Queenstown schools invest in their educators’ continuing professional development

A 200-strong group of school leaders and teachers from 12 public and private schools of #Komani (formerly known as #Queenstown) gathered this week to invest in their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The gathering was arranged by the Queenstown Education Foundation NPC (#QEF) and is just one indicator demonstrating how it is building a universally-recognisable centre of educational excellence in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Each of the participating schools were invited by QEF to participate, due to their ongoing association with the Principal’s Forum.

CPD has been shown to increase teacher motivation, confidence and commitment. Learning new skills and applying them in the classroom leads to more stimulating and effective teaching environments.

Bizskills came on board in early 2019 as QEF’s trusted partner in presenting innovative SACE-accredited workshops to #QEF-affiliate schools, running them over three separate times of the year. These sessions run on 12 and 13 August covered the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Leadership and Influence and Communication Strategies. Five more sessions will follow later this year. The first two sessions of the year were run in March.

QEF’s Acting General Manager Jacqueline Wijtenburg with Bizskills presenters
Jacqueline Warner and Desmond Zeelie (left to right).

Four private schools participated, as well as nine public fee-paying schools of the ECDOE – Eastern Cape Department Of Education. These included Queen’s College Boys’ Primary SchoolQueen’s College Boys’ High SchoolQueenstown Girls’ High SchoolBalmoral Girls’ Primary SchoolGet Ahead CollegeGet Ahead ProjectGet Ahead Project WhittleseaLaerskool HangklipHoërskool Hangklip High SchoolSouthbourne Primary School, QueenstownStepping Stone Junior School and Hexagon High School.

Queen’s College Boys’ Primary School hosted the large group of teachers in its spacious hall, well known for its architectural beauty. Another QEF-affiliated school will take a turn to host the next series.