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Community of Learning Principals Cape Town: Teacher Support & Well-being (building effective teams)

Thursday, 14th May 2015, saw our third installment of CoLP in Cape Town take place at the University of the Western Cape. Our speakers; Andre Pretorius, George Phipps and Jamaaludeen Khan were ready to express their views on the best way to garner Teacher Support and to enusre Teacher well-being in our school system.

What was interesting about this CoLP was that each speaker addressed the theme from their individual perspective, which was welcomed by ferocious note-taking and nodding heads by the audience of school principals and other education-sector workers in attendance.

Andre Pretorius, principal at Heathfield Primary School, touched on all the training and methodologies he has learned over the years and how this has added to his leadership style today.

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Community of Learning Principals Labour relations management in South African schools workshop – dealing with staff discipline, dismissals and grievances (Pretoria)

School principals are tasked to ensure that their schools are managed satisfactorily and in compliance with applicable legislation and regulations. This includes dealing with labour relations matters such as misconduct and staff grievances. However, principals often feel that they are not equipped to deal with these matters.


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Community of Learning Principals CoLP Presentation 8 October 2013


The Community of Learning Principals (CoLP) is an initiative that was founded by Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) and the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the University of the Western Cape. It is run in conjunction with MySchool and aims to provide Principals with the knowledge and motivation that they need to uplift their communities.

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Community of Learning Principals CoLP End of Year Function 2013


Community of Learning Principals Gallery of the 2012 CoLP End of Year Event


Community of Learning Principals SGB Selection and Functionality Cape Town

The scene was set as 90 plus attendees arrived for the CoLP School Governing Body (SGB) Selection and Functionality Panel Discussion at the University of the Western Cape on Thursday 5th February.
As the first CoLP event for 2015 commenced, after a welcome by host Merlinda Abrahams, Prof Kobus Visser (UWC) extended a welcome to the guests on behalf of the University and there-after Helene Brand (MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet) spoke about the work the organisation does and how the participants in the workshop can get involved and raise funds for their schools or organisations.
After a brief introduction, the panel, consisting of Redewan Larney (Chief Education Specialist of the Western Cape Education Department), Marius Ehrenreich (National President of the South African Principal's Association), Tim Gordon (CEO) & Malcolm Venter (Executive Officer) of the Governing Body Foundation tackled the subject matter with vigour and imparted invaluable information regarding the upcoming SGB elections.
Touching on the importance of well-functioning SGBs, choosing the right team to lead the school and the need to involve community members in the governing of our schools, the panel presented their cases in a spirited manner, arousing laughter and earnest note-taking as the afternoon session progressed.
Redewan Larney mentioned the importance of school SGB members having the adequate training to fulfil their roles and duties in the school. This sentiment was echoed by his fellow panellists as well. He went further to mention the WCED’s 3-year training framework for SGB governance, which was received well by all present and highlighted the importance of having a well-governed and able-bodied SGB in place in our schools.
As the session drew to a close, the panel fielded questions from the attendees, ranging from whether schools need indemnity cover to the importance of training of SGB members in their home-languages. 
One point raised remains with us still; plan your SGB elections around your community’s timetable and research when are the best times and days to hold your elections to ensure that everyone has a say in how your schools are governed. 
Here's a great website that offers more information regarding SGB elections: Department of Basic Education South Africa
This was, indeed, an amazing start to another year of CoLP sessions.  



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Community of Learning Principals CoLP 2014 end of year function



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