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Cultural Kids Lit quiz

Cultural Kids Lit quiz On the 12th of February, The Ridge participated in the national rounds of the International Kids Lit Quiz Competition. We had 2 teams and one reserve team-member. The boys did us proud, as they were by far one of the youngest teams, with most of the other teams consisting of Grade 7s. Even though we did not place in the top schools, these boys have the making of something great. I’d like to commend all of the following boys on their committment, hard work and perseverance: Kabir Budlender, Vashiv Naidoo, Fayzan Adroos, Alex Hutton, Matthew Thomson, Robert Steyn, Temidayo Oyetan, Abdullah Navlakhi and Devashen Govender. By Hanlie Glanz P4C - The Power of Philosophy It is internationally recognised that 21st century learning requires 4 main skills- collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. The Philosophy programme at The Ridge, called P4C (Philosophy for Children) encourages learners to become the strategic thinkers and the life-long learners we want them to be. What follows is an account of one of the Grade 5’s recent P4C lessons: The stimulus for this particular Philosophy session was a picture book: Voices in the Park, by Anthony Brown. At end of the story, boys were invited to give a summary of the story and share what they thought it was about. The boys homed in on the fact that the adults in the story seemed grumpy and the children more joyful. The following questions were offered by different groups in the class, and there is a similar thread in all of them. • Why do we grow out of childhood? • Why can’t adults still have childhood wonder and joy? • Can children fix the midlife sadness of adults? • Why do people get grumpy when they get older? “Children can bring joy to adults by offering them something to laugh about, or a cup of tea.” “I disagree. Children can’t distract their parents from their problems, because that won’t fix them.” “Yes, children can’t cure adult unhappiness, but you can change it for a while.” “I agree, children can calm parents, make them happy, which helps them deal with their stress.” “The choice to be happy or sad is always yours to make, no matter what others do to help.” “But we are assuming all adults are always grumpy, but they aren’t all like that.” “Grown-ups can cheer each other up better because they know each other.” “Yes, but the person doing the cheering up could also become sad because they get frustrated at working so hard to make someone else happy.” Isn’t it wonderful to be able to gather and learn from the insights from these young minds! By Nicci Kurz We voted with our feet, and this question was the most popular: ‘Can children fix the midlife sadness of adults?’ The following discussion ensued, with boys taking turns, and the last speaker choosing who goes next. Discussion between the points took the form of agreement, disagreement and justification. The Ridge School 24 Horizons

Cultural Reading Breakfast Our Term 1 Reading Breakfast was held on the 6 April. The theme this term was ‘Fairytales and Fables’. As always, boys, teachers, and some parents, dressed up in incredible costumes. A wonderful morning was had by all. The Ridge School 25 Horizons