Bill Brown Visit
This past weekend we hosted US philanthropist, Mr Bill Brown who partially funded the construction of the school dining hall. Mr Brown was hosted by local members of the Governing Council and School management team on Saturday evening. On Sunday he visited some of our community service projects before being treated to some local dancing at the Cultural Village. In the afternoon Mr Brown together with his son-in-law, John Reppas had the school choir and Marimba band perform for them and then participated in an open forum in the school assembly hall, attended by students, staff and some parents. On Monday before their departure, Bill and John attended some classes and had a tour of the school. It was our pleasure to host them and we are happy to see that Mr Brown still keeps Waterford close to his heart.
Homo Sapien eARTh
Yesterday evening the Homo Sapien group held their final event in the CCLD with art and performances related to the environment. By all accounts the Homo Sapien activities over the past week were a great success and we applaud the student organisers on their hard work and attention to detail.
Today, the IB1 and some of the IB2 students are taking part in a large-scale simulation of the Paris COP Climate Change Conference. This exciting project was implemented in association with Alliance Francaise, the European Union country office, Swaziland Ministry of Tourism and Environment as well as the United Nations Development Programme. Students are working in teams representing 24 countries, undertaking international negotiations throughout the day to determine global adaptation to climate change. This has been a very exciting event and we will have more in next week’s newsletter for you.
The PSA meets every first Monday of the month to discuss issues in which management seeks parents’ advice. Through the PSA, parents also get an opportunity to raise general concerns of the school community. Through the Annual Golf Day the PSA raised funds to improve the learning experience at the school and further contributed ZAR 35,000 to the Student Financial Assistance Fund and are hoping to be able to give more support next year. We advise that the AGM that was supposed to be held this week is now postponed to the parents evening of the 2nd term.
Parents who would like to join the committee can email Yael at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who do not wish to take part in the meeting but are happy to help when needed, please also send Yael an email.
Last weekend, Link group and the SRC collaborated to bring the student body Late Night Lounge. Almost like a poetry café, the CCLD was filled with beautiful song and poem performances served with a side of fresh homemade iced tea while everybody sat on cushions and watched the performances on a small stage lit up by fairy lights. The atmosphere was a very warm one as the songs and poems were based on the theme of love. Be it from our friends, our family or our significant others, it was very clear that love is something the we should all give and receive as it is a kind of subliminal basic need. Thank you to all the performers, Link Group and SRC members and the great audience which came out to support.
It is only six weeks until UWC Day, which will be held on Saturday 8th of April. This is an annual event where we celebrate our diversity as a school. Link group is reaching out to the students to please bring their national dress back to school with them when they return from mid-term break. We want you to wear your culture with pride and boast your UWC spirit! Those who have flags are encouraged to bring them as we would like to make this year’s UWC day very colorful. Thank you.
We have had a few changes to our term calendar and thought it worthy to attach an amended version. This amended version can be found on our website as well. I would like to bring to your attention specifically the Love Matters programme for Form 4’s that was scheduled for March 1st to 4th. This has been postponed until March 15th. It will run from the afternoon of the 15th to the 18th. A letter to Form 4 parents will be sent out in due course with more details.
Inter-house swimming Gala: Due to the wet weather experienced this week, the Inter House Gala was postponed to Wednesday the 8th of March 2017. We look forward to seeing you all on the 8th of March at 10am to watch the Inter House Gala (weather permitting!)
St Johns College Basketball tournament: Our under 19 boys’ basketball team will travel to Johannesburg today to participate in a tournament at St Johns College. The tournament will take place from 23-27 February 2017.
George Quality Soccer: Students and their family members are invited to the George Quality Soccer (GQS) midterm camp. The camp will take place from Friday 24th February to Monday 27th February 2017 from 08:30 am – 10:30 am at Waterford. Those interested should call Coach George on + 268 7628 0491.
Reminder: Important dates
• 24 February – 28 February (inclusive) Mid-term
• 11 March – Entrance Testing for the Forms and IB
• 18 March – Entrance Testing for the Forms only
• 8 April – UWC Day
• 13 April – School closes, buses depart for Johannesburg
• 13 May – Regional Entrance Testing (Details to follow)
• 10 June – Entrance testing in Maputo
We wish all of our students, staff and families a good break over mid-term. Please remember to bring traditional clothing, recipes, flags and any other items that will add to our UWC Day celebrations back to school with you. We wish everyone safe travels.
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