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

NEWS LETTER 18 January 2019

Matric Results

Waterberg Academy emerged this year in the list of the top 41 schools in RSA (from 400 schools) and Lucy Calcott was listed among the top 61 learners in the country (from 11 500 matriculants). We were also the only Limpopo school to feature in the IEB’s Outstanding Performance list.
Lucy’s results were by far the best recorded at the Academy in its short existence. Not only was she listed among the learners who scored 6 subjects among the top 5% of marks in RSA, but she had 5 subjects in the top 1% category as well and an average of 92% ! This is amazing, Lucy, and we are all very proud of you

The Matric 2018 class was also pretty impressive. They got a 100% pass rate and a 90% BD rate (university entrance.) Nadja Nortje got 6 distinctions and is confirmed as a Wits Medical School student for this year. Add to this her Junior Protea colours in June, and we have another exceptionally high performing young lady in that group, three others of whom also got a distinction each.

Our two top performers were both educated entirely – from pre-school to matric – at the Academy. No other school had a hand in their education. We did not “buy” them from a poorer school as many high schools do. They were entirely “home grown.” This tells me that you can take you child out of the Academy and put him/her in an expensive school with a fancy name, but he will not get a better education than he will get here. If your child is aiming at top drawer matric results, there is no better place than Waterberg Academy for him to get them.

This is our 2018 Matric group. Head Girl and Outstanding IEB Achiever, Lucy Calcott, is standing at extreme left, and high performer Nadja Nortje is 5th from the left. These two young ladies have done Waterberg Academy proud.

First Day

We have had a very positive start to the year. Our Grade Twelves have adopted the slogan “Lead with Love” and seem to be living up to it. On the first day they visited the Grade Ones and shared with them some stories about and views on the School and their lives here. Later they got to mingle with the entire Junior Preparatory Phase. Well done, Matrics.

Grade Twelve visits with the Junior Preparatory
The Littlies settle in after the long holiday
Grade R exchanging holiday stories
Grade One – Big School at last!
Grade 4 have just made a similarly significant step up.
These learners have now arrived at the top of the Senior Preparatory

Guppies

Our Grade Eights, or Guppies as they are known for the first three weeks, had their Guppy Camp over last weekend
on Craig and Trish Pidduck’s beautiful farm – Hillsong. This camp was arranged and supervised by Mr Simiti, the
Grade 8 class teacher and Mrs McBride, the Grade 12 class teacher. The Grade Twelves exercised their leadership
role by inaugurating the Guppies into Waterberg Academy High School life and traditions. Thank you, Matrics! And a
special “Thank you” to Mrs McBride and Mr Simiti for giving up their weekends to look after our learners.

This exercise required a great degree of cooperation. The boys had their ankles connected on
a short rope, so doing your own thing was out of the question.

Our Grade Eights are taking their “hardships” in good spirit and the cohesiveness in the group is palpable. This morning at the assembly, Quentin Brugnolo said a few words over his pet rock, Patrick, who had mysteriously died. His eulogy was touching and appreciated by all present

Electricity

The entire community suffered through the loss of Eskom power as a result of a monumental electric storm at the weekend. Starting up a school without power was quite a challenge, but I must commend our Admin staff and our teachers on the way they circumvented the various difficulties as these arose. Thank you, also, Pierre Leonard, for the loan of a generator which saw us through day 2 of the crisis. And well done to the Boarding Establishment staff and the Kitchen staff for coping under trying circumstances. The restoration of power was not the end of things,
however. The low voltage was a threat to our equipment and we were advised not to use our air conditioners until the voltage reached normal levels. The result has been some very uncomfortable classrooms and some teachers taking their learners to shady spots in the grounds to escape the heat generated where they are unable to set up a through draft.

Grade 12 Business Studies
and Grade 11 English seek relief in the shade.

We hope to be back to normal on Monday, but that depends on Eskom.

PTA Annual General Meeting

The PTA will be holding its AGM at 07h30 on Thursday. It is vital that all parents attend, especially in light of the resignations of Delmar Nortje (Chair) and Mariette Nicholson (Secretary/Treasurer). It is now time for the next generation to take up the baton.

On that note, I would like to thank Delmar for 11 years of service to the Waterberg parents and learners, 8 of these as chairman. Also, thanks are due to Mariette Nicholson for her 11 years on the PTA, many of these as an office bearer. You guys will leave a massive hole.

Mark Godfrey

Yale University Accepted Rachel Calcott – 2016 Matriculant

Thursday 14th December 2017

Waterberg Academy is pleased to announce that at midnight tonight Yale University selected its very first student ever from Limpopo province, and that student we are proud to say is a product of Waterberg Academy! Nearly 100 000 quality candidates from across the world applied for only just 1 500 placements at Yale – and our school got one of those. Congratulations Rachel Calcott who Matriculated in the 2016 Academic year. Rachel will commence her studies in September 2018 at Yale University which is situated close to New York in the city of New Haven, Connecticut.

Yale University Accepted - Rachel Calcott 2016 Matriculant

Yale University Accepted –

Rachel Calcott 2016 Matriculant

Hear about her experiences in the video clip directly below.

Matric Results – 2018 Our Top Performers Lucy Calcott and Nadja Nortje

Waterberg Academy is among the top 41 IEB schools listed in RSA and the only IEB Private School in Limpopo listed among the top 5% in RSA

Lucy Calcott and Nadja Nortje

Lucy Calcott

Nadja Nortje

Accepted into WITS Medical School 2019

92%

English

83%

92%

Afrikaans

85%

94%

Mathematics

92%

98%

Life Orientation

92%

89%

Physical Sciences

73%

93%

Life Sciences

84%

95%

History

Geography

84%

Lucy also came in the top 5% in RSA in 6 subjects and in the top 1% in RSA in 5 subjects.

NEWS LETTER 05 Desember 2018

Nativity and Carols Evening

The Teachers Group: Mrs Calcott, Mrs Leonard, Mr Roux, Mr Roth, Mr Sulo and Mr Simiti.

Grade R Graduation

Junior Preparatory

The Grade Ones show off their certificates with their teacher and HOD, Mrs van Niekerk.

Senior Preparatory Prize

Ds. Ernest Vogt delivers his speech to the learners. Ds. Vogt was our Senior Preparatory Guest of Honour.
Top Achievers – Nomusa Funyufunyu G6, Makwidi Kgo-montsho G5, Kabelo Mohlabi G7 & Caitlin Pidduck G4 with HOD Mr O’Kelly.
Citizenship Award G5 – Mia du Preez.
Farewell and thanks for your sterling work – Mariette Nicholson – PTA Secretary and a parent here for 12 years.
Mr Brugnolo helped with the swimming training. Here he receives a thank you gift from son, Quentin.

High School Prize Giving

Jana Leonard was Top Achiever in Grade 8. Here she is congratulated by HOD Academics and her mother, Ciska Leonard.
Bianca Nortje was Top Achiever in Grade 9.
Mirriam Mpete was Top AchieverIn Grade 10. In this picture she isteacher Janice McBride for also winning the Senior Drama prize.
Lucy Calcott was the DUX with an average of 96%. Here she is congratulated by guest of honour - Clive Walker.
Boitumelo Mataboge and San-Marie Stegmann were appointed Head Boy and Head Girl for 2019. San-Marie was also Top Achiever in Grade 11.

Reports

By the time you receive this newsletter, the Christmas holiday will be in full swing with just the reports to be collected on Thursday. Please collect these between 08h00 an 10h00 on Thursday 6 December 2018. The HODs will be onsite to hand these out at each phase block. High School reports will be available at Mrs Leonard’s classroom, Senior Preparatory reports will be available from Mr O’Kelly’s classroom, Junior Preparatory reports from Mrs van Niekerk’s classroom and the Pre-Preparatory reports from Mrs Joan Leonard’s classroom.

If you are unable to collect the report yourself, you may nominate someone to do that for you IN WRITING to Solita at admin@waterbergacademy.co.za You may, if travelling away on an extended holiday, request in writing at the same email address that your report be emailed to you and then collect the hard copy when returning to School next year.

May I take this opportunity to wish all our learners, parents, staff and friends a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year. May 2019 bring to you all that you wish.

Mark Godfrey

NEWS LETTER 26 October 2018

Archery

On Saturday, the archers of Limpopo will gather in the Waterberg Academy Hall to celebrate the achievements of each School and each archer. No doubt, mention will be made of our newest and latest South African representatives.

We received news earlier this week of the latest Protea and Development selections, and three of our learners have ‘cracked the nod’ for the 2019 team.

Rafologang Buthane has, for the second year, been selected for the NASP South Africa Development Team. Since Rafologang is still only in Grade Nine, he has a further three years to make full Protea colours. We are banking on you, Schapa.

A brand-new selection, but no surprise here, is Bianca Nortje. Bianca has been knocking at the Junior Protea door for some time and was in fine form at the Nationals in the holidays.
Shannon Carlton, for the third year in succession, will shoot for his country next year as a NASP Junior Protea. This is an outstanding achievement, Shannon, made all the more so by the fact that you are now rated number two in the country. Well done!

Shannon Carlton, Bianca Nortje and Rafologang Buthane – we are SO proud of you.
Bianca displaying her excellent form on the 3D range at SA’s.
The photograph below is a clear indication of why the learners at Waterberg Academy have an unfair advantage on the archery range – our teachers and parents are interested enough in the sport to become trained in the higher levels of NASP coaching, and this has a very positive effect on the way our archers’ practice.
 

Thank you Board Chair Pierre Leonard and Head of Department Academics Ciska Leonard for taking such a dedicated interest in archery. Pierre is also a member of the NASP SA Board. Your level of commitment rubs off on our learners who learn, not from what we say but from what we do!

Ciska and Pierre Leonard receive their BAIT (Basic Archery Instructor Trainer) certificates. On the left is Jannie Massyn, a BAITS and between them stands Wilhelm Greef, President of NASP South Africa.

Basic Baseball – The American Connection

Mr Sundblad teaching basic baseball to the Grade Elevens. Rebecca has a swing with the bat while Roman shows great style – blatless.

Mark Godfrey