Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 28/2019

1 October, 2019

Education far Beyond the Classroom!

I am delighted that our student-led environmental action group, Climate Kids, has been working to organize eSwatini's first ever march for climate change! They are inspired by the activism of Greta Thunberg an adolescent social activist from Sweden who has inspired the youth of the world to come together to alert world leaders on the urgent need to address Global Warming through a movement called #FridaysforFuture. The students will march with posters that will sensitize the local community on the effects of climate change. They have already met with the Mbabane City Council and hope to have a date and a route set soon so watch this space for more news about WK students setting the example and leading the way. This afternoon, the Climate Kids organized a whole school initiative to actively work towards a better environment for all. Students met at the main gate of the school and proceeded to walk down the Waterford hill, picking up litter along the way. Their commitment and visible action encourages everyone to take a stand against climate change and to make a difference in our local community.


This activism is consistent with what the UWC movements stands for. At the core of the UWC movement is a commitment to work towards a sustainable future. There is no doubt that climate change is a serious threat to our future. Global warming has severely impacted the earth's geological, biological and ecological systems, leading to changes in global rainfall, evaporation, snow, stream flow and other factors affecting water supply and quality. This is a serious issue in the world today and some countries are only just beginning to invest resources to combat the effects of climate change. It is encouraging to see our students involved in the fight against climate change as they think globally but act locally. It may look small but the fact that WK students are doing something in their current home, the Kingdom of eSwatini, to raise awareness about a number of life-threatening matters in the world, shows leadership in action. In preparing our students for leadership in Africa and beyond, we encourage them to find ways to make a difference today. The Climate Change Kids are doing exactly that. We are proud of such initiatives which illustrate our commitment to changing the world for the better and confirms that we are a school that offers an education far beyond the classroom!


Mathematics Camp

Last month two of our IB1 students, Vera Muco and Matlala Sefale, travelled to St John’s College at Cambridge University in the UK for the inaugural girls’ Mathematics Summer Camp. They joined a group of 24 girls from all over the world, among whom they were the only two from the African continent. I would like to commend the students for taking initiative and applying for this camp. They participated in lectures and problem-solving sessions during the camp and came back with an incredible amount of knowledge. I was pleased to hear the students mention the need to close the gender gap that currently exists in Mathematics in the world. I encourage more students to take interest in Mathematics, a subject that helps us achieve the power of reasoning, creativity, spatial thinking, critical thinking and problem-solving ability, among other things. Please join me as I congratulate Vera and Matlala.


Humanities Department Visit

On Tuesday our Humanities Department was visited by David and Nolwenn Madden. They are the co-founders of the International History Bee and Bowl, (IHBB) of which David is the Executive Director. This is an organization that runs history quiz tournaments for students in 30 countries around the world.

David and Nolwenn had a brief visit to eSwatini and decided to include a visit to Waterford to engage with our History students. Last week they were in our sister college, UWC Dilijan in Armenia, where History students enjoyed engaging with some practice questions. This was a great opportunity for our History students, and as a school we are always keen to engage our students in ways that make them enjoy learning about the past.  Thank you to Mrs. Muyambo and the Humanities Department for organizing the visit.


IBDP Visual Arts Exam Exhibition

The IBDP Visual Arts students are currently busy preparing for their final exam exhibition on 6th October 2019. Curatorial practice is a course requirement and the exam exhibition will showcase works by Izma Anwar, Ruby Bailey, Iyara Cook, Elie Kayobe Monyombe, Sakhokuhle Littler, Ruby Mulgan, Hang Nguyen, Kirsten Taylor.

Date: 6th October 2019

Venue: Sheila and Richard Attenborough Fine Arts Centre

Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm


From the Music Department

Concert on Friday 11th October at 7pm

On 11th October the Music Department will hold a major concert which will celebrate learning from the year. There will be music from our ensembles - Choir, Jazz Band, Orchestral Ensemble, Mbira dze Mugomo, and the Marimba groups. There will also be performances from Form 1, 2 and 3 curriculum classes showcasing ensemble performance work from the year. It will be a lovely event. Please help us to keep the evening free for participants, and please make a note in your diary.


Instrumental Lessons

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 other arrangements with their teachers if they wish to continue.

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 students would not be expected to have a lesson during an exam week, and there is a little flexibility around third term trips arranged by the school. Lessons have already begun. 

We have some spaces available for students to begin instrumental and voice lessons this term. In particular we have opportunities for girls to have vocal lessons with Dahyun Suk, our fabulous soprano and alto specialist. We also have some spaces for violin and drum-kit lessons. If you are interested and would like your son or daughter to learn, please let Mr. Bradshaw know by email as soon as possible and we'll make it happen. (mark.bradshaw@waterford.sz)


ABRSM exams

ABRSM exams are on the 24th October. Please encourage your children to practise. Mr. Eze and Mr. Bradshaw will mentor students through the preparations and help to get them ready, alongside the instrumental staff.


Parent’s Evening and Meetings:

On Thursday 17th October, there will be a Parent’s Evening. The Phase Coordinators will send out invitations to parents and guardians who teachers wish to meet to discuss the progress of a student. If you do not receive an invitation and would nevertheless still like to meet with teachers, please contact the Phase Coordinator:

Forms 1 – 3: Mrs. van Rensburg:  kirstie.vanrensburg@waterford.sz

Forms 4 – 5: Mr. Muyambo:   igcse@waterford.sz

IBDP:  Ms. Cummergen:  elizabeth.cummergen@waterford.sz

There will also be important meetings for Form 2, Form 3 and Form 4 parents and guardians on 17th October:

16: 30:  Nyatsela Meeting for Form 2 Parents and Guardians in the Michael Stern Assembly Hall

17. 30:  Meeting for Form 4 parents and guardians in the Lecture Lab to discuss planning for their children’s education after IGCSE.

17.30:  Meeting for Form 3 parents, guardians and students in the Michael Stern Assembly Hall to discuss subject options for Form 4




This is a reminder to all parents and/or guardians to please ensure that all outstanding and current school fees are settled by the 30th of September 2019. Arrears could result in your child being excluded from class after the 30th of September 2019, and thus excluded from writing the final exams or from receiving reports or accessing codes for international exam results. I would appreciate your cooperation and promptness in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns please email the bursar at: bursar@waterford.sz  or call +268 24221 807. You can also contact Tricia Fraser at:  pfraser@waterford.sz  or call +268 24221 639.


University Visits

Next week Wednesday we will be visited by Macalester & Richmond universities. Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will be visiting on Friday. All presentations take place at Emhlabeni residence; starting at 06:30 pm. Parents are welcome to attend.


Sporting Activities

Basketball: Today our under 14 and 16 boys and girls teams are travelling to a Tournament in Mafikeng in South Africa. They will be back on Monday.

Chess: Our Chess team is participating in a tournament at Enjabulweni in Manzini, eSwatini, tomorrow.

Volleyball: Tomorrow our under 16 boys and girls teams are travelling to Sisekelo in Big Ben, eSwatini, for a tournament.

Hockey: Our under 14 and 16 boys and girls teams are participating in a tournament at Sisekelo in Big Bend, eSwatini, tomorrow.

Athletics: Next week Friday we will welcome on campus AISJ and AISM who will be coming for an internal athletics competition on Waterford campus on Saturday 5 October. Support will be welcome!


We wish our teams the best of luck.


Reminder of important dates

        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 send an email to principal@waterford.sz. If the question is of broad interest, it will be published (with the permission of the writer and without the name) 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

Joanne de Koning (Deputy Principal: Academic)

On behalf of the Principal

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