Newsletter #23 – 26 July 2019 – Juniors

This week in assembly we discussed the value of responsibility. We stressed how important it is for everyone to take responsibility for their words and their actions. Our children are still navigating their world and so they need good role models to guide them in the right direction.

It all starts with being able to take responsibility of everything that we do, regardless of the consequences. Being responsible as parents and teaching our children how to be responsible for all things will pave the way for a successful and rewarding future for them all. [read more]

Newsletter #23 – 26 July 2019 – Seniors

The story of the Brooklyn bridge and how we overcome obstacles.

This bridge in America, spans the river Ohio between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  In 1883, engineer, John Roebling dreamed of a suspension bridge that would make the commute easier for working class New Yorkers.  However, bridge-building experts told him to forget it, it just wasn’t possible!

Roebling convinced his son, Washington, an up-and-coming engineer, that the bridge could be built and the two of them worked out how to overcome the obstacles.  Somehow, they convinced bankers to finance the project and then hired a crew to build their dream bridge.

The project was only a few months under way when a tragic on-site accident killed John Roebling and severely injured his son.  Washington was severely brain-damaged, unable to talk or walk.  Everyone thought the project would have to be scrapped, since the Roebling’s were the only ones who understood how the bridge could be built.

Though Washington was unable to move or talk, his mind was as sharp as ever.  One day as he lay in his hospital bed, an idea flashed in his mind as to how to develop a communication code.  All he could move was one finger, so he touched the arm of his wife with that finger.  He tapped out the code to communicate to her what she was to tell the engineers, who continued building the bridge.

For 13 years, Washington tapped out his instructions with one finger until the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge was finally completed.  At 5, 986 ft. it remained the longest bridge in the world for 20 years. [read more]


Newsletter #22 – 19 July 2019 – Seniors

Thank for all the donations and the contributions that you as parents made to this special day. We hope that you enjoyed the activities that you were involved in for the annual 67 minutes for Mandela campaign.

Many of the activities are geared at helping those less fortunate than we are, those who cannot always help themselves with everything they need and those who are completely at the mercy of others.

While all these causes are very noble and much needed, we as a nation should not wait for the 18th of July each year to get involved and to lend a much-needed helping hand.

These children, men women and elderly people and are not hungry and in need of love, support, clothing and other basic  items only on this special day, but rather every day of their lives, so in true Mandela spirit we should all endeavor to reach out a helping hand to those around us more often. [read more]

Newsletter #22 – 19 July 2019 – Juniors

The Grade 4’s are really looking forward to spending some time with the elderly on Mandela Day and will, hopefully, bring some light into their lives for the day.

Thank you to the parents who have donated money and who volunteered extra goodies for the visit.

A big thank you to all the parents that have donated towards the Durbanville Children’s Home as well.

We are all so blessed. Learning to give back to others is such an important part of a child’s character building. [read more]

Newsletter #21 – 12 July 2019 – Juniors

Welcome back!

We trust that you had a lovely holiday with your loved ones. We are looking forward to a busy yet exciting term.

“Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care and protect our people” – Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day 2019

This year for Mandela Day we at Riverside would like to give back to our community.

The gr 000-3 learners would like to collect any clothes, toys (in working condition), blankets and toiletries to donate to the Durbanville Children’s Home.

We humbly ask that you send to school all items that you are able to donate so that we can then deliver these to the home on behalf of Riverside College.

The grade 4 – 6 learners will be reaching out to the residents in the Protea Old Age Home. We ask that each child donate R5 in order for us to buy some treats for the residents to enjoy when our learners visit them as their contribution to the 67 minutes campaign.

Our learners will spend 67 minutes chatting to, playing games with and reciting some of their favourite poetry to these elderly souls, many of whom have no family of their own. [read more]

Newsletter #21 – 12 July 2019 – Seniors

Welcome back!

We trust that you enjoyed your holiday and that you are feeling rested and rejuvenated…ready for the next chapter in this very exciting journey that we are all on with your children.

This term promises to be exciting and very busy, particularly for our grade 12 learners who face the enormous and sometimes daunting task of writing their prelim exams. We trust however that they too have rested well and are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities that face them this term.

We would like to welcome all our new learners and teachers who joined us this term and wish them a very happy and successful stay with us. [read more]

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