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