A word from the headmaster
“We have an exceptional school here at Woodridge and from Grade 000 right through to Grade 12 you will find an impeccable foundation of care, of tolerance, of acceptance. At Woodridge we recognize that you love your child. We will care deeply about your son and your daughter and we will partner with you to encourage and build the right-thinking young men and women that our country needs for tomorrow. As you browse our website you will find these threads connecting all aspects of our school.”
Within this beautiful environment, our children are free to experience learning through play and discovery. Teachers make full use of their indoor, as well as outdoor, natural classroom, guiding the children in their development of fine and gross motor skills, early literacy and numeracy.
At Woodridge we strive to help each and every pupil achieve their potential and in doing so, produce caring, confident individuals who will be able to make a positive contribution to society. School must be a rewarding and fun experience. At Woodridge we want our children to be open-minded, free and creative thinkers.
The College incorporates Grades 8 – 12, with the culmination for the pupils being the writing of the National Senior Certificate examination. Academic pursuits remain the primary focus of College activities. We write the Independent Examinations Board (“IEB”) matric examinations. Pupils are in the hands of skilled professionals.
The New Matopos
29 January 2016
Good day everyone
I am delighted to announce that on Thursday 28 January 2016 the first step was taken on the road to the construction of the new Matopos Boys’ Boarding Residence.
As a school we have long felt the need to create a centralized hub of boarding on our campus and the construction of a brand-new, top-quality boarding residence has certainly been on the cards for some time. There has been much discussion, and a considerable degree of planning has been put in place as regards this bold new step in our school’s growth and development.
This morning on the edge of McLaggan Field to the west of the College Tennis Courts, a small group of people initiated the first step in what will go down in the annals of the school’s history as a landmark occasion. This occasion was the handing over of the site to the Leen Mulckhuyse Construction Company to begin construction of the new Matopos. The timeframe for completion of the project is anticipated to be the end of August 2016.
This much-anticipated addition to our growing campus is the culmination of a series of lengthy meetings, debates and discussions amongst members of the Trust and School Management under the guidance of Raymond Ritchie and Peter May.
Prospective pupil numbers indicate an increasing trend with a preference for boarding and this facility will provide the opportunity to enlarge our numbers while still retaining our small school feel. From an educational perspective this new residence will consolidate our College campus and provide much needed recreational space for the boys.
In the recent past you will have seen a number of brand-new initiatives on our campus culminating in the newly-completed Raymond Ritchie Hall in 2015. You are no doubt aware of the work in progress in bringing the Woodridge Chapel to fruition, which will realize the dream of our founders Leslie and Mervynne Carter to have a chapel on campus. We are indebted to Godfrey Carter and the generous Old Woodridgean donors who have made this possible. You will know that our numbers are up and there is clear evidence that Woodridge College and Preparatory School is experiencing a tremendous surge in status within our province and within our country.
We are now delighted to celebrate the beginning of the new Matopos Boys’ Boarding Residence in our school’s 80th year.
Please keep a sharp lookout for construction vehicles on our narrow campus roads over the next six months and remember to keep away from the construction site. Regular updates and photos will be placed on our website to keep everyone up to speed with the development.
1 – 7 February 2016
- Monday 1 February –
- Tuesday 2 February – Girls Tennis v Hermitage House(a), Mini Cricket v Thoedore Herzl(a)
- Wednesday 3 February – Cricket Ingram XI v Hermitage House(h)
- Thursday 4 February –
- Friday 5 February – SANESA Eventing Qualifier 1 (Port Alfred)
- Saturday 6 February – SANESA Eventing Qualifier 1 (Port Alfred), Cricket v Graeme – u13A & u11A(h), Nomads & Ingram XI(a)
- Sunday 7 February –
1 – 7 February 2016
- Monday 1 February – Athletics: Zonals
- Tuesday 2 February – Girls Cricket: Cowan(h), Girls tennis – 1st / 2nd/4th v Collegiate(a), 3rd v Collegiate(h)
- Wednesday 3 February – Boys Cricket: 3rd v GLA(h), U15B v Brandwag(h), Boys’ Water Polo: U15 v Pearson(a)
- Thursday 4 February – Boys tennis: 1st v Grey(h), 2nd v DFM(h), 3rd v GLA(h)
- Friday 5 February – River Race: Inter House, Boys’ Water Polo: U15 Grey Festival, Girls tennis: Top 8 v Kingswood(h)
- Saturday 6 February – Boys Cricket v Despatch: 1st & U15A(h), 2nd & U14A(a), Girls Water Polo: Juniors & Seniors v Pearson(h), Boys’ Water Polo: 1st & 2nd v Pearson(h), U15 Grey festival
- Sunday 7 February – Boys’ Water Polo: U15 Grey festival, Lifesaving: A-Squad, UA Outing: TBC, Swimming: EP Open water