Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 35/2017

10 November, 2017

Congratulations to Our Graduating Students

The school is in a graduation mood; form 5 graduation ceremony is here – taking place this afternoon in the school assembly hall, followed by dinner at Sibane hotel for all the form 5s and their teachers. IB graduation takes place next weekend. As we might all be aware, graduation is a much revered ritual in educational institutions all over the world, therefore we need to help create a memorable experience for our graduating students; make the time to meet with them and congratulate them for the achievement. For high school students, graduation is the beginning of their journey to self-discovery as they unravel what it is that they really want out of life in college and elsewhere. It therefore marks a significant accomplishment to so many people. When a student graduates, it signifies the move from a previous form of being to a more grown-up individual. It also helps students remember the things accomplished in the past, as well as helping them to look forward to the future. Please join me in congratulating and supporting our graduating students.

IB Graduation Ceremony

The IB2 Graduation Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 18th of November at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha, starting at 5:30 pm. The event will include presentation of certificates, musical performances and speeches. Tickets can be purchased from the Bursar’s Office, between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on working days. The price is E400.00 per ticket, payable by cash or card only. Please note that tickets will not be charged to the account.

The event’s programme has been uploaded on the school website. Please click here for details.

The Graduation Events letter, which has more logistical details on the graduation ceremony, can also be found on the website. Click here to read it.

Graduation Policy (After Parties)

I urge our parents to read and become familiar with our Graduation event policy. Although we are not involved in any way whatsoever, the school is aware of after parties that are usually organized by students during this time. I want to make it very clear that Waterford will not be part of these after party celebrations and that no Waterford staff will be in attendance. At the end of the official graduation ceremony, transport will be available for students who are returning to hostel. The policy can be found on our website. Please click here to read it.

Staff Professional Development

In line with our staff development policy which is linked to the school improvement plan, Friday 24th November is a professional development day at Waterford, and this will start at 09:00 and end at 16:00. Staff development is vital for the future of any school. Professional development helps our staff continue to not only be competent in their profession, but also excel in it. At Waterford, this is an ongoing process and we continue to actively pursue professional development to ensure that knowledge and skills stay relevant and up to date for the staff. The school professional development day will involve a guest speaker, Mark Turpin who will facilitate a workshop on Authentic Leadership.

Mark is an Organisational Development Consultant, Coach and Lecturer with over 30 years management experience around the world. He has worked with a wide range of companies and NGOs in the public and private sectors, including Barclays, KLM / Air France, Vodacom, Adcock Ingram, and Oxfam. Mark lectures on programmes at the Wits Business School, focusing on leadership, knowledge management and organisational dynamics. He brings an appreciative approach to create dynamic learning scenarios, and coaches executives and senior teams on transformational journeys. He has an MBA (Wits Business School), an MSc (London University) and is a certified leadership coach.

Fees

We are fast approaching the end of the term and wish to remind all parents that by now all fees should have been settled. As frequently mentioned, our books close at the end of October, however we do still have some outstanding fees which need to be in before the end of the term. I wish to re-iterate that we do not carry arrears forward from one year into the next. Any outstanding fees could result in your child being withdrawn for the New Year. Please note that once a student is removed from our register you will need to go through the process of applying for admission again and we cannot guarantee that we would have an available place for him/her. Reports, result access passwords and university assistance could also be withheld until all fees have been settled.

Please contact the Bursar bursar@waterford.sz (24221807) or Tricia Fraser pfraser@waterford.sz (24221639) if you have any questions.

Fees – Scholarship Students

Please will parents whose child has been a scholarship recipient for 2017 pay fees due before 17th November. Scholarships for 2018 will not be granted unless fees are cleared. If your child has been on a scholarship and you did not receive a renewal letter for 2018 please contact the Bursar’s Office. For any queries please contact the Bursar bursar@waterford.sz (24221807) or Tricia Fraser pfraser@waterford.sz (tel. 24221639)

BraveGirl Project Report 2017

A while back I reported about the incredible work of our BraveGirl project team, including the workshop that they put together in August this year. The final BraveGirl project report is out and can be found on our website. Please click here to read the report.

GoMakeADifference UWC Initiative

The GoMakeADifference UWC initiative has invited applications for the 2018 grant. GoMakeADifference is a grant scheme for UWC students to deliver projects that present personal challenge, initiative and commitment; as well as leave an enduring benefit for communities anywhere in the world. In 16 years, hundreds of students have delivered 80 projects in 40 countries. Thousands of lives have been touched and UWC students are making a difference. Our students are encouraged to apply for the 2018 grant. Closing date for application is 31st January 2018. To apply, please click here.

Sporting Activities

Swimming and Soccer: Next weekend our swimming and soccer teams travel to the American International School of Johannesburg and American International School of Mozambique respectively.

Reminder: Important dates

• 18th November – IB2 Graduation

• 23rd November – Last day of classes

• 24th November – School Closes, buses depart for Johannesburg

Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at principal@waterford.sz If 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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