Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 32/2019

25 October, 2019

In the next few weeks both Dr. Mills (Chairperson of the Governing Council) and Mr. Lowry are travelling, first, to the opening of the 18th college in the movement UWC East Africa in Tanzania, and then onto the UK to various governance meetings at Atlantic College in Wales. Please join me in wishing them well as they travel to these important meetings on our behalf.



This Sunday Waterford’s Parent-Staff Association (PSA) is holding the 2019 PSA Annual Golf Day at Nkonyeni Golf Estate, Eswatini. The Annual Golf Day is the primary fundraiser of the PSA, and has been held for more than 10 years now. Over the years, the funds raised through the Golf Day have been allocated to various projects in and around the school, to improve the academic, residential and cross-cultural experiences of Waterford students. We are grateful to the PSA for their continuous support to the school. Among other things, the PSA also supports initiatives on student welfare, provides supplies for the student help fund, including monetary support to teacher and student projects and enhances communication between the college and parents, all with the aim of boosting the learning experience at Waterford. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PSA for their efforts in improving the school. Please join me as I also thank the business community, individual golfers, alumni, parents and staff who have made it possible for the Golf Day to be held again this year. Thank you very much!


Thank you!

Two weeks ago we made a request to our alumni community to participate in the historic Harvard UWC Impact Study  which seeks to show the impact of a UWC education on the skills and attitudes of its graduates. The Harvard research team has sent the UWC international office the updated alumni participation numbers and it gives me great pleasure to say that during the final weeks we managed to increase our alum participation rate. The collective participation of alumni across the UCW movement means that, the project team for this study has possibly one of the largest data samples, and most comprehensive questionnaires ever collected on the educational experience of high school alums from one international educational institution! A big thank you to our alumni for taking their time to participate in the survey.


End of Year Examinations

Last week marked the end of classes for our IB2 students.  I congratulate them on their journey thus far. They are now on study leave and will begin their final examinations on Monday November 4th. Final examinations have already started for our F5 students as well as F4 and IB1 students who are finishing their exams next week Friday. All other students are kindly reminded that the school is now in “exam mode” and we appeal to the rest of the school to be considerate to those who have to write exams. Our graduating students have worked very hard for these exams and we wish them all the very best of luck. We thank the teachers for all their hard work and commitment in preparing the students for these examinations.


Form 5 Graduation

The Form 5 graduation will take place at 15h00 on Friday November 15th in the Michael Stern Hall on campus. There is a separate letter that will be sent to Form 5 parents. Please note that should you require more than your 2 allotted seats, your child must negotiate this with friends whose parents are not able to attend. This information must be given to Mrs Stewart. Please make sure to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment on the day.


IB2 Graduation

The school’s IBDP Class of 2019 graduation ceremony is scheduled for Saturday 23rd November 2019, starting at 17h30 at Esibayeni Lodge. Esibayeni Lodge is located near the Matsapha International Airport, off the main Mbabane highway. This year’s graduating class is a cohort of 117 students, representing 42 nationalities. The event will include presentation of certificates, speeches and a variety of musical and dance performances. The ceremony will be followed by dinner served around 19h30 and entertainment by students. Further information about the graduation events will be provided in the coming weeks.


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) 

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