Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 36/2018

23 November, 2018

Congratulations IB Class of 2018

Last week Saturday our IB2 graduation ceremony took place at Esibayeni Lodge.  The ceremony included the presentation of certificates, speeches and a variety of musical performances. You can read more about the event here:


We also have a selection of pictures from the event:


I would like to congratulate our IB2 class of 2018 for such a huge milestone. They have since joined a community of 6700 Waterford alumni across the globe.  Graduations as well as many other similar achievements are also a constant reminder of the incredible work done by all the members of our community. In this regard I thank the parents, students, alumni, staff, governors, donors and friends of Waterford for their continued support to the college. Once again, congratulations and farewell to the IB class of 2018; I wish you well in your future endeavors, and, as you know: once a phoenix always a phoenix – Waterford will always be your home. We are more than just a school; we are family!


Congratulations to Lungiselwe Mbingo  – DSTV Competition

Lungiselwe Mbingo in Form 4, wrote an essay for the DSTV Eutelsat competition. The topic was “How satellites have launched humankind into the 21st century and acted as a unifier”. In Lungiselwe’s words, she said “I joined because I wanted to participate in something new and have fun doing it. On the 22nd of November, I was invited to Multichoice Swaziland, along with my tutor and history teacher, Mrs Muyambo. I brought my family along as well. It was here that I was told that I was the country winner of the competition and received a very lovely certificate and a brand new laptop!”  We congratulate Lungiselwe and are aware that she now gets entered into a final draw which is a trip to Paris.  Well done Lungiselwe.


Last week of school – Timetable  

Please note that there will be a slight change in next week’s timetable. On Wednesday 28th November the school will follow the Thursday timetable and on Thursday 29th November we will follow the Wednesday timetable, ending the day with assembly and a short tutor meeting. Classes end on Thursday and buses depart on Friday. The travel links are below and on our website.  Please be sure that you or your child has completed them.  


Travel  Links: End of Term 3, 2018

Please note that the following travel links for end of term 3 are on the school website and the intranet.

Transport To and From Johannesburg:


·         Departs Waterford on Friday 30 November at 6.00am and 6.30am

·         Arrives at OR Tambo at 11.30am and 13.30pm respectively

·         Returns on Sunday 20 January 2019 departing Park Station, Eastgate and OR Tambo

Transport To and From Maputo:


·         Departs Waterford on Friday 30 November at 8.00am

·         Arrives in central Maputo at mid-afternoon (traffic dependent)

·         Returns on Sunday 20 January 2019 departing MIS at 12 noon

Transport To and From Maseru:


·         Departs Waterford on Friday 30 November at 6.00am

·         School transport only provided at the end and beginning of terms

Transport To and From King Mswati III (Sikhuphe) 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.



I would like to thank all the alumni, parents and friends of the school who opened up their homes to young alumni studying in the USA over the Thanksgiving break. Without your willingness and spirit of giving back, the Thanksgiving programme would not be a success. Thank you very much for your help.


UWC Photo Contest

The UWC international office is currently holding a UWC movement-wide photo contest. We are asking for submissions from students, alumni, staff, volunteers and all members of the UWC movement who have a great photo to submit which fits into the theme of "Inspire Change!”. The winning photos will be shared and used for promotion, as well as the international office annual holiday cards. The deadline for the contest is next Tuesday, 27th November. Send your photos to: communications@uwcio.uwc.org


Harvard Impact Study Survey Consent Forms

UWC is collaborating with researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education on a study of the impact of a UWC education, through which all UWCs hope to gain a sense of if and how UWC is achieving its mission and how its educational model affects its students and alumni.

We are asking parents of Form 5 students who will be returning to Waterford to do the IBDP in 2019, to sign a parental permission form to allow your child to participate. Because the attached parental permission form includes long and complex language (in English), we are highlighting some of its key information for you below.

  • Survey questionnaires will be given to your child at the beginning and end of the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.
  • 20 randomly selected students per school will be asked to be interviewed for about 60 minutes
  • Questions will ask students about their intellectual, ethical, and civic/global attitudes and behaviors, including questions about school experiences and demographics.
  • All data will be confidential and accessible only to the research team. Nobody within the UWC movement will have access to your child’s responses. Any identifiable information will be made anonymous.
  • The researchers are complying with strict data protection regulations, including that participants have the right to access, correct, or delete their identifiable study data for free.
  • Participation in the study is voluntary, and it is your choice to allow your child to participate or not.

We would however highly appreciate it if your child participated in this study for the following reasons:

  • It is a historical one-time opportunity to enable our college and the UWC movement to improve our educational programmes.
  • Surveys and interviews will help students reflect on their experiences at UWC.
  • Students will be doing something that all UWC IBDP1s are doing around the world - and it is unique to their year group.
  • The researchers want to hear from all students, even if their experiences are mixed or even negative so far.
  • Students will have a unique opportunity to contribute to improving their school and the entire UWC movement, as well as education world-wide, thus making the world a better place.
  • A higher number of participants will enable the researchers to draw conclusions from the largest number of points of view possible. Only if opinions are heard will they be taken into account!

 There are two ways to return this consent form to the school or to the research team at Harvard, listed here in order of preference. Please also return the form if you do not provide consent and please be sure to tick the boxes of the activities you allow your child to participate in.

1. Fill out the form online, using this link: https://tinyurl.com/yap8asoe


2. Give a signed copy of the printed form to your child when he/she returns to school.



There are still fees outstanding for some of our current students. We wish to notify parents that, should fees not be cleared by 30th November 2018, we will have no alternative but to apply all or some of the following:

·         No reports will be issued until fees are settled in full.

·         No arrears will be carried forward to 2019.

·         Returning (for 2019) students will not be admitted and, if fees due have not been cleared by 30th November, 2018, their place for 2019 will be given to a new applicant. This means you would need to re-apply for a place for the new year. A place for 2019 is not guaranteed. We will notify you, in writing, on 3rd December, if the place for your child is being offered to another applicant.

We request that parents consider our position and ensure fees are paid as soon as possible. We endeavor to assist as best we can, and have already gone beyond our account closing date of 31st October. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Tricia: pfraser@waterford.sz  or the school bursar; bursar@waterford.sz



Reminder of important dates

        Thursday 29th November – Last day of classes

        Friday 30th November : WK buses depart


Any Questions?

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

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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