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Newsletter 21/2014                                                                                                                        July 25th, 2014

Alumni Reunions and Visits

The Advancement Office and the Waterford Kamhlaba Foundation of South Africa, chaired by Monwabisi Fandeso (WK 1971-1977,) hosted a successful alumni reunion in Johannesburg on Saturday 19 July. Almost 100 former students attended. The atmosphere was very convivial and the alumni reconnected with old friends and made new acquaintances as well. I enjoyed meeting them and updating them on some of the developments on campus, including the opening of the New Dining Hall and the launching of the Phoenix Fund. I also urged them to keep in touch with the school and to contribute in whatever way they can. In addition, former student Lundi Kumalo (South Africa, WK 1990-1993) outlined some exciting plans to create more professional networking and mentoring opportunities for WK graduates.

This Saturday we look forward to welcoming more alumni at a reunion here at school. I am pleased that a number of students will be involved in welcoming the alumni and competing against them in volleyball and soccer matches.

Yunus Peer (WK 1971-1973) inspired students at this week's Assembly by sharing the advice his father gave him when Yunus got his Master's degree: “You can get all of the degrees in the world, but in the end people will remember you for what you did for others.” Yunus teaches at the prestigious Punahou Academy in Hawaii in the United States and is the Director of Teachers across Borders South Africa, an NGO which has provided training and mentoring to over 1000 Maths and Science teachers in South Africa and impacted 1.5 million students. The organisation, which is now in its 14th year, also provides school uniforms for poor students and computer labs for rural schools.

Next week we welcome Dr Renosi Mokate (WK 1975-1976), former Executive Director at the World Bank, who will also address the Assembly and speak to IB students about development economics. Our students are privileged to have such accomplished alumni as role models.

Visual Arts Exhibition 2014

A reminder that the annual Visual Arts Exhibition will take place in the Sheila & Richard Attenborough Fine Arts Centre starting at 3:00pm today. All are welcome.

Music Concert

A reminder too that tomorrow we will have our annual music concert starting at 17:00. Entrance is free but come early as space is always limited.

Form 3’s Music and Drama

The Form 3’s will perform their term’s work during the week. All parents and guardians are invited to watch. On Wednesday, during period 2, 3 and 5 which is 8:40, 9:20 and 11:20. On Friday, during period 8 and 9 which is 13:20 and 14:00.

End of Term Transport Arrangements

Today is the last day for transport sign up. Please make sure you or your child has signed up on line for end of term transport. The links are pasted below again for your perusal:

Transport to Joburg:

http://goo.gl/afbda5

Transport to Maseru:

http://goo.gl/hSQeh7

Transport to Maputo:

http://goo.gl/qZUlg9

Transport to Matsapha:

http://goo.gl/UIgpoS

 

Saturday Sport

  • U19 boys will travel to Enjabulweni High School to participate in the Independent School Festival.  The bus will depart at 7:30am and return at approximately 3:30pm
  • The U14 boys and U20 girls basketball teams will play in the basketball festival at Sifundzani High School.  The bus will depart at 7:30am and return at approximately 5:00pm.

Reminder: Important Dates

  • 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

From SAHISA “Heads UP” June 2014

In closing I leave you with Cicero's SIX MISTAKES OF MAN (sic):

  • The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others.
  • The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
  • Insisting that a thing is Impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
  • Refusing to set aside trivial differences.
  • Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and
  • study.
  • Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

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