Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 14/2019

24 May, 2019

Welcome Back

At the end of the first term I made a special request to parents to ensure that our students get sufficient rest during the holidays. I reiterated what I always say, that it is important to give our children enough time to recharge through sleeping, reading and eating. In this regard, it was satisfying to see our students looking energetic and excited during assembly on the first day of school; they looked refreshed and well rested. I thank parents for heeding my plea, the second term can be demanding, and the students will need this renewed energy. We have a number of events happening this term which include: the 24 Hour Run Fundraiser, UWC Africa Week, Visual Arts Exhibition, Nyatsela 21-day walk and eSwatini Careers Fair. I remind parents that many of these are student-led events and that our children organize them with very minimal supervision. I encourage parents to participate as and when you can – the best way to have a sense of what is happening at school.

This week I welcomed the students to term 2 with a message on making choices. I challenged them to make a choice to smile rather than to frown; to compliment someone rather than criticize; to praise rather than to condemn; to help rather than to ridicule and to be optimistic rather than pessimistic.

 

New Staff

This term we welcome new members of staff who have joined the Waterford community. Please join me as I welcome the following staff members:

·         Dr.Paul Belcher has come to help us in the Mathematics department replacing Dr. Munier until the permanent replacement arrives in July.

·         Mr Frederick Louis is an intern from Saarland in Germany.

·         Mrs. Judy Boycott is helping with Science in the Junior School.

·         Ms. Nsika Dube-Mintjens is joining the Community Service department as a Commserve assistant.

·         Ms Elizabeth  Cummergen has been appointed the  new IBDP Coordinator, taking over from Mrs Sindhu Clark when she leaves at the end of the term.

·         Ms Nondimiso Mkhabela is an alum who is with us as a volunteer.

·         Dr Nomfundo Howard is a volunteer doctor and alum who will be working with the school nurse at the clinic until her placement.

 

We would also like to congratulate Dr. Selena Rathwell who successfully defended her doctoral thesis in the last week of last term.

 

Condolences

Yesterday we heard the news that Mduduzi Nkambule’s (IT technician) six – year old daughter Nomthandazo passed away during the course of the day. We express our condolences to Mr Nkambule and the entire family during this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

 

MTN Bushfire Festival Weekend

Today marks the start of the MTN Bushfire festival weekend. This is eSwatini’s internationally acclaimed three-day music, theatre, poetry, dance and visual arts festival. I would like parents to note that festivals of this nature can be occasions for excessive behaviour, especially regarding the use of alcohol and illicit substances. The school does reserve the right to act if necessary to ensure the safety of the students and integrity of our school. In order to assist, we have compiled a document that you can find on our website. This is a guide to “Staying safe at MTN Bushfire". In case of emergencies, students can call Mr King at +268 7602 1565 or Mr. Wekesa at +268 7602 6891.

 

Merchandise

The school has nicely branded material merchandise such as warm hoodies, t-shirts and caps available for sale at our reception.  I have been made aware that some parents and students would like to have the option of buying the school merchandise using the student accounts. We have therefore considered this option and parents can do so by contacting the bursar at: bursar@waterford.sz  (+268 24220866). Once the bursar receives the email from a parent giving such permission for a student to take an item, the student will be allowed to use the account. Please note that this facility will only be allowed to those whose accounts are in good standing.

 

Thank you Chris and Polly Stapley

Please join me as I express thanks to Waterford alumnus Chris Stapley (UK, WK 82-86) and his wife Polly Stapley, who is an English teacher here at Waterford, for their kind and generous contribution to the school. Last month the Stapley family swam across Lake Malawi in order to raise funds for the school's Community Service Projects. I also thank the organizations and individuals that contributed to this fundraiser.  According to a statement released by the swimmers, they flew into Lilongwe, Malawi with the goal of swimming the 24km across Lake Malawi from Makanjila Point to Senga Bay. Read more on our website. Our CAS programme is an essential component of our curricula and we are deeply grateful to all those who help us to keep it funded.

 

Admissions for 2020

Thank you to all the parents who continue to support our student recruitment events – especially those of you who were involved this past weekend in Gaborone, Harare, Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi. The last round of regional entrance testing is on Saturday June 8th in Maputo and we are still assessing applicants on campus from across the border until then. Once again, we look set for healthy enrolment in 2020.

 

University visits

A number of colleges are planning to visit Waterford campus this term. On Monday evening we host Earlham College at 7pm in Emhlabeni and on Wednesday evening we have St. Lawrence University. Parents are more than welcome to attend.

 

Form 4 Geography Trip

Form 4 Geography students will be away on an educational trip to Sabie, in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa next week Monday to Wednesday (27th – 29th May 2019). They will be travelling with Ms. Chandler and Ms. King.

 

24 Hour Run

The Waterford community, including alumni, is invited to participate in this year’s 24 Hour Run which will start on Friday 21st June at 1500 hrs and end on Saturday 22nd June at 1500 hrs. This is an exciting event through which we raise funds for our Community Service projects. It is an opportunity to connect with the rest of the community over good food and music on campus. Alums who are interested in participating can join the Facebook group here or email: alumni.engagement@waterford.sz  You can participate by making a donation to the alumni team (minimum donation necessary is E200.00). You can bring a friend, partner or children too. 

 

Second Term Calendar and Menu

The second term calendar and menu have been uploaded on the school website. Please have a look.

 

Sporting Activities

Basketball: The school’s under 14 girls’ basketball team will participate in a tournament at Usutu high school, eSwatini, this Saturday 25th May 2019.

Soccer: Our under 14 and under 16 boys’ soccer teams are travelling to Enjabulweni high school in Manzini, eSwatini, for a tournament.

We wish our teams the best of luck.         

                                                                                                                                                

Reminder of important dates

        Saturday 8th June Regional Entrance Testing in Maputo

        Friday June 21st to 22nd – 24 Hour Run fundraiser

        Friday June 28th Half Term begins

        Tuesday July 2nd – Half Term ends

        Saturday July 6th to 14th – UWC Africa Week

        Friday July 12th – Visual Arts Exhibition   

        Friday July 19th to Thursday August 8th – Nyatsela

        Wednesday July 24th – Eswatini Careers Fair

        Friday August 9th – School closes: bus departs for Johannesburg at 06:15

        Sunday September 8th – All residences open after lunch: Bus departs OR Tambo Airport at 1400 hrs.

        Tuesday September 10th – School opens

        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

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