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Newsletter 13/2014                                                                                                                                        April 17, 2014

Regional Entrance Testing

We will be carrying out Entrance Testing for 2015 in the following African Capitals (and hotels) on Saturday May 17th at 9am. Please do bring your next child along for assessment on this occasion! Please also alert your family, friends and colleagues in these countries!

Dar es Salaam  -  Protea Court

Gaborone  -  Gaborone Sun

Kigali  -  Lemigo Hotel

Harare  -  Bronte Hotel

Nairobi  -  Sarova Pan Afric Hotel

Staff Movements

On Monday morning at the staff briefing I congratulated Bruce Wells on his appointment as the Executive Head of an independent school in South Africa, effective 1 January 2015. After fifteen years of service here, I am very confident that this promotion post is an ideal opportunity for him to grow his career. The time for farewells will be later in the year.

IB Coordinator

With Mr Well’s resignation in addition to Mr van Oord leaving next term we are going to see if there is a need to re-organise our management structures. However we do need to ensure that there is an IB Coordinator managing the diploma programme when Mr van Oord leaves. Pending any possible changes regarding management, I have asked Mr Mwenda to be the IB Coordinator in a temporary capacity until the end of the year. He has much experience and knowledge of the IB and working with Mr van Oord from the start of the term I have no doubt he will manage the task.

Farewells

Mr King writes on Mrs Judy Boycott who is stepping down as the deputy head of Esiveni:

Judy Boycott joined the residential staff as Deputy Head of Esiveni in September of 2005. For the past eight and a half years she has been responsible for more than eighty students a year and more directly involved for the care and support of the teenage girls. Judy has been a mother, disciplinarian, nurse and a friend and companion to countless students past and present. Her time spent as part of the Esiveni community is genuinely appreciated by the Head of Hostel, Donovan King, the residential tutors and the students. We are grateful for her pleasant, calm and professional approach and her caring nature. We wish her a fulfilling time with less knocks on the door and no trips to the clinic!

Mrs de Koning about Mr Trevor Pugh:

It will be difficult to say goodbye to Trevor without resorting to superlatives. He has without doubt been an inspiration to students and teachers alike and his influence and impact is unsurpassable. We are truly sad to have to say goodbye. Trevor has given ten years to Waterford and in that time he has opened up a world of literature to students in ways of which most teachers can only dream! To be in Mr Pugh’s class was a much anticipated adventure into a whole new world of experiences ranging from the particular to the truly absurd. Whatever the classroom experience, no one could ever accuse it of being dull. Trevor has an encyclopaedic quotation bank memorised to provide that final punch line, squash any emerging arrogance and provide humour and much-needed relief in the midst of the mundane. At the core of his teaching philosophy and approach has always been the student – each one an individual to be respected as such and nurtured and encouraged to reach heights they could only ever have imagined without his encouragement and his unfailing belief in their essential brilliance. Woe betide the teacher who tried to reduce one of Trevor’s students to a set of marks on a spread sheet! Trevor’s retirement is a huge loss to Waterford and to all the generations of students to come who will have missed out on his mastery and passion. He leaves Waterford with a rich legacy which we can only promise to protect and honour. We wish him every happiness in the new adventures that await him and we want him to know that he will always have a place in our hearts and a home on these green hills of Swaziland. 

Mrs Tinney about Mrs Sheila Pugh:

When I checked Sheila and Trevor's date of arrival at Waterford, I couldn't believe it was 2005! It didn't feel that long! It is amazing how we get accustomed to the beautiful people around us and forget to appreciate them.

When Sheila first arrived, she was simply “Trevor's Wife” but very quickly she began to be absorbed by Waterford and soon enough she was Mrs Pugh the tutor, Mrs Pugh the teacher, Mrs Pugh the EduAdmin Administrator and Mrs Pugh the Chief Invigilator. How quickly we cashed in on her many talents! As Chief Invigilator, she has been acknowledged by IB2 students every year for her calm presence in the exam room – now when you go out of your way to say thanks to the person who hands you an exam paper – you know she is a special person!

Sheila and I have worked very closely together teaching ICDL. Really, she has been the model colleague: supportive, well prepared, conscientious, meticulous in her approach and above all PATIENT! Patient when the server went down, patient when the mouse had disappeared, patient when the printer jammed, patient when the students didn't pitch up for an exam, and the most important part of the “patient” was with me when (inevitably) I missed the reports deadline! She has been a calm and unflappable presence to be relied on at all times.

She will be sorely missed as a teacher, a mentor and a very special friend. We wish her well as she and Trevor head off into the sunset on their next adventure.

Hamba Kahle!

Phoenix Fund

We are so pleased to end the term on a high note, with E54 044 in the Phoenix Fund. We are grateful to everyone who has made a gift so far, including members of the Governing Council and academic, administrative, housekeeping and maintenance staff. It is also encouraging that 69% of the students have contributed to the Fund. We will kick off the parent phase of the campaign at the beginning of next term and look forward to your support.

Influenza Vaccine

We have sent home a letter and consent form from Dr. Mark Mills regarding the Influenza vaccine. To download the letter and consent form, click here. If you would like your child to receive the vaccine in the new term please be sure to return the signed consent form. Alternatively you could sign the form attached to this e mail and scan and send it back to us.

“Meet the Teacher” Parents morning May 24th 08:00 – 13:00

On Saturday 24th May there is a “Meet the Teacher” Parents morning. We have rationalised these to two in the year, both at the start of a term (term 2 and 3) designed to discuss progress of the previous term. It will be on a Saturday morning because our experience is that more parents come from the region than when it is at night. It also means we can have more time, which will hopefully help with the long queues. We are also aware that some students’ parents are not able to attend any of these and so we are inviting students themselves to meet the teacher if they so wish. The programme of the day is as follows:

  • 08:00             Parent Consultations with staff
  • 11:00             PSA AGM
  • 11:30             Parent consultations with staff resume
  • 13:00             Consultations to end.

School Report

I have decided to publish an edited version of my report to the Governing Council, which can be found on the website at the following address:

http://waterford.sz/News-and-Events/726-Principals-Report-Term-1-2014

RIP

We have received news from the UK of the death of Peter Stern, who served as a Trustee of the Waterford School Trust from 1975 until 1997. Peter was the older brother of Michael Stern, the Founding Headmaster of the school. Condolences to his wife Judy and sons Martin and Tim. May he rest in peace.

Reminder: Important Dates

  • 18 May 2014: Busses depart OR Tambo and Maputo for return to WK. Residences Open
  • 20 May 2014: Lessons resume for Second Term
  • 24 May 2014: “Meet the Teacher” Parents Morning 08:00 – 13:00
  • 24 May 2014: PSA AGM 11:00

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