Academics

Waterfall College has a growing reputation as a quality, personalised, IEB high school. Key to this is the focus on academic excellence.

2019 saw our school maintain a 100% pass rate in the IEB Matric examinations – for the 15th year running. 

A key focus at Waterfall College is building strong partnerships between teachers, students and parents. Regular communication is an important tool in helping to support and guide students in their development.

Maintaining a consistent, diligent work rate is another focus area. This is implemented through the dedicated team of subject specialist teachers, who encourage students inside and outside the classroom. Our school motto, ‘Per ardua ad perfectum’, meaning ‘Through hard work, excellence is achieved’, is borne out through the academic discipline applied at Waterfall College. Read more about our Academic Awards here.

Technology is used to build learning at Waterfall College. Classrooms are fitted with data projectors and students use Chromebooks to access the wide range of tools provided by the Google Classroom suite of apps.

In addition to the classroom activities, Waterfall College also participates in a variety of academic competitions, providing exposure to other schools and to the real world of work:

JSE Investment Challenge 

  • Students compete in a game over a period of 6 months. Each team gets a fictitious R1,000,000 to invest in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Their performance is tracked against other teams in the three categories. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Waterfall College reached the Top 5 in South Africa in the Speculator Portfolio category. Each year, the team of 4 students was flown to Johannesburg to receive their awards.
  • The picture below shows the 2016 JSE Challenge Team VLK, placed 5th in South Africa: Sbonokuhle Ngcobo, Vaughan Lacon-Allin, Ms Cansfield, Kuhlekonke Majola, Lwazi Ncobo

jse-investment-challenge-team-2016

Toastmasters

  • Each year, during the first term, College students are invited to attend the international Toastmasters course on campus. This provides invaluable skills in public speaking and leadership.

Rotary Team Talk

  • A team of three students work together to present a talk to the local Rotary Club, competing against teams from other local schools. Our teams have always performed well, receiving positive feedback.

Vega Vibe (Business Studies & Design students)

  • Students work in a team to a project deadline and produce a marketing campaign which is specific to each year. In 2015, the campaign was to endorse a specific children’s right for an organisation. The Waterfall College team won the KZN contest and went on to win Nationals as well. They chose to run a campaign on addressing children’s rights to a family, providing recommendations for social media, billboards, fundraising and a mentorship programme.

The picture below shows the 2015 Vega Vibe team: Back row: Lané Roux, Joshua Wood, Megan Clifton, Nandi Hadebe. Front Row: Michaela Christophers, Mrs Saville, Mrs Bourreau, Marciano Fernandes.

vega-vibe-team-2015

Mathematics Olympiad and University of Pretoria Mathematics Competition (Mathematics students)

  • A group of our students are entered annually into the Harmony Gold Mathematics Olympiad along with approximately 12,000 other students in South Africa, and Waterfall College has consistently qualified for the second round of the contest.
  • An additional challenge is the University of Pretoria’s Mathematics Competition, where some of our top Mathematics students have scored well.

For our senior students, there is a range of academic choices available to students as they enter the FET phase (Grade 10-12) and begin to focus on their areas of specialisation. These include:

English
Afrikaans
isiZulu
Accounting
Business Studies
Consumer Studies
Design
Dramatic Arts
Engineering Graphics and Design
Geography
History
Life Sciences
Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy
Physical Sciences

You can find out more about Subject Choices here.