Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 12/2018

13 April, 2018

What a Great Week!

The past week has been a great one at Waterford. Last Saturday we celebrated UWC Day, which is an event that best defines who we are – a community of diverse people with different cultures. As I reported before, we were also visited by friends of Waterford Michael and Karen Attenborough who were our special guests for the Shakespeare Festival. Both Michael and Karen did a wonderful job educating our students about theatre. Please join me as I thank them for their continued contribution to the college. I also thank the people who made UWC Day a great event – Link Group, staff, parents and all students. Well done.

 

UWC Day

We look back with excitement and fulfillment to the 2018 UWC Day which was held on Waterford campus last week Saturday. Read more:

https://www.waterford.sz/media/news/read.php?indzaba=34

 

From the Link Group

Once again Link Group has delivered nothing short of an incredible UWC Day. Almost as if the weather was in the blue prints, we had lovely sunshine and a sprinkle of fluffy clouds. There was a rainbow too but it was on the ground as the Waterford community was a whole array of colours. The day kicked off with a great assembly opened by none other than Link Group heads, Anne-Luna (IB2), Nothando (IB2) Bianca (IB1) and Alline (IB1). Following their speech were performances ranging from Marimbas and cultural dances to poetry and singing. The assembly closed off with everyone joining in on the Peace song and then it was on to the field! With country stalls laid out between the field and the academic square moving around really made it feel like you were traveling the world. It was quite the cultural experience because not only did stalls invite us to their mouth-watering dishes, we also got a taste of their national dress, native languages and the warm hospitality that lies in the foundation of Waterford. Throughout the day there were great performances on the stage and these really kept spirits high. Behind every event is a team of committed, hardworking people so thank you to the Link Group heads and all Link group members for their dedication. Thank you to all performers who put so much time and effort into their performances. Thank you to all the people that cooked and worked at the stalls. Thank you to all parents who contributed to the success of this day. Thank you to the Waterford community for all your joy and diversity on the day and most especially, thank YOU for being a part of UWC Day. Until next year!

 

Shakespeare Festival

The Shakespeare Festival was full of amazing events; from theatre workshops to performances. I would like to thank the organizers of the festival as well as our special guests Michael and Karen Attenborough for making this a memorable week at Waterford. There could have been no better way to end the festival than the Shakespeare performance that was held at the Michael Stern Hall on Wednesday evening. Read more:

https://www.waterford.sz/media/news/read.php?indzaba=35

 

2018 Phoenix Fund

I thank the parents, staff and students who have generously made donations to the 2018 Phoenix Fund. As I mentioned before, the Phoenix Fund 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. I would like to report exciting developments on this fund. We have since added another project which was nominated by the community and we are now focusing on the realization of 4 projects, namely: 4 new drinking fountains, replacing our plastic cafeteria cups with metal ones, buying new cutlery and heaters for the classrooms. We have a new target of E100 000 that we aim to raise for this year’s campaign. Once again, I request that you support the campaign. 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 children or by using any of the methods mentioned on our website:

https://www.waterford.sz/contribute/how/index.php

 

Condolences: Pippa Davies

We extend our thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Pippa Davies whose father has unexpectedly passed away recently. May Mr. John Davies rest in peace.

 

University Visits

On Monday the 16th of April, the NYUAD will be visiting the school to make a presentation to students. The presentation will take place at Emhlabeni residence; starting at 7pm. Parents are also welcome to attend the presentation.  

 

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

 

Fees – Repeat

Next week Wednesday marks the end of the first 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)

 

Sporting Activities

Athletics: Our athletics team came second during the inter-school athletics competition that was held at Mavuso sports centre last week. Also, 28 of our athletes were selected to be part of the independent schools team. Congratulations to our athletes.

Badminton: Tomorrow there will be a badminton tournament at the school’s MP Hall. We wish our team the best of luck.

 

Reminder: Important dates:

        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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