Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 14/2018

25 May, 2018

Welcome to Term 2

I would like to welcome our students, parents and staff to the second term of 2018. We look forward to this term and some of the events we will host, among them our annual UWC Africa Week which will be held from the 13th – 17th June. More information will be shared in future newsletters.

During assembly this week I took the time to emphasize the importance of respect to our students. It is important that as we work with young people, we inculcate the culture of respect among them; to respect themselves, their colleagues, friends, parents, guardians, teachers and those around them so that they grow up into becoming better citizens. This applies to all of us in life; without this important value – respect – we might not achieve a number of the goals we set for ourselves.  This is even more important to members of a movement with powerful values – UWC.

I hope that we will all enjoy the term. Welcome!


Mr. Clark Thom (Rest in Peace)

We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr. Clark Thom, who for so many years has given his time, energy and wise counsel to Waterford and the wider UWC movement. Mr. Thom served in the school Governing Council for 31 years. We have published a statement which can be found on our website.


Thank you for supporting the 2018 Phoenix Fund

Let me express my sincere thanks to the parents, students and staff who have made generous donations to the 2018 Phoenix Fund.  It has been humbling and encouraging to see the tremendous support that we have received from you in the past few weeks. Your contributions are helping us reach our target of E 100,000. The amount raised so far is E80, 607!! We are more than halfway into realizing all projects selected: 4 new drinking fountains, replacing plastic cafeteria cups with metal ones, buying new cutlery and placing heaters in the classrooms.

As I reported before, with   the Phoenix Fund, Governing Council members, staff and students and current parents come together in a joint effort to further improve life on the campus, by realizing smaller, on campus projects, which are not covered by the school’s annual budget.

Once again, I request that you continue to support the campaign. A gift of E500 from each and every parent will go a long way towards realizing our goal. Of course, we welcome any donation you can make, depending on what your situation allows. Parents can donate either in cash through giving to their children or by using any of the methods mentioned on our website.


MTN Bushfire Festival Weekend

Today marks the start of the MTN Bushfire festival weekend. This is Swaziland`s internationally acclaimed three day music, theatre, poetry, dance and visual arts festival.  For more information on this festival, please click here.

Please note that festivals of this nature can be occasions for excessive behaviour, especially regarding the use of alcohol and illicit substances. The school does reserve the right to act if necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of our students. In order to assist, we have compiled a document that you can find on our website. 


Bushfire Events from Waterford Kamhlaba

Waterford students will be staging a couple of events at the Bushfire Festival this weekend. Anyone attending the festival is warmly invited to visit Waterford’s activities.

Theatre Performance:

The IB1 Theatre Class has created a short play for children which will be performed at the KIDZONE at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. The performance is called:


To correspond to the theme of the KIDZONE this year, which is “Off-Grid”, the piece reflects thought about the ecological future of the planet from the perspective of young children today. It is a Waterford Kamhlaba Production. It is an educational and fun piece for young children and it includes a gift for every member of the audience. At the end of the play each child receives a sapling or a seed to take home and plant. These gifts come with instructions on how to germinate and nurture your tree, which have been prepared by Waterford’s Indigenous Tree Planting Community Service group.

‘The Book of Tomorrow: Chapter One’ will also be performed at Waterford Pre-school and for students at the primary school in Mpolongeni village.

‘The Energy Conversion Cycle’

‘The Energy Conversion Cycle’ is an activity installation at the Bushfire Festival’s KIDZONE by Waterford Kamhlaba. The installation features an exercise cycle that, when pedaled, lights up a spinning
tower like a lighthouse. It is designed to bring awareness of energy conservation and recycling while being a fun activity for young Festival goers. It was developed and built on campus by the maintenance team under the Eco Estate Manager.


Kamhlaba Day – Please Save the Date

This term we will be hosting the first ever Kamhlaba Day. This event will be a showcase celebration of art, music and food. There will be plenty to do and experience as the Waterford community comes together to raise money for our community service programme.  Kamhlaba Day will be held on the 14th July from 12 until 5pm. It promises to be an exciting day full of fun for the whole family.


Term 2 Calendar

The Term 2 calendar has been published. Please click here.


University Visits

Tomorrow we will be visited by Brown, Yale and Penn Universities – the presentation will start at 1.30pm in the Emhlabeni common room. On Monday, May 28 we will be visited by Methodist University, starting at 12:30 in the school Energy Hub. Idaho University will visit on Tuesday, May 29 for a presentation in the Assembly Hall; starting at 7pm. Parents are welcome to participate.


Entrance Testing for Admission in 2019

Last Saturday we visited Gaborone, Dar es Salaam, Harare and Nairobi to meet and assess 80 prospective students for 2019 entry. Thank you to parents and students who assisted us. Our final round of entrance testing is on Saturday June 9th at 9am at the VIP Hotel in Maputo.

For any information on entrance testing and/or admissions, please contact the Director of Admissions at careers@waterford.sz


Form 3 Love Matters

Form 3 Love Matters event begins next Tuesday the 29th May and ends on Friday the 1st of June.  The Form 3 Love Matters Parents Evening will be on Tuesday the 29th. A separate letter has been sent to the Form 3 parents.


Reminder: Important dates:

        Saturday  9th June – Regional Entrance Testing in Maputo

        Wednesday 13th – Sunday 17th June – UWC Africa Week

        Friday 29th June – Tuesday 3rd July – Mid-Term Break

        Wednesday 25th July – Careers Fair

        Saturday 14th July  - Kamhlaba Day

        Friday 10th August – School Closes, buses departs for Johannesburg


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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