Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 18/2019

21 June, 2019

The 24-Hour Run is here!

Beginning this afternoon at 3pm, the 24-Hour Run event, to support our community service projects, will run until tomorrow at 3pm. The 24-Hour Run is the school’s charity event which takes place every second year, and the funds raised support the CAS programme. Teams complete laps around the field within a space of 24 hours, and each lap is sponsored. Students, alumni, staff, and parents of Waterford Kamhlaba all come together in support of a worthy cause. I especially enjoy this event because it brings all of us together on campus. The spirit of fun in competition as the teams gear up for the challenge ahead, adds positive energy to the atmosphere, and I am looking forward to it. Elinor and I are hosting some members of the alumni team, and I am pleased to see our former students coming back to Waterford to support.

It is worth mentioning that this is another student-led event and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our student leaders, Mr. Ramsay, Mrs. Fiona Mills, and other staff who take time out of very busy schedules to execute this event. Community Service is a practical opportunity for Waterford Kamhlaba students to make a real difference in the local communities of eSwatini, while learning the importance of community engagement. As we prepare our students for leadership in Africa and beyond, Community Service continues to be at the core of our education model. A UWC education does not imagine leaders who are removed from their community. I encourage everyone to play a part in this event to sustain the value of a Waterford education.  Watch this video to learn more.


The Impact of Community Service at Waterford

Esther Njuguna, an IB1 student from Kenya, shared with us her experiences of Community Service at Waterford. Her Community Service project is Ekwetsembeni Sport – an on-campus Community Service project run every Thursday morning by a group of our IB1 students. Ekwetsembeni School is a learning center for children aged 10 -18 years, who are differently abled physically and/or mentally. Read more about Esther’s experience.


Welcome Dr. Victoria Mora

It has been a pleasure to welcome my colleague Dr. Victoria Mora, president of our sister college, UWC-USA to Waterford Kamhlaba. She arrived on campus on Wednesday afternoon and spent Thursday and Friday interacting with our community – from Community Service sites to the classroom and more. Dr. Mora also managed to spend some time with a Swazi NC student, Temazulu Zulu, who graduated from UWC-USA this past May. I mention this to remind parents to share with your family and friends that Waterford Kamhlaba is a member of a global network of 18 colleges and that there are opportunities for Swazi nationals to study in 17 other countries. Dr. Mora will join us for the first half of the 24 Hour Run and depart for New Mexico tomorrow morning.


Ekukhuleni Renovations

I am pleased to announce that the renovations of Ekukhuleni, our junior hostel, have started in earnest. The contractor has started working on the temporary hostel that will be used by the students in the interim period. Students have responded very well to the call to respect the construction area and to make the necessary adjustments as some of the spaces in the hostel have been closed. The contractor will be updating us regularly on how the renovations will be unfolding in due course. I thank the students for their understanding.


From Lit Society

The Lit Society has released their very first literary journal for 2019! Lit Society is a writing club initiated by an IB2 student Kerry-Ann Moyo, with the purpose of creating an atmosphere where students can share their ideas and talents in the form of stories, songs, plays and poems. The club focuses on helping students define the strengths in their writing. The Lit Society meets every Friday at 4:10pm – 5pm in the A1 classroom. This publication is a collection of pieces from members of the society.


Congratulations to the New SRC!

I would like to congratulate the new SRC leaders: Joy Bora Lugunda (IB1, DRC), Nkosinothando Mhlanga (IB1, Zimbabwe), and Zinmin Kouassi-Russel (IB1, USA). As I mentioned last week, the SRC is an important aspect of governance and leadership at Waterford Kamhlaba. It is the highest level of student governance within the school. Please join me in welcoming them into office. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing SRC leadership team members, Lars Tutturen (IB2, Norway), Lindani Khoza (IB2, South African and Massimo Shongwe (F5, Swaziland) who have done a sterling job.


Mid-Term Travel Links

Mid-term 2 starts next Friday 28th June and ends on Tuesday 2nd July. Below we have travel links that have also been uploaded on the school website and on the intranet. The links will close on Monday 24th June 2019 at 16.00pm.

Transport To and From Johannesburg

  • Departs Waterford on Friday 28 June 2019 at 6.00am and 6.30am.
  • Arrives at OR Tambo at 12.30pm and 13.30pm respectively.
  • Returns from OR Tambo on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 departing from Eastgate and OR Tambo.

Transport To and From Maputo

  • Departs Waterford on Friday 28 June 2019 at 7am.
  • Arrives in central Maputo at mid-afternoon (traffic dependent).
  • Returns on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 departing MIS at 12 noon.

Transport To and From King Mswati III International Airport   

  • School transport will leave from the main gate at least 45min – 1hr before the shuttle departs from Mbabane.
  • Airport shuttle departs Mbabane at 5am, 8am, 11am and 2pm

Students should take shuttle from the airport to Mbabane. A school van will pick students up from Mbabane.


Fees: Repeat

I wish to remind parents to make payments for any outstanding arrears with immediate effect. Parents are reminded that, according to our Financial Policy, fees should be paid at the start of each term. We do enter into payment plans; however the fees due must be settled in full within that term. Failure to do so will result in your child/children not being permitted to return to school. While we wish to have all students at school, we have no alternative other than not accepting them back until fees due are cleared. If you have any queries please contact The Bursar (24221807) bursar@waterford.sz, or Tricia Fraser (24221639) at pfraser@waterford.sz


University Visit

On Wednesday 26th June, Wellesley College is visiting Waterford campus. They will make a presentation at Emhlabeni residence; starting at 7pm. Parents are invited to participate.


Reminder of important dates

        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 – School closes: bus departs for Johannesburg at 06:15

        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

        Friday 15th November – Form 5 Graduation

        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


© Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA 2019

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