The philosophy behind our model

William Butler Yeats once said, “But, I being poor, have only my dreams.” The founders, like Yeats, had dreams too.

At Waterberg Academy , our philosophy is rooted in the belief that education should prepare students for the ever-changing world that they will inherit. We are inspired by the words of William Butler Yeats, who said, “But, I, have only my dreams.” Just like Yeats, our founders had dreams too – dreams of creating a school that would nurture and empower students to chase their own dreams.

See Waterberg Academy, not just as a physical building, but as a vessel for tomorrow’s possibilities. With this understanding comes a great responsibility, one that our passionate staff embraces with distinction. We recognize that in today’s world, change is not only inevitable but necessary. What may have been considered good practice a few years ago may no longer to provide a quality education for today’s children.

We fully acknowledge the need for transformation in education. As the planet evolves and faces global challenges, so too must our approach be to education. Like any living organism, education must adapt or risk becoming obsolete. This is why we prioritize keeping our curriculum and teaching methods at the cutting edge, ensuring our students are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world, we believe that change should not be feared but embraced, students must be schooled in adjusting to this ever-evolving world. It is for them to acquire the necessary skills and techniques required to seize the opportunities that change brings. We strive to provide our students with an excellent academic background, empowering them to be proactive thinkers who can enable change rather than simply reacting to it.

While we are globally focused and understand the importance of globalization, we also believe that our students should remain connected to their South African identity. We aim to cultivate well-rounded individuals who can think critically and globally, whilst also appreciating and contributing to their local community.

At Waterberg Academy, we are determined to ensure that our children are not just part of a community, but also part of a global village. We prepare them to be active participants in this global village, equipped with the skills, mindset, and understanding necessary to navigate its complexities.

Join us on this journey of empowering our students to become thinkers, leaders, and change-makers. Together, let’s embrace the challenges and opportunities of our ever-changing world whilst staying rooted in our South African identity

Board of Directors & Staff

Craig Pidduck
Craig Pidduck(Chairperson)
Pierre Labuschagne
Pierre Labuschagne(Headmaster)
Alwyn Hefer
Alwyn Hefer(PTA Chair)
Sonja Harmse
Sonja Harmse(Marketing)
Dean van Heerden
Dean van Heerden(Safety and Security)
Sarel Oosthuizen
Sarel Oosthuizen(School Facilities)
David Sutherland
David Sutherland(School Facilities)
Margaux van den Avenne
Margaux van den Avenne(Fincom Chair)
Shane Dowinton
Shane Dowinton(Human Resources)
Reinhart Heuser
Reinhart Heuser(Fund-Raising)
Chanel Bronn
Chanel Bronn(Staff Rep)
Lyn Swales
Lyn Swales(Bursary)

Staff

Head of Department / EXCO Team

Mr. P. Labuschagne
Mr. P. Labuschagne(Headmaster)
Mrs. F. Leonard
Mrs. F. Leonard(Deputy Headmaster)
Mrs. J. Leonard
Mrs. J. Leonard(Pre Prep HOD)
Mrs. C. van Niekerk
Mrs. C. van Niekerk(Junior Prep HOD)
Mr. K. O’Kelly
Mr. K. O’Kelly(Senior Prep HOD)
Mrs. M. Uys
Mrs. M. Uys(High School HOD)
Mrs. L. Swales
Mrs. L. Swales(Finances)

High School

Mr. W. Swanepoel
Mr. W. Swanepoel
Mr. N. Ndangariro
Mr. N. Ndangariro
Mr. B. Pretorius
Mr. B. Pretorius
Mrs. N. Laas
Mrs. N. Laas
Mr. A. Simiti
Mr. A. Simiti
Mrs. M. Swanepoel
Mrs. M. Swanepoel
Mr. C. Vogel
Mr. C. Vogel
Mr. K. Diko
Mr. K. Diko

Senior Preparatory School

Mrs. C. Le Roux
Mrs. C. Le Roux
Mrs. G. Leonard
Mrs. G. Leonard
Mrs. B. Waugenhauser
Mrs. B. Waugenhauser
Mrs. E. Stegmann
Mrs. E. Stegmann
Mrs. G. Swanepoel
Mrs. G. Swanepoel

Junior Preparatory School

Mrs. C. Bands
Mrs. C. Bands
Mrs. C. Bronn
Mrs. C. Bronn

Pre Preparatory School

Mrs L. Coetzee
Mrs L. Coetzee
Mrs. R. Thulare
Mrs. R. Thulare
Mrs. S. van Dyk
Mrs. S. van Dyk

Crèche

Mrs. M. Leonard
Mrs. M. Leonard

Administration Staff

Mrs. C. Pretorius
Mrs. C. Pretorius(Secretary)
Mrs. R. Oosthuizen
Mrs. R. Oosthuizen(Reception)
Mrs. S. Meyer
Mrs. S. Meyer(Administration and Marketing)

Boarding House Staff

Mr. W. Swanepoel
Mr. W. Swanepoel
Mrs. M. Swanepoel
Mrs. M. Swanepoel
Ms. D. van der Merwe
Ms. D. van der Merwe
Mr. K. Diko
Mr. K. Diko
Mr. R. Wilson
Mr. R. Wilson(Sport Coordinator)