Showing posts from November, 2012

Steenberg Primary celebrates their jubilee anniversary

There are so many celebrations happening this week. Steenberg Primary School has had their 60th Anniversary Thanksgiving service today.  All the speakers and performers are directly connected to the school - either as an alumnus, past principal or educator.  And of course, Lavinia, Lameez and Derrick, three of our principals are also there to celebrate with Cassy, her staff and her community. The Deep roots of Steenberg Primary All the important people celebrating Steenberg Primary School's 60th Anniversary One of the speakers is Mr Herbert, a past principal. Mr Herbert takes us on a fascinating trip down memory lane, explaining that the kaleidoscope of the historical mural of Steenberg Primary is a rich one; a history that is rooted in the apartheid repressive era and a symbol of people's resistance and resilience to pursue the path of education for liberation.  We hear how Steenberg Primary started out as a 'plankie' school and how the school had successfully

Basil's birthday becomes a 2-day event in Somerset West surrounds

We love Birthday Parties Me with the Birthday King My family loves birthdays and we love to celebrate. I for one, love theme birthday parties and the crazier the better. Even our children get excited when there is a birthday pending because they know something is going to happen.  Basil, however, is the more sober one. He is the one who would take on the philosopher look and attitude and see the Big Day as just another moment in history. But that is where I and the children create balance and perspective. Oh no, there is no quiet passing of time at all as far as we are concerned. Last year we went to the Barnyard Theatre in Tygervalley to see the Rock show and did we have fun!  One would have sworn we are the birthday crew - dancing and rocking to the music and chomping away at pizzas and downing either cooldrink or a glass o' wine. This year was different though. You see, our children are outgrowing us to a large extent and so with we decided to go it alone this year wi

Sasha takes me along to the Operation Smile Chapter meeting

I joined Sasha at the Cape Town Operation Smile Chapter meeting at the Sgt Peppers Pizza restaurant on Thursday.  I trekked along, not wanting to disappoint her because I had to turn down a previous invitation due to work commitments. Tonight was a similar challenge but I decided to forego another engagement.  This was the best decision I made because the experience was uplifting and energising.  Sasha and her Bergvliet Operation Smile committee members  The pre-meeting activities The atmosphere was jovial and Sgt. Peppers laid back ambience added to the experience. When we arrived we had to go the various 'stations' set up and manned by friendly hosts. First you signed the attendance register then you placed your pizza order ( and get one free),  and the final stop was to fill in a Woolworths My school card application. While all this was happening to the new arrivals, we had Naomi darting about making sure everybody was comfortable and the photographer capturing

Delta Primary is Big on Care and Support

I love visiting Delta Primary School. The latest visit is to determine whether the school is on track with their planning re their temporary re-location. Delta was one of the schools identified for a makeover by the Department of Education. The prefabricated block of classrooms will be demolished. The irony is that Delta was recently given a makeover of that very prefab block by YPO who had selected the school as their South African beneficiary in 2011. When the school heard that they were identified as an ASIDI school, they contacted Gabby (YPO) and between the two parties, they decided to have a few trees removed and donated to another place of need.  The new Delta is going to have a school hall, a library and a Grade R wing – a dream come true for Bridget and her staff. A snapshot of Bridget, the Head of the school Bridget, always with a smile and note the colourful timetable  permutations for 2013 on the desk! Bridget is one of the most caring principals I know and ha

Aluta Continua with the SMT Leadership Conference at Joie de Vivre, DAY 2 Snapshots...

Remember I have confessed that I was exhausted and merely held buoyant by the energizing space I found myself in? Thus, when my alarm went off faithfully at 5h45, I wanted to snuff the life out of my blackberry! Yep, Day 2 of systems thinking and peer learning have dawned and Rashida was already waiting for me to join her for our morning swim.   So, off we go, Rashida diving in and I- knowing my limits - walk purposefully to the shallow section as the entry point. Here we are: the entire Conference team (top) and the facilitators: me, Lameez,  Cassy, Estelle ( Manager of Joie de Vivre) and Noel Our conversation becomes a tapestry of the day before and the shifts happening at Lourier. We celebrate the news of a new kitchen almost roof height and the arrival of an intercom system if the beneficiary comes to the party. Now and then our chat is punctuated with morning greetings to our Arise and Shine Women’s conference group and to our colleagues who have also started stirring to t

SMT Leadership Conference at Joie de Vivre Day 1

ARRIVAL AT JOIE DE VIVRE CONFERENCE CENTRE Here we are at Joie de Vivre Conference Centre in Paarl, ready to start our 2-day conference arranged for the Senior Management Teams of Levana Primary and Lourier Primary school.  All of us had just completed our normal day's work and trekked all the way from Cape Town to our 'think tank' space in the countryside. What bliss it is to be in the company of people who stretch one and of course, they get stretched as well. We came here, ready to challenge ourselves. Levana Primary and Lourier Primary SMTs have clear expectations: they want to build teams, they want to strengthen the school clusters so that we do not operate as silos, they want to build friendships they say and they want to raise their game as leaders at their respective schools.  The expectations of our special delegates are music to our ears. Over the two days of presentations, conversations and team building activities, we aim to deepen our insights with rega