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welcome to riebeek college

At Riebeek College, school life is exciting!

Tucked away in the Eastern Cape town of Uitenhage is the much acclaimed educational gem: Riebeek College Girls’ High School. Here, steeped in tradition, the busy bees of Riebeek, for the bee is our emblem, create a hive of activity. Girls ranging in ages from the enthusiastic grade 4s to our elegant  matrics find themselves involved and committed.


Riebeek is equal to the best. A fee-paying school, with a boarding facility for weekly boarders, and a day-boarding package, Riebeek provides parents with a safe, supervised environment for their treasured daughters.


Racial and religious tolerance, compassion and charity are entrenched. The carefully designed Pocket Code of Conduct is underwritten by principles which are rooted in morality and spiritual fruitfulness. Riebeek nurtures and cares.


Riebeek is famed for its award-winning choir. Competing in the advanced category, they win golds at national choir competitions. In 2014, a group of our girls featured with Johnny Clegg on Top Billing, having won a national song and dance competition. In 2015, Riebeek featured in the top 25 schools in South Africa in the Fairlady survey.  Professor Jansen in the national press praised the school in June 2015, and followed this up later by identifying Riebeek as a top SA school in terms of combining character building and academic excellence.


Many of the staff are Old Girls, proving the faith they have in the unique education offered by our Alma Mater. Led by the Riebeek girl who became a teacher at her school and then the much respected and dynamic principal, Mrs Marilyn (Dodd) Woods; the school continues to offer future generations what is truly best about the past while adapting to changing times. The Riebeek ladies walk in integrity with an attitude of gratitude while displaying a passion for  tolerance, mental and physical energy and knowledge.

Our buzzing calendar exudes passion for play, compassion for charity, craze for cultural activities and a love of learning. Founded in 1877, this progressive school provides holistic education in a happy, safe and stimulating environment to ensure that every learner is equipped to face the challenges of a changing world. The school has convenient, caring boarding and aftercare facilities. As the first public school in South Africa to vote to open its doors to all races, the school appreciates the diversity of the Riebeek family. Matriculants are perfectly prepared to enter tertiary institutions with the skills and work ethic to succeed. 

As an all-girls school with Grade 4 to 12 occupying the same building, we have the opportunity to mould, over a school career, ladies who can contribute positively to society: “To seek the good in others and always do our best”, as our school song indicates. Mrs Marilyn Woods, the first Old Girl to serve as headmistress, encourages each young lady in her care to live by the fruit of the spirit to reach her full potential. A peoples’ person with a love of children and education, Mrs Woods is a dynamic role model.

ex-teachers of riebeek: please get in touch

Calling all Ex-Teachers of Riebeek: We need your contact details!
Please email info@riebeekcollege.co.za with your email and physical address. We also would like you to indicate what years you taught at Riebeek eg 1988-1994. PLEASE COULD WE ASK YOU TO SHARE WITH ANY EX TEACHERS YOU MAY BE IN CONTACT WITH.
Thank You


welcome grade 4s


good luck, grade 12s



oral history competition - omhle to go to nationals

BY Omhle Bissett

The iNkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Competition took place in East London on the 15 and 16 September 2016. This was the provincial round as 8 finalists were going to be chosen to represent the Eastern Cape. Omhle Bissett in Grade 10 at Riebeek College Girls’ High School represented the Uitenhage District at this event and writes: “We, the participants, had to do research in a topic we chose. The research had to be put in a file and submit it to the adjucators. After submitting the file, we had to do a presentation for 10 minutes on the research we had done. I had chosen the topic: Freedom, democracy and History of my school; how my school changed since the advent of democracy in 1994.
I was accompanied to East London for the competition by Mr Gert Tarentaal from the Department of Education in the Uitenhage District and by Ms Moko(Yolanda Mni's mother: Yolanda was Riebeek’s headgirl in 2016 and Ms Moko is a local History teacher). On the 15th we presented our file and on the 16th the students who hadn't presented on the 15th presented and 5 teachers also presenting on how they prepared their students for the competition and out of that 5 learners  and 2  two teachers were chosen for nationals. We slept at the Hotel Osner, just opposite the beachfront.
This trip was educational as we were told who Albert Luthuli was. He was a Zulu chief and a teacher who believed education was the most important thing. The trip provided me with the chance to make new friends and learn more about History. I would like to thank Mrs Gerber for helping and guiding me in my project, Mr Tarentaal for also giving me some pointers as he is the subject advisor for History  in the Uitenhage District, Mrs Woods, Riebeek’s principal, for her support and guidance, and Ms Moko for accompanying us to East London. The nationals of the competition will be held in Pretoria in October.

 September 22, 2016
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Inter-house Plays

BY Jessica Schoeman

Inter House Plays by Jessica Schoeman
On the 18th August during lessons 4 and 5, Riebeek learners were treated to the Inter House plays.
Eleanor’s play, directed my Mthunzikazi Scott, showed a humorous day of waiting at the hospital. The audience was left in stitches laughing and even found themselves relating to meeting types of people who entered the hospital and even the service which visitors to the hospital experienced. The cast knew their lines perfectly and were extremely impressive, as Eleanor had the biggest cast in their play. It was truly amazing.
Elizabeth’s play, directed by Aphiwe Sango was a play about a play. The audience was taken into the world of Romeo and Juliet, as the play centred around the actors who would play Romeo and Juliet. The actors who were acting to be actors did an incredible job. It takes an extreme amount of talent to be able to portray an actress in a play and Elizabeth did an absolutely fantastic job at portraying this. The play also showed an “audience member” at the play of Romeo and Juliet being racist towards one of the cast members and the importance of treating everybody with respect and dignity was brought into the play.
Elton’s play, directed by Mandisa Witbooi dealt with affirmative action. After a man loses his job at work, he strives to tell his replacement all about his jobs. His frustration leads him to tell his replacement that you need to have a good sense of humour to do the job, which confuses his replacement. It posed the idea that not everybody will laugh at everything. The play was very thought-provoking and well written.
The band gave two stunning performances. Firstly, they performed Adele’s hit song, “Send love to your new lover” and then Bruno Mars’ “Billionaire”. The performances were beautiful and it must be noted how extremely talented the girls are. Thank you to the girls and Mrs Calitz for all their effort.
Yonela Mapela and Ambesa Daniels were the MCs. They were lovely and made the audience laugh.
The plays were adjudicated by old Riebeek teacher, Mrs Swanepoel. The girls were extremely excited to see her and we are so thankful that she took time out of her busy schedule to come and adjudicate the plays.
Each house gave an absolutely stunning performance and was truly wonderful to watch.
Special thanks to the cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication to creating such a wonderful event, the Cultural Board especially Desire Ferguson, Mrs GerberMegan McGorman,Kristen Hunt for photography, visuals, some video entertainment and slides, Miss Potgieter, Miss Mintoor, Mrs Shelver, Mrs Peltason for their contributions, Yonela Mapela and Ambesa Daniels for being the MC’s, the Band, Mr Calitz and Sarah Werth for sound and Mrs Swanepoel for being the adjudicator.
I am really proud of all the houses. I am especially proud of my house. I really think all the hard work of practice paid off today. Everyone was great. - Mandisa Witbooi (Elton House Director)
Today was amazing,  our efforts paid off and I am proud of each and every one of us who made the effort to make sure their house was represented in the best way possible. - Aphiwe Sango (Elizabeth House Director)
All the long hours of practice definetly paid off today as efforts had been recognised. To think the audience wouldn't get my play (I underestimated them)! I would like to thank my cast for being my pillar of strength and just being awesome. For your efforts on Monday you will surely be rewarded. - Mthunzikazi Scott (Eleanor House Director)

The Amanda Forrest Trophy for a dynamic cameo performance: Vuyokazi Bashe of Elton
The Riebeek College Old Girls Association Cup for the best performance in a supporting role: Lisakhanya Maseti of Eleanor
The Margaret Bowes Cup for the second best actress: Ondela Nkumanda of Eleanor
The Hilton Preston cup for the best actress: Sinoxolo Sango of Elizabeth
The Erica Gillmer Cup for the best lighting, stage effects and set arrangements: Elton
The Edith Dovey Award for teamwork: Eleanor
The Edith Dovey and Sherrill Chaplin Cup for best production: Elizabeth

 August 18, 2016
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