Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 37/2019

29 November, 2019

Thank you!

The 2019 academic year has come to an end for us at Waterford Kamhlaba, and a lot has happened in the course of the year. The time has come for us to take look back at the year to reflect on what we have accomplished, and to look ahead for what is coming next. We have had numerous events at Waterford this year, with many of these being student-led initiatives which prepare our students for leadership. Among the many activities that took place we had UWC Day through which we celebrate diversity in our community, the Annual Careers Fair which brings together over 2000 young people from around Eswatini, and UWC Africa Week - an interdisciplinary forum on African issues. We also had a very successful 24-Hour Run, which you may recall is our biennial fundraising campaign that supports our CAS projects. We also launched the inaugural Nyatsela – a 21-day walk around Eswatini for our Form 3 students. The Form 5 and IB graduation ceremonies, and the 10th anniversary celebration of our partnership with the Higher Life Foundation. Also, our students managed to positively impact our local community through an average of 60 CAS activities per term. This has been in addition to academic and sporting activities as well. I would love to take this opportunity to thank our students for their hard work and the great attitude they demonstrate throughout the year. I know how much effort they put in, working day and night to ensure that they succeed in organizing these great events and activities. I also thank the teachers and entire staff of WK for their hard work. We are also grateful to our Governing Council, alumni community, parents, donors and friends of the school who continue to support us in various ways. Thank you for believing in our mission of laying the foundation for our students to become responsible citizens who have the skills, knowledge and sense of purpose to provide leadership for both Africa and the world. Waterford Kamhlaba makes progress because of your support.

During our final assembly yesterday, we said goodbye to outgoing members of staff and wished them well in their future endeavors. Among them is one of the longest serving staff members Mr. O’Connor, to whom we say goodbye to after 34 years of dedicated service to the school. It was among the highlights of this year to see him render a spectacular musical performance alongside some colleagues and students during our closing assembly.

Likewise we thanked Mrs. Judy Boycott for assisting us in the Science department since May this year and Zora Ben Zherga who assisted in the Drama department from July.

Lastly, may I also thank you parents for choosing Waterford Kamhlaba as the school for children’s education. My end of term message remains: refresh, relax, revise, read, sleep, read and sleep; please allow our students the time to rest during the holiday! Once again, thank you for making Waterford the wonderful institution that it is. Enjoy your well-deserved holiday. 

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV)

This global campaign started on Monday the 25th of November (which is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and will run until 10 December 2019. It is an opportunity for all firstly to remember the victims of GBV and secondly to reflect on how we as individuals, as families and in our communities can contribute to a society in which this scourge is ended forever.

This has been a focal theme at Waterford since the start of 2019 and we have had many initiatives to confront this issue. This has included adopting a safe-guarding policy, having safe-guarding training for staff and students, and most importantly having initiatives to tackle gender-negative cultures that exist in our community. Patriarchy, toxic masculinity, sexism, homophobia and other gender-based discriminatory behaviours and attitudes have all been addressed. We have established a group, Asinakekelane, consisting of students, staff, parents and board members that have driven many of these initiatives. Our approach at Waterford to GBV and any gender-based discrimination should be no different from our fervent tradition of anti-racism since our establishment in the 1960s. We are proud of our diversity and believe implicitly that all within our community are equal in all ways. Let’s continue to affirm that.

There is a great book, “The students are watching us: schools and the moral contract” (Nancy and Ted Sizer) which describes how children pick up their behaviours and attitudes, not from what they are told, but from what they observe. In education we often describe this as the hidden curriculum. Being respectful, saying “Please” or “Thank you”, being polite, shouting, or being impatient are all lessons we teach children as parents / guardians or teachers. It might be a good idea for all of the adults in our community to reflect on this regarding the attitudes we teach our children, especially regarding our attitudes to girls and women in our families, our communities and at school.

We the adults, both men and women, by what we do and say around the children in our lives, may be inadvertently entrenching stereotypes about girls and women, which may lead to seeing girls and women as unequal to or less important than boys and men. This often unconscious stereotyping is what can lead to attitudes where our boys see girls and women as lesser in some way, and therefore leads to the entrenchment of the patriarchy and even toxic conceptions of masculinity.

Do we think of women and girls as the “weaker” sex? Do we see women and girls as being responsible for “easier” housework, while men do the “tough” work? Do we think of men being “in charge”, or “being better” than women? Do we condone violence in boys because it is “natural and normal” for boys to fight, that “boys will be boys”? Do we think boys are babies and “not tough enough” if they cry or show “softer” emotions? Do we gender-stereotype our boys and girls about the sports they play: soccer is for boys and netball for girls? Do the women in our families have the “emotional” conversations and the men the discussion about politics and worldly matters?

These questions may be uncomfortable ones but I do believe that all of us that have a hand in bringing up children need to reflect on them. We need to develop a view of girls and boys, men and women, as equal and deserving of the same consideration and respect in the same way we would treat anyone no matter their race, nationality, religious persuasion, sexual orientation and so on.

Please remember the victims of gender-based violence this holiday season.

(Acknowledgement: The Star, 16 November 2019)

UWC Photo Contest

All UWC students, school and short course alums, staff and volunteers are invited to take part in this year's UWC photo contest by submitting a photo from your life at UWC that relates to the 2019 UWC day theme: “Climate of Change”. Please send your photo to communications@uwcio.uwc.org by 1 December for a chance to win and be featured on social media, the UWC website and our annual holiday cards. You can find the contest guidelines here.



For those of you who will be making travel arrangements, planning on a holiday, or know of a friend or family member who will, please consider make a booking through Booking.com, and support Waterford Kamhlaba at the same time - at no extra cost. To do so, use this link. Your booking fee will be donated to the school. Thank you. 

From the Music Department

Instrumental and Voice Lessons 2020

We are looking forward to developing our programme next year. Here is the information you need to enroll your child in the 2020 programme. All students will need to show that their fee-paying adult or organization gives permission for lessons to commence. Please see below. Students can learn an instrument (or voice) with a specialist teacher.

  • Lessons are 1:1 and last 40 minutes.
  • Before lessons can be taken, students must provide proof of permission from their parents, guardians or sponsors. This can be done in two ways:

a) by email to the Head of Department (mark.bradshaw@waterford.sz) or

b) by written confirmation given / sent to Reception

This correspondence must include:

Student Name

Parent / Guardian Name

Instrument to be learnt

A simple statement giving permission

  • In 2020, each 40 minute lesson will cost E136.00
  • Lessons generally and wherever possible begin in week two of term one.
  • Students commit to a term’s lessons with a teacher.
  • Lessons are charged to the student account and will appear on them.
  • Students will be invoiced for ten lessons for term 1.

Students will be invoiced for ten lessons for term 2.

F1, F2, F3, F4 and IB1 students will be invoiced for eight lessons in term 3.

  • Students wishing to fund lessons through their bursary and/or scholarship must first speak to the Bursar or their sponsorship representative.

Instruments Available

Students can learn the following -

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Brass including trumpet, cornet, euphonium, horn, trombone
  • Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Violin
  • Drum kit

NB: Some instruments are less available than others.

  • There is an expectation that students will practise regularly and with focus in order to make progress in their learning. The department provides opportunities for practice.

Reminder of important dates

        Monday 13th January 2020 – IB residences open

        Wednesday 15th January 2020 – IB orientation begins

        Friday 17th January 2020 – News Form students arrive for residential orientation

        Saturday 18th January 2020 – Residential orientation for new Form students begins

        Sunday 19th January 2020 – All residences open after lunch

        Monday 20th January 2020 – Forms academic orientation

        Tuesday 21st January 2020 – School opens

PSA Parents Luncheon

All new and current parents are invited to attend a luncheon to welcome you to Waterford Kamhlaba during the Term 1 Orientation on Monday January 20, 2020 12pm. The lunch will be hosted by the WK Parent-Staff Association, who will share all the ways in which the association supports the school and how you can get involved. To attend please send RSVP to psachairperson@waterford.sz.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to send an email to principal@waterford.sz. If the question is of broad interest, it will be published (with the permission of the writer and without the name) in the newsletter.

Parents are also encouraged to be in touch with their child’s tutor or residential head for any matters about which they may be concerned. 

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry


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