The Ridge Reporter

MISSION: JOY

On Wednesday 1 June 2022, The Ridge School, in partnership with the Anglican Dioscese of Johannesburg were privileged to host to the South African premiere of the much anticipated international film Mission: JOY at the school in Westcliff. 

Mission: JOY is the moving and laugh-out-loud funny documentary about South African icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s friendship and their secrets of finding joy in troubled times.

The film shares the humour and wisdom of two of the world’s most beloved icons as these two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates united for one final mission: to show the world how to live with JOY.

The Right Reverend Dr. Steve Moreo, Bishop of Johannesburg together with his invited guests, including the multi-Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir, as well as business leaders, faith leaders and members of The Ridge School community, shared in an experience that will be felt for years to come. In the spirit of sharing joy, guests were greeted to an outstanding performance by The Ridge School Marimba band, followed by The Ridge School Junior Choir, who had guests dancing and singing along to their rendition of “Give A Little Love‘” by Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. International media coach and broadcaster Boo Prince, hosted the evening.

Use the following link to watch the global screening of the movie on Facebook: https://missionjoy.org/unite available from 2 June 17:00 to 4 June.

ASCENSION DAY SERVICE

We welcomed our sister schools, St Katharine’s and APPS to join us for our Ascension Day service. We had a lovely time together as a wider school community and the Music Departments collaborated to perform a few items together. The Amtoti Choir also sung a special prayer called Agnus Dei – “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, and give us peace.”

EASTER SERVICE

Before we closed for the holidays in Term 1, we had a special Easter Service for the whole school. This end of term service was filled with music and special items from some of our choirs and music ensembles.

The Junior Choir sang a special song called “Because” and the Senior Choir performed “Lig op to Horison.” The orchestra entertained the school with items from James Bond as well as Dance Monkey.

JENGA DAY IN GRADE 4

The past week the Grade 4s had some fun practicing there steady skills while building the tallest Jenga tower.

GRADE 7s LEARNT ABOUT VERTEBRATES

The Grade 7s had an opportunity to look inside a fish as part of Earth Science. The boys dissected a fish whilst studying vertebrates and had to identify the different organs inside the fish.

RUGBY VS PRIDWIN AND ST DAVID’S

The U10 Rugby team played against rivals Pridwin and St David’s, recording wins over both on what was a very chilly morning this past weekend.

DEBATING CLUB

Congratulations to the following boys, Felix Jackson, Finn Berman, Katleho Ramatsoso, Muhammed Casoojee, Imran Budlender and Finn Berman who, as a team, finished in first place of the Antheneum Debating Competition. Our team competed in the Junior Divison against teams in Grade 8 and 9 and through hours of hard work and dedication pulled off an emphatic win. With thanks to their coaches Itu and Thato for their guidance and Mrs Patel for her unwavering support.

GRADE 5s LEARNT ABOUT ANCIENT EGYPT

The Grade 5 boys were divided into groups in Project Based Learning (PBL) and each member of the group researched characters from ancient Egypt that were assigned to them. They then made puppets to use as a means of describing to their group members what their characters did during that time.

CHESS VS ST PETER’S

LIGHTHOUSE NEWS

Parents of boys with ADHD might find the above information booklet very handy. The ADHD Foundation has provided useful information on speaking up and seeking support for your child, talking with your child about ADHD, emotion and organization, as well sleep, diet and exercise. It is always helpful to stay informed and to seek professional opinion regarding the options available to support your son.

OLD BOYS NEWS

Congratulations to Old Boy, Kabir Budlender (2020) on winning the Speech of the Day prize at a recent isiZulu Oral Competition hosted by St Mary’s DSG in Pretoria.

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Michael Van Heerden (LIV Fleming) has had a very busy year, achieving incredible honours and records in his junior swimming career. He managed to break six records at the Inter-House Swimming Gala in the first term followed by qualifying for the South African National Junior Championships and earning himself three first and three seconds. At the South African National Junior championships, Michael won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke event and is currently ranked third in South Africa in his age group for that event. Well done!

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Did you know that the school shop sells emergency stationery supplies? We have pens, maths sets, scissors . . .  to help replace lost or depleted items in the pencil case.

THE RIDGE SCHOOL WINTER WARMTH APPEAL

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