2019 is fast approaching the end and already we have so many plans for the new year. Please just stand still for a moment and celebrate the good experiences we had, no matter how small they might seem to us. Then take the time to understand and to deal with the not so great things that you might have experienced. Remember that you are the author of this life story and you can change the plot at any time that you decide you would like a different storyline. We cannot however start a new chapter or story without ending off the old one properly! [read more]
Although the serious business of examinations is upon is, there is still time to have some fun. In Natural Sciences and Technology last week, the Grade 4’s learnt about rockets. We used balloons as our rockets to see how they are propelled and watched as they flew across the classroom attached to a straw that was threaded with fishing line. Did they learn something? We hope so! [read more]
This week started with a buzz. Everyone is still on cloud nine following South Africa’s win over England in the Rugby World Cup final. Our team showed us that there is strength within unity.
As the assessment and exam period is fast approaching it is important for us as a school, as parents and as learners to stand in unity in order to ensure that our learners achieve the goals they have set for themselves. Please support your child during this time. Learners should eat breakfast every morning and make sure to get at least 8 hours sleep. Please make sure that your child has the stationary they need and they will not be allowed to borrow from other children. [read more]
A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it would take a while to get to where God lived, so he packed some potato chips and soft drinks into a bag and started his journey. About three blocks away, he met an old man who was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his bag. He was about to take a drink from his bottle when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips which he gratefully accepted with a smile. [read more]
We are prepared and ready for our year end examinations to begin and for our learners to reach new and exciting heights with their results. Please ensure that your child gets enough sleep, enough healthy food and yes, even enough time to relax! Unfortunately, you do need to be the bad cop at this time and limit the time they spend on electronic devices, social media and games. There will be more than enough time to game during the holidays so please ensure that they spend their time wisely. If there are still any concerns or questions about study methods, or assistance needed in a specific subject please come forward and we will assist. [read more]
We are very excited about our upcoming Prize Giving on Wednesday, 6 November. We hope to see each of you supporting your little stars for all the hard work they have done throughout the year. It is important to remember to praise your child for their own accomplishments and not focus on what they did not achieve. Let us appreciate them! Remember, you can’t compare the moon and the sun, both of them shine on their own time. [read more]
This week Riverside College took some time to celebrate and appreciate all the wonderful and dedicated teachers that we have at our school. We are so fortunate to have a group of people who have chosen to teach and help shape our country’s future generation.
Thank you for your continued commitment and dedication to all of the Riverside College Learners.
“For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody out there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family, for me it was teachers and school.” – Oprah Winfrey.
A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp when he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains, all that was keeping then from escaping was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.
As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but they didn’t even try.
Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked the elephant trainer why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.
The trainer replied, “when they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size rope to tie them and at that age the rope is enough to hold them.
As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away, they believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” [read more]
“Attitudes are self-created. You are free to choose to be victimized by circumstance or people, or you can choose to look at life with an open mind and be victorious. No one else can choose your attitude for you. Your attitude gives you the power to be in control.” (Irene Dunlap)
The book, The Little Big Things by Henry Fraser is the story of Henry Fraser who at 17, became paralysed from the shoulders down, in an accident. Today he is a motivational speaker and an artist, largely due to his positive attitude and his amazing sense of gratitude. [read more]
For this week let us focus on the gift of friendship and the quality of being kind to one another. Remember we as humans benefit more from quality friendships and kindness, rather than being cruel to one another.
Let’s have a quick look at the three most important values of a good friendship and how it benefits us; a good friendship increases our sense of belonging, it boosts our happiness and reduces our stress levels, as well as improves our self-confidence and self-worth.
Let us encourage one another to be the best we can be to ourselves, our friends, our colleagues and our classmates. “Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend” – Albert Camus [read more]