New Waterfall Preparatory welcomes headmaster

2017-04-04 06:02
Waterfall Preparatory School’s will welcome its first headmaster, Bradley Cooper in July.            Photo: supplied

Waterfall Preparatory School’s will welcome its first headmaster, Bradley Cooper in July. Photo: supplied

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THE recently opened Waterfall Preparatory School will welcome its first headmaster, Bradley Cooper, in July.

Having studied a Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Witwatersrand, Cooper began his teaching career at The Ridge School in Johannesburg in 1992 where he was the HOD of Sport and a member of Exco­.

He then moved to Highbury Preparatory School in 1999 where he led a team of 25 teachers at the senior primary - Grade 4 to Grade 7. He recently served as HOD at Embury Institute for Higher Learning.

Cooper got into teaching as he was involved in Sunday School - leading and teaching - and as a youth group leader in high school.

“Initially I wasn’t sure and started a BSc at Wits, however, this changed to a BPrimEd after a year.

“I had several discussions with a friend and mentor, who was senior lecturer in the education department and she convinced me I should specialise [in education].

“She was completely correct and I thoroughly enjoyed the change and focus now on education.

“What really convinced me was the time I spent in a classroom on our first school observation.

“From then on I couldn’t wait to get into a classroom.”

He said his role models also helped him progress.

“Three teachers, Mr Hartley from primary school, Mr Naudé and Mr Boden from high school had a knack of appreciating the individual. They were fair and consistent and always looked to develop each pupil in their care.

“I am also inspired by two character traits, people who can overcome challenges and succeed through hard work, determination and humble self-belief.

“Secondly, by people who look to build themselves and are not threatened by the success of those around them, who are motivated to see the qualities in others shine through.”

He said he is looking forward to his days at Waterfall Preparatory.

“I am incredibly honoured and privileged to be part of establishing an environment where families will be able to enjoy the growth and development of their children.

“There will be many challenges, but the rewards in teaching always outweigh these.

“I believe this is an awesome opportunity to make a difference, with a team of dedicated professionals who desire to see the treasure in each child unearthed and celebrated.

“I look forward to following the development of happy, confident and well-equipped children as they progress through the three Waterfall Schools and take their place and become positive contributors in society,” he added.

Advisory head of Waterfall Preparatory, Sharron Lane, speaks highly of Cooper: “Brad is a man of integrity, whose passion for education and family values breathes new life into those who are privileged to work with and learn from him.”

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