Newsletter 34/2017

PSA Golf Day

Last Sunday, golfers came from all corners of Swaziland to Nkonyeni Golf Estate to participate in our Annual PSA Golf Day. The event was attended by individual golfers, golfers from companies, as well as Waterford staff, parents, alumni and students. Well done to the PSA team for putting together such an incredible event. To read more about the event and its sponsors, please click here.

Halloween Social

The SRC has organized a Halloween Social tonight for students. Starting time is 07:00 PM in the CCLD. Entrance is FREE for those who dress up in a ‘scary’ way. Judges will be there to evaluate the best dressed; otherwise the entrance fee will be E5. Food and drinks will be sold throughout the event. The Social will end at 10:00pm for the junior school: Forms 1, 2 and 3 and 11:00pm for the senior school: Form 4 to IB2. Transport is offered to bring day students up, the pick-up point is Karlyn Center (The Cold Room) at 6:00pm, however they must be collected at the end of the evening by parents and guardians.

Form 5 Graduation

We are exactly one week away from our Form 5 Graduation, which will take place next Friday, November 10th, at 3:00pm in the Assembly Hall. Due to limited seating space in the hall, the lower school will not be attending the ceremony. At the end of the school day (2:40pm), Forms 1, 2 and 3 students should either return to the hostel if they are boarders, or go home on the bus if they are day students. There will be no afternoon activities on this day. The logistics of the actual graduation were explained in last week’s newsletter and should you need to know any more information, please free to contact Tracey Stewart on principal@waterford.sz.

IB Graduation Ceremony

The IB2 Graduation Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 18th of November at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha. The event will start at 5:30 pm. The IB2 Class of 2017 is a cohort of 120 students representing 40 different nationalities. The graduation ceremony will include the presentation of certificates, musical performances and speeches. The event will end with dinner and further entertainment. Tickets will be available from the Bursar’s Office as from Monday, November the 6th between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. The price is E400.00 per ticket, payable by cash or card only. Please note that tickets will not be charged to the account.

Graduation Policy (After Parties)

With our Form 5 and IB2 Graduation ceremonies coming up, 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 here.

Fees – Repeat

We are approaching the end of the school year, and we would like to remind all parents that we do not carry arrears into the New Year. Should fees still be due it could result in your child / children not being allowed back in 2018. Our accounts close at the end of October and all fees should be cleared by then. Please contact Tricia Fraser on 2422-1639 (pfraser@waterford.sz) or the bursar on 2422-0866 (bursar@waterford.sz) if you have any questions or queries.

Long outstanding debts

We would also like to appeal to those who fail to meet their obligations to please be aware of the steps we take to ensure the collection of fees. These can be found in our Debtors policy which is on our website. I would like to inform all parents that we have appointed debt collectors as stated in last week’s newsletter. We have appointed TL Dlamini & Associates locally and CeeBee Debt Management Services in South Africa.

Alumni newsletter

Our alumni newsletter for October is out. To read the newsletter, please click here.

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. To apply, click here.

Sporting Activities

Soccer: Last Saturday our staff soccer team participated in a soccer tournament at Enjabulweni in Manzini. This is an annual soccer tournament that includes other schools within and outside of Swaziland. We are proud of our staff team for defending the championship; they have lifted up the trophy for two consecutive years now!

Reminder: Important dates

• 10th November – Form 5 Graduation

• 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 33/2017

It’s Here! The PSA Golf Day

The annual PSA Golf Day takes place at Nkonyeni Golf Estate this Sunday the 29th of October, starting at 08:00. The Golf Day is the primary fundraiser of the Waterford Kamhlaba Parent Staff Association (PSA). All funds raised are allocated to projects in and around the school and used to improve the academic, residential and cross-cultural experience of Waterford Kamhlaba students. A significant portion of the funds raised are allocated to Community Service projects. We thank all parents who have contributed towards the Golf day. The PSA have worked very hard in putting this day together and we wish them every success.

Exams

The Form 4 and IB1 students finished their exams this week. They will return to class as normal next week. The IB2s begin their exams next week and we wish them the best of luck.

Form 4 Survivor Trip

Today our Form 4s left for Malolotja Nature Reserve to participate in “Survivor”. They will return to school tomorrow at approximately 4:00pm. The aim of this experience is to propel the students, as young people, into challenging situations that will require them to be resourceful and creative in problem solving. We have already received reports from the staff who are attending to say that despite the weather, the students are trying to stay warm and as dry as possible whilst still having a good time.

End Hunger Walk

On Sunday, some of our more junior students will participate in the End Hunger Walk. Students who have signed up for this trip are advised that the buses will leave school at 07.45 am from the main gate. Students will receive a packed breakfast. It is a 5km walk and we expect to be back at school by 11:00 am. Students are reminded to dress suitably to walk and to wear or apply adequate sun protection. The students will be accompanied by Mrs Fiona Mills.

First Aid Training

On Wednesday and Thursday this week a number of staff members, from across all departments, participated in First Aid Training held at the school. The training was conducted by the Emergency Medical Rescue College which is in partnership with the University Of Swaziland (UNISWA). As a school, we take First Aid seriously because we feel it is important that we have skilled people who can provide first line support in the event of an accident or ill-health situation. We had participants from housekeeping, maintenance, kitchen staff, hostels, teaching and administration. For more information, please click here.

Form 2 History Trip

On Tuesday next week the Form 2 History students will travel on an educational trip to the Swaziland National Archives, the Swazi Museum and the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park. The bus will leave the school at 08:15 am and return at 4:00 pm on the same day. The students will be accompanied by Mrs. Muyambo, Ms. Ware and Mr. Gambe.

Fees

We are approaching the end of the school year, and we would like to remind all parents that we do not carry arrears into the New Year. Should fees still be due it could result in your child / children not being allowed back in 2018. Our accounts close at the end of October and all fees should be cleared by then. Please contact Tricia Fraser on 2422-1639 (pfraser@waterford.sz) or the bursar on 2422-0866 (bursar@waterford.sz) if you have any questions or queries.

Long outstanding debts

We would also like to appeal to those who fail to meet their obligations to please be aware of the steps we take to ensure the collection of fees. These can be found in our Debtors policy which is on our website. I would like to inform all parents that we have appointed debt collectors as stated in last week’s newsletter. We have appointed TL Dlamini & Associates locally and CeeBee Debt Management Services in South Africa.

SRC Social

The SRC Social will take place next week Friday evening starting at 7:00pm. The Social will end at 10:00pm for the junior school: Forms 1, 2 and 3 and 11:00pm for the senior school: Form 4 to IB2. Transport will be offered to bring day students up, however they must be picked up at the end of the evening by parents and guardians.

Form 5 Graduation

We are exactly two weeks away from our Form 5 Graduation, which will take place on Friday, November 10th, at 3:00pm in the Assembly Hall. Due to limited seating space in the hall, the lower school will not be attending the ceremony. At the end of the school day (2:40pm), Forms 1, 2 and 3 students should either return to the hostel if they are boarders, or go home on the bus if they are day students. There will be no afternoon activities on this day. Each student is entitled to two seats in the Assembly hall. Students have been told that should they require more than two seats, they must negotiate the extra seat with another Form 5 student who will not need his or her two seats. We ask that you please arrive at the latest at 2:30pm in order for you to be seated promptly before the start of the event at 3:00pm. We do not have a seating plan and therefore the earlier you get here, the better the seat you will get. I must emphasize that we will not be allowing any late arrivals into the assembly hall, as at 2:50pm we will be giving the left over seats to siblings who are students and Form 4 students who wish to attend. The graduating Form 5 students must assemble in the CCLD at 2:00pm. Once the event starts at 3:00pm no one, including Form 5 students who are late, will be allowed into the assembly hall. The Form 5 students will be treated to a dinner at Sibane Lodge that evening, supervised by staff. They will be transported to and from Sibane with the school bus. Students who will not return to school that evening on the school bus must be picked up by parents from Sibane by 10:30pm. Parents must present themselves to the supervising staff when picking the students up. This is in the interest and safety of our students. Thank you for your understanding. We are all looking forward to this year’s Graduation event. Please help us make it a success. Should you have any queries in this regard, please email Tracey Stewart on principal@waterford.sz.

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. To apply, click here.

Calendar Errata:

It has come to our attention that there is an error on the 2018 year calendar in which the 20th of April is designated as the end of Term 1. However, it is the King’s Birthday on the 19th of April which is a public holiday in Swaziland. Therefore the last day of Term 1 will be Wednesday 18th of April 2018 and the buses will leave on Thursday the 19th of April 2018. If you have already made travel arrangements for your child for next April, please contact Mr King : travel@waterford.sz If you have not yet made arrangements, please do take note of the change of dates. We apologise for the error and any inconvenience caused as a result.

Sporting Activities

Soccer: The male staff soccer team will participate in a soccer tournament at Enjabulweni in Manzini tomorrow, starting at 08:30 am. We wish them well.

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 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

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