Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 33/2019

1 November, 2019

Campus Activities

There is a great deal of activity that takes place on the Waterford campus in a term with Term 3, in particular, being exceptionally busy for our community. Our IB1 students finished their exams today, and the IB2s start their final exams on Monday; the F4s left for their Survivor trip this morning, and will return tomorrow; and the F2s have a History trip to Lobamba eSwatini on Tuesday. Furthermore, in two weeks we will hold the F5 graduation ceremony on November 15th, and the IB graduation will be shortly after, on November 23rd. There are other activities taking place that are not on the calendar as events but are, nevertheless, integral to the success of the term; soon our teachers will be busy with assessments and end of year reports our residential team will be working on logistics around students’ travels and holiday plans; and our administrative and support staff will continue to work silently in the background to make sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. It is always heartwarming to see how well the members of our WK community support one another, thus enabling us all to work towards the mission of UWC and to promote the values that underpin it in our quest to educate and be educated. This sense of community and inter-dependence is at the core of who we are.

 

Students Supporting One Another

I thought I should share a great initiative led by some of our IBDP students   to advise the Form 3s about subject choices for Form 4. The IBDP students had a meeting with the Form 3s in which they discussed different subject choices and the possible implications for IB. The senior students spent some time with the younger students, sharing their experiences and insights. What I liked the most about this, was seeing the older students recognising the importance of building relationships with the younger students and recognising that they had something of value to offer. The Form 3s were delighted to hear from those who had “been in their shoes” not too long ago.

 

Community Service News 

The IB2 and Form 5 students have completed their Community Service programs and are now focusing on their exams, while the Form 1-3 and IB1 students continue with their weekly Community Service projects. The IB1 students are currently completing their CAS Projects; this is part of their IBDP requirements for CAS. The projects range from creating recycled plastic crotchet bags, organising house sporting competitions, to fundraising activities for various Community Service projects.

With a few weeks left, the Form 4 students will have their final CAS Day on November 14th, in which they will make Christmas shoe boxes for children who would not normally receive anything at Christmas. These boxes will be filled with little gifts like toothbrushes, items of clothing, a toy  - just little things we take for granted but which are not the reality for so many children in our country. If you would like to contribute to the boxes, please contact our CAS Coordinator Mrs Fiona Mills at communityservice@waterford.sz All help will be greatly appreciated. The boxes will be given out in 5 different rural areas of eSwatini. 

Form 1 will be involved in CAS week at the end of term which will involve various activities associated with creativity, activity and service.

Additional Community Service activities in Term 3 to date have included a trip to the Mpaka Refugee Camp where the volunteering students worked in the garden and helped in the library. They also played games with the children who live in the camp.  Next week, Saturday November 9th, we will be hosting students from St Joseph’s School on our campus. It will be a morning of games and activities followed by lunch. This is a voluntary sign-up and all students are welcome to join.

 

The PSA Successful Golf Day tournament

The Parent-Staff Association (PSA) held another successful Annual Golf Day tournament at Nkonyeni Golf Estate, eSwatini, on Sunday 27th October 2019. Thank you to the PSA, sponsors, golfers and all who supported the event. It is a pleasure to see the increased support for this tournament and congratulations to this years’ winners from FNB. Thank you to the PSA members who worked tirelessly to make this happen. As always, your contributions to the College are hugely appreciated.

 

Form 5 Graduation

The Form 5 graduation is taking place in just two weeks time! It will be held on Friday November 15th in the Michael Stern Hall on campus, starting at 15h00. A separate letter will be sent to Form 5 parents. Please note that should you require more than your 2 allotted seats, your child must negotiate this with friends whose parents will not attend. Please make sure to do so to avoid disappointment on the day. Space is limited so it is important that you make the necessary arrangements instead of just arriving and hoping for the best.

 

IB2 Graduation

The school’s IBDP Class of 2019 graduation ceremony is scheduled for Saturday 23rd November 2019, starting at 17h30 at Esibayeni Lodge. Esibayeni Lodge is located near the Matsapha International Airport, off the main Mbabane highway. This year’s graduating class is a cohort of 117 students, representing 42 nationalities. The event will include presentation of certificates, speeches and a variety of musical and dance performances. The ceremony will be followed by dinner served around 19h30 and entertainment by students. Further information about the graduation events will be provided in the coming weeks.

 

Extra Lessons

Please may I call your attention to the following points in the school’s General Information Brochure (GIB):

 

  1. The College as a rule does not support the employment of external tutors to give extra lessons to our students. There are very few local teachers with the necessary experience and knowledge of either the IGCSE or IB to provide assistance with these courses. Experience has taught us that students who rely on extra lessons often do far worse than they might have done had they made the required effort in class and/or asked for assistance from their own teachers.
  2. It is recognized that parents, guardians and student may wish to employ external tutors anyway. Any such arrangements for boarders must be made in writing with the Head of Residence.
  3. Any external tutor will need to comply with the provisions of the College Safeguarding policy.

 It should not be necessary for any student to require extra lessons in any subject or even for external assessments such as the SATs. If you are concerned that your child is not getting the support he or she needs, please contact the teacher, the Head of the Department or the Deputy Principal: Academic to discuss this further.

 

Fees

Our financial books closed at the end of October and we wish to notify parents that a confirmation letter is being sent to those with outstanding fees, stating that students who are owing may not return next year and should thus start looking for alternative schools. In addition, no reports will be issued to those with outstanding balance.

Furthermore, Form 5 and IB2 students with outstanding fees will not be permitted to attend Graduation and will not receive access codes for results or be given any assistance with their university applications. It may seem that we are very hard to set these kinds of parameters but the truth is that we cannot function without the school fees which are relied on for so much including staff salaries. Please make sure that you have met your agreed obligations and settled all outstanding accounts with us.

 

Reminder of important dates

        Friday 15th November – Form 5 Graduation

        Thursday 21st November – Higher Life Foundation-WK 10th Anniversary event

        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) 

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