a school of dreams

A school like Riebeek is a place of dreams.  When the girls walk through the school gate, they bring with them hopes and goals. These dreams are nurtured by a passionate staff, dynamic leadership and a full programme.  
Dream making is evident in the hostel offering week-day accommodation, packages for exam times and a day care facility; the appointment of sports co-ordinator, Mr Selwyn Seale, and intern, Miss Olwethu Mxoli, Riebeek Old Girl and a News24 Mandela of the Future; a Staff Development Seminar by Mr August and Dr Ally of NMU, along with Riebeek’s consulting psychologist, on Cultural Competence and Sensitivity Empowerment; and the Class of 2018’s 100% pass rate: Sinovuyo Madlavu, Kyla Van Deventer and Valentina Longari realised their dreams when they were awarded 6 distinctions each.
Riebeek’s mission statement has proved timeless: “To prepare our learners to meet the challenges of a changing world by providing relevant education of a high standard and instilling sound values in a stimulating and happy environment.” 
Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek, said, “Education faces challenges. We need to be steadfast in pursuing our mission with the right blend of a sense of belonging, tradition and transformation.  I have a dream of our school maintaining its reputation as a prestige school. We live in negative times. That should not make us angry, but should inspire bold dreams.”
 
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” The school has beautiful dreams and a wonderful future because, when a million dreams converge on the school each year, Riebeek embraces the opportunities to design the world according to the dreams of the girls who pass through her doors.  Since 1877, Riebeek prides itself as being the maker of designer dreams.  

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Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage is filled with young ladies from Grade 4 to 12 and young-at-heart staff who are celebrating! The celebrations are part of our 2020 theme of celebrating the wonder of our world as we strive to spread good news, good vibes and positivity while drawing attention to the need for a greener world.
We particularly celebrate the great news of the Class of 2019 who thrilled us with their 100% pass rate and the personal milestones they reached in the areas of cultural, service and character building. Our isiXhosa Home Language class attained the most subject distinctions in the district. Nine of our wonderful learners attained A aggregates, and Riebeek was placed third in the Eastern Cape.
We celebrate too the hive of activity at the school, as befits the bee motif of our school. A leadership camp to Zuurberg was a welcome retreat to nature and celebration of a beautiful and wonderful world where all things are possible when one is positive. Our little Grade 4s were warmly welcomed with an out-of-this-world theme on a space welcoming adventure. Nearly 200 learners took part in the club challenge of the Alice In Wonderland team building afternoon with 18 clubs competing in fun activities to build team spirit. And, learners have experienced the thrill of opening their eyes to what the world needs to be saved and recognising that the learners are the generation who will define the future of this planet. And so, the corridors and fields are abuzz as our busy bees take on enriching activities and are as busy as the bees that are so critical to our world’s biodiversity.
Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek College, said, “At Riebeek, this is the year of no fake news, of only good, uplifting news and of smelling the roses. The staff are committed to the belief that when we put faith, hope and love together, teachers and parents can raise positive children in an increasingly negative world.

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