At this time of the year we visit preparatory schools and market the Academy with a view to attracting learners into our High School for the following year. Many prep schools in the area feel that they are closely linked to their local High School and do not afford us the opportunity of speaking to their learners. However, we were able to visit Lephalale Primary School, Eugene Marais and Euphorbia in Mookgopong, and Laerskool Vaalwater.
On each of these visits I took Miss Nicholson along so that the youngsters could identify with someone closer to their own age. On our first outing to Lephalale Primary School, Miss Nicholson took the floor near the end and what she had to say and the way she said it made it almost impossible for the teachers present to clear the Grade 6 and 7 learners from the hall!
Miss Nicholson has a real gift for reaching young people and they fell under her spell. In fact, I have been doing these visits for 6 years and this year we had the best response we have ever had. That is partly because of our presentation and partly because Waterberg Academy has been making rather large waves in the academic world and in the individual sports – archery in particular. The kids now KNOW about us.
On Tuesday evening we held a cocktail marketing evening at The Junction in Lephalale. I want to thank all our Lephalale parents who came out to meet with our visitors. Many families brought their kids along and I want also to say, “Well done,” to those young people who came and sat through the evening. And a final thank you to our staff, the members of our Board, and our Head Boy and Head Girl, who were present.
Tomorrow, Mrs Swales and Mr O’Kelly will be attending the MUDDY BUDDY Family Fun Day in Lephalale to do a little marketing. Two of our learners and an adult will be entering the 13h00 Fun Race. They have asked that any Academy learners in Lephalale who are interested join them.
Boarding Establishment Stayovers
Our archers are going to Rustenburg to shoot in a competition tomorrow. The bus will be departing at 04h00 and some of the archers will be sleeping over in the Boarding Establishment to facilitate this. This is a service we offer to our parents to obviate the necessity of driving around late at night or very early in the morning.
Instances where this service becomes useful are such things as early departures of the bus to sporting fixtures, learner functions that end late (Valentine and Spring dances), or simply when Mom and Dad need to be away for a night and prefer not to leave their children on the farm alone.
The procedure to follow if you wish to make use of this service is to email the office for permission at least 24 hours before the time of the stayover and stipulate the meals that your child should be given. Please note that meals are charged at R25 each.
In addition, we do not charge for the stayover, only the meals. This service is in place to assist parents in times of need and is definitely not for recreational purposes.
A Big Day
Young Ruan Leonard (Grade 5) is going places in the field of archery. At the weekend he placed 1st overall in both the Bullseye Competition and the 3D Competition. Overall means under 21, nogal!
Ruan is only 10 years old and already represent Limpopo in the Junior High (Under 21) Team. We wait with bated breath to see when he will gain national selection.