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2013-2017
Building # 2
2017-2018
Our Principal Mr Tobie van der Westhuizen is the principal of Ridgefield Academy. He completed his B degree with a major in English and teaches it as a first language at the Academy. He holds several academic qualifications and has done extensive research at postgraduate level in the field of learning, curriculum design and the science of memory.
Finances and Student Affairs Mrs Revien van der Westhuizen oversees our administration and financial departments, and is head of student affairs. She holds qualifications in accounting and administration and has worked for many years in corporate finance and business administration. She teaches accounting and business studies at the Academy.
Mathematics Dr Johann Burger has been teaching mathematics at the Academy since 2013. After spending many years as a lecturer and researcher at the University of the Free State, he joined the EMS Science and Mathematics School in Bloemfontein in 2006, and began assisting learners in mathematics from Grade 8-12. This entailed not only assisting pupils with difficulties in mathematics, but also enrichment of intellectually advanced pupils.
Biology Miss Ingrid Alleman is our biology teacher and is busy with her PhD in Plant Analytical Biochemistry. She has the ability to work in a laboratory and loves anything to do with biology. She also has a special empathy with the students that encourages them to perform to the best of their abilities.
Physics and Chemistry Dr Anette Allemann teaches physics and chemistry at the Academy and runs the laboratory for all the scientific subjects. She has worked at the University of the Free State for many years, maintaining the undergraduate and post graduate laboratories. She has also developed a laboratory for a private Agricultural producer. Dr Allemann adheres to the belief that hands-on practical experience often makes the theory more palatable. As a result she exposes our junior students to as much time in our well equipped laboratory as the timetable allows.
French and Afrikaans Mrs Liza Oosthuizen teaches French and Afrikaans (our second language subjects) at the Academy. In her own words: “I have two passions - one is children (actually humans of all ages), and the other is language in general and more specifically the French language.” Mrs Oosthuizen completed her BA degree with majors in in French and Linguistics. She has lived in France, did further language and teacher training through the French Embassy in South Africa and has been teaching French for twenty years.
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Ridgefield Academy 25 Wilcocks Road Noordhoek                      Bloemfontein Phone 0636970178
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