THE RIDGE SCHOOL PRODUCTION OF JACK IN THE BEANSTALK AND FRIENDS
Roald Dahl is a well-loved author who has entertained young and old audiences. His storylines are clever and witty and always have a healthy dose of mischievous fun. Dahl also ventured into the world of fairytales and wrote his famous revolting rhymes. He took traditional fairytales and made them into entertaining and comical poems that are unconventional. This year, our Grade
7 boys are putting on stage their very own version of the Revolting Rhymes: Jack and the Beanstalk and friends. The story follows three friends: Jack, Red and James, all characters from Dahl’s stories. Jack is given three magical beans, which lead him and his friends to a Giant’s castle. The friends go on a quest to find the golden eggs. However, no quest is made easy, and the three friends have equally keen competitors, a Giant and his sidekick. The Golden Goose is a sassy and cheeky character who keeps everyone on their toes by sending all the characters on a challenging quest.T he quest exposes the characters to bears, wolves, and many other loved fairytale characters, and through their encounters, the characters learn about friendship and sharing. As with any production, a huge team works behind the scenes. I would like to thank all Grade 7 parents for their support during the term. The fantastic team of mums who helped with the incredible makeup and sourcing the stunning costumes and props, thank you for all your time, effort and hard work. The boys looked amazing on stage, and I couldn’t have done this production without you. Thank you to all the staff at The Ridge for all that you do so willingly. Mr
Pretoruis and Mrs Morrick thank you for your guidance and support. Lastly, to the boys, the stars of the show, to the cast and crew, thank you for engaging and committing to the play from the very start. The boys dedicated many hours to the play, at rehearsals and outside school. It was wonderful working with the boys who were willing to learn and displayed incredible growth and maturity.
GRADE 1s ENJOYING SPRINGTIME
There has been so much excitement in Grade 1 thus far. It is also the busiest Term of the year with much to do, experience and accomplish.
The boys dressed up with the usual enthusiasm for Roald Dhal day and Heritage Day.
The favourite of the term though has been our spring theme, as boys love bugs and have loved discovering facts they never knew, about the bugs they see every day. We, as their teachers, loved the look of wonder on their faces as they watched their beans sprout and grow. They were so proud to take them home and hopefully plant them in a good spot for some beans.
We are looking forward to the last stretch of Grade 1 and know that our boys still have so much to achieve. They are amazing!
GRADE 0 OUTING
The Grade 0 boys had a great time at Montecasino Bird Gardens! There was a lot of anticipation for their first bus ride, packed lunch, and outing with close friends.
PURPLEZA – STAFF TRAINING
We are excited to announce that all of our teachers now have access to PurpleZA – a world-class professional development platform to empower our teachers to effectively leverage technology for teaching and learning as well as implement progressive pedagogies such as inquiry-based learning, project-based learning and design thinking. This self-paced teacher learning allows teachers to build their own learning paths, grab micro-credentials and earn incentives on the way. It is jampacked with amazing teaching resources and contains discussion forums where our teachers can connect to other South African PurpleZA schools, share ideas and resources and help each other level up.
CHESS VS JAN CELLIERS
Our chess team had a great time competing against Jan Celliers in what turned out to be a highly competitive match. Well done, boys!
GRADE 0 2024 PLAYDATE
We arranged two playdates for the Grade 0s of 2024. It was lovely to meet future Ridge boys and their parents. The young men greeted Ridgie with charming smiles, waves, and hugs.
Two of our quiz teams competed in the last Inter-School Quiz for 2022, which was held at St Mary’s Prep.
Team 1 consisted of Zach Newman, Ryder Brook, Daniel du Toit, and William McIlleron, while Team 2 consisted of Lizo Makiwane, Jamie Berridge, Luke Hartman, and Lizo Makiwane.
Team 2 finished second (out of 14 teams), while Team 1 finished fourth. Congratulations to both teams!
KEARSNEY BASKETBALL TOUR
Our 1st Team Basketball attended the Independent School Stayers’ Basketball Tournament hosted by Kearsney College in KZN. The boys played a total of 10 matches against some very tough opposition, displaying competitive spirit, grit and impeccable manners. Our boys finished in 8th position out of 13, well done boys.
MUSIC FESTIVAL HOSTED BY THE RIDGE SCHOOL
Congratulations to our Senior Choir on their outstanding performance and for graciously hosting the Senior Choir Festival.
GRADE 3 HOCKEY VS ST DAVID’S
The boys in Grades 4-6 took part in the interschool Chatterbox Festival at Pridwin. Congratulations to our boys.
The Fruity Friday collection was another indication of the amazing generosity of our parents, boys and staff. Thank you for supporting the children of The Hope School.
GRADE 0s ROTATION STATION LESSONS
Our Grade 0s do rotation stations each morning. At each station, the children work on a different skill with 5 stations in total: literacy, numeracy, fine motor skills, perceptual skills, and puzzles.
GRADE 2s LEARNT ABOUT STOP MOTION
The Grade 2s are busy learning about Stop Motion. Stop Motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which the subjects are physically moved in small increments between individually photographed frames. When strung together, a movie is created and the boys then add a voice-over to their movies. There has been loads of fun and excitement. Here’s to future film directors!
REMEMBERING MAX MOYO
We hosted a special tea to commemorate the unveiling of the plaque in memory of Nabazayo “Max” Moyo, who served The Ridge community with a gentle enduring spirit, warmth, and kindness.
Our Grade 2s had an introductory lesson in what to expect in Grade 3 Digital Literacy. The boys learned the fundamentals of operating a desktop computer and tested out the Microsoft office suite.
Our first team waterpolo team has been hard at work in preparation for the next SACS event. It was lovely to have Rory Steyn and Jonathan Parent (Class of 2019 and 2021, respectively) assist our guys during practice.
GRADE 7 SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
The Grade 7s conducted a science experiment to investigate the distinction between kinetic and potential energy. Using a marble, a ruler, and a paper cup to determine whether an object’s height affects the distance that a cup can travel.
OLD BOYS’ASSEMBLY CLASS OF 2017
We had the pleasure of welcoming 46 Old Boys from our Grade 7 Class of 2017, and their parents to a special assembly. Our honoured guests reconnected whilst reminiscing about their time here at The Ridge. After the assembly, a few of them visited their former teachers and even spent time with our boys, sharing advice and of course stories of their days at The Ridge.