Starbank Road Eco Park Trip Reminder

Just a quick reminder that RCN and RHC will be visiting the Eco Park on Thursday 25th October 2018.  It’s a great opportunity for you to come on this trip with your child and engage in the outdoor environment with them. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you will be attending.  It will be cold so wrap up warm and don’t forget your wellies!

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Book Review 5N

Journey to Jo’burg

By Beverly Naidoo

[recommended review by Laaiba Rani, age 9]This book is suitable for 8-18 year olds because it talks about the history of apartheid.

This book is about a boy called Tiro and a girl called Naledi. They are going to go to Johannesburg [300km away from sowetto] to find their mother, to warn her about their sister Dineo. They go past an orange farm ,a white bus , apartheid police, trains and meet new friends that become part of their family. My favourite part is when Naledi and Tiro find their mother in a parktown mansion working as a servant.

Apartheid [separation] is when black people had to go on different trains, buses, benches and they had to go to different hospitals, towns and some blacks worked as servants and get less money for it, after working too long.

I rate this book a full 5 stars for teaching me about Apartheid!

Book Review 5N

Date:  12/10/18                Journey to Jo’burg

Name: Ikraam Mahmood

Age: 10

Author: Beverly  Naidoo

Illustrator: Lisa Kopper

Favourite part: My favourite part was when they were at the orange farm and they meet a boy who warns them to hide the orange farm and they meet a boy who warns them to hide the orange peels and if they don’t they will be killed by the farmer who has a gun.

Summary: This book is about two siblings named naledi and tiro who are on a Journey to a city named joburg to find their mother because their younger sister dineo who is ill and needs to go to a hospital because she is really ill .

Recommendation: I would recommend someone this book because it has a interesting meaning.

Like: I like this book because it tells you not to be raciest.

Quick message: This book is suitable for 7-15

Rating: I would rate this book 5 out of 5

Book Review 5N

Journey to Jo’burg

(book review by Mohamed Nur age 9)

This story is about apartheid South Africa how the blacks and the whites lives were like this is about 2 children named Naledi and Tiro who had a sick  sister so they set off to Johannesburg to find their mum . My favourite part was the chaotic train station I would recommend this to 7+ kids I rate this 4 out of 5 because it disgusts me how cruel the whites were treating the blacks this affects the story because it shows you how apartheid was like .

Book Review 5N

Journey to Jo’burg

Author: Beverly Naidoo

Review by Hajira Awad (5N)

Have you ever wondered what would it be like in South Africa a hundred years ago? Well find out by reading this book review. I think Journey to Jo’burg is a fantastic book because it teaches children about your background in South Africa. This was called Apartheid and separation in Eenglish.Naledi and Tiro set off an adventurous journey 20 kms away to their mother. After the apartheid South Africa is finally in peace. My favourite part is when they meet Grace. In addition, I like this book so I would definitely recommend i.e. rate it five stars.

Book Review 5N

Journey to Jo’Burg

(Recommended by Eva Hasan age-9 Small Heath)

I think this book is suitable for someone 8 -19 years old. This is because they’ll learn the history of apartheid and what happened during it.


This book is about two young kids named Naledi and Tiro who set off to find their mother in Johannesburg which was 300km away this is because their sister Dineo is sick and needs her mother. They go in an orange farm then a white bus and meet some friends along the way they helped Naledi and Tiro find their mother in Parktown but would they find a surprise at home

My favourite part

My favourite part of the book is when Naledi and Tiro come home with their mother. This is because they were surprised to see Dineo so sick

Effect of Apartheid

It was not fair for the black people since they had to sit on different benches, trains and buses because of their skin colour. They even had to work as slaves and earn less money

I give this book 5 stars it taught me about Apartheid.

Book Review 5N

Journey to Jo’Burg


AGE: 9

Journey to Jo’burg is all about apartheid. Apartheid is when people get separate by the level or skin colour. Journey to Jo’burg is about black people have to live in Soweto and the white people get to live in luxury’s mansion in park town mansion.

My favorite part is when the police come and start arresting people. They only attack the black people because they are different skin colour .the reason they only attack the black people is because they have forgotten their pass. The police are very horrible and mean.

I like this book because it does not only talk about English but also history and how the black struggled in their life unlike the black people.

I rate this book 4 stars because they did not end it good but overall it was good.

Book Review 5N

  Journey to Jo’burg

(Laiba Parvez, age 10)

Beverly Naidoo

I really enjoyed this book because the author used lots of different words to describe different things. I would recommend this book to 10yr or 11yr because they would enjoy it because it includes lots of new words. My favourite part of the book is when they find Mma because they got to enjoy the moment. My least favourite part is when they go to the hospital because it creates a lot of stress. Some parts of the book were very interesting because the author talks a lot about apartheid and what happened in South Africa. My favourite character is Naledi because she took responsibility and looked after Tiro.It could be very depressing for Naledi and Tiro because they would be at a lot of places and it might be claustrophobic. It was very upsetting that when their sister became ill they went all the way to Johannesburg which was 300km away. I give this book 4 stars.

Book Review 5N

Journey to Jo’ burg

Review by Ejaz Hanif

Age 10

Author Beverly Naidoo

Illustrator Lisa kopper

This book was wonderful to read. Inside the book was about Apartheid laws. My favourite part is when they go to the orange farm and eat and sleep. It gives a lot of information and facts about South Africa in 1900’s which shows us what it was like in them times.  Naledi and Tiro risk their lifes for their ill,little sister Dineo. If they go on this adventure they might survive but they can make it in time to get to their Mom because she is all the way in johhanesburg which is 300 km away from Soweto their country.This is one of their most dangerous journey’s yet!it it was banned in South Africa for a while but then they released it again. It got banned because the government did not want them to know what they like.

I rate this book 5 stars because of the moral behind it which is to not be racist, and the suitable age I say it should be 7-25 years old.

Book Review 5N

Journey to Jo’burg

Author: Beverly Naidoo

Review by Tasnuva Zinan

Have you ever wondered what life was like for black people 100 years ago? If so, this is the book for you.

This book, as the name suggests, is about 2 sibling’s journey to Johannesburg. They were going there because their little sister, Dineo, was seriously ill and on the brink of death. They need to get their mother, to cure Dineo once and for all. But there was one problem; Jo’burg was 300km away from their home town, Soweto. Despite their mum working, they were still penniless and destitute and had no train fare, so they had to walk. During their journey, they had some adventures like the encounter with the police and the city of gold chapter where they meet the truck driver. It also teaches children about Apartheid, which means the segregation of black and white people.

My favourite part was when they stumble across the orange farm, because it shows how people were united through dark times.

The recommended age is 8-12 but if you really want to, you can read before or after this age .I really loved this book since it gave out a powerful moral, see if you know it!

I absolutely recommend this book to you, and I would rate it 5 stars!!!!