High School

The High School phase was launched in 2007. Classes aver­age about 12. Per­sonal atten­tion is a lux­ury we can afford!

The High School Phase com­prises two stages:

  • the Gen­eral Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing (GET) stage, which con­sists of Grades 8 and 9, with a school exit oppor­tu­nity at the end of Grade 9; and
  • the Fur­ther Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing (FET) stage, con­sist­ing of Grades 10 to 12, with the Inde­pen­dent Exam­i­na­tion Board (IEB)’s National School Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) or Matric exam­i­na­tion as the cul­mi­na­tion of the school­ing experience.

GRADE 8 — 9:

High School life is vastly dif­fer­ent from Pri­mary School in the sense of dis­ci­pline, work load and tempo. We do our best in assist­ing the Grade 8s’ tran­si­tion by run­ning an induc­tion pro­gramme with them for the first two weeks. Their aca­d­e­mic pro­fi­ciency and stan­dard is mon­i­tored closely and prob­lems are iden­ti­fied. The exist­ing stu­dent body bond with the new learn­ers dur­ing break times and the group is exposed to high school life systematically.

The group goes on a team build­ing excur­sion in the begin­ning of the school year, and grad­u­ates as full-fledged mem­bers of Water­berg Acad­emy at the first Senior Social within the first month.

GET Sub­jects:High School at Waterberg Academy

  • Eng­lish Home Language
  • Afrikaans First Addi­tional Language
  • Math­e­mat­ics
  • Life Orientation(Citizenship, Per­sonal Well-being, career choices, group dynam­ics, etc.)
  • Nat­ural Sci­ences (a com­bi­na­tion of Biol­ogy and Pure Science)
  • Arts and Cul­ture (incor­po­rat­ing dance, music, fine arts and drama)
  • Human and Social Sci­ences (com­bin­ing Geog­ra­phy and His­tory sub­ject content)
  • Eco­nomic and Man­age­ment Sci­ences (a com­bi­na­tion of busi­ness eco­nom­ics, eco­nom­ics and account­ing, with empha­sis on entrepreneurship)
  • Tech­nol­ogy (a com­bi­na­tion of man­ual skills, vary­ing from handy­man projects to cooking)

Grade 9 is the year of sub­ject choices. We guide our learn­ers into choos­ing sub­jects for Grades 10 to 12 that will keep as many career and fur­ther train­ing doors open to them as pos­si­ble. We write apti­tude tests to deter­mine nat­ural skills and knowl­edge. FET sub­jects are an exten­sion of cer­tain learn­ing area con­tents in grades 8 and 9. All sub­ject choices are made after informed dis­cus­sion with the learner and the parents.

GRADE 10 — 12:

Dur­ing the Grade 9 year, pupils spend time explor­ing indi­vid­ual inter­ests and research careers. A psy­cho­log­i­cal apti­tude assess­ment is car­ried out to help the pupils in the choice of sub­jects for the National Senior Cer­tifi­cate. This is based on their strengths, apti­tude and inter­ests, with a focus on the require­ments at ter­tiary level.

As an IEB reg­is­tered exam provider, the school offers a wide selec­tion of choice for sub­jects to matric level.

Cur­rently the school offers the fol­low­ing choice sub­jects in a vari­ety of com­bi­na­tions up to matric.

Math­e­mat­ics, Math­e­mat­i­cal Lit­er­acy, Life Sci­ences, Phys­i­cal Sci­ences, Com­puter Applied Tech­nol­ogy, Geog­ra­phy, His­tory, Hos­pi­tal­ity Stud­ies and Busi­ness Stud­ies. From this list, learn­ers need to choose three subjects.

This list is annu­ally revised to cater to the needs of our learn­ers. Every effort is made to pro­vide pupils with a strong envi­ron­men­tal back­ground and aware­ness. This is sup­ple­mented with vis­its to nearby game farms where courses are con­ducted in both Lead­er­ship and Envi­ron­men­tal Awareness.

Senior Social Life

We offer a vari­ety of social oppor­tu­ni­ties for our high school learn­ers. The Valen­tines Ball and dance func­tions are always pop­u­lar. For vari­ety, we par­tic­i­pate in Debat­ing, Games, Poetry and Senior Quiz evenings. As one of the largest regional par­tic­i­pants in the regional Eisteddfod, pupils have ample oppor­tu­nity to dis­play their the­atri­cal talents.

The Acad­emy is one of the largest par­tic­i­pants in – and usu­ally hosts – the regional annual Eisteddfod com­pe­ti­tion, in which our pupils have plenty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to dis­play and hone their the­atri­cal, writ­ing and speak­ing talents.