Mrs. Kirstie Van Rensburg will be away for the month of June and Mr. Simon Ramsey from our sister college, UWC Red Cross Nordic; will be here to cover her classes. We welcome Simon and hope he enjoys his stay at WK. The Deputy Principal of Academics, Mrs. Joanne De Koning will cover Mrs. Van Rensburg’s Academic Coordinator duties. For any matters concerning the lower school, please contact Mrs. De Koning on firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Sutoris Visit
Today we hosted Peter Sutoris, a UWC Atlantic College alumnus (05-07). Peter is a member of the British and Slovakia National Committees, and a founder of the Marshall Islands National Committee, as well as a former member of the Nepal National Committee, currently doing his PhD in Education at Cambridge. At the moment, he is in South Africa, collecting data for his research project. He has not been at Waterford before, and took the time to visit the school whilst in the region. He will be travelling back to South Africa tomorrow. It is a pleasure to host him.
The school is in the throes of elections at the moment. Many in our community may not know but leadership and the development of leadership is one of the pillars of the UWC Educational model. One of the more formal opportunities for our students to exercise leadership is through the Student Representative Council. (There are many more informal leadership opportunities in the various Community Service projects, activities, sports and any initiatives that students might be interested in pursuing.) The SRC has a number of elected representatives that take up any academic, residential, catering, sporting and other concerns of the students. I am always impressed by the mature way they raise matters and always take their concerns seriously. I meet with the leadership weekly. We cannot always accede to their requests, but we usually find common ground. They do provide a very necessary measure of student life at the school. The elections for most of the various representatives took place last term and election season now is about electing the co-Presidents and the Secretary / Treasurer.
We are approaching mid-term and we wish to remind all parents and guardians that fees for Term 2 should be settled as soon as possible. Please be reminded that we do not carry arrears from one term into the next. Kindly send proof of payment to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . Should you have any queries or wish to arrange a payment plan, please call Tricia Fraser on 24221639 or Mr. Mkoko on 24220866.
Theatre Sports Tonight
Theatre Sports will take place in the school’s Assembly Hall tonight, starting at 6:30 pm. Theatre Sports is an inter-house event in which a group of students work on different improvisation exercises in front of a panel of judges. It promises to be an exciting evening. Parents are more than welcome.
Mental Health Week
Next week, WK will observe Mental Health Week. During the assembly on Wednesday, the Peer Supporters and the School Counsellor took some time to explain and enlighten everybody about the importance of mental health, including its meaning and significance – that good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. The team also offered practical ways to maintaining and improving mental health. Next week there will be a range of activities around Mental Health.
From The Link Group
The Link Group’s “Dinner for 7” event which was scheduled for next Thursday has since been postponed due to the transition between the current heads and the next generation. We are sorry for any inconvenience and promise that this event will be announced in time.
Next week we host Bennington and Connecticut on Monday night and Colorado on Wednesday. Both presentations are at Emhlabeni residence at 6.30pm. Parents are more than welcome to attend.
Social Media Pages
We are grateful to the parents who continue to like and follow the school’s social media pages. Waterford strives to reach out to its stakeholders, including parents, through several communication platforms. As you might be aware, social media is at the core of our communication strategy and we utilize it for various purposes. It is one way through which parents and guardians can maximize their interaction with the school. I would like to encourage all of you to like and follow the social media pages shown below.
Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn
Scholarship Applications 2018
Scholarship Application forms for 2018 will be issued to students at the end of Term 2. Please remind your child to collect one from Ms. Fraser before school closes for the term. It is important to remember that no scholarships for 2018 will be issued without the completed form being returned to us by the 15th September, 2017. Please also note that no scholarship for 2018 can be issued if there are arrears due on your account.
Badplaas Tournament: Last week Saturday, 27 May 2017, the school’s soccer, volleyball, basketball and netball teams travelled to Badplaas, South Africa, to participate in a one day tournament. The girls’ basketball team came 2nd, while the boys’ team came 4th. In volleyball, both boys’ and girls’ teams came 3rd.
Hockey Festival: Tomorrow our under 16 girls’ and boys’ hockey teams travel to Sisekelo high school in Big Bend for a hockey festival.
Debate: The school’s debate team will travel to Manzini Nazarene High School tomorrow to participate in a debating competition.
MIS Sports Trip: Next week Friday our soccer and basketball teams will travel to the Maputo International School (MIS) in Mozambique.
Reminder: Important dates
● 10 June – Entrance Testing in Maputo
● 14th and 15th July – 24 Hour Run
● 26th July - Swaziland Careers Fair
● 18 November – IB2 Graduation
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