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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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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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