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Newsletter 04/2019

15 February, 2019

Traffic Light party

Some of our students are planning to attend the "Traffic Light” party at House on Fire this weekend. It is important our young people have an opportunity for some relaxation and fun with friends but we do want them to be safe at the same time. Providing the necessary boundaries usually enables parents, students and school to meet both objectives: safe fun. It is important to note that as a school we are not in 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 our Boarders and encourage parents to be 100% happy with the exeat request their child may be making.

 

Inter-house Athletics

On Tuesday we held our inter-house athletics. It was heartwarming to see our community including students, staff and parents come together to make the day the success that it was. Stern house came first, followed by Henderson and Guedes respectively.  I congratulate Stern house on their achievement, especially after their long drought! I also congratulate all the participants. As we all know, we are not driven by competition at Waterford when it comes to sports, it is the participation and the bonds we make that are more important. Read more

 

Nyatsela camp-out

The first Nyatsela camp-out, in preparation for the 21-day walk in July, was a great success last weekend. The Form 3s gathered at 16h30 on Friday and were assigned to their groups, which was a milestone event. The students were shown how to put up their tents, and they got to set them up in their groups before going to supper. Read more

 

Swim for Waterford Kamhlaba

Waterford alumnus Chris Stapley (WK 82-86) together with his wife Polly Stapley, who is a teacher here at WK, will swim across Lake Malawi, a distance of approximately 25 kilometers, on 20 -26th April 2019 to raise funds for Waterford Kamhlaba’s Community Service Projects. Their goal is to raise E100 000. Chris says, “The school is involved with over 60 different community services. These projects have a profound effect on many lives and communities; a very worthy cause.” Please join me in thanking the Stapley family for such a kind and generous gesture in support of Waterford. I ask parents to please support this initiative. Read more about it, including how to make a contribution.

 

SRC Social

The SRC will host a social on Friday February 22, starting at 7:00pm. There will be a bus for the day students departing town at 6:00pm. Please take special note that day students must be collected from school by parents and guardians as follows: Form 1 to 3, by 10:00pm the latest and Form 4 to IB2 by 11:00pm the latest. There will be no bus taking day students home at the end of the social.

 

Fees

Our new school year is underway and we wish to remind parents of the importance of ensuring Term 1 fees are cleared as soon as possible. We are approaching mid-term, and by now, at least half the term fees should be paid, for those who are on a payment plan. Our statements are emailed on a monthly basis. If you are not receiving your statements, please contact our Accounts Office to update your address.

Please note that we depend on parents paying fees promptly to ensure that we are operating efficiently. Kindly refer to our Debtors Policy on the website should you require more information.

Your assistance in punctual settlement is appreciated. Please contact the bursar at bursar@waterford.sz (24220866) or Tricia Fraser: pfraser@waterford.sz (24221639) if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Mid Term 1 Travel links

The travel links to book school transport to and from Johannesburg, Maputo or King Mswati III Airport, during the Term 1 mid-term break are now open. To book school transport, please click the relevant link and fill in the Google form. Please note that the links below are on the school website and on the intranet. The travel links will close on Friday 22nd February, 2019 at 16.00 pm.

Transport To and From Johannesburg:

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 1 March 2019 at 6.15 am  and 6.30am

·         Arrives at OR Tambo at 12.30pm  and 13.30pm respectively

·         Returns from OR Tambo on Tuesday 5th Mach 2019 at 2pm

Transport To and From Maputo:

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 1 March 2019 at 7.00 am 

·         Arrives in Central Maputo at mid-afternoon (Traffic dependent)

·         Returns from OR Tambo on Tuesday 5th Mach 2019, Departing MIS at 12 noon

Transport To and From King Mswati III (SIKHUPE) Airport

·         The early morning shuttle departs Waterford at 4.30am. School transport will leave from the Main Gate at least 45min – 1hr before the shuttle departs from Mbabane

·         Airport shuttle depart Mbabane at 5am, 8am, 11am and 2pm

·         On return the shuttle will drop college students directly at Waterford.

 

Entrance Testing for 2020

Testing will be held on campus on Saturday March 9th and 16th at 8am. Ms. Martha Dlamini is taking bookings – martha.dlamini@waterford.sz . Please do register siblings in good time, and help us spread the word through your networks: relatives, friends and colleagues. We know that our current parents are amongst our strongest advocates, and we appreciate your support in this regard very much. Regional Entrance Testing will take place as normal in May and June as set out at www.waterford.sz

 

Revised Calendar

You may find the revised term 1 calendar on the school website.

 

Sporting Activities

Basketball: Tomorrow our girls’ basketball team is participating in a tournament on Waterford campus.

Soccer and Volleyball: Our soccer and volleyball teams are travelling to U-Tech in Big Bend tomorrow for the U-Tech sports bonanza. We wish our teams the best of luck.

 

Reminder of important dates

        Wednesday 27th February - Interschool Athletics

        Friday 1st March - Half Term: bus departs WK for JHB at 06.15

        Tuesday 5th March - Half Term: bus departs OR Tambo, JHB at 14:00

        Saturday 9th March – Entrance Testing for Lower Forms and IBDP (on WK campus)  – for 2020 Entry

        Saturday 16th March – Entrance Testing for Lower Forms Only (on WK campus) – for 2020 entry

        Saturday 6th April – UWC Day

        Wednesday 17th April – School closes

        Thursday 18th April - WK bus departs for JHB at 06:15

        Saturday 18th May – Regional Entrance Testing in Dar es Salaam, Gaborone, Harare & Nairobi

        Saturday 8th June Regional Entrance Testing in Maputo

        Friday June 21st to 22nd – 24 hour run fundraiser

        Sunday 27th October – PSA Golf Day

        Saturday 23rd November – IB2 Graduation

 

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.

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

© Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA 2019

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