The Ridge Reporter

The Roald Dahl reading breakfast was a success as we celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday. Thank you to the boys and teachers for making the effort to dress up as a Roald Dahl characters.

The grade 1 boys started Term 3 on a happy and ‘Sunny’ note! Coming to school just as Spring has sprung lends itself to some wonderful learning around new life and the conservation of our trees. The boys planted beans and seeds, now we wait with bated breath to see the fruits of their labour!

Our final Reading Breakfast of the year was supported and enjoyed by all. It was wonderful to see such interesting and inventive costumes.

The highlight for the boys and staff is following the exciting progress of our Springboks, in The Rugby World Cup. Scores are updated every Monday with much debate on the performance of the teams with steady support for the Springboks. Go Bokke!

The grade 2 boys spent the day at Honeydew Mazes for their Term 3 outing. They eagerly entered the reed maze with their groups and were encouraged to find the hidden gardens. While doing so, they had questions to answer and riddles to solve. The boys were absolutely thrilled with all the garden games. All-in-all, it was an exciting adventure for all!

The grade 6 and 7 boys, participated in the Kearsney Basketball Tournament. Throughout the tournament, our boys displayed exceptional sportsmanship, good manners, and respect. They represented The Ridge with utmost dignity, both on and off the court.

In keeping with tradition, the class of 2018 was invited to an assembly where the current grade 1s gave the them a special gift. Mr. Rumboll wished them well for their matric finals. These events stir up a lot of emotions and the pride for the school runs deep.

Saturday 16th September, three grade 7 boys (Jack Heenan, Jamie Grantham and David Marais) took part in the Liebensbergvlei Canoe Marathon in the Free State. Jack was in a K1 and David and Jamie joined Mr McLachlan in a K3. It was a 34km race with lots of fun rapids and fast flowing water. This race was part of the grade 7 boys preparation to compete in the Fish River Canoe Marathon Short Course event, which is taking place next next weekend.

Thank you to the On Cue Theatre for a fantastic performance of Around the World in 80 Days to Become a Superhero. The boys really enjoyed the show and sometimes got up and dance.

The grade 6 and 7 Ridge Quiz teams competed against six other schools in an inter-school general knowledge quiz at Kyalami. The boys showed commitment and wonderful sportsmanship. Good job, boys.

Congratulations to Miles Cantrell in grade 5, who took home the gold in the U11boys, U46kg Johannesburg Judo Champion of Champions competition. What an awesome achievement

The Grade 0 boys kicked off Term 3 learning all about Spring. They learned all about flowers, florists, life cycles and the Magic of Spring. They finished off the week with a flower arranging activity; where they got to pretend to be florists for the day and each boy got to put together their own bunch of flowers, that they then took home.

A warm welcome to Taryn Spark, a new member to the Learning Support Department.

Taryn graduated from Wits in 2009. She completed her community service year at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and stayed on as a permanent staff member for another 4,5 years. During her time at Bara, she worked in both paediatrics and the hand clinic. Taryn joined Physio in the Parks in September 2015, graduated with her Masters degree in 2016, completed the MAES Therapy course in 2017, and became practice co-owner in August 2020.  

Taryn loves meeting new children and getting to know their different personalities. Her favourite 

moments are the looks of pride and glee on children’s faces when they do something they have never been able to do before. Taryn is a mother to two little girls, and in her free time loves to play Bananagram, take walks, and spend time with family at the Vaal river.

Congratulations to the grade 6 and 7 tennis teams on a successful tour to Sun City. We are proud of you boys for representing The Ridge and demonstrating The Right Stuff on and off the court.

Congratulations to The Ridge Old Boys at St. Andrew’s College for being selected as prefects for 2024. Laurie Apps – Graham House Prefect, Thomas Clucas – Merriman House – Head of House, Alex Hutton – Merriman House Prefect, Lukhanyo Dongwana – Mullins House Prefect, Hlumani Thomas – Merriman House Prefect and Student Affairs Portfolio Prefect, Roland Turvey – Armstrong House Prefect and Environment Portfolio Prefect. We are so proud of you.

Congratulations to Ross Rovelli, one of our Ridge Old Boys, has been elected as the Head Boy at St John’s College for 2024. An amazing achievement and we could not be prouder

Congratulations to one of our Old Boys John Turner, who was selected for the England’s T20 squad and for an outstanding “Blast Campaign”. Well done John

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