Uplands Outreach

Uplands Outreach currently works in two school circuits in Mpumalanga, for maximum focus and impact.

We work collaboratively at the circuit level, and with school leaders, teachers and pupils in an empirically proven approach known as ‘systemic alignment’. We track impact over time, not just outputs, and we are committed to continuous learning.

The Uplands Outreach team is passionate about our work and is committed to long-standing relationships with our programme participants. This consultative, collaborative approach has resulted in a number of successes that are proven over time. We utilise evidence-based practices to guide our activities.

Our achievements include the holistic School Leadership for Excellence programme, the Continued Professional Development programmes for teachers, the SMILE conversational literacy programme, the Mathematics Proficiency programme, the Digital Literacy programme, and the refurbishment and workflow support of the Insikazi school circuit office. We also implement several ‘quick wins’ projects with our partner schools, which provide both practical and psychological support to our programme participants.

Reach out… our community consists of more than just scenery, and extends beyond the beautiful Uplands campus. Talk to us about Uplands Outreach and how you can get involved.

– Dr Nicky de Bruyn | Uplands Outreach Executive Director

Meet Our Team

Uplands Outreach is privileged to call upon the skills and expertise of the Uplands staff and the greater Uplands community. There are many individuals who assist us on a regular basis, and who are essential ingredients in our success.

Outreach has a dedicated executive committee, five full-time staff members, various part-time consultants and advisors, and several volunteers and interns (many of whom are graduates of our programmes).

We are audited annually, and audited financial statements are available upon request.

Uplands Outreach is a joint venture between Uplands Preparatory School and Uplands College (Associations Incorporated under Section 21). NPC Registration: 971852408, PBO: 1811132816 NPO: 036217.

Uplands Outreach Executive Committee

The Uplands Board meets quarterly, as does the Uplands Outreach Executive Committee. The Uplands Outreach Executive Committee comprises:

  • Miles Japhet, Chairman
  • Mandrew Nyambi, Insikazi Circuit Manager
  • Sean Carlisle, Executive Head of Uplands
  • Jaco Diedericks, Business Manager
  • Violah Moya, Operations Manager of Uplands Outreach
  • Nicolette de Bruyn, Executive Director of Uplands Outreach
Sean Carlisle

Executive Head of Uplands

Sean Carlisle is no stranger to Uplands, having grown up in the Lowveld and having taught at both the Preparatory and College in his younger years. After studying to be a teacher at the University of Johannesburg, he taught History for a very short time at Roosevelt High in Johannesburg.

Sean Carlisle is no stranger to Uplands, having grown up in the Lowveld and having taught at both the Preparatory and College in his younger years. After studying to be a teacher at the University of Johannesburg, he taught History for a very short time at Roosevelt High in Johannesburg.

Sean started his Uplands teaching career in 1994 as the Deputy Boarding Master in the Prep and had to check the water pumps each day, and then ended his rounds doing a fence-line security check each evening. He was part of the team that launched Uplands College, spending over eight years with us, in amongst time overseas teaching at Woodbridge School in the UK.

Sean has spent the past 11 years at Hilton College in several teaching and sporting roles. He was a member of Hilton College’s Executive Committee, having finished his contract as Executive Housemaster and Housemaster of Pearce House

Sean has a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience working in both close communities and high-profile schools with demanding standards. As a former member of the Hilton College strategic planning review team, he helped shape a whole new contemporary approach to boarding that is proving to be highly successful. A seasoned educator who is greatly respected, Sean has a calm, thoughtful, collaborative and inclusive approach to work. His strategic, holistic and team experience will serve Uplands well, as our ‘One School’ moves into a new and exciting era.

Outside the academic day, Sean has coached both 1st team Rugby and 1st team Cricket, as well as a whole range of other sports. He is married to Kerry and they have two daughters, Megan, as well as Hannah who is at Uplands in Grade 11.

Dr Nicolette de Bruyn

Executive Director of Uplands Outreach

Nicky has a BA (Government), a MPA (Masters Degree in Public Affairs, specialising in public management) and a PhD (Education Leadership). Nicky is a specialist in non-profit management, community development practices, and educational leadership.

Nicky has a BA (Government), an MPA (Masters Degree in Public Affairs, specialising in Public Management) and a PhD (Education Leadership). Nicky is a specialist in non-profit management, community development practices, and educational leadership. She is passionate about combining goodwill and good management in the non-profit arena. She enjoys working with adults, especially school leaders, to unleash their talent. Nicky enjoys reading a wide variety of topics, research, writing, music and watching her son play sport. She is married to Drew Paterson and their son, Thomas, is at Uplands.
Violah Moya

Operations Manager of Uplands Outreach

Violah has a Primary School Teacher’s Diploma, a BA (Education) from the University of the North, an Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) from the University of Pretoria (for pupils with special needs), an ACE from the University of Johannesburg in School Management and Leadership, among other qualifications.

Violah has a Primary School Teacher’s Diploma, a BA (Education) from the University of the North, an Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) from the University of Pretoria (for pupils with special needs), an ACE from the University of Johannesburg in School Management and Leadership, among other qualifications. Violah is currently completing her Honours degree in Education Policy (University of Pretoria). Violah was previously principal at Sojuba Primary School and deputy principal of Vulamasango Primary School. She is passionate about working with children, acquiring knowledge, travelling, development and interacting with people. Violah is married to Jan Moya and has two daughters, Fiona and Sihle, a graduate of Uplands College.
Dr Joanne York

Outreach Monitoring, Evaluation and Communication

Joanne performs monitoring and evaluation processes for all of Uplands Outreach’s programmes, and also maintains key channels of communication, including website and social media for Uplands Outreach.

Joanne performs monitoring and evaluation processes for all of Uplands Outreach’s programmes, and also maintains key channels of communication, including website and social media for Uplands Outreach. Jo has a BSc (with majors in Psychology and the Sciences), her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE, UNISA) and is completing a Masters in the field of Education Technology. She has taught Grade 10 Maths at Uplands College. Having started her career as a registered Homeopath (Masters in Homeopathy, UJ), Jo believes in lifelong learning and courageously embracing change.
Beauty Mashego

Outreach Programme Administrator

Beauty has more than 20 years’ experience at Uplands Outreach. She has a certificate in
Office Administration, and an International Computer Driver's Licence (ICDL) qualification from Unigrad College.

Beauty has more than 20 years’ experience at Uplands Outreach. She has a certificate in
Office Administration, and an International Computer Driver's Licence (ICDL) qualification from Unigrad College. Beauty was born and raised in the Mahushu community and attended Mntungwa Secondary School. Beauty has a wealth of knowledge on Outreach’s partner schools and is passionate about the power of education and development. She is married to Shadrack Mthambo and has three children: Gomotso, Benny and Londeka, a graduate of Uplands College.
Katia van der Merwe

Uplands Outreach Finance / Office Administrator

Katia has a National Diploma in Logistics Management from UNISA (University of South Africa) with 8 years of experience in the logistics field. Katia was Finance Administrator and HR Administrator at Uplands College for 5 years before transferring to Uplands Outreach.

Katia has a National Diploma in Logistics Management from UNISA (University of South Africa) with 8 years of experience in the logistics field. Katia was Finance Administrator and HR Administrator at Uplands College for 5 years before transferring to Uplands Outreach. Katia is passionate about planning, organising, and being part of a team making a difference in schools and in the community. Katia enjoys reading, music, travelling and working with children. Katia is married to Deon van der Merwe and has two children, Samantha and Rui, who attend Uplands.
Tumelo Nkambule

Outreach Office Intern

Tumelo is a graduate of the Uplands Outreach Learners for Excellence (L4E) Saturday Maths Programme (2012 - 2014). He has been working as an office intern at Uplands Outreach since January 2017, while he completes his BEd with UNISA.

Tumelo is a graduate of the Uplands Outreach Learners for Excellence (L4E) Saturday Maths Programme (2012 - 2014). He has been working as an office intern at Uplands Outreach since January 2017, while he completes his BEd with UNISA. Tumelo offers tremendous support to the team, assisting with day-to-day programme logistics and office maintenance. Tumelo loves helping and motivating young pupils, and has aspirations of one day being an Educational Psychologist.

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Thank you for your interest, and your offer to donate to Uplands Outreach.

Uplands Outreach can help you fulfil 100% of your company’s Social Responsibility needs – and score all your SED points in your next B-BBEE audit.

We are:

  • Level 1 B-BBEE certified
  • 100% SED compliant
  • Section 18A tax exempt
  • Donor-friendly, impact-driven, and audit-ready

You are welcome to email Dr Nicky de Bruyn (Executive Director, Uplands Outreach) directly at ndebruyn@uplands.co.za

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This year has been so unexpected. As I write this in September 2020, we are still dealing with the daily uncertainties brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. It has been a mixed bag of emotions for me. Mainly I want to indicate how proud I am of our Circuit, how we moved together to deal with the situation. The cooperation was due to our principals, teachers and parents along with the District Office. Even now our Circuit depends on this ongoing cooperation and coordination.

We have survived with the help of NGOs and Uplands Outreach came on board quickly, to help us keep moving. We are so glad to have been adopted by you. This year we have been grateful for the Digital Literacy skills you imparted to our school leaders and teachers. We learnt about Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Zoom and were able to connect in the darkest days of lockdown. Thank you for the data, for the airtime, for the Personal Protective Equipment, for the thermometers, and for the confidence to use computers. As a result, we are a stable Circuit and we continued without too many disruptions.

If it were not for the brave school principals in the Circuit, I would have collapsed. I am not a cry-baby, but some of the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) situations were so taxing, open for misinterpretation and seemed insurmountable. Every day brought mountains of new information to process and implement. My school principals stood together and gave me hope and energy to continue.

M NyambiCircuit Manager (Insikazi School Circuit, Mpumalanga, 2020)

As the Head Teacher of Rathfern Primary School and Network Lead for the CCT Research Network in Lewisham (London, UK) I had the privilege of visiting South Africa in November 2019, together with a contingent of other UK Head Teachers. We spent several weeks visiting our partner schools in the Insikazi circuit, who participate in the British Council’s Connecting Classroom Campaign. My observations in the classrooms across the many schools was a team of passionate and determined educators lead by dedicated female school leaders under exceptionally challenging circumstances.

The powerful resourcefulness, creativity and commitment of teachers was evident in the teaching and learning across the classrooms. Classrooms were print rich, vibrant, stimulating and had a palpable warmth of spirit. The schools had embraced the development of the Sustainable Development Goals across the schools. The SDGs were promoting ‘envisioning’ – pupils and teachers being able to imagine a better future. I was inspired, humbled and enriched as a leader and educator – thank you!

N MaharasingamHead Teacher (London, UK)

As the Head Teacher of Rathfern Primary School and Network Lead for the CCT Research Network in Lewisham (London, UK) I had the privilege of visiting South Africa in November 2019, together with a contingent of other UK Head Teachers. We spent several weeks visiting our partner schools in the Insikazi circuit, who participate in the British Council’s Connecting Classroom Campaign. My observations in the classrooms across the many schools was a team of passionate and determined educators lead by dedicated female school leaders under exceptionally challenging circumstances.

The powerful resourcefulness, creativity and commitment of teachers was evident in the teaching and learning across the classrooms. Classrooms were print rich, vibrant, stimulating and had a palpable warmth of spirit. The schools had embraced the development of the Sustainable Development Goals across the schools. The SDGs were promoting ‘envisioning’ – pupils and teachers being able to imagine a better future. I was inspired, humbled and enriched as a leader and educator – thank you!

Mr Elmon JomoMaths teacher at Mgwenyane Primary School, in the Insikazi School Circuit, 2020

In my professional opinion, there is no doubt that Uplands Outreach is highly effective and making a tremendous impact in the Insikazi Circuit. They are unquestionably achieving their vision, mission and stated objectives; donors can rest assured that their funds are in excellent hands. Uplands Outreach can be commended as a national leader in this field.

PL BrinkIndependent Evaluator (2020)

The hallmark of Uplands Outreach, reflected in both beneficiary and donor comments, is the dedicated, passionate, personal attention given to the project, resulting in a very positive relationship between Uplands Outreach, the Department of Education and most particularly the Circuit Manager and school leadership teams…it is clear that the programme has been exceptionally successful.

D GearIndependent Evaluator (2020)

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