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Editorial Welcome to the

Editorial Welcome to the Term 1 edition of Horizons for 2018! Henry Ford said: Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. And work together we have, as you’ll see in this review of everything we have experienced this term. It always amazes me when I sit down to put Horizons together how much we get through in a term. Term 1 of 2018 is no different with Horizons packed full of activities and fun - in and out of the classroom. I was recently struck by this cartoon showing a person putting money into a beggar’s hat, already overflowing with money, and in full view of a camera. The two other beggars, not in view of the camera, sit with empty hats in front of them. It’s easy to be charitable when people are looking. Praise and acknowledgement for good deeds makes doing this easier. How much harder it is to make a difference, and do the right thing, and give; where one’s efforts are not seen? This year’s theme of ‘Being the Difference’ means working to do the right thing to make a change for everyone, not just where we’ll be seen and acknowledged. This is an important lesson for our boys who have the power to make a difference in the lives of many people. At the start of the school year we welcomed a number of new staff. In this edition of Horizons you will learn a little bit more about the people you may not know as well as those who are making a difference in the lives of our boys. This first 2018 edition of Horizons also covers the Orange River rafting adventure in the December holidays; the Grades 5-7 camps, and the most fun you can have at school - the Lumo Dance! Beyond that, you’ll enjoy looking back at the sporting and cultural activities, and the interesting and exciting activities happening in each of the grades during Term 1. The edition finishes off with a reminder about the many Centenary activities and plans to come! Enjoy the read! By Anton Pretorius The Ridge School 2 Horizons

Headmaster’s Message Dear Parents, Daily life beyond the school gates is alive with a myriad teaching moments for the younger generation to learn from. More often than not, though, it requires an observant parent or an alert teacher to recognise and then interpret the moment before translating it in ways that the children can understand. Then again, there are those all too obvious times when something significant happens that reflects on the strengths or weaknesses of human nature in ways that are then seized upon, exposed and examined by public opinion. The resultant headline news becomes the talking point for a few days and offers a sometimes regrettable (for those involved) but nonetheless important learning moment not to be missed. The recent ball-tampering incident that arose during the 2nd cricket test between South Africa and Australia is one such teachable moment that I’m sure mums and dads have already latched onto. Standing in judgement and casting dispersions is clearly not a wise thing to do as everyone at some point in their lives will make a poor choice that will affect others and themselves in a negative way. What is appropriate is for our boys to recognise and learn from the loud outpouring of sentiment and emotion as the cricketing world stood firm on what is not considered to be within the spirit of the modern game. At a time when as parents and teachers we are all so acutely aware of so much in our social fabric that reflects a breakdown in acceptable norms and values, it has been good for our children to hear the strength of support in favour of ‘cleaning up’ aspects of the game of cricket. A game that in some circles is still referred to as ‘the gentleman’s game’. As a member of the SAHISA alliance of schools that are bound by a recognised and clearly stated code of conduct, The Ridge supports all that needs to be done to secure and hold in place the traditional values that will continue to secure appropriate conduct, right decision-making and a consistently applied code of ethics. Needless to say, this must apply to all sporting codes and to all who are involved as teachers, coaches, managers and administrators. Along similar lines but not confined to the sporting domain, I was delighted to receive the following from a member of the public who happened to be on holiday in the Drakensberg when our Grade 6 boys were on camp close by to where he and his wife were staying. “My wife and I (from Durban) were on holiday at The Drakensville Holiday Resort between 7 - 9 March 2018 and were lucky enough to share the resort with a bus load of your students. I say “lucky enough” because the resort seemed to be occupied by predominantly retired senior citizens and your boys added the positive vibration that holidays need. It was nothing but a pleasure to be in their company. The manner in which they carried themselves, shows that you as a school, are doing nothing but the best to teach them how to carry themselves well in public. They were extremely well behaved and the moving from one place to another, was done in an orderly fashion. There was never a case where we passed a group of learners and they didn’t greet us. This is such a good habit. We played mini-golf whilst they were at the course and we were never put under pressure to speed up our play. We were treated with utmost respect. I will be failing in my duty if I say that the educators that accompanied them were any less respectable. We shared the restaurant with a few of the educators and they were also very friendly. Keep up the good work and may the Almighty keep you and your staff motivated enough to carry out the work in the best possible way.” As a school we are always extremely grateful that, in the main and en masse, our boys do present well, carry themselves with appropriate young-boy decorum, and represent their school with varying degrees of the ‘Right Stuff’. For norms, standards and values to be passed on from one generation to the next, however, as the adults in their lives, we must be prepared to apply the dripping tap principle as, at the same time, we make sure to exemplify and so practice what we preach. Wishing The Ridge family a magical April holiday, loads of family fun-inthe-sun timeout, safe travels and God’s richest blessings. Richard Stanley Headmaster The Ridge School 3 Horizons