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Partners for Possibility


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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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Lavender Hill High Career Event is a Success

 

 
Lavender Hill Secondary, Heathfield High and Steenberg High recently hosted a combined Career Event on Saturday 2 March 2013 at Steenberg High. With a focus on Grade 9 learners - as they have to make subject choices - and Grade 12’s who are making career choices, the event was met with success in the community.
 
A task team - consisting of teachers and principals from the 3 participating schools and business leaders – set out to create a Career Event with a very clear focus on entrepreneurship and business. One of the aims, achieved with this event, was to contact potential participants, especially the business owners in the area, to exhibit at the event.
 
“The most important aspect for me was the thrust that this type of presentation was meant for – entrepreneurship and business ownership – the most exciting thing was the response of so many kids.”  Mark Engelbrecht (Principal, Heathfield High)
 
The layout of the seating was conducive for small group discussions affording everyone the opportunity to speak directly to the business owner/professional.  In this way, the entire group could also benefit from the Q&A. 
 
After a motivational talk/presentation by Sakeena Elloker which had all the learners engrossed, the Heathfield High School Band got the feet tapping and the hands clapping.
 
“The vibe was wonderful and the Heathfield High Jazz Band was superb,” said Veronica Wantenaar.  
 
 
 Andre Kraak, Principal of Steenberg High, estimates that about 300 Learners attended the Career Event, “which is a good indication of the need that exists in the community for events of this nature,” he adds.
 
Valda Clarke, Partner for Possibility to Mark Engelbrecht, who was also part of the task team for this event, added “The entire event was a highlight for me.  There were so many interested learners.  The presenters were all so enthusiastic and passionate about what they were doing.  They wanted to be there.  They want to add value.” 
 
 
 
 
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Heathfield High Combined Career Day is a Success

 

 
Heathfield High, Steenberg High and Lavender Hill Secondary recently hosted a combined Career Event on Saturday 2 March 2013 at Steenberg High. With a focus on Grade 9 learners - as they have to make subject choices - and Grade 12’s who are making career choices, the event was met with success in the community.
 
A task team - consisting of teachers and principals from the 3 participating schools and business leaders – set out to create a Career Event with a very clear focus on entrepreneurship and business. One of the aims, achieved with this event, was to contact potential participants, especially the business owners in the area, to exhibit at the event.
 
“The most important aspect for me was the thrust that this type of presentation was meant for – entrepreneurship and business ownership – the most exciting thing was the response of so many kids.”  Mark Engelbrecht (Principal, Heathfield High)
 
The layout of the seating was conducive for small group discussions affording everyone the opportunity to speak directly to the business owner/professional.  In this way, the entire group could also benefit from the Q&A. 
 
After a motivational talk/presentation by Sakeena Elloker which had all the learners engrossed, the Heathfield High School Band got the feet tapping and the hands clapping.
 
“The vibe was wonderful and the Heathfield High Jazz Band was superb,” said Veronica Wantenaar.  
 
 
Andre Kraak, Principal of Steenberg High, estimates that about 300 Learners attended the Career Event, “which is a good indication of the need that exists in the community for events of this nature,” he adds.
 
Valda Clarke, Partner for Possibility to Mark Engelbrecht, who was also part of the task team for this event, added “The entire event was a highlight for me.  There were so many interested learners.  The presenters were all so enthusiastic and passionate about what they were doing.  They wanted to be there.  They want to add value.” 
 
 
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Steenberg High Combined Career Day met with Success

Steenberg High, Heathfield High and Lavender Hill High recently hosted a combined Career Event on Saturday 2 March 2013 at Steenberg High. With a focus on Grade 9 learners - as they have to make subject choices - and Grade 12’s who are making career choices, the event was met with success in the community.

 
A task team - consisting of teachers and principals from the 3 participating schools and business leaders – set out to create a Career Event with a very clear focus on entrepreneurship and business. One of the aims, achieved with this event, was to contact potential participants, especially the business owners in the area, to exhibit at the event.
 
“The most important aspect for me was the thrust that this type of presentation was meant for – entrepreneurship and business ownership – the most exciting thing was the response of so many kids.”  Mark Engelbrecht (Principal, Heathfield High)
 
The layout of the seating was conducive for small group discussions affording everyone the opportunity to speak directly to the business owner/professional.  In this way, the entire group could also benefit from the Q&A. 
 
After a motivational talk/presentation by Sakeena Elloker which had all the learners engrossed, the Heathfield High School Band got the feet tapping and the hands clapping.
 
 
“The vibe was wonderful and the Heathfield High Jazz Band was superb,” said Veronica Wantenaar
 
Andre Kraak, Principal of Steenberg High, estimates that about 300 Learners attended the Career Event, “which is a good indication of the need that exists in the community for events of this nature,” he adds.
 
Valda Clarke, Partner for Possibility to Mark Engelbrecht, who was also part of the task team for this event, added “The entire event was a highlight for me.  There were so many interested learners.  The presenters were all so enthusiastic and passionate about what they were doing.  They wanted to be there.  They want to add value.” 
 
 
 
 
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Capricorn Primary Capricorn learns to lead beyond authority

When Siddieka Hassen, Principal of Capricorn Primary School in Muizenburg, decided to host a team building session for her staff – she did it with a difference. She approached her trusted Partner for Possibility (PfP), Melanie Burke, to host a session themed Leading Beyond Authority. 

Melanie has been a Senior Programme Director at Common Purpose for four years. Common Purpose helps people succeed by broadening the horizons of their leaders and developing their ability to work together to lead complex change. 

“The activities were aimed at exploring personal leadership styles and ways of collaborating. The whole team, including ground and admin staff, participated,” Melanie explains. 
“The initial purpose of this session was to rejuvenate the staff towards the end of the year, we all gained so much more,” says Siddieka. “We are still feeling the effects on a day-to-day basis. The staff is so enthusiastic and inspired now.”
     
The aim of the team building session was to help the staff discover a different set of perceptions, skills and talents to further their leadership development. This encourages broader vision and the ability to operate across diverse worlds. 
 
“People who lead beyond their authority can produce change beyond their direct circle of control. 
But the world is changing and leaders must change with it,” explains Melanie.
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Thabo Senior Secondary Amazing Results at Thabo Senior Secondary

Thabo Senior Secondary's Top 3 Learners

 

From the distinction of being the ‘worst’ performing school in Gauteng, to achieving an 85.4% Matric Pass Rate, Jane Dintoe (Principal of Thabo Secondary) with her Partner for Possibility Kamini Maharaj (Hollard) are over the moon with the success the school has achieved in its first year of being part of PfP4SA initiative.
 
Jane has been principal of Thabo Senior Secondary since the beginning of 2011 - after being at the school for about 20 years - and had inherited a vast number of problems:  the school was in a poor state of repair; learners attending school impoverished and hungry; de-motivated staff; but worst of all, the Matric pass rate for 2010 was 42%. 
 
When we asked how they achieved their 85.4% Matric pass rate Jane Dintoe remarked, “We had extra classes in the mornings and afternoons before school and on Saturdays.” This coupled with an active commitment from teachers and students resulted at the amazing result at the school.
 
“My Partner for Possibility (Kamini Maharaj) assisted us by providing tutors to help our learners with Accounting and the pass rate rose from 16% to 54%. Our Mathematics pass rate improved from 22% to 49% as well.” 
 
As the newly appointed principal at Thabo Senior Secondary, Jane Dintoe is thankful for her PfP Kamini Maharaj and her Learning Process Facilitator Ray Sher who supported her, listened to her and provided her a with a safe space to air her frustrations, goals and aspirations. She feels more empowered and wiser as the leader of her school.
 
Ray Sher, Learning Process Facilitator to Jane and Kamini, reflects on this achievement, “Kamini organised a 3-way meeting with Jane and I and we had creative discussion.” During the course of this session he asked Jane what her dream for the school was and she answered, “I want 80% pass rate for my Matrics this year”
 
Ray suggested that Jane take an A4 sheet, write a big 80% and place it above her computer and to place an even bigger 80% on a flip chart and place it in a prominent spot in the staff room, call her staff in and inspire them to focus on 80%.
 
Kamini Maharaj is extremely humbled by the work that Jane and her team are doing given the daily challenges they face and their relentless commitment to the learners. She goes on to say: “Jane has been focussed in her approach towards achieving an 80% pass rate, and this has paid off.  She has not allowed herself to be distracted by the challenges she faces and she has chosen to focus on those things she can influence and control.”
 
Jane Dintoe added that their goal, at Thabo Senior Secondary, for 2013 is a 90% pass rate. 
 
Jane Dintoe (Principal) with the 3 Top Learners
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Bergville Primary Bergville Primary Crafts Their Future

 

 
The entire staff of Bergville Primary (14 in total) got together on Saturday 2 February 2013 at UWC to help craft a future for the school. 
 
This strategy session was sponsored by Coronation and facilitated by Brian Howe of Ecaps Consulting. 
 
Together, the team built a very simple One Page Strategic Plan using the ec@ps methodology. It was extremely exciting for all involved and laughter, claps and cheers rang out throughout the day.
 
"We all learnt to put our differences aside in order to agree on a common vision, a collective set of values, mutual critical success factors and goals," said Brian, who has been Partner for Possibility to Abdul for the past seven months. 
 


The staff of Bergville Primary mapping out their vision together with Principal Abdul Aleem and Brian Howe

 
Bergville now boasts a new inspiring vision: Bergville Primary will be the Heart Beat of the Community where learners feel Safe in a Healthy learning environment and are stimulated Holistically to deliver strong Leaders for the future.
 
More information about this planning process can be found on the ec@ps web site www.ecaps.co
 
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Heathfield Primary No longer chasing the 'magic formula'

 

 
Since the establishment of our Partnership for Possibility Programme many schools, classrooms and staff members’ lives have been transformed as a result of their Principal's involvement. The positive effects of this programme can be attested to and felt daily.
 
Here Andre Pretorius, who heads up Heathfield Primary School in Cape Town, reflects on some of his learning’s and experiences of being a 'Principal for Possibility'. 
 
Andre wrote:
I have been shaped as a leader with a new vision at my school with the School @ Centre of Community (S@CC) as my lens. Using my deputy-principal as my 'Thinking Partner', as well as one Grade 3 teacher, I have decided not to enrol myself for other leadership and training programmes offered.
 
The S@CC project has supplied me with what I need.
 
The time is now for me to continue to implement the teachings of Zander, Block, Kline, and all my S@CC friends and mentors.
 
This is all I need, that Heathfield Primary needs now. So peaceful and gratifying to arrive at such a calming realisation. I am no longer chasing the 'magic' formula out there because I have found the way forward for my school and the community.
 
If no one has said it to you guys, I love you all very much. Thank you for coming into my life, and that of my school. Like a light in the distance through the foggy mist early in the morning you have showed me the way forward.
 
Andre Pretorius
Very proud Principal for Possibility
Heathfield Primary
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PfP4SA News Symphonia spread the word of Quality Education

 

Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, Regional Gauteng coordinator and learning process facilitator for the Johannesburg Leadership Circle 2 & 3 recently participated in a round table discussion on education on the Jozi Today radio station, hosted by Gillian Godsell.
Stephanie was one of four guests who participated in the discussion and was  later joined by one of our PfP4SA principals, Elizabeth Seema who spoke about her experience of being a part of this transformational programme and how it has impacted her school and community at large.

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