The Bethany Special School began in 1983. It was a part of the Main school building till 2002, when it was moved to the present premises in S. T. Bed. We now have 68 students on roll. These children are divided into eight classes, according to their chronological age and ability. In the classroom children are taught functional academics, language and communication skills, social skills, ADL skills (Activities of Daily Living), gross and fine motor skills, prevocational and vocational skills. They also attend computer classes twice a week. Each child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) formulated by the Principal at the beginning of the academic year. Assessments are done thrice a year. Reports are given to the parents during the Parent Teacher meetings. Children are also given Speech and Occupational Therapy if required. The school works from 8.30 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday.
Some children are taken to Aero Fitness Centre for Aerobics. The dance classes are conducted once a week by an instructor from Jump Bunch. Mrs. Sharon Chang takes singing classes once a week.
Our craft unit is a cluster for many activities like diya making , painting, pottery, candle making and cross stich to name a few. All our children are involved in various stages of making each of these items.
This Vocational Training Unit was started in Jan 2004. We have Mr. Suresh N as Bakery Instructor and Mr. John Bosco as his able assistant. In our fully equipped Bakery Unit children are trained to do various Vocational activities like giving shapes to Biscuits, keeping the Bakery surroundings clean and ensure hygienic packing
The various products made in our Bakery Unit are Bread, Buns, Pav, Dinner Rolls, Biscuits (various kinds) Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Puffs (egg and veg), Doughnuts, Muffins and various other bakery products.
We are proud of our Plum Cakes that are made during the Christmas season. These are popular among staff, well wishers and corporates.
We have a well qualified Occupational Therapist Mrs. Devikala who gives Occupational therapy to all the children who need it. We need more equipment for the therapy room. Occupational Therapy Unit has scope for expansion.
This is our other Vocational Training Unit. We have one big loom, two small looms and two frames to make foot mats. We also have three sewing machines, where our older girls are trained to stitch Jute bags, Aprons and edges of the Kitchen Napkins.
In this unit children are trained to do activities like weaving, rolling, cutting, sequencing and stitching.
We take orders for Napkins, Foot mat, Aprons and Jute bags. We also take orders for carpets. The size depends on the number of sarees given. Charges for the mats are Rs. 60/- per sari.
We have trainees who come from the Dr. S. R. Chandrashekar Institute of Speech and Hearing. These are trained Speech Therapists who given therapy to children who need it.
Our children are taken on a Picnic every year during the month of November to celebrate children’s day. They are taken to a resort where they have various fun filled activities organized for them.
Music classes are held regularly in the school campus . Classes are conducted by Mr. Mario.
Vishesh Milan” as the name implies, is a special gathering of special people from special schools in Bangalore. They have an opportunity to show case their skills in the field of music, dance and drama.
Vishesh Milan is the brain child of Mr.Akash Ryall, the dynamic Director of Bethany High School. He felt that it is important and necessary for children from different special schools in our city to have a common platform where they can compete by show casing their talents. The maiden event was held in 2000 at the Bethany High School auditorium. Now it is a regular event, held every year and looked forward to by other schools. The children of Bethany Special School participate but do not compete.
Participating schools are given a set of rules and regulations which are followed. The competition is judged very fairly by judges who do not belong to any special school. There is a rolling trophy for the “best” institution. The winners of first, second and third places are given cups. Each participant is given a gift and goes back fling a winner. Snacks are also served.