With the importance of public speaking skills being critical to career-seekers, the annual Toastmasters course held early in the year over 8 weeks is an important part of the culture portfolio for senior students. They learn the basics of speech structure, vocal variety and gestures before creating their own speeches and taking on various meeting roles.
Waterfall College has constantly reached the KZN finals of the Youth Leadership Competition in one or more of the three categories of speeches: Prepared, Evaluation and Impromptu.
Noluthando Buthelezi (Deputy Head Girl 2017) was placed 3rd in the Evaluation Contest at the Interschools’ Toastmasters KZN Semi-finals 2016 and is seen here with Toastmasters coach and past parent, Antoinette Tigar.
Led by Mrs Samantha Langford, the Glee Choir is a singing platform that gives students access to vocal training covering many genres, ranging from opera and Gospel to folk and contemporary pop. Students collaborate on pieces that they find positive and inspiring and that suit their vocal ranges. They also have the opportunity to showcase their vocal talents at school assemblies.
Rotary Team Talk
Waterfall College participates in the annual Rotary Team Talk, which is spearheaded by the English Department. The competition consists of three rounds in which teams of three highlight an issue in the community and present their solution to adjudicators.
In 2015, the school reached second place out of 80 schools in KZN, presenting their speech at the finals at Howard Campus. The team was inspired by the close-knit Waterfall College community and chose to speak about building tolerance and understanding through discussion.
Drama Club & Annual School Production
Waterfall College has always had a drama club in various formats, but from 2016 the interest in Drama reached a new level with the establishment of Drama as an IEB subject at the school. With Mr Greg Kyle at the helm, Drama is well supported and structured with involvement from Grade 8-12, and culminates in the production of the school play during Term 3. This is a growing area for Waterfall College as students demonstrate their skills on stage and work together on a large project with parent and community support.
Cast of the annual school play 2016, Mmbeth
The IEB subject of Design is an exciting subject that covers visual communication (graphic) design, surface and product design and environmental design. Students taking Design learn the invaluable skills of problem-solving in the real world, creative thinking and the importance of social, environmental, cultural and business responsibility. This subject provides students with the opportunity for creative expression while developing practical, commercial graphic design skills.
High Tea & Other Cultural Events
The Waterfall College High Tea event has become an annual highlight of the school calendar. While being a fundraiser, it is also an opportunity for students to get involved and learn new skills such as interior decor, modelling and event management. Keynote speakers for the event have included Dr Adriana Marais, candidate for the Mars One Project and award-winning fashion designer Karen Monk-Klijnstra.
The High Tea event provides an opportunity for parents, community members, staff and students to enjoy an afternoon of inspiration and fun on campus. The Culture portfolio aims to expand the range of events to provide entertainment and bring the school community closer together and raise funds for the various departments and requirements within the school.
There is a variety of excursions throughout the year aimed at enriching the lives of students by providing cultural experiences. These include block bookings to performances at The Playhouse such as The Sound of Music, visiting the Hilton Arts Festival and a trip to the Battlefields during the holidays. Thanks to dedicated parent support and especially the current and past convenors of the Culture Portfolio on the Governing Body, this is a growing area for the school.