Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 23/2019

26 July, 2019

A Great Message by Mr Nodder!

During assembly on Wednesday we were graced by the presence of former Waterford principal and current Rektor of our sister college, UWC Robert Bosch College, Mr. Laurence Nodder, and he shared his thoughts on a topic that is in the DNA of our community – diversity! Addressing students and staff, Mr. Nodder reminded us of how privileged we are, to have colleagues and friends from almost every corner of the world on campus at any given time; something which he said is remarkable. He explained that diversity is not just that there were many different passports in the room, but that the richness of diversity is found in the stories and experiences of people, emphasizing the need to learn from each other. In essence, Mr. Nodder talked about who we are by encouraging our students to listen to each other and be enriched. In his closing remarks Mr. Nodder highlighted the importance of immersing in the community and environment around us, “Beyond the Bushfire experience there’s more, Nyatsela, the Form 3s are engaged in an exercise of seeing a wider span of eSwatini and they will come richer for it”. Central to the ethos of the UWC movement is the belief that education can bring together young people from all backgrounds on the basis of their shared humanity, to engage with the possibility of social change through courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership. Through the 18 colleges, including Waterford, UWC delivers an education that puts deliberate diversity at the core of everything. It is therefore important that our students use this diversity to enrich themselves and engage on how best to provide leadership for Africa and the world.


Nyatsela Updates

Our Form 3s have had a successful start to their 21-day walk around eSwatini; they have already completed a week. I have made arrangements to meet up with each group in the course of the three week period of the walk, and to meet with each student individually to hear how they are faring on their Nyatsela journey. When I met with one group, we arrived at camp and I asked all of the students to do a fifteen-minute reflection, then to meet with me to talk about their reflection. I have enjoyed the chats thoroughly, and found the students happy and relaxed, despite the challenges so far. They were very confident telling me their stories, both positive and negative. There was quite a lot of laughter in each of my meetings with them and some very profound insights from them. I was very heartened by the opportunity to engage with all of them in this way and to see how well they are all managing so far. A few mentioned that from the beginning they had not wanted to go, but decided in the end they had no choice and have found themselves really enjoying it. “The first time I walked a long distance my feet hurt and didn’t enjoy it, now I look forward to every walk because I have gotten used to it”. This student says she is very proud of herself, especially for overcoming her fears. Despite not wanting to have come on the walk, she would do it again and would encourage the Form 2s to do it next year. She has enjoyed the group and spending time with them.

Another student said, “So far the walk has been challenging in a good way. I mean, there were times when I just wanted to break down and cry but I was able to overcome those times. I’m surprised to say that I’m actually enjoying myself. I’ve done so many things I never knew I could do and have become closer to people I never would’ve looked twice at before. This is a very trying experience but I feel so accomplished after every victory. I’m glad I’m a part of this”.

On Tuesday the group had just completed three days of walking through Malolotja, and that morning we collected them on the raft, “The Spirit of Nyatsela” to take them to a camp site at Maguga Lodge. They had had a difficult walk getting to the dam as it was the day of quite challenging walking involving some very steep ascents and descents. A number of them found this to be the most challenging aspect of the walk so far. One student described this challenge as his highlight together with the boulder-hopping across the rivers. He was very helpful with the other students carrying their bags at these difficult points. Some of the reflections have been simple, yet profound, “I really enjoyed the amazing scenery and animals”.

A key aspect of experiential learning is that the students learn by doing and their growth is measured by their increased resilience and a deeper knowledge of self. Another student described this as her greatest challenge so far commenting that she is proud of her ability to overcome her fears and climb the cliffs. She was proud of climbing mountains her family and friends never would. She had been appointed the leader of the day (all members in the group get a chance to lead a day with one other), and realized that she would have to lead by example on the climb even though she was scared.

So far so good after the first week. This is a big undertaking and I want to thank members of the community, especially the Form 3 parents, for your continued support. You can see a selection of pictures taken during the first week of Nyatsela here.


Dick and Enid Eyeington Soccer Tournament

I would like to thank all members of our community – from students, staff, parents, alumni and governors – who participated in the 11th edition of the Dick and Enid Eyeington 7-a-side soccer tournament on Monday. This tournament continues to bring together the WK family as well as help us engage more with the local community of eSwatini. This year’s tournament featured 14 teams – 10 men’s teams and 4 women’s teams. It was a very competitive social tournament and all teams played exciting football on the Waterford sports fields. Read more about the day.


eSwatini Annual Careers Fair

On Wednesday 24th July the 12th edition of Waterford’s eSwatini Annual Careers Fair was held at Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre in Manzini. It was a great pleasure to see over 2000 students and young people visiting different stalls to get more information about career options. This event reminded me of the great impact our students make on the lives of other young people in the local community. Please join me as I thank Old Mutual Eswatini, the event’s sponsor, and the organizations that came to exhibit. Well done to our CSI team for such a great initiative! Read more


Parents’ Morning

There will be an opportunity on the morning of Friday 9 August between 9am and 11am for parents and guardians to meet the teachers of their children. Teachers will be available in the classroom block to consult about the progress of students and to address any concerns or queries.


Call for Nominations to the Governing Council of Waterford Kamhlaba

Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA is looking for candidates to fill vacant positions on the Governing Council (GC). We are looking for people who have experience in Education (Secondary & High), Marketing & Fundraising, Entrepreneurship, Wellness & Pastoral Care or have an International Profile. If you are someone or know someone who would be suitable, please send an email titled “NOMINATION FOR GC MEMBERSHIP” to chairman@waterford.sz with the following details:

1. The nominee’s full name, contact number and email address.

2. A justification (maximum 200 words) of:

(a) why the nominated candidate would be a good addition (given the criteria specified)

(b) what expertise nominated candidate shall bring to the GC.

The Deadline for nominations will be 31st August 2019.


From the Music Department

ABRSM Practical Exams will take place at Waterford Kamhlaba on Thursday 24th October from 9:00 - 13:00. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Bradshaw on mark.bradshaw@waterford.sz


Form 4 - Form 5 History Debate

On Tuesday afternoon we had a very exciting History debate between the form 4s and 5s in the Michael Stern Hall on campus. The motion was:

Saddam Hussein was the main cause of tension in the Gulf

The Form 5s were proposing and the Form 4s were in opposition. The Form 5s won by a slight margin as the Form 4s put up a good fight. We are so proud of all our students for the robust debate and engagement on important global issues. 


Tin Bucket Drum Promo: Apology

Last week we shared a promo of Tin Bucket Drum – Neil Coppen’s multiple-award winning play, and we mentioned that it is directed by Mr. Benedict Clark and performed by Waterford Kamhlaba students. We did not mention that this was done in collaboration with Mr Mark Bradshaw and the music department, whose input was instrumental in so many ways, and without whom it would certainly not have been possible to have the play. Apologies to Mr. Bradshaw and the entire music department for the unintended omission. We will be publishing a full video of the play soon.


SRC Social

The SRC will host a social tonight starting at 7:00pm. There will be a bus for the day students departing town at 6:00pm. Please take special note that day students must be collected from school by parents and guardians as follows: Form 1 to 3, by 10:00pm the latest and Form 4 to IB2 by 11:00pm the latest. There will be no bus taking day students home at the end of the social. 


Parents-Staff Association (PSA)

The school’s PSA would like to remind all parents and guardians of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday the 9th August at Waterford.  Meeting time and venue will be confirmed.  A separate email with the constitution and agenda will be emailed to parents and guardians soon.


Fees: Repeat

The school closes on 9th August for the end of the second term. I wish to remind parents that fees are to be paid in full by the 5th August 2019 to ensure that your child/children are not excluded from returning at the start of Term 3.  Exclusion letters will be sent for outstanding fees after the 5th August 2019.  Kindly be reminded that our policy states that all fees are to be paid in full at the start of each term. We are willing to enter into a payment plan with parents, however all fees must be cleared before the end of the term. We will not carry arrears forward into the next term.


Reminder of important dates

        Friday July 19th to Thursday August 8th – Nyatsela

        Friday August 9th – Parents Morning at 09:15

        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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