Staff 2017

Riebeek College Staff 2017: "Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world".(Malala Yousafzai)

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Head and deputy head

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Christy Witter, Shaakirah Mallick, Kwakho Bissett, Kelebogile Douse, Jamie Kayser, Ntombizine Goqwana, Taryn de Klerk, Sibabalo Mene, Qhamisa Mata, Carison Kramer, Phumelela Kwanini, Phumza Mandla, Siposethu Banzi, Mumtaaz Lukie, Mia Muller.

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW PREFECTS

The 2017 senior prefect body:

 

Ambesa Daniels (Head Girl)

Loren Campbell (Deputy Head Girl)

Jamie-Lee Daniels

Thimna Hobongwana

Saajidah Hoffman

Khanya Jantjies

Sanelisiwe Jikeka

Lilitha Mali

Lelona Myira

Yonela Mapela

Chiara Rossi Falcon

Jessica Schoeman

Okuhle Somandi

Angelique Tee

Claire Van Rensburg

Heather Wilkinson

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committee team building

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c group gala

Congratulations to the following girls who achieved places in the C group gala last year:
Raylene Borcher-3rd; Jenel Staltz; Taytum Paige Bosch; Nikaylyn Ford; Angela Miles; Sarah McFarlane; Kayla Minnaar.
And to Megan Mac Gorman for achieving a place in the B group gala.

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well done, Jenna Mirams Grade 5 R

On the 25th of March Jenna represented L & J Karate Academy at the 33rd JSKA National Championships in Pretoria.  She competed in 3 events - Kata, Kumite and Unison.  She won a silver medal for Kata, a gold medal for Kumite and a bronze medal for Unison.

Choir civvies day

20 JANUARY

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well done, sarah-leigh

On Saturday 25 March, Sarah-Leigh Thompson in Grade 6 participated in the iBhanyi Gymnastics Competition. She achieved first place in her age group. We are so proud of her great achievement

Hockey badges

The following first team hockey players received badges for their dedication and service to the team: Sinovuyo Madlavu, Keziah Brandt, Shannon Blignaut, Anovuyo Singeni, Lara Naidoo and Sydney Transell.

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top 8 invitational gala - 18 march

Mateenah Langford received medals for third place in breastroke, fourth in butterfly and fourth in freestyle. Alyssa-Jane Maritz received medals for second position in butterfly, second position in backstroke and third position in freestyle

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top 8 invitational gala - 18 march

Mateenah Langford received medals for third place in breastroke, fourth in butterfly and fourth in freestyle. Alyssa-Jane Maritz received medals for second position in butterfly, second position in backstroke and third position in freestyle

water!

Grade 5C class doing an excellent job watering our drought stricken gardens. Thanks, Miss Arthur.

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Dr Boucher's work is published

Riebeek is very proud of Dr Boucher who has co-authored an Afrikaans textbook

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Mateenah exels at gala

Congratulations to Mateenah Langford for achieving first position for breaststroke and second position for freestyle in the EP Nelson Mandela Aquatics Gala.

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atlas security

Bernadette Nel Naude and Monty Montgommery of Atlas Security visited Riebeek to raise awareness of crime prevention. The advice given was: Be aware of your surroundings. Pack your devices away is it decreases your awareness of your surroundings making you vulnerable. Also, there has been an increase of cell phone muggings so conceal it when out. Stay in groups. This means more eyes and ears. Walk facing the traffic as that means you face potential danger and see the danger approaching. As a woman, you are powerful. As a sisterhood, you are unstoppable and young ladies must play a role in looking out for each other. If you face a dangerous situation, remember: Stay calm. Do not resist. Do not make eye contact. Belongings are not worth your life. Be submissive. Show your hands. Do not make sudden moves.

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alpha leo spreads happiness

On 24th Februaryl Riebeek's Alpha Leo committee took a deligtful trip to Huis Minettes.The girls made and brought muffins and lovely goodies to share with everyone as they spent their time chatting and making new friends. The room was overflowing with smiles, laughter and warm hugs. Thank you to Mrs Myburg for making this trip happen.

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Quiz league

NICOLE RHODES reports on Quiz: I am pleased to announce that the Quiz League team, consisting of Nicole Rhodes, Taybah Teladia, Anjali Karsan, Tamia Smith, Monique Balie and Amy Schambril achieved 2nd position (round 1) and 3rd position (round 2), out of a total of 9 schools, for the first time.  The girls were very happy and Mrs du Plessis is very proud of us! We hope to continue to keep the Riebeek flag flying high!


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love is all around

14 February 2017

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interact at bayworld

On 11 February, the Interact committee and club spent the day helping out at Bayworld. Despite the hot weather the girls were ready to tackle the tasks ahead of them.We tackled the dirty job of cleaning up the penguin's rocks, and two penguins even tried to escape. We got to watch the seal show where a few of us were able to kiss Lucki the seal. We visited the snake park and some girls got to hold snakes for the first time. Despite getting dirty, the day was filled with a lot of fun and adventure. We would like to thank Miss du Preez for allowing this to happen and also to Mr Reynolds for taking off his time to take us to Bayworld. (report by Taybah Teladia)

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alex debate festival

On Saturday 28th January, two teams from our debating club t the Alexander Road Debate Festival in Port Elizabeth. Each team debated twice. The senior team comprising of Phumza Mandla, Zamakhuma Makwabe and Aziwe Booi went up against Newton Technical School and were triumphant in proving the motion: a leader should be loud and viciforous. In the second round of debates, a team comprising of Qhamisa Mnyazi, Aziwe Booi and Phumza Mandla were successful in opposing the motion: the current water restrictions are not the answer. The junior team comprising of Sihlumile Majombozi, Ntombizine Goqwana and Lisa and Esihle Madikana Daniels unfortunately lost to Cambridge High school and Gamble Road Secondary School. A very big thank you to Mrs Du Plessis for driving and Miss S .du Preez for accompanying the ladies.

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gala 28/1

Mrs Viljoen reports on the gala: A massive congratulations to these amazing ladies who participated in their very first B Group Gala at the Newton Park Pool. Their positive attitude and never give up spirit blows my mind. What a wonderful example you are to us all. Thank you for being so well behaved and groomed. What a beautiful picture it was to see you all sitting together and representing Riebeek College. I am so unbelievably proud of each and every one of you. You all carried our school's name high. Hoeraaaaai to the first of many more galas to come. This day was extra special due to the wonderful support we had from their parents. Thank you for taking the time to spend the day with us in PE. It really created such a loving and humble atmosphere of support. Special thanks to Mr Reynolds who drove the school bus and brought us all home safely.

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nmmu visits 

Khanya Janties

On 24th January, NMMU visited one of the Grade 12 classes during Life Orientation. Pieter Botha, NMMU representative, offered girls advice on how to apply to varsity, touched on the requirements needed to get into varsity as well as to apply for bursaries. In the beginning of the lesson, we were very excited because we’re are all looking forward to entering “the real world” and beginning our journey towards success. After Pieter gave us the information, we were more nervous than we were excited. The seriousness of it all really kicked in as we all realized that this year is basically one beginning of the rest of our lives. The girls really appreciated the much needed wake-up call and the much needed information. Special thanks to Mrs Myburg for organising our guest speaker. (Khanya Jantjies)

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mec of Department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs

Riebeek College received a visit from the MEC of the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and 15 delegates from various departments who met with the school management team. Riebeek's team was congratulated on their matric marks, the loyalty and passion evident and the good practices implemented at Riebeek. Also attending were Mrs Selana, our EDO from the Department of Education Uitenhage Branch and Circuit Manager, and Old Girl from the Class of 1979 (deputy head girl of 1979), Ms Melanie Preddy, from the Office of the Premier. Thank you to our special guests for spending time with us.

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matrics at the rocking road show

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child welfare receives a donation

Child Welfare visited Riebeek for the handing over of our donation of proceeds from the carols service of November 2016. We had in December also donated many gifts which the learners had donated as Christmas presents. Child Welfare has been the recipient of the proceeds from the Carols Service for 27 years.

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Riebeek Marvels at her Superheroes

Riebeek College Girls’ High School celebrated its 140th birthday in 2017 with a power punch of achievements to marvel at.
Principal, Mrs Kieran Stear, and deputy, Mrs Cheryl Snyman, are worthy guardians of the school. They know too well Superman’s dictum that with great power comes great responsibility.
It is said that heroes are ordinary people who make them themselves extraordinary, and Riebeek Old Girls prove it. Recently, Hlomela Bucwa (Class of 2010) was sworn in as the youngest South African parliamentarian and Noni Mafani Mbete (Class of 2008) was crowned Mrs Africa World. Zikhona Bali (Class of 2007) lights up our television screens starring in productions such as IS'THUNZI. Linley Myburg Fourie (Class of 2006) is the author of the recently published The Smile Smile Book.
The Class of 2016 obtained a 100% pass, a fantastic 90% Bachelor Pass rate and 107 subject distinctions from a class of 78 girls. Natheera Sirkhotte and Martez Meyer attained 5 distinctions each. Martez Meyer, deputy head girl, said, “The best tip that I can offer for success is to believe in yourself - you are destined for greatness.”
On the sportsfields, in the classrooms and in societies; Riebeek empowers her girls to find superpowers and make an impact.

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annual society fair

Team-building

Riebeek held a successful Societies and Sports Fair in the schools hall. It consisted of various committee and sport tables, beautifully decorated and ready to feed the ambitious young minds information on how to become involved. Each table had their own pair of representatives ready and eager to capture interest and answer all questions. The hall was full of learners jumping from table to table finding the committee or sport that they would feel most passionate about. Huge thanks to Jessica Schoeman, Ambesa Daniels, Mrs Gerber and the rest of the Cultural Board for their teamwork and making this enjoyable event happen.

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a family affair

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Welcome, Miss sunette du Preez

Riebeek College Girls' High School welcomes Miss Sunette du Preez to the Life Sciences Department. Miss du Preez attended Wittedrift High School and then studied a Bachelor of Science (Zoology and Entomology) at Rhodes University. She then attained a post-graduate certificate in Education. She enjoys reading, swimming and loves animals. She is passionate about conserving the environment.

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JUNIOR PREFECTS' INDUCTION

JANUARY 2017

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Junior Prefects 2017

  1. Ammaarah Allie
  2. Chrizney Butler
  3. Zenande Daniels
  4. Chwayita Hanabe
  5. Iviwe Majweta
  6. Sarah Mc Farlane
  7. Liqhawe Nogampula
  8. Amahle Ntabeni
  9. Georgia Ownhouse
  10. Miacarla Tee
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societies fair

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Wonderlust and the travel bug

Eurotour - December 2017

So, Riebeek parents, if your daughter has come home filled with wonderlust and the travel bug... Here is the reason. Mr Vermaak, principal of Victoria Park, addressed the girls today on an Eurotour planned for after the end of year exams and returning before Christmas. The learners can collect more information from the school office.

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alpha leo walks for cancer

The Alpha Leo Club, consisting of members of all high schools in the Port Elizabeth area, participated in the CANSA Relay for Life held in Port Elizabeth on the evening of 24 March at Andrew Rabie High School.  Representing Riebeek were Amila Thys and Zeenat Lukie. They walked in a relay team from 6pm to 6am.  Thank you to the Alpha Leo club members who raised money for this event.

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Fire Drill

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Godd schools list

Riebeek was again placed on the Destiny Magazine (in association with Old Mutual) Good Schools List 2016.

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Debating against Westering

On Thursday 2nd March, our  debating club attended a league debating fixture at Pearson. Zamakhuma Makwabe, Phumza Mandla and Aziwe Booi proposed the motion: THBT IT IS TIME TO LEGALISE THE DRUG TRADE. We lost against Westering High School .Congratulations to Zamakhuma Makwabe who was chosen as the best speaker of the debate. Thank you to Mrs Du Plessis for driving.

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Well done, Heather Wilkinson

A successful presentation of Social Media and Internet Security

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Junior singing competition

Makagonaishe Rwodzi, Siyavuya Moyake and Tammy Petzer of grade 6 were among some of the Riebeek girls who took part in the Junior Singing Competition at the Willow Dam Uitenhage Market yesterday afternoon. 
 
We are very proud of Siyavuya Moyake (centre) who won the competition! She was awarded a goody bag of prizes which included:
 
- Two weeks supply of biltong
- A backtrack of songs of her own choice 
- A season of vocal coaching
- An interview on Luister FM
- A recording for her own demo CD
- A mirror and free fitting from PG glass
- A Monster branded hoody 
 
Well done, Siyavuya! Our very own South African Idol in the making ☆♡

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Congratulations, Megan MacGorman

On Saturday 25 February, Megan Mac Gorman attended the Inter-school 3D Bulls eye archery competition. There were many schools that attended this event from PE, Despatch, Port Alfred, East London and Uitenhage.
During the event, everyone was mixed and then split into 4 groups. From there the groups were moved to either Bulls eye or 3D. Bulls eye is a target that is seen as the traditional target in the archery with points: 0-10 and 3D points: 0,7,8,9,10.
This was Megan's first competition, so it was not expected that she would be placed in a winning position. Against all odds, Megan got a bronze medal in Bulls eye! Megan received great support from her fellow archers and some special junior Riebeek girls, throughout the windy and rainy day.

First team waitresses

Thank you Wild Rapids for the opportunity for our First Team hockey girls to be shadow waitresses tonight to raise funds for the hockey tour. Thank you too all the supporters who visited the Spur on 22 February to be served by our First Team

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Interact shares love

On 14 February, the Interact Board (Loren Campbell, Taybah Teladia, Anjali Karsan, Robyn Japhta, Octavia Johannes, Shannon Butler, Mihlali Bungane, Aton de Vos) visited Aandmeynering Retirement Village, where they handed out roses and wished the residents a happy Valentine's Day. Thank you to Miss Du Preez and Mrs Kruger for accompanying the board.

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Quiz Grade 8 welcome

The Grade 8 quiz welcome was held on 27 January after school.
The event lasted until half past three. It took the form of an amazing race with 8 groups of grade 8 learners rushing from station to station getting to know the school, the quiz committee and broaden their general knowledge. Thank you to Mrs du Plessis for this exciting and fun event. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS.
First place: Cool Bananas
Second Place: Bad and Boujee
Third Place: Eight Wags
Best Spirit: The Potatoes

First
Cool Bananas
Andisiwe Toyis
Mihle Mafongosi
Sibabalwe September
Jadѐ Damons
Hasti Pansuriya
Jaymee Swanepoel
Second
Kiara Brink
Jessica Assumption
Otha Gaba
Tamrin Jordan
Neve Burness
Britney Lingham
Lisakhanya Mbola
Buhle Williams
Third
Eight Wags
Michѐ Taai
Wade-Lee Műller
Caitlin Peters
Bernice Donkor
Babalusa Kefile
Anelisa Mhletywa
Grace Terblanche
Charismata Mrelane
Spirit
The Potatoes
Inganathi Mantewu
Onesimo Ntsoeu
Amy Wesso
Megan Clingen
Keesha Haynes
Meagan Roos
Tiffany Jackson
Michal Rayner
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choir civvies day

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Grade 4 Welcome

Grade 4 Welcome

Iinteract Welcome

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SCA Leaders' Camp

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Team Building

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SPORT FAIR

ANNUAL SPORT AND SOCIETIES FAIR - JANUARY 2017

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elton house day

Elton House Day was held on 13 February. Jamie-Lee Daniels reports on the event: House Day is the day that had all Elton Matrics running around like headless chickens trying to raise funds these last few weeks! Oosterland Despatch was Elton's chosen charity this year. It's a community based NGO that is a home to 106 children. It provides safe haven for vulnerable children that empowers them with valuable life skills to take responsibility for their future. The guest speaker, Mr Marais, is the current director at Oosterland. He lives by Psalm 144:12 which clearly speaks volumes about the type of person he is. Thank you to the Elton matrics. Without you sacrificing your breaks (and sometimes class time), we wouldn't have been able to raise as much money. The Grade 7 'Green team' put in extra effort! A special mention must be made of Caydin Nicolaai, Asemahle Gqubule, Miacarla Tee and Sarah McFarlane. You guys are absolute stars! Thank you to all the staff and girls who contributed their support as well. Mr Jonas was also very helpful with the organising."
Prizes:
* Most favours: Whitney Goliath
* Jellybean jar: Mrs Stevens
* Special thanks: Lelona Myira and Ammarah Moodaley

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Riebeek College is 140 years young and celebrates bold education with the resilience, compassion, loyalty, success and happiness that embody a Riebeek education.  At the progressive Riebeek College, over 700 girls are nurtured and loved as they embrace life and learning.   From Grade 4 to 12, girls are groomed to spread their wings. Along the way, every girl is taught that she is valued, that she belongs and that she is receiving a quality education on a journey where purpose drives the school’s programme.
 
On Founder’s Day annually, Old Girls will fill the hall and corridors with laughter and reminiscing.  When these chickens come home to roost, it is a loud affair.    A packed hall of “girls” agree wholeheartedly that Riebeek’s teachings take you far. They speak of the calibre of staff who have directed them on the straight and narrow with their passion and care.  They reminisce about stay-awakes, memorable lessons, inter-house rivalry, hockey tours, piles of donated goods for a cause and they all respond to the angelic voices of Riebeek’s legendary choir.  They remember  bright and timid Grade 4s and the farewell tunnel at the nostalgic Valedictory Service. 
 
 
Professor Jansen, former Vice Chancellor of the University of the Orange Free State, listed Riebeek as one of his top ten South African schools in combining character building and academic excellence.  Riebeek featured in the Old Mutual and Destiny Magazine  Good Schools Report and in Fairlady as a school of excellence.
 
Hlomela Bucwa (Class of 2010) was sworn in as the youngest South African parliamentarian and Noni Agcobile Mafani Mbete (Class of 2008) was crowned Mrs Africa World. Zikhona Bali (Class of 2007) lights up our television screens starring in productions such as IS'THUNZI. Bernadette Maguire is a Carte Blanche producer. The Class of 2016 obtained a 100% pass, a fantastic 90% Bachelor Pass rate and 107 subject distinctions from a class of 78 girls.
 
On the sportsfields, in the classrooms and in the cultural and service societies; Riebeek lives out the mission statement of our school to prepare our learners face to the challenges of a changing world in a happy and stimulating environment.

 Passionate parents, lively and successful Old Girls and supportive staff and loyal learners are definitely what makes Riebeek fly high.
 
Is there something about Riebeek? Is it the way a teacher takes a learner under her wing,? a hunger for success, a “early bird catches the worm” enthusiasm, a sense that a duckling can be a swan or that attitude will determine altitude, a determination to soar above the rest? It’s not one thing really. It is the keeping their heads out of the sand and embracing change to fly the Riebeek flag high… always.  They are a happy brood at Riebeek in spite of challenges and by choosing to always do that which is honourable and right,   
 
 “To seek the good in others and always do our best”.
  
And that is why we soar above the rest. Riebeek …..gives you wings.

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