Headmasters Newsletter 20 March 2015

Swimming

On Sunday 15th March, eleven of our learners swam the Bosveld Myl in Bela Bela. Darienne Bridger was our fastest swimmer and she posted her personal best over the distance. Several swimmers swam the 800m as an additional swim, and Callum Roy did the Mile, the 800m and the 200m. Well done, swimmers, and well done Mr Mosime – you have got an amazing amount out of these young people. The fact that you dived in and swam the mile with the team might explain this to a degree. Perhaps also presenting your own medal and tee-shirt to a swimmer who was removed from the water for medical reasons (flu during the week).

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Ruan swam all three distances!

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Part of the team display their numbers

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Part of the team display their Waterberger.

This weekend the group will be doing the Ebenezer Mile and we wish them well as they do the equivalent of 64 lengths of the School swimming pool!

Uniform

Sign Centre has just informed me that the blazer badges are now ready and can be purchased at R35 each. These will finish off our blazers very neatly. Blazers are only required from Grades 10 to 12.

The navy blue dri-macs are also in stock, with the badge embroidered in place. It is envisaged that learners will be able to wear the dri-mac over the navy blue V-neck jersey for warmth in the approaching winter. Tracksuit pants are also available as the dri-mac and track pants will take the place of the tracksuit. In addition, if your child is in possession of a white golf sports shirt, the badge can be embroidered in place by Sign Centre at R25 if the shirt was purchased from them, and R35 if purchased elsewhere.

Please remember that all the uniform changes are being phased in over 2 years. This means the fleece and the checked blue shirt can be worn until the end of 2016.

Our sale of used uniform went quite well, and all money so raised has been allocated to the cost of building the guard hut at the gate. A special word of thanks to Angus Frew and Oom Jan for the progress that is taking place down there at the gate where a bird hide type structure is taking shape.

New Arrivals

Candice Farrant, who helped out in the office for 6 months, has just produced her twins. Timothy John Farrant and Angela Janet Farrant were born over the weekend. Congratulations, Candice and Nick, on your perfect dove pair. We hope to see them in Auntie Suzette’s class in a couple of years. When you have some nice flattering photos of the twins, I would like to put them in the newsletter.

Another Welcome

The Academy welcomes Miss Bianca Currie to the Admin Staff. Miss Currie is our Media and Admin Assistant, and already she is having a positive effect upon the backed-up workflow.

Activities

The boarders went to Lindani last weekend. Here they did a 7 km hike and then they picnicked beside the Melk River at a place known a Flat Rocks. Adventure Clubbers will remember it as our fly-fishing venue last year. They were away from School from 07h30 until 15h00.

The MTB’ers were also at Lindani, where they did a smart 17 km under the direction of Coach Dave Baber. Team Manager Godfrey spent the entire morning trying to figure out which turn the group had taken as they are now ALL fitter than their headmaster. Fortunately, Coach took this as an opportunity to send the boys back up or down hills to keep the group reasonably in touch. It is going to be very difficult to predict which of these boys will be wearing
the yellow jersey in the Cape Epic in years to come – they are all getting fitter with each outing. On Monday, Livvy told me his legs were fine, but his arms were sore from the 20 push-ups. Dave is a hard taskmaster and will undoubtedly produce some champions. As the saying goes – no pain, no gain.

The New Archery Range

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Oom Jan puts the finishing touches to what was, two years ago, just a dream, now a reality made possible by a number of people: Jeran le Roux and his earthmoving company – Mainpro; Heidi and Bruce Carlton and their dogged determination to get things done and essentials donated; and André Bridger who devotes massive amounts of his personal time to the Academy. And then there is Bertus Swanevelder and his fencing company who did this job without cost to the Academy.

On Saturday we will be hosting our inaugural archery contest on our new range. The PTA will be providing eats and braai fires. The volley ball court has been turned and softened, and learners accompanied by adults will be allowed to make use of the swimming pool. Do come and join us for part of the day.

Please note that the official opening of the archery range will take place next term when Jeran is in Vaalwater. This weekend, his son Ruben will be taking part in his second Limpopo horseriding competition at Vivo. We wish you well, Ruben.

Results of the Archery, Ebenezer Mile and the Horse Riding will be in Friday’s newsletter.

Limpopo Archery Team

This is one of those sports where team selection cannot be skewed by the selection panel to favour any school, as selection is based entirely on scores shot over a specific number of official meetings and then averaged.

Please join me in congratulating the following Waterberg Academy learners who have gained selection to the 16 strong Limpopo Archery Team: Darienne Bridger, Shannon Carlton, Tivani Mkansi, Tayla-Kaé Nicholson, Nadja Nortje, Richard Nicholson, Retang Manyako, Ayden Walker, Sebapo Pholoba, Moses Molekoa, Bianca Nortje and Yolanda Gaborutwe with Wiane van Druten as reserve. Waterberg Academy makes up 75% of the 2015 provincial team!

Then we have the following learners in the Limpopo Development Team: Charlton Mwenesani, Phenyo Mochusi, Tiishetjo Maila, Aly Mosheou and Natasha Murungisi.

These young people fully deserve the archery range that has been provided for them.

Academics

Six of our matric teachers drove to Polokwane on Tuesday to attend cluster meetings regarding their subjects. This is the second time this term that our teachers have gone about our IEB Matric business, and we thank them for their dedication and wish them and the matriculants everything of the best for 2015.

International Library Week

This school is so busy that it is difficult for any one person to keep up! Mariette Nicholson donated her morning to the Academy Library on Monday and got the re-arranging of the shelves under way. During the breaks she was assisted by Phillip Nicholson, Ruben le Roux and Arno Kloppers. Arno was back on his own on throughout the rest of the week. Many other classes have been in this week to help in the Library. Nikki Eagar, Melanie Collins and Lisbeth Matlou also donated time, and every little bit helped. Thank you.

Some of the classes came to experience the library in a special way this week, and some came to help with the organization. I came upon Tamsin Hill conducting an attention-grabbing reading session with some younger learners. That makes her SOME ART TEACHER! The wider read among you will recognize that phrase.

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Arno spends another break working in the Library.

By Friday we had received some 200 books for the Library, with many Afrikaans books as requested and a spread of new and previously read books. THANK YOU!

Safety and Security

The fence around the Junior and Pre Prep playgrounds continues to take shape. There is just a gate and two locking systems to go. Please note that this is a protective measure and not a defensive one. This means the measures are NOT designed to be impregnable, merely additional safety.

Starting in term 2, we will be introducing controlled access to the School campus. Our own parents will be able to purchase windshield stickers to identify them as part of the Waterberg Academy community. These stickers will enable parents simply to drive in and out without filling in the access control register. Stickers are now available from the office @ R5 each and you may purchase one for each of your family vehicles.

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This is how the guard hut looked on Tuesday.

No Sport in Last Week

Please note that there will be no sport in the last week. However, there will be archery for those who have made the Limpopo Archery Team. This single exception is because Waterberg Academy has snaffled the bulk of the places on the Limpopo Archery Team (see above) and they have to shoot for the Province very early next term and need practice to keep up their good scores.

Branding and Uniform

Please note that an official Uniform and Branding Committee will launched at the April Board Meeting. At that committee’s meetings, decisions will be made regarding sports shirts, caps and hats etc. so that we can cut out the recent proliferation of items that are emerging at present.

In the interim, all such informal designs will stop as this could in fact lead to money being spent unnecessarily. Anything bearing the School badge or School name will be the province of the Branding and Uniform Committee in the future.

Prospective Parents Seeking Accommodation

At our recent Open Day we were visited by two families from Settlers. They are now looking for a cottage to rent so that Mum can spend the week in town with the two children (Gr 00 and Gr 2) and go home for the weekends. Does anyone know of such accommodation that is available? If so, please notify the Office, or Mariette Nicholson.

On the same note, we had a visitor on Friday from Jo’burg as a direct result of our recent marketing in that part of the world. The boy in question is so keen to come to the Academy that his mother was enquiring after our banking details today.

The marketing was given a bit of a fillip on Saturday at the Archery Competition. Thank you, Mrs Swales, for you effort. No marketing ever goes to waste, and centring such an effort around our new archery range was an excellent idea.

Mark Godfrey