in itself is rewarding as different behaviour is observed.”

Kirk said while they were away, the children learnt how to work together in groups and as a team, especially when they used blocks to cross the so-called ‘acid river’, and when using the balance bridge to get across.

“In addition, our children learnt leadership skills when others were appointed to be leaders in some activities. Our children displayed their amazing talents during the talent show night,” said Kirk.

“Most importantly, their social and independence skills were enhanced as they learnt how to look after each other and take care of their belongings. They were given a chance to go to the tuck-shop and buy things they wanted without being assisted, enhancing their concept of money.”

Intermediate at Unity College, Kelsey Fennel, enjoys a fun time on camp.

Kirk added that it was two days of personal growth and development. “A very special and important time for our learners who will take these skills into their senior years and beyond for independent living.”

Details: www.unity-college.org.za

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