There is great excitement on the iThemba Campus, as the much anticipated Waterfall College STEAM Centre takes shape – adding six classrooms and two science laboratories to the school. The construction project was kick-started by the generosity of donors, who recognised the potential of this facility to enhance the Waterfall Schools experience for the students who learn here, and signifies the continuation of a powerful partnership between Waterfall Schools and Focus on iThemba. “We are grateful to all those who have supported us in our development,” says Jeanette van der Merwe, Waterfall College Principal.
As we have witnessed in recent years, learning is no longer confined to traditional classroom spaces and has been heavily influenced by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where high school students are expected to be equipped with four key skill sets: Global Citizenship, Innovation and creativity, Technology and Interpersonal skills. STEAM Centres in schools around the world mark a move away from classrooms of the Victorian era, allowing for greater development of core skills including collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
This centre will provide venues that promote active engagement, with spaces that can be used in various ways. The ground floor will be in use for Mathematics, Commerce and IT subjects from the start of Term 3, while the Science Labs, Art and EGD rooms will be fitted out with beautifully-designed, bright and flexible furniture during the term. A formal launch is being planned for Term 4.
The integration of Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths allows for real-life learning experiences in real-life contexts, encouraging creative thinking and a dynamic approach to the world, rooted in a South African context. This is the vision we have for our school.
Contribution supplied by Hayley Dennyson, Marketing and Communications Manager at Waterfall Schools.