Martie du Plessis School (established in 1962) is situated in Bloemfontein and serves learners with cerebral palsy, learning and physical disabilities. The school educates learners from the age of 3 up to Grade 12. In the 2006 matric final exams, Martie du Plessis obtained a 10th place in the Free State with exceptional results.
In addition to the academic section, the school also has the following support services at its disposal:
•4 speech therapists
•5 occupational therapists
•4 support teachers
•A school nurse
•A part-time social worker
•A weekly neurology clinic led by a neurologist from the University of the Free State.
The support team evaluates learners and then offers the necessary individual or group therapy to assist learners to achieve their maximum potential. Our aim is to send well-balanced, well-adapted young people in to the world.
Although the school offers specialized education, learners are not isolated from the community and in this regard, sports and cultural activities play an important role. Learners take part in a number of sports and cultural activities.
Martie du Plessis School won three very prestigious sports awards in 2004, i.e. Free State USSASA LSEN School of the Year, National USSASA School of the Year and Southern Free State “Able Bodied” School of the Year. Martie du Plessis School has already produced several sportsmen and –women who were included in Free State and South African teams. Four of our learners have even represented South Africa overseas.
The school has shown significant growth over the past five years and the number of learners has increased from about 280 to 475. Martie du Plessis is going from strength to strength and we live our motto, Ad Lucem! (To the Light!), to the full.