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.
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
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
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
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
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.