Bellavista School is an independent preparatory school for children with learning potential who are experiencing specific or generalised learning difficulties, which prevent them from achieving success in a mainstream school environment.
BELLAVISTA S.E.E.K. & S.H.A.R.E
Bellavista SEEK is an integral part of the school. SEEK facilitates a number of well-qualified multidisciplinary teams who, under the guidance of a lead psychologist, conduct in-depth educational assessments for children age 3 – 18, both nationally and internationally. These global assessments provide the necessary diagnostic framework needed to support children either in the current school environment and those who will come into Bellavista School.
Through our Bellavista S.H.A.R.E arm, the professional staffs of our school are involved in training others. We believe that we are a resource to support educators and therapists in their professional development. S.H.A.R.E hosts workshops, evening talks and conferences in addition to active mentoring programmes.
Our wealth lies in our professional knowledge, experience and collective expertise. With this comes a responsibility to share this with the community of educational and healthcare professionals who work with children. It is this that gave birth to the concept of an education resource centre to give structure, direction and commitment to release these resources to the broader educational landscape.
We named it BELLAVISTA S.H.A.R.E., an acronym for: “Share what we know; Help where we can; Advise and assist; Resource and equip; Educate others”.
At present, more than 5000 persons and organisations are registered on our database following attendance at our various training courses. With this initiative, the school harnesses the collective capacity it holds within its own staff to improve the quality of educational delivery, particularly in the area of literacy, to approximately 7 000 learners by developing therapists and educators working with them in their respective professional designations.
A critical strategy for the school has been to develop public-private partnerships and, as such, we have collaborated with key, senior decision makers at a provincial and national level, as well as tertiary institutions, to ensure an effective intervention.
BELLAVISTA S.H.A.R.E. Key Activities:
* Continuous Professional Development: Award in Dyslexia and Literacy
* RAVE-O Literacy Training
* Evening Seminars for Parents and Professionals
* Workshops for Educators and Healthcare Professionals
* “S.H.A.R.E. on CALL”: On-site Training and Assistance
* Initiate the formation of an independent body for professionals who are specialist healthcare and educator practitioners to be called the Institute of Specialist Practitioners in Inclusive Education (ISPIE)
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