Newsletter 03/2017

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

Principal’s report

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.

Sporting Activities

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.

Errata

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

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 02/2017

As we begin a new academic year with young adults, I thought the piece below would be of interest.

“How to raise an adult: Break Free of the Over-parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success”

The above book can be found in the WK library and is one of a number of titles that investigates the modern trend of over- or helicopter parenting. The author lists 8 skills that any child should have by the time they are 18. An article summarizing these exploded on Facebook in December. I reprint it here for your interest (and perhaps action):

• An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers: Faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store clerks, human resource managers, coworkers, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics — in the real world. The crutch: We teach kids not to talk to strangers instead of teaching the more nuanced skill of how to discern the few bad strangers from the mostly good ones. Thus, kids end up not knowing how to approach strangers — respectfully and with eye contact — for the help, guidance, and direction they will need out in the world.

• An 18-year-old must be able to find his way around: A campus, the town in which her summer internship is located, or the city where he is working or studying abroad. The crutch: We drive or accompany our children everywhere, even when a bus, their bicycle, or their own feet could get them there; thus, kids don’t know the route for getting from here to there, how to cope with transportation options and snafus, when and how to fill the car with gas, or how to make and execute transportation plans.

• An 18-year-old must be able to manage his assignments, workload, and deadlines. The crutch: We remind kids when their homework is due and when to do it — sometimes helping them do it, sometimes doing it for them; thus, kids don’t know how to prioritize tasks, manage workload, or meet deadlines, without regular reminders.

• An 18-year-old must be able to contribute to the running of a household: The crutch: We don’t ask them to help much around the house because the check-listed childhood leaves little time in the day for anything aside from academic and extracurricular work; thus, kids don’t know how to look after their own needs, respect the needs of others, or do their fair share for the good of the whole.

• An 18-year-old must be able to handle interpersonal problems. The crutch: We step in to solve misunderstandings and soothe hurt feelings for them; thus, kids don’t know how to cope with and resolve conflicts without our intervention.

• An 18-year-old must be able to cope with ups and down: Courses and workloads, college- level work, competition, tough teachers, bosses, and others. The crutch: We step in when things get hard, finish the task, extend the deadline, and talk to the adults; thus, kids don’t know that in the normal course of life things won’t always go their way, and that they’ll be okay regardless.

• An 18-year-old must be able to earn and manage money. The crutch: They don’t hold part-time jobs; they receive money from us for whatever they want or need; thus, kids don’t develop a sense of responsibility for completing job tasks, accountability to a boss who doesn’t inherently love them, or an appreciation for the cost of things and how to manage money.

• An 18-year-old must be able to take risks. The crutch: We’ve laid out their entire path for them and have avoided all pitfalls or prevented all stumbles for them; thus, kids don’t develop the wise understanding that success comes only after trying and failing and trying again (a.k.a. “grit”) or the thick skin (a.k.a. “resilience”) that comes from coping when things have gone wrong. Remember: our kids must be able to do all of these things without resorting to calling a parent on the phone. If they’re calling us to ask how, they do not have the life skill.

The original article can be found at: http://www.businessinsider.com/former-stanford-dean-shares-the-8-skills-everyone-should-have-by-age-18-2016-4 The book is published by Henry Holt & Co., 2015. I would be happy for any local parent to borrow the book, using their child’s library privilege if they wish.

SRC Social

Tonight the SRC is holding their first social of the year. This is an evening where the students from all the forms get to interact as well as listen to music and dance. Doors will open at 7 pm, with an entrance fee of E5. Transport will be available from town (the pick-up point outside the former Cold Room) for day students. Parents and guardians are reminded to fetch their children from campus at the end of the evening, as there will be no school transport back to town. For the lower school (Forms 1, 2 and 3), pick up time is 22:00 and for the upper school (Form 4 and 5, IB1 and 2), it is 23:00. Students are reminded that the rules of the GIB apply at the school social.

US Ambassador Visits Waterford Kamhlaba

The United States Ambassador to Swaziland, Lisa Peterson together with a delegation from the US embassy in Swaziland visited Waterford Kamhlaba on Wednesday 25 January 2017. Ms. Peterson spoke to a large audience of students and her engaging personality and relaxed style soon won over the audience. Peterson spoke at length about America’s assistance to Swaziland, especially under the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). After her presentation, the students were given an opportunity to ask questions. For more information go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-01-27-us-ambassador-visits-waterford-kamhlaba

IGCSE results 2017

Waterford Kamhlaba’s Form Five Class of 2016 was able to uphold the school’s impressive performance in their final IGCSE exams. We congratulate the Form 5 Class of 2016 for an incredible pass rate in their IGCSE results. We had 82 candidates sitting for the exams. An impressive 93.9% percent of the students obtained 5 A - C. We also had high performers in Mathematics, English and Science, with 51 students (62 percent) achieving 5 A - C grades. The number of students that achieved 5 A/A* and above is 46. Our top students were Zamakhosi Magagula, Simon Lowry, Daeun Kim, Sparsh Gautem and Nokuthaba Ndiweni.

WK Road Etiquette

This is a reminder to our parents to give our buses space on the hill to and from the school. Please note that due to the nature and size of our road, our buses sometimes require two lanes, particularly around the bends. I also ask that those parents who drop their children off in the morning, please either drop them off at the main gate or use the visitors parking. Please do not proceed to the top parking as it causes congestion and creates a shortage of parking space for our off-campus staff. I know that driving up and down the hill can be very frustrating, but sometimes we just have to make do with the space we have and keep our students safe.

Swimming Gala

On the 20th January 2017 the Waterford Swimming Team left for the American International School of Johannesburg to compete in a swimming gala. Our team left in good cheer, had a great weekend and excelled. We made 60 finals in total, many of which were first place. It was the cheerful and supportive spirit in which our team participated that truly reflected the encouraging attitude of our swimmers and their firm adoption of the UWC principles and ethos. We are very proud of the swimming team.

Unveiling of the Alumni Avenue

Next week Friday, 03 February 2017, 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

From the Link Group

The Link Group will be conducting exciting events in the year 2017. To those who may not know the Link Group; it is an extra-curricular activity, headed by Merlin, Aliki, Onele and Mr Pontuti, that links us with other UWCs. It organizes cultural events. What are these cultural events, you may ask? Well, this term there is the Holi Festival coming up, which is a Hindu festival, filled with brightly colored powder and great music. Another upcoming event is the Mother Tongue Day, which is a day for the celebration of the many languages within the community. Lastly, there is the UWC Day on the 8th of April, which celebrates all the food, culture, dance and dress represented at WK.

Weekend Sporting Activities

Basketball: This weekend our basketball team, composed of under 16 and 19 (boys and girls) is participating in a tournament that will take place at the American International School of Johannesburg. The tournament involves teams from 6 countries. The school bus left yesterday and will return on Sunday.
Rugby: Due to lots of wet weather & lightning storms in Johannesburg, the rugby tournament at American International School of Johannesburg which was planned for this weekend has been postponed.

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

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 01/2017

Welcome to 2017!

I would like to welcome our parents, new and returning students and members of staff. I trust that you all had a safe festive period and that it was a restful period. To our new parents and students, welcome to our growing community of diverse nationalities, cultures and families. We hope that you will also make us a part of your lives as we continue on this journey. We are honored by the trust you have placed on Waterford Kamhlaba to look after your children.

My key message to the school on opening the new academic year was how the idea of “deliberate diversity” was the foundation of all that we do at the school. That may sound a little strange for a school, where I suppose most would expect academic excellence to be the foundation for the life of a school. Well, yes academic excellence is possibly our most important aim, but how is this to be understood? You see, I believe that you cannot be an excellent institution, unless you are a diverse institution. More and more research is suggesting that homogenous institutions produce group-think, little creativity and challenge and in the end members of the institution who are condemned to following those around them and failing to meet the changing and challenging times we live in. Excellence can only be through diversity. Our children are growing up into an increasingly global and diverse world; a world in which your ability to relate to those of a different gender, race, linguistic or cultural group will determine your own success and impact as an adult in our world. If the school fails to prepare you for that reality the school fails you. Deliberate diversity, ensuring that the staff and student (and the therefore parent body) represents the diversity of our humanity is a central feature of Waterford as a school. It is at the heart of the DNA of the UWC from the inception of the first school in 1963 and central to the DNA of Waterford Kamhlaba at our founding in 1963 as a beacon of hope against the darkness of apartheid education across the border in South Africa.

It is my fervent wish that as we start the New Year, all our students will discover something more of their own humanity as they interact with, and celebrate those different to themselves. That combined with earnest academic endeavor will surely produce the results they want from this next year of their schooling. Good luck to all for the year ahead

New Staff

I am pleased to introduce the new staff members who joined our team this term:

• Tessa Ware has a BA Honours Degree in Social Anthropology from Wits University. She has worked at the Regents International School in Thailand and has taught History in Nelspruit, South Africa. Tessa was also the recipient of the Mandela / Rhodes Scholarship in 2016. In addition, she is an accomplished musician. Tessa will be teaching History and Anthropology.

• Sifiso Mkhonta graduated from a local high school in the 1990s. He started off as a Civil Engineer after which he realized that teaching was a much better option! He completed his teacher training in 2014 and started teaching at Mbalenhle Private School in 2014. He is not entirely new to the school since he had a short stint here for six weeks as part of his training. He joins us with his wife and family. Sifiso will be teaching Mathematics.

• Nolwazi Ngwenyama graduated with an IB diploma from Waterford Kamhlaba in 2011 before she left for the US on a Shelby Davis Scholarship to pursue a Liberal Arts Degree at Bates College. She takes over from Aissa Huysmans in the Advancement Office in the role of Alumni Project Manager.

Volunteers

We have also been joined by a number of volunteers who will be with us for the first two terms of 2017 as they wait to go to University:

• James Bicamumpaka: Ecosystems and Renewable Energy department

• Lutfo Dludu: Advancement Office

• Nosipho Sibanda: General Assistant

• Sakhile Mayibongwe Tembe: General Assistant

• Sandzisile Mkhonta: General Assistant

• Sekelile Mkhabela: Teaching Assistant (Form 1)

• Siyethemba Dlamini: General assistant

• Ibrahim Ameen Al Hashimi: Teaching Assistant (Form 1)

• Kgomotso Magagula: General Assistant

Other staffing matters

• CAS Coordinator: The school is currently planning on extending CAS throughout the school, and we are hopeful that this will be in place by the end of the first term. We want it to be a central plank of our curriculum Mrs. Fiona Mills will take up this position on a full-time basis. She will also join the Central Management Group.

• CAS assistant: As a result of the above changes, the CAS programme needs more admin support and the school is therefore re-looking at job descriptions of all those involved in admin support, something which might lead to possible restructuring. This will most likely involve a new post. Ms.

Delaine Littler remains with the school in a temporary capacity for three months while we work on this. • Mrs. Paula Jacobs is back at the reception after the birth of her baby boy, Sloane, who was born on 14 September 2016.

IB Results

Our Class of 2016 maintained the school’s impressive performance in their International Baccalaureate Diploma results. I congratulate the Class of 2016 and I would like to thank all the staff for contributing to these great results. All of the staff, whether we clean the floors, mow the lawns or teach the classes assist our students achieve their goals. Below is an overview of the results:

IB Results

Entrance Testing in 2017 for Admission in 2018

Our entrance testing dates and venues are listed below. These dates and times are also available on our website at www.waterford.sz. Please register siblings and spread the word to families and friends. The dates are as follows:

• Saturday March 11th – 8am – WK Campus – for the Forms and IB (including all Swaziland National Committee applicants)

• Saturday March 18th – 8am – WK Campus – for the Forms only The Regional Entrance Testing takes place as follows:

• Saturday May 13th – 9am – Nairobi (Sarova Pan Afric), Dar (Protea Courtyard), Harare ( venue to be confirmed), Gaborone (Avani).

• Saturday June 10th – 9am – Maputo – (venue to be confirmed) Applicants residing beyond Swaziland can make appointments to test on campus on a mutually convenient weekday by contacting the Director of Admissions at careers@waterford.sz

Lost and Found Items

We have many expensive lost and found items from last year that have not been claimed. Please encourage your children to come and claim their items from the front office. All items not claimed will be donated to the Community Service Programme.

Weekend Sporting Activities

• Swimming Gala: This morning our junior and senior swimming teams, left for a swimming gala that will be held at the American International School of Johannesburg. The gala which will run from Friday to Sunday, involves teams from Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. The swimmers will return on Sunday.

• Basketball and rugby: Next weekend our basketball and rugby teams, composed of under 16 and 19 (boys and girls) will leave for a tournament that will take place at the American International School of Johannesburg. The tournament involves teams from 6 countries. The school bus will leave on Thursday morning at 06:00 am and return on Sunday.

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

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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