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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.

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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

The Grade 1’s learnt about spring dress codes and made beautiful paper flowers.

GRADE 0’s CELEBRATING SPRING

The Grade 0’s celebrated Spring by creating magnificent flower arrangements. The boys arrived with a single bunch of flowers, and left school with gorgeous creations made from a collaboration of shared flowers among the class.

GRADE 0’s SENSORY PATHWAY

We have recently added a sensory pathway in the Grade 0 garden. The boys are delighted with the new addition in their garden. Exploring the different textures through their bare feet has resulted in many squeals of excitement!

GRADE 6’s LEARNT ABOUT RATIOS

During their maths lesson, the Grade 6’s were challenged to make the perfect Strawberry Milkshake. They were provided with the recipe and then had to calculate the ingredients using ratios and proportions. The boys worked exceptionally hard to strive for accuracy and developed their mathematical understanding. The maths group had a real buzz for learning, and this made their teacher really proud!

HERITAGE DAY

SPORT

Congratulation to the U9 Ridge Rebels team who recently participated in and then claimed victory in their winter league T20 cricket tournament last weekend. A win over Wanderers Gold saw them raise the trophy. An excellent achievement, well done boys!

OLD BOYS NEWS

Congratulations to Matthew Maccelari who is an Old boy, Class of 2016.

Congratulations to Luthando Masinda (LIV, Clarke) who has been selected to represent the U15 Central Gauteng Lions High Schools Cricket East Area team. #SJCCricket #LuxVitaCaritas

Congratulations to Kago Masote (LIV, Nash) who has been selected to represent the U15 Central Gauteng Lions High Schools Cricket East Area team. #SJCCricket #LuxVitaCaritas

Michael Van Heerden (Remove, Fleming) competed in the 2021 Swim South Africa (SSA) Regional Northern Junior Champs which took place 26 to 28 March 2021, where he collected a gold medal in the 50m butterfly, silver in the 50-metre backstroke and bronze medals in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

Michael’s times placed him in the top 5 in the country for his respective age group. Michael is currently the second-fastest butterfly and backstroke swimmer in South Africa for his age group, just behind the current South African Junior record holder.

Michael also competed in the U14 / U15 age group of the EGA Senior Winter Champs which took place 14 to 15 August 2021 where he won silver medals in the 50m butterfly, backstroke and freestyle, and a bronze in the 100m butterfly. He has secured his spot as the number one ranked swimmer in Gauteng for his age group in the sprint butterfly, backstroke and freestyle. A fantastic achievement, Michael. #LuxVitaCaritas

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GRADE 5 COMIC STRIPS

The Grade 5 boys have enjoyed interpreting visual comprehensions during English lessons. The Calvin and Hobbes comic strips series have been a firm favourite. Drawing inspiration from the Calvin and Hobbes series, the boys were tasked with creating their own comic strip. They needed to base their cartoon on a funny event that took place in their life. Overall, the boys produced the most outstanding comics. They used creativity, intuition and humour to entertain their class. 

WELCOME BACK CELEBRATION

The staff missed their boys so much that they decided to host a Welcome Back Party, with Ridgie, colourful clowns, balloons and, of course, hot chocolate as a special treat.

GRADE 7 AWARDS

Congratulations to the following boys who were awarded Academic Excellence for achieving 80% or more for 2 semesters:

Congratulations to Ethan Stein who was awarded Academic Recognition for achieving 80% or more for 1 semester:

GRADE 5 Fractions vs Decimals bake off

Mrs Wilson’s Maths class competed in a “Fractions vs Decimals” bake off. The boys had to choose whether they wanted to follow the recipe for “Chocolate Cake in a Mug” using fractions or decimals. We are still not sure which team were the winners, but apparently the results were delicious!

GRADE 4 MAKING AN APPLE PIE

The Grade 4 boys were tasked with baking an apple crumble pie during their online Life Skills lesson. They were given the recipe with the prescribed ingredients and instructions to follow. Future chefs in the making!

MANDELA DAY CELEBRATIONS

Some Grade 4 boys made sandwiches and bought groceries for those in need to commemorate Mandela Day

GRADE 4K HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF FUN

To add some fun to online learning, the boys had an opportunity to see what their “older self” would look like. The boys had to be creative and enjoyed every bit of it.

JP TEACHERS WORKING ONLINE

Our Junior Prep Staff in action online! It takes a special teacher to make learning fun yet meaningful and we seem to have a whole bunch of special teachers! Well done, team.

CENTENARY GIFT TO APPS

To celebrate Auckland Park Prep School’s centenary and the long standing relationship The Ridge and St Katharine’s share, we presented “The masked weaver in a upside down world” sculptured by Robert Leggat. This bird is known for its sense of community resilience and of been family orientated in nature. The Ridge and St Katharine’s wish’s APPS good fortune and prosperity as they celebrate their centenary in these challenging times.

JP PYJAMA PARTY

The JP pyjama party has always been at school but due to the Covid restrictions, the recent one had to be hosted online, with the boys at home and the teachers at school.

GRADE 1 ART

The boys learnt about the ocean and all its inhabitants. Thereafter, the boys were tasked with creating their favourite sea creature. The famous clown fish, Nemo seemed to be a favourite amongst the boys.

EARLY MORNING SCREENING JP

The JP staff have braved the early morning cold to ensure all our boys are screened as they come in. Well done team. Left to right – Zoe Zuke, Symon Karan, Mokgantsho Matsela and Masana Maringa on Grade 0 early morning screening duty!

GRADE 2’s LEARNT ABOUT TIME

The boys had an exciting consolidation exercise on the concept of Time by jumping around the floor clock to show the time. This exercise also proved to be the best way to warm up on a chilly morning. They had such fun!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADE 7 BOYS

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ RESULTS

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ACTION DAY – The Ridge School Blanket Appeal for Salvazione School

As part of The Ridge Action Day ‘learn to knit project’ in 2019, The Ridge community were challenged to create 67 blankets for Mandela Day.  Owing to the generosity of our wonderful extended Ridge family we handed over 76 blankets in July 2020!  Carolyn Steyn, the Founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day appealed to our amazing community for scarves, and by September, we delivered 515 scarves, 21 more blankets, 15 beanies and 1 pair of knitted gloves!

It was decided that our challenge this Winter should be closer to home and in March 2021, we once again called on our extended Ridge family to give each pupil and staff member at Salvazione School (251) a knee rug.  The blanket barometer took on a life of it’s own, as the overwhelming generosity and kindness from our beautiful community poured in.  I am delighted to tell you that we have reached our target of 251 blankets and they have been delivered to Salvazione, the extra 75 blankets will go to the Princess Alice Adoption Home.

Thank you to all who have contributed and through your generosity will bring warmth and light into the lives of children this Winter.

THE GRADE 1 BOYS SHOWING THE RIGHT STUFF

The Grade 1 boys were excited to deliver their blankets to Mrs Wallis’ office for the Salvazione Blanket Drive.

THE GRADE 1 BOYS LEARNT ABOUT REPTILES

The Grade 1 boys made salt dough snakes as part of the Reptile Theme. The results were realistic and creative. The boys had the best time moulding and painting.

CHESS PRACTICE

The SP boys had an opportunity to improve their chess skills before they went online.

GRADE 5 SHOW AND TELL

The Grade 5 boys were tasked with making a dish or drink of their choice. In a bid to expose the boys to more speaking and presenting in Afrikaans, while incorporating technology in the classroom.

Boys had to source their own recipes as well as background music to add to their video presentation.

GRADE 4 CHATTER BOX SPEECHES

With the sudden switch from a formal setting to an online space the Grade 4’s have managed to deliver their speeches from the comfort of home rather successfully.

THE GRADE 0 BOYS LEARNT ABOUT OPPOSITES AND COLOURS

The Grade 0 boys learnt about opposites and the colour wheel. They than created gorgeous paintings of different fruits using complimentary colours!

STAFF VACCINATIONS

Many of the staff members have embraced the call for all teaching and support staff to be vaccinated. The process for the Ridge team started last week and a number have been for their vaccinations.

GRADE 5 Hieroglyphics

The Grade 5 boys have been researching communications methods and languages used in ancient Egypt. Once the research was completed they were tasked with writing their name in Hieroglyphics on home crafted “ancient” pieces of paper.

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The Ridge School Blanket Appeal for Salvazione School

332 Blankets!

As part of The Ridge Action Day ‘learn to knit project’ in 2019, The Ridge community were challenged to create 67 blankets for Mandela Day.  Owing to the generosity of our wonderful extended Ridge family we handed over 76 blankets in July 2020!  Carolyn Steyn, the Founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day appealed to our amazing community for scarves, and by September, we delivered 515 scarves, 21 more blankets, 15 beanies and 1 pair of knitted gloves!

It was decided that our challenge this Winter should be closer to home and in March 2021, we once again called on our extended Ridge family to give each pupil and staff member at Salvazione School (257) a knee rug.  The blanket barometer took on a life of it’s own, as the overwhelming generosity and kindness from our beautiful community poured in.  I am delighted to tell you that we have our 257 blankets and they will be delivered to Salvazione this week, the extra 75 blankets will go to the Princess Alice Adoption Home.

We are overjoyed by this outpouring of warmth and love from our remarkable community and take this opportunity to thank you all sincerely for your continued support towards this worthwhile and important endeavour to keep the boys and girls at Salvazione warm in their classrooms.

A project of this nature needs to be driven and managed and, above all requires someone with a visionary, and compassionate spirit who is dedicated to keeping the spirit of giving alive.  On behalf of all, my sincere thanks to Liz Wallis who has not only demonstrated passion and energy in support of breathing life into this worthy cause, but has herself knitted a few blankets.  Your inspiration dear Liz, is contagious.

Thank you to all who have contributed and through your generosity will bring warmth and light into the lives of children this Winter.

Bless you all.

RICHARD STANLEY

HEADMASTER

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MOMENTS: HERE TODAY,GONE TOMORROW

It is easy to fall into the trap of living a busy life by constantly reflecting on the past and thinking of, and working towards, the future.

Now, more than ever, we need to stop (literally) and smell the roses and spread faith, hope, and love by appreciating what we have right now. Before we know it, we will be too old to enjoy certain things in life. Our children will grow up, leave the house and no longer need us to kick a ball with them, share their day with us or allow us to read them a story.

After all, life is about moments, experiences, relationships. To truly appreciate these, one must sometimes be fully present at the time and take a break from thinking about what could have been and what would be.

It’s not that we don’t have to work hard to achieve our goals or plan for the future, quite the opposite. However, we have no idea how long any of us has in this world, so surely it makes sense to appreciate the here and now.

So let’s take our foot off the accelerator now and then. Let us slow down, switch off, and focus on our loved ones and our surroundings. Appreciate every moment we spend with our friends and family.

 Let our biggest regret in life not be what we didn’t do, and the moments we didn’t spend with ourselves and the people we love. “Beware the barrenness of a busy life” – Socrates.

(Adapted from an article by James Welch-Thornton)

Ryan Bezuidenhout

THE GRADE 2 BOYS MAKING DAIRY PRODUCTS

The Grade 2 boys learned about South African products and brands. They then learned how to make butter using fresh cream and it used a lot of their energy! They shook their jars and were amazed at the magic and the delicious taste of homemade butter! Such fun! 

THE GRADE 2 BOYS LEARNT ABOUT BECOMING MONEY SAVVY

The Grade 2 boys learned about money. What better way than to get the knowledge hands-on by going on a shopping spree. They learned how to total their shopping carts, calculate their change and save up for the expensive items at our ‘shop’. They had a blast!

THE GRADE 7 BRAAI

After many weeks of intensive revisions, studying, writing tests the Grade 7 boys were treated to a well-deserved time off. The Grade 7 boys were treated to a braai to end their weeks of test and to enjoy some togetherness.

THE GRADE 5 CLASS competition

The Grade 5 boys held a competition testing their speed skills. The boys competed to see who could solve their Rubik’s cube the fastest.

THE RIDGE FAMILY SUPPORTING OUR SA HOCKEY TEAM

The Ridge family participated in a fundraiser for the SA Men’s Hockey Team to help them get to the Olympics in Tokyo!

SP TRIBUTE FOR THE SA HOCKEY TEAM

The Grade 6M boys supported the SA Hockey team by taking off their takkies and enlisting them as the key players in a brilliantly creative stop-frame animation with a special message.

Jonathan Schwegman, Joshua Hall, Neo Selibe, Zuko Dongwana and Nicholas Barberini were the chief instigators…


THE CLIMBING BOYS BRAVING THE COLD

The Ridge Climbing boys supported one another and worked as a team while they braved the cold on the climbing wall.

THE GRADE 6 BOYS LEARNT ABOUT 3D SHAPES

The Grade 6 boys learned about 3D shapes. Their challenge was to use their knowledge of 3D shapes and construct object/s using 3D shapes only. Examples of the objects is a robotic teacher, a house, a scene from The Ridge that you like, a robotic sportsmen, a car, a favourite toy, a scene from Minecraft, and a spaceship.

SP PERFORMING ARTS

The Grade 6 boys learned about the Flamenco dance during Performing Arts with Mrs. Morrick.

RIDGE RIGHT STUFF AWARDS MAY- GRADE 7

Grade 7 – Lee-Roy Mochan, Samuel Sletteveld and William Boland

MESSAGE FROM SA HOCKEY TEAM CAPTAIN

Dear Ridge Staff, Parents & Boys,

On behalf of the South African Men’s Hockey Team, I would like to thank you sincerely for your support of our Olympic journey. It has been humbling to see the support we have received as a team, and it has given us even more motivation to outperform ourselves at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Yes, we have had our challenges, as with everyone, during this pandemic but we are determined as a Squad not to let these obstacles control how we prepare and perform. 

We are fully aware that we represent so many people when we play for our country, and as a squad, we have all agreed that this is an incredible privilege which none of us will ever take for granted. Regardless of our results in Tokyo, we hope you, the parents and teachers in South Africa will be able to say to your boys when watching us play, that is the way to represent your country! If we can achieve this, then it will be an Olympics to be proud of.

Thank you again for participating in the Civvies Day. Every SA Men’s player truly appreciates the awareness and support for our Olympic journey. 

Kind regards,

Tim Drummond

SA Men’s hockey captain.