Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 19/2019

29 June, 2019

5th UWC Africa Week

The 5th Annual UWC Africa Week begins next week Saturday 6th July 2019 with “Africa Night” – a themed evening of entertainment to celebrate the diverse cultures of Africa and its peoples, and will end on Sunday July 14th. UWC Africa Week is a student-led interdisciplinary initiative focused on various topical issues surrounding the African continent. It aims to bring together leading economists, regional industry heads, artists, academics, staff and the entire Waterford community through stimulating conversations, thrilling performances and several thought-provoking workshops. It has always been a pleasure to see our school community – from parents, alumni to students and friends of Waterford – participate in previous Africa Week activities such as panel discussions and the keynote address. Themed “Young Africa: Educated. Empowered Unleashed”, this year’s event explores the opportunities available for African youth and the power they have in determining the future of the continent. The week will feature fireside chats with key players on the African landscape, an Africa-focused assembly, two panel forums, as well as guest speaker Thulani Madondo of the Kliptown Youth Programme on Saturday July 13th. Thanks to our theatre and music departments, Africa Week will debut “Tin Bucket Drum”, a new production devised with songs and arrangements from our students and staff here at Waterford Kamhlaba. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. For further details, visit the UWC Africa Week website and have a look at the programme. You can also watch this video which has been prepared by the Africa Week team.


24 Hour Run

Last weekend we had our 24-Hour Run – a Waterford  charity event which takes place every second year, to raise funds for the school’s  CAS programme. It was a pleasure to welcome a number of our community members on campus; to see them involved in the run and taking laps around the field. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone including the students and Community Service department, who organized the event, staff, alumni, parents, Governing Council members, and friends of the school for coming to support an initiative we all deeply care about. Your contributions will go a long way in making an impact in the community. Donations are still coming in and we ask that the students remember over mid-term break to collect any monies owed to them to turn into the community service department next week. Once we have received all donations we will share the total amount raised during the event.  There is still time to support community service in this regard. You can donate via the Just Giving page. Once again, thank you!


Geography Field Trip to Durban

The school’s Geography Department is taking the IB1 Geography students on a field trip to the KwaZulu Natal Coastline in South Africa for their Internal Assessment coursework, in partial fulfilment of IB Diploma Geography course requirements. Fieldwork is an integral part of the IB Diploma Programme Geography course. Oceans and their Coastal Margins is one of our selected options. The coursework accounts for 25% of the final IB Diploma Geography grade. The dates of the visit are Wednesday 3rd July 2019 to Sunday 7th July 2019. The students will be accompanied by teachers from the Geography department.


Admissions 2020 

The school is now oversubscribed for 2020. Thank you again to all current parents who advocate for us. If you have another child joining us in 2020 please remember that the entrance payments are due this week to secure the place. If your child is proceeding to IB then the deposit is due at the end of July.


Harvard UWC Impact study

The UWC is now reaching out to alumni regarding the Harvard UWC Impact study. All UWC school and college alumni from all generations (who studied the IB Diploma Programme or their A-Levels at UWC) are invited to take a 30-40 minute online survey about their UWC experience, reflecting on how UWC impacted their lives. We kindly request alumni, including parents who are alums, to participate. You can also help us in reaching out to alums to participate in this study. Please click here to access the link. Thank you.


Mid-term break

Mid-term starts today, and ends on Tuesday 2nd July. School will start on Wednesday with an assembly. As I have always said, the breaks are an opportunity for our students and staff to take a breather and come back more refreshed and reenergized. In this regard I encourage parents to allow the students some time to sleep and read. My advice has always been: sleep, read, eat, sleep, read and eat again. This has been a busy first half of Term 2, thank you to everyone for making Waterford the great school that it is. Happy mid-term break!


Reminder of important dates

        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


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