Latest Newsletter to Parents
29th November 2013
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and friends of the school
WK Governing Council
Mr Clark Thom has stepped down as Chair of the Governing Council (GC), a position he has held since 1997, having served as a member since1982. We thank him for his commitment and service to Waterford during these years. We will hold an event to thank him for his service more formally on the weekend of the next GC meeting next year.
The former principal, Mr. Laurence Nodder who worked with Mr Thom for a long time had the following to say:
Clark was Chairman of the Governing Council for the 13 years that I served as Principal. Clark was a wonderful Chairman to work with and under. He was interested, friendly and greatly supportive (and Debbie wants to thank Clark that this extended to her and the children as well). We had the pleasure of often speaking together. Clark had a keen sense of different areas of responsibility, that key difference between governance and management. He was wise - there were many, many things relating to management that I reported to Clark, and once in a while he quietly would say: maybe you should think about that again â€“ inevitably I benefited from that further thinking! And Clark refused to be drawn in by the occasional disaffected teacher disaffected parent trying to outflank the Principal. He had helped set up good structures, and those structures should be used.
Early on, after something had been brought to resolution, I would come home and use the South African phrase, â€śit is finished and klaarâ€ť. Later on in my son Johnâ€™s primary school writing, we saw the phrase â€śfinished and Clarkâ€ť make an appearance. That remains our fond phrase for something brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
Clark, the Waterford Kamhlaba community, and the Nodder family in particular, owes you an enormous debt of gratitude. Thank you.
Mr Clark Thom is succeeded by Dr Mark Mills. Dr Mills is the CEO and Medical Director of I-Care Africa, a Swazi company that provides integrated healthcare solutions with hospitals, clinics and low cost medical funding in Swaziland and Namibia. His personal interests are low cost medical funding, medical management of HIV/Aids and prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases. He is married to Fiona, the Community Services Coordinator at Waterford and has two sons, Luke and Oliver both graduates of Waterford. His leisure pursuits are exploring, scuba diving, underwater photography and fly fishing. Dr Mills is by no means new to Waterford. We welcome him into this position and have no doubt that he will make a huge contribution to the school in the years ahead.
Arrangements for reports, IB and IGCSE Examination Results
Unless your child is in Form 2 or 3, the envelope your child brings home should contain his or her term report. Because students in Forms 2 and 3 only finished their examinations on Wednesday 27 November the reports for these students are posted next week. Reports for all students are sent electronically next week. The envelope also should contain an account, and the term dates and schedule of fees for 2014.
IB2 results become available on Monday 6th January 2014, and we will try to get a summary of these results on the WK website www.waterford.sz as soon as we can after the release of the results by the IB.
The IGCSE results will be published on the 24th January 2014.
Goodbye for Now
Lisa Mbuli (Swaziland: student 1992-1995 and staff 2006-2013) will be taking a one year sabbatical to further her studies. She will be doing an MA in Curriculum Studies at Wits University in Johannesburg next year. We wish her well with her studies and look forward to welcoming her back in 2015.
End of Term Arrangements
School closes at 10am on Friday 29th November. As usual a bus service to OR Tambo Airport, Eastgate (upon request) and Park Station will be provided on that morning, departing WK at 6.00am arriving after midday. Students have been encouraged to sign up for these services. Please be advised that the transport to Maputo has been cancelled as there was not enough demand for it.
Important Dates to diarise
- 29 November: Term Ends
- 13 January 2014: IB Residences Open
- 15 January 2014: IB1 Orientation begins
- 20 January 2014: Forms Orientation
- 21 January 2014: Lessons begin
With Best Wishes for the holiday season.