At the final assembly yesterday I congratulated all on a very busy and successful second term. As a community we also noted the success of the 24 hour run and our fund-raising to cover the costs associated with our 50 Community Service projects that are such an integral part of our UWC identity here in Swaziland (reported in more detail elsewhere).
I also encouraged our IB2 and form 5 students to study for the examinations at the start of term 3, with the proviso that they have at least a full week’s rest at the start of the holiday. They have been working very hard this past term, especially the IB2s as they have had so much work in the form of internal assessments and other requirements to meet for the diploma over the past few weeks. They simply cannot carry on without a proper break. My recommendation is that they have a full week of doing no school work at all, allowing their minds and bodies to recharge, before they start up again. I also don’t think they should be doing more than about five or six hours studying a day, taking some time for relaxing, reading, exercise and sleeping. It would be ideal for them to get eight or nine hours sleep a day, although I would be very happy with longer.
I wish all a lovely and restful break and look forward to you coming back fired up and inspired for the final stretch of the year.
Our final assembly held yesterday was an incredible event, showcasing some of our talent and the good work we do with the wider community. As part of an IB2 community service, the students together with Mr Wilkinson and alum Velemseni Ndzimandze spent the term visiting local schools, teaching them and practicing two songs. These primary schools, namely, SOS, Mpolonjeni, Sifundzani, John Wesley and St Francis came together in yesterday’s assembly and sang beautifully for us. Well done to them, Mr Wilkinson and Velemseni.
Another of our alums, Aaron Kopp addressed the students and staff in assembly. Aaron was accompanied by his wife. He is a movie maker and he gave us a little background on his new movie called ‘Liyana’ which was filmed in Swaziland.
Farewell to Ms Bairavi Subramoney
In yesterday’s assembly, we also bade farewell to Ms Subramoney from the English department. Ms Subramoney is relocating to Germany. We thank her for the work she has done with the students in the English department and wish her well in the future.
At assembly yesterday Mrs Doyle thanked the volunteers who do a lot of administrative support work over the first two terms of the year. She made the point that anyone is willing to help if they are asked civilly using words such as please and thank-you. I often appeal to our students to remember such words in their daily interactions with those around them and especially with the staff. In my email to staff at the end of the term I included the following:
“So as we end this term I would like to thank-you for your dedication, hard work and commitment to the students in our care. It certainly is a profession with its ups and downs (no doubt like any other), although I do think that working with young people is a particular privilege. I suppose it is the sense of hope that most students seem to exude that I find the most inspiring. This last term has seen any number of examples of students tackling all sorts of projects and issues with a can-do attitude, an attitude that says they will solve the problems of the world. Often they approach things with a naiveté and lackadaisical organisation, which in itself is sometimes refreshing and even humorous, although frustrating at times. I sometimes wish my life as an adult could be so simple as many of theirs seem to be. And of course that is not to forget the difficulties that many of our students overcome on a daily basis in their lives here. Again, thank-you to all of you that do take an active interest in their day-to-day issues and try and respond as caringly as you can. Our profession is not for the faint-hearted. Thank you all.”
It would be lovely if our students (and parents) would remember to thank teachers (or anyone) at the end of a lesson or a bus trip or any other event they participate in. It is so simple and helps build an attitude of gratitude which is a great culture to try around us.
I Thought I Should Share
Last week I got the following message from one of the panelists of the Keynote Africa Panel Forum for 2017 UWC Africa Week. I thought I should share it with you. It reads:
I write to touch base with you after our meeting at Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA recently during the Africa Week, where I moderated the African Feminism session.
I spent a very productive week at the school and among the many things I did was go to the dining hall for lunch with the students where I got to see how they behave; listened to their conversations, attended the various sessions I could and just enjoyed the week. It was great, soothing and an eye opener.
Among the many things that I noted is that your students are much disciplined, respectful to guests and easily start conversations. That was very impressive - please keep up the good work you are doing”.
What lovely thoughts about our students.
A Report from Simon Ramsay (Relief Teacher)
Simon Ramsay, a member of staff at Red Cross Nordic UWC spent the whole of June at Waterford while Mrs. van Rensburg was away. Part of the report that he wrote about Waterford when he got back home reads:
“From the staff to the students, the leadership to the maintenance staff, there is a wealth of experience to learn from and it was a pleasure to explore such a remarkable school in such a unique setting. I feel we would all gain a lot from understanding more about our sister schools and colleges, and that is most definitely true of Waterford!”
To read Simon’s entire report, go to: https://uwcrcn.no/simon-ramsay-15-present/
Principal’s Report Term 2 2017
My report for Term 2 has been uploaded onto the schools website. To access the report, please click on this link: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/2017-07-10-schoolreport.pdf
2018 Fee Schedule
The 2018 fee schedule is now available on our website at: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/2018-feeschedule-2017-08-03-3.pdf
Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenge
The 2016/2017 Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenge year has come to an end. A big thank you to parents who have responded to the Davis-UWC Impact Challenge over the past two years. ZAR 430,000 was donated by current and past parents, in the past year.
We are now confident that we will have secured the USD 750,000 matching funds. Final confirmation will be received by the college from the UWC International Office at the end of September or beginning of October. The support that we have received will ensure that we give more students the opportunity to receive a quality international education, as well as improve the school in various ways including Waterford’s life-changing community service programme.
Parents who have not made a donation but would still like to support Waterford: you are always welcome to do so! Make sure you clearly state your name when you make the donation so we are able to trace it and send you a personal thank you message. Those that have donated but have not heard from us, please check what your payment instruction was as we just might not know who it is from. For donations, please click through the link: https://www.waterford.sz/contribute/how-to-give.php
Other Great News:
During the Davis campaign, support has come in to build a cover over the amphitheater. In our next newsletter we will provide you with more detail. Construction will start over the holidays.
24 Hour Run News
We have been busy for the last few weeks collecting the money sponsored for the laps that were run or walked at the 24 Hour Run. The 24 Hour Run was a chance for our entire community, current and past, to get involved in a day of fun that also gave us the opportunity to raise money for Community Service. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by our community. In total, thus far, we have raised E164 762.59. This is an incredible amount of money and the most successful fund raising initiative we have ever had. Thank you so much to all of you who contributed time and efforts to such a wonderful initiative. This money will all be used for the many community service initiatives that we have both on and off campus. We would also like to thank the students, parents and alumni for the prompt response to our request to get the money in before the 31st July in order for the donations to be matched under the Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenged. This has really helped and we are delighted with the result. Money is still coming in and we are happy to receive this during the holidays and next term.
We congratulate the many excellent performances at the 24 hour run and the following people are the individual prize winners:
Most laps female student - Ronja IB1
Most laps male student- Philip IB1
Parent with the most laps- Mr. Makufa
Alumni with most laps- Michael Lowry
Team with most money collected- Run for Hours Run
Team with most laps as well as most creative lap- Feetless Runday
Outside commitment and enthusiasm to the WK 24 Hour Run- Mr. Pillay
We would also like to remind parents to collect their cake containers from the Comserve room. These are left over from the 24 Hour run.
The school’s July alumni newsletter is out. Please have a look by clicking on the link below: http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?e=&u=7f81c7e1f3c1986d361d4d56a&id=e8ed6cf239
The PSA elected a new committee whose members are:
Chairperson Yael Uzan-Tidar (email@example.com)
Vice Chairperson Bridget Farrell
Secretary Wendy Green-Thompson
Treasurer Debbie Gomes
The PSA would like to thank Celiwe Dlamini for her great service as our Vice Chairperson. We also would like to thank Galit Torgeman, Jan and Jenny Van Ryswyck and Laurence Hendrickx for serving us on the PSA for so many years.
PSA Golf Day
Please be informed that the PSA Golf day is on the 29th of October 2017 at Nkonyeni Golf estate. Players will get personal prizes and we need about 100 of those. We therefore appeal to parents for support in the form of gifts to be used as prizes for the day. Students can bring them back after the holidays. Local and regional players who would like to play can contact Wendy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents who would like to help the PSA in this great event may contact Wendy or Yael.
We would like to make the holidays fun for our boarders who will not be going home. We are looking for local parents who are around during August and are willing to help organize outings for the students in Swaziland. It may be a day at Mlilwane nature reserve, hiking, a fun afternoon somewhere or anything interesting that the students can do. Those who would like to help may contact Yael.
Hosting of Students
American International School of Mozambique (Fri 22 & Sat 23 September 2017) Waterford will be hosting an athletics meeting on campus for two visiting schools on Saturday the 23rd of September 2017. We are looking for local families who will be willing to host a student or two from American International School of Mozambique (AISM) on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of September 2017. If you are willing to host a student for these two nights, please will you let Paula Jacobs know via email - email@example.com
University Destination List
If you would like to access the latest university destination list, click on the link below: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/university-destination-list.pdf
If you are going on holiday and are making travel arrangements, now you have the chance to do so while also donating to Waterford Kamhlaba, at no extra cost. You can do this by using Booking.com through this link: https://www.booking.com/?aid=1182917;label=BookYourHotel This supports WK directly, with your booking fee being donated to WK. Please consider using the link.
Gymnastics: Two of our students took part in a tumbling competition in Johannesburg in July, as part of a qualifier for the South African National Championships to be held in October. The completion level was very high with many Gauteng clubs taking part. We are very proud of our two students who performed very well. Donatella in Form 2 competed in Level 5 and received a silver medal. Chantelle Houareau competed in Level 6 and also received a silver medal. Chantelle is very close to getting her level 7 which will make her the first Swazi gymnast in over 20 years to do so. Congratulations to both of these students on their outstanding performance and on raising the Swazi and Waterford flags.
Volleyball: This morning our volleyball teams left for Mafikeng in South Africa to participate in a volleyball tournament. They will be back on Monday the 7th of August 2017.
Start of Term 3
Term 3 will start on Tuesday the 5th of September and all students are expected to be at school. The IB2 and Form 5 mock examinations start on that day. Wednesday the 6th of September is Independence Day in Swaziland, and we will recognize it as a Public Holiday. The students were advised in assembly yesterday and I ask that you remind them, that on Tuesday September 5th, we will follow a Wednesday timetable. Therefore, the academic day will end at 13:00hrs and day students transport will depart at that time.
Reminder: Important dates
● 3rd September-Buses depart OR Tambo at 14:00
● 5th September- Classes begin (Wednesday timetable)
● 5th September- IB2 and Form 5 Mock exams begin
● 6th September-Public Holiday
● 29th October – PSA Golf Day
● 10th November – Form 5 Graduation
● 18th November – IB2 Graduation
If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. My next newsletter will be sent out on September 8th.