A Journey of Possibility

Yesterday, on a sunny spring afternoon, the seeds of something special were sown in Darling. A circle of committed principals from Atlantis and Malmesbury were joined by business leaders from Atlantis and Darling to initiate a year-long co-active, co-learning journey as Partners for Possibility.

Partners for Possibility (PfP) is an award winning programme making an impact in South Africa’s less resourced schools through developing the leadership capacity of the principal.  When the following happens:

  • A principal who is confident and energised to lead
  • A senior management team who are aligned and cohesive
  • An energised and motivated team of teachers
  • Engaged parents and members of the community

The school is then supported at the centre of the community in a sustainable way.

At the time of writing and in the few short years of operation, Symphonia for South Africa and its flagship programme, Partners for Possibility has had a huge impact on

  • 815 schools
  • 815 partnerships
  • 20 000 plus teachers
  • 320 000 plus families
  • 650 000 plus learners
  • 310 plus organisations

On behalf of PfP and supported by our regional manager, Selwyn Page and supervisory coach, Sharon Van Schalkwyk, I am delighted to facilitate the first circle of partnerships on the West Coast and hope we will have many more.  I would like to acknowledge the following principals and business leaders who are leading the way:

  • Denver Walbrugh – Wesfleur Primary School
  • Mervin Moodley – Atlantis Foundries
  • Danny Pietersen – Reygersdal Primary School
  • Kalev Taim – Mpact Plastics, Atlantis
  • Russell Andrews – Kerria Primary School
  • Francis Jackson – Greencape
  • Terence Adams – Grosvenor Primary School
  • Darryl Pretorius – Nedbank, Atlantis
  •  Rhona Josias – St Michael’s Primary School
  • Edelweiss Wentzel-Viljoen – Consultant, Darling
  • Thandeka Matyeba – Naphakade Primary School
  • Elgin Hendricks – Chatsworth Primary School

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Noticeably, two of our principals from Malmesbury were without partners for the launch.  If any reader would like to contribute their skills towards a better future for our children, please check out the PfP website: http://www.pfp4sa.org/  and contact Merridy Edgson on 0835005312 for more information.

Our grateful thanks go to Darling College for accommodating us for our launch.  It was fitting to be reminded by Darling College’s motto – “Be the Difference”


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