Academic Excellence at Steenberg High School

Author: admin posted in PfP Schools on 30 November -1, 00:00

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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!