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

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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

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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

NEWSLETTER 09 June 2017

Board Matters

After six years on the Board, five of them as Chairman, Richard Wadley stepped down yesterday. While we have known of his intention for the last 18 months, it was very sad to hear Richard speak his last words of advice and finally leave at the end of the meeting.

Richard is pictured speaking to the learners, parents and guests at the 2015 Prize Giving, one of his
many duties during his tenure as Board Chair.

Richard is pictured speaking to the learners, parents and guests at the 2015 Prize Giving, one of his
many duties during his tenure as Board Chair.

When Richard came onto the Board in 2012, the School was not in a good place financially. A bank loan had been taken out to pay for the girls’ boarding establishment and a “soft loan” made by previous directors to the School was mounting at prime and no attempt had been made to pay it off as there was insufficient cash in the kitty to do so. Richard was elected Chairman the following year and immediately set about paying off the “soft loan.” He and his board also decided to find the money to employ an experienced bursar to get the finances in order. A new era of fiscal discipline was instituted. As a result the learner numbers dropped from 200 in 2012 to 160 by 2014. Today, we have 150 learners, but every one of them is paying the full school fee, or someone is paying that full fee on their behalf. There is no one in the school who is being subsidised by the fees of the other parents. The soft loan was paid up in 2015. The bank loan has 3 years to go. We have sufficient cash flow to run a tight ship and the future is promising.
Richard’s experience on the board of a big mining house gave him insight into the convoluted business of corporate governance. Throughout his chairmanship, he has been insistent on keeping board business separate from operational matters. This has given the School Management the space to breathe and make the changes and adjustments necessary to bring its house into order.

In recent years the staff has stabilized and the education on offer seems to be better than ever – the results certainly seem to suggest this. Right now we are blessed with an amazing group of highly competent teachers who each carry a large load and do so with grace and aplomb. This is largely thanks to the establishment in 2015 of the HR Committee which helps in the tricky business of staff selection.
Then Board Chair, Gustav Collins initiated strategic planning session in 2011 which led to a change in direction in the sport that the School offers. The change to individual type sports has led to 10% of the learners in the Academy achieving provincial colours across three official school sports for the last three years. This year we have two learners with South African colours to boot – one in the official school sport of archery and one in karate which is no longer a school sport.

Richard was also instrumental in establishing the Waterberg Academy Education Trust. This Trust has been able to retain the academically strong learners through its scholarship programme, and also keep and attract other good learners via bursaries. Our “top” two matriculants of 2016 were each recipients of a W. A. E. T. scholarship, proof of the success of this initiative. Several applicants for places in the School this year have quoted the 2016 matric results as their motivation for seeking entry for their children. We will have excellent matric results again this year, and also into the future. Our best academics are no longer being lured away by the wealthier schools and we have been able to attract really good kids to the Academy.
Richard has not been a “do what I say,” leader. He has very much led by example. The amount of work he put in to get the Waterberg Academy Education Trust registered with CAF America so that overseas donors would get tax relief on their donations to this School by supporting the Trust is unbelievable. And this work and responsibility is on-going.

Richard and Lyn have been at pretty much every major Academy event since he joined the Board. Richard and Lyn have been special guests at all Prize Giving ceremonies, and each has even taken on the role of guest of honour when called upon.

Richard and Lyn looking smashing at the Race Night.

Richard and Lyn looking smashing at the Race Night.

Richard and Lyn Wadley have also contributed financially to the School:

  • R100 000 towards the refurbishment of the Boarding Establishment in 2013
  • R100 00 towards the building of the two new classrooms in 2014
  • scholarships for several learners over several years
  • stage curtains
  • swimming pool fence
  • school magazines
    and much more.

One of Richard and Lyn’s chief concerns has been the quality of education on offer at the Academy. He is always the first to ask for the Matric results and enquire after the tertiary studies of the learners after they leave the School. This concern motivated them to offer scholarships to keep several academically strong learners in the Academy, in the belief that this would encourage other such learners either to stay at or to join the School.

Because of their love of English, they instituted the Novella Writing Competition as a way to encourage young people to write. This competition has run in 2014 and 2016 and all the book prizes have been purchased by Lyn and Richard.

Here Lyn and Richard circulate during the Prize Winners’ Tea in the library after the 2016 Novella Writing Competition

Here Lyn and Richard circulate during the Prize Winners’ Tea in the library after the 2016 Novella Writing Competition

Perhaps my fondest (most bemused) memory of Richard is of him in full cry before an audience of learners and parents – speaking without notes and making absolute sense. He must have been a terror in the world of debating.

When a man of Richard’s stature leaves an organization, he leaves a BIG hole. This has been filled by the appointment of Pierre Leonard as Interim Chairman until the next meeting.

Outstanding Achievement

Kiandra Doubell has excelled in her gymnastics this term. In total she competed in 3 competitions and was awarded gold medals in all three competitions.

This past weekend she competed against 11 clubs in Limpopo where all the girls competed to be chosen for the Limpopo team. She was awarded a gold medal again and achieved 2nd place in her age group – and she was chosen for the Limpopo team to compete in the North Zone on 24th of June 2017!

Kiandra shows her balance on the beam.

Kiandra shows her balance on the beam.

One of the many rewards of doing well in a sport – the podium!

One of the many rewards of doing well in a sport – the podium!

We are very proud of your achievements Kiandra and will be wishing you all the best for the next competition!

Communication

Recently, a letter to our Senior Preparatory netball and soccer players’ parents was delayed until the day before the actual game. This was caused by the school we were to play being unable to confirm which teams they would be sending until the day before the fixture, in spite of repeated enquiries from Mrs Wagenhauser. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this late confirmation, especially to our U/9 learners and parents. In the end that school simply did not have a team in that age group.

Our D6 Communicator enables us to keep parents informed and send out instant news flashes. Half way through this term, after a very delayed return home, we decided to send out an alert when the bus leaves the venue of an away game to return to the Academy. This should enable parents to
gauge their arrival back at School. This system presupposes a departure before 16h00 when the School office closes, and also that the recipients of the flash have their D6 reception set to receive all notifications.

If you are not receiving all notifications, the D6 administrators have told us it is necessary to delete the current version you have and upload the latest version.

Mark Godfrey

NEWSLETTER 04 May 2017

High School Outing

Mr and Mrs Wadley sponsored a trip to Pretoria for the entire High School to attend a showing of the new film Beyond the River on Wednesday at the Kolonnade Sentrum. The trip went off very well and the film was enjoyed by all. It includes a number of moral decisions in an interesting storyline, and I recommend a visit to a nearby cinema to see it if at all possible.

Speaking of Wednesday, our Board Chair passed a major milestone as he celebrated a birthday. We invited him to our Friday assembly to be fussed over a little. Happy Birthday, Richard!

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Top Left: Mr Wadley holds his birthday card and chats with Miss Nicholson and Jesse Dowinton.
Top Right: Spared 70 candles, Richard blows out the symbolic two.

Left: At tea after assembly, congratulated by Mrs Raubenheimer who did the décor.
Below: At the other end of the scale, Luan Meyer celebrated his 4th birthday with his friends in the giraffe class today. The cake is fancier than yours, Richard. Sorry for You!!!!

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Sport

Mountain Biking
A Limpopo MTB XCO was held on the Summerplace farm at the weekend. Several of our learners
rode and all did very well. In the Sub-Junior Boys Ruan Jansen van Vuuren placed 3rd and Livingstone
Banda 7th. In the Nipper Boys Daniel Eager placed 5th. Carla Jansen van Vuuren was 2nd among the
Sprog Girls.

Today, Ruan is on his way to Bloemfontein to take part in the S. A. Cup Cross Country Mountain
Biking Championships. Go hard, Ruan!

Ruan Jansen van Vuuren on the right – third in Limpopo.

Ruan Jansen van Vuuren on the right – third in Limpopo.

Mr Bridger congratulates Carla and Livvy. Daniel was absent.

Mr Bridger congratulates Carla and Livvy. Daniel was absent.

Team Sports

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Our team sports are in full swing. Pictured above are the Senior Preparatory soccer players engaged
in some footwork drills. Behind them in the distance can be seen the High School girls busy with
their netball.

The senior boys are out of picture doing a team talk – thus no photo. Their soccer has been going
well and they have played two inter schools matches to date.

Josh keeps the ball in play – the demeanour of the rest of the personnel on the field suggests
that they expected this ball to go out, making this an excellent ball. The ref looks very cool.

Josh keeps the ball in play – the demeanour of the rest of the personnel on the field suggests
that they expected this ball to go out, making this an excellent ball. The ref looks very cool.

Netball

Our Preparatory School girls travelled to Roedtan yesterday. This tournament was a “pipe opener”
for the girls, and they did very well. Our U/9’s won 2 games and lost 1. Our U/11’s narrowly lost all
3 of their games, and our U/12’s won all 3 of theirs – in one game their score was 18 – 2, showing
their excellent skill.

Mrs Kruger has been coaching our netball since last year, and the result of her input is clearly visible
as our girls take their places on the field and then set about the serious business of combining as a
team to get the ball to the hoop. Thank you, Mrs Kruger.

Budding Gymnast

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Kiandra Doubell took up gymnastics in January. On Saturday she took part in her very first competition in Pretoria. In her division she competed with 36 other girls in 4 disciplines. Kiandra won a gold medal (left) in one discipline and also received a trophy as she placed third overall.

Well done, Kiandra!

Early Closure – Monday 8 May

Please be reminded that School will close at 13h00 on Monday 8 May to accommodate an important SACE workshop for our staff and also teachers from surrounding schools. All the details of this closure were included in the letter sent out yesterday.

Mark Godfrey

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Assembly

Three areas of outstanding achievement were acknowledged in the assembly this morning.

Archery

The first of these was the announcement to the learners that Charlton Mwenesani and Rafologang Buthane had been selected onto the South African NASP Development Team.  They will shoot in an international tournament later in the year.  Well done, Charlton on your second year in this team.  Clearly you are working hard to stay up at the top.  And well done, Rafologang, on making the team for the first time at such a young age.

 

Charlton and Rafologang – SA Development Archer swith their proud coach – Mr Bridger

Charlton and Rafologang – SA Development Archer swith their proud coach – Mr Bridger

Horse Riding

Lyandi van der Merwe is progressing “in leaps and bounds” in this demanding sport.  At a recent SANESA event she rode in six events and placed 2nd in five of them and 3rd in the other one.  To crown it all, Lyandi received a certificate for the following: BEST WORKING RIDER AT PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL IN LIMPOPO IN 2016.

Horse Riding

You are doing SO well, Lyandi. We are proud of you!

Academics

For the IEB International Benchmarking Tests in Reasoning and Thinking Skills for Grades 3 and 10 held in November 2016, we have just received astonishingly good results.  This is a collaborative effort between the Australian Education people and the IEB and the tests are taken around the world.  This makes these tests of great value in gauging our educational standards in relation to what you might find elsewhere “on the planet.”

 

GRADE 3

                                                    English                   Mathematics                               Science

Makwidi Kgomontsho                 88%

Kiandra Doubell                                                              100%                                          88%

Carla Jansen van Vuuren           100%                           88%                                          100%

Academics

Kiandra, Carla and Makwidi – among the very cleverest on earth!

GRADE 10

                                                     English                         Mathematics                       

 

Wiané van Druten                       82%                          

Nadja Nortje                                 91%                                  89%

 

Lucy Calcott                                 100%                               100%

 

Nadja was among the top 1% of learners in Problem Solving.

Lucy was among the top 1% of learners in Critical Thinking.

Lucy was also among the top 1% of Learners overall.

 

These results would suggest that we are not simply filling up the minds of our learners with facts, which was the educational pattern of a hundred years ago (and is still followed in some schools.)  This is evidence that Waterberg Academy is at the forefront of thinking in education, and doing an excellent job of preparing our learners for life in the 21st century.  Remember, many of our learners will leave school and university to take on jobs that do not even exist yet, and many of the traditional types of work as we know them will have disappeared over the next 12 years. It is essential we equip them to be able to compete successfully in whatever field they one day choose.

 

Academics

English teacher, Janice McBride, Wiané van Druten, Lucy Calcott, Nadja Nortje and Maths teacher Ciska Leonard. Our DREAM TEAM! No pressure, but these numbers speak to very good results in Matric next year.

High School Valentine’s Dance

Before the dancing began last night, a bunch of us teachers were standing on the dance floor and learners were coming up to us and greeting us and shaking our hands and one of the teachers said, “You know, we have got really nice learners this year.”  And I must concur.  Some years back a culture of respect and general “niceness” began more and more to permeate the High School and this year it is even more evident than ever!  And we have some superb boys and girls at the top of the school, young people we can be proud of.

Once we vacated the floor and Moses got into DJ mode, the volume went up and the games began!

Mark Godfrey