Headmaster’s News Letter : 06 June 2014

Night of Stars

Last Friday night we hosted Beaulieu College from the Kyalami area for their music camp. They enjoyed 4 Waterberg Academy Dining Room meals, stayed in the Zeederburg Cottages at a very favourable rate, enjoyed an awesome shared music evening followed by a Night Sky Safari, and were treated to an archery lesson on Saturday morning. Below is some feedback we got from Beaulieu on Monday regarding their visit to the Waterberg.

“The kids are still talking about camp…..they absolutely loved it!!!!” Susi Grasmuck

We regarded this as a purpose-made marketing opportunity which was handed to us on a platter (with a little help from Mrs Swales), without too much work, and with a good proportion of our learners, activities and facilities on display. Thank you to everyone who got involved and made it the success it was.

It must be said that we have some very talented people in this school – both learners and staff. The opening item was a song by staff and a parent. I am so proud of you guys.

Then we had some guitars interspersed with piano items. Our guitar group is way out in front of the pack. Zandré sang the first song and I almost fell off my seat in surprized admiration. You have an amazing voice, Zandré! Their second song was with two voices, and Marius showed off his range and again the audience was spellbound. The question is, will we ever hear Nathan and Rachel sing?

Lucy and Rachel each treated us to some beautiful piano music. You girls were outstanding.

Night of Stars 2014 - Waterberg Academy BandNight of Stars 2014 - Teachers and parents item






Our guitar group were amazing                           “The Hi-i-i-lls of ho-o-o-me….” 

Night of Stars 2014 - Beaulieu PrepBeaulieu gave us the impetus (excuse) for the beautiful evening. Above is their string group.

As the last strains of music faded, Dr Phil started an exciting Night Sky Safari. One day we will ask Phil to share with us ordinary teachers his secret on keeping a mixed bunch of pre-teens, teenagers and adults quiet and enthralled for 45 minutes. His comment about the light from a particular star starting on its journey around about the time of Moses, followed by a quick, “Not OUR Moses” went down very well. Thank you, Dr Calcott for always being so prepared to give of yourself and your time to the Academy.

Boarders’ Visit to Ant’s Nest

Ant and Tessa Baber have for some time been inviting Waterberg Academy to come to their extensive property and exclusive lodge to experience their game. On Saturday we took them up on this offer and 20 boarders and 3 teachers were treated to an amazing experience – one which I am sure they will never forget. Special thanks to Ant and Tess. Aren’t we privileged to live here in this part of the world?

Boarders Outing 1   Boarders Outing 2

These are wild rhinos that have become partially habituated to humans at Ant’s Nest.

Boarders Outing 3 Boarders Outing to Ants Nest

 It is really tough waiting around for the           Tessa surrounded by our very impressed next (baby) rhino sized thirst to take hold.      boarders. What a privilege for our boarders!

Family Fun Day ! ! !

Be there. It appears we will have something in the region of 16 plus potjies. Perhaps the cooks had forewarning of the cooler weather that started today. They will certainly be in a warm place.

There will also be several volleyball teams, one made up of persons who were young in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s but have not yet gone off to relax in the shade, and others a tad younger (but less wily.) The much feared St. John’s team was heard to be offering early excuses today – apparently two of their secret weapons have had to withdraw – one at 6’ 5” and the other an ex-learner who is particularly skilled at the game. All the other teams will be crying big crocodile tears over this sad news.

At midday, our surprise presentation, recently upgraded to the plural, will take place. Don’t miss the good news.

PTA and Board Report Back

On Friday 13 June from 08h30 to 10h00 we will hold a PTA and Board Report Back to the parent body in the School Hall. We have chosen this day and time as it will make attendance convenient especially for parents who will be travelling long distances to fetch learners who stay in the Boarding Establishment.

Parents who attend will be addressed by the PTA Chair, Mrs Natalie Berry, and thereafter by the Board of Governors Chair, Mr Richard Wadley. This will be an opportunity to hear what is happening on two very important fronts in the School.


We have just completed the busiest term of sport that Waterberg Academy has ever had. Our Preparatory School played in four mini tournaments with an invitation to the girls to play netball next week at Laerskool Vaalwater Our High School had organized fixtures in soccer and hockey for the first time ever.

The Prep School games yesterday drew the league to a close. Out of the 4 game league, our U/9 Netball girls emerged in first place – well done, girls!

Special mention was made of the following players at the end-of-season prize giving: Lerato Makekhaba (U/9); Lily Baber (U/9); Suzanne Botha (U11); Joyce Lebese (U11) and Mijeanne Grové (U13). Well done, girls! And a special word of congratulation to all who played in the netball teams. There have to be 7 players on the field to begin the game, and loyal attendance and hard training all add up to a team that enjoys its season and learns to appreciate the privilege of being part of a select group. You will cherish your days playing especially team sports in school for the rest of your lives.

Our U/11 rugby players placed second in their league and special mention was made of Ruben Doubell (U/11); Daniel van Coller (U/11) and Peter Calcott (U/11). Well done, boys! Rugby is a great game because it teaches boys to look an adversary in the eye and confront him manfully. Things like rucks and mauls also teach players to learn to rely on support from team mates when they run into trouble. Glenwood High School in Durban used to speak of going “under the green blanket” as their team mates rucked over them on the ground.

2015 Term Calendar

For those of you wanting to book that overseas holiday in 2015, the Term Calendar for next year has been uploaded onto the D6 Communicator today. This year I have had helpful input from other Limpopo schools and we will begin and end terms in line with them as much as possible. This will mean that when the school responsible for the Preparatory Schools’ fixtures draws them up, they are far more likely to suit Waterberg Academy than was the case this year.


When a learner joins a team there is a protocol that must be followed. This protocol is applied in all schools that are serious about their sport and is designed to inculcate good values like loyalty and team spirit. Should a team member be aware ahead of a sport fixture that he/she will not be available, it is incumbent on that member to notify the coach concerned of this timeously and in the form of a written letter from the parent. In addition, only matters of an extremely serious nature would be considered as acceptable in such instances. Things like so-and-so’s birthday party, or the family wishing to go away for the weekend etc would not normally be found to be acceptable. In fact, loyalty and team spirit demand that the member/player put the interests of the team ahead of his own interests.

Having matches during the examination period caused great consternation as this is not normal in the Waterberg Academy culture. It is entirely normal in bigger schools which have a full fixture list, but we are still growing in that direction.

As we move forward and as we grow as a school we need to be cognisant of the fact that we are moving out of our infancy and moving towards a more mature stage in the School’s journey. This will demand a slightly more formal approach in many areas. Do discuss this process with me if you have any ideas of the direction Waterberg Academy should take. I would dearly love to share the responsibility of “Arbiter of Vision.”

Mark Godfrey