Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 3/2018

9 February, 2018

Education Far Beyond the Classroom

Tomorrow, WK scouts will travel to Malolotja for a fun hike, and will return in the afternoon. The scouts meet every Friday at 18:30 in the academic square. I find it encouraging to have UWC students participating in such activities as these teach our students important skills which are necessary for their overall growth and development. For instance, the Scouts movement aims to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, that they may play constructive roles in society, with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills. It puts emphasis on the delights of the outdoor life and the pursuit of such outdoor activities as camping, swimming, sailing, climbing, canoeing, and exploration. These activities are in line with the UWC education model which emphasizes selfless leadership and courageous action. Therefore, as we strive to lay the foundations for our students to become responsible citizens who have the skills, knowledge and sense of purpose to provide leadership in both Africa and the world, we need to encourage them to participate in initiatives that empower them with those skills. The Waterford Scouts troop is one, but there are many such initiatives on Waterford campus in which our students should be encouraged to participate. In this way, we are offering education, far beyond the classroom.

 

Resignations

It has come to my attention that there is some consternation in the community owing to the number of posts recently advertised. I wish to reassure you that the large number of posts is because we have separately advertised the teaching and responsibility positions of the four members of staff that have resigned (Ms Caillet, Dr Jones, Mrs Owuor and Mrs Greaves-Brown). Whenever there is staff change, we need to be able to fill a variety of responsibilities so it is not possible to only advertise the teaching posts being vacated.

Four teachers leaving is not an unusual staff turn-over for a teaching staff as big as ours and especially not given that these teachers have devoted a significant number of years to Waterford. I have not been unduly surprised by these particular resignations as staff members often discuss with me or my colleagues opportunities to further their careers and opportunities. Thus while we are sad to lose them, we know that they are leaving Waterford to pursue new opportunities and adventures.

I wish to assure you that plans are underway to find the very best teachers we can to fill the posts being vacated. Ironically, it works in our favour to have resignations from mid-year as it allows us to reach a much broader pool of international applicants who are keen to move at the end of the Northern Hemisphere academic year in September. I am thus grateful to those colleagues for giving more notice than is required.

 

Cocktail Party

Last Friday many IB2 parents from near and far attended a party on campus to hear more about university life, celebrate our alumni and thank their referees. Thank you for making the initiative a success. We were joined by recent alumni representing tertiary opportunities in many countries including South Africa, the USA, Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Malaysia and Australia. They are now back in Swaziland as graduates working in sectors including Education, Diplomacy, NGOs, Finance, Entertainment and Entrepreneurship. Any parents are encouraged to reach out to Mr. Storer should they have any questions on life after WK – careers@waterford.sz 

 

IB2 Mocktail Party

On Saturday, the 3rd of February 2018, the school’s Advancement Office hosted a Mocktail party for the IB2 class of 2018. Read more

 

Community Service News:

Bee Keeping and Eye Testing Workshops

On Wednesday this week some of our students participated in bee keeping and eye testing workshops. To read more on these workshops, please click here.

 

Form 2 CAS Day

The form 2 CAS day was an opportunity for our Form 2 students to spend the day doing CAS activities. They spent the first half of the morning engaged in ''creativity'' making educational games for preschools.  The games they made were letter and number recognition games as well as shape sorting and memory games. Following this each group visited 1 of 5 preschools where they had the chance to play the games they had made with the children at the preschool. The students did very well and the children enjoyed their visit. The afternoon session was a chance for them to receive their CAS journals and to start doing some reflection on the beginning of their CAS journey at Waterford.

 

Mpaka Refugee Camp

Tomorrow morning a community service group of students are leaving the campus for Mpaka refugee camp. Previous visits have focused on various activities including making the area colorful, donating clothing items and food stuffs. Tomorrow’s visit will focus on sporting activities; our students will play with the kids for the whole day and return in the afternoon.

 

From the SRC

In celebration of Valentine’s Day next week Wednesday, the SRC will be hosting a bonfire on Friday evening (16 February). The fire will be a relaxing evening for all members of the Waterford community, an opportunity to come together, get to know each other and share stories. It will start at 18:45.

 

Entrance Testing for Admission in 2019

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 10th – 8am – WK Campus – for the Forms and IB (including all Swaziland National Committee applicants)
  • 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

 

UWC Alumni Event

UWC Alumni are kindly invited to the inaugural event to be held at the Crowne Plaza, 0A Tyrwhitt. Ave, Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday the 21st of February 2018, starting at 18:00 – 21:30. To register for the event, please click here.

 

Reminder: Important dates:

  • Friday 2nd March – Half Term: bus departs WK for JHB at 06.15
  • Tuesday 6th March – Half Term: bus departs OR Tambo, JHB at 14:00
  • Saturday 10th March – Entrance Testing for the Forms and IB (Including Swazi UWC NC selection)
  • 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

 

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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