GRADE 2’s RED BUS ADVENTURE
In recent weeks the Grade 2’s have been learning about themselves and how they relate to their community. They have relished learning about the city of Johannesburg, and on Thursday last week they had an opportunity to go on The Red Bus with their classmates to tour our beautiful city.
The boys were delighted to board a double-decker bus and loved ducking between the branches of Woolston Road while sitting at the top. As they drove around our city the boys listened to an audio book which guided them and gave them insights into our wonderful city.
They visited the Anglo-Boer War Memorial where the boys enjoyed finding familiar names on the wall of the monument. The boys also stopped at Constitution Hill for a snack and had the privilege of going inside to look at the Court. What a special experience.
Boys and staff had moments of laughter, hunting for clues and many marvellous memories were created. Gosh, the boys are proud of the city they live in!
GRADE 2 MUSIC ASSEMBLY
The Grade 2 boys performed at their Music Assembly on Thursday morning, many making their debut performances. In a special moment two Ridge boys were accompanied by their Mums.
The Senior Orchestra have been rehearsing for their upcoming performance at the Kingsmead Ensemble Festival which will take place on Tuesday 5 April. We wish them the best of luck!
GRADE 5 MARIMBA BOYS
The Grade 5 Marimba band performed at the Information Session that was held for prospective parents and brought a fabulous vibe to the event. The boys will also be showcasing their talent at the Kingsmead Ensemble Festival next week.
GRADE 1’s FIRST READING BREAKFAST
The boys had quite an exciting couple of weeks and experiencing their first ‘big’ Reading Breakfast was certainly the highlight.
FUN IN THE SAND
Playing in the sandpit during break is a firm favourite with the boys who enjoy building tunnels and castles to match the stories and adventures that they create.
GRADE 1’s LEARNT ABOUT THEIR SENSES
The absolute favourite activity for the boys was discovering The Five Senses while making popcorn
- Hearing- the joy of hearing the first pop
- Sight- seeing the kernels popping through the glass lid
- Smell- the delicious aroma of popcorn wafting on the playground
- Taste- finally getting to eat the popcorn
- Touch- there was such joy in being able to put the first one into their mouths
WACKY WEDNESDAY IN GRADE 1
Wacky Wednesday brought about the biggest display of funky socks that teachers have ever seen. This was followed by wacky hats and shoes. Who knows what will be next?
RML WEEK IN GRADE 0
The Grade 2’s learnt new sounds in their RML lessons. They have been working with their sound cards; building sound walls, making green words and practicing their speedy sounds . All of the grade 0s are blending sounds together to sound out words like “mat” “tin” “sat” & “sit” and are using their Fred Fingers to sound out green words as well as nonsense words on the carpet.
The Grade 0s also learnt about the letter ‘p’ in their RML lesson. They came to school dressed as pirates, had a pirate picnic with only ‘p’ foods, drew pirate pictures, made ‘p’ circle maps with ‘p’ foods, learnt how to write the ‘p’ sound using the pirate rhyme and listened to pirate stories.
JOBURG MINI COUNCIL EASTER DRIVE
Our two Joburg Mini City Councillors launched the Easter project to their fellow Ridge boys. The collection is in aid of over 120 child centered organisations across South Africa, who will ensure that Easter is a little sweeter this year. We would like to wish Aidan Butler and Katleho Ramatsotso, seen here with their mums, well during their term of office.
GRADE 0’s LEARNT ABOUT OUR COUNTRY
The Grade 0 boys have learnt all about our beautiful country South Africa. They are currently learning all about where they live. They have been building complex constructions out of blocks and Lego, demonstrating their understanding of houses and homes.
GRADE 0 GRANDPARENTS DAY
THE GRADE 7’s EXPLORING 3D OBJECTS
The Grade 7 boys have been consolidating their understanding of 3D objects. They used nets of various 3D shapes to construct the actual 3D object and then combine them together to create a spaceship model.
GRADE 4 NATURAL SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
A few weeks ago boys planted seeds as part of their Natural Science experiment. During this time boys studied the plants and learnt how to care for and nurturing their plant as it grows.
THE DEBATING TEAM
Finn Berman, Muhammed Casoojee, Oscar Berman, Imran Budlender and Ismail Tayob participated in the second leg of the Antheneum debating Competition at King David Linksfield
ST PADDY’S DAY
A surprise and delight for St Paddy’s Day. Our wonderful Ridge mums dressed up and treated our boys to gold coin chocolates and other goodies.
Melissa Smith recently joined the Lighthouse as a learning mentor in the foundation phase. She will be supporting our boys in Maths in Grade 2 and 3. She has already started running the focus groups and will be taking boys who need one-on-one or paired group support from Term 2. Melissa is passionate about individualized instruction and learner driven learning. She enjoys understanding and pursuing the interests of the children in her care to promote their curiosity and enable learning. Her teaching styles are varied according to the needs and abilities of children she supports.
Autism Acceptance Week
28th March – 3rd April 2022 is Autism Acceptance Week, so it is fitting to celebrate the week with our Autistic students and their families. This is an extract from the powerful letter written by Autistic advocates Emma Marsh and Dr. Melanie Hayworth, encouraging communities to use neurodiversity-affirming language that is uplifting and self-affirming:
“The terms you use for my Autism will colour my perception of myself and my peers’ perception of me (and my Autistic friends) for years to come. With your validating voice added to the chorus, I can accept myself as lovable just as I am. And my inner voice will assure me, “I am different – not less.”
If our Autistic allies would like to read the full letter, it is available online at: https://reframingautism.org.au/neurodiversity-affirming-language-a-letter-to-your-childs-support-network/
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ
Spencer Gilchrist, Kachi Amaonwu, Neo Selibe and Sakhile Zondo represented The Ridge on Monday the 14th of March, at Beaulieu Prep in Midrand.
It was the first General Knowledge competition for all of The Ridge boys. They worked well together as a team, and behaved so well, that teachers from other schools commented on their good manners and team spirit. Well done, boys! You truly made us proud!
Congratulations to Nicholas Vogelzang on his selection for the Gauteng Schools swimming team.
SCHOOL SHOP NEWS
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