From a former student: February 2017

Dear Mr. Lowry,

I am an IB 3 student who has just enrolled at the University of Pretoria to study medicine. I would like to pass forth my gratitude. The school has helped me tremendously in terms of helping me get into the university and get to register on time.

Going to Waterford has greatly benefited me. I now think outside the box and my process of thinking is now more analytical and critical. I do not only accept what people tell me. I also inquire on about it but not forgetting to accommodate other people’s opinion. I learnt all of this from the values instilled in us by the members of the WK community. Being at the school has made me more aware of the world around me and to accept differences in terms of cultures and people’s backgrounds. I have the teachers and WK staff to thank for this. These are the sort of traits one needs in the world we live in. Being at a UWC has made me a well-rounded person. Although the teachers seemed to be battering us with endless assignments and showed a bit of tough love, I see now that it was for the better. Being at university and doing courses that I did in IB, has made me believe that my first year experience will be less daunting because I remember what they taught me. Their constant pushing and drilling of information and work made sure that I always have this knowledge. Thank you for providing an excellent team of teachers.

I would like to particularly mention how the Admissions department helped me through all of these applications to South Africa and the US. I worked closely with the Admissions department during my last year of IB. It always went the extra mile to assist me with my applications. It never grew tired of helping me and I say this because I have been to the office countless of times just to clarify matters regarding my application. The officers took time to explain the nitty gritty details without being irritable with me. Even when they could just see that I did not read the University guide book thoroughly, they never showed any hint of irritation. They were always polite and very informative.

Not only did they help me with applications, they also helped with uploading my extended essay and internal assessments. They made sure to hunt me down if anything was missing or wanted me to double check my assignment. Their work ethic is truly amazing. They do work with such care; ensuring that WK students university things are done with great precision.

I would like to thank the school for helping me get into UP. I had problems with the University not quite understanding the IB program. I called the school on numerous times to ask for help and the University would receive all the documentation required the next day as I had asked.

I just want to thank the school for everything because if it was not for its patience and thoughtfulness, I might not be at the University.

I would like to thank the staff for all the hard work they have put in to make WK a wonderful community.

Kind regards

Dear Mrs. Mills and Waterford’s CommServe team,

As a board member of The Rocking Horse Project – and as a pediatrician – I want to thank you for all of the time and effort you put into making HGH’s pediatric clinic a bright, cheerful, happy place for children to obtain medical care. It warms my heart tremendously to know that each child who attends that facility will have an opportunity to receive medical attention in a child-focused setting. THANK YOU!I trust you enjoyed your time at HGH and are inspired to continue making a difference in the lives of others who you may never have the chance to meet.

Kind regards,

Rachel A. Golin, MD, MHS, FAAP

WK students painting the Hlathikhulu Government Hospital's children's ward recently

From a parent: January 2016

This is to thank you for all your assistance towards (my child’s) resumption at Waterford. Yesterday was the hallmark, but we would like to appreciate all the time you gave to attend to our inquiries and needs. You all at Waterford are doing a great job and that is quite appreciated by the parents. I could sense a deep sense of satisfaction from all the parents I met yesterday at the good standards you are setting. Keep it up and see you some other time.

From a parent: December 2015

_Dear Mr Lowry

I know we often receive your communication and newsletters and can easily take them for granted…and sometimes mass communication can feel like a shot in the wild not knowing whether parents receive and indeed read your communication! But allow me to congratulate you and all Waterford staff for a year well spent, and to thank you for the work with our sons and daughters, in and out of class. Your regular and timely communication has been a big blessing, a source of information and an inspiration about the school. You can imagine- being so far away in Uganda with my 14 year old daughter so far in Swaziland may not be an easy thing sometimes. I have promptly poured over your newsletters and the well written insights and information you share. Throughout the year, it has kept me very close to my daughter. .. just getting to know everything that’s happening in the school is like being far away in a virtual Waterford! I thank you so much again…. we hope and look forward to your newsletters in the new year. Best wishes to you and all the staff for a Merry Christmas and a lovely and blessed 2016!_ - Parent