This issue has been discussed at length at recent executive meetings. At present we have concentrated on provincial and national conferences, but we acknowledge that there is much to be done in the way of workshops, seminars and forums for principals to get together – to obtain information, share ideas, and generally, to a network. We would welcome ideas from you, our members, on how we can become more effective in this sphere.
SAPA-KZN holds an annual conference which usually takes place in Durban. Durban Girls’ High School, Danville Park Girls’ High and Chelsea Preparatory School have been the venues in the past and now we host conferences at the conference centres and venues.
A unique feature of SAPA KZN is its Coffee Cake and Conversations (CCC) which are aimed at bringing discussions around topics of interest affecting school management and leadership. These more intimate interactions take place across various districts in KZN.
SAPA nationally also holds a conference which moves from province to province. In 2005 we did not hold a national conference as SAPA was honoured to be able to co-host the world Convention of Principals in Cape Town. This conference saw our organization joining hands with the South African Heads of Independent Schools Association (SAHISA) and hosting some 1600 school principals from all parts of the world. This event was undoubtedly a triumph for South African Education and saw all facets of South African Education working together to make this event a memorable one.
We must however not forget that we are also part of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP). Biennial international conferences are organized by ICP and have been held in Sydney, Australia (1995), Boston, USA (1997), Helsinki, Finland (1999), Seoul, Korea (2001) and Edinburgh, Scotland (2003). The 7th World Conference of the international Confederation of Principals was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in 2005. The Convention was hosted jointly by SAPA and the South African Heads of Independent Schools Association (SAHISA)