Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 8/2018

16 March, 2018

New Staff Appointments

I am very excited to announce the appointments which have been made to fill the staff vacancies this year. All our incoming teachers are highly qualified professionals with IBDP, IGCSE and / or UWC experience. We are confident our students will continue to be in excellent hands as the newcomers join the Waterford family.

The new appointments are (interestingly, the vacancies in the middle of the year have worked in our favour as we have been able to take advantage of the northern hemisphere academic year ending in May / June):

  • Mrs Sindhu Clark has been appointed as the IBDP co-ordinator in place of Madame Helene Caillet. The applications received for this post were impressive and competitive and after a lengthy interviewing process, we were convinced that Sindhu was the very best candidate for the job. Her appointment has been greeted enthusiastically by staff and students alike. She has extensive IBDP experience as a teacher, an HOD and an IB workshop leader and trainer. She also has 17 years of UWC experience. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Microbiology and a Master’s Degree in Microbiology. We are very excited to have her take up this role. She will continue to teach her current classes as her teaching load will not change. We have started the process of interviewing for a new HOD Science and will keep you updated as we make progress.
  • Mrs Sue Bradshaw has accepted the post of HOD Language B and will be replacing Mrs Greaves Brown. Sue is no stranger to Waterford or UWC. She taught at Waterford for five years before moving to UWCSEA where she is currently the Deputy Principal on one of their campuses. She has wanted very much to return to Waterford and we are very pleased to have her expertise on board. Sue has an Honours Degree in French Language and Literature, a Degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics. She has extensive IBDP, IGCSE and UWC experience and we are delighted to welcome her back.
  • Mr Mark Bradshaw (husband of Sue) has accepted the post of Music Teacher in the place of Dr Morgan Jones. Mark also comes with a wealth of experience as an IBDP, IGCSE and UWC teacher. He has recently completed his contract as the HOD Music at UWCSEA and is very keen to return to Waterford (where he was HOD Music for 6 years) and Southern Africa where his heart is very much engaged with the development of the Arts in general and Music in particular. Mark has an Honours Degree in Music and English and a Master’s Degree in Music. He is a keen instrumentalist and jazz musician and we look forward to the sharing his skills with our whole community in the near future.
  • Dr Selena Rathwell, UWC Pearson College Alumna and the current Head of English and TOK in an IBDP world school in Qatar. She had wanted to return to the UWC community and is delighted at the opportunity to come to Waterford. She holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD Degrees in English Literature with a strong emphasis on gender issues. She will be picking up some English classes and teaching in the TOK Department.
  • Ms Bonisile Nxumalo has been filling in a vacancy in the Drama Department left by the sudden departure of Mrs Kristina Jones in December 2017. Bonisile has proved herself to be a real asset to this Department and we are very pleased to announce that she has agreed to sign a contract with Waterford to stay on as our new Drama teacher. The competition for this position was significant and we are satisfied that we have appointed the very best candidate to the post. Bonisile, better known as the performance poet “Blacknote”, is not only a published poet and performance artist; she is a qualified Drama teacher with a degree in Drama and post graduate specialisation in Education Theatre and Children’s Theatre.

We are still in the process of finalising the appointment of a French teacher, an HOD Science, a Biology teacher, the Heads of Residences and the Director of Residences for all of which we have had very strong applications. While saying goodbye to colleagues is always difficult, we are excited by the strength and expertise of our incoming staff.

 

Community Service

GoMakeaDifference: for the last few years GoMakeaDifference, a UWC initiative, has been encouraging students from all UWC schools to think about service projects that they are passionate about and would like to implement in their own communities. Students can then submit their projects and the winning projects will be given an award of up to $1000.00 to pursue these projects and make a difference. 

This year 10 groups of Waterford students submitted proposals and were lucky enough to be able to present their proposals to Colin Habgood, the donor and founder of GoMakeaDifference. He visited Waterford a few weeks ago as part of the UWC International Board meeting. He was very impressed with our students, their proposals and their presenting skills.

Last Friday we were notified that we had won 4 awards. This was the most of any UWC school and we are delighted and proud of our students. The winning teams are: 

  • Keep it Flowing (Sparsh Gautam, Vishal Navin and Nakita Navin): this project aims at supplying clean, flowing   water in two preschools in Hawane, Swaziland. They have no water supply.  Children at the school have to travel far to obtain water which may not be clean. The project will install taps and filters for effective and clean water supply.
  • Metsi Arona (Vanessa Meyer and Tinaye Mawocha): this student-led initiative aims to reduce water insecurity within a small village in Mahalapye, Botswana through the provision of Ceramic Water Filters and workshops; educating the    residents regarding the importance of water sanitation.
  • Catholuletibovu (Nomonde Nyathi, Phutumile Nxumalo and Jessica Dixon): this project is aimed at helping young women in Swaziland who are unable to attend classes because they are menstruating. Along with receiving sanitary wear, they will receive a pair of school shoes to also symbolize a continual journey of education.
  • Revitalizing the Extraordinary seeds of Swaziland (Vanessa Chonyers and Angelo Kristian Dumaraog): this project involves implementing a sustainable agricultural plot to grow vegetables for Motjane Hope House Orphanage in Swaziland to fulfill their needs for basic nutrition as well as working on a mentoring programme to fulfill their emotional needs and so encourage the seed of education and hope for their futures.

This week we held a very successful blood donation day and the Swaziland National Blood Transfusion Service were able to collect 99 units of blood! This is a great effort from students and staff.

 

Fees

As we rapidly approach the end of the term, we once again remind parents of the importance of fees being paid before the term ends. We re-iterate our policy of not carrying arrears into a new term. All fees should have been settled by or before the end of the term. Our policy also states that fees are to be paid at the beginning of the term; however we are more than happy to enter into a payment plan on condition that the fees for that particular term are settled before the start of the following term.

The Bursar will withhold reports and could possibly exclude pupils from returning for the new term if there are outstanding fees still due. If you have a payment plan please contact the Bursar (bursar@waterford.sz ) and/or Tricia Fraser (pfraser@waterford.sz ) If you are unsure as to what is outstanding, please call our accounts office at +268 24220866.

If you have any questions please call the Bursar (+268 24221807) or Tricia (+268 24221639)

 

Easter Break

I would like to remind parents and students about the Easter break. Classes will end on Wednesday the 28th of March and buses will depart school for Johannesburg on Thursday the 29th of March at 06:15 am and return form Johannesburg on Monday the 2nd of April.

 

Interschool Swimming 

I received the most impressive feedback from one of the staff members who accompanied the swimming team to the interschool’s swimming competition last week. He said several of our excellent swimmers sacrificed races in which they could have done very well in order to allow others on the team an opportunity to swim. A big thank you to the teachers and students who ran around school on Thursday and Friday trying to cobble together a team, and then worked hard on the bus ride down, figuring out who was going to swim which races. We won the competition but at the end of the day, it is this team spirit that makes me so proud. Well done team!

 

Inter-house Athletics

On Tuesday we held our inter-house athletics competition. It was a day of many talents which saw all three sports houses participating. Read more.

 

Entrance Testing for Admission in 2019

Last week Saturday we had entrance testing on campus for the Forms and IB (including all Swaziland National Committee applicants). Tomorrow we have another testing on campus, for the Forms only, starting at 8am. Our entrance testing dates and venues are listed below. These dates and times are also available on our website. Please register siblings and spread the word to families and friends. The testing dates are as follows:

  • Saturday March 17th – 8am – WK Campus – for the Forms only

The Regional Entrance Testing takes place as follows:

  • Saturday May 19th – 9am – Nairobi (Sarova Pan Afric), Dar (Protea Courtyard), Harare (Bronte), Gaborone (Avani).
  • Saturday June 9th – 9am – Maputo – (VIP)

Applicants residing beyond Swaziland can make appointments to test on campus on a mutually convenient weekday by contacting the Director of Admissions at careers@waterford.sz

 

Sporting Activities

  • Soccer and Tennis: Today our under 19 soccer and tennis teams left for the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) to participate in a tournament. They will be back on Sunday.  Our under 14 and 19 Girls soccer teams will participate in a tournament in Mhlambayatsi tomorrow.
  • Volleyball: This afternoon our under 14 and 19 volleyball teams left for Fourways in Johannesburg to take part in a tournament. They will be back on Sunday.
  • Basketball: Our under 19 boys basketball team will participate in a tournament at Enjabulweni tomorrow.
  • Athletics: Next week Saturday Waterford is hosting the interschool athletics competition of independent schools.

We wish all our teams the best of luck.

 

From the PSA

Please see extract of minutes from PSA meeting below:

The PSA had its first meeting on the 6th of February. The meeting was longer than usual due to the subjects that were discussed:

  • The IB results – Joanne De Koning (guest speaker) provided an extensive explanation of the analysis the school is conducting to assess the results. This is a very complex process and the full report will be presented at the next GC.
  • The IB students’ petition – the PSA was handed a petition by the Elangeni residence with regards to the changes that needs to be done at the hostel to allow space for more students. The PSA made it clear that it is not within its mandate to deal with management issues and advised the students to apply through the proper channels. However, the discussion went on to ensure that the process is done in line with the UWC principles and spirit.
  • PSA funding – the full discussion will take place in the next meeting; however the French department received its new laminator and guillotine purchased by the PSA. The school also received and A3 guillotine for the staff to use. 

Parents who would like to contact the PSA can do so by emailing Yael Uzan-Tidhar: yealut@gmail.com

 

Reminder: Important dates:

  • Saturday 17th March – Entrance Testing for the Forms only
  • Thursday 29th March (Easter Weekend) – Buses Depart WK for JHB at 06:15
  • Friday 30th March – Holiday (Good Friday)
  • Monday 2nd April – Holiday (Easter Monday); buses return from OR Tambo, JHB at 14:00
  • Wednesday 18th April – School closes
  • Thursday 19th April – WK bus departs for JHB at 06:15
  • Saturday 19th May and 9th June – Regional Entrance Testing

 

Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at principal@waterford.sz  If the question is of broad interest I will publish the question (with the permission of the writer and without the name) and my reply in the newsletter.

 

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry

Principal

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