The Ridge Reporter – November

JUNIOR PREP SANTA SHOEBOX

The Grade 0 families have been busy putting together their contributions for our annual Santa Shoebox drive. On Friday 5 November, the boys handed over their boxes for delivery. Kenny and Siya ensured that the boxes arrived safely at the Santa Shoebox depot, and they will then be distributed to the worthy recipients. A big thank you to all the Grade 0 families for their kindness and generosity in supporting this special initiative. 

THE GRADE 1’s HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY…

The boys collected bags of old clothes which is part of the Clothes For Tress initiative.

They showed a great deal of determination as they filled their Spek Booms with as many leaves as possible. Keeping with the trees theme the boys also finger painted Jacaranda flowers to their trees.

Happy smiles as they practiced their creative writing skills. The theme is Summer.

A birds eye view of The Ridge School.

While learning about shapes and building puzzles the boys enjoyed their yummy treats from the cake sale.

THE RIDGE IS ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC

SENIOR PREP CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

GRADE 1-3 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

The Grade 3 boys lead a wonderful assembly in Celebration of Christmas. The boys sang many musical items and included performances by the Recorder Ensemble and the Junior String Ensemble. The morning was enjoyed by all!

SP MUSIC SOIREE

This term we had two live Senior Soirees, providing a platform for boys in Grades 4-7 to showcase their musical talents. Both evenings presented a wide range of musical interests, and the boys must be commended on presenting professional polished performances.

GRADE 0 MUSIC CELEBRATION

The Grade 0’s invited their Parents and Grandparents to a special concert that they prepared. Much fun was had with audience participation and air guitars and the boys performed like absolute stars! Their guests were then invited for tea and to walk around their classrooms to view all their artwork.

GRADE 3 MUSIC ASSEMBLY

The Music Instrumentalists in Grade 3 performed with confidence and flair during their music assembly. We were also treated to Marimba performances from each Grade 3 class.

GRADE 2 MUSIC ASSEMBLY

Many Brave Grade 2’s played a variety of musical instruments which showcased their hard work. They presented themselves well and shared their talents with the school.

SWIMMING IS BACK IN BUSINESS

GRADE 4: KONKA CAMP

GRADE 5 CAMP: ZWARTKLOOF GAME RESERVE

GRADE 6: CAMP NELU

GRADE 7: CAMP DISCOVERY

JP CRICKET VS ST JOHN’S

Mr Naidoo visited the 1st XI Cricket team at their final match vs St David’s.

THE RIDGE SCHOOL GOLF DAY


Ridgie has been seen around The Ridge quite a lot in recent weeks. Here he is with Ms Behr after the Grade 0 2022 Orientation tea. Rumour has it he may be flying in to celebrate with the Grade 7’s at their Valedictory dinner.

OLD BOYS REUNION

We held our annual Johannesburg Old Boy’s reunion at the end of October. The evening was filled with laughter and boys reminiscing about their days at The Ridge. A few old boys took a stroll around the school with classmates and shared their fondest memories.

The Headmaster’s Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians                              

At the time of writing this newsletter, the Grades 5 – 7 boys have departed for their much-anticipated camps. While for many it is their first for a long time, for some, it is their first. In the buildup and preparation for it, there was some discourse around the pleasure of some things returning to normal. Contrary to this view, however, I wish that we do not return to normal. And while I am not a scientific expert who can offer a view on the origins and impact of the virus, I think that the normal that we were used to is what lead us to not being able to adapt sufficiently enough to limit the residual impact felt by the pandemic.

Nevertheless, I would like to share about what I am hopeful about. And that is being able to move to a new place – a place where we live in touch with our humanity and not visit it at the occasional funeral or wedding. We have learnt that love and compassion are not luxuries, but they are necessities. I am hopeful, therefore, that we will rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Schools play an integral part in the realisation of our humanity. There are two real emotions that boys, staff, and parents regularly feel that are somehow perceived negatively. They are anxiety and fear. While I recognise my limitations in defining what they are, I do understand that anxiety is what puts us in touch with our humanity because it tells us that something is wrong. And if we are not afraid then we have not grasped what is at stake. The absence of anxiety and fear means that we are not in touch with what is wrong in our world but the presence of it means that we are more in touch with our humanity. The purpose of our humanity in this school, therefore, is to help us fix what we previously broke. Our humanity is not about returning to normal, our humanity is about showing the world what schools should look like – all schools and not just the privileged ones.

It can be difficult to explain human nature, but that does not mean we should lose faith or hope in ourselves or others. Bringing humanity into education, into our school, is about not returning to normal but embracing a new world order.  Consider, for a moment, how profound an education is: every human-made object in the world is the result of one. Every car, computer, particle accelerator, thatched hut, hairstyle, soufflé, piano concerto. These are the products not only of the skilled hands and minds of their creators, but the result of whole traditions and systems of education. Change education (change our school), and you change the world.

Spectators at sport events

We are pleased with the recent amendment of the gazette released by the DBE which allows for spectators at school sporting events. We have missed you and I am certain that you missed this aspect of your son’s development as well as the sense of community that it brings. Instead of giving you my personal, philosophical views about the merits of being to watch yours sons play sport, I thought that I would solicit their perspectives, as well as that of the coaches, and present it to you straight from their mouths:

Things that the boys and staff have missed:
  • The encouragement.
  • Talking about highs and lows after the match.
  • Food… bacon and egg rolls.
  • My nana watching.
  • Community
  • The cheers and clapping.
  • The treats.
  • Parents cannot record and have fun with me.
  • Always having someone in my corner.
  • They miss my good performances.
Things that they have not missed:
  • Being shouted at by other parents.
  • Being told I suck.
  • Reffing and the abuse I got – I am a teacher not an IRB ref.
  • The tension on the side of the field.
  • Not getting embarrassed.
  • The shouting.
  • Parents not getting upset.
  • Telling me what to do – I could think more for myself while playing.
  • When parents try to coach while we are on the pitch.
  • The pressure and the intensity.

Protocols as spectators

The following health and safety measures must be adhered to when coming onto the campus. Your understanding and support is appreciated.

  • Face masks must be worn by all persons entering the venues where the activities take place, change rooms or training areas. Boys who are participating in training or matches accompanied by vigorous exercise will not be required to do so while they are playing.
  • Sufficient quantities of hand sanitisers, with at least 70% alcohol content, will be available for use by all officials, coaches, assistants, participants and supporters.
  • There will also be facilities for washing of hands with soap and water.
  • Subject to the requirements of any contact activity, social distancing must be maintained at all times. We appeal to parents to limit, where possible, the number of spectators per boy to three people.
  • The sharing of drinks and drink containers is not allowed.
  • There will be a Covid-19 compliance officer at each venue. Please respect the directives given by him/her.
  • All participants and spectators must undergo health and temperature screening upon entry.
  • For contact tracing purposes only, a register of all officials, participants and spectators from visiting and hosting schools who are attending a school match or event must be kept by the host school for at least 21 days. A Google form declaration will be sent in advance of each event. A hard copy will also be available for completing at the venue.
  • We are legally obliged to do this in conjunction with the other regulations. We need to consider physical distancing at certain facilities. This may impact the number of spectators at our pool as an example but details will follow per event

To conclude this thread – a new world by not returning to normal and the coming together in community once again – I encourage us to reflect on the notion that in community we can do more to help someone than what we are able to do as individuals. And where the boys are concerned – most things can be developed in isolation except character. This is about them. I am excited that the village that raises them is growing and coming together again.

Sincerely,

Wayne Naidoo

Headmaster

The Ridge Reporter

GRADE 1’s FULL STEAM AHEAD

The Grade 1’s have been busier than ever. They planted spekboom stalks and sunflowers and collected ‘Clothes for Trees’ in support of the environment and community.

Maths has been delicious this term with the boys doing yummy ‘marshmallow maths’ while creating 2D and 3D shapes. The Grade 1 teachers are so impressed with their writing. Our boys made painted butterflies to learn about symmetry. They had fun writing their own word sums. This always makes for a delightful afternoon read.

GRADE 2’s LEARNT ABOUT ENDANGERED SPECIES

The Grade 2’s have been busy researching endangered species. They spoke to each other about the different animals, their habitats and why they have become endangered. The boys have also brainstormed some ideas for how we can help these animals. The boys enjoyed researching their animals using an iPad and to create an awareness poster about endangered species.

GRADE 2’s SPENT TIME IN THE GARDEN

The Grade 2’s have been hard at work over the past few weeks planting the vegetable garden. The boys brought in seedling trays and seeds which they sewed and planted out. They will be keeping a close eye on their progress and enjoying watching them grow over the next few weeks! With some luck we will have some produce to share before the end of the school year.

MUSIC

The Grade 4’s created music using kitchen utensils to play polyrhythms in a “Kitchen Symphony”.

SCHOOL SHOP NEWS

Did you know that the school shop sells secondhand uniforms?  Come in and browse – 100% of proceeds go to Salvazione or The Hope School each year.  We do rely on your donations of old uniforms to stock this section, so would love to take them off your hands.  Kindly drop off old uniforms with us in the shop, or with the guards marked for the School Shop.

TOUR DE MATHS

We participated in our first live Tour de Maths event since the start of Covid hosted by Pridwin with over 120 participants from schools all over Johannesburg. Six Grade 7 boys from The Ridge participated in this event: William Boland, Oliver Bouilliart, Adam Gardee, Nyiko Mabunda, Zhy Ravjee and Calvin Wagner. Our six boys were split into pairs and were then randomly paired up with two learners from a different school. The teams of four then had 1 hour to complete a 20-question problem-solving paper. In the end our Ridge pair of Calvin Wagner and Adam Gardee, with their partners from Pridwin, managed to achieve 1st place in this exciting challenge. Hopefully next year will allow for a lot more of these in-person events.

INTER-SCHOOL GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ

The Grade 7’s participated in a General Knowledge Inter school competition hosted by Beaulieu against Beaulieu Prep, Kyalami Prep and Christchurch Prep… 8 teams in all together. We are very proud of our two teams and the following boys took second place: Ethan Stein, Madimetja Tema, William Boland, Calvin Wagner and third place went to: Nyiko Mabunda, Chris Herman, Connor van der Walt, Zhy Ravjee. Well done boys!

ROBOTICS COMPETITION AT HAMILTON HOUSE

The Grade 6 & 7’s participated in a robotics competition at Hamilton House along with three other schools. The boys had to programme their robots to carry a sick ‘elephant’ to the hospital along the de-marketed path without moving off course. The boys worked well in a team lead by Adam Gardee who showed great leadership skills as the chief engineer. The end result was a tie for first place with Grayston Prep. Well done to Adam Gardee, Yusuf Gangat, Matthew Jennings and Sinalo Danisa.

SENIOR PREP CHALLENGE

Mr Diana challenged both the staff and boys to a 30 day challenge of 30 minutes of exercise each day. Sport participation at school would also count for the 30 minutes of activity. Staff will track the progress of each boy during early morning classroom catch-ups. Family members and friends are encouraged to participate too!

GRADE 7 FUNDRAISER

The Grade 7 Valedictory Dinner Committee are hosting a raffle to raise funds for the Grade 7 Valedictory Dinner. Tickets are R100 and can be purchased through the following the link https://qkt.io/xXRcfz

PRIZE 1

2 NIGHT SAFARI

EXPERIENCE FOR 4 GUESTS AT ONE OF THE MARATABA

CONSERVATION CAMPS LUXURY LODGES

Located at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, in Limpopo

Province, in a 21 000 hectare section of the Marakele National Park

DONATED BY MARATABA CONSERVATION CAMPS

VALUE: R25 000

PRIZE 2

JAZZ LUNCHEON FOR 4 AT CLICO BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Nestled in the heart of Rosebank Clico offers a tranquil setting for a relaxing afternoon.

Enjoy a wonderful 2 course meal for 4.

DONATED BY JEANETTE SCHWEGMAN

VALUE: R2 000

PRIZE 3

VIP PARKING AT THE RIDGE FOR A YEAR

Enjoy the privilege of your own parking spot in the parking lot for a year.

DONATED BY THE HEADMASTER

VALUE: PRICELESS!

PRIZE 4

AMBER SMITH PRINT

Amber Smith is a printmaker from New Zealand who is also well known for her work in ceramics.

DONATED: LIZ WALLIS

VALUE: A LIFETIME OF

ST STITHIANS RUGBY FESTIVAL

OLD BOYS CAPE TOWN REUNION

On 13 October we hosted our Cape Town old boys at Foresters Arms. Once again, the sense of camaraderie and school spirit was evident throughout the evening as old boys exchanged their fondest memories of their time at The Ridge.

CLIMBING CHAMP: RIDGE OLD BOY FAYZAN

Fayzan Adroos has competed in a number of Sport Climbing competitions throughout the 2021.

Earlier this year, Fayzan took part in the Gauteng Provincial Championships and National selection event where he achieved first place in the Bouldering discipline, second place in the Speed discipline and third place in the Lead discipline.

He also competed in the Western Cape Provincial Championships against climbers across the country. He achieved an initial tie for first place in Bouldering which led to a close super final and third place in Lead.

Fayzan’s overall placement in these Provincial Championships has resulted in him being ranked number one in his age group in South Africa for the Bouldering discipline, as well as the number one ranked climber for the Lead discipline!

Fayzan recently participated in a Gauteng Boulder competition open to all age groups and achieved second place in the mixed category.

Well done, Fayzan!

The Ridge OnAir Podcast Episode 1 of Season 2

Click here to listen now – https://theridgeonairpodcast.buzzsprout.com

On this episode of The Ridge OnAir we’re going to be meeting the brand new Head of the Lighthouse Learning Support Center, Mrs Penny Meyer. Penny has a wealth of experience and a special interest in teaching children, join us as she talks about hidden dyslexia. We’ve also got fantastic music for you, two incredible sports stories and news from the Maths Department, but season 2 kicks off with us getting to know the new Headmaster, Mr Wayne Naidoo a little better. 

The Headmaster’s Newsletter

Dear Parents                                  

Celebrating our Heritage

In my first two months at The Ridge School, I got to reflect on celebrating Women and our Heritage. I am not sure if there was an intention to have those follow each other but women are intricately linked with our heritage. Not only are they the ones responsible for our birth but our morality, sense of attachment and belonging is deep rooted in our relationship with them. While we explore the role of influential women in our lives and examine our Heritage, we will find clues about our past and how society has evolved. It is an opportunity to examine our history, traditions and be enabled to develop an awareness of ourselves. We can, therefore, get closer to understanding why we are the way we are.

This is especially important as schools are our social anchors and the people in it are the agents of change. Schools have experienced significant change in the last few months but on matters important, it is vital that we lead the change. The growth and change that the boys and we as staff experience may cause us to alter our views for a moment or sustain us in the future. When one considers, therefore, what we hold in the context of heritage, it is our duty, as a school, to develop the narrative from inclusion to belonging. In the event that you need belonging, you don’t converse with the people you know. You converse with those you don’t.

We are a country of 59 million people, 26 million eligible voters, over 100 000 species of plant and animal life, 287 municipalities, 11 official languages, 9 different provinces, and you – you have the power to make people belong.

As challenging and beautiful as this sounds, I must also remember that last week I lost a battle with a five-year-old about wearing nail polish and lipstick to school. Nevertheless, we must pick ourselves up and continue to try.

Connecting

During the first few weeks of the term, I hosted a series of online meet and greet sessions with all parents to begin the partnership that is so essential. I also had the opportunity to have some face-to-face sessions which were tagged onto various information mornings. It was wonderful having the parents on the campus again and to meet many of you. I still have many parents to meet. The main talking points with the parents was to give further insight about my personal life, journey and experience in education and speak in depth about relationship building and authentic conversations.

I look forward to further engagements. Be on the lookout, therefore, for the plan regarding the release of podcasts and written newsletters. To that end, your voice is important and I would like to include it in process.

Engagements with staff

I am pleased with the growing authenticity and openness with the engagements with the staff. At the beginning of the term, we interacted in fun and engaging ways to solicit ideas about the following:

  • Using the medium of short skits, we explored who the ideal Ridge boy is.
  • Reworking the lyrics of our favourite songs to explain the aspects that we appreciate about working with each other.
  • Each person spoke about the song that we would use as the theme song to a movie made about our lives. This developed our understanding about the people in the room.
  • We also considered the idea if school was an invention as of today, what staffing structure we would construct for the effective leading of it.
  • Then we wrote a gratitude chain – of all the people we would thank for us to be at this point in our lives. The realisation that so much of our success depends on the significant contribution of others, lead us to acknowledge the magnitude of the good in the world around us.

In recent weeks, the following topics were the basis for discussion:

  • In considering the need to address forms of prejudice we spoke about the personal journey that we need to undergo, the interpersonal skills that need to be developed, and institutional and structural changes that need to be made.
  • The emotional process of change.
  • The cost of us meeting and the value of the outcomes to equate to that cost.

Management of COVID

COVID is not a new circumstance, and we commit ourselves to being creative and reimagine how things can be done. We are consulting with medical and legal experts to ensure that we are compliant and making good decisions for the well-being of the boys, parents and staff. We are also engaging with the regional rep of ISASA and their legal department for support in affecting policy making at the DBE level.

We are leveraging the change in regulations to have parents attend functions on site but in a safe manner. Most events are held outdoors, and all protocols remain in place. The intention is to reignite the sense of community.

In addition, to minimise the disruption to teaching and learning we will ensure effective track and tracing procedures so that only close contacts of a person who tests positive will need to isolate. In order to effectively implement this, we implore parents to allow us to use the identity of their son in the process.

Grades 3 – 7 camps

I am certain that you found great value in the information mornings regarding the logistics and preparation for the boys going on camp. The fact that for many boys this will be their first and for the others it has been a while, the anxiety and apprehension they and parents may feel is not lost on us. I wish to assure you of the following steps we have taken to support the staff and your boys:

  • Every camp site had a pre-visit by a member of the executive team.
  • We contacted the camp directors and got copies of their policies around safety, training of their staff and all protocols they have in place.
  • We briefed them about the expectations we have about their interaction with The Ridge Boys.
  • I will drive out on Thursday and spend the day with the Grades 5 and 6 boys.
  • I will stay with the Grade 7s on Thursday night and spend Friday with them.

In addition, we are in the process of developing a positive mindset about camp culture. The following initiatives are underway:

  • Mr Bezuidenhout, Mr Seakamela and Ms Fletcher are having sessions with the respective classes and Grades about standards of behaviour that we expect.
  • Josh Ramsey will be flying up from Cape Town and facilitating conversations about positive behaviour, anti-bullying and pro-social skills amongst other topics. The boys will contribute to their set of camp rules – they will then have ownership over it. We will also talk about steps that the boys can take if anything untoward happens.
  • Infographics about these will be put together and sent home. You are encouraged to go through it with your son before he departs for camp. The same infographics will be stuck up in their accommodation as a visual reminder of the commitment they made. 

Watching of Sport

The frustration pertaining to the restriction on the watching of sport is massive. Essentially, the two gazettes, which are mandated by separate government departments do not talk to each other. We are working with ISASA in engaging with the DBE to look at ways to get the gazettes aligned and to change the restrictions imposed on schools – particularly those with the capacity to effectively manage the protocols associated with safety around COVID. In the meantime, please understand that we need to be legally complaint but we will continue to push hard in this regard.

Celebrations at National level

Our Grade 7s competed in the final Tour de Maths competition for the year. In total there were 30 020 questions attempted by 767 students – I think you get the sense of gravity of this competition. The boys from The Ridge performed exceptionally well and it is an absolute pleasure to give you the results of the completion:

TOP 3 PREPARATORY SCHOOLS FOR 2021

  1. The Ridge
  2. St Stithians Boys’ Prep
  3. St Stithians Girls’ Prep

TOP 3 PREPARATORY SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR 2021

  1. Soham-Zhy Ravjee (The Ridge School)
  2. Calvin Wagner (The Ridge School)
  3. Oliver Bouilliart (The Ridge School)

I congratulate the staff and the boys for this amazing accomplishment.

Next steps

While the focus of the term is to finish of the year strong and ensure operational efficacy, plans are well under way to prepare for 2022 and beyond. The staff and the executive team are working on the following:

  • Critically analysing various policies, particularly our anti-racial policy, anti-bullying policy and Code of Conduct.
  • Interviews for the positions of Deputy Head – Innovative Learning Strategist and Head of Senior Primary.
  • A communications strategy.
  • A marketing strategy.

Wayne Naidoo

Headmaster

The Ridge Reporter

DEBATING CLUB

The Grade 6 and 7 Debating boys have come a long way in a short time. This is under the guidance and mentorship of Coach Itumeleng Mohanoe from the Coach Itu Academy.

The following boys Felix Jackson Grade 6, Finn Berman Grade 6, Lafika Mabandla Grade 7 and Lithalethu Tuku Grade 7, participated in the Gauteng Provincials, they placed 17th out of 80 schools, our school being the only Primary School to participate. This competition took place during the August break.

Our Debating Club is currently participating in a ‘Best of 5’ against St. Marys Preparatory School (Waverly), and we have already won the first two rounds. Our young lads have had to prepare motions in both Opposition and Proposition on topics such as ‘This House would like the Legalising of Graffiti in Public Spaces ‘and ‘This House Believes that Elected Politicians should use only State Services’. The case studies and preparation for these motions require in depth study as well as understanding of both sides. It has given our boys the opportunity to see different perspectives even if they don’t necessarily agree with the motion. It is truly wonderful and interesting to witness our boys in action!

HOOKED ON BOOKS

With crazy stories, amazing titles and imaginations tickled pink, the boys were lucky enough to have two shows – one for the Senior Prep, and one for the Junior Prep. The JP also had a Book Character Dress-up day, which made for a very colourful audience.

There was a book rush in the library after the show, it was inspiring, to say the least.

TOUR DE MATHS

Tour de Maths is an inter-schools Mathematics Problem Solving Competition open to learners in both primary and high schools throughout the country. All the events post-Covid have taken place online, and there have been five of these events this year. The following Grade 7 boys took part in this year’s competition: Soham-Zhy Ravjee, Adam Gardee, Matthew Jennings, William Boland, Nyiko Mabunda, Oliver Bouilliart, Connor van der Walt, Adam Stoutjesdyk, Calvin Wagner and Ethan Stein. We were delighted to hear that The Ridge was the top placed primary school in 2021. We also had all the top 3 prep school students for 2021: 1st place: Soham-Zhy Ravjee, 2nd place Calvin Wagner, 3rd place Oliver Bouilliart.

TENNIS TOUR

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the tennis calendar each year is the annual weekend-long Sun City Tennis Tour. This year, we took two open teams to compete. The A team comprised of N Vogelzang, J Stapleton-Smith, A Ball, A Muralidhara, M Hume and D Van Niekerk. The B Team comprised of J Heeger, S Sargent, C Wagner, C Herman, A Bleazard and S Slettovold. Both teams competed in a number of singles and doubles matches against some familiar schools (St. Johns, St Stithians, St Peters, St Davids) as well as some unfamiliar school (Reitz, Kyalami Schools, Cornwall Hill). The boys had a wonderful time gaining valuable experience and competing against so many schools, as well as having fun at The Valley of the Waves in between fixtures. I am proud to announce that our A Team finished sensationally in second place in the A section, losing in the final to a very powerful St Stithians side. Our B team also competed superbly and finished in third place. Well done to the boys – their grit, determination and sportsmanship did our school proud. Mr A Pretorius

GRADE 0’s HAD A BUSY WEEK

The Grade 0’s had wonderful time this week learning about the wonderful birds that live in South Africa, they spent some time building puzzles and also improved their maths skills with simple addition.

BASKETBALL TOUR

Our basket ball team participated in The Kearsney College Centenary Basketball Festival. They played a number of challenging fixtures and placed 4th in the tournament. Well done!

CARE TO LEARN ASSEMBLY

We had the opportunity to host Jo-anne from the Princess Alice Adoption Home in our Care To Learn Assembly.  The boys learnt more about what the home does, and the babies they care for.  

Princess Alice is extremely grateful for the Ridge’s ongoing support, especially over the last two years.  Our Grade 1 and Grade 5 boys collected an incredible donation of nappies, formula and toiletries for the babies as part of our Action Day drive, and were also able to hand over a cheque to Princess Alice for R6350. Well done boys!!

GRADE 4’s LEARNT ABOUT DISTANCE

During their maths lesson the Grade 4’s learnt about distance. They were required to measure various distances including the distance from the school to the traffic circle on the Valley Road.

HOCKEY VS ST STITHIANS

JP HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATIONS

On Heritage day the Grade 3’s learnt about each other as they shared interesting information. Afterwards they did beading and painted biscuits to celebrate!

NEWS FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE

October is global dyslexia awareness month, so the Lighthouse has been shining a light on Dyslexia. This year the focus was on “Invisible Dyslexia”, exploring the entire theme of visibility within our community. The reason for highlighting this “invisibility” is because dyslexia itself is not always a visible learning difference, so students with dyslexia can feel unsupported, unseen and invisible. We also want to encourage everyone to value the importance of dyslexic thinking.

Awareness days and weeks are so important – but what makes a real difference is being included and having a sense of belonging every day.

If we are to solve the big problems of our time. We need innovators, storytellers and entrepreneurs more than we need a world free of spelling mistakes.” – Asma Elbadawi, poet, activist and dyslexic. Please take a moment watch her powerful poem in this video link:


“We encourage you to share this video for some child-friendly insight into what it might feel like to live with dyslexia, from the perspective of a person with dyslexia. The video is based on the real-life story of Nessy creator and best-selling author, Mike Jones.” – Jacqui Haddow.

“Below is a fact sheet is a quick reference guide to understanding dyslexia and supporting students with dyslexia.” – Zoë von Klemperer.

OLD BOYS ASSEMBLY CLASS OF 2016

On Friday 1 October we welcomed back the Grade 7 Class of 2016 and their parents. We wish our Old Boys well as they sit for their matric finals in the weeks and months ahead.

Congratulations to old boy Uzayr Ballim (2017) on his appointment as the Second Prefect of St John’s College.

Congratulations to old boy Nick Lane (2017). We wish him well in his leadership role.

Congratulations to Thomas Roy (2017) on his appointment of Head of School at Hilton College for 2022.

The Ridge Reporter

SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN GRADE 1

Spring has certainly SPRUNG in Grade 1. Our boys have started this new and VERY BUSY term with enthusiasm and joy. The first few weeks were dedicated to the ‘Spring Theme’, warmer climate and the joy of ‘ditching’ all the layers of clothing.

It has been so much fun watching them apply their knowledge in all our learning areas. From learning about symmetry in butterflies and painting their butterfly cookies (YUM) and using various mediums to create beautiful art for the classroom displays. There was so much excitement with the Spring celebrations and the Grade 1 hats were a hit across the Junior Prep. With all the fun and excitement, the Grade 1 team is so proud of all our boys. They work hard and give of their best every day. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the term brings.

READING BREAKFAST

Our reading breakfast was a great success and our new Headmaster, aka Prof Dumbledore, popped down to share in the reading magic!

SALT

The theme for SALT was linked to Heritage Day and the boys had a discussion in their groups about the structure of a tree. Just like a tree gets what it needs from its roots, each boy had to decide what he gets from his heritage that is part of who he is.

The boys then used what their family has instilled in them to grow and develop their own interests and build on skills, culture, language and how they use what their family has taught them.

GRADE 4 AND 7 SCIENCE EXPO

The long awaited Grade 4 and 7 Science Expo was a great success. The weather played its part and the boys loved show casing their projects. Our SP parents also had an opportunity to view the projects, mingle with other parents and enjoy some snacks.

EARLY MORNING TEA

The Grade 0 parents enjoyed a morning together with teachers and our new Headmaster. The meet and great was received with great success and our parents were excited to be back on the property.

DEBATING CLUB

The Grade 5’s prepared and presented a class debate. They passionately argued for or against being taught by robot teachers.  Their convincing arguments were based on both fact and opinion.  I am relieved to report that the teacher’s jobs look secure, for now!

GRADE 0’s LEARNT ABOUT LIFE CYCLES

The Grade 0’s spent the morning looking for tadpoles around the Ridge grounds, getting their hands dirty and just being boys. They have caught some tadpoles and are going to watch them grow into frogs over the next few months.

GRADE 0’s LEARNING ABOUT NATURE

For this term the Grade 0’s are looking after the silkworms they collected, by collecting leaves every morning and feeding them daily.

GRADE 1’s LEARNT ABOUT DRESS CODES