Heads Up! October 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 October 2014 edition.

As the month of November creeps up on us, and the end of the 2014 academic year looms on the horizon, I do hope you are experiencing a most rewarding and enjoyable term. Conference, and the brief sojourn that many of us had the pleasure of experiencing in Port Elizabeth, is now a distant memory.

Thank goodness we have access to several conference presentations on our website. It’s now down to finding the time and head-space to review them!

Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

We are delighted to announce that the Wits Business School (WBS) will again host the Leadership Development Programme in 2015, depending on numbers. The 15-day Programme is designed to provide school leadership with powerful ideas and strategic skills in the areas of governance, management, finance, marketing, intrapersonal understanding and optimising people management.

The focus is on a strategic overview of these areas, not the detail of each area. Broken up into two parts, the 2015 Programme in Johannesburg is built around two full-time modules which will be run in about mid-May and late June 2015. Exact dates are to be confirmed. 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 will be in the region of R34 000 per delegate. The ETDP SETA will be approached for funding and more information will be communicated as soon as possible.

In order for the course to be financially viable, we need 30 full-paying delegates to be registered. The WBS 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 by 30 October at the latest. Once we have received responses, we will be in a position to decide whether the WBS LDP will be offered in 2015.

Forthcoming Transformation and Diversity Workshop in Central Region

ISASA has an unequivocal commitment to transformation and diversity and has developed a Transformation and Diversity Toolkit to help schools that wish to embark on courageous conversations about these issues.

To assist member schools on their transformation journey and in working with this toolkit, the ISASA Council, through the Transformation and Diversity Committee, commissioned independent diversity professionals to develop and deliver a workshop that will help equip teams in schools with the necessary skills to drive transformation and diversity. The intended outcome of this one-day workshop is that delegates will engage with the school’s group in planning how best to make progress with transformation in each school community.

The November workshop to be held in Central region is fully subscribed but additional workshops are planned in the various regions. Should you have any queries, please contact Lindsay McKay,

ISASA’s Knowledge and Development Manager at lindsaym@isasa.org.

SAHISA Council

Our final Exco and Council meetings are scheduled for early November. I wish to thank the respective national and regional office bearers for their forthcoming attendance, knowing how difficult it is to extract oneself from one’s school in the closing weeks of the year.

According to the SAHISA Constitution:

  • Any person elected to hold office as national Chair or Vice Chair of SAHISA under this constitution shall be eligible for re-election once, thus allowing the person to serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms of office.
  • Any person elected to hold any Regional or Sectorial office under this constitution shall be eligible for re-election three times, thus allowing the person to serve for a maximum of four consecutive terms of office.

The November Council meeting will be the last for several SAHISA Council members. Appropriate acknowledgement will be given at the meeting and names of new Council members will be communicated in the next Heads Up!

Amidst the business of this time of year, endeavour to take a step back and reflect on all that you, together with your team, have accomplished. In spite of the many challenges and even the inevitable disappointments, I trust you can muster a sense of pride and fulfilment in a job well done.

 Though leadership may be hard to define, the one characteristic common to all leaders is the ability to make things happen.~ Ted Engstrom

Best wishes and keep smiling!

Michael Hosty