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Newsletter 20/2014                                                                                                                        July 18th, 2014

South African Immigration laws

The Immigration laws in South Africa are in the process of changing.  The changes will take effect on October 1st, 2014.  We are consulting with legal professionals in this regard.  The minimum requirement will be for all children under the age of 18 travelling in and out of South Africa to present a copy of an unabridged birth certificate. An unabridged birth certificate is a full-length, detailed birth certificate of the child that contains the particulars of both parents, where possible, and their ID numbers. We urge all parents of children under the age of 18 to start the process of applying for the unabridged birth certificate in their home countries. Before the close of term 2 we will send comprehensive details of all the documentation that will be required.

Visual Arts Exhibition 2014

The annual Visual Arts Exhibition will take place in the Sheila & Richard Attenborough Fine Arts Centre on Friday 25th July 8.00 - 3.00pm and Saturday 26th July 8.00 - 3.00pm. The exhibition will be opened by Mr Bruce Wells, Deputy Principal on Friday 25th July at 7.00pm. The exhibition will showcase works by students from Form 1 to IB2.

Music Concert

On Saturday 26th July at 17:00, the Waterford Music Department will be hosting the termly Music Concert with performances from the School Choir, Marimba ensembles, the Jazz band and other performances from our student body.  Entrance is free but come early as space is always limited.

Choir Tour

On Wednesday 30th July to Sunday 3rd August, 46 members of the Waterford School Choir and 4 members of staff will be embarking on a pioneering Choir Tour to Johannesburg.  The tour will consist of a series of performances and workshops including Sunday morning performances at St. Thomas’s Church, Linden, the church of one of our alumni.  Performances and workshops will also take place at St. Stithians School, Krugersdorp High School, Dominican Convent School and Dainfern School.  There are plans to have a “Home Coming” performance early next term to share some of the experiences with our friends and family at home so look out for more notices in this regard.  Finally for any persons or organization that are in a position to provide financial support toward the acquisition of a “Tour T-shirt” for members of the choir, please get in touch with Mrs Joanne De Koning.

French Trip to Lesotho

The French Department is organizing this annual long weekend trip to a French guest house in Morija, Lesotho run by Mme. Brigitte Hall, a former teacher of French.  For the past five years it has proved beneficial to students of IB French Standard.  It is a weekend of almost “total immersion” in the language and a chance to get to know another country in Southern Africa.  This year’s weekend which will be fully supervised by school staff with normal school regulations applying will be from Friday, September 12 until Tuesday September 16th, the first weekend of the 3rd term.  The cost, including 4 nights’ accommodation (strictly separate for males and females) and all meals at the Morija guest house plus transport by WK bus will be E/R 2,900.00.  Costs, particularly petrol, have unfortunately increased this year.  Despite this, I can assure you that it is a very worthwhile and enriching experience.  If you wish your son or daughter to participate, please e-mail Mr Ben O’ Connor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible before the end of this term in order to reserve a place.  Numbers are limited to 18, on a first come, first served basis.

University Visits

Next week we host 2 universities. On Tuesday Colorado College will be presenting at 6.30 in Emhlabeni. They are followed on Wednesday (same time and place) by a new university from California called Minerva who have full scholarships to offer to UWC students. Parents are more than welcome to both events.

Rugby

Waterford Kamhlaba Rugby squads were fortunate enough to host a touring side from Arnold Kings School in Blackpool, England on Thursday this week. Whilst a joint-U16 Swaziland and Waterford side overcame the visitors by just a single point, the U19s proved stiff opposition for the Waterford senior team. Much of the game was spent with just a single try separating the two sides and, despite the home-crowd advantage, the tourists proved too strong for our boys. Waterford would like to thank all those who came to watch and we will let you know of future fixtures as they arise.

End of Term Transport Arrangements

We have only 3 weeks to go before the end of term.  As mentioned before, we are now using the on-line booking system, this worked well over the mid-term break.  Please find the links below and fill out accordingly.  Either parents and guardians or the students can complete the form.  Please make sure your transport request is complete by Friday July 25th, 2014.


Transport to Joburg

http://goo.gl/afbda5

Transport to Maputo

http://goo.gl/qZUlg9

Transport to Maseru

http://goo.gl/hSQeh7

Transport to Matsapha

http://goo.gl/UIgpoS


Saturday Sport

  • The U18 and U14 boy’s soccer teams will travel to Metropolitan College. The bus will depart at 6:00am and return at approximately 4:00pm.
  • The U18 and U14 girl’s netball teams will also travel to Metropolitan College on the same bus.

Question from a Parent:

I notice that the parent-teacher conference was held on May 24th 2014, following the school opening for second term (May 20th). As we live in Botswana, (about 730 ks from Swaziland), we were not able to attend this event. It will be helpful for us if this conference could be held on a Saturday/Sunday before the school opens, this way, we can travel to Swaziland on a weekend to drop the kids as well as attend the conference. Otherwise it means travelling on Monday to drop the kids and staying for the whole week in Swaziland, this is a challenge as most parents are working. Kindly consider.

Response:

We are in consultation about these teacher-parent conferences and have decided not to change the date for the one in Term 3 as many parents have already made their travel plans around that date. We are looking for feedback from parents/guardians and will consult further with regard to changes for the 2015 academic year.

Reminder: Important Dates

  • 22 July: Public Holiday – No lessons
  • 25 July: Visual Arts Exhibition
  • 26 July: Music Concert
  • 30 July: Swaziland Careers Fair
  • 8 August: End of Term 2 – Busses to OR Tambo and Maputo depart at 06:15am
  • 10 October: Form 5 Graduation
  • 21 November: IB2 Leavers

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If the question is of broad interest I will publish the question (without the name) and my reply in the newsletter.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry