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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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Tygerhof Primary School Tygerhof and PfP Report

An Overview of the School, its Community, Current Challenges and Future Hopes compiled by Partner for Possibility Louise Hendey.


30 November -1, 00:00

Masiyile Secondary School Masiyile Learner Makes Provincial Merit List

A learner at Masiyile Secondary School,which is in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, has the prestigious achievement of being on the Western Cape Merit List for 2013.
The school is part of the Partners for Possibility (PfP) Programme and the Principal of the school, Sisa Sodlaka, has been a PfP since July 2012. He is partnered with Gillian Arendse, of iThemba Labs.

Bongani Elvis Gqweta passed his National Senior Certificate examination with five distinctions; he also made the top 5 in the province for Physical Science, passing the subject with an impressive 97%.

PfP spoke to Eugenia Mtyatya, a teacher at Masiyile, about Bongani’s impressive achievement; she was his Life Orientation teacher.

30 November -1, 00:00

Lavender Hill High Sir Richard Branson Visits Lavender Hill


Sir Richard Branson is an internationally-recognised entrepreneur and the founder of the Virgin Group. He recently paid a visit to Lavender Hill Secondary School, which is situated on the Cape Flats. The Principal of the school, Faseeg Manie, is part of the Partners for Possibility programme. The school is also part of Virgin Active’s FUTURE CREW project.

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Lynedoch Primary School Lynedoch Primary Pottery Classes


Lynedoch Primary School has recently started implementing extra-mural activities for the learners at the school. The activities take place every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Amongst these activities are Pottery Classes that commenced in July 2013. The classes are presented by Jimmy Dathini who is a potter from Khayamandi Township, in Stellenbosch.

Jimmy was specifically approached to be a part of the project because he is an entrepreneur that is trying to make a living from his talent and craft. The learners are thus taught entrepreneurial skills at the pottery classes too. In addition, they are afforded the opportunity to interact with a different culture when they visit Jimmy’s studio in Khayamandi.

“We wanted him to teach the children not only the skills to make a variety of pottery items but to inspire them to make items that they can sell to make pocket money” , says Principal, Grantham Jansen and his PfP, Irma Albers.

The pottery classes are aimed at Grade 4 learners as the school would like to have a few years to examine and monitor the effects of long-term interventions which concentrate on creativity. The school will implement other creative interventions where children can use their hands to craft usable items in the near future.

Grantham and Irma say that, “These items will be sold at the annual school bazaar as part of the school’s entrepreneurship programme whereby children can not only showcase their talent but they learn about commitment, responsibility and the value of money.”

Other extra-mural activities that have been implemented include drama, cycling, karate, mini cricket, soccer, rugby, golf and cross country. Arts and crafts and music activities are also going to be introduced. The extra-mural activities are facilitated by teachers, volunteers and professional facilitators.

The current extra-mural activities also include Drama Therapy Interventions for vulnerable youth that helps individual learners to deal with difficult challenges that they may be facing. The extra-mural activities keep learners occupied with fun, educational, activities in a safe environment. These activities also equip learners with many necessary life skills and expose them to aspects of life that they may otherwise not have been exposed to.

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Tygerhof Primary School Tygerhof Primary School Learners receive bursaries

Three Grade 7 learners at Tygerhof Primary School were the fortunate recipients of bursaries this year.

Jonandre Skippers was the recipient of an academic bursary, sponsored by BIDVEST. He will be attending Cedarberg High School in Citrusdal next year and all costs  that are related to his schooling -fees, textbooks, uniform etc.-will be covered provided that the conditions of the bursary are met. The bursary will last until he has matriculated.

Levern Jantjies and Edwardo Ngcenge both earned their bursaries due to their skill on the rugby field. The school (Tygerhof Primary School) is sponsoring the bursary. Both learners will attend Durbanville High School.

30 November -1, 00:00

Stoneridge Primary School Stoneridge Primary launches anonymous tip-off line

Most businesses and government departments have an SMS line for employees to report instances of fraud, theft or corruption.

A similar service is now available to all schools which will enable parents and learners to anonymously report cases of bullying, drug abuse etc.

The SMS line also serves as a communication channel between the school and parents.
Learners are usually aware of immoral behaviour long before the school management team are, but are too afraid that they will be bullied or harassed if the perpetrators were to find out that they reported it.

The anonymous tip-off line provides the perfect solution to overcome this challenge.

The application is an SMS to email facility and is housed in a secure environment whereby only the sender and intended recipient are able to read the message. The messages are converted to email without the sender’s details, which are immediately deleted.

30 November -1, 00:00

Marconi Beam Primary School Marconi Beam Primary Gets a Sports Field

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has endorsed Partners for Possibility ( and he continues to support PfP’s vision for better quality education for all children in South Africa by 2022.

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation has been very involved in Marconi Beam Primary School. The school is part of the Partners for Possibility Programme. Situated in the Marconi Beam community, the school is close to the Archbishop’s residence in Milnerton.

The foundation has been actively involved in the school since the beginning of 2013 and has provided the school with the following:

•    A mobile kitchen. The kitchen was also equipped with a gas stove and pots
•    Five hundred and fifty plastic plates, spoons and cups for the learners
•    Sanitary packs from Old Mutual women for grade 6 and grade 7 girls
•    Painted the school’s external walls on Mandela Day. The paint  was also donated by the foundation
•    Negotiated on behalf of the school with the local municipality for the sports field to be handed to the school

Projects still underway include:

•    Built-in cupboards for the school’s two mobile kitchens
•    Tiling of the kitchens’ floors

About the sports field, Principal Bukelwa Plaatjies-Resha says, “This is a great achievement by the school because it has been 6-7 years that the school started negotiations with the municipality about this field”, she adds, “It was hardly a month after we involved the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation in the negotiations and the field was given to the school”.

The sports field is still being prepared for use and will be ready as soon as grass has been planted on the whole field. Irrigation systems have already been installed and netball poles have also been purchased and delivered to the school.

30 November -1, 00:00

Boikgantsho Primary Boikgantsho Primary School Reading Programme


The Reading Programme at Boikgantsho Primary School formally started during August 2013. It is the product of the reading programmes that have been running in the school’s classrooms.

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Makgatho Primary School Career Talks at Makgatho Primary

On the 16th of October 2013, Bob Head, who is the Special Advisor to the Commissioner of SARS, participated in a Career Talk at Makgatho Primary School.

Bob is the Partner for Possibility to Principal of Makgatho Primary School, Jane Tsharane. Three of his colleagues, Linda Ngotya (PA), Odette Brown (Project Manager) and Musa Mailula (web usability and research) co-presented the talk. The talk was aimed at Grade 6 and Grade 7 learners.


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