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Newsletter 08/2019

15 March, 2019

Sustainability and Education at Waterford

As a community we learn so much about the world around us because of the various global causes our students are interested in. During assembly this week, students reminded us of the value of a Waterford education when they shared and invited us to join them in discussion and action, to do our part in ensuring a sustainable future. Environmental activism is a key component of a UWC education, and through our students’ efforts, Waterford will be participating in the global Youth Climate Strike  campaign, which calls for young people everywhere to challenge our leaders to act on climate change. I am proud that our students are joining this global youth protest movement.

At Waterford we strive to be a leader in sustainability education and practices. Our commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected in the various community service projects and school wide initiatives such as renewable energy generation, energy metering and monitoring, recycling of waste and permaculture gardens, which provide space for community learning and demonstrate a circular economy of food.

 

New member of staff

Ms. Zoe Hamel has joined us in the Maths Department. Ms. Hamel is from France, and has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. She studied both in France and the USA, where she developed a passion for organic farming. She has recently been teaching Maths in Senegal and South Africa. She is a keen cyclist and sportswoman, and showed her metal at this week’s Gala in which she participated, swimming in the ladder relay for Guedes. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Hamel to Waterford. We know that our whole community will make her feel at home in no time at all.

 

New reporting System

Our new reporting system has been two-years in design and we are excited to be implementing it this year. Please have a look at the new system and its procedures on the website. The implementation of this system means that no formal reports will be issued at the end of Term 1. The first formal reports will be issued in June 2019.

 

Updating ADAM

ADAM is our school’s data base and administration system. All communications are sent out via ADAM. If your contact details change please inform Ms Martha Dlamini: martha.dlamini@waterford.sz  so that you will continue to receive communications from the school. If you hear of people wondering why they are no longer receiving communications from the school, please ask them to update their contact details.

 

International Women’s Day at Waterford

I would like to thank our students and staff who organised to commemorate International Women's Day here on the Waterford campus last week Friday. Students marched on campus to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations. Through the march, the students highlighted issues such as equal rights and equal pay for women. There was also the first ever Women’s Week Art Gallery on campus, focusing on the topic “What does it mean to be a woman?” The art gallery involved a display of very beautiful art pieces around the theme.

 

Inter-house Swimming Gala

On Wednesday we held the inter-house swimming gala. It was exciting to feel the energy and see the enthusiasm with which students and staff delivered this great event. I would like to thank the organizers for a job well done and congratulate the winners for the day - Guedes. As I do so, it is important to note that at Waterford we have a policy that promotes participation as opposed to competition when it comes to sports. We encourage our students to participate in sports as part of the process of learning and overall development without putting themselves under pressure to compete with others. Once again, thank you for the event. You can read more on our website.

 

From the Link Group: UWC Day

UWC day is coming up on Saturday the 6thApril. As you may know, this event is one of Waterford’s primary celebrations of our varied and diverse cultures, with the whole day dedicated to showcasing all of our nationalities in terms of food, dress and the arts. Naturally, it is a compulsory school day and we expect attendance from our entire student body. Please begin preparing any pieces you wish to perform, dishes you would like to serve and outfits you would like to wear. Parents and guardians, alumni and friends of Waterford are invited to join us in celebrating the vast diversity of Waterford and UWC. See you there!

 

Entrance Testing for 2020

Thank you to those who helped us to have a successful testing day last week Saturday.  Our second day of testing continues on campus tomorrow starting at 08:00 am. 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 here.

 

Job Opportunities at UWC International

UWC International has made an announcement for vacant positions of Engagement and Outreach Coordinator and Director of Finance at the international office.

 

Sporting Activities

Chess: Our chess team will travel to Bahai for a tournament tomorrow.

Rugby: Waterford’s rugby team will participate in a tournament on campus tomorrow.

Soccer: Our U-14 and U-18 girls teams will participate in a soccer tournament at Usuthu tomorrow.

We wish our teams the best of luck.

 

Reminder of important dates

        13th – 17th March - IBDP Visual Arts Trip to Johannesburg

        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

        Friday July 19th to Thursday August 8th – Nyatsela

        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.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.

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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