Confessions of a Boarder

BY The Boarders

“Hostel for me has not been that much different from home. There are fights and mistakes are made but we have our moments. We have our times for laughter and our times to be serious. Being in the hostel exposes you to motivated individuals with different backgrounds and even similar stories. I’ve learnt to tolerate people, the types of personalities that people possess and the fact that we all have our own opinions. I’ve learnt to respect each point of view and treat them the way I want to be treated. In the short time that I’ve been here, I’ve loved this group of girls like sisters.” –Zethu Gr.12

 

“Hostel has blessed me so much! We all learn independence and responsibility. The hospitality of Mrs Moss and Mrs Sandells makes us feel at home and the governance of Mrs Peltason teaches us how to be respectable and elegant ladies. I am grateful and proud to call the hostel girls my sisters. The comradely and bond we share is beautiful. The saddest part of being in grade 12 is leaving such an empowering and united family. To the hostel girls: we really are “together for greatness.’’’-Sibonokuhle Baart gr. 12

 

"Hostel is indeed a home away from home. It’s been 8 months but feels like 8 years. We have many memories together. We are together for greatness; we love each other, laugh together and have fun.”-Emihle Zooeni Gr.8

 

“I remember arriving here and not knowing what to expect. I won’t lie I was pretty scared because I didn’t know the girls and I wasn’t used to having so many rules and times for every activity. As time went by I got used to everyone and everything. I got the chance to learn and know more about everyone on a personal note plus I got to understand more about myself. I never really understand why the hotelier to themselves as sisters but now I know. Hostel isn’t just a place we go to afterschool but a home, the girls aren’t just schoolmates but they’re family, the matrons and duty teachers aren’t just women who look after us but are like our mothers and everything around here is grounded and united by love. I remember saying I’ll never miss this place but now I know that I’ll miss everything about it when I leave.”-Yolanda Mantewu Gr.12

 

“I have been in love with hostel since the moment I set foot in it; I just felt a sense of belonging, like I am at home. I love the vibe of the hostel, the loudness, happiness and love. Hostel makes you feel independent in a way. The best part for me is living with your favourite people and waking up seeing their faces every morning. It’s like stepping into a place that makes you forget about all your problems. It’s my happy place.”-Zamakhuma Makwabe Gr. 9

“If I were to describe the hostel, I would describe it as being a circus. In a circus you get different people who have their own special acts to show the audience. The same applies to the hostel. Everyone has their own unique personality. We respect each other and learn a lot from each other. The hostel is the best circus to be a part of.”-Ziviwe gr.10

 

“The hostel has really been a ‘home away from home’. I’ve experienced joy, love, tears, laughter, but best of all I’ve experienced sisterhood and its true meaning. Having a home filled with girls may sometimes be difficult, but we have learned how to adjust to each other’s personalities, backgrounds and differences. I am truly proud of being a Riebeek College hostel girl and a Sholto McIntyre hostel prefect. I’ve learned a lot about myself during the past 3 years that I have been in the hostel. And I will miss the girls dearly when I leave at the end of the year. I will remember and cherish the good times we have shared together as a sisterhood, but most of all I will remember each and everything that I have learned from the girls. I say “once a hostellite, always a hostellite”. – Sweety – Siziphiwe Vumazonke gr.12

 

“Hostel is a home away from home where you feel warmth and love. It isn’t just a place for learners to study peacefully and be focused on education. It is also a place where you first meet strangers who become people you just know, who become friends and eventually in this case young ladies who become family. What I like mostly about hostel regardless all the fun we have at socials, movie nights and build burger days is that as an individual you learn to be responsible and independent. You get use to not being around your parents; you stand out as an individual and are able to speak for yourself.” - Usixolise Sana gr.10

 

“Hostel!!!! No words can describe this place, honestly. What I can tell you is that if you want to experience the joy of forever laughing and smiling, this is the perfect place for you. I must confess though that it’s not always smiles everywhere here, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Not even for 10 bars of solid gold.” – Vuyisa Ntshoko gr.9

 

“Hostel has become my second home, and the hostelites have become my family. There is never a dull day when we’ve all together, we are always there for each other despite our different personalities, occasional clashes and fights. Hostel has taught me how to be responsible, social skills, the value of sharing and how to be a source of wisdom to my younger peers. Also being an example to them. I will forever be grateful for the lessons I’ve learnt and the wonderful people I’ve come across with, especially Mrs Moss, our matron she’s the best!” – Sibabalwe Mrubata gr.12C

“My first time here at the hostel it was hectic for the first few days. To adjust to this new lifestyle with set times to when you must do what, but as always I learned how to keep up with the hostel rules. At first I felt so out of place, but in no time the hostel girls made me feel at home. The hostel is like my second home. Although Fridays I don’t wanna go home and on Sundays I don’t want to return to the hostel just yet, but I like it here at the hostel. There’s never a dull moment with this crazy bunch my hostel sisters.” – Gleron Armoed gr.12G

 

“Being at the hostel has been a great opportunity from the laughs we share, the bonding’s we have and the little arguments we have. Hostel people are my family away from home. I felt welcome from the first night I arrived. Even though I’ve been at the hostel back in grade 8, but this year has been a highlight of my hostel years. Even though I find prep boring at times and quiet time pointless cause we always make it a catch up time. I enjoy every moment of it. The most things I enjoy about the hostel life are the times I spend with the girls and how Mrs Moss shouts over little things. TOGETHER FOR GREATNESS.” – Miss K Awona gr.11

 

“What an exquisite home I have. As frequently said hostel is a home away from home. At the beginning it can feel like jail away from home, because you staying with all these people you don’t know, some are loud, others weird and other very happy, but at the end of the term it won’t be exiting to go back home like it was on your first weekend. At hostel everyone is different, but we understand each other. Hostel love can’t be compared to any other love. Hostel is a place like no other, always getting that ecstatic feeling when you have to come back to hostel on Sundays. Hostel is a resplendent home where we all share splendid times each year.” – Phumza gr.9

 

“Hostel for me is an escape from the stressful and negative world. There is nothing that makes me happier than Sunday evenings when I know I am going back to hostel. There is never really a dull moment at the hostel, from waking up to Ayanda’s terrible singing to taking selfies on “our selfie stick” oh and how can I forget Mrs Moss’s Master Chef Desserts. Yes our personalities may clash now and then, but in all honesty, we all enjoy each other’s company and nothing beats our catching up sessions at prep break. I personally didn’t know what it felt like to have sisters until I started staying at the Sholto Hostel. I love each and every girl at the hostel and as our Motto goes: “sisters at heart and partners in crime”. – Thabang gr.10

 

“Home away from home. A place where I found myself. Every day is a fun day. I’ve met true sisters and made unforgettable memories. The girls all have different personalities, but we treat each other like sisters. We all have our ups and downs, but mostly ups, even though the obstacles we face, they only bring us closer. The matrons and duty teachers are like our parents, because they always make sure that we are in good hands”.

 

“Hostel is home away from home. It is where the love is and it is where I belong. This year has been an amazing one here at the hostel. I’ve made new sisters and the bond we have is unbelievable, it grows stronger and stronger every day. We sometimes have our differences, but there are always solutions to them. Our 7pm – 8pm tea sessions are always the best. There is never a dull moment… why have a dull moment when we have our own wooden mic’s here. There are different personalities and backgrounds, but here everyone is treated equally. There’s never a day without a laugh… I mean we have got plenty of humourists here. We make memories every day, memories which we will never forget”. – Mihlali Burgane gr.10

 

“Hostel is home away from home. Before I became part of the hostel family, I was so worried if I’d fit in or not, if I’d have a sense of belonging. I always thought “oh dear, I won’t be able to survive a whole week without my mother and my siblings. I proved myself wrong, instead within a week I formed sisterly and motherly bonds with the hostel family. I only came to the hostel in the third term and yet it feels like I’ve been here for a long time, like I’ve had these bonds since forever. One thing I learned is that you won’t know how living at the hostel feels until you get time to yourself, time to work, you get showers, whatever you name it, and the only difference from your home is that you don’t have more than 10 siblings cracking jokes the whole time. Hostel is home and home is where the heart is”. – Yonela Mapela gr.10

 

“I don’t even know where to begin when having to describe my stay at the hostel even though I’ve only been here for 2 weeks or so. I am an only child so you can imagine how I feel having more than 20 wonderful sisters to wake up to or spend the day with every day. I enjoy being at the hostel, because it feels just like home and for the few days I’ve been here my days have been filled with nothing, but happiness and laughter. Another thing that I really love as well is how strict the hostel is when it comes to homework and I thing that, that is something that is very important. There’s nothing like the hostel and I love it here”. – Thimna Hobongwana gr.10

 

“There is no way you can forget about the hostel. I mean where else do you have to submit your phone; do prep; go to Spar only on Tuesdays; if you get five demerits you get grounded;  have more than five guardians and more than twenty sisters and admit without someone pointing a gun at you that you love the hostel? Not forgetting that if you break something, you pay…unless you write an apology letter, no wonder the hostel is out of paper. What I like about the hostel are the people. Why? Because without them there will be no hostel”. – Zimnandi Gwarube gr.10

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The Class of 2015 in their matric year.

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Hockey Report

BY Miss K. Potgieter

During the past weekend, Riebeek Senior hockey teams competed in the E.P. Hockey Tournament hosted by Pearson (U/18), Collegiate (U/16) and Alexander Road (U/14).

As part of Pool C the U/18s competed against Kingswood, Alexander Road, VP and Linkside. During the play-off rounds on Sunday, the girls played against VG and Cradock. Although extremely hot, the players truly performed well. All team members made a significant contribution to the team’s performance, but the players who deserve a special mention for their tenacity and commitment are Shanice Pietersen, Lenea Naidoo and Robyn Thomson.

The excited group of U/16 players delivered a determined performance against Nico Malan, Framesby, Kingswood, Collegiate, VP and Alexander Road. Courageous and inspiring play was evident in the commitment by players like Shannon Blignaut, Chene Simon, Aton de Vos, Sinovuyo Madlavu and Lara Naidoo.

The U/14 team experienced their first taste of high school hockey during this weekend, as they played against some of the top schools in the province. Their opponents were VG, Pearson, DSG, VP and Kingswood. Players who really stood out and who show great promise for the future are Octavia Johannes, Casey Els, Ashlynne Arnolds, Anovuyo Selani and Naledi Mankayi.

We thank all the girls for their excellent conduct during the weekend and the parents who came to support the different teams.

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Hockey Report

BY Miss K. Potgieter

During the past weekend, Riebeek Senior hockey teams competed in the E.P. Hockey Tournament hosted by Pearson (U/18), Collegiate (U/16) and Alexander Road (U/14).

As part of Pool C the U/18s competed against Kingswood, Alexander Road, VP and Linkside. During the play-off rounds on Sunday, the girls played against VG and Cradock. Although extremely hot, the players truly performed well. All team members made a significant contribution to the team’s performance, but the players who deserve a special mention for their tenacity and commitment are Shanice Pietersen, Lenea Naidoo and Robyn Thomson.

The excited group of U/16 players delivered a determined performance against Nico Malan, Framesby, Kingswood, Collegiate, VP and Alexander Road. Courageous and inspiring play was evident in the commitment by players like Shannon Blignaut, Chene Simon, Aton de Vos, Sinovuyo Madlavu and Lara Naidoo.

The U/14 team experienced their first taste of high school hockey during this weekend, as they played against some of the top schools in the province. Their opponents were VG, Pearson, DSG, VP and Kingswood. Players who really stood out and who show great promise for the future are Octavia Johannes, Casey Els, Ashlynne Arnolds, Anovuyo Selani and Naledi Mankayi.

We thank all the girls for their excellent conduct during the weekend and the parents who came to support the different teams.

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House Executives

Eleanor Captain ”“ Ziva Isaacs, Vice-Captain ”“ Carin Lewis, Play Director ”“ Carla Ferreira, Secretary ”“ Zethu Phamgama, Junior Captain ”“ Alexcey Afrika.
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Captain ”“ Ziva Isaacs, Vice-Captain ”“ Carin Lewis, Play Director ”“ Carla Ferreira, Secretary ”“ Zethu Phamgama, Junior Captain ”“ Alexcey Afrika.

Elizabeth Captain ”“ Nicole Louw, Vice-Captain ”“ Stacey Jacobs, Sports Captain ­- Tazmyn van der Mesch, Secretary ”“ Claire Malgas, Junior Captain -  Danita Prag.
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Captain ”“ Nicole Louw, Vice-Captain ”“ Stacey Jacobs, Sports Captain ­- Tazmyn van der Mesch, Secretary ”“ Claire Malgas, Junior Captain -  Danita Prag.

Elton Captain ”“ Lindsay Mc Farlane, Vice-Captain ”“ Micheala Balie, Sports Captain ”“ Robyn Thompson, Play Director ”“ Anovuyo Selani, Secretary ”“ Busisiwe Rooibaard, Junior Captain ”“ Azraa Rockman. 
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Captain ”“ Lindsay Mc Farlane, Vice-Captain ”“ Micheala Balie, Sports Captain ”“ Robyn Thompson, Play Director ”“ Anovuyo Selani, Secretary ”“ Busisiwe Rooibaard, Junior Captain ”“ Azraa Rockman. 

the many faces of riebeek 

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sca camp

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The Muir and Riebeek SCA committee came together and spent a weekend planning and preparing events for the upcoming year. Many had unique and original ideas to share. The orientation for the new members also took place early Saturday morning. After initiation the committee played team building games to improve their team work skills and to realize how important team work is. Many learnt a bit more about themselves and each other. We thank Mrs Ellie and Mrs Evert for all their preparation. The next year is definitely a year to look forward too for the SCA committee. 

Kruger Park tour

31 girls left on 3 October at 4am on the Kruger Park tour with Mrs Myburg.  The tour has included some of the country’s most breathtaking places like the Kurger Park, Blydepoort Canyon, God’s Window, Waterfalls, Pilgrims Rest and more.  The last 2 days are spent at Sun City and Gold Reef City.

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#THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Nicole Rhodes reports on the Grade 10 Geography outing: We went with the boys from Muir on a lovely excursion to the PE Weather Station. There we learnt about different instruments measuring rain, wind and pressure. We were taken to the meteorological section of the office, showing us the old instruments measuring rain, wind and pressure. We visited the section where the old instruments are kept. We received a very informative talk about what it takes to be a meteorologist and we were told that it is a very complicated process to produce a weather report for television. A special thank you to to Mrs Bean and Mr Fourie for accompanying us

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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.
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sports assembly 2015

Miss Potgieter, teacher in charge of hockey, led a special sports assembly today with the powerful message about confidence, not being limited by the sometimes insulting phrase "like a girl" and being inspired to be active. Hockey and tennis badges were handed out. Tennis badges were handed out to Christen Subramanien, Yolanda Mni, Emma Rwodzi. Hockey badges were awarded to Stacey Hendricks, Natheera Sirkhotee, Marteena Langford, Shanice Pietersen, Lenae Naidoo, Caydin Nicolaai, Khanyisele Williams, Siviwe Tole.

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RIEBEEK/MUIR ASHES

It is with great excitement that we announce that Riebeek beat Muir, on their home grounds, in the Riebeek /Muir ashes. Congratulations go to Courtney Norman, Lindsay McFarlane, Samantha Jones and Mateenah Langford and a very big thank you to Mrs Myburg for escorting the girls to Muir

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JUNIOR PREFECTS' INDUCTION

2015

Announcement of 2015 prefects

PREFECTS CAMP 2015

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Prefects'Camp

BY Lindsay McFarlane

In February the junior and senior school prefects made their way to the Zuurberg Hotel, situated in-between the Addo Mountain Ranges. With a spine-chilling view and a spring in our step, we made the annual prefects ‘trek’ up the mountain.

On arriving at the Zuurberg Hotel, we were met with open arms from the two FATTEST Labradors and a very generous and polite Mr Henry.  Sleeping arrangements were discussed and we were all treated to our 4 star luxury abodes.

Throughout the weekend we were equipped with lessons and advice in order to keep us all sane and confident in everything we do this upcoming year.  With the power cuts changing like the weather outside, we did most of the planning on paper in a newly printed ‘prefects hand guide’ the teachers had so kindly put together.  

The constant power cuts however did not hold any of the chefs back, as the food we received at breakfast, lunch and dinner was heavenly. The fish and chocolate mousse was a memorable meal for all of us. 

#ZEEBEE Was a first this year, and “the amazing race” like set up that was organised for us as a team building exercise, was the highlight of the weekend. With puzzling riddles and brain wracking tasks, we were all expected to pull together as a team to get through the obstacles.

The unity and integrity the prefects demonstrated on camp was excellent, and none of us can wait to put into practise all we have learnt.

Thank you to Mrs Woods, Mrs Snyman and Mrs Stear for coming with us on the camp and for equipping us with lessons that can go far beyond our year as being prefects.

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inter house plays - results 2015

The Riebeek College Old Girls Association Cup for the best performance in a supporting role:

Winner: Anovuyo Selani

The Amanda Forest Trophy for a dynamic cameo performance:
Winner: Busisiwe Rooibard ( A special mention to Sinvuyo Jantjies)

The Margret Bowes Cup for the second best actress:
Winner: Mthunzikazi Scott (A special mention to Aphiwe Sango)

The Hilton Preston cup for the best actress:
Winner: Tayla Boscombe

The Erica Gillmer Cup for the best lighting, stage effects and set arrangements:
Winner: Eleanor

The Edith Dovey Award for teamwork:
Winner: Elizabeth

The Edith Dovey and Sherrill Chaplin Cup for best production:
Winner: Elton

 

oratory competition

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The inter-house oratory competition winners were Busi Setlai of Eleanor and Anovuyo Selani of Elton. A big thank you to Lesedi Adams and the Cultural Board, Mrs Peltason, all the wonderful speakers, master of ceremonies Tayla Boscombe and Yolanda Mni and adjudicator Mrs Herselman. Mrs Herselman is a former deputy head girl of Riebeek.

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The inter-house oratory competition winners were Busi Setlai of Eleanor and Anovuyo Selani of Elton. A big thank you to Lesedi Adams and the Cultural Board, Mrs Peltason, all the wonderful speakers, master of ceremonies Tayla Boscombe and Yolanda Mni and adjudicator Mrs Herselman. Mrs Herselman is a former deputy head girl of Riebeek.

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Elton House Day

BY Lindsay McFarlane and Michaela Balie

Elton House day 2015 was a huge success. Under the sound guidance of Lindsay McFarlance & Michaela Balie, the Elton executives stood up to the plate, determined to show the school that time was never a factor and that their determination would drive them to a successful house day. The fundraising started off with selling favours and colouring-in competitions for the juniors, which were really well supported. Our slip-slop Day was another great success followed by our FANTASTIC cake sale that was graciously supported by all Elton girls in the school. Selling of popcorn was another fundraising effort. Our Elton house assembly was an even greater success and it started off with a bible reading done by Michaela Balie followed by the prayer done by Robyn Thomson. The guest speaker on the day was Mrs Goosen, who taught us all we needed to know about nursing as a profession, calling and career.  Thank you to AnovuyoSelani for saying the thanks and handing out of the awards at the assembly. The award for Most favours bought went to Tamryn Blignaut in grade 12. The colourings in competition winners were Kamvalethu Xego and Liyema Banzi. A Special mention must be made to Mr Jonas & Mrs Woods for their support & motivation throughout our fundraising as well as to all the Elton staff & grade 12 learners who so generously supported us throughout the term. We couldn't have done it without you!

 

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POST PRODUCTION PARTY

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Riebeek had a pleasant visit in August by Miss Jani Dowling who was more than eager to teach Riebeek’s Senior LO classes on the criminal justice process as part of Street Law South Africa. Miss Dowling is a final year LLB Student  who had a lesson presented for the LO Senior classes. Her interesting lessons were enjoyable as many of us had the opportunity to ask an

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cultural week

Cultural Week sees each society host an activity or activities during this week to showcase their organisational abilities and to involve the old committees and the newly announced committees in a team project of transferring skills. 

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CULTURAL INDUCTION PARTY

Well done, Michaela Balie, and the Cultural Board helpers, on a fantastic day.

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GIDEONS BIBLES FOR THE GRADE 8S

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INTERACT WELCOME

Welcome Mrs Shelver

BY Martez Meyer

To fill the role of an English teacher such as Mrs Swanepoel during the middle of the year  is not easy but Mrs Shelver stepped into the role and took on the challenge with a confident smile.

Mrs Shelver was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal and attended Eshowe Primary until Grade 4.  Her family later moved to Botswana due to her dad’s job and there she completed her primary school at Livingstone Primary. She then attended Wineberg Girl’s High School in Cape Town and when her dad had to move to Zambia, she moved to East London with her mom and completed her high school career at Claredon High.

 

Mrs Shelver has two qualifications behind her name: BSc in Social Science and PGCE. Mrs Shelver studied her Bachelor of Social Sciences degree at Fort Hare University and this is where she met her husband whom she is married to for 5 years and has a beautiful baby boy with. After working in her career field, Mrs Shelver realized that she was better equipped for teaching and then enrolled in at NMMU where she completed her PGCE diploma. Her transition from a psychologist to a teacher was based on the idea that she wanted to have a more interactive career especially with children where she could teach them.

 

“My first day was good and it was easy. The kids and the staff were really friendly. The kids showed a huge amount of diligence which was great.” This is how she described her first day at Riebeek. This is her third year of teaching and she doesn’t plan on moving to another school anytime soon. Mrs Shelver aims to integrate well with the school and to build a good relationship with the school and the girls. She does not believe in failure and wants to see all of her students at the end of the year. Mrs Shelver believes that honesty, dignity, kindness and loyalty are traits that everyone should possess.

 

We welcome you Mrs Shelver!

 

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Welcome Back, Miss Hattingh

BY Heather Wilkinson

We have been fortunate enough to welcome back a very determined, passionate and genuinely amazing person to Riebeek this year, Miss Jodi Hattingh. Miss Hattingh has become the grade 4 teacher and is enjoying every new experience that comes with it.

 

Miss Hattingh is an old Riebeek girl and was very involved in school life. She took part in 1st team hockey, team swimming and was the captain of 1st team tennis. She enjoyed being part of a team and found doing things together with others more enjoyable than doing things alone. She was also head of events for the Interact Board, deputy head of the Cultural Board and was a First Aid Board member.

 

Not only was she heavily involved in school life but also in Girl Guides from a young age and progressed through the various stages of Guides; from Teddies through to Rangers. She is currently the guider for all the age groups, District Commissioner and Regional International Commissioner. This year marks 11 years of her involvement.

 

When asked how it felt to be back she 

described it as, “almost like coming back ‘home’ in a sense”. She has always imagined coming back to teach at Riebeek and likened the nervousness she felt on her first day back to her first day as a grade 4. In the beginning she found it slightly daunting but after a little help and advice she has mastered the art of being a grade 4 teacher.

 

She says her favourite part about being a teacher is, “The multiple personalities that make up the classroom. I absolutely love how each individual is so unique and contributes in their own special way in the class. The joy that teaching brings to me is seeing how each child grows and flourishes at their own pace throughout the year and knowing that I was a part of their growth. Every day is different in teaching – you never know what surprises are going to come your way!”

 

We are so very glad you are enjoying your time back. Welcome back, Miss Hattingh!

 

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 May 12, 2015
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Farewell, Mrs Swanepoel

BY Tayla Boscombe

This year we sadly had to say goodbye to a vibrant, passionate and determined part of the senior school. Mrs Swanepoel was Head of SCA, Head of Wildlife, Senior Prefect, Deputy House Captain (Elizabeth) and various other committees in her school career. She matriculated from Riebeek College in 2004 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Psychology at NMMU and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at UNISA.

What inspires Mrs Swanepoel to get up every morning is God, love and striving for a better day than the day before and wanting to be a positive influence in the lives of young people and her love for poetry encouraged her to become a teacher.

 

During her eight years at Riebeek, Mrs Swanepoel taught English to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Mrs Swanepoel will be taking a break from teaching, and will be involved in ministry at her church.

 

Her favourite bible verse is Matthew 6:26-29 New International Version (NIV). It reads; “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.”

 

“Always be prepared to learn from others, from their experiences. Learning does not always only take place in a classroom, it is in quiet moments, in observing, but also interacting. Always be a friend to people, the kind of friend that leaves people “full”. The kind of friend that people just can’t get enough of. Oh, and always try to bring joy into the lives of those around you.

 

“I am so grateful for the people I’ve met, the lessons I’ve learned and the friends I’ve made while being at Riebeek College. I am grateful that I can look back and see that I have grown as a person, and that is because of each conversation, each passing glance, each joke, each smile we’ve shared, and each hardship we’ve overcome together. I am proudly a Riebeek girl and teacher. I am thankful for the responsibility of speaking into the lives of our future movers and shakers. Although my season at Riebeek College has come to an end I look back at it as a fruitful one, and I will miss so much about this school.”

 

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 July 21, 2015
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Staff/sgb braai

JANUARY 2015

Congratulations to Mrs Mapoma 

OUR VERY OWN MS NTONTELA

VALENTINE’S DAY WEDDING

And an added congratulations on being appointed as a member of the Senior Management Team.


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Staff development 2015

GRADE 4 SPCA RECYCLABLE HATS

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GRADE 5 seedheads

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English olympiad

It gave Mrs Peltason the greatest pleasure to read out Nicola McEwan’s name at the Grahamstown Festival in position 18 out of 7000 writers of this prestigious examination. Nicola a Rhodes University Scholarship for her first year, a R500 cash prize and R250 worth of Van Schaik vouchers. This year another Olympic Gold joined the ranks of the achievers in the person of Sese

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Library book donations appeal

Help us keep our learners reading!

Our library is keenly supported by our learners but books are expensive.  If you have any books that you could donate, please do drop them off at school for Miss du Preez.  What we cannot use we will donate to worthy causes.  Please appeal to your book clubs, friends and neighbours to assist us in providing the learners with the books they so want to read.  We even have waiting lists of girls wanting to read of the library’s books.

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