mission is to make a positive difference in the lives
of children with special needs, through a caring
relationship. Regardless of their disability we will
give each student the opportunity to improve their self
esteem and reach their true potential through education
The Sunshine School was born out of the integration of
the School for the Hearing Impaired and a group of
Mentally Challenged children and young adults. These two
entities merged in 1982 and developed into what is now
known as “The Sunshine School for Children with Special
Needs”. At that time The Bequia Mission of Canada
accommodated the comprehensive needs of the school –
financially and materially.
Starting out with just a few children and even fewer
teachers the school developed, grew and moved into various
locations. In 2000 The Sunshine School moved into our own
newly constructed building in Port Elizabeth well equipped
and catering to the special needs of our special students.
Here, we continue to grow and evolve as a respected
“special needs school”.
Our goal is to provide a nurturing learning environment
where students can grow and accomplish academic learning
skills, allowing them to re-enter main stream schools
where possible or go directly to High School if they reach
the academic level required. The teaching of work related
and life skills has developed significantly, allowing
opportunities for students to contribute to their homes
and communities with self-supportive skills.
The curriculum used by the school is the basic
(Governndividual pace from grade K through grade 5. In
addition to the regular academic subjects like Reading &
Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science students
are also taught sewing, crochet, embroidery, woodwork,
Home Economics and gardening. For children with severe
learning difficultiment) curriculum for Primary schools,
adapted to the specific needs of the Sunshine School.
Placement is based on learning level and ability versus
age. Each student is able to advance at his/her ies life
skills are taught. Computer skills are a regular part of
the curriculum and children work at their individual
We are proud of our ever increasing affiliations with
other special needs schools and organizations around the
world. Through these contacts we gain insight into
educational trends of similar schools and open doors for
our teachers and students to “the world beyond Bequia”.
In 2009, the Sunshine School was officially twinned with
the Avenue School in Reading, UK,
and in 2012 the two schools had teacher exchange visits.
The Head Teacher from sunshine school (along with two
heads from St. Vincent) visited the Avenue School for two
weeks. Later that same year the Head Teacher (her husband)
and two teachers from Avenue visited the Sunshine School
for two weeks. These visits were made possible through the
combined efforts of several persons including Mrs. Sue
Bourne (HT Avenue); Mr. Dudrey Brown & members of The
Vincentian Association of Reading & Mr. Cenior Lewis
High Commission to London.
The Sunshine School is a privately funded, not for
profit, institution administered by a local Board of
Directors. we work hard to meet our annual fiscal
requirements in order to offer our students a wonderful
Daily assemblies are held to start off the school day.
The staff rotates leading each week's programme with a
variety of group activities, whether singing together,
reading a story or article, or discussing current events.
Students are encouraged to share their own lives' events,
big or small, and then they are sent off for their day's
learning in their classes. Visitors are welcome to join
the assembly from 9 - 9:30am during the regular school