Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 15/2019

31 May, 2019

Far Beyond the Classroom!

Last week I mentioned to you the various student-led events that will be held on campus this term: 24-Hour Run Fundraiser, UWC Africa Week, Visual Arts Exhibition, Nyatsela 21-day walk and eSwatini Careers Fair. While Waterford provides a challenging academic programme offering the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the school also offers dynamic and transformational learning programmes that help to develop our students into inquiring, caring, open-minded, reflective, and resilient students with the capacity to provide future leadership for Africa and the world. Through an education that encourages service and experiential learning, Waterford Kamhlaba provides an opportunity for our students to do far more than the academic programme and develop essential skills. This is who we are and this is an outstanding and unique feature of our education! Check out more details on the “Education” tab on the home page of our website.

 

Nyatsela Updates by Mrs. Lowry

I was recently part of a team of 14 staff members and volunteers who spent 21 days trialing the Nyatsela walk. It was an exhilarating experience. We realized that the 21-day Nyatsela walk can be achieved, and it promises to be a brilliant experience for the Form 3s,what we have always hoped it would be.

The challenge of walking was significant, and we all became fitter than we had been, but we all agreed that the Form 3s are up for the challenge and will all manage it. The rafting activity was found to be far too demanding, and some modifications have been put in place to make it a manageable, enjoyable experience.

We were touched by the hospitality of all our hosts and guides. The variety of types of accommodation were very interesting and taught us a lot about eSwatini’s culture, beauty and people. We stayed in 5 schools, 2 royal kraals – imiphakatsi, 2 lodges, 3 campsites, 5 bush camps and 3 homesteads. Each of these offered different comforts and challenges, but the challenges were minor and the rewards were delightful.

We were reassured that our safety never felt threatened, either by the environment or by the people we encountered.

The experience effectively helped our group to bond, although there were undoubtedly moments of irritation or disagreement along the way, this was to be expected. However, we came to understand each other better, and we were aware of how much we relied on each other; how much each of us sacrificed for the good of the group, and how each one of us offered certain strengths (a sense of humour, a willingness to carry more or to wash dirty pots, a clarity of direction, generosity, an easy-going manner or invaluable knowledge of experience). All this, combined with our united experience and sense of achievement, created a powerful bond which has endured beyond the walk.

All in all, the “Dress Rehearsal” was a great success, showing that our concerns were realistic but manageable, and letting us glimpse the enormous potential for education, enjoyment, growth and adventure which Nyatsela will offer to the Form 3s.

 

Principal’s First Term Report

The first term report has been published on the school website. Please have a look.

 

University Visits

Our university visits continue in the following week. Next Wednesday we will welcome Colorado College and on Thursday we have Pomona, Swarthmore and Williams. All presentations start at 7pm at Emhlabeni residence. Parents are also invited.

 

IB Karaoke Night

Tomorrow evening the school’s Advancement Office will be hosting an IB Karaoke night to celebrate our IB through music, dance and poetry and get them to be entertained. We are aware of the demanding IB Diploma programme and we thought our IB students need a moment to take a breath and recharge for the evening. The event will take place in the school’s Centre for Creative Learning and Development (CCLD), starting at 18:30.

 

24 Hour Run

The 24 Hour Run fundraiser is around the corner – it takes place in three weeks’ time! 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. 

 

Merchandise: Repeat

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.

 

Sporting Activities

Hockey: Tomorrow our under 14 boys and girls will be participating in a tournament on Waterford campus. We wish them 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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