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.”
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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org / +268 2422 1807) or Tricia Fraser (email@example.com / +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:
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.
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
Venue: Sheila & Richard Attenborough fine arts Centre
Parents are invited to the event.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), the IGCSE coordinator for more information about the Form 4 meeting or Mrs. Kirstie van Rensburg (Kirstie.email@example.com, 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.
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.
The school’s September Alumni Newsletter is out. To read it, please click here.
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
If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.