Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 29/2018

5 October, 2018

Welcome Shelby and Gale Davis

I am excited to announce a special visit by Shelby and Gale Davis, two long-standing and passionate friends of the UWC movement. They will arrive on Waterford campus this Sunday afternoon and will be here the whole day on Monday 8th October. During their stay they will get to interact with students, staff, parents and alumni. On Monday afternoon at 2pm there will be a question and answer session inside the school’s assembly hall where all are invited. There will also be a music concert on Monday evening starting at 18:45 at the amphitheater. Parents are invited to attend the concert. This visit gives us an opportunity to thank Mr Shelby Davis for his support to Waterford and the entire UWC movement. The Davises will finally leave on Tuesday morning.  Please join me as I welcome them to Waterford.

Form 5’s

Wednesday marked the last teaching day for the Form 5 students before their final IGCSE exams. We wished them well at a special braai where they were able to relax and socialize before these exams begin. We encourage the Form 5’s to prepare well for these very important exams and we thank their teachers for all of their hard work in preparing the students.

 

IB2 In-house Leavers

Last Saturday, 29th September 2018, the IBs had a great in-house leavers’ event which took place inside the school dining hall. Read more.

 

SRC Social

The SRC is hosting a social tomorrow starting at 7pm and ending at 10:00pm for the juniors and 11:00pm for the seniors. The event will be held in the school CCLD and is incorporated into the Americas week. As usual, the school will offer transport for day students from the regular stop in town at 6:00pm, one way only. Parents are requested to pick up their children at the end of the event.  Please be on time to pick your children up.  

 

Community Service

This weekend we will be visiting Mpaka Refugee Camp. This is always a wonderful opportunity for students to reflect on what it means to be a Waterford and also a UWC student. It is both humbling and rewarding to visit the residents of the camp.  An IB2 student, Ella Rockart, has captured some of the stories of the men and women living in the camp on a blog worked on with the permission of each of the residents. Here she writes about a young man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

“This is a life you never expected to lead. You are learning English and trying to find work. You hope that strangers will remember your story and you struggle to comprehend your grief and what you have lost. In your mind there is a place to come back to, your little girl with beads in her hair and your wife laughing. Too much loss, too much grief for one man to live on. You are a refugee and you have been waiting for God or the United Nations or anyone to remember that you have not always been a refugee.”

If you would like to read more stories about the lives of the residents of Mpaka Refugee Camp click here to see the blog.

 

On Wednesday this week we were able to donate 66 units of blood to the Swaziland National Blood Transfusion Service and we thank our students and staff for volunteering to do this. On Thursday morning in the rain our IB 1 class set off on their weekly Community Service Projects, visiting 9 different projects off campus and several more groups working at school.

As we involve ourselves in many different service projects each week we see that we are dealing with issues of social injustice in many forms. As a UWC community we uphold the value of compassion and service as we strive to make ourselves aware of the issues around us as well as helping where we can. It is this spirit of working for social justice that binds us all together at Waterford and throughout the UWC movement and we must remember as Margaret Mead said,

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

 

Form 5 Parents

The IBDP Selection Committee met this week to consider the reapplications for IB and reviewed all applications. Those students who reapplied will receive an email asking them to collect a decision letter from Mr. Storer when they are ready. A small number of students who were initially accepted will also receive an email asking them to collect a letter in the light of their mock results. Any parents who have questions about the IB or alternative study paths are more than welcome to contact Mr. Storer at careers@waterford.sz

 

Assembly is on Monday

Our weekly assembly will take place on Monday 8th October 2018 instead of Wednesday in order to accommodate our visit by Mr Shelby Davis. Mr Davis will address the students and staff at this assembly.

 

School Fees - URGENT

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.

 

From the PSA

Waterford’s Parents-Staff Association (PSA) is hosting its annual Golf Day at Nkonyeni Golf Estate on Sunday October 29th. We would appreciate any form of sponsorship from our parents by:

·         Playing a X4ball golf on the day

·         Sponsoring a Tee or a Green 

·         A momentary amount of your choosing

·         Prizes for the day

 

Sporting Activities

Basketball: Tomorrow our U16 boys and girls will be travelling to Enjabulweni for a tournament. We wish our players the best of luck.

 

Reminder of important dates

        Thursday 18th October - Parent’s Evening by invitation – 16:30

        Thursday 18th October – Form 3 IGCSE subject choice presentations – 16:30

        Thursday 18th October – Form 2 parents meeting – Nyatsela

        Thursday 18 October – Form 4 meeting for IB

        Friday 19th October to Tuesday 23rd October- Mid-Term Break, inclusive

        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

Principal

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