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Newsletter 23/2014                                                                                                                08 August 2014


New Travel Documentation requirements in South Africa

Will parents please take very special note of the new requirements from the South African immigration authorities regarding travel documentation for any children traveling to or from South Africa with or without their parent(s). The information is contained in the document entitled “Travel Documentation: South African Requirements”, attached to this email and found on our website at http://waterford.sz/News-and-Events/758-Travel-Documentation-for-South-Africa Please note if you do not comply with these requirements your child is likely to be stopped from proceeding to school here at Waterford at the end of the holiday.

Rest in the holidays

Our students work very hard and their continued hard work and commitment never ceases to amaze me. It has been a busy, long and hard term. I have therefore advised all of our students, especially the form 5s and IB2s who are starting term 3 with their mock exams, to make sure that they do rest this holiday. I have suggested that they should have at least seven days of complete rest (preferably consecutively) in which they do no school work at all. They must sleep in till noon, read, watch movies and generally “chill” to re-charge their batteries. Of course if they can afford more time for rest, that would be good. Those writing exams, however, must make sure they are on top of their work by the end of the holidays.

Parent Teacher Morning

Please be reminded that our Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on Saturday September 13th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. We hope you are able to attend. We have had feedback from parents regarding this date and are looking into alternative options for the 2015 calendar year.

Fee Reminder

Please remember that all fees are due on the first day of the term. If you pay using electronic banking, please use the students name as a reference and equally important please send the proof of payment by

E mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For unpaid fees we will follow the current debtors policy which can be found on our website at http://www.waterford.sz/admissions/Fees-and-Bursaries

Bursary application renewals

All students on a bursary need to pick up a bursary application form from Ms. Fraser. Applications must be submitted at the start of Term 3 for the following year. Students need to apply each year for a bursary, and without an application they will not receive a bursary.

Revised Calendar

Please check our website for the revised 2015 calendar. We erroneously left off the IB1 Orientation dates from last week’s version.

Form Five Graduation

After consultation with the PSA and correspondence from a few parents together with now confirmed IGCSE exam dates, the Form Five graduation ceremony will now take place on Friday, November 14th, 2014.

Principal’s Report

Every term I prepare a report for the Governing Council meeting. You can find my report on our website at the following link. http://goo.gl/NO1WoM

Ebola

A few concerns have been raised related to the Ebola Virus. Mr. Wells and I met with Dr. Mills, Medical Director of Mbabane Clinic and Chairperson of the Waterford Governing Council, to discuss the college`s response to some of these concerns.

We have established that no students or staff will be travelling to the affected regions identified as high risk (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia) during the forthcoming holidays. Two of our students will be travelling to Nigeria. We will be closely monitoring the situation through the holidays, especially as we realise it can change dramatically. To a large extent we are dependent on how the various national authorities manage this outbreak. In this regard we note that:

  • Intensive screening is being done at airports in the affected countries before a person can board a plane to leave the country.
  • South Africa is screening for any symptoms at ORT International Airport in Johannesburg and that such screening is happening at other airports for anyone arriving from the affected countries.

We have decided to follow the procedure described below for anyone that does happen to travel to one of the affected countries:

  • A letter from a doctor 24 hours before departure certifying that there is no fever or related symptoms will be required of the person.
  • On arrival at Waterford, the nurse will conduct a daily fever and symptom watch of the person. (Note: A person is not infectious until they become symptomatic.)
  • If any fever or illness is detected the person will immediately be isolated into quarantine and screening for febrile illnesses including Ebola in Hospital.
  • In such circumstances the College will alert the public Health authorities.

If anyone from our community has been in contact with a patient infected with Ebola:

  • Firstly they will not be allowed to travel by authorities.
  • The person will be quarantined for 21 days.
  • After the period of quarantine a doctor will certify that the person has tested negative for the virus, after which they will then be allowed to travel by the authorities.

The UWC International Office has released a “Question and Answer” paper on the disease which we have published on our website. It can be found at http://goo.gl/ptn3wb

Rest assured the school will implement the above procedures for any of our students from any of the regions that are, or may become affected by the virus.

Budget 2015

The Governing Council at its last meeting agreed on the 2015 budget, including the new fees. We have enclosed the new fee schedule in the report envelopes that your child received today. It can also be found on the website at http://goo.gl/OquuxO

Staff Farewells

Last week we said goodbye to two of our teachers. Whilst I am sorry they are leaving us, I am pleased to announce that they are both staying within the UWC movement.

  • Sara Edstrom came to Waterford in 2009. Originally from Sweden, she started her career in engineering, but after two transforming years of volunteering as a science teacher in Rwanda, she returned to Sweden to complete her teaching qualification. During her time at Waterford, Sara has taught Mathematics across the whole range of the school; from Form 1 to IB, as well as Theory of Knowledge on the IB Diploma Programme. She has been a tutor to Form 4 and Form 5 students and worked as a residence tutor in Esiveni hostel. She leaves us to take up a post as Mathematics teacher at UWC Robert Bosch.
  • Mlungisi Dlamini is an ex-student of Waterford. He joined the teaching staff in 2011 and has taught Anthropology on a part-time basis since then. He has also been actively involved in debating at the College and in Swaziland. He leaves us to take up a post as an Anthropology teacher at UWC Mostar.

Staff Appointments

We have completed the process of selection of staff to replace Mr Van Oord and Mr Wells. More details can be found at http://goo.gl/j6NvsT

Beginning of 3rd Term Arrangements

  • 7 September: Busses depart OR Tambo at 2:00pm, Maputo at 12:00pm and Maseru at 7:00am. Residences open after lunch.
  • 9 September: Lessons begin at 8:00am
  • For students who are flying in to Matsapha/Manzini airport, please send an email to Mr. King on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stipulating the date and time of arrival.

Reminder: Important Dates

  • 13 September: Parent/Teacher morning
  • 14 November: 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