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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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