Waterfall college bids farewell to the Class of 2016

2016-11-01 06:00
Photo: Glenn McGee  All trophy winners (back from left) Lina Kobayashi, Ruth Tsela, Michaela Crous, Xavier d’Hotman de Villiers, Dr Carolyn Hancock (guest speaker), Jeanette van der Merwe (principal), Dylan Casten, Amy-Rose Jack, Amy Amstutz and Candice Leslie. Front from left: Helen Taylor, Kayla Stacey, Laura Luciani, Sidney Reed, Michael André, Brittany van der Valk and Paige Macfarlane.

Photo: Glenn McGee All trophy winners (back from left) Lina Kobayashi, Ruth Tsela, Michaela Crous, Xavier d’Hotman de Villiers, Dr Carolyn Hancock (guest speaker), Jeanette van der Merwe (principal), Dylan Casten, Amy-Rose Jack, Amy Amstutz and Candice Leslie. Front from left: Helen Taylor, Kayla Stacey, Laura Luciani, Sidney Reed, Michael André, Brittany van der Valk and Paige Macfarlane.

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AT the Waterfall College annual Speech Day recently on the iThemba Campus, principal Jeanette van der Merwe spoke about the school’s bright future as an integral part of the new complete pathway from preschool to matric, under the Waterfall College umbrella brand.

The 2016 year was clearly a year of multiple developments and achievements for the school, both internally and externally.

Guest speaker at the event was Dr Carolyn Hancock, director of The DNA Project, chairman of Thembelihle Primary School and Angels Care Centre based in Howick, KZN.

In her speech Hancock said: “At your age, I certainly never planned my life this way, but I can say with absolute certainty that I have learned two important lessons along the way.

“The first is that knowledge is power. Find something that fascinates you and learn as much as you can – you can never know enough.

“The second is, apply your knowledge and unique talents to something you feel passionate about. If you do this with total conviction, without compromise, a lot of hard work and your fair share of heartache – you will achieve positive results. Never believe someone when they tell you your dream is impossible – that is simply their opinion – prove them wrong.

“Today, I urge you not to be discouraged by those who believe progress will be made through violence and apathy, but to become one of our country’s true heroes who instead bring hope - purposefully, practically, persistently and peacefully.
“Make use of your own unique passion and knowledge so that together we can unite in the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’, to ensure a brighter future for all.”

During the prize-giving presentation, trophies were awarded for excellence in academics, leadership and service to the school.

Mrs Beverley Surmon and Mrs Vivienne Lamplough, senior English teachers at Waterfall College, gave a touching tribute to the Class of 2016, quoting from a range of memorable film characters personally selected and dedicated to the graduating students.

In closing, the annual guard of honour was created by all the students of the school for the matriculants, providing an emotional but heart-warming farewell and send off to an important event in the lives of these Waterfall College young adults.

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