Treasured parents, pupils, donors, staff and invited guests came together to mark the significance of the opening of the double-story L-shaped building which houses eight spacious classrooms for boys and girls from Grade 4 to Grade 7. The completion of this second building signifies the tremendous work and vision of the teams from Waterfall Schools and Focus on iThemba.
“This time last year I recall walking around the iThemba campus with Danie van den Heever, Founder of Focus on iThemba, and engaging with Jeanette van der Merwe, our College Principal, and others about the pressing need for a Grade 4 classroom,” explained guest speaker and Focus on iThemba and Waterfall Schools board member Gavin Simpkins. “We had opened the Foundation Phase in January 2017 and so we had pupils in Grade 3 who clearly were going to need a Grade 4 classroom come January 2018. So began our dream about getting the Intermediate Phase block built but it really was just a dream because we did not have the financial resources to do so. Through perseverance, the support of incredible donors and this campus we now have this building we see before us today. The moral of the story is that it is good to dream and that with faith and hard work seemingly impossible dreams can be achieved.”
Waterfall Schools now offers a complete independent educational hub for pupils from 12 months to Grade 12 from Waterfall Pre-Primary, Preparatory and College in an expansive, natural setting on the iThemba Campus located in Hillcrest. At the start of the school year five new teachers were warmly welcomed to the Prep team including Lorraine Benn, who is leading the Intermediate Phase. The new building offers breath-taking views for the boys and girls to enjoy and an eye-catching feature are the large rocks from the grounds which have been placed in their dedicated garden space.
“The property is stunning, the buildings and facilities amazing and there is opportunity wherever you look,” explained Mr Brad Cooper Headmaster of Waterfall Preparatory. “We can choose to start new traditions, examine the systems and structures and implement something new as opposed to attempt to change the old. We continue to aim to offer an inspiring, stress-free environment for children of the Upper Highway area.”