Newsletter 35/2016

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Fees due

Please note that all accounts need to be settled by the end of the term and that the school is implementing strictly the provisions of our debtors policy to ensure we collect all outstanding fees. I know there has been some unhappiness amongst some parents when they were informed that their child would not be able to attend the graduation events (form 5s and IB2s) due to outstanding fees. This is very unpleasant for all concerned so parents are urged to settle their accounts and to discuss the matter with Ms Fraser.

PSA Organizes Successful Golf Day

The Parent Staff Association (PSA) held a successful golf day event at Nkonyeni Golf Estate last Sunday. The event, sponsored by Capitol Caterers and other generous donors, was an amazing experience for golfers who enthusiastically moved from hole to hole. The beautiful golf estate, overlooking the Ngwempisi River, provided a great opportunity to mingle and network. The funds raised at the golf day would be used to improve the experience of the WK community, in particular its students. Thanks to all our sponsors and to the team under the leadership of Wendy Green Thompson who organized the event. He mentioned that Waterford continues to make an impact in the Swazi society.

https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2016-11-10-psa-golf-day

Girl Rising 2016

Last week from the 2nd to 4th of November, Waterford Kamhlaba hosted our first Girl Rising event; a student organized initiative targeted at spreading awareness of the disparities in treatment of men and women in the context of the patriarchal society many of us grew up in. The event comprised of a series of workshops spanning the academic day on Wednesday - of which students chose three to participate in - and a silent auction of art pieces donated by members of our community to raise money for charitable causes.

After a captivating assembly on Wednesday morning with our guest speaker Ruth Everson, who shared with us her wonderful poetry and incited students to stand up for women’s rights by sharing her moving story, students spent the day participating in various workshops aimed at opening their minds to the inequities we see every day in the world we live in. Workshops covered a variety of different topics and mediums, including; documentaries (featuring a moving documentary of gender inequality in Swaziland ‘Tibi Tendlu’), a tutorial on healthy cooking, information on female genital mutilation, exploring through improvisation, Q&A sessions concerning health, pampering our tireless maintenance staff with manicures and pedicures, and a plethora of other exciting workshops. Minky Masote was present and shared her story in an impactful workshop entitled ‘something inside so strong…’ as well as several representatives from ‘Kwakha Invodza’ (a non-governmental organization targeting men in Swazi society and their perceptions of women) whose workshops were attended by most of the student body. Feedback from students after these workshops was truly inspiring as they shared their realization of the inequalities they have become so used to seeing.

The silent auction on Thursday evening was well attended by students, parents and friends of the school who witnessed the talented works of students in the school. Over 90 pieces of art were donated by students, and most were sold to accrue almost E5000 from the auction. The money has been donated towards the education of the children of our valued maintenance staff. The movie ‘Girl Rising’ was screened in the Assembly Hall after the auction following a moving address by the United States Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson, who highlighted the work that still need to done in creating a free and equal society in Swaziland.

Girl Rising was a resounding success thanks to the efforts of a dedicated organizing team, and we hope it will have an even greater impact in the coming years!

Swaziland Premiere for “A UNITED KINGDOM”

Waterford in partnership with Videovision Entertainment and Movie Zone, invites its stakeholders including current staff and students, alumni, former staff, parents, donors and the general public to an evening of entertainment featuring the film - “A United Kingdom” - to be premiered at the Movie Zone on Friday, 02 December 2016, starting at 1900hrs. Tickets for the event are available at Waterford Kamhlaba’s Communications office for E150. 00. Funds raised through the sale of tickets will be put into the College Scholarship Fund. Contact details for the office are - Tel: +268 24221215, Cell: +268 7819 1342 and email is: communications@waterford.sz

The film, “A United Kingdom”, is based on a true story of the sweeping interracial love between the first president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama and the British woman he loved, Ruth Williams; a love that shook the British establishment. The Swazi premier of “A United Kingdom” is an effort of Anil Naidoo, a former student (1977 – 1983), who contacted Videovision Entertainment to obtain the film as a fundraiser for WK UWCSA. For more information, go to

https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2016-11-08-press-release-swaziland-premiere-for-a-united-kingdom

Soccer and Netball Staff Tournament at Enjabulweni Independent School

On Saturday 5 November, Waterford staff travelled down to Enjabulweni in Manzini to compete against other schools in the country. The teams consisted of administrative, maintenance, housekeeping, academic and catering staff. The tournament was designed to promote more interaction between the schools and have fun.

The WK UWCSA netball team competed against Sisekelo and Enjabulweni. Enjabulweni won the cup. Despite not winning, our staff was in high spirits as the games were filled with camaraderie and laughter.

More information on the tournament can be found at: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2016-11-10-soccer-and-netball-staff-tournament

IB2 Graduation

The IB Graduation program is now on the website.

Policy for Graduation Events

I encourage our students, staff and parents to familiarize themselves with our Graduation Events Policy which is available at the link below:

https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/graduationevents-policy-final-1.pdf

Sports and Activities

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

WK will host friendly games of netball, soccer and basketball involving schools from around Mbabane. The games will begin at 9:00am. Friday, November 18th, 2016

Next week Friday, WK swimmers will depart at 1:00pm for Mozambique to participate in a swimming gala. They will return on Sunday evening.

Reminder: Important dates

11 November: Form 5 Graduation

19 November: IB2 Graduation

24 November: Final Academic Day. School closes at 1pm

25 November: Buses depart from residences

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 34/2016

Exam Cramming

I am very aware that we are in the middle of exam season. The form 4s and IB1s have finished theirs, the IB2s and Form 5s are in the middle of theirs and the forms 1 to 3 will be starting in the near future. I saw a piece about “cramming” the night before and how limited that is, as a successful strategy for exam preparation. Both parents / guardians and students might find the full article of interest. Herewith the link: Revising for Exams – Why Cramming the Night Before Rarely Works.

Form 5 Graduation

We are exactly one week away from our Form 5 Graduation, which will take place on Friday November 11th at 3:00pm in the Assembly Hall. Due to limited seating space in the hall, when classes finish at 2.40pm, the lower school will not be attending. Forms 1, 2 and 3 students should either return to the hostel if they are boarders, or go home on the bus if they are day students. There will be no afternoon activities on this day. Parents and guardians of Form 5 students should have already booked the two seats they are entitled to. If you have booked your seats, we ask that you please arrive at the latest at 2:30pm in order for you to be seated promptly before the start of the event at 3:00pm. We do not have a seating plan and therefore the earlier you get here, the better the seat you will get. I must emphasize, that we will not be allowing any late arrivals into the assembly hall, as at 2:50pm we will be giving the left over seats only to siblings who are students and Form 4s. The graduating Form 5 students must assemble in the CCLD at 2:00pm. Once the event starts at 3:00pm no one, including Form 5 students who are late, will be allowed into the assembly hall. Thank you for your understanding. We are all looking forward to this year’s Graduation event. Please help us make it a success.

PSA Golf Day

Thank you once again to all our parents and sponsors for your continued support. The Waterford PSA Golf day has finally arrived. We are fully subscribed - all the 4 ball slots have been filled. We still need more prizes, so please call me if you have something to donate. Nothing is too small. Wendy Green-Thompson 7812 9288.

Bus Stops

A parent has written to me to ask if the Waterford bus could stop in an area not identified as an official stop. I get many of these individual requests and we cannot accommodate everyone. The bus would be stopping at different points every 2 minutes and never getting to school! Many of our students do not live very close to the allocated bus stops and it is the responsibility of all parents and guardians to get them to those bus stops.

Sports and Activities

Saturday, November 4, 2016

• The Netball and Soccer teams (to include a teacher team) will depart for Enjabulweni High School at 07:00am.

• The U14, U16 and U18 soccer teams will travel to UTECH tomorrow morning to play in a tournament, departing at 6:30am. We wish them well in their games.

Reminder: Important dates

• 6 November: PSA Golf Day

• 11 November: Form 5 Graduation

• 19 November: IB2 Graduation

• 24 November: Final Academic Day. School closes at 1pm

• 25 November: Buses depart from residences

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 33/2016

28th October 2016

A growth Mindset

We are very much in exam season at the moment. One of the problems at this time is that all are focused on results, on the score achieved at the end of the exams or the end of the term, or the end of the Diploma (IB) or Certificate (IGCSE). Now the scores our students achieve in the IB or IGCSE are important as they will determine the next step in the learning process for the student, i.e. was the mark good enough to get into this or that next programme of study (IB, A-level, which university, etc). For all other students, however, the focus should not be on the result, but rather on the learning process. This is best explained in the article below from Marshall Memo No. 649.

“Students Who Are Afraid They Won’t Be Perfect”

In this Inside Higher Ed article, Joseph Holtgreive (Northwestern University) observes that many of his high-achieving students did well in high school with relatively little effort, but find things more difficult in college. Some of these students panic when they get a low grade on a midterm and want to drop the course. The problem, says Holtgreive, is that they’re focusing on their GPA, the way they did in high school. “Yet while these students think they’re keeping their eyes on the ball,” he says, “they are actually just staring at the scoreboard. For students who found high school relatively easy, staring at the measurement of their performance is affirming. Even more affirming is the gap between their outcomes, in the form of grades, and their input, in the form of effort. The wider the gap, the smarter they feel…” But when they do less well on challenging courses in college and have to work harder, they feel dumb. The solution to this bind, says Holtgreive, is for students to redirect their attention from the scoreboard to the game of learning: “Focusing on learning creates a direct relationship between input and outcome: the more effort they invest, the greater the opportunity to learn… When the goal is to be smart, the formula is reduced to maximizing grades while minimizing effort. When the goal is to learn, the formula becomes about maximizing learning while optimizing effort. The more effective their effort, the more they can learn.” Better grades are a natural byproduct, rather than the end goal. Too much focus on grades reinforces what Carol Dweck calls a fixed mindset. “If students believe that how they perform at one moment in time exposes the limits of their potential rather than serving merely as a snapshot of where they are in the process of growing their abilities,” says Holtgreive, “feelings of struggle and uncertainty become threatening rather than an opportunity to grow.” The anxiety can lead students to tighten up and self-sabotage. Holtgreive describes how he counseled a young engineering student who loved her Russian literature class but wanted to drop it because of a bad midterm grade. A look of true excitement crossed her face “when it dawned on her that she got to decide how she would show up for her learning. There is no shame in going all in, and just maybe the rewards will outweigh the risks.” “Too Smart to Fail?” by Joseph Holtgreive in Inside Higher Ed, August 16, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bfPcYY

Parties this weekend

We are aware that there are a number of parties planned this weekend, particularly for the IB1 students to celebrate their end of exams. Parents, please note that these are not Waterford arranged or sanctioned events. Whilst we do not want to meddle in the private lives of families, we are concerned about some of the activities that have taken place at similar events in the past (such as excessive drinking) and we believe that as a school, we should be raising them with you. We urge parents to be aware of where their children are socializing, to preferably drop them and collect them by car themselves at all venues, to call other parents if their child is sleeping over at a friend’s house and to discuss safe practices with their teenagers.

Donate to WK through Booking.com

UWC Adriatic alumnus Darren Huston (AD 83-85), ex-CEO of Booking.com, has generously offered to help fundraise for Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA through the Booking.com website. On a visit to UWC Adriatic in 2014, Darren was struck by how many of the students and alumni of the 16 UWC colleges are frequent travelers. This gave him the idea to create a way for alumni, supporters and friends of the college to donate simply by using Booking.com. Booking.com has generously agreed that a percentage of the booking fee will be donated to Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA. All of the money raised will go into a grant to help us offer another student a scholarship here at Waterford. Use the following link when booking and share with friends and family to get as many people involved as possible. http://www.booking.com/?aid=1182917;label=BookYourHotel

Drama Performances

On Thursday, the Form 1 and 3 Drama classes presented three short plays to an audience of the lower forms and some of the teachers. The plays were the culmination of work done over the course of Term 3 and focused on the themes of identity, self-esteem, and pressure faced by students on a regular basis. I was very impressed by the caliber of the performances and the themes tackled. Well done to all involved especially the young performers, many of whom were on the stage for the first time.

Travel Links

The Travel links for the end of term are now active. Please take note that the passport field must be completed as there is now a requirement for the bus driver to have a complete list of student names and passport numbers. The links will be taken down on November 5th.

Form 4 Survivor Weekend

The Form 4 students completed their end of year examinations yesterday and left early this morning on their Survivor weekend which will take place in Bulembu, near Pigg’s Peak. We wish them a well-deserved weekend away. They will return to school at approximately 12pm on Sunday 30th October.

Form 2 History Trip

The History Department would like to remind all parents and guardians of Form 2 History students about the upcoming Form 2 History Educational Visit. We will depart school on Tuesday, 1st November at 8:30 and travel down to the Swazi National Archives, the Swazi Museum and the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park all located in Lobamba. We are expected to return to school at approximately 3:30pm. The students will be accompanied by Mrs. Muyambo Dlamini, Mr. Gambe and other staff members.

Girl Rising at Waterford Kamhlaba

Next week on November 2, 3, & 4th, Waterford is holding it’s first-ever Girl Rising Week. In line with the UWC values, the week is focused on learning about the violations of women’s rights and what we as individuals of the global community can do about it. The motto for the week is “Change minds, Change lives, Change policy”. On Thursday November 3rd, we have planned a silent auction of Girl Rising themed art pieces and a showing of the movie “Girl Rising” with opening remarks by the Ambassador from the United States to Swaziland. The money raised will be put towards paying school fees for the daughters of makes and babes on campus. Parents and friends are welcome and in fact, we would love it if parents could attend! The movie is an extremely poignant film about the importance of education girls. The art exhibition is in the CCLD at 6:00 and the movie is at 7:30 in the Assembly Hall. We hope to see everyone there. As a side note, we are having a spa day for the makes that work on our campus to show them our appreciation. Please consider donating some nail polish, cotton balls, or nail polish remover to assist with this part of the event.

Form 3 Overnight trip to the Drakensberg

The Form 3 students will be going to the Berg on November 21st. They are to bring their South African Immigration paperwork in to Mrs. Van Rensburg by Wednesday, November the 2nd. This will give us time to check that all paperwork is in order, avoiding a delay at the border post.

Maths Department

The Maths Department is currently clearing out their cupboards prior to moving into the refurbished classrooms and relocating their office. Consequently there are several hundred old high school textbooks including O-, A- and IB-specific books that are no longer needed. If anyone has a suggestion as to how these books might be put to good use please contact Richard Alexander (76155909 or richard.alexander@waterford.sz). The Maths Department is also welcoming visits from parents and guardians to see classes in action. Please contact Richard Alexander (76155909 or richard.alexander@waterford.sz) to discuss the possibilities.

Change in Matsapha Bus pick-up and drop-off point

We have been informed that it will no longer be possible for our Matsapha bus to park outside the current point, the Galp filling station. We will now use the area outside the Post Office in Matsapha, effective immediately.

Reminder: Important dates

• 6 November: PSA Golf Day

• 11 November: Form 5 Graduation

• 19 November: IB2 Graduation

• 24 November: Final Academic Day. School closes at 1pm

• 25 November: Buses depart from residences

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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