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Partners for Possibility


  • Welcome to Kannemeyer Primary Blog. Here you can read all the latest developments of Louise and Ridwan's partnership.

Kannemeyer Primary South African National Circus visit

On the 11th of February 2015, the students at Kannemeyer Primary school received a grand surprise. During break time, the students were asked to assemble in the school's parking lot. There they found a large red backdrop with the words 'SAN Circus" emblazoned on the front. After waiting in anticipation as the performers set up their material, the students were awarded for their patience with a fun-filled performance which included clowns, acrobats and flame throwers. A few Kannemeyer students were even given the opportunity to be part of the act. The pictures tell the story.

 

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Kannemeyer Primary Kannemeyer Career Day

The Students at Kannemeyer Primary School were recently dealt an amazing treat. On Wednesday the 22nd of October they were given the opportunity to speak to a variety of professionals from different disciplines. This event was made possible by the Partners for Possibility Programme, more specifically Ridwan Samodien's Partner for Possibility Louise Van Rhyn. This event gave the students a chance to enquire into the possibilities they have ahead of them, career-wise. For two hours, the school's courtyard was turned into a intense consultation area. Present were a number Cape Town's profesional's from the following disciplines:

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  • Metalurgical Engineering and Project Management
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  • Entrepreneurship
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  • Community Development
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  • Innovation and Change Management
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Each of the professionals were put on the hotseat as it were. They each got a station were students where given an alloted time to sit with the professionals of their choice and ask as many questions as they would like. Some of the professionals even brought props to help them demonstrate some facets of their professions and they were all very impressed with the curiosity that was shown by the students. The enquiries from the students  included enquiries such as 'What does a typical day in your job look like?', 'What do I have to study to be where you are?', 'Do you ever get bored in your profession?' and by far the most popular question: "How much money do you make?'. The educators at Kannemeyer expressed a lot of gratitude to PfP for hosting this event as it gave the students an opportunity to explore the opportunities open to them a lot more fully than general dialogue, with people civilian to those professions, ever could. 

 

     
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    Kannemeyer Primary Voice of the Cape radio interview

    Voice of the Cape interview: Mark Swarts speaks about the Green Shoots Mathematics Programme and Kannemeyer Primary School

     

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    Kannemeyer Primary Kannemeyer's Academic Achievements

     

     

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    Kannemeyer Primary Common Purpose at Kannemeyer Primary School

    Melanie Burke recently facilitated a Common Purpose Meridian workshop at Kannemeyer Primary School.  Kannemeyer Primary School is part of the Partners for Possibility (PfP) Leadership Development Programme. According to Dr Louise van Rhyn, who was one of the speakers at the workshop, this was a very special occasion because the Common Purpose Meridian course contributed to the concept of PfP.


    Melanie is the Senior Programme Director at Common Purpose South Africa. Common Purpose is a Leadership Development Organisation offering courses in several countries worldwide.


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    Kannemeyer Primary Never too old for ABC's

     


    Veronica Myburgh is adored by all the pupils at Kannemeyer Primary School.
     
    Completing 12 years of education is hard work, but for a 65-year-old grandmother from Grassy Park, completing Grade 1 is a milestone she aims to achieve this year. 
    Veronica Myburgh is in the process of completing her Grade 1 year at Kannemeyer Primary School and aims to continue until she reaches Grade 4.
     
    She has never read a book in her life, nor has she been able to help her children with their homework when they were young.
    “I had no education because my mother kept me out of school. She wanted me to look after my younger sister. Even the teachers asked me why I was not in school all the time, and I cried in class because I was not at the same level as those who attended class every day,” Myburgh says.
     
    She also never got her driver’s license. “In earlier (years) it was not necessary for a woman to get a driver’s license, so I never completed any exams or tests.”
    Myburgh was a domestic worker since the age of 14. “I used to eat with the family at their dinner table. They taught me confirmation and bought me clothes. Still I was not able to read or write.”
    She would walk her grandchildren to Kannemeyer Primary each morning. Myburgh spoke to a parent about the fact that she was unable to learn to read or write.
     
    Kannemeyer Primary Grade 1 teacher Zuconie Cupido overheard Myburgh’s conversation and approached her. “I told her I will teach her the alphabet and how to spell and write her name. She is slowly getting there,” says Cupido. 
    Myburgh has already mastered the alphabet and how to spell different words. For the past two years, she has also been assisting some of the pupils in the class.
     
    “These pupils are wonderful to work with,” Myburgh says. “I used to sit at home not having anything to do. Now I have a purpose. I can help my grandchildren and I have become part of something bigger.”
     
    She is proud that she is learning how to read and write. “I still struggle sometimes, but am able to write my own name and I am helping others.”
     
    The granny has also inspired her children to academic achievements. Her eldest son, Walter (37), completed matric in 2012 at Steenberg High School. And her youngest daughter, Alexa (31), is pursuing the equivalent of her matric certificate.
     
    By Tina Burger for People's Post Grassy Park. 
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    Kannemeyer Primary Kannemeyer's own 'First Grader'

     


    Veronica Myburgh in class 
     
    Are you contemplating furthering your education but think you’re too old for school?  A 65 year old Grassy Park woman is proving that when it comes to achieving your life goal, age is no obstacle. 
     
    Veronica Myburgh never had the opportunity to go to school when she was younger. When Mrs Zyconie Cupido, a grade one educator at Kannemeyer Primary School, invited her into her classroom, she grabbed the opportunity.
    “I overheard Veronica talking to some parents outside of the school gates one day, about how she longed to have an education. Then and there I approached her and suggested she enrol herself at our school,” says Mrs Cupido. 
     
    At the age of six, Veronica was forced to leave school to take care of her younger siblings. When the pressures of life started piling up it was impossible for Veronica to continue her schooling. 
    Several years later, Veronica decided to chase her dream of education and enrolled herself as a grade one learner at Kannemeyer Primary School – making her the officially the oldest learner to fill the classroom benches.
     
    Veronica was aware of the steep road ahead. She would be older than her classmates and, most likely, even older than her educators but she had no reservations about trading her kitchen apron for school books.
    “When I was growing up I often cried myself to sleep at night because I couldn’t read.  I missed a lot of opportunities in life because I had no formal education and struggled to get a job,” Veronica expressed.
     
    She says not being able to help her own children with their homework was one of her greatest regrets. “I always had a burning desire to go to school but because of my childhood circumstances I was unable to finish my schooling,” the grandmother of three said. 
    “I knew that there would be challenges, but I have decades of life experience which I could draw on,” she added.  
     
    Veronica’s teacher Mrs Cupido says it’s an absolute pleasure having Veronica in her class. “We have so much fun together. The learners love having her in class! She is very eager and always excited to learn new things. She is progressing very well,” Mrs Cupido added. 
     

    Mrs Cupido (left) with Veronica Myburgh
     
    Veronica says being able to finally read and write her name for the first time is a wonderful feeling. “I am incredibly blessed. I finally have the opportunity to be the child I never got to be while growing up. It’s the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me,” she enthused.  
     
    Now that her lifelong dream is finally being realised she only has one more desire, to see every child receive the education they deserve.  
    “I feel disappointed when I see children who are supposed to be at school walking around in the community. Education is such a privilege and I wish everyone would realise the importance of it,” she added. 
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    Kannemeyer Primary Kannemeyer Primary School launch of their refurbished “Reading Room” (Library)

     

    The ability to read is one of the most essential skills a child has to master in order to secure a successful future beyond their school career. 
    Thanks to the support of MySchool / MyVillage / MyPlanet and Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund, acquiring this vital skill has now become a lot easier for the learners at Kannemeyer Primary School.
     
    The Kannemeyer Primary School’s once under-resourced and out-dated library now boasts a brand new feel from the make-over it has undergone. Dubbed “The Reading Room”, it’s strategically positioned at the front of the school’s entrance, complete with a wide range of books, study tables, reading area, new shelving, beautiful Muriel and more.
    Ridwan Samodien, Principal at Kannemeyer says they are thrilled to be amongst the privileged 20% of schools in the country who has an active school library.
    “I am delighted that our learners, teachers and the broader community will have access this much needed facility. Our aim is to instill a love for reading and afford our learners the opportunities to experience the joy of reading,” said Ridwan.
     
    MySchool’s Marketing Manager, Helene Brand says they believe their generous funding towards the refurbishment will not only be a great benefit to the learners, but will also inspire other schools to do more.  
    “The MySchool fundraising programme has been assisting schools for over 14 years. We are pleased when we see schools pro-actively take on the challenges within their community. We trust this library will be a great benefit to the learners as well as the community”, said Helene.
    Since 2010 Kannemeyer Primary has been involved in a large scale change project called School @ the Centre of Community (S@CC), an initiative aimed at creating thriving schools at the centre of the communities they serve. 
     
    This initiative which is run and founded by Symphonia for South Africa facilitates partnerships between schools and businesses. Two years ago founder of this local NPO, Louise van Rhyn partnered with Ridwan and became his ‘Partner for Possibility’, a partnership Ridwan believes has enabled the school to experience new possibilities. 
    “An investment in education is an investment in our future. Knowing that we have organisations who care enough, and who are willing to share the enormous task of educating our children with us, has restored our faith and given us hope for the future,” Ridwan added.  
     
    The Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund has over the past years been supporting a number of school development projects and this year they awarded funding for book shelving and carpets in the make-over of the Kannemeyer’s library.  
    “We are proud to be part of this project and we are confident that this library will benefit the community going forward,” said Shamila Ramjawan from the Sabinet. 
    Kannemeyer Primary School and Symphonia for South Africa would like to invite you to the launch of the refurbished Reading Room (library) on the 8th of November. 
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    Kannemeyer Primary Kannemeyer Primary School gets new library

     It was a day of sing, dance and celebration at the Kannemeyer Primary School when their new library was revealed.

    The re-vamped reading room which boasts a variety of literature for all age groups is complete with six reading tables, new shelving and large projector screen display, was officially opened on 8th November 2012.  The colourful walls and hand painted murals transformed the once dreary, under-resourced room into a creative space that’s calm and focused for learning.  “It’s a momentous day in the history of Kannemeyer. Reading is food to the brain and the key to learning. At Kannemeyer, reading is at the top of our priority list. We are grateful that our learners will now have an access to a space where they are able to enjoy the delight of reading and learning” said school Principal, Ridwan Samodien.

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