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The Ridge School shows the right stuff

WESTCLIFF – The Ridge School community embarks on community activities, both in their school and at various organisations.


The Ridge community let actions speak louder than words as they donated their time and efforts to make a difference.

As the school celebrates being 100 years old this year, it hosted its inaugural Ridge School Action Day, where the entire Ridge community, including boys and their families as well as staff, showed ‘the right stuff’ by being of service to 16 non-governmental, non-profit and community organisations.


The Ridge Staff knit their blanket squares with smiles on Action Day. Photo: Naidine Sibanda

“The day is about giving back to our greater community, going out and doing good stuff all across Joburg. So here at school, we’re making sleeping bags and we hope to make 100 sleeping bags. We’re making them from newspapers and plastic linings and we’re also making sandwiches for a couple of organisations. Some people are knitting squares to make blankets and also packaging groceries for schools,” said event organiser Ijeoma Solarin.

Gouwa Shar, also an event organiser, said the boys had to collect 100 plastic containers, including two-litre bottles, for their eco bricks project and they had 94 so far. The team making sleeping bags were also hoping to reach 100 and would take the bags to Immaculata Shelter in Rosebank.

The Ridge community with sandwiches packed and ready to go to those in need. Photo: Naidine Sibanda

Solarin said that this was the first time they had hosted such an event. “We just thought that this would be a good way to celebrate our centenary. As opposed to always having parties, we’d rather show that we care, and from the positive response we got, we’re hoping to do it again next year.”

Solarin went on to say that after the projects at the school, they would also be going to various other organisations as a way to profile them and raise awareness of their purpose, impact, and needs.

Thabelo, Marubini, Tendani and Lusanda Raphulu join forces as a family to make sleeping bags. Photo: Naidine Sibanda

The organisations, among several others, include:

  • The Hope School – The Ridge gardened and painted classrooms.
  • The Johannesburg Zoo – The Ridge cleaned the animal enclosures, dug sandpits for the wild dogs, changed the crocodile dam and much more.
  • The Wilds – The Houghton nature reserve was assisted with the Aloe Project, helping to plant more succulents.
  • Sandton SPCA – The Ridge community got involved in playing with and feeding the animals and cleaning kennels.
  • Rays of Hope – The Ridge assisted with cleaning, sorting and packing.

Details: The Ridge School www.ridgeschool.co.za ; 011 481 5800.

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