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Ravensmead High A Mandela Day with a difference

Mandela Day, 18 July, has long been an integral part of the Partners for Possibility Programme. Ravensmead High School decided to celebrate Mandela Day in a very different fashion to most other schools. The focus of their Mandela Day was on the learners and fostering good, healthy relationships between them. Principal Joseph Bouman and the staff, at the High School, felt that this was one way to address the low levels of respect and appreciation between the leaners and chose Mandela Day as their opportunity to address it.

Earlier in the school week, the learners chose names at random. Every learner had to bring a small luxury snack for the person whose name they chose. They also had to say a few kind words to the other learner.

The school day started with a short assembly where the learners were briefly provided with information on the life of Nelson Mandela, followed by a scripture reading and prayer. The learners also sang Happy Birthday to Madiba to commemorate the day.

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John Ramsay Secondary School John Ramsay Winter Woolies Wrap-up

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Perivale Primary School Perivale Primary School receives furniture donation


Perivale Primary School, situated in Lotus River, Cape Town, was recently the fortunate recipient of a Furniture Donation by Symphonia for South Africa.  The furniture was donated to SSA and it was decided that furniture that could not be used at the Symphonia office, would be donated to one of the schools involved in the Partners for Possibility Programme.

An email was sent out to the various schools and Perivale Primary School was the first to respond. On Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, the Principal, Denzil van Graan, collected the furniture from the Symphonia offices. He is very grateful for the donation, “The staff and SGB of Perivale Primary School wish to thank Symphonia for considering our school as the recipient for the furniture donation”.

The school intends to use the furniture in the administrative clerk and Principal’s office, the grade 7 resource room and in the library and foundation phase resource room.

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John Ramsay Secondary School Bishop Lavis Development Forum

In February 2011, Quentin Newman, Principal of John Ramsay High School and René Wright, from Sanlam, were connected as Partners through the Partners for Possibility initiative. John Ramsay High School is situated in Bishop Lavis, an area that is plagued with various social ills. This was, however, not a deterrent for this duo.  As a result of their Partnership, the Bishop Lavis Development Forum was established towards the end of 2011.

Community members were invited to attend workshop sessions that took place on Saturday mornings in August and October 2011. After three sessions the forum’s vision statement, mission statement and core values were established.  These sessions were attended by Principals, teachers, learners, community members, political party members, SAPS and NGOs. Attendance was not limited to members of the Bishop Lavis community, but included members from the surrounding communities as well.

Problems were first identified in order to find solutions. Participants were challenged to find out-of-the-box solutions to challenges that the community faced. A valuable contribution was made by all who attended, as each session was facilitated in such a way that topics were discussed and brainstormed in smaller groups, with each of the smaller groups giving feedback to the larger group.

Quentin is currently the acting chairperson of the forum. During his address at each of the above-mentioned sessions, he emphasised the importance of listening to each other. “By listening to a person intensely you empower the other person to grow and speak their own thoughts. The person with the question holds the answer to that problem”. He also stated that the aim of the forum was to create possibilities for Bishop Lavis, “Moving away from the past, building a strong community who takes ownership of their own environment!”

 He emphasized that this initiative did not belong to a single entity, but that it belonged to every person that is a part of the Bishop Lavis community, encouraging everyone to become Partners for Possibility in their community.

According to René, the issues addressed by these sessions come down to three questions:
1.    What are the challenges within your community?
2.    What would you like your community to look like?
3.    What are you willing to contribute to ensure that change is achieved?

She described being a part of this initiative as, a “wonderful experience and achievement”. The vision of the forum is for Bishop Lavis to be a community engaged in sustainable transformation, possibility, prosperity and harmony. With this sentiment at heart, the forum will undoubtedly reach its goal of being not only one of the leading communities in South Africa, but in the world.

**John Ramsay High School provides the forum with a lot of assistance. The school’s governing body has made an empty classroom available to the forum to use as an office and René has brought in a computer to be used by the secretary of the forum.

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Blackheath Primary School African Bank Launches Footy Project at Blackheath Primary


African Bank in conjunction with Ajax Football Club has piloted a Footy Programme with Blackheath Primary School. This initiative has Principal Quentin Johnson very excited. “Ajax coach, Njabulo Zondi, will be training educators and parents at our school on how to coach the learners in soccer” says Quentin.

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Bovet Primary School 12600 text messages in three different languages

12600 text messages in three different languages. This is what it took for Bovet Primary School in Johannesburg to ensure that their School Governing Body (SGB) meeting was a successful one, and a success it was!

For a full week in the run-up to the school’s SGB meeting, some 450 parents received SMS messages to their cell phones, encouraging them to attend the meeting and to take up an active role in the education process of their children.

A method which seemed to work because came D-day, parents turned up in heaps and bounds, a first in the history of Bovet Primary School.

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Blackheath Primary School Blackheath Primary pupils clean up canal

A 250-strong team of environmental enthusiasts consisting of Grade 7 learners, teachers, PenBev employees and local community members gathered at the Blackheath Community Centre on Saturday morning, 1 June 2013, to show their support for a cleaner, greener community.

The participants were treated to music, dance and fun activities during the "Drain to Ocean" educational presentation by the City of Cape Town, where the effects of dumping and littering were explained. The students were given a safety talk on how to collect the litter and what types of hazardous material should not be collected. After the talk, learners were accompanied by WasteWise and PenBev representatives to collect gloves and bags for cleaning the canal of all unsightly litter and waste. The learners excelled in the environmental education initiative and enjoyed making a noticeable difference within their community.

Read the rest of the article online here

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Sophakama Primary School PfP Launch at Rogz


The Partners for Possibility initiative has launched another Leadership Circle in Cape Town. To celebrate this, Irené Raubenheimer (Rogz), Partner for Possibility to Sabelo Makubalo (Principal of Sophakama Primary School), hosted an event to introduce the concept of the PfP Programme to the Rogz staff on Friday, 8 June 2013.

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Yeoville Community Blog PfP Programme features on FNB billboard


When PfP Jennifer Taylor submitted her Partnership story with Martha Mente, Principal, at Yeoville Community School to the FNB Blog - - she didn't expect to see a billboard promoting Partners for Possibility at the intersection of Sandton and Grayston Drives in Sandton CBD, Johannesburg. 

"After submitting my PfP story, I was contacted by their writer, who interviewed me, wrote the story and posted it on the blog," Jennifer says, "a while later I was asked whether I would like to participate in the next FNB ad campaign, and I of course said yes!"

"My experience has been that the best way to enrol business leaders is to talk to them personally about my experience of the Programme and, where this is not possible, to utilise any and all opportunities for exposure," she adds.

The result: "We partner with principals to help schools run better", a sentence which captures the essence of the PfP programme.The billboard campaign will be followed by a print campaign which will run in national publications.

Well done and thank you to Jennifer for her continued support of the Partners for Possibility initiative.  

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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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