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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.


welcome grade 4s


good luck, grade 12s



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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Cultural party 2016

BY Jessica Schoeman

After a long and cold winter, what else is better than to have a little bit of sunshine and a summer day at the beach? The Cultural Induction Party, with the summer beach party theme, left all of us (even those who prefer winter) longing for those warm summer days spent at the beach eating ice-cream and making sandcastles. It certainly was an afternoon filled with many laughs and unforgettable memories. Who really needs the beach after all?
With a total of 17 tables (one for each committee) the hall was abuzz with activity. Excited young ladies decorated their committee’s table with buckets and spades, sea shells, sand, little beach stones, tiny plastic sea creatures and even boats and a surfboard. The tables also had extra delicious snacks like biscuits and cupcakes for those who sat at them. It was undeniable that the tables looked gorgeous and congratulations to Interact who took the award for the Best Table overall.
Throughout the event the atmosphere showed that everybody was thoroughly enjoying themselves. Everybody was chatting away merrily, singing along to the music which was played or was giggling happily. There was only total silence when the food arrived and the girls tucked into the delicious burgers, organised by the Cultural Board. Of course, what is the beach without ice-cream? Just when the girls had finished their burgers, the sweet Grade 8 waitresses brought in delicious ice-cream cones which perfectly complemented the idea of summer and the beach. Thank you to Mrs Naidoo and Mrs du Pisanie for their help with the serving and organisation.
The Cultural Induction Party is not only an extremely fun event, but was also when the new Committees for 2017 were to be announced. The girls waited with bated breath as the current heads of the Committees gave their speeches before announcing who was on the new committee. 236 positions were announced within the space of 2 hours. Upon hearing if they were on a committee, shrieks of joy could be heard from the girls and even louder shrieks when they realized that they were announced as head or deputy, or if a friend was announced to be on the committee as well.  Congratulations to all who were announced on a committee!
What better way was there to spend a Friday afternoon? Two hundred girls with the support of fifteen teachers sang, danced and bonded.  The girls tried out the hula hoops, enjoyed the photo booth and sang Under the Sea and Barney’s Mr Sun with gusto.
Taybah Teladia says, “it was an amazing day filled with lots of fun. My Friday was made!”. The event was a time of relaxation and much enjoyment… Especially when it came to the food. Nicole Rhodes says, “It was a lovely afternoon to relax and enjoy the ‘beach party’, whilst celebrating the leadership achievements of the girls. The ice-cream was amazing.”
Of course with the new-coming committees, it is only fitting to give a suitable goodbye to our “kindergarten graduates”, the 2016 Matrics. Everyone joined in for the dancing and singing of the Matric section of the afternoon. It was truly entertaining to see everybody get involved in the music and truly live in the moment dancing and being happy. With songs like Roar, Shake it Off, Dynamite and Happy adapted to be about school, the matrics enjoyed the send-off and their gift of a beach in a bag with a special message.
Lenae Naidoo received the award for Best Dressed and Drama deserved their Best Spirit Award.
Mrs Gerber gave a talk on the importance of using the d6, the value of liking and sharing club news on facebook, the importance of reporting back to teachers, being honest in your dealings with the committee and teacher in charge and being accountable without blaming others and looking for excuses.  Mrs Gerber also spoke of how blessed we are to have 17 clubs to choose from to be involved in and that the teachers should be thanked after each event or meeting as the teachers were hard-working and deserved that recognition. 
The masters of ceremonies were our life guards, Megan de Beer and Siviwe Tole, and they were amazing.  They kept tight control when the names were being announced to ensure everyone got a fair congratulations and they made us laugh! 
Special thanks are to be given to Mrs Stark, Mrs Gerber and the Cultural Board, especially Jessica Du Pisanie for organising this amazing event and making it possible. Well done to the Cultural Board who stepped in, such as Kristin Hunt organising visuals and sound with the Computer Club team, Sinovuyo Madlavu doing a great job with badge collections and distribution. We are extremely grateful for and appreciative of your hard work and dedication to making this event wonderful for us all. The quote “Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction” best represents the Cultural Board, as they were determined to make the Cultural Party amazing for us all and can be satisfied to know that it was better than anyone could have imagined.

 August 14, 2016
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