Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 27/2018

20 September, 2018

Diversity is Part of Our DNA

One of the fascinating attributes of Waterford is its carefully guarded principle of deliberate diversity which is in the DNA of the school. From the onset, the institution was established in clear and expressed opposition to the South African Apartheid regime and its laws of racial segregation, making it a multiracial school. Over the years the school has continued with the policy of diversity and our students come from different backgrounds in terms of age, experience, culture and economics. In 1967, King Sobhuza II Ngwenyama of the kingdom of Eswatini granted Waterford the name Kamhlaba, saying, “Wherever you are in the world, the earth does not distinguish who you are. You live in it whatever your colour, whatever your religion, whatever your race. You live in it and it does not try to ostracize you or show any difference as to what you are. And this is the meaning of Kamhlaba.” And from then on the school was known as Waterford Kamhlaba. Our diversity also extends beyond the socio-political one to economic diversity. For instance, we want students who qualify academically to be able to attend regardless of their ability to pay, and this is achieved through our scholarship programme. At the end of the day, this diversity must contribute to uniting people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. This is who we are; this is what we are about – and it is the essence of a UWC education.

 

Staffing Changes and Welcome

In last week’s edition we announced new staff members and those that have taken up new positions. We inadvertently left out Ms Lyla Berman who has joined our pastoral team as the school social worker. She trained as a social worker in Australia at the University of New South Wales where she completed a combined degree in Social Work and Sociology. At Waterford she works with students from Form 1 to IB2 individually and in groups providing psycho social support, case management and advocacy so that students can achieve academic and social success. As a social worker, Lyla is concerned about the different systems that surround students including their family, the school and their wider communities; providing a link between these areas of life and assisting in transition and adjustment as students move between them. She will be working very closely with Carla Cabrita, the school counselor. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the counseling program, please feel free to contact her on lyla.berman@waterford.sz or Carla on carla.cabrita@waterford.sz. You can also call them on +268 7817 9898.

 

Capitol Caterers: Thank you

On Tuesday our catering partner, Capitol Caterers, donated crockery to us as a contribution to the 2018 Phoenix Fund campaign. As I mentioned to the students and staff in assembly on Wednesday, this is a lovely example of giving back. Please join me as I pass a word of thanks to Capitol Caterers for such a generous donation.

 

Strike and Protest Action in Eswatini

Early in the week I wrote to parents and staff about the industrial action by Eswatini’s public sector unions and the obvious concerns this raises. I reiterate that at all times as a school we act in the best interest of our students and staff; safety is our number one priority given that we have day-students who use buses to and from school. Waterford has been open throughout the industrial action period and the strike did not impact on us as a school. We have been monitoring the situation very closely and updating both parents and staff about it. Today was the last day of the strike and Waterford has not been directly affected by it. There have also been reports of another industrial action next week. Again, we will give updates as and when the need arises.

 

Tomorrow is Public Holiday in Eswatini

As I reported last week, tomorrow has been declared a public holiday in Eswatini to enable the nation to vote. Consequently, school will be closed. The form 5 and IB2 examinations that were scheduled for tomorrow will be moved as follows: All Form 5 exams scheduled for Friday September 21st will now be written on Tuesday, September 25th and they will return to class on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018. The IB2 exams scheduled for Friday, September 21st, 2018 will now be written on Monday, September 24th, 2018 and they will return to class on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but after a number of consultations with both staff, governors and others, it was decided this was the best course to follow.

 

Updated 2017 IBDP Results

We have uploaded on the school website our updated 2017 IBDP results since the completion of rewrites and remarks. You may have a look.

 

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of the year when people gather together to celebrate with family, friends, and express their appreciation and love for one another.  For Waterford alumni studying in the US, it can be a time of increased homesickness, as campuses become empty and deserted places with classmates and roommates returning home.  Our Advancement office would like to extend the spirit of Thanksgiving to this group of students by inviting Waterford alumni and parents, living in the US to open up their homes and welcome one or two guests, who are young alumni in university or college in the area, to come and enjoy this year's Thanksgiving with their friends and family. Should you be interested or know someone who would be interested in hosting these students please send an email to  Lwazi at alumni.engagement@waterford.sz or sign up here.

 

Party

We have become aware today that there is a party being held at Maguga Dam or thereabouts tomorrow night to which many of our senior students are intending to go. Such events are often occasions for excess and poor decision making especially for students in the midst of examinations like our IB2’s. We are reminding parents to exercise caution in giving permission for this exeat. Our particular concern in this instance is the transport arrangements as at night the road the Pigg’s Peak can be quite hazardous. Please remember that the school is not responsible for students who have exeated correctly from residence and that there is no Waterford supervision of any sort at events like this. One again, I urge parents to exercise caution.

 

University Visits

Yale-NUS is visiting Waterford and they will make a presentation tonight at Emhlabeni residence, starting at 18:30 pm. Parents are invited to participate.

 

Sporting Activities

Athletics: This weekend the school hosts the inter-school athletics. AISJ and AISM will be visiting to participate. We will hold a 5K fun run to close out the weekend at 8:00am on Sunday and we encourage family and friends to attend.  We wish our students the best of luck.

 

Connectivity

We have faced some connectivity issues today and it seems to be on and off, so if you do not receive this newsletter on Thursday, please accept my apologies.

 

Reminder of important dates

        Sunday 28th October – PSA Golf Day

        Friday 9th November – Form 5 Graduation

        Saturday 17th November – IB2 Graduation

 

Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at principal@waterford.szIf the question is of broad interest, I will publish the question (with the permission of the writer and without the name) and my reply in the newsletter.

 

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry

Principal

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