History and Identity


Founded in 1974, Waterfall Pre-Primary was previously known as Crossroads Pre-Primary and originally based in the leafy suburb of Waterfall. This much-loved school, under the leadership of Dawn Crookes for over 20 years, had a strong reputation in our Upper Highway community of providing an excellent foundation for young boys and girls.

Our current Principal, Paula Mason, took the reins as Principal in 2012 and the school relocated twice over the following few years. It was imperative for Paula and her team to find a new space to take root and flourish.

Fortunately, the school was purchased by a local businessman in 2015 and the team were delighted to relocate to brand new premises based on the picturesque 41 acre iThemba Campus in Hillcrest. The first little feet ran into the school gates in January 2016 with 40 boys and girls enrolled.

Today we have a thriving school with over 150 children including a passionate team of eight teachers, seven teacher assistants, six interns and three aftercare teachers. Well known Early Childhood Development expert, Sharron Lane, was appointed as Director in 2018 and through the combined knowledge of Sharron and Paula the curriculum has been enhanced to ensure joyful learning through play for our little ones. Our team is delighted that a few of the first Crossroads ‘graduates’ from the 70s and 80s have now enrolled their children at our school and aim to continue the educational journey on campus through our integral connection with Waterfall Prep and College, as their feeder school.  Waterfall Pre-Primary is located adjacent to the Prep school where their team, led by Headmaster Brad Cooper, aims to ‘unearth the treasure in every child’.

Our Christian World View is at the center of everything we do and is integral to our daily lives, how we care and the way in which our parents, children and team feel valued. We are excited to continue to step forward as we see exciting development on the iThemba Campus and watch our first pupils graduate from Waterfall College, Grade 12, in 2032.