Newsletter 29/2017

Peace Day Messages by Students

As I reported last week, Waterford’s Peace Day Assembly was filled with much activity by students. Below I share some of the messages by the students:

“As a UWC community and generally as global citizens, it is important to recognise the trials and hardships that people go through every single day. The theme for peace day 2017 honours the spirit of together, promoting respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.

Regardless of all these current events, it is to recognise that people are taking steps, even though often small and slow, to make our world better. Countries across the Middle East are beginning to repeal the “marry your rapist” law, in which rapists could avoid prosecution by marrying their victims. Columbia, after a lengthy war between government and their revolutionary armed forces, signed a historic agreement at the end of last year, taking a huge step towards peace. The events going on around us and affecting others should always be an issue of concern because they affect us, but we should all take advantage of this day in particular, to reflect on what we face, look each other in the eye and appreciate a little bit of good in ourselves and in the world. Every year at 12 pm the UN has an official moment of silence, so can we have a moment to commemorate all those affected by the war.”

Read more:

I am done picking flowers

Bengi Rwabuhemba, IB1 recited a beautiful poem at our Peace Day Assembly last week. I found the final lines particularly touching:

If peace is a five letter word and there are seven billion of us maybe there is simply not enough to go around. But if war is a three letter word, and there are seven billion of us, why does it outline every particle in the air? why does it greet me in the mirror? why is there so much to go around?

The whole poem can be found here:

Thank-you to the Link Group for these all-important messages on Peace Day 2017.

Congratulations Mr. Donovan King!

Early in the week I announced the appointment of Mr. Donovan King as the Deputy Principal (pastoral/administration) effective from January 2018. Mr. King has diligently served the school as Head of Esiveni Residence since 2005 and as Head of Residences since 2007. His latest appointment follows a lengthy and competitive recruitment process. Please join me as I congratulate him. For more information on the recruitment process and the appointment, click here

Farewell Molly!

Today we bid farewell to Molly West who volunteered in the Advancement Office for the month of September. Molly helped a great deal in the office and it was lovely to have her here. We hope she will always carry a bit of WK and Swaziland in her heart wherever she goes.

Fees Due

I wish to remind parents to prioritize the settling of fees due to the school. To ensure that we release your child’s report at the end of the term, kindly settle all outstanding fees for the third term by tomorrow, the 30th of September 2017.

Please note that boarding students who owe significant amounts will get warning letters of the cancellation of their contracts of enrolment by mid-term. Please do not embarrass your child by sending them back to school at the end of the mid-term break. We will simply send them back home at your expense. We will disallow IB2 and Form 5 students from attending any farewell events or representing the College in any academic, cultural, or sporting events. They may not be allowed to sit for any external examinations (International Baccalaureate / IGSCE) unless the account has been settled. If you have any queries, please contact The Bursar (bursar@waterford.sz / +268 2422 1807) or Tricia Fraser (tricia.fraser@waterford.sz / +268 2422 1639).

Waterford Travel Links: Mid Term 3 Please note that travel links for Mid Term 3 have been posted on the website and intranet. Students are requested to fill in requests by Thursday 5th October. Here are the links:

Transport To and From Johannesburg

Transport To and From Maputo

Transport To and From King Mswati III (SIKHUPE) Airport

Travel lists will be posted on Friday 6th October.

Community Service News

As our form 5’s finish their time in class this week it is wonderful to see that not only have they been working hard in the area of academics but they have also been working to raise money for community service. Through their V show and various other fund raising activities they have raised a very impressive E10,110.00. The Form 5 year group has chosen the Waterford Preschool as the recipient. The school will be delighted and I am sure this money will go a long way to providing some much needed new equipment. We congratulate the Form 5’s on this initiative and encourage them to continue working to help the communities around us in whatever way they can.

Waterford AWARE

Students in this Community Service project recently assisted in the running of a free sterilization clinic for dogs and cats in the Ndlalambi area of Pigg’s Peak. After a very early start to the day, surgeries were soon underway with Waterford students assisting in the pre-op clinic, the operating room and the recovery unit. All post op care was in our hands. They cleaned the wounds, injected Antibiotics and Vaccines, took post op notes and kept the animals warm until they woke up from surgery. Read more

IBDP Visual Arts Exam Exhibition

Next week there will be the IBDP Visual Arts Exam Exhibition in the following dates and times:

Thursday 5th October 2017

Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Friday 6th October 2017

Time: 8.00-2.30pm

Venue: Sheila & Richard Attenborough fine arts Centre

Parents are invited to the event.

Parents Evening

There will be a parents evening event on Thursday 12th October from 4.30pm – 6pm for parents and guardians of students in Forms 3, 4 and IB1.

Invitations will be sent to parents and guardians of Forms 1 and 2 students who teachers want to see. If you do not receive an invitation but would still like to would like to speak the teachers, you are welcome to arrange this with the Phase Coordinator, Mrs. Kirstie Van Rensburg.

The Form 3 Subject Choice Meeting will be held at 4pm in the Michael Stern Assembly Hall for all Form 3 students and their parents and guardians.

The Form 4 IBDP application meeting will at 5:30 Michael Stern Assembly Hall for all Form 4 students and their parents and guardians.

Please contact Mr. Tich Muyambo (igcse@waterford.sz), the IGCSE coordinator for more information about the Form 4 meeting or Mrs. Kirstie van Rensburg (Kirstie.vanrensburg@waterford.sz, the Lower School phase coordinator for more information about the Form 3 meeting.

Evening of Dance – From the Link Group

The students’ popular annual event, Evening of Dance, will be held on the 11th of October. The auditions will take place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October.

IB2 in House Leavers

Tomorrow there will be IB2 In House Leavers event in the school Dining Hall, starting at 7pm.

University visits

Next Tuesday the 3rd of October, Macalester University will visit Waterford to make a presentation. On Thursday the 5th of October there will be a visit by Harvard and MIT universities. All presentations will take place at Emhlabeni Residence, starting at 6:30pm. Students, staff, parents and alumni are invited to attend.

Alumni Newsletter

The school’s September Alumni Newsletter is out. To read it, please click here.

Sporting Activities

Volleyball: Tomorrow our under 16 boys and girls travel to St Josephs for a volleyball tournament.

Cricket: There will be an under 16, 6 aside cricket festival at Enjabulweni high school tomorrow. Our team will travel to participate.

Chess: Tomorrow there will be a Chess open at Enjabulweni and our team will travel to participate.

Public Speaking: Our public speaking team will participate in a contest at Enjabulweni high school tomorrow.

Reminder: Important dates

• 5th - 6th October – IBDP Visual Arts Exam Exhibition

• 12th October – Parents Evening

• 13th October – 17th October Inclusive (Mid Term Break)

• 29th October – PSA Golf Day

• 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 28/2017

International Day of Peace

On the 21st of September every year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. This was declared by the United Nations as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for 2017 is: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

This year, the International Day of Peace focused on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages were shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants, as well as people from all corners of the globe. The Day highlighted solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcases the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities. The day was about bringing people together and reminding them of their common humanity.

As UWC, International day of Peace is in line with what we stand for; as we make education a force to unite peoples, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Waterford had its Peace Day Assembly on Wednesday and this saw our students having moving activities in the form of poetry, music and speeches, all aimed at promoting peace. For more information on our Peace Day Assembly, please click here.

Visit to Mpaka Refugee Camp

Tomorrow, some of our staff and students will travel to Mpaka Refugee camp as part of our Peace Day celebrations. With the 2017 International Day of Peace theme being refugees and migrants, we thought this appropriate. This is an important opportunity not only to connect with the local community but also to offer much needed compassion and make a difference to the lives of refugees. By visiting the camp we will be able to focus for a few hours on the diverse group of people living there. I would like to thank everyone who has donated non-perishable foods for us to hand to the residents of Mpaka Refugee camp. Your donations will go a long way.

Fees Due

I wish to remind parents to prioritize the settling of fees due to the school. To ensure that we release your child’s report at the end of the term, kindly settle all outstanding fees for the third term by the 30th of September 2017.

Please note that boarding students who owe significant amounts will get warning letters of the cancellation of their contracts of enrolment by mid-term. Please do not embarrass your child by sending them back to school at the end of the mid-term break. We will simply send them back home at your expense. We will disallow IB2 and Form 5 students from attending any farewell events or representing the College in any academic, cultural, or sporting events. They may not be allowed to sit for any external examinations (International Baccalaureate / IGSCE) unless the account has been settled.

If you have any queries, please contact The Bursar (bursar@waterford.sz / +268 2422 1807) or Tricia Fraser (tricia.fraser@waterford.sz / +268 2422 1639).

An Interesting Read!

Last week I reported about the visit of Martin Kenyon who served in the London School Trust for 50 years. During his stay here, our Advancement Office team took the time to conduct an interview with him, which we have posted on the school website. It contains an interesting history of the school and those interested in reading it may click here.

Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher to Visit South Africa and Swaziland

Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher, a Waterford Alum (79-83) and UWC Director of Education, will visit South Africa and Swaziland in October. The National Committee (NC) in South Africa is hosting an event at the Codfather Restaurant in Sandton, Gauteng for drinks on the 3rd October, 2017 at 7pm. Those who are interested in attending can send an email to: uwc.southafrica@gmail.com

Ms Dhlamini –Fisher will travel to Waterford Kamhlaba on the 4th of October. During her stay here, she will get to interact with students, staff and alumni, among others. We are looking forward to hosting her.

Group 4 Projects

On Monday and Tuesday, our IB1 students started to work on their Group 4 Science Projects. Presentations for the projects will take place next Wednesday at 2pm in the Science labs. For more information, please click here.

HIV/AIDS Testing and Counselling

As a CAS project initiative, a few IB1 students have organized for health specialists from the Aids Health Foundation (AHF) and Swazi Co. Medics to provide HIV/AIDS testing and counselling along with basic first aid training to the Waterford community. I would like to inform parents and students that HIV/AIDS testing and counselling is completely confidential: no one is going to know about your results but you. Testing is also done according to the strict counselling and testing protocols required by law and best practice. Please note: this is only available to individuals 12 years and older.

Evening of Dance – From the Link Group

The students’ popular annual event, Evening of Dance, will be held on the 11th of October. The auditions will take place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October.

University visits

Next Wednesday the 27th of September, the African Leadership University (ALU) and Minerva University will visit Waterford to make a presentation. This will take place at Emhlabeni Residence, starting at 6:30pm. Students, staff, parents and alumni are invited to attend.

Sporting Activities

St Peters Trip: Last week, at St Peters, our Debate and Public Speaking team came first; our basketball boys and girls made it to the semi-finals and quarter finals respectively; while our boys and girls soccer teams reached the quarter finals.

Volleyball: This morning, four volleyball teams left for AISM in Mozambique for a tournament which involves 8 other teams. They are expected back on Sunday evening.

Soccer: Our under 18 boys and girls soccer teams left for AISM in Mozambique this morning. They are expected back on Sunday evening 24th September.

Athletics: AISM from Mozambique and AISJ from Johannesburg visit Waterford this weekend and we look forward to a very exciting athletics competition. Sisekelo and Enjabulweni High Schools will also join us.

WK 5K Fun Run

On Sunday, the 24th of September, the WK 5K Fun Run will take place, starting at the school field at 7 am. Students, staff, alumni and parents are all invited to participate. For more information contact Tracey Stewart on stewarttracey2009@gmail.com.

Reminder: Important dates

• 12th October – Parents Evening

• 13th October – 17th October Inclusive (Mid Term Break)

• 29th October – PSA Golf Day

• 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 27/2017

Governing Council (GC) members

Waterford is looking for individuals who can join the GC. We are looking for individuals who have experience in areas such as education, finance, fundraising / networking, marketing, business, health, economics, creative arts, UWC to mention a few. If you are or know of any individual that you think would be a good candidate, please send their CV to principal@waterford.sz and the reason why you think they would be a good member of the GC. The individual must commit to attending all 3 meetings annually and be available to serve in sub committees of the Governing Council. The term of office of Governing Council members is 3 years. Please note that members serve in a voluntary capacity and any costs associated with attending meetings are covered by GC members personally.

Life Skills to Master before Setting off for College

Early on in the year I shared an article very similar to this. I thought I would share again, contents of an article by Julie Lythcott-Haims, in School Administrator. Julie Lythcott-Haims describes catching herself as she leaned over the dinner table to cut her 10-year-old’s meat. Could it be that the lack of independence and agency she observed in students when she was a freshman dean at Stanford University could be traced back to parents doing too much for their children? With that thought in mind, she compiled a list of basic competencies that every young person needs by age 18:

• Talking to strangers – Dealing respectfully with store clerks, landlords, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics, teachers, deans, or advisers – with good eye contact – is an important life skill. Perhaps parents spend too much time warning kids not to talk to strangers, versus the more-nuanced skill of picking out the few bad strangers from all the others – and dealing appropriately with the latter.

• Finding their way around – Kids are driven too much, says Lythcott-Haims. They need to know how to get places, make travel plans, and deal with transportation snafus.

• Managing assignments, workloads, and deadlines – Adolescents must learn how to prioritize tasks and get things done without constant reminders.

• Contributing to a household – In addition to getting their schoolwork done and participating in extracurricular activities, kids need to do their fair share of chores and respect the needs of others.

• Handling interpersonal conflict – Teens shouldn’t always need adults stepping in to solve misunderstandings and soothe hurt feelings.

• Coping with life’s ups and downs – This includes dealing with tough teachers and principals, bullies, competition, and challenging academic work.

• Earning and managing money – Adolescents need part-time jobs with a boss who doesn’t necessarily love them, to learn about completing job tasks, accountability, and appreciating the cost and value of stuff they want.

• Persistence – Kids need a “wise understanding that success comes only after trying and failing and trying again,” says Lythcott-Haims. They need grit, thoughtful risk-taking, and resilience.

“Remember, our kids must be able to do all of these things without calling a parent on the phone,” she concludes. “If they’re calling us to ask how, they do not carry that life skill.”

The article, “Eight Skills Every Student Needs by 18” is published by Julie Lythcott-Haims in School Administrator, September 2017 (Vol. 74, #8, p. 14-15).

Safety on buses

As a school, we are deeply saddened about the tragic bus accident at Michael House (South African school), which resulted in the death of a student and 60 others injured. Our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.

I would like to reassure parents that we follow a strict maintenance regime ensuring that the buses are always well maintained and roadworthy. In addition the buses have a daily check in terms of tyre tread, windscreens, lights, etc. Our drivers are regularly checked for safe driving practices and any issues we feel unsure about are immediately addressed. In terms of seat belts, all buses have them; they are regularly checked as are the mountings for seats. We always strive to get our students to buckle up as well as to practice safe passenger etiquette.

Scouts Camp

During the holidays, 19 scouts spent 5 nights at Hlane’s rustic Sundwini campsite. After setting up the camp site they started the other activities: a nature walk, led first by the amazing guides, and then by the scouts themselves, followed by community service, extracting alien plants and clearing paths. They also completed their patrol projects: first aid skills, an educational drama, a new and exciting sport, and a game called “Gods and Goats”. There were also a few campfires, with the traditional scout songs and skits.

A big thank you to the parents who joined us at Hlane, bringing a lovely lunch! We presented awards to the IPCC winners (Wolves Patrol), Most Improved Scout (Kai Gaspari and Dayoung Yi), Best Patrol (Wolves), Best Leader (Michelle Da Silva), Best Follower (Tholi Dlamini and Kenneth Phebeni, with Lindelwa Ntshakala and Amanda Nkambule), Best Camper (Kaitlyn Grey and Favour Okoth), Best Scout (Runner-Up – Tholi Dlamini and Winner – Kandi Grey). Later the scouts constructed makeshift shelters which they slept in that night! And we were all perfectly safe, thanks to the “hippo patrol” roster! The scouts who attended the camp returned more mature, more experienced, more knowledgeable and more excited than ever for next year’s camp!!

Any student who wants to join us can come to the Academic Square every Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This is an important activity precisely because it encompasses so much of our UWC identity.

Community Service News

Next week on Saturday 23rd September we will be visiting Mpaka Refugee camp. This coincides with both Peace Day and International UWC Day. The theme for this year’s UWC Day is “The Power of Diversity”. UWC Day is a moment to celebrate the strength and diversity of the UWC movement and our mission of acting as a force for peace and a sustainable future. It is an opportunity to connect and mobilize the UWC family globally. But it is also an opportunity to challenge and reflect on what we do as a movement, and to spread the word about UWC and the UWC values. The power of diversity lies in our ability to connect and understand other people of all backgrounds, races and religions and by visiting the camp we will be able to focus for a few hours on the diverse group of people living there. We want to make this the most memorable visit to Mpaka ever. We would like to take some non-perishable food with us to give to the residents as a donation and therefore ask students and parents at WK to bring at least one item of non-perishable food, such as a can of something or a packet of rice. Any donated items can be brought to the Comserve room, any time between now and next Friday 22nd.

HIV/AIDS Testing and Counselling

As a CAS project initiative, a few IB1 students have organized for health specialists from the Aids Health Foundation (AHF) and Swazi Co. Medics to provide HIV/AIDS testing and counselling along with basic first aid training to the Waterford community. I would like to inform parents and students that HIV/AIDS testing and counselling is completely confidential: no one is going to know about your results but you. Testing is also done according to the strict counselling and testing protocols required by law and best practice. Also, it is only available to individuals 12 years and older.

Peer Support Training

On Wednesday 13th September 2017 the school conducted peer support training at the Foresters Arms Hotel. For more information, click here.

Peace Day - From the Link Group

The form 5’ss and IB2’s finish their mock exams next Tuesday, meaning they can have some peace within them (for a little while at least) and coincidentally enough our Peace Day assembly falls on Wednesday. International Peace Day falls on the 21st of September. Link group would like to encourage all students and staff to wear white t-shirts on Wednesday for our Annual Peace Day picture which will be taken on the field after the assembly. There will also be a peace wall on which we will all write peace related messages. Some after school activities will also be focusing on peace next week and those include MUN and SAGA on Monday and Leadership Round table and Amnesty International on Thursday. As UWC students, parents and staff, peace should be something we all aim to instill in our lives and the lives of others, be it on a minor or a major scale.

School Visits

This week we are hosting Mr. Martin Kenyon who has served the school trust in London for 50 years. It has been lovely having him on campus. Yesterday we were also visited by a delegation from Ras Al Khaimah Academy - a school based in the United Arab Emirates with an immediate objective of submitting a notification proposal to join the UWC movement. They were here on a mission to understand certain areas relating to the school.

University Visits

Tonight we are hosting Columbia, Cornell and Princeton universities. On Monday the 18th of September we are hosting Dartmouth, Duke, and Northwestern universities, and on Tuesday the 19th of September we have St. John’s and Cambridge universities. All presentations by the universities start at 06:30 pm at Emhlabeni residence. Parents and alumni are also invited to participate.

Term 3 Calendar

Please note that the form 5 graduation day fell off the last calendar. For the updated version of the term 3 calendar, click here.

UWC DAY: Building a Bridge with Blogs

How is a UWC Education relevant to your future? This might be a question you think about often. For UWC Day, UWCSEA would like you to share your answer with UWC students and teachers from around the world. To participate, please click here.

PSA Golf Day

Please be informed that the PSA Golf day is on the 29th of October 2017 at Nkonyeni Golf estate. This is one of our biggest fund raisers and we are appealing to parents for support in the form of cash or prizes. Players who would like to play can contact Wendy on wendygreenthompson@gmail.com Extra hands are always needed and parents who would like to help the PSA in the organization of this event may contact Wendy or Yael on wendygreenthompson@gmail.com and yaelut@gmail.com.

Sporting Activities

St Peters Trip: Yesterday a selected team of students travelled for the St Peters sports and cultural festival. They are expected back on Sunday evening. We wish them well in their games.

Soccer: Our under 18 boys and girls soccer teams depart on Friday morning, 22nd September for AISM in Mozambique. They are expected back on Sunday evening 24th September.

Athletics: AISM from Mozambique and AISJ from Johannesburg visit Waterford on Friday 22nd September.

Reminder: Important dates

• 12th October – Parents Evening

• 13th October – 17th October Inclusive (Mid Term Break)

• 29th October – PSA Golf Day

• 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. My next newsletter will be sent out on September 8th.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry

Principal

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