Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 34/2019

8 November, 2019

Happy 90th Birthday Martin Kenyon! 

It gives me great pleasure to wish Mr. Martin Kenyon, who is a founding member of the Waterford School Trust (WST) in London, a happy 90th birthday!  Mr. Kenyon served on the board, which was established in 1962, until 2016. I congratulate him on turning 90, which is a great milestone in his most interesting life. Please join me as I thank him on behalf of generations of Waterford staff and above all students and graduates. We salute Mr. Kenyon and the role he has played in support of Waterford Kamhlaba. He has given an invaluable service to the school in his 50 years as a member of the Waterford School Trust; his work over the years in raising funds for numerous scholarships, has made an education possible for so many deserving students. His is an incredible legacy of service to humanity. 


BraveGirl Camp

I thought I should share some BraveGirl news which has been edited from a report by an alumna from our sister college, UWC SEA. It is heartwarming to know that this WK student-led initiative continues to have a significant impact in the lives of young women across eSwatini and beyond. One of the participants said she felt challenged by the experience and that her perspective, not just on how she saw herself but also on how she understood the world, has been altered. This is what she said about BraveGirl camp:

“It showed me things that were happening around me that I didn’t see, or didn’t want to see, or admit were there before. It also let me see myself in a different light. I never thought of myself as someone who can actually do something useful in the world, but BraveGirl basically gave me a pair of really cool sunglasses, which let me see the world in such good colours.”

We are proud of our alumni and current students whose initiative is impacting young women and the community around us in a positive way. That is the essence of our education: to empower our students to take the lead in changing the world!


Congratulations AWARE

One of Waterford Community Service projects, AWARE (Animal Welfare and Rabies Education), with the help of Mr. Pontuti, was instrumental in helping the Swaziland Animal Welfare Society (SAWS) with which we partner for our community animal wellness outreach programmes, win the Global Alliance for Rabies Control award of $1200! This money will help enormously to keep the good work SAWS going. Rabies is a truly terrible disease for which there is no cure. It can only be prevented and so education really is the only way to combat it. Everyone in AWARE this year (students and teachers) has completed the International Rabies Control Educator’s course, and are now certified and accredited Rabies Prevention Educators. This is obviously a great accomplishment, and I would like to ask you to join me as I congratulate our students and teachers involved on a job well done! 


It is Graduation Time! 

It is almost that time of the year when our graduating classes – Form 5 and IB2 – celebrate their achievements in the form of a graduation ceremony. Of course, there is still a long road of education ahead for our students who are completing exams and who will then still go on to university but their graduation from Waterford Kamhlaba is an integral part of their journey. It is a large part of their formative years and most of their time here at Waterford will very likely affect their career development. I congratulate these students who are positive role models for other young people across the globe. Graduation is a huge achievement worthy of a celebration and, as I congratulate our students for reaching this milestone, I would like to thank parents, students, staff, governors, alumni, donors and friends of Waterford for the part they have played in making this all possible. We are looking forward to successful graduation ceremonies, starting with the Form 5 graduation next week. 


Form 5 Graduation

This event will take place next Friday, November 15th, in the Michael Stern Hall on campus beginning at 15h00. A separate letter has already been sent to Form 5 parents. I would like to remind parents that if you require more than your 2 allotted seats, your child must negotiate this with friends whose parents will not attend. Please make sure to do so, to avoid disappointment on the day. Space is limited and so it is important that you make the necessary arrangements instead of just arriving and hoping for the best.


IB2 Graduation

The school’s IBDP Class of 2019 graduation ceremony will follow in two weeks. It is scheduled for Saturday 23rd November 2019, starting at 17h30 at Esibayeni Lodge. Esibayeni Lodge is located near the Matsapha Airport, off the main Mbabane highway (MR3). 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. Information about the event has already been sent to parents of graduating students. 



Our financial books closed at the end of October, and unfortunately, we must notify parents that students who are owing may not return next year and must start looking for alternative schools. In addition, no reports will be issued to those with outstanding balances.

Furthermore, Form 5 and IB2 students with outstanding fees will not be permitted to attend Graduation and will not receive access codes for results or be given any assistance with their university applications. It may seem that we are very hard to set these kinds of parameters but the truth is that we cannot function without the school fees which are relied on for so much, including staff salaries. Please make sure that you have met your agreed obligations and settled all outstanding accounts with us.


From the Parent-Staff Association (PSA)

Golf Day Thank you 

We had a very successful Golf Day on Sunday 27th October and raised just under E160 000. Well done on all the hard work put in by the team. This day would not have been so successful without the generosity of our sponsors. We wish to acknowledge them below:

AD Enterprises, Adrian de Koning, Advancement Office, AON, Black Mamba, Build It, Building Design, Bush Fire, Capitol Caterers, City Office Machines, Dombeya, Elite Foods, Eswatini Mobile, Eswatini National Housing Board, Eswatini National Provident Fund, Eswatini Revenue Authority, Eye Clinic, Farm Chemicals, First National Bank, Gomes Construction, Guard Alert, Hellen Moyo, Hilton Hotel, Imbali Gin, Inyatsi, Jenny Telecom, Jewellery Studio, Linkmed Pharmacy, Lizz Mhangami WK, Luxy Gardens, Macmillan, Mbuluzi Game Reserve, MICA, Montigny, Mountain Inn, Movie Zone, MVA, Nedbank, Ngwenya Glass, Parmalat, Pick N Pay Mbabane, Printpak, Royal Swazi, Royal Villas, Sanlam, Seeff, SGL Technologies, Standard Bank, Star Paint, Stefanutti Stocks, Stephanie Matthews, Stonewood, Swazi Meat Wholesalers, Swazi Pharm, The Clinic Group, The Times of Swaziland, Tibiyo Insurance, Tsandza Weaving, Umbuluzi Farm Chickens, White Orchid, Wine Boutique, Woodmasters and YD Distributors. Thank you! 


PSA Final Appeal for the Form 5/IB2 Outfits

The Form 5 graduation is next week Friday and the IB2 graduation is on the 23rd November. We are looking for donations for outfits for these occasions as well as make up or jewelry. If you have any of these to donate, please contact the school. Many thanks for your help in giving someone a very special evening. 


Link Family Thank You Evening – Monday 11th November


On Monday at 6.30pm in the CCLD we will get together with Link Families to thank them for the invaluable support they provide to our students. If you have hosted Waterford students on a regular basis, please do feel welcome at this event. 

If you are interested in hosting students and becoming part of the Link Family Programme, this would be a great opportunity to connect with the families currently involved and find out more about how it works. 

The basis on which the programme has been founded is as follows:

An aim of the United World Colleges, of which Waterford Kamhlaba is a member, is to promote international understanding and peace through education. Young people from all over the world come to live together at Waterford and share experiences, within and beyond the classroom, which broaden their horizons and cultivate tolerance and acceptance of people from a diverse range of cultures.


Waterford Kamhlaba's Link Family Programme aims to promote the UWC ideals by supporting foreign students during their stay in Eswatini. Some students are unable to go home during the holidays whilst for others an occasional weekend break is a way of learning more about Eswatini and a change from the school routine. The programme aims to develop mutually rewarding relationships between people living locally and our students.


Please email Mary Tinney on mary.tinney@waterford.sz if you would like to attend this event so that we can cater accordingly.


If you are unable to attend the event but are interested in joining the Link Family Programme, or if you feel able to make a smaller commitment (for instance two mid-term breaks per year, Easter break or even just the odd Sunday lunch!) please contact Lyla Berman (lyla.berman@waterford.sz).

Thank you for your ongoing support of our students.


Reminder of important dates

      Friday 15th November – Form 5 Graduation

      Thursday 21st November – Higher Life Foundation-WK 10th Anniversary event 

      Saturday 23rd November – IB2 Graduation 

      Friday 29th November – School closes: WK bus departs for Johannesburg at 06:15


Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to send an email to principal@waterford.szIf 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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