Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 16/2019

7 June, 2019

World Environment Day

On Wednesday, 5th June 2019, the world celebrated World Environment Day which is a United Nations recognised day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”. During World Environment Day Assembly on Wednesday, our students put together a moving and inspirational event around environmental awareness. They shared messages on how to end air pollution and how the continued use of plastic results in the poisoning and death of a variety of marine life. It was great to see the passion with which our students are taking the lead on environmental issues. Waterford aims to be a leading school in sustainability education and practices. We want to promote a commitment to environmental sustainability, through the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this regard we have initiatives such as renewable energy generation, energy metering and monitoring, waste recycling, and permaculture gardens. I congratulate our students for demonstrating strong leadership abilities through their concern for our environment. A Waterford education is deliberately designed to produce this caliber of students – dynamic leaders with an amazing sense of responsibility and able to progressively influence change in the world.

Karaoke Nights

On Saturday last week, the school’s Advancement Office organized a Karaoke Night event for our IB students. The event brought both IB1 and IB2 students together through music, dance and poetry and it was really good to see them in a happy mood, singing and dancing throughout the evening in the school’s Centre for Creative Learning and Development (CCLD). The senior students shared tips with the IB1s on how to survive the IBDP, and I hope it helped to demystify the challenging IB Diploma Programme.

24 Hour Run

The biennial 24 Hour Run will take place from 3pm on the 21st June until 3pm on the 22nd June 2019. This is a Waterford community event that raises money for our community service programme.  We encourage all the members of our community to take part in this exciting event. We raise money through sponsored teams made up of  students, alumni, staff and parents to run or walk laps of the field, over the 24 hour period.  There will also be various food stalls selling delicious treats.  Café Kamhlaba will run for 24 hours and we need parents/guardians to donate items like cakes, pies and soup for the event. These can be dropped off at the Community Service room anytime on Friday 21st or Saturday 22nd.  If you have any queries please contact Fiona Mills on 76021755 or at communityservice@waterford.sz

From the Parent-Staff Association (PSA)

The PSA is helping the Nyatsela team with the collection of bottles. Please collect one litre plastic water bottles and 500ml plastic screw-top bottles and deliver them to the school reception. Furthermore, we are still in need of more link-parents to support our students who live far from home by providing them with a home away from home.  Please contact Mrs. Mary Tinney at: mary.tinney@waterford.sz

Lastly, the PSA will be having its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 9th August at 11h00 on campus.  This an opportunity for interested parents to join the PSA, and there will be the election of new representatives to the PSA. 

 UWC Africa Week

The 5th annual UWC Africa Week event has been announced and it promises to be an exciting event. It will take place on 6th – 14th July 2019. UWC Africa Week is a student-led interdisciplinary forum on African issues. The event brings together economists, captains of industry, leaders of regional organizations, artists, academics and the students and staff of Waterford Kamhlaba. This year, through the theme “Young Africa: Educated. Empowered. Unleashed,” we aim to create a platform from which the different opportunities available for young people on the continent can be explored through discussion led by key players on the African landscape. I encourage students and parents to stay tuned as we continue to update them on the event. 

Regional Entrance Testing

Tomorrow we will hold a Regional Entrance Testing event at the VIP hotel in Maputo, starting at 09:00am. This marks the end of our Entrance Testing for 2020 entry and we thank parents, students, staff, alumni and friends who have helped with this year’s testing.

 Alumni Newsletter

For the latest alumni newsletter, please click here and have a look. If you are not subscribed to the alumni newsletter and would like to be, please send an email to alumni@waterford.sz

Day Students Announcement

I kindly appeal to parents of day students to please familiarize themselves with their children’s after-school schedule of activities. During assembly on Wednesday I asked our day students to avoid idling around campus and to go home at the end of each academic day, if they are not involved in after-school activities. In this regard, we are asking for parents’ assistance in becoming familiar with their children’s after school schedules.

Sporting Activities

Soccer & Basketball: This morning our soccer and basketball teams left for a weekend sports tournament at the Maputo International School (MIS). They will be back on Sunday.

Volleyball: Tomorrow our under 14 and 16 boys and girls will be participating in a tournament at Metropolitan College in Mananga.

We wish all our teams the best of luck.     

Reminder of important dates

        Saturday 8th June Regional Entrance Testing in Maputo

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

        Friday June 28th Half Term begins

        Tuesday July 2nd – Half Term ends

        Saturday July 6th to 14th – UWC Africa Week

        Friday July 12th – Visual Arts Exhibition   

        Friday July 19th to Thursday August 8th – Nyatsela

        Wednesday July 24th – Eswatini Careers Fair

        Friday August 9th – Waterford Kamhlaba Parents-Staff Association AGM at 1100

        Friday August 9th – School closes: bus departs for Johannesburg at 0615

        Sunday September 8th – All residences open after lunch: Bus departs OR Tambo Airport at 1400 hrs.

        Tuesday September 10th – School opens

        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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