NEWSLETTER 7 June 2019

Meet Our New Secretary

With Mrs Solita Meyer leaving us at the end of the term, we have employed Mrs Cornè Pretorius to take over this pivotal position. Mrs Pretorius was raised in Vaalwater and attended Laerskool. She currently lives on a farm out Werkendam way with her husband and two daughters.
Mrs Cornè Pretorius

Examinations Continue

Examinations Continue
Grade 4 and 5 tackle yet another paper.
Grade 6 write an examination while Grade 7 get some extra Maths outside in the sun.
Grade 6 write an examination while Grade 7 get some extra Maths outside in the sun.
Grades 10 and 12 are here busy with a Life Sciences assessment.
Grades 10 and 12 are here busy with a Life Sciences assessment.
Grade 4 busy with an observation drawing of a banana.
Grade 4 busy with an observation drawing of a banana.
Kayla Badenhorst’s studyusing colours sensitively
Kayla Badenhorst’s studyusing colours sensitively
Carla Leonard’s (Grade 7) observation drawing shows excellent structure and attention to detail. The lines are beautifully modelled and the shading works well with the contrast to create a 3-D effect.
Carla Leonard’s (Grade 7) observation drawing shows excellent structure and attention to detail. The lines are beautifully modelled and the shading works well with the contrast to create a 3-D effect.

While in the Art room I was fortunate to see Mangaliso and Alyssa still at work on their geraniums and they were truly awesome. I think we have an excellent Art teacher and some very good artists as well

This subject is such an important builder of life skills. If you can do this stuff in front of your peers, you have gained confidence to see you through life.
This subject is such an important builder of life skills. If you can do this stuff in front of your peers, you have gained confidence to see you through life.
Grade 8 and 9 Arts and Culture has been in the form of Drama. Here are the Grade 9’s busy with their assessments today. You look very dramatic, Guys.
Grade 8 and 9 Arts and Culture has been in the form of Drama. Here are the Grade 9’s busy with their assessments today. You look very dramatic, Guys.
The good news for our learners is that the examinations ended today. Now it is up to the teachers to get the marks and reports ready for next Friday.

Big Walk

At this point the littlies did a turn across the field and the older guys did the full circuit. Well done to the Moms who walked with their children!
At this point the littlies did a turn across the field and the older guys did the full circuit. Well done to the Moms who walked with their children!

Honours Boards

The picture below is for all those readers who picked up that there were errors on the boards that were delivered to us. All mistakes but one have been rectified. The first person to tell me what the remaining mistake is gets a slab of chocolate.
Honours Boards

Mark Godfrey

NEWSLETTER 31 May 2019

Mountain Biking

We had an awesome family time at the Lindani on Saturday. The farm was beautiful, as always, and the weather was perfect for mountain biking. Carla was 2nd Girl and 3rd Woman in the 35km, Bradley was first U/14 Boy in the 35km, and Daniel was second U/12 Boy in the 15km. Well done, Guys!
We had an awesome family time at the Lindani on Saturday. The farm was beautiful, as always, and the weather was perfect for mountain biking. Carla was 2nd Girl and 3rd Woman in the 35km, Bradley was first U/14 Boy in the 35km, and Daniel was second U/12 Boy in the 15km. Well done, Guys!

Mountain Biking 18 May

Our mountain bikers went to Haenertsburg on the 18th of May to ride in a leg of the Limpopo Cross Country Series.  Carla Jansen van Vuuren came 2nd in the U/14 Girls, Bradley Eagar came 5th in the U/14 Boys group and Ethan Gualdi was 7th. Daniel Eagar was 4th in the U/12 boys’ group. Gianmarco Gualdi was 17th Nipper Boy. A major cause for excitement in the Academy contingent was Josua Badenhorst’s 1st place among the littlies (sub nippers). Herein lies the future strength of mountain biking at Waterberg Academy.

May your first slice of glory make you train all the harder, Josua!
May your first slice of glory make you train all the harder, Josua!
Gianmarco, Josua, Carla, Bradley, Ethan and Daniel at the start.
Gianmarco, Josua, Carla, Bradley, Ethan and Daniel at the start.

Mid-Year Examinations

The High School started with their mid-year exams last week Thursday, and the Senior Preparatory began on Tuesday of this week.

Backdrop

The backdrop on the stage continues to take shape, not under the hand of Mrs Mason this time as erroneously reported in last week’s newsletter, but rather through the skills of Ms Forster-Towne with the input of the two Pre Preparatory ladies, Mrs Leonard and Mrs van Dyk. We all look forward to the Foundation Phase play which takes place early next term.
The backdrop on the stage continues to take shape, not under the hand of Mrs Mason this time as erroneously reported in last week’s newsletter, but rather through the skills of Ms Forster-Towne with the input of the two Pre Preparatory ladies, Mrs Leonard and Mrs van Dyk. We all look forward to the Foundation Phase play which takes place early next term.

Grade Three

You probably remember doing French knitting when you were young. These young ladies took to it with alacrity and were snapped today knitting up a storm in the recently decorated classroom.

Danique Hefer, Carli Strauss and Anna Marusimba.
Danique Hefer, Carli Strauss and Anna Marusimba.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 24 May 2019

Boarder Outing

The boarders went to the headmaster’s property on Saturday to cut and prepare logs to make benches for their newly constructed braai pit. On the property are numerous gum trees which are being removed, the perfect source of hardwood logs.

Three logs were cut and trimmed into 2m lengths and a slice removed down the length. Then 600mm cross pieces for legs were cut and notched. De-barking and sealing will be done at School.

Many hands make light work. The baboons had slept in the surrounding trees the night before, accounting for Alyssa’s makeshift face mask.
Many hands make light work. The baboons had slept in the surrounding trees the night before, accounting for Alyssa’s makeshift face mask.
Masedi took charge of ensuring the cutting chain was sufficiently well oiled throughout the laborious operation. Cutting with the Alaskan chainsaw mill was done by the Headmaster and the Bus Driver, Hendrik. The boarders helped with steadying the ladder, digging holes under logs and doing the heavy lifting.
Masedi took charge of ensuring the cutting chain was sufficiently well oiled throughout the laborious operation. Cutting with the Alaskan chainsaw mill was done by the Headmaster and the Bus Driver, Hendrik. The boarders helped with steadying the ladder, digging holes under logs and doing the heavy lifting.
Most of the group once they had accomplished their mission.
Most of the group once they had accomplished their mission.

Horse Riding

Lyandi van der Merwe rode in a SANESA quailfier on Saturday. She came away with 5 first places!
Lyandi jumping on Lippie
Lyandi jumping on Lippie
Taking one jump on Ziczag, and anticipating the next in the series.
Taking one jump on Ziczag, and anticipating the next in the series.

Inter House Soccer

On Tuesday, the Senior Preparatory boys played their inter house soccer match. Davidson won!
A hotly contested ball.
A hotly contested ball.
Scotty takes it up for Davidson.
Scotty takes it up for Davidson.

On Wednesday, the Junior Preparatory boys played their inter house soccer match and Kirkman won 2 – 1.

For most of the Junior Prep boys it was their first game of soccer ever and they REALLY enjoyed themselves.

Douglas readies himself to clear a very effective corner kick as goalie, Vukani, covers like a professional.
Douglas readies himself to clear a very effective corner kick as goalie, Vukani, covers like a professional.
Masedi and Siyanda were imported from the Senior Prep to make up the numbers. They REALLY contributed.
Masedi and Siyanda were imported from the Senior Prep to make up the numbers. They REALLY contributed.

21st Birthday

No, not one of our learners! Intern, Miss Tayla-Kae Nicholson, turned 21 on Wednesday and the staff got together over the tea break to celebrate this milestone with her.
Miss Tayla-Kae Nicholson turned 21

Senior Preparatory Quiz

The Senior Preparatory Quiz was won by Davidson, amid much fun and excitement.
The old hand operated mechanical wheel of fortune gave way to two computerised wheels created by Mrs Wagenhauser. In this photo you can also see the backdrop under construction for the Pre-Preparatory play next term. Once again, the artist is Mrs Mason.
The old hand operated mechanical wheel of fortune gave way to two computerised wheels created by Mrs Wagenhauser. In this photo you can also see the backdrop under construction for the Pre-Preparatory play next term. Once again, the artist is Mrs Mason.

Netball

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The U/8’s defend a goal attempt. Our girls went on to win this game. Well done, Girls!
The U/8’s defend a goal attempt. Our girls went on to win this game. Well done, Girls!
Anna Marusimba – Best Player U/8
Anna Marusimba – Best Player U/8
Tshegofatso Mohlabi – Best Player U/11
Tshegofatso Mohlabi – Best Player U/11
Makwidi Kgomontsho – Best Player U/13
Makwidi Kgomontsho – Best Player U/13

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 17 May 2019

Weekend Activities

With the Lindani MTB Race only two weeks away, some of our mountain bikers went to Lindani to ride the course on Saturday morning. Sixteen people slept over on the property next door, and then rode the 15km course the next day. It is hats off to Nikki and Andrew Eagar again for making this such a successful and exciting training camp. The Lindani Race is on Saturday 25th May. You can enter on WEBSCORER
Searching for buffaloes and bass. Thuto had a brief encounter with a bass after the ride on Saturday, but it quickly became “the one that got away.”
Searching for buffaloes and bass. Thuto had a brief encounter with a bass after the ride on Saturday, but it quickly became “the one that got away.”
Beware! …… Giraffe crossing. The mother in the top corner wanted to get to her baby on the other side of the road and we chose not to get between them.

Beware! …… Giraffe crossing. The mother in the top corner wanted to get to her baby on the other side of the road and we chose not to get between them.

Most of the group that rode on Saturday. We were made welcome by Sam van Coller and his amazing staff.
Most of the group that rode on Saturday. We were made welcome by Sam van Coller and his amazing staff.

Horse Riding

Lyandi van der Merwe went to a DSA Lead Bootcamp for dressage riders in Limpopo at the weekend. This camp was by invitation only, and the rising stars of this discipline will get training from top trainers for two years. We are proud of you, Lyandi. If you carry on with such dedication, I am sure we will soon be putting your name up on the National Colours honours board.

Here Lyandi is pictured at the camp on her horse, Ziczag.
Here Lyandi is pictured at the camp on her horse, Ziczag.

Archery

We hosted a Limpopo Schools archery competition here at the Academy on Saturday.  The PTA were busy during the entire preceding week making arrangements and getting their HQ in order. On Friday morning I found the chairman there in the thick of things (I wanted to thank him for the honours boards), and I believe the catering went very well.

 

Our Junior Team placed 3rd in the Primary Bullseye competition and our High School Team placed 2nd.  Individual results in this discipline were:

 

Primary Male: Ruan Leonard – 2nd

Primary Female: Mangaliso Honono – 2nd; Lerato Makakaba – 1st

Junior High Male: Shannon Carlton 3rd

Junior High Female: Bianca Nortjè 1st; Ephenia Molekoa 2nd

 

In the 3D competition Waterberg Academy was 2nd in the Primary section and 1st and 3rd in the High School section. Individual results in the 3D were:

 

Primary Male: Ruan Leonard 1st

Primary Female: Lerato Makakaba 1st; Katlego Mogai 3rd

Junior High Male: Shannon Carlton 1st; Rafologang Buthane 2nd

Junior High Female: Bianca Nortjè 1st; Ephenia Molekoa 2nd

Bianca Nortjè and Ephenia Molekoa did especially well on Saturday in the archery competition held at Waterberg Academy. They are pictured here with coach, Mr Andrè Bridger.
Bianca Nortjè and Ephenia Molekoa did especially well on Saturday in the archery competition held at Waterberg Academy. They are pictured here with coach, Mr Andrè Bridger.
Mr Bridger feels that our archers had a “bad day at the office” and did not shoot at their usual standard. He is also working on raising the bar for the younger members of the teams as the scores of all 12 archers in a team count towards the team result.

Other Activities

Our girls had some netball this week. The High School were hosted at Bela Bela and were VERY impressed with the quality of the reception and the treatment they received. So much so, in fact, that Miss Nicholson wrote a letter of appreciation to thank them.
Netball
DRUMMING after Art lessons – such fun.
DRUMMING after Art lessons – such fun.
TECHNOLOGY
Quentin Brugnolo with a model airplane made from coca cola cans. Well done, Quentin!
Quentin Brugnolo with a model airplane made from coca cola cans. Well done, Quentin!

Front Gate

The front gate remains only partially operative. We had the repair guy here AGAIN yesterday. He did some work and then indicated that there were further issues that might require attention going forward. The gate opened by remote control this morning but has since gone on the blink again. The service provider was back again to say that the plastic “rack” was bent and needed to replaced with a steel one. Tuesday next week he expects to be back with it. Don’t hold your breath!

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 18 January 2019

Matric Results

Waterberg Academy emerged this year in the list of the top 41 schools in RSA (from 400 schools) and Lucy Calcott was listed among the top 61 learners in the country (from 11 500 matriculants). We were also the only Limpopo school to feature in the IEB’s Outstanding Performance list.
Lucy’s results were by far the best recorded at the Academy in its short existence. Not only was she listed among the learners who scored 6 subjects among the top 5% of marks in RSA, but she had 5 subjects in the top 1% category as well and an average of 92% ! This is amazing, Lucy, and we are all very proud of you

The Matric 2018 class was also pretty impressive. They got a 100% pass rate and a 90% BD rate (university entrance.) Nadja Nortje got 6 distinctions and is confirmed as a Wits Medical School student for this year. Add to this her Junior Protea colours in June, and we have another exceptionally high performing young lady in that group, three others of whom also got a distinction each.

Our two top performers were both educated entirely – from pre-school to matric – at the Academy. No other school had a hand in their education. We did not “buy” them from a poorer school as many high schools do. They were entirely “home grown.” This tells me that you can take you child out of the Academy and put him/her in an expensive school with a fancy name, but he will not get a better education than he will get here. If your child is aiming at top drawer matric results, there is no better place than Waterberg Academy for him to get them.

This is our 2018 Matric group. Head Girl and Outstanding IEB Achiever, Lucy Calcott, is standing at extreme left, and high performer Nadja Nortje is 5th from the left. These two young ladies have done Waterberg Academy proud.

First Day

We have had a very positive start to the year. Our Grade Twelves have adopted the slogan “Lead with Love” and seem to be living up to it. On the first day they visited the Grade Ones and shared with them some stories about and views on the School and their lives here. Later they got to mingle with the entire Junior Preparatory Phase. Well done, Matrics.

Grade Twelve visits with the Junior Preparatory
The Littlies settle in after the long holiday
Grade R exchanging holiday stories
Grade One – Big School at last!
Grade 4 have just made a similarly significant step up.
These learners have now arrived at the top of the Senior Preparatory

Guppies

Our Grade Eights, or Guppies as they are known for the first three weeks, had their Guppy Camp over last weekend
on Craig and Trish Pidduck’s beautiful farm – Hillsong. This camp was arranged and supervised by Mr Simiti, the
Grade 8 class teacher and Mrs McBride, the Grade 12 class teacher. The Grade Twelves exercised their leadership
role by inaugurating the Guppies into Waterberg Academy High School life and traditions. Thank you, Matrics! And a
special “Thank you” to Mrs McBride and Mr Simiti for giving up their weekends to look after our learners.

This exercise required a great degree of cooperation. The boys had their ankles connected on
a short rope, so doing your own thing was out of the question.

Our Grade Eights are taking their “hardships” in good spirit and the cohesiveness in the group is palpable. This morning at the assembly, Quentin Brugnolo said a few words over his pet rock, Patrick, who had mysteriously died. His eulogy was touching and appreciated by all present

Electricity

The entire community suffered through the loss of Eskom power as a result of a monumental electric storm at the weekend. Starting up a school without power was quite a challenge, but I must commend our Admin staff and our teachers on the way they circumvented the various difficulties as these arose. Thank you, also, Pierre Leonard, for the loan of a generator which saw us through day 2 of the crisis. And well done to the Boarding Establishment staff and the Kitchen staff for coping under trying circumstances. The restoration of power was not the end of things,
however. The low voltage was a threat to our equipment and we were advised not to use our air conditioners until the voltage reached normal levels. The result has been some very uncomfortable classrooms and some teachers taking their learners to shady spots in the grounds to escape the heat generated where they are unable to set up a through draft.

Grade 12 Business Studies
and Grade 11 English seek relief in the shade.

We hope to be back to normal on Monday, but that depends on Eskom.

PTA Annual General Meeting

The PTA will be holding its AGM at 07h30 on Thursday. It is vital that all parents attend, especially in light of the resignations of Delmar Nortje (Chair) and Mariette Nicholson (Secretary/Treasurer). It is now time for the next generation to take up the baton.

On that note, I would like to thank Delmar for 11 years of service to the Waterberg parents and learners, 8 of these as chairman. Also, thanks are due to Mariette Nicholson for her 11 years on the PTA, many of these as an office bearer. You guys will leave a massive hole.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 26 October 2018

Archery

On Saturday, the archers of Limpopo will gather in the Waterberg Academy Hall to celebrate the achievements of each School and each archer. No doubt, mention will be made of our newest and latest South African representatives.

We received news earlier this week of the latest Protea and Development selections, and three of our learners have ‘cracked the nod’ for the 2019 team.

Rafologang Buthane has, for the second year, been selected for the NASP South Africa Development Team. Since Rafologang is still only in Grade Nine, he has a further three years to make full Protea colours. We are banking on you, Schapa.

A brand-new selection, but no surprise here, is Bianca Nortje. Bianca has been knocking at the Junior Protea door for some time and was in fine form at the Nationals in the holidays.
Shannon Carlton, for the third year in succession, will shoot for his country next year as a NASP Junior Protea. This is an outstanding achievement, Shannon, made all the more so by the fact that you are now rated number two in the country. Well done!

Shannon Carlton, Bianca Nortje and Rafologang Buthane – we are SO proud of you.
Bianca displaying her excellent form on the 3D range at SA’s.
The photograph below is a clear indication of why the learners at Waterberg Academy have an unfair advantage on the archery range – our teachers and parents are interested enough in the sport to become trained in the higher levels of NASP coaching, and this has a very positive effect on the way our archers’ practice.
 

Thank you Board Chair Pierre Leonard and Head of Department Academics Ciska Leonard for taking such a dedicated interest in archery. Pierre is also a member of the NASP SA Board. Your level of commitment rubs off on our learners who learn, not from what we say but from what we do!

Ciska and Pierre Leonard receive their BAIT (Basic Archery Instructor Trainer) certificates. On the left is Jannie Massyn, a BAITS and between them stands Wilhelm Greef, President of NASP South Africa.

Basic Baseball – The American Connection

Mr Sundblad teaching basic baseball to the Grade Elevens. Rebecca has a swing with the bat while Roman shows great style – blatless.

Mark Godfrey

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