Making your years count

Welcome to our High School

Willow Academy High School is a family orientated, vibrant and connected school for learners between Grades 8 and 12. We offer the National Curriculum Statement and have integrated strong Biblical principles in our daily lessons.

Our vision is to equip learners to develop their individual potential and to enable them to further God’s Kingdom in their local communities and in society at large. This incorporates the development of their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical potential.

Willow Academy provides its learners with a variety of activities which contribute toward their spiritual formation. Our teachers strive to present biblically integrated lessons with Religious Education (Studying God’s Word) being compulsory for all learners. We have a weekly assembly which incorporates a time of praise and worship, corporate prayer and a Bible based talk or sermon. In addition, each school day begins with a ten-minute devotional period which includes a Bible reading and prayer.

Mark Storer

Academic Head

High School CAT teacher

Robert Brown

Grade 4-6 Life Skills

Grade 7 Life Orientation

Grade  6-7 SGW

Bianca Samuel

Grade 10 History

Grade 9-12 English

Ilze Kilian

Grade 10 class teacher

EMS, Business Studies and Life Orientation

Stephen Gomiwa

Grade 8-12: Geography and History

Wesley Blignaut

Grade 8 teacher

Discipline Head Grade 8 and Grade 9

Maryna Walker

Grade 10- 12 Afrikaans teacher

Head of Phase High School

Head of Discipline Grade 10- 12

Sean Afrika

Music teacher

Rosina Meyer

Grade 4 -12 aftercare teacher

Maryna Gie

Sports Coordinator

Stephanie Grigor

Assistant Sport Coordinator

Our examinations

Our pupils write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations at the end of their Grade 12 year. The IEB NSC is quality assured by Umalusi which is the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education. We selected IEB because of their balance between knowledge and applied skills, whilst providing learners with the opportunity to receive a value based education. This, in turn, prepares pupils for the demands of tertiary education.

The IEB is well structured and ensures that effective teaching and learning takes place.  In addition, the IEB provides plenty of opportunities where teachers can assist learners in the education process. We consider the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes an important part of the education process. Since our first class matriculated in 2012, we have grown as a school with excellent academics results and achieved a 100% pass rate in 2015 and 2016.

We make use of a variety of benchmarking tests to ensure that the quality of education we provide is maintained and improved. These tests include the IEB Core Skills Test, the Annual National Assessments (ANA), and various Mathematics diagnostic tests.

For more information on the IEB curriculum please visit www.ieb.co.za.
In Grade 9 we offer psychometric testing to guide pupils during the process of choosing subjects for grade 10 and onwards.  This is a scholastic aptitude test and interest profile.

The following Subjects are offered:

Grades 8 & 9: (IEB)

Home Language English

First Additional Language Afrikaans

Mathematics

Life Orientation

Physical Science

Life Science

History

Geography

Economic and Management Sciences

Computers

Visual Art

Dramatic Arts presented by Helen O Grady Drama Academy

Studying God’s Word

Grades 10 – 12: FET Phase (IEB)

Compulsory Subjects

Languages:

• Home Language English
• First Additional Language Afrikaans
Mathematics
• Mathematics
• Maths literacy

Life Orientation

Optional Subjects (Learners select three of the following)

Sciences
• Physical Science
• Life Science

Humanities Subjects
• Geography
• History

Commerce
• Business Studies
• Accountancy

Computer Applications Technology

Studying God’s Word is a subject where our learners are engaged in conversation about biblical truths and values. Tests do not apply.

Focus on Sports

Many schools have developed a strong culture of education as a basis for their success.  However, the schools that have managed to excel beyond their peers were the ones who made a concerted effort to develop the “complete or balanced student.”

With this in mind, Willow Academy has placed its focus on extra-mural activities, which encompass sports, arts and culture, without compromising their already strong base of Christian education.  Extra-mural activities, and specifically sports, can be the differentiating factor which separates good schools from great schools, and which gives a school the competitive edge.

Our sports department has identified sport codes that will make an impact, not only on our learners’ physical abilities, but also on their technical thought-processing, self-confidence, life skills and interaction within a group dynamic.

Willow Academy offers learners between Grade R and Grade 12 chess, swimming, cricket, tennis, soccer for boys, hockey for girls, athletics, X-country and volleyball.

We understand the importance of physical training and realise that a healthy body encourages a healthy mind. Sports participation is compulsory for learners in all grades and contributes towards the Physical Education component of Life Skills and Life Orientation. Each learner is expected to play a winter and summer sport.

High School (Gr 8-12)

Boys                                        Cricket / Tennis / Athletics / Soccer / Volleyball

Girls                                        Tennis / Athletics / VolleyBall

Additionally, we offer a selection of sports at an additional cost, including Taekwon-do, swimming, ballroom dancing, and Future Kings touch rugby.

SWIMMING

Swimming is considered a life skill that could potentially save a child’s life. Our ultimate goal is to

have our own pool so that we can make swimming a part of our curriculum. Currently, our swimmers are coached and trained by a professional coach, with the learners being transported to and from swimming lessons.

Once a learner shows the potential to compete, they are placed in our high-performance team, where they compete against other schools at numerous galas. The learners that have been coached by Trish Polis have done extremely well in the inter-school galas.

TAEKWON-DO

Taekwon-do is a self-defense activity, where our learners can receive grading and also obtain their provincial colours.

CHESS

Culture, and the love of the arts plays a vital role in every child’s development. As part of the holistic development of a child, our learners are encouraged to participate in various cultural activities. These include playing musical instruments, participating in drama and singing in our choir.

In addition, we have a well-rounded visual arts programme and envision adding to our expanding extra-mural activities in due course.

In addition, we have a well-rounded visual arts programme and envision adding to our expanding extra-mural activities in due course.

BALLROOM DANCING

Chess is still new to Willow Academy. We hope to compete in the near future and look forward to seeing the results.

We strive to equip our teachers, coaches, and managers with the necessary skills to become competent in their abilities to coach, referee and manage teams/sporting codes by educating them in the latest coaching techniques and employing provincial coaches and supporting staff.

It’s all about Culture

Culture, and the love of the arts plays a vital role in every child’s development. As part of the holistic development of a child, our learners are encouraged to participate in various cultural activities. These include playing musical instruments, participating in drama and singing in our choir.

DRAMA

At the beginning of 2016 we partnered with Helen O’Grady to best facilitate the Drama aspect of the Creative Arts curriculum for our Grade 4 to Grade 9 learners.

VISUAL ARTS

In addition, we have a well-rounded visual arts programme and envision adding to our expanding extra-mural activities in due course.

BALLROOM DANCING

In 2016 we introduced ballroom dancing to our high school learners. They have since participated in examinations and many have received their bronze certificate. They also take part in the social dances which are arranged by the dance company and interact with other high schools at these.

HIGH SCHOOL ACAPELLA SINGING GROUP

This group consists of our Grade 8 to Grade12 learners. We felt that as our High School is still growing, we would like to keep up with the trend of Singing Groups. This group relies on only their voices to make various sounds and sing harmonies.

WORSHIP TEAM

In our High School, we would like our scholars to learn how to be worshippers, and so we have established a worship group who lead the school in worship during High School Assemblies. We aim to expose our learners who excel in this area to leading worship and performing worship on stage.

INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS

We have a flourishing musical entrustment  at Willow Academy. Our music grading is done via either Royals Schools, Trinity or Unisa for:

Group Recorder
Group Guitar
Individual Guitar: Bass, electric and acoustic
Piano: classical and worship style
Drums: Basic Rhythms
Production
Individual Singing classes

Our school is actively involved with different projects:

  • Our annual Cancer Run
  • Recycling
  • Collection of clothing and funds for a school situated in Helenvale

We encourage our learners to become involved in additional charity activities during the year.