The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s annual Circle of Excellence has become synonymous with recognition and reward of excellence. The initiative was launched to increase the pool of applicants for the Allan Gray Fellowship and resulted in a network of feeder high schools that we refer to as our COE partners.
Several of these COE partners have succeeded in consistently delivering quality Candidate Allan Gray Fellow applicants over the last few years. In some cases the overall number of successful applicants from COE partners are now in the region of 40 and 50. These figures bear testament to the passion and excellence with which entrepreneurial practices and thinking are encouraged at these institutions.
The 100 schools that will be receiving acknowledgement for their efforts in developing exceptional individuals with high entrepreneurial potential come from every corner of the country. 84 of them are returning COE partners, while the remaining 16 will be welcomed in our ranks for the first time. They are, in no particular order, Crawford College La Lucia, Theodor Herzl High School, Prestige College, St Stithians Boys College, Milner High School, Hoërskool Pretoria-Wes, Selly Park Secondary, Westering High School, Potchefstroom Boys High School, Victoria Girls High School, Hoërskool Randburg, Camps Bay High School, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Taxila Secondary School, Tshivhase Secondary School and Northcliff High School.
Besides the acknowledgement of excellence that each of these 100 schools receive, they will also be invited to send a representative of theirs to the Foundation’s Circle of Excellence Principals’ Conference later in the year. A weekend away will be spent in the company of like-minded individuals, engaging each other on the topics of entrepreneurial best practice and development strategies. The conference thus serves the dual purpose of exposing our COE partners to thought leadership on entrepreneurship and thanking them for the integral part they play in cultivating high-impact entrepreneurship in South Africa.