Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 20/2019

5 July, 2019

UWC Africa Week Begins!

As we enter week 7, I am amazed by how many more activities are lined up for the rest of the term and our students’ ability to manage it all. I mentioned last week that our 5th UWC Africa Week starts tomorrow with Africa Night. This annual event presents an opportunity for our community to reflect on our African condition in the 21st Century as well as to showcase and celebrate the diverse cultures of Africa. This year’s theme “Young Africa: Educated. Empowered. Unleashed” looks at the social, economic, and political dynamics of Africa’s emerging youth demographic within the context of a globalizing world, and seeks to explore the newfound tensions that have come to face Africa’s youth. The students have invited a variety of guest panelists and speakers to Waterford who will share their knowledge and wisdom in conversation with our students. This event in particular is one through which we prepare our students for leadership of the African continent and the world. I kindly invite parents, alumni, governors, partners, donors and friends of the school to join our students and staff as we enjoy this student-led initiative. Below are some of the events for the 2019 UWC Africa Week.


Saturday 6th July - Africa Night:

This is a themed evening of entertainment to celebrate the diverse cultures of Africa and its peoples. Read more


July 11th, 12th and 13th – Tin Bucket Drum:

A prize-winning play by a young South African playwright, Neil Coppen, is re-worked by Mr. Ben Clark (Theatre) and Mr. Mark Bradshaw (Music) with original songs, live music, dances and drumming, to become a spectacular new show. Read more.  After the shows the Eco Warriors group will be selling painted tin buckets with saplings, and small bunches of imphepho (African sage) will also be on sale, to raise money for environmental community service on campus.


Friday July 12th – Panel Forums:

The first panel forum seeks to explore the role of Africa’s contemporary arts as a catalyst for the positive transformation of societies and bringing Africa’s issues to the global stage. The second panel forum focuses on the opportunities available for the African youth in driving social progress, advancement of gender equality and inspiring political change.


Friday July 12th – Monday July 15th – Visual Arts Exhibition:

This year’s art exhibition will showcase works from across the different year groups.  You will be able to see the whole continuum of skills from Form 1 to IB2.You are invited to visit the exhibition on the following days:

Friday 12th July 8.00 - 3.00

Saturday 13th July 8.00 – 3.00

Monday 15th July 8.00 - 3.00

The exhibition will be officially opened by Dr. Mark Mills – chairman of the WK Governing Council – on Friday 12th July, 7.00pm. Here is a sneak peak – come to the exhibition if you want to see more!


Saturday July 13th – Town Hall with Thulani Madondo

Parents, students, staff, alumni, governors and friends of Waterford are kindly invited to a Town Hall session with Thulani Madondo in the Michael Stern Hall on Saturday 13th July, starting at 15h00. Come and enjoy what looks to be a really exciting event with Thulani Madondo – a community activist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur and CNN Hero. He is the co-founder and current executive director of the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP), a South African youth development organization created to help young people from the informal settlement of Kliptown and surrounding communities. Read more


In order to accommodate the Africa week programme, we will have a timetable swap next week. On Wednesday we will follow a Friday timetable and on Friday we will follow a Wednesday timetable. Parents and guardians of day students especially are asked to take note as the bus schedule will also be swopped.


Dick and Enid Eyeington Tournament

On Monday 22nd July 2019, Waterford will host the 11th edition of the Dick and Enid Eyeington soccer tournament on campus. In previous years, we have had over 20 teams including Waterford alumni, students, staff and friends of the school participate in this tournament. I encourage our parents and alumni to participate this year. Those who are interested in the event can contact Nosimilo in the Advancement Office: engagement@waterford.sz

Dick and Enid Eyeington joined the Waterford family in 1971 as a geography teacher and school nurse respectively. They worked at the school for the next 24 years, during which Dick became the Head of the Geography department, Deputy Headmaster and ultimately he was appointed the Headmaster in 1984. As Dick rose in the ranks, he continued to be an avid football player and coach. Enid was very involved in the community that Waterford is situated in. By 1993, Enid was counseling and educating those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and introducing home based care systems in Eswatini.

The 7 a-side football tournament is in the honour of these two brilliant souls who helped shape education and healthcare not only in Eswatini, but in multiple African countries as well. 


Harvard UWC Impact study

The UWC is 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.


Sporting Activities

Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball & Netball: Tomorrow we are having a friendly tournament with local schools (from eSwatini) for soccer, volleyball, basketball and netball.

Badminton: Tomorrow we have our annual badminton tournament with local schools (from eSwatini) on Waterford campus.

MIS Visit: The MIS visit that was supposed to take place this weekend has been postponed to October 7th next term.


Reminder of important dates

        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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