Waterford School was opened on a mountainside at the edge of Mbabane in February 1963, after founding headmaster Michael Stern spent 6 years teaching in South Africa, first at an all black school (St. Peter’s, which was closed in 1956) then at an all white school (St. Martin’s, on the same site as St. Peter’s, where he was the founding headmaster), under the Apartheid Regime. Michael Stern came to South Africa to teach in 1955 after responding to an article written by Father (later Archbishop) Trevor Huddleston called, “And the Church Sleeps On” but he became increasingly dissatisfied and frustrated with the pervasive environment of racial intolerance. In 1961, after several years of St. Martin’s work camps in the then British Protectorate of Swaziland, and after it was clear that Michael could not teach and live his ideals in South Africa, he committed himself to the idea of a multiracial school in Swaziland. Waterford was established in clear and expressed opposition to the South African Apartheid regime and its laws of racial segregation.
Join us as we celebrate the first day of Kamhlaba! We will have an alumni panel featuring:
Loyiso Ndlovu, South Africa WK 1988 - 1990
Andrew Foose, USA WK 1978 - 1982
Quinton Reissmann, Eswatini WK 1967 - 1973
William Hatungimana, Rwanda/Eswatini WK 2010 - 2011
WE ARE KAMHLABA!