Newsletter 22/2017

Fernando Honwana Scholarship

During this week’s assembly I took time to talk about an event I attended in Mozambique last Thursday night. It was the re-launch of the National Committee in Mozambique. It was a high level and amazing gala dinner with dignitaries, including Mrs. Graca Machel, wife of former Mozambican President Samora Machel and eventually wife to former South African President Nelson Mandela. Other dignitaries included Mrs. Honwana, widow of Fernando Honwana, Foreign policy advisor to Samora Machel and Luis Honwana, brother to Fernando.

I took time to explain the connection to Waterford, including its significance to the school. Fernando Honwana was a Waterford student from 1964 – 1969, becoming head boy in his final year at the school. His children were also here in the 1990s. Fernando played a significant part in the liberation struggle of Mozambique, and contributed immensely to social justice, peace and stability in the region.

At the dinner last week, I announced the implementation of an annual scholarship in honour of Fernando Honwana to be offered by the Mozambique National Committee. I challenged the students to also make small and big contributions to their societies and the world post Waterford. I told them that while they may not be human rights or liberation struggle activists like Fernando, they may still identify their own way through which they can contribute to the betterment of the world. At the end of the day, this is what UWC is about. The 24 hour run taking place today and tomorrow is an opportunity to make such a contribution – to touch lives of people outside of the Waterford community, because all donations made will go towards community service programme at the school.

24 Hour Run Sponsorship

Mrs. Lowry and I have decided that we are going to run for the parents’ team in today’s 24 hour run. I am appealing to any parent across the world who has not yet been approached to sponsor anyone, to consider sponsoring me and / or Mrs. Lowry. You could either sponsor a fixed amount or you could consider incentivizing us by sponsoring us per lap – don’t worry, we won’t do much more than about 30 laps, no matter what the incentive!

Remember, it all goes to a good cause – to raise money to fund nearly 50 community service projects in which our students are involved on a weekly basis. These projects have such a positive impact on the greater Mbabane and Swaziland community.

Also, if you are around town, please feel free to come up the hill at any time and support the runners. There will be lots to eat and drink at Café Kamhlaba.

24 Hour Run Sleeping Arrangements:

Form 1-3: ‘A’ block- separate classrooms for boys and girls

Form 4-5 girls: Form 1 classrooms

Form 4-5 Boys: Assembly Hall

IB Students: Emhlabeni Common Room and Emhlabeni T V Room

After the event tomorrow, buses will depart at 14.45 to Mbabane stops and Ezulwini to take day scholars home. Day scholars need to bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and warm clothes as it will be cold tonight.

Huge Tent on Campus!

Most people on campus have been asking themselves about the purpose of the giant tent that is taking up a small portion of the field. The use of the tent was provided to us by Swaziland Correctional Services and it will be used during the 24hr run - it will be removed on Monday. Its main purpose is to serve as an indoor area for students and staff to shield themselves from the cold. Since the 24hr run will be structured a little differently from previous years, as it will incorporate the annual fete, the tent will also be used to house the stalls that would normally be a part of the fete.

Alumni Social

Our Swazi based alumni will have a braai event on campus tomorrow, starting at 5:30pm.

Old Mutual Sponsors 10th Annual Careers Fair

On Wednesday, 12th July 2017, Old Mutual Swaziland announced a sponsorship to the value of E30 000 for the 10th Annual Careers Fair which will be held at the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre on the 26th July 2017. The school is happy about the continued partnership with Old Mutual regarding the Careers Fair. For more information about the sponsorship announcement, please click through the link below: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-07-12-old-mutual-sponsors-waterford

Glam Trash Fashion Show

Last Friday evening, the Glam Trash Fashion Bash was held in the school dining hall. It was a spectacular event where we saw the talent of some of our students being displayed. The student’s got a chance to showcase their creativity and design skills in an unconventional way.

Screenshot - Capturing the UWC experience in Words

The Screenshot is finally complete! This is a compilation of written pieces by the members of Waterford Kamhlaba about their experiences and thoughts on the UWC movement. It is an attempt at capturing a beautiful but also sometimes elusive concept of UWC, through the words of the people making this movement. To access the Screenshot, go to: https://writingclubwk.wordpress.com

BraveGirl Camp

The BraveGirl team kindly asks for assistance in a student-led initiative to be held on the Waterford Kamhlaba campus in August this year. BraveGirl will be a week-long camp (Monday 14 to Saturday 19 August) bringing Swazi teenage girls from schools around Mbabane to engage in discussions surrounding women’s empowerment in an urban Swazi context. The project will combine a five night girls’ residency camp, which includes a day-long job shadowing experience (Thursday 17 August) with a preceding training for teachers from those secondary schools and camp counsellors.

The support of parents and the entire Swazi community is essential to realize this program and implement tangible changes in the lives of these girls and the future of the Swazi nation. If you are able to assist please email the BraveGirl team at bravegirlcamp@gmail.com

From the Link Group

The term for the heads of the Link Group has come to an end. We would like to thank Aliki Antoniou, Merlin Keitz and Onele Bikitsha for all the hard work, determination, commitment and creativity they put in to Link Group. They have now handed over the baton to our new heads, Bianca Sodala, Alline Ibraimo, Tivele Dlamini, Nothando Mamba and Anne-Luna Ohlsen. Five heads seems a lot but there was a reason for this - term 3 falls in the first half of the term in office and this is a busy time for the form fives so the IBs would, in a sense, take over and the same applies towards the end of their term when the IBs are drowned in work – the form 5s will take over. We hope this change brings efficiency and that the new dynamics bring a greater Link Group. Thank you to the previous heads and congratulations to the new ones; we look forward to the year ahead with you.

UWC Africa Week 2017

UWC Africa Week 2017 promises to be exciting! Parents are invited to attend this year’s UWC Africa week, which has the theme: Unscrambling Africa. The week runs from next Wednesday 19th July – Monday 24th July. This is a student-driven event aimed at igniting debate on perspectives about Africa. It is a platform from which participants can explore the plethora of cultures and examine the salient issues impacting Africa, Africans and the African Diaspora. For more information about the event, go to UWC Africa Week website: http://uwcafricaweek.org/

Visual Arts Exhibition 2017 - Repeat

On 21 – 24 July 2017 the school will host an arts exhibition event during the following times:

Friday 21st July 8.00-3.00

Friday 21st July 7.00pm - (by invitation only).The exhibition will be opened by Ms. Thandile Nxumalo (Swaziland WK 1980-84, UWC Adriatic College 1985-88) CEO, Sanlam Investment Management, Swaziland. Member- WK Governing Council

Saturday 22nd July 8.00-300

Mon 24th July 8.00-3.00

Parents are welcome to attend the arts exhibition event.

Sporting Activities

Netball: Tomorrow our under 14 and 18 girls netball teams travel to Kazakhali high school for a netball festival.

Soccer: Tomorrow our under 14 and 18 boys soccer teams travel to Bahai high school for a soccer festival.

Reminder: Important dates

● 19th – 25th July – Africa Week

● 21st July – Official Opening of the Visual Arts Exhibition

● 22nd July – Dick Eyeington Soccer Tournament

● 23rd July - TEDeX

● 26th July - Swaziland Careers Fair

● 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 21/2017

Welcome

Please join me as I welcome our new IT Director Ms. Stacy Henwood. She is taking over from Mr. Duncan Colhoun. We wish her well as she gets settled at Waterford. She had a baptism of fire when much of the system went down on Monday morning, her first morning here. We did manage to get most of it up by the end of the day, but it was a day with high levels of frustration in many quarters.

Earphones and headphones

During this week’s assembly I spoke about our UWC identity; which I said could be summed up in one word: “relationship”. What does this mean - being in a relationship? The words or characteristics that relationship is about are: mutual respect, trust, integrity, interest in one another, empathy, sense of humour, humility and the ability to apologize when you make a mistake. At Waterford we are committed to our students’ growth into being the best people they can be. We want them to become the best they can. One of the most important aspects when you are in a relationship is listening. We need to be fully attuned to other people and to what is going on around us so that we can be in relationship with those that make up our community. In a school, in which people come from so many backgrounds and social circumstances, our learning and growth as individuals can only be enhanced and honed by being fully alive to those about us.

My challenge to the students is that I don’t believe they can be fully alive and connected with those around them, if they have devices plugged into their ears for much of their time at school. A significant minority of students are plugged in for much of the day, which can only have the effect of them not being attentive to what is going on around them. I reminded them that the rules prohibit these devices in the classroom block and challenged them to simply limit their usage to the privacy of their own bedrooms / cubicles. The challenge is: why not make Waterford an earphone / headphone free environment, in which we focus on our relationships with others and perhaps, more importantly, our academic and other activities here at school, instead of being distracted all the time by our own devices?

I appeal to families to reinforce our messaging from home and encourage their children to either leave their devices at home or in their cubicles.

Lost property

Some parents have complained that their children’s belongings have gone missing. May I appeal to all to please return to reception any items that are left lying about. Those who have lost items remember to check at reception. An appeal to parents: please label your children’s belongings to assist if items do go missing.

Professor Adam Habib Visit

Last week Saturday, Professor Adam Habib, the Wits University Vice Chancellor gave a stimulating talk to an audience comprised of Waterford staff, parents, alumni and students. For more information about the talk, go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-07-04-professor-habib-speaks-at-waterford . Thank you to everyone who came to support this event.

Camfed Visit

This weekend the school is visited by Fiona Mavhinga from Camfed - an international organization that tackles poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school. During her visit, Fiona will get to interact with students and teachers. She is travelling with her husband and three children aged 4, 8 and 11. They will be leaving on Sunday morning. Please join me as I wish them a good stay at Waterford.

Glam Trash Fashion Bash

The Glam Trash Fashion Bash will be held this evening in the Dining Hall, starting at 6:30. This is an event where the students showcase fashionwear made from recycled materials. Each model has a designer and only recycled material can be used. We are sure to see some amazing artwork. Everyone is invited to attend, the entry fee is E8 to be paid at the door.

24 Hour Run Information for the Newsletter

We are a week away from the 24 Hour Run. Here is some important information about the event. This event is the major fund raiser this year for our community service programme. Participants are organised into teams and we have 25 teams comprising students, staff, parents and alumni. The individual participants will be sponsored per lap or as a total amount in order to raise money. We encourage all our students to take part and parents are also welcome to come and walk or run some laps. Café Kamhlaba and various other food stalls will be serving coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as other lovely things to eat so please feel free to come and join us.

The event starts at 2pm on Friday 14th July and finishes at 2pm on Saturday 15th July. Due to this, the timetable will change next week and Wednesday 12th July will follow a full Friday timetable from 8-4. Friday the 14th July will follow a normal Wednesday timetable starting with assembly and tutor period and school will finish at 1pm. Lunch will then be served and the 24 Hour Run will start at 2pm. There will be no town run on Friday and the day scholar buses will run once on Friday leaving school at 4.30pm. Dinner on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday will be provided in the Cafeteria for all students participating, lunch on Saturday will not be provided but students will receive lunch vouchers to spend at the food stalls. There will be food and drink available to buy over the whole 24 hours from various stalls. There will be pregos, boerewors rolls, chickens, waffles, pancakes, cakes, biscuits, sandwiches and baguettes as well as coffee, tea and hot chocolate all through the night. All students will be accommodated on campus overnight and there will be defined areas for sleeping. Teachers and CMG will be on duty all night.

Sleeping Arrangements:

Form 1-3: ‘A’ block- separate classrooms for boys and girls

Form 4-5 girls: Form 1 classrooms

Form 4-5 Boys: Assembly Hall

IB Students: Emhlabeni Common Room and Emhlabeni T V Room

After the event on Saturday, buses will depart at 14.45 to Mbabane stops and Ezulwini to take day scholars home. Day scholars need to bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and warm clothes as it will be cold overnight. There will be safe areas for them to leave their belongings during the day on Friday.

Café Kamhlaba needs donations of cakes and biscuits and we would be very grateful if parents could make contributions to this. The cakes can be brought to the Comserve room anytime on Friday.

Visual Arts Exhibition 2017

On 21 – 24 July 2017 the school will host an arts exhibition event during the following times:

Friday 21st July 8.00-3.00

Friday 21st July 7.00pm - (by invitation only).The exhibition will be opened by Ms. Thandile Nxumalo (Swaziland WK 1980-84, UWC Adriatic College 1985-88) CEO, Sanlam Investment Management, Swaziland. Member- WK Governing Council

Saturday 22nd July 8.00-300

Mon 24th July 8.00-3.00

Parents are welcome to attend the arts exhibition event.

University Matters

Next week we host 2 college visits. Luther College will present at 6.30pm on Monday evening in Emhlabeni and Earlham College will present at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon in the Lecture Lab. Parents are more than welcome. Application season is fast approaching for our IB2s – please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Storer at careers@waterford.sz should you have any questions about this important process.

Africa Week - Repeat

Parents are invited to attend this year’s UWC Africa week, which has the theme: Unscrambling Africa. The week runs from Wednesday 19th July – Monday 24th July. This is a student-driven event aimed at igniting debate on perspectives about Africa. It is a platform from which participants can explore the plethora of cultures and examine the salient issues impacting Africa, Africans and the African Diaspora. For more information about the event, go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-04-26-uwc-africa-week-unscrambling-africa

Sporting Activities

Basketball: Tomorrow our under 18 basketball boys and girls travel to Enjabulweni to participate in a tournament.

Soccer: Tomorrow our under 16 and 20 soccer boys travel to U-Tech for a soccer tournament.

Reminder: Important dates

● 14th and 15th July – 24 Hour Run

● 21st July – Official Opening of the Visual Arts Exhibition

● 22nd July – Dick Eyeington Soccer Tournament

● 26th July - Swaziland Careers Fair

● 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 20/2017

Farewell

Today we bade farewell to two members of staff. The first is Mr. Duncan Colhoun who was Waterford’s IT Director since 2014. Duncan has served the school diligently. We take this opportunity to wish him well in his future plans. The second one is Mr. Simon Ramsey who joined Waterford from our sister college, UWC Red Cross Nordic. He was covering classes for Mrs. Kirstie Van Rensburg who was away for the month of June. We thank Simon for being with us in the past month.

Professor Adam Habib Visits Waterford

Tomorrow, Saturday 1st July 2017, the school will be visited by Professor Adam Habib, Vice-chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Johannesburg. He will speak on the topic: “A comment on current affairs in South Africa, Africa and beyond,” during a discussion 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

From The 24 Hour Run Team: Café Kamhlaba at the 24 Hour Run

It is two weeks to go! We are looking for parents to assist with shifts to run the 24 hour cafe and to help supervise the students running the cafe. The cafe will be open for the full 24 hours so we want to offer the students a variety of snacks to keep up their energy, especially in the early morning. There will be special slots when you could promote your goodies, for example, there will be a ‘Rolex Hour’ run by Ms. Patel. Rolex is Ugandan street food and will only be available for an hour. Many parents have their own specialties and we would like to invite you to market your own brand of goodies. We would also like to offer easy snacks, so if anyone is willing to make and donate samosas, mini sausage rolls, mini meatballs and mini kebabs, all donations will be welcomed. Also, any parents willing to donate tins of hot chocolate drinks powders, milk and packets of cup-a-soups and noodle soups. The more we get as donations the less we can charge our students. Thank you so much, you can contact Billi Grey on WhatsApp: +27 829229626, cell no: +268 7810 2419.

Africa Week

Parents are invited to attend this year’s UWC Africa week, which has the theme: Unscrambling Africa. The week runs from Wednesday 19th July – Monday 24th July. This is a student-driven event aimed at igniting debate on perspectives about Africa. It is a platform from which participants can explore the plethora of cultures and examine the salient issues impacting Africa, Africans and the African Diaspora. For more information about the event, go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-04-26-uwc-africa-week-unscrambling-africa

UWCSEA Chair Visit

As I mentioned last week, the Chair of UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA), Anna Lord, visited Waterford on Wednesday the 28th June 2017. She was accompanied by her 3 children. She addressed this week’s assembly, after which she took a tour of the campus, before travelling to Motshane to see Comserve sites which are supported by UWCSEA. It was a pleasure to have her at Waterford. At the end of her visit to the school, she sent me this warm message:

“Thank you so much for welcoming us both into your home and to Waterford. We have had such an amazing time this week and learned so much. It’s an incredible school. We’re leaving with a renewed passion for UWC and service, in particular.”

Fulbright Specialist at Waterford

Dr. Charlotte Martin, a Fulbright Specialist, will be visiting Waterford for the month of July to engage in professional development in the areas of spectroscopy, spectrometry, laboratory-safety and reverse classes. Dr. Martin is a chemist and specialist educator who hails from New York City where she works for the City University of New York. We are happy to have her at Waterford. For more information about her profile, go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-06-29-dr-charlotte-martin-visits-waterford

Community Service News

In the last few weeks we have been busy with various projects. We visited Mpaka Refugee Camp in the middle of June and had a successful day helping with sorting and tidying the library there. We also planted vegetable seedlings in the vegetable garden and, as always, had fun playing with the children who live in the camp. We also took part in an environmental clean-up walk in partnership with SOS Village to tidy the road and river area on the Waterford hill. A small group of students also took part in a project called Paint the World. This project involved painting homesteads in the Mahlanya area as well as playing with the children who live in those areas.

The visiting UWCSEA chair, Anna Lord, also went to see some of the community service projects that we are involved in. UWCSEA raises money for Waterford’s Community Service Programme through their programme called Waterford Kamhlaba Community Service Support Group. They pay for the Vision Comserve, in which we test the eye sight of Grade 4 pupils. After testing, we refer the children with possible problems to an optometrist who then does a thorough screening. Any glasses or medication needed by the children is paid for by UWCSEA. They have also supported Motshane Hope House, Sobhiyozo Pre-School, Waterford Pre-school, Bee-Leaf, the new bee keeping project on campus and AWARE, our animal awareness and rabies education programme. We thank them for their continued support and partnership.

This weekend we welcome 26 students from Emvimbeko High school, who are taking part in a peer mentorship programme with our IB 1 students. They will spend the day with us tomorrow.

Entrepreneurship Week

Waterford Entrepreneurship week ends tomorrow. The event seeks to encourage our students with great business ideas and dreams, to turn their dreams into a reality. Amongst other things there was a “mock shark tank” where the students presented their business ideas in front of a panel of judges. Tomorrow there will be a fair on campus, where the students will present a live version of their ideas and sell a product / service in a real life situation.

Alumni Series: Music and Business Talk

Yesterday, 29th June 2017, the Advancement Office hosted a music and business talk with Swazi Jive Records founder and entrepreneur Sakhile Nkambule, Swazi Jive Records president and producer Lihle Dlamini and the Swazi songstress, Velemseni Ndzimandze. These are all Waterford alumni and they facilitated a discussion about business and the music Industry - how to make a living out of music. They shared the different paths they took after IB2, including university life and how they deal with the daily pressures of being in the music industry.

10th Annual Swaziland Careers Fair – Repeat

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 careers@wateford.sz

2018 calendar – Repeat

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

Sporting Activities

Tomorrow our U18 Volleyball teams are participating in a volleyball tournament which will be hosted by the school.

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

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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