welcome to riebeek college

Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Fee paying, Department of Education, happy school catering for Grade 4 to 12 learners and offering a hostel, day care facilities and a multitude of extra mural activities.  

Here is the 2019 Welcome Letter from the Principal:

16 January 2019
Dear Parents
A very warm welcome to the Riebeek College Family! 
We would like to congratulate our Matrics of 2018 on their 100% pass.  We are very proud of them! 
As our budget meeting was held on 15 November 2018, you may not be aware of the new 2019 fee structure which was approved and accepted at this special meeting.  At the meeting the following resolutions were adopted:
1.       Riebeek College is a fee-paying school and fees for 2019 will be R15 800 which may be paid as follows:
a.       R15 800 as full payment at the beginning of the year
b.       R1 580 per month from January to October (10 months)
c.       R3 950 per term (at the beginning of each quarter)
2.       In terms of Section 39 of the SA Schools Act, parents are liable to pay these fees.
3.       In terms of Section 40 of the SA Schools Act, the school may enforce this payment by taking legal action.
4.       In terms of the amendments of the SA Schools Act passed on 31/10/2006, parents may apply for full or partial exemption by completing the required forms which can be obtained from the school office and
by providing all the supporting documentation . (Ask the office for assistance if deemed necessary).
In order to facilitate good communication, please make sure that we have your updated contact details.  Please download the D6 School Communicator as we consider it a very effective form of communication.  We shall be sending out “profile” forms soon, in order to update our records.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs M Mukamuri, Mr A Bacon, Miss O Mxoli and Mr S Seale to the Riebeek family.  Mrs Mukamuri will be teaching Grade 4, which will free up Mrs Viljoen to concentrate on her duties as the Head of Department in the Junior School. Mr Bacon replaces Mrs Stevens as a temporary Mathematics educator in the High School for term one. Miss Mxoli is employed as an Intern in the Junior School while she is studying teaching through UNISA and Mr Seale is employed as a part time Sports Coordinator. We certainly hope they will thoroughly enjoy their time at Riebeek College.
I look forward to your support as parents and the primary disciplinarians and educators of your daughters.  This year, all of us at Riebeek College will continue to practise the spirit of Ubuntu on a daily basis.
Our new theme for the year is “We all stand together”, and I specifically would like to concentrate on Women Standing Together.
May 2019 be a wonderful year of much joy, great health and rewarding success for all of us at Riebeek.
Yours sincerely 

Mrs Kieran Stear

We are so proud of Leya Bosman of Grade 7 who has been selected as part of the District Triathlon team. Leya will be travelling to Durban to participate in a National Competition during the school holidays. She was also one of the few u15 athletes who competed in the recent Herald Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth. Leya successfully completed the race even after an injury scare! Well done, Leya! We will be holding thumbs for you!


general knowledge quiz results

The results of the senior school general knowledge quiz 
term 1 are as follows:
1. Amy Schambril - Elizabeth
1. Aarifah Liberty - Eleanor
3. Asavela Sikwebu - Elton
3. Rayna Gajjar - Elizabeth
3. Lauren MacGorman - Eleanor
3. Romesa Muhammad - Elton
3. Caitlin Peters - Elton
8. Jessica Craill - Elizabeth
8. Sarah McFarlane - Elton

Term 1 2019 – Top 10

Grade 4 
Qaniah DOLLIE 
Robyn EVERT 
Ronleigh GOEDA 
Chelsea-Lee HURN 
Kelly-Anne O'GRADY
Shena TUTU 
Grade 5
Kendyhl GEORGE 
Tazz-Lynn MARKOM 
Nerisha RAMSAMY 
Taybah SALIE 
Grade 6
Yolisa CUBA 
Callan ELIE 
Kimi-Lara ERASMUS 
Oamagetswe JACK 
Lindokuhle MBANGA 
Riddhi MISTRY 
Grade 7 
Tazmia Bosman
Leya Bosman
Jazlyn Crowley
Dayna Dennis
Celine Dinie
Angela Miles
Lana Peters
Poshika Ramsamy
Ashleigh Scharnick
Doné September
Rebecca Wilkinson
Grade 8
Zoë Craill
Reutloue Dunywa
Aeryn Ferreira
Ifeoma Mlotana
Jihaad Ravat
Cristin Rensburg
Salmah Salie
Samantha Seifert
Sarah- Leigh Thompson
Kamvalethu Xego
Grade 9
Liyema Banzi
Chwayita Hanabe
Fatima Mahouassa
Sarah McFarlane
Nobuhle Moyo
Amahle Ntabeni
Amy Reed
Candice Rossouw
Jameelah Sirkhotte
Kay-Leigh Wilmot
Grade 10
Kwakho Bissett
Kiara Brink
Sara Gopal
Erinn Kettledas
Kamvelihle Mgobo
Thandolwethu Ntshanyana
Hasti Pansuriya
Catilin Peters
Leah Rensburg
Asavela Sikwebu
Grade 11
Q-Lynn Davids
Karena Du Plessis
Ntombizine Goqwana
Chaneal Labercensie
Joanne Miller
Sibahle Mtyingizane
Lethabeleng Ntshiyane
Jordan Oldham
Azraa Rockman
Teneal Rudman
Ganeefa Sirkhotte
Grade 12
Olwethu Bob
Meaghan Botha
Casey Els
Amy Higgins
Lerise Johnson
Aarifah Liberty
Zeenat Lukie
Esihle Madikane
Sihlumile Majombozi
Liyabona Mgushelo
Tamia Smith

collegiate festival

The 1st Hockey Team played tremendously at the First Round of EP Trials captained by Anovuyo Singeni--played at the Collegiate Festival The first game was played against Nico Malan, and the second against Priory on Friday, 1 March. Unfortunately, the team lost 2-0 in both matches. Player of the Match for both games was Chaneal Labercensie, who played with great charisma. On Saturday, 2 March the team drew 0-0 against Gill College. The team unanimously chose Chaneal Labercensie, Aphelele Toyis and Gwenith Plaaitjies Players of the Match. The second match resulted in another draw of 0-0. However, because of the the amazing effort and team spirit put into the match, the whole team was awarded with the title of Player of the Match. Special mention must be made of Anovuyo Singeni, Jamie Keyser, Chaneal Labercensie and Gweneth Plaaitjies for their huge impact and outstanding contribution. A special thanks goes to Mr Seale for coaching the girls and urging them to play at their best and Mr De Beer for his support and enthusiasm.


On 12 February there was a Media Workshop on Media Hacks. The workshop was hosted by Miss Mxoli.
Miss Mxoli provided some writing tips that would help the girls on writing better articles and tips that would help their knowledge of keeping their articles simple and easy to understand. She also taught the girls the rules of journalism, commonly misspelt words and how to correct a piece of writing. Miss Mxoli’s presentation and sense of humour had all the girls enthralled.
The workshop was interesting and informative. It taught the girls that simple is sometimes better than fancy, and that proof reading is very important. Because if you do not proof read your work you might become what Miss Mxoli said “a meme” (or “mê-mê).
Miss Mxoli also shared some headings of articles and captions that had gone terribly wrong because the incorrect punctuation completely changed the meaning. These articles helped the girls understand that grammar is very important.
Even though load shedding meant Miss Mxoli could not present her PowerPoint, she presented the material regardless.
By Siyamthanda Mbanga


Lisa, of Au Pair in America, enlightened the Grade 12s about how to have the chance to explore the USA and meet new people who will become lifelong friends.


Grade 9 assembly on "Honesty is the Best Policy":


Senior school team swimmers participated in the B Age Group Gala held at the Newton Park Pool. They are Samantha van Jaarsveld, Jade Rudman, Amber du Plessis, Jordan Oldham and Keely-Ann Maritz.
Their dedication and passion for swimming is evident in them sacrificing a Saturday to compete. So proud of you


Congratulations to the following girls who participated and completed the River Mile that took place on Sunday 17th February at Sundays River.
They are: Callan Elie, Chaneal Labercensie, Cameron Jackson, Keely-Ann Maritz, Leya Bosman,
Kee-Lynn Armoed, Lauren Labercensie and Keira-Lee Armoed (absent)
We are so proud of you all!


Swimming Badges: Congratulations to Jordan Oldham and Jade Rudman who received their team swimming badges


world read aloud day

The junior school learners participated in World Read Aloud Day. Miss Mxoli read the English story "Where are you?“ to all 282 learners (Grade 4-7) gathered in the hall. This story is available on the Nalibali website in Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
Miss Mxoli is a Riebeek Old Girl (Class of 2013). She was selected as 1 of 100 Mandela's of the Future by News24.
Miss Mxoli is a published poet and very passionate about reading and expressing yourself through writing. The learners thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and answering her thought provoking questions throughout and after the story. We are truly blessed to have her as our junior school intern while she is completing her teaching degree through UNISA.



On 7 February the senior prefects, Mrs Snyman and Mrs Stear had a moment of silence in honour of the 4 learners who passed away at High School Driehoek. Mrs Stear led the girls into a prayer for the school, learners and their families. On behalf of Riebeek College we would like to express our sincere condolences to all who have been affected.


rocking future

The matrics were privileged to have the Rocking Future Roadshow at school today! It was educational, motivational and inspirational. Career guidance in a fun and exciting way!



The year's first G2G was held on Wednesday February 6. Due to the success of previous events, this year's event was eagerly anticipated by the Grade 10-12 girls. The girls discussed depression, relationships with parents, and how to keep up with school work and extra-murals. The girls also enjoyed ice cream with chocolate sauce, oreo pieces and sprinkles. A huge thank you goes to Miss Potgieter and Phly Thread for their planningand the girls for their enthusiasm and participation



Riebeek at Muir Ashes: Keely-Ann Maritz, Cameron Jackson, Megan Clingen and Chaneal Labercensie took part in the Ashes against Muir College. It was a touch and go. The girls had a blast and are ready to beat them at the next Ashes.


Malakhiwe Hoffman represented Riebeek in the High Schools' Speaking Challenge. Pictured here with contest chairman, Mrs Ricky Woods.



The junior debating team travelled to Linkside High School on Thursday 7 February to take part in the PE-Uitenhage Junior Debating League. The team debated against Nico Malan High School and won their debate. The motion put before the teams was "This House Would Ban Children From Becoming Professional Models". The team celebrated with ice cream and smiles!


Media Workshop: Media Fails

By Siyamthanda Mbanga 

On 29 January, Azraa Rockman in Grade 11 hosted a Media Workshop called Media Fails. Azraa  discussed the content on social media sites and in advertising that had caused controversy, how the issue was handled and what lessons can be learnt from the incident.  She showed us a headline declaring in a newspaper that no lives were lost on the Titanic, a T-shirt design that got a negative response, an advertising campaign that missed the target audience and many other examples.  She warned we should always think of the many ways that different people could interpret what we post anything online. Azraa showed the attendees of the workshop pictures of some of the worst headlines, advertising campaigns and pictures in history that had gone wrong.
Mrs Gerber also reported that if you have posted something that has offended people then you should delete the post immediately  instead of defending yourself because it is not a good idea to try to win an argument on social media. She supported her statement by saying, "Sometimes, people on social media don’t want to understand a situation; they just want to be right."
We learnt something new and enjoyed the presentation. The workshop was fun and everyone had a good laugh at some of the Media Fails.


Science Excursion 

On 28 January the Matric Science class went on an excursion to The Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre in Uitenhage. The girls were required to make an ester and classify them according to their unique smells. Tamia Smith said: "It was an unique experience to see how the chemicals react with one another. The ladies at the Science Centre were very helpful, kind and informative." Thank you to Mrs Kruger for arranging the excursion and to Mr Reynolds and Miss Potgieter for accompanying the ladies.


grade 4 welcome

By Casey Els and Malakhiwe Hoffman

"Palm trees, ocean breeze and salty air." These words best describe the Grade 4 welcoming hosted by the junior and senior prefects on Friday, 18 January. Although the weather did not play along; it didn't stop the girls from embracing this years Tropical theme. The eventful day started off with a sing along and dance along to Moana songs. The girls then enjoyed a fun ice breaker which included running around and popping balloons. This game proved that the senior prefects were not as fit as they might have thought. Smiling Grade 4s then enjoyed playing games and winning prizes. Zeenat Lukie mentioned that: "Seeing the bright smiles of the grade 4s made my heart feel warm and reassured me that the event was a great success." Thank you to Mrs Skeates, Mrs Mukamuri and Mrs Snyman for supervising the event.


Well done, Lynn-marie

Lynn-Marie Nel, Grade 9, had her first qualifier game for the season as a Senesa rider representing Riebeek. She obtained two First Place positions in five games.


the Quiz Club Welcome for Grade 8s

Hasti Pansuriya reports: 

Whether people went to the gym on Friday or not, the Grade 8s definitely had a session of their own at the Grade 8 Quiz welcome on Friday, 18 January 2019! It was a quiz-filled, energetic afternoon where the Grade 8s not only learned but also had lots of fun.
With a hint here and a hint there, the afternoon started off with everyone taking a coloured piece of paper and joining with the people who had the same colour as them to form teams. The purpose of that way of forming teams was for them to interact with learners they usually don't. The main event of the scavenger hunt then took place where we saw the teams play competitively while making some unforgettable memories all along. One member from each team was given a note with the riddle written on it- leading to their first venue. At each area on the school grounds, they had to answers five questions and solve the next riddle given to them to move on to the next destination and so forth. The Quiz Committee kept a balance in the level of difficulty of the questions, and it was amusing to see the learners make up their own theories and logics of the questions they weren’t exposed to as of yet. There were disputes, such as arguing about whether dolphins were more intelligent or elephants, but the teams kept their team spirit alive. Wade-Lee Múller said that she was very impressed with the enthusiasm and and eager minds of the learners wanting to complete first.
Though all the running and perspiration, all the teams took this years motto, “We all stand together” quite seriously and shone brighter than Friday afternoon’s light. Well done to “Haai jinne wuh” and “The sunflowers” for coming first and second and to “The Power Puff girls” who were third. A huge thank you goes to Mr Bowles for assisting and guiding the Quiz Committee and a massive thank you to the girls who ultimately attented and made it memorable for the Quiz Committee.


alpha leo

The Alpha Leo Committee had a Civvies Day and Cake Sale today. They would like to thank everyone for their support.


alpha leo

Mr Eddie Guttharte of Marist Care provides soup for 700 children per week and Alpha Leo was given the opportunity to lend a hand at one of the soup kitchens. The girls thoroughly enjoyed giving back to the community and the experience taught them many valuable lessons.
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead" - Nelson Mandela


media club photography contest

The Media Club hosted a photography contest this week. Well done to Miacarla Tee on the co-ordinating of this event. The photographs used superhero figures, mirrors and special effects. The winners are Zoe Muller, Mahmoodah Sataar and Fatima Mahouassa. Special mention must be made of the photography of Chloe Lingham.

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uniform assembly

Mrs Mapoma and some very dynamic ladies hosted a great assembly on 25 January. They demonstrated and explained the school uniform rules with some dramatic and innovative examples. Well done, Mrs Mapoma and learners. (With apologies, a technical glitch prevented us from posting all the awesome pics #freakyfriday). End of January and start of February features uniform checks (because appearances matter!) and textbook/book checks (because plastic protects!)


The Media Club is proud to present another set of Oscars to those who excel in our Riebeek media endeavours.

 The Oscar for Journalism goes to Zeenat Lukie for her fun, precise and beautifully written article about Prefects' Camp. The Oscar for Photography goes to Miacarla Tee for capturing perfect shots of the houses making their way to the pool area for the Junior Mini Fun Gala.


laughing assembly

Laughter therapy: On Tuesday, Mrs Stear spoke to the school about the value of laughter. Three video clips had the girls and staff joining in spontaneous laughter.


love is all around

On 15th February, Riebeek hosted the annual Valentine’s Dance. The theme was “The Tunnel of Love”. The amazing DJ had many people up and on the dance floor. Jade Damons and her partner, Luke Van Aardt, won Mr and Miss Valentine and shared a couple's slow dance. Many thanks goes to the teachers who planned and organised the dance, the Dance Committee, the teachers and parents who helped and our photographer.


On Friday. 15th February the Grade 6s had a NS/TECH Practical Investigation. The topic was Food Processing. They had to research food processing and process a food. They chose their own groups consisting of 5 members and displayed their processed food in class. The girls had lots of fun and felt very proud of their adventurous experiments. They enjoyed tasting each other's food products.


Congratulations Malakhiwe Hoffman for so ably representing Riebeek at the annual Senior School Public Speaking Challenge. Malakhiwe did well, speaking beautifully. It was a nerve wracking contest with many top class speakers


Results from Interact welcome:
Winning group: blommetjies
Best dressed: Kay van Niekerk, Kate-Lynn Forbes, Monica Stokwe

On 11th February, Interact hosted the annual Interact Welcome for new eager girls. The theme of the event was “The Interact Olympics” and girls came dressed in various outfits of Olympic sportswomen. The thundering weather on the day didn’t dampen their spirits as they participated very enthusiastically in all the games and activities which were in store for them. Some of their activities involved Olympic sports trivia and even team potatoe races. After the festivities, the girls all had healthy meals. All the girls had tons of fun and said that they can’t wait for upcoming events.
By Chaneal Labercensie


9.43 GB of photographs taken on day 1 and this gem among them when Mr Weidemann took a Grade 11 class photograph and the class wanted a reunion pic as he was the class' English teacher in their Grade 10 year.


Elton House Day

Mr Jonas, Monique Balie and their Elton team worked hard to raise funds for their selected charity, the Mula Project. The guest speaker was Quinette Goosen, Chairperson of the Mula Project, a retired teacher
who taught for 31 years. She said, "I feel I can still make a difference in the community. I have a passion for helping others. I like to be part of the solution to problems rather than to sit on the side line." Accompanying her was Veronica Bosman, also a retired teacher who still wants to make a difference in the lives of others, and Drucilla Olivier, a well known member of her community who gives up her time and energy to help others. Miss du Preez and the Interact Club made a donation of 2 minute noodles to the Mula Project in addition to Elton's monetary donation.


The Grade 11 Geography girls went to the SA Weather Service. The Weather presentation was enjoyable, valuable, informative and the satellite images, colorful. Thank you to Mrs Bean, the staff of SAWS and to Mr Seale for driving.


Mrs Mary Mukamuri

BY admin

This year, we warmly welcome our new Grade 4 teacher and Grade 4 Head, Mrs Mary Mukamuri to the Riebeek Family. Mrs Mukamuri describes herself as a dedicated, resourceful and goal-driven professional educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every child. She has an exceptional ability to establish cooperative, professional relationships with parents, staff and administration. She is a professional educator with diverse experience and strong track record fostering child-centered curriculum and student creativity. She is a self-directed, action-oriented professional with over 14 years experience in education both in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

 January 30, 2019
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Busy birthday month for the prefects! Happy birthday, Mrs Stroebel!


Congratulations Tawfeeq Mylan, son of Mr Jonas: BScHonsQSCumLaude.



Riebeek participated in the Alex Pickwick Debating Festival


#smile week

The Grade 12s spent their last day of #SMILEweek smiling from ear to ear. At first break a picnic was held and girls enjoyed dancing, singing and hula hooping. The girls learned that life becomes easier if you take a moment to smile. A big thank you to Mrs Myburg and Zeenat Lukie for organizing these wonderful events that enabled the Grade 12's to create memories that will last a lifetime.



The Grade 7s enjoyed a Zumba session with the zumba instructor of Mrs Barnard, our school bursar. Teresa Van Zyl Drake, the zumba instructor, wrote: "What an amazing school!! It was so much fun to share the Zumba love with the Gr 7 girls!! Their disciple, respect, energy and friendly faces made my YEAR!! WELL DONE to each and every teacher at Riebeek College!! The level of discipline, values and manners is OUTSTANDING!! HOPE we can do this again.. soon."


grade 5 mondeling

On 24th January the Grade 5s acted out the story of "Die Leeu en die Muis" for oral assessment. Miss Johnson was very impressed at the quality of the orals and told them how proud she was of them.


sca leadership camp


student teacher, Miss delport

Kayla Delport is a B.Ed student who spent time at our school. She writes, "I could not have asked for a better introduction to the teaching profession. Riebeek College is an exceptional school, which not only teaches learners the academic curriculum, but also respect, kindness and acceptance of others. In a time frame of only two weeks, the learners have stolen a piece of my heart. To impact a soul so fiercely is what I strive towards. Riebeek College and its learners reassured me that teaching is what I was made to do." Thank you, Kayla. It was awesome having you join us and we look forward to seeing you again and watching your teaching journey progress.


26 January gala

The team swimmers participated in the EP B- Gala at Newton Park. We had an enthusiastic supporters group of friends and family.



Keely-Ann Maritz has worked hard to receive her swimming badge. Congratulations! Keely-Ann took part in the B League Age Group Gala of 27 October 2018. She received 2nd place for 50m Backstroke and 3rd place for 50m Freestyle.


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