Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 30/2018

12 October, 2018

Shelby & Gale Davis Visit: A Big Thank You!

Waterford had the great pleasure of hosting Shelby and Gale Davis this week. In the fleeting 40 hours they spent with us, we did our best to give them a sense of the wonderful school community that they have so generously supported over the years.  Among other things, the Davises dined with students, participated in community service, answered questions in a Q&A forum and met with current Davis Scholars and alums. At the end of the day they were treated to a fabulous concert of music, poetry and acting. On saying goodbye at the airport on Tuesday, Shelby said to me that Monday was one of the most memorable days of his life.  That heart-warming sentiment is a reflection of the energetic, committed, thoughtful and talented community that we collectively have built over 55 years, a community I feel very fortunate to be part of.

Many of you know that Shelby Davis is an ardent supporter of the UWC movement, but not everyone is aware of how much Waterford has benefitted from his generosity. To date, 808 Waterford students have participated in the Davis UWC Scholar programme, receiving a scholarship to one of 94 partner universities in the United States.  Currently, there are 111 WK alums enrolled at US Universities as Davis Scholars. In addition to this, Mr. Davis supports the US National Committee students at all of the UWC schools (including Waterford) and also annually funds two students from each UWC college to attend the Semester at Sea programme. This remarkable generosity from a humble and modest man reflects his family motto of “learn, earn and return”—with “return” being the giving back when one has the chance.

The Davises visit was an opportunity for us as a school to thank Shelby personally for all that he has done for the school. Teachers, students, support staff, alumni, parents and governors all played a part in hosting the Davises. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our community who helped make this visit a success. Here is a document in which some staff and students have highlighted their key moments with Shelby Davis.

We have also published some pictures of the visit on our website.

We will be sharing video links, including Shelby’s speech in next week’s newsletter.


Evening of Dance - tonight at 7pm

This evening, we have our annual Evening of Dance in the Assembly Hall, beginning at 7pm. This is an opportunity for students who participate in various forms of dance offered at the school to choreograph a piece for performance or to be in a piece that has been choreographed by their teachers or peers. This year we have hip hop, contemporary, tango, afro fusion and gumboot performances. Entry is E5 that will go towards community service projects. The performance should last an hour. Parents and guardians are most welcome to attend.


Parents’ Meetings next Thursday (18 October 2018)

As we start planning and preparing for 2019, there will be three important meetings for parents and guardians on Thursday next week:

Form 3 students and parents:  Subject Choice Meeting: 16:30 in the Michael Stern Hall (Assembly Hall)

This is an important meeting for students moving from Form 3 to Form 4 in 2019 and their parents or guardians. The IGCSE requirements will be explained; heads of departments will give a brief overview of their subjects and be available to answer questions. Making subject choices determines future academic paths and careers so it is essential that informed choices are made.

Form 2 students and parents: Nyatsela: 17:30 in the Michael Stern Hall (Assembly Hall)

We invite all Form 2 parents to be part of the planning of this new concept which is intended to nurture a particular set of skills required of children in the 21st century with its fierce demands. Nyatsela is intended to equip our children to thrive in this environment, to develop values and ultimately to move ahead in life. The IBDP expects learners to be risk takers, inquirers, communicators, principled, caring, balanced, open-minded and reflective, and Nyatsela aims to help them develop these characteristics. Nyatsela is part of the Form 3 curriculum which is why it is important for us to engage with Form 2 parents.

Form 4 Parents: IBDP applications and other options to consider: 17.30 in the Lecture Lab

This meeting will address the choices that Form 4 students have going forward in their academic pursuits. Mr Storer will address parents and be available to answer questions.

Forms 1 – 4 and IB1 Teacher/Parent meetings

These are by invitation only. Those parents who have been invited to see teachers will be able to meet with them between 16:30 and 18:00. If you have not been invited and would still like to see teachers on that evening, please let the Phase Coordinators know:

Forms 1–3 Mrs van Rensburg:  kirstie.vanrensburg@waterford.sz   Forms 4–5: Mr Tich Muyambo:  igcse@waterford.sz  IBDP: Mrs Sindhu Clark:  sindhu.clark@waterford.sz


Waterford Travel Links: Mid Term 3 2018

Mid-Term break is coming up and the links below are on the school website and on the intranet! Travel links will close on Monday 15 October 2018 at 16:00

Transport To and From Johannesburg

  • Departs Waterford on Friday 19 October at 6.00am and 6.30am
  • Arrives at OR Tambo at 12.30pm  and 13.30pm respectively
  • Returns on Tuesday 23rd October departing Park Station, Eastgate and OR Tambo

Transport To and From Maputo

  • Departs Waterford on Friday 19th October at 08:00
  • Arrives in central Maputo at mid-afternoon (Traffic dependent)
  • Returns on Tuesday 23rd October Departing MIS at 12 noon

Transport To and From King Mswati III (SIKHUPE) Airport  

  • School transport will leave from the Main Gate at least 45min – 1hr before the shuttle departs from Mbabane
  • Airport shuttle depart Mbabane at 5am, 8am, 11am and 2pm
  • On return the shuttle will drop college students directly at Waterford.


School Fees – Urgent

School accounts close at the end of October. Kindly ensure all fees are paid by or before then. I wish to remind all parents/guardians that reports will not be released if fees are not cleared by this date. I also remind parents of the Form 5 and IB students that their child/children could be excluded from the graduation ceremony and any other function pertinent to those forms. We will also withhold any access codes for results and university application assistance could be withheld. Please note that our accounts close on 31st October 2018 and all fees must be paid in full by or before this date. We will not carry any arrears from 2018 to 2019. If you have any queries please contact Mbongeni Mkoko:  bursar@waterford.sz (tel: +268 24221807) or Tricia Fraser: pfraser@waterford.sz (tel: +268 24221639). Your cooperation and assistance in this is appreciated.


Congratulation Tandza!

I would like to congratulate Waterford alumna Tandza Simelane (Swaziland, WK 08-14) who was the recipient of the Royal Holloway – Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA Excellence Scholarship, set up between Waterford and Royal Holloway. As she graduates with a BSc in Management, she explains what the opportunity has meant to her.


PSA Gifts to Teachers: Thank you

The Waterford parents-staff association (PSA) once again made the 2018 Teachers Day very special for our teachers by presenting gifts to the teachers last week. Please join me as I express our appreciation to the PSA for the kind and generous gifts.


University Visits

Next week we will have four universities coming to make presentations at Waterford. We have Colby and Syracuse universities on Wednesday and Case Western on Thursday. All presentations will take place at Emhlabeni residence, starting at 18:30. Parents are invited to participate.


Reminder of important dates

        Thursday 18th October – Parents’ Evening by invitation – 16:30

        Thursday 18th October – Form 3 IGCSE subject choice presentations – 16:30

        Thursday 18th October – Form 2 parents meeting – Nyatsela

        Thursday 18 October – Form 4 meeting for IB

        Friday 19th October to Tuesday 23rd October- Mid-Term Break, inclusive

        Sunday 28th October – PSA Golf Day

        Friday 9th November – Form 5 Graduation – 15:00 start

        Saturday 17th November – IB2 Graduation – 17:30 start


Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at principal@waterford.szIf 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


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