Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 1/2018

26 January, 2018


In a commencement speech at a US university Admiral William McRaven had the following to say:

“If you wanna change the world, start off by making your bed.

If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day.

It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.

Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never be able to do the big things right.

If by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made.

That you made.

And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”

One of my messages to the students, indeed to all at the start of the year, is perhaps this year we can all focus on completing what we set out to do. To tackle the scourge of procrastination that no doubt affects all of us from time to time. Many don’t want to make our bed, do the washing up, take out the rubbish, do our homework, complete that report, study for a test or exam, and so on. We often wait for the final deadline and then get moving on that task. Perhaps if we get into the habit of making our bed in the morning, every morning, we will get into a habit of completing tasks, the small tasks that will enable us to complete more complex tasks, until perhaps one day we will “change the world”.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all to school in this New Year. Especially a very warm welcome to our new students, especially those that have come from afar and those that have left home for the first time as boarders. We do hope you settle in quickly and that Waterford will very soon become a home from home for you. And to those parents who have sent their precious cargo to us from afar, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any of the adults in your child’s life, the residential staff or the tutor. We are very keen to assist and make sure our students settle down as quickly and happily as possible.

I would also like to welcome back all of our staff. They are the backbone of the school, all playing a vital role in the life of the students, whether they teach Maths or history, clean the residences, look after the science lab and equipment or mow the lawns. I encourage all to appreciate and commit to an “attitude of gratitude” when dealing with the staff and indeed when dealing with anyone in our community.

In particular we welcome the following staff who joins Waterford for the first time:

  • Mrs Annabel Trollip: has a BA HDE in English and twenty five years of teaching experience. She has taught in South Africa and the UK where she was very involved with Social Services, working with young asylum seekers and refugees. She joins us with her husband Denham and her sons Calvin and Ronin. Also in the car crossing the border were the family’s two dogs and the cat! We welcome her to the Language department.
  • Ms Bonisile Nxumalo: At the end of 2017, Mrs Kristina Jones resigned, owing to an opportunity to work in Canada that had suddenly arisen. We wish her well in her new endeavour. Ms. Bonisile Nxumalo, better known as “Blacknote” in the Swazi poetry industry, agreed at short notice to fill in for this term while we advertise the post. Ms. Nxumalo is not only a published poet and performance artist; she is a qualified Drama teacher with a degree in Drama and post graduate specialisation in Education Theatre and Children’s Theatre.
  • Mrs Karen Chandler: has a BSc Honours degree in Geology and worked on the Anglo Gold Ashanti mines in South Africa as a geologist before realising that her true passion lay in working with young people. She qualified as a teacher last year and did her teaching practical at Waterford. She was much loved by her students during her time at Waterford and was eager to return as a full time teacher in the Geography and Life Skills departments in a post created by the moving of Mr. Tony Pontuti (Global Perspectives) to the position of Librarian and the moving of Mr Naboth Phebeni to HOD PE.
  • Mrs Diorobo Daffe-Sakho: is no stranger to Waterford as she is the parent of an alumnus, Niame Daffe, who graduated in 2013. She comes from Mali and has taught French at Baha’i for the last fourteen years. She was keen for a new adventure and she submitted her application to Waterford. Mrs. Daffe-Sakho holds a Master’s degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language along with her undergraduate degree and her teaching qualification. She has also taught French at the Alliance Francaise and is a DELF examiner. We welcome her to the Language B department.
  • Ms Khulile Dlamini: has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a post-graduate education qualification and a Master’s degree in International Relations. Her love of teaching Language Acquisition started in Australia where she began working with asylum seekers and refugees whose inability to speak English put them at risk. She found a true passion in her work and continued to teach in Australia for eight years before returning home to Swaziland last year. She will be teaching Business Management and English Language B as well as a course in Writing for Academic Purposes for IB1 students.

Other staff developments:

  • Mr. Naboth Phebeni: has been appointed into the new position of Head of Physical Education department. He will continue to teach some Geography and remains as Head of Sport at the school.
  • Albina Owuor: is acting as Director of Residences; a position that was held by Mr. King.
  • Mrs. Angeline Chinyanga takes over the position of Head of Esiveni residence which was previously held by Mr. King.
  • Mr. Tendayi Chinyanga, takes over the position of Deputy head of Esiveni.
  • Mr. Donovan King starts his role as Deputy Principal (pastoral), taking over from Mrs. Doyle who has moved to our sister UWC school in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

I take this opportunity to congratulate all the members of staff on their appointments.


We have also been joined by a number of volunteers who will be with us for the first two terms of 2018 as they wait to go to University:

  • Thandiswa Mdluli – Teaching assistant
  • Lerato Takana – Teaching Assistant
  • Stella Dlamini – Advancement office
  • Ncobile Mamba – General
  • Sitsandziwe Simelane – General
  • Joyce Motselekatse – General
  • Panashe Gambe – General
  • Onele Bikitsha – General
  • Uyanda Simelane – General

Congratulations to the IB2 Class of 2017

I would like to congratulate the IB2 class of 2017 for their impressive results. I also want to thank everyone who supported the students and the school throughout the year, from our Governing Council, staff, parents and sponsors. For more information on the results, please click here.

UWC Short Course

The “Together for Development” UWC Short Course which was held at Waterford from the 29th of December 2017 came to an end on Saturday the 13th of January 2018. During the course, 40 young people from all over the world came to Swaziland to learn about development through workshops, lectures, simulations, community stays and more. To read more about it, please click here.

Go Make a Difference Initiative

Desire Uwera and Ketsitseng Tsolo (IB2 2017) have started a great project under the Go Make a Difference (GOMAD) grant for UWC students. The project is an initiative geared towards propelling the government of Lesotho to invest more in the overall well-being of HIV/AIDS patients. It is specifically centered on improving nutrition as the problem of food insecurity widens nationally, making it harder to reach HIV/AIDS goals. They will provide patients at an HIV/AIDS clinic in a rural area with one balanced meal a day while simultaneously shooting a short documentary on how their lives as HIV/AIDS patients are affected by difficulty in access to adequate nutrition. I would like to ask you to support this initiative by our former students through making donations. Please follow this link to learn more or to donate.

Atlantic School for Young Leaders

On the 30th of July 2018 there will be a course themed “Atlantic School for Young Leaders (ASfYL)” at UWC Atlantic College. The ASfYL course provides a tailored foundation for career success in whatever organization you work in after your university degree – organizations are looking for young and skillful employees with leadership abilities who can rapidly take on senior responsibility. The course will take place at UWC Atlantic College over 10 days, starting on the 30th July 2018. The course itself will comprise of a number of strong creative components, which will challenge and inspire different people in different ways, setting the programme apart from other leadership courses. This course is for young people aged 16-18 form a range of countries and backgrounds. Those who want more information can visit: www.asfyl.org

International Children’s Peace Prize 2018

If you happen to know of a child whose actions and strong commitment have made a difference in improving children’s rights, please consider giving him or her the opportunity to be recognized for these achievements by nominating this person for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018. You can nominate in just 3 steps:

  1. Go to the nomination page on Childrenspeaceprize.org and download the nomination form
  2. Complete the form and upload (make sure to include a picture of the candidate)
  3. Enter your contact details and submit your nomination

Cine Club

You are warmly invited tonight watch “Le Prenom”. The film, which translates as “What’s in a name?” in English is screened in French with English subtitles. The screening is open to all students, parents, link parents, guardians, friends and staff of WK. It is the first in a series of films which we will watch this year as part of “Cine Club”, an initiative to bring Waterford community together to appreciate cinema from around the world. Entry is free and it will take place in the Assembly hall.

International Presentation Night

The IB Orientation Committee would like to invite the entire Waterford community to the International Presentation Night taking place this coming Sunday the 28th of January 2018, starting at 19:00 in the Michael Stern Hall. This event marks the end of the IB Orientation which has been a huge success.

Cocktail Party

On Friday the 2nd of February 2018 starting at 19:00 in the CCLD, the school will be holding an event to celebrate our local alums and thank the teachers / referees who helped get our alumni to university. We have won a grant to have this party. Swaziland based alums, staff and IB2 parents have been invited to this event, giving them an opportunity to speak to alums about the University application process.  IB2 parents are reminded to RSVP by Monday January 29th to principal@waterford.sz

IB2 Mocktail party

Next Saturday the 3rd of February 2018, there will be a Mocktail party for current IB2 students in the school’s CCLD. The students will have an opportunity to interact with Waterford’s Advancement Office and cut a cake to commemorate the Waterford Kamhlaba day.

From the PSA

The Parents-Staff Association (PSA) would like to welcome new and old students and staff back to school and wish everyone a great 2018. The first meeting of the PSA will be on Tuesday the 6th of February 2018, starting at 18:00. New members are welcome to join. For more information, please contact Yael Tidhar at yaelut@gmail.com

Term 1 calendar

The calendar for Term 1 has been uploaded on the school website. Please click on this link. Please take special note of the closing date at the end of Term 1. As Thursday, April 19th is a Swazi holiday, school will close on Wednesday, April 18th with buses departing on the morning of April 19th.

Sporting Activities

Basketball: Yesterday morning our under 16 and 20 basketball teams travelled to the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) to participate in a tournament. We wish them the best of luck. The team will return on Sunday.

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
  • 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

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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