Headmaster’s News Letter 12 September 2014



As they do every year, the ladies from the Dameskring came to share with the Grade 4 to 7 learners about planting – and this year it was trees. They handed over seeds from Lekkerruikpeul, Nyalaboom, Knoppies Doring, Witbas, and Kringhoud. On 14 November they will be hack to see how the trees are doing and award prizes for the tree that has grown the most.

Thank you, Dameskring, for your interest in the Academy and in the environment.

Professor Wadley

You will be aware from a recent inclusion in this newsletter that the School is blest to have Professor Lyn Wadley as a supporter in that she is highly educated, a world leader in her field, and held in exceedingly high regard. In fact, Lyn has just returned from Spain where she was the keynote speaker at a world-wide congress of scientists specializing in antiquities. So well-known is Lyn and her work that Queen Letizia of Spain requested a meeting with her.


Professor Wadley at a news conference last week.

Novella Writing Competition

At the assembly today, Professor Lyn Wadley awarded certificates to all the participants in the Novella Writing Competition, and book prizes to the winners in each category. These were: Grade 4 & 5 – Peter Calcott; Grade 5 & 6 – San-marie Stegmann; Grade 8 – Lucy Calcott; Grade 9 – Jesse Dowinton; Grade 10 – Tayla-Kaé Nicholson and Rachel Calcott.


Professor Wadley with San-marie Stegmann


It appears that our Senior Prep hockey players have gained from the term’s practicing and games. They won their second game of the season this week. Well done, girls! This being a skills based game, it is clear that you have worked hard.



The joint Academy/Laerskool Cricket Team seems to have been a big hit with the boys and their opponents. This time the opposition proved too strong, but everyone had a great deal of fun.

Botswana Marketing

Mrs Swales and I travelled to North Eastern Botswana on Sunday to let Grade 7 learners in that part of the country know that the closest (in many cases) independent ISASA registered school to them in RSA is here in Vaalwater. We travelled 2 951 km and visited eight of their top independent schools, getting as far North as Maun. Next week we will market in Johannesburg and Swaziland.

I shall be out of office until Friday as I shall be attending the SAHISA Principals’ Conference.

Mark Godfrey