Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 34/2017

3 November, 2017

PSA Golf Day

Last Sunday, golfers came from all corners of Swaziland to Nkonyeni Golf Estate to participate in our Annual PSA Golf Day. The event was attended by individual golfers, golfers from companies, as well as Waterford staff, parents, alumni and students. Well done to the PSA team for putting together such an incredible event. To read more about the event and its sponsors, please click here.

Halloween Social

The SRC has organized a Halloween Social tonight for students. Starting time is 07:00 PM in the CCLD. Entrance is FREE for those who dress up in a ‘scary’ way. Judges will be there to evaluate the best dressed; otherwise the entrance fee will be E5. Food and drinks will be sold throughout the event. The Social will end at 10:00pm for the junior school: Forms 1, 2 and 3 and 11:00pm for the senior school: Form 4 to IB2. Transport is offered to bring day students up, the pick-up point is Karlyn Center (The Cold Room) at 6:00pm, however they must be collected at the end of the evening by parents and guardians.

Form 5 Graduation

We are exactly one week away from our Form 5 Graduation, which will take place next Friday, November 10th, at 3:00pm in the Assembly Hall. Due to limited seating space in the hall, the lower school will not be attending the ceremony. At the end of the school day (2:40pm), Forms 1, 2 and 3 students should either return to the hostel if they are boarders, or go home on the bus if they are day students. There will be no afternoon activities on this day. The logistics of the actual graduation were explained in last week’s newsletter and should you need to know any more information, please free to contact Tracey Stewart on principal@waterford.sz.

IB Graduation Ceremony

The IB2 Graduation Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 18th of November at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha. The event will start at 5:30 pm. The IB2 Class of 2017 is a cohort of 120 students representing 40 different nationalities. The graduation ceremony will include the presentation of certificates, musical performances and speeches. The event will end with dinner and further entertainment. Tickets will be available from the Bursar’s Office as from Monday, November the 6th between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. The price is E400.00 per ticket, payable by cash or card only. Please note that tickets will not be charged to the account.

Graduation Policy (After Parties)

With our Form 5 and IB2 Graduation ceremonies coming up, I urge our parents to read and become familiar with our Graduation event policy. Although we are not involved in any way whatsoever, the school is aware of after parties that are usually organized by students during this time. I want to make it very clear that Waterford will not be part of these after party celebrations and that no Waterford staff will be in attendance. At the end of the official graduation ceremony, transport will be available for students who are returning to hostel. The policy can be found here.

Fees – Repeat

We are approaching the end of the school year, and we would like to remind all parents that we do not carry arrears into the New Year. Should fees still be due it could result in your child / children not being allowed back in 2018. Our accounts close at the end of October and all fees should be cleared by then. Please contact Tricia Fraser on 2422-1639 (pfraser@waterford.sz) or the bursar on 2422-0866 (bursar@waterford.sz) if you have any questions or queries.

Long outstanding debts

We would also like to appeal to those who fail to meet their obligations to please be aware of the steps we take to ensure the collection of fees. These can be found in our Debtors policy which is on our website. I would like to inform all parents that we have appointed debt collectors as stated in last week’s newsletter. We have appointed TL Dlamini & Associates locally and CeeBee Debt Management Services in South Africa.

Alumni newsletter

Our alumni newsletter for October is out. To read the newsletter, please click here.

GoMakeADifference UWC Initiative

The GoMakeADifference UWC initiative has invited applications for the 2018 grant. GoMakeADifference is a grant scheme for UWC students to deliver projects that present personal challenge, initiative and commitment; as well as leave an enduring benefit for communities anywhere in the world. In 16 years, hundreds of students have delivered 80 projects in 40 countries. Thousands of lives have been touched and UWC students are making a difference. Our students are encouraged to apply for the 2018 grant. To apply, click here.

Sporting Activities

Soccer: Last Saturday our staff soccer team participated in a soccer tournament at Enjabulweni in Manzini. This is an annual soccer tournament that includes other schools within and outside of Swaziland. We are proud of our staff team for defending the championship; they have lifted up the trophy for two consecutive years now!

Reminder: Important dates

• 10th November – Form 5 Graduation

• 18th November – IB2 Graduation

• 23rd November – Last day of classes

• 24th November – 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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