Newsletter 32/2017

Making a Difference

The world is currently facing numerous socio-economic challenges around food security, energy and environmental security; conflict and poverty as well as a global health crises, among others. To curb these life threatening challenges, we need quality international educational education. As a UWC school, we are committed to empowering our students to be conscious of the world around them and to make contributions to change it. Waterford students are actively involved in communities through our CAS programme (creativity, action and service); supporting local preschools, the public hospital, refugee centres and community entrepreneurship development initiatives. Through this programme, the school provides an environment where students are more likely to express their ideas, think outside of the box, challenge problems with innovative solutions and most importantly – learn faster and more effectively. Post Waterford, our students continue to be engaged in nation-building, shaping economic policy and supporting the many underserved communities all over the world. The end goal is to make a difference in the community and make our world a better place!

GoMakeADifference UWC Initiative

The GoMakeADifference UWC initiative has opened up application invites 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. To apply, click here.

Fees:

Parents are reminded that our accounts close on the 31st of October and all fees should be cleared by then. Currently we are carrying an unacceptably high number of students whose fee accounts are significantly in arrears. A number of families have been informed that their contract of enrolment has now been cancelled. If you are in this position, please note:

• Regarding IB2 and form 5 students we will not support the student’s application for tertiary study. And disallow them from attending any farewell events.

• Those who don’t settle their accounts will have their place offered to others on the waiting list. We will be sending such offers out on Monday 30th October 2018.

• We are in a process of appointing debt collection agencies both locally and in South Africa and their details will be shared in our next newsletter.

For further information see clause 29 of our Debtors Policy on the website. If you have any queries please call Tricia Fraser (+268 2422 1639) or email pfraser@waterford.sz, or call the Bursar (+268 2422 1807) or email bursar@waterford.sz

IB2 Math Retreat

The annual IB2 Math Retreat will be held at Mlilwane Nature Reserve on Sunday the 22nd of October. This activity helps students to structure their Math revision through the help of teachers in a relaxed environment. Students get to interact with teachers on a one-on-one basis. All Math teachers will accompany the students. The bus will leave the school at 09:30 am and return at 05:00 pm on the same day.

IB1 and F4 exams

The IB1 and Form4 students started their exams on Wednesday. We wish them well as they write.

Form 4 Survivor Trip

The Form 4s are going to be participating in a “Survivor” trip at the Malolotja Nature Reserve. They will depart on Friday, October 27th and return to school on Sunday, October 29th at approximately 2:00pm. The aim of this experience will be to propel them as young people into challenging situations that will require them to be resourceful and creative in problem solving. Parents of Form 4 students were sent a separate letter informing them of trip details.

Notice of Student Departures

We have lengthy waiting lists for all year groups. If your child is not returning to school in January 2018 and you have not yet given notice of this, please do so immediately by e-mailing the Director of Admissions on careers@waterford.sz. This will give us sufficient opportunity to fill these much sought after places.

Sporting Activities

Soccer: The Phoenix Ladies (a combination of alumni and current students) will travel for a friendly game at Mavuso Sports centre in Manzini tomorrow, starting at 12:00 noon.

Reminder: Important dates

• 29th October – PSA Golf Day

• 31st October - Form 3 History Trip

• 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 31/2017

New English Teacher: Mrs. Lovely

I am very happy to welcome Mrs Tina Lovely onto the staff, taking over from Ms. Subramoney and Mr. Graf (temporary for the month of September), in the English department. Mrs. Lovely is a qualified English and Fine Art teacher and comes to us after teaching experience in Cape Town, Namibia, Johannesburg and the Eastern Cape in South Africa. I have no doubt she will add significant value to the teaching of English at the school.

We thank Mr. Graf for helping us out for the month of September and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Mid-term Break

Our mid-term break starts today and students are expected back in class on Wednesday the 18th of October. It always gives me great pleasure to see our students and staff getting some well-deserved rest, an opportunity to refresh, relax and come back reenergized. As I have said before, more and more research has shown that students need plenty of time to rest and recharge. I therefore wish our staff and students a good rest.

IB2 Students

Today was the last day of classes for our IB2 students. They start their study leave now and will return to write their final exams. We wish them well.

Fees

Fee statements will be sent out electronically to parents. Once again, we appeal to our parents to honor their obligations in settling fees. Parents are reminded that our accounts close on the 31st of October and all fees should be cleared by then.

Currently we are carrying an unacceptably high number of students whose fee accounts are significantly in arrears. A number of families have been informed that their child(ren) may not come back at the end of the mid-term break as the contract of enrolment has now been cancelled. If you are in this position, please note:

• If your child is a boarder, do not embarrass your child by sending them back to school at the end of the mid-term break. We will simply send them back home at your expense.

• Regarding IB2 and form 5 students we will not support the student’s application for tertiary study. And disallow them from attending any farewell events.

• Those who don’t settle their accounts will have their place offered to others on the waiting list. We will be sending such offers out on Monday 23 October 2018.

For further information see clause 29 of our Debtors Policy on the website. If you have any queries please call Tricia Fraser (+268 2422 1639) or email pfraser@waterford.sz, or call the Bursar (+268 2422 1807) or email bursar@waterford.sz

Community Service

Last weekend, some of our students went to Emvimbeko High and spent time with the students there. There were 10 Waterford students and 23 students from Emvimbeko. They were involved in ice breaker games followed by discussions on study skills. Subsequently, the students all worked together on a mind mapping exercise called ”My Story.” Through this exercise, they discussed the people who have influenced their lives such as family, friends and famous people. Following this, the students engaged in a reflection session and a mindfulness breathing exercise to end off the day. This is the third time this year that Waterford students have met with these students. It was a really successful and enjoyable morning for all.

Form 3 Love Matters

The Form 3 Love Matters started on Monday the 9th October and ended yesterday. Our Form 3 students got an opportunity to learn about a number of issues pertaining to adolescence such as sexual health, peer pressure and decision making. A number of experts, including a medical health practitioner came to facilitate the workshops. One of the motivational speakers was Sibusiso Vilane, the first African to climb Mount Everest. The students thoroughly enjoyed his talk and were most inspired.

Evening of Dance

The Evening of Dance event was a great success. A big thank you to the students, parents, staff and alumni who participated in the event. For more information please click here.

University Visits

On Wednesday the 18th of October Rochester University will do a presentation at Emhlabeni residence. Colby, Bason and Tuft universities will visit on Thursday the 19th of October. All presentations start at 18:30pm. Parents and staff are invited.

Reminder: Important dates

• 13th October – 17th October Inclusive (Mid Term Break)

• 29th October – PSA Golf Day

• 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 30/2017

The Power of Community Service!

Waterford Kamhlaba’s Mission statement reads: “Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA strives to lay the foundation for its students to become responsible citizens who have the skills, knowledge and sense of purpose to provide leadership in both Africa and the world.”

One of the most important tools that we use as a school to prepare our students for leadership is community service. It has been proven that community service has a positive effect on students, such as helping them to develop skills, make contacts, and allows them to improve the quality of life of others. It also empowers them with skills such as: leadership, problem-solving, collaboration with others, time management and communication. While performing community service, students have the opportunity to see first-hand just how much their work has an impact on the world. As a school, we are proud of our students who impact the community through community service on a daily basis whilst also developing their leadership skills.

Teen Challenge Ministries Swaziland

A few weeks ago our Form 4 students took part in a trip to Teen Challenge Ministries Swaziland. This was a combined Like Skills and Community Service outing. Teen Challenge Ministries is situated at Emafini in Ezulwini and it runs a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for men. They also visited a restoration home for abused women and their children, at Elusitweni. The students listened to a talk from a recovering addict who is now a facilitator at the centre. Following this, they were divided into groups and worked at the centre. One group helped to sort donated clothes and another group transported rocks in order to repair the centre’s sanitation system. The students worked very hard and were inspired by the talk they listened to. It is important for our students to spend time outside the classroom engaging in relevant education. This allows them time to reflect on their own lives and to develop an understanding of the world they live in. It is through these activities that we hope our students will want to become the change makers that this world needs.

Cornerstone

This week a group of IB 1 students visited Cornerstone, a small school for disabled children in Manzini. They were able to give the children some stationery and spent some time with them. For pictures, please click here.

Mpaka Refugee Camp

The trip to Mpaka Refugee Camp also took place a couple of weeks ago and was as usual an interesting and humbling experience for all who visited. We had fun with the children and spent time getting to know the adults in the camp too.

Emvimbeko High School

This weekend a group of students will be visiting Emvimbeko High School where we are involved in a partnership project with a group of high school students.

School Visits

As I reported last week, UWC Director of Education, Ms Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher, who is also Waterford alum (79 – 83), is at Waterford. She arrived on Wednesday afternoon and had a busy day yesterday; meeting with staff, students, alumni and parents. Last night she attended the IBDP Visual Arts Exam Exhibition which took place at the fine arts center. She will leave on Sunday the 8th of October. It has been lovely to have her on campus.

From the Link Group

Please prepare yourselves for the incredible spectacle that is Evening of Dance. This event will take place next Wednesday, 11th of October 2017. Doors open at 18:45pm and the show begins at 19:00pm. Entry fee is E5 for students and E10 for adults, all proceeds will go to SACRO. Teachers and parents are welcome. See you next Wednesday!

Waterford Travel Links: Mid Term 3

Please note that travel links for Mid Term 3 have been posted on the website and intranet. Students were requested to fill in requests by yesterday, Thursday 5th October. Here are the links:

Transport To and From Johannesburg

Transport To and From Maputo

Transport To and From King Mswati III (SIKHUPE) Airport

Travel lists will be posted on Friday 6th October.

Parents Evening

There will be a parents evening event on Thursday 12th October from 16.30pm – 18:00pm for parents and guardians of students in Forms 3, 4 and IB1.

Invitations will be sent to parents and guardians of Forms 1 and 2 students if their teachers would like to see you. If you do not receive an invitation but would still like to speak to the teachers, you are welcome to arrange this with the Phase Coordinator, Mrs. Kirstie Van Rensburg.

The Form 3 Subject Choice Meeting will be held at 16:00pm in the Michael Stern Assembly Hall for all Form 3 students and their parents and guardians.

The Form 4 IBDP application meeting will be held at 17:30pm Michael Stern Assembly Hall for all Form 4 students and their parents and guardians.

Please contact Mr. Tich Muyambo (igcse@waterford.sz), the IGCSE coordinator for more information about the Form 4 meeting or Mrs. Kirstie van Rensburg (Kirstie.vanrensburg@waterford.sz, the Lower School phase coordinator for more information about the Form 3 meeting.

Form 3 Love Matters

Form 3 Love Matters event begins next Monday the 9th October and ends on Thursday the 12th at the Life Skills Classroom. A separate letter has been sent to the Form 3 parents.

University visits

The next university visit will be on the 18th October. Rochester University will have a presentation at Emhlabeni residence, starting at 18:30pm.

Mid-term Break

Our mid-term break begins next Friday 13th October and ends on Tuesday 17th October. The school reopens on Wednesday the 18th October.

Sporting Activities

Volleyball: This morning our under 16 and 19 boys and girls volleyball teams left for the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) for a tournament. They will be back on Sunday.

Rugby: Our under 14, 16 and 18 rugby teams also left for AISJ this morning and they will be back on Sunday.

We wish our teams the best of luck.

Reminder: Important dates

• 12th October – Parents Evening

• 13th October – 17th October Inclusive (Mid Term Break)

• 29th October – PSA Golf Day

• 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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