Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 24/2019

2 August, 2019

Final Nyatsela Friday!

Today marks the beginning of the last week of Nyatsela and it is our last #NyatselaFriday on our social media platforms. I can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone. As I mentioned last week, I have spent time with each group on their journeys, and I have been lucky to hear directly from the students what impact the Nyatsela experience has had on them. This week I spent an evening with Groups 1, 2 and 6. I have been very pleased to find the students in good health and happy. As Mrs de Koning noted in her recent updates to parents: each group has its own distinct personality and approach to things like cooking, reflections and who has to scrub the pots! I have enjoyed the laughter and the comfortable banter with the groups.  It has been just grand to interact with the students and to see them in high spirits as they finish their second week. The students had lots of things to say about the walk, with one group even declaring Nyatsela “the coolest thing in Eswatini!” I have also shared the students’ experiences with their parents through emails I sent after seeing them and the parents of one of the boys  sent me this lovely  response:

“As  parents, we are so thrilled to receive this informative and refreshing feedback on [our son’s] progress on the Nyatsela journey. This means so much to us as a family. Thank you so much. After reading through your message I particularly felt very impressed and proud of our son. I am so glad he is part of this educational adventure.”

One member of the Advancement Office staff who does not usually interact with students in a classroom setting had this to say after walking for a few days with group 4:

“Prior to being dropped off by a colleague where I joined my group, I was somewhat nervous – thinking about how I was going to be received by a group of tired, unsmiling and unhappy kids. But I was surprised at being cordially welcomed by a team of pleasantly tired and fulfilled students who excitedly screamed, “Hey babe (Sir), welcome!” As they prepared supper that evening I could not take my eyes off the students; my perception of them suddenly changed, to be honest, I never would have thought some of them could cook! If I were to speak to a parent after this experience I would say: in overthinking things and overprotecting kids, parents deprive themselves of the opportunity to appreciate how resilient their kids can be –resilience is crucial in preparing them for leadership in particular and life in general. This was an eye-opener for me.”

Experiential learning is “learning by doing”, and this experience of doing for oneself builds lifelong self-reliance in learners. The transformation I have seen in our Form 3s in the last two weeks makes me so proud and I echo the sentiments of another facilitator who said “These Form 3s will make great leaders in IB”. Nyatsela has been an investment the dividends of which will benefit the Kamhlaba community and beyond. Our mandate is to create leaders for Africa and beyond through our curriculum and Nyatsela has emerged as a key component to that end. Here is a selection of pictures from the second week of Nyatsela. You can also follow us on all our social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for regular updates.


From the Music department: Instrumental and Voice Lessons 

Term 3 Arrangements and Expectations:

Our Instrumental and Voice teaching programme continues in Term 3, with some allowances for circumstance. These are the details:

·         Form 5 and IB 2 students are not expected to continue their lessons. However, they may make arrangements with their teachers if they wish to continue with lessons in the term.

·         Form 1, Form 2, Form 3, Form 4 and IB1 students are expected to continue with their lessons. There is an expectation that students in these grades commit to eight lessons (rather than ten) during the term. This means that they would not have a lesson during an exam week, and there is a little flexibility around third term trips arranged by the school. Lessons will begin on the first day of term.


I kindly remind all that ABRSM exams will be held at Waterford on the 24th of October and ask that you encourage and support practice over the holidays.

The department will also welcome a new Violin teacher, Janet Kim, to Waterford next term. There will be opportunities for five students to have lessons with her. Existing learners who had been learning with Mr. Nam will be prioritized first, but there will be some spaces available. If you would like your son or daughter to learn to play the violin, please send an expression of interest to mark.bradshaw@waterford.sz


BraveGirl Camp

BraveGirl Camp is a Women’s Empowerment camp held on the Waterford campus on an annual basis. This initiative was started by WK students in 2017 with the aim of bringing together Swazi teenage girls from schools around Mbabane to engage in discussions on women’s empowerment in an urban Swazi context. The project combines a five-night residency camp, which includes a day-long job shadowing experience, as well as providing training for the teachers from the girls’ schools. This year’s camp will run from the 12th - 17th August. During the job shadowing, the girls are given an opportunity to see the life of a working woman in business institutions around Mbabane and Ezulwini. Brave Girl Camp would appreciate offers from companies to host the girls on the 15th of August. Please contact Phumelele Mncina (IB2) at: bravegirl@gmail.com or phumelelemncina@gmail.com if you are in a position to offer job shadowing.


Parents’ Morning

Parents are reminded that there will be an opportunity on Friday morning next week 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: Repeat

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 is 31st August 2019.



The school closes next week Friday on 9th August at the end of the second term. Once again, 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 to the parents and guardians of those students with 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. You may contact the bursar at: bursar@waterford.sz


Updates for Next Week

Wednesday: Please be reminded that on Wednesday the school will follow a Thursday timetable.

Thursday: The school will follow a Wednesday timetable and there will be a closing assembly in the amphitheater at 12 noon.

Friday: Buses will depart for Johannesburg in the morning at 06h15.


PSA Annual General Meeting

The Parents-Staff Association (PSA) would like to remind all parents and guardians of the PSA AGM on Friday 9th August at Waterford.

Venue: EB3

Time: 11h00

Please have a look at the constitution.  The constitution will be adopted at the AGM.


Sporting Activities

Volleyball: This morning 5 of our volleyball teams left for a sports tournament in Mafikeng, South Africa. They will be back on Monday.

Soccer: 6 of our soccer teams left the campus this morning for a tournament in Eshowe in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. They will be back on Sunday.

Hockey: Tomorrow our under 14 and 16 boys’ and girls’ teams will participate in a tournament at Enjabulweni in Manzini, Eswatini.

We wish our teams the best of luck.


Reminder of important dates

        Friday July 19th to Thursday August 8th – Nyatsela

        Friday August 9th – Parents Morning at 09:00

        Friday August 9th -  PSA AGM at 11am in EB3

        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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