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loving animals and meeting miss snyman

BY Mrs B. Viljoen

Riebeek College Girls’ High School juniors from grade 4 to 7 have had the pleasure of meeting Tania Snyman, a Miss LuisterFM finalist.
She has done presentations with them on pet ownership and responsibilities. 
 
LuisterFM is a local radio station. They believe in giving back to the community. All finalists were given a project to collect as much cat or dog food as possible. All donations will be given to Domestic Animal Care, a non profit organization based in Port Elizabeth. Their mission is to assist and educate owners of domestic animals in impoverished and underprivileged areas on how to provide proper care for their pets, to treat injured, ill and infected animals and to arrange for sterilisation.
 
Tania Snyman believes that owning a pet teaches children responsibility, compassion, respect and trust. Her presentation to the Grade 4s informed them about all the do's and don'ts when it comes to domestic animals. They loved the video clip she showed them and they learnt about Domestic Animal Care through her powerpoint presentation. Most of all, she inspired the learners to make a difference by donating food and other items.
 
She is running a lucky draw competition with the juniors. For every item of food they bring to donate, their name gets entered. The winner will win 4 Debonairs pizzas to share with 3 friends.
 
We wish her the best of luck in her journey as a Miss LuisterFM finalist.

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 September 22, 2018
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well done, sara

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The Entrepreneurship Challenge is run by the Alan Gray Foundation. It is open to all Grade 8 to 12 learners in South Africa. More than 5000 learners compete. Three Riebeek learners are doing particularly well in the competition: Teneal Rudman and Sara Gopal are among the Top 30 and Jessica Craill is among the Top 100. These positions vary daily as learners compete on the internet. One of the challenges was a competition in itself - the Business Pitch Challenge. The top 7 learners of this challenge were invited to Cape Town to present their pitch in person. Sarah Gopal came second with her "Ice Cream Dream" pitch. Sara, in Grade 9, won a cash prize.  

Entrepreneurship Challenge (Alan Gray Foundation) wrote on their facebook page:

Challenge #24 of 60: #AGEC18 Pitch Contest  ?????
Thank you to SA Innovation Summit for hosting us so well as our top 7 pitched for their share of R50k!
After some seriously impressive pitches, our young entrepreneurs walked away with cash to help bring their business ideas to life! Well done to our winners:
1st - R25 000: Kai Parsons, Cedar House School  ????
2nd - R10 000: Sara Gopal, Riebeek College Girls' High School  ????
3rd - R7 000: Nina Lewis, Herschel Girls' School  ????
Top 7 Finishers. R2 000: Rabbi Gqabaza (Queen's College), Zoleka Nala (Durban Girls' High School est.1882), Tyler Park (Pretoria Boys High School), and Steven Panagiotidis (Rondebosch Boys' High School)  ?????
Shoutout to our incredible judges Neo Bhongolwethu Sonti, Alexandra Fraser, Paul Steenkamp, and Daniel Hampton for using their experience to help us make the tough calls!  ???? ????
Another step in a wonderful journey with Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and Allan Gray as we continue to invest in the vision for a South Africa in which entrepreneurs are numerous, celebrated, and savvy.  ???? ?????????

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 September 21, 2018
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grade 7s hold their market day

BY Mr de Beer

Grade 7 Entrepreneurs Day
It was a very busy day, particularly for the Grade 7 learners who were all so excited to start with their Entrepreneurs Day and sell their products to the rest of the school. The Grade 7s got to work immediately to set up each group’s stall.
There were 14 stalls all together namely: The Flamingos; Swinging 80’s; Pretty Young Divas; Unicorn Parade, The OG Rainbow Squad, The 90’s Anti-social Club, Minnie Mouse Sparkles; Minnie Mouse Ladies; Marvellous Creations, The Limelight Witches; Galaxy Girls; Tropical Girls; The Disney Girls; Dream Team.
The day was a fun-loving, hard-working and colourful day, packed full of marvellous ideas, creations and laughter. With music playing in the background, the selling and buying took place with such a burst of joy and enthusiasm that the whole day got brightened up tremendously.
The stall with the highest sales was the Limelight Witches with the Dream Team right on their tail.
Thank you to all the teachers, parents and guardians, who helped in making this Grade 7 Entrepreneurs Day a huge and undeniably true success.

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 September 10, 2018
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# W. R. A. K. = WEEK OF RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS...

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Grade 4s made thank you cards for Mrs Stear.
The Grade 5s wrote, practiced and performed an anti-litter song.
Mystery Encouraging Posters are popping up around the school.
The Grade 7s experienced the joy of Friend of the Week today. Each learner drew a random name from a jar and had to write a letter to their friend. These letters were shared in class and were filled with kind words and compliments. The girls embraced this meaningful bonding experience as they shared many hugs and laughs and even some tears with their classmates. They cannot wait to have a new Friend of the Week next week!
Hostel girls made tea for the staff. 
Gr 11s prepared tea for the ladies in the kitchen and gave them a break while they volunteered to wash dishes, serve tea and coffee, pack neatly, clean up, neaten up and spoil others. #inspired (The photos show that doing for others is a lot of fun!) #payitforward
Our newly elected Head Girl wrote a note and Mrs Viljoen gave it to a Grade 4. When the Grade 4 read the note, she told the class how wonderful it felt to read that you are loved and special. So, one class wrote to the other class and surprised them with an encouraging note for each girl in the class.
The matrics collected tinned food as an act of kindness before trials.
Gr 11s watched Juniors practice Creative Arts plays, gave tips and compliments.

 # W. R. A. K. WEEK OF RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: It is National Book Week and Mrs Stear took time out from the hectic office schedule to visit the Grade 4s to read books to them. 
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. - James Russell Lowell
Books are a uniquely portable magic. - Stephen King
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - W. B. Yeats
# W. R. A. K. WEEK OF RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: A group of Grade 11s volunteered to wash teachers' cars as an act of appreciation for all the teachers do for the Riebeek girls. 36 learners washed 16 cars. They report it was physically exhausting and their parents say that they will be asking them to do their cars too. Well done, Casey Els and the Grade 11s for this kindness. In return, teachers were asked to pay it forward and some teachers have made a donation to SPCA while others have undertaken another act of kindness.

# W. R. A. K. WEEK OF RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS... The Grade 7s thought it would be a great way to start the week by sharing their appreciation of the lovely tuckshop ladies. They surprised the dedicated ladies with hugs and thank you cards this morning. These ladies have an important job in keeping our girls fed and happy!

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 September 02, 2018
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mula project - going green

BY Monique Balie

The Going Green Club visited the Mula Project were they learnt that even "rubbish has value". The girls had an eye opening experience when they got to witness how much plastic and cardboard was brought in and learnt how far many of the Mula children had to walk to get to the Mula Project. The Riebeek girls donated noodles and canned foods to the Mula Shop. The experience was truly one that made an impact on the Riebeek girls and the volunteers at the Mula Project. A huge thank you to Ms S du Preez for taking the girls, the girls for their donations and the volunteers at the Mula Project for all the work and time they put in to make a difference.

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 September 02, 2018
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Worthy Women’s Conference: Glow@Father’s House

BY Hasti Pansuriya

On 17 and 18 August, 14 Riebeek Girls, accompanied by Miss S. du Preez and Miss R. Meyers, attended the Worthy Women’s Conference at Father’s House in Port Elizabeth.
Everyone had an amazing experience alongside some incredible perspective-shifting speeches and energised performances.
With guest speakers, Merle Heideman, Women’s Ministry Leader at Father’s House and Dr Caroline Leaf, cognitive neuroscientist and author all the way from the United States of America. It was especially mind-awakening when Dr Leaf related science and God so beautifully and logically.
There were amazing praise and worship sessions, panel discussions where women shared on their experiences and how God carried them through it.
Most of our girls went crazy for all the amazing merchandise sold and used al of their pocket money on inspirational books and quality t-shirts and jewellery.
The driving to and from the conference was tiresome, as we attended three sessions over the weekend. It was all worth it as the school’s minibus became pop-up make-up shop and makeover station. All so that the girls could look their utmost best at the conference. There was loud singing and chatting that made the trips to and from Uitenhage to Port Elizabeth so worth it.
It was incredible to gather with hundreds of women from all over the Eastern Cape, with one woman attending all the way from the USA. The fellowship was great, with a wonderful atmosphere, quality beverages and tantalising food.
Thank you to Miss R. Meyers and Miss S. du Preez for coordinating the conference and making it possible for us to attend this memorable event and for driving us safely to and from Uitenhage.

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 August 27, 2018
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Matric Celebration

BY Omhle Bissett

The theme “Childhood Dreams”  allowed the matrics to dress up as anything or anyone they wanted to be. Different childhood characters had come to life with matrics dressed up as Mickey Mouse, Kim Possible, Dora the Explorer, Harry Potter, Barbie, Po from Teletubbies, ballerinas and of course tooth fairies. The girls also took it to the next level by adding an element of danger with Lara Croft and Chucky coming to life. The girls’ aspirations had also been displayed through their costumes, with Miss Worlds, lawyers, police officers, freedom fighters, nurses, angels and a mom. Caitlyn Bagley as Barbie in a box was awesome. The jumping castle was the highlight of the day, solidifying the theme of “Childhood dreams”. The day was filled with surprises. The matrics were surprised by a video made by Mrs Gerber and the Media Club reflecting the past year at Riebee,k but that wasn’t the only surprise. The matric class surprised Mrs Gerber with a gift to show their gratitude for the hard work and effort she put in to making the day nostalgic and memorable for the matrics with the video. A memorable moment will definitely be when the matrics formed a circle and sang “Lean on me” and the Macarena and Cotton Eyed Joe dances. We would like to thank Mrs Stear for allowing us to have our trials warm up party and the jumping castle, Miss Meyers for the party packs that she and the Grade 8s organised, Mr Weidemann for the photographs taken and allowing his class to become our storage room and Mrs Gerber for  the help. Thank you to the Grade 4s to 7s for the Good Luck cards in our party packs!

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 August 26, 2018
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leadership 2019

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BALIE, MONIQUE
BOTHA, MEAGHAN
ELS, CASEY
EXFORD, AMEE
HOFFMAN, MALAKHIWE
KASMED, NURAAN
LUKIE, ZEENAT
MAJOMBOZI, SIHLUMILE
OWNHOUSE, GABRIELLE
RAYNERS, KEZLEY
SCHAMBRIL, AMY
SETLAI, BUSISIWE
SMITH, TAMIA
THYS, AMILA
VAN HUYSSTEEN, MACEYLA
ZWENI, EMIHLE


Deputy Head Girl Malakhiwe Hoffman and Head Girl Zeenat Lukie


House Captains 2019
Elizabeth Sihlumile Majombozi
Elton Monique Balie
Eleanor Maceyla van Huyssteen

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 August 26, 2018
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Mzanzi Youth, Let Hope Arise: Drama Production Review

BY Megan Potgieter

Mzanzi Youth, Let Hope Arise: Drama Production Review
By Megan Potgieter
The annual drama production was held on the 13th of August 2018 and was filled with celebration of culture, beaming with inspiration. The production showcased three stories of the youth of South Africa today, and showed the trials and tribulations within their lives.
We were firstly introduced to Nomzamo, a simple girl from the townships, who lives with her sister and her grandmother. Nomzamo has the responsibility of looking out for her sister, while making sure she works hard for her education. She grows up seeing her grandmother have parties and drink away their money, and has no other parental figure in her life, but this does not stop her from finally going to university and achieving her dreams.
Secondly, we meet Siyanda. An African boy, who has just turned eighteen. We see how he deals with the process of becoming a man and the things he has to reveal to his family. He and other boys come out as gay and show their pride, saying "I am black, I am a man, I am gay." They protest that being different makes you who you are, and this message was definitely one to remember. Zenande Daniels portrays the role of Siyanda amazingly, and truly brought the character to life.
Lastly, we meet Roshni. A modern Muslim girl growing up in a very traditional family. She too has dreams of going to university, but is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage to a wealthy business man by her mother, father and grandmother. Months after the wedding, it is revealed that Roshni is being abused by her husband, unbeknownst to her mother. In the last part of the story, she leaves her mother and husband to go to university and live like the smart and independent young woman she is. The development of the character from a strong, confident, fight-for-her-right girl to an ashamed and obedient wife was very well written and the actress, Alexandra Dennis, showed amazing stage presence and true talent.
Midway through the show, Miss Meyers (teacher-in-charge of Drama Committee) gave a small token of appreciation to the matrics working on the production, and thanked them for sacrificing their time to make the production the best one yet.
Between the scenes, we had two poetry performances. Our first poet was Buhlebezwe Williams and her amazing piano accompanist. Her poem spoke about African beauty and showed the true power of African woman. This performance brought many to tears and was beautifully spoken as well. Our second poem before the last scene was Hlumela Mjikwa on the crime in South Africa and the implications it has on the Mzanzi youth. This poem was an eye-opener and was enjoyed by the audience.
The final scene was a speech from Emihle Zweni, previous Head of Drama. She gave an emotional and heartfelt speech, thanking her cast and crew for being there for her on a bad day and Miss Meyers for being her rock and supporting her in the absence of her mother. Although she shed a few tears along the way, she truly spoke with love and made the 2018 Drama Production an event to be remembered.
When it came down to the process of writing the script, Emihle Zweni said "Writing the script was difficult, because to write a successful script you need inspiration, focus, and the input of other people as well." She also said, "Working together with the team of writers (Miss Meyers, Emihle Zweni, Simangalisiwe Mankayi, Phelisa kosi, Phumelela Kwanini, Thimna Mandla, Sindisiwe Mbhele, Kelebogile Douse) was amazing, because whenever I had a bad day, I knew that drama would make it better. When you walk into that hall and onto that stage, you feel happy and at home. And having that feeling is what makes a production successful."
Thank you to the Cultural Board, Mrs Stark and Mr Calitz for the assistance, the Supporter Moms who assisted in the tuckshop and front of house, the Media Club and Mr Weidemann for the photographs and media coverage, the staff who assisted and all who stepped in to do their part.

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 August 15, 2018
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eleanor house day 2018

BY Aton de Vos

The guest speaker for the Eleanor house assembly was Olwethu Mxoli, Riebeek College Old Girl of the Class of 2013. MIss Mxoli was recently announced as 1 of 100 Mandelas of the Future by News24. Olwethu is a published poet who also works with the Helenvale Poets and New Generation Poets Project is a creative writing project run by SADRAT (South African Development, Research And Training Institute) and the Bay Creative Writing Development Project. She works with under privileged children in the poverty and gang ridden Helenvale area of Port Elizabeth. The group meets once a week to write poetry about their lives, the hardships they are experiencing and their hopes and dreams. Sometimes under gunfire. She is involved in trying to put together a poetry anthology of their work and fundraising to get them to the Mac Gregor Poetry Festival in August. This will give people who do not know the hardships of the Helenvale community a small glimpse into the lives of these bright, funny and beautiful young lives. In 2017 Olwethu co-facilitated writing workshops for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the sinking of the SS Mendi. The workshops were offered to schools in under privileged arrears in Port Elizabeth including Helenvale Primer, Hillcrest Primary and Jarvis Gqamlana Primary. The workshop culminated in a book The Cold Sea (Mendi Poems). Olwethu was a co-facilitator of the School @home Chatty Winter School Program, the project run by the Nelson Mandela University offers extra classes during the school’s winter break. She wrote “I think if people took the opportunity to look beyond their circumstance, if for a moment they paused to see the people in Helenvale and other disadvantage communities instead of seeing the gangs and the violence, they would be surprised by the humanity and the kindness there. I chose to do my bit with writing because it’s what I’ve always done best but also because poetry is the true expression of the what it is to be human.” Olwethu has offered poetry workshops at her alma mater too. Her own writing is thought provoking and opens individual’s hearts as she touches on contemporary issues such as women abuse in her writing.
Olwethu thrilled the audience with one of her poems during her speech at assembly. She encouraged the audience to find their more and find it now. She encouraged the audience to write as there is a writer in everyone. Her speech was well delivered, passionate and exceptionally well received by the audience who hung on to her wise words and advice.
Eleanor house had a variety of fundraisers - They had a coffee bar and sold delicious treats such as caramel pancakes, hot chocolate and coffee. Rotis were also sold. Karaoke sessions were held during second breaks, thanks to Olwethu Dlutu's organisational skills. Learners were also given the opportunity to show off their artistic skills with the colouring-in competition. Winners of the colouring-in competition were Valentina Longari (12R) and Kamvalethu Xego (7R). Favours were sold and Mpumelelo Mpshe received the price for most favours. Our last fundraiser was the movie afternoon for Juniors.
Aton de Vos read the bible reading and Aziwe Booi said the prayer. Thank you to Head of Eleanor, Aton de Vos and Junior Head of Eleanor, Jiyaad Ravat, for arranging the fundraisers. Thank you to everyone who contributed and made it all possible.

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 August 07, 2018
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COMMITEE INDUCTION OVERVIEW AND COMMITTEE NAMES

BY Amy Schambril

"Riebeek College is a place where teachers encouraged us to break the status quo and define ourselves as we choose"–Adapted from High School Musical 3. Even though the theme for Induction party this year was American High school and the cliques in it, at Riebeek we believe that we all can be who we are and be it proudly. The day was filled with so much laughter, joy, and fun. The atmosphere right from start with the setting up during the breaks, could be felt by everyone in the hall, with the buzz of excitement and lovely music adding to it. The committees truly put a great effort into their tables and their outfits and everyone from the video gamers to the the art kids and everyone in between all looked magnificent! The teachers looked absolutely splendid in their uniforms as they all joined the festivities by dressing up as school pupils. Songs from High School Musical were played throughout the event which awoke the pre-teen in everybody's hearts and of course everyone sang their hearts out. Amazing food, amazing music and amazing committees all called for an amazing afternoon. The amount of cheering for the new committee members were testimony to how Riebeek ladies celebrate each other's success. The photo booths, cafeteria and "graffiti board" were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. Seeing as it was the matrics last induction it was only fitting that they and the rest of the ladies attending the party, sang the song I Gotta Go my Own Way, and we wish them all the best in the world and thank them for all that they have done for the Cultural Activities of the school. The Best Spirit Award went to the Grade 8 waitresses. Best Decor was awarded to the Media Club and Best Dressed went to SPCA. Congratulations to the new committees, and may the next year be a prosperous , enjoyable and lovely year. Special mention to Mrs Stark, Miss Hattingh, and Mrs Gerber for all they did behind the scenes to make the day such an extraordinary one. Thank you Amy Schambril, her supportive and kind family, her team of helpers and Miss Hattingh, for a wonderful High School themed Cultural Party!. Last week, Monique Balie and her team held a great leadership seminar. In two weeks, Casey Els and her team hold a cultural assembly. Sinovuyo Madlavu, Omhle Bissett and the Cultural Board have had a great and organised term of office and a busy term 3. Amy's words of thanks: Thank you to Mrs Stear, you don’t hear of many schools that have such fun events like this one or like any of our events on our Cultural calendar so thank you for allowing us to do it. Thank you to Cultural Board and MCs. Thank you to the lunch ladies. Special thank you to Busi Setlai for being my go to girl and also to my friends for always helping me and keeping me sane. A big thank you to my parents for all they did to make this day possible and for staying up all those nights to help me with PowerPoints and drawing posters . Thank you Mr Reynolds and his team for arranging the chairs and tables. To Mrs Stark for always giving a spark to my ideas and Mrs Gerber for all her suggestions, help and dedication to the Cultural Board, making it the smooth running machine that it is. Thank you so immensely much to Miss Hattingh, without your guidance I'd probably be standing here having withstood 5 meltdowns, luckily it was only two(kidding) . And to everyone who offered help even if it was just the smallest thing and of course to everyone who attended and made today so lovely! Thank you.
I want to leave you with this quote "All of you people, there is a big world out there... bigger than prom, bigger than high school and it won't matter if you were the prom queen, the quarterback of the football team, or the biggest nerd in school. Find out who you are and try not to be afraid of it”. So even though today was about cliques, I want you all to know that each and every one are you are perfect and unique just the way you are.


CULTURAL BOARD
Malakhiwe Hoffman (Computer Club Head and SPCA Head)
Sihlumile Majombozi (Choir Head)
Ababalwe Mbambani  (Going Green Head)
Lisakhanya Daniels (Debating Head)
Lisakhanya Maseti (Drama Head)
Casey Els (Evolutio Head)
Amee Exford (First Aid Head)
Chaneal Labercensie (Interact Head)
Tamia Smith (Library Head)
Romesa Muhammad (Media Head)                                         
Gabrielle Ownhouse (Phly thread head)                                                                                            
Kelebogile Douse (SCA Head)                                                    
Meagan Roos (Quiz Head)
Emihle Zweni
Sibabalo Mene
Amy Schambril                                                                               
Monique Balie
Liqhawe Nogampula                                                                    
Amila Thys 
Zeenat Lukie-Alpha Leo Rep
Tarryn Barry-Dance Committee Rep
Caitlin Peters
Kiara Brink
Jordan Oldham                                                                              
Thalitha Ngcanga
Tara Wood                                                                                      
Busisiwe Setlai
Nuraan Kasmed                                                                             
Taryn De Klerk
Kezley Rayners                                                                               
Erinn Kettledas
 HEAD: AMY SCHAMBRIL
DEPUTY HEAD: MONIQUE BALIE
ALPHA LEO COMMITTEE
Amila Thys
Zeenat Lukie
Jordan Oldham
Neve Burness
Siyamthanda Mbanga
 CHOIR COMMITTEE
Sihlumile Majombozi
Zezethu Mtirara
Anesipho Malinga
Siphosethu Malinga
Busisiwe Setlai
Noluntu Macanda
 DEPUTY HEAD: ZEZETHU MTIRARA
HEAD: SIHLUMILE MAJOMBOZI
COMPUTER CLUB COMMITTEE
Malakhiwe Hoffman
Liyabona Mgushelo
Zaraa Isaacs
Naseehah Dolley
Jade Rudman
Vishani Patel
Noluntu Macanda
Yonela Cakwebe
Sibabalwe Storm
Fatima Salie
 DEPUTY HEAD: LIYABONA MGUSHELO
HEAD: MALAKHIWE HOFFMAN
GOING GREEN
Ababalwe Mbambani
Mihle Mtyapi
Othandwayo Gaba
DEPUTY HEADS: MIHLE MTYAPI AND OTHANDWAYO GABA
HEAD: ABABALWE MBAMBANI
DANCE COMMITTEE
Tarryn Barry
Tatum Boswell
Lisakhanya Daniels
Alexandra Dennis
Kelebogile Douse
Zaraa Isaacs
Jamie Kayser
Brazil Kilian
Chaneal Labercensie
Thimna Mandla
Lisakhanya Maseti
Sindisiwe Mbhele
Sibahle Mtyingizane
Ganeefa Sirkhotte
DEBATING COMMITTEE
Lisakhanya Daniels
Unathi Butsaka
Mihle Mafongosi
 DEPUTY HEAD: UNATHI BUTSAKA
HEAD: LISAKHANYA DANIELS
 DRAMA COMMITTEE
Lisakhanya Maseti
Sibahle Mtyingizane
Yonela Qoqo
Yonela Cakwebe
Andisiwe Toyis
 DEPUTY HEAD: SIBAHLE MTYINGIZANE
HEAD: LISAKHANYA MASETI
 First Aid
DEPUTY HEAD: KEZLEY RAYNERS
HEAD: AMEE EXFORD
 Interact Committee
Chaneal Labercensie
Ganeefa Sirkhotte
Jamie Kayser
Malakhiwe Hoffman
Keely-Ann Maritz
Alwaba Mbusi
Taryn De Klerk
Thalitha Ngcanga
Cameron Jackson
Zhane Meintjes
Hasti Pansuriya
Sarah Bagley
Shaakirah Mallick
Cameron Zeelie
Mumtaaz Jacobs
 DEPUTY HEAD: MALAKHIWE HOFFMAN
HEAD: CHANEAL LABERCENSIE
 Library Committee
Tamia Smith
Amila Thys
Sibabalwe Storm
Thulisa Jam
Azraa Rockman
Robyn Minnaar
Mihlali Rasimeni
Kelebogile Douse
Sitha Kondile
Romesa Muhammad
Meledy Jones
Sibahle Mtyingizane
Thimna Loro
Kayla Kriega
Olwethu Bob
Alexandra Dennis
Jodi-Leigh Adamson
 DEPUTY HEAD: AMILA THYS
HEAD: TAMIA SMITH
Media Committee
Miacarla Tee
Hasti Pansuriya
Romesa Muhammad
Tara Wood
Megan Potgieter
Malakhiwe Hoffman
Siyamthanda Mbanga
Q-Lynn Davids
Azraa Rockman
Achumile Bashe
Liqhawe Nogampula
Chwayita Hanabe
Bilqees Vawda
 DEPUTY HEAD: MEGAN POTGIETER
HEAD: ROMESA MUHAMMAD
QUIZ COMMITTEE
Meagan Roos
Erinn Kettledas
Wade-Lee Muller
Kiara Brink
Asavela Sikwebu
Neve Burness
Jade Damons
Hasti Pansuriya
Buhle Tshaka
 DEPUTY HEAD: BUHLE TSHAKA
HEAD: MEAGAN ROOS
 SCA COMMITTEE
Kelebogile Douse
Jamie Kayser
Zhane Meintjes
Avery-Leigh Kayster
Georgia Ownhouse
Liqhawe Nogampula
Jordan Oldham
Tatum Boswell
Tarryn Barry
Maceyla van Huyssteen
Tamia Smith
Monique Balie
Amila Thys
Sibabalo Mene
Amee Exford
Gabrielle Ownhouse
Malakhiwe Hoffman
Busisiwe Setlai
Amy Higgins
Alexandra Dennis
 DEPUTY HEAD: JAMIE KAYSER
HEAD: KELEBOGILE DOUSE
 SPCA COMMITTEE
Georgia Ownhouse
Inganathi Konono
Miché Taai
Jadé Damons
Jaymee Swanepoel
Shaakirah Mallick
Likhona Ntsele
Mbali Phongoma
Luthandolwakhe Storm
Chevellé Ludeke
Keely-Ann Maritz
Kyla Harvey
Litha Hopa
Teneal Rudman
Malakhiwe Hoffman
Nuraan Kasm ed
Tara Wood
Amy Higgins
 DEPUTY HEAD: CHEVELLÈ LUDEKE
HEAD: MALAKHIWE HOFFMAN

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 August 06, 2018
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Social Media and The Law: Media Workshop

BY Megan Potgieter

A media workshop was presented by Valentina Longari on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 on social media and how doing the wrong thing online could change our lives forever.
Our first point was how adding unknown people on our Facebook or Instagram can be dangerous. She also said that even if you receive a friend request from someone that your friend knows, you should probably not accept it, because chances are that your friend doesn't even know that person. Everyone found this very helpful, because we could all relate to that situation somehow.
Our next point was how the laws in South Africa apply to cyber bullying and online harassment. It was very interesting to learn that SA has a law to protect victims against bullying online. Valentina then spoke about how the court deals with different cases of illegal online actions.
Our last topic was sexting and how even a picture in swimwear that could be viewed as suggestive can land someone in trouble if taken by a minor, of a minor or sent to a minor.
The girls found all the points very interesting and definitely learnt what to do and what not to do online to keep them safe.
Thanks go to Valentina Longari for an amazing and interesting presentation, Megan Potgieter for organizing the workshop, and all who attended.

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 July 29, 2018
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superhero leadership seminar 2018

BY Lisakhanya Daniels (additional reporting by Megan Potgieter and Sihlumile Majombozi)

You could feel the enthusiasm in the atmosphere as everyone (over 200) lined up, in the foyer, eagerly waiting to get in. After everyone attending the leadership seminar got their party packs and settled onto their seats (where a very informative booklet and a certificate of attendance was placed for them), this incredible day was kicked off with a few words from Mrs Gerber. She warmly welcomed everyone and informed us about what the leadership seminar was all about. She congratulated the Cultural Board on their excellent organisation - term 3 is busy for them with leadership seminar, inter-house plays, cultural assembly, voting procedures, cultural induction party requiring their excellent leadership. Soon after, the organiser and the brains behind this year's leadership seminar, Monique Baile introduced to us the house rules as well as the ice breaker. A group of talented grade 8 and 9 learners in their colourful tutus performed a dance and as the ice breaker - everyone in the hall had to join in the dance. It was so much fun! The girls wore colouful tutus and socks, and it definitely matched their bright attitudes while dancing. This year's leadership seminar theme was Superhero Schoolings.
Our superheroes (the matrics) dressed up in their favourite superhero outfit and shared lessons on how to be a superhero. Omhle Bisset, Octavia Johannes, Sinovuyo Madlavu, Valentina Longari, Aziwe Booi, Mateenah Langford, Phumza Mandla Chulumanco Mayi, Carleen Braun, Lara Naidoo and Ahlumile Nkume all gave great and inspiring speeches. They were nothing short of amazing. Lessons included how anyone can be a superhero by Omhle Bisset whereas she said, "Even if you don't have a superpower, all you need is hard work, determination and the realisation that we all have that spark to be a hero." Lara Naidoo made a speech on how to never give up and said, "If you fall down, then get back up and try again." Sinovuyo Madlavu highlighted how important it is to take responsibility and in her speech she said, "Being a leader means being responsible for what happens under your guidance." . One piece of advice from Valentina Longari was to be humble. She said that we should always always work to serve the greater good and not just yourself. Other lessons that were taught were to always improve, to trust your team and to never give up to failure.
After the last speaker, the members in charge of the technical aspect of the seminar, played an inspirational video about heroes; then it was break. I took this time to talk to some of the people who attended the leadership seminar about how did they feel about it so far and all the responses were positive. Inganathi Konono in 9C said, "It's very informative and very helpful to aspiring committee members." Thimna Mandla in 10G said, "It is very insightful and informs people about the characteristics leaders should have."
Here is an overview of the matric lessons:
Omhle Bisset (Batman) taught us that anyone can be a hero and that superpowers aren't needed all it takes is hard work. Octavia Johannes(Professor X) reminded us to always trust our team as leaders, Sinovuyo Madlavu( Wonder woman) gave an important lesson which was to take responsibility for your actions, Valentina Longari(Thor) reminded us that to be a leader you need to be humble, Aziwe Booi (Captain America) believed in order to be a good leader goals need to be set or you won't achieve success, Mateenah Langford (The Flash) taught us that in order to be a leader you need to be a prompt decision maker. Trusting your gut is a lesson we learnt from Phumza Mandla (Every superhero ever). After our quick break we resumed our lesson from our Matric superheros with Chulumanco Mayi (Hulk) helping us to realise that we can turn our flaws into strengths, Carleen Braun(Iron Man)taught us that a leader always has room for improvement, Lara Naidoo (Spiderman) motivated us to never give up to failure and Ahlumile Nkume (The Avengers) taught us that even a leader needs to call for backup.
Break was over and again, the amazing organiser of this event, Monique Baile was on the mic and told us we were then going to sing. The crowd joyfully sang to Fireworks by Katy Perry, The Climb by Miley Cyrus and This girl is on fire by Alicia Keys with the help of Chulumanco Mayi who sounded amazing. This event was then closed off by Mrs Gerber. She said, "This has been a very inspiring and feel good afternoon..." I couldn't agree with her more. Thank you to the all the Cultural Board members for making the 2018 leadership seminar a success. A special thank you to Mrs Ferreira for taking over the last bits of the clean up, the Balie family for sponsoring the snacks, the matrics who presented, the sound and visuals crew, the Cultural Board who set up at break and took on various roles. Thanks to Robyn Japhta who helped Monique Balie with the organising.

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 July 29, 2018
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inter-house plays

BY Azraa Rockman

There is no better way to truly display the inter-houses rivalry, passion, fire and on-stage talents of Riebeek’s drama queens than through the annual Inter-house Plays. The plays have become an event on our cultural calendar that learners, as well as the keen, talented actors of our school always look forward to. This year was no different. Our award-winning performers showed amazing spirit amongst their houses, wowing the audience as they presented silver screen worthy performances.
With Mateenah Langford and Khanyisa Phillip leading the audience through the event, as well as musical performances by Britney Lingham and Busuisiwe Setlai, the audience was kept entertained and excited as each house set up on stage. The plays were adjudicated by Mrs Nicole Smith Mohammed, Riebeek Old Girl and no stranger to the drama stage, with Ms Barnard, our beloved English teacher, with her to assist. 
The play directors, namely Zamakuhle Makhwabe (Elton), Robafatso Manyoro (Elizabeth) and Yolisa Sompuka (Eleanor) took tremendous amounts of effort and time into the plays to ensure that they had the audience captured. It is clear that no minute of rehearsals was wasted and that each cast member worked together beautifully amongst their houses in the time they had to practice.
The plays all followed a South African plot but had special elements that made each of them different. Elton, who had creatively displayed the life of young and older Winnie Mafikizela-Mandela in her time before and after the struggle of Apartheid, had wowed the audience and executed beautifully.  Elizabeth had showed off their musical talents in their rendition of the well-known South African classic, Sarafina. The girls entertained us with their vibrancy and charisma, but did not fail to remind us of the troubles of those who fought for freedom in the time of the Struggle. Eleanor House went for a more comedic side to our current affairs, bringing our world’s most powerful presidential leaders together for a nightmare sleepover gone wrong.                            
The performances received amazing responses by the audience and adjudicators alike. Elizabeth was awarded the Erica Gilmer Cup (for the best lighting, stage effects and set arrangements) as well as the Edith Dovey Award for Teamwork. However, Elton took the title as overall winner, earning the Edith Dovey Award and Sherril Chaplain Cup for Best Production. Congratulations to all the winners and to each cast member who was willing to put in hours of work in order to perform to the best of their ability.
Tremendous thanks goes to Mrs Mohammed for adjudicating the performances as well as to Ms Barnard for assisting her. Thank you to Colleen Braun and the Cultural Board for the large amount of effort put into the event and for ensuring that everything ran as smoothly as possible. Finally, thank you to the lighting and sound crew and to those who helped in the unseen preparation for working tirelessly towards making this event a success.  Thank you, Miss Meyers, who assisted with rehearsal supervision.


Results of the Inter-house Plays:
1.) The Riebeek College Old Girls’ Association Cup(for the best performance in a supporting role) 
Winner: Sihlumile Majomboz
2.) The Amanda Frost Trophy(for a dynamic cameo performance)
Winner: Emihle Zweni
3.) The Margaret Bowes Second Cup(for the second best actress)
Winner: Tamia Smith
4.) The Hilton Preston Cup(for the best actress)
Winner: Phumelela Kwanini
5.) The Erica Gilmer Cup(for the best lighting, stage effects and set arrangements)
Winner: ‘Winnie’ (Elton)
6.) The Edith Dovey Award(for teamwork)
Winner: ‘Sarafina’ (Elizabeth)
7.) The Edith Dovey Award & Sherril Chaplin Cup(for best performance)
Winner: ‘Winnie’ (Elton)

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 July 24, 2018
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Mandela day

BY Chwayita Hanabe and Hasti Pansuriya

In the spirit of Mandela Day, Riebeek College undertook various acts of kindness. The day started with the Grade 11s visiting the College Hill Grade 3s. In small groups, the Nelson Mandela story was shared with the boys and girls, another story book was read and pictures shown, and there was a discussion about superheroes, small acts each child could undertake at home like washing dishes or spending time talking to an elderly person. The Grade 11s made everyone proud with their great and animated behaviour and were well prepared for the tasks. The walk there and back was lively and fun, and the teachers were astounded to see the girls extend themselves in being excellent role models. Thank you to Mrs Marias and the College Hill staff. Riebeek left colouring in pages for the Grade 3s.
During school, some Grade 8s, accompanied by Miss Meyers and Mr Weidemann, handed out sandwiches and water bottles to those waiting at the clinic. The gratitude and smiles from the patients brought a sense of happiness to the girls' hearts. Thank you to the grade 12 girls who made the sandwiche; Miss S du Preez and Mrs Myburg for helping with the administration; grade 8 girls who accompanied Miss Meyers to Provincial Hospital's Out Patient Section; Mrs Gerber for making all of the main arrangements, and a special thanks to Mrs Klassen and Mrs Hoffman for receiving Riebeek with such hospitality and warmth. Thank you to Mr Weidemann for capturing our memorable moments and assisting the girls with handing out sandwiches and water to the patients.  When the Class of 1998 held their reunion in May, they donated funds to be used in the Mandela100@Riebeek100 Acts of Kindness campaign. Their contributions were used to prepare snacks for the Out Patients at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital. Thank you, Class of 1998 and head girl, Prof Kerry-Lynn Thomson.
After school, Mrs Stear, Mrs Viljoen and Mrs Stark gardened at the hospital potting hardy plants in flower pots at the entrance. Miss van der Westhuizen, Mr Jonas and Miss S du Preez accompanied an enthusiastic group to hand over toys to the children’s ward. They visited the children and accompanied the choir on their ward by ward performances. The senior choir sang two beautiful melodies on six wards making it a marathon performance, and the positive response from the audience of nurses, hospital visitors and patients was appreciated. Mrs Mapoma and Miss Mintoor accompanied the girls from ward to ward. It was goosebump moment after goosebump moment as the Choir drew crowds and the girls were professional in their performances. A group of girls visited patients and gave them cards and inspirational posters with Ms Barnard and Mrs Stroebel leading the way.
Riebeek College also had a special assembly to give tribute to all of Nelson Mandela’s acts, in which Mrs Stear said: “Nelson Mandela was born on this day, the 18th July, 100 years ago. In May 1994, he became the first president of South Africa to be elected by ALL the people. He was 75 years old and HIS journey to Freedom had ended. BUT, a new journey had now begun – a journey to build a new South Africa. This new journey requires all people to join hands and say we are ONE country, ONE nation, ONE people, marching together into the future. A future in which people of all colours will learn to live in peace. Nelson Mandela said these profound words: “Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.” There are many, many lessons to be learnt from Nelson Mandela. Some of the lessons that we can learn from Madiba: Never quit. Have patience. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. The strength of this ability makes our demands for things right now seem silly! Be willing to wait for things that are important to you. You can do it: Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” People are capable of so much more than they think they are. Knowledge is power. Another quote from Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Intelligence and kindness make you strong, not weak. Nelson Mandela said, “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” How is it that in today’s society, kindness and compassion are often mistaken for weakness? Often you find clever people trying make out that they are not so clever because they don’t want to be seen as a nerd. As Mandela points out, being smart and being kind make a person a force to be reckoned with. Forgive – It’s easy to stay angry and much harder to forgive. Mandela said that he knew when he was released from prison he would have to leave his bitterness and hatred behind him or else he would still be in prison – a prison of his own making. Finding the strength to forgive after even the most difficult of experiences is an ability that will make you stronger and happier. Sacrifice and give up of your time to help others. This will make the world a better place.”
Riebeek College has reached their goal of 100 acts of kindness but, they will continue to do acts of kindness in honour of Nelson Mandela. It felt so good to give back, that some girls wish it was Mandela Day every day and are determined to live by Mandela’s values!

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 July 22, 2018
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Mandela of the Future - Olwethu Mxoli

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Congratulations to Olwethu Mxoli, Class of 2013, who has been selected as 1 of 100 Mandela's of the Future by News24. Riebeek makes a difference.

We nominated a few of the superheroes of the Riebeek family in the News24 100 young Mandelas of the Future search. We are thrilled that Olwethu Mxoli has been selected. This is the email she received and the link to her profile on News24, followed by a profile of her work. We are so proud of our Riebeek superheroes who are making a difference. 
"Congratulations, you have been chosen as one of News24's 100 young Mandelas of the future. We have been inspired by your unbelievable efforts to make a difference in the lives of others and your persistence to achieve your dreams against all odds. You truly embody the spirit of what Tata Madiba stood for and make us all proud to be South Africans with the leadership, creativity, resilience, vision and compassion you show.
In honour of your achievement, your profile is being featured along with the other Mandelas of the future on News24's special homepage for this. You can find it here.
You are also eligible to participate in, and help shape, a new Naspers youth-focused social impact project that leverages the power of technology to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues youth face in our country. Please expect an email with more information during the coming months.
Until then, keep up the good work and continue to make us proud.
The News24 team"


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Olwethu is a published poet who also works with the Helenvale Poets and New Generation Poets Project is a creative writing project run by SADRAT (South African Development, Research And Training Institute) and the Bay Creative Writing Development Project. She works with under privileged children in the poverty and gang ridden Helenvale area of Port Elizabeth. The group meets once a week to write poetry about their lives, the hardships they are experiencing and their hopes and dreams. Sometimes under gunfire. She is involved in trying to put together a poetry anthology of their work and fundraising to get them to the Mac Gregor Poetry Festival in August. This will give people who do not know the hardships of the Helenvale community a small glimpse into the lives of these bright, funny and beautiful young lives. In 2017 Olwethu co-facilitated writing workshops for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the sinking of the SS Mendi. The workshops were offered to schools in under privileged arrears in Port Elizabeth including Helenvale Primer, Hillcrest Primary and Jarvis Gqamlana Primary. The workshop culminated in a book The Cold Sea (Mendi Poems). Olwethu was a co-facilitator of the School @home Chatty Winter School Program, the project run by the Nelson Mandela University offers extra classes during the school’s winter break. She wrote “I think if people took the opportunity to look beyond their circumstance, if for a moment they paused to see the people in Helenvale and other disadvantage communities instead of seeing the gangs and the violence, they would be surprised by the humanity and the kindness there. I chose to do my bit with writing because it’s what I’ve always done best but also because poetry is the true expression of the what it is to be human.” Olwethu has offered poetry workshops at her alma mater too. Her own writing is thought provoking and opens individual’s hearts as she touches on contemporary issues such as women abuse in her writing.
The 11 o'clock train 
By Olwethu Mxoli
On Tuesdays I take the 11 o'clock train
it's a twenty two minute walk
the last two minutes,
the short jump from the corner of Spar
to the station.
And I know
that no matter how bad my week has been
I will smile
and pretend not to notice him stare
at my breasts
and pretend not to be scared
when he insists on walking me
the rest of the way
I do not want to offend him
I do not want him to think I am rude
I do not want him to think that I think I am better
than him
because then he might grab me
by my hair
drag me behind the corner
kick me so hard I forget how to scream
then they'll take turns
him,
his friends...
I don't want to sit in a police station
for half an hour
while the man behind the desk fills out paperwork on stolen cellphones
certifies identity documents
while I replay it
over and over and over
How he shoved his fist down my throat
and I couldn't breathe
and I thought I was going to die
and I didn't want to die
with him inside of me
I don't want to sit in a courtroom
and listen to him say he didn't do it
listen to his friends say they weren't there
listen to the shopkeeper say he didn't hear me
scream
even as my vowels ripped the paint
from his walls
I don't want it to be
my voice vs his
because my skirt will always be too short
I'll always have had too much to drink
be too stuck up
I should have just said hi...
on Tuesdays I take the 11 o'clock train
it's a twenty two minute walk
the last two minutes I hold my breath
and pray he leaves me alone

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 July 06, 2018
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welcome back, mr de beer

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Mr Dirk de Beer returns to Riebeek College in Term 3. He will be assisting in the Junior School and his warm, friendly and respectful manner ensures that Riebeek is looking forward to welcoming him back. Here he tells us about himself:
I am a man of hard work, motivation, honesty and inspiration. The reason I chose to be an educator is because I see it as the opportunity to change many individuals’ lives from young age groups up to older more advanced age groups. I can teach life skills and knowledge that when taught well will ensure the success in every learner’s life.
I have a BComm Tourism and Business Management Degree that I obtained through MGI (Midrand Graduate Institute), now known as Pearson Institute. I am currently busy with my PGCE through UNISA. I went to Ryno Riff Primary school from Grade 1 to Grade 7 and I went to Generaal Hertzog High School and matriculated there.
I am a very active individual with a love for sports, and a passion for people and motivating and coaching everyone around me to activate their own individual unique power, to change the world by starting small and growing into the person they were destined to be.
My hobbies are dancing, cleaning, working hard, family, doing workouts at gym, socialising with friends and new people, and playing computer games with my friends when there is time.
I am also a caring and helpful individual who will “go the extra mile” to see all work that is done is done thoroughly. I want to make sure that everyone is satisfied and treated well, with the respect and dignity that they deserve. I am very keen to learn new skills, grow as a person and also work in a team.
In conflict situations I will always take the required and necessary steps and actions to resolve the problem or conflict that non-harmful to anyone.
 
 

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 July 05, 2018
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social responsibility 

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Where Love is All Around
Riebeek College Girls’ High School is a 141 year old school in Uitenhage that has nurtured Grade 4 to 12 learners to be positive agents of change in their communities. This school ethos leads to school events, collections and guest speakers that teach learners to take social responsibility to heart. It is said that to change the world, one should go home and love your family. The school’s focus on social responsibility leads to girls sowing seeds of love at home and positively impacting the community by giving of their love, kindness, time and talents in service of others. And that is how a Riebeek Girl attains the reputation of compassion that has become associated with the Riebeek name. 
Inspiring Words
Dr Muki Moeng, Dean of the NMU Faculty of Education, addressed girls at a special assembly celebrating the fundraising of Elizabeth House for the Mental Health Society. She challenged the girls to believe in themselves, achieve their goals and make a difference. She said, “It is a great pleasure for me to be here talking to young people who have the world waiting for them to make a contribution. I am intentionally positioning you as someone who must give and not expect to be given. Not to feel entitled that someone owes you your future. I believe that once you have the outlook of giving, that is when you find your passion. I am responsible for preparing and delivering well rounded teachers who are agents of social change and hope. That is what drives me every day. I am passionate about it because I know that it will make a difference and that I am contributing something towards society. I believe in your abilities to change the world and make it a better place for us all and future generations.”
Mrs Natalie Stear, former principal at Riebeek and the guest speaker at the annual Founder’s Day, said, “Anyone can be part of a life that matters. That is what we all desire - to leave some kind of legacy that someone lives a better life because of us. Even it if is to help only one fellow human being, it might be the most important action you have ever taken or the most meaningful words you have ever spoken. We should all desire to be part of a life that matters. It doesn’t take any particular skill – all it needs is caring and kindness.”
Our Ubuntu Project: Mandela100@Riebeek100 Acts of Kindness 
Ubuntu is Riebeek’s 2018 theme and is about humanity, a community spirit and compassion for others. At a project launch assembly, Riebeek made 2018 a year of service and love for others. It being the centenary year of the birth of Nelson Mandela, who lived by the values of Ubuntu, Riebeek committed to honour Tata Madiba by making every day a Mandela Day with a Mandela100@Riebeek100 Acts of Kindness. 
These acts have included assisting the Rape Crisis Centre, the Uitenhage People’s Old Age Home, Bayworld, soup kitchens, the Uitenhage SPCA, Uitenhage Child Welfare, Reach for Recovery, Mula Recycling Shop, to name a few. Riebeek provided a cake for Rosa Munch Old Age Home, made sandwiches for two schools in Rocklands, worked at the CANSA relay, collected books for Redhouse Primary, visited Aandmymering Retirement Home to hand out flowers, made hospital packs for needy patients, undertook a beach clean up, and other acts of doing. Riebeek also celebrated kindness displayed in a seemingly small way that can make a big impact: inter-connectivity compliments were composed, learners helped clean up around the school, offered their time to lighten the load of a friend or teacher, mentored struggling learners, volunteered to help coach younger teams, made and gave out cards and gave treats to classmates on their birthday.
Nelson Mandela said, “Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation.” Riebeek embraces cultural heritage with an amazing Choir that attained gold at the ATKV regional round with a selection of traditional and ethnic songs and an annual Cultural Day where girls dress up in a culture to demonstrate tolerance and celebrate diversity. There are colourful and harmonious moments!
Mandela in every Generation
Riebeek has also explored the “Mandela in every Generation” ideas of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. From Grade 4, Linathi Netnou wrote, “ Being kind to all people is essential and by practicing kindness, we are walking in Tata Madiba’s footsteps.” and Caitlyn Kent – Brown wrote, “By picking up litter, we are participating in environmental acts of kindness. We should continue to make our schools and surrounding areas a better place to live for all people.” From Grade 7, Aeryn Ferreira wrote, “Like Madiba, we should use kind words to shine light in dark situations.”. and Kate-Lynn Forbes wrote, “Nelson Mandela’s life inspires me to lead by example and encourages me to make every day a better day. Madiba wanted us to stick together and be united” Busisiwe Setlai in Grade 11 said, “Nelson Mandela’s legacy should be treasured because of his kind-spirited heart - he never hesitated to give to others. I believe that I too can bring change through song and dance to bring healing.” 
Send Me
Hugh Masekela’s song, ‘Thuma Mina’ is held close to the hearts of Riebeek learners:
“I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around
When they triumph over poverty...
I wanna lend a hand...
Send me.” 
Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek, said, “Let’s put our hands up and say ‘send me’ to make every day a Mandela Day, of service above us, of us rather than me, of love not hate, of caring not entitlement, of doing good to make the world a better place.”
 

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 July 05, 2018
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saying goodbye to Mrs T. Woods

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Farewell to Mrs Theresa Woods:
There is something endearing and contagious about the positivity of Mrs Theresa Woods. She lights up a room and she cares deeply. She is brave and loyal. She makes people feel valued. She is the stuff of the magic and fairy tales she is so passionate about because she truly does create a magic. Even on a dull and dreary day, Mrs Woods has the ability to bring sunshine and light. She made the staff laugh and she made them remember the reasons why we entered the teaching profession (it is in the absolute love of the children and the excitement of creating special school moments in young lives). Her leaving has left the staff a little teary, and a little jealous of those who will get to work with her.
Mrs Theresa Woods was a Riebeek learner and a school prefect. She matriculated in 2007. She started teaching at Riebeek in 2012 and taught Grade 5 with Miss Arthur for 4 years. In 2016, she moved up to Grade 6 where she taught with Miss Hattingh for the year. In 2017, she moved to Grade 7, where she taught with Mrs Chrysostomou. Her areas of involvement included Hockey festival co-ordinator, Grade 7 social, Spring Adventure co-ordinator, Stay awake co-ordinator and Grade 5, 6 and 7 Grade Head.
Mrs Woods is dedicated and passionate. She is humble and enthusiastic. A lesson on plants was never enough… The whole class would be outside planting bean seeds, making a mess and having fun. A Grade outing was never enough - it wasn’t allowed to be anywhere boring, it had to be somewhere different. A hockey festival was never enough - jumping castles were ordered, music was arranged to “get the vibe going” and there were great bacon and egg rolls. A hockey tour was never enough - permission was got to leave school earlier, prizes were bought for the girls and there had to be ice cream as dessert after dinner. Her smile, bubbly personality and non-stop stories brighten up the staffroom, prefab areas and office block. 
In junior school staff meetings, Mrs Woods always had great ideas. A plan would evolve that often involved unicorns or flamingos, thanks to her. For those wondering why the meetings took longer than the scheduled few minutes, it can be revealed that Mrs Woods loves explaining and talking. 
Most of Mrs Woods’ time at Riebeek was spent with the same group of girls - The 2018 Grade 8s. Mrs Woods says, “It was such a rewarding experience to move and to grow with these girls. To see how their personalities develop from Grade 5 to 7 was awesome. I share a bond with these girls. You get to know someone incredibly well when you see them every day for 3 years. I want to thank these learners for being so amazing, being able to read me so well and always knowing what I expected of them without me having to tell them. They are a special group who are kind to one another and take care of each other as a class. You will always be my babies.” 
Her highlights include the 2016 concert (as it was so much fun for Mrs Woods to teach the girls the Bieber dances and she was Sandy in the staff number), hockey matches with mini-hockey girls (and ice cream after the game - the highlight for everyone), the 2017 Plett hockey tour and the past two Grade 7 camps.
Mrs Woods starts at Herbert Hurd next term, where she will be teaching Grade 7. Mrs Woods and her husband are moving to Port Elizabeth.
When asked about her time at Riebeek, Mrs Woods states, “I have loved my time at Riebeek. I started out as a very young 22-year-old wanting to make a difference in the lives of little people. I have grown so much over the years. If I have taught you, you have made a difference in my life and you have helped me grow. I always thought that, as the teacher, I would be passing on the knowledge and doing all the educating. But, you have been teaching me all along. I have learnt so much from the Riebeek girls. I’ve learnt the importance of singing and dancing when we are happy. I’ve learnt patience... so much patience. I’ve learnt the importance of being in the moment. I’ve learnt how important it is to celebrate, to celebrate each other and to celebrate every birthday with a surprise party. I’ve learnt to enjoy the simple things in life, such as an ice-cream after we’ve lost hockey matches... that makes us feel like winners. I’ve learnt how important it is to believe in the make believe, after all those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. And when we lost our friend, you showed me that we truly are a little family taking care of one another. Riebeek girls truly are remarkable. You have all crept so deeply into my heart.”
Mrs Chrysostmou said, “We never know what life has planned for us. However, the most important thing is to have your family and the best picked friends by your side. Mrs Woods is a gem, a one in a million kind of person and as she starts her new chapter, she has her family, Riebeek family and friends cheering for her, supporting her and standing right by her side.”
In closing, a favourite quote of Mrs Woods, “If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there for one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted. Say what you need to say, then say a little more. Say too much. Show too much. Love too much. Everything is temporary but love. Love outlives us all.”
 

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 July 04, 2018
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senior oratory contest 2018

BY Monique Balie

The Annual Oratory Contest was held on 20 June. The event was a huge success as the speakers were well prepared and the audience appreciative. The speakers showed absolute bravery taking the stage and delivered their speeches with passion. The Junior speakers delivered great speeches. Liqhawe Noqampula (Elizabeth) spoke about school and shared a different and interesting view of school with the audience, Musa Daweti (Elizabeth) spoke on, “I am woman, we are woman” and Mihle Mafongosi (Elton) spoke about Feminism. Sarah MacFarlane (Elton) shared her struggles of sharing a TV, making for an amusing speech, and Candice Roussouw (Eleanor) reminded us that stories are precious. The runner-up in the junior section was Musa Daweti and the winner was Liqhawe Noqampula. The Senior speakers spoke with conviction on a wide range of topics. Azraa Rockman (Elton) spoke about acceptance and her speech was very well received as she of reminded each girl to accept who you are, Romesa Muhammad (Elton) spoke about life and how we should mix it up. Sibabalo Mene (Elizabeth) topic was “I refuse” and she delivered a powerful speech, Malakhiwe Hoffman (Elizabeth) delivered an interesting speech about time. Octavia Johannes (Elizabeth) spoke on, “Why I refuse to let technology control me” and reminded us that sometimes we need to disconnect to reconnect, Sinovuyo Madlavu (Eleanor) spoke about “black, no cream, no sugar”. The speech was mature, balanced and thought-provoking speech. Aziwe Booi (Eleanor) spoke about the lost generation and said that maybe we’re not a lost generation, but simply taking a different path. The senior runner-up was Malakhiwe Hoffman and the winner was Sinovuyo Madlavu. A huge congratulations to all the speakers for their amazing speeches delivered. Thank you to Mrs Marilyn Woods for being an adjudicator, along with Mrs Peltason. Thank you to Mrs Peltason and the English Department for their work on preparing the learners of Riebeek to be such awesome speakers. Thank you to Mrs Peltason for her organization of this event. The speakers truly appreciate all the feedback they received from Mrs Woods in her adjudication speech. Thank you to Malakhiwe Hoffman (Cultural Board Portfolio Head – Oratory Contest) and her team, Mrs Gerber and the Cultural Board for all the work put in both before and during the event. Thank you to the sound crew and visuals team. Thank you to the Media Club for the stunning videos and photographs. The masters of ceremony were Omhle Bissett and Valentina Longari and they did a wonderful job!

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 July 04, 2018
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