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WINTER FUN IN GRADE 1

As their Winter theme came to an end, the Grade 1 boys had fun making pompoms and colourful beanies to keep warm.

GRADE 4 ENVIRONMENTAL WEEK

For their environmental awareness, the Grade 4s studied the topic of water. They investigated the significance of water in our lives as well as the survival of all living things. The boys were then asked to bring a 5-litre bottle of water to carry around for a day in honour of the many people who must travel several kilometers every day just to collect fresh water. The water was collected by Ashraful Aid Organisation, which was kindly organised by Mohamed Docrat, and delivered to the Eastern Cape, where it is desperately needed.

RUGBY TOUR: CAPE TOWN

CHESS AT THE RIDGE

The Senior Chess Team welcomed Safe Study, a local NPO, to The Ridge to play a friendly chess match. The morning was spent enjoying playing chess and making the most of their shared interests. After everyone enjoyed lunch, our boys handed over donated blankets to each of our guests.

GRADE 0s 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL

The Grade 0s spent the week learning all about the number 100 in preparation for celebrating 100 Days of School. The boys brought bags filled with 100 items, learned how to split this up into 10 groups of 10, and then how to count in 10s to get back to a 100. The week ended with an exciting dress-up day. Each boys was presented with a certificate from Mr Naidoo and Ridgie. The boys also had biscuit baking and 100 pieces of popcorn tied up in snack packs. What fun celebrating 100 Days of being a Ridge Boy.

GRADE 3 SOCCER VS ST STITHIANS

The Grade 3 boys took on St Stithians in their first football game of the season. Much excitement was had by all.

GRADE 2 SOCCER VS PRIDWIN

The Grade 2 boys’ first friendly soccer match was against Pridwin. Congratulations to our rising stars.

FOUNDERS’ DAY

Founders’ Day ticket sales are live! Tickets include free access to all entertainment which this year includes everything from Zorb Balls to the Bungee Run.

Be there to celebrate 103 happy years with us!

Book out the 23 July to be there with us on https://ridge.allxs.co.za/

ACT OF KINDNESS

Thank you to Chris Verster and the incredible families at @The Ridge School for donating rugby boots and socks to our players. Our children must not forget the wise words of wisdom: “Dream Big, Work Hard, Make Mistakes and BE KIND.” We are living by these words – thank you all for your kindness.

THE GRADE 2s LEARNT ABOUT GEOMETRY

Geometry was taught to the Grade 2 boys during their mathematics lesson. The lesson focused on determining the face, edges, and vertices of some difficult 3D shapes.

INTER-SCHOOL GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ

The Ridge participated in an Inter-School General Knowledge Quiz at St Peter’s. There were 14 teams participating, representing 7 schools. Our boys showed the Right Stuff through their behaviour, team spirit and enthusiasm. We are very proud of their conduct and perseverance.
Well done to Luke Hartmann, Spencer Gilchrist, Jamie Berridge, Sakhile Zondo, Jonathan Schwegman, Kachi Amaonwu, Neo Selibe and Muhammed Cassoojee (who came to our rescue and filled a spot at the last minute).

LIGHTHOUSE NEWS

If you haven’t seen or used the new Disability Pride Flag, that’s because it was reinvented in October 2021 to be more inclusive! The older, brightly coloured zigzag design you may have seen could trigger sensory issues like seizures, nausea and migraines, so this new design is preferred. The lighter colours also improve visibility for colour blindness. The Disability Pride Flag was a collaborative effort designed by Ann Magill, a disabled woman, and the disabled community.

  • The Black Field: A colour of mourning and rage; for those who are victims of Ableist violence.
  • The Five Colours: The variety of needs and experiences of those with invisible and undiagnosed disabilities, physical disabilities, neurodiversity, psychiatric disabilities, and sensory disabilities.
  • The Parallel Stripes: Solidarity within the Disability Community and all its differences and intersections.
  • The Diagonal Band: “Cutting across” barriers that separate disabled people; creativity and light cutting through the darkness.

Creator Ann Magill has waived all copyright claims and registered the flag under International Public Domain and on the new design choices, so businesses, schools and workplaces are free to use this new redesigned flag.

Happy Disability Pride month and here’s to continuous awareness-raising, action, advocacy and pride based on differences, not deficits.

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THE GRADE 1s LEARNT ABOUT REPTILES, NOUNS & ADJECTIVES

The Grade 1 boys have not let the Winter chill hold them back this term. They’ve just completed the reptile theme which turned out to be a firm favourite. The Grade 1 teachers are so proud of the effort these chaps have put into their speeches. We learned quite a few interesting facts from our smart boys!

Boys were also encouraged to write their own sentences and use a dictionary for tricky words. The introduction of some parts of speech was accepted with lots of humour as you can see in the activity, “Fun with nouns and adjectives”.

Our very own Haakon came to school with a ‘vintage’ blazer that his uncle wore as a grade 1 Ridge Boy. Our best ‘guess-timate’ is that it is at least 33-39yrs old.

We continue into the ‘chilly to freezing’ term with optimism and excitement for all that is yet to come!

THE GRADE 2s LEARNT HOW TO MAKE BUTTER

The Grade 2 boys have been learning about South African foods, and then dove into the processes of how we get food in the shops. We then made butter as a fun activity as part of there Life Skills lesson. 

GRADE 4 RADIO PRESENTERS IN THE MAKING

As part of their Minecraft Zoo PBL cross-curricular project, the Grade 4s presented a radio advertisement during their Afrikaans lesson to promote their zoos. They spent the weeks before learning about zoo vocabulary and writing the advertisements by following a detailed brief.

The boys had such fun with their recording booth and recommend that every boy’s zoo is visited by the public!

U8 & U10 CANOEING BOYS

Paddling their way to the top! Congratulations to Edward and Benjamin Carmichael and Asher Wilson on their performances this past weekend at the South African Canoeing Marathon Champs. Asher placed 1st in the U8 2km event. Benjamin placed 1st and Edward placed 2nd in the U10 4km event.

THE GRADE 5s VISIT THE VOORTREKKER MONUMENT

The Grade 5s went on an educational tour of the Voortrekker Monument, in Pretoria. This formed part of there Language Immersion Collaboration between the Afrikaans and IsiZulu departments. The aim is to promote and develop an understanding as well as an appreciation of South Africa and its rich cultural heritage. Die Monument, as it is affectionately known, has been declared a Grade 1 National Heritage Site and it is the second most visited heritage site in South Africa.

The following topics were covered during the tour:

  • The essence of monuments and museums in South Africa.
  • The place of a monument and the importance of museums in preserving objects from the past.
  • Explanation of the Voortrekker Monument as well as the Pioneer and Heritage Centre as a tourist attraction.
  • Interesting exhibits and themes that include national symbols, food, settlements and the use of material such as wood, metal, leather, clay, ceramics, glass and textiles.
  • The Zulu hut and objects that were used by the Zulu people are physically demonstrated and touched by visitors. Traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle of the Afrikaners.

We also discovered a link to the Monument through one of learners, Max Erasmus, who is a descendant of William Nicol. Most people know the name because of William Nicol Drive or his role as the Governor of Transvaal. William Nicol was Max’s maternal great grandfather.  There is a portrait of him in the Voortrekker Monument and the Afrikaans daily newspaper Beeld, picked up on his story after we informed the Monument

William Nicol 1887-1967.

His father Matthew was a teacher, emigrated from Scotland. William served as a minister in the Dutch Reformed church Johannesburg for many years from 1913, his parsonage was in Houghton. From 1948-1958 he was the administrator (premier) of Transvaal and during this time many schools, hospitals, roads, and dams were built.

Nicol believed in teaching education in the person’s mother tongue and said any education taught in a second language would hinder a person’s growth and learning ability. Thus, he also helped translate the Bible with help from African religious leaders into isiZulu. He opposed the National Party’s Bantu Education and suggested a model with learning in the mother tongue with English as a second language so that people could all communicate.

ACT OF KINDNESS ON THE RUGBY FIELD

Whilst the U9c were valiantly trying to a secure a win against tough opponents, a WHPS boy went down with an injury. The game continued as the Ridge pushed for a result, Tinotenda Musora knew there was something more important than the result and decided to check that the WHPS boy was ok. As the medic attended to the WHPS boys Tinotenda showed incredible sportsmanship by comforting the WHPS boy while he was been treated. Well done Tinotenda for showing The Right Stuff.

THE GRADE 2s LEARNT ABOUT AUTUMN

The Grade 2 boys went looking for Autumn leaves around the school and they found red, orange and green leaves. After collecting the leaves they found, the boys went back to class and scratch coloured over the leaves, which they later cut out and stuck onto the trees they drew.

GRADE 2 BOYS SPEND TIME AT THE KOPPIE

The boys spent some time reading at the Kopie and made fun stick-boats to race down the water stream.

GRADE 0s CAREER DAY

The Grade 0s had so much fun learning all about different careers and jobs over the past two weeks. They have been fortunate enough to enjoy presentations from a range of parents who have come into share their knowledge and passions. We have heard from a police woman, engineer, architect, business manager, attorneys, investment banker, doctors, research scientist, cookie baker, and a pianist. What lucky boys! To end of this fun theme, the Grade 0s came dressed up as their dream job and had such fun sharing their ideas with their classes. 

OUR BOYS AND STAFF PARTICIPATING IN THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS RUGBY FESTIVAL

LIGHTHOUSE NEWS

ADHD Parenting

Parents who are looking for guidance in parenting a child with ADHD may want to take a look at ADDitude Magazine’s website (https://www.additudemag.com/category/parenting-adhd-kids/won’t). They have ADD-tested strategies, everything you need to know about oppositional defiance, positive parenting, school and learning challenges, health and wellbeing, social skills, executive functions, treatment & more.

“As every parent knows, a child that’s short on sleep can swing between being grumpy and hyperactive, with effects that can mimic ADHD. Sleepiness can also affect your child’s ability to pay attention, with ramifications for their performance in school. Even minimal sleep restriction can have effects on your child’s day-to-day life.”

For parents looking for ideas to help set up good bedtime routines, there are suggestions at this link: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/children-and-sleep

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2023

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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.

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THE GRADE 1’s VISITED RANDOM HARVEST INDIGENOUS NURSERY

The Grade 1’s were finally able to go on their outing to Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery, after having to postpone due to inclement weather last term. 

The boys were so excited to hop on the big bus and settled down quickly and enjoyed the drive to Muldersdrift. We were warmly welcomed by the nursery staff and the boys started the morning with a treasure hunt and they were rewarded with an Easter egg and beaded seed treat for the birds in their garden. 

Next was lunch under the beautiful acacia trees and then a walk to the compost heap to dig for earthworms. This activity had mixed reviews from squeals of delight to screeches of disgust. 

The boys each planted a succulent to take home and look after. A walk to the cows and turkeys ended a wonderful morning, learning so much and breathing the fresh air and enjoying the sunshine.

A big thank you to Random Harvest Nursery for hosting us and taking such good care of the boys. 

THE GRADE 0’s LEARNT ABOUT FOSSILS

The Grade 0’s spent this week learning about fossils and playing with their favourite dinosaurs.

NEON NIGHT RUN

The PA Neon Night Run, back on the calendar after a couple of years, proved to be as popular as before with nearly 700 attendees. The golf course was alive with all things bright and bold as young and old tackled the 2km and 4km routes, both proving to be tougher than first thought. Congratulations to the PA, the event was a great success in bringing together The Ridge community to share in a fun and healthy evening out.

MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

During the course of last week, the Grade 0 mums joined their sons for a special morning in The Eagle Room. The boys showcased what they had been learning in their Music lessons with Mrs Ackermann, which included a memorable mother-son dance to ‘Special Star’ at the end of their performance. The boys then pampered their mums with a beautiful manicure, and some were even brave enough to expose their toes to the freezing cold! The boys and their mums then showed off their fine motor and beading skills, and produced stunning pink bracelets as a keep sake from the day. It was the perfect morning for the mums and sons to make memories together, as well as an opportunity for the mums to connect with one another over a cup of tea and delicious eats.

SENIOR PREP ART WORKS

After practicing various design and drawing skills, our boys can be proud of their artistic endeavours.

These works are the culmination of their first term back at school. The artworks are testament to our young and budding artists, who are appreciating that there is more going on in the art room than just the making of a pretty picture!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE U12 & U13 HOCKEY BOYS ON THEIR DISTRICT HOCKEY SELECTION

U12 Hockey boys – Iain Thompson & Yousha Gani

U13 Hockey boys – Neo Selibe, Nicholas Vogelzang, Hamza Kaka, Tom Rivett-Carnac

RUGBY vs ST JOHN’S AND ST STITHIANS

RUGBY VS KEPS

U9 CONTACT RUGBY

GRADE 7’s VISITED JHGC

The Grade 7 boys went on an educational excursion to the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC). This excursion formed part of the cross-curricular approach as the boys read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in English and they will also be looking at the topics of slavery and South African history this term.  The JHGC runs a programme that is specifically tailored for Grade 7 learners and covers issues of identity, personal as well as group and national identity. The tour included a discussion around diversity, difference, “othering” and how these result in the dehumanisation of minorities.

INTER-SCHOOL GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ

We hosted an Inter-School General Knowledge Quiz at The Ridge, a total 7 schools participated. They were The Ridge, St Mary’s,  St Peter’s Boys, St Peter’s Girls, Kyalami Prep, Beaulieu Prep and Christ Church Prep.

The categories for the quiz were as follows: Myths and Legends, Fears and Phobias, Famous Places, Fascinating Animals, Food from around the World and Book Series.

Each round had ten questions, as well as an audience question just to keep the enthusiasm going. We had so much fun and the Quiz Teams and Library Monitors did us proud.

First place went to Beaulieu 1, second place to St Mary’s 1 and The Ridge 2 took 3rd place. A very special thank you to all the behind-the-scenes work that went into setting up and catering for everyone. Another special thank you to Mr. Seakamela who was our MC and the judges: Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Kurz, Ms. McLellan and Mrs. Mbele

NEWS FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE

Globally, research finds that the reading skills of young students specifically Grade 2 and 3 are stalled during the pandemic. Of particular concern is a delay in reading fluency, or the ability to read quickly and accurately read aloud. Reading fluency is fundamental for academic development and problems with this reading skill can influence our students’ ability to learn other subjects as they make their way through later grades. For more information, please see the research done by Standford Graduate School of Education at this link: https://news.stanford.edu/2021/03/09/reading-skills-young-students-stalled-pandemic/

GRADE 5: JUNIOR MASTERCHEF

The Grade 5 boys practised their language and culinary skills when they did a Junior Masterchef (Kokkedoortjie) presentation for their oral assessment.

OLD BOYS REUNION

On Thursday 12 May we welcomed Old Boys from as far back as 1951 to as recent as 2021 to our annual Johannesburg reunion. Thank you to our guest speaker, Doug Gain (1989) for his insight into independent schooling in Johannesburg and his passion for The Ridge School and for what it stands for. Lastly for his perspective on the challenges we face as country in terms of energy supply in the years ahead.

Thank you, also to James Carmichael (1989), our Old Boys Chair and parent, for his excellent hosting skills and running , together with Doug, a rigorous and robust debate. 

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LUMO DANCE

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.

SENIOR ORCHESTRA

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.