Dear Parents, Staff and Pupils.
On Sunday, 27 June 2021, the President of the Republic outlined the escalation of emergency measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, which makes it necessary for us all to re-evaluate how Waterberg Academy will continue to function and deliver meaningful instruction in light of what could well be a protracted period of lockdown. It is not business as usual, and the school calendar will need to be revised considering potentially protracted school closures. Far better then, to plan strategically for the long haul and be relieved if such plans can be abandoned sooner than expected.
I cannot emphasise enough that Waterberg Academy’s position is, and remains, that we must continue to comply with the law, health, safety, and security measures employed by the government during this time. Consequently, by staying acquainted of government statements, we can ensure that our actions align with the recommended practice of ISASA and the IEB.
Please take note of the following school calendar changes and action steps to be implemented during this time.
School calendar changes:
Term 3 to start on 12 July 2021 until 17 September 2021
The week of 12 July -16 July 2021 (School will reopen with online lessons)
Pupils will return for face-to-face learning on Monday 19 July 2021
Boarders to return on Sunday 18 July 2021
Midterm break – 6 August 2021 – 9 August 2021
The administration block will remain open every day from 08H00 to 14H00
Grade 12 Academic programme
To ensure as much teaching contact time as possible, we have decided to shorten the Matric prelim exam by two weeks. Thus, the prelims will start on 30 August and end on 15 September 2021.
The head of departments of the different phases will be in contact with you soon to discuss the logistics for the next three weeks.
This striking image of a happy child in a happy school reminds me that each one of us has, within our grasp, the opportunity to lead in a very unusual and powerful way. Our diverse skills, natural optimism, ability to provide a sense of hope and joy in a time of crisis and our deep sense of responsibility for a collective humanity and a better future for all the children of South Africa, is what will motivate us to be the best possible school that we can during this challenging time. In turn our staff too will do all that they can because of their passion and commitment to both education and each pupil they teach. They will endeavour to provide their pupils with the tools that they need to come out of this battle wiser, stronger, and more empowered than ever before.
Let us never lose our faith as Our Lord has never left us. Waterberg Academy, I know that we can do this, we have done it so successively before. I request from you your commitment to the week of online learning and then the remainder of the term. As a school, as an Academy, we can stand proudly amongst the giants and become stronger than ever before.
Keep safe and looking forward to seeing all of you on the 19th of July.