Newsletter 10/2017

UWC Day 2017

The theme for this year’s UWC day is “Diversity is the DNA of the UWC”. As we are gearing up for our UWC day this year, I wanted to let you know that our keynote speaker will be Mr. Ronnie Kasrils.

Kasrils, a stalwart of South Africa’s anti-Apartheid struggle, is currently a retired minister, a writer of books and several articles. He lectures in Security and Intelligence, Palestine solidarity, as well as South African History and struggle. He is also a public speaker. His latest project is writing a script for a film called “London Recruits”. Some of Ronnie’s official appointments include:

From 1994-1999 He was the Deputy Defense Minister in Mandela’s government.

From 1999-2004 He was the Minister for Water Affairs and Forestry

From 2004-2008 He was Minister for Intelligence

Ronnie will be accompanied by his partner, Amina Frense who is an associate producer of the film ‘Mandela Son of Africa” which will be screened prior to their visit.

Our annual UWC Day will start at 10am on Saturday 8th April and all parents and guardians are invited to attend this wonderful celebration.

On our way to UWC day

As we mentioned in last week’s newsletter, each week up until UWC day, there will be a short piece of writing about a country, be it a poem, a song or some fun facts. This week’s piece involves responses by students and staff who were asked to state their favorite thing about their countries. Enjoy their responses below:

What’s your favorite thing about your country?

“mmh? What is my favorite thing? I’d say the food. Oh, and the bicycles! gasps and the markets!” Lisa Kisyeri (the Netherlands)

“The lush weather and the people. The people are so amazing” Gabriel Silva (Mozambique)

“You can’t just put me on the spot like that. The cultural diversity and the food, as well as the music. And the vibes, definitely the vibes.” Neke (Nigeria)

“The culture.” Sibusiso Mahlangu (Lesotho)

“The scenery and the peace” Mrs. Williams (Swaziland)

“The food, the scenery and the people.” Vile Dhlamini (Swaziland)

“Whenever you go you’re going to meet someone different and experience something different.” Bianca Sodala (South Africa)

“Every time I think about Zambia I just feel so at home, the people make you feel really welcome.” Chilequa Ling’omba (Zambia)

“Everything! The landscape, the climate, being one of the most politically secure countries. Oh, and we have gorillas! It all makes me proud of being Rwandan. Our people are united and have one language. It’s the most welcoming country in Africa.” Immaculée Sifa (Rwanda)

“My people. The ambiance” (Portugal)

“It feels like home.” Ann Tsai (Taiwan)

” The way it has so many different ethnicities in one place, it’s a melting pot, it’s just created by a bunch of random people” (America)

“It’s difficult. The food, I think.” Fabio (Italy)

“I like the fact that it’s so laid back.” Kylie Abraham (Swaziland)

“Umm, food probably.” Alma Tax (Tanzania)

“The great weather.” Spike (UK)

“The accents, the diversity, the languages.” Thandiwe Mallowah (Kenya)

“The facilities and the food! The food is amazing.” (South Korea)

Community Service News

Community Service has been abuzz at Waterford and it remains a core part of the curriculum. Bee keeping is now being run as a Community Service Project at Waterford. Both IB1 and IB2 students are involved and have attended a Bee Keeping workshop. A private space has been set aside for beehives in the reserve - this space is the rehabilitated area that was disturbed during water upgrade operations. Two hives were purchased from the Bulembu Honey operation and have been placed in this space, where they are already attracting bees. Bee attracting plants have also been planted. Students involved in this program are working with Waterford staff members who maintain a series of hives in the forest part of the reserve. They will be helping in the harvesting process and the resultant honey will be sold to the dining hall to generate funds for the project.

Last Saturday we worked in the community surrounding Hawane. The students cleared the garden of an old lady who was extremely ill; built a chicken house, weeded a vegetable garden and cleaned out several pigsties in the piggery.

We have also been involved in 2 ‘Girl Up’ Community Service projects this term; focused on working with the girls from St. Anne’s in Malkerns. This week 73 girls from St Anne’s visited Waterford and had a great time participating in activities with our students on campus.

During this week’s assembly we presented the winners of the ‘GoMakeaDifference’, a UWC initiative, with certificates awarded to them by the UWC. Our students each won a $1000 to pursue their projects at the end of their IB. This initiative came from Jill Longston and Colin Hapgood of the UWC International Office to encourage UWC students to make a difference in their own communities. It is open to all IB students from all of the UWC Colleges. Waterford submitted 5 projects and won 2 grants. The students involved were Stella Dlamini and Sitsandziwe Simelane for ‘Girls Empowerment Swaziland’ and Desire Uwera and Ketsiseng Tsolo for ‘Boldly Taking Action’ which will be implemented in Lesotho. We congratulate these 4 and hope that other students will be inspired to submit projects next year.

Form 2 Team building

Over the past two days, the Form 2 students were involved in a team building exercise at Hawane. Great fun was had by all and they returned to school this morning. The program was run by a 3rd party and it aimed to stimulate and expand the student’s minds and abilities. The activities were aimed at promoting and encouraging some of the major missing ingredients in today’s society, namely, communication, trust, co-operation, commitment & fun. Thank you to the staff who accompanied these students and to Capitol Caterers for taking care of their meals.

Notice from our Nurse

We have had a few cases of chicken pox at the school and the infected students have been sent home to prevent the spread of the disease. Chicken pox is a contagious viral infection that can spread from one person to another through contact (skin to skin). The virus spreads mainly by touching but can also be caught through breathing air borne particles.
An infected person will present with flu like symptoms, such as fever, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, and then followed by blisters on the body after 1 – 2 days. Children and adults at risk of getting chicken pox are those who had never had the chicken pox disease, those with weakened immunity and those who have not been vaccinated against it. Prevention of chicken pox can be done by isolating and treating the infected person or keeping the infected person home. We request parents and guardians of our day students to be vigilant of the above mentioned symptoms and ensure that sick students seek medical attention. Sick students should not be brought to school unless declared safe by medical practitioners. Hostel staff will do likewise for boarding students.

Drama at WK

Urinetown: The Musical

The Waterford Kamhlaba Drama Department is proud to present Urinetown: The Musical. Parents and students are invited to come and see this hilarious show full of fabulous acting, dancing and singing, with music provided by our very own marimbas. There will be three performances:

Friday, March 31 @ 7PM Saturday, April 1 @ 7PM Sunday, April 2 @ 2PM

Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to Community Service. Don’t miss it!

SiSwati at Waterford

In response to a query raised at the PSA meeting, I thought it would be useful to include my reply in the newsletter: SiSwati is the official language of the Kingdom of Swaziland and the home language of many of the members of our community. As such, we are committed to including it in our curriculum and recognising its value as a working language in our community. All students in Forms 1 – 3 have the opportunity to learn SiSwati formally through the curriculum. At Form 3 level, students are asked to make subject choices, of which SiSwati first language is an option. We do not offer SiSwati second language as there is no external examination through which it can be accredited. Students who opt to take SiSwati through to the end of IGCSE will write the SGCSE first language examinations. Similarly, the IB does not offer SiSwati as a second language so students studying SiSwati at IBDP level will write a first language Literature examination. The IB recently discontinued its Beginners’ SiSwati course which affected our language offering from the start of 2016. We are currently in discussion with the IB to try to find a way forward. We are also exploring other possibilities.

Annual Book Week

The Library will be hosting Annual Book Week from the 3rd to the 7th of April 2017. This year we will have 3 bookshops present: Websters, The Travelling Bookshop and Home Health Services. Students will need permission from parents/guardians in order to buy books and charge it to the student account. Parents/guardians are asked to email the accounts office at accounts@waterford.sz. Students will be required to bring evidence of this permission.

Entrance Testing for 2018

Last week Saturday was the last chance for students in Swaziland to test for 2018 entry for the Forms. Thank you to all the parents who advocate for us in their social and professional circles. We will be in Nairobi, Dar, Gaborone and Harare on May 13th and Maputo on June 10th. Full details at www.waterford.sz

Banking details - Repeat

Some parents are still using the old bank account. We have received lots of payments that have bounced back. Please use the banking details available on the school website: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/our-banking-details.pdf

Sporting Activities

Inter-school Athletics

Tomorrow is the Interschool athletic competition. This event will take place at the Mavuso Sports Center in Manzini. The event starts at 07:30 am and ends at 17:00 pm. Transport will be provided for athletes and supporters. We wish them the best of luck.

We congratulate our volleyball, basketball and soccer teams who all played very well last week in their respective games.

Reminder: Important dates

• 8 April - UWC Day

• 12 April – Last academic day of Term 1

• 13 April – Residential students depart on Waterford buses

• 13 May – Regional Entrance Testing

• 16 May – Term 2 begins

• 10 June – Entrance Testing in Maputo

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 09/2017

Principal’s Travels

I will be away for the next 2 ½ weeks on official travel, visiting the UK, the US and ending in Costa Rica at the UWC Heads Meeting. During my time in the UK I will meet with members of the Waterford School Trust and the International Office. When in the US I will visit Middlebury College where the Davis UWC Scholars Program office is located and also meet with the American Friends of Waterford, as well as some Waterford alums.

Form 4 Love Matters

The Form 4 Love Matters workshop went very well with all the students participating and engaging with workshop facilitators. I would like to thank the facilitators who came from Johannesburg to assist our School Counselor, Ms Carla Cabrita in running the workshop. I would like to thank Ms Cabrita for taking the time to put it all together as well as the staff and alums who helped facilitate. I do believe that our Form 4 students have learnt a lot about being empowered to make the right choices.

Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC

We are extremely proud to announce that WK has made it to the final round of the Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC Schools & Colleges. The Aurora Prize, which aims to encourage students from all UWC schools and colleges to set up or develop service projects that tackle humanitarian issues relevant to the ethos of the school/college. After a highly competitive selection process, Waterford Kamhlaba was announced as part of the 3 finalists whose project proposals were chosen to proceed to the final round. Waterford’s project is the Brave Girl Camp, a weeklong camp for 15-18 year old Swazi girls from urban areas that hopes to give opportunities to future female leaders in Swaziland. We are proud of our Brave Girl team. Read more about this on: https://www.uwc.org/about/news/AHP-Finalists

Entrance Testing for 2018

Tomorrow is the last chance for students in Swaziland to test for 2018 entry for the Forms. We had over 300 prospective students last week and have 250 registered for tomorrow. Thank you to all the parents who advocate for us in their social and professional circles. We will be in Nairobi, Dar, Gaborone and Harare on May 13th and Maputo on June 10th. Full details at www.waterford.sz

University Visit

Next week Thursday 23rd March at 6.30pm we host our first University visit of the year. Bard College Berlin will be here to present on Liberal Arts options in Europe. Parents are most welcome.

SEN Policy

The Special Educational Needs (SEN) policy document has been reviewed and amended. The new version is available on the website at the following link. https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/sen-policy-final.pdf

Waterford AWARE

Our IB1 Animal Community Service Group, Waterford Aware, partners with the Swaziland Animal Welfare Society (SAWS) to socialize puppies and kittens and exercise the stray dogs waiting to be adopted. We are desperately short of leashes and puppy/kitty toys, so if you have a spare leash that is not being used or “toys” for kittens or puppies, please consider donating them to our project. These items can be dropped off at the school reception, Mrs. de Koning or Mrs. Clark. If you are looking for a new furry companion, please do visit SAWS and adopt – there are so many beautiful, deserving animals just waiting for a real home! You can help make a difference too.

Staff Professional Development update

This week, teachers spent Wednesday afternoon discussing the assessment principles and practices at Waterford. It was a lively afternoon, with much discussion, debate and the sharing of best practices and creative ideas. Teachers had the opportunity to reflect on their own practices and purpose, as well as to consider new and different ways to approach this essential part of teaching and learning. As always, it was a privilege to work with our passionate and engaged teachers who are committed to providing the very best educational experience and opportunity for all our students.

On our way, to UWC day!

“In the corner of the southern most part of what those outside call a dark continent, sits a beautiful woman with the most beautiful curves. Many won’t know her but those who have the honour to experience the wonder that she is, will fall in love with her for she is so kind and caring and so culturally rich. Swaziland, my love, these majestic mountains are only fraction of why you are so dear to me.” Each week up until UWC day, there will be a short piece of writing about a country, be it a poem, a song or some fun facts. This week’s poet preferred to stay anonymous but their work is still given the great credit it deserves!

Holi Festival

On a non UWC day related note, this Wednesday Link Group and the Asia Week team finally brought to us Holi! A fun-filled, colourful and loud afternoon it was. The food was great but the highlight of the day was the throwing of the colour and the splashing of the water. T-shirts that were once white and hair that was once blonde became (and some still are) an array of beautiful colours. Not even the thunderstorm that descended on us 15 minutes into the event could dampen the day! Clink the link below to read more about this event: https://waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-03-16-holi-festival-2017-brighter-and-lighter-than-ever

Banking details - Repeat

Some parents are still using the old bank account. We have received lots of payments that have bounced back. Please use the banking details available on the school website: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/our-banking-details.pdf

Sporting Activities

Swaziland Schools Debate Association Regional Tournament

This past Saturday the senior Waterford Debate team, consisting of Khonza Masuku (IB2) Elton Fenando (IB1) Sihle Tsabedze (IB2) and Bantfu Dlamini (F4), travelled to Ka-Boyce High school to compete with other high schools in the Mbabane region. They participated in one prepared round, and two impromptu motions against St Marks High School, Sifundzani High school, and St Francis High school respectfully. The team won all their rounds. We are proud of our debate team!

Inter-house Athletics

This past Wednesday was an exciting day as the three house teams battled it out in the inter-house athletics competition. There was lots of talent and some amazing team spirit. Results at the end of the day were as follows: Henderson 1st with 486 points, followed by Guedes with 475 points and Stern 3rd with 392 points. We congratulate all athletes who took part and all the lively supporters. A fun day was had by all.

Eshowe

Last weekend in the Eshowe games, our girls’ netball team came 3rd out of 15 teams; our boys’ hockey team came 4th out of 15 teams and our girl’s hockey team 10th out of 12 teams. Everyone played very well.

Fourways Volleyball Tournament:

5 of our volleyball teams comprising of junior and senior boys and girls, departed today for the Fourways volleyball tournament in Johannesburg. The team is expected to return on Sunday evening.

Basketball

Our under 19 boys’ basketball team will participate in the Invitational International tournament which starts today and ends on Sunday at Enjabulweni.

Soccer

Our under 14 and under 18 girls’ soccer teams will participate in a tournament tomorrow at Enjabulweni.

Reminder: Important dates

• 18 March – Entrance Testing for the Forms only (8:00am)

• 8 April - UWC Day

• 13 April – School closes, buses depart for Johannesburg

• 13 May – Regional Entrance Testing

• 10 June – Entrance Testing in Maputo

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 08/2017

Congratulations!

We are pleased to announce a new addition to the Waterford family. Madam Chilipaine had a baby girl, Akuzike, on Wednesday, March 8th at 9:00am. Akuzike arrived weighing a healthy 3.5 kilos. Mum and baby are both doing well.

Entrance testing

Tomorrow we hold our first entrance testing day for entry into the forms and IB. We are at capacity for tomorrow and will start at 08:00am sharp. If you have not registered and would like to sit the entry test for the forms, please contact Ms. Martha Dlamini on admissions@waterford.sz to book a place for Saturday March 18th.

International Women’s Day

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, was international women’s day. This day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. As part of the UWC community, we join the rest of the world in celebrating the remarkable contribution of women to our society. We have amazing women who are Waterford parents, students and alumni, doing incredible things all over the world, in various capacities. It is encouraging to see women providing leadership in changing the world as equals to men. Our students need to be constantly sensitized, not just on international women’s day, but on the need to recognize and celebrate the role played by women in making the world a more peaceful and better place.

Swazi Alumni Stokvel

I would like to thank the Swazi alumni and friends of Waterford who ensured a successful launch of the Swazi alumni stokvel on Wednesday, 8 March 2017, at the Mbabane Theatre Club. The event was well attended by local alumni. The effort is highly appreciated. For more information on the launch, go to: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-03-10-alumni-stokvel-launched

Infrastructure Projects Update

Classroom block: The renovation of Block C of the classroom block is nearing its end. Final fitment of furniture will take place in the next few weeks and snagging will be completed. From thereon, block D will be renovated and final works to walkways completed. The anticipated completion date of the renovation is the start of term 2.

Multipurpose Outdoor Court: Construction of the fourth multipurpose outdoor court was completed this week (much delayed due to wet weather). By next Friday the goal posts will be installed and the court will be available for use.

Water Infrastructure Project: The coming week will also see the final stages of the yearlong water infrastructure project completed. This involves installation of modern industrial treatment equipment to the sewage treatment plants to ensure compliance with health standards; and the installation of a new treated water tank which will replace an outdated storage tank.

Permaculture Gardens: Our permaculture gardens are taking shape - an appointed contractor has been working closely with Waterford staff and students to ensure the sustainability of the project. All food produced will be purchased and used by our caterers for the WK Community. Proceeds therefrom will be reinvested into the gardens. This project is a good example of a micro circular economy: food produced - consumed - waste is composted or bio-digested for heating hot water for kitchens - liquid and solid fertilizer is used in the gardens - more food grown. Please feel free to come and get involved or meet Gabriel Ginindza for an interesting tour of the project.

Visual Arts Trip to Johannesburg

Our Visual Arts students will depart for Johannesburg on the IBDP Visual Arts trip on Wednesday 15th March 2017 and return to Waterford campus on Sunday 19th March 2017. Mr. Ricardo Chozas, and Ms. Ramila Patel will be accompanying the students.

The Visual Arts syllabus requires that students visit galleries and make first-hand observations of the artworks. The course also entails the writing of a curatorial rationale and the students will be exposed to some of the best curators of Southern African art.

Accounts Statements

We recently started sending monthly statements out through email and it has come to our attention that some parents may not have received their statements which were sent last week. Please contact us as a matter of urgency at accounts@waterford.sz if you did not receive your account.

Banking details - Repeat

Some parents are still using the old bank account. We have received lots of payments that have bounced back. Please use the banking details available on the school website: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/our-banking-details.pdf

Sporting Activities

Chess: On Saturday the 4th of March the school’s chess team went to Baha’i Centre for a chess tournament which involved 6 schools. Waterford came 1st in the senior section and fourth in the junior section. Vuyisile Sibanda (IB 1) was named the Chess Master of the tournament.

Inter-house swimming Gala: The school successfully held its annual Interhouse swimming gala on Wednesday, 8th March 2017. For more information, go to the link below: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2017-03-09-a-wonderful-swimming-gala

Badminton tournament: Waterford was placed 1st in the annual badminton tournament which was held at the school last Saturday.

Public Speaking: We were placed 1st in the public speaking competition which was held at Sifundzani High school last Saturday.

Rugby: Our under 19 rugby team won the tournament which was held at Enjabulweni last Saturday. Soccer & Tennis: The soccer and tennis players who travelled to Maputo International School for a tournament last weekend played very well with the girls and boys placing 1st in soccer and 4th in tennis. There were six schools participating. We congratulate all of them on their performance.

Eshowe: Our students departed this morning to participate in various sporting codes in South Africa. We will give you feedback on their performance in next week’s newsletter.

Reminder: Important dates

• 11 March – Entrance Testing for the Forms and IB (8:00am)

• 18 March – Entrance Testing for the Forms only (8:00am)

• 8 April - UWC Day

• 13 April – School closes, buses depart for Johannesburg

• 13 May – Regional Entrance Testing (Details to follow)

• 10 June – Entrance Testing in Maputo

Notes from the PSA meeting

Link Families: The PSA is requesting all local families (and their friends) who are not yet hosting a WK student, to join the Link Family programme. This is where we create a home away from home to our international students and enhance their experience in our country. For more information please read the Host Families section in the GIB and contact Frances at pangilman@gmail.com

Annual Golf Day: The annual golf day will be at the end of October. The date and venue will be announced in due course. Parents who would like to invite their companies to support by playing or advertising (or both) please contact PSA Golf Committee through Wendy: wendygreenthompson@gmail.com

Joining the PSA: For those who want to join the PSA, please do so by emailing Yael: yaelut@gmail.com

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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