Alumni Newsletter 2020/04

COVID-19 Updates

None of us could have imagined the global pandemic and the various stages of lockdown, nor that the school would operate virtually for longer than a term but the decision was taken for the school to continue to operate virtually during Term 3. This is mainly because a great number of our students and some of our staff members are still not able to return to Eswatini easily this year.  The most important thing is that as a school we continue to deliver on the promise of quality education despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are determined to continue providing the academic programme to the best of our abilities under online teaching and learning. The silver lining to this virtual learning environment is that we have maintained our engagement with the school community, through the events and activities that are at the heart of our mandate to develop responsible leaders for the African continent and the world.
For those who are on campus, our Health and Safety Committee has been making sure gates are closed, and that anyone who does enter the campus has their temperature checked and a history taken of their recent movements, activities and possible symptoms. The Committee has been meeting twice a week to make sure that students are safe. The school has put in place some precautionary measures and is following the advice given by the Eswatini health authorities. The Covid-19 Committee convened by the Governing Council is involved with scenario planning in anticipation of the students’ return to campus in 2021.
We hope that you have had opportunities to take part in some of our online activities and we look forward to seeing you at those that will take place during the final term of 2020, including the Alumni Speaker Series and Graduation Ceremonies. All our student-led activities are part of the educational programme and make a huge contribution in the development of leaders that will make positive change in the world.

In Memoriam: Mr. Joseph Sibanda


The school recently sent a statement of condolences on the passing of Mr. Joseph Sibanda (Zimbabwe) who was a Chemistry teacher at the school from 2010. In addition to teaching chemistry, Mr. Sibanda was involved in the lower and middle school hostels and was also an enthusiastic basketball coach. The school is saddened by the passing of a dear colleague and friend who was a valuable member of the WK family. We are also grateful to all WK alumni who participated in the virtual memorial service. Mr. Sibanda has been finally laid to rest in his home country, Zimbabwe.


A legacy project has been started in honour of  Yusra Laila Visser (US, WK 87-92) who died on 16 May 2020 at Bassano del Grappa in Italy. The purpose of this project is to advance research and development in the areas in which Yusra was passionate. The fund is being established in her name. Developments regarding the fund can be followed here and via the website of the Learning Development Institute. Our deepest condolences go to the family, may her soul rest in peace.  If you would like to send messages of condolences to the family please contact the Advancement Office.

The Alumni Speaker Series

The next session of the Alumni Speaker Series will be held tomorrow, on Wednesday 23rd September starting at 6 pm SAST, featuring Dr. Pernille Hansen (Denmark, WK 83 - 89). Alumni are invited to participate. Pernille is a WK Parent-Staff Association (PSA) member and psychologist working as a mental health and psycho-social support consultant. To ensure you get maximum value from this event, please send any questions you have for Pernille, especially concerning your children’s psycho-social well-being in relation to their online engagement, in advance to this email.

Please use this link to register for the talk and save the date.

Save the date for other upcoming Speaker Series:
  • Wednesday 7th October 2020
  • Wednesday 21st October 2020
  • Wednesday 4th November 2020
  • Wednesday 25th November 2020
You can also find the recording of previous talks here


Ekukhuleni Renovations
The renovation of Ekukhuleni hostel is nearing the end and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Work has now moved to the Annex section and the contractor has doubled the size of the team to make sure that work is finished by the end of the year.

Amphitheatre Roof

 The roofing of the amphitheatre is going quite well. The steel frame is now complete, and the cover will be installed within the month. This architectural feat has taken 3 years to complete because of the complexities but those have been overcome and we look forward to using the space in all types of weather.


Yesterday we joined the entire UWC movement in celebrating UWC Day. This is the annual global celebration of the UWC mission and values, which takes place on 21 September every year, to coincide with the UN International Day of Peace. Each year, UWC Day is celebrated by thousands of people worldwide, including alumni, students and staff at UWC schools and colleges, national committees and friends. As WK we had a virtual Parade of Nations and used a cookbook as an alternative to the usual UWC Day food stalls.
The school's graduation ceremonies for Form 5 and IB classes will take place virtually on 13 and 14 November respectively. Graduation committees have already been established for both the Form 5 and IB graduation ceremonies. Although these events will be online graduation ceremonies, the school is working hard to make sure that we have memorable events. Alumni are invited to participate; more details will be published before the events.


Alan Whiteside (South Africa, WK 69-74)

"At Waterford I really developed friendships that have lasted all my life." Read more


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Fond Memories of WK

Do you have fond memories of WK or major announcements like marriage or job appointments that you would like to share with us? Please send an email and share those; we will publish them in our next edition.
The Advancement Office is here to serve you and answer any questions you may have. You can get in touch with any of us and we'll be happy to help:
Banele Nkambule - Donor Relations Manager:
Nosimilo Khumalo - Alumni Engagement Officer: 
Nonkululeko Msweli - Fundraising & Database Assistant: 
Mancoba Mabuza - Communications & Public Relations Officer: 
Lizz Mhangami - Advancement Director: 

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