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Waterfall Schools celebrates the opening of The Victor Daitz Centre

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

BY HAYLEY DENNYSON

Staff, students and supporters of Waterfall Schools in Hillcrest, KwaZuluNatal, came together on 28 January 2020 to celebrate the opening of eight new classrooms for the College.

This new building has been named The Victor Daitz Centre in honour of the lead donor, The Victor Daitz Foundation, and the contribution that it has made to the development of the iThemba Campus over the past 10 years. ‘It is the support of visionaries like Brian Moshal at The Victor Daitz Foundation and others, that has made the growth of Waterfall Schools possible,’ says Gavin Simpkins, financial director of Waterfall Schools and its non-profit partner, Focus on iThemba. From a set of prefabricated classrooms in the backyard of Christ Church in Waterfall in 2004 to a respected independent school with more than 210 students, Waterfall College has seen tremendous growth as part of Waterfall Schools. ‘We have always had faith that Waterfall College is God’s school and that God will lead and guide us,’ says Waterfall College principal, Jeanette van der Merwe. ‘Last year, our spirits soared as the eight new classrooms of this Victor Daitz Centre took shape, together with the new tarred carpark. Past students and parents who drove the bumpy, dusty road to our school in years gone by could hardly recognise the place! For that matter, we hardly recognised it!’

A sustainable income for NPO partner

The growth of Waterfall Schools provides a sustainable income for Focus on iThemba, which promotes the life-altering positive change that effective early childhood development programmes can facilitate. ‘Through this partnership, Focus on iThemba is able to work with more preschools in the local area, transforming their facilities and empowering staff to provide quality education. This sets these children up for a productive future, with a world of opportunity open to them,’ says Simpkins. ‘The iThemba Scholars initiative also means that 12 scholars enjoy a 100% donor-funded scholarship to Waterfall Schools, from the pre-primary phase to matric. This is a unique model, which promises to reap benefits for all – especially the children whose lives it has changed.’ The Victor Daitz Centre includes eight classrooms, which serve as registration classes for Grades 9 and 10, as well as subject classes for English, Afrikaans, drama, geography, history and life orientation. The centre provides valuable space for this growing school to accommodate the 48 students travelling each year on the Waterfall Schools’ journey, from pre-primary to preparatory school and on to the college. ‘It really is a pleasure to give thanks from the bottom of our hearts to The Victor Daitz Foundation, the Focus on iThemba team and everyone who contributed to the completion of this project,’ Van der Merwe concludes.

Hayley Dennyson is the Waterfall Schools’ marketing and communications manager.

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