What Our Students & Parents are Saying…
To all the wonderful teachers at Baobab
Our son Christopher Emslie is a Pastry Chef.
Christopher began his journey at Baobab Learner Centre when he was 13 years old. We choose Baobab over other remedial schools because firstly of the teachers vast experience in remedial teaching, the five children to one teacher ratio, and the tranquil, comforting and happy surroundings.
When Christopher began at Baobab to be honest we as his parents had no idea of what he was capable of achieving. The dedicated teachers at Baobab did! They patiently worked with him, and found his strength, and suggested that he should go into hospitality as this was his talent. At the age 16, Baobab approached the Food and Beverage Institute and set up an interview. Christopher went off for the day to show his skills in the kitchen that he had learned from the years in hospitality at Baobab. He was accepted immediately, and started half way through the year, at a collage that previously only accepted Matriculates, and the youngest student was 20 years old.
Christopher went on and excelled. He passed his Diploma Pastry Course with merit, one of two in his class. He is presently studying an Advance Diploma in Pastry which is a two year course.
This is a young man who at the tender age of seven was told he is uneducable.
Thank you Baobab for seeing our son’s potential, for patiently teaching him and showing him to believe in himself, so far as to him writing his Learners Licence and passing first time, and now he is driving.
A very special thank you to Barbara, Jo and Sairah who were his tutors at the time!
Tony and Jenny Emslie
We have been at Baobab for 18 months now. If you ask Kerryn if she wants to go back to her old school, she will say “no way”. It is such a joy to see her head off every day through the school gates with a spring in her step. Kerryn’s siblings are also happy with our decision to send Kerryn to Baobab as so much stress in the morning has been alleviated.
Baobab has been made such a difference in Kerryn’s life. When she started there she was shy and unsociable. Now she talks to the teachers and her peers, boys and girls. She gets invited out to socialise at someones house or to have a game of bowling. Her confidence has improved and so has her motivation to do well in her school work. Going on school camp had a tremendous effect on her self-esteem, confidence and independence.
Baobab is a nurturing environment. The teachers have a wonderful ability to read each child and work with them in order to bring out the best in them. The school has made a huge difference in our life.
Our daughter Sabrina, who is 17 years old has an undiagnosed genetic syndrome. She first started at the Baobab Learner Centre 2 years ago and we had no idea that we would see the kind of growth that we have had to date. The happy, encouraging, loving and calm environment has enabled her to progress from being extremely anxious, dependent, unmotivated and unsure of herself to someone who absolutely loves going to the Centre. She participates in everything, is producing good work and has come into her own. We love that each child is assessed and taught according to their own ability and personality and look forward to her continued growth! Our thanks to the wonderfully dedicated staff at Baobab.
Chris and Colleen Lawrance