Introducing the Reunion Groups
Introduction of Reunion Groups 2013
It is said that we grow old by deserting our ideals and that years may wrinkle the skin but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. It gives us great pleasure to introduce to you the reunion groups of 2013 who have not deserted their ideals nor their enthusiasm. As for those wrinkles, we’ll say that due to the Protection of Information Bill, we’re not going to discuss them. Instead, what enthusiasm they have shown! Allow me to demonstrate by telling you a bit about each class.
The Class of 1953 celebrate their 60 year reunion with 8 of the class attending Founder’s Day. Denise Smith Swift is the reunion co-ordinator. They noted at the 50 year reunion that they met promptly, definitive proof that they had improved with age. Eleanor Bleksley MacKensie who was living in Nova Scotia, Canada, sent a handcrafted quilted wall hanging depicting the class of 1953 for that golden reunion. It can be viewed in the glass cabinets in the foyer. Their 40 year reunion saw them surprised by a new verse having been added to the school song and the camera shy at reunions being cured. The school building in their time was in upper Church Street. They were terrified of principal Miss Miller but recognised her fairness. This class is proud that no other reunion group here today can boast about being at school during World War Two. Sirens for bomb drill would sound during the school day and so they went to school wearing a string threaded with an eraser. The eraser would serve to cushion their teeth in case a bomb was dropped. Seventeen girls matriculated as in those days many class mates would leave school at the end of Grade 10.
The Class of 1963 celebrate their 50 year reunion with the reunion co-ordinator being Wendy Robinson Collier and 18 of the class attending. It is a joy for Mrs Collier that her daughter, Debbie Collier Reid from Cape Town, is here today too celebrating her twenty five year reunion. One of the movies of 1963 was the original The Nutty Professor and Mrs Collier could not have known watching it in matric that her hugely successful daughter, nicknamed Loskop at school, would become a nutty professor of law at the University of Cape Town. An amazing co-incidence is that Mrs Burleigh Lombard Tunbridge, also from the Class of 1963, also has a daughter in the class of 1988 who is also residing in Cape Town. Mrs Sally Watson Potgieter was headgirl of this class and was the guest speaker at the reunion of 2003. She was deputy principal and an English teacher at Riebeek for many years and respected by the girls she taught. Without ipads, magic tricks, sweet bribes, youtube clips and all the gimmicks of technology employed by teachers today to grab the attention of learners, Mrs Potgieter would have the girls spellbound by her mere presence, quiet control and wealth of knowledge. The late Yvonne Lemley Hoare was in this class as was Mr Hoare’s sister, Anne, before her parents moved. Matriculating at a time of Martin Luther King Junior’s I have a dream speech and the song Blowing in the Wind being popular, this group have done well to fulfill their dreams and find life’s answers other than in the wind.
The Class of 1978 celebrate their 35 year reunion. The reunion co-ordinator is Allison Pearce Watson and 23 ladies are attending today. This is the class that came to school on their last day on a fire engine. This fiery group would tease their sensitive Miss Springer, the science teacher, by taking off their blazers one by one row by row and then cardigans one by one row by row. We do hope that it ended on cardigans! …and we hope that the present learners don’t get any ideas about trying this out. Lesley Ann Skinner Gilbert from this class and mother of Joslyn Gilbert Oosthuizen and Rozan Gilbert, also Old Girls, remembers the late Mrs Lewey, the typing teacher, telling the girls to walk in single spacing down the corridor instead of single file. This group will be travelling to Lalibela for the weekend after lunch.
The Class of 1988 celebrate their 25 year reunion with 19 girls attending and the reunion organiser being headgirl Ingrid Lunow McFarlane. This class can proudly boast of keeping Riebeek’s flag flying through the generations : Ingrid’s daughter, Lindsey is in Grade 10 at Riebeek. Michelle Crouse McAuley’s daughters are in high school at Riebeek and Sally Schimper Leach’s daughter Kirsten is in Grade 10. Carole Murphy Dawson raised two young men and has a niece at Riebeek teaching Grade 5s: Miss Theresa Bezuidenhout (Class of 2007 ). At the other end of the parenting spectrum are those whose little ones are still in nappies or racing through toddlerhood – Sharon McArthy Peo and Sandra Myburgh Gerber, amongst others, who hope to score parenting tips from their more experienced classmates, who have raised teenagers while keeping their sanity intact. The class of 1988 remember huge compulsory maroon underwear checked during regular inspections. The school levy which was not compulsory was R8 a term, a house badge cost 15c and the cost for dances was R4 a couple. They were issued with government regulation material for needlework, travelled to the Muir Riebeek SCA camp at Sumcay by train, learnt to drive on the school’s VW sponsored blue citi golf and were in matric when the new principal Mrs Stear took over the helm of the school. Mistakenly believing that they would need to teach her about Riebeek, the Class of 1988 soon came to realise who knew more! The 1988 headgirl and deputy headgirl Cheryl McFarlane Corcoran started a tradition of the headgirl marrying the brother of the deputy and though this has not really taken off, we encourage the Prince and Ballie familes to reconsider this in the spirit of tradition. In Grade 9 Mrs Gillian Bennet Bean took the class to J Bay for a weekend and was adored for the way she made newcomers feel safe when they did the walk of shame from HG Mathematics down to her classroom in the bottom corridor for SG Mathematics. This class gave Miss Rose, now Mrs Hickson, a kitchen tea and loads of recipes and in return she gave them hell on earth in gruelling phys ed classes. Taught by Mrs Woods for two years – their Grade 5 and Grade 7 years, they were the lucky charms that led to the birth of her first son in 1983. The grass mound was a stage and orals and history plays were presented in props room costumes. Mrs Woods took the class to Brigitta Daniel’s farm for a class weekend and dared all to run to the graveyard and back in the dark. They survived the nightmares! A special thanks to the Hellman sisters for joining us from Germany: Heike (Class of 1988) and Frauke (Class of 1986.)
The Class of 1993 celebrate their 20 year reunion with Mary Anne Medley Logan as reunion co-ordinator . Though their matric farewell theme was THE LOST CITY, WE ARE PLEASED THAT 34 OF THEM, the largest reunion group, MANAGED TO NOT GET LOST AND FIND THEIR WAY HERE TODAY. Mary Anne is the head of department of English at Woodridge. It is a testimony to the quality of our headgirls that Christine Eksteen of this class (and the International Associate Director of Medical Affairs for Shire Pharmaceutical) said recently of Mary Anne: “a high achiever and popular at school, Mary Ann inspired me because as popular and bright as she was, she was always friendly and polite and had time for everyone in the school. Even today she remains an encouraging voice among our peer group.”
Describing themselves as diverse and colourful as a bag of liquorice all sorts, they remember the sight of their Captain Mrs Stear peeping over glasses to give the signal for silence in assembly and wearing a gas mask in class to teach a war poem. They loved their expedition to the Knysna forest and Mrs Janet Skeates of the Class of 1977 (then Maasdorp) teaching them to knit. They remember gazing at the stars in astronomy club and Mrs Woods’s passion for drama and dance. They forced teachers to do the hula on their desks and tortured unsuspecting victims with Mrs Schwechheimer’s stuffed bottled lizard. Again, we hope the present learners don’t get any ideas…
The Class of 2003 are the babies of the reunion groups celebrating their ten year reunion with headgirl Dr Michaela Hopley Lotz being unable to attend but involved in the planning and Shelley Biggins, the Miss Personality of her year, as the reunion co-ordinator. 26 of this class are joining us today. While their matric farewell theme was Passage to India, there was no long passage or journey for Miss Algery van Aardt (a student teacher) and Miss Jayde Inggs (grade head and Grade 7 teacher) as, being on staff, they were here anyway. Miss Inggs remembers this class as being an Ubuntu bunch with all the girls getting on and no cliques in the class. Also from this class is Mrs Woods’ daughter in law, Elana Coates Woods, daughter of Mrs Vermaak, Bianca Vermaak van Eck, and Dr Janny Myburg Fook, daughter of Mrs Myburg. Another member of this class is deputy headgirl Dr Donne Niewoudt completing the trio of doctors from this group. Its louder members included Joy Mkuja, Jenny Cuyler Cohen and Leanne Condon Coetsee.
In addition, there are a number of Old Girls here today who are not part of official reunion groups and we welcome them warmly.
It is a great joy to us that the following formidable English teachers are gathered here today as they are truly in a class of their own: Mrs Marilyn Dodd Woods (Class of 1968), Lesley Bright Young (class of 1977), Sally Watson Potgieter (class of 1963), Anne Wates Peltason (class of 1965) and Mrs Natalie Stear (former headmistress). These iconic Riebeek teachers played inspirational roles among Riebeek girls resulting in many of them choosing careers that allowed them to spread the love of the English language.
They instilled in us the notion that the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players with their exits and entrances. What a difference the ladies of these reunion groups introduced to you have made on the stage of life and as they make their entrances at our reunion celebrations we salute their enthusiasm and ideals. Their souls are certainly unwrinkled.
Mrs S. Woods, reunion co-ordinator, at work
The RCOGA office
“Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour.” (Charles Dickens)
Old Girl News...
Lorna O’Donnell Rowntree (Class of 1989) graduated from the Uitenhage Technical College in 1995 with a National Secretarial Diploma. She worked at Hella in Uitenhage until her move to London in 1997 and she married Paul in 2001. She is blessed with 5 wonderful children. Riebeek has been a blessing in her life as it taught her the value of respect.
Hermoine Thomas Marcus (Class of 2007) is currently finishing her B.Ed (Intermediate Phase: Maths and Science) at NMMU. In June she married to Logan, a welder at Dynaform, which she considers as one of the major blessings she has experienced since matriculating from Riebeek. Hermoine feels that attending Riebeek has made her the woman that she is today and, because it is such a reputable school, awarded her many opportunities.
Fatima Matroos (Class of 1999) graduated from NMMU with a B.A (Psychology) degree in 2006. She has worked at First National Bank and is currently blessed to be a Sales Consultant at Nedbank Personal Loans. She feels blessed to have attended Riebeek as it taught her self–respect and integrity which are values that she carries with her throughout her daily life as the Chairperson of the ANC Youth League (Ward 44) and teaching Latin American and Ballroom dancing in her community hall.
Vatiswa Rabie (Class of 2006) studied Fashion Design at the Walter Sisulu University and graduated in 2010. The friends she made at school were real blessings as they have shared many unforgettable moments together.
Cindy Klassen (Class of 2002) is blessed with an enriching job at Independent Newspapers in Cape Town working in marketing, events and promotions. She completed her degree at NMMU and did a post-graduate diploma at the Red and Yellow Advertising School in Cape Town. She was blessed to be chosen for the Exchange Student Programme at NMMU where she attended the St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, America. Riebeek taught her discipline and respect for others. She experienced her greatest blessings in 2010 when she completed both the Comrades and Two-Oceans Marathons. She remembers Miss MacArthur’s great sense of humour which always made Geography lessons special.
Natalie van Aardt (Class of 2002) completed her degree in B.Tech (Industrial Engineering) in 2009 at NMMU. She is the Packaging Team Leader at South African Breweries. She feels blessed when she is able to spend time with her family because of her challenging career wherein she commits to hard working hours. She knows that Riebeek has laid the good foundation which allowed her the great opportunities that helped her develop and grow. Her happiest moments at Riebeek include break times when she had to share her lunch with friends, Erin and Danielle.
Siphesihle Sowazi (Class of 2008) is currently completing her studies in LLB at NMMU. She believes that it is important to empower woman and always embraces challenges with a gallant heart. She feels most blessed to have attended Riebeek which allowed her to grow as an individual, learn respect and meet wonderful people. She remembers Public Speaking with Mrs Peltason and being awarded the Deportment Award in 2007.
Natasha Naidoo (Class of 2007) is currently in her 5th year of completing her MBChB (Medicine) degree at the University of Cape Town. She believes that everyday is a blessing and will appreciate it even more so when she is a qualified doctor and is able to save lives and make a difference.
Nadia Baderoon Liberty (Class of 1995) graduated from NMMU with a ND in Financial Information Systems and is currently working as an IT Buyer. In 2005 she married Rayhaan, a Logistics Manager, and together they have a three-year old daughter, Iman. She is blessed to have a supportive , loving and caring family.
Cherise Lowe Swanepoel (Class of 2004) attained a BA degree in English and Psychology. She loves teaching at Riebeek as it gives her the opportunity to help, guide and entertain a variety of people every day. She married Vincent, a Civil Engineer, in 2010.
Zandile Mjekula (Class of 2010) is a free-spirited, talkative and loving socialite that studies at AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance). Her most blessed memories at Riebeek were the Drama Productions and rehearsals. She loved working with the cast and crew who always created a strong sisterly bond.
Samantha Zealand-Smith (Class of 2002) graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a MBChB degree, did her internship and community service at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital and is employed as a full-time doctor by the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital. In 2011 she married Navian and had a beautiful daughter, Kelsey. She feels blessed to have become a qualified doctor and have a wonderful family.
Unathi Vumazonke (Class of 2008) was practising as a Nursing Student through Netcare Education in 2009 when she decided to change courses and is now completing her studies in Psychology at NMMU. Riebeek introduced her to the concept of unity in an environment where sisters were made and her fondest memories were created in the Xhosa classes.
Jaishal Gajjar (Class of 2010) is doing B.Com Accounting at NMMU and was recognised as one of the top students in her first year class. Riebeek has been a blessing in her life as it taught her many morals and values which moulded her into the young lady she is today.
Cyrilene Constable (Class of 2004) studied Nature Conservation at NMMU. Her blessed memories at Riebeek include Dr Boucher’s life lessons, Mrs Peltason’s English classes and break times with friends.
Tarryn Travill (Class of 2004) studied B.Comm and LLB at Rhodes University and is currently completing her Masters in Taxation at NMMU. She works as a regional Credit Administrator at Goodyear SA. She is blessed to be engaged to Angus Bruintjies and have great friends. She enjoyed Accounting classes with Mr Ossher and his crazy jokes and feels blessed to have attended Riebeek as she formed close bonds with many people. She enjoys reading a good book whilst drinking a glass of wine. She believes that she has been graced with many great opportunities and becoming a young educated woman is a blessing.
Noluvo Nongubo (Class of 2007) is completing her LLB studies at the University of Fort Hare. Riebeek taught her to treat others with respect and equality. She enjoys watching hockey, playing netball, laughing and sharing jokes. Her favourite memories were made in the Xhosa classes. She feels blessed to have a supportive mother and believes that it is always important to appreciate others.
Toral Gajjar Talati (Class of 2005) studied B.Com Accounting at NMMU and works as an Admin Manager at Kapitan Trading. She married Timir , Manager of Kwa Cash and Carry, and had their daughter, Vidhi, who is now two. She believes that Riebeek is the reason for her current success. Her special moments were made at the annual Drama Productions and being elected Head of Drama. It has been a blessing for her to have her family stand by her and support her through hard times.
Zola Yonke (Class of 2010) is a bubbly person who loves meeting new people and is currently studying Beauty Health and Skin Care Therapy at the Elizabeth Beauty School. Attending Riebeek has been a blessing in her life because it enabled her to meet the wonderful teachers and matriculate with a great bunch of girls.
Lana Panagis (Class of 2004) is currently completing of her MTech Chiropractic degree at the University of Johannesburg and works at the University’s onsite clinic for experience. She spent a year in Minnesota, America in 2006. She has travelled the East and West Coast in America, made many life-long friends and has been settled in Johannesburg for the past six years. Riebeek was a blessing in her life as it taught her to be confident and always put in hard work and effort . Her blessed memories include singing in the choir from Grades 6-12. She lives by the Bible verse, Matthew 11:28-30.
Ingrid Kosaber Potgieter (Class of 1996) remembers the moment when she was announced as headgirl. She studied Dietary at NMMU. She works as a pharmacy rep and feels blessed to have this job as it allows her to travel a lot. She married Stefan, a Police Officer, in 2010 and has a stepson, Eithen. They currently stay on a farm in Belgium and this helps her stay active and spend quality time with her family.
Catherine du Plooy Botha (Class of 2006) studied for three years at the Elizabeth Beauty School in Port Elizabeth and opened her own Beauty Salon in Summerstrand. In 2010 she became the wife of Andrew, who works for Honda PE. She particularly loves travelling and time with family. At Riebeek, her Afrikaans classes and break times brought a lot of fun for her.
Lauren Friedberg (Class of 2005) believes that blessings are the tiny things we receive when we are patient enough. She received her BA degree in Media, Communications and Culture with a major in Public Relations in 2008 and in 2009 she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She is a teacher at Muir College and is currently doing her BEd Honours part-time. Her job is a blessing as she contributes to a better society. She teaches Ballroom and Latin dancing to boys and girls in Grades 10-12 and has a love for photography. Riebeek has empowered her as a woman and has taught her diligence. Her most special moments at Riebeek were being in the Drama Productions.
Irene Woodburn Fish (Class of 1980) is a Lecturer at EMC FET College. In 1988 she married Leon, Manager of VWSA (PE Plant), and together they had three children; Matthew (22) and twins Megan and Sarah (18). She enjoys doing yoga and travelling overseas. Riebeek was a blessing in her life as it provided her with a sound foundation. She is blessed to have a great family and good health and believes that the blessed are those who can recognise and be grateful for their blessings.
Lu-Marsha van Aardt (Class of 2001) completed her BCom degree and Post Graduate Certificate in Education at NMMU. She is a people’s person who loves helping others which led her to resign as a Lecturer and teach at a school in her community. She is engaged to be married.
Founder's Day 2012
Our Newest Old Girls
The Class of 2012
Fay Broedelet Clunnie
Thelma Van Onselen Esselaar
Gillian McGillivray Carter
Lorraine Smith Dunn
Carol Mallon Smith
Mary Brockett Van der Bijl
Brenda Alexander Wates
Jennifer Marsh Winfield
Aubrey Humphries Smith
Jean Patterson Redelinghuys
Junias Honicke Southwood
Pamela Tee Niemand
Daphne Mills Gillmer
Marion Biden Rielly
Gail Ferreira Lotter
Vuyolwethu “Lemon” Ralo
Solveigh Toft Swart
Jean Cuyler Nel
Edith Hayes (Oldest Old Girl at 102)
Family members of Riebeek College staff and learners
Russel Woods - Husband of Mrs Marilyn Woods, our principal
Father of Chwayita Mbebe
Father-in-law of Mrs Gillian Bean
Father of Mihlali Magobo
Mother of Usiphile Jacobs
Mother of Kayla Michelle Heckford
Mother of Mrs René Zietsmann
Father of Megan Taylor, step father of Megan Cherry
Father of Carol Gerber
Mother-in-law of Mrs Vivienne Stevens - Ivy Blewett Stevens Father of Sisipho Jantjies
Father of Siviwe Nongubo
Step Mother of Megan Camons
Father of Simone Lovemore
Father of Oyisa Ralo
Mother of Amoré de Klerk
Jill Reich - Former School Secretary
Old Girl News
Heike Hellmann (Class of 1988) studied electrical engineering in Germany, and works in the purchasing department at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany. She married her partner of 16 years, Thorsten Meyer, in October 2004 and is the dedicated mother of 8 year old Celine. She is grateful that she is able to balance work and family in the way that she does, and is enjoying learning Spanish. She feels that being at Riebeek inspires a feeling of unity and belonging, irrespective of social or personal background.
Sally Schimper Leach (Class of 1988) has obtained a degree in tourism and a National Diploma and B-Tech in Human Resources. She currently holds the position of Group Compensation and Benefits Manager for the Goodyear Group of companies across Sub- Saharan Africa. She enjoys reading and spending time with her loved ones, and finds Mrs Woods inspiring as she believes in the girls and never gives up.
Ingrid Lunow McFarlane (Class of 1988) received a bursary from the Department of Education and completed a B.Prim.Ed at UPE. She taught at Greenwood Primary and Muir College, before ‘retiring’ to become a ‘stay at home’ mom. Ingrid married Frank, an old Muirite and an optometrist in Uitenhage, in 1994 and they have 3 children: Lindsay(15 and attending Riebeek), Duncan,12, and Sarah ,8. Riebeek inspired her to grab every opportunity to participate and, no matter what, to always do her best! She fondly recalls assembly in the quad( as there was no hall), driving lessons with Mr Ossher and endless hours of PT fun with Mrs Hickson.
Sharon McCarthy Peo (Class of 1988) obtained a BPharm from UPE, and currently works as the Quality Systems Manager at Aspen, Port Elizabeth. Sharon married Ryno, an attorney, in 2007 and they have 2 gorgeous boys aged 4 and 16 months. Sharon enjoys running, reading and yoga. Riebeek inspired her to study hard and be the best she could be, and she appreciates the lasting friendships she built there. She especially remembers Mrs Potgieter as being a classy lady and an excellent teacher.
Debbie Collier-Reed (Class of 1988) obtained a BA LLB from Rhodes University and a LLM PhD from the University of Cape Town, where she is now an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty. She married Brandon, an engineer and fellow Associate Professor, in 2004 and the couple have 2 boys: Matthew,7, and Christopher, 5. Debbie enjoys reading, gardening, travelling and still maintains her interest in sport, having completed the Ironman Triathlon last year. She remembers Riebeek as being a place enthused with the values of balance and diversity, and distinctly recalls making a great cheese sauce in Home Economics with Mrs Swart. Debbie is inspired by her childhood friend Sandra Myburgh, now Mrs Gerber, with whom she feels delighted and privileged to still maintain an ongoing relationship.
Bernice M’Crystal Skinner (Class of 1988) completed a B.Comm Dip Acc CA after school, and currently serves as the Financial Manager for the Newcastle Business Unit and also acts as a trustee on the firm’s retirement fund. She married businessman Grant in January 1994 and the pair have 3 children: Dylan, 12, Abigail, 10, and Caitlin, 8. Bernice was inspired by the teachers at Riebeek, who she believes instilled self-belief and determination into their pupils. She remembers the camaraderie of being on the “social” hockey teams and thinks of Mr Hoare and Mrs Woods as teachers who always stood behind and encouraged her.
Diane Kennedy (Class of 1988) obtained her HDE Commerce from UPE and is working as an educator at Knysna High School, where she has acted as Deputy Principal. She received her South African University colours for hockey, and enjoys the outdoors, bird – watching and globetrotting. Diane finds that the more she teaches, the more she appreciates the educators from her childhood, especially inspiring teacher such as Mrs Potgieter and Mrs Hickson. She learnt skills such as time management, commitment, dedication and loyalty from her time at Riebeek.
Hermoine Thomas Marcus (Class of 2007) studied at NMMU, originally studying B.Ed (FET) but later switching to B.Ed (IP). She is working as a student teacher at Morewag Primary School. Teaching inspires Hermione, as she feels it is a blessing to make a difference in the life of a child. She married Logan, a boiler maker at Dynafrom in Struandale, in June 2012. She remembers those daily tidbits of knowledge from the Myburgh files (Mrs Gerber’s lessons from her single days), as well as Guidance lessons from Miss Bekker.
Jennifer Smith Van Wyk (Class of 1990) is currently working as a qualified estate agent with Uitenhage Properties. She married old-flame Justin Van Wyk in 2009, and her daughter, Shakirah, is the reigning Miss Riebeek. When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her 2 Scottish Terriers, wandering antique shops, decorating, gardening and travelling with family. She values the encouragement, discipline and support she always received from Riebeek, and remembers being inspired by the team spirit.
Rukeya Abrahams Dollie ( Class of 2001) has obtained a diploma in Public Relations, Accounting and Bookkeeping from Damelin College, as well as a diploma in Human Resource Management from Varsity College. She currently works as a Human Recourses officer at MC Design and Contracting, and is married to Azeem, a Robot Technician at General Motors. The couple have 3 children: Mogammad, 7, Deenah ,5, and Qaniah, 4. Rukeya is the secatary for the Eastern Province Volleyball Union, and plays volleyball in all her free time. Riebeek inspired her to be authentic, enthusiastic and loyal, and she appreciates that it helped her to obtain her academic achievements .
Nwabisa Goqwana (Class of 2004) received a diploma in Cost and Management Accounting from NMMU and is currently working as a floor manager at Nedbank. Nwabisa is devoted to her career, as she feels she has not yet reached her full potential. She is also a devoted Christian, and enjoys reading inspirational books that she feels help to shape her as a woman. Riebeek inspired her to respect herself as an individual and to stand up for what she believes in. Xhosa classes are fondly imprinted on her memory, along with sports days and English lessons with Miss Cooper. Nwabisa feels that Riebeek prepared her for going out into the world and starting a new chapter on her own.
Abi-Gayle Marais (Class of 2008) completed her B.Ed (foundation phase) in 2012, and is teaching at Westering Primary School in Port Elizabeth. She is a positive, happy person, who enjoys reading, playing squash and taking photographs in her spare time. Riebeek inspired her to be a strong person and to always remain true to herself. She appreciates the time she spent as head of the SU committee, where she felt she could make a difference in the lives of little children. Abi-Gayle remembers Dr Boucher as being an ever positive, motivational force who was always there to offer her support.
Adele Smith Streso (Class of 1960) obtained a diploma in Librarianship through UNISA, and worked as a librarian from 1962 – 1967. She worked as a nurse at Groote Schuur Hospital, before settling down to teach English for 20 years. Adele married Godfrey, a fellow teacher who taught at Muir College for many years, in December 1964. The couple have 2 grown daughters, Sonya and Kerryn, and 5 grandsons. Although retired, Adele is very involved in teaching Sunday school, as well as visitation and counseling. She enjoys reading and gardening in her spare time, and appreciates all the laughter, camaraderie and sound values that she received from her time at Riebeek.
Elana Carson Hannington (Class of 2002) studied law at NMMU and currently works at a law firm in Cape Town called Norman, Wink & Stephens. She has been living in Cape Town for 5 years now, and feels blessed to have a job that stimulates and challenges her every day, as well as a full life spent at multisport events, in the country, cooking and with friends and family. Elana married Roy, whose mother, Jenny Gouws, is a Riebeek Old Girl, in December 2011. She feels that attending Riebeek allowed her to dream, and felt most inspired by her involvement as a member of the Interact Club. Riebeek taught Elana to be honest, kind, loving, diligent, joyful, reliable and gracious, and she cherishes her long-lasting friendships with beautiful old girls like Leigh-Anne McLaughlin, Tarryn Hargreaves, Andrea Mew and Leanne Kok.
Elvira Bunce Evans (Class of 1949) studied Commercial Studies at the Technicon in Uitenhage. Elvira worked at the Health Department, where she met her soon to be husband, David. They married in 1954 and had 3 children: Lindsay, Andrew and Philippa. Elvira is currently retired but still enjoys reading, shopping, building puzzles and swimming in her free time. She remembers being excited to go to school every morning, and being inspired by gracious friends and polite teachers. She has carried the school motto, “Ora et Labora”, or pray and work, with her throughout her life.
Natalie Lipppert Whitney (Class of 1988) obtained her B.Proc at UPE, before obtaining a Masters in Commercial Law from UNISA. She currently owns her own consultancy business, working for large companies and specialising in large value projects. Most recently, she has been involved in a proposal to upgrade the London Underground. Natalie married Gareth, and IT outsourcer, in 1997, and the couple live happily on the Isle of Wright with their Labrador and 3 cats. She was fortunate enough to survive the 1995 London bombing where she was on a Piccadilly line when a terrorist bomb exploded. This experience has led her to appreciate life and feel grateful for every day she gets to be here. Natalie found it inspiring to go to school with so many talented and ambitious young women, and she clearly remembers the nice sunny days spent sitting in the quad tanning her legs and dreaming of the future.
Samantha Fourie Saks( Class of 1988) obtained her BA in English and History and an HDE at UPE, followed by Honours in English Literature from UNISA. Samantha has worked as a teacher, technical writer and book editor but is currently staying at home to settle her family in the USA, after moving there in July 2012. She married Craig in 1992, and the couple have 3 boys: Liam,10, Adam,5, and Alex,5. The Saks family are still trying to find their feet in their new home, Florida, but Samantha reckons the school motto “Ora et Labora” is a pretty good rule of thumb for life. She remembers all the teachers who drilled and inspired her and appreciates the great sense of security the school instilled in her, which later enabled her to go out and be just what she wanted to be.
Kerry-Lynn Thomson Botha (Class of 1998) studied IT at the Port Elizabeth Technikon after winning matric of the year. She later went on to obtain her DTech: Information Technology and is currently working as an associate professor in the school of ICT at NMMU. Kerry-Lynn married Clive in March 2012, and in her free time enjoys making memories with her husband, family and friends. As a pupil at Riebeek College, she found being amongst teachers who challenged and encouraged her inspiring, and appreciates how her time spent as a member of the hockey team and Interact Club taught her camaraderie and enthusiasm.
Tamaryn Manlee Raepsaet (Class of 1985) received her National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry from NMMU, a certificate in Quality Control from the City and Guilds of London Institute as well as her Masters in Business Administration. She currently works as a Quality Manager in the automotive industry, and although it can be demanding and challenging, Tamaryn finds her career very rewarding. She married to Vincent, a teacher at Muir College, and together the couple have a 4-year-old daughter, Tayla Grace. Tamaryn fondly recalls carols practice, Miss Riebeek and morning assembly with Mrs Stear.
Jennifer Ferguson Evans ( Class of 1985) obtained her GCSE in Arts, English and English Literature in the United Kingdom. She married Phillip, a Welsh prison officer, and they have 2 sons, Alun, 28, and Stewart, 24. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys baking, sketching, painting, reading and taking historical tours. She was inspired by teachers such as Mr Hoare and Mrs Potgieter, and remembers the school hall burning down and the prefects dressing up on Sports Day. Two of her nieces are currently attending Riebeek College: Claire and Desire Ferguson.
Mary-Anne Medley Lagan (Class of 1993) received her BA HDE from NMMU, and is currently the head of the English Department at Woodridge College where she lives on campus and spends a great deal of time outdoors and researching contemporary information for the classroom. Mary –Anne married Ryan, a STA Engineer, and is mother to 2 children, James,10, and Kate,8. She loves literature, drama, singing and animals, and appreciates that attending Riebeek allowed her to participate in all aspects of school life. She remembers inspirational, passionate teachers such as Mrs Stear and Mrs Woods, and cherishes good friendships that have stood the test of time.
Debbie Becke Saunders (Class of 1993) studied Graphic Design at the Port Elizabeth Technikon. She has worked in advertising in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Debbie married entrepreneur Riaan in 2002, and they have 2 children: Ethan,7 and Maya,5. The family have been living in England for 13 years, and on the odd occasion when she has time to herself, Debbie enjoys art, photography, reading and cooking. She appreciates the time she spent on the sports field or in the Home Economics class while at Riebeek, and feels that her time at the school inspired a fuller understanding of her Christian faith.
Charmaine Whitehead Pretorius (Class of 1988) obtained a diploma in Food and Clothing Technology from Cape Tech. Currently, she finds herself in the publishing trade running a magazine called Wedding and Function. Charmaine married Pieter, the national sales manager for Just Water, in 1994, and the couple are parents to Andre,13 and Charne,11. She remembers the efforts of her English teacher, Mrs Potgieter, and appreciates that she now has the ability to communicate in English. Riebeek inspired Charmaine to focus on the things that really make a difference and taught her to invest in the things that have eternal value.
Rest in peace to Riebeek's Oldest Old Girl
Jodi Hattingh said of Miss Hayes: You will be dearly missed Miss Hayes. You were truly a remarkable woman who blessed us all with your beautiful smile and kind heart. I was so privileged to have known you and learn from you. As you always said, "Once a Riebeek Girl, always a Riebeek Girl." (10 December 1910 - 04 August 2013
Grade 4 Welcome Board for visitors at Founder's Day
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In Memorium 2012
updated annually at the end of each year
Joyce Smith Strydom
Ziporah (Fanny) Slominsky Kaplan
Lesley Ann Paxton van Schoor
Dorothy Gillson Abbott
Michelle Schmidt Johnson
Irene Margaret Muller van der Westhuizen
Erna Hansen Taylor
Geraldine Naude Smith
Nanette Vermaak Lewey
Gillian McGillivray Carter
Gloria Tee Oelofse
Jennifer Hartley Snyman
Milicent Milne Emslie
Family Members of Staff and Learners:
Sister of Sarah Werth
Mother of Gordon McAuley
Father of Sisipho Jantjies
Husband of Mrs Violet Armoed
Father of Siviwe Nongubo
Father of Anesipho Makina
Mother-in-law of Mrs Vivien Stevens
Father of Miss Sandy Arthur
Husband of Mrs Marilyn Woods
After the clouds, the sunshine,
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