NEWSLETTER 6 September 2019

Mountain Biking

Gianmarco Gualdi – 1st Boys U/8
Daniel Eagar – 3rd Boys U/10
Bradley Eagar – 2nd Boys U/14
Carla powers over an obstacle
Carla Jansen van Vuuren – 1st Girls U/14

Livingston Banda negotiates the rock garden as three dads watch in admiration. There are many dangers out there in this sport, but these courageous young people are fearless.

Livingston will be riding for Limpopo at the Nationals Championships during the September holiday.

These championships are only for High Schools, so Carla, who is top of her age group and Bradley who is no. 2, will not be competing. However, they were awarded provincial colours for their performances throughout the SPUR Series.

Waterberg Academy has had a very successful mountain biking season this year with Nikki Eagar as our coach. There have regularly been 14 or 15 learners at the training sessions and 10 or 12 at the Saturday races. And, of course, her sons Daniel and Bradley have led from the front. Thank you, Nikki! It has been wonderful to see each of the riders progress from only feeling comfortable on the flat ground to taking on obstacles which would make most adults blanche.

Waterberg Academy Arts Festival

Mrs McBride (organizer), Ms Mocke (adjudicator) and Miss Nicholson

Small wonder that our learners did so well this year with these three eisteddfod savvy ladies encouraging them every word of the way. And then there were the ladies who helped the learners with getting their presentations right, both for individual and choral work. In fact, the choral verse got an unprecedented number of prestige awards this year – testament to the hard work of the “coaches.”

Mrs McBride has organized our Waterberg Academy Arts Festival for the past five years, and we have watched the performances of our learners improve every year. Whenever she is thanked or congratulated for her hard work, she is quick to deflect the praise towards those who have helped her.  Thank you, Janice, and all your helpers.

Cross Country

Asher Petersen shows why he is no. 6 in Limpopo.

Secretaries’ Day

Our new secretary/PA to the headmaster, Mrs Cornè Pretorius was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when she was presented with some goodies to mark Secretaries’ Day.

World Rhino Day

Mrs Swales has been the Academy’s liaison with Jessica Babich and the SAPS in all the planning for World Rhino Day on Thursday 19 September. Here the organizing committee is meeting in our staff room to plan for a bigger and better display.

Physical Sciences

Joshua Hein is busy adding the acid  solution from a burette to the base in the flask to observe the exact moment that the base changes from blue to yellow.

 

Hands up if you remember doing titration experiments in your school days!

Cricket – Inter House

Kemelo Mocheko unleashes
Curtsy Sorofa – wide stance
Scott McBride sweeps

What a close contest – Davidson won by 2 runs!

Generations Day

Well done, Foundation Phase teachers. Your charges were outstanding and the hall looked lovely.

Parents and Grandparents watch the littlies perform.
Grade One to Three sing to the piano played by Etta Steyn.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 08 March 2019

Marketing

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.

In this picture we can see Mrs Leonard, Mrs Raubenheimer, Mrs De Klerk, Dr Mohlabi, Malose Mohlabi, Mrs. Mohlabi, San-Marie Stegmann (obscured) and Boitumelo Mataboge (blurred by movement)
In this picture we can see Mrs Leonard, Mrs Raubenheimer, Mrs De Klerk, Dr Mohlabi, Malose Mohlabi, Mrs. Mohlabi, San-Marie Stegmann (obscured) and Boitumelo Mataboge (blurred by movement)

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

Joshua Hopewell celebrated his birthday yesterday with his Grade Two classmates. My, but they grow up quickly!
Joshua Hopewell celebrated his birthday yesterday with his Grade Two classmates. My, but they grow up quickly!

Class Visits

Grade 9 Mathematics
Grade 9 Mathematics
Grade 6 Mathematics
Grade 6 Mathematics

Horse Riding

A N Other, Lyandi van der Merwe and Carla Leonard pose for a photograph before their lesson this week at the new Riding School at the Leonard Stables.
A N Other, Lyandi van der Merwe and Carla Leonard pose for a photograph before their lesson this week at the new Riding School at the Leonard Stables.

Archery

Chantal Prinsloo, Ciska Leonard and Lanchè Lötter shot in the first ever NASP ADULTS Competition to be held in Limpopo. Mrs Leonard won and Mrs Lötter placed third.
Chantal Prinsloo, Ciska Leonard and Lanchè Lötter shot in the first ever NASP ADULTS Competition to be held in Limpopo. Mrs Leonard won and Mrs Lötter placed third.
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.

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.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 05 Desember 2018

Nativity and Carols Evening

The Teachers Group: Mrs Calcott, Mrs Leonard, Mr Roux, Mr Roth, Mr Sulo and Mr Simiti.

Grade R Graduation

Junior Preparatory

The Grade Ones show off their certificates with their teacher and HOD, Mrs van Niekerk.

Senior Preparatory Prize

Ds. Ernest Vogt delivers his speech to the learners. Ds. Vogt was our Senior Preparatory Guest of Honour.
Top Achievers – Nomusa Funyufunyu G6, Makwidi Kgo-montsho G5, Kabelo Mohlabi G7 & Caitlin Pidduck G4 with HOD Mr O’Kelly.
Citizenship Award G5 – Mia du Preez.
Farewell and thanks for your sterling work – Mariette Nicholson – PTA Secretary and a parent here for 12 years.
Mr Brugnolo helped with the swimming training. Here he receives a thank you gift from son, Quentin.

High School Prize Giving

Jana Leonard was Top Achiever in Grade 8. Here she is congratulated by HOD Academics and her mother, Ciska Leonard.
Bianca Nortje was Top Achiever in Grade 9.
Mirriam Mpete was Top AchieverIn Grade 10. In this picture she isteacher Janice McBride for also winning the Senior Drama prize.
Lucy Calcott was the DUX with an average of 96%. Here she is congratulated by guest of honour - Clive Walker.
Boitumelo Mataboge and San-Marie Stegmann were appointed Head Boy and Head Girl for 2019. San-Marie was also Top Achiever in Grade 11.

Reports

By the time you receive this newsletter, the Christmas holiday will be in full swing with just the reports to be collected on Thursday. Please collect these between 08h00 an 10h00 on Thursday 6 December 2018. The HODs will be onsite to hand these out at each phase block. High School reports will be available at Mrs Leonard’s classroom, Senior Preparatory reports will be available from Mr O’Kelly’s classroom, Junior Preparatory reports from Mrs van Niekerk’s classroom and the Pre-Preparatory reports from Mrs Joan Leonard’s classroom.

If you are unable to collect the report yourself, you may nominate someone to do that for you IN WRITING to Solita at admin@waterbergacademy.co.za You may, if travelling away on an extended holiday, request in writing at the same email address that your report be emailed to you and then collect the hard copy when returning to School next year.

May I take this opportunity to wish all our learners, parents, staff and friends a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year. May 2019 bring to you all that you wish.

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 03 August 2018

The Selfish Ladybug

The entrance to. . .

a magical world. . .

peopled by butterflies, insects and frogs.

The play, for which the Junior Prep has been rehearsing the entire year, was staged this week and was a great success. The props were totally amazing. Well done, Mrs van Niekerk and your helpers. The backdrop was stunning, Thank you Mrs Mason. The music was perfect, thank you Mrs Stegmann – especially for coming to school every day to practice with the learners. The costumes were superlative, Thank you mothers and costumiers. The décor was wild. Thank you, the decorating team.

A school stage production requires input from a great number of people. The many rehearsals to get the performers up to speed and the amount of time required to prepare props and costumes is staggering. For our delightful play the time was dedicated, and practicing was relentless. The Junior Prep learners sang the songs every day and the High School learned them involuntarily. Well done, High School, for encouraging instead of complaining. The end result was a show to be remembered.

Mountain Biking

On Saturday, mountain bikers of all ages converged on Merensky High School in Tzaneen to compete in the SPUR Schools Mountain Biking XCO. The race started on the Merensky playing fields and then headed off into an avocado orchard with some interesting twists and turns. This particular race is known as the Tour de Plaas.

Carla Jansen van Vuuren, no. 3 U/12 Girl in the country at present, won her race comfortably by taking the lead on an uphill just 500m in. She kept the second girl behind her until the last kilometre, then she poured on the gas on the final climb and opened a 300m gap. Well done, Carla!

Livingstone Banda rode in the Boys U/16 category, which is very competitive. He was 21st at the 200m mark, managed safely to negotiate a pile-up on the first sharp corner, and finished the first lap in 11th position. At the end of the full three laps, Livvy had managed to improve his placing to 9th. What impressed me was that Livvy left it all out on the track. He fell down at the end of the race and was unable to get up for a full ten minutes. Well done, Livvy!

Carla maintains her lead.
Livvy at the end of the first lap.

Physical Sciences

You will remember from your days studying Physical Science that an exothermic reaction is a chemical reaction which releases heat. The Grade Elevens tested this with some granular chlorine and water, and what better place for it than the swimming pool.

Mr Sithole dishes out hth to Michael, Rebecca and San-Marie (obscured).
The moment of truth. And . . . it works!

Tennis

Computer Room Upgrade

The current computers were donated by a past parent in 2010 and can no longer be upgraded. For 2019 we need to replace all the desktop computers in our Computer Room. Further, we need to acquire 15 tablets/iPads for our learners. These items need to be included in next year’s budget. If anyone can help with a contact to keep these costs to a minimum, please contact Mrs Swales or myself.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 24 February 2017

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

Headmaster Newsletter 26 April 2016

Family Fun Day – well done PTA!

The word tombola has become synonymous with Sandra Nortje, here assisted by Madeleine Broodryk

The word tombola has become synonymous with Sandra Nortje, here assisted by Madeleine Broodryk

The colourful stalls were well patronised.

The colourful stalls were well patronised.

Water and kids spell F-U-N!

Water and kids spell F-U-N!

Ewald Kloppers dreaming of his eighteenth – will it be a sportscar or a 4x4?

Ewald Kloppers dreaming of his eighteenth – will it be a sportscar or a 4×4?

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The High School stall – the henna tattoos were popular, but not as popular as the soft sreve ice creams here being served by Senior Prep teacher, Mrs Evans.

Phillip Nicholson competing with the best.

Phillip Nicholson competing with the best.

The standard in the cake competition was high.

The standard in the cake competition was high.

Professor and Mr Wadley, our Board Chair.

Professor and Mr Wadley, our Board Chair.

The rides were popular, and varied this year.

The rides were popular, and varied this year.

PTA Chair Delmar Nortje congratulates Andrew and Nikki Eager – winners of the potjiekos competition

PTA Chair Delmar Nortje congratulates Andrew and Nikki Eager – winners of the potjiekos competition

Oom Polla Roux carries out the highly responsible job of watching over the icies.

Oom Polla Roux carries out the highly responsible job of watching over the icies.

Our archery team placed first in the archery competition which we hosted on our range on Saturday. That is some smile, Titi! The deadpan expression on the extreme left belongs to Senior Boys winner, Shannon Carlton.
(Photos courtesy of Juliet Calcott)

Our archery team placed first in the archery competition which we hosted on our range on Saturday. That is some smile, Titi! The deadpan expression on the extreme left belongs to Senior Boys winner, Shannon Carlton.
(Photos courtesy of Juliet Calcott)

The Head hands to the PTA Chair a thank you card signed by the entire WA staff, for the WiFi, as the Board Chair looks on.

The Head hands to the PTA Chair a thank you card signed by the entire WA staff, for the WiFi, as the Board Chair looks on.

Don’t forget – school reopens on Tuesday. Boarders back on Monday evening. If you get it wrong, keep it quiet and no one else will know. Interestingly, at least once a year someone DOES get it wrong.

Mark Godfrey

Headmasters Newsletter 27 November 2015

Grade 7 Farewell

This is a much anticipated event and 2015 was outstanding. The Seringa Café decked in reggae décor while coconut drinks and red yellow and black skull caps with dreadlocks were handed out by the welcoming committee.

The Grade 6 learners and parents put the evening together, using money collected by Grade 6 during the year. Tamsin Hill was largely responsible for the décor, and the delightful invitation. She was assisted by the Grade 6 learners who made much of the décor in the Art class. And wherever there is organizing to be done or funds to be raised, there you will find the inimitable Mrs Steyn. Christie ran a tuckshop throughout the year, buying stock from a supplier in Pretoria and selling a wide variety of products each break – icies, toasted sandwiches, sweets etc. Well done, Christie!

Had we asked parents of Grade 6 and 7 to give R20 000 towards the end of year goings on of the Senior Preparatory, there would understandably have been some resistance. Instead, the money was extracted passively, and the Grade 6 class funded an excellent dinner and the Grade 7 trip to Gold Reef City on Wednesday. The Grade 7s, not to be outdone, have already paid for the installation of 6 whirlybirds to extract heat from the Hall – their contribution being some eight and a half thousand! These should be in place next week.

Thanks are due to the Seringa Café for hosting us on Friday evening in their lovely premises. I am told that they gave us an astonishingly special rate. Thank you, Anne and Robert Howe. Special thanks to the Grade 6 learners who were the most attentive waitrons most of us had ever come across! Well done, MC Amelia.

The Grade Sevens each had an opportunity to speak, and some interesting things came out about the fun they had in lessons. School was never like that in the last century! The teachers, wisely, spoke last, and gave as well as they received. All in all, this was a fabulous evening, with learners, staff and parents all having a wonderful time.

Josh had the cameras flashing!

Josh had the cameras flashing!

Quinn dazzled us with his wit.

Quinn dazzled us with his wit.

Ryan doing his thing.

Ryan doing his thing.

Boarders’ Christmas Dinner

The boarders had their Christmas Dinner on Monday. We were all chuffed to have Richard Wadley, Board of Governors Chair, join us directly from a five hour Board Meeting. After joining us for the excellent meal, Richard took up the Santa challenge and had the youngsters “eating out of his hand.” Thank you, Richard.

Tannie Marie, and Oom Jan and his wife Rina were also honoured. Marie does SO MUCH for the boarders and Oom Jan ensures they have water and electricity, often answering a call-out in the middle of the night. They are in fact the unsung heroes of the School, but we DO appreciate them.

The learners had an opportunity to dress up a little, while the teachers were able to dress “down.” The overall effect was very pleasing, and I must say that we have lovely kids in our Boarding Establishment. The way that they mix freely by age and gender is really good to see, and the personalities emerging are quite endearing.

Seth demonstrates his personal approach to Fashion. Who needs matching sleeves anyway?

Seth demonstrates his personal approach to Fashion. Who needs matching sleeves anyway?

Board Chair Richard Wadley plays Santa as Katlego decides who will get the next gift.

Board Chair Richard Wadley plays Santa as Katlego decides who will get the next gift.

Gr 0000 to Gr 3 Christmas Party

Gr 0000 to Gr 3 Christmas Party

On Tuesday Santa came to the town of Vaalwater. His sleigh was covered in snow and looked a bit out of shape (global warming has caused some tough weather for Santa at this time of the year) and the reindeer were eager to get out of harness. All present were very impressed by Santa’s long white beard, his enormous tummy and his warm laugh. Sadly, the Head was so busy recording this event for posterity that he did not get to share with Santa his Christmas list. Oh well, môre is nog ʼn Kersfees.

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The rejuvenation of the swimming Pool this year is probably the single most striking success gained in 2015. Well done Oom Jan and Jimmy Sithole!

The rejuvenation of the swimming Pool this year is probably the single most striking success gained in 2015. Well done Oom Jan and Jimmy Sithole!

Prize Givings

Below are 7000 words worth of pictures.

Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings

Well done, Marius. We will miss you.

May I wish one and all a blessed Christmas.

Mark Godfrey