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Newsletter 04/2020

14 February, 2020

CoronaVirus – Mid-term break travel (Repeat)

Please note the following concerning travel arrangements for the forthcoming mid-term break:

  • Please do not make plans to travel to the Far East or South-East Asia. If you do travel to these regions, we will require a two-week quarantine on your return to southern Africa before returning to school.
  • If you are travelling to any other destination, especially through a major travel hub (which would include most international airports in Africa and elsewhere), please consult your home countries’ travel advisories concerning such travel. They will be much better placed to advise about the suitability of such travel. Please do this homework before you make school transport bookings through our on-line booking system.

We are aware that travel bans may affect the availability of accommodation for your child over the mid-term break or holiday period and would like to remind you that we do offer accommodation at an extra cost for those who might need it for whatever reason.

Looking Back at 1990!

Tuesday 11th February 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison after 27 years for challenging South Africa’s apartheid regime.  To commemorate this moment, there was a series of events throughout South Africa and in other parts of the continent this past week. Mandela’s release from prison was the start of a new era, not only for South Africa but for the African continent and the world because it meant the beginning of an end to the apartheid system whose policies led to the founding of our school. Waterford Kamhlaba is closely linked to this moment in history because the school was established in clear and expressed opposition to the South African apartheid regime and its laws of racial segregation. The school played a significant role in the struggle for racial equality, including educating the children of Nelson Mandela, Zindziswa (WK 72 – 76) and Zenani (WK 71 – 75) as well as his grandson Mandla (WK 88 – 92). In unity with the rest of the world, we look back at that historic moment with a view to influencing positive change on current social injustice issues in the world. In a post-apartheid era, Waterford has sustained its early vision to educate exceptional students regardless of race, religion or financial background.

 Spreading Love on Campus!

It was a real pleasure to see the exchange and spread of love on campus today as everybody walked around either carrying gifts or communicating messages of love to their fellow peers. During assembly on Wednesday Ms. Nxumalo and Mr. Bradshaw rendered a splendid musical performance and recited a poem about love. The message was about the importance of giving love and appreciating those around us. It is crucial that our children grow up in an environment of peace, love and understanding, where people live together in harmony. We just completed the Great Kindness Challenge Week, and I can feel that our community is committed to advancing a culture of love and kindness on campus and the broader community. This is what we stand for as a UWC; it resonates well with our values.   

IB2 Mocktail Party

Last week Friday the Advancement Office organized the annual IB2 mocktail event. The main purpose of the event is to celebrate the IB journey and to introduce the students to the Alumni Relations function of the Advancement Office. Through Alumni Relations, students and alumni have access to a variety of resources such as support for university and beyond. It was a wonderful evening and the students enjoyed the spirit of the evening. I thank the organizers of the event as well as the IB2 students for their participation. Read more

Traffic Light Party

The annual "Traffic Light” party at House on Fire takes place today and, as I mentioned last week, we are aware that some of our students are planning to attend. It is important that young people have an opportunity for some relaxation and fun with friends, but we want them to be safe at the same time. Providing the necessary boundaries usually enables parents, students, and the school to meet both objectives: safe and fun. It is important to note that as a school we are not in a position to endorse the event and are not responsible for students who attend. Events like this are occasions for excess and we remind parents to be particularly vigilant, especially concerning alcohol. We are particularly careful about exeat requests for this event for our boarders and encourage parents to be 100% happy with the exeat request their child may be making.

Pick and Pay Bus Stop

The Management of Pick and Pay Mbabane have appealed to us to address the students about the litter they are leaving lying around at the pick-up point near their store. Hostel heads will address the boarding students, we ask that parents address the day students in this regard.  We risk losing the privilege of using this very convenient area for drop off’s and pick up’s. This is a rather embarrassing situation, in remembering who we are as a UWC, let’s take action.   

School Fees

I wish to bring it to the attention of parents/guardians who are responsible for school fees that mid-term is fast approaching and fees should be settled as soon as possible. Our financial policy states that fees are to be paid at the start of each term. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to call the bursar on +268 2422 0866, email bursar@waterford.sz  or Tricia Fraser on +268 24221639, email tricia.fraser@waterford.sz . Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Mid Term 1 2020 Travel Links are Now Open

The travel links to book school transport to and from Johannesburg, Maputo and King Mswati III International Airport for the Mid-Term 1 break are now open for students. To book school transport, students need click the relevant link and fill the Google form. Please note that the links below have been posted around campus on notice boards and in residences. They are also on the school website and on the intranet and will be included in the weekly newsletter. The travel links will close on Monday 17th February, 2020 at 18h00.

Transport To and From Johannesburg

  • The buses depart Waterford on Friday 28th February 2020 at 6.00 am and 6.30 respectively
  • Arrive at OR Tambo at 12.30pm  and 13.30pm respectively at the OR Tambo Airport Bus Terminal behind Intercontinental Hotel
  • Buses return from OR Tambo on Tuesday 3rd March, 2020 at 12 noon and 2pm respectively departing from Park station, Eastgate and OR Tambo’s Bus Terminal behind Intercontinental Hotel

Transport To and From Maputo

  • Departs Waterford on Friday 28th February 2020  at 7am
  • Arrives in central Maputo at mid-afternoon (Traffic dependent)
  • Returns on Tuesday 3rd March, 2020 departing Maputo International      School at 12 noon

Transport To and From King Mswati III International Airport   

  • School transport will leave from the Main Gate at least 45min – 1hr before the shuttle departs from Mbabane
  • Airport shuttle departs Mbabane at 5am, 8am, 11am and 2pm
  • Students should take shuttle from the airport to Mbabane. A school van will pick students up from Mbabane.

For your reference the term calendar dates can be found here.

Reminder of important dates

●        Friday 28th February 2020 - Half Term: bus departs WK for JHB at 06.15

●        Tuesday 3rd March 2020 - Half Term: bus departs OR Tambo, JHB at 14:00

●        Saturday 4th April 2020 – UWC Day (Compulsory school day)

●        Wednesday 8th April 2020 – School closes

●        Thursday 9th April 2020 - WK bus departs for JHB at 06:15

●        Saturday 14th November – IB Graduation

Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to send an email to principal@waterford.szIf the question is of broad interest, it will be published (with the permission of the writer and without the name) in the newsletter. Parents are also encouraged to be in touch with their child’s tutor or residential head for any matters about which they may be concerned.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry

Principal

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