Grade 5 Fire Prevention and Safety Display
On Tuesday, 6 October, the Grade 5 Pupils of Christ Church Preparatory School and College were visited by the fire department. Johann Moller, who presented the display, is a Leading Fireman at the Tshwane Emergency Services.
The interactive demonstration covered areas such as fire prevention in your home, what to do if a fire breaks out and safety when driving. These areas included, not overloading power sockets, staying below the smoke, should there be a fire, the correct numbers to contact in an emergency as well as having a smoke alarm in your house. The wearing of safety belts at all times while in a vehicle was also discussed.
Fireman Joe explained to the pupils the difference between a fire engine and a fire truck. The engine carries water, and the truck carries lifesaving equipment.
Pupils were then entertained with three controlled fires, and there was great excitement as pupils witnessed fires being extinguished in a pot by placing the lid on and starving the fire of oxygen. Fire extinguishers were also displayed, resulting in a lot of smoke and giggles from the pupils.
Christ Church Preparatory School and College would like to thank the Tshwane Emergency Services, as well as Fireman Joe, for allowing them this wonderful learning opportunity.
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.
On Wednesday 23 September, Christ Church Preparatory School and College pupils and staff joined the rest of South Africa, and the world, in the Jerusalema Dance challenge.
Jerusalema is a song by South African DJ and record producer Master KG, featuring South African vocalist Nomcebo. It was initially released on 29 November 2019 after it garnered positive response online, with a music video following on 21 December.
Jerusalema is an upbeat track. Lyrically, as noted by OkayAfrica’s Rufaro Samanga, “it speaks about Jerusalem being the home of many religious believers”.
The pupils at Christ Church Preparatory School and College had great fun, first rehearsing, and finally videoing our submission to the challenge. Thank you to the teachers for organising the event, and to our drone and camera operators on the day.
Christ Church Preparatory School and College would like to wish all South Africans a happy Heritage Day. God bless our Rainbow Nation.
Our Grade 5’s are being Geologists this week! We are learning about different types of rock.
Grade 3G Enjoy Story Time with Mrs Twaddle on International Literacy Day
A Peek Behind the Curtain Reveals the Secret to our Success
Christ Church Preparatory School and College has been running at full capacity during the Covid-19 crisis. Except for when the closing of school was made mandatory during Level 5 lockdown, our doors have been open and our pupils have been learning.
During Level 5, Management made the wise decision to take our Easter break early in order to train up our staff for an online environment. When we opened for the second term under Level 5, we were totally online.
Once schools were given the go ahead to reopen by the GDE, Christ Church Preparatory School and College was in a position to pick up where we left off.
How have we managed to accomplish this huge task you may ask? We have the buy-in of every stake holder involved in the school; parents, pupils and a very dedicated and committed staff complement.
There are, however, two sets of staff members who go unnoticed, but who have made our success possible. Our first set of unsung heroes are our cleaning staff; ably headed up by Ronelle Oakes (Head of Housekeeping), namely Martha Mkhanazi, Mavis Baleni, Paulina Ngwenya, Andronica Muyeni, Filina Ndlovu, Nokuphela Mava, Vuyiswa Mashiyi, Pamela Mahashe and Nolithando Boniswa. It is their task to deep clean the school every afternoon. Classrooms are fully sterilised, including door handles, light switches and banisters on the staircases. Bathrooms are deep cleaned twice a day.
During the school day, pupils arrive and temperatures are scanned and recorded. Pupils’ hands are sanitised on arrival and departure from every classroom, and our teaching staff disinfect desks and chairs between every lesson.
The second set of unsung heroes are our grounds staff, ably headed up by Fred Payze (Estate Manager). They are Thomas Mkandawire, Dawid Netshitumi, Albert Zimba, Pardon Munetsi, Arnold Makaba, John Mkandawire, Stanley Qube, Laston Makamo and Paul Makamo. Special mention needs to made of Stanley Qube, who mans our gate entrance, ensuring that no person or persons enter the property without prior consent; and John Mkandawire who is positioned at the entrance into the school to ensure that every person entering the premises is wearing a mask and has sanitised fully.
Christ Church Preparatory School and College would like to take this opportunity to forward our deepest thanks to our unsung heroes and to let them know that we are aware of their incredible achievements. Without them, our school would not function as well as it does.
Grade 6 Solar System Mobiles
Is the Moon Made of Cheese?
During Term 2, the Grade 6 pupils of Christ Church Preparatory School and College had great fun learning about the various phases of the moon.
During Natural Science, our Grade 6’s were studying the solar system, and moved onto understanding the various phases of the moon. No, the moon is not made of cheese, but using Oreos to explain the various phases of the moon was not only a great way of visualising how the shadow of the Earth causes the phases of the moon, but was also a delicious end of lesson experience.
Each phase of the moon was first shown and explained to the pupils, after which they enjoyed removing and eating the yummy cream from the Oreos in order to produce their final moon phases lesson.
Well done to our dedicated staff for always finding new, exciting and memorable ways to teach our pupils. I am quite sure that after such a dynamic lesson, every pupil will remember every moon phase and pass this knowledge forward.
Our Grade 5’s are investigating different types if soil! We studied some loamy and sandy soil in class and we even discovered some worms in the loamy soil.
Our Grade 3 pupils had some great fun with Play Dough
The Power of the Word
The Grade 6 pupils of Christ Church Preparatory School and College enjoyed an object lesson with wax crayons and paint. The pupils wrote down their feelings with white crayon on white paper. These ‘invisible’ words were then painted over with water colours.
As they painted over the words, they became more visible, showing us that having God in our lives sheds light on us and our feelings. He knows us best.
Grade 5s learn about the layers of the Earth
Volcanoes in a Test Tube
When you think back to school, which are the lessons that stand out? The ones that were fun! The ones that included various learning experiences; namely seeing, doing, feeling and experiencing.
At Christ Church Preparatory School and College, we strive to make every lesson an experience not to be forgotten and we make sure that all of our pupils are fully engaged in the learning activity.
My favourite subject was always Science, especially Chemistry. When learning about the layers of the Earth, you could either be taught in an environment where someone drills the layers into your head in rote form, or you could experience the excitement of the actual power of the Earth through fun experiments.
Our Grade 5 pupils are currently learning about the layers of the Earth, and during their lesson they were learning about volcanoes. To assist in understanding the power of the Earth, they made test tube volcanoes. This is a simple experiment requiring vinegar and baking soda, and it ensures that pupils never forget the fundamentals of the Earth’s makeup and have great fun in the process.
Well done to our staff and pupils for just another example of one of Christ Church Preparatory School and College’s explosive lessons.
Grade 5’s Learn about the Human Skeleton
Our Grade 5’s are currently learning about the human skeleton in Natural Science; in fact, they were taught by ‘Skeletore’ this week…
While Grade 5 was still under lockdown, they completed a project on the skeleton, which was submitted to class this week. Please click on the Gallery Link below to view their efforts.
Prep School Pi Day
The theme for the pupils of Christ Church Prep School on Pi day was “Dotty about Maths”. The pupils participated in 8 different Mathematical activities, including:
- Measuring quantities to make bubbles;
- Completing Maths puzzles and breaking codes;
- Using Lego to make a symmetrical pattern;
- Arranging bottle tops along a metre length in a specific sequence;
- Using paper plates and various decorative items to make a Toucan;
- Throwing bean bags from different distances into a container.
- Finally making Paper jets and seeing which jet flew the furthest, which was an absolute hit.
The activities were graded for different levels, so that all pupils were involved. The morning was very successful as, not only were the pupils having fun whilst being interactive in the learning process, but the activities cemented the relationships between pupils in their Prep Pal groups. Leadership qualities of the Grade 6 pupils who took control of steering their group through the range of activities were developed.
Grade 1P Get Creative with Toothpicks and Prestic
What can you do with a few toothpicks, some prestic and a piece of string? As part of an extended Maths and freeplay activity, our Grade 1P pupils put their creativity to the test. Here are their results – well done everyone!
Grade 2 Snakes and Ladders
The Grade 2’s made their own Snakes and Ladders game. In order to assist with Math, and to make the game more challenging, the boards were created using the bonds of 15.
Grade 2 Measurement
After reading a story on non-standard measuring ‘How big is a foot’ by Rolf Myller; the Grade 2’s decided to explored why the metric system is the better way to standardise the measuring system.
Grade 2 – Evaporation Experiments
The Grade 2’s were learning all about evaporation during our ‘water’ theme. They had great fun painting their spelling words in water under the sun, and watching them disappear.
Christ Church Challenge – Week 3 – At a Jog
This week, the Christ Church Challenge was attempted at a jog. The pupils were very enthusiastic, and most gallantly took off at a sprint. It didn’t, however, take them long to realise the error of their ways – that things are not always as easy as they seem – and most pupils quickly slowed to a jog or a brisk walk.
We are looking forward to watching the increase of fitness levels in our pupils during the weeks to come.
Grade 4 – Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
The Grade 4 classes are busy reading ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as their set work in English. Today, 20 February, they experienced the rush of excitement in a hunt for the Golden Tickets in their very own Wonka Bars. Well done to the 5 winners!
Christ Church Challenge – Outreach
Friday 14 February, we decided to show our love in a different way – by helping a community in need.
Pupils came to school in civvies on the day. They were encouraged to wear something pink, white and/or red. Pupils were also be asked to bring a donation of R5.00 (or more).
The money collected was given to the Society for the Deaf. Please open the link below for more information on the initiative the society has embarked on.
Thank you for your partnership with us and for blessing others.
Grade 6 Lunch Boxes
The Grade 6 pupils had great fun classifying the contents of their lunchboxes into the main food groups during Natural Science.
There were a few surprises when they realised that some of the food groups were missing from boxes. Healthy eating was discussed and great fun was had by all.
Christ Church Challenge
On Friday, 7 February 2020, Christ Church Preparatory started its Christ Church Challenge. This initiative is based on the ‘Mile-a-day’ started in Scotland.
Mile a Day
Written by William McKee
The Daily Mile is a simple but ground-breaking initiative that encourages primary schools to take children outside running for 15 minutes a day. This initiative was started by a head teacher in a school in Scotland. The initiative improves not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general well-being.
At Christ Church we have implemented the run in the form of the Christ Church Challenge. This takes place every Friday morning. The entire Preparatory School walks or jogs a set course and we have noticed an improvement in the attention levels of the pupils as they arrive back in the class ready to learn. It is very important that every child needs to be aware of their health and strive towards a healthy lifestyle.
Grade 5 Electrical Circuits
Grade 6 Iodine Testing
The Grade 6 pupils ran an experiment in Natural Science, using Iodine, to test whether food contains starch.
My First Day in ‘Big School’
Article from the Midrand Reporter:
The Christ Church Preparatory School and College Grade 1 kids started their first day of ‘big’ school on 15 January.
Principal of the school David Bell said, “Christ Church Preparatory School and College had an awesome start to the year. The new Grade 1s, in their oversized school uniforms, had the cute factor as they entered ‘big’ school for the first time.”
“There was a great buzz around the school as old acquaintances were renewed and new friends were made.”
The new learners were guided by their parents and introduced to their new classrooms and teachers. Grade 1 teacher Rietjie Pienaar said, “It’s an extremely exciting day. The Grade 1 classes are always so lovely, and it is the most rewarding class to teach because everything they learn sets them up for the rest of their school career.”
Thank you to Andrei van Wyk from Caxtons for the lovely photographs.