Vista Nova School

Vista Nova School

Vista Nova School, with its two campuses in Rondebosch and Pinelands, caters for children with cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and other barriers to learning. These disabilities preclude the learners from attending a mainstream school. Vista Nova strives to provide learners of all ages with a quality education whilst accommodating their specific needs through remedial educational and therapeutic interventions. 
Learners come from across the greater peninsula area and cover all socio-economic groups. More than 400 learners are enrolled and enjoy the attention of a team of 120 dedicated professionals who provide continuous individual assessment to ensure that the best personalised treatment is provided for each child. Of these only 57 staff members are paid by the Government.
The ultimate goal is to provide those learners who can, with the tools to successfully reintegrate into mainstream schooling. Others are given the life skills and/or tools to play a meaningful role in society in spite of their disability.
Due to the nature of the learners at Vista Nova, success cannot and is not measured in terms of scholastic results alone. Each learner is treated as an individual and is developed to his or her highest potential. Success might be the achievement of good academic results, the development of self-esteem, the ability to relate to others on a social level, the ability to communicate effectively, the ability to walk, the ability to proceed to Further or Higher Education, or the ability to return to a mainstream school.
Disability takes on many forms.  Vista Nova accommodates children with physical, developmental and learning disabilities, amongst others.  Many misconceptions surround these and have led to a stigma being attached to the word. The most important misconception that must be addressed is that disability implies a lack of intelligence. This is an unfortunate perception that has been disproved by some of the most brilliant analytical minds of our time.
Depending on the specific needs of a learner, therapy is given on an individual or group basis. Therapies includes physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and psychologists.
Psychologists co-ordinate each learner’s individual program and liaise with parents regarding individual needs.  They also provide counselling and support to parents and learners.
Increasing financial pressure is a reality faced by all learning institutions.  Catering for learners with special needs places an even greater demand on both the institution and the parents. Vista Nova strives to provide the best possible education, care and rehabilitation facilities to its learners whilst never turning away any learner due to their parents’ inability to pay school fees. 
 The reality is that if Vista Nova is to continue to provide a high quality education and expand its capacity whilst remaining accessible in terms of annual fees, a significant amount of additional funding is required. This creates a huge demand for financial assistance and/or donations from the private sector.
If you would like to become involved in fundrasing for the school please feel free to contact the Friends of Vista Nova office on 021 689 4700 for more information.