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PfP Blog We are stronger together

This is the second year that Symphonia for South Africa has been awarded the opportunity to manage Global Outdoor Classroom Day in South Africa. The day offers schools with children from 2 to 18 the opportunity to sign-up and commit to having their lessons outdoors on two dates each year. One in May and the other in November.

We would like to thank the Principals, educators and parents of the 87 500 children who participated on the 7th November. The photographs and videos shared from around the country portrayed children having fun, laughing, learning and connecting.

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Mabeoana Intermediate School Mabeoana Intermediate School

Principal Thami Mngoma and Business Leader Ansa Lange worked diligently on their Partnership Plan, and were able to formulate a framework of most urgent needs at the school and possible action plans. By finding the right resources and people, outsourcing some initiatives and collaborating on all the projects, the partners are positive that they will get more done than expected.

Mabeoana Intermediate is situated in the area of Phahameng, Bloemfontein, and serves just over 800 learners. Its facilities are limited and generally in state of disrepair. Like many of the lower quintile schools in South Africa, Mabeoana does not have a school hall. It does however, have a state-of-the-art, interactive smartboard classroom equipped with i-Pads. Sadly, it is not operational as the staff do not feel competent using it.

Due to the poor backgrounds of the learners, the school has implemented a feeding scheme. Currently, a meal is given to each learner during the morning class hours. Ideally, Thami would like to provide a meal for the children after school as they find it difficult to do homework on an empty stomach. This is, unfortunately, not feasible at the moment. However, when there is extra food, it is donated to the families that need it most.

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Hayes Primary School Hayes Primary School Annual Report

PfP partners are usually advised against tackling issues in their schools during the initial stages of their partnership. Rather, focusing first on developing a relationship of trust and ensuring that there is a comprehensive understanding of the schools’ context is encouraged. However, when Business Leader Marius Pienaar partnered with Principal Yolandé de Klerk, he soon became aware of the dire situation Hayes Primary finds itself in. He felt compelled to support the school in every way possible right off the bat.

Located 60km from De Aar in the Northern Cape, Hayes Primary is one of the most under-resourced and isolated schools in its district, and has operated with very little support from the government for many years.

It is the only farm school located in the poverty-stricken rural community of Houtkraal Plaas, where the parents work on local sheep farms or as domestic workers elsewhere. While the learners benefit from a government feeding scheme, the school only has two classrooms and the Principal’s office doubles as the kitchen where the learners’ meals are prepared. The teaching staff consists of two dedicated educators who each provide tuition to 57 learners from three different grades in one classroom simultaneously.

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Cloetesville High School Cloetesville High School Annual Report

Deon Myburgh, the manager for ICT Operations at Mediclinic Southern Africa and Principal Dorian Meyer of Cloetesville High School believe their PfP partnership has been a ‘real match made in heaven’ - not only for them, but for the learners and the community.

This gang-infested, drug-ridden quintile 4 school in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch caters for children from under-privileged backgrounds. High unemployment rates among the parents of the learners means only a few percentage of the parents can afford to pay school fees. Currently, the school serves 1,152 students and has 39 teachers.

To compound an already formidable schooling environment, less than 5% of the students pursue their studies after matric even though most Grade 12 learners achieve matric results which make them eligible to further their studies. In 2017, 63,5% of learners obtained a matric pass, with 27% obtaining a Bachelors pass and 34% a Diploma pass.

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Mmamarama Secondary School Seshego school creates food security through ‘sowing’ skills project

The establishment of a sustainable vegetable garden at Mmamarama Secondary School in Seshego, Polokwane has provided an opportunity for parents and community members to raise funds for the school, while improving the health of learners through access to nutritious food.


Joyce and Refilwe attending the Farmers’ Day workshop

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Prudens Secondary School ‘’Prudens now on a growth trajectory,’’ say PfP partners

Arthur Molokele joined Partners for Possibility (PfP) with the expectation that he would benefit from leadership and personal development – all with the aim of taking the school to a new level educationally, socially and economically.

Kirsten Henderson, who is passionate about education, remarked that the PfP programme resonated with her from the very first time she heard about it.

Together, the partners tackled the pertinent issues of the Soweto school, while demonstrating that collaborative thinking, respectful reciprocity and dogged determination do yield positive results

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PfP Blog Ashton staff share teaching resources with North Coast teachers

The collaboration between Ashton and PfP schools on the North Coast is an impressive example of how we can encourage a culture of sharing by creating inexpensive, accessible teaching resources

Head of Ashlings Early Learning Centre at Ashton International College Ballito, Ms Flick Holmes, and her staff have hosted four days of training and enrichment for over 20 Partners for Possibility (PfP) Schools part of Durban’s three North Coast Leadership Circles.

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PfP Blog Trailblazing PfP Leaders

In June 2019, the 46-member squad of drum majorettes from St Michael’s Primary School in Grabouw, Western Cape joined thousands of ‘drummies’ and cheerleaders from all corners of South Africa to participate in the South African Majorette and Cheerleading Association’s annual national competition.

St Michael’s principal, Rehard Smith, together with all the school’s teachers, travelled with the excited group of girls to the Eastern Cape where the week-long competition took place.

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PfP Blog 2019 annual celebrations to mark significant PfP growth

Partnering organisations, funders, schools, business leaders and other interested parties will once again gather in Cape Town and Johannesburg this October to celebrate the continually expanding PfP footprint and to reflect upon the tremendous strides made by the PfP team in 2019.

Held annually, these celebratory events showcase stories about the transformational leadership growth experienced by principals and business leaders who have journeyed together for a year and beyond as partners for possibility.

This year, the Johannesburg leg of the celebration will feature a keynote address by Nolitha Fakude, the executive director of energy company Sasol. Crispin Sonn, executive director of the Gamiro Investment Group, will be the keynote speaker at the Cape Town event.

In April 2019, PfP reached a major milestone in the organisation’s nine-year existence with the launch of its 1000th partnership. Since its inception, the PfP programme has grown steadily, and its reach now extends to cities, towns, and in some cases remote areas, across all nine of South Africa’s provinces.

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PfP Blog Not all ‘classrooms’ have four walls

Children who have the freedom to play today — making friends, getting lost in the moment, having fun — are better prepared for whatever tomorrow throws at them.

School teachers across South Africa are urged to hold at least one lesson out of doors on 7 November 2019 as part of the increasingly popular Outdoor Classroom Day campaign.

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