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Newsletter 29/2014                                                                      16th October  2014

End of Year Examinations

Final examinations have already started for our F5 students, with the IB2 students starting their final written examinations on the 30th of October and finish on the 21st of November.   F4 and IB1 students are starting their end of year exams next week.  All other students have been reminded that the school is now in “exam mode” and they have been asked 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.

New airport

The Matsapha (Manzini) airport is no longer operating.  We have a new airport in Swaziland, KMIII International airport.  It is unfortunately further away from school than the Matsapha Airport.  It is a 1 ½ hour drive from Mbabane.  We do not have the resources to drive students to and from the airport as we did with the Matsapha Airport.  The good news, however, is that the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority has provided a shuttle service to and from the airport.  As this shuttle has various stops through the journey, it leaves Mbabane 3 hours prior to each flight.  There is a cost of E40.00 one way.  Parents and guardians are therefore advised that the 08:10 flight leaving Swaziland is not ideal as the students then have to board the shuttle at 05:00am, meaning they have to get up at 04:00am and a teacher would have to drive them to town at that time of the morning.  Students are encouraged to book their return seat on the shuttle and to advise Mr. King on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of their arrival time in Mbabane.

Advance Notice of Leavers Ceremonies

As previously announced, the Form 5 Leavers’ Ceremony is scheduled for the afternoon of Friday 14th November. The function will start with an assembly at 3:00pm, in the Amphitheatre with the Assembly Hall as a backup for bad weather.  This will be followed by a celebratory meal and dance at the Sibane Hotel in Ezulwini.  The students will be transported to and from the venue with the school bus. As with the correspondence which was sent out earlier in the year stating the celebratory meal and dance is for students and staff only.  There will be no charge to students for this occasion.

The IB2 Leavers’ Ceremony is scheduled for the early evening of Friday 21st November, at Esibayeni Lodge near the old Matsapha (Manzini) Airport. The size of the IB2 class added to family and staff members dictates that this function needs to be held off-campus. Again, the function will be followed by a celebratory meal, at Esibayeni. Because of the size of the venue, three tickets have been allocated per student. Tickets will be available from Monday, November 10th from the Principal’s P.A at E230.00 per person. (WK will cover the cost of the students’ ticket.)

Leavers After-parties

Please note that the school does not support parties held by the Form 5’s and IB2’s.  We believe that the ceremonies and dinner hosted by the school is a sufficient leave-taking for the students.  After-parties are notorious in this part of the world for excess (which is often alcohol fueled) and a lack of sufficient parental or any sort of adult control.  Schools in Southern Africa are forever fearful of tragic news after such events, which is why Waterford does not support these parties.  Please note that if parents of boarders wish to allow their children to attend either of these parties, they will need to provide the Head of Hostel with a written request.

Evening of Dance

We will have our annual Evening of Dance on Friday, October 24th at 7:00pm in the Assembly Hall.  Everyone is welcome; the cost will be E15 for adults and E7 for students.  All proceeds will go to the SACRO children’s Christmas Party.  SACRO is one of our community service projects that we work with and assist the children who attend the drop in center in Mbabane.

Mid Term Break

We hope you enjoy the mid-term break with your children and we look forward to welcoming them back to the last part of the year.

Reminder: Important Dates

16 October: Mid Term break begins - 12:40pm

21 October: Lessons Resume after Mid Term Break - 8:00am

14 November: Form 5 Graduation - 3:00pm

21 November: IB2 Leavers - 6:00pm

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If the question is of broad interest I will publish the question (without the name) and my reply in the newsletter.

Kind Regards,

Bruce Wells