Alumni Newsletter 2018/10

Thank You!

A big thank you to the alumni who joined Waterford students, staff, parents and governors in thanking Shelby Davis for his generous support to the school and the entire UWC movement during his visit to WK on 8th October 2018. It was a great feeling to see alumni interacting with the Davises. To date, 808 Waterford students have participated in the Davis UWC Scholars programme, receiving a scholarship to one of 94 partner universities in the United States.  Currently, there are 111 WK alumni enrolled at US Universities as Davis Scholars. In addition to this, Mr. Davis supports the US National Committee students at all the UWC schools and annually funds two students from each UWC college to attend the Semester-at-Sea programme. Below is a video of Shelby’s speech at WK assembly during his visit.
Shelby Davis's speech at WK assembly
Science Fair at Waterford
Waterford continues to be an institution that unearths potential as shown during the Science Fair that was held on Saturday 29th September. Read more

Evening of Dance

On October 12th the WK students body put together an exciting Evening of Dance as a way of bidding farewell to the IB2 who were involved in dance. The event was a good way of reminding all of us how fortunate we are to have such talented students who enhance the cultural and social life of our students on campus. Read more

WK Reunions
in the UK

Early Days Reunion, Yorkshire 

A group of alumni decided to get together at the home of Kate Dodd (UK, WK 72 - 76) on October 21st.
Have you had a WK reunion recently? A chance meeting with another alum? Send us your photos so we can share them in this newsletter and on our social media.

Evening With Michael Attenborough

On October 17th the Waterford School Trust invited Michael and Karen Attenborough to share their WK experience with alumni in London. It was a great opportunity to reflect on WK’s impact as well as catch up with old, and new, friends.

Alumni Profiles

Leigh Turner
(UK, WK 69-70)
Waterford alumnus Leigh Turner recently published a book, Blood Summit, under his writing pseudonym, Robert Pimm, which can be ordered from here.  Read more about Leigh Turner here.
Conrad Hughes
(UK, WK 87-93)
“My latest publication is coming out next month with Brill and Sense publishers. It is part of a series with UNESCO's International Bureau of Education. The book is called Educating for the 21st Century: Seven Global Challenges." Below is a video of the official book launch that was held on October 16th.
Official Book Launch
Tandza Simelane
(Eswatini, WK 08-14)
Congratulations Tandza Simelane; recipient of the Royal Holloway – Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA Excellence Scholarship, set up between Waterford and Royal Holloway. As she graduates with a BSc in Management, she explains what the opportunity has meant to her.

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Fundraising Initiatives

A marathon a month!

David Crush (SA, WK 70 - 74) is running a marathon-a-month in the hope of raising money for a Swazi student to attend Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA. The target for the scholarship is ZAR 200 000 for the two year International Baccalaureate programme (approx. £10 700 or $14 000 10/2018). 

David is hoping to reach the target by the end of the year. Additionally, David and a number of Waterford linked marathon runners are planning to run a team event, as the 12th and last marathon, in South Africa at the end of the year.

Click here to read more. And visit his JustGiving page to donate!

Ekukhuleni Campaign

We are ramping up our efforts to bring in donations for the Ekukhuleni Refurbishment Campaign. Check out the planned refurbishments that will improve the building and the student experience of Ekukhuleni, the place for growing.  Keep an eye out for updates and information about the progress of the campaign. Click here to make your donation. 

1970’s Matching
An anonymous alum from the 1970’s is challenging others from that decade to donate to the Ekukhuleni Campaign. This alum will match all gifts given by 1970s alumni up to ZAR 100 000. Click here to read more and to donate!

If you would like to set-up a similar challenge for your year group, decade, countrymen, etc., email us and we will help get that going. 

Upcoming Events

UWC International Fundraising Event
Date: Thursday 15th November
Venue: The International House, Davis Hall, 500 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

UWC International will host a fundraising event in New York City. The event will focus on UWC’s refugee initiative with the aim of raising funds for 6-7 scholarships for refugee students. For more information, please send an email to Victoria Romain.

Date: Thursday 22nd November 
Venue: Different locations in the US

Thanks to the alumni and families in the US who have opened up their homes for alums during ThanksGiving. At the moment we have alumni willing to host in Baltimore Maryland, Houston, Texas, Union, New Jersey, Oregon and Southern Utah. If there is an alum who still needs a host for the Thanksgiving weekend please send an email to ‘Lwazi Ngwenyama or sign up here.

UWC Short Course in Eswatini
Date: 29th December 2018 - 12th January 2019 
Venue: Waterford Campus

The Together for Development short course, organized by WK alumni, will be held on campus during the December-January holidays and is open to young people between 16 and 20 years old who are interested in development and leadership and who feel a sense of responsibility to help others, especially when it comes to issues such as inequality and protecting the environment, as well as other global issues. Read more


Chevening, a UK government’s global scholarships programme, is offering future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. There are scholarships that enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in any subject at any UK university.

They are looking for people with ambition, leadership potential, and a strong academic background. If you are interested in applying please click here.
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