Senior Preparatory Biathlon


 17 November 2017

The Senior Preparatory Biathlon of Waterberg Academy at Vaalwater served to combine the swimming and the athletics training that has been taking place this term.

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The learners competed in teams where one team member ran 1km and the second one swam 500m.  Mr Johan Lochner, Head of Department, congratulated the winners.

The winning senior team (Grade 6 – 7) was made up of Ruben Doubell (swimming leg) and Joyce Lebese (running leg) in a combined time of: 16:14.

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The winning junior team (Grade 4 – 5) was made up of Bradley Eager (swimming leg) and Ethan Gualdi (running leg).  They completed the Biathlon in a combined time of 18:01.

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In the individual category Quentin Brugnolo completed both legs in a winning time of 17:43

Certificate of Excellence in Physical Sciences to Waterberg Academy

Waterberg Academy Rewarded for Excellence

17th November 2017

VAALWATER – On Wednesday 8 November Mr. Mashishi, Chief Subject Advisor of the University of Pretoria, came to Waterberg Academy in Vaalwater to present a Certificate of Excellence in Physical Sciences to Waterberg Academy. Mrs. Leonard seen above is the Physical Sciences Teacher.  Mrs. Leonard was present to receive this accolade, signed by the Vice-Chancellor of Pretoria University, Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

The letter accompanying the award said the following:

“Based on the results of the Grade 12 final examinations of 2016, your school ranks among the 30 top-performing schools in South Africa in Physical Science.”

The University of Pretoria would like to congratulate you on this achievement, which bears testimony on the dedicated work done by both your staff and learners.

With this Certificate of Excellence, we would like to recognise Waterberg Academy as an institution of excellence.”

Rachel Calcott from WA scored 91% for Physical Sciences.

“It is wonderful that our school has been recognized with this entirely unsolicited award from one of the country’s premier educational institutions,” says Mr. Mark Godfrey, Headmaster of Waterberg Academy.


Top Matric Achievers Rachel and TK

Top Matric Achievers Rachel and TKWords from Rachel and TK

Mark Godfrey, Headmaster of Waterberg Academy, was proud to announce the Academy’s IEB matric results for 2016. Not only is the school once again celebrating a 100% matric pass rate but 87,5% of the class also achieved a BD pass which entitles them to go on to study at University. The matric teachers are “dining out” on these outstanding results and the total of 15 distinctions achieved between the eight Matriculants in their Class of 2016.

The results achieved by two individuals which account for 12 of those distinctions are particularly impressive….

Starting at the school in GR R in 2004, Rachel Calcott spent her entire school career at Waterberg Academy. She was consistently first in class and was awarded a Waterberg Academy Education Trust full scholarship during her high school years. Rachel carried away the DUX award at the 2016 Prizegiving ceremony. It was therefore no surprise to the school when the IEB National Senior Certificate results were released and she emerged with scores ‘out of the top drawer’. Rachel received distinctions in all of her 7 matric subjects with 85% her lowest mark and 97% her highest. In addition, Rachel scored 90% for her eighth subject, Advance Programme English, placed in the top 5% of candidates over five subjects, and was in the top 1% in three subjects – Geography, Life Science and Life Orientation.

Rachel is the epitome of the all-rounder, excelling in both the classroom and on the sports fields where she represented the Academy in every team sport they play. She is also a talented piano and bass guitar player.

Rachel took on an extra subject, Advance Programme English, which is the equivalent of the British A-level English, or approximately 1st year university level in South Africa. Preparing the 18 extra novels and plays and the many additional poems were a cinch for this avid reader, who simply devoured all the works necessary. “What a loss to literature that this daughter of physicist and local astronomer, Dr Phillip Calcott and English teacher at the Academy, Juliet Calcott, should choose the Sciences over English for her tertiary education,” said Godfrey.

Tayla Kaè Nicholson began her schooling at the Academy in GR 3 and was also a recipient of a Waterberg Academy Education Trust full scholarship. She has always expressed the desire to write and has developed a special ability in this area. Looking at her single-minded approach to the serious business of her studies, this is a young lady on a mission and we will one day see her books on sale. “When this happens, I shall be at the head of the queue to purchase her work,” said Godfrey “as I have read her short story submissions in our annual Novella Writing Competitions and this lady has talent.”

Tayla Kaè garnered four distinctions and got 70’s in her other three subjects. Her 96% for Life Orientation put her in the top 1% of candidates in that subject.

The Academy is justly proud of these achievements as their learners write the National Senior Certificate on the very high standard set by the Independent Examination Board. The IEB not only sets high standards but also provides a peer monitoring and moderation system which assists each matric teacher to get their charges ‘up to speed’ and able to cope with the rigorous assessment process throughout their GR 12 year.

Godfrey was quick to point out that successful results are usually the outcome of good teaching over a number of years. “Waterberg Academy had a particularly strong teaching faculty this year and there will be no staff changes for 2017,” said Godfrey. “This level of staff stability is sure to impact all the classes of 2017 very positively.”