Lucy also came in the top 5% in RSA in 6 subjects and in the top 1% in RSA in 5 subjects
Lucy also came in the top 5% in RSA in 6 subjects and in the top 1% in RSA in 5 subjects
Jaco and Marice Badenhorst, who manage a busy lodge in Welgevonden, invited our Grade Ones for a game drive in this exclusive Big Five reserve. Son, Josua, is in that class and you can see from the photos that he took a leadership role as his classmates joined him on his home turf.
While the Foundation Phase take time out for an outing, the Grade 4 to 12 learners are deeply embroiled in the examination process. Below is a picture of most of the Matric group as they take on Mathematical Literacy and Chemistry.
DATES AND TIMES TO REMEMBER
Monday – Carols by Candlelight – 17h00 Picnic; 18h00 Carols Service
– Pre-Preparatory Graduation – 09h00 – School closes for Pre-Preparatory learners thereafter.
– Junior Preparatory Prize Giving – 11h00 – School closes for Junior PreparatoryLearners at 12h00
Thursday – Senior Preparatory Prize Giving – 09h00 – School closes for Senior Preparatory Learners at 11h00
Friday – High School Prize Giving – 09h00 – School closes for High School learners at 11h00
The record breakers. Below, Mr Bridger congratulates the swimmers who broke records in Friday’s Interhouse Gala.
The first Monday of every month is also provincial and SA colours day where those learners who have achieved these honours are invited to wear their colours to school in place of uniform. Daniel and Ruan chose to honour the Boks instead of invoking their right. Good choice, Guys!
These learners got the D6 message about wearing green. Here they show their joy at the William Webb Ellis Trophy coming home to South Africa for the next four years.
If you are not connected to the new version of th eD6, you will inevitably be missing messages like this one, which was cobbled together over the weekend. The answer is pretty simple – come and see Cornè to get connected/transferred.
This annual event was held at Hillside, property of Craig and Trish Pidduck. The Pidducks have generously allowed the Academy the use of their bush camp over many years, and it has proven to be the perfect venue for Leadership and Guppy Camps. Thank you, Craig and Trish.
A very big Thank You is due to Mr Roth who organized and led the camp and took care of our Grade 11’s while they were in the bush.
Above: A mixed group of Grade 7 revellers and Grade 6 waitrons.
Middle: Kamo Malemela and Carla Leonard seem to be enjoying the evening.
Below: The parents’ table was very convivial
Head Girl, San-Marie Stegmann, looking lovely in maroon, which seemed to be the most popular colour among the girls.
They say that a Matric Farewell is all about the dress, and I believe our evening was no different from any others. The girls looked magnificent and the boys were dashing.
Rebecca and Marco posing for this beautiful picture in front of the Leeuwenhof bell tower.
Congratulations, Mrs McBride, on putting together such a lovely evening. Thank you, Mrs Raubenheimer for all your help. Leeuwenhof was an inspired choice for a venue. It is absolutely beautiful, and I believe the staff could not do enough to help with the preparations on the day.
Their last day at school saw little work being done and a trip down memory lane. Mrs McBride got them to the same spot where group photos had been taken since Grade 4, and even got them to sit in the same positions. Michael’s bunny ears had also become compulsory after so many years, he is not resisting the onset of early adulthood!
Good morning Mr. Godfrey, Members of the Board, Teachers, Parents and Fellow students.
Today is a very bitter-sweet day for us as Matrics. It is our very last day that we will be amongst our teachers and friends before we head into our final exams. We are all very excited to close off our school career and embark on the incredible next chapter of our lives. However, we will be thrown into the deep end and without water wings to help us. But God will never leave our sides. He confirms this in Joshua 1:9 when He says, “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
We might feel unprepared for what is to come in the future but Waterberg Academy has taught us so many crucial values and skills that we will carry with us into our next journey. Independence, integrity, humility, empathy and discipline; just to name a few. But most importantly, our school has taught us to be kind and loving, unconditionally. Our school is considered to be a family that is always there for each other. We do sometimes have our difference, like all families do, but at the end of the day we can still come together, laugh together and depend on each other.
Our school has offered us countless opportunities to make memories that will last us a lifetime. All the years of camping, making “stokbrood”, swimming in rivers, sleeping under the stars (which, initially not all of us were too happy about), going to the beach, building rafts (which, again, we weren’t too excited about after the tenth time but we did it anyways) and getting to know each other better in the process. We have been able to form not only bonds, but friendships with our teachers, which I don’t think many students can do in big schools. We are able to confide in our teachers and know that it will stay only with them.
I have been a student here my whole life and many teachers and students have come and gone, but something that has never faded is the love and concern we have for each other as pupils at this school.
A little message from us as the Matrics of 2019, is that you should appreciate our school and do not take it for granted. Do not wish that school can just end already because it really does come sooner than you expect it to.
I asked my classmates what is something that they appreciate or enjoy about this school and their answers describe Waterberg Academy so perfectly. Their answers were that we get personal attention from teachers, we are given the opportunity to be book-smart and bush-smart, the fact that we are so close as a class and that we are like family, our teachers always show us love and kindness, our learners are always kind to each other and the school and teachers push us to reach our full potential. According to Spieg, he is just here for the “lekkerness”. I have been here since I can remember. It’s all I have ever known and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I have made lifelong friends that I will cherish forever.
Waterberg Academy has crawled underneath our skin over the years and it will always have a very special place in our hearts.
THANK YOU WATERBERG ACADEMY!!!
Our Archery Team went to Witbank to shoot in the Nationals and many of them also shot in the Inter Provincials. Once again, our team is to be complimented on their excellent behaviour. Well done!
The Limpopo Development Team (8 of whom are our learners) placed 2nd and the Waterberg Academy Team placed 4th in the 3D shoot.
Ruan Leonard shot very well, placing 1st Grade 5; 2nd 3D Primary; 3rd Bullseye Primary; and 2nd Overall Primary. Well done, Ruan!
Here Ruan Leonard sports his impressive array of medals.
Mohau Mokoena in Grade 00 guessed closest to the secret spot on Max the Rhino, winning R200 for his efforts. Congratulations, Mohau.
Lyandi van der Merwe was very busy for 5 days during the September break riding in the South African Championships. Her results were:
On her horse Carel Hancke Limpopo
Dressage Prelim Test 1 20th
Dressage Prelim Test 2 14th
Equitation Intermediate 80 cm 10th
Accumulator 90 cm Jumping 2nd
Competition 90 cm Jumping 7th
Working Hunter 80 cm 6th
Accumulator 80 cm Jumping 4th
Dressage Novice Test 1 7th
Dressage Novice Test 2 7th
Lyandi displays the rosettes she won at the Nationals. As a result of her hard work and entirely on her own, Lyandi brought Waterberg Academy into 4th position among the schools.
We are very proud of you, Lyandi.
These Grade 5’s are busy printing “Animal Migration” from string blocks and lino ink.
Mayor Marlene Vermaak and a covey of councillors descended on the Academy this morning to encourage our Matrics for their forthcoming examinations. Here their programme director does the introductions.
On Tuesday the Senior Preparatory cricketers took on a teachers’ team in a 10 over match. The rule was that once you had scored 20 runs you had to retire. Three of the teachers retired and two of the boys, and therein lay the difference with the teachers emerging ahead.
On Wednesday evening we held our Drama, Art and Music evening. The addition of drama is a new innovation and enables those who got a prestige in the Eisteddfod to showcase their talent alongside the traditional music and art.
Please join me in congratulating Mrs Juliet Calcott and her many helpers on the staging of such a successful evening. The preparation was meticulous, the performers excellent, and the art, both that of the learners and that of the adult exhibitors, was superb.
Kirkman won by 12 runs. Quinn Harmse and Ruan Leonard shared top scoring honours. Quinn also took three wickets, as did Rafologang Buthane.
Sadly, I have no pictures of this game, but Kirkman won 3 – 1.
This was played last week and Davidson won by 2 runs.
Siyanda in his delivery stride as Shaun (Grade 2) waits to see the result and Mr O’Kelly keeps a sharp eye on proceedings.
The Senior Preparatory Phase held their entrepreneurs’ day today. There were, as expected, a number of attractions, but the pony rides pictured leftwere a “hit.”
Carla and Lyandi brought these friendly animals to school today to offer pony rides to the learners. Their stall was kept busy throughout.
Our PTA will be holding a meeting next week on Friday (break up day) at 10h00 in the Hall. Since at least one parent from each family will be here at that time to pick up children, this will be the time that will be most convenient for all.
The PTA wish to inform parents of their efforts this year and of the exciting events to come. Please be there to support these hard-working people who do so much for the School.
Livingston Banda negotiates the rock garden as three dads watch in admiration. There are many dangers out there in this sport, but these courageous young people are fearless.
Livingston will be riding for Limpopo at the Nationals Championships during the September holiday.
These championships are only for High Schools, so Carla, who is top of her age group and Bradley who is no. 2, will not be competing. However, they were awarded provincial colours for their performances throughout the SPUR Series.
Waterberg Academy has had a very successful mountain biking season this year with Nikki Eagar as our coach. There have regularly been 14 or 15 learners at the training sessions and 10 or 12 at the Saturday races. And, of course, her sons Daniel and Bradley have led from the front. Thank you, Nikki! It has been wonderful to see each of the riders progress from only feeling comfortable on the flat ground to taking on obstacles which would make most adults blanche.
Small wonder that our learners did so well this year with these three eisteddfod savvy ladies encouraging them every word of the way. And then there were the ladies who helped the learners with getting their presentations right, both for individual and choral work. In fact, the choral verse got an unprecedented number of prestige awards this year – testament to the hard work of the “coaches.”
Mrs McBride has organized our Waterberg Academy Arts Festival for the past five years, and we have watched the performances of our learners improve every year. Whenever she is thanked or congratulated for her hard work, she is quick to deflect the praise towards those who have helped her. Thank you, Janice, and all your helpers.
Our new secretary/PA to the headmaster, Mrs Cornè Pretorius was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when she was presented with some goodies to mark Secretaries’ Day.
Joshua Hein is busy adding the acid solution from a burette to the base in the flask to observe the exact moment that the base changes from blue to yellow.
Hands up if you remember doing titration experiments in your school days!
What a close contest – Davidson won by 2 runs!
Well done, Foundation Phase teachers. Your charges were outstanding and the hall looked lovely.
There appeared to be more cars on the School grounds on Saturday than ever before. Our PTA really pulled out all the stops. They also introduced a number of new attractions which helped invite the community in – and the community came from far and wide.
Reading the exchanges on the PTA Whatsapp group, it was clear a number of people were working very hard to provide a day to be remembered. Decisions were made and changed and better solutions found. The quality of what they produced was on display for all of us to see on the day, and it was fantastic. Well done!
I am sure that all our learners, parents and staff join me in thanking our PTA for their magnificent effort that led to a very successful Family Fun Day. We all know that behind every hard-working PTA mother there stands a supportive husband, patiently lightening the load while his wife works on behalf of the School . . . so thank you Dads and Families for giving Mom up for a few weeks as she centred her efforts on our School. Of course, a very special “Thank you” goes to Reinhard and his incredible team.
There were also a number of sponsors who helped with the cost of the attractions. If this FFD breaks any records, our generous sponsors will have had a lot to do with it. Thank you!
Our Grade 12’s are busy with their Prelims / Trials / Mock Exams, call them what you will. They write common papers within the cluster and get a foretaste of the real thing which starts in October. They even get to write in the Farmers’ Hall as they will later in the year. In the pictures below one can see two young matrics working assiduously. The photographer was intrigued by the difference between the surfaces of the desks of the boys and the girls. Viva la difference!
Fighting a fire can be quite a frantic business, so it is important that when you pick up a fire extinguisher you know exactly what to do and in what sequence. The best way to learn is by doing, so yesterday Mr O’Kelly told us, then showed us and finally got us actually to put out a blaze. Our service provider loaned us three extinguishers and our maintenance team helped with the construction of safe fire receptacles.
The Grade 6’s were blessed to have their Art lesson in the garden today. Mrs Forster-Towne was showing them how the shadows worked and how to capture these and light and dark shadings on the leaves of the plants.
What a lovely way to enjoy the recent balmy weather.
Our Mountain Bikers went to Tzaneen on Saturday to ride in the third leg of the SPUR Limpopo Schools MTB Cross Country Series. As we have come to expect, we again had some real “uitblinkers” and some disappointments.
Ten of our learners rode and their results were as follows:
Livvy takes this corner very carefully. Sharp turns on a loose surface can be quite treacherous!
One of the challenges of this sport is equipment failure. Competitive bikes are made as light as possible, and the lighter components can and do fail. Daniel Eagar, who usually finishes on the U/10 podium, had to contend with a chain that came off. To his credit, he took this in his stride and still finished the race. Livingston simply had a bad start and spent the race playing catchup.
Our Senior Preparatory cricketers went to Laerskool Vaalwater on Tuesday. They had a nail-biting finish to what became a highly competitive game. Mr O’Kelly has brought this team a long way and they played some excellent cricket. Stand-out on the day was Ruan Leonard who took 7 wickets, including a hattrick and (while keeping wicket at the end of the game) a stumping, requiring a degree of anticipation and skill seldom seen at this level. Well done, Ruan!
Scott McBride also had a great game, taking 2 wickets in 2 balls and in his next over finishing the game with a beautiful caught and bowled. His younger brother, Shaun, was heard to point out that he now holds the record as the youngest player ever to play for the Senior Preparatory – Shaun is in Grade Two! Ewaldt van Dyk comes in for a mention in despatches for playing a classic inning as an opening batsman and sticking around long enough to, in the coach’s words, take the shine off the ball.
Our team only managed to post a score of 62 in their innings, but proceeded to dislodge the Laerskool batsmen for 58. Appropriately, the pictures below show Ruan Leonard at wicket keeper aiming for that stumping, and Scott McBride bowling the ball for the first of his two earlier wickets. Both umpires will be familiar to the learners and parents of the Academy.
On Thursday afternoon we played mini-cricket with Laerskool Vaalwater. They arrived with some 26 players and we divided them up and joined some with our guys to give everyone at least a bat and most of them a bowl. At this level the bowling of the opposition has the greatest effect if it is really weak because then the batsmen are unable to get in any good shots. I am proud to say that in the main, our bowlers acquitted themselves well. Our batters, on the other hand, struggled a bit with only two fours being struck.
We do plan to play a proper match in two weeks where our eight will meet their eight best players. That should be a true test of skills.
Miss Nicholson, a Mathematics major in her third year of study, is offering extra Mathematics lessons to learners from Grade 7 to Grade 9 at R80 for a 45 minute session. Miss Nicholson can be contacted on 076 033 0250.
The Matrics did their final big Chemistry practical yesterday and they thoroughly enjoyed it.