UWC Day 2017
The theme for this year’s UWC day is “Diversity is the DNA of the UWC”. As we are gearing up for our UWC day this year, I wanted to let you know that our keynote speaker will be Mr. Ronnie Kasrils.
Kasrils, a stalwart of South Africa’s anti-Apartheid struggle, is currently a retired minister, a writer of books and several articles. He lectures in Security and Intelligence, Palestine solidarity, as well as South African History and struggle. He is also a public speaker. His latest project is writing a script for a film called “London Recruits”. Some of Ronnie’s official appointments include:
From 1994-1999 He was the Deputy Defense Minister in Mandela’s government.
From 1999-2004 He was the Minister for Water Affairs and Forestry
From 2004-2008 He was Minister for Intelligence
Ronnie will be accompanied by his partner, Amina Frense who is an associate producer of the film ‘Mandela Son of Africa” which will be screened prior to their visit.
Our annual UWC Day will start at 10am on Saturday 8th April and all parents and guardians are invited to attend this wonderful celebration.
On our way to UWC day
As we mentioned in last week’s newsletter, each week up until UWC day, there will be a short piece of writing about a country, be it a poem, a song or some fun facts. This week’s piece involves responses by students and staff who were asked to state their favorite thing about their countries. Enjoy their responses below:
What’s your favorite thing about your country?
“mmh? What is my favorite thing? I’d say the food. Oh, and the bicycles! gasps and the markets!” Lisa Kisyeri (the Netherlands)
“The lush weather and the people. The people are so amazing” Gabriel Silva (Mozambique)
“You can’t just put me on the spot like that. The cultural diversity and the food, as well as the music. And the vibes, definitely the vibes.” Neke (Nigeria)
“The culture.” Sibusiso Mahlangu (Lesotho)
“The scenery and the peace” Mrs. Williams (Swaziland)
“The food, the scenery and the people.” Vile Dhlamini (Swaziland)
“Whenever you go you’re going to meet someone different and experience something different.” Bianca Sodala (South Africa)
“Every time I think about Zambia I just feel so at home, the people make you feel really welcome.” Chilequa Ling’omba (Zambia)
“Everything! The landscape, the climate, being one of the most politically secure countries. Oh, and we have gorillas! It all makes me proud of being Rwandan. Our people are united and have one language. It’s the most welcoming country in Africa.” Immaculée Sifa (Rwanda)
“My people. The ambiance” (Portugal)
“It feels like home.” Ann Tsai (Taiwan)
” The way it has so many different ethnicities in one place, it’s a melting pot, it’s just created by a bunch of random people” (America)
“It’s difficult. The food, I think.” Fabio (Italy)
“I like the fact that it’s so laid back.” Kylie Abraham (Swaziland)
“Umm, food probably.” Alma Tax (Tanzania)
“The great weather.” Spike (UK)
“The accents, the diversity, the languages.” Thandiwe Mallowah (Kenya)
“The facilities and the food! The food is amazing.” (South Korea)
Community Service News
Community Service has been abuzz at Waterford and it remains a core part of the curriculum. Bee keeping is now being run as a Community Service Project at Waterford. Both IB1 and IB2 students are involved and have attended a Bee Keeping workshop. A private space has been set aside for beehives in the reserve - this space is the rehabilitated area that was disturbed during water upgrade operations. Two hives were purchased from the Bulembu Honey operation and have been placed in this space, where they are already attracting bees. Bee attracting plants have also been planted. Students involved in this program are working with Waterford staff members who maintain a series of hives in the forest part of the reserve. They will be helping in the harvesting process and the resultant honey will be sold to the dining hall to generate funds for the project.
Last Saturday we worked in the community surrounding Hawane. The students cleared the garden of an old lady who was extremely ill; built a chicken house, weeded a vegetable garden and cleaned out several pigsties in the piggery.
We have also been involved in 2 ‘Girl Up’ Community Service projects this term; focused on working with the girls from St. Anne’s in Malkerns. This week 73 girls from St Anne’s visited Waterford and had a great time participating in activities with our students on campus.
During this week’s assembly we presented the winners of the ‘GoMakeaDifference’, a UWC initiative, with certificates awarded to them by the UWC. Our students each won a $1000 to pursue their projects at the end of their IB. This initiative came from Jill Longston and Colin Hapgood of the UWC International Office to encourage UWC students to make a difference in their own communities. It is open to all IB students from all of the UWC Colleges. Waterford submitted 5 projects and won 2 grants. The students involved were Stella Dlamini and Sitsandziwe Simelane for ‘Girls Empowerment Swaziland’ and Desire Uwera and Ketsiseng Tsolo for ‘Boldly Taking Action’ which will be implemented in Lesotho. We congratulate these 4 and hope that other students will be inspired to submit projects next year.
Form 2 Team building
Over the past two days, the Form 2 students were involved in a team building exercise at Hawane. Great fun was had by all and they returned to school this morning. The program was run by a 3rd party and it aimed to stimulate and expand the student’s minds and abilities. The activities were aimed at promoting and encouraging some of the major missing ingredients in today’s society, namely, communication, trust, co-operation, commitment & fun. Thank you to the staff who accompanied these students and to Capitol Caterers for taking care of their meals.
Notice from our Nurse
We have had a few cases of chicken pox at the school and the infected students have been sent home to prevent the spread of the disease. Chicken pox is a contagious viral infection that can spread from one person to another through contact (skin to skin). The virus spreads mainly by touching but can also be caught through breathing air borne particles.
An infected person will present with flu like symptoms, such as fever, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, and then followed by blisters on the body after 1 – 2 days. Children and adults at risk of getting chicken pox are those who had never had the chicken pox disease, those with weakened immunity and those who have not been vaccinated against it. Prevention of chicken pox can be done by isolating and treating the infected person or keeping the infected person home. We request parents and guardians of our day students to be vigilant of the above mentioned symptoms and ensure that sick students seek medical attention. Sick students should not be brought to school unless declared safe by medical practitioners. Hostel staff will do likewise for boarding students.
Drama at WK
Urinetown: The Musical
The Waterford Kamhlaba Drama Department is proud to present Urinetown: The Musical. Parents and students are invited to come and see this hilarious show full of fabulous acting, dancing and singing, with music provided by our very own marimbas. There will be three performances:
Friday, March 31 @ 7PM Saturday, April 1 @ 7PM Sunday, April 2 @ 2PM
Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to Community Service. Don’t miss it!
SiSwati at Waterford
In response to a query raised at the PSA meeting, I thought it would be useful to include my reply in the newsletter: SiSwati is the official language of the Kingdom of Swaziland and the home language of many of the members of our community. As such, we are committed to including it in our curriculum and recognising its value as a working language in our community. All students in Forms 1 – 3 have the opportunity to learn SiSwati formally through the curriculum. At Form 3 level, students are asked to make subject choices, of which SiSwati first language is an option. We do not offer SiSwati second language as there is no external examination through which it can be accredited. Students who opt to take SiSwati through to the end of IGCSE will write the SGCSE first language examinations. Similarly, the IB does not offer SiSwati as a second language so students studying SiSwati at IBDP level will write a first language Literature examination. The IB recently discontinued its Beginners’ SiSwati course which affected our language offering from the start of 2016. We are currently in discussion with the IB to try to find a way forward. We are also exploring other possibilities.
Annual Book Week
The Library will be hosting Annual Book Week from the 3rd to the 7th of April 2017. This year we will have 3 bookshops present: Websters, The Travelling Bookshop and Home Health Services. Students will need permission from parents/guardians in order to buy books and charge it to the student account. Parents/guardians are asked to email the accounts office at email@example.com. Students will be required to bring evidence of this permission.
Entrance Testing for 2018
Last week Saturday was the last chance for students in Swaziland to test for 2018 entry for the Forms. Thank you to all the parents who advocate for us in their social and professional circles. We will be in Nairobi, Dar, Gaborone and Harare on May 13th and Maputo on June 10th. Full details at www.waterford.sz
Banking details - Repeat
Some parents are still using the old bank account. We have received lots of payments that have bounced back. Please use the banking details available on the school website: https://waterford.sz/perch/resources/our-banking-details.pdf
Tomorrow is the Interschool athletic competition. This event will take place at the Mavuso Sports Center in Manzini. The event starts at 07:30 am and ends at 17:00 pm. Transport will be provided for athletes and supporters. We wish them the best of luck.
We congratulate our volleyball, basketball and soccer teams who all played very well last week in their respective games.
Reminder: Important dates
• 8 April - UWC Day
• 12 April – Last academic day of Term 1
• 13 April – Residential students depart on Waterford buses
• 13 May – Regional Entrance Testing
• 16 May – Term 2 begins
• 10 June – Entrance Testing in Maputo
If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.