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The Sunshine School
PO Box 90 BQ
St Vincent and the Grenadines
West Indies

Tel: 784-457-3794



Mission Statement:

Our 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 and love.

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 levels.

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, (www.avenue.reading.sch.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 learning environment.

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 term.

Making a positive difference in the lives of children