From the President’s Desk
2019 is on its tail end as we look back with pride to the year that was. 2019 was a very eventful year for both SAPA Gauteng and SAPA National. The highlight of the year was when DBE sponsored 25 SAPA principals from all 9 provinces to the ICP conference in China in October 2019. These principals were not only in China for the ICP conference but also attended the Leadership Seminar. They return with the Chinese experience which may be used to improve our education system.
In 2020 we shall continue to engage with DBE in our quarterly meetings. The major issues for 2020 will be school safety, the new QMS and Comprehensive Sexuality Education. We shall continue to keep our members abreast on these issues.
The Gauteng and national SAPA calendars are full of activities for 2020 and we look forward to meeting you once again at all our events and believe that we can grow SAPA with your support into a dynamic and professional organization that becomes the trend setters in the country. The highlights will be the Leadership breakfast on the 07 February 2020( details to follow shortly), Provincial conference in May 2020, Secretaries Day program in September, National Conference in Kimberly, Northern Cape at the famous Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre from 5 to 8 September 2020 and the ICP Conference. We also have new exiting events in 2020 like the teachers cultural experience trip during the September holidays and the inaugural teachers’ Conference in October 2020. See the full program on the website.
On behalf of the executive committee and members I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all principals and deputy principals who are members and for your continued support in 2019. Please register as a member and pay your subscriptions timeously so that we can operate the organization in the best way possible. Please encourage your colleagues and newly appointed senior management to become part of SAPA.
The school holidays this year, as promised, is long enough to bring sufficient relief to principals who are suffering “burn-out”. Our best wishes to you and your staff and their families for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May the festive period be a safe one for you, especially on the roads to your holiday destinations.
We trust that 2020 will be a successful year for you and your school. May our matric results in Gauteng place our province amongst the best in the Country as we defend our number one spot.