Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 36/2019

22 November, 2019

10 Years of Impacting Lives and Communities!

This morning I participated in a networking breakfast and panel discussion on “The Social Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Building an Educated Century African Workforce” which was hosted by Business Eswatini, working in collaboration with ourselves, and the Higherlife Foundation. The purpose of the event was to highlight the opportunities that exist for the private sector in this space, through CSR, for the creation of job opportunities for young Africans. It was an insightful discussion and it was wonderful to see the extent to which the local private sector eSwatini is willing to collaborate with the education sector in the empowerment of young people in this part of the world. The event was preceded by a celebration of the 10th anniversary of our partnership with the Higherlife Foundation that took place on campus last night. The event was attended by the school governors, staff, students, our partners from the Higherlife Foundation, and members of the business community.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of a significant partnership between Waterford Kamhlaba and the Higherlife Foundation. For a decade the College and the Foundation have supported each other in providing 116 highly gifted students from inadequately resourced backgrounds the opportunity to obtain an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD), and access to a fully paid for United States BA Degree. Waterford Kamhlaba has provided the educational foundation while Higher Life Foundation nurtures the individual student by fostering positive values based on their faith-based mission. This partnership has made a significant impact in the lives of these young Africans who now contribute positively to the development of Africa. Through this partnership, Waterford continues to fulfill our mission of laying the foundation for our students to become responsible citizens who have the skills, knowledge and sense of purpose to provide leadership in Africa and the world. As a school it is our goal to ensure that academically gifted young people get the opportunity to pursue their education at WK, regardless of their economic background and our partnership with the Higherlife Foundation has gone a long way in helping us meet this goal.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Higherlife Foundation for partnering with the school in this commitment to educate Africa’s youth. 

IB2 Graduation

Our IB2 graduation ceremony takes place at Esibayeni Lodge tomorrow, starting at 17h30. 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. I congratulate our IB Class of 2019 for such a huge milestone. I also thank the entire school community: students, parents, alumni, governors, donors and friends of Waterford for their continued support that has contributed to the successful journey by our graduating class. Please have a look at the school’s graduation policy.

 Appreciation Note

I would like to share the message below which we received from a parent this week. It is always gratifying to receive such messages:

“I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for having my child at Waterford Kamhlaba from Form 1 to Form 5.  I would like to express my appreciation for the young gentleman he has become and his progression throughout the years at Waterford.  Your generosity and input into his day to day life whilst he was at the school has surely contributed to the character that he is today.  As he takes the next step of his life I am sure he will also look back at the formative years he spent at Waterford with a lot of gratitude and appreciation. I do not have the emails of all those that have played a significant part in his life and would appreciate if you would extend my email to them.  They include but not limited to the following: his various class teachers (Form 1 to Form 5), Heads of the hostels (Form 1 to Form 5), various tutors (Form 1 to Form 5), his Coaches and various staff members at Waterford in their different portfolios.”

Community Service News

Christmas Boxes:

Last week the Form 4s made Christmas boxes during their CAS day. This is the second year that we have partnered on this project to make Christmas gifts for children in rural areas. This year they will be given out in 5 different areas to approximately 500 children. Each student made their own box, filling it with toiletries, stationery, sweets, biscuits and clothing. After filling them they each decorated their box marked, it with the child’s name and wrote a happy Christmas wish for the child. Each box was therefore personalised and beautifully decorated.

The Form 4s worked with enthusiasm and commitment and their boxes were beautiful by the end of the afternoon. Some tutor groups also created boxes and so we were able to donate 96 boxes to this initiative.

24 Hour Run:

The 24 Hour Run was held last term and since then we have been collecting the donations and pledges and we finally have the total figure. To date the amount raised is E118 394.90. This is a significant amount that will go a long way to helping our various Community service projects.  We are thankful to all who participated and contributed to the success of the 24 Hour Run. 

Youth Centre at Hawane:

This weekend our IB2s and their parents will join in the final Community Service project of their time at Waterford, and we will be painting the newly created Youth Centre at Hawane. This is a project that was started earlier in the year led by RISE, a group of girls in IB2, Alicia Barker- Astrom (Sweden), Leah Gaspari (Mozambique) and Gloriana Ye (Taiwan). They won a GoMakeaDifference award of $US 1000 in March 2019, for this project and they also raised E55 000 on their own, to renovate an old and dilapidated building turning it into a youth and community centre. These students have done a sterling job with help from the maintenance department at Waterford. The centre is almost finished, and the painting this weekend will be the final chapter for this team. We will continue the project in 2020 and going forward and will continue working with this community.

From the Music Department

Instrumental and Voice Lessons 2020

We are looking forward to developing our programme next year. Here is the information you need to enroll your child in the 2020 programme. All students will need to show that their fee-paying adult or organization gives permission for lessons to commence. Please see below. Students can learn an instrument (or voice) with a specialist teacher.

  • Lessons are 1:1 and last 40 minutes.
  • Before lessons can be taken, students must provide proof of permission from their parents, guardians or sponsors. This can be done in two ways:

a) by email to the Head of Department (mark.bradshaw@waterford.sz) or

b) by written confirmation given / sent to Reception

This correspondence must include:

Student Name

Parent / Guardian Name

Instrument to be learnt

A simple statement giving permission

  • In 2020, each 40 minute lesson will cost E136.00
  • Lessons generally and wherever possible begin in week two of term one.
  • Students commit to a term’s lessons with a teacher.
  • Lessons are charged to the student account and will appear on them.
  • Students will be invoiced for ten lessons for term 1.

Students will be invoiced for ten lessons for term 2.

F1, F2, F3, F4 and IB1 students will be invoiced for eight lessons in term 3.

  • Students wishing to fund lessons through their bursary and/or scholarship must first speak to the Bursar or their sponsorship representative.

 Instruments Available

Students can learn the following -

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Brass including trumpet, cornet, euphonium, horn, trombone
  • Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Violin
  • Drum kit

NB: Some instruments are less available than others.

  • There is an expectation that students will practise regularly and with focus in order to make progress in their learning. The department provides opportunities for practice.

Timetable Swap Next Week

I would like to remind everyone that next week Wednesday we will follow a Thursday timetable. On Thursday we will follow the Wednesday timetable and have a closing assembly at 12h00.

End of Term 3 Travel Links

The travel links to book school transport to and from Johannesburg, Maputo, Lesotho and King Mswati III International Airport at the end of term 3, 2019 and start of term 1, 2020 are now open. To book school transport, please click the relevant link and fill the Google form. Please note that the links below have been posted on notice boards in residences and are on the school website and on the intranet. The travel links will close on Monday 25th November 2019 at 18h00.

Transport To and From Johannesburg

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 29th November 2019 at 6:00 am and 6:30 am respectively

·         Arrives at OR Tambo at 12:30 pm and 13:30 pm respectively

·         Returns from the OR Tambo Bus Terminal on Sunday 19th January 2020 at 2pm.

Transport To and From Maputo

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 29th November  2019 at 7:00am

·         Arrives in central Maputo at mid-afternoon (traffic dependent)

·         Returns on Sunday 19th January 2020, departing MIS at 12 noon

Transport To and From Maseru

·         Departs Waterford on Friday 29th November at 6:00 am

·         Returns from Maseru on Sunday 19th January 2020 at 7:00 am

·         School transport only provided at the end and beginning of terms

Transport To and From King Mswati III International Airport

·         The early morning shuttle departs Waterford at 4:30 am.

·         School transport will leave from the Main Gate at least 45min – 1hr before the shuttle departs from Mbabane

·         The Airport shuttle departs Mbabane at 5:00 am, 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2pm

·         On return the shuttle will drop college students directly at Mbabane and they will be picked up by school transport to Waterford.

·         The shuttle charges E70 from Waterford to King Mswati III International Airport per person.

Please have a look at the 2020 calendar with opening and closing dates. 


This is a reminder to parents that our financial books closed at the end of October and, unfortunately, those 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, graduating 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.

Sporting Activities

Basketball: This morning our under 18 boys and girls basketball teams left for a tournament at AISM. They will be back on Sunday.

 Reminder of important dates

        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.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,

Stephen Lowry


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