Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 21/2019

12 July, 2019

What a Great Week!

There are numerous things that make Waterford Kamhlaba an amazing institution – from its very founding as a school established in clear and expressed opposition to Apartheid and its laws of racial segregation, to the delivery of an international quality education – but what stands out to me is when our students live up to the historic mission of the school. When they demonstrate responsibility, leadership skills, knowledge, and a sense of purpose in their pursuit of contributing to Africa and the world. This week was another opportunity for our students to demonstrate these attributes, in the manner in which they have organized this year’s 5th annual UWC Africa Week. During this morning’s Africa Week Assembly we were graced by special guests, speakers, governing council members, alumni, parents and friends of the school who came to witness this exciting student-led event. Among them was eSwatini’s Minister for Commerce, Industry and Trade, Honorable Manqoba Khumalo who gave a stimulating speech on African trade and integration and the emerging opportunities for young people on the African continent. We thank the minister and the government of eSwatini for supporting Waterford Kamhlaba in this way.

I also thought I would share an extract from the speech read by Lindani Khoza in IB2, who is the head of the 2019 UWC Africa Week Team. Lindani captured the essence of this year’s event within the context of a UWC education.

“Welcome to UWC Africa Week – an event that gives us an opportunity to explore Africa and examine the crucial issues impacting the continent and one through which we are prepared for leadership of the African continent and the world as students of Waterford Kamhlaba – and in so doing, the school continues to fulfill its historic mandate of laying the foundation for us as students to become responsible citizens who have the skills, knowledge and sense of purpose to provide leadership in both Africa and the world.

From where we stand, what makes this year’s event special is neither because it’s 5th anniversary, nor is it because the event continues to live up to its standard in terms of its outcomes – but what makes this one special is because of its theme: Young Africa: Educated, Empowered, Unleashed! This year we are looking into the social, economic, and political dynamics of Africa’s emerging youth demographic within the context of a globalising world, and we seek to explore the newfound tensions that have come to face Africa’s youth. Reflecting on H.E Graca Machel’s address during last year’s event, we decided to focus and expand on the importance of Africa’s youth. Africa’s emerging youth is inheriting an identity never seen before in the history of the continent. Having not been part of colonial oppression times, we do not know the same Africa as the generation before us. Faced with new tensions, new opportunities and a new global paradigm, this year’s UWC Africa is exploring and examining how Africa can involve its young people as the driving force for sustainable growth in Africa.”

UWC Africa concludes tomorrow with the following events:


July 12th and 13th – Tin Bucket Drum:

A prize-winning play by a young South African playwright, Neil Coppen, that has been 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 each of the performances, the Eco Warriors group will be selling painted tin buckets with saplings, and small bunches of imphepho (African sage), to raise money for environmental community service projects on campus. I watched the opening night performance yesterday and I highly recommend it to all of you to catch tonight or tomorrow night’s performance.


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.


Saturday July 13th – Town Hall with Thulani Madondo

Tomorrow we will have a Town Hall session with Thulani Madondo in the school’s Centre for Creative Learning and Development (CCLD), starting at 15h00. I invite parents, alumni, governors and students to 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


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. 


Entrepreneurship Week

Waterford’s annual Entrepreneurship Week will be held on 24th – 31st July. Entrepreneurship Week is aimed at creating a platform through which students can generate business ideas. This student led initiative hopes to showcase to the Waterford community that brilliant business ideas can be generated by young minds. We hope that these ideas will develop into successful businesses that can improve crippling economies, whilst providing a source of income that will sustain people in the future. 


Careers Fair

The 2019 Careers Fair will be held on Wednesday 24th July at Mavuso Sports Centre and I encourage everyone to attend. The event starts at 13h00 and ends at 16h00. The Annual Careers Fair is a part of the Career Support Initiative (CSI), a community service project, organized by our IB2 students. The event brings together high school students from around eSwatini to access career information from a number of companies and organisations. It has grown in size over the years and now over 2000 high school students participate in the event, in which many companies come to exhibit. This year 90 organisations have confirmed participation.


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.


Travel Links for the End of Term 2 are now open

The travel links to book school transport to and from Johannesburg, Maputo, Lesotho and King Mswati III International Airport at the end of Term 2 and for the start of Term 3 are now open. To book school transport, please click the relevant link and fill out the Google form. Please note that the links below have been posted on the notice boards in residences and are on the school website and on the intranet. The travel links will close on Monday 22nd July, 2019 at 16.00 pm.

Transport To and From Johannesburg

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 9 August 2019 at 6.00 am and 6.30 respectively

·         Arrives at OR Tambo at 12.30pm  and 13.30pm respectively

·         Returns from the OR Tambo Bus Terminal on Sunday 8th September 2019 at 2pm.

Transport To and From Maputo

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 9th August 2019 at 7.00am

·         Arrives in central Maputo at mid-afternoon (Traffic dependent)

·         Returns on Sunday 8th September, 2019 departing MIS at 12 noon


Transport To and From Maseru

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 9th August at 6.00am

·         Returns from Maseru on Sunday 8th September, 2019 at 7.00am

·         School transport only provided at the end and beginning of terms

Transport To and From King Mswati III International Airport   

·         The early morning shuttle departs Waterford at 4.30am.

·         School transport will leave from the Main Gate at least 45min – 1hr before the shuttle departs from Mbabane

·         The Airport shuttle departs Mbabane at 5am, 8am, 11am and 2pm

·         On return the shuttle will drop college students directly at Mbabane and they will be picked up by school transport to Waterford.

·         The shuttle charges E70 from Waterford to King Mswati III International Airport per person.


Sporting Activities

Badminton: Waterford took first place in the badminton tournament held on campus last Saturday, 6th July 2019. There were 4 schools involved: Ntfonjeni, St Mary's, Mhlatane High and Waterford. We were crowned champions with 48 points. Congratulations to our team!


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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