The Sparrow Combined School offers the full prescribed CAPS curriculum at grades 8 and 9 level. The curriculum is offered according to remedial principles that allow the adjustment of content and pace of learning. The learning pace and content is specifically matched to learner ability and type of impairment.
Due to the Combined School only offering grades 8 and 9; the school realized a need to make the transition into the FET College easier and is introducing a two year bridging programme. This programme will cater for learners who have successfully completed grade 9 and will serve as an introduction to the skills of any FET College.
In addition to the practical skills, learner literacy levels are improved through computer-assisted literacy training. The basic skills needed to successfully cope with the world of work are also introduced through a work-readiness program that will also help learners get a head start as they embark on their journey through the FET College. This ensures the learner is mature enough to cope and compete in society.
In January 2015, nine learners from the Combined school were successfully recruited into the FET College’s Furniture Making: Wood programme. The learners spent six months undergoing both theoretical and practical training at the FET College. “It was not easy getting the learners to the level that I want them to be at considering they came here at a much younger age. I’m very happy about this bridging programme as it will make all our jobs easier, including helping the learners have a much better transitioning experience,” says Furniture Making: Wood programme facilitator, Wayne Hendricks.
The learners have been successfully placed into various companies for their workplace experience. These companies include Webbers Woodcraft, Falcon Shopfitters SA (Pty) Ltd, Everhood, Devin Cabinet Doors, and Charles Oregon Furniture.