NEWSLETTER 13 September 2019

Cricket

On Tuesday the Senior Preparatory cricketers took on a teachers’ team in a 10 over match.  The rule was that once you had scored 20 runs you had to retire.  Three of the teachers retired and two of the boys, and therein lay the difference with the teachers emerging ahead.

Kemelo Mocheko unleashes. .
and Mr Roth hooks a high ball for four runs.

Festival of Drama, Art and Music

“In The Jungle” by Grade R
The Black Five Dance Group
Mrs Leonard “Only Hope”
Mirriam Mpete “Alcoholics Anonymous”
Max Stebbing Class of 2013
Grade 9 – “Stimela”

On Wednesday evening we held our Drama, Art and Music evening. The addition of drama is a new innovation and enables those who got a prestige in the Eisteddfod to showcase their talent alongside the traditional music and art.

Grade 4 to 7 sing “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Please join me in congratulating Mrs Juliet Calcott and her many helpers on the staging of such a successful evening.  The preparation was meticulous, the performers excellent, and the art, both that of the learners and that of the adult exhibitors, was superb.

Inter House Sport

Girls’ Soccer

Scores were level at the end and Davidson then won on penalties

High School Cricket

Kirkman won by 12 runs. Quinn Harmse and Ruan Leonard shared top scoring honours. Quinn also took three wickets, as did Rafologang Buthane.

Senior Preparatory Hockey

Sadly, I have no pictures of this game, but Kirkman won 3 – 1.

Senior Preparatory Cricket

This was played last week and Davidson won by 2 runs.

Siyanda in his delivery stride as Shaun (Grade 2) waits to see the result and Mr O’Kelly keeps a sharp eye on proceedings.

Senior Preparatory Entrepreneurs’ Day

The Senior Preparatory Phase held their entrepreneurs’ day today.  There were, as expected, a number of attractions, but the pony rides pictured leftwere a “hit.”

Carla and Lyandi brought these friendly animals to school today to offer pony rides to the learners.  Their stall was kept busy throughout. 

PTA Report Back Meeting

Our PTA will be holding a meeting next week on Friday (break up day) at 10h00 in the Hall.  Since at least one parent from each family will be here at that time to pick up children, this will be the time that will be most convenient for all.

The PTA wish to inform parents of their efforts this year and of the exciting events to come.  Please be there to support these hard-working people who do so much for the School.

Mark Godfrey

NEWSLETTER 6 September 2019

Mountain Biking

Gianmarco Gualdi – 1st Boys U/8
Daniel Eagar – 3rd Boys U/10
Bradley Eagar – 2nd Boys U/14
Carla powers over an obstacle
Carla Jansen van Vuuren – 1st Girls U/14

Livingston Banda negotiates the rock garden as three dads watch in admiration. There are many dangers out there in this sport, but these courageous young people are fearless.

Livingston will be riding for Limpopo at the Nationals Championships during the September holiday.

These championships are only for High Schools, so Carla, who is top of her age group and Bradley who is no. 2, will not be competing. However, they were awarded provincial colours for their performances throughout the SPUR Series.

Waterberg Academy has had a very successful mountain biking season this year with Nikki Eagar as our coach. There have regularly been 14 or 15 learners at the training sessions and 10 or 12 at the Saturday races. And, of course, her sons Daniel and Bradley have led from the front. Thank you, Nikki! It has been wonderful to see each of the riders progress from only feeling comfortable on the flat ground to taking on obstacles which would make most adults blanche.

Waterberg Academy Arts Festival

Mrs McBride (organizer), Ms Mocke (adjudicator) and Miss Nicholson

Small wonder that our learners did so well this year with these three eisteddfod savvy ladies encouraging them every word of the way. And then there were the ladies who helped the learners with getting their presentations right, both for individual and choral work. In fact, the choral verse got an unprecedented number of prestige awards this year – testament to the hard work of the “coaches.”

Mrs McBride has organized our Waterberg Academy Arts Festival for the past five years, and we have watched the performances of our learners improve every year. Whenever she is thanked or congratulated for her hard work, she is quick to deflect the praise towards those who have helped her.  Thank you, Janice, and all your helpers.

Cross Country

Asher Petersen shows why he is no. 6 in Limpopo.

Secretaries’ Day

Our new secretary/PA to the headmaster, Mrs Cornè Pretorius was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when she was presented with some goodies to mark Secretaries’ Day.

World Rhino Day

Mrs Swales has been the Academy’s liaison with Jessica Babich and the SAPS in all the planning for World Rhino Day on Thursday 19 September. Here the organizing committee is meeting in our staff room to plan for a bigger and better display.

Physical Sciences

Joshua Hein is busy adding the acid  solution from a burette to the base in the flask to observe the exact moment that the base changes from blue to yellow.

 

Hands up if you remember doing titration experiments in your school days!

Cricket – Inter House

Kemelo Mocheko unleashes
Curtsy Sorofa – wide stance
Scott McBride sweeps

What a close contest – Davidson won by 2 runs!

Generations Day

Well done, Foundation Phase teachers. Your charges were outstanding and the hall looked lovely.

Parents and Grandparents watch the littlies perform.
Grade One to Three sing to the piano played by Etta Steyn.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 30 August 2019

Family Fun Day

There appeared to be more cars on the School grounds on Saturday than ever before. Our PTA really pulled out all the stops. They also introduced a number of new attractions which helped invite the community in – and the community came from far and wide.

Morghan Posthumus and Olivia Heuser after the colour run. Now THIS is a masochistic activity if ever there was one!
Gianmarco and Ethan Gualdi get ready to give as good as they get on the paintball range. Apparently, Money is paid to get and give bruises. Interesting.
Caitlin Pidduck and Tyler le Sar battle it out on the Gladiator mat. Tyler’s swing looks like she means business. This activity was clearly not for cissies.
Wisely, Tyler Human and Ruan Leonard chose the genteel and time honoured pursuit of preparing a potjie. They came second in the youth section.

Reading the exchanges on the PTA Whatsapp group, it was clear a number of people were working very hard to provide a day to be remembered. Decisions were made and changed and better solutions found. The quality of what they produced was on display for all of us to see on the day, and it was fantastic. Well done!

I am sure that all our learners, parents and staff join me in thanking our PTA for their magnificent effort that led to a very successful Family Fun Day. We all know that behind every hard-working PTA mother there stands a supportive husband, patiently lightening the load while his wife works on behalf of the School . . . so thank you Dads and Families for giving Mom up for a few weeks as she centred her efforts on our School. Of course, a very special “Thank you” goes to Reinhard and his incredible team.

There were also a number of sponsors who helped with the cost of the attractions. If this FFD breaks any records, our generous sponsors will have had a lot to do with it. Thank you!

The waterslide was popular
Sasha Hopewell and her unicorn
Real life Chef Paul waits anxiously.
Judges Mariette, Heidi and Andrè making up their minds
Martin and Dean under the microscope

Grade 12 Prelims

Our Grade 12’s are busy with their Prelims / Trials / Mock Exams, call them what you will. They write common papers within the cluster and get a foretaste of the real thing which starts in October.  They even get to write in the Farmers’ Hall as they will later in the year. In the pictures below one can see two young matrics working  assiduously. The photographer was intrigued by the difference between the surfaces of the desks of the boys and the girls. Viva la difference!

Jordan Hansen’s very successful school career indicates that she will do well in November
Head Boy, Boitumelo Mataboge gets to grips with the subject.

Fire Fighting Course

Fighting a fire can be quite a frantic business, so it is important that when you pick up a fire extinguisher you know exactly what to do and in what sequence. The best way to learn is by doing, so yesterday Mr O’Kelly told us, then showed us and finally got us actually to put out a blaze. Our service provider loaned us three extinguishers and our maintenance team helped with the construction of safe fire receptacles.

Mr O’Kelly first ran us through the various types of fires and how best to attack them.
Then we attacked! Mrs Raubenheimer proved more than a match for this petrol blaze and had it subdued in seconds. Then we all had a turn.

Art in the Park

The Grade 6’s were blessed to have their Art lesson in the garden today. Mrs Forster-Towne was showing them how the shadows worked and how to capture these and light and dark shadings on the leaves of the plants.

What a lovely way to enjoy the recent balmy weather.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 23 August 2019

Mountain Biking

Our Mountain Bikers went to Tzaneen on Saturday to ride in the third leg of the SPUR Limpopo Schools MTB Cross Country Series. As we have come to expect, we again had some real “uitblinkers” and some disappointments.

Ten of our learners rode and their results were as follows:

Gianmarco Gualdi proudly second
Bradley Eagar – also second in the highly competitive Boys U/13 category.
Carla Jansen van Vuuren negotiates a turn into a steep little downhill
And here Carla takes centre stage after completing her race in front.

Livvy takes this corner very carefully. Sharp turns on a loose surface can be quite treacherous!

 One of the challenges of this sport is equipment failure. Competitive bikes are made as light as possible, and the lighter components can and do fail. Daniel Eagar, who usually finishes on the U/10 podium, had to contend with a chain that came off. To his credit, he took this in his stride and still finished the race. Livingston simply had a bad start and spent the race playing catchup.

Cricket

Our Senior Preparatory cricketers went to Laerskool Vaalwater on Tuesday. They had a nail-biting finish to what became a highly competitive game. Mr O’Kelly has brought this team a long way and they played some excellent cricket. Stand-out on the day was Ruan Leonard who took 7 wickets, including a hattrick and (while keeping wicket at the end of the game) a stumping, requiring a degree of anticipation and skill seldom seen at this level. Well done, Ruan!

Scott McBride also had a great game, taking 2 wickets in 2 balls and in his next over finishing the game with a beautiful caught and bowled. His younger brother, Shaun, was heard to point out that he now holds the record as the youngest player ever to play for the Senior Preparatory – Shaun is in Grade Two!  Ewaldt van Dyk comes in for a mention in despatches for playing a classic inning as an opening batsman and sticking around long enough to, in the coach’s words, take the shine off the ball.

Our team only managed to post a score of 62 in their innings, but proceeded to dislodge the Laerskool batsmen for 58. Appropriately, the pictures below show Ruan Leonard at wicket keeper aiming for that stumping, and Scott McBride bowling the ball for the first of his two earlier wickets. Both umpires will be familiar to the learners and parents of the Academy.

Ruan sees his man well out of his ground. Two overs later he had him.
Scotty just got them straight and pitched them up. The batsmen did the rest. Look at the fielders walking in. That is a skill which it is very difficult to drum in. This shows good coaching and high motivation.

Mini Cricket

On Thursday afternoon we played mini-cricket with Laerskool Vaalwater. They arrived with some 26 players and we divided them up and joined some with our guys to give everyone at least a bat and most of them a bowl. At this level the bowling of the opposition has the greatest effect if it is really weak because then the batsmen are unable to get in any good shots.  I am proud to say that in the main, our bowlers acquitted themselves well. Our batters, on the other hand, struggled a bit with only two fours being struck.

We do plan to play a proper match in two weeks where our eight will meet their eight best players. That should be a true test of skills.

Here we see the bowling styles of some of our mini-cricketers. Straight arms are in the making.

Extra Mathematics Lessons

Miss Nicholson, a Mathematics major in her third year of study, is offering extra Mathematics lessons to learners from Grade 7 to Grade 9 at R80 for a 45 minute session. Miss Nicholson can be contacted on 076 033 0250.

Physical Sciences

The Matrics did their final big Chemistry practical yesterday and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rebecca Banda, San-Marie Stegmann and Mrs Leonard smile for the camera.

Don’t forget – FAMILY FUN DAY TOMORROW!

Mark Godfrey

NEWSLETTER 8 August 2019

Boarders

On Saturday our Boarders went to the Goats Milk Cheese Farm. They observed the milking process, fed the animals, and tasted the cheese, and in all this they managed also to have a lot of fun. Thank you, Miss Nicholson and Mr Roth for taking our boarders on this outing.

Panashe and Asher grimace in sympathy as the ostrich “gently” takes pellets from Alyssa
Panashe, Alyssa and Amahle taste the goats’ milk cheese on offer. Some felt it was an acquired taste.

Life Orientation

As part of the Life Orientation programme, learners are required to accumulate “certificates” proving a required number of hours of community service in several different areas. To assist the learners with this, Mr Simiti and Mrs Forster-Towne took their Grade 11’s and 12’s to The Fold to weed their vegetable garden, play with the kids, and even to “Let them eat cake.”

Josh, Mr Simiti and San-Marie in the veggie patch.
Michael enjoying the fact that it is truly better to give than to receive.

Mountain Biking

Three of our learners travelled to Nelspruit to take part in an inter-provincial MTB Cross Country Competition by virtue of their podium placings over the local series thus far. Primary schools and High schools were lumped together in the U/14 age group, so competition was stiff. Bradley Eagar placed 8th in the Boys U/14, Carla Jansen van Vuuren was 3rd in the Girls U/14, and Daniel Eagar was 1st in the Boys U/10. That makes you the champion of two provinces, Daniel. Wow!

A lovely picture of our party before the start of racing: Andrew Eagar, Bradley Eagar, Carla Jansen van Vuuren, Annalise Jansen van Vuuren, Daniel Eagar, and coach Nikki Eagar.

Archery

Waterberg Academy hosted the NASP Limpopo Provincial Contest on Saturday and several of our learners did exceptionally well, with a new face on the podium this week. Caitlyn Pidduck shot her personal best and commandeered the podium. The usual suspects, however, were not to be outdone. We got a range of results, but only the 1st places are pictured below……

These young people each achieved first places: Caitlin – Primary Girls 3D; Lerato – Primary Girls Bullseye; Shannon – Jn High Boys 3D + Overall; Bianca – Jn High Girls 3D + Bullseye; Ruan – Primary Boys 3D + Bullseye (+ 2nd Overall.)

Car Wash

Support for the car wash initiative seems to have faded. Please buy into this drive if you can. The aim is to raise funds for a mission outreach to Swaziland during the September school holiday, which three of our learners will be going on. The object of the exercise will be to spread the Gospel and do some community service among the poorest of the poor.

To arrange a carwash, speak to Miss Nicholson, Rebecca Banda, Livingstone Banda, Tyler Human or Ephenia Molekoa. To drum up support, prices have been reduced to R50 for a wash of the outside of all vehicles, and R70 if the inside is cleaned as well.

Mark Godfrey

NEWSLETTER 7 June 2019

Meet Our New Secretary

With Mrs Solita Meyer leaving us at the end of the term, we have employed Mrs Cornè Pretorius to take over this pivotal position. Mrs Pretorius was raised in Vaalwater and attended Laerskool. She currently lives on a farm out Werkendam way with her husband and two daughters.
Mrs Cornè Pretorius

Examinations Continue

Examinations Continue
Grade 4 and 5 tackle yet another paper.
Grade 6 write an examination while Grade 7 get some extra Maths outside in the sun.
Grade 6 write an examination while Grade 7 get some extra Maths outside in the sun.
Grades 10 and 12 are here busy with a Life Sciences assessment.
Grades 10 and 12 are here busy with a Life Sciences assessment.
Grade 4 busy with an observation drawing of a banana.
Grade 4 busy with an observation drawing of a banana.
Kayla Badenhorst’s studyusing colours sensitively
Kayla Badenhorst’s studyusing colours sensitively
Carla Leonard’s (Grade 7) observation drawing shows excellent structure and attention to detail. The lines are beautifully modelled and the shading works well with the contrast to create a 3-D effect.
Carla Leonard’s (Grade 7) observation drawing shows excellent structure and attention to detail. The lines are beautifully modelled and the shading works well with the contrast to create a 3-D effect.

While in the Art room I was fortunate to see Mangaliso and Alyssa still at work on their geraniums and they were truly awesome. I think we have an excellent Art teacher and some very good artists as well

This subject is such an important builder of life skills. If you can do this stuff in front of your peers, you have gained confidence to see you through life.
This subject is such an important builder of life skills. If you can do this stuff in front of your peers, you have gained confidence to see you through life.
Grade 8 and 9 Arts and Culture has been in the form of Drama. Here are the Grade 9’s busy with their assessments today. You look very dramatic, Guys.
Grade 8 and 9 Arts and Culture has been in the form of Drama. Here are the Grade 9’s busy with their assessments today. You look very dramatic, Guys.
The good news for our learners is that the examinations ended today. Now it is up to the teachers to get the marks and reports ready for next Friday.

Big Walk

At this point the littlies did a turn across the field and the older guys did the full circuit. Well done to the Moms who walked with their children!
At this point the littlies did a turn across the field and the older guys did the full circuit. Well done to the Moms who walked with their children!

Honours Boards

The picture below is for all those readers who picked up that there were errors on the boards that were delivered to us. All mistakes but one have been rectified. The first person to tell me what the remaining mistake is gets a slab of chocolate.
Honours Boards

Mark Godfrey

NEWSLETTER 31 May 2019

Mountain Biking

We had an awesome family time at the Lindani on Saturday. The farm was beautiful, as always, and the weather was perfect for mountain biking. Carla was 2nd Girl and 3rd Woman in the 35km, Bradley was first U/14 Boy in the 35km, and Daniel was second U/12 Boy in the 15km. Well done, Guys!
We had an awesome family time at the Lindani on Saturday. The farm was beautiful, as always, and the weather was perfect for mountain biking. Carla was 2nd Girl and 3rd Woman in the 35km, Bradley was first U/14 Boy in the 35km, and Daniel was second U/12 Boy in the 15km. Well done, Guys!

Mountain Biking 18 May

Our mountain bikers went to Haenertsburg on the 18th of May to ride in a leg of the Limpopo Cross Country Series.  Carla Jansen van Vuuren came 2nd in the U/14 Girls, Bradley Eagar came 5th in the U/14 Boys group and Ethan Gualdi was 7th. Daniel Eagar was 4th in the U/12 boys’ group. Gianmarco Gualdi was 17th Nipper Boy. A major cause for excitement in the Academy contingent was Josua Badenhorst’s 1st place among the littlies (sub nippers). Herein lies the future strength of mountain biking at Waterberg Academy.

May your first slice of glory make you train all the harder, Josua!
May your first slice of glory make you train all the harder, Josua!
Gianmarco, Josua, Carla, Bradley, Ethan and Daniel at the start.
Gianmarco, Josua, Carla, Bradley, Ethan and Daniel at the start.

Mid-Year Examinations

The High School started with their mid-year exams last week Thursday, and the Senior Preparatory began on Tuesday of this week.

Backdrop

The backdrop on the stage continues to take shape, not under the hand of Mrs Mason this time as erroneously reported in last week’s newsletter, but rather through the skills of Ms Forster-Towne with the input of the two Pre Preparatory ladies, Mrs Leonard and Mrs van Dyk. We all look forward to the Foundation Phase play which takes place early next term.
The backdrop on the stage continues to take shape, not under the hand of Mrs Mason this time as erroneously reported in last week’s newsletter, but rather through the skills of Ms Forster-Towne with the input of the two Pre Preparatory ladies, Mrs Leonard and Mrs van Dyk. We all look forward to the Foundation Phase play which takes place early next term.

Grade Three

You probably remember doing French knitting when you were young. These young ladies took to it with alacrity and were snapped today knitting up a storm in the recently decorated classroom.

Danique Hefer, Carli Strauss and Anna Marusimba.
Danique Hefer, Carli Strauss and Anna Marusimba.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 24 May 2019

Boarder Outing

The boarders went to the headmaster’s property on Saturday to cut and prepare logs to make benches for their newly constructed braai pit. On the property are numerous gum trees which are being removed, the perfect source of hardwood logs.

Three logs were cut and trimmed into 2m lengths and a slice removed down the length. Then 600mm cross pieces for legs were cut and notched. De-barking and sealing will be done at School.

Many hands make light work. The baboons had slept in the surrounding trees the night before, accounting for Alyssa’s makeshift face mask.
Many hands make light work. The baboons had slept in the surrounding trees the night before, accounting for Alyssa’s makeshift face mask.
Masedi took charge of ensuring the cutting chain was sufficiently well oiled throughout the laborious operation. Cutting with the Alaskan chainsaw mill was done by the Headmaster and the Bus Driver, Hendrik. The boarders helped with steadying the ladder, digging holes under logs and doing the heavy lifting.
Masedi took charge of ensuring the cutting chain was sufficiently well oiled throughout the laborious operation. Cutting with the Alaskan chainsaw mill was done by the Headmaster and the Bus Driver, Hendrik. The boarders helped with steadying the ladder, digging holes under logs and doing the heavy lifting.
Most of the group once they had accomplished their mission.
Most of the group once they had accomplished their mission.

Horse Riding

Lyandi van der Merwe rode in a SANESA quailfier on Saturday. She came away with 5 first places!
Lyandi jumping on Lippie
Lyandi jumping on Lippie
Taking one jump on Ziczag, and anticipating the next in the series.
Taking one jump on Ziczag, and anticipating the next in the series.

Inter House Soccer

On Tuesday, the Senior Preparatory boys played their inter house soccer match. Davidson won!
A hotly contested ball.
A hotly contested ball.
Scotty takes it up for Davidson.
Scotty takes it up for Davidson.

On Wednesday, the Junior Preparatory boys played their inter house soccer match and Kirkman won 2 – 1.

For most of the Junior Prep boys it was their first game of soccer ever and they REALLY enjoyed themselves.

Douglas readies himself to clear a very effective corner kick as goalie, Vukani, covers like a professional.
Douglas readies himself to clear a very effective corner kick as goalie, Vukani, covers like a professional.
Masedi and Siyanda were imported from the Senior Prep to make up the numbers. They REALLY contributed.
Masedi and Siyanda were imported from the Senior Prep to make up the numbers. They REALLY contributed.

21st Birthday

No, not one of our learners! Intern, Miss Tayla-Kae Nicholson, turned 21 on Wednesday and the staff got together over the tea break to celebrate this milestone with her.
Miss Tayla-Kae Nicholson turned 21

Senior Preparatory Quiz

The Senior Preparatory Quiz was won by Davidson, amid much fun and excitement.
The old hand operated mechanical wheel of fortune gave way to two computerised wheels created by Mrs Wagenhauser. In this photo you can also see the backdrop under construction for the Pre-Preparatory play next term. Once again, the artist is Mrs Mason.
The old hand operated mechanical wheel of fortune gave way to two computerised wheels created by Mrs Wagenhauser. In this photo you can also see the backdrop under construction for the Pre-Preparatory play next term. Once again, the artist is Mrs Mason.

Netball

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The U/8’s defend a goal attempt. Our girls went on to win this game. Well done, Girls!
The U/8’s defend a goal attempt. Our girls went on to win this game. Well done, Girls!
Anna Marusimba – Best Player U/8
Anna Marusimba – Best Player U/8
Tshegofatso Mohlabi – Best Player U/11
Tshegofatso Mohlabi – Best Player U/11
Makwidi Kgomontsho – Best Player U/13
Makwidi Kgomontsho – Best Player U/13

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 17 May 2019

Weekend Activities

With the Lindani MTB Race only two weeks away, some of our mountain bikers went to Lindani to ride the course on Saturday morning. Sixteen people slept over on the property next door, and then rode the 15km course the next day. It is hats off to Nikki and Andrew Eagar again for making this such a successful and exciting training camp. The Lindani Race is on Saturday 25th May. You can enter on WEBSCORER
Searching for buffaloes and bass. Thuto had a brief encounter with a bass after the ride on Saturday, but it quickly became “the one that got away.”
Searching for buffaloes and bass. Thuto had a brief encounter with a bass after the ride on Saturday, but it quickly became “the one that got away.”
Beware! …… Giraffe crossing. The mother in the top corner wanted to get to her baby on the other side of the road and we chose not to get between them.

Beware! …… Giraffe crossing. The mother in the top corner wanted to get to her baby on the other side of the road and we chose not to get between them.

Most of the group that rode on Saturday. We were made welcome by Sam van Coller and his amazing staff.
Most of the group that rode on Saturday. We were made welcome by Sam van Coller and his amazing staff.

Horse Riding

Lyandi van der Merwe went to a DSA Lead Bootcamp for dressage riders in Limpopo at the weekend. This camp was by invitation only, and the rising stars of this discipline will get training from top trainers for two years. We are proud of you, Lyandi. If you carry on with such dedication, I am sure we will soon be putting your name up on the National Colours honours board.

Here Lyandi is pictured at the camp on her horse, Ziczag.
Here Lyandi is pictured at the camp on her horse, Ziczag.

Archery

We hosted a Limpopo Schools archery competition here at the Academy on Saturday.  The PTA were busy during the entire preceding week making arrangements and getting their HQ in order. On Friday morning I found the chairman there in the thick of things (I wanted to thank him for the honours boards), and I believe the catering went very well.

 

Our Junior Team placed 3rd in the Primary Bullseye competition and our High School Team placed 2nd.  Individual results in this discipline were:

 

Primary Male: Ruan Leonard – 2nd

Primary Female: Mangaliso Honono – 2nd; Lerato Makakaba – 1st

Junior High Male: Shannon Carlton 3rd

Junior High Female: Bianca Nortjè 1st; Ephenia Molekoa 2nd

 

In the 3D competition Waterberg Academy was 2nd in the Primary section and 1st and 3rd in the High School section. Individual results in the 3D were:

 

Primary Male: Ruan Leonard 1st

Primary Female: Lerato Makakaba 1st; Katlego Mogai 3rd

Junior High Male: Shannon Carlton 1st; Rafologang Buthane 2nd

Junior High Female: Bianca Nortjè 1st; Ephenia Molekoa 2nd

Bianca Nortjè and Ephenia Molekoa did especially well on Saturday in the archery competition held at Waterberg Academy. They are pictured here with coach, Mr Andrè Bridger.
Bianca Nortjè and Ephenia Molekoa did especially well on Saturday in the archery competition held at Waterberg Academy. They are pictured here with coach, Mr Andrè Bridger.
Mr Bridger feels that our archers had a “bad day at the office” and did not shoot at their usual standard. He is also working on raising the bar for the younger members of the teams as the scores of all 12 archers in a team count towards the team result.

Other Activities

Our girls had some netball this week. The High School were hosted at Bela Bela and were VERY impressed with the quality of the reception and the treatment they received. So much so, in fact, that Miss Nicholson wrote a letter of appreciation to thank them.
Netball
DRUMMING after Art lessons – such fun.
DRUMMING after Art lessons – such fun.
TECHNOLOGY
Quentin Brugnolo with a model airplane made from coca cola cans. Well done, Quentin!
Quentin Brugnolo with a model airplane made from coca cola cans. Well done, Quentin!

Front Gate

The front gate remains only partially operative. We had the repair guy here AGAIN yesterday. He did some work and then indicated that there were further issues that might require attention going forward. The gate opened by remote control this morning but has since gone on the blink again. The service provider was back again to say that the plastic “rack” was bent and needed to replaced with a steel one. Tuesday next week he expects to be back with it. Don’t hold your breath!

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 08 March 2019

Marketing

At this time of the year we visit preparatory schools and market the Academy with a view to attracting learners into our High School for the following year. Many prep schools in the area feel that they are closely linked to their local High School and do not afford us the opportunity of speaking to their learners. However, we were able to visit Lephalale Primary School, Eugene Marais and Euphorbia in Mookgopong, and Laerskool Vaalwater.

On each of these visits I took Miss Nicholson along so that the youngsters could identify with someone closer to their own age. On our first outing to Lephalale Primary School, Miss Nicholson took the floor near the end and what she had to say and the way she said it made it almost impossible for the teachers present to clear the Grade 6 and 7 learners from the hall!

Miss Nicholson has a real gift for reaching young people and they fell under her spell. In fact, I have been doing these visits for 6 years and this year we had the best response we have ever had. That is partly because of our presentation and partly because Waterberg Academy has been making rather large waves in the academic world and in the individual sports – archery in particular. The kids now KNOW about us.

On Tuesday evening we held a cocktail marketing evening at The Junction in Lephalale. I want to thank all our Lephalale parents who came out to meet with our visitors. Many families brought their kids along and I want also to say, “Well done,” to those young people who came and sat through the evening. And a final thank you to our staff, the members of our Board, and our Head Boy and Head Girl, who were present.

In this picture we can see Mrs Leonard, Mrs Raubenheimer, Mrs De Klerk, Dr Mohlabi, Malose Mohlabi, Mrs. Mohlabi, San-Marie Stegmann (obscured) and Boitumelo Mataboge (blurred by movement)
In this picture we can see Mrs Leonard, Mrs Raubenheimer, Mrs De Klerk, Dr Mohlabi, Malose Mohlabi, Mrs. Mohlabi, San-Marie Stegmann (obscured) and Boitumelo Mataboge (blurred by movement)

Tomorrow, Mrs Swales and Mr O’Kelly will be attending the MUDDY BUDDY Family Fun Day in Lephalale to do a little marketing. Two of our learners and an adult will be entering the 13h00 Fun Race. They have asked that any Academy learners in Lephalale who are interested join them.

Boarding Establishment Stayovers

Our archers are going to Rustenburg to shoot in a competition tomorrow. The bus will be departing at 04h00 and some of the archers will be sleeping over in the Boarding Establishment to facilitate this. This is a service we offer to our parents to obviate the necessity of driving around late at night or very early in the morning.

Instances where this service becomes useful are such things as early departures of the bus to sporting fixtures, learner functions that end late (Valentine and Spring dances), or simply when Mom and Dad need to be away for a night and prefer not to leave their children on the farm alone.

The procedure to follow if you wish to make use of this service is to email the office for permission at least 24 hours before the time of the stayover and stipulate the meals that your child should be given. Please note that meals are charged at R25 each.

In addition, we do not charge for the stayover, only the meals. This service is in place to assist parents in times of need and is definitely not for recreational purposes.

A Big Day

Joshua Hopewell celebrated his birthday yesterday with his Grade Two classmates. My, but they grow up quickly!
Joshua Hopewell celebrated his birthday yesterday with his Grade Two classmates. My, but they grow up quickly!

Class Visits

Grade 9 Mathematics
Grade 9 Mathematics
Grade 6 Mathematics
Grade 6 Mathematics

Horse Riding

A N Other, Lyandi van der Merwe and Carla Leonard pose for a photograph before their lesson this week at the new Riding School at the Leonard Stables.
A N Other, Lyandi van der Merwe and Carla Leonard pose for a photograph before their lesson this week at the new Riding School at the Leonard Stables.

Archery

Chantal Prinsloo, Ciska Leonard and Lanchè Lötter shot in the first ever NASP ADULTS Competition to be held in Limpopo. Mrs Leonard won and Mrs Lötter placed third.
Chantal Prinsloo, Ciska Leonard and Lanchè Lötter shot in the first ever NASP ADULTS Competition to be held in Limpopo. Mrs Leonard won and Mrs Lötter placed third.
Young Ruan Leonard (Grade 5) is going places in the field of archery. At the weekend he placed 1st overall in both the Bullseye Competition and the 3D Competition. Overall means under 21, nogal! Ruan is only 10 years old and already represent Limpopo in the Junior High (Under 21) Team. We wait with bated breath to see when he will gain national selection.

Young Ruan Leonard (Grade 5) is going places in the field of archery. At the weekend he placed 1st overall in both the Bullseye Competition and the 3D Competition. Overall means under 21, nogal!

Ruan is only 10 years old and already represent Limpopo in the Junior High (Under 21) Team. We wait with bated breath to see when he will gain national selection.

Mark Godfrey