Stepping out of school and into the future.
It was with mixed feelings that Christ Church Preparatory School and College said goodbye to our Matric Class of 2020 on 25November. They completed their final exam, handed in their final answer paper and, with a sigh of relief, left 2020 behind them.
The Christ Church College matric group of 2020 did, however, leave something behind as they left school. They stepped into the future without their school shoes. Thank you to Mishka, Refiloe and Thabiso, the outgoing Outreach members, for encouraging their peers to join one final Outreach drive and to donate their school shoes to those in need.
The school shoes left behind by the matric group were collected and sorted by the Grade 10 Outreach girls. The shoes will be delivered to various organisations early in 2021.
Christ Church Preparatory School and College would like to wish the matric group of 2020 all the best for the future. We would also like to thank the Outreach team for their dedication and assistance in the 2020 Outreach Shoe Drive.
Merry Christmas and God Bless you all.
2020 Matric Drama Final
2020 Matric Valediction Ceremony
The Christ Church Preparatory School and College 2020 Matric group is currently writing their IEB final examinations. These examinations are the final step in our pupils’ school careers.
This has been a very strong group – academically, culturally and on the sportfield. This is evident in the fact that more pupils in this group received Honours Blazers than any other group.
Pupils received recognition for achievements at the Valediction Service. These awards included academic achievements, as well as character and service awards.
Thank you to our guest speaker, Lisa Illingworth, who gave our 2020 Matric group some wonderful advice and assisted in the presenting of the awards.
The following pupils received service and character awards:
The Principal’s Award for service to the school was this year awarded to a young lady who epitomises the type of pupil that we would like to hold up as the type of student that the school produces. She shows respect without being subservient. An academic and sportswoman – Boipelo Monareng.
These awards are very important to us, as a school. Our mission statement reads that Christ Church Preparatory School and College exists to equip individuals to grow in Christian faith, to build Godly character, to maximise their potential and to use their gifts in service to society. The recipients of these awards are the pupils we feel live up to this statement. These awards are voted for by the teachers.
David Award goes to the pupil who shows a consistent desire to do what is pleasing to God – Thabiso Mulauzi and Boipelo Monareng.
Daniel Award is awarded to the pupil who shows bold faith and increasing wisdom and growth in the Lord – Kyle Sathiah and Refiloe Mulauzi.
Caleb Award goes to the pupil who shows perseverance and diligence to assigned tasks – Tshiamo Modise, Michael-John Bevan, Olanre Soogun, Zama Zulu, Theresa Grant and Morateng Dube.
Jonathan Award is awarded to the pupil who shows genuine friendship and concern – Hale Mokoena, Ndoda Ramuvhundu, Amukele Xaba, Abi-Lee Koeberg and Karabo Mafatle.
Paul Award is awarded to a pupil who shows a visible transformation in the way in which they conduct themselves at school and in their faith – Khodani Ramusethele and Rebaone Pule.
Fruit of the Spirit Award is awarded to the pupil who best displays the fruits of the spirit – James Frost and Ashley le Patourel.
Joshua Award is awarded to the pupil who shows exemplary Christian leadership – Tiisetso Magano and Khutso Sindane.
The Billy Magutshwa Trophy is awarded to the pupil who, in the opinion of the staff, best exemplifies the core values of the school. This is a very special award, in memory of a pupil and friend who brought credit to the school in all he did and who lived out the core values of the school.
The award is shared. Both recipients carry themselves with dignity. Their pride in their school is obvious. They lead by example, in different spheres. They are determined to bring out the best in their peers. They truly live out the core values of the school – Justin Hudson and Samuel Schultz.
Christ Church Preparatory School and College would like to congratulate all our award winners. You have served your school to the best of your ability. Go forward with the grace of God and best wishes for your final examinations.
Midrand Reporter: Week Ending 16 October 2020
2020 Matric Dinner
Following a long and uncertain wait, the 2020 Matric group were finally able to celebrate a downsized farewell dinner.
The outfits were gorgeous, and excitement for the evening was evident in the smiles behind the masks.
Thank you to all the staff and assistants who managed to make this event possible.
Matric Final Assembly and Bell Ringing Ceremony
On Wednesday, 7 October, the Christ Church Preparatory School and College Class of 2020 Matric group attended their final school assembly.
This was an emotional event as the Class of 2020 has managed to jump all the hurdles placed in their way in order to arrive at this point in the year.
It is a tradition at Christ Church Preparatory School and College that every Grade 8 pupil rings the school bell to mark their arrival into the College. During this final assembly, our Matric Class of 2020 were privileged to be able to ring the bell again to mark their departure from the school. The matric group also handed over their gift to the school during assembly, namely house and school banners for use in all future inter-house and inter-school events.
2020 has been a very challenging year, and the Christ Church College Matric group have achieved amazing feats. They now prepare to write their final IEB exams which will commence soon.
The Management and Staff of Christ Church Preparatory School and College would like to wish our matric group God speed for these final exams, as well as all of their future endeavours.
Slam Poetry Festival
The Christ Church College Slam Poetry Festival was held on 1October; and the standard was, yet again, exemplary. The performers spoke powerfully, and with great passion, on important matters affecting society today.
A poetry slam is a competition arts event, in which poets perform spoken word poetry before a live audience and a panel of judges. Culturally, poetry slams are a break with the past image of poetry as an elitist or rigid art form.
The best speakers of the day were Amy Fletcher, Valyska Govender, Ciara van Zyl and Hannah Ritchie Uyazi Mthethwa, Nakai Kurewa and Tawana Zuma.
Christ Church Preparatory School and College would like to thank all the speakers for their hard work, our adjudicator, Bianca Leu, a former pupil and slam poet, Amukele Xaba for being the MC of the event, as well as the audience for their continued loyal support.
Grade 9 Shadow Puppets
The Grade 9 Drama pupils at Christ Church College have been working on shadow puppet videos.
Shadow play, also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent colour or other types of detailing. Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source. A talented puppeteer can make the figures appear to walk, dance, fight, nod and laugh.
The Christ Church Preparatory School and College Drama department would like to share two of these plays. The first one is beautifully produced by Jo Museva and Odumisayo Mazibuko in Grade 9C, and the second play is produced by Anotida Musvosve in Grade 9C.
Well done to our puppeteers, and their teacher, Ms Da Cruz, for putting together these wonderful plays.
Matric Hospitality Practical Final Exam
The Grade 12 Hospitality Studies pupils from Christ Church Preparatory School and College have completed their final IEB practical exam. This exam usually takes place as an invitational dinner, however, due to current restrictions in place, the matric pupils were split into two groups and served a wonderful meal to a few guests on Monday 21 September.
Well done to the budding chefs. We wish them well for the upcoming final exam.
Heritage Day Celebrations
The pupils of Christ Church Preparatory School and College had great fun celebrating Heritage Day on Wednesday 23 September. Besides participating in the Jerusalema Dance Challenge, pupils enjoyed dressing in traditional outfits for the day.
Other activities, such as artwork and design time, were also included during the day, with Grade 3 classes putting together wonderful pictures of the South African Flag and Nelson Mandela.
During break, pupils enjoyed eating traditional food on the field. Unfortunately, they were not able to share in the various dishes, due to the current restrictions in place within the country, and social distancing was carefully adhered to.
Christ Church Preparatory School and College made the most of this very important celebration in South Africa.
Visual Arts Melodramas
As part of their Visual Arts curriculum, the Grade 8s at Christ Church Preparatory School and College have been tasked with producing a silent film in the acting style of melodrama.
Melodrama is an extremely over-dramatic style of acting. This is distinguished by emphasised displays of emotions and gestures mixed with a variety of stereotypical characters. Emotions and gestures in melodrama are generally quite simple and absolutely over the top.
Melodrama comes from the phase ‘music drama’ – music is used to increase emotions or to signify characters.
2020 College Pi Day
The College had its first whole school International Mathematics day on Friday, 13 March, focusing on the number Pi. The Maths Department decided to get creative and came up with exciting activities involving a circle and numbers.
- Grade 7 and 8 completed a Survivor exercise, some ball activities and painted by numbers.
- Grade 9’s first designed a logo by hand, then designed it on a computer.
- Grade 10’s had great fun doing some Dotting. This is painting in circle form with anything that can give you a round shape.
- Grade 11’s tried their hands at crocheting and knitting, the pupils not interested in this activity played some board games like Monopoly and Pictionary.
- Grade 12’s were split into two groups. The Mathematics students made a 1-minute cake in a mug and decorated some biscuits. The Math Literacy pupils made Pizza and ended off with decorating a few biscuits.
2020 Grade 11 and 12 Pi Day Activities
During our recent Pi Day, our Grade 12 pupils were looking at ratios, volume and exponential growth during a Mudcake baking activity. This fun learning experience ended with a warm chocolate treat they could enjoy. The next activity was as much fun as they enjoyed decorating cookies as one part of their programme.
The Grade 11s felt like they were ‘all thumbs’ as they enjoyed learning how to crochet and knit with their teachers Etinah Matewe, Marlene Bezuidenhout and Tim Barker.
2020 Grade 12’s Receive Assistance for Their 1 Act Plays
Jenine Collocott Warren is a theatre-maker who joined the Grade 12’s yesterday, 5 March, to provide her expertise concerning script writing for their one-act plays. The pupils were enlightened with her knowledge and are excited to implement the skills that they learnt to create an entertaining narrative.
2020 Grade 7 Life Sciences Animal Posters
Our Grade 7’s are currently studying the 5 different classes of vertebrate animals. Great fun was had by all as our pupils put together posters showing the distinguishing features of the various vertebrate animals. The 5 different classes studied were: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Well done to all our pupils for doing their best to create the images of their selected vertebrate animal; some of the animals are really hard to draw, especially when they are up scaled for a poster.
2020 Grade 12 Life Sciences Summer School
Every year, the Christ Church College students in Grade 12 Life Science, attend a summer school during their first mid-term break of the year. Summer School starts on the Thursday (from 13h00 -19h00) when school closes. We then return on Friday (08h00 -15h00) and end our session on Saturday (08h00 -15h00). Grade 12 Life Sciences Summer School has become a tradition that has been followed for the last 12 years, and was put into place to ensure that all our matric pupils are well prepared for their end of year finals.
Thank you to all our dedicated staff for ensuring that this tradition continues for the benefit of our pupils.
2020 Grade 8 Life Sciences – Food Chains and Webs
In order to inspire creativity and learning, Christ Church College takes a very practical approach to the study of Food Chains and Webs. Our Grade 8 pupils had great fun building the energy flow system. The use of the practical, and therefore, physically building the energy flow system, greatly enhances the retention of the knowledge being taught. This method also creates a deeper understanding of the eco-system and, therefore, the world around us.
2020 Grade 9 Life Sciences – Creating Microscope Slides
Our Grade 9 Life Sciences pupils had great fun making onion slides to view the epidermal cells underneath a light microscope.
Making and viewing slides, for use under a microscope, is an extremely important skill in Life Sciences. We make slides to view under microscopes so that we can get up close and personal with microscopic structures, which is beneficial to understand life at a cellular level.
Some specimens can be viewed directly underneath a microscope, however many look a lot better with a drop of liquid on the microscope slide. This is called wet mount.
The liquid is usually water, but can also be a stain such as iodine. The liquid helps support the specimen, it fills the space between the cover slip and the slide, allowing light to pass through easily. It also prevents specimens from drying out and if it is a stain that is being used, it makes some cellular structures (such as cell walls and nuclei) become more visible.
2020 Hospitality and Music Evening
On Thursday, 20 February, Christ Church Preparatory School and College hosted a fabulous evening of scrumptious food and beautiful music.
The food was supplied by our Hospitality Department, headed up by Mrs Debby Hunter. The menu consisted of Beetroot Carpaccio for a starter, Chicken Wellington with crispy brussel sprout leaves and baby carrots with honey and cumin as mains; and stunning stewed brandy apple with homemade cinnamon ice cream for dessert. Friandise (chocolate bark) was served with coffee.
The Music Department gifted us with their talents. Pupils entertained us on the piano and guitar, as well as lovely singing. The College choir performed three pieces beautifully. The evening ended on a high note with performances from the Grades 10 and 11 marimba groups.
Thank you to all concerned for all your hard work and for sharing your God given gifts with us.
Message by Ncumisa Mbebe in Grade 11 (Head of Music)
On the 20th of February, Christ Church had their first Hospitality and Music Evening of 2020. The evening showcased the many talents that our Christ Church matriculants and learners had in terms of both the culinary and musical sense. A great vote of thanks to Ms Hunter and her hospitality pupils for such a pristine setting and menu, for those who came to dine and have a taste of a relaxing musical experience at the school. We would like to thank Mr van der Merwe and Mr Greyling for conducting and accompanying the choir on the piano.
The choir, along with the multiple items that were performed individually, were entertaining and are greatly appreciated for their performance. We would also like to thank Ms Lessing for her talented marimba bands that presented their melodic items that evening.
2020 Valentine’s Social
Rocking the Future Road Show
Rocking Future Roadshow came to visit the Grade 11s and 12s. The roadshow travels with representatives from private colleges that specialise in a wide range and variety of tertiary study options. The pupils have an opportunity to hear presentations from each institution and to speak one-on-one with any in which they show an interest. This year, after the show, University of the Free State (Kovsies) and Varsity College came to present to the Grade 11s and 12s. Thereafter, the Grade 11s were given their Job Shadow assignments.
Congratulations and well done to our RCL for their successful Spur evening. Everyone had great fun serving family, friends and staff while raising funds for mosaic murals around the school. A huge thank you goes to Spur for hosting the event and to our hard working staff for putting the evening together. Thank you to parents for the support!
2020 Grade 8 Camp
The whole of Grade 8 went away for two nights to Maraneman on the Vaal. Four teachers accompanied them.
The Grade 8’s were split into two groups and came up with a name for each group and performed a war-cry.
They participated in many team building activities, learning to work together and encouraging the leaders in the Grade to step up.
There were also some challenging activities; a maze, a balancing activity and the ropes and mud course. Pupils were encouraged to try activities they would not normally be exposed to.
There was also a relaxing float down the concrete river on giant tubes. Sadly we didn’t float down the river on the Friday, since sleep seemed to be difficult for a few pupils on Thursday night.
New pupils were made to feel part of the group and many new friendships were formed.
We arrived safely back at school on Saturday around midday, tired and ready for the year ahead.
Thank you to all the teachers for their time and to the pupils for a worthwhile couple of days.
2019 Bell Ringing Ceremony
Article from the Midrand Reporter:
The Christ Church Preparatory School and College Grade 8 class rang the school bell to mark their entry into the college.
The bell-ringing ceremony is a tradition where the new Grade 8 class ring the bell as their first action to start school.
Principal of the school, David Bell, said that the learners ring the bell a second time at their last assembly in matric to symbolically complete their school careers.
He added, “The students love this tradition and the second ringing of the bell is something that they aspire to do. It is one of the traditions in the school that creates a great school spirit.”