2022 YEAR PLANNER

2022 YEAR PLANNER
TERM 1 Term dates - Teachers: 13 January - 18 March
Term dates - Learners: 17 January - 16 March
Date Day Event
15 January 2022 Saturday Road Runners - Fun Run
21 January 2022 Friday Welcome Braai
24 January 2022 Monday Int Education Day (Learners/ teachers swop)
25 January 2022 Tuesday PS Parent Meetings
26 January 2022 Wednesday HS GET Parent Meetings
27 January 2022 Thursday HS FET Parent Meetings
28 January 2022 Friday HS Interhouse
24 - 28 January 2022 Monday - Friday Robotics Demo for HS
03 February 2022 Thursday Afrikaans Day
04 February 2022 Friday Cake Sale (Gr 000 - 1)
05 February 2022 Saturday Road Runners - Fun Run/Open Day
11 February 2022 Friday PS Valentines Dance 18:30 HS Movie Night 20:00 - 22:00
17 February 2022 Thursday Random act of Kindness day (Buddy bench)
19 February 2022 Saturday Open Day
23 February 2022 Wednesday HS  Interschools
28 February 2022 Monday Int Science Day (Science Fare)
01 March 2022 Tuesday World Compliment Day
01 March 2022 Tuesday HS Assessments start
04 March 2022 Friday Cake Sale (Gr 2)/Career Day (HS &PS)
05 March 2022 Saturday Road Runners - Fun Run/Open Day
07 March 2022 Monday PS Assessments Start
12 March 2022 Saturday Open Day
15 March 2022 Tuesday Human Rights Day Celebration (Visserhok School)
2022 YEAR PLANNER
TERM 2 Term dates - Teachers: 5 April - 24 June
Term dates - Learners: 6 April - 22 June
Date Day Event
06 & 07 April 2022 Wednesday & Thursday PS Parent Meeting
6 - 8 April 2022 Wednesday - Friday HS Camp
09 April 2022 Saturday Road Runners - Fun Run/Open Day
11 - 13 April 2022 Monday -Wednesday PS Camp
12 April 2022 Tuesday HS Parent Meeting
13 April 2022 Wednesday Easter Egg Hunt
14 April 2022 Thursday Bible Breakfast (Gr 000 - R)
22 April 2022 Friday Cake Sale (Grade 4)
23 April 2022 Saturday Open Day
06 May 2022 Friday Cake Sale (Grade 5)
07 May 2022 Saturday Mother and Daugther Tea
14 May 2022 Saturday Road Runners - Fun Run/Open Day
25 May 2022 Wednesday African Market day (PS&HS)
28 May 2022 Saturday Open Day
31 May 2022 Tuesday Int Childrens Day & Youth Day
03 June 2022 Friday Cake Sale (Grade 6)
04 June 2022 Saturday Road Runners - Fun Run
11 June 2022 Saturday Father and Sun Indoor Soccer
17 June 2022 Friday School holiday

10 Compelling Benefits Smaller Classes Ensure in an Independent School!

10 Compelling Benefits Smaller Classes Ensure in an Independent School! 1

At Riverside College & Independent School, our classes have a low student-teacher ratio. This ensures that students get the most out of their education. We also have highly qualified teaching faculty members.

  1. Every Student Gets Noticed At Our Independent School

Having fewer students makes it easier for them to get the attention they deserve from their teacher. It also encourages them to participate in discussions.

  1. Better-quality Results

According to a study, high school students who take smaller classes perform better on entrance exams.

  1. Knowledge is improved

Not only do small classes make learning easier, but they also accelerate it. This is because the students are more likely to ask and answer questions.

  1. Teachers Can Teach

The presence of a small class allows teachers to observe and assess the students. It also allows them to interact with the students spontaneously.

  1. Classes Become a community

Having fewer students in class makes it possible for individuals to connect with their peers and develop their own personal relationships. This is very beneficial for the 21st century.

  1. Chances to participate

Small groups also mean fewer voices in the class, which means more opportunities for the students to speak up.

  1. Emphasis on Learning

In small classes, teachers can spend more time focusing on the students instead of trying to catch their attention. They can also cater to their individual learning styles.

  1. More Feedback

With small classes, teachers can spend more time individually assessing the students and making suggestions that will help them reach their potential.

  1. Students Get Personal Teacher Interaction

At Riverside College, students and teachers work together one-on-one, which allows them to customize their instruction and guidance.

  1. Ideas Are Shared

With fewer students in a class, students have more time to share their thoughts and opinions. This is also beneficial for them as they can explore new ideas and develop their own international education abroad.

In Summary Here Are Some Thoughts On Why Small Class Sizes Work In An Independent School

In fact, small class sizes are very important factors that you consider when choosing a school for your child.

  1. There's nowhere to hide in a small class.

Imagine that your child is in a high school class with over 30 students. Most of them don't understand math and are likely to waste their time. As a result, your daughter falls behind in her class. Public schools are facing budget deficits and increasing class sizes.

In contrast, Riverside College has less than 24 students per class students. The teacher and his or her students enjoy a close, caring relationship, which creates a climate of learning. The small group atmosphere allows the students to express their views without being pressured to make a specific point. This allows the learning to develop critical thinking skills.

Your child will be noticed when she joins a small group, and she will be encouraged to share her own point of view. This helps develop her self-esteem and confidence.

The small class atmosphere also encourages and helps students. Although it's full of attention and encouragement, the students are also involved in discussions and sharing ideas. This is because the teacher can take advantage of the different ways to present the material.

  1. You can teach when classes are small.

Most teachers don't enjoy being in a large class. Unfortunately, being in a large class can be very challenging since it can quickly turn into a major challenge when the situation gets out of control. Having multiple achievement levels and dealing with the varying behaviors of different students can be a bit challenging.

When students are in a small class, they tend to learn faster and develop confidence in their opinions. This helps them avoid being criticized and ridiculed by their peers. Ask your child what he or she thinks of being in a small class. Having a small class allows the teacher to monitor the learning style and actions of the students.

A small class also allows the teacher to focus more on the students and improve his or her teaching. Being in a small class also allows the teacher to interact more with the students. Having a small class allows the teacher to more effectively communicate with the students.

While in a small class, the students can polish their pronunciation and improve their labial and consonant sounds. Also, being in a small group helps them listen to and react to music.

  1. Some social benefits of small class sizes?

The students also tend to learn better if they are in a small group. Having a small class also makes the teacher a more effective teacher. The small class sizes also help develop a cooperative spirit and a closeness with others. This is a vital learning experience for children as they enter adulthood.

The closeness of the teachers and students in a small class makes it hard for factions to thrive. Small classes help the students develop a common sense of focus and discipline.

Contrary to popular belief, private schools do not believe that small classes are just for teaching math and Spanish verbs. They believe that by providing a child with a sense of belonging, they will develop lifelong learning and academic achievements.

At Riverside College we have several open days every term, where parents and pupils can visit our campus in Burgundy Estate, Cape Town, meet the staff and enjoy our world class facilities.

Be sure to checkout www.riversidecollege.co.za/open-day-bookings for the next available open day and use the provided calendar to book a spot. These spots fill up fast so go there now!


Newsletter – Nr.37 – 3rd of December 2021 – Juniors

We are almost done with Term 4 and our school year. 2021 has certainly tested us all and taught so much. As we go towards the final stretch of 2021, let us remember that we are important to the people in our lives, and we need to take care of ourselves and each other.

Sharpen your ‘axe’

There was a newly joined woodcutter and the king was really impressed by his dedication towards his work. Out of encouragement, he started giving his best at work and in the first month managed to cut down 18 trees, which impressed the King. The following month the same effort only yielded 15 trees, and the third month, his best effort only gave him 12 trees. The king visited him and spoke to him about his decreased productivity.

He explained that he might have lost his strength or have gotten too old to do the work. The king asked him “when was the last time you sharpened your axe?” To his surprise, he realized that he had not sharpened it once in the last 3 months! That was the only reason why he couldn’t cut more trees. The moral of the story is, it is good that you put in a lot of effort and hard work towards achieving your goals, but you should balance your life priorities by investing enough time with your family as well as personal time to relax and rejuvenate yourself, which would boost up your productivity. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.37 – 3rd of December 2021 – Seniors

There was a newly joined woodcutter and the king was really impressed by his dedication towards his work. Out of encouragement, he started giving his best at work and in the first month managed to cut down 18 trees, which impressed the King. The following month the same effort only yielded 15 trees, and the third month, his best effort only gave him 12 trees. The king visited him and spoke to him about his decreased productivity.

He explained that he might have lost his strength or have gotten too old to do the work. The king asked him “when was the last time you sharpened your axe?” To his surprise, he realized that he had not sharpened it once in the last 3 months! That was the only reason why he couldn’t cut more trees.

The moral of the story is, it is good that you put in a lot of effort and hard work towards achieving your goals, but you should balance your life priorities by investing enough time with your family as well as personal time to relax and rejuvenate yourself, which would boost up your productivity. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.36 – 26th of November 2021 – Seniors

The Story:

When walking through an elephant camp, a man noticed that the elephants were only secured with a small rope that was tied around one ankle. He wondered why the elephants didn’t break free from the rope, as the elephants were certainly strong enough to do so.

He asked a trainer why the elephants didn’t try to break free, and the trainer responded by saying that they use the same size rope for baby elephants all the way up to adulthood. Because they’re too small when they’re babies to break free from the rope, they grow up being conditioned that the rope is stronger than they are. As adults, they think the rope can still hold them, so they don’t try to fight it. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.36 – 26th of November 2021 – Juniors

It is that time of the year where we are just trying our best to make it to the end. To keep you motivated, read this short story to help you stay positive:

During the gold rush, a man who had been mining in Colorado for several months quit his job, as he hadn’t struck gold yet and the work was becoming tiresome.  He sold his equipment to another man who resumed mining where it had been left off. The new miner was advised by his engineer that there was gold only three feet away from where the first miner stopped digging. The engineer was right, which means the first miner was a mere three feet away from striking gold before he quit.

When things start to get hard, try to persevere through the hardship. Many people give up on following their dreams because the work becomes too difficult, tedious, or tiresome – but often, you’re closer to the finish line than you may think, and if you push just a little harder, you will succeed. Keep going - the end of 2021 is almost here. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.35 – 19th of November 2021 – Juniors

Two young frogs fell into a bucket of milk. Both tried to jump to freedom, but the sides of the bucket were steep, and no foundation was to be had on the surface of the liquid. Seeing little chance of escape, the first frog soon despaired and stopped jumping. After a short while, he sunk to the bottom of the bucket and drowned.

 

The second frog also saw no likelihood of success, but he never stopped trying. Even though each jump seemed to reach the same inadequate height, he kept on struggling. Eventually, his persistent efforts churned some milk into butter. From the now hardened surface of the milk, he managed to leap out of the bucket.

 

Success is not easy. In order to be successful in whatever task you set yourself, you need to have perseverance. Perseverance takes a lot of work. The more you persevere, the harder it gets. Good things are never had without the hard work that we put behind them. You reap what you sow.

 

Keep this lesson in mind over the next two weeks of revision and exams. Those who don’t give up and are willing to put in the hard work when the going gets tough are in for a pleasant surprise. You never know what you are capable of until you try, try and try again. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.35 – 19th of November 2021 – Seniors

Blind men and an elephant

A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: "We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable".

So, they sought it out, and when they found it, they used their hands to feel the strange animal. The first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said, "This being is like a thick snake".

For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan. As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree-trunk.

The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said the elephant, "is a wall". Another who felt its tail, described it as a rope. The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear.

The men began to disagree with one another and believed that they were correct while the other blind men were lying which made them more annoyed.

A passerby heard the commotion and came to investigate the source of the noise and they found the blind men standing in front of the elephant arguing about what they think it looks like.

The passerby then told the men that they were all right AND wrong because they were each only able to visualize parts of the elephant but not the full animal. The individual stated that each of the blind men’s statements about the elephant were correct but only described a small section of the large animal which influenced how they saw it.

So, what is the moral of the story? The blind men were very quick to make an assumption about what the elephant looks like even though they had only felt a small section of it. They refused to listen to the opinions and observations of their fellow men and believed that the sections they interacted with were the true depiction of an elephant.

These types of interactions can be seen regularly in daily life, but only once a person is sure that they have interacted with a substantial amount of a specific topic or object can they make an informed observation about it. They also shouldn’t be too quick to discredit another person’s perspective about a topic just because they have a different interpretation. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.33 – 5th of November 2021 – Seniors

An 87-Year-Old College Student Named Rose
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze. “Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”
“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. “I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me. After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me. Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. At the end of the semester, we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”
As we laughed, she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything, I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
Have no regrets.
The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”
She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
We make a Living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. [read more]

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