Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 6/2018

2 March, 2018

Midterm Break

Yesterday marked the beginning of our midterm break. I have always encouraged students to use the break to rest; sleep, eat, read and sleep more. It is important for the students to take a pause and spend the next few days resting so that when they come back they are refreshed and reenergized. Research has proven that students who get enough rest tend to be more effective in their studies. I therefore request parents to allow their kids to get enough sleep. I also wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend. Classes will begin on Wednesday, March 7th with a joint assembly in the amphitheater.


Congratulations to Mfundo and Bagcinele

Early in the week I received exciting news from Governing Council member and Waterford alumnus Mfundo Mohammed. Mfundo and his wife Bagcinele, have welcomed their first born son, Mvuselelo Mohammed.  Please join me as I congratulate the family for the safe delivery of a healthy baby boy.


Inter-house Swimming Gala

On Wednesday the school came together to enjoy the Inter-house Swimming Gala. All three sports houses were in a joyful mood as they cheered their teams. I congratulate all the students and teachers for a wonderful event. Read more.


Waterford Stokvel Celebrates First Anniversary

On Wednesday night the Swaziland based UWC alumni and friends of Waterford celebrated the first anniversary of the Waterford Stokvel – a fund that supports a Swazi student to study at Waterford. This is a great initiative which is already bearing fruits, and I implore our alumni and friends to support it. Read more.


Form Link Group

As we come to the end of the first half of the term, UWC Day preparations have begun in earnest and stalls and performances are slowly coming together. The anticipation for the delicious food and vibrant atmosphere is ever-growing; and to make sure the day is as festive as ever, a few reminders are necessary. As students go back home for this much needed rest, we encourage them to bring back their traditional attires and national flags so as to make the event one to remember. In addition, please think about any food ingredients which are not found in Swaziland which you may need to enhance those flavours and make them as homey as possible. UWC Day will take place on the 7th of April 2018, starting at 10:00 am; all parents and guardians are invited to join us in celebrating this wonderful day. 

We would also like to request any donations towards food stalls. This can be in either cash or in ingredients. Please contact linkgroupuwcsa@gmail.com if there are any enquiries.


Entrance Testing for Admission in 2019

Our entrance testing dates and venues are listed below. These dates and times are also available on our website. Please register siblings and spread the word to families and friends. The testing dates are as follows:

  • Saturday March 10th – 8am – WK Campus – for the Forms and IB (including all Swaziland National Committee applicants)
  • Saturday March 17th – 8am – WK Campus – for the Forms only

The Regional Entrance Testing takes place as follows:

  • Saturday May 19th – 9am – Nairobi (Sarova Pan Afric), Dar (Protea Courtyard), Harare (Bronte), Gaborone (Avani).
  • Saturday June 9th – 9am – Maputo – (VIP)

Applicants residing beyond Swaziland can make appointments to test on campus on a mutually convenient weekday by contacting the Director of Admissions at careers@waterford.sz


February Alumni Newsletter

Our Alumni Newsletter for the month of February has been published. Please have a look.


Sporting Activities

Basketball: Yesterday morning our under 20 boys basketball team travelled to St Johns for a tournament. They will be back on Monday.

Hockey: Next week Friday our hockey team will travel to Eshowe for a tournament. We wish our teams the best of luck.


Reminder: Important dates:

  • Friday 2nd March – Half Term: bus departs WK for JHB at 06.15
  • Tuesday 6th March – Half Term: bus departs OR Tambo, JHB at 14:00
  • Saturday 10th March – Entrance Testing for the Forms and IB (Including Swazi UWC NC selection)
  • Saturday 17th March – Entrance Testing for the Forms only
  • Thursday 29th March (Easter Weekend) – Buses Depart WK for JHB at 06:15
  • Friday 30th March – Holiday (Good Friday)
  • Monday 2nd April – Holiday (Easter Monday); buses return from OR Tambo, JHB at 14:00
  • Wednesday 18th April – School closes
  • Thursday 19th April – WK bus departs for JHB at 06:15
  • Saturday 19th May and 9th June – Regional Entrance Testing


Any Questions?

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