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Partners for Possibility

  • Welcome to Steenberg High's Blog. Here you can read all the latest developments of Andre Kraak & Rob Broster partnership.


Steenberg High Academic Excellence at Steenberg High School

The Principal of Steenberg High School, Andre Kraak, has been part of Partners for Possibility (PfP) since March 2012. Last year (2013) their Matric class achieved a 94.1% pass rate and there was a 100% increase in the number of learners achieving a Bachelor’s pass at the school.

Partners for Possibility had a quick chat with Andre about the school’s amazing results:

PfP: How did the school achieve this remarkable improvement in results?
AK: The results were achieved by means of:
•    Concerted effort on the part of the teachers to prepare the 205 Matriculants to the best of their ability
•    Extra classes during the week including Friday afternoons and weekends
•    A Motivation Camp
•    Exercising strict discipline

PfP: Was there any assistance from your PfP with regards to increasing the pass rate?
AK: My PfP, Rob Broster, introduced me to Brenda Reed from Polyoak Packaging who enlisted the services of former learners from local high schools. She also secured the services of a former teacher, Ms Hodge, who raised the work ethic of our Accounting pupils.

PfP: Has being a part of PfP assisted you/the school in achieving these results?
AK: PfP undoubtedly contributed to this achievement. I always left our Leadership Circle meetings, under the guidance of the Learning Process Facilitator, Veronica Wantenaar, feeling inspired to do more at my school. I believe this had a positive effect on the staff... we were re-energised, especially when Polyoak Packaging donated funds to upgrade the Accounting classroom and to make our staff room user friendly!

Steenberg High School has also been recognised as one of the top ten schools to have improved the quality of their Matric passes in the Western Cape in 2013. The school was rewarded for Academic Excellence, receiving R15 000 from the WCED for the purchase of teaching and learning support material.

The Principal would further like to acknowledge Rob Broster (his PfP), Veronica Wantenaar (his Learning Process Facilitator), Polyoak, the Imam Abdullah Haron Education Trust (IAHET) and SHAWCO for their support and contribution to the school’s success.

Partners for Possibility wishes to congratulate the Principal and school on this remarkable achievement!

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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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