Giving pupils tools to inspire

2016-05-03 06:00
Celebrating the launch of the Life Coaching and Personal Development Programme at Groote Schuur High School were, standing from left, Ameer Davids, Simon Aluviulu, Michelle Coetzee (acting deputy principal), Adam Dick, Kyla Harker (head girl) and Moegamat “MG” Gallant (Life Coach programme director). Seated from left are life coaches Michele Hinds, Natasha Swift and Ann Baret. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Celebrating the launch of the Life Coaching and Personal Development Programme at Groote Schuur High School were, standing from left, Ameer Davids, Simon Aluviulu, Michelle Coetzee (acting deputy principal), Adam Dick, Kyla Harker (head girl) and Moegamat “MG” Gallant (Life Coach programme director). Seated from left are life coaches Michele Hinds, Natasha Swift and Ann Baret. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Learners at Groote Schuur High School are getting an added boost for their potential with the official launch of a new programme at the school.

They recently hosted the official launch event of their very exciting and groundbreaking Life Coaching and Personal Development Programme.

It took place at the Nassau Centre at the school on Wednesday 20 April where parents were invited and given an insight into how these sessions would assist children to reach their true potential.

Host director of the life coaching programme at the school, Moegamat “MG” Gallant, explained that the next two terms will see close to 900 learners receiving 35 minutes of life coaching in a 10-day cycle.

He further explained that this coaching is partnering with learners in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

“At Groote Schuur the programme will be delivered over a five-year period and will target learners from Grade 8 to 12,” he said.

“Each year will offer a series of primary ‘tools’. These ‘tools’ have been carefully selected and is intended to add value to the current life orientation topics offered.”

Gallant added that the seeds for this programme began in 2013 when Ebrahim Moerat, a forward thinking sports professional (head of sport at the time) grew the Groote Schuur sport culture from being dormant to now having a successful sporting structure.

“I was employed as the sports administrator and the head of rugby duties was added to my portfolio soon after,”said Gallant.

“As a life coach trained in the art of consciousness coaching, I get that human potential is always going to be threatened by limiting thoughts and feeling, circumstances and emotions, and together with Moerat and the support of our principle at the time, Marius Ehrenreich, we concentrated on the development of the person behind our players representing our school rugby teams. This had a positive effect on the results we got.

In November last year, after a very successful 2015 sports year they agreed it was time to take this methodology into the classroom.

“We wanted to give our learners tangible tools so that they could think, choose and act differently and in the end create lasting changes in all areas of their lives and not only in their sport.”

Gallant added that the coaches assisting him were Natasha Swift, Ann Baret, and Michele Hinds.

“As the coaches driving this programme we would like to see Groote Schuur serving as inspiration for this project to go nationwide where hundreds of schools can receive life coaching across South Africa. This will allow us to see forward thinking leaders and empowered future entrepreneurs coming through as a result.”

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