New vision for Waterfall College

2016-07-26 06:00
 Photo: supplied Waterfall College soccer team in action.

Photo: supplied Waterfall College soccer team in action.

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ALMOST a year since the announcement of a new vision, Waterfall College is already seeing results, and is setting its sights on developing a fully integrated, independent, educational pathway from infant to teens (six months to 18 years), which will all be based on the iThemba Campus in Hillcrest.

The 40-acre property already has a well-established high school and pre-primary school. The preparatory school is now being constructed to bridge the gap between these two key pillars of a child’s school career.

The three Waterfall College schools consist of Waterfall Pre-Primary School (infant to pre-school). Waterfall Preparatory School (Grade R to Grade 7) and Waterfall College Senior School (Grade 8 to Grade 12).

While separate branding has been in place during the initial phases, all three schools will eventually operate under the single, central brand of Waterfall College.

School uniforms are being aligned accordingly and the preparatory school will follow the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (Caps) curriculum and IEB assessment system, thereby building on the success of Waterfall College in academics.

The directorate of the three schools has also been adjusted to provide the strategic leadership needed for the further growth and development of Waterfall College.

The new campus vision boasts significant upgrades to the infrastructure. This includes major updates to the iThemba Campus roads, as well as the construction of academic, and extra-mural facilities - all of which, will be in line with world-class standards for independent schooling.

The Waterfall College Governing Body chairman, Roger Wood, is looking forward to this new vision.

“Waterfall College is delighted to be part of this exciting new journey we find ourselves on. Our vision has always been to develop a dynamic, well-structured educational institution driven by a committed and motivated team of educators; an institution which enhances students' leadership skills, entrepreneurial skills, and post matric opportunities, and one which instils a sense of pride in its students.

“The alignment of three phases of children's education into one brand on one campus brings enormous opportunities for both parents and students in the upper highway area.

“For parents, it offers a quality option for private education in our community. For students, the campus allows for state of the art facilities giving the best of both worlds, an excellent education in a beautiful environment.”

As the future unfolds for Waterfall College, the core foundation of its Christian ethos, values, and beliefs remain firmly in place. Satisfied parents believe that the “small classes”, “caring approach”, “experienced teachers”, and “a willingness to discuss and consider other views”, are some of the reasons to invest in the school.

Principal Jeanette van der Merwe says: “The interest in Waterfall College is definitely growing. This is based on the established schools that are thriving, as well as the keen interest in our new preparatory school, which will fill a crucial need in our educational offering. The future of Waterfall College as an educational centre of excellence in the Upper Highway area is unlimited as we implement the new vision on the iThemba Campus.”

The open day for Waterfall Pre-Primary School and Grade 1 of the new preparatory school will give parents the opportunity to attend the presentation and to view the new preschool, infant facilities, classrooms and Astroturf playground.

Open day is on Friday 29 July, at 8.30am at the iThemba Campus, 111 Ngwele Road, Hillcrest. - Supplied.


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