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What People Say

It’s always great to hear your thoughts on our workshops. If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear from you…


We had the privilege of hosting and attending a workshop by Renee Lighton at Plettenberg Bay Primary School in February. The workshop was attended by parents and teachers and was a huge success.
Renee is a dynamic speaker, who gets everyone involved, excited, and thinking! Her ideas are endless, and most importantly, fun.
And the great thing is, the activities don't cost anything, as you can use items from around the house - so no excuses.

I believe every parent and teacher left the workshop having learnt something from Renee, and will be learning through play with their children!
Thank you for a great, positive, fun evening. We will definitely be back for more the next time.
Date: 08 March 2016
Posted By: Principal Mrs Anita Schnell and Grade R Educators
“Thank you for an amazing presentation on Saturday. It was informative, entertaining and potentially life-changing.
I felt like you were talking directly to me as I am battling with discipline and classroom management this year.
I intend implementing your suggestions from tomorrow”

“I absolutely loved your talk at the Naptosa seminar today.”

“Thank you for the inspirational morning. Wow! You have left me feeling so positive and inspired.”
Date: 07 March 2016
Posted By: Naptosa Foundation Phase Symposium
“I am so fortunate and blessed to have attended your workshop at St Anne’s Primary School last night.
I just wanted to take the opportunity to Thank You.
I left the workshop a different person ? I found the workshop extremely positive, encouraging, an eye opener, life changing ?

I look forward to the positive changes that will be made in our family and the effect it will have on my child”
Date: 05 February 2016
Posted By: Anne (mother at St Anne's)
I’ve recently met with Renee & am inspired & energised by her ideas using recycled materials as learning equipment.

I highly recommend her courses. It’s particularly good for coaching parents on how to PLAY (talk/learn) with their young children.
Date: 25 January 2016
Posted By: Carolyn -WORCESTER
Thank you so much for the very energising dose of your empowering medicine - you are very good at what you do, you connect with your audience in such an impactful way.
Date: 23 November 2015
Posted By: Laura Anne - HOD at Bergvliet Primary School
Second time round!

Just mailing to say thanx for another informative evening last night. My daughter 5 years and son almost 2 are already both engaged in the fun "games", and really got me thinking a bit more and seeing things in a more useful and creative way.

Date: 31 October 2015
Posted By: Nazreen
Parent & teacher workshops make a difference!

"Thank you so much for last night, our parents were all talking about it this morning; how engaged and informative you were, how much practical advice they received, and some even gave feedback of games they played with their boys this morning!"
Date: 01 October 2015
Posted By: Jane - Teacher at Rondebosch Boys Prep
"All odds seemed against me the morning of Renee's workshop but I arrived on time for one of the most unforgettable hours of 2015. Renee is an inspiration to anyone involved in educating children. The skills learnt that day were put to work that very week. The book made out of a recycled A4 page was the one that I'v tried with children of all ages and their ideas were amazing. The idea of making learning tools from recycled items is inspiring another project at the school too. Thank you Renee for having your finger on the pulse and your "light on" the needs of the children of the world."
Date: 14 July 2015
Posted By: Melanie Lippert York Rd Primary School

Hi Renee

Thank you, once more for your Time, Effort and the Positive Energy at the "LightOn" workshop. I wished you could see the work carried out yesterday at the first session. The literacy tutors immediately implemented and applied themselves in their one-one experience. Of course we had loads of smiles and wide-eyed learners enjoying every minute! The principal popped in at the sessions and immediately called me aside and expressed gratitude, when he saw the little one's smiling....

Thank you, thank you for always inspiring and motivating the reading helpers. As you said... They are the MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE in the Life of our children.


Melody Volmink

Help2Read Cape Town

Date: 14 May 2015
Posted By: Melody Volmink
Hi Renee
Your talk was just so inspiring, thank you. I gave my one year old a tin with bottle tops and she sat playing with it for about half an hour, while we were waiting at the uif offices. AMAZING!!!!
Thank you again! I am also loving the book!
Rina Swanepoel
Date: 02 April 2015
Posted By: Rina Swanepoel
I wanted to say thank you so much for your guidance and input during this year. After our first meeting with you in January (2014), there were one or two things that you said to us that have just made all the difference.
We have stuck to it and we have had a very successful and happy year!
Date: 02 April 2015
Posted By: Jayne Acker
Keynote for the Grade 1 to Grade 7 parent evenings (Feb 2015):

Hi Renee,

Thanks so much for inspiring our parents and for helping to get the parents on board. As always, we enjoyed your talks and found them highly valuable.
Date: 15 February 2015
Posted By: Vicky Davis (Teacher) Milnerton Primary School
We so enjoyed your enthusiasm, energy and great advice - I was absolutely serious about wanting you back for my 2016 Reception Grade parents.
Date: 16 December 2014
Posted By: Laura Anne - Bergvliet Primary
Thanks Renee, as usual it was great.
Date: 28 November 2014
Posted By: Jackie Chaskalson - PA to Jos Horwitz
They thoroughly enjoyed it Renee. Came back with only positive vibes!
Date: 28 November 2014
Posted By: Kenridge Primary
Thank you again for Tuesday evening, I have already taught my class two new cards games and they love it!
Date: 28 November 2014
Posted By: Emma Peck Reddam Grade 2
Hi Renee
We found the workshop totally inspiring and practical.Please let us know when visiting this way again-would love to host you for a workshop to inspire other ECD centres/parents in our framework.
We are a NPO under ACVV umbrella so funding is always an issue but really our Money was well spent!!
Many thanks,I had staff high- fiving each other throughout the day :-)
Dolly Nel
Date: 03 November 2014
Posted By: Dolly Nel
A very special thank you for coming to chat to the Moms Circle Group this morning at Mediclinic Cape Town.

It was incredibly special and vital how you focused on Mom Wellness (the importance of taking care of themselves first, in order to be energised sufficiently to care for their babes in return). Being a Mom involves such a huge variety of duties, thank you for your comprehensive talk pertaining to speech and language development and in addition how you made the Moms aware of parenting and thinking positively, sharing so many hints and tips with the Moms.

Emma (one of the Moms) was so impressed, she said I have only just joined Moms Circle Group and Renee highlighted so many aspects of Motherhood, including giving me sage advice regarding coping with my 'internalising' of my stress!
Date: 21 August 2014
Posted By: Linda Waner - Facilitator - The Parent Centre
Thank you so much for the workshop last week; it was really inspirational, encouraging, and motivating! It's also so wonderful to know someone who has already done so much in the type of education that I'm interested in and to have a role model!
I'll be starting at Little STAR today at Mannenberg and I'll be sure to email you or WhatsApp you with any questions or queries. Thank you so much for your kindness and for sharing your passion for education!
UCT Education SHAWCO Student
Date: 17 August 2014
Posted By: Bronte Hwang
I feel so fresh as if I've been at a Spa yesterday. And all the activities we did, I want to share them with my learners.
Date: 28 July 2014
Posted By: Teacher - CASME Workshop
Excellent Workshop, I really am inspired to use waste in my class. Thank You!
Date: 27 June 2014
Posted By: Ruth Saunders
Thank you I’ve learnt a lot that I can introduce into my classroom. Scrap is SO valuable.
Date: 27 June 2014
Posted By: Florence Petersen
Thank you for an absolutely superb interaction with the Nural Huda parents. Once again, you have shown parents how easy it is to set little ones up for success. May you be blessed with health and energy to continue to inspire many more individuals all around the world.
Date: 25 June 2014
Posted By: Fatima Rahbeeni
Hi Renee
Thank you and congratulations on your inspiring presentation at Rustenburg High School for Girls on Saturday.
I am a great follower of William Purkey’s “Invitational Education” theory of practice and a great believer in the adage “The heart of Education is the education of the heart!”
Thanks, again, for sharing your heart with us. ‘Everything matters, nothing is wasted!’
Keep up the A+ work! Regards Jeremy
Date: 25 May 2014
Posted By: Jeremy
I found your workshop very interesting and would love to receive your recommended reading list etc. Thank you! Annabel-Muizenberg Junior School
Date: 25 May 2014
Posted By: Annabel
How wonderful to see you on Saturday…nah…SEE is not the right word…EXPERIENCE you! Gits, you oulik!
Thank you for always pouring your heart and soul into whatever you touch! Seriously …you one hell of a girl!
The Mind Moves Institute
Date: 19 February 2014
Posted By: Dr Melodie de Jager - Mind Moves Institute
Thank you so, so much for your fantastic workshop today. I've gone through the evaluation forms and we received such positive feedback! Examples below:

- Presenter was well prepared and had our attention at all times.
- Was aimed at various competency levels which was incredibly helpful. Great that it was cost effective. Visual presentation could have been reinforced on a screen.
- Renee was wonderful, I feel comfortable working with her and would like to have more training sessions with her.
- Gave me great ideas on how to play with the children I work with and how to involve the parents
- I work with kids on a regular basis and got great ideas on how to incorporate different things in my therapy sessions and how cost effective it could be.
As you can see, all out members found it very valuable, I did not come across any negative feedback.
Thank you once again and we wish you all the best for your future endeavours, which will hopefully include more work with us!

Date: 19 February 2014
Posted By: Aimee Jansen
Must tell you that my daughter is studying OT at UCT and I have been able to share some really good ideas that you showed us at the library workshop last year. - Hermanus Primary School.
Date: 02 October 2013
Posted By: Carolyn Hutton
Thank you, Renee

Hallo Bev,
Ek wil net terugvoer gee oor Rene se praatjie by ons AGM laas Donderdag. As ek van al die positiewe kommentaar moet aflei, dan moet julle haar op ys sit en bewaar vir geslagte wat kom. Die vroue het aan haar lippe gehang en almal was begeesterd oor wat met kleuters se breinontwikkeling gedoen kan word. Baie dankie vir haar bydrae.
Sy was beslis die ster van die oggend.
Nogmaals ‘n groot dankie.
Sannie Wiese
Voorsitter ACVV Tak Kaapstad.
Date: 02 October 2013
Posted By: Sannie Wiese
Thank you so much for the mail and for the workshop the assistants are totally inspired they LOVED it every single one!! I hope this is the start of an amazing communication and learning processthank you for your energy and time. I hope to see you again soon!
Date: 16 September 2013
Posted By: Nadia Saban
Dear Renee
Thank you so much for your fabulous “Cards, Dice and all things nice….” Workshop. Every staff member that attended agreed that is a long time since we have attended such a practical, hands on event. Your enthusiasm and energy kept us entertained. Let me know when you are back home so that we can book you for a few workshops at St. Peter’s. Keep making learning FUN……!!!

Warm regards

Kenda Melvill-Smith
St Peter’s School, JHB.
Date: 12 May 2013
Posted By: Kenda Melvill-Smith
I must tell you that my son and I are communicating better since I started implementing your coaching. You have really made a positive difference in our lives. Thank you kindly.
Date: 06 May 2013
Posted By: Happy mother
Thank you for an awesome workshop. All who attended left inspired and eager to put in practise your wonderful ideas.
Date: 01 May 2013
Posted By: Felicity Gower-Jackson. Dainfern College Principal
I have been to two of Rene’s workshops before and she is fantastic!! Loriane Thanks so much for Saturday. The course was brilliant! You are such a natural at what you do, and have great ideas.
Date: 30 April 2013
Posted By: Melanie
Thank you so much for your time and effort you made. I have learnt so much.
Date: 28 April 2013
Posted By: Melody - Help2Read
Thank you so much for the workshop that you held on Saturday, your passion and energy is contagious! Your book is so full of wonderful, practical, cost effective and do-able ideas - thank you for putting this together as a resource for all.
I will never see an egg box in the same light again! May you continue to inspire parents and teachers in this way.
Date: 15 April 2013
Posted By: Annette Nelson - Knysna Education Trust
“I have been to two of Renee’s workshops before and she is fantastic! She’s a natural at what she does and she has great ideas.”
Date: 13 April 2013
Posted By: Melanie
Hi Renee

I have only been receiving positive comments on your workshop you led!

Kind regards,
Rick Greener. International School of Cape Town. Staff development session. 2012.
Date: 12 April 2013
Posted By: Rick Greener
The Workshop run for parents by Rene at our school was simply fantastic. Not only was it informative and practical but also a relaxed, fun and unthreatening environment for parents to learn in. It was amazing to go “back to basics” and discover the value of simple house hold objects in supporting our children’s learning. Thank you René – an egg box will never be quite the same for us.
Date: 05 April 2013
Posted By: Mandy Webb, Head: School-In-The-Woods, St Cyprians
Thank you once again for running this workshop, my team are very excited to implement your good ideas.
Date: 01 April 2013
Posted By: Elkanah House
Fantastic workshop….. such simple ideas – why have we not thought of them ourselves. Ultra informative, inspirational and extremely useful. Will be sending my au pair as soon as you announce the next one and will be letting all my fellow mum’s know – it’s an absolute MUST! Thank-you!" thanks again!
Date: 29 March 2013
Posted By: Sue McDermott
It is so nice to see how well you are doing with these workshops. I wish that more teachers would make maths come alive.
Date: 25 March 2013
Posted By: Cindy
Thanks so much for a fabulous workshop, I really enjoyed it and was thoroughly inspired to try some of the play tools and vocab with my little ones!
Date: 25 March 2013
Posted By: Moira Geldenhuys, Durbanville
Dear Renee

Thank you so much for the very informative and exciting workshop that you held last night at Oakhurst Girls' School.
We really appreciated the practical and easy to do examples that you shared with us.
We are looking forward to many more evenings like this.

Have a wonderful week.

Kind regards
Erina Muir
Grade R Teacher, Oakhurst Primary School.
Date: 23 March 2013
Posted By: Erina Muir
As a foundation phase teacher now out of the school environment, your workshop and your passion for education, really stimulated my creativity and reminded me of all the fun one can have while learning! Your ideas are simple, practical and yet very effective. I will definitely recommend your workshop to all my EQual Zeal® moms with younger children.
Date: 19 March 2013
Posted By: Anonymous
I am inspired!
Date: 16 March 2013
Posted By: Andrea
Thank you for coming to our school last Friday. We all enjoyed the time with you and will definitely take all you shared with us to heart.
Date: 13 March 2013
Posted By: Disa Park Pre Primary
I highly recommend this course to you all – nothing fancy or difficult to implement – just makes it all seem so easy and obvious. Do your kids the favor and attend.
Date: 26 February 2013
Posted By: Catherine Reddam
We had such an inspiring morning listening to all your ideas this morning!Thank you so, so much for coming. We will be making little books and spotting all the 'toys we have at home' as we play up a storm with our munchkins!
Meryl Rabe. Moms Group. St James Church. Kenilworth.
Date: 19 February 2013
Posted By: Meryl Rabe
“Thanks for coaching me through this storm. Words cannot explain how much you helped me. You were my blessing last year!”
Date: 15 February 2013
Posted By: Debbie
... just want tell you my kids think you are awesome!!! They were part of the Otjiwarongo Secondary School group this morning. They were amazed at how quiet the kids were when you spoke and they said you are an amazing person. Ansie Jacobs. Otjiwarongo. Namibia.Michelle McLean Children Trust Road show.
Date: 11 February 2013
Posted By: Ansie Jacobs
Thanks for coaching me through this storm. Words cannot explain how much you helped me. You were my blessing last year!
Date: 10 February 2013
Posted By: Debbie
I just wanted to say “thanks” again for the two talks to our parents. All the feedback I heard about Thursday’s talk was very positive! Our teachers were especially impressed. You set the tone for the evening and got us all going!
Our intermediate phase HOD also thought you were fantastic.
Vicky - teacher at Milnerton Primary School,Milnerton. January 2013
Date: 25 January 2013
Posted By: Vicky
I want to say thank you for being an inspiration to us as teachers.
Date: 18 January 2013
Posted By: Lesley
Baie dankie vir jou energieke aanbieding. Die mense was absoluut MAL daaroor! Jy het hulle ‘n lekker inspirasie-inspuiting gegee en ek weet die kreatiwiteit gaan vloei in Mind Moves! Voorspoed met die fantastiese werk wat jy doen!
Lana, Communications and General Manager, Mind Moves Institute.
Date: 17 November 2012
Posted By: Lana
This book is awesome! Think it should be compulsory reading for ALL parents! Well done! Belinda Murphy, Springfield Primary School
Date: 30 October 2012
Posted By: Grade 1 Teacher
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I have yet to have a staff member or parent attend one of your workshops without a wow! Well done on what you have achieved.

Mind Moves Institute

How wonderful to see you on Saturday…nah…SEE is not the right word…EXPERIENCE you!
Gits, you oulik!
Thank you for always pouring your heart and soul into whatever you touch! Seriously …you one hell of a girl!
Dr Melodie de Jager
Mind Moves Institute


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Feedback from Pam Picken  after our first Positive Parenting Programme for RCL FODS in Wocester

Hi Renee

Thank you so much for a most rewarding 2 days. You certainly confirmed my belief in you as the right choice to start Rainbow’s Positive Parenting Programme! You are a superb facilitator with any group of participants & this is fully borne out by the 100% response from participants! WELL DONE! I really enjoyed our 2 days together & look forward to the process unfolding & providing the value we all want in changing the lives of children and their families.

Mrs Pam Picken

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"Thank you for the awesome workshop! We had a recycling month of May to gather all our materials and have implemented what we learned into our centre. At our next parent workshop I will be showing our parents the dvd I bought, Thank you." - Zeidie-Lee Muller