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House Executives 2018


ELEANOR HOUSE:
CAPTAIN: ATON DE VOS
 
VICE CAPTAIN: LARA NAIDOO
 
SPORTS CAPTAIN: TAMMY JAFTHA
 
PLAY DIRECTOR: OLWETHU DLUTU
 
SECRETARY/TREASURER: BUHLE-BEZWE WILLIAMS

ELIZABETH HOUSE:
CAPTAIN: OCTAVIA JOHANNES
 
VICE CAPTAIN: CHULUMANCO MAYI
 
SPORTS CAPTAIN: KEZIAH BRANDT
 
PLAY DIRECTOR: ROPA MAZORODZE
 
SECRETARY/TREASURER: KHANYISA PHILLIP

ELTON HOUSE:
CAPTAIN: PHUMZA MANDLA
 
VICE CAPTAIN: OMHLE BISSETT
 
SPORTS CAPTAIN: SHANNON BLIGNAUT
 
PLAY DIRECTOR: ZAMAKHUMA MAKWABE
 
SECRETARY/TREASURER: QHAMISA MNYAZI
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Eleanor's heritage

Named after Miss E.L.Y. Brown, second principal of Riebeek, 1881 – September 1900

Miss Eleanor Brown travelled here on a boat that was bringing reinforcements for the Zulu war and the officers cheered her as she left the ship – a lone woman travelling to the unknown interior. She came to Riebeek as a teacher and was a most efficient woman with a strong personality. She was the niece of Dr Haig Brown, Headmaster of the well-known school, Charterhouse. Miss Brown’s education had been acquired before the days of women’s colleges, but she had received a thorough training in England. She was most successful in teaching English Literature. She was an enthusiastic Londoner, and the great city lived for her pupils in the vivid descriptions she gave of its places of historical interest.

 
It was Miss Brown who imported the silver bee that principals wear on special occasions. She intended the bee to be worn by all pupils as a school badge with the motto Ora et Labora but this proved to be too expensive. Miss Brown gave the bee to Miss Brehm, who gave  it to Miss Loggenburg. She then presented it to Miss Bartlett and so the tradition was born of the bee being handed to each principal. 
 
It was under Miss Brown’s leadership that Riebeek  became a senior and junior school. Riebeek had a music department, an art department, needlework classes, tennis courts, a croquet lawn was laid down, a science lab with the latest equipment . Girls could start taking part in debates and there was the establishing of societies. 
 
Miss Brown was at the helm of the school at a difficult time. She had the qualities of a pioneer and she was prepared to meet the discomforts of an undeveloped land. She displayed tenacity, a strong personality and strict discipline.
 
By 1896 Miss Brown had much to contend with – increasing number of pupils, no space, no proper classroom facilities, teachers highly qualified with strong personalities and there was irritation and frustration. It was clear that Miss Brown had a passionate temper and the courage of her convictions. She found release by leaving her office and the school and not returning until she had simmered down. Often she would be away during the first week of school and letters from parents appeared in the local newspapers. When admonished by the committee, she showed herself to be a law unto herself and dismissed the whole incident with a curt reply and a flick of her fingers and the pursing of her lips. At times she would resign and then withdraw the resignation. She had an indomitable character and though her health was not good she worked vigorously and robustly wearing down her own resources. She took leave frequently and her visits to England would extend from 3 months to 6 months. Though she was a disciplinarian she did have compassion and a loving spirit. It has been hinted that she had experienced a great personal tragedy, perhaps jilted in love. 
 
During her reign the hours of attendance became fixed. School started at 8:30 in summer and at 9 in winter. School days were five hours long and the girls had a half hour break. In 1900 she felt she could not go on. After a serious illness she applied to be allowed to resign two years before her time of retirement. She never forgot Riebeek. In England, she kept an open house for teacher and pupils.     
 

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elton's heritage

Named after Miss Elton, 5th principal from January 1909  - 1915

Miss Lucy Charlotte Elton was a  distinguished, intellectual lady who was a strict disciplinarian – some called her straight-laced. She was dignified, respected and emitted an aura of awe. She was always beautifully turned out – immaculately so! Her iron grey hair and her iron grey spectacles enhanced her personality. She was an excellent teacher of English and imbued her girls with a love of good literature. When she left Riebeek, the school library had 1 000 volumes. She had a quick sense of humour. Before leaving, she had to deal with children who removed the ivory covers from the keys of the pianos. 
 
During a week’s leave, Miss Elton visited Cape Town and accepted the post of principal of the Good Hope Seminary from January 1916. She had given direction to the curriculum and brought stability. Great emphasis was placed on the classics and English Literature. 
 

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An overview of our house system

By Mr J. Ossher

The House system has its origin in Britain and its colonies in about 1850 with boarding schools residences designated as houses for purposes of internal competition.  This was intended to sharpen sporting skills, improve behaviour and instill a sense of belonging and esprit-de-corps.  Gradually the house system spread to day schools.  Riebeek's house system was starting 47 years after the School was founded.  In 1924 the school's pupils were formally divided into two houses for the purposes of a sports competition.  One house was named Eleanor, after Miss Eleanor Brown, a past headmistress in the late 1800s.  The other house was named Elton, after Miss Lucy Elton, headmistress in the early 1900s.  Note that one house was given a first name and the other house was given a surname.  It was decided in 1953 to add another house to the expanding school.  Headgirl of 1953, Gillian Killeen nee Dugmore went for a farewell interview with Mrs J.A.D. Miller, the Headmistress of the time.  Gillian was asked if there were any improvements she could suggest and Gillian replied that every time they had sports competitions the school was split into two hostile camps and that even friendships suffered.  Perhaps the introduction of a third house would defuse the situation.  Gillian suggested that another "E" name would be appropriate.  The new house was called Elizabeth after the lady of the same name who had shortly before been crowned  "Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland of her others realms and terroritories queen, head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.  The new house came into being in 1954 and the colour of blue was selected because of the blue sash that Queen Elizabeth wears to depict royalty.  
The new House came into being in 1954, with Riebeek having thus honoured two headmistresses and a queen – all three of them,
interestingly enough, starting with the letter El The colour of the new house was blue, because of the blue sash that Queen Elizabeth wears, depicting royalty. Incidentally, for those with a penchant for trivia, international tennis star Linky Boshoff, arguably Riebeek’s most famous learner, was in Elizabeth.
 
During my 29 years as a teacher at Riebeek, I saw little change in the house system, but some patterns had emerged. For instance, Elton became known for its swimming prowess, while, of late, Eleanor has shown strength academically. Elizabeth went through a bad patch at one stage, so much so that people began to wonder whether there was perhaps a voodoo of some sort on the house. Elizabeth’s fortẻ appears to lie in the direction of culture. One significant change took place circa 1989 during the tenure, as headmistress, of Mrs Natalie Stear, who introduced a change in the way house members were selected. Previously, one was placed into a house at random, or according to what past or present relatives one had at Riebeek. Thenceforth all new boarders were to be placed in Elton, while the hostel’s existing “old pots” were able to choose whether to migrate or not. There was initially some fear that Elton would be unfairly advantaged, as it was perceived that boarders, restricted as they were from distracting townee activities, would perform better at sport and academia. As it turned out, however, the number of boarders has since diminished considerably, and is no longer a significant factor in determining Elton’s placing in inter-house competitions.
 
Another development that occurred in the Stear era was House Days. Each house, on its appointed day, would hold a special assembly during which a guest speaker addressed the School. Thereafter the speaker was awarded a sum of money which had been collected by the house by means of selling “favours” – usually some little knick-knack representing the house. This money would then be handed to a charity represented or favoured by the speaker. A pleasing touch is that Elizabeth’s House Day is often held on the Queen’s birthday.
 
Some interesting patterns are evident when one studies the accompanying information compiled from various house reports, prize lists and trophies. Unfortunately, the list of victories is found wanting, owing to some tardy record-keeping over the years, not made easier by the fact that for 43 years Riebeek stopped producing magazines. It appears that there has been little co-operation between writers of various magazine articles. In an apparent attempt to avoid duplication of the same information in the House reports, the various sports reports as well as the prize list, writers have erred toward the other extreme, resulting in no house results at all!  For instance, in the 1967 Magazine the only reference to any inter-house activity occurs in the hockey report which reads simply: “The inter-house and inter-class matches were played with a minimum of fuss.”  Brevity must indeed have been the hallmark of that editor, as only one-third of the magazine is devoted to School matters (much of it literary
contributions). The other two-thirds consist of Old Girl matters!
 
Another reason for the large number of blank spaces is that sports and other codes have not remained constant over the years. While some, such as indoor hockey and volleyball did not feature at Riebeek in the early years, others, such as lifesaving and squash have come and gone.
 
What of the future? With the advent of Africanization of schools such as Riebeek, it remains to be seen whether the house system will be retained in its present form. While decentralization is not a foreign concept to Africa (for instance the division of Shaka’s armies into regiments, and the existence of royal “houses”) changes could well come about in the schoolhouse system. Modernization, too, is taking its toll on established institutions. The change will be slow, and irregular, depending on how individual schools manage the situation. In Riebeek’s case the problem lies in the abstractness of the houses – they are not visible entities, they exist in name only. Moreover, they do not have unique identifying symbols such as in the case of Muir College, where each of the four figures in its crest represents a house. In earlier years at Riebeek the houses made use of informal mascots and mottos, which are sadly lacking today.  A few years ago an attempt was made to generate greater awareness by revealing the house each time an individual was singled out for praise for an achievement. Regrettably, the exercise was not sustained.  There was also a move to introduce house anthems, one of which was actually sung by Eleanor at a swimming gala, but a general lack of interest put paid to such aspirations. It may be argued that learners’ horizons have broadened and that there is no place for institutions that they may see as antiquated. However, there is still a place for tradition in schools, and it would be most unfortunate if the present generation neglected to maintain a level of house consciousness, not just for old times’ sake, but also for new times’ sake.

 

Some Statistics

By Mr J. Ossher

Hockey: Eleanor (1924), Elton (1925), Eleanor (1926), Eleanor (1927), Elton (1928), Eleanor (1929), Eleanor (1931), Eleanor (1932), Eleanor (1933), Eleanor (1935), Eleanor (1936), Eleanor (1937), Elton (1938), Elton (1939), Elton (1940), Elton (1941), Eleanor (1942), Eleanor (1943), Eleanor (1945),Elton (1946), Elton (1947), Elton/ Eleanor (1949), Eleanor (1950), Eleanor (1951), Elton (1952), Elton (1953), Eleanor (1955), Elizabeth (1956), Elton (1957), Elton (1968), Elizabeth (1969), Eleanor (1970), Elizabeth (1988), Elizabeth (1989), Elton (1990), Eleanor (1991), Elizabeth (1993), Elton (1994), Elton (1995), Elton (1996), Elton (1997), Eleanor (1998), Elton (1999), Eleanor (2001), Elton (2002), Eleanor (2003), Elizabeth (2005), Eleanor (2008), Eleanor (2009)
 
Netball: Eleanor (1924), Eleanor (1925), Elton (1926), Elton (1927), Elton (1928), Elton (1929), Eleanor (1930), Eleanor (1931), Eleanor (1932), Elton (1933), Elton (1935), Elton (1936), Elton (1937), Elton (1938). Elton (1939), Eleanor (1940), Elton (1941), Eleanor (1942), Elton (1943), Eleanor (1945), Eleanor (1946), Elton (1947), Elton (1950), Elton (1951), Elton (1952), Eleanor (1953), Eleanor (1954), Elton (1955), Elton (1956), Elton (1957), Eleanor (1958), Elton (1959), Elton (1961), Elton (1962), Elton (1963), Elton  (1964), Eleanor (1965), Elizabeth (1966), Eleanor (1967), Eleanor (1968), Elizabeth (1969), Elton (1970), Elton (1972), Eleanor (1973), Elizabeth (1974), Eleanor (1975), Elton (1976), Elton (1977), Elton (1978), Elton (1979), Elizabeth (1980), Elizabeth (1981), Elizabeth (1982), Elizabeth (1983), Elizabeth (1984), Elton (1985), Elizabeth (1986), Elizabeth (1987), Elizabeth (1988), Elizabeth (1989), Elton (1990), Elton (1991), Elton (1992), Elton (1993), Elton (1994), Elton (1995), Eleanor (1996), Elton (1997), Elton (1998), Elton (1999), Elton (2000), Elton (2001), Elton (2002), Eleanor (2003), Elton (2004), Elton (2005)
 
Tennis: Elton (1924), Eleanor (1925), Elton (1926), Elton (1927), Elton (1928), Elton (1929), Elton (1930), Elton (1931), Eleanor (1932), Elton (1933), Eleanor (1935), Elton (1936), Elton (1937), Elton (1938), Elton (1939), Elton (1940), Elton (1941), Elton (1942), Eleanor (1943), Eleanor (1945), Eleanor (1946), Eleanor (1947), Eleanor (1948), Elton (1949), Eleanor (1950), Elton (1951), Eleanor (1952), Eleanor (1953), Eleanor (1954), Elizabeth/ Eleanor (1955), Elizabeth (1956), Eleanor (1957), Eleanor (1958), Elton (1959), Elton (1961), Elton (1962), Eleanor (1963), Elizabeth (1964), Eleanor (1965), Eleanor (1966), Eleanor (1967), Eleanor (1968), Eleanor (1969), Elton/ Eleanor (1970), Elizabeth (1971), Elizabeth (1972), Elton (1973), Elizabeth (1974), Eleanor (1975), Eleanor (1976), Eleanor (1977), Elton (1978), Elton (1979), Elizabeth (1980), Elizabeth (1981), Elton (1982), Elizabeth (1983), Elton (1984), Eleanor (1985), Elton (1986), Elton (1987), Elton (1988), Eleanor (1989), Elton (1990), Eleanor (1991), Eleanor (1992), Elizabeth (1993), Elton (1994), Eleanor (1995), Eleanor (1996), Eleanor (1997), Eleanor (1998), Eleanor (1999), Elton (2000), Eleanor (2001), Elton (2002), Elton (2003), Elton (2004), Elizabeth (2005), Eleanor (2006), Eleanor (2008)
 
Swimming: Eleanor (1924), Eleanor (1925), Elton (1926), Elton (1927), Elton (1928), Eleanor (1926), Eleanor (1930), Elton (1931), Elton (1932), Elton (1933), Elton (1934) Elton (1935), Eleanor (1936), Eleanor (1938), Eleanor (1939) Eleanor (1940), Eleanor (1941), Eleanor (1942), Eleanor (1943), Eleanor (1944), Eleanor (1945), Eleanor (1946), Eleanor (1947), Eleanor (1948), Eleanor (1949), Eleanor (1950), Elton (1951), Eleanor (1952), Elton (1953), Elizabeth (1954), Elton (1955), Elton (1956), Elton (1957), Elton (1968), Elton/ Eleanor (1969), Elton (1970), Elton (1988), Elton (1989), Elton (1990), Elizabeth (1991), Elton (1992), Elizabeth (1993), Eleanor (1994), Elton (1995), Elton (1996), Eleanor (1997), Elton (1998), Elton (1999), Elton (2000), Elton (2001), Elton (2002), Eleanor (2003), Eleanor (2004), Eleanor (2005), Eleanor (2006), Elton (2008), Eleanor (2009)
 
 
Athletics: Elton (1924), Eleanor (1925), Eleanor (1926), Eleanor (1927), Eleanor (1931), Eleanor (1932), Elton (1989), Elton (1990), Elton (1991), Elton (1992), Elton (1993), Elton (1994), Elton (1995), Elton (1996)
 
Indoor Hockey: Elizabeth (1990), Eleanor (1996), Eleanor (1997)
 
Volleyball: Eleanor (1988), Elton (1989), Elizabeth (1990), Eleanor (1991), Elton/ Eleanor (1993), Elton (1994), Elton (1995), Eleanor (1996), Elton/ Eleanor (1997), Eleanor (1998)
 
Squash: Elizabeth (1988), Elton (1994), Elton (1995), Eleanor (1996), Eleanor (1998)
 
Lifesaving: Eleanor (1995)
 
Cross- country: Elton (2003), Eleanor (2004), Eleanor (2005)
 
Badminton: Eleanor (1996), Eleanor (2004), Elton (2005), Elton (2006), Elton (2008)
 
Debating: Elizabeth (1967), Elton (1968), Eleanor (1969), Elizabeth (1970), Eleanor (1971), Eleanor (1972), Elton (1973), Elizabeth (1974), Elton (1975), Elton (1976), Eleanor (1977), Elton (1978), Eleanor (1979), Eleanor (1980), Elizabeth (1983), Eleanor (1984), Elizabeth (1985), Eleanor (1986), Elizabeth (1990), Elizabeth (1991), Elton (2001), Elton (2004), Elizabeth (2005)
 
Plays: Elton (1988), Eleanor (1989), Elton (1991), Elizabeth (1992), Elton (1993), Elizabeth (1994), Elton (1995), Eleanor (1996), Elton (1997), Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth (1999), Eleanor (2000), Elton (2001), Elizabeth (2002), Eleanor (2003), Elizabeth (2004), Eleanor (2005), Elizabeth (2006), Elizabeth (2007), Eleanor (2008), Elizabeth (2009)
 
Chess: Elizabeth (2004)
 
Quiz: Elton (1996), Elizabeth (1999), Elizabeth (2003), Elton (2004), Elizabeth (2005), Eleanor (2009)
 
Scholarship: Eleanor (1924), Eleanor (1925), Elton (1926), Eleanor (1927), Elton (1928), Eleanor (1929), Eleanor (1930), Eleanor (1931), Eleanor (1932), Eleanor (1933), Eleanor (1934), Eleanor (1935), Eleanor (1936), Eleanor (1937), Eleanor (1938), Elton (1939), Elton (1940), Elton (1941), Elton (1942), Eleanor (1943), Elton (1944), Eleanor (1945), Eleanor (1946), Eleanor (1947), Elton/ Eleanor (1948), Eleanor (1949), Eleanor (1950), Eleanor (1951), Eleanor (1952), Eleanor (1953), Elizabeth (1954), Elizabeth (1955), Elton (1956), Elton (1957), Eleanor (1968), Eleanor (1969), Elton (1988), Eleanor (1989), Eleanor (1990), Eleanor (1991), Elton (1992), Eleanor (1993), Eleanor (1994), Elton (1995), Eleanor (1996), Elizabeth (1997), Eleanor (1998), Elton (1999), Elton (2000), Elton (2001), Elton (2002), Elton (2003), Eleanor (2004), Elizabeth (2005), Eleanor (2006), Eleanor (2007), Eleanor (2008)
 
House Shield: Eleanor (1929), Eleanor (1930), Eleanor (1931), Eleanor (1932), Elton (1933), Elton (1934), Eleanor (1935), Eleanor (1936), Elton (1937), Eleanor (1938), Elton (1939), Elton (1940), Elton (1941), Eleanor (1942), Eleanor (1943), Elton (1944), Eleanor (1945), Eleanor (1946), Eleanor (1947), Elton/ Eleanor (1948), Eleanor (1949), Eleanor (1950), Elton (1951), Eleanor (1952), Eleanor (1953), Eleanor (1954), Elizabeth/ Eleanor (1955), Elton (1956), Elton (1957), Eleanor (1958), Elton/ Eleanor (1959), Elton (1960), Eleanor (1961), Eleanor (1962), Eleanor (1963), Eleanor (1964), Eleanor (1965), Eleanor (1966), Eleanor (1967), Eleanor (1968), Eleanor (1969), Elton (1970), Elton (1971), Elizabeth (1972), Elton (1973), Elizabeth (1974), Elizabeth/ Elton (1975), Elizabeth (1976), Elizabeth/ Eleanor (1977), Elton (1978), Elizabeth (1979), Elton (1980), Elton (1981), Elton (1982), Elizabeth (1983), Eleanor (1984), Eleanor (1985), Elton (1986), Eleanor (1987), Elton (1988), Elizabeth (1989), Elizabeth (1990), Eleanor (1991), Elton (1992), Eleanor (1993), Elton (1994), Elton (1995), Eleanor (1996), Eleanor (1997), Eleanor (1998), Elton (1999), Elton (2000), Elton (2001), Elton (2002), Eleanor (2003), Eleanor (2004), Elizabeth (2005), Eleanor (2006), Eleanor (2007), Eleanor (2008)
 
 
 
 

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Grade 8 orientation 2018

BY Mrs R. Meyers

On Wednesday, 17th January the Grade 8s were officially welcomed into our school with a 2 hour orientation programme presented by  Miss R. Meyers (Grade 8 Grade Head and 8C Register Teacher), Mrs J. Myburg (8G Register Teacher), Mrs H. Ferreira (8R Register Teacher) and Mrs K. Stear (Principal).
The presentation was interactive with the purpose of informing the Grade 8s of the rules and regulations of our school, the Riebeek way of life and to prepare them on a practical basis for the transition from junior to senior school.
Amongst the topics discussed were: “How to achieve academic success”; “Conflict resolution in the classroom”; “The power of peer pressure”; and “The importance of extra-curricular activities”.
Mrs Stear also spoke to the girls about our new initiative called “Spirit of the College”, this initiative encourages learners to participate in school activities and to be part of  Riebeek life. The school’s vision for 2018 was also shared: “Ubuntu”. We explained to the girls that we would like our school to be a place where our interactions are based on our inter-connectivity, where the Riebeek Tribe practice compassion, kindness, generosity, respect, honesty and conscious awareness and asked them assist in achieving and sustaining our goals because Riebeek is a special place with a great spirit.
We would like to thank Mrs K. Stear, Mrs S. Gerber, Miss R. Meyers, Mrs J. Myburg and Mrs H. Ferreira for their immaculate input in ensuring that the Grade 8 orientation programme would be a huge success, and it was. Lastly, WE would like to thank the Grade 8s of 2018 for their amazing school spirit, being hopeful and excited to start their high school careers. May your new journey at Riebeek College be far and beyond what you imagined.

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 January 21, 2018
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peter Pan team building

BY Drew MInter

The club committees got together on Friday 19 January and took a trip around Riebeek’s very own Neverland as the annual team building afternoon’s theme was Peter Pan.  The event was filled with spirited Peter Pans and Captain Hooks  enthusiastically searching for Grade 9s dressed up as characters. Cultural Board  was placed in first place, Interact in second place and Computer Club was placed third. Because of the humidity, the teams then moved to the hall to test out their beautiful karaoke voices. Drama took everything to the next level and won the Best Spirit Award while Phly Thread won best dressed as crocodiles. The atmosphere was filled with laughs and team banter followed by spectacular team work uniting all committees. Thank you to Mateenah Langford and the Cultural Board, with the help of Mrs Gerber, for the well organized event. The  Technical Crew are thanked for stepping in when the heat became too much and turned this year’s Team Building into an afternoon of absolute fun for us all to enjoy. Well done to the Grade 8s who joined teams to fill gaps and earned the first Spirit of the College signatures to contribute towards their awards.  Well done to the Grade 9s who were our hidden characters and dressed up so well.

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 January 21, 2018
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Sport and Society - an introduction

BY By Sinovuyo Madlavu

The annual Sports and Societies’ Fair was a wonderful way to start off the Riebeek cultural calendar. It is always amazing to see the excitement throughout the high school during this event. Sports and Societies’ fair is used as a platform to promote all the different clubs and sports in the school and to encourage learners to become more involved. This year, we are excited to announce the introduction of 2 new sports – volleyball and netball, as well as 2 new clubs – Band and Chess. We are also starting a grade 8 initiative called, the “Spirit of the College”. This was brought in to involve the younger grades more in extra mural school life, as most club committees can only be joined from Grade 10. Spirit of the College is a way for the Grade 8s to get recognition for their contribution and participation in societies and school life. There are several rewards for this participation; the highest of these being awarded a “Spirit of the College” badge that learners may keep until matric. There are truly no downsides to being involved at Riebeek!  This will help girls when they apply for committees to prove that they have shown an interest and deserve to be considered for committees and for awards. The heads of societies are congratulated on the decor of their tables and their ability to answer hundreds of questions in a short time. With 18 societies and 6 sports (including Chess), there is something for everyone!

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 January 21, 2018
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