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Newsletter 28/2018

28 September, 2018

Peace is the Cornerstone of UWC

Each year the world celebrates International Day of Peace and this day is observed around the world on 21st September. The United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. In line with this, and as part of the global community, our students led a successful International Peace Day commemoration this past Wednesday, in assembly. It was exciting to be part of a student-led assembly in which there were songs, poems and speeches around the theme of peace. The highlight of the day was the messages written on ribbons which were later pinned up on the fence by all our students. The messages were varied, ranging from, “Peace is everything”, “We call for peace in the world”, “silence does not mean peace”, to numerous others. It feels good to be part of a community comprised of such amazing students who are thought leaders and committed to the ideals of peace. This moment captured the essence of what UWC is about: making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Please join me as I emphasize our students’ call for a more peaceful world.



I regret to inform you that Mr Luchi Balarin, husband to one of our retired Governing Council members, Marjorie Balarin passed away after a short illness on Saturday the 22nd of September at the Mbabane Clinic.  Marjorie served with distinction on our Governing Council for many years, retiring in 2014. There will be a memorial service at the Mbabane Chapel at 14:00hrs tomorrow. Please join me as I extend our condolences to the family.


Science Fair Tomorrow

We are happy to invite you to attend the Science Fair taking place in the school’s CCLD at 9 am tomorrow, Saturday the 29th of September 2018. Waterford students and students from other schools will be showcasing their talent in the Science field. We encourage you to come, support and encourage the participants who have been preparing for quite a long time.


Financial Times Subscription

The Financial Times (FT) has offered free subscriptions to our students. The FT is giving free access to FT.com for all secondary schools, colleges and academies, in partnership with MUFG Bank. This is an opportunity for our students to get news with a global perspective that can enrich their education and help them prepare for successful careers. In addition to free access to FT.com, students in this programme receive a weekly email from the FT education editor, sharing FT journalism that is relevant to the curriculum. I encourage our students to take advantage of this opportunity and get their FT.com access set up for the new academic year.


The UWC Global Video Ambassadors

The UWC international office has extended the deadline for the UWC Global Video Ambassadors programme to the 30th of September. Our students who have good camera skills and an eye for moving images are requested to participate in the UWC Global Video Ambassadors competition.

Competition themes:

Record a video on one of these themes:

- Inspire Change

- An Event at your School

- Present your College - to someone who’s never heard of it

- Who is your Roommate?

Technical Requirements:

- Videos should be under 1 minute

- Minimum 720p in size (1280x720)

- MP4

- Landscape

Selection of video ambassadors:

Students interested in becoming video ambassadors are asked to submit their videos via this Google Form by 30th September 2018. The selection panel reserves the right to not designate video ambassadors for a UWC school/college if the submitted material does not meet basic video and audio quality standards. Each student may submit up to 5 videos. A maximum of 2 ambassadors for UWC school/college will be designated.


UWC Global Video Ambassadors will be announced in the following week. If you have a question please send an email to GlobalVideoAmbassadors@uwc.org


School Fees

As you know by now, our school accounts close at the end of October. Kindly ensure all fees are paid by or before then. I wish to remind all parents/guardians that reports will not be released if fees are not cleared by this date. I also remind parents of the Form 5 and IB students that their child/children could be excluded from the graduation ceremony and any other function pertinent to those forms. We will also withhold any access codes for results and university application assistance could be withheld. If you have any queries please contact Mbongeni Mkoko:  bursar@waterford.sz (tel: +268 24221807) or Tricia Fraser: pfraser@waterford.sz (tel: +268 24221639). Your cooperation and assistance in this is appreciated.


Last week the library issued slips to the form 5’s and IB2’s indicating outstanding books according to the library records. I ask parents to please encourage their children to take this notice seriously as the books will be charged to their accounts on Monday the 1st October 2018, unless the books have been returned or renewed. Should there be any queries please contact the school library.


University Visits

Next week Monday and Wednesday the school will be visited by Northwestern and Minerva Universities respectively. Both presentations will take place at Emhlabeni residence; starting at 18:30 pm. Parents are invited to participate.


Sporting Activities

Athletics: Waterford came first in the International Inter-school Athletics competition that was held on the Waterford campus on Saturday, 22nd September. Congratulations to our team. Read more.  

Basketball: Our under 14 and 16 teams left for International School of South Africa (ISSA) today and they will be back on Monday.

Hockey: Our under 14 and 16 teams left for Ermelo, South Africa, this morning and they will be back on Sunday.

Volleyball: Our volleyball teams will have a tournament at Sisekelo in Big Bend this weekend.

We wish our teams the best of luck.


Reminder of important dates

        Sunday 28th October – PSA Golf Day

        Friday 9th November – Form 5 Graduation – 15:00 start

        Saturday 17th November – IB2 Graduation – 17:30 start


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.


Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry


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