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Please note that all accounts need to be settled by the end of the term and that the school is implementing strictly the provisions of our debtors policy to ensure we collect all outstanding fees. I know there has been some unhappiness amongst some parents when they were informed that their child would not be able to attend the graduation events (form 5s and IB2s) due to outstanding fees. This is very unpleasant for all concerned so parents are urged to settle their accounts and to discuss the matter with Ms Fraser.
PSA Organizes Successful Golf Day
The Parent Staff Association (PSA) held a successful golf day event at Nkonyeni Golf Estate last Sunday. The event, sponsored by Capitol Caterers and other generous donors, was an amazing experience for golfers who enthusiastically moved from hole to hole. The beautiful golf estate, overlooking the Ngwempisi River, provided a great opportunity to mingle and network. The funds raised at the golf day would be used to improve the experience of the WK community, in particular its students. Thanks to all our sponsors and to the team under the leadership of Wendy Green Thompson who organized the event. He mentioned that Waterford continues to make an impact in the Swazi society.
Girl Rising 2016
Last week from the 2nd to 4th of November, Waterford Kamhlaba hosted our first Girl Rising event; a student organized initiative targeted at spreading awareness of the disparities in treatment of men and women in the context of the patriarchal society many of us grew up in. The event comprised of a series of workshops spanning the academic day on Wednesday - of which students chose three to participate in - and a silent auction of art pieces donated by members of our community to raise money for charitable causes.
After a captivating assembly on Wednesday morning with our guest speaker Ruth Everson, who shared with us her wonderful poetry and incited students to stand up for women’s rights by sharing her moving story, students spent the day participating in various workshops aimed at opening their minds to the inequities we see every day in the world we live in. Workshops covered a variety of different topics and mediums, including; documentaries (featuring a moving documentary of gender inequality in Swaziland ‘Tibi Tendlu’), a tutorial on healthy cooking, information on female genital mutilation, exploring through improvisation, Q&A sessions concerning health, pampering our tireless maintenance staff with manicures and pedicures, and a plethora of other exciting workshops. Minky Masote was present and shared her story in an impactful workshop entitled ‘something inside so strong…’ as well as several representatives from ‘Kwakha Invodza’ (a non-governmental organization targeting men in Swazi society and their perceptions of women) whose workshops were attended by most of the student body. Feedback from students after these workshops was truly inspiring as they shared their realization of the inequalities they have become so used to seeing.
The silent auction on Thursday evening was well attended by students, parents and friends of the school who witnessed the talented works of students in the school. Over 90 pieces of art were donated by students, and most were sold to accrue almost E5000 from the auction. The money has been donated towards the education of the children of our valued maintenance staff. The movie ‘Girl Rising’ was screened in the Assembly Hall after the auction following a moving address by the United States Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson, who highlighted the work that still need to done in creating a free and equal society in Swaziland.
Girl Rising was a resounding success thanks to the efforts of a dedicated organizing team, and we hope it will have an even greater impact in the coming years!
Swaziland Premiere for “A UNITED KINGDOM”
Waterford in partnership with Videovision Entertainment and Movie Zone, invites its stakeholders including current staff and students, alumni, former staff, parents, donors and the general public to an evening of entertainment featuring the film - “A United Kingdom” - to be premiered at the Movie Zone on Friday, 02 December 2016, starting at 1900hrs. Tickets for the event are available at Waterford Kamhlaba’s Communications office for E150. 00. Funds raised through the sale of tickets will be put into the College Scholarship Fund. Contact details for the office are - Tel: +268 24221215, Cell: +268 7819 1342 and email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The film, “A United Kingdom”, is based on a true story of the sweeping interracial love between the first president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama and the British woman he loved, Ruth Williams; a love that shook the British establishment. The Swazi premier of “A United Kingdom” is an effort of Anil Naidoo, a former student (1977 – 1983), who contacted Videovision Entertainment to obtain the film as a fundraiser for WK UWCSA. For more information, go to
Soccer and Netball Staff Tournament at Enjabulweni Independent School
On Saturday 5 November, Waterford staff travelled down to Enjabulweni in Manzini to compete against other schools in the country. The teams consisted of administrative, maintenance, housekeeping, academic and catering staff. The tournament was designed to promote more interaction between the schools and have fun.
The WK UWCSA netball team competed against Sisekelo and Enjabulweni. Enjabulweni won the cup. Despite not winning, our staff was in high spirits as the games were filled with camaraderie and laughter.
More information on the tournament can be found at: https://www.waterford.sz/news/newsfeed/post.php?s=2016-11-10-soccer-and-netball-staff-tournament
The IB Graduation program is now on the website.
Policy for Graduation Events
I encourage our students, staff and parents to familiarize themselves with our Graduation Events Policy which is available at the link below:
Sports and Activities
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
WK will host friendly games of netball, soccer and basketball involving schools from around Mbabane. The games will begin at 9:00am. Friday, November 18th, 2016
Next week Friday, WK swimmers will depart at 1:00pm for Mozambique to participate in a swimming gala. They will return on Sunday evening.
Reminder: Important dates
11 November: Form 5 Graduation
19 November: IB2 Graduation
24 November: Final Academic Day. School closes at 1pm
25 November: Buses depart from residences
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