We have come to the end of the first term and I think all of us are ready for a wonderful few weeks of rest. I always tell the students to make sure that they get plenty of sleep – please parents, allow them to sleep until noon everyday if necessary! The holidays are so important to re-charge our batteries. It is a time to recreate, rest, recuperate, revive, read, recharge and relax.
Last weekend was such a wonderful celebration of all that is UWC. Our music concert on Friday night displayed the most wonderful talent we have at the school. Well done and thank you to all who performed and kept the community and our governing council entertained.
And then, of course, the UWC day brought out the best of us. Well done to everyone that made the day such a wonderful event. The national dress, performances, UWC assembly and guest speaker was a celebration of us, as UWC. It showcased our policy of deliberate diversity, which is at the centre of our identity and has been, since we started as a beacon of non-racialism against the racism of Apartheid that was in full swing across the border in South Africa back in 1963. Our guest speaker, Mr. Ronnie Kasrils, who has served in three ministerial capacities in the South African government since 1994, reminded all of us about our common humanity and the importance of always defending the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. It was a poignant reminder to us all of our UWC Mission – service to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
Most of our students are formally engaged in this service, in one way or another. This past week we had a note back from one of the agencies we do ComServe with, thanking one of our IB ComServe groups:
“I am writing to thank you, as well as the group of youth and leaders you sent down to Emvimbeko to be with our Axom students. My goodness…the students had an incredible experience! They posted pictures on Facebook and said that it was one of the best times they’ve had at school! The pictures are worth MORE than a thousand words. Xolani shared with me that our Axom students said things like, “they made me feel like I was one of them!” They loved the games and thoroughly enjoyed the time each of your students spent with them, either one on one, or through the different activities they experienced. There really aren’t words to express my gratitude.”
Our community service programme is a flagship programme of the school: an essential part of the Waterford educational experience precisely because it provides such great opportunities for our students to discover and grow their empathetic natures as an essential aspect of their personalities. Thank you to all our students, our staff that assist Mrs. Mills and her able assistant, Miss Littler and our partners for their service to humanity through the College ComServe programme.
May I conclude by thanking all students, staff, support staff, governors, alumni, parents and all who volunteer on any of our committees for your dedication and commitment to the school. This school could not be the community it is without your continued positive contribution. Thank you and I wish all of you a very special holiday and especially those who are celebrating significant religious holidays over the next month. And please remember to travel safely especially if you are using the roads.
We bid goodbye to Mr Chris Mbewe who has helped us out for the last 6 weeks in the French department while Ms Chillipaine has been on maternity leave. Ms Hakimi has also been with us for the last few weeks as she returned to help us in the Anthropology/History department. On behalf of the school, I would like to say farewell to them, and thank them for helping us out during this period.
Last week Friday evening we held a Music Concert in the assembly hall. As always, it was an amazing evening where parents, guardians and members of our Governing Council, both local and international were treated to some of Waterford’s amazing talent. My thanks go to Mr Wilkinson, Mr Clark and Mr Chinyanga for their leadership and to all the students who participated. You can see some of the pictures on our website at the following link: https://www.waterford.sz/news/photos/album.php?s=waterford-kamhlaba-music-concert-2017
I would like to thank all parents and guardians who came to support our UWC Day this past Saturday. The students worked very hard and put together a fantastic event. This event is primarily student led, with a little help from staff in the form of logistics. I have received lots of positive feedback. One of the things we overlooked, however, was only having one “watering hole” and it has come to my attention that many people had to wait in long queues to get a drink. We apologize for this oversight and will avoid this happening next year. For more information about UWC day, go to:
And from Tivele Dlamini in Form 5:
“Saturday 8th April 2017, UWC Day. Link Group knew it would be great but we weren’t the slightest bit prepared for spectacular. For those of you who missed the day, this will be an extremely understated summary and for those of you who were there, it will be a reminder of what a great day you had.
The day kicked off with an assembly opened by our heads Aliki, Merlin and Onele. We had some lovely performances from the Swazi dances both boys and girls, two beautiful marimba ensembles, incredible rhythms from the gumboot team and you will never believe the angelic voices the choir had. The one and only Ronnie Kasrils gave us an insight of the Apartheid struggle by sharing his experiences with us. The assembly was wrapped up by our parade of nations clad with patriotic students.
‘The major part of the day followed. The food stalls were spread between the academic square and the field and some fantastic performances took place in the academic square. Yes we admit we had a minor set back by running out of vouchers but we worked our very best to generate those vouchers as quickly as we could. From then on, everything ran smoothly and the day was done at 15:00. Thank you so much to everyone who helped and contributed to the day. Special thanks goes to Mrs Paula Jacobs, Mrs Tracey Stewart, Mr Tony Pontuti, Ms. Ramila Patel, Inyatsi Construction, Capitol Caterers, Maintenance, Mr Kasrils, staff, Link group members as well as other students for playing such a huge role in piecing this huge UWC Day puzzle. Your help, support and dedication is extremely appreciated. UWC Day 2018, let the planning begin!”
We have come to the end of the first term and request that all payments are up to date. Please note that any tuition or boarding fees for this term which are still unpaid will result in the withholding of the report for your child/children. We wish to remind you that we do not carry arrears forward into a new term.
Your assistance in this matter would be appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tricia Fraser (24221639) email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the bursar (24220866) email email@example.com
Your child’s report will be sent out electronically today. If you do not receive the report, there may be a number of reasons. It may be that we do not have the correct email address for you or it could be that the report has been withheld for fee arrears, as mentioned above. Please call the school or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for clarity.
Form 5 Parents
Thank you for supporting your child’s application to the IBDP here. We are reviewing applications and anticipate having decisions released by the end of May.
Regional Entrance Testing
Please help us to spread the word about upcoming Entrance Testing opportunities in regional centers on May 13th and June 11th as outlined below:
Saturday 13th May – 09:00. Venues are:
• Nairobi: Sarova Pan Afric Hotel
• Dar es Salaam: Protea Hotel Courtyard
• Windhoek: Avani Hotel
• Gaborone: Avani Gaborone Hotel
• Harare: Bronte Hotel
Saturday 10 June – 09:00: Maputo: VIP Hotel
I am hoping that by now everyone is using the correct bank account number for electronic payments. The details are available on the school website:
Please remember that at the end of every term I publish a report about the school which can be found at the following link: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/2017-04-08-schoolreport-1.pdf It is substantially the same as my report to the Governing Council. It is published on the website in the interests of transparency. Please feel free to ask me any questions about it.
Reminder: Important dates
● 13 May – Regional Entrance Testing
● 16 May – Classes resume
● 10 June – Entrance Testing in Maputo
● 18 November – IB2 Graduation
From the PSA
The Annual Golf Day will be on the 29/10/17. We would like to apply to all families to help with prizes for the players.
Link families - we encourage all local families to join the link families programme and host a boarder student. For more information please contact Frances Pang email@example.com
Food Committee – Fiona Millin is our new representative at the school’s food committee, replacing Galit Torgeman. The PSA is supporting the school’s effort to make the Tuck Shop a healthier option.
School’s renovations – the PSA has been updated and approved the renovation process and the next plans to improve the learning experience at school.
PSA LOGO- Congratulations to Tal Leizer (F5); his design won the PSA favour. Thank you very much Tal.
Thank you – after more than 10 years on the PSA, Galit Torgeman has retired. Thank you Galit for your contribution and support over the years. As you know, you can check out- but never leave :)
Parents that would like to join the PSA; please contact our secretary Wendy Green-Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org The next meeting is schedule for 5/6/17.
PSA AGM 22/6/17 – All parents are invited. The AMG is before the teacher- parents evening.
If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at email@example.com 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.