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APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW HEADMASTER OF THE RIDGE SCHOOL

We are pleased to announce that following an extensive search process, Mr Wayne Naidoo has been appointed as the new Headmaster of The Ridge School with effect from 1 September 2021.

Wayne’s career in education spans almost a quarter of a century and has been built on a love for teaching and strong Christian values. He honed his teaching, management and leadership skills at St Charles College in KwaZulu Natal, which he joined in 1998. During his 18 year career at St Charles he occupied several roles, including Chaplain, History Teacher and Head of the Middle School. On the sporting front, he coached the college’s 1st team football, as well as cricket and rugby. He also coached provincial cricket and football.

In 2016, Wayne moved to Western Province Preparatory School as Deputy Headmaster where, amongst others, he played a key role in introducing innovation around teaching and learning and transforming the system of discipline from retribution to a more restorative approach.

In January 2020, Wayne was appointed founding Principal of Trinityhouse College Glenvista Prep and High School which he leaves to join our school.

WORLD BOOK DAY

We celebrated World Book day by dressing up as our favourite characters from our favourite books. With music filling the air and the sound of laughter and fun, the morning was spent reading and enjoying being outdoors on what was a beautiful day

GRADE 7’s LEARNING ABOUT EARTHQUAKES

The Grade 7 boys had a lesson this week testing their theories on earthquakes and the challenges engineers face when designing and constructing buildings to withstand these natural disasters. The groups designed and built their structures using toothpicks and jelly tots; and  then tested their structures in a container of jelly to see how earthquake-proof their designs were.

GRADE 1’S CONSTRUCTING 3D BOXES

The Grade 1 boys have worked so hard this term and have had lots of fun. The boys designed and made their own creations using a range of 3D boxes. We loved up-cycling and being creative (and messy!)

U11 HOCKEY TEAM

The under 11 hockey team played their final game of the season this week and beat their opposition 11-0. Well done boys!

BOYS HAVING FUN IN THE SUN

GRADE 0’s BOYS BEING BUSY BODIES

The grade 0 boys have been really busy these two weeks. They have been learning about how to build puzzles, learning how to build words using sound cards,improving on their handwriting skills,sharing all about houses and homes.

GRADE 6 STEAM

In Steam boys studied nutrition and food packaging. They were tasked with designing their own cereal boxes taking all design elements into consideration.

CLIMBING BOYS

The Ridge School climbing boys practicing their rope skills on-site with Coach Steve.

JP MUSIC

The Grade 0 boys have been learning about different sounds and have been learning about the Symphony Orchestra. The boys have recently made their own shakers and have played along to the orchestra with their hand-made percussion instruments.

The Grade 1s have played a musical instrument called the Boomwacker and have learnt to follow notation and patterns in order to create music.

The Grade 1s 2s and 3s have an African Music lesson once a week and have been learning to play the marimbas in their lessons with Mr Kupeta.

MUFFIN AND COFFEE GET TOGETHER

Muffins and Music was held on the Music Department lawns on the day of the official announcement of our new Headmaster, Wayne Naidoo. Beautiful Music to accompany the moment was presented by the talented Irene Morrick and Khanyisile Mthetwa.

SP ORCHESTRA Rehearsals

The Senior Orchestra is back in full swing. The boys rehearse together outside the music department in the mornings before school, and they are working towards a performance at the Music Assembly at the end of March.

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GRADE 7’s LEARNING ABOUT Vertebrates and Invertebrates

The Grade 7 boys have continued on their exciting journey of discovery. This week we have covered the topic of vertebrates and invertebrates and comparing the differences between these types of animals. It was concluded with the dissecting of fish in order for them to observe what we have discussed during our lessons.

Grade 7 Academic Badges 2021

Congratulations to the Grade 7s who received their Academic Badges.

Music Assembly Friday 26 March

On Friday 26 March the Music Department treated the School to an assortment of musical pieces. With mist on the Westcliff Ridge the setting could not have been better for a morning filled with the wondrous musical notes from our very own Ridge Boys.

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AFTERNOON CLUBS

The Ridge School has embarked on a new and exciting journey with regard to extra-murals in the Senior Prep. A variety of clubs have been created for boys in Grade 5 to Grade 7. The boys are able to choose a club that caters to their interests. The clubs on offer are: Photography, Coding, Debating, Chess, Drama and Homework.

This week’s focus is on the Coding Club, where 30 enthusiastic boys attended on different days. They were tasked with decoding existing codes from around the world.

You could hear a pin drop as the boys set off to meet their challenge. The school corridors at 15:00 in the afternoon are now synonymous with chatters about the different club experiences.

GRADE 0’s LEARNING ABOUT THEIR BODIES

The boys had an opportunity to learn about their body and skeleton. This turned out to be a lot of fun as they were able to be creative and at the same time learn valuable facts about their bodies.

GRADE 1’s FIRST DAY BACK AT SCHOOL

We were so excited to welcome the Grade 1 boys back to school! They all looked so handsome on their first day wearing their Ridge Blues. They have settled with ease and are working like champs! We have made beautiful tigers, learned to write words starting with ‘n’ and are enjoying the new Think Equal programme. Our story this week was Me, myself and I. We are  celebrating what we love about ourselves! We are so happy to have all our boys back at school and they can be super proud of themselves!

HOCKEY TOURNAMENT vs ST STITHIANS

The Grade 5 boys participated in the hockey 5’s tournament last week at St Stithians. The Ridge won 5-4. Well done boys

GRADE 7’s IMPROVING THEIR HOME ECONOMICS SKILLS

Our Senior Prep boys learnt how to thread a needle, knot it at the end and sew patchwork pieces together using a fine running stitch: first one plus one and then two plus two to make up a set of four.

GRADE 7’s OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING

The boys were tasked with drawing the Johannesburg skyline from the balcony of the Nicolson Hall. Sketching onto a long strip of paper with pencil, then adding in detail with fine-liners and marker pens, and finally moving into using chalks or watercolour paints. 

WELCOME GRADE 0’s 2021 TO THE RIDGE FAMILY

The newest members of The Ridge family had their first day of big school a few weeks back and they loved every minute.

GRADE 7 ART

“One-word-art”, this is part of a longer project in which the boys learnt to work with patterns by cutting shapes out of black and white paper. Here, the boys were challenged to think of one word that characterised their experience of lockdown in 2020.

GRADE 2G BOYS CREATING PABLO PICASSO DRAWINGS

The Grade 2 boys were given instructions to create a Pablo Picasso drawing of a face. They were given the choice between various types of eyes, noses and mouths to draw. I think the results were very artistic and well-thought-out! We are so proud! 

GRADE 4’s ONLINE LESSONS

The Grade 4 boys enjoyed their last online lesson 2 weeks ago. They are now happy to be back to school in the form of the “new” normal.

GRADE 4K NATURAL SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

Grade 4K had their first Natural Science experiment for the new year. The boys enjoyed making balloon rockets in the sun.

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Grade 4’s Doing The Right Stuff!

This week the Ridge Grade 4s gifted masks to the Salvazione Grade 4 pupils – something fun for them to wear over the holidays!  

In addition, boys donated from their pocket money and raised over R800 for Salvazione to put to good use as pupils start the new 2021 learning year!   

“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world”.  Awesome stuff Grade 4s!

GRADE 1’s SANTA SHOEBOX

The Grade 1’s are getting into the spirit of Christmas! Making baubles, Drawing Angels and making Santa Shoe Boxes

SENIOR PREP SANTA SHOEBOX

GRADE 3’s SKILLS LESSONS

Grade 3’s in their IT lesson were brushing up on their typing skills and getting prepared for Grade 4. They were also learning the Kahoot online General Knowledge challenge.

THE RIDGE SCHOOL SHOP

Emily and Sue have been working hard preparing the packs for our 2021 Grade 0’s.

Grade 6 OUTING TO THE Melville Koppie

The Grade 6s went for a hike in the beautiful Melville Koppies. They learnt about the vegetation, which is almost entirely indigenous and a remarkable example of the richness of highveld grasses, flowers, and trees so close to a city center. They also saw evidence of Stone Age man as well as more recent Iron Age remnants, such as an excavated iron-smelting furnace. They were also taken back on a three billion year journey to explain the geology of the area in this fascinating Johannesburg City Heritage Site

GRADE 7 VIRTUAL SCIENCE EXPO

It is with great excitement that we are able to launch The Ridge’s first, Grade 7 Virtual Science Expo for 2020. Two young Grade 7 men, Kabir Budlender and Thomas Dewar have put together a website to showcase this exciting event for their grade. Feel free to explore the wonders and insight that our boys have shared by perusing through their videos, or reading through their Scientific Method.

Please click on the link below to view:

https://sites.google.com/ridgestudent.co.za/science-expo-2020/home

THE RIDGE CYCLE DAY

On Friday 20 November the Grade 0 boys arrived at school ready to show off their skills on two wheels for their Bike Day. We were blessed with gorgeous weather as the boys impressed their teachers with many laps around the Lawley Rd carpark.

SP CAROLS SERVICE

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Grade 7 – Farewell

The Ridge OnAir Podcast – Episode 5 and 6

EPISODE 5

https://www.buzzsprout.com/902317/6472420-the-ridge-onair-ep5

Did you know that Parental Burnout is a real thing? 
On this episode of The Ridge OnAir, Head of Junior Primary, Mandy Herold, addresses Parental Burnout and gives us solid strategies on how to deal with it. Ridge boys from Grade 0 to Grade 6 tell us about their favourite parts of this year and what they are looking forward to next year. Felix Jackson gives a brilliant rendition of Elton John’s “Electricity” from the musical Billy Elliot. And finally, Deputy Head Academics Nick Diana reflects on how the challenges of 2020 have redefined our thinking about how children learn and what is really important. You can even read the article Nick Diana wrote for the Independent Schools magazine about the subject here : https://www.isasa.org/books/summer2020/46/ 
Sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy!

EPISODE 6

https://www.buzzsprout.com/902317/6616468-the-ridge-onair-ep6

In the  final episode of  The Ridge OnAir for 2020, our boys might be  wearing masks and social distancing, but they are still singing their hearts out,  speaking their minds and showing bucketloads of the Ridge Right Stuff! 

While parents thought they would have to miss all the wonderful end of year traditions like carol services,  and tribute songs from the junior grades to the Grade 7 leavers  – we’ve brought them to you on the podcast instead. 

In an episode jam packed with boys voices, we hear what some of the Grade 7’s consider their best memories of the school, what they have learned as Ridge boys, and what they are most looking forward to in high school. The little ones tell us about their plans for the holidays and we have very special messages from Headmaster Richard Stanley and Chairman Itumeleng Kgaboesele. 

Sit back turn up the volume and get ready for some great music and insightful musings from The Ridge School!

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THE CHESS CLUB PARTICIPATED IN A GLOBAL CHESS TOURNAMENT

Message from Kendal English School – CHILE

“I want you to know that as a school we are very proud to know that so many children and young people were part of this school event. Demonstrating that chess sport can bring togetherness virtually, regardless of borders or distances. Schools and players who knew how to leave everything on the board.

You, the new generation, encourage us to believe that the future can be better, for your bravery, for your ability to think for themselves and because every chess movement is a decision of its own that will teach you in adult life to have common sense, balance and judgement of justice.”

Congratulations to the following boys who raised The Ridge School flag high, the only boys’ school from South Africa who participated and did well in this Online International School Chess Tournament on the 10th October 2020 playing against various countries such as Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Canada, New Zealand , Colombia, Mexico, Croatia, Peru etc.

Overall participation was:  Middle B: 300 & Primary B: 500. 

Players listed according to position achieved:

Nikolaus Willfort PB #18 overall

Thor Tipping PB #34 overall

Daniel Stoutjesdyk PB #47

Connor Van De Walt MB #14 overall

William Boland MB #17 overall

Chris Herman MB #24 overall

Matt Herman MB #25 overall

Adam Stouthesdyk MB #27 overall

Luke Hartmann MB #29 overall

Nicholas Barberini MB #35 overall

JP LUMO FUNDRAISER

The Junior Prep hosted a Lumo Dress-Up Day to support the Grade 7 Farewell function. A beautiful day filled with colour and loads of fun!

CREATIVE THINKING CLASS

Creative Thinking classes took advantage of our sunny weather last week. We sat in discussion circles and contemplated the idea of an objects PURPOSE- on one hand, objects can be defined by what they can do, by their uses. On the other hand, we could define an object by what it is originally designed for. Boys grappled with ideas of the nature of something, which is either changing and contingent or fixed and ingrained.

GRADE 5’s PERFORMED STANDING JUMPS

The Grade 5s did a ‘Standing Jump’ challenge in Maths this week. Boys had to use the ‘Measure’ app on their ipads to measure the distance each boy was able to do a standing jump. They were then required to calculate the mean, median, mode and range of their own jumps in order to determine the class winner.

GRADE 7 DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

The Grade 7 boys created a miniature 3D version of a house. They focused on design elements and geometry skills such as shapes and developing their own nets to create furniture and also adding a natural source of energy for their house. The boys also had an opportunity to explain their project to prospective parents who were visiting our wonderful school.

Grade 6 Game of Life

For many years the Grade 6’s at The Ridge have participated in class projects called “The Game of Life”. This past week the boys needed to build model houses for their classes game board. The game will culminate in a mayoral election, which will conclude with a democratic vote next week.

RIDGE OLD BOY AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is delighted to introduce one the 2021 Mandela Rhodes Scholars. Andrea Tonelli is part of 30 exceptional young leaders in the Class of 2021 who hail from 12 African countries.

All of the scholars will undertake postgraduate studies in South Africa, in fields ranging from Biomedical Engineering to Theatre and Performance Studies. They will further their education while becoming part of Nelson Mandela’s legacy of transformative impact through our Leadership Development Programme.

Andrea will be doing a Masters in Medicine at UCT concurrent with his MBChB.

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RIDGE OLD BOY IS HONOURED WITH PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Ridge Old Boy, Daanyaal Ballim (2015) looks back at his Grade 12 year (article below). Daanyaal was also honoured earlier this year when he was awarded The Headmasters’ Trophy. This award goes to the matriculant who in the opinion of the headmaster most embodies and embraces the College motto of Lux, Vita, Caritas.

The COVID-19 pandemic took away some of the memories that we had waited five years to make. But, it also gifted us with lessons worth a lifetime. Alhamdulilah, in-spite of COVID-19 it has taught me how to make the most of my situations and remain persistent no matter how difficult things get. It has reshaped my view on life and given me insights which I know I will use later in my future pursuits.

The classroom was the place where I grew the most at St John’s and so I will always cherish the kindness and belief in me shown by my teachers. A lasting memory of mine will be a collection of the small moments in the classroom, on the sports field and on the campus. My favourite memory, however, will definitely be of the Friday afternoons sitting on the benches while admiring this place and being grateful for everything in front of me. It is a memory I hope to have one last time.

Every day we are encouraged to be someone other people want us to be. But my advice to you is: don’t do it. Never be afraid to be yourself. Step out the box, set goals for yourself that scare you, and be unapologetically you. Surround yourself with good people because without my parents and friends I can call family I would never be able to dream as big as I do. Wallahi! – Daanyaal Ballim, Second Prefect 💙#MatricClassof2020 #LuxVitaCaritas

MARKET DAY

THE GRADE 4’s MADE PLANETS

The Grade 4’s created and designed their own planets using paper maché. A perfect example of when Art and Social Science come together.

THE GRADE 3’s EXPLORED EGYPT

The Grade 3’s learnt about Ancient Egypt and enjoyed making their own canopic jars this week.

THE GRADE 0’s LEARNT ABOUT WILD ANIMALS

The Grade 0’s have been having loads of fun learning about Wild Animals, and how to create ‘shadow drawings’.

Junior Club Champs

Congratulations to David Chorley for placing 4th in the Parkview Golf Club Junior Club Championship earlier this month.

returning wildlife at the ridge

Being the first few months of the new spring season, The Ridge School is playing host again to a colourful array of beautiful birds; many having returned from their winter migrations into the northern hemisphere

THE RIDGE SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE

Booking link – https://qkt.io/7A3mnG

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CELEBRATING HERITAGE DAY

GRADE 1’s SHARING ABOUT THEMSELVES

The Grade 1 boys had a wonderful day celebrating their Heritage. The boys shared facts and stories about their families, culture and religion. A beautiful day shared celebrating each other.

THE GRADE 0’s LEARNT ABOUT NUMBERS AND ALPHABETS

ECOSYSTEMS AT THE RIDGE

The grade 6 boys investigated and mapped the natural vegetation and animal life on the Dunn Koppie ecosystem.

MUSIC AT THE RIDGE

GRADE 4’s NATURAL SCIENCE PROJECT

As part of their natural science project the Grade 4O boys made ice cream.

OLD BOYS ASSEMBLY CLASS OF 2015

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MARKET DAY

GRADE 4’s SCIENCE EXPO

GRADE 3’s EXPLORING EGYPT

The Grade 3’s theme for this term is Egypt. The boys had to make pom-poms to create an Egyptian cat and also put a Pharaoh puzzle together. They enjoyed it very much.

GRADE 4’s MAKING ORIGAMI’S

Boys learnt about the traditional Japanese art of folding paper into a variety of decorative or representational forms. The boys made paper hats and boats.

GRADE 2’s BUILDING CASTLES

The Grade 2 boys have been learning all about Medieval Castles. They were fascinated to learn that Castles were built primarily as a fortress to protect important people. Every feature of a castle had a purpose to protect. Arrow slits, battlements, the portcullis and mote are just a few of these features! Interestingly it was with the invention of gun powder that castles lost their status. The giant walls were no match for cannons and many castles were abandoned or fell in to disrepair, often being dismantled for building materials. Together the boys designed their own castles, first deciding on what features they wanted to include and then allocating tasks to each member of the group to build, using only recycled materials.

GRADE 0’s LEARNING ABOUT THE RIDGE

The Grade 0 boys have had a great time learning about The Ridge School this week and making a special Ridge School badge. The boys also had an opportunity to experience a virtual tour of Mr Stanley’s office.

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THE GRADE 4’s BUILT CATAPULTS

As part of D&T the Grade 4 boys built catapults and learnt about distance, tension and gravity.

GRADE 6 DANCE REHEARSALS

The grade 6 boys rehearsed their Cape Minstrel dance for the Heritage Day assembly performance.

GRADE 4E NATURAL SCIENCE

To start off Spring the boys made ice cream as part of their natural science experiment.

GRADE 0K BOOGING AWAY

Our Grade 0’s doing a brain boogie booster to start their school day.

GRADE 0 ART

GRADE 5 WAR-THEMED ORALS

The boys had to research families who were around during either of the world wars and present their findings to their classmates.

GRADE 1 ART

They Grade 1 boys have been learning about Spring. The boys created a beautiful Spring tree, focusing on blossoms and butterflies. We are so excited to have all our boys back at school.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ RESULTS

FAREWELL TO STAFF

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ONLINE LEARNING  – A GLIMPSE INTO THE HOME

Our Ridge boys have spent the last few weeks learning at home, relying on the schools newly introduced online platform to keep up with their school work. The platform had a few teething problems in the begining, with the support of the IT department these issues were resolved and uninterrupted learning continued.

This has brought about an opportunity for boys and staff to improve their tech skills and has allowed a new and exciting view of what learning could be like in the future.