Connection is key at Waterfall Schools

The learning experience is underpinned by a commitment to maintaining healthy relationships between children, teachers and parents, as well as with God and nature.

Staff draw on personal experience, innovative thinking and international best practice to create a stimulating environment for all who learn and work at Waterfall Schools.

This trio of Christian, co-educational independent schools provides a complete educational pathway from 12 months to Grade 12 on the beautiful iThemba Campus in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.

Campus development

Waterfall Schools is located on the 41-acre iThemba Campus, with a rich spiritual heritage, breathtaking views of the Valley of 1000 Hills and a thriving indigenous landscape.

In order for us to enhance our vision of an Educational Hub on one campus, we have a bold development plan in place – to provide students from the age of 12-months up until their Grade 12 year with a quality independent education, enhanced by a range of academic and sporting facilities.

Since the establishment of Waterfall Schools in 2016, the campus has seen remarkable development, made possible by partners who share our vision for the transformative power of quality education. Facilities include spacious classrooms, a STEAM (sciences, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Centre for Grades 8 to 12, two sports fields, a cross-country/MTB trail, a Hall and media centre. Future plans include enhanced sporting facilities.

The iThemba Campus landscaping philosophy embraces the abundant diversity of indigenous plant species that we have been blessed with in KwaZulu-Natal. We hope to cultivate an appreciation and awareness for the diverse and unique ecosystem around us, both above and below the ground, bringing about a sense of ‘Biodiversity Stewardship’ and a responsibility towards leaving this legacy for those who follow.

Brad Cooper
Preparatory Principal

Bryony Green
College Principal

Jeanette van der Merwe
Online Principal

Shirley Pitchers
Business Manager

Hayley Dennyson
Marketing and Communications

School Leadership

Waterfall Preparatory and Waterfall College are led by an Executive Committee, who direct the daily operations and expression of Waterfall Schools’ values and culture, and who contribute to the development of the school through strategic planning.


Waterfall College NPC is a non-profit company with a board of directors whose powers are specified in the company’s Memorandum of Incorporation. The directorate comprises a Chairperson and various chairs of sub-committees, which meet regularly and assist the Board and Executive Committee in managing the school.

No team members (save for the management employed by the school) or directors receive remuneration of any nature from the school or any related entity, and serve on an entirely voluntary basis.


DR van den Heever (AEP (Unisa) SBL)
GR Simpkins (B Com. Dip Acc. AEP (Unisa)
JC van der Merwe (B.Sc. HDE)
R Goosen (BCompt)

Waterfall College NPC Registration number: 2004/030193/08

Parent Action Group

We are grateful for the contribution of our parents, who assist in so many ways.

From co-hosting events to offering professional advice, donating eats and other goods, and getting their hands dirty with the odd construction project!

The PAG works on a project basis, drawing on interested parents, where necessary. To find out how you can get involved, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Hayley Dennyson on

“I see it as a way for parents to assist the principals in making the school as appealing as possible to all stakeholders – pupils, parents, staff and potential new families.”

Kevin Waterston / 2018 Chairperson

“For me, it’s all about the personal connection. We all know how difficult it can be to get information out of a teenager! Being part of the PAG provides a window into life at the school and has given me the opportunity to get to know teachers and fellow parents.”

Tracey Done / former College parent

Providing bridges of hope for life-altering positive change by investing in children through quality education.

This beautiful partnership sees genuine community upliftment, with meaningful relationships developed between staff and learners from Waterfall Schools and the local pre-schools.

Waterfall Schools benefits from the facilities of the iThemba Campus, while the NPO is assured of long-term sustainability, being able to direct donor funds to its life-changing projects.

The Focus on iThemba team are based at Jacob House on the iThemba Campus.

Email Tayla-Anne Goss on or visit to support their initiatives and be experience this contagious joy.

We invite you to join us on this journey.

How to Apply

Applications are open throughout the year. Submit your child's application to Waterfall Preparatory or Waterfall College online to take the first step to become part of the Waterfall Schools family.