On 4 March 2023, Principals Academy Trust (PAT) hosted its first-ever conference attended by 128 principals currently or previously in its coaching and mentoring programme. The theme of the conference was Principals: Levers for change. It was sponsored by Bluestar Financial Advisory Services, authorised by Sanlam, and took place at the CR Louw Auditorium, Sanlam Head Office, in Bellville.
PAT was founded in October 2012 in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. The founders, Rick Haw, Alan Clarke and Bruce Probyn, were keen to contribute to developing effective educational leadership and management in the public education system. Accordingly, they collaborated with UCT’s Graduate School of Business to develop an executive management development programme targeting education managers in the school system. Since the first intake of principals in 2013, 275 principals have completed the mentor and coaching programme.
The speakers included:
- Mr Ralph Mupita, CEO of MTN and Principals Academy Trust Patron.
- Dr Esethu Stofile, Google Workspace Transformation Specialist;
- Dr Adyan King, Medical Officer: Psychiatry;
- Ms Wendy Horn, Director Metro North Education District;
- Ms Judith Sacks, Project manager at UCT for its Newly Qualified Teacher Project; and
- Dr Kate Angier, Senior Lecturer University of Cape Town.
Full press release available here.
Recording of the sessions available here.