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.

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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. 

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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