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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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
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
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