From the Principal

Future of the Maphutseng Partnership
For ten years, William Carey has partnered with World Vision to make a significant difference to the people and community of the Maphusteng valley in Lesotho, Africa. This partnership has been a significant part of our school fabric, giving many of our students the opportunity to serve and exercise generosity. World Vision have informed us that the Maphutseng Area Development Program (ADP) will be ending this year.

The end of ADPs are a normal part of World Vision’s work. The Maphutseng ADP has lasted longer than many and this is very much part of the successful relationship maintained between William Carey and the people of Maphusteng. Click here to read more about our partnership and history. While it is sad that this chapter closes, we have exciting plans that involve a reconfigured support program for the people of Maphutseng. We are developing a plan for funds raised by the school to benefit this community in two ways:

  • Firstly, we are developing a program that will meet the school fees of a small number of students for their high school education. High school education is not funded by the government in Lesotho and many students do not complete schooling due to poverty or the need for orphaned teenagers to work and care for their younger siblings. School fee support will help students complete school studies, reducing the impact of poverty and disease from one generation to the next.
  • Secondly, World Vision have brokered a partnership between the school and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). For two years, DFAT will be matching money raised by the school. The government will match, with five dollars, every dollar raised by WCCS. This money will be used in programs aimed to provide sustainable agriculture and community economies.

This two year partnership will make a massive difference to the lives of the people of Maphusteng.  I look forward to providing you with more information regarding our fundraising activities in 2018.

Communication with Families
As you may recall, the school has been working with Endeavour Community Relations and Development throughout this year, looking at ways to improve as a school. Part of this process involved a series of focus groups that were held in May. These were very helpful for us in narrowing down some of the things you liked about WCCS and also the things that you would like us to improve. One common problem that is found in every school, which was also highlighted by William Carey parents, was in the area of communication – a tricky one to get right!

To help us even further, we will be distributing a survey via email to every family on Monday 23rd October asking for your opinion on the way communication happens back and forth between parents and the school. This should only take about 5-10 minutes to complete (depending on the depth of your answers). Again, your answers will help us as we look to refine the way we convey information to you and improve the channels that are available to you to discuss any administration needs and your child’s education with our staff.

Please ensure that the email records we have for you are correct by logging onto the Edumate Carer Portal and checking the contact details we have for you. Survey collection will happen over the week with reminders sent the following week for those families who still need time to complete and return the survey electronically. If you have any questions in this regard, please email Peter Ross.

Cecily Waterworth
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that one of our school board directors, Cecily Waterworth, passed away last Saturday night.

Cecily was a current member of our school board. Her history with the school has been a long and faithful one. Cecily and her husband enrolled all four of their children in the school. Cecily has supported the school for many years, faithfully upholding the school and the people who make up its community in ongoing prayer. She also gave generously of her time and in many other ways.

Cecily died on Saturday night surrounded by family and close friends and is now with our Lord Jesus, free from the effects of illness. Our prayers are for her family and friends who are grieving her passing.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.  Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?” John 11:2-26 (HCSB)

Keith McMullen,
Principal

 

The Maphutseng Partnership

The Maphutseng Partnership has raised significant funds through the generosity of school families and staff through a wide range of activities. These funds have been used to positively influence the day-to-day lives of the people of the Maphusteng Valley in Lesotho. This has included providing many resources for Bethesda High School, including a food program for the students and the construction of a bridge across the river allowing students to attend school safely during seasonal flooding. Other projects included providing support for orphans and vulnerable children and, most recently, the construction of large chicken houses and greenhouses as a means of providing a sustainable source of food and income for communities. Child sponsorships by school classes and families have enabled World Vision to run a range of programs to support sustainable growth and health improvement.

This partnership has built relationships between our school and the people of the Maphusteng Valley, which go beyond the work of World Vision. It has also provided school families with the opportunity to support gospel ministry in the local area. This support has provided for a church youth worker to minister to the young people of Maphusteng, both through the church and the school.

I am most thankful to God for the generous provision of funds from the school community, the support of the school Board, the student ambassadors past and present, and the teachers who have worked to bring about a wonderful community partnership. While the people of the Maphusteng Valley have benefited from this partnership, so has our school community. Our students have had the opportunity to be involved, contributing to something much bigger than their local experience, and learning the vital attributes of empathy, generosity, and service.

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