Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 16/2018

8 June, 2018

RIP: Isaac de Almeida

Last Saturday afternoon we had a lovely memorial service in honour of Isaac’s life in the Assembly Hall at the school. Thank you to Pastor Carl from the Mbabane Chapel (and a current IB2 parent) for conducting the service. It was a source of great solace to Isaac’s mother and aunt, his residential peers and classmates, teachers and others in our community. Mr. Wekesa paid tribute to Isaac at the service, the transcript of which is published on our website for those interested.

Isaac’s remains were returned to Angola on Wednesday evening, his mother, aunt and brother-in-law returning at the same time. As Angolan tradition is to proceed with burial as quickly as possible, the burial is expected to be either tomorrow or Sunday.

Due to the generosity of the Waterford and other UWC Angolan alumni, Angolan National Committee members and other donors (the College, WK parents, students, governors, etc.) much of the costs of the repatriation and burial have been covered. We have also managed to make a contribution to the family to help them at this difficult time. Thank you to all who have made contributions, it really is greatly appreciated.


World Environment Day

This year the IB1 Geography classes celebrated World Environment Day through a series of events that are taking place over a week. These activities began on Wednesday with a special assembly. The team used the opportunity to bring awareness to this year's theme which is Beat Plastic Pollution. Inspired by the theme, the team created a program for the student body designed to bring awareness to the serious global issue that we are currently facing. The team managed to portray this message through performances by the Form 1 and IB students, informative video clips and speeches on how to beat plastic pollution. Tonight they will spread awareness by showing a movie entitled “A Plastic Ocean”. On Saturday morning, the team has collaborated with an active community service group to organize a hike down the mountain to pick up litter. During the evening, they will host PLASTIC NIGHT which is an opportunity for the student body to demonstrate their appreciation of the environment through a series of performances. Overall, World Environment Day is a great opportunity for us to show our respect for the earth we inhabit.


UWC Africa Week

Next week (13-17 June 2018), Waterford is hosting the 4th UWC Africa Week. Parents are welcome to participate. The theme this year is Africa Unbound. It examines the relationship between Africa and the world within the context of changing geopolitical dynamics and how Africa can reposition herself in relation to these shifts. The week will feature a Keynote address by H.E. Mrs. Graca Machel as well as two panel forums, the screening of an African film Strike a Rock, a Music Concert and an Africa Night of live music, poetry, dance and fashion, amongst other things. For more details, please have a look at the UWC Africa Week Programme.

Africa Week Workshops: Form 4-IB2:

The Workshops Committee has put together some wonderful workshops for Upper School and here is the link. Please read through the descriptions and submit your responses by Tuesday 12th June. We will try our best to ensure that you all end up where you wish. 

For Lower School (Form 1-3), we have been experiencing some space difficulties so we would really appreciate it if you could refill the Google Doc with a third preference for a workshop. Here is the link. We apologize for the inconvenience. Students are to please fill out the forms on these links.


2018 Phoenix Fund: We are getting there!

A big thank you to parents, students and staff for your continued support to this year’s Phoenix Fund.  Your contributions are helping us reach our target of E 100,000 for the projects selected: 4 new drinking fountains, replacing plastic cafeteria cups, buying new cutlery and placing heaters in the classrooms. The amount raised so far is E94, 097! I kindly ask parents to continue supporting the campaign. A gift of E500 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.


IB2 History Trip

Yesterday our IB2 History students left for their annual History trip. They will be visiting the Rivonia Museum, Apartheid Museum and the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa. In Term 2, IB2 students study the “Higher Level Depth Study option, Paper 3, Aspects of the History of Africa, Section 15: Developments in South Africa 1880-1994”. This section examines the political, economic and social consequences of the discovery of minerals and the struggle by the Boers to regain political power. It also examines the causes of the South African War (1899-1902) and the short-term and long-term results, including the establishment of the Union government. In IB1, Term 1, the students also studied the new prescribed study for the IB History syllabus on Rights and Protest, in preparation for Paper 1. The visit to the Rivonia Museum, Apartheid Museum and Constitutional Hill will support the students’ study of these sections of their Paper 1 and Paper 3, IB examination. The students will be accompanied by Mrs Muyambo and Mr Gambe (both History Teachers). They will return to school tomorrow at about 7pm.


Community Service

Last weekend was a busy weekend for community service. A group of eighteen IB1 students went to Hawane Sun Rise preschool to continue the painting the school had started during IB1 orientation.  They worked very hard and transformed the preschool. We have also been able to provide the school with a water tank, thanks to a donation from UWC South East Asia. It is work in progress for IB1 and we will be visiting again later in the term.

A group of students also visited Mpaka Refugee Camp on Saturday 2 June.  While they were there they planted vegetables, did some painting and helped sort out the library. The Vision Comserve also started testing the eyesight of the children in the camp. The Mpaka Peers Comserve visited the camp and on Tuesday 5th June, representatives of this team left for Yerevan, Armenia where they will present this project to a team of humanitarians as part of the Aurora Humanitarian Awards for UWC Colleges. Mpaka Peers are in the final 3 of the competition, so this is an exciting opportunity for them and we wish them well.

We are involved with a new preschool on the Malagwane. They are in desperate need of books, stationery, toys and other play equipment. In fact all the preschools we work with need help so if you have any of these things that you no longer need please donate them to the community service department and we will find good homes for them.


Maths Department Help Sessions

These are free drop-in sessions for all students after school each week. Students may attend any session, with any teacher, any day:

Monday 3.20-4.20pm with M. Munier in B2

Tuesday 2.40-3.20pm with Mr. Mkhonta in B7

Tuesday 4-5pm with Ms. Sihlongonyane in B1

Thursday 4-5pm with Mr. Nxumalo in B5

Students can just turn up for these sessions – there is no need to book. Alternatively, Help Sessions can be arranged with Mr. Alexander, Mr. Pearson, Mrs. Koekemoer or Mr. Dlamini outside of these times; students are encouraged to contact those teachers directly or via their tutors. For further details or information about any aspect of how the Maths Department works please email richard.alexander@waterford.sz


Residential email addresses

To ease communication with the Heads of Residence, new residence email addresses have been created and are already in use. You only need to know the name of the residence the student resides in and you have the email address.

Please note that these email addresses will only be accessed by the Head of the residence and therefore confidentiality will be maintained.

ekukhuleni@waterford.sz – The Head of Ekukhuleni residence (Mrs Albina Owuor and soon to be Mr Gambe) Ekukhuleni is the Forms 1, 2 and 3 residence.

esiveni@waterford.sz – The Head of Esiveni residence (Mrs Angeline Chinyanga) Esiveni is the Forms 4 and 5 residence.

elangeni@waterford.sz – The Head of Elangeni (Mr Polycarp Wekesa) and

emhlabeni@waterford.sz – The Head of Emhlabeni (Ms Lindiwe Dlamini) Elangeni and Emhlabeni are the residences for IB Diploma students.

If any matters need to be directed or escalated to the Director of Residences (Mr Polycarp Wekesa) directorofresidences@waterford.sz

The travel@waterford.sz  email address will from here forward be used only for school transport matters. If you need to make a transport request or inquiry this will be the email address to email.

These emails will be directed to the above listed Heads of residence (HOR). Only in the event that the HOR is away for a prolonged period of time, will a Deputy HOR be approved to access the email account. If the HOR leaves the school then the email account will be taken up by the next HOR.

This will avoid loss of emailed information which is currently the case when a staff member departs the school as their personal email account usually cannot be accessed as it contains their private mails.


Revised Term 2 Calendar

Please note that we have revised our 2018 Term 2 calendar to include new dates for the Visual Arts Exhibition. This event will now take place on 13th and 14th July. You can have a look.


Reminder: Next Week’s Timetable

Students and staff are reminded that in order to accommodate Africa Week, next week Wednesday, June 13th we will follow the Friday timetable and on Friday, June 15th we will follow the Wednesday timetable, starting with the Africa Week assembly.


University Visits

Our next university visit will be on June 20th.  St. Lawrence will be visiting.


Entrance Testing for Admission in 2019

Tomorrow marks the final round of entrance testing which will take place at the VIP Hotel in Maputo, starting at 9am. For any information on entrance testing and/or admissions, please contact the Director of Admissions at careers@waterford.sz


We once again remind you that fees for Term 2 should have been settled. There are numerous cases where fees for Term 1 still have not been settled. These students could be asked to leave soon, so please contact the Bursar or Tricia Fraser to discuss the situation. We rely on prompt and full payment to enable us to keep the school functioning efficiently and when fees are not paid for services already rendered to your child, (tutoring, boarding etc) it puts a huge strain on our resources. Our Policy clearly states fees are to be paid at the beginning of the term, however we try to accommodate parents through payment-plans, but expect them to be adhered to. Please ensure that a Proof of Payment is sent to us when transfers are made into our account. We  encourage parents to keep their accounts up to date and ensure fees for the term are cleared by or before the end of the term. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Sporting Activities

Soccer: Today Maputo International School (MIS) arrive to participate in a soccer tournament to be held on campus. Five other local schools have been invited to participate in the tournament.

Volleyball: This afternoon our volleyball teams travelled to St Mary’s in Pretoria for a tournament. They will be back on Sunday.

Hockey: The Hockey tournament that was scheduled for the 22nd of June in Ermelo will now be on the 15th of June. The tournament has been shifted due to unavailability of facilities.

Soccer: The soccer tournament that was scheduled for Friday, June 15th at Sacred Heart in Johannesburg has been postponed. Further information will be communicated to you. 



Reminder of important dates:

        Saturday  9th June – Regional Entrance Testing in Maputo

        Wednesday 13th – Sunday 17th June – UWC Africa Week

        Thursday 28th June – Parent’s Evening

        Friday 29th June – Tuesday 3rd July – Mid-Term Break

        Saturday 14th July  - Kamhlaba Day

        Friday-Saturday 13th – 14th July – Visual Arts Exhibition

        Wednesday 25th July – Careers Fair

        Friday 10th August – School Closes, buses depart for Johannesburg


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


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