NEWS LETTER 13 October 2017

Archery

Archery gets several pages in this week’s newsletter simply because our archers deserve it!
Last week learners from Waterberg Academy travelled to Port Elizabeth to participate in the NASP Inter Provincial Archery Competition as part of the Limpopo Schools Team on Wednesday 4 October in which 250 archers shot, and then on the Thursday and Friday as a school team in the National Championships, an inter schools competition in which 600 archers from 6 provinces shot. Their many hours of training paid off as the Waterberg Academy Archery team came 2nd in South Africa in the 3D Competition and 3rd in South Africa in the Bull’s Eye Competition. For a school only in its 4th year of doing the sport, this can only be described as phenomenal.

In the Inter Provincials Nadja Nortje, a Grade 11 learner at the Academy, was involved in a shootout to break a tie for a medal position. She emerged with 3rd Senior Girl position and a bronze medal. Nadja is the third best girl archer in South Africa!

The Nationals were divided into two sections, 3D Challenge and Bull’s Eye. In the 3D Challenge, Bianca Nortje, a Grade 8 learner at the Academy, emulated her older sister and came in 3rd place and also got a bronze medal.

In the Senior Challenge (top 5 Senior archers per team), Waterberg Academy’s Nadja Nortje, Bianca Nortje, Wiané van Druten, Charlton Mwenesani and Shannon Carlton placed 2nd.

In the Grade 11 section of the Bullseye Competition Nadja Nortje and Wiané van Druten came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the Best Senior Team category (12 archers) Waterberg Academy placed 3rd, and to top it off, they also emerged in 3rd place in the Best Team Overall, Senior and Junior Combined.

In the 3D Challenge, the Waterberg Academy Seniors emerged in 2nd place, and the Seniors and Juniors combined also came 2nd.
To crown all these achievements, Shannon Carlton, a Grade 10 learner, has been confirmed in the South African team for the second year in succession. Team selection is based upon averages shot in competition over the past 12 months. Shannon will shoot in the African All Star Championship in April 2018 and in the World All Star Championship in Canada in July 2018.
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The reward for 4 years of hard work by Mr Bridger and the archers.
The reward for 4 years of hard work by Mr Bridger and the archers.

The reward for 4 years of hard work by Mr Bridger and the archers.

Add to the above a screed of medals, and you will have an idea of the excitement which gripped the Monday assembly. We are SO proud of you, Guys. And let us not forget the Juniors, who share intwo of the trophies above for Overall School Team. Four archers shot personal bests, and these, together with all the excellent scores on the day, contributed to the Waterberg Academy success.

Our Stars

Bianca, Shannon and Nadja. Shannon is sporting his Archery Honours Blazer which was awarded to him for getting his South African colours in January.

Bianca, Shannon and Nadja. Shannon is sporting his Archery Honours Blazer which was awarded to him for getting his South African colours in January.

A final word on archery: Well done Archers, well done Mr Bridger, and thank you SO much Heidi Carlton. This has indeed been a team effort by everyone involved.

Matric Valedictory Service

Yesterday we held a very tasteful Valedictory Service for our matrics. The committee room in the
Farmers’ Hall was tastefully decorated, guests were invited, and speeches made. Shane Dowinton
reminded the group of five things they could take from the Academy as they went forward into life:

  • Cultural diversity
  • Sense of family
  • Honour others
  • Waterberg natural beauty
  • God, a Father who loves you

Ayden Walker was the Valedictorian appointed by his class to speak their swansong. Among the
many things he said were these pearls of wisdom:

  • Procrastination is not your friend.
  • You are a work in progress — don’t expect to get everything right the first time.
  • Parents are smarter than they appear.
  • No one is holding you back.
  • And – Don’t let crowds define you.

The Headmaster assured the Matrics that they have what it takes to be successful – financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Mrs Leonard and Mrs Raubenheimer joined forces to set up a beautiful venue. We had two grandparents join us in Clive Walker and Jenny Dowinton, and the Board Chair and several members and their wives were present. Combined, this gave the occasion a certain “gravitas” of which all were very conscious.

Shane Dowinton gives his message

Shane Dowinton gives his message

The Matrics, looking very smart

The Matrics, looking very smart

Assembly

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Rachel Calcott (Matric 2017) spoke in the assembly about her experience in Borneo with Raleigh International. She shared a number of slides using power point and managed to give her audience a very real sense of the programme, its joys and its challenges.

The part of her 9 weeks that made the most impression on her was the community outreach. At the end of her presentation, Rachel invited the learners to join her in a practical project on Boschdraai, and 20 young people went forward to involve themselves in assisting a family that is in desperate need of a new house, donations for which are already pouring in.

It has become a tradition for the Grade Twelves to “Pass on the flame of Endurance” at their final assembly. This was done today in a moving ceremony at the end of the assembly. Above is a sequence of photographs showing Mrs Leonard lighting the flames of the Matrics, the Matrics passing on the flames to the Grade Elevens, and Moses enjoying a last few moments in the limelight!

The fact that the candles were kept burning long past the end of the assembly speaks volumes about the closeness of these two groups and their sense of loss at the forthcoming departure of the Matrics.

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Ayden and Guadalupe

Ayden and Guadalupe

Tshepo

Tshepo

Jesse and Paige

Jesse and Paige

Proud parents Anton and René

Proud parents Anton and René

Girl stuff

Girl stuff

De Drie Jongegezellen

De Drie Jongegezellen

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All aboard for . . .

All aboard for . . .

. . . gay Paris

. . . gay Paris

Since our Matric Farewell was, without a doubt, the major event on the Waterberg social calendar, I thought you might like to see a few more pictures of the glittering event and “the beautiful people” who attended it.

Since our Matric Farewell was, without a doubt, the major event on the Waterberg social calendar, I thought you might like to see a few more pictures of the glittering event and “the beautiful people” who attended it.

History Speech Contest

Lucy is congratulated in assembly.

Lucy is congratulated in assembly.

On 21 September Lucy Calcott travelled to St Mary’s, Waverley to compete in a History Speech Contest. Lucy chose The Six Day War as her topic as this was a subject from her Grade 10 year which had interested her and which she felt would interest an audience. She competed against speakers from six other prestigious schools in Pretoria in the Grade 11 category.

In true Lucy fashion, she applied her mind to the task at hand and prepared an interesting and engaging speech supported by an excellent powerpoint presentation. For her speech she was awarded the Best speech in Grade 11 award, and to this was added the Best Visual Presentation in Grade 11 award. Congratulations, Lucy! We are very proud of you.

Archery

Many of our archers are in Port Elizabeth taking part in the Archery Nationals either as part of the School Team or the Provincial Team. Many of our archers have shot personal bests at the competition and Mr Bridger was heard to surmise that the team may have shot its best team score ever today. Nadja Nortje will be shooting later this afternoon in a “shootout” for a position placement in the Inter Provincial Competition which took place earlier in the week. Hold thumbs for Nadja and the Team and . . . watch this space!

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Mark Godfrey

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Board Matters

After six years on the Board, five of them as Chairman, Richard Wadley stepped down yesterday. While we have known of his intention for the last 18 months, it was very sad to hear Richard speak his last words of advice and finally leave at the end of the meeting.

Richard is pictured speaking to the learners, parents and guests at the 2015 Prize Giving, one of his
many duties during his tenure as Board Chair.

Richard is pictured speaking to the learners, parents and guests at the 2015 Prize Giving, one of his
many duties during his tenure as Board Chair.

When Richard came onto the Board in 2012, the School was not in a good place financially. A bank loan had been taken out to pay for the girls’ boarding establishment and a “soft loan” made by previous directors to the School was mounting at prime and no attempt had been made to pay it off as there was insufficient cash in the kitty to do so. Richard was elected Chairman the following year and immediately set about paying off the “soft loan.” He and his board also decided to find the money to employ an experienced bursar to get the finances in order. A new era of fiscal discipline was instituted. As a result the learner numbers dropped from 200 in 2012 to 160 by 2014. Today, we have 150 learners, but every one of them is paying the full school fee, or someone is paying that full fee on their behalf. There is no one in the school who is being subsidised by the fees of the other parents. The soft loan was paid up in 2015. The bank loan has 3 years to go. We have sufficient cash flow to run a tight ship and the future is promising.
Richard’s experience on the board of a big mining house gave him insight into the convoluted business of corporate governance. Throughout his chairmanship, he has been insistent on keeping board business separate from operational matters. This has given the School Management the space to breathe and make the changes and adjustments necessary to bring its house into order.

In recent years the staff has stabilized and the education on offer seems to be better than ever – the results certainly seem to suggest this. Right now we are blessed with an amazing group of highly competent teachers who each carry a large load and do so with grace and aplomb. This is largely thanks to the establishment in 2015 of the HR Committee which helps in the tricky business of staff selection.
Then Board Chair, Gustav Collins initiated strategic planning session in 2011 which led to a change in direction in the sport that the School offers. The change to individual type sports has led to 10% of the learners in the Academy achieving provincial colours across three official school sports for the last three years. This year we have two learners with South African colours to boot – one in the official school sport of archery and one in karate which is no longer a school sport.

Richard was also instrumental in establishing the Waterberg Academy Education Trust. This Trust has been able to retain the academically strong learners through its scholarship programme, and also keep and attract other good learners via bursaries. Our “top” two matriculants of 2016 were each recipients of a W. A. E. T. scholarship, proof of the success of this initiative. Several applicants for places in the School this year have quoted the 2016 matric results as their motivation for seeking entry for their children. We will have excellent matric results again this year, and also into the future. Our best academics are no longer being lured away by the wealthier schools and we have been able to attract really good kids to the Academy.
Richard has not been a “do what I say,” leader. He has very much led by example. The amount of work he put in to get the Waterberg Academy Education Trust registered with CAF America so that overseas donors would get tax relief on their donations to this School by supporting the Trust is unbelievable. And this work and responsibility is on-going.

Richard and Lyn have been at pretty much every major Academy event since he joined the Board. Richard and Lyn have been special guests at all Prize Giving ceremonies, and each has even taken on the role of guest of honour when called upon.

Richard and Lyn looking smashing at the Race Night.

Richard and Lyn looking smashing at the Race Night.

Richard and Lyn Wadley have also contributed financially to the School:

  • R100 000 towards the refurbishment of the Boarding Establishment in 2013
  • R100 00 towards the building of the two new classrooms in 2014
  • scholarships for several learners over several years
  • stage curtains
  • swimming pool fence
  • school magazines
    and much more.

One of Richard and Lyn’s chief concerns has been the quality of education on offer at the Academy. He is always the first to ask for the Matric results and enquire after the tertiary studies of the learners after they leave the School. This concern motivated them to offer scholarships to keep several academically strong learners in the Academy, in the belief that this would encourage other such learners either to stay at or to join the School.

Because of their love of English, they instituted the Novella Writing Competition as a way to encourage young people to write. This competition has run in 2014 and 2016 and all the book prizes have been purchased by Lyn and Richard.

Here Lyn and Richard circulate during the Prize Winners’ Tea in the library after the 2016 Novella Writing Competition

Here Lyn and Richard circulate during the Prize Winners’ Tea in the library after the 2016 Novella Writing Competition

Perhaps my fondest (most bemused) memory of Richard is of him in full cry before an audience of learners and parents – speaking without notes and making absolute sense. He must have been a terror in the world of debating.

When a man of Richard’s stature leaves an organization, he leaves a BIG hole. This has been filled by the appointment of Pierre Leonard as Interim Chairman until the next meeting.

Outstanding Achievement

Kiandra Doubell has excelled in her gymnastics this term. In total she competed in 3 competitions and was awarded gold medals in all three competitions.

This past weekend she competed against 11 clubs in Limpopo where all the girls competed to be chosen for the Limpopo team. She was awarded a gold medal again and achieved 2nd place in her age group – and she was chosen for the Limpopo team to compete in the North Zone on 24th of June 2017!

Kiandra shows her balance on the beam.

Kiandra shows her balance on the beam.

One of the many rewards of doing well in a sport – the podium!

One of the many rewards of doing well in a sport – the podium!

We are very proud of your achievements Kiandra and will be wishing you all the best for the next competition!

Communication

Recently, a letter to our Senior Preparatory netball and soccer players’ parents was delayed until the day before the actual game. This was caused by the school we were to play being unable to confirm which teams they would be sending until the day before the fixture, in spite of repeated enquiries from Mrs Wagenhauser. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this late confirmation, especially to our U/9 learners and parents. In the end that school simply did not have a team in that age group.

Our D6 Communicator enables us to keep parents informed and send out instant news flashes. Half way through this term, after a very delayed return home, we decided to send out an alert when the bus leaves the venue of an away game to return to the Academy. This should enable parents to
gauge their arrival back at School. This system presupposes a departure before 16h00 when the School office closes, and also that the recipients of the flash have their D6 reception set to receive all notifications.

If you are not receiving all notifications, the D6 administrators have told us it is necessary to delete the current version you have and upload the latest version.

Mark Godfrey

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High School Outing

Mr and Mrs Wadley sponsored a trip to Pretoria for the entire High School to attend a showing of the new film Beyond the River on Wednesday at the Kolonnade Sentrum. The trip went off very well and the film was enjoyed by all. It includes a number of moral decisions in an interesting storyline, and I recommend a visit to a nearby cinema to see it if at all possible.

Speaking of Wednesday, our Board Chair passed a major milestone as he celebrated a birthday. We invited him to our Friday assembly to be fussed over a little. Happy Birthday, Richard!

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Top Left: Mr Wadley holds his birthday card and chats with Miss Nicholson and Jesse Dowinton.
Top Right: Spared 70 candles, Richard blows out the symbolic two.

Left: At tea after assembly, congratulated by Mrs Raubenheimer who did the décor.
Below: At the other end of the scale, Luan Meyer celebrated his 4th birthday with his friends in the giraffe class today. The cake is fancier than yours, Richard. Sorry for You!!!!

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Sport

Mountain Biking
A Limpopo MTB XCO was held on the Summerplace farm at the weekend. Several of our learners
rode and all did very well. In the Sub-Junior Boys Ruan Jansen van Vuuren placed 3rd and Livingstone
Banda 7th. In the Nipper Boys Daniel Eager placed 5th. Carla Jansen van Vuuren was 2nd among the
Sprog Girls.

Today, Ruan is on his way to Bloemfontein to take part in the S. A. Cup Cross Country Mountain
Biking Championships. Go hard, Ruan!

Ruan Jansen van Vuuren on the right – third in Limpopo.

Ruan Jansen van Vuuren on the right – third in Limpopo.

Mr Bridger congratulates Carla and Livvy. Daniel was absent.

Mr Bridger congratulates Carla and Livvy. Daniel was absent.

Team Sports

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Our team sports are in full swing. Pictured above are the Senior Preparatory soccer players engaged
in some footwork drills. Behind them in the distance can be seen the High School girls busy with
their netball.

The senior boys are out of picture doing a team talk – thus no photo. Their soccer has been going
well and they have played two inter schools matches to date.

Josh keeps the ball in play – the demeanour of the rest of the personnel on the field suggests
that they expected this ball to go out, making this an excellent ball. The ref looks very cool.

Josh keeps the ball in play – the demeanour of the rest of the personnel on the field suggests
that they expected this ball to go out, making this an excellent ball. The ref looks very cool.

Netball

Our Preparatory School girls travelled to Roedtan yesterday. This tournament was a “pipe opener”
for the girls, and they did very well. Our U/9’s won 2 games and lost 1. Our U/11’s narrowly lost all
3 of their games, and our U/12’s won all 3 of theirs – in one game their score was 18 – 2, showing
their excellent skill.

Mrs Kruger has been coaching our netball since last year, and the result of her input is clearly visible
as our girls take their places on the field and then set about the serious business of combining as a
team to get the ball to the hoop. Thank you, Mrs Kruger.

Budding Gymnast

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Kiandra Doubell took up gymnastics in January. On Saturday she took part in her very first competition in Pretoria. In her division she competed with 36 other girls in 4 disciplines. Kiandra won a gold medal (left) in one discipline and also received a trophy as she placed third overall.

Well done, Kiandra!

Early Closure – Monday 8 May

Please be reminded that School will close at 13h00 on Monday 8 May to accommodate an important SACE workshop for our staff and also teachers from surrounding schools. All the details of this closure were included in the letter sent out yesterday.

Mark Godfrey

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Assembly

 

Three areas of outstanding achievement were acknowledged in the assembly this morning.

 

Archery

 

The first of these was the announcement to the learners that Charlton Mwenesani and Rafologang Buthane had been selected onto the South African NASP Development Team.  They will shoot in an international tournament later in the year.  Well done, Charlton on your second year in this team.  Clearly you are working hard to stay up at the top.  And well done, Rafologang, on making the team for the first time at such a young age.

 

Charlton and Rafologang – SA Development Archer swith their proud coach – Mr Bridger

Charlton and Rafologang – SA Development Archer swith their proud coach – Mr Bridger

Horse Riding

 

Lyandi van der Merwe is progressing “in leaps and bounds” in this demanding sport.  At a recent SANESA event she rode in six events and placed 2nd in five of them and 3rd in the other one.  To crown it all, Lyandi received a certificate for the following: BEST WORKING RIDER AT PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL IN LIMPOPO IN 2016.

 

Horse Riding

You are doing SO well, Lyandi. We are proud of you!

Academics

 

For the IEB International Benchmarking Tests in Reasoning and Thinking Skills for Grades 3 and 10 held in November 2016, we have just received astonishingly good results.  This is a collaborative effort between the Australian Education people and the IEB and the tests are taken around the world.  This makes these tests of great value in gauging our educational standards in relation to what you might find elsewhere “on the planet.”

 

GRADE 3

 

                                                    English                   Mathematics                               Science

 

Makwidi Kgomontsho                 88%

 

Kiandra Doubell                                                              100%                                          88%

 

Carla Jansen van Vuuren           100%                           88%                                          100%

 

Academics

Kiandra, Carla and Makwidi – among the very cleverest on earth!

GRADE 10

                                                     English                         Mathematics                       

 

Wiané van Druten                       82%                          

Nadja Nortje                                 91%                                  89%

 

Lucy Calcott                                 100%                               100%

 

Nadja was among the top 1% of learners in Problem Solving.

Lucy was among the top 1% of learners in Critical Thinking.

Lucy was also among the top 1% of Learners overall.

 

 

These results would suggest that we are not simply filling up the minds of our learners with facts, which was the educational pattern of a hundred years ago (and is still followed in some schools.)  This is evidence that Waterberg Academy is at the forefront of thinking in education, and doing an excellent job of preparing our learners for life in the 21st century.  Remember, many of our learners will leave school and university to take on jobs that do not even exist yet, and many of the traditional types of work as we know them will have disappeared over the next 12 years. It is essential we equip them to be able to compete successfully in whatever field they one day choose.

 

Academics

English teacher, Janice McBride, Wiané van Druten, Lucy Calcott, Nadja Nortje and Maths teacher Ciska Leonard. Our DREAM TEAM! No pressure, but these numbers speak to very good results in Matric next year.

High School Valentine’s Dance

 

Before the dancing began last night, a bunch of us teachers were standing on the dance floor and learners were coming up to us and greeting us and shaking our hands and one of the teachers said, “You know, we have got really nice learners this year.”  And I must concur.  Some years back a culture of respect and general “niceness” began more and more to permeate the High School and this year it is even more evident than ever!  And we have some superb boys and girls at the top of the school, young people we can be proud of.

Once we vacated the floor and Moses got into DJ mode, the volume went up and the games began!

Mark Godfrey

 

Headmaster Newsletter 27 May 2016

Uniform

  • In January 2015 we began the two year process of phasing in some new items of uniform and phasing out the old items they are replacing. Chief among these items are:
  • The introduction of a plain blue shirt to replace the checked school shirt.
  • The beige fleece is being replaced with a navy blue dri-mac with the School badge on the left breast.
  • From Grade 10 to 12 the introduction of a black school blazer with the School badge on the breast pocket.

This is just a reminder that as from January 2017 the replaced items may no longer be worn and the blazer will be compulsory for learners from Grade 10 to 12.

If you do not buy these items directly from our uniform supplier, you may still buy the blazer badge from Sign Centre, or have the badge embroidered onto the dri-mac, also at Sign Centre.

Horse Riding

On Saturday three of our riders went to Polokwane to ride in the SANESA second qualifier for Limpopo colours. Lyandi van der Merwe rode her horse Charlie, Leo Baber took Cavello along, and Ruben le Roux took his SA Boerperd Sweep and his Saddler cross Teddy II.

Cavello was much more relaxed this time around and he and Leo gained a 1st place in the Ideal Time 50cm Show Jumping event. Well done, Leo!

Lyandi and Charlie enjoyed even more success, getting a 3rd place in the 50cm Accumulator Show Jumping, Second in the Performance Riding Level 1, and 1st in the Working Riding Level 1. Lyandi, you are improving at every competition.

Ruben got a 3rd place Competition Show Jumping at 80cm on Teddy II, 2nd Show Jumping Accumulator 80cm on Teddy II, and first in Working Riding Level 3 on Sweep. Ruben, you are doing so well as you take on the bigger jumps and more demanding classes.

Leo and Cavello looking very good as they win the 50cm Ideai Time Show Jumping Event.

Leo and Cavello looking very good as they win the 50cm Ideai Time Show Jumping Event.

Ruben helps Sweep conquer gravity as they rise to this jump.
(Pictures courtesy of Tanya Baber)

Ruben helps Sweep conquer gravity as they rise to this jump.
(Pictures courtesy of Tanya Baber)

Lyandi and Ruben sit astride Charlie and Sweep as they proudly display their ribbons.
(Picture courtesy of Adriana le Roux)

Lyandi and Ruben sit astride Charlie and Sweep as they proudly display their ribbons.
(Picture courtesy of Adriana le Roux)

Soccer

Our High School soccer team played a home game against Hoërskool Nylstroom on Tuesday and the
final score was 4 – 1 against. It was a game of two halves, since Nylies scored all their goals in the
first half and we replied with our single goal in the second half. Standing at the side of the field
during the second half, it was exciting to see our players making use of every opportunity and taking
numerous shots at goal. It was also lovely to watch our backs break up the opposition attacks on our
goal. Our soccer players have certainly displayed a high level of commitment to the game and to
their team.

This was the last game of soccer this term and we congratulate our team and their coach on the
manner in which they approached their sport this season.

Dinneck Masumba fought for this ball and came away with it, successfully
putting our team onto yet another attack.

Dinneck Masumba fought for this ball and came away with it, successfully
putting our team onto yet another attack.

Tristan Gorie about to cross the ball to Mpho, Tivane and Dinneck. Yes, that is
the ball Dinneck just won!

Tristan Gorie about to cross the ball to Mpho, Tivane and Dinneck. Yes, that is
the ball Dinneck just won!

Netball

Our netball teams travelled to Euphorbia in Mookgapong for the third round of their league. Our
U/9 girls won one game and lost one. Our U/11s won all three of their games, and our U/13s won
one and lost two. Well done, Girls.

Next week on Thursday we will host the other three schools as the league’s final round of games is
played. This promises to be an exciting tournament, and a wonderful opportunity for us to
showcase the Academy.

Sport and Examinations

At Waterberg Academy we endeavour to keep these two activities apart. This means that with the
exception of Senior Preparatory Netball which has its closing tournament next week, all other team
sports have been brought to a halt until next term so that our learners can have ample time to
prepare for their mid-year exams.

Mark Godfrey

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Night of Stars Music Evening

The Beaulieu Preparatory School string ensemble entertained us with 3 beautiful songs.

The Beaulieu Preparatory School string ensemble entertained us with 3 beautiful songs.

Their brass band was supported by some other instruments and showed off their superior technical ability this year.

Their brass band was supported by some other instruments and showed off their superior technical ability this year.

Kiandra Doubell accompanies Mr Sulo as he sings a . . . solo.

Kiandra Doubell accompanies Mr Sulo as he sings a . . . solo.

Lucy Calcott and Moses Molekoa did a lovely duet.

Lucy Calcott and Moses Molekoa did a lovely duet.

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In response to the Beaulieu strings and brass band, our four marimba bands stepped up. Pictured here are the Junior and the Senior Marimba bands spanning Grade 4 to Grade 12. The Juniors are playing Monde’s song and the Seniors are playing . . . something else. Well done, Mr Sulo, on generating so much interest in music again. The learners delight in following your lead.

The Night of Stars Music Evening has become something of a tradition over the last three years.
Thank you, Mrs Swales, for setting up this lovely event each year. Thank you, Beaulieu, for coming
and sharing your talent with us

Our musicians will have two more opportunities this year to showcase their talent. The Eisteddfod
in the first week of September is open to our learners and learners of surrounding schools and even
members of the public. Excellent musical talent is always on display at the Eisteddfod, much of it
coming from the Academy.

There is also the Music Evening later in the year where only the better entrants to the auditions are
put on stage. This is always a sparkling evening and anticipated with much pleasure.

Mountain Biking

At the Shikwaru MTB Race last weekend, three of our learners achieved very good results. Gabi
Schulz came 1st in her age group and was third lady over all in her distance. Ruan Janse van Vuuren
was the 2nd boy in his age group and the 3rd boy over all. Alexander Schulz was the 4th boy in his age
group and 8th boy over all. Well done to these three hard-working young people.

Not to be outdone, Birgit Schulz rode the 35km race and was first Lady in her age group while Ronald
was 16th in his age band. There is nothing quite like a sport which you can enjoy as a family.

Ruan, Gabi and Alex – keep those pedals turning, guys.

Ruan, Gabi and Alex – keep those pedals turning, guys.

Staff Development

We have had teachers out on workshops and courses three days this week. While this leads to
disruptions in our programme, the benefits are far-reaching and far outweigh any inconvenience
caused. Such professional development leads to renewed enthusiasm, and we are equipping our
teachers for success.

Sport

The High School soccer and netball matches against a local high school and scheduled for Tuesday
afternoon were cancelled by that school. What a pity! However, our Senior Prep girls travelled to
Polokwane to play netball and this was a success. At U/9 level we were not able to field a full team,
but the opposition were happy to accommodate us and the girls had 2 invaluable games where they
learned a great deal about the game in the match situation – they always learn more during
matches. They won one and lost one. The U/11 girls won both their games, and the U/13 girls won
two and lost one. Well done, Girls!

News

Today, Kiandra Doubell brought her pet lamb to school to do an oral. The lamb caused quite a stir
among the learners and several teachers felt they needed to intervene on the lamb’s behalf when
the learners became a little overly boisterous in playing with it. The lamb was “cool.”

Kiandra and her little lamb.

Kiandra and her little lamb.

The entire JP Phase was enthralled.

The entire JP Phase was enthralled.

The long awaited replacement for the old “Volksie” in the Pre Prep playground was unveiled today –
to the great excitement of that entire phase. The whole bunch wanted to be on it and time playing
with the steering wheel had to be rationed. The tractor trailer combination is a smash hit with the
littlies. Anyone wishing to hire it for some heavy lifting around the farm may approach their children
in the Pre Prep for the rates – and a driver.

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There is nothing quite like a new “jungle gym” to to spark some “gees” among those in the know.

A truck carrying copies of Roget’s Thesaurus overturned on the freeway. Onlookers were stunned,
overwhelmed, astonished, bewildered and dumbfounded.

Mark Godfrey

Headmaster Newsletter 26 April 2016

Family Fun Day – well done PTA!

The word tombola has become synonymous with Sandra Nortje, here assisted by Madeleine Broodryk

The word tombola has become synonymous with Sandra Nortje, here assisted by Madeleine Broodryk

The colourful stalls were well patronised.

The colourful stalls were well patronised.

Water and kids spell F-U-N!

Water and kids spell F-U-N!

Ewald Kloppers dreaming of his eighteenth – will it be a sportscar or a 4x4?

Ewald Kloppers dreaming of his eighteenth – will it be a sportscar or a 4×4?

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The High School stall – the henna tattoos were popular, but not as popular as the soft sreve ice creams here being served by Senior Prep teacher, Mrs Evans.

Phillip Nicholson competing with the best.

Phillip Nicholson competing with the best.

The standard in the cake competition was high.

The standard in the cake competition was high.

Professor and Mr Wadley, our Board Chair.

Professor and Mr Wadley, our Board Chair.

The rides were popular, and varied this year.

The rides were popular, and varied this year.

PTA Chair Delmar Nortje congratulates Andrew and Nikki Eager – winners of the potjiekos competition

PTA Chair Delmar Nortje congratulates Andrew and Nikki Eager – winners of the potjiekos competition

Oom Polla Roux carries out the highly responsible job of watching over the icies.

Oom Polla Roux carries out the highly responsible job of watching over the icies.

Our archery team placed first in the archery competition which we hosted on our range on Saturday. That is some smile, Titi! The deadpan expression on the extreme left belongs to Senior Boys winner, Shannon Carlton.
(Photos courtesy of Juliet Calcott)

Our archery team placed first in the archery competition which we hosted on our range on Saturday. That is some smile, Titi! The deadpan expression on the extreme left belongs to Senior Boys winner, Shannon Carlton.
(Photos courtesy of Juliet Calcott)

The Head hands to the PTA Chair a thank you card signed by the entire WA staff, for the WiFi, as the Board Chair looks on.

The Head hands to the PTA Chair a thank you card signed by the entire WA staff, for the WiFi, as the Board Chair looks on.

Don’t forget – school reopens on Tuesday. Boarders back on Monday evening. If you get it wrong, keep it quiet and no one else will know. Interestingly, at least once a year someone DOES get it wrong.

Mark Godfrey

Headmasters Newsletter 27 November 2015

Grade 7 Farewell

This is a much anticipated event and 2015 was outstanding. The Seringa Café decked in reggae décor while coconut drinks and red yellow and black skull caps with dreadlocks were handed out by the welcoming committee.

The Grade 6 learners and parents put the evening together, using money collected by Grade 6 during the year. Tamsin Hill was largely responsible for the décor, and the delightful invitation. She was assisted by the Grade 6 learners who made much of the décor in the Art class. And wherever there is organizing to be done or funds to be raised, there you will find the inimitable Mrs Steyn. Christie ran a tuckshop throughout the year, buying stock from a supplier in Pretoria and selling a wide variety of products each break – icies, toasted sandwiches, sweets etc. Well done, Christie!

Had we asked parents of Grade 6 and 7 to give R20 000 towards the end of year goings on of the Senior Preparatory, there would understandably have been some resistance. Instead, the money was extracted passively, and the Grade 6 class funded an excellent dinner and the Grade 7 trip to Gold Reef City on Wednesday. The Grade 7s, not to be outdone, have already paid for the installation of 6 whirlybirds to extract heat from the Hall – their contribution being some eight and a half thousand! These should be in place next week.

Thanks are due to the Seringa Café for hosting us on Friday evening in their lovely premises. I am told that they gave us an astonishingly special rate. Thank you, Anne and Robert Howe. Special thanks to the Grade 6 learners who were the most attentive waitrons most of us had ever come across! Well done, MC Amelia.

The Grade Sevens each had an opportunity to speak, and some interesting things came out about the fun they had in lessons. School was never like that in the last century! The teachers, wisely, spoke last, and gave as well as they received. All in all, this was a fabulous evening, with learners, staff and parents all having a wonderful time.

Josh had the cameras flashing!

Josh had the cameras flashing!

Quinn dazzled us with his wit.

Quinn dazzled us with his wit.

Ryan doing his thing.

Ryan doing his thing.

Boarders’ Christmas Dinner

The boarders had their Christmas Dinner on Monday. We were all chuffed to have Richard Wadley, Board of Governors Chair, join us directly from a five hour Board Meeting. After joining us for the excellent meal, Richard took up the Santa challenge and had the youngsters “eating out of his hand.” Thank you, Richard.

Tannie Marie, and Oom Jan and his wife Rina were also honoured. Marie does SO MUCH for the boarders and Oom Jan ensures they have water and electricity, often answering a call-out in the middle of the night. They are in fact the unsung heroes of the School, but we DO appreciate them.

The learners had an opportunity to dress up a little, while the teachers were able to dress “down.” The overall effect was very pleasing, and I must say that we have lovely kids in our Boarding Establishment. The way that they mix freely by age and gender is really good to see, and the personalities emerging are quite endearing.

Seth demonstrates his personal approach to Fashion. Who needs matching sleeves anyway?

Seth demonstrates his personal approach to Fashion. Who needs matching sleeves anyway?

Board Chair Richard Wadley plays Santa as Katlego decides who will get the next gift.

Board Chair Richard Wadley plays Santa as Katlego decides who will get the next gift.

Gr 0000 to Gr 3 Christmas Party

Gr 0000 to Gr 3 Christmas Party

On Tuesday Santa came to the town of Vaalwater. His sleigh was covered in snow and looked a bit out of shape (global warming has caused some tough weather for Santa at this time of the year) and the reindeer were eager to get out of harness. All present were very impressed by Santa’s long white beard, his enormous tummy and his warm laugh. Sadly, the Head was so busy recording this event for posterity that he did not get to share with Santa his Christmas list. Oh well, môre is nog ʼn Kersfees.

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The rejuvenation of the swimming Pool this year is probably the single most striking success gained in 2015. Well done Oom Jan and Jimmy Sithole!

The rejuvenation of the swimming Pool this year is probably the single most striking success gained in 2015. Well done Oom Jan and Jimmy Sithole!

Prize Givings

Below are 7000 words worth of pictures.

Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings
Prize Givings

Well done, Marius. We will miss you.

May I wish one and all a blessed Christmas.

Mark Godfrey

Headmasters Newsletter 9 October 2015

Matric Farewell

On Friday our Grade 12s held their farewell at Rock Lodge. The venue, which is in itself very special, was beautifully decorated by Mrs Swales assisted by Tannie Marie, Oom Jan, Tamsin Hill and Andre Bridger. The theme was Winter Wonderland and there was snow and frost everywhere – difficult to believe in the present heat wave! Mr Roth, the Grade 12 class teacher, acted as MC for the evening in his inimitably laconic manner, and each of the learners had an opportunity to speak about their teachers. Some had taken the time to prepare, other felt they did not need to – a tribute to the excellent English and Afrikaans Oral programme run in the School. Not to be outdone, our Board Chair, without notes, compared the preparation for the IEB NSC exams to the preparation for the Comrades Marathon – train hard, run easy. (Men born before 1977 might recognize this.) Thereafter, the Headmaster got to ramble on a bit about all sorts of (sometimes) pertinent stuff.

1To the left are Fabiano de Wet, Ivania de Wet, Frans Campher, Susan Mwenesani, Rachel Calcott, Nathan McAuley, Darienne Bridger and partner. (Photo courtesy of Tanya Baber)

This year we departed from the norm in allowing our Grade 12’s to invite partners. This gave scope for dancing and boosted the small group of Matriculants to the point where this activity became viable. Outfit of the evening – Fabiano’s fashionably rent (torn) jeans to match his hanging shirt tail finished off with a smart black jacket. Don’t even ask what the world is coming to, because no one over 40 will be able to tell you!

Congratulations!

Mr Joop and Mrs Cornelia Erasmus were joined in holy matrimony at a ceremony attended by family and friends in Modimolle recently. Joop’s gain is our loss as Mrs Erasmus has left the Boarding Establishment where she has been staying in the teacher’s flat-let in the Girls’ lodge and will be staying with her husband in Alma into the future. Joop is a farmer and we wish this handsome couple everything of the best in the future – good rains, bountiful crops and a blessed family life.

The happy couple.

The happy couple.

Grade One

One of life’s miracles is the way learners in Grade One learn to read. My visit to this class last week was SO rewarding, and I think our Grade Ones are the cleverest in whole world. Well done, Mrs van Niekerk.

Tyler Le Sar reads to her classmates with great aplomb.

Tyler Le Sar reads to her classmates with great aplomb.

Class Visits

Yours truly has been visiting classrooms this term to assist with the monitoring of our quality teaching and learning. So far, having seen 80% of the teachers in action, my conclusion is that we are currently blessed with a very strong team and I wish I had been lucky enough to have attended this school. Our learners are totally relaxed in their classes, happy to participate, and very comfortable making presentations to their classmates when required to do so. And goodness me, we have a great number of very bright learners at every level in the Academy.

No Reward Without Hard Work

Ruben le Roux demonstrates what it takes to become a champion – horse saddled and in training before the sun gets up – daily. We wish Ruben well as he rides for his province in Pretoria this weekend.

No-gainAnnual National Assessments (ANAs)

You will recall that these compulsory national examinations were called off in September as a result of violent action by SADTU, the biggest teachers’ union. These were then to have been rescheduled for February 2016. However, the Minister of Education has pronounced that these tests will in fact take place on the days 1, 2 3 and 4 December. These are days we had hoped would be pupil free so that our staff could concentrate on preparing reports for distribution on the 4th.

Since these tests are compulsory for Waterberg Academy, we will allow Grades 0000 to R and 10 to 12 to finish class attendance on 27 November. However, Grade 1 to 9 inclusive will be required to attend School on the days Tuesday 1 December, Wednesday 2 December, Thursday 3 December and Friday 4 December to write the ANAs. As with our own examinations, learners will be dismissed after they have written their tests each day.
In the event there is a change to this ministerial decree, we will notify parents immediately.

Absence of Headmaster

Please be informed that I shall be away from midday Monday to the weekend as I enter into the second stage of my treatment programme. Please direct any enquiries to the office and these will be passed on to the relevant HOD. Since we have worked together as a School Management Team for the last two years, I have every confidence that their decision making will be well informed and balanced.