Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 10/2018

29 March, 2018

New Appointments

We have completed an extensive interview process to fill some of our vacant positions which resulted from other internal appointments and a resignation that I reported about earlier. I am pleased to  announce the following appointments:

 

Director of Residences:                Mr  Polycarp Wekesa

Mr Wekesa has been with us for a number of years and is currently the Head of the Geography department and Head of Elangeni, one of our IB hostels. He will step down as Head of Geography allowing him more time to concentrate on the Director of Residences position.

 

Head of Residence Ekukhuleni:                Mr Alban Gambe

Mr Gambe has also been with us for a while now. Mr Gambe has been the Deputy Head of Ekukhuleni, the junior hostel and teaches in the History department.

 

Head of Department Science:    Mr Simon Ramsay

Mr Ramsay is not new to us, as he filled in last year for Mrs Kirstie Van Rensburg in the Biology department. He will be joining us from one of our sister colleges, UWC Red Cross Nordic in Norway.

 

We congratulate these individuals and look forward to working with them in these positions.

 

2018 Phoenix Fund

The Phoenix Fund 2018 has been launched and we would like to invite parents to contribute. This is a campaign where all members of the Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA community – from Governing Council members, staff and students to current and past parents – are invited to contribute towards the improvement of the infrastructure at the school, by realizing smaller, on campus projects, which are not covered by the school’s annual budget. In the past the fund has helped towards the installation of solar lights along the pathways and digital notice boards in the classroom block, among other things.

After a thorough consultation process, it was decided that this year’s Phoenix Fund campaign will go towards the realization of 4 new drinking fountains, replacing our plastic cafeteria cups with metal ones, and buying new cutlery. With your support we aim to raise E 45,000. A gift of E 500 from each and every parent will go a long way towards realizing our goal. Of course, we welcome any donation you can make, depending on what your situation allows. Parents can donate either in cash through giving to their kids or by using any of the methods mentioned on our website.

Shakespeare Festival

Lots of exciting work has been taking place this term and our Shakespeare festival officially starts on Wednesday 4th April to Wednesday 11th April 2018. During this time we extend a warm Waterford welcome to Michael and Karen Attenborough. On the main day of the festival, Wednesday 11th April parents and students are advised to please note the following events:

 

1.30pm - 3.00pm Film screenings and awards

4.00pm - 5.30pm Shakespeare Quiz

7.00pm - 8.30pm Performances

 

There will be lunch and dinner available at the cafeteria for day students who are staying on for the events on Wednesday, April 11th provided they sign up for catering purposes.  Parents are invited to attend the events on that day too. Please note that there will be transport available for students at the usual times on Wednesday 11th. We will not, however, be providing transport after the events of the evening and so any day student who stays without their parents must be collected at the gate at 8.30pm without fail please, or make other arrangements ahead of time.

Read more from the Shakespeare Festival and UWC Day brochure.

 

On our way, to UWC Day

UWC Day is 8 days away and the excitement is building up.  All parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Please note that UWC day is a compulsory school event and all students are expected to attend. There will be transport for day students at all the regular pick up points at the following times:

Matsapha and Ezulwini: 08:00 am

All other stops: 08:15 am

Students will be transported back to the various stops at the end of the day, at approximately  15:30 pm. The Programme for the day is to start at 09:45 am and to we are expected to conclude  by 15:30 pm. More details on the exact programme will be run in next week’s newsletter. We will have stalls from our various country representatives, selling a variety of food. Please note that stalls will be operating on a voucher system. Each of the vouchers will cost E5 and are non-refundable. Students will receive their vouchers on the morning of the 7th April towards their lunch.  The only stall that will be taking cash on the day will be the Young Heroes Drinks stall. We would like to let parents and guardians know that we will have more than one drink stall this year, in an effort to alleviate the long queues.  We strongly appeal to parents and guardians who will be attending, not to give any of the stalls cash and only use the vouchers. We would also like to appeal to all students travelling home over this Easter break to make sure they bring their traditional attire for UWC Day.

 

From the Link Group

One Day one Choir

For UWC Day we will collaborate with an organization called One Day One Choir. This organization is an “inspiring global peace initiative which uses the harmonious power of singing together to unite people around the world on Peace Day”, which is also the International UWC Day. They organize for people around the world to sing in groups to promote peace, and this would be an excellent activity for UWC Day as their goal aligns perfectly with ours. So since the whole point of the initiative is singing together in unity, all of us as a community will sing the song together at some point during the day. We will rehearse the song then Make a video of the performance to show the world what we fight for, and upload it. If parents want to take part in this initiative on the day and want to find out more information please feel free to contact us on linkgroupuwcsa@gmail.com

 

Incidents of Bullying

Over the last few weeks a concerning number of bullying and other peer group conflicts have been reported to the school counsellor and the pastoral deputy by the junior forms. These have included reports from both girls and boys ranging from light teasing to harassment, victimization, slut shaming and sadly even anonymous threats to cause physical harm. Most but not all of the reports seem to emanate from the Form 3 year group.

On Tuesday morning, the Deputy Principal, together with the school counsellor, the director of residences, as well as the life skills and physical education teachers, addressed the form 3 year group. This matter was also addressed in the junior assembly this week. It was made very clear that this behavior will not be tolerated, especially in the context of respect and community building in a United World College. We spoke about healthy friendships, responsible social media interactions, consent, and the importance of reaching out to adults when in trouble. Parents are encouraged to engage their children on these issues to ensure that there is a whole community approach to eradicating these problems. If there are any concerns or questions, please contact Mr. King or Carla Cabrita, the school counsellor.

 

Fees – Repeat

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)

 

Entrance Testing for Admission in 2019

The focus now shifts to regional entrance testing and the 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 Regional Entrance Testing takes place as follows:

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

For any information on entrance testing and/or admissions, please contact the Director of Admissions at careers@waterford.sz

 

I wish all of our families a Happy Easter weekend, travel safely and enjoy your time with family.

 

Reminder: Important dates:

  • 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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