Heads Up! November 2014

Heads Up! is the ad-hoc newsletter for SAHISA members. It covers issues such as new membership, SAHISA events and professional development for heads. This is the November 2014 edition.

This is my last letter to you as outgoing Chair of SAHISA as well as a member of SAHISA.   As many of you know, I am leaving to join the Independent Quality Assurance Agency as its Executive Director from January 2015. I have enjoyed my time as Chair of SAHISA and thank you for allowing me to be of service to you all.  I leave with wonderful, happy memories.

On SAHISA business matters, the final Executive and Council meetings in the SAHISA calendar were held recently.  Stanley Bongwe from the Diversity Institute addressed Council members on demystifying diversity.  His refreshing talk was most informative.

Leadership Development Programme

Time is of the essence for any schools that wish to send delegates to next year’s Leadership Development Programme. The Programme, which is run by the Wits Business School, in conjunction with ISASA/SAHISA aims to enhance leadership capacity among school principals and aspiring principals. The Programme covers a broad range of key management and leadership processes designed to cultivate a cadre of exceptional leaders.

The 2015 Programme runs for two weeks in mid-May and a week towards the end of July. It runs over 15 days and is broken up into three parts.  For certification purposes, it is compulsory for participants to attend the full Programme and undertake a strategic assignment on their school.

The cost of the 2015 LDP is in the region of R34 000 per delegate.

Those delegates who have expressed interested are urged to return the application forms to the Wits Business School as soon as possible.  The Wits Business School will offer one free registration for those schools who send two full-fee paying delegates.

If you are interested in attending the course, please contact Jenny Mundell at jennym@isasa.org.

Strategic imperatives

Following the discussions at the SAHISA Council meeting, please be on the lookout for more information from your Regional Chair pertaining to the SAHISA Strategic imperatives.

New members

The following applications were ratified at the Council meeting and we are delighted to welcome four new members:

  • John Gelling, Pretoria Chinese School
  • Michael de Kock, Maseru Preparatory School
  • Lionel Chanarin, Stellenbosch Waldorf School
  • Mandy Bailey, Salvazione School

SAHISA Council members

Members of the SAHISA Council and its Executive have been immensely supportive throughout this past year.  Even though we are not able to meet and engage often, your commitment is greatly valued.  In particular, Mary Williams, Stephen Fay, Pam Royce and Stuart West were thanked for their exceptional service to Council.  SAHISA Council welcomed Andrew Baker (High School representative) and Joyanne West (Early Childhood Development representative) to Council.

SAHISA Conference 2015

It may seem a long way off, but please diarise the dates of our 2015 Conference. The conference will be held at the Ranch Hotel and surrounding hotels from 16 – 20 September 2015. Registration will open early in the New Year and delegates are encouraged to register then.  Accommodation will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Our condolences go to Carel Kriek of Midstream College on the tragic passing of his parents in a horrific car accident and Heather MacRobert from Birchcroft Preparatory School on the death of her husband Malcolm.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families during this sad time.

The New Year

To those who are leaving their present schools to take up new positions in the New Year, we trust your relocation will be easy and trouble-free. To those who are retiring, we sincerely hope your closing days at your school will be most memorable and special, and we wish you happiness and good health in the next chapter of your lives.

On behalf of SAHISA I wish to express our sincere appreciation to everyone in the ISASA office and regional offices for their support and dedication in the service of our schools this past year.

We wish Sue Hill well in her retirement and thank her for her service to SAHISA.  We look forward to welcoming Pauline Jackson as a new Regional Director for Central Region.


I wish you all a most relaxing, happy and healthy holiday, and may 2015 bring much blessing and joy to you and your families.

When you get to close your office door for the final time this year, please leave your school, for a few weeks at least, where it belongs – preferably far behind you and definitely out of your head!

Without great solitude no serious work is possible

~ Pablo Picasso

Best wishes and keep smiling!

Michael Hosty