Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 17/2019

14 June, 2019

Day of the African Child

On June 16th South Africa celebrates Youth Day, a day that was also declared the Day of the African Child by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1991. On this day we honor the lives of the students who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976.  Events that triggered the uprising can be traced back to the policies of the Apartheid government that resulted in the introduction of the Bantu Education Act in 1953. When the language of Afrikaans was made compulsory as a medium of instruction in schools in 1974, South African students began mobilizing themselves and on 16th June 1976 thousands of students marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest against the government’s directive. On their pathway they were met by heavily armed police who fired teargas and later live ammunition on demonstrating students. This resulted in a widespread revolt that turned into an uprising against the government. While the uprising began in Soweto, it spread across the country and carried on until the following year. The uprising profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa.

This day is just as important to us as Waterford because our own history is linked to the South African liberation struggle for equality through education; the school was established in clear and expressed opposition to the South African Apartheid regime and its laws of racial segregation. Furthermore, Waterford played a significant role in the struggle for racial equality in the Southern Africa region, educating the children of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Desmond Tutu, Nobel prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer, the first President of Botswana Sir Seretse Khama, and the revolutionary leaders of Mozambique Samora Machel and Eduardo Mondlane. In a post-Apartheid era, Waterford has sustained its early vision to educate exceptional students regardless of race, religion or financial background. The school continues to nurture Africa’s future political, business, and civic leaders.

The struggle against apartheid might be over as South Africa boasts 25 years of democracy this year, but many people around the world continue to fight for equality and need our support. We were reminded of this during assembly this week, as students from our SAGA group led the assembly in commemoration of Pride Month. I would like to take this moment to remind our community of the second part of our name “Kamhlaba” which means “we are all of one earth”. At Waterford Kamhlaba we celebrate and welcome difference, and we honor the members of our LGTBQ+ community who remind us every day that “Love is love”.

 

Feedback from a Parent

This week I received an email from a parent. We appreciate and welcome feedback from parents, and I thought I should share the message in this week’s newsletter. I also thank the parents who continue to host our students whenever they go for sports trips.  

“It was a pleasure, like last year, to host 3 Waterford kids this year when they came for sports at Maputo International School over the weekend.  Glad they all had a great time in sports and socializing with friends and returned back to school safe and sound.”

 

24 Hour Run – Information

The 24 Hour Run starts at 3pm on Friday 21st June and finishes at 3pm on Saturday 22nd June. Due to this, the timetable will change in the following week, swapping Wednesday and Friday.  On Wednesday 19th June we will follow a full Friday timetable from 8am – 4 pm. On Friday the 21st June we will follow a normal Wednesday timetable, starting with assembly and tutor period and school will finish at 1pm. Lunch will then be served and the 24 Hour Run will start at 3pm. There will be no town run on Friday and the day scholar buses will run once on Friday afternoon leaving school at 4.30pm. Dinner on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday will be provided in the Cafeteria for all students participating in the 24 Hour Run. We would like to encourage Form 1-3 to eat dinner on Friday between 5.30p.m and 6.15 p.m. and Forms 4-IB 2 to eat dinner between 6.15p.m and 7.00 p.m. This will ease the pressure on the kitchen. Breakfast on Saturday will be served from 7.30a.m -8.30a.m for everyone.

Following the event on Saturday, buses will depart at 16.00 to stops in Mbabane and Ezulwini to take students home.

Day scholars should bring all they need including: sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and warm clothes to school on Friday.  They can leave their belongings in the Commserve room.

The day students will sleep in the following venues:

Form 1-3:  ‘A’ block- separate classrooms for boys and girls

Form 4-5 Boys:  Form 1 classrooms

Form 4-5 Girls: Assembly Hall

IB Students: Those who are running, walking or working during the night, will sleep in Emhlabeni and Elangeni Common Rooms. 

We are still accepting donations of cakes, biscuits, muffins or any other sweet or savoury treats for the 24 Hour Café. Please bring any donations to the Commserve room on Friday 21st.

 

SRC Elections

The school is in election mode. During assembly this week, Students Representative Council (SRC) candidates addressed the school as part of their election campaign. Each candidate was given 3 minutes to make a presentation and all presented exciting speeches. The SRC is an important aspect of governance and leadership at Waterford Kamhlaba; it is the highest level of student governance within the school. The SRC representatives’ duties include organizing school events, reporting student grievances to the school administration and providing a medium of communication between students and staff.

 

From Pride Week Team

June 12th marks the beginning of Pride Month and our SAGA students led the assembly in commemoration of the Stonewall riots. SAGA has organized a week of events for Pride; one event of the week is a talk that will involve adults, parents and guardians of our community. The talk will be led by a mother who just discovered that her son is gay. She will be speaking about her experiences, and then the floor will be opened to the attendees for questions and discussion. The talk is open to all who want to come, regardless of whether or not you have a child who identifies as LGBTQ+. The talk will be held on campus next Tuesday, June 18th, at 7:30pm in the school’s Centre for Creative Learning and Development (CCLD). We look forward to your attendance.

 

Fees

I wish to remind parents to make payments for any outstanding arrears with immediate effect. Parents are reminded that, according to our Financial Policy, fees should be paid at the start of each term. We do enter into payment plans; however the fees due must be settled in full within that term. Failure to do so will result in your child/children not being permitted to return to school. While we wish to have all students at school, we have no alternative other than not accepting them back until fees due are cleared. If you have any queries please contact The Bursar (24221807) bursar@waterford.sz, or Tricia Fraser (24221639) at pfraser@waterford.sz

 

University Visit

Next week Wednesday 19th June we are hosting New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). The presentation will be held at Emhlabeni residence; starting at 7pm. Parents are invited to participate.

 

Sporting Activities

Soccer: Our under 16 and under 20 girls’ soccer teams are travelling to Enjabulweni in Manzini, eSwatini, for a sports tournament tomorrow.

Volleyball: Our volleyball teams are participating in a tournament that will take place on Waterford campus tomorrow.

We wish our teams the best of luck.


Reminder of important dates

        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

        Friday 15th November – Form 5 Graduation

         

        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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