A few Helderberg locals were dreaming the same dreams. Once we met up and started sharing our individual strengths and expertise, we realized that we have a shared vision and complementary skills to start building Strong Schools.

Vonnie Mostert

Founding Director & CEO

Vonnie is the founder of Camino Consulting and a registered Counselling Psychologist. He has 25 years of experience in Organisational Development Interventions, Executive Coaching and Leadership & Management Development processes. He is a faculty member of the University of Stellenbosch Business School and a Certified Facilitator of Young Presidents Organisation (a global organisation for CEOs). His integrity and value-based leadership made Camino Consulting a company with a strong reputation in the market that is known for its professional customer service. In 2016 The Rupert Foundation partnered with Vonnie to develop school leadership in the Helderberg Basin and because of his heart for whole school improvement programs, Strong Schools was birthed to build on the momentum created by this school leadership development project. 

Trudie Schoeman

Founding Director & CFO

Trudie Schoeman is a very passionate lady with a big heart for community development and upliftment through teaching and training. She was involved with Temperance  Town Primary School before Strong schools was founded. Read more about their project for a school hall for this school, here.

Caryn Maree

Founding Director & COO

Caryn joined Vonnie and Trudie to put structure to their dream of improving WCED schools in the Helderberg. Driven by the conviction that a school can be the vehicle of transformation for a community, she is the operational team member behind the scenes. She has a big love for teaching and education – from toddler to adult – life is for learning. She completed her BComm Honours at Stellenbosch University majoring in industrial psychology and marketing and at the ripe age of 31 she passed her PGCE (Intermediate phase) through UNISA cum laude.

Nokwazi Mniki

School Stakeholders Director

Nokwazi is a former primary school principal and a grade 7 mathematics wizard. She is from Nomzamo and is very passionate about her community and driven to uplift the schools in that area. She operated her own extra classes facility before joining Strong Schools. She wants to share her experience with current school leadership teams and inspire and support them in their mammoth tasks of leading through some of the most challenging circumstances. Her voice is invaluable to our team as she speaks from grass root encounters, guides us with practical wisdom but most importantly, she has the belief that schools that are committed to excellence and dedicated to serve their children, have the power to transform their communities!

Sonja van der Bank

Head of Schools’ Psychological Capital Development 

Sonja is our schools’ leadership coach and psychological development manager and facilitator. She works with Camino Consulting and has been investing in the individual leaders (principals and SMT members) over the past four years. She is a registered Psychometrist with the Health Professional Council of South Africa. Her work experience includes psychological assessments, developing competency models, lead­ership development, coaching, and leading change processes. The passion and enthusiasm for her profession makes Sonja a contagious and inspiring leader.

Strong Schools School Co-ordinator

Coming soon.