Newsletter 19/2017

Mid-term Break

Research is increasingly showing that more and more students are not getting enough rest, which can have a negative impact on their health and grades. Studies have also shown that adequate rest is essential to feeling awake and alert, maintaining good health and working at peak performance. The best way to maximize performance is to both study and get a good rest. Therefore, as we begin the mid-term break, I appeal to parents and guardians to ensure that students get enough sleep and rest properly for the next few days. I wish our students and teaching staff a well-deserved rest during the mid-term break.

UWCSEA Chair Visit

The Chair of UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) Anna Lord, will be visiting Waterford on Wednesday the 28th June 2017. She will be accompanied by her 3 children. They will join the school assembly on the day, after which they will travel to Motshane to see Comserve sites which are supported by UWCSEA. We look forward to welcoming her to Waterford.

Europe Week

Yesterday marked the end of Europe Week 2017. The event kicked off with a bang last week. Our European students cooked up a storm with their lovely range of delicious foods. Students packed the dining hall to get a taste of the wonderfully baked foods that were on offer. Among other things, the organizers of Europe Week also organized a mock-Europa League with football clubs from all over Europe competing. Read more: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-06-19-europe-week-begins-with-a-bang

24 Hour Run

With the 24 hour run fast approaching, teams are now finishing their designs, ensuring that their sponsors are still available, coming up with their slogans, mascots and more. The plans for the fete aspect of the event are coming together, and a 24 hour café full of all the goodies you can think of will be available. There will be soup, hot chocolate, coffee and a fruit bar to ensure a healthy event. With “Buns of Glory” still in the lead and “Walking in Sauce” trailing up in second place, we urge parents, guardians, alumni, friends and sponsors to continue making generous contributions to the event and to the respective teams to ensure that we gain the most out of the event. Many thanks to those who continue to support and to sponsor the event. Kindly join us as we count down to the day – it is only 22 days to go! #caretorun. And remember all funds are used to fund our 50 or so Community Service projects at the school.

2018 calendar

The 2018 calendar is out and has been uploaded on the school website: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/2018-calendar.pdf.pagespeed.ce.Kt9-MB1v2C.pdf

Form 3 Aptitude tests

On Wednesday 28th June 2017, the Ministry of Labour will be conducting their annual aptitude tests with all Form 3 students at Waterford. Despite the word “tests” these are not designed to test ability or intelligence but rather to identify the strengths and interests of each student so that he or she can be better guided in terms of making subject and, ultimately, career choices. It is mandatory for all students registered in Swazi schools to be tested and so it is absolutely vital that all Form 3 students are at school on Wednesday. Students who miss the test at Waterford will have to be taken to another school at another time in order for the test to be conducted. The Ministry is very particular about this. The tests will be conducted in the course of the school day so there will be no disruptions to the start and end of the day and busses will run as normal. There is absolutely no need for any special preparation on the part of the student. We are very pleased to be able to partner with the Ministry of Labour in supporting our children to make informed choices about their education in the future.

IB1 Geography Field Trip to Durban, South Africa

The Geography Department will be taking the IB1 Geography students on a field trip to the Kwa Zulu Natal Coastline for their Internal Assessment coursework. This is in partial fulfilment of IB Diploma Geography course requirements. Fieldwork is an integral part of the IB Diploma Programme Geography course and Oceans and their Coastal Margins is one of our selected options. The coursework accounts for 25% of the final IB Diploma Geography grade. The dates of the visit are Wednesday 28thJune 2016 to Sunday 2nd July 2017. The cost of the trip is approximately E2300, including all meals, accommodation and transport. There is financial support for any student that may need it. Please feel free to contact Mr. Polycarp Wekesa at polycarp.wekesa@waterford.sz if you have any question(s). Students that require visas are always assisted by the school to acquire the visas to enter South Africa.

Phoenix Fund 2016 Update

Funds raised during the 2016 initiative were allocated to electronic noticeboards and solar lighting for campus. All three noticeboards have been installed. Two are operational and the third at the dining hall is currently having a radio link installed. The solar lighting for walkways is a combined project with maintenance staff and a community service project. All the components are currently being assembled with a view to beginning installation in the next few weeks.

10th Annual Swaziland Careers Fair

This term we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Swaziland Careers Fair – an initiative organized annually by the IB2 CSI community service team. The event has gone from strength to strength and this year we move to the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre to accommodate the growing numbers of delegates and students from across the country. We look forward to seeing many Waterford students and parents there on the afternoon of Wednesday 26th July 2017. If any parent would like to showcase their profession to interested students, then we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Mr. Storer via careers@wateford.sz

Professor Adam Habib Visit - Repeat

Next week Saturday 1st July 2017, the school will be visited by Professor Adam Habib, Vice-chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Johannesburg. During his visit to WK, he will speak on the topic: “A comment on current affairs in South Africa, Africa and beyond,” scheduled for 15:00 to 16:30 at the school’s assembly hall. Prof. Habib is a very engaging speaker and parents and alumni are very welcome to join us. For more information about Professor Habib and his visit to Waterford, go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/upcoming-events.php

Sporting Activities

The annual Dick Eyeington 7 a-side Tournament Returns!!

The 7 a-side soccer tournament will be held at Waterford Kamhlaba Campus Sports Field on 22nd July 2017, starting at 09:00. If you want to be a part of this festive event, sign your team up here: https://docs.google.com/a/waterford.sz/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfU3flQVkziWJNW8jTnBxz6tjlCfkiICuhSF69gN87lVAA2ig/viewform?usp=sf_link

Reminder: Important dates

● 1st July – Prof, Adam Habib visit, 15:00 in the Assembly Hall.

● 14th and 15th July – 24 Hour Run

● 22nd July – Dick Eyeington Soccer Tournament

● 26th July - Swaziland Careers Fair

● 10th November – Form 5 Graduation

● 18th 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.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry

Principal

Newsletter 18/2017

16 June 1976

Today we commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, when thousands of mainly secondary school students in Soweto decided to strike against learning half their subjects through the medium of Afrikaans, one of the two official languages in South Africa at the time. Hundreds were shot dead on that day and in subsequent weeks and months as the uprising spread to other parts of the country. Interestingly one of the first targets of the students after the police repression was to target other symbols of government oppression, including municipal beer halls, in which many of their parents spent their weekly wages on the weekends. Inspired by the ideology of Black Consciousness these young people sent a very clear message to both their parents and the Apartheid authorities of the day that they would not meekly accept racist oppression. They could do something about it. Soweto ‘76 was a turning point in South Africa’s march to freedom and a new non-racial dispensation.

The events of 1976 in South Africa had also affected Waterford, given our establishment as a non-racial school defying the racist ideology across the border in South Africa. Many of our families at the time were affected by those events as our students had family members back home that were in the thick of events as they unfolded. It was a poignant reminder of our cherished mission of providing a high quality education to all our students no matter their race, language or culture. Our best way of remembering those that died then and those that continue to die in the struggles for justice, peace and liberation in the world today, is to continue to live by our UWC values. The simplest way to remember how is to treat others the way we would want to be treated ourselves.

Condolences

Mr. Menzi Simelane: The school flag is flying at half-mast following the sudden demise of Mr. Menzi Simelane over the past weekend. As part of the Capitol Caterers team, Menzi has served in the school cafeteria for many years. We have no doubt that our community, including students, staff, parents and alumni will remember him as a welcoming and helpful person who interacted freely with everyone. His funeral will be on Sunday morning, 18th June at the family homestead in Mpolonjeni, Mbabane. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this most difficult time. The school will provide transport for those wanting to attend and the bus will leave the campus car park on Sunday morning at 04:00 am. The SRC is arranging sign-up sheets for the students. All those who want to contribute towards the funeral and other costs can contact Mrs Kate Doyle at 7602 6891 or email her at: kate.doyle@waterford.sz

Mr. John Walmsley: Waterford Kamhlaba has learnt with great sadness of the demise of Mr. John Walmsley, Principal at UWC Atlantic College from January 2012 to December 2016. John died peacefully at home on Wednesday 7th June, after a long struggle with cancer. We are with his family and friends during this painful moment.

Fees

Thank you to those of you who responded positively to my note in last week’s newsletter in this regard. We have had some a great response from many with payments and also many useful suggestions for improving our administration of the system of collections. Please always send the proof of payment to the Bursar at bursar@waterford.sz so that we may trace your payment. For queries regarding your statement please also email the Bursar.

Waterford Travel Links: Mid-Term 2 - 2017

Mid-term break starts next week. Please see the travel links below and kindly note that these links are for mid-term 2 only. Travel lists will be posted on Monday 19th June.

Transport To and From Johannesburg

https://goo.gl/forms/lSAfqT85aEgQo1mq1

Transport To and From Maputo

https://goo.gl/forms/dM9pvfZ0rxTgxmUX2

Transport To and From King Mswati III (SIKHUPE) Airport

https://goo.gl/forms/CbjoMVVvxPHgCAXA3

Young now Really

Tonight our Theatre students in their first year of IB will take the opportunity to create, with their teacher Benedict Clark, a piece of theatre that questions what it means to be real online. Please come and enjoy; it promises to be an exciting evening. Parents are more than welcome to this performance which starts at 7pm. For more information about it go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/upcoming-events.php

SRC Elections Results

Waterford’s 2017/18 SRC elections results were announced during the morning assembly on Wednesday 14thJune 2017. The Joint Presidents are Simon Lowry (IB1) and Bantfubetfu Dlamini (F4), while the Secretary / Treasurer is Fabio Cavaliere (IB1). The announcement of the results follows the elections which were held last week Wednesday 7th June 2017. We congratulate the new SRC and wish them well as they start a new term of office.

Congratulations BraveGirl Camp

I congratulate the BraveGirl Camp students whose project was presented with $4000 in Armenia. On the weekend 26th – 28th May 2017, two second-year IB students at Waterford Kamhlaba travelled to Yerevan, Armenia to make their submission for the Aurora Humanitarian Prize for UWC. Established by Aurora organization, the prize seeks to commemorate the Armenian genocide by encouraging modern acts of humanitarianism. The students were chosen to represent their project from a large pool of projects presented by the other 16 UWC schools around the world. The student co-founders of the BraveGirl organization, Ella Pang and Ike Njorge, presented their idea, entitled “BraveGirl Camp” to an esteemed panel of judges including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Leymah Gbowee and the former president of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo. For more information, click through the link below: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-06-15-bravegirl-to-empower-swazi-women

2018 Admissions

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents with children accepted for next year that the deposit deadline to secure the place is at the end of this month. Form 5 Parents who have children accepting their offer into the IBDP have until the end of July to pay the deposit to secure their place.

Parents Evening 22 June 2017 at 16.30

Parents and Guardians of all students are reminded of the Parents Evening next Thursday evening from 16.30 to 18:00. You are invited to come along to chat to your child’s teachers and tutor about any concerns you might have or just to touch base with respect to your child’s progress. The Phase Coordinators will make personal contact with the parents and guardians of those students about whom teachers have particular concerns to invite them to Parents Evening but all parents and guardians are welcome. Please note that our teachers will teach a full day on Thursday and will not see parents or guardians prior to 16.30. They also need a break before starting the consultations so please be patient. We particularly appreciate and value the partnership between teachers and parents/guardians in the education of each student.

Professor Adam Habib Visit - Repeat

On Saturday 1st July 2017, the school will be visited by Professor Adam Habib, Vice-chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Johannesburg. During his visit to WK, he will speak on the topic: “A comment on current affairs in South Africa, Africa and beyond,” scheduled for Saturday 1st July, from 15:00 – 16:30 at the school’s assembly hall. Prof. Parents are welcome to the discussion. For more information about Professor Habib and his visit to Waterford, go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/upcoming-events.php

Sporting Activities

Volleyball: On Saturday 10th June our U20 boys and girls volleyball teams travelled to Metropolitan for a one day tournament. For more information about the tournament, click through the link below: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-06-15-volleyball-tournament

International Soccer Tournament: Yesterday morning our U19 boys and girls soccer teams travelled to Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg for an international soccer tournament. They will return on Saturday 17th June.

Soccer Festival: Tomorrow our under 16 and under 20 girls’ soccer teams travel to Enjabulweni High School for a soccer festival.

Public Speaking: Tomorrow our public speaking teams travel to Mhlume High School for international public speaking finals.

Reminder: Important dates

● 22nd June – Parents Evening

● 22nd June – PSA AGM

● 1st July – Prof, Adam Habib visit, 15:00 in the Assembly Hall.

● 14th and 15th July – 24 Hour Run

● 26th July - Swaziland Careers Fair

● 10th November – Form 5 Graduation

● 18th 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.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry

Principal

Newsletter 17/2017

Urgent - School Fees

We are concerned at the increase in the number (and amounts owed) of outstanding fee payments. I would like to remind parents of their obligations in this regard. Financially, the school is very easy to understand:

• Almost 100% of our annual income comes from the payment of school fees, 75% by the parents of students and about 25% by donors that contribute to paying the fees of our scholarship students.

• The 25% from our donors is more or less guaranteed as we would not offer scholarships unless we had a donor to cover this investment.

• 64% of our income is needed to pay staff salaries and benefits.

Quite simply, if we don’t collect our fees we can’t pay the teachers. There simply is no other source of income. Our main challenge is collecting from a significant minority of our parents who default on payments. Some of them discuss this with us and make arrangements to pay, and although they struggle at some times of the year, we know they will meet their obligations. Others, however, have allowed their debt to increase to an unacceptable level. In these circumstances, we are left with no other choice but to cancel our Contract of Enrolment with the family and send the student home. We normally do this at half-term or end of term. Please be aware therefore of our approach to debt collection (see clause 29 of our Debtors Policy on the website):

• Students who owe significant amounts will get warning letters of the cancellation of their contracts of enrolment in the next few weeks. In these situations, if they are boarders, please do not embarrass your child by sending them back to school at the end of half-term. We will simply send them back home at your expense.

• We will refuse admission to the school of a sibling not already at the school.

• We may not support the student’s application for tertiary study.

• We will disallow IB2 and Form 5 students from attending any farewell events or representing the College in any academic, cultural, or sporting events. They may not be allowed to sit for any external examinations (International Baccalaureate / IGSCE) unless the account has been settled. Please also note that all collections are allocated against the account in the following order (clause 19):

• Any legal fees incurred by the school to recover debt.

• Any interest owed on late payments;

• Any extras (books, trips, insurance premiums, transport, etc.)

• Outstanding school and boarding fees.

• Examination fees.

This last is most serious as it means that any examination fees required by an external agency will not be paid and the student will not be able to write the relevant examination until all other fees and charges have been paid for. I do appeal to parents that are having difficulties to please be in touch with Mrs. Fraser Tricia (tricia.fraser@waterford.sz) or Mr. Mkoko (bursar@waterford.sz) concerning any outstanding accounts.

Professor Adam Habib Visit

On Saturday 1st July 2017, the school will be visited by Professor Adam Habib, Vice-chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Johannesburg. Professor Habib is an academic, researcher, activist, administrator, and renowned political commentator and columnist. He is also the Chair of Universities South Africa, which represents vice-chancellors and higher education in the country. He has over 30 years of academic, research and administration expertise, spanning five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. During his visit to WK, he will speak on the topic: “A comment on current affairs in South Africa, Africa and beyond,” scheduled for Saturday 1st July, from 15:00 – 16:30 at the school’s assembly hall. Prof. Habib will speak first and then open the floor to questions and comment. I have no doubt this will be an interesting and stimulating afternoon with a world renowned academic. Students, staff, parents, alumni and friends are welcome to attend.

Malawi High Commissioner Visit

On Tuesday we hosted the Malawi High Commissioner to Swaziland, His Excellency Frank Viyazhi, who had travelled from Maputo to visit schools in Swaziland that have Malawian students. During his short stay at WK, he visited a few classes and interacted with some of our students. Mr. Viyazhi had lunch with some of our Malawian students before he departed again for Maptuo. It was a pleasure to host him.

24 Hour run

This year we will be holding our biennial 24 hour run on the 14th/15th July. This event will be held to raise money for Community Service in place of the annual school fete. In order to make as much money as possible to fund our Community Service Programme, we will be adding interest to the 24 hour run by having food stalls as well as other stalls. We would like to encourage students, staff, parents and alumni to join us at the 24 hour run. We welcome your sponsorship and your participation in the event in whatever way you can help. If you have any queries or suggestions or you would like to pledge your support please contact Fiona Mills at communityservice@waterford.sz

SRC Elections

Yesterday was elections day at Waterford. The students lined-up to vote for co-Presidents and Secretary-Treasurer in the SRC elections. A number of presidential and secretary-treasurer hopefuls had taken to the stage during Wednesday’s assembly to attempt to persuade the students to vote for them in the election which finally took place yesterday. For more information, go to the link below: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-06-09-wk-students-vote-for-src

Theatre Sports

A big thank you to those who attended last Friday’s inter-house event, Theatre Sports. It was a night of hilarity and great fun. The audience roared in laughter throughout the event. In the end it was Henderson that took home the title of WK Theatre Sports champion. A big vote of thanks to Mrs Davies and the sound and lighting team that helped make the event the success it was. And of course, well done to all the performers that kept us so entertained.

Young Now Really

Please come and enjoy with our Theatre students in their first year of IB as they take the opportunity to create, with their teacher Benedict Clark, a piece of theatre that questions what it means to be real online. Employing a poetic text by Ted Hughes, this play tells the story of the mythic self-lover Narcissus, alongside the melancholy tale of an unhappy girl trying to find friendship on social media. With elements of physical theatre, music, comedy and multi-media, this show hopes to stand on its own two feet at the Grahamstown Fringe this year where the students will be presenting it at the National Arts Festival SA. Parents are more than welcome to this Waterford preview performance on Friday 16th June at 7pm.

Entrance Testing for 2018

Tomorrow – Saturday 10th June – is the last round of entrance testing for 2018. We will be at the VIP Hotel in Maputo at 9am for entry to the Forms and IBDP. Enrolment for next year looks as healthy as ever and we remain thankful to our current parents who advocate for us in their communities.

IB2 Economics/BM Trip

Yesterday morning our IB2 Economics/BM class left for an academic trip to the Ford Estate in Pretoria, South Africa. They are in the company of Mr. Tendayi Chinyanga and Ms. Primerose Hunda. They will return today.

Sporting Activities

MIS Sports Trip: This morning our soccer and basketball teams travelled to the Maputo International School (MIS) in Mozambique. They will be back on Sunday.

Volleyball: On Saturday 10th June our U20 boys and girls volleyball teams travel to Metropolitan for a one day tournament.

Soccer: Next Thursday 15th June our U19 boys and girls soccer teams travel to Sacred Heart in Johannesburg for an international soccer tournament. They will return on Sunday 18th June.

Reminder: Important dates

● 10 June – Entrance Testing in Maputo

● 22nd June – Parents Evening

● 22nd June – PSA AGM

● 1st July – Prof, Adam Habib visit, 15:00 in the Assembly Hall.

● 14th and 15th July – 24 Hour Run

● 26th July - Swaziland Careers Fair

● 10th November – Form 5 Graduation

● 18th 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.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry

Principal

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