Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 22/2019

19 July, 2019

Nyatsela Starts!

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Today marks the inaugural first day of Nyatsela – an outdoor education programme in the form of a 21-day walk through the Kingdom of eSwatini for our Form 3 students at Waterford Kamhlaba. In my speech I used the above Irish Blessing quote in an effort to give the form 3s some emotional strength. It was a real pleasure to witness the school’s overwhelming sendoff for our form 3s this morning; we hope that our students will come back with great skills and self-reflection from this walk. You may have a look at some pictures during the sendoff assembly. This curriculum initiative aims to achieve educational objectives which are increasingly being recognized as crucial to learners of the 21st century, fostering attributes and skills such as resilience, problem-solving, resourcefulness, leadership, team-spirit, networking and consideration of the environment for a sustainable future. Nyatsela inculcates the UWC values of “respect for the environment”, “personal challenge” and “intercultural understanding”, and it operates out of the UWC guiding principle that “physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are integral to the balanced development of the whole person. Unhealthy lifestyles limit human potential and hinder progress in all dimensions of development.” Experiential learning helps lay the foundations for students to be resilient in the face of adversity and to establish solid coping mechanisms at a cellular level. I empathize with our students who are anxious about this adventure, but I am equally excited for them because at the end of this journey they will emerge with increased levels of self-confidence and self-efficacy and when they return, an infusion of this positive energy can only mean good things for our Kamhlaba community. Please join me in wishing our form 3s well as they embark on this journey. Nihambe kahle!

 

Early Departures and Late Arrivals:

There is a worrying trend developing, especially among the IBs, of parents and guardians requesting permission to take students out of school early before the end of the term or to send students back to school late at the start of the next term which indicates that parents and guardians may not appreciate that we teach to the very last day of a term and that we begin teaching on the very first day back at the start of a term. Our holidays are already extended to allow our students from far away to travel home for a substantial period of time. These extended holidays already place extra pressure on both teachers and students to ensure that all syllabi are completed, course requirements are met and students have time to manage their work effectively. Additional absences from school only add to student stress by compounding work and creating the need for perpetual “catch up” which is not healthy or sustainable. None of our academic courses is designed to be self-study. The classroom interaction and discussion are essential to the learning process.

Please note that we do not ever give permission for students to leave school before the end of an academic term nor do we give permission for students to arrive late at the start of an academic term. The onus must be on the parent or guardian for making such a decision and the school cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from such a decision. 

We respectfully ask parents and guardians not to entertain requests from their children to miss school, leave school early before the end of an academic term or return to school late at the start of an academic term. In addition, we sincerely request parents and guardians not to make arrangements that would necessitate the early departure or late arrival of their child at the start or beginning of school terms.

Dick and Enid Eyeington Tournament is on Monday

On Monday 22nd July 2019, we will host the 11th edition of the Dick and Enid Eyeington soccer tournament on campus. It is encouraging to see alumni, parents, students, governors, staff and friends of Waterford coming together to support this tournament which has grown tremendously over the years.

Dick and Enid Eyeington joined the Waterford family in 1971 as a Geography teacher and school nurse respectively. They worked at the school for the next 24 years, during which Dick became the Head of the Geography department, Deputy Headmaster and ultimately he was appointed the Headmaster in 1984. As Dick rose in the ranks, he continued to be an avid football player and coach. Enid was very involved in the community that Waterford is situated in. By 1993, Enid was counseling and educating those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and introducing home based care systems in Eswatini. Enid also led the school’s community service programme, an initiative that lies at the heart of the school today.

The 7 a-side football tournament is in the honour of these two brilliant souls who helped shape education and healthcare not only in Eswatini, but in multiple African countries as well. 

 

Careers Fair is on Wednesday

The 12th edition of our Annual Careers Fair which is a part of the Career Support Initiative (CSI) at Waterford will take place on Wednesday 24th July at Mavuso Sports Centre in eSwatini. The event starts at 13h00 and ends at 16h00. The Career Support Initiative is a community service project, organized by our IB2 students and financially supported by Old Mutual. The event brings together high school students from around eSwatini with the objective of helping them to access career information from a number of companies and organizations so that they are able to choose their career path from an informed position. It has grown in size over the years and now over 2000 high school students participate in the event in which many companies come to exhibit. This year, 90 organizations have confirmed participation. I encourage our parents, alumni and friends of the school to participate in this year’s annual Careers Fair. This is one event through which our students are making an impact in the local community of eSwatini.

 

Harvard UWC Impact study: Repeat

The UWC is reaching out to alumni regarding the Harvard UWC Impact study. All UWC school and college alumni from all generations (who studied the IB Diploma Programme or their A-Levels at UWC) are invited to take a 30-40 minute online survey about their UWC experience, reflecting on how UWC impacted their lives. We kindly request alumni, including parents who are alums, to participate. You can also help us in reaching out to alums to participate in this study. Please click here to access the link.

 

Fees

The school closes in three weeks (9th August 2019) for the end of the second term. I wish to remind parents that fees are to be paid in full by the 5th August 2019 to ensure that your child/children are not excluded from returning at the start of Term 3.  Exclusion letters will be sent for outstanding fees after the 5th August 2019.  Kindly be reminded that our policy states that all fees are to be paid in full at the start of each term. We are willing to enter into a payment plan with parents, however all fees must be cleared before the end of the term. We will not carry arrears forward into the next term.

 

2020 Fee Schedule

The fee schedule for 2020 has been uploaded on the school website. Please have a look.

 

Tin Bucket Drum Promo

During this year’s UWC Africa Week, Waterford Kamhlaba productions presented Tin Bucket Drum - Neil Coppen’s multiple-award winning play, directed by Mr. Benedict Clark and performed by Waterford Kamhlaba students. It was a great performance! We will soon be publishing a full video of the play. For now, please have a look at this promo.

 

Travel Links for the End of Term 2 are now open: Repeat

The travel links to book school transport to and from Johannesburg, Maputo, Lesotho and King Mswati III International Airport at the end of Term 2 and for the start of Term 3 are now open. To book school transport, please click the relevant link and fill out the Google form. Please note that the links below have been posted on the notice boards in residences and are on the school website and on the intranet. The travel links will close on Monday 22nd July, 2019 at 16.00 pm.

Transport To and From Johannesburg

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 9 August 2019 at 6.00 am and 6.30 respectively

·         Arrives at OR Tambo at 12.30pm  and 13.30pm respectively

·         Returns from the OR Tambo Bus Terminal on Sunday 8th September 2019 at 2pm.

 

Transport To and From Maputo

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 9th August 2019 at 7.00am

·         Arrives in central Maputo at mid-afternoon (Traffic dependent)

·         Returns on Sunday 8th September, 2019 departing MIS at 12 noon

 

Transport To and From Maseru

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 9th August at 6.00am

·         Returns from Maseru on Sunday 8th September, 2019 at 7.00am

·         School transport only provided at the end and beginning of terms

 

Transport To and From King Mswati III International Airport     

·         The early morning shuttle departs Waterford at 4.30am.

·         School transport will leave from the Main Gate at least 45min – 1hr before the shuttle departs from Mbabane

·         The Airport shuttle departs Mbabane at 5am, 8am, 11am and 2pm

·         On return the shuttle will drop college students directly at Mbabane and they will be picked up by school transport to Waterford.

·         The shuttle charges E70 from Waterford to King Mswati III International Airport per person.

 

Monday is a Public Holiday in eSwatini

Next week Monday 22nd July is a public holiday in eSwatini and there will be no classes at Waterford. Classes will resume on Tuesday 23rd July.

 

Parents-Staff Association (PSA)

The school’s PSA will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 9th August 2019. It will take place after the parents meeting and all parents are encouraged to attend.   During this meeting, the new PSA executive will be appointed and an updated constitution will be adopted. The final details will be communicated in the next few weeks.

 

Reminder of important dates

        Friday July 19th to Thursday August 8th – Nyatsela

        Wednesday July 24th – Eswatini Careers Fair

        Friday August 9th – Parents Morning at 09:15

        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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