Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 31/2019

18 October, 2019

Mid-term Break

This week was eventful in many ways. We started off with a University Fair in which we had over 19 schools and colleges from 7 countries participating. The visiting colleges were here to exhibit and answer questions from our IBDP students, as well as other students from eSwatini based schools. The fair gave an opportunity for students to ask about the various degree programme options at the different colleges. It really felt good to see the students in high spirits, engaging with the representatives from the universities. I would like to thank the Admissions department for putting together such a great event that benefited hundreds of students who have already started to explore various career options.

Another highlight of the week was an invitation to our IB2 Marimba Group to perform at the official launch of the FINCORP building and Hilton Garden Inn that was graced by His Majesty King Mswati III in Ezulwini, eSwatini. During Wednesday’s assembly, one of the members of the group, Lindani Khoza, mentioned that none of us would have thought the group will one day perform at such a prestigious platform when it was started few years ago! I congratulate the students for the work they have done in making this marimba group to be what it has become.

As we start the last mid-term break of this year, I encourage students to use this time to recharge and to review the subjects they might be struggling with before the final exams begin; they can study as they rest. As I always mention, I request parents to allow the students some time to sleep, read, eat and to sleep again. Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a good mid-term break. The school will re-open on Wednesday with an assembly.

 

World Teachers’ Day

I have a repeated “dripping tap” message to all in our school concerning respect for others, and that is to remember to continually use three words whenever possible, “please”, thank-you” and “hello”. These are very simple and yet important lessons for our young people.

Two weeks ago, we recognised World Teachers’ Day. The message below was sent by the Superintendent of one of the Police districts in Karachi, India. Although it is two weeks since we marked World Teachers’ Day, I could not resist including it:

“Teachers are builders of a nation and deserve utmost respect and appreciation. None of us could reach anywhere in our life without the selfless efforts of our teachers. In every civilized society, teachers are given special attention and honorable treatment. Therefore, it is hereby directed that all Police Officers of District Central from police constables up to senior ranks shall salute when they meet any teacher.  Whenever a teacher arrives at a police station they shall be given top priority and must not be kept waiting and their issues be resolved immediately as per law. In case of a petty violation on the streets by a teacher, they must politely be cautioned and let go with respect.

These directions be read out to all officials in daily briefing and roll calls. The supervisory officers shall ensure the compliance in letter and spirit.”

What a wonderful way of saying thank-you to our teachers. Let’s salute all those in this most amazing and important profession.

 

Erratum

It seems my proof-readers and I missed a mistake in my email to the community earlier this week concerning the DC incidents. The incidents involved form 4 and 5 and IB1 students, not IB2s. My apologies to the IB2s. Nevertheless, I still want you to be careful and make responsible choices this weekend!

I have also had a number of parents write and thank me for the letter. I do hope I have acknowledged all who have written.

 

Call for Nominations to the Governing Council of Waterford Kamhlaba

Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA is looking for candidates to fill vacant positions on the Governing Council (GC). We are looking for people who have experience in Education (Secondary & High), Marketing & Fundraising, Entrepreneurship, Wellness & Pastoral Care or have an International Profile.
If you are someone or know someone who would be suitable, please send an email titled “NOMINATION FOR GC MEMBERSHIP” to 
chairman@waterford.sz with the following details:

1.       The nominee’s full name, contact number and email address.

2.       A justification (maximum 200 words) of:

(a) why the nominated candidate would be a good addition (given the criteria specified)
(b) what expertise nominated candidate shall bring to the GC.

The deadline for nominations will be Sunday, 20th October 2019.

 

University Visits

Next week Wednesday we will have Case Western University on campus. The presentation will take place at Emhlabeni residence, starting at 6:30 pm. Parents are also invited.

 

From the PSA

Golf Day:

It is the final count down to the PSA’s Annual Golf Day with 1 week to go. We are appealing to all parents/guardians to please donate a prize for the Golf Day. This is the biggest fundraising event for the PSA of which the proceeds go towards improving the school and hostel experience of our students, including teaching and learning. Since mid-term break has started, we kindly ask those who would like to donate a prize to please give it to the students when they come back from mid-term break.

Graduation Outfits:

The school and the PSA help the graduating students with outfits, shoes, jewelry and make up to make their graduating day extra special. Please go through your wardrobes and draws over the midterm break and if you have anything to donate, it would be greatly appreciated and put to a hugely beneficial cause. Thank you again for your kind contributions to this.

 

Absence

In the next few weeks both Dr. Mills (chairperson of the Governing Council) and I will be travelling, first to the opening of our new UWC school in Tanzania and then to various governance meetings at Atlantic College in Wales. Our sincerest apologies to the PSA for missing the Golf Day, a most important day in the calendar of the school. Mr. King will be in charge whilst I am away.

 

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

Stephen Lowry

Principal

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