NEWS LETTER 12 October 2018

Archery

26 Waterberg Academy archers travelled to Rustenburg during the October holidays and spent three days shooting. The Inter Provincials was held on the first day and the South African Championships was held over the next two days. Our archers did exceptionally well.

Phillip Nicholson

2nd boy Grade 7 and 2nd overall In the Primary Schools

Bianca Nortje

1st Girl Grade 9

Nadja Nortje

2nd GirlGrade 12 and 2nd overall Senior Girls.
Ruan, Nicolas, Phillip, Shannon, Nadja, Bianca and Miss Nicholson (Coach) after winning 2nd place Junior High Team and 2nd place Overall Team in the 3D Competition.
Lynette, Siphe, Nomusa, AN Other, Katlego, Monde, AN Other, Nangi, Karabo and Mrs Leonard (Coach) after winning 3rd overall Development Team. In fact, 10 of the twelve Development Team archers were from Waterberg Academy

Mountain Biking

Livingstone Banda was our lone representative at the South African Mountain Biking Championships at Bekker High School in Magaliesburg. On Friday 5 October he rode in the Schools’ Championships. In his race there were eighty riders and Livvy placed 38th. He was also the first Limpopo rider across the line. On the Saturday Livvy came 24th, with the other two team riders 13th and 15th.

Here Livingstone is racing for the Academy.
Posing in his Limpopo strip after the inter provincial race.

Matric Valedictory Service

Dr Philip Calcott gives the Matrics some advice.
Head Girl, Lucy Calcott, gives the valedictory address.

Final Matric Assembly

Mr Bridger passes on the flame of endurance . . .
and the Matrics pass it on to the Grade 11’s

Pupil Free Day

Staff development will take place on Thursday 18 October, therefore there will be no school on that day.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 21 September 2018

Mountain Biking

Three mountain bikers represented the Academy at Ellisras High School on Saturday. This was probably the best organized of all the SPUR Schools MTB Cross Country meetings ever. The main field looked more impressive than a formula one race track with 400 riders and 800 parents and coaches. Carla Jansen van Vuuren did us proud by winning her race. In fact, Carla has won all four of these events this year, making her the undisputed U/12 Girls champion. Livingston Banda came fourth in the U/15 and U/16 group and in so doing accumulated enough points to get him through to third spot on the Limpopo U/15 team. Scott McBride rode his first ever mountain bike race for the School and added one point to our points aggregate. Well done, all three of you!

Carla and Livingstone will compete in the South African MTB Cross Country Championships at Bekker High School in October.

Carla won her race and got her Limpopo colours
Livingstone makes his Limpopo colours.
Carla is now in a class of her own.
Livvy raced from start to finish and beat no. 4 by mere centimetres.
Scotty enjoying his race.
MTB is a brilliant family sport.

Music Evening

Phil Calcott with Lucy off camera.
Renè and Tairona collaborating.
The junior preparatory choir.
Solly Nkhumane – musician extraordinaire.
ROL Records have become a fixture at our Music Evenings – complete with screaming following.

World Rhino Day

Jessica Babich brought together a number of key role players in the fight against the slaughter of an important part of our South African heritage – the rhino. Headed up by K9 Security and supported by the South African Police Services and a local helicopter pilot, after some demonstrations of anti-hijacking, the efficacy of both sniffer and attack dogs and a drill display by Working on Fire, a spectacular joint operation was staged with eight “poachers”, rhino security, snipers, security units, SAPS and a private helicopter.

The rifle “fire” was loud and got everyone’s attention from the first shot. Then there were smoke grenades, some thunder flashes, and automatic fire from the circling helicopter with two security officers harnessed and on the skids. This was an astonishing display. The deployment of this level of defence by so many co-operating groups will go a long way to saving our rhinos.

He doesn’t let grass grow under his feet.
The “ poachers” close in.
Mayhem ensues as the poachers attack time and again.
The rhinos are safe and the “ poachers” are all down. . .
. . . and the attack dogs mop up the fugitive (suited up for the exercise.)

Presentation of NASP Limpopo Colours in Archery

The Limpopo Development Team complete with coach – congratulations Mrs Leonard.
The NASP Limpopo Senior Primary Team. Coach – Miss Nicholson was absent.
Some of the NASP Limpopo Junior High School Team. Several were absent from assembly today.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 20 July 2018

ACADEMICS

On Wednesday we received the news that Nadja Nortje, who is the holder of a Waterberg Academy Educational Trust Scholarship and has full colours for Academics, has been accepted into the WITS Medical School. This faculty has very high entrance requirements and we are proud of Nadja, and of course, this little school of excellence.

Nadja, positively glowing with delight.

Mountain Biking

Carla Jansen van Vuuren in Grade 5 has just won her Limpopo Provincial colours in Mountain Biking. She participated in the Limpopo MTB Series and after 5 events finished 1st on the points log. She also won the Limpopo Championship (U/12) that was held on Saturday 23 June.

Today she left for Bloemfontein where she will ride tomorrow in the South African Championships.

ARCHERY

Our Junior Protea archers did very well in Canada, winning a silver medal in the bullseye competition. Nadja shot her personal best and positioned at 2nd girl in the South African Team and 5th girl in the world. Well done, Nadja! Yes, this is the same Nadja pictured above for her academic achievement. The world is your oyster, Nadja. Open it with great care.

Shannon also shot “out of his skin” and I am told positioned 8th in the world.

The Development team were also very successful, winning silver in their 3D Competition.

MANDELA DAY

Our contribution to Mandela Day went off very well. We collected a bakkie load of non-perishable groceries and the CEO of the Abraham Kriel Kinderhuis was both pleased and grateful for our efforts. Their government financial assistance covers approximately half of the cost of looking after a child. They need to raise R5 million per annum and our contribution would translate to several thousands in monetary terms.

Thank you, Waterberg Academy and Parents, for your generosity.

After the presentation I took Mrs and Mr van der Merwe to my office for tea and Mr Manie van der Merwe couldn’t stop commenting on the behaviour and manners of our learners. He is a member of the SAPS Child Protection Unit and goes into many schools to speak to the learners, and he said he has never come across a place like the Academy. High praise indeed – praise to be proud of. I think it had been Quinn who started the ball rolling by coming up to shake our hands and greet our guests. Then everyone else had showed why we are such a happy school.

Well done, Guys!

Mrs Gerda van der Merwe receives the non-perishables from our learners on behalf of her 170 young charges.

Inter House Soccer and Netball

Here, Katlego gets one past Boitumelo. And yes, that is the talented Kgaugelo in Grade 3 among the big boys. Kirkman won 4 – 2.

The Senior Preparatory game was also won by
Kirkman, 2 – 0.

The Girls reversed the trend, and Davidson won both the High School and the Senior Prep Inter House games.

Appeal

Grades 0000 to 00 are looking for suitable reading books for their library. If you have books these littlies can follow (ages 3 to 5), please send them to the office and we will ensure that they get to Mrs Van Dyk’s classroom.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 22 June 2018

Honours Blazer

To the Headmaster fell the pleasure, at the Monday assembly, of presenting Honours in Archery to Nadja Nortje. We were very pleased to have Nadja’s parents, Delmar and Sandra Nortje, as well the Limpopo NASP Organiser, Heidi Carlton present. After the assembly, our guests, some of the archery coaches and our Head Boy and Head Girl retired to the library to join the Headmaster for tea.

Subsequently, it was confirmed that Nadja has been awarded her NASP Junior Protea colours. She will officially receive her Protea blazer after she has shot her first arrow as part of the NASP South Africa National Team in Calgary, Canada on the 9th of July.

We wish both Nadja and Shannon Carlton everything of the best as they shoot for South Africa from 9 to 11 July. Also, Rafologang Buthane who will also shoot in the same competition as part of the NASP South Africa Development Team. To have three of our learners shooting for South Africa is quite an honour.
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Here Nadja is pictured showing off her Honours Blazer. What a lovely note upon which to end her final year at school.

Grade 8 and 9 Camp

Our Grade 8 and 9 groups went to Bushpigs on camp from Monday to Thursday. They were accompanied by Mrs Raubenheimer and Mr Roux, who reported to me that the camp authorities described our learners as the best-behaved group they had had the pleasure of hosting in recent years. Now THAT is news to warm the cockles of any headmaster’s heart!

The activities are run by the camp personnel, and a wide range of these take place. Each is a challenge of ingenuity, and many demand courage and fortitude. Mr Roux reported that his Technology lessons came in particularly useful in the bridge building exercise and that the supervisor remarked that our learners handled this much better than many groups of adults do!
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The theory of using a triangle for strength is tested.
This looks complex and definitely requires a team effort.

Grade 10 and 11 Camp

Grades 10 and 11 spent the week at Glenmore Beach on the Natal South Coast. Lucky fishes!!!
They were accompanied by Miss Nicholson and Mr Simiti. This tried and tested venue was once again a winner and our tired and happy seniors arrived back at school in the early hours of this morning. (They were excused from attending School today.)

Plug those holes!
Geography teacher and soccer coach extraordinaire, Mr Simiti takes on the climbing wall.

Congratulations to Deine

There are several of our parents and members of the community who swim up and down our pool during the warmer months. There are one or two who continue to examine that never-ending black line even in the depths of winter. One of those is Deine Lubbe. (The other is his wife, Zadia!)

Not only does Deine work on his fitness regimen all year round, but he also regularly puts it to the test. The latest bit of quality control was a crack at the Comrades Marathon, which Deine finished in 11 hours 6 minutes and 51 seconds. This might be the most popular ultra-marathon in the world, however, it is also unbelievably difficult, and I take my hat off to anyone who runs 90.184 km all in one day.

Well done, Deine.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 23 March 2018

Staff Development – Pupil Free Day

This is just a reminder that tomorrow – Thursday 29 March – the Academy staff will be receiving input on emotional intelligence. This is actually a Board initiative as we see a strong EQ as a factor that sets some people above the rest, and would like the Academy to foster such traits in our learners. Of course, teachers with a strong EQ will also be placed at an advantage and their teaching will benefit. Do think of us tomorrow as we receive input from Melanie Collins, psychologist extraordinaire, in this important area.

In anticipation, I would like to thank Mel for taking on this task and I am sure we will all emerge as more secure in ourselves and able to encourage the growth of EQ among our learners.

WESSA Eco Schools

Yesterday, Mr Pretorius and Mrs Swales went to Polokwane to collect our latest Eco Schools award. We were a little worried that this award might be jeopardised by the departure of our Eco Champion, Miss Short, but Mr Pretorius stepped into the breach and has since been heard to say that all the work was done for him and all he had to do was to put it together in a PowerPoint presentation.
The Eco Award is a whole school matter, and was conducted as such for 2017. Each phase was given a project related to our chosen topic of Ecotourism. We used Horizon Horse Riding Adventures as our focus and had magnificent buy-in from all concerned. Interviews were conducted with Laura and the High School English classes even produced an eco-tourism newspaper. Also, the sponsored ride came through during our wrap-up and learners and teachers were able to discuss this initiative with both the organizer (Sophie Neville of Swallows and Amazons fame) and the sponsored riders themselves who raise funds for local charitable NGOs.

In 2018 our work on the Eco Schools project will continue to include every child in the school. We await the topics to see what we can most successfully focus upon this year.

Mr Pretorius receives the Bronze Decade Award on behalf of the Academy.
Mr Pretorius receives the Bronze Decade Award on behalf of the Academy.

Karate

Zidaan Samrod won two gold medals at the Limpopo JKA Karate Championships on 17 March. This performance won him a place in the Limpopo Team and he will attend the South African Championships in May. Well done, Zidaan!

Senior Preparatory Camp at Lapalala Wilderness School

Senior Preparatory Camp at Lapalala Wilderness School​
Senior Preparatory Camp at Lapalala Wilderness School​

See whom you can recognize in the above pictures of Senior-preppers having fun among their peers.

Thank you, Ladies, for taking our SP Phase on camp, and making it so much fun.
Thank you, Ladies, for taking our SP Phase on camp, and making it so much fun.
Mia du Preez swinging stylishly.
Anna Mohlabi – uninhibited.
Anna Mohlabi – uninhibited.
Kiandra with the ammunition.
Kiandra with the ammunition.

The real attraction of these school camps is the opportunity to spend time with friends. If your child is tired when getting home, it is probably because there was very little sleeping done as they rehashed their days, told exaggerated stories, and generally enjoyed being away from the constraints of the classroom and home.

You may rest assured though, that they are looking forward to Mom’s cooking and their own beds. You can only brave so many adventures before the call back from the wild gets the better of you.

Your Senior Prep sons and daughters had a ball, consequently, you will be listening to tales of daring do at the dinner table for the next few nights. Enjoy!

IEB International Benchmarking Tests – 2017 Results

GRADE 3

English
Keagan Evans – 82%
Ruan Leonard – 91%
Caitlin Pidduck – 100%

Mathematics
Tyler le Sar – 90%
Caitlin Pidduck – 90%
Ruan Leonard – 100%

Science
Sara Matjila – 82%
Caitlin Pidduck – 91%
Ruan Leonard – 100%

 

GRADE 10

Mathematics
Michael Fourie – 100%

Well done to these high flyers! These are not ordinary subject tests seeking to determine mastery of that subject as taught in class but rather skills based and probably point to the likelihood of these learners succeeding in these areas into the future. They were also administered internationally, putting the learners mentioned above in a stratospheric group.

America Day

Grade One took their leave of Miss Dana Stewart. To mark the occasion, they celebrated “America Day.” The entire Junior Prep dressed in red, white and blue and Miss Stewart gave them a thumbnail sketch of her home country. Below she is telling them that the teddy bear was named after President Teddy Roosevelt, and explaining why.

Miss Stewart flies out tomorrow. She has made an impact upon the learners, the boarders, and the staff. While here she was “adopted” by Mrs Van Niekerk, Mrs Swales and Mrs Raubenheimer and exposed to a number of adventures – shooting an impala probably being one of the more memorable. She also got to visit Pilansberg Game Reserve, Shambala, local game farms, and go ziplining. Student teaching was never like this in the old days.

Staffing – HOD Senior Preparatory

The search for a Senior Preparatory HOD has been successfully concluded. Mr Kobus O’Kelly has accepted the post and will begin at the Academy once he has served his term’s notice at Bishop Bavin School in Johannesburg. To his credit, he is serving out his term’s notice period, a rare quality in these days of questionable ethics.

Mr O’Kelly has had seven years of experience as an HOD, ten years as a Deputy Principal and one year as Acting Principal. Other strings to his bow include cricket coaching, rugby coaching, athletics coaching, and chairmanship of the Germiston Primary Schools Athletics Association. He is also a very experienced Afrikaans teacher and will take over this subject upon his arrival.

Creche Training

We started this last weekend. Eleven creche teachers came. Thank you, Suzette, for all your hard work.

A need was identified. If you have any unused children’s educational toys, please bring them to School and we will find them a home in an under-resourced creche.

Happy Easter

May I take this opportunity of wishing all of you a Blessed Easter and a peaceful break from the school run.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 16 March 2018

Our First Ever Head Boy and Head Girl

After a lengthy selection process, we were in a position at our assembly today, to announce the first ever Head Boy and Head Girl of Waterberg Academy.

Lucy Calcott – Head Girl, Mark Godfrey – Headmaster and Aly Mosheou – Head Boy

Provincial Athletics

Our three athletes competed in Polokwane last Saturday. Michael Fourie placed 4th in discus – sadly he was unable to get in a throw as good as his best distances in previous weeks. This is the challenge in these skills based events.

Charmaine Rachele won the Bronze Medal in her long jump with a personal best of 4,56m. We wait to hear whether this distance qualifies her for the SA Schools Competition. This is Charmaine’s second visit to the Provincial competition. It is also her first podium finish, and it is the first podium finish ever in provincial athletics for the Academy.

Boitumelo Mataboge placed 4th in the 200m, but his time of 22,47 sec qualifies him for the SA Schools Competition.

Provincial Athletics
Michael, Boitumelo and Charmaine. Well done, Guys. We are SO proud of you!
This is the face of the future of athletics at Waterberg Academy.

This is the face of the future of athletics at Waterberg Academy. Morghan Posthumus shows off her Victrix Ludorum trophy from the Klein Vyf Athletics. I have heard that she is pretty good in the swimming pool as well.

Now comes the burning question: who does she take after – Mom or Dad?

Boarders

Saturday saw our boarders descending upon Boschdraai to enjoy a day as a typical Waterberg lodge visitor. They jumped on the trampoline, they played volleyball with their teachers, and they swam in the lovely cool pool afterwards. Some of the boys took charge of the braai fire and boerewors rolls were served by the Hospitality Studies department.

Volleyball
Volleyball
The men watching the fire
The men watching the fire

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 2018-02-02

Alumni News

Carl and Marné Leonard were in our very first matric group, The Class of 2009. They got married in 2011 and worked together at the Bushveld Mission for many years. In fact, Carl has often been called upon to conduct Monday prayer assemblies here at the Academy. In recent years this couple has been working in Steenbokpan where Carl manages a drug rehabilitation centre. We are happy to announce that they had their first child this week. Little Lea greeted the world on Wednesday and both grandmothers (who teach in the Pre Preparatory here) were “over the moon.”

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 Conquesta 2017

The Conquesta 2017 results were published in the Newsletter last year when they became available. However, we have just received a certificate which congratulates the Academy on achieving 16th place overall in Southern Africa in Afrikaans. This is a regional Olympiad and schools from Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana participate. Making this all the more excellent a result. This is one place better than our 17th place in 2016. Well done, Junior Preparatory teachers and learners.

Mrs van Niekerk with our 16th place certificate.

Mrs van Niekerk with our 16th place certificate.

 Slip Slide Fundraiser

Some slipped . . . some slid . . . and all enjoyed the ice cream.

Some slipped . . . some slid . . . and all enjoyed the ice cream.

Guppy Concert

This was the best Guppy concert ever. Well done Mrs Raubenheimer, Mrs McBride, Mrs Nortje, Mrs Van Druten, Mrs Jansen van Vuuren, Lucy Calcott and the Grade 12’s. The Grade 8’s were well rehearsed and the costumes were truly amazing.

The theme – The Lion King.

The theme – The Lion King.

No longer a Guppy – welcome to the High School

No longer a Guppy – welcome to the High School

Senior Preparatory Circuit Athletics Meeting

The Waterberg Academy team ready and raring to go

The Waterberg Academy team ready and raring to go

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 1 December 2017

 Anonymous Donation to the Waterberg Academy Educational Trust

Richard Wadley, Chairman of the Trust has asked me to pass on his thanks to the anonymous donor of R10 000 to the bursary fund and a further R10 000 to the scholarship fund of the Trust. This money comes at a time when the Trust is under great pressure and will be a great help.
Richard also asked whether other parents, friends of the School, or business owners might wish to make a donation to the Trust at this time of need.

 Carols and Tableau

Carols and tableau Gr000 - Gr 3

Grade 0000 to Grade 3 on stage, supported by the Senior Prep Choir.

They looked SO gorgeous that moms collected snaps for the Facebook page.

They looked SO gorgeous that moms collected snaps for the Facebook page.

The teachers also contributed a song. We LOVED you, Guys! Polla’s 10 years in the Pretoria Mens’ choir showed, but he was singing next to the “Man with the Velvet Voice.”

The teachers also contributed a song. We LOVED you, Guys! Polla’s 10 years in the Pretoria Mens’ choir showed, but he was singing next to the “Man with the Velvet Voice.”

 Foundation Phase Christmas Party

This year Oom Ben did the “Ho, ho, ho” honours (adult Christmas code), ably assisted by one of our support staff. And once again, Jacqui Le Sar sponsored the entire thing. Thank you, Jacqui. I can see that the learners had fun.

Elf, Jimmy Sithole, Father Christmas, Keagan and Giancarlo.

Elf, Jimmy Sithole, Father Christmas, Keagan and Giancarlo.

THIS was fun!

THIS was fun!

 Grade R Graduation

Mrs Leonard, your graduation ceremony was amazing. And the stage decorations were incredibly apt for a school which puts such emphasis upon academic excellence. Thank you, Mrs Raubenheimer, for sharing your amazing decorating skills with us mere decorating mortals.

These young pre-schoolers are looking SO school ready. Next year they learn to read!

These young pre-schoolers are looking SO school ready. Next year they learn to read!

 Junior Preparatory Prize Giving

This was a very “posh” affair! Well done, Ladies.

Grade 3 with their certificates.

Grade 3 with their certificates.

Valedictory Speech by Ruan Leonard of Grade 3.

Valedictory Speech by Ruan Leonard of Grade 3.

 Senior Preparatory Prize Giving

Mrs Lötter and the Grade 5’s with their certificates.

Mrs Lötter and the Grade 5’s with their certificates.

Giovanni thanks Guest of Honour, Shane Dowinton, with a biltong bouquet.

Giovanni thanks Guest of Honour, Shane Dowinton, with a biltong bouquet.

Mrs Kruger congratulates the best netball player in the Senior Prep – Lerato Makakaba.

Mrs Kruger congratulates the best netball player in the Senior Prep – Lerato
Makakaba.

Mr Lochner kept the event running smoothly

Mr Lochner kept the event running smoothly

 High School Prize Giving

Mirriam Mpete – Best Actress

Mirriam Mpete – Best Actress

Lucy Calcott – Colours in Cultural Activities (and Academic Honours)

Lucy Calcott – Colours in Cultural Activities
(and Academic Honours)

San-marie Stegmann – Academic Honours

San-marie Stegmann – Academic Honours

Aly Mosheou – Sportsman of the Year

Aly Mosheou – Sportsman of the Year

Ayden Walker – Dux 2017 and winner of a University of Pretoria Scholarship. Here Ayden is being congratulated by Rachel Calcott – Dux of 2016 and winner of many academic awards in her time at the Academy.

Ayden Walker – Dux 2017 and winner of a University of Pretoria Scholarship.
Here Ayden is being congratulated by Rachel Calcott – Dux of 2016 and winner
of many academic awards in her time at the Academy.

May I take this opportunity of wishing you all: Parents, Learners, Teachers and Friends of the Academy a blessed Christmas.

 Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 13 October 2017

Archery

Archery gets several pages in this week’s newsletter simply because our archers deserve it!
Last week learners from Waterberg Academy travelled to Port Elizabeth to participate in the NASP Inter Provincial Archery Competition as part of the Limpopo Schools Team on Wednesday 4 October in which 250 archers shot, and then on the Thursday and Friday as a school team in the National Championships, an inter schools competition in which 600 archers from 6 provinces shot. Their many hours of training paid off as the Waterberg Academy Archery team came 2nd in South Africa in the 3D Competition and 3rd in South Africa in the Bull’s Eye Competition. For a school only in its 4th year of doing the sport, this can only be described as phenomenal.

In the Inter Provincials Nadja Nortje, a Grade 11 learner at the Academy, was involved in a shootout to break a tie for a medal position. She emerged with 3rd Senior Girl position and a bronze medal. Nadja is the third best girl archer in South Africa!

The Nationals were divided into two sections, 3D Challenge and Bull’s Eye. In the 3D Challenge, Bianca Nortje, a Grade 8 learner at the Academy, emulated her older sister and came in 3rd place and also got a bronze medal.

In the Senior Challenge (top 5 Senior archers per team), Waterberg Academy’s Nadja Nortje, Bianca Nortje, Wiané van Druten, Charlton Mwenesani and Shannon Carlton placed 2nd.

In the Grade 11 section of the Bullseye Competition Nadja Nortje and Wiané van Druten came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the Best Senior Team category (12 archers) Waterberg Academy placed 3rd, and to top it off, they also emerged in 3rd place in the Best Team Overall, Senior and Junior Combined.

In the 3D Challenge, the Waterberg Academy Seniors emerged in 2nd place, and the Seniors and Juniors combined also came 2nd.
To crown all these achievements, Shannon Carlton, a Grade 10 learner, has been confirmed in the South African team for the second year in succession. Team selection is based upon averages shot in competition over the past 12 months. Shannon will shoot in the African All Star Championship in April 2018 and in the World All Star Championship in Canada in July 2018.
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The reward for 4 years of hard work by Mr Bridger and the archers.
The reward for 4 years of hard work by Mr Bridger and the archers.

The reward for 4 years of hard work by Mr Bridger and the archers.

Add to the above a screed of medals, and you will have an idea of the excitement which gripped the Monday assembly. We are SO proud of you, Guys. And let us not forget the Juniors, who share intwo of the trophies above for Overall School Team. Four archers shot personal bests, and these, together with all the excellent scores on the day, contributed to the Waterberg Academy success.

Our Stars

Bianca, Shannon and Nadja. Shannon is sporting his Archery Honours Blazer which was awarded to him for getting his South African colours in January.

Bianca, Shannon and Nadja. Shannon is sporting his Archery Honours Blazer which was awarded to him for getting his South African colours in January.

A final word on archery: Well done Archers, well done Mr Bridger, and thank you SO much Heidi Carlton. This has indeed been a team effort by everyone involved.

Matric Valedictory Service

Yesterday we held a very tasteful Valedictory Service for our matrics. The committee room in the
Farmers’ Hall was tastefully decorated, guests were invited, and speeches made. Shane Dowinton
reminded the group of five things they could take from the Academy as they went forward into life:

  • Cultural diversity
  • Sense of family
  • Honour others
  • Waterberg natural beauty
  • God, a Father who loves you

Ayden Walker was the Valedictorian appointed by his class to speak their swansong. Among the
many things he said were these pearls of wisdom:

  • Procrastination is not your friend.
  • You are a work in progress — don’t expect to get everything right the first time.
  • Parents are smarter than they appear.
  • No one is holding you back.
  • And – Don’t let crowds define you.

The Headmaster assured the Matrics that they have what it takes to be successful – financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Mrs Leonard and Mrs Raubenheimer joined forces to set up a beautiful venue. We had two grandparents join us in Clive Walker and Jenny Dowinton, and the Board Chair and several members and their wives were present. Combined, this gave the occasion a certain “gravitas” of which all were very conscious.

Shane Dowinton gives his message

Shane Dowinton gives his message

The Matrics, looking very smart

The Matrics, looking very smart

Assembly

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Rachel Calcott (Matric 2017) spoke in the assembly about her experience in Borneo with Raleigh International. She shared a number of slides using power point and managed to give her audience a very real sense of the programme, its joys and its challenges.

The part of her 9 weeks that made the most impression on her was the community outreach. At the end of her presentation, Rachel invited the learners to join her in a practical project on Boschdraai, and 20 young people went forward to involve themselves in assisting a family that is in desperate need of a new house, donations for which are already pouring in.

It has become a tradition for the Grade Twelves to “Pass on the flame of Endurance” at their final assembly. This was done today in a moving ceremony at the end of the assembly. Above is a sequence of photographs showing Mrs Leonard lighting the flames of the Matrics, the Matrics passing on the flames to the Grade Elevens, and Moses enjoying a last few moments in the limelight!

The fact that the candles were kept burning long past the end of the assembly speaks volumes about the closeness of these two groups and their sense of loss at the forthcoming departure of the Matrics.

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Ayden and Guadalupe

Ayden and Guadalupe

Tshepo

Tshepo

Jesse and Paige

Jesse and Paige

Proud parents Anton and René

Proud parents Anton and René

Girl stuff

Girl stuff

De Drie Jongegezellen

De Drie Jongegezellen

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All aboard for . . .

All aboard for . . .

. . . gay Paris

. . . gay Paris

Since our Matric Farewell was, without a doubt, the major event on the Waterberg social calendar, I thought you might like to see a few more pictures of the glittering event and “the beautiful people” who attended it.

Since our Matric Farewell was, without a doubt, the major event on the Waterberg social calendar, I thought you might like to see a few more pictures of the glittering event and “the beautiful people” who attended it.

History Speech Contest

Lucy Calcott competed at St Mary’s, in a History Speech Contest.

Lucy Calcott competed at St Mary’s, in a History Speech Contest.

On 21 September Lucy Calcott travelled to St Mary’s, Waverley to compete in a History Speech Contest. Lucy chose The Six Day War as her topic as this was a subject from her Grade 10 year which had interested her and which she felt would interest an audience. She competed against speakers from six other prestigious schools in Pretoria in the Grade 11 category.

In true Lucy fashion, she applied her mind to the task at hand and prepared an interesting and engaging speech supported by an excellent powerpoint presentation. For her speech she was awarded the Best speech in Grade 11 award, and to this was added the Best Visual Presentation in Grade 11 award. Congratulations, Lucy! We are very proud of you.

Archery

Many of our archers are in Port Elizabeth taking part in the Archery Nationals either as part of the School Team or the Provincial Team. Many of our archers have shot personal bests at the competition and Mr Bridger was heard to surmise that the team may have shot its best team score ever today. Nadja Nortje will be shooting later this afternoon in a “shootout” for a position placement in the Inter Provincial Competition which took place earlier in the week. Hold thumbs for Nadja and the Team and . . . watch this space!

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Mark Godfrey