About the College

Waterfall College is a dynamic independent, co-educational day high school. We aim to provide excellent, specialist tuition for our students in a happy, stable yet disciplined environment while simultaneously promoting an ethos of Christian values. Through our small classes, ranging from 14 to 24 students, high academic standards are maintained and each child benefits from individual attention, allowing potential to flourish. Waterfall College is accredited by Umalusi and is a member of ISASA (Independent Schools Association of South Africa) and IEB (Independent Examinations Board).

Academic Staff

The individual contribution of each academic staff member has built a reputation of academic excellence at Waterfall College. Qualified subject specialist teachers provide students with a breadth of knowledge. Small classes enable staff expertise to be optimally shared through discussion and debate, while engaging with every student every day to guide the learning.

Independent Examinations Board (IEB)

Waterfall College is an established IEB centre for Matric examinations. It is the preparation of students for life after school, plus the development of those skills beyond subject-specific knowledge, that makes an IEB school different. Being an independent body with international benchmarking, the IEB provides relevance, credibility and quality assurance. It also enables staff members of Waterfall College to work alongside colleagues at other IEB schools to keep up to date on trends in their specific subject areas.

Technology

Great strides have been made on the technology front at Waterfall College, which is an accredited Google School. Students work on Chromebooks, with high-speed wifi providing connectivity to all classrooms. Teachers combine online resources with traditional methods of instruction to ensure that our students are able to make the most of the technology available to them.

Social intelligence

We believe in the need to invest in the social and emotional development of our students – enhancing their interpersonal skills, communication, relationships and EQ through appropriate workshops, guided by our Head of Counselling. Students are also encouraged to interact with their peers through various extra-mural activities, outdoor programmes and clubs.

Sport

Waterfall College currently offers 4 sporting activities for girls and 4 for boys, with regular matches both off and on campus. Waterfall College recognises students with colours and honours for performance in sporting achievements both inside and outside the school. Achievements in the sporting arena have included a range of excellent results in internal (eg 7s Rugby, Karate) and external sport (eg Swimming, Horse-riding).

Culture

The cultural portfolio has expanded significantly through the dedication of the school’s parent body. Five regular cultural activities are offered, plus a range of cultural events (eg High Tea) and outings for the students (eg Sound of Music). The new Drama Department presents the Annual School play, which includes a cast from Grade 8 to Grade 12.

Outdoor

Waterfall College has a well-established Outdoor Programme. The importance of safety in outings is a key priority, while ensuring students are given a range of experiences to learn team-building, leadership and problem-solving outside of the classroom. Feedback from the outdoor programme provides valuable insight for the school in selecting future leaders and identifying areas for further development.

Service

The HOPE Committee (Helping Other People Everywhere) is appointed each year to drive the important aspect of outreach at Waterfall College. Students participate in beach clean-ups, visit the elderly, contribute to the educational efforts of Focus on iThemba, as well as collecting donations for other local charities.

 

Per Ardua Ad Perfectum – Through Hard Work, Excellence is Achieved

Living out its motto of ‘Per Ardua Ad Perfectum’, the College aims to cultivate responsible, hard-working, independent thinkers. We develop young adults of distinction who are tolerant of individual differences and willing to make a positive contribution as they move towards excellence in their respective careers.

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