Newsletter 37/2017

Some Final Thoughts for the School Year

And so we get to week 37. Every week as we do the newsletter we climb inexorably to newsletter 37, the final one of the year. I can hardly believe we have already got here. A colleague once said that he often found himself saying, “I just need to get to the end of the week”, and then “I just need to get to the end of the term…”, until he realised he was wishing his life away. Our students spend most of their time wishing they were older, whilst many of us adults wish we were not getting older so fast. Perhaps the best is to live in the moment, appreciate the present and savour all that life gives us.

On Tuesday night, I sat glued to the TV as many of the local and international channels carried the news of President Robert Mugabe’s resignation. It was clear from the people in the streets and commentators that these events have the potential to usher in some significant changes in Zimbabwe. Events like this do not leave us untouched as we have a significant number of Zimbabweans within our community. No doubt many are celebrating, although I know there are often different viewpoints. I am happy that it has stimulated some discussion in our classrooms and elsewhere on campus. It has to be a fundamental principle of education that we are able to think critically about current events in the world around us, even when sometimes the emotionalism of the moment might prevail. We do wish our Zimbabwean friends all the best at this time and do hope that this is a phoenix moment for that troubled land. One hopes that the new powers that be recognize that it cannot be business as usual and that fundamental change is required to achieve the development of the country and its people.

A couple of months back I was substituting a lesson, as the teacher had taken ill that morning. I settled the class down and about 10 minutes into the lesson, one of the students came late to the lesson. Minimizing student tardiness is a constant challenge of ours, so I took him outside and asked him why he was late. He explained to me that he had a sore ankle and had gone to the nurse. I told him to go inside wishing him well on the recovery of his ankle. At the end of the lesson as I was walking back to my office he came running up to me, to apologize for lying to me. He said he had panicked and that he did not have a sore ankle and had not been at the nurse. I thanked him for his belated honesty (I don’t think it is easy for an adolescent to come forward to own up to the principal), chastised him for the original lie and challenged him not to lie again and to get to lessons on time. It was a salutary moment for me at this school. I think the courage and honesty to own up to a mistake / poor judgement call reflects well on what we aim to be as a community and as a school.

Mrs. de Koning writes: “We often don’t “see” the impact of a UWC and Waterford Education on our children - perhaps because we live the values of UWC at Waterford on a daily basis in our community where celebration of diversity, respect for others and the environment is so real it has become “the norm”. However, it is sometimes useful to note that these attitudes and values, which we consider so inherent to who we are, are really evident in our students in the many different situations in which they find themselves. Over the last weekend of term, the swimming team attended a Gala at AISJ in South Africa. Our students were billeted out to host families of students at AISJ. The response to our students was quite remarkable. The host parents were absolutely amazed at the humble yet self-reliant, caring and interested students whom they hosted. They reported that they were absolutely incredulous that there was no list of food demands that our students made; confidently engaged with all members of the family and even helped with the washing up – something that the parent in that home said her own daughter never does. The host families said that they would be very happy indeed to welcome Waterford students back into their homes at any time in the future. It is always so heart-warming to hear such positive feedback. Not only does it highlight for us the caliber of the students we have at Waterford, it also reflects so well on the families from which our students come and it gives us a chance to recognize how much our UWC values become the living values of all of us who are lucky enough to be members of this community.”

Lastly, let me wish all of you a very restful and peaceful holiday season. I pray you travel safely wherever you are and take care in whatever you are doing. Please make sure that you have plenty of rest, taking as much time as you can to read and sleep. We look forward to seeing you all back here in January 2018.

Farewell

During the school’s closing assembly yesterday we bade farewell to the following staff members: Mr. Doyle (Eco Estate Manager), Mrs. Doyle (Deputy Principal /Pastoral), Mrs. Pillay (English Teacher) and Mrs. Ndlangamandla (Librarian). It has been a great pleasure to work with these committed and capable members of our team, and I take this opportunity to thank them for their valuable contribution to Waterford Kamhlaba, as well as to wish them well in their future endeavors. Also, thank you to the outgoing volunteers who have assisted this last term.

23rd January 2018 Timetable

Please note that at the start of Term 1, 2018, Tuesday the 23rd of January, we will follow the Wednesday timetable. This will impact day students mostly, as the end of the school day will be 1:00pm.

IB2 Graduation Ceremony

Last week Saturday, marked a milestone in the academic lives of our IB Class of 2017; graduating from Waterford Kamhlaba. During the celebratory ceremony, 120 students representing 40 different nationalities received their certificates. The event was also full of great speeches and amazing student performances. To read more about the event, please click here.

Energy Hub

The school’s Energy Hub was officially opened on Saturday 18th of November in the presence of the school’s Governing Council members, and Waterford School Trust member Mr. Michael Jarvis who funded the project. For more information, please click here.

Waterford completes Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenge!

Waterford Kamhlaba managed to unlock all of the $1 million in matched funding from the Davis UWC-IMPACT Challenge in just 2 years. We join 9 other UWC colleges that have completed this challenge. If you don’t remember how this challenge worked, don’t worry – we have all the details on our website. The graph illustrates how the matching worked. This year, WK will receive $750,000 from Shelby Davis, which will be used to support the scholarship programme. This ensures WK’s continued commitment to one of its founding principles; providing a quality education to qualified applicants, regardless of their ability to pay.

Thank you to all the parents, past parents, friends, alumni and family members who donated to WK over the past two years. Your generosity helped us reach this achievement.

But fundraising efforts don’t stop there. With a healthy scholarship fund, we can redirect our attention to much needed campus developments. Our next campaign will be for hostel refurbishments, beginning with Ekukhuleni. Hopefully we can count on your continued support to provide a positive learning environment for all the students the Davis matched funding will bring to WK.

From the SRC

The past two terms for the Student Representative Council (SRC) have been quite eventful. Two socials have been planned with the most recent one being Halloween themed! We have managed to fulfil most of our major goals such as getting student discounts from various restaurants and organising an SRC Hub which will be in use beginning in term 1 next year. The upcoming year will probably be just as busy too, with us starting the year by having a small orientation programme between the lower and higher forms. We would also like to extend our thanks to members of staff that have helped us, especially Mrs. Doyle.

Thanksgiving Programme

Through the school’s Advancement Office, this year we started a Thanksgiving programme. Realizing that Thanksgiving is a very lonely time for many WK alumni in the USA, as this is a family holiday for Americans and the colleges and universities tend to completely close up for that period. I would like to give thanks to everyone who volunteered to host and hosted Waterford Kamhlaba alumni. This programme would not have been possible without you. Thank you very much.

UWC Short Course

Following a successful “Together for Development” UWC Short Course in 2011, Waterford alumni and allies have come together to organize the second edition of this course on Waterford campus this December. During the course, 60 young people from all over the world will come to Swaziland to learn about development through workshops, lectures, simulations, community stays and more. The course will run from 29 December 2017 until 13 January 2018. For questions and support suggestions, please contact Lukas: lukas.wallrich@togetherfordevelopment.com

Fees – Scholarship Students

Please will parents whose child has been a scholarship recipient for 2017 ensure all fees due are paid up as soon as possible. These should have been cleared by 31st October. Scholarships for 2018 will not be granted unless fees are cleared. If your child has been on a scholarship and you did not receive a renewal letter for 2018 please contact our Accounts Office. Your child will not be registered for the new year so please settle any outstanding fees immediately. Please note that reports, access codes and university assistance will not be provided until accounts are settled in full. For any queries please contact the bursar bursar@waterford.sz (24221807) or Tricia Fraser pfraser@waterford.sz (tel. 24221639)

Fees

We have come to the end of the year and wish to remind all parents that by now all fees should have been settled. As frequently mentioned, our books close at the end of October, however we do still have some outstanding fees which need to be in before the end of the term. We wish to re-iterate that we do not carry arrears forward from one year into the next. Any outstanding fees could result in your child being withdrawn for the new year. Please note that once a student is removed from our register you would need to go through the process of applying for admission again and we cannot guarantee we would have an available place for him/her. Reports, result access passwords and university assistance could also be withheld until all fees have been settled and unpaid fees could result in being handed over for collection. Kindly settle any outstanding fees immediately. Please contact the Bursar bursar@waterford.sz (24221807) or Tricia Fraser pfraser@waterford.sz

BraveGirl Project Report 2017

A while back I reported on the incredible work of our BraveGirl project team, including the workshop that they put together in August this year. The final BraveGirl project report is out and can be found on our website.

CAS Project Progress

Three of our IB1 students, Deborah Kunda, Alexandra Ondeng’ and Michelle Ishimwe, have compiled an online Natural Hair booklet as part of their CAS project. This is a continuation of the Africa Week workshop, where they had a power point presentation and a discussion about natural hair and helpful tips. To read the booklet, please click here.

UWC Photo Contest

UWC International is excited to announce a brand new initiative: a UWC-wide student photo competition!

Students from across all 17 UWC schools and colleges are invited to participate, by submitting a photo from life at UWC that celebrates, in keeping with the theme of UWC Day 2017, the “Power of Diversity”.

Contest Guidelines:

Maximum of 2 photo submissions per person.

You must be a current UWC student.

Photo must represent the “Power of Diversity” and must have been taken during your time as a student at UWC.

Please include a short paragraph (1-2 sentences) about the photo and how it represents UWC and the power of diversity.

Please send your high-resolution photos to communications@uwcio.uwc.org by Sunday, 3 December 2017, with the subject line “Photo Contest”. The winning photos will be announced later that week, and will be used to represent UWC on social media, the UWC website, and our annual holiday cards which are sent to thank donors and friends of UWC who contribute to the UWC movement.

GoMakeADifference UWC Initiative

The GoMakeADifference UWC initiative has invited applications for the 2018 grant. GoMakeADifference is a grant scheme for UWC students to deliver projects that present personal challenge, initiative and commitment; as well as leave an enduring benefit for communities anywhere in the world. In 16 years, hundreds of students have delivered 80 projects in 40 countries. Thousands of lives have been touched and UWC students are making a difference. Our students are encouraged to apply for the 2018 grant. Closing date for application is 31st January 2018. To apply, please click here.

2018 Term 1 Timeline

Monday 15th January: IB residences open; new and returning IB students meet at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, departing for WK at 14:00

Wednesday 17th January: IB orientation begins

Friday 19th January: New Form students arrive for residential orientation

Saturday 20th January: Residential orientation for new Form students begins

Sunday 21st January: All residences open after lunch; WK bus departs OR Tambo airport at 14:00

Monday 22nd January: Form academic orientation begins

Tuesday 23rd January: School opens (to follow Wednesday timetable)

To access the 2018 school calendar, please click here.

Reminder: Important dates

● Tuesday 23rd January 2018 – School opens (To follow Wednesday timetable)

● Friday 2nd March – Half Term: bus departs WK for JHB at 06.15

● Tuesday 6th March – Half Term: bus departs OR Tambo, JHB at 14:00

● Thursday 29th March (Easter Weekend) – Buses Depart WK for JHB at 06:15

● Friday 30th March – Holiday (Good Friday)

● Monday 2nd April – Holiday (Easter Monday); buses return from OR Tambo, JHB at 14:00

● Wednesday 18th April – School closes

● Thursday 19th April – WK bus departs for JHB at 06:15

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. I will send the next newsletter on Friday 26th January 2018.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry

Principal

Newsletter 36/2017

A Big Thank You!

The Form 5 class of 2017 had a marvelous graduation ceremony last Friday, the 10th of November 2017. The event was held in the school assembly hall, followed by a dinner at Sibane hotel for all the form 5s and their teachers. I would like to thank the teachers, parents and students who worked really hard to make this event a success. For more information about the ceremony, please click here.

Welcome to Waterford

Today marks the eve of two important events in the 2017 calendar; we have our Governing Council meeting starting tomorrow and ending on Sunday. We also have the IB graduation ceremony which is scheduled to take place tomorrow at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha, starting at 5:30 pm. I therefore welcome the many guests who are visiting Waterford for these events. Among them is Michael Jarvis who has been treasurer and trustee of the UK charity, Waterford School Trust, for over 40 years and has seen over £5 million pass through its accounts since 2000 for the benefit of Waterford. He arrived last night and he will be leaving Swaziland on Monday morning. His profile can be found here.

Congratulations IB2 Class of 2017

Tomorrow we have the IB2 Graduation Ceremony at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha, starting at 5:30 pm. The event will include presentation of certificates, musical performances and speeches. Once again, let me congratulate our IB2 class of 2017 for such a remarkable milestone. The graduating class comprises 120 students representing 40 nationalities. The final IB2 graduation programme has been uploaded on the school website.

Alumni Avenue Table at IB Graduation

To the parents of graduating students, Waterford Kamhlaba has the pleasure to give your child an opportunity to leave a legacy on campus through our Alumni Avenue project. With a minimum donation of ZAR1500, £90, $110, €100 we will place a glass brick with a name of your child engraved on it in the Alumni Avenue. While away from Waterford campus, the student can always look back with pride, knowing that his/her name is forever etched on the walls of the school. If you are interested in donating, our Advancement Office team will be conveniently located at the registration table at the graduation venue.

Graduation Policy (After Parties)

I urge our parents to read and become familiar with our Graduation event policy. Although we are not involved in any way whatsoever, the school is aware of after parties that are sometimes organized by students during this time. I want to make it very clear that Waterford will not be part of these after party celebrations and that no Waterford staff will be in attendance. At the end of the official graduation ceremony, transport will be available for students who are returning to hostel. The policy can be found here.

Form 1 Activities

Monday 20th November: The Geography department will take the students to Maguga Dam where they will learn about the dam structure, hydroelectric power and impacts on the environment and local community.

Tuesday 21st November: The students will get involved in a short orienteering course followed by a hike to the top of the ridge behind Waterford. Please can all students ensure that they have good walking shoes, extra water, a hat and sunblock.

Wednesday 22nd: The students will take a visit to the cultural village in Mantenga and a movie at the Movie Zone at the Gables. There will be a minimal cost of E100 for this outing which will be charged to the students account. The students will return to school by 3:20 pm.

Form 2 Activities

Monday 20th November: The students will depart the school at 8:00am for House on Fire in Malkerns where they will be taking part in a stimulating exploration involving poetry, art and reflection under the guidance of our Art, Music, Drama and English teachers. Following this, they will leave for Mlilwane Nature Reserve where they will hike to main camp for lunch and a quick swim, returning to school by 4:00 pm.

Tuesday 21st November: The students will make an early departure for Malolotja Nature Reserve where they will go on an environmental excursion led by Mr. Boycott. They will return to school at approximately 3:00 pm.

Wednesday 22nd November: The students will undertake community service projects off campus visiting, various pre-schools. They will return around break time, after which they will be participating in their Drama productions which they have been actively preparing towards.

Fees – Scholarship Students

We still have fees due for some of our 2017 Scholarship students. Please will parents whose child has been scholarship recipient for 2017 ensure all fees due are paid up as soon as possible. These should have been cleared by 31st October. Scholarships for 2018 will not be granted unless fees are cleared. If your child has been on a scholarship and you did not receive a renewal letter for 2018 please contact our Accounts Office. Your child will not be registered for the new year so please settle any outstanding fees immediately. Please note that reports, access codes and university assistance will not be provided until accounts are settled in full. For any queries please contact the bursar bursar@waterford.sz (24221807) or Tricia Fraser pfraser@waterford.sz (tel. 24221639)

Fees

We wish to remind parents that the end of the term is upon us, and wish to remind all parents that by now all fees should have been settled. As frequently mentioned, our books close at the end of October, however we do still have some outstanding fees which need to be in before the end of the term. We wish to re-iterate that we do not carry arrears forward from one year into the next. Any outstanding fees could result in your child being withdrawn for the new year. Please note that once a student is removed from our register you would need to go through the process of applying for admission again and we cannot guarantee we would have an available place for him/her. Reports, result access passwords and university assistance could also be withheld until all fees have been settled and unpaid fees could result in being handed over for collection. Kindly settle any outstanding fees immediately. Please contact the Bursar bursar@waterford.sz (24221807) or Tricia Fraser pfraser@waterford.sz

Staff Professional Development

Next Friday 24th November is a professional development day at Waterford, and this will start at 09:00 and end at 16:00. The school professional development day will involve a guest speaker, Mark Turpin who will facilitate a workshop on Authentic Leadership.

BraveGirl Project Report 2017

A while back I reported about the incredible work of our BraveGirl project team, including the workshop that they put together in August this year. The final BraveGirl project report is out and can be found on our website.

GoMakeADifference UWC Initiative

The GoMakeADifference UWC initiative has invited applications for the 2018 grant. GoMakeADifference is a grant scheme for UWC students to deliver projects that present personal challenge, initiative and commitment; as well as leave an enduring benefit for communities anywhere in the world. In 16 years, hundreds of students have delivered 80 projects in 40 countries. Thousands of lives have been touched and UWC students are making a difference. Our students are encouraged to apply for the 2018 grant. Closing date for application is 31st January 2018. To apply, click here.

Sporting Activities

Swimming and Soccer: This weekend our swimming and soccer teams are travelling to the American International School of Johannesburg and American International School of Mozambique respectively.

Reminder: Important dates

• 18th November – IB2 Graduation

• 23rd November – Last day of classes

• 24th November – School closes, buses depart for Johannesburg

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 35/2017

Congratulations to Our Graduating Students

The school is in a graduation mood; form 5 graduation ceremony is here – taking place this afternoon in the school assembly hall, followed by dinner at Sibane hotel for all the form 5s and their teachers. IB graduation takes place next weekend. As we might all be aware, graduation is a much revered ritual in educational institutions all over the world, therefore we need to help create a memorable experience for our graduating students; make the time to meet with them and congratulate them for the achievement. For high school students, graduation is the beginning of their journey to self-discovery as they unravel what it is that they really want out of life in college and elsewhere. It therefore marks a significant accomplishment to so many people. When a student graduates, it signifies the move from a previous form of being to a more grown-up individual. It also helps students remember the things accomplished in the past, as well as helping them to look forward to the future. Please join me in congratulating and supporting our graduating students.

IB Graduation Ceremony

The IB2 Graduation Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 18th of November at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha, starting at 5:30 pm. The event will include presentation of certificates, musical performances and speeches. Tickets can be purchased from the Bursar’s Office, between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on working days. The price is E400.00 per ticket, payable by cash or card only. Please note that tickets will not be charged to the account.

The event’s programme has been uploaded on the school website. Please click here for details.

The Graduation Events letter, which has more logistical details on the graduation ceremony, can also be found on the website. Click here to read it.

Graduation Policy (After Parties)

I urge our parents to read and become familiar with our Graduation event policy. Although we are not involved in any way whatsoever, the school is aware of after parties that are usually organized by students during this time. I want to make it very clear that Waterford will not be part of these after party celebrations and that no Waterford staff will be in attendance. At the end of the official graduation ceremony, transport will be available for students who are returning to hostel. The policy can be found on our website. Please click here to read it.

Staff Professional Development

In line with our staff development policy which is linked to the school improvement plan, Friday 24th November is a professional development day at Waterford, and this will start at 09:00 and end at 16:00. Staff development is vital for the future of any school. Professional development helps our staff continue to not only be competent in their profession, but also excel in it. At Waterford, this is an ongoing process and we continue to actively pursue professional development to ensure that knowledge and skills stay relevant and up to date for the staff. The school professional development day will involve a guest speaker, Mark Turpin who will facilitate a workshop on Authentic Leadership.

Mark is an Organisational Development Consultant, Coach and Lecturer with over 30 years management experience around the world. He has worked with a wide range of companies and NGOs in the public and private sectors, including Barclays, KLM / Air France, Vodacom, Adcock Ingram, and Oxfam. Mark lectures on programmes at the Wits Business School, focusing on leadership, knowledge management and organisational dynamics. He brings an appreciative approach to create dynamic learning scenarios, and coaches executives and senior teams on transformational journeys. He has an MBA (Wits Business School), an MSc (London University) and is a certified leadership coach.

Fees

We are fast approaching the end of the term and wish to remind all parents that by now all fees should have been settled. As frequently mentioned, our books close at the end of October, however we do still have some outstanding fees which need to be in before the end of the term. I wish to re-iterate that we do not carry arrears forward from one year into the next. Any outstanding fees could result in your child being withdrawn for the New Year. Please note that once a student is removed from our register you will need to go through the process of applying for admission again and we cannot guarantee that we would have an available place for him/her. Reports, result access passwords and university assistance could also be withheld until all fees have been settled.

Please contact the Bursar bursar@waterford.sz (24221807) or Tricia Fraser pfraser@waterford.sz (24221639) if you have any questions.

Fees – Scholarship Students

Please will parents whose child has been a scholarship recipient for 2017 pay fees due before 17th November. Scholarships for 2018 will not be granted unless fees are cleared. If your child has been on a scholarship and you did not receive a renewal letter for 2018 please contact the Bursar’s Office. For any queries please contact the Bursar bursar@waterford.sz (24221807) or Tricia Fraser pfraser@waterford.sz (tel. 24221639)

BraveGirl Project Report 2017

A while back I reported about the incredible work of our BraveGirl project team, including the workshop that they put together in August this year. The final BraveGirl project report is out and can be found on our website. Please click here to read the report.

GoMakeADifference UWC Initiative

The GoMakeADifference UWC initiative has invited applications for the 2018 grant. GoMakeADifference is a grant scheme for UWC students to deliver projects that present personal challenge, initiative and commitment; as well as leave an enduring benefit for communities anywhere in the world. In 16 years, hundreds of students have delivered 80 projects in 40 countries. Thousands of lives have been touched and UWC students are making a difference. Our students are encouraged to apply for the 2018 grant. Closing date for application is 31st January 2018. To apply, please click here.

Sporting Activities

Swimming and Soccer: Next weekend our swimming and soccer teams travel to the American International School of Johannesburg and American International School of Mozambique respectively.

Reminder: Important dates

• 18th November – IB2 Graduation

• 23rd November – Last day of classes

• 24th November – School Closes, buses depart for Johannesburg

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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