Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 2/2018

2 February, 2018

Happy 55th Birthday!

Tomorrow, Saturday the 3rd of February 2018, the school turns 55 years. This is an exciting milestone. Throughout the year, we will look back at Waterford’s highlights and celebrate the efforts of our students, alumni, parents, staff, donors and friends who have supported the school for the past 55 years. It is worth mentioning that when Waterford started, no one would have imagined a school uniting people of all races and cultures operating in Southern Africa. The school was established in clear and expressed opposition to the South African Apartheid regime and its laws of racial segregation. Many local and international observers deemed Waterford’s diversity as ‘sick’ and ‘unnatural’ at the time. To those who supported racially segregated education, and society, Waterford was a threat to their convictions. In 1981 Waterford joined the United World College (UWC) ; a movement whose values are consistent with Waterford’s founding principles.

Today we are proud to have over 600 students representing 60 nationalities, taught by staff from 18 countries. Waterford Kamhlaba provides opportunities for academic achievement, personal growth, and leadership development for young people across Africa and the world.

This year our alumni will have 55th Anniversary Reunion events in different parts of the world. As we turn 55, I would like to implore everyone to take a minute and read the school’s great history.

Breaking News! 

Mr. Shelby Davis just pledged over 100 million USD towards UWC scholarship funding! Starting this year, the Davis-UWC “Dare to Dream” programme will provide funding for 100 additional scholarships per year for National Committee-selected students to attend UWC. I would like to thank Mr. Shelby Davis for this tremendous gift and for supporting UWC’s mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. We are so grateful! Read more.

Form 1 CAS Day

Today the Form 1's participated in a CAS day which involved 6 workshops. In the first session there was a workshop on getting to know the UWC values through ART, creating cards to convey kindness and appreciation to someone else as well as a hike up the mountain with me as their leader. In the second session they had workshops on drumming and percussion, debating and public speaking as well as a workshop on managing your communication. We hope that this is the beginning of a wonderful CAS journey, at Waterford, for each one of our students. Read more.The Form 2’s will have their CAS day next week Friday, February 9th.

Cocktail Party

This evening, 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 Mocktail party

Tomorrow evening, starting at 18:00, 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 School Counsellor

My name is Carla Cabrita and I am the school counsellor at Waterford Kamhlaba UWC working with all students in Form 1 to IB2.   I earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Counselor Education degree with a focus in School Counselling from the University of Florida.  As a School Counsellor, I am responsible for the emotional well-being, academic progress, and development of all WK students.  I work with students individually, in groups, during classroom lessons and in hostel on a wide variety of topics.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the counselling program, please feel free to contact me at carla.cabrita@waterford.sz or +268 7817 9898.  I look forward to working with parents to help students have an enjoyable and successful experience at Waterford Kamhlaba.


First Aid Training for Drivers

On the 18th – 19th of December 2017, five of the school’s drivers attended a level one First Aid course at the Emergency Medical Rescue College which is in partnership with the University of Swaziland. It is important for the school drivers to have knowledge of First Aid, putting them in a position to assist our students should the need arise.  


Entrance Testing in 2018 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

UWC Alumni Event

UWC Alumni are kindly invited to the inaugural event to be held at the Crowne Plaza, 0A Tyrwhitt. Ave, Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday the 21st of February 2018, starting at 18:00 – 21:30. To register for the event, please click here.

Alumni newsletter

The January Alumni Newsletter has been published. To have a look, please click here.

From the PSA

The first meeting of the Parents-Staff Association (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


Swimming Pool Policy

Please have a look at the Use of the Swimming Pool Policy which is available on the school website.

Sporting Activities

Basketball: Last weekend our under 16 and under 20 basketball teams travelled for a tournament at the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ). The U20 girls’ team went all the way into the semi-finals and eventually placed 4th.


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


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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