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Perivale Primary School Perivale Celebrates Mandela Day

In honour of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, Perivale Primary School celebrated Mandela Day 2013 with a host of activities at the school.  At an assembly, to commemorate South Africa’s greatest statesman, learners quoted some of Madiba's most famous sayings as well as giving a brief account of his life. The learners also sang the National Anthem with pride and sang a passionate Happy Birthday song for Nelson Mandela.

In attendance were various community leaders and organisations affiliated with the school. The donations and participation from the various stakeholders in the school and community was met with appreciation and gratitude from the school.

Ward councillor Leslie Isaacs, who, along with his team of volunteers, painted two Grade 6 classrooms. The Grade 4 learners were treated to an arts and craft session, facilitated by Prime Letting Rental, where they made proudly SA canvasses.

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PfP Blog Johannesburg PfP Celebratory Evening 2013


Tlakukani Primary Ntsako adopts Louise

Ntsako (right) and friends

The positive effects of the Partners for Possibility Programme are not only felt by Principals and their Partners, or even just the school staff. It affects the learners too. Sometimes on a very personal level, as the excerpt below, about Louise Brits, Partner for Possibility to Principal, Ruth Mashaba, of Tlakukani Primary School wonderfully illustrates:

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Heathfield Primary Heathfield Primary: Celebrating Gifts


Heathfield Primary School boasts a new school sign which embodies the vision of the school as well as the philosophy of the Partners for Possibility Programme.

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Spurwing Primary Spurwing Soul Buddyz show Mandela Day spirit


As part of their Mandela Day Celebrations, Spurwing Primary School, in Electric City, Eerste River, had a Renovation Day on Saturday, 20th July 2013. The day was attended by educators, parents, community members and members of the school’s Soul Buddyz Club committee.

The grade 7 learners that form the committee worked just as hard and cheerfully as the adults - a testimony that anyone can be an active citizen, regardless of their age.
Soul Buddyz is an initiative that is a spin-off of the educational show of the same name. It was aired by the SABC. There are currently over 8 642 Soul Buddyz Clubs nationwide and each club shares the same vision: A platform that allows for children and adults to work together to promote action and awareness for children’s health and wellbeing.

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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

Click on the image to learn more about the initiative.

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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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