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Programme for Founder's Day:

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EMAIL OF 3 MARCH 

OLD GIRLS' INFORMATION

Dear Reunion Co-ordinators and Ladies
Please share this information with your groups.

  1. We would appreciate lunch payments being made by the deadline of 21 April to allow us to plan adequately. 

Our guest speaker from the Class of 2007 is Zikhona Bali, , a charming, humble actress whose parting advice in her matric profile was “Don’t forget where you come from and don’t forget yourself.” “Bali is a natural on screen and has a charm that will take her far.” proclaimed The Star 3 January 2017. Zikhona Bali was #WCW on an online entertainment site, www.zkhiphani.co.za : “She is young, black, beautiful and immensely talented so you know we had to put her on this. In case you don’t know who Zikhona Bali is, she is an actress who is best known for her portrayal of Ziyanda in Mfolozi Street, a SABC 1 drama series. She was also cast in the Mzansi Magic teen drama, Is’thunzi, her first starring role as Londiwe. The show has been praised as a breathe of fresh air in the way that it was able to tackle sensitive issues that South Africans face on the daily. It has been rated up there with legendary shows such as Soul City and Home Affairs- now that is major. Bali’s performance on the show was also hailed as great and compelling….we can confidently say that we see a bright future for this young starlet.”

  1. Please do encourage the ladies to buy a beaded bee in support of the 50 year reunion fundraising. 
  2. Please do share this link to a video clip on youtube that includes a bit of scenes around the school and the school song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWf5wHE_VMo&t=194s
  3. Please remember the request that any gift ideas you have should first be checked with the principal to ensure the gift is suitable for the school’s needs.
  4. Please remember the requests that the ladies visit our website and facebook page for information.
  5. As time will undoubtedly fly by, we request that the reunion groups start sending the information requested in the information note for reunion groups co-ordinators. All relevant information has been supplied at the end of this email.
  6. Please do encourage your group to attend the hockey festival of 6 May.  It was specifically placed on this date to give our reunion ladies an opportunity to bring their families to their alma mater and to meet up with their class-mates and teachers again informally while seeing our girls on the fields and serving at the various points.  We are still seeking sponsors for this event so please do share the sponsor letter
  7. We are expecting the following reunion groups at the morning proceedings and the reunion lunch so it will be a lot of fun:

Class of 2007                      10
                2002                       15  
                1997                       20
                1992                       25
                1987                       30
                1982                    35 
                1977                       40
                1967                       50
And, finally, some reasons to attend reunions which you may wish to share with the doubtfuls:
 
Reasons to Attend School Reunions!

  1. Because You Still Can!

Life is short...
Each day and milestone should be celebrated!

  1. Because you're never too cool for your high school friends.

(and you'll be missed if you do not show up!)
3.Your family is tired of hearing your stories and
you want to relive them with someone who actually cares!

  1. Ummm…who else is gonna fill in the blanks to your slipping memory? Thank goodness for name tags!
  2. If we get a good turnout, we could break a record or have a great status for our facebook page.
  3. Because you still think you have a crush on..

(umm, wait, don't think anyone can remember!)

  1. If you don't show up, we'll assume you still have big/long or even no hair.

But, no one really cares about your hair!
They want to see you!

  1. You know you really want to!

(it just might be fun!)  

  1. Hey…Who cares if we don't fit into our old bellbottoms?  Ya gotta stay huggable!

Friends just want to see you!

  1. Network! Network! Network!

It's a small world and you will be surprised at how many wonderful "coincidences" life really holds!

  1. Because you're still upset that you were only voted runner-up for something...

(but we really can't remember!)

  1. Enjoy an evening out without the Grandkids.

Don't worry, you might even be home before curfew or
the late evening news...
14.You've always wondered what happened to...
(um, can't remember!)

  1. Show off your pictures

(of your family,kids,grandkids, hot date,pets,car, vacations, etc!)!

  1. Renew old friendships.

There's really nothin' like an"old"old friend!

  1. Renew not so old friendships, meet new friends!
  2. Get the latest gossip, as well as can be remembered.
  3. Because if you don't show up, you might be the subject of that gossip

(if anyone can  remember!)

  1. See and be seen.

(because we might not remember, but it's fun to people watch!)

  1. The more some things change, the more some things stay the same...

and the fun is in trying to figure out the difference between the two!

  1. Because you're curious and you HAVE to know what everyone has been doing for the last few years. 

24.Did we mention there would be lots of FUN??
25.You Love Reunions!
26.You have nothing better to do.
(sitting or napping on the couch doesn't count...)
 

  1. Because you want to go where everyone knows your name...

(they just can't always remember!!!)
28.To talk about the "Good ol’ Days"!
When we were "young", carefree and life seemed so simple...
(...From what we can remember!) 

  1. You’ll laugh, cry and reminisce with some of your oldest friends.   
  2. We're going to talk about things that you "remember"

and understand.

  1. Even if you didn't even like school, don't fret about it,

you'll most likely find something to laugh about now
after all these years!!

  1. Because you know you really want to!

33.You don't have to lie about your age.
(well you can try, but some will catch on...
Even if we did officially turn into our parents!)

  1. Did we mention there would be lots of fuN??
  2. It gives you a chance to humor those who have tried to plan these things...deluded die-hards that have hope that somewhere, some how it is going to make a difference...
  3. Because some of us want an excuse to go back "Home"....

if only for a day or a weekend!

  1. Because we really want to see you!!!!
  2. And finally, studies have shown that those who were initially hesitant about attending their reunions, discover it was The Event that they wouldn't have missed!

 
LIFE Happens...
Get up,
Get dressed,
Show up...
You'll be glad you did!!!! (and so will everyone else!)
 
 
Warm Riebeek Regards
Mrs Sandra Gerber
On behalf of Mrs Kieran Stear
 
Herewith all relevant information for your perusal:
Invitation and Programme
The Principal and Staff of  Riebeek College Girls’ High School  invite you to join them in celebrating their Founder’s Day on Friday 5 May. All past pupils of Riebeek are invited to attend all the events of the day, with the reunion groups especially requested to attend. Our Old Girls did not have to matriculate with their class to be part of their reunion group.  Reunion groups are also especially requested to attend the lunch.
The traditional hockey match between the School’s First Team and an Old Girls’ Team will be played at 08:15 on the College Field.  Tea will be served in the Beehive Student Centre at 09:30 and the official reunion photographs will be taken between 9.30 and 10 on the stands at the hockey field.  There will be a special assembly at 10:30 in the Sholto McIntyre Hall.  There will be an Old Girls’ Lunch at the Uitenhage Golf Club at 12.30 for 1.
Founder's Day Lunch Details
There will be an Old Girls’ Lunch at the Uitenhage Golf Club at 12.30 for 1 on 5 May at a cost of R140 for a three course meal. Reunion groups are especially requested to attend. Make a payment with the reference being your surname followed by year of your reunion group. Proof of payment MUST be forwarded to bursar@riebeekcollege.co.za along with any seating, dietary requests, maiden name/ married name and class year. Do cc your reunion co-ordinator when confirming payment.
SCHOOL BANK DETAILS:
ACCOUNT NAME: RIEBEEK COLLEGE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 539 712 843 52
BANK: FIRST NATIONAL BANK, UITENHAGE
BRANCH CODE: 210 316
REFERENCE: SURNAME, REUNION YEAR EG SMITH’77/ZUMA’07
General information and Requests

  1. Please promote the hockey festival to your group.  We are excited that our annual Hockey Festival will be on 6 May and hope that the Old Girls will support. 
  2. Collect all the particulars of the Class with first names maiden names and married names (if applicable) and email addresses and then indicating on the list who is attending and who is not, who is coming from far and any information about the Old Girls that could be interesting to share with the school. 
  3. Collect photographs (scanned in for digital versions) for sending to me; and create the posters for the boards for display in the foyer on Founder's Day.
  4. Be the cheerleader for the group begging and persuading ladies to attend Founder's Day.
  5. We urge all our Old Girls to use the MY SCHOOL CARD and to have Riebeek as a beneficiary.  MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is one of South Africa's biggest fundraising programmes and allows you to make a difference, just by shopping. Every time you use your card at any of the partner stores they'll give back a percentage of your purchase value, on your behalf, to Riebeek at absolutely no cost to you!  Get your free card today. Every swipe counts!  You can apply online at https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply.  Partner outlets include Altech Netstar, Cartridge Recycling: greenOFFICE, Engen, kalahari.com, MegaMobi, MySchool Holidays, Power24.co.za, Reggies, Toys R Us, Waltons, Woolworths, Woolworths Rewards.
  6. Encourage the ladies to LIKE and SHARE our posts on the official Riebeek facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RiebeekCollege (look for the badge as the icon)
  7. Encourage the ladies to visit our website. Please visit Riebeek at our website https://www.riebeekcollege.co.za
  8. We will require your assistance in making sure that the official photograph is taken. 
  9. A display for the foyer is required.  The measurements of our black boards are 1.37m (height) by 900cm (width) and we have larger white trestles that measure 1.2 m(width)  by 1.8 m (height).
  10. We request that you arrange name badges for the ladies in your reunion group.  A table will be set up at the student centre (next to the hockey fields) where you could place your name tags and distribute them.
  11. Ladies who did not matriculate with the class but attended school with the class are welcome to be part of the reunion group.
  12. Reunion groups who wish to make a donation to the school should contact Mrs Stear to discuss a specific item or could make a financial donation to Mrs Stear for her to allocate the funds to a project on our list.
  13. Please email the following information to jrgerber@isat.co.za :  photographs; names of those who have passed away between May 2016 and May 2017 (not necessarily from your class: first name, maiden name, surname, year of matriculating); names of  those who have travelled far, those who have passed away from your class and any special messages of goodwill or greetings from your reunion groups; a list of any special memories of your school years to include in our speeches, names of those attending. This can be sent in stages as you collate your information.
  14. After the event, we ask for a school magazine article from you about the reunion and your school memories, some photographs form any follow up reunions you had over the weekend and assistance with the caption for the official photograph (which will be emailed to you).
  15. Help us to keep a check on the numbers for each table at the lunch by asking the girls to let you know when they have paid and to let you know too of any special dietary or seating requests made so we can be sure your table is well organised for the reunion lunch.
  16. Note that copies of magazines of your year (if available) and other years are sold at the school on the day of the reunion for R100 each or with a discount for purchases of a few magazines.

 
 

  1. You can also collect questionaires from the ladies for possible inclusion in the school magazine and you could use bits and pieces of them to make up a MEMORIES BOOK in print or digital version to share with your grade - see attached possible questionnaire but you can create your own with these possible questions.  It is also available to fill in on our website.

Name of Old Girl:            
Surname of Old Girl:       
Maiden Surname (if married):
Year Matriculated or year you would have matriculated at Riebeek if you had left school to go elsewhere:           
Did you study further after school?  (Where, what and when):
Where do you work and what is your profession, job title, position?  Tell us a  bit about your career path, highs and lows professionally.
Are you married?  When did you marry?  What is your husband’s name AND what is his profession?
Are you a mother?  If so, what are your children’s names and ages as at 1 December 2017:
Tell us a bit about yourself, your hobbies, your life:
What lessons did you learn at Riebeek?
What are some of your memories of Riebeek?
Which of the values of Riebeek have you kept throughout your life?
Which Riebeek OLD GIRL/ TEACHER had the greatest impact on you and how/why?
 
  Arrangements for Purchasing a Bee: Class of 1967 Fundraiser
Cost: R50
Orders: Email Renee Baard: reneebaard@gmail.com or phone her on 0727979369.
Payments to Heather (Brown)McEwan:  FNB Cheque Acc 62087282481;  Br Code - 210316. Reference – initial and surname, Old Girl/Staff/Learner
Bees will need to be collected on 5 May at Founder’s Day in the foyer at a table hosted by the Class of 1967.
Any queries, please contact Mrs Renee Baard.
Final date for payments and orders: 23 April
               

mRS RENEE BAARD OF THE CLASS OF 1967 VISITED RIBEEK

Mrs Renee Baard of the Class of 1967 celebrating their 50 year reunion visited the school on 27 March to promote the sale of a beaded bee for Founder’s Day 2017. She said, “ You cannot escape all that your years at Riebeek have meant to you – it is a part of your life that has given you the opportunity of a good education, taught you the meaning of values and the chance to form many friendships. Founder’s Day is a day set aside to honour the start of this school and the people and staff, present and past; an opportunity to meet with old friends again and teachers who were part of your schooling; and most importantly visit your home away from home. It is also a time when you can give back a little to your school by sharing some of your experiences with everyone. I hope our Busy Bee group continue to enjoy many more years of association with this institution.”
The 50 year reunion group, the Class of 1957, is a particularly lively group who have undertaken the support of a community upliftement project of ordering beaded bees (the emblem of our school includes a bee) and selling these to raise funds for the school.
In its 140 years, Riebeek has celebrated many milestones and developments and is justifiably proud of the girls who have walked the corridor of this school and have taken to heart its teachings of compassion, communication and striving to make a meaningful contribution to your community.
Old Girls from the Classes of Class of 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1967, 1957 will be joining us on 5 May at the school for a programme that includes hockey, tea and the Founder’s Day assembly followed by a reunion groups’ lunch at the Golf Club.

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Principal's welcome - founder's day 2017

BY Mrs K. Stear

Our guest of honour, Zikhona Bali,
Those who hold the premier award of the school, the Freedom of Riebeek College,
Special guests, especially our reunion groups and two past Principals, Mrs Natalie Stear and Mrs Marilyn Woods
Ladies and Gentlemen
and Ladies of Riebeek College.
 
I welcome you all to this 29th Founders Day Service and the anniversary of the founding of our school 140 years ago. Marcus Garvey said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots.” How wonderful it is to have the opportunity of uniting the past and the present by honouring our roots, our past history. What a privilege it is to pay tribute to all those who have made a contribution to Riebeek College because our 140 years of success is after all the sum of all the contributions of our founding father and all who have been a part of its history.
 
It is a time when we remember with gratitude the founder of Riebeek College, Dominee Braam Steytler of the NG Kerk in Uitenhage, who gave his name to the town of Steytlerville. He planted the seeds and gave Riebeek her roots in his drive to establish a quality school for girls. Fortunately, for all of us his efforts were successful and Riebeek continues to thrive as she grows.
 
Back then, 140 years ago, women were considered to be inferior to men. Can you believe that, girls? Men better than women? I don’t think so. Life was not easy for women in those days. They had to endure sexism on a daily basis.
Women were only admitted into universities for the first time in the late 1870s and we are proud  that one of our former Principals, Mrs Agnes Thomson, was the first woman in South Africa to gain a degree. In 1889 she completed her Masters Degree with distinction at Cambridge University. However, she only had her degree conferred upon her 60 years later as no woman in the 19th century was allowed to receive such a degree.
 
It was in 1930 that women in South Africa were allowed to vote, and sadly African women had to wait even longer. Married women teachers were only given professional status in 1980. These married women were paid less than their male counterparts and could not be part of the permanent staff until the 1980s. Thus, we ought to be grateful to our founder for recognising the need to educate women.
 
In addition to our founding member and the NG Kerk, we pay tribute to all the past Principals who helped to shape the history of this school. We are honoured to have 2 past Principals here today. Mrs Natalie Stear, Principal from 1988 to 2000, and also my Mother-in Law. In her tenure, the tradition of a Founder’s Day Service was started, in 1988. In addition to this, she oversaw Riebeek College being the first then Model C school to vote to open her doors to all races in 1990. The second past Principal present here today is Mrs Marilyn Dodd Woods. During her time as Principal, she coined the phrase, “Once a Riebeek Girl, ……. …. rooting us in another proud tradition. The new admin block was built and named the Marilyn Dodds Woods Wing and we all became familiar with the fruit of the spirit.
 
Riebeek continues to produce admirable young woman who make us proud of our roots. These young women have discovered, that like a tree, you have to find your roots and then you can bend in the wind. 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. And in future years I will look forward to reading out the names of the girls seated here in the hall who I know are going to go out there and make a great impact.
 
We have a number of staff members at Riebeek College who now teach at their Alma Mater. They are Mrs Skeates, Miss Johnson, Miss Hattingh, Mrs Chrysostomou , Mrs Woods, Mrs Stroebel, Mrs Peltason and Mrs Gerber. The fruit has not fallen far from the tree! Mrs Boscombe and Mrs Barnard in the Admin block and Mrs Wilkinson from the Aftercare at the hostel,are also Riebeek Old Girls. That makes a total of 8 Old Girls teaching at Riebeek and 11 in total working here.
A number of the staff’s children have also been educated at Riebeek College; Mr.Reynold, Mrs Stark, Mrs Elie, Mr Jonas, Mrs Myburgh, Mrs Bean, Mrs Pelatason, Mrs Boscombe, Mrs Wilkinson and my own 2 elder daughters were schooled at Riebeek. My eldest daughter, Clare, who was deputy Head Girl in 2002 , is here today and is celebrating her 15th school reunion.
 
THE BEE:
The silver bee that I am wearing, has become part of the culture and tradition of Riebeek College. It has become a tradition to read Mrs Rose Loggenbergs Hatman’s letter written in 1999 recounting the origin of the Silver Riebeek “Bee” Pin motif. She wrote:
 
“Miss Brehm, who was a staff member of the school, while on a visit to London, commissioned a jeweler to fashion the “Bee” into a brooch, intending that it be worn as part of the school uniform. This idea proved to be non-feasible and she contented herself that only one be made for her. One day, while on a visit to our home, she presented this to my sister, Dorothy, who treasured it as a gift from a valued family friend. Subsequently, Dorothy handed “The Bee” to Miss Bartlett, intending it should be held in trust for each succeeding Headmistress of Riebeek College to be worn when the occasion deemed it fitting. I think this was a happy gesture lending an added charm to the tradition. It only remains for me to wish you a most successful, memorable and joyous linking of hands with the past on this day, and that Riebeek College continues its successful path into the future”.
 
In welcoming you today to this linking of hands with the past, I am proud to be standing here  as the 15th lady principal of Riebeek College. I have no doubt that Riebeek will flourish in future years as her roots are well grounded.
So I encourage each one of you to be like a tree;
Stay grounded
Connect with your roots
Turn over a new leaf
Bend before you break
Enjoy your unique natural beauty
Keep Growing.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Introducing the guest Speaker

BY Mrs K. Stear

ZIKHONA BALI – introduction by the principal
Zikhona Bali matriculated from Riebeek College in 2007 and is celebrating her 10th School Reunion today. While at school, Zikhona was a school prefect, and served on the drama committee and dance committee. She studied Media Studies and Journalism at Boston Media House, from 2008-2010. Thereafter she worked as a Photographer, a Writer, and a Marketing and PR assistant. In her matric year, her peers recorded that their “drama queen gave an outstanding performance in Master Harold and the Boys” by Athol Fugard in the annual drama show, Impi.
In July 2014, she made her screen-acting debut as Ziyanda in Mfolozi Street and played the same role in 2016 in Season 2.  She has appeared in a number of television series; with roles in the Mzansi Magic soapie, Zabalaza, the e.tv soapie Rhythm City and the SABC2 sitcom Gauteng Maboneng.
 
Zikhona played the lead role in an episode of the e.tv drama anthology series eKasi: Our Stories entitled "Thula Thula", about an ambitious young girl whose plans are derailed when her Uncle abuses her. The
episode first aired in January 2016.  In the same year she guest starred in the fourth season of the e.tv drama series Umlilo.
 
In October 2016, she landed her first starring role on television, on the Mzansi Magic teen drama series Is'thunzi, which follows the exploits of four girls who call themselves "Ninjas". She plays Londi, a young
wife who defies her in-laws by returning to school to get her matric.” The show has been praised as a breath of fresh air in the way that it was able to tackle sensitive issues that South Africans face daily.
 
 
 
This is what various revues have to say about her:

  • “Bali is a natural on screen and has a charm that will take her far.”
  • “She is young, black, beautiful and immensely talented.
  • “we see a bright future for this young starlet.”
  • her performances have been hailed as “great and compelling.”

Her matric profile indicated her motto was “Don’t forget where you come from and don’t forget yourself”. We are pleased that Zikhona has not forgotten where she came from and that this humble, endearing young lady with a incredible work ethic and loyalty, was able to get away from her tight filming schedule to be with us today.
Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you Zikhona Bali.
 

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founder's day - riebeek soars

BY Heather Wilkinson

A breath-taking, radiant morning marked the beginning of our highly anticipated 140th Founder’s Day celebration. The Old Girls ceremoniously entered their alma mater radiating pride and enthusiasm as memories of school days past flooded their minds and rekindling of old friendships warmed their hearts. They were eagerly greeted by the youthful smiles of their successors and the open arms of their past teachers and class mates.
Upon entering the school foyer they were greeted with past and present school magazines, collages commemorating the various reunion groups and continuous camera flashes intent on documenting and preserving every moment. The adorable bees, Vicky Hoffman and Lindokuhle Mbanga, were a particular favourite of the visitors and no one was immune to their charm. They were lovingly supervised by their “prefect mother” Claire van Rensburg, who made sure her bee babies were kept warm within her blazer.
The traditional hockey match between the Senior 1st Hockey Team and the Old Girls’ Hockey Team was soon underway. The various grades watched from the side-lines, showing their support during this intense match and eagerly waiting for the first goal to be scored. The Senior 1st Hockey Team drew 1-1 with the Old Girls’ Hockey Team and both teams received explosive cheers when scoring their well-earned goals. At the end of the match both teams were red-faced and exhausted, but the sportsmanship between them was clear as the players hugged, laughed and complimented each other’s technique whilst trying to catch their breath.
The guests were then treated to the junior school formation on the bottom hockey field. The girls arranged themselves and proceeded to perform their well-rehearsed dance to the upbeat song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake. Their adorable smiles and enthusiasm also received appreciative applause from their audience as they completed their tribute to the school.
As everyone entered the hall they watched the Riebeek Soars promotional video which ended with line “Riebeek gives you wings”. During the assembly all ears were delighted by the melodic voice of Miss Mintoor, a teacher at Riebeek, who performed a hymn for Mrs Stear and the senior choir’s canorous performance received a standing ovation from all in attendance.
The performances were followed by the reading of memories which each reunion group wished to share with the girls. Everyone laughed and cheered as stories of drama productions, teachers and friendships were shared and enjoyed. After listening to stories from the class of 1967 and ending with stories from the class of 2007, it is clear that although uniforms have changed, teachers have retired and girls have moved on, the Riebeek girl spirit never changes. The morals, values, integrity and lively spirit we gain during our time at Riebeek never leaves us, nor does it change as generations pass. It is clear that Riebeek girls have always been pioneers and innovators, changing their world with their love and passion for life and bringing smiles to the faces of those around them.
The Class of 1967, with their reunion co-ordinator Mrs Rene van Rooyen Baard, had 19 ladies in attendance to celebrate their golden reunion. There were 20 ladies from the Class of 1977 in attendance to celebrate their 40 year reunion thanks to their reunion co-ordinators Lesley Bright Young and Mrs Terry van Vuuren Hattingh. The Class of 1982 celebrated their 35 year reunion with their reunion co-ordinator Debbie Thompson Mattioda and 14 ladies attended. The Class of 1987 celebrated their 30 year reunion with head girl and reunion co-ordinator Claire Soine Breetzke and 16 ladies who attended. There were 22 ladies from the Class of 1992 who marked their 25 year reunion. The 20 year reunion group was the Class of 1997 with 13 ladies who were in attendance and Bernadette Meiring as their reunion co-ordinator. The Class of 2002 celebrated their 15 year reunion with reunion co-ordinator Lindsay Flanagan and 16 ladies in attendance. The Class of 2007 celebrated their 10 year reunion with reunion co-ordinators Kelly Dido and head girl Ashanti Heugh (who, unfortunately, was unable to attend). 
The guest speaker, Old Girl Zhikona Bali, inspired and motivated the girls with her words of encouragement and advice on how to achieve your dreams. As an accomplished actress on numerous television programmes she understands the struggles which accompany achieving your goals since she has survived and thrived in a very competitive industry. Her success and humble attitude makes her a role model to many of the girls and her advice has further fuelled the girls passions and aspirations.
Zikhona Bali matriculated from Riebeek College in 2007. While at school, Zikhona was a school prefect and served on both the drama and dance committee. She studied Media Studies and Journalism at Boston Media House from 2008-2010. Thereafter she worked as a Photographer, a Writer and a Marketing and PR assistant. In her matric year, her peers recorded that their “drama queen gave an outstanding performance in Master Harold and the Boys” by Athol Fugard in the annual drama show, Impi. In July 2014 she made her screen-acting debut as Ziyanda in Mfolozi Street and played the same role in 2016 in Season 2.  She has appeared in a number of television series; with roles in the Mzansi Magic soapie, Zabalaza, the e.tv soapie Rhythm City and the SABC 2 sitcom Gauteng Maboneng. Zikhona played the lead role in an episode of the e.tv drama anthology series eKasi: Our Stories entitled Thula Thula, about an ambitious young girl whose plans are derailed when her Uncle abuses her. The episode first aired in January 2016.  In the same year she guest starred in the fourth season of the e.tv drama series Umlilo. In October 2016, she landed her first starring role on television on the Mzansi Magic teen drama series Is'thunzi which follows the exploits of four girls who call themselves "Ninjas". She plays Londi, a young wife who defies her in-laws by returning to school to get her matric. The show has been praised as “a breath of fresh air” in the way it was able to handle sensitive issues that South Africans face daily. There are advertisements that Zikhona has appeared in on the African continent and there is a short clip circulating on the internet where Zikhona conveys in a few seconds with only a roll of the eyes and a hesitant look at her complaining mother more than an entire script of dialogue. Her matric profile indicated her motto was “Don’t forget where you come from and don’t forget yourself”. We are pleased that Zikhona has not forgotten where she came from.
A special thank you to the junior prefects who assisted at the luncheon at the Uitenhage Golf Club, the senior prefects who were ushers on the day, the media committee, First Aid, Mrs Gerber and the teachers who helped organise the event. Our thanks is extended to the RCL who distributed the birthday doughnuts and juice to the Riebeek girls and Carleen Braun for running a photo booth for the Old Girls. We also thank Miss Hattingh who arranged the delicious luncheon and stunning décor which catered for over 120 Old Girls. Each lady received a Riebeek branded gift of lip ice with a beautiful reunion poem.  The venue was beautiful with pink and white balloons, fairy lights and touches of magic.
When the time came to part ways the nostalgia and joy had not yet left the hearts of many of our Old Girls. They left Riebeek with plans of further lunches and get togethers on their lips, intent on continuing the pure happiness which had consumed them throughout the day. It is definitely true that once a Riebeek girl, always a Riebeek girl.

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 May 07, 2017
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Heather Wilkinson

Founder's Day 2017

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meet our guest speaker

Zikhona Bali – Class of 2007

  • - Outstanding performance in her matric year in an extract from Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard in the Impi drama production.
  • - Senior prefect, play director, Dance and Drama Committee
  • - Her parting advice in her matric profile was “Don’t forget where you come from and don’t forget yourself.”

 
“Bali is a natural on screen and has a charm that will take her far.”
The Star 3 January 2017
Zikhona Bali as #WCW on online entertainment site: “She is young, black, beautiful and immensely talented so you know we had to put her on this. In case you don’t know who Zikhona Bali is, she is an actress who is best known for her portrayal of Ziyanda in Mfolozi Street, a SABC 1 drama series.
The beauty holds a diploma in Media Studies and Journalism at Boston Media House. She has worked as a photographer, writer as well as a marketing and PR assistant. Beauty and brains I tell you!
Her other roles include Palesa in the Mzansi Magic soapie Zabalaza and the SABC 2 sitcom, Gauteng Maboneng as Anda. She also guest starred in the e.tv series Umlilo and soapie Rhythm City. All this happened back in 2015.
Last year proved to be a great year for the incredible actress as she was cast as the lead in a short story titled Thula Thula for e.tv’s eKasi: Our Stories.
She was also cast in the Mzansi Magic teen drama, Is’thunzi, her first starring role as Londiwe. The show has been praised as a breathe of fresh air in the way that it was able to tackle sensitive issues that South Africans face on the daily. It has been rated up there with legendary shows such as Soul City and Home Affairs- now that is major. Bali’s performance on the show was also hailed as great and compelling. 
The show recently ended but we can confidently say that we see a bright future for this young starlet.”
http://www.zkhiphani.co.za/zikhona-bali-is-our-wcw/
 
“Zikhona Bali is a South African actress best known for her recurring role as Ziyanda on the SABC1 drama series Mfolozi Street. Having matriculated from Riebeek College Girl's High School, she did a Diploma in Media Studies and Journalism at Boston Media House, from 2008-2010. After that she worked as a photographer, writer and marketing and PR assistant. In July 2014 she made her screen acting debut as Ziyanda in Mfolozi Street, a role she reprised in Season 2, in 2016. In 2015, Zikhona appeared in a number of television series with roles in the Mzansi Magic soapie Zabalaza, the e.tv soapie Rhythm City and the SABC2 sitcom Gauteng Maboneng. Zikhona played the lead role in an episode of the e.tv drama anthology series eKasi: Our Stories entitled "Thula Thula", about an ambitious young girl whose plans are derailed when her Uncle abuses her. The episode first aired on Monday 11 January, 2016. In the same year she guest starred in the fourth season of the e.tv drama series Umlilo. In October 2016 she landed her first starring role in television, on the Mzansi Magic teen drama series Is'thunzi, which follows the exploits of four girls who call themselves "Ninjas". She plays Londi, a young wife who defies her in-laws by returning to school to get her matric.”
Television Roles
Show
Character
eKasi: Our Stories - Season 6
Thula
Gauteng Maboneng - Season 2
Anda
Generations - Season 1
Dambisa
Is'thunzi - Season 1
Londiwe
Mfolozi Street - Season 1
Ziyanda
Mfolozi Street - Season 2
Ziyanda
Rhythm City - Season 1
Guest Star
Umlilo - Season 4
Abigail
Zabalaza (2013) - Season 3
Palesa
 
https://www.tvsa.co.za/actors/viewactor.aspx?actorid=17628

guest-speaker

Buy your bee

Support the Class of 1967

Class of 1967 Fundraiser: R50
Arrangements for Purchasing a Bee:
Orders: Email Renee Baard: reneebaard@gmail.com or phone her on 0727979369.
Payments to Heather (Brown)McEwan: FNB Cheque Acc 62087282481; Br Code - 210316. Reference – initial and surname, Old Girl/Staff/Learner
Bees will need to be collected on 5 May at Founder’s Day in the foyer at a table hosted by the Class of 1967.
Any queries, please contact Mrs Renee Baard.
Final date for payments and orders: 23 April

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There will be an Old Girls’ Lunch at the Uitenhage Golf Club at 12.30 for 1 on 5 May 2017 at a cost of R140 for a three course meal. Reunion groups are especially requested to attend.
 Make a payment with the reference being your surname followed by year of your reunion group.  Proof of payment MUST be forwarded to bursar@riebeekcollege.co.za along with any seating, dietary requests, maiden name/ married name and class year.  Do cc your reunion co-ordinator when confirming payment.
SCHOOL BANK DETAILS:
ACCOUNT NAME:  RIEBEEK COLLEGE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
ACCOUNT NUMBER:    539 712 843 52
BANK:  FIRST NATIONAL BANK, UITENHAGE
BRANCH CODE: 210 316
REFERENCE: SURNAME, REUNION YEAR EG SMITH’77/ZUMA’07
 
 

About the only thing that you can do at this stage and until about April when we are about ready to share lunch details etc is wait; but these aspects can also keep you active until then:

  1. Please promote the hockey festival to your group We are excited that our annual Hockey Festival will be on 6 May and hope that the Old Girls will support.  We particularly hope that the Class of 2007 will all be at the Hockey Festival as it is organised by one of your class, Miss Theresa Bezuidenhout Woods.
  2. Collect all the particulars of the Class with first names maiden names and married names (if applicable) and email addresses and then indicating on the list who is attending and who is not, who is coming from far and any information about the Old Girls that could be interesting to share with the school
  3. Collect photographs (scanned in for digital versions) for sending to me; and create the posters for the boards for display in the foyer on Founder's Day  - these posters go up on the day or the day before:  The measurements of our black boards are 1.37m (height) by 900cm (width) and we have larger white trestles that measure 1.2 m(width)  by 1.8 m (height).
  4. Be the cheerleader for the group begging and persuading ladies to attend Founder's Day.
  5. Encourage the ladies to have a Woolworths My School card with Riebeek as the beneficiary. You can apply online at https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply.  Partner outlets include Altech Netstar, Cartridge Recycling: greenOFFICE, Engen, kalahari.com, MegaMobi, MySchool Holidays, Power24.co.za, Reggies, Toys R Us, Waltons, Woolworths, Woolworths Rewards.
  6. Encourage the ladies to LIKE and SHARE our posts on the official Riebeek facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RiebeekCollege (look for the badge as the icon) 7. Encourage the ladies to visit our website. Please visit Riebeek at our website https://www.riebeekcollege.co.za 8. You can also collect questionaires from the ladies for possible inclusion in the school magazine and you could use bits and pieces of them to make up a MEMORIES BOOK in print or digital version to share with your grade - see attached possible questionnaire but you can create your own with these possible questions:

Name of Old Girl:            
Surname of Old Girl:      
Maiden Surname (if married):
Year Matriculated or year you would have matriculated at Riebeek if you had left school to go elsewhere:           
Did you study further after school?  (Where, what and when):
Where do you work and what is your profession, job title, position?  Tell us a  bit about your career path, highs and lows professionally.
Are you married?  When did you marry?  What is your husband’s name AND what is his profession?
Are you a mother?  If so, what are your children’s names and ages as at 1 December 2017:
Tell us a bit about yourself, your hobbies, your life:
What lessons did you learn at Riebeek?
What are some of your memories of Riebeek?
Which of the values of Riebeek have you kept throughout your life?
Which Riebeek OLD GIRL/ TEACHER had the greatest impact on you and how/why?
 
We are looking forward to seeing you.
Warm Riebeek Regards
Sandra Gerber
 
Here is an example of what we generally require from the reunion co-ordinator and comes from last year’s planning (some arrangements may change but this should give you some indication for your planning)
General Information for Old Girls:
The Principal and Staff of  Riebeek College Girls’ High School  invite you to join them in celebrating their Founder’s Day.  The traditional hockey match between the School’s First Team and an Old Girls’ Team will be played at 08:15 on the College Field.  Tea will be served in the Beehive Student Centre at 09:30 and the official reunion photographs will be taken between 9.30 and 10 on the stands at the hockey field.  There will be a special assembly at 10:30 in the Sholto McIntyre Hall.  There will be an Old Girls’ Lunch at the Uitenhage Golf Club at 12.30 for 1 at a cost of R120 (COST FOR 2018 TO BE CONFIRMED CLOSER TO THE TIME AS WELL AS THE VENUE) for a three course meal.  Proof of payment for the lunch should be forwarded to bursar@riebeekcollege.co.za and any seating and dietary requests for the lunch should be forwarded to info@riebeekcollege.co.za
SCHOOL BANK DETAILS:
ACCOUNT NAME:                                      RIEBEEK COLLEGE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
ACCOUNT NUMBER:                                539 712 843 52
BANK:                                                            FIRST NATIONAL BANK, UITENHAGE
BRANCH CODE:                                         210 316
Reference:                                                    your surname, year of reunion
All past pupils of Riebeek are invited to attend all the events of the day, with the reunion groups especially requested to attend.  Reunion groups are also especially requested to attend the lunch.
Note that copies of magazines of your year (if available) and other years are sold at the school on the day of the reunion for R100 each or with a discount for purchases of a few magazines.
We urge all our Old Girls to use the MY SCHOOL CARD and to have Riebeek as a beneficiary.  MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is one of South Africa's biggest fundraising programmes and allows you to make a difference, just by shopping. Every time you use your card at any of the partner stores they'll give back a percentage of your purchase value, on your behalf, to Riebeek at absolutely no cost to you!  Get your free card today. Every swipe counts!  You can apply online at https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply.  Partner outlets include Altech Netstar, Cartridge Recycling: greenOFFICE, Engen, kalahari.com, MegaMobi, MySchool Holidays, Power24.co.za, Reggies, Toys R Us, Waltons, Woolworths, Woolworths Rewards.
 
Please visit Riebeek at our website https://www.riebeekcollege.co.za and our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RiebeekCollege  (look for the badge as the icon)
 
Reunion co-ordinator for each reunion group: information
Reunion co-ordinators, please note

  • We will require your assistance in making sure that the official photograph is taken. 
  • There is a questionnaire for Old Girls on the website that Old Girls can fill in or each group can design their own and create a keepsake booklet for the girls in the reunion class.  Here are some questions you could use:

Name of Old Girl:             
Surname of Old Girl:      
Maiden Surname (if married):
Year Matriculated or year you would have matriculated at Riebeek if you had left school to go elsewhere:           
Did you study further after school?  (Where, what and when):
Where do you work and what is your profession, job title, position?  Tell us a  bit about your career path, highs and lows professionally.
Are you married?  When did you marry?  What is your husband’s name AND what is his profession?
Are you a mother?  If so, what are your children’s names and ages as at 1 December 2016:
Tell us a bit about yourself, your hobbies, your life:
What lessons did you learn at Riebeek?
What are some of your memories of Riebeek?
Which of the values of Riebeek have you kept throughout your life?
Which Riebeek OLD GIRL/ TEACHER had the greatest impact on you and how/why?
Any other comments

  • A display for the foyer is required.  The measurements of our black boards are 1.37m (height) by 900cm (width) and we have larger white trestles that measure 1.2 m(width)  by 1.8 m (height).
  • We request that you arrange name badges for the ladies in your reunion group.  A table will be set up at the student centre (next to the hockey fields) where you could place your name tags and distribute them.
  • Ladies who did not matriculate with the class but attended school with the class are welcome to be part of the reunion group.
  • Reunion groups who wish to make a donation to the school should contact Mrs Woods to discuss a specific item or could make a financial donation to Mrs Woods for her to allocate the funds to a project on our list.
  • Please email the following information to info@riebeekcollege.co.za :  photographs; names of those who have passed away between May 2014 and May 2015 (not necessarily from your class: first name, maiden name, surname, year of matriculating); names of  those who have travelled far, those who have passed away from your class and any special messages of goodwill or greetings from your reunion groups; a list of any special memories of your school years to include in our speeches, names of those attending. This can be sent in stages as you collate your information.
  • After the event, we ask for a school magazine article from you about the reunion and your school memories, some photographs form any follow up reunions you had over the weekend and assistance with the caption for the official photograph (which will be emailed to you).

 
Warm Riebeek Regards.  Looking forward to seeing you.

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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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