Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 27/2019

23 September, 2019

This week both Mr. Lowry and Mr. King are away and it is my privilege to share with you the school news of the week. Our exams students are in the final stretch and they are close to completing their mocks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers who set and mark the exams, and the rest of community who have been mindful to keep the areas around the MP Hall quiet, while our students complete their exams.


Working for Peace

Tomorrow is International Day of Peace, a day that is observed around the world each year on 21st September. This day reminds us of our shared commitment to peace above all differences as we contribute to building a culture of peace in the Kingdom of eSwatini, Africa and beyond. The UWC movement stands to use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. When Waterford joined the UWC movement in 1981 we brought with us a deep conviction that social justice is essential to this mission and we continue to infuse social justice into all our learning opportunities – inside the classroom, on the sports field, through our extensive community service programme and in our daily interactions with one another as we strive to promote peace.

Recent events of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) have threatened peace in our communities and across the border in South Africa. In response to this, our student body decided to organize a Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday evening to commemorate the victims of Gender-Based Violence in southern Africa, and more broadly, the world. Our students are taking the initiative to open up space for conversations about this topic and through these activities they are contributing, in their own ways, towards global peace.

The annual BraveGirl Camp run by our IB2 students is another example of how much WK students are willing to work for peace and understanding among genders. Reflecting on this year’s camp, the organizers said:

“Women Empowerment leads to peace and harmony in society. Also, once women have a voice, society becomes more sustainable. Peace and sustainability are at the core of the UWC movement and that is why we see ourselves playing a role in the fulfillment of the UWC mission.”

We are proud of such activities led by our students, especially their contribution to social justice issues such as the fight against GBV, because they contribute to greater understanding, respect and, as such, to our mission of  peace in the world. We are committed to preparing students for leadership in Africa and beyond and, when they organize such events, we are inspired and feel hopeful that the future is in the hands of these young people. We join the rest of the world in commemorating International Day of Peace.


The Impact of BraveGirl!

The school’s Public Relations Officer had an in-depth interview with the Heads of our 2019 BraveGirl Camp, Phumelele, Maru, Gloriana and Abdullahi (all in IB2), in which they discussed a number of things, including the significance of the camp, and how it contributes to women empowerment in the local community. The students revealed how this initiative was expanding opportunities for young girls in the Kingdom of eSwatini. They shared how participants in this year’s camp had the chance to shadow women in positions of influence at local companies.  Read more about what they had to say.  


Eco Warriors at Waterford     

Eco Warriors is a community service group of students working on environmental sustainability, which has started to set up a paper-making station, which will be permanently located next to T4 prep room at Ekukhuleni hostel. This station will consist of work stations where paper is shredded, blended and placed on drying racks. The main aim of the station is to recycle the vast amount of paper waste the school generates. Another aim is to create a work space where students and teachers can go at any time to make paper and contribute to our recycling initiative.  It will be a great place to take students to learn about sustainability while having fun.


Campus in Action!

Today, Mr Storer’s Form 2 Class organized a mini-climate change protest on campus and it was wonderful to see the passion and enthusiasm of our younger students and their commitment to taking action in whatever way they can. These students reminded us that we are all responsible for finding a way to make the difference, however small. Doing nothing is simply not an option.


IBDP Visual Arts Exam Exhibition

Everyone is invited to the IBDP Visual Arts Exam Exhibition on Sunday 6th Oct 6.30-8.30pm at the Sheila & Richard Attenborough Fine Arts Centre on campus.


From the PSA

The PSA is happy to announce that all 4balls have been booked for the Annual Golf Day. The event will take place on the 27th of October at Nkonyeni Golf Estate.  There are still Tees and Greens available for advertising and we welcome donations of any prizes from parents and friends. We would appreciate the donation of a special prize for our raffle. Please contact Wendy Green-Thompson wendygreenthompson@gmail.com

In the PSA meeting this week, the committee of 2019-2020 was voted for and the following has been decided:

·         Chairperson- Bridget Farrell

·         Vice Chairperson- Donovan King 

·         Secretary- Fiona Millin

·         Treasurer- Yael Uzan-Tidhar

The PSA also discussed the school's actions on safeguarding and advocacy against Gender Based Violence at school and around eSwatini in general.  Our members participated in the consultative forum involving staff, students, alumni and governors as well as in the Candlelight Vigil this week. We encourage our fellow parents and guardians to take part in the different initiatives. Together we can make it better.

Students, parents and guardians are asked to help if any student is left alone after the bus drop; please assist and make sure they can make their way home safely. 

For any general concerns you would like to raise with the PSA, please email Bridget Farrell psachairperson@waterford.sz (Please be advised that for personal issues we should all follow the WK Grievance Procedure).


Sporting Activities

St Peters: Yesterday a number of our sports and arts teams left for St Peters in Johannesburg, South Africa. They will be back on Sunday. We wish all our teams the best of luck.


Reminder of important dates

        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 send an email to principal@waterford.sz. If the question is of broad interest, it will be published (with the permission of the writer and without the name) 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

Joanne de Koning (Deputy Principal: Academic)

On behalf of the Principal

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