The Wellness Program at Waterford Kamhlaba seeks to empower students to make healthy choices through educational activities, strong relationships with adults and ultimately appealing to you as young adults to think and discuss before you act.
Who Can Help?
Your Tutor Teacher: Your tutor is the first ‘official’ point of contact for you, as a student. The tutor teacher aims to find a balance between supporting and challenging you – roughly comparable to the nature of a parental relationship. Your tutor will hopefully get to know you as an individual student, establish rapport with you, offer you help and support where necessary. In addition, your tutor teacher may also have to admonish you and take disciplinary action if and when necessary. There is a specially timetabled slot where the tutor group meets weekly.
The Residence Staff: The staff who work in the residence are there to offer you support. There will always be at least one staff member on duty and the Heads and Deputy Heads of the residences will play a very important part in your life at Waterford Kamhlaba if you are a boarder. Please communicate with the residential staff – seek them out if you feel unwell or are unhappy. Remember that it is always better to ask if you are unsure of what you are allowed to do or not allowed to do! Residential life can be challenging and you will need adult support from time to time.
The School Nurse: The school nurse, Nomvula Mavuso, is the first port of call for any physical healthcare related concern. As a registered healthcare professional, the nurse is able to provide basic primary healthcare, including psychiatric care, and make decisions regarding referral to external In addition to the daily service that is offered on campus by Sister Nomvula Mavuso, a doctor visits campus once a week and bookings can be made to see her. Various doctors at the Mbabane Clinic are available to see students at other times. All bookings and queries for medical assistance must be made through Sister Nomvula.
The School Psychologist: The school psychologist, Carla Cabrita, is a trained professional, who is well-equipped to provide individual and group therapy across the lifespan. Her focus is on optimising functioning in terms of human development, and in areas of learning. This can include certain physical challenges, psychiatric, mood, anxiety, relational difficulties and more.
The Peer Supporters: This is a specially selected team of IB1 students. These students are selected to run from midway through their IB1 year, to midway through their IB2 year. These students are allocated an age group (except for a few students who are allocated all the day students, regardless of age) which will fall under their care. This care is intended to be proactive (in the form of weekly meetings with their groups, where games/activities/workshops may be offered) and responsive, where they provide a safe place should any of their allocated students wish to have some face-time.