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.”