A School Where I Belong

The Blog Behind the Book

In the lead up to the publication of A School Where I Belong, we have shared some of the conversations we have had with learners, teachers and principals.

The book is now available in stores!

In the coming weeks all of the filmed conversations will be available on this site as well as advice, strategies and suggestions for schools to create places where all feel they belong.

As the book is launched across the country and we continue our work in schools with teachers, management teams, parents and learners, we will keep on sharing reflections and what we are learning.

White privilege

By now, you must have heard about, seen, retweeted, posted on Facebook or been made aware of the speech delivered by the Deputy Headmaster of Jeppe High School for Boys, Kevin Leatham. 

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Roy HellenbergComment
The day after

The day after Dialogue Day, the principal of Rustenburg Girls' High School, Michael Gates, found an email waiting in his Inbox. Sent by one of the learners in his school, her letter shows the value of having these conversations, that opening up the possibility to talk matters to learners.

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Dialogue Day

Last week Wednesday, Rustenburg Girls' High School in Cape Town, stopped normal classes to take part in their first Dialogue Day. The theme of this year's Dialogue Day was Exclusion and Belonging. 

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The power of alumni

For many schools, the continued support and engagement of former learners contributes to the on-going success of the institution. This support is given because alumni feel a pride and love for their former school and a deep sense of gratitude for how the school has shaped them.

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Dylan WrayComment
Values - on the wall or in the heart?

Shirley, as a leader of a school, speaks about the importance of pausing and reflecting on the values that her school has built a legacy of 133 years upon. She warns that we should not simply dive into policy changes and codes of conduct without first reviewing whether our school’s values are still relevant today. 

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Roy HellenbergComment