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Newsletter 12/2019

12 April, 2019

UWC Day Thank-you!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Link Group and the rest of the student body for putting together such an amazing UWC Day. I know I probably say this every year, but this was certainly the best ever! UWC Day is always a special experience because of the way it brings together students, staff, parents, alumni and governors to celebrate the diversity at Waterford Kamhlaba. It was particularly exciting to watch the parade of nations in which students represented their countries in traditional attire and greeted the rest of the school in their home language. The student-led food stalls that presented food from around the world were a hit, and the tastes and aromas delightful. We also had entertaining performances by the school choir, marimba group, Swazi dancers, gumboot dance troop and others. I just want to thank everyone for making UWC Day the success that it was. Our guest speaker was renowned South African National Poet Laureate, novelist and activist, Dr. Mongane Wally Serote who addressed our students on Friday afternoon before reciting a poem in honour of the 1976 student uprising during the UWC Day assembly the following day. In his remarks to students, Professor Serote spoke fondly of his memories of Waterford from his time here in the 1990s and shared his ideas on a renaissance of democracy and pan-Africanism. He challenged our students to become the kind of people committed to making a difference in the world. Dr. Serote was impressed by our students and the questions they asked him. It was a privilege to be joined by Dr. Serote and once again it was another reminder of the caliber of students we have at Waterford.

You can click here to have a look at some pictures from UWC Day. Below is a thank-you message from the Link Group:

Thank you everyone for making UWC Day the great success that it was. We would like to thank all members of our community that donated gazebos, food stuffs and their time to help out on the day and with any of the stalls.

Specifically, we thank Ms. Patel, for liaising between the Link Group and Professor Serote; Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Jacobs, without whom there would be no UWC Day; Mr. Pontuti, for sacrificing his time to supervise and guide a group of inexperienced students; to the advancement office for everything they did; to Mr. McGuire and the maintenance team, without whom there would be no tables, tents or braai stands; to sound and lighting team, who are the reason we had entertainment; and last but not least, the members of link group, for taking time out of their hectic and ever-busy academic lives to help plan, organise and carry out a festive and colourful UWC Day. Thank you!

Well done to the Link Group members: Malebo, Taanuba, Toka, Tinashe, Bobbie, Mona, Zinman, Siyabonga, Nangisai, Lisa, Kandi, Bora, Phoebe, Francine, Nana, Adikinyi, Maura, anuna, Mutsa, Wongani, Joanna, Lorraine, Ethan, Yamé, Anuna, Malaika, Kuzi and the heads, Namambo, Chilequa, Gabriel and Thandiwe.


Community Service in Action

I would like to make special mention of the Rise Group, a student led initiative that has set out to renovate a building in the community of Hawane, here in eSwatini, with the goal of establishing a community youth center. The student’s applied for and were awarded the Go Make a Difference grant, a UWC initiative that encourages students to take action on a social issue that they are passionate about. I am very proud that our students are willing to start their own initiatives outside of the community service project built within our curriculum. It is at Waterford that many of our students begin their journey to become changemakers and selfless leaders, and it is in being a part of this journey as their teachers that we remain hopeful that peace and sustainable future are within our reach. The Rise group is led by, Alicia, Leah and Gloriana who are all IB2s. Congratulations and well done!


Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC Schools and Colleges

Another opportunity for our students to continue to tackle social issues in our community is the Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC Schools and Colleges (now going by "Young Aurora"). Young Aurora will be taking place for a third consecutive year. Young Aurora is designed to encourage UWC students across the movement to create compelling projects that address a humanitarian issue in the geographical vicinity of their UWC School or college. One team from each UWC school or college is eligible to compete in two rounds of selections, and a prize of $4,000 will be awarded to the team with the best project proposal, runners-up will receive $500 each. All teams will receive mentorship from experts from the UWC movement. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to flex their humanitarian muscles, and to practice and learn real-world project management. It also showcases the great UWC mission-aligned work being done across the schools and colleges that we are all so proud of.


For those interested in taking part, below is important information to take note of:

·         Each UWC school or college that wishes to participate in the Young Aurora must confirm its participation on or before 19th April 2019, 23:59 GMT by email to communications@uwcio.uwc.org. The email should not include any detail about the project the UWC school/college wishes to nominate, nor must it list the project team members. It must, however, indicate one dedicated contact person for the AHP at the school/college with name and email address, and the Head of the relevant UWC school/college must be copied. 

·         Only one application per school/college is accepted.

·         The student teams' official submissions (one submission per UWC school/college) are due on or before 14th July 2019, 23:59 GMT as per the attached guidelines, so any internal selection process must be completed before that date.



Some of you will have received notification that your child/children may not return for the second term due to outstanding fees. Our Debtors’ policy states that fees must be cleared by or before the start of each term and we do not carry arrears forward into the new term. If payment has been made kindly ensure the proof of payment is sent to us. We remind parents with outstanding fees to settle these and send the proof of payment to us by the 17th April. Excluding our students is not something we like to do but we have no alternative when we have outstanding fees. If you have any questions please contact The Bursar’s Office at bursar@waterford.sz  (+268 24220866) or Tricia Fraser at pfraser@waterford.sz (+268 24221639).


University Visits

On Tuesday 16th April Chicago and Barnard universities will be making a presentation at Emhlabeni residence, starting at 18:30. Parents are invited to participate.


Sporting Activities

Hockey & Netball: This morning our hockey and netball teams travelled to Kwazulu Natal in South Africa where they will participate in a tournament. They will be back on Sunday.

Cricket: Our cricket team will participate in a tournament at Montessori tomorrow.

Tennis: Tomorrow our tennis teams will participate in a tournament at Kwaluseni.

We wish our teams the best of luck.


End of Term

Please be reminded that classes end next week Wednesday and buses depart early Thursday morning. Students should have all signed up by now for transport. For any transport queries please contact the Director of Residences, Mr Polycarp Wekesa on directorofresidences@waterford.sz                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Reminder of important dates

        Wednesday 17th April – School closes

        Thursday 18th April - WK bus departs for JHB at 06:15

        Saturday 18th May – Regional Entrance Testing in Dar es Salaam, Gaborone, Harare & Nairobi

        Sunday 19th May – WK bus departs OR Tambo Airport at 14:00

        Tuesday 21st May – Term 2 starts

        Saturday 8th June Regional Entrance Testing in Maputo

        Friday June 21st to 22nd – 24 Hour Run fundraiser

        Friday July 12th to 20th - UWC Africa Week 

        Friday July 19th to Thursday August 8th – Nyatsela

        Sunday 27th October – PSA Golf Day

        Saturday 23rd November – IB2 Graduation


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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