Waterfall College working wonders

| November 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Waterfall College, situated in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

In 2004, Jeanette van der Merwe was asked to take over the small high school of 42 students, located on the premises of a local church. Despite an initial meagre budget, she decided on a strategy to recruit top-quality retired teachers with optimum experience. The well-known Waterfall part-time teacher component includes past principals, deputy principals and retired department heads of prestigious schools.

In 2010, the growing independent school moved to larger premises on the spectacular iThemba campus, overlooking the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The original hall was converted into three classrooms, and the kitchen has been upgraded for use as the consumer studies room.

The 40-acre campus will be developed further. Plans for building more classrooms and a new internal road are being processed. iThemba has recently sunk a borehole on the estate, and the generator for emergency electricity supply is near to completion. Indigenous plants and more than a thousand indigenous trees have been planted everywhere, as the parent body has worked together with iThemba to beautify the campus with sustainable gardens, complementing the remarkable view over the valley towards Inanda Dam.

The impressive new sports field, netball court and consumer studies kitchen are additional miracles, and the massive IT network project will connect educators, students and community members in this part of South Africa.

Says Van der Merwe (known affectionately as Mrs Van): “2014 has been a year of unprecedented campus development.

“We are celebrating resilience this year. We have overcome many challenges and seen so many miracles on this campus — we truly believe this is God’s school.”

Category: Summer 2014

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  1. Pat Waters says:

    Excellent report – thank you!

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