Newsletter 25/2017

Happy Holidays

At the final assembly yesterday I congratulated all on a very busy and successful second term. As a community we also noted the success of the 24 hour run and our fund-raising to cover the costs associated with our 50 Community Service projects that are such an integral part of our UWC identity here in Swaziland (reported in more detail elsewhere).

I also encouraged our IB2 and form 5 students to study for the examinations at the start of term 3, with the proviso that they have at least a full week’s rest at the start of the holiday. They have been working very hard this past term, especially the IB2s as they have had so much work in the form of internal assessments and other requirements to meet for the diploma over the past few weeks. They simply cannot carry on without a proper break. My recommendation is that they have a full week of doing no school work at all, allowing their minds and bodies to recharge, before they start up again. I also don’t think they should be doing more than about five or six hours studying a day, taking some time for relaxing, reading, exercise and sleeping. It would be ideal for them to get eight or nine hours sleep a day, although I would be very happy with longer.

I wish all a lovely and restful break and look forward to you coming back fired up and inspired for the final stretch of the year.

Final Assembly

Our final assembly held yesterday was an incredible event, showcasing some of our talent and the good work we do with the wider community. As part of an IB2 community service, the students together with Mr Wilkinson and alum Velemseni Ndzimandze spent the term visiting local schools, teaching them and practicing two songs. These primary schools, namely, SOS, Mpolonjeni, Sifundzani, John Wesley and St Francis came together in yesterday’s assembly and sang beautifully for us. Well done to them, Mr Wilkinson and Velemseni.

Another of our alums, Aaron Kopp addressed the students and staff in assembly. Aaron was accompanied by his wife. He is a movie maker and he gave us a little background on his new movie called ‘Liyana’ which was filmed in Swaziland.

Farewell to Ms Bairavi Subramoney

In yesterday’s assembly, we also bade farewell to Ms Subramoney from the English department. Ms Subramoney is relocating to Germany. We thank her for the work she has done with the students in the English department and wish her well in the future.


At assembly yesterday Mrs Doyle thanked the volunteers who do a lot of administrative support work over the first two terms of the year. She made the point that anyone is willing to help if they are asked civilly using words such as please and thank-you. I often appeal to our students to remember such words in their daily interactions with those around them and especially with the staff. In my email to staff at the end of the term I included the following:

“So as we end this term I would like to thank-you for your dedication, hard work and commitment to the students in our care. It certainly is a profession with its ups and downs (no doubt like any other), although I do think that working with young people is a particular privilege. I suppose it is the sense of hope that most students seem to exude that I find the most inspiring. This last term has seen any number of examples of students tackling all sorts of projects and issues with a can-do attitude, an attitude that says they will solve the problems of the world. Often they approach things with a naiveté and lackadaisical organisation, which in itself is sometimes refreshing and even humorous, although frustrating at times. I sometimes wish my life as an adult could be so simple as many of theirs seem to be. And of course that is not to forget the difficulties that many of our students overcome on a daily basis in their lives here. Again, thank-you to all of you that do take an active interest in their day-to-day issues and try and respond as caringly as you can. Our profession is not for the faint-hearted. Thank you all.”

It would be lovely if our students (and parents) would remember to thank teachers (or anyone) at the end of a lesson or a bus trip or any other event they participate in. It is so simple and helps build an attitude of gratitude which is a great culture to try around us.

I Thought I Should Share

Last week I got the following message from one of the panelists of the Keynote Africa Panel Forum for 2017 UWC Africa Week. I thought I should share it with you. It reads:


I write to touch base with you after our meeting at Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA recently during the Africa Week, where I moderated the African Feminism session.

I spent a very productive week at the school and among the many things I did was go to the dining hall for lunch with the students where I got to see how they behave; listened to their conversations, attended the various sessions I could and just enjoyed the week. It was great, soothing and an eye opener.

Among the many things that I noted is that your students are much disciplined, respectful to guests and easily start conversations. That was very impressive - please keep up the good work you are doing”.

What lovely thoughts about our students.

A Report from Simon Ramsay (Relief Teacher)

Simon Ramsay, a member of staff at Red Cross Nordic UWC spent the whole of June at Waterford while Mrs. van Rensburg was away. Part of the report that he wrote about Waterford when he got back home reads:

“From the staff to the students, the leadership to the maintenance staff, there is a wealth of experience to learn from and it was a pleasure to explore such a remarkable school in such a unique setting. I feel we would all gain a lot from understanding more about our sister schools and colleges, and that is most definitely true of Waterford!”

To read Simon’s entire report, go to:

Principal’s Report Term 2 2017

My report for Term 2 has been uploaded onto the schools website. To access the report, please click on this link:

2018 Fee Schedule

The 2018 fee schedule is now available on our website at:

Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenge

The 2016/2017 Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenge year has come to an end. A big thank you to parents who have responded to the Davis-UWC Impact Challenge over the past two years. ZAR 430,000 was donated by current and past parents, in the past year.

We are now confident that we will have secured the USD 750,000 matching funds. Final confirmation will be received by the college from the UWC International Office at the end of September or beginning of October. The support that we have received will ensure that we give more students the opportunity to receive a quality international education, as well as improve the school in various ways including Waterford’s life-changing community service programme.

Parents who have not made a donation but would still like to support Waterford: you are always welcome to do so! Make sure you clearly state your name when you make the donation so we are able to trace it and send you a personal thank you message. Those that have donated but have not heard from us, please check what your payment instruction was as we just might not know who it is from. For donations, please click through the link:

Other Great News:

During the Davis campaign, support has come in to build a cover over the amphitheater. In our next newsletter we will provide you with more detail. Construction will start over the holidays.

24 Hour Run News

We have been busy for the last few weeks collecting the money sponsored for the laps that were run or walked at the 24 Hour Run. The 24 Hour Run was a chance for our entire community, current and past, to get involved in a day of fun that also gave us the opportunity to raise money for Community Service. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by our community. In total, thus far, we have raised E164 762.59. This is an incredible amount of money and the most successful fund raising initiative we have ever had. Thank you so much to all of you who contributed time and efforts to such a wonderful initiative. This money will all be used for the many community service initiatives that we have both on and off campus. We would also like to thank the students, parents and alumni for the prompt response to our request to get the money in before the 31st July in order for the donations to be matched under the Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenged. This has really helped and we are delighted with the result. Money is still coming in and we are happy to receive this during the holidays and next term.

We congratulate the many excellent performances at the 24 hour run and the following people are the individual prize winners:

Most laps female student - Ronja IB1

Most laps male student- Philip IB1

Parent with the most laps- Mr. Makufa

Alumni with most laps- Michael Lowry

Team with most money collected- Run for Hours Run

Team with most laps as well as most creative lap- Feetless Runday

Outside commitment and enthusiasm to the WK 24 Hour Run- Mr. Pillay

We would also like to remind parents to collect their cake containers from the Comserve room. These are left over from the 24 Hour run.

Alumni Newsletter

The school’s July alumni newsletter is out. Please have a look by clicking on the link below:

PSA Updates

New Committee

The PSA elected a new committee whose members are:

Chairperson Yael Uzan-Tidar (

Vice Chairperson Bridget Farrell

Secretary Wendy Green-Thompson

Treasurer Debbie Gomes

The PSA would like to thank Celiwe Dlamini for her great service as our Vice Chairperson. We also would like to thank Galit Torgeman, Jan and Jenny Van Ryswyck and Laurence Hendrickx for serving us on the PSA for so many years.

PSA Golf Day

Please be informed that the PSA Golf day is on the 29th of October 2017 at Nkonyeni Golf estate. Players will get personal prizes and we need about 100 of those. We therefore appeal to parents for support in the form of gifts to be used as prizes for the day. Students can bring them back after the holidays. Local and regional players who would like to play can contact Wendy on

Parents who would like to help the PSA in this great event may contact Wendy or Yael.

Holiday Hosting

We would like to make the holidays fun for our boarders who will not be going home. We are looking for local parents who are around during August and are willing to help organize outings for the students in Swaziland. It may be a day at Mlilwane nature reserve, hiking, a fun afternoon somewhere or anything interesting that the students can do. Those who would like to help may contact Yael.

Hosting of Students

American International School of Mozambique (Fri 22 & Sat 23 September 2017) Waterford will be hosting an athletics meeting on campus for two visiting schools on Saturday the 23rd of September 2017. We are looking for local families who will be willing to host a student or two from American International School of Mozambique (AISM) on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of September 2017. If you are willing to host a student for these two nights, please will you let Paula Jacobs know via email -

University Destination List

If you would like to access the latest university destination list, click on the link below:

If you are going on holiday and are making travel arrangements, now you have the chance to do so while also donating to Waterford Kamhlaba, at no extra cost. You can do this by using through this link:;label=BookYourHotel This supports WK directly, with your booking fee being donated to WK. Please consider using the link.

Sporting Activities

Gymnastics: Two of our students took part in a tumbling competition in Johannesburg in July, as part of a qualifier for the South African National Championships to be held in October. The completion level was very high with many Gauteng clubs taking part. We are very proud of our two students who performed very well. Donatella in Form 2 competed in Level 5 and received a silver medal. Chantelle Houareau competed in Level 6 and also received a silver medal. Chantelle is very close to getting her level 7 which will make her the first Swazi gymnast in over 20 years to do so. Congratulations to both of these students on their outstanding performance and on raising the Swazi and Waterford flags.

Volleyball: This morning our volleyball teams left for Mafikeng in South Africa to participate in a volleyball tournament. They will be back on Monday the 7th of August 2017.

Start of Term 3

Term 3 will start on Tuesday the 5th of September and all students are expected to be at school. The IB2 and Form 5 mock examinations start on that day. Wednesday the 6th of September is Independence Day in Swaziland, and we will recognize it as a Public Holiday. The students were advised in assembly yesterday and I ask that you remind them, that on Tuesday September 5th, we will follow a Wednesday timetable. Therefore, the academic day will end at 13:00hrs and day students transport will depart at that time.

Reminder: Important dates

● 3rd September-Buses depart OR Tambo at 14:00

● 5th September- Classes begin (Wednesday timetable)

● 5th September- IB2 and Form 5 Mock exams begin

● 6th September-Public Holiday

● 29th October – PSA Golf Day

● 10th November – Form 5 Graduation

● 18th November – IB2 Graduation

Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at 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. My next newsletter will be sent out on September 8th.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry


Newsletter 24/2017


There has been some concern in Swaziland about the recent outbreak of influenza, with at least one school I know of, deciding to close for two days. With feedback and advice from Dr. Mills, the Chairman of our Board and Medical Officer of the Mbabane Clinic, and with very few cases we have decided not to close. His advice is as follows:

“The Flu season (epidemic) is in full swing and peaking at present in Southern Africa. The main culprit is Influenza A subtype H3N2 and H1N1 (both known as Swine Flu.) Three in ten patients who are symptomatic are testing positive for these viruses in Southern Africa. Influenza B (which is not swine flu) is also around. What does it mean? Not much compared with other Flu seasons. Influenza can be a deadly disease in those at risk (the very young, the elderly, the immunocompromised and those with respiratory disease). 16 000 people died in the US in 2016/2017 flu season. What to do? Get vaccinated: it is not too late to do so. People who are sick should stay at home and if in a high risk group they should see a doctor as soon as possible. For boarders who have flu like symptoms (fever and muscle pains) they should stay in their cubicles and be visited frequently and monitored by the nurse. If possible, they should eat in their rooms. Good cough etiquette is to cover your mouth with the crook of your arm and wash your hands regularly. Treatment is symptomatic with lots of fluids, and paracetamol / ibuprofen for fever, headaches and muscle pains. To avoid getting the flu, avoid people who are sick, wash your hands regularly and vaccinate.”

Please note that we have implemented the suggested response in our boarding houses, although as yet we have not had anyone displaying such symptoms.


At the Governing Council meeting last Saturday (22 July), the GC approved a fee increase of 8% for tuition and boarding fees for all fee categories. The budget is a fine balancing act between the needs of the College, including the need to retain and attract the best teachers we can, and the affordability of fees to a parent community hard-pressed by difficult economic times. Invariably, “no” has to be said to some of the projects the school would like to implement and “yes” to those that can wait no longer. It should be noted that, due to the support of generous donors and prudent financial management, we are able to avoid paying for the various upgrades, such as the current classroom block refurbishment, from the annual operational budget. The new fee schedule will be posted on the website as soon as possible in the next few days and certainly by the end of term (4th August).

24 Hour Run Monies

Thank you to all who sponsored laps during the 24 Hour Run. Below are banking details for sponsors who would like to use EFT to transfer their donations. Please note that if you donate by the 31st of July, your donation will be matched under the Davis-UWC Impact Challenge. Please be sure to reference the team or individual you are sponsoring as well as the 24 hour run. Read more about the Davis-UWC Impact Challenge:

Banking details:


Legal Name:

Waterford School Treasury Association

School address:

P O Box 52, Mbabane, Swaziland

Swaziland Banking Details:

Standard Bank

Mbabane Branch

Branch Code: 66 31 64

Account No: 9110000630325


Type of Account: cheque

Africa Week

The 2017 Africa Week ended on a high note, with a weekend of exciting activities, including the Music Concert and Keynote Africa Forum. Read more:


The TEDx team put together a great event last Sunday. I would like to thank the parents and alumni who participated during the event. Since the TEDx talks have certain guidelines for the license holders, we will only share the links once they have been uploaded onto the TEDx website.

Swaziland Careers Fair

The 10th edition of the Annual Careers Fair was a huge success in Manzini on Wednesday. It had a real festival feel to mark the milestone with lovely performances from the choir, marimba groups and gumboot dancers. Over 2 500 students from more than 35 high schools came along to meet with 80 employers and universities from Swaziland and South Africa. It was particularly encouraging to see how many locally based parents and alumni were able to support the event as exhibitors. Thank you to them and the IB2 CSI community service team who organized the event. Read more:

Form 5 Parents

Please note that the deposit is due and fees have to be up to date by this Monday 31st July in order to secure the place for your child in the IBDP next year. If your child is reapplying for a place then they should submit their letter of application to Mr. Storer by the end of this term. If your child was accepted but you do not plan to take up our offer, then please inform us. There is unprecedented pressure on places for next year.

College Visit

Next Monday we host the last college visitor of the term. St. Olaf will be in Emhlabeni at 6.30pm.

If you are going on holiday and are making travel arrangements, now you have the chance to do so while also donating to Waterford Kamhlaba, at no extra cost. You can do this by using through this link:;label=BookYourHotel

This supports WK directly, with your booking fee being donated to WK. Please consider using the link.

Sporting Activities

Rugby: This afternoon local schools are visiting Waterford for the Rugby Interschool which ends tomorrow.

Basketball: Our under 14 and 20 girls visit Sifundzani high school tomorrow for a tournament.

Volleyball: Our under 14 and 16 boys and girls will host local schools in a tournament tomorrow.

Reminder: Important dates

● 3rd August – Last day of classes for Term 2

● 4th August – Busses depart for OR Tambo

● 10th November – Form 5 Graduation

● 18th November – IB2 Graduation

Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at 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.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry


Newsletter 23/2017

24 Hour Run

A big thank you to all who participated in the 24 Hour Run. This year’s 24 Hour Run lived true to its expectations; it was a great event! As I promised last week, Mrs. Lowry and I ran for the parents’ team. It was good to see hundreds of people including students, teachers, alumni and parents doing laps around the field throughout the day and night, competing to get the most number of laps for their teams and raise money for community service. Read more:

UWC Africa Week

UWC Africa Week started on Wednesday the 19th of July and it runs until next Wednesday the 25th of July. This is a student-driven event aimed at igniting debate on perspectives about Africa. It is a platform from which participants can explore the plethora of cultures and examine the salient issues impacting Africa, Africans and the African Diaspora. Organized under the theme: Unscrambling Africa, this year’s event started on a high note during our Wednesday assembly. You can read more about the assembly here: Still as part of Africa Week, tomorrow there will be a Music Concert and a Keynote Africa Panel Forum starting at 14:00 and 16:00 respectively. Parents are invited to these activities. For more information, go to the UWC Africa Week website:

Visual Arts Exhibition 2017

Tonight sees the official opening of the art exhibition by Governing Council member and alum, Ms Thandile Nxumalo. The event tonight is by invitation only however the exhibition will run until the afternoon of Monday July 24th and parents are welcome to attend.

Dick and Enid Eyeington tournament

Tomorrow there will be the annual Dick and Enid Eyeington tournament which is a 7 a-side tournament. Registration for teams begins at 08:00 and kick-off time is 09:00. The tournament will be held on the school’s sports fields. There will be two pools (Group A and Group B) in this tournament. The first stage of the tournament is a league where each team plays within its group. The top 2 teams in each group advances to the knock-out stages. This tournament features teams from students, staff, alumni and the general public. The tournament is scheduled to finish by 16:00.


The TEDx organizing committee is pleased to invite you to the upcoming 2017 TEDxUWCSA event on Sunday, the 23rd of July. Seats are limited and entrance is by application on the following link:

The event will be held in the assembly hall, starting at 11:00. There will be a series of 8 live talks from our students and UWC alumni. In addition, there will be performances from Waterford’s circus and marimba clubs. Tea and coffee will be served during breaks. The event will end at 17:00. Read more about TEDxUWCSA:

10th Annual Swaziland Careers Fair

Next Wednesday the 26th of July 2017 we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Swaziland Careers Fair – an initiative organized annually by the IB2 CSI community service team. As I mentioned before, this event has gone from strength to strength and this year we move to the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre to accommodate the growing numbers of delegates and students from across the country. We look forward to seeing many Waterford students, alumni and parents there on the afternoon of Wednesday the 26th July 2017 (13:00 – 17:00). For more information, please contact the CSI team at

First Honey Harvest

We are proud of our students in IB2 who came up with a Comserve idea of Bee keeping on campus. After many months of working on this project, the students finally harvested their first honey at sunset yesterday, the 20th of July 2017. The honey is now in a comb and needs to be extracted and bottled. Read more:

Saturday, 22nd July is not a Transferrable Holiday

Since tomorrow is a public holiday, I would like to clarify that this holiday will not be moved to Monday the 24th of July. Swaziland’s Public Holidays Act allows for a public holiday to be transferrable only if it falls on a Sunday. Monday will therefore be a normal school day.

2018 Scholarship Applications

I would like to remind parents and guardians that application forms must be completed and returned to Ms. Fraser by or before the 11th of September 2017. Please remind your child to collect the form from Ms. Fraser before the end of the second term. No scholarship for 2018 will be granted unless the forms are returned. Current scholarship students must submit applications annually as we do not automatically carry the scholarship forward into the new year. Please also be aware that no scholarship will be awarded for 2018 unless all arrears and fees for 2017 have been settled. If you have any queries please contact Ms. Fraser on 24221639 or email

Fees Due

I wish to remind parents that fees must be settled as soon as possible. To ensure that we release your child’s report at the end of the term, kindly settle all outstanding fees for the second term by the 28th of July 2017. If you have any queries, please contact The Bursar (+268 2422 1807) or Tricia Fraser (+268 2422 1639).

Mock Exam Timetable

The 2017 mock examination timetable for Form 5 and IB2 students is out and has been uploaded on the school website:

Sporting Activities

Joyce Frankland School Visit: Next Tuesday the 25th of July Joyce Frankland school from the UK visits the school for sporting activities; including hockey with our under 16 boys and girls, as well as netball with our under 16 girls.

Basketball: Our under 14 boys and under 20 girls basketball teams participate in the interschool’s competition at Sifundzani next Saturday 29th July 2017.

Volleyball: Our under 14 and 16 boys and girls volleyball teams will host visiting local school next Saturday 29th July at Waterford.

Waterford Rugby Interschool: Next Friday Waterford hosts local schools for the Waterford Rugby Interschool.

Reminder: Important dates

● 22nd July – Dick Eyeington Soccer Tournament

● 23rd July - TEDeX

● 26th July - Swaziland Careers Fair

● 3rd August – Last day of classes for Term 2

● 4th August – Busses depart for OR Tambo

● 10th November – Form 5 Graduation

● 18th November – IB2 Graduation

Any Questions?

If you have any questions and feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at 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.

Kind Regards

Stephen Lowry


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