In the last few days we hosted some of our friends and members of the UWC community. We were honoured to welcome the different visitors to our college and give them a true UWC and Waterford Kamhlaba experience.
Last week was Waterford Kamhlaba’s turn to host the biannually UWC heads’ meeting, which we hosted over three days. Heads from all 15 UWC colleges and their partners attended. The meeting was held in the Kruger National Park, in South Africa, coming on to our campus for an evening visit on the last day. “What a delight the visit was,” said host, principal Mr Stephen Lowry.
Following a heavy three-day programme, it was time for the visitors to get a fitting true WK experience. On arrival, they were greeted at the gates by a troupe of our Swazi traditional dancers who accompanied our guests up the hill to the IT Centre. Each head was then hosted by a small group of three or four students who took them on a tour of the campus. Each tour group was from different year groups. “This was a demonstration of the age diversity Waterford represents, unlike most of the other two-year Colleges,” explained Mr Lowry.
The tour groups then accompanied the visitors to the dining hall for dinner, where they were joined by members of the Governing Council, Fincom, PSA and staff members. After dinner we went to the CCLD for a play by one of our IB2 Theatre groups practical and then to the Amphitheatre for an hour of music, song, dance and slam poetry performed by various of our student groups. Said Mr Lowry: “I was so proud of the school. I think hosting guests brings out the absolute best of the school.”
Yesterday, Chairman of the Dulverton Trust, Mr Christopher Wills, Director of the Trust Mr Andrew Stafford and their wives, spent the day on campus, interacting with students and staff. The Dulverton Trust is a UK-based trust that has been supporting the school through student scholarships since 2010. Eight IB students have benefited from their generous scholarship programme. It was their first visit to the school, and the school was honoured to host them. They were taken on a tour of the campus, had one-on-one meetings with different staff members, the SRC, as well as current and former beneficiaries of the Dulverton scholarship. Their tour ended with an evening of entertainment presented by students, and a dinner hosted in their honour by the school.