Effects of recent US policy changes on UWC community
There has been widespread news and global outcry in the past week about recent developments in the United States. Almost everyone, including the entire UWC movement, has been concerned about the effects of recent US policy and in particular the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on our current, former and future UWC students both inside and outside of the US. Our International Office has reported outpouring of solidarity, activity, outreach and support across the UWC movement which has been a ray of light in a difficult situation. The UWC community spirit is certainly something to be proud of. UWC is committed to preparing young people to work towards a peaceful and more just world with a view to stopping terrorism and violence. As part of the UWC community ourselves, we believe that a peaceful world can best be realized through building bridges and engaging in an education which is based on respect, celebrating diversity and shared humanity. It is our firm conviction that the indiscriminate exclusion of refugees and nationals of certain countries will be counterproductive and potentially fuel further conflict. In this regard the UWC International Office has issued a statement which can be found on: https://www.uwc.org/about/news/uwc-international-statement-about-us-executive-order
Congratulations Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher
A Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA alumna, Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher, has been appointed as Director of Education at UWC International. She is a Swazi national who graduated at Waterford Kamhlaba in 1983. She will officially join the London office in August 2017 from the United Nations International School in New York.
About the school, she had this to say: “Waterford Kamhlaba UWC was a kingdom within a kingdom. Amazing things were taking place every day as we were taught all our academic subjects and about the world around us. Student advocacy was strong then and continues to be today. The drive to make a difference beyond community service propelled us to want to be up to date with current affairs. I would say it made me confident as a person, and more aware of the dynamics of the world around me. Being in a school with students from all over the world, enabled me to appreciate others and their cultures and what was happening.”
Help us congratulate our alumna Proserpina on her new appointment!! You can read more here: https://www.uwc.org/about/news/uwcio-director-education
Unveiling of the Alumni Avenue
Tonight marks the official unveiling of the Alumni Avenue. The Alumni Avenue gives our alumni a chance to have their names written on the walls of Waterford Kamhlaba. This Avenue aims to encourage giving back to the Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA family, as well as giving the school alumni an opportunity to leave their mark on campus. For more information about the Avenue, go to: https://www.waterford.sz/alumni/alumni-opportunities.php
Exeat Rules in the GIB
The Exeat rules as published in the school’s General Information Booklet (GIB) have undergone substantial revision after lengthy discussions with student representatives and residential staff over the past few months. The latest revisions were only approved this past Monday. This new version can be found on the school website at: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/gib-2017-01-30-approved.pdf
The principal’s report (Term 3 2016) can be found on the school website: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/school-report-term-3-2016.pdf.pagespeed.ce.A4TK8hj9JS.pdf
Theatre Sports Tonight
The first of many Theater Sports events for 2017 will be held tonight in the assembly hall. The event starts at 7:00pm and usually lasts about an hour. Please do come along, it promises to be an evening of fun.
Basketball: Last week Thursday our basketball team (boys and girls) left for a tournament at the American International School of Johannesburg. The tournament involved teams from 6 countries. Our senior girls and boys were placed in position 3 and 7 out of 14 respectively, while the junior boys team were placed in position 9 out of 14. The teams returned to campus on Sunday.
Staff Soccer: On Wednesday, 01 February 2017, our staff soccer team (male) played against Correctional Services soccer team. Both teams played 3-3 draw in an exciting game that was played at the school’s sports ground.
Please be advised that the final calendar that was sent out by email to all parents has a discrepancy in the end of term dates. Due to the Easter weekend, classes will end at 1:00pm on Wednesday April 12th and buses will depart on Thursday morning, April 13th. We regret any inconvenience this has caused.
Reminder: Important dates
• 15 February – Form 1 Meet the Teachers (13:30)
• 24 February – 28 February (inclusive) Mid-term
• 11 March – Entrance Testing for the Forms and IB
• 18 March – Entrance Testing for the Forms only
• 8 April – UWC Day
• 13 April – School closes, buses depart for Johannesburg
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