THE RIDGE SCHOOL READING BREAKFAST
GRADE 6’s LEARNT ABOUT TRIANGLES
The Grade 6 boys learnt about triangles and measuring the internal angles. They used string and kebab sticks to create the triangles.
GRADE 7’s LEARNT ABOUT THE MEASURES OF CENTRAL TENDENCY
The Grade 7’s learnt about Mean, Median, Mode and Range using Smarties during their Maths lesson. This provided an opportunity for boys to be aware that maths is all around us.
GRADE 4’s LEARNT ABOUT DATA COLLECTION
As part of their Maths lesson the boys created and wore a moustache as they collected data from their peers for the questions they designed. This information will be used to draw a bar graph as they learn about data handling.
GRADE 3 SHROVE TUESDAY
The Grade 3’s celebrated Shrove Tuesday in style. After learning about the significance of Shrove Tuesday, we enjoyed fun ways to make pancakes. Very few landed on the floor and by all accounts they were the most delicious pancakes ever!
GRADE 5’s PUZZLE BUILDING
The Ridge U13 and U15 boys participated in the Gauteng Provincial Selections on the 19th and 20th of February. The following boys participated in the competition: Jack Heenan, Thomas Naude, William McIlleron, Mustafa Adroos, Owen Murfin.
Congratulations to Jack Heenan for receiving gold medals for both the Bouldering and Lead disciplines.
GRADE 7 EARTH SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
The Grade 7’s created structures in Earth Science during their study of plate tectonics and earthquakes. They used Jelly Tots and tooth picks to create their structures. The boys placed their structures in a tub of Jelly and mimicked an earthquake to see which of their structures were the most stable.
In Grade 3, Luke Patmore dressed up in his scouts outfit celebrating Baden Powell Day.
Four boys from The Ridge Canoeing Team participated in the Gauteng Schools League Sprint Champs on Saturday 4th February at Victoria Lake in Germiston. Jack Heenan, William McIleron and Muhammed Cassoojee participated in the 1000m, 500m and 200m sprint events in the U14 age group. Mogale Ratau in Grade 5 participated in his first canoeing race in the U12 age group, and did very well in his 200m and 500m sprints. Although, we didn’t receive any podium finishes in this event it was still great to be back out on the water at an official event. The Ridge canoeing boys are training hard during our three weekly practice sessions at Emmarentia Dam, and we are looking to go from strength to strength in the upcoming races this season.
SAFE STUDIES INNER CITY PROJECT
A welcomed contribution was donated to the Safe Studies Inner City Project. With this contribution the boys and girls from inner city Johannesburg could make use of the art packs that were generously donated by parents and guardians. Thank you to Mrs Kurz and Mr Bezuidenhout for driving the initiative.
GRADE 7 SHROVE TUESDAY
Shrove Tuesday marks the day before Lent begins. The name comes from an Old English word “shrive” meaning absolve. This year it fell on Tuesday, 1 March. In the Christian calendar, Lent is a season of fasting and penitence. It is for this reason that Christians emptied their pantries of flour, eggs, milk and sugar. These ingredients were used up by making pancakes. This year our class enjoyed a pancake to celebrate. You can enjoy making these at home by following this recipe below:
- 100g plain flour
- 2 large eggs
- 300ml milk
- 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying lemon wedges to serve (optional) caster sugar to serve (optional)
STEP 1:Put 100g plain flour, 2 large eggs, 300ml milk, 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter.
STEP 2: Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.
STEP 3: Set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper.
STEP 4: When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
STEP 5: Serve with lemon wedges and caster sugar, or your favourite filling (Nutella) . Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film.
GRADE 4 D&T PROJECT
The Grade 4 boys built a race- car out of recycled materials. They learned about wheels and axles and how the car is propelled forward by air escaping from a balloon.
The boys had great fun assisting each other and racing against the other cars.
CLIMBING BOYS HARD AT WORK
The Ridge Climbers have been busy strengthening their bodies to tackle the walls at school and City Rock. Watching them make their way up and down the walls is something quite impressive. The boys listen carefully to the needs of their climbing partners on the wall and work together as a team to ensure a safe and successful climb.
GRADE 4 NATURAL SCIENCE PROJECT
The Grade 4’s are planting seeds for Natural Science. They are expected to nurture their plants, to encourage growth as they observe how seeds germinate. Boys will learn about all the different parts of a plant in coming weeks.
ISIZULU AT THE RIDGE
The Grade 2’s were learning how to introduce themselves in isiZulu. They also took turns introducing themselves in class. They also learnt how to greet different people in isiZulu. They had to role play different characters (since they have learned family members in isiZulu)
THE IDEAL RIDGE BOY
The Grade 2 boys were encouraged to create ‘The Ideal Ridge Boy’ stick puppets. Some of the qualities of being one, which we discussed, was being a team player, having resilience and being kind to one another. The boys had such fun making their puppets and were proud of their final creations.
GRADE 2 ART
The Grade 2 boys experimented with milk, dishwashing liquid and food colouring to learn about how fat is broken down. Their knowledge was portrayed in the beautiful artworks they created.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
The Ridge School, St Katharine’s and Auckland Park Prep, shared a special Ash Wednesday service. The girls and boys enjoyed time together after the service to reconnect after two long years.
Ali is a paediatric physiotherapist working at The Ridge. She enjoy’s working with children of all ages, specifically school going children who may have difficulties with concentration, postural control, low muscle tone, weak core, hypermobility or general aches and pains. Ali has a number of years of experience as a paediatric physiotherapist and treats using M.A.E.S and neuro developmental principles.
OLD BOY NEWS
Congratulations to Ben Kok (Grade 11) who has been selected to represent South Africa at the 2022 United Space School which will take place at NASA, Houston, USA from 24 July – 7 August 2022. Ben is one of two SA high school students who were chosen to go to NASA after a countrywide selection process was conducted.