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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"

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
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
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

 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.

 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.”

 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.”

 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!

 July 04, 2018
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BY Megan Potgieter

On 24 May, we welcomed back Riebeek Old Girl, poet and writer, Olwethu Mxoli, for a fantastic media workshop on the wonders of writing and editing. For the first activity, we were told to think of a room with an object and three people and then write a poem about it. Most of the girls found this nerve wracking, yet exciting, especially those there for the first time. The next activity involved a few ice breakers. We were given numbers and had to look for the person with the same number to introduce ourselves. After everybody got to know a bit more about each other, we wrote a poem about connections. It was great to see the many interpretations the girls had. Our last activity was definitely the girls' favourite. We each contributed a line to a poem titled 'An Ode To Africa.' Thank you to all those who attended and to Olwethu Mxoli for her amazing workshop. Thanks also go to Mrs Gerber and Megan Potgieter for organizing.
An Ode To Africa
You are the beginning of all life
a symphony we call home
A land of colour and culture bursting at the seams
People singing of hope and their heritage
They are rooted in their traditions
A flaming horizon, over the bay
Umgqusho wafts towards me
Woman chant, children praise
Mother of all

 June 04, 2018
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elizabeth house day

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Elizabeth House Day Report and Guest Speaker speech
Riebeek College Girls’ High School held their annual Elizabeth House Day with the guest speaker being Dr Muki Moeng, the Dean of the Faculty of Education at NMU, a member of both the Council on Higher Education and the NMMU Council, and also Chairperson of the National Education Deans Forum. She was born in Graaff-Reinet, matriculated with exemption and obtained a BA degree at the then UPE. She continued her studies in Education and received a scholarship to study at St Clouds State University in the USA. Her Master’s thesis was, Democracy in Education: a necessity for South Africa and her doctorate thesis was: A Comprehensive University: Constructing an Organisational Identity.  She shared an inspiring message with the staff and learners. Her message was warmly received and motivational. It was indeed an honour for us to meet her and be wowed by her presence, vision and achievements. She emphasised integrity, purpose and told her life story. The girls found in her an excellent role model and walked out the hall believing in the power of their dreams and determination.
She is passionate about student academic development and success. She believes that educators who reflect on their teaching are better able to improve the learning experience and the environment in which it occurs. She foster an environment for critical thinking and paradigm shifts. Her ultimate vision is to educate children for a sustainable Arica.
She shared an inspiring message with the staff and learners. Her message was warmly received and motivational.
Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek, said, “ It was indeed an honour for us to meet Dr Moeng. We were all wowed by her presence, vision and achievements. She emphasised integrity, purpose and told her life story. The girls found in her an excellent role model and walked out the hall believing in the power of their dreams and determination. She challenged the girls to believe in themselves, achieve their goals and make a difference. I believe it is important for our girls to be exposed to success stories and for them to see that their attitude determines their altitude and that personal hardships and circumstances can be overcome as stepping stones to a bright future.” 
The learners who belong to Elizabeth House fundraised as part of the House Day initiative and the proceeds will go the Uitenhage Mental Health Association. 
Dr Moeng said the following:
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, good morning girls.
Good morning to the school principal, heads of departments, teachers and learners.
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. Yes, your parents are responsible for your physical and emotional development; the government is responsible to provide for education, functional schools, water, basic housing, usable roads, and so forth. I believe that once you have the outlook of giving, that is when you find your passion. Life without passion is miserable for you and the people around you. Your passion and your purpose go hand in hand, once you have accepted your purpose and found your passion are you able to leave a fulfilling life. A fulfilling life is not only about possessions, but that inner satisfaction that only you can experience. Sometimes it takes a long time to realise that you are where you are supposed to be and doing what no one else can do the way you do it. Many people can teach, explain theorems, formulas, and idiomatic expressions, but no one explains it like you.
You thus have a responsibility to lead your life responsibly and use the opportunity you have wisely. Many children in South Africa do not have your opportunity. They so wish to have what you have been provided. As a young high school lady and primary school kid, you have so many possibilities. Possibilities remain just that if you do not work hard and put time into realizing your dreams.
I recently published my story of wanting to become a teacher. I have always wanted to become a teacher. There were possibilities, but I had to use every opportunity to make my dream a reality. There were people in my path who helped me to realise my dream. One can never walk alone - there always are people who help you to cross over valleys, climb mountains, run up and down slopes, swim across stormy rivers and at times fly over obstacles. I had to put in time and effort to make my dream come true. That does not mean that there were no obstacles like repeating std 6 three times because of political unrest and being jailed for two months as a 15 year old. Teenage pregnancy was another obstacle and a learning curve. Fortunately, my parents and teachers helped me through that. I did not have to repeat another year because I could study while I was at home and write exams at the end of the year. Why am I telling you all of this, because life happens, and it is how you bounce back that matters. To be able to pick yourself up and believe that tomorrow is another opportunity to do things better and improve.
I went to university to become a teacher. I got what I dreamed of and more. I even got a scholarship to study overseas. I never thought I'd become a lecturer, let alone become a Dean. I thought I would become a school principal, which I believe is a very important job in any country. I am now responsible to prepare and deliver teachers who are well rounded with regard to their content knowledge, understand the context of learners and be agents of social change and hope. That is what drives me everyday. I am passionate about it because I know that it will make a difference and that I am contributing something towards society.
Never underestimate your role as an individual because your journey is someone else's lesson. There are certain lessons that one goes through, some more pleasant than others. Sometimes it appears that others are just having it easy, but do not forget that we all have our challenges and those are personal and should never be compared. If you do that, you will frustrate yourself as life is complex and has no one size fits all formula. That is why learning is such an important and beautiful aspect of life. It helps us to gain perspective so that we can make better judgement. You therefore learn from your own experience and from that of others. There is no wisdom in repeating someone else's mistake. Experiences give you better perspective to know what to ignore and what to pursue.
Integrity is very important in life in general. How many times do we hear someone whisper and say, no one was hurt and no one saw that so I took it or I did it. In order for us to build better lives and certainly a better South Africa, we must start choosing to do the right thing even if there is no one watching. Pick up the piece of paper and throw it in the dust bin, wherever you go. Return the change that you received by mistake; pay back someone that you owe; do not take and keep the uniform that is unmarked; it does not belong to you. Learn to say thank you and please. It starts here, when you are young - with little things. When you are older you will definitely know why it is important to be at work on time, to get your files ready because someone else depends on you to do their job; as an accountant to ethically balance those books; as a lawyer to ethically represent your clients; as a doctor to responsibly examine and diagnose your patients; as a teacher to be in class and teach, and so on. This kind of ethical behavior will help you to also do what is socially just and fair - to speak up when you see that things are not right. It takes courage, respect and mutual vulnerability. It never comes from a place of arrogance, but from a place of concern and honesty.
In conclusion, I believe that we must invest in your future so that we can have a better tomorrow. A tomorrow with possibilities and opportunities. Where every girl and boy can feel that they have a chance in life, no matter what career they would like to pursue. That if they choose to go to a TVET college, they will still get a decent job and be able to make a living. Possibilities of becoming entrepreneurs and help develop the economy of our country. I believe in your abilities to change the world and make it a better place for us all and future generations. Thank you

 June 01, 2018
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BY Sinvovuyo Madlavu

The theme of confidence and beauty was exemplified by the Riebeek ladies as they walked the ramp on Wednesday night. Miss Riebeek is always a much awaited night by all and the models never disappoint. The Juniors embodied their Country theme; with check shirts, boots and cowboy hats being seen all over the stage. The Teens were challenged to fit the Rock ‘n Roll theme, and they definitely exceeded all expectations. The Seniors were unmatched in their casual Hip ‘n Hop and stunning formal wear. Lara Naidoo, Miss Riebeek 2018, said: “Winning the title Miss Riebeek 2018 was such a big moment for me and it felt incredibly amazing.  Walking the Riebeek ramp for the last time with the matric contestants was definitely a memorable one and we all felt like stars.”
Winner: Ayabulela Tom
1st Princess: Kendyhl George
2nd Princess: Casey Meintjies
Winner: Tenique Boswell
1st Princess: Sitha Tshete
2nd Princess: Shakira Malick
Winner: Lara Naidoo
1st Princess: Naqeesha Koester
2nd Princess: Hallé Rayners
Miss Personality: Octavia Johannes
We would like to thank:
Mrs Stear and the Riebeek College staff.
Gail Brown (Founder of Sophisticate Models), Kayleigh Peters (Sophisticate Model, Former Miss Riebeek and 4th year NMU student) and Ebrahim Wicks (Former Mr Eastern Cape, Model of the Year and Face of South Africa)
Fashion designer:
Cleo Allison
Hlomla Gwaxula and Monalisa Williams
Mr Weidemann,  Mrs Gerber and the Media Club
Lighting, sound and visuals:
Projector and visuals – Zaraa, Naseehah and Tarryn
Sound – Keziah, Olwethu and Vishani
Lighting – Nangamso and Natalie
Curtains – Vishani
Mr Calitz and Miss Meyers,  Dance Committee, Moyake and Booysen, Aton de Vos and Shaakirah Cornelius
A. Ngona, T. Mandla and J. Rudman
Matric escorts:
M. Goba, D. Borchjes , C. Van Heerden, M. Walsh and A. Salie
C. Tee, I. MacFarlane, Z. Salie, R. Dollie, R. Nathoo, G. Minter, K. Barnes, L. MacGorman, Mr Mandela
Constable Constable and Constable Oliphant
Miss S. Arthur
Winners of 2017:
A. Booysen, A. Toyis, M. Muller, J-L. Daniels and A. Singeni
Spyros Kwikspar
The Flower and Gift Shop

 May 13, 2018
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a life that matters

BY Mrs Natalie Stear

Madam Principal: Kieran Stear; Madam Governing Body Chairman: Ronel Brink; Riebeek Staff; Special Guests; Old girls and present girls, it is such a privilege to be among you all on this very special occasion.  Thank you for asking me to speak today.
There is a saying that old teachers never die; they simply lose their class. Now that we’re living in an age of spreading social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram and so many apps coming into their own, we have wonderful opportunities of staying in touch with each other.  So we teachers haven‘t lost our class after all!  How exciting it is to see so many re-union girls – classes from the past – and how happy I am that our first founder’s day, when the school was 113 years old, was in my first year as head of Riebeek.  The speaker on that day was my past school principal of Clarendon Girls’ High, who was an illustrious old girl of Riebeek College.  When we met her at the airport, she said to me, “Natalie, you are the last person I would have guessed would one day be a school principal.”
You never can tell – can you?  What pupils will do with their lives!  Sometimes it’s the naughtiest ones who make a positive difference in the lives of others.
And that’s the theme of my talk today – making a difference – a life that matters.  I am a Rotarian and this year the Rotary theme is also “Making a difference”
And of course it is the central theme for 2018 at Riebeek – Ubuntu. “I am because we are”.  “What does it mean to be human?”  “How should we behave towards others?”  These thoughts are all captured in the word “Ubuntu” which as you probably know originates in the Nguni languages (Xhosa, Zulu, Swazi and Ndebele).  It refers to the connectedness that should exist between people.
This is also the year when we celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birth – 100 years ago. How proud we are of that world hero born in our own Eastern Province and loved well beyond its borders.  His larger-than-life bronze statue which dominates parliament square in London, England, is a symbol of how much the world beyond South Africa reveres him. If ever you wish to choose to follow in the footsteps of any human being, start reading about that man – so wise and so forgiving.  He once said, “We can change the world and make it a better place.  It is in our hands to make a difference.”
The interesting thing about making a difference is that anyone can manage it - young or old; healthy or sick; brilliant or average; rich or poor; educated or uneducated.  Anyone can be part of a life that matters.  When a good friend of mine had only a few more days to live she asked me whether I thought she had made a difference in the lives of others. She had been a school principal herself – and to this day people tell me stories about what she had meant to them. That is what we all desire - to leave some kind of legacy that someone lives a better life because of us.  The strange thing is that we don’t always know for sure.  Perhaps a passing word has helped someone – perhaps we will never know how significant that word had been.  The most important thing to remember is that we shouldn’t seek for recognition.  If it comes, it must always be a bonus.
There is a famous 100-word story, which I’m sure many of you already know but is worth repeating.  It is called, “The Starfish Story” by Loren Eiseley. (It has been borrowed by many and even Gandhi’s name has been added to the list of authors.) Here it is:
One day, while walking along the beach, a man noticed a boy hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “Young man, what are you doing?”
 “I’m throwing starfish back into the ocean. The tide is going out and if I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“There are hundreds of stranded starfish,” the man replied. “You can’t make a difference to all these poor creatures.”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf. “I made a difference to that one,” he answered.
I love that last line, “I made a difference to that one.”  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.
Only four months ago a wonderful event occurred which is changing the life of a five-year-old little girl called Lexie who was born with non-functioning kidneys.    She could not survive without receiving a kidney that matched her immune system. Her grandmother, who is 70 years old, was found to be the only suitable match to donate a kidney to this little girl. Jenny, the grandmother agreed although she was aware that it would be a major operation for both of them.  The two operations were successfully performed – Jenny to lose one of her kidneys – little Lexie to receive it.   All is going well and the specialists are confident that Lexie can look forward to a normal life.  How wonderful for a grandmother to know that she has made such a difference. 
One word might make a difference. Professor Jonathan Jansen (who spoke to all the girls at Riebeek over a year ago) writes in his book, “As by Fire”, about one word that changed his life. When he was 8 years old, a teacher told him that he had “potential”. He went home, not even knowing what the word meant.  He found out that it meant “an ability that may be developed and lead to future success”.  This spurred him on. He used to say to himself, “I have potential,” and today he is a highly respected professor, author, public speaker and wise educationist.  One word can make a difference.  It might make you start believing in yourself.  It may help you build a dream that one day will come true.
Teachers are among the lucky ones.  They sometimes hear about the difference they have made.  Years later some of their past pupils might send emails to them or express their gratitude in on facebook.  As I have said, that is always an unexpected bonus.  I know for sure how precious it is to hear something like that.
In my early days of teaching, I remember saying in passing to a parent of a boy who was clever with numbers but struggled with writing words, “If your son had a private secretary he would realise his potential.” Years later, I met his mother at a function.  She said, “We took your advice, you know, and gave my son a personal assistant!”  She told me that the university had granted permission for her son to dictate his exam responses to his personal assistant who typed these on a computer under supervision. Words were his problem but not non-verbal characters as in Maths and Science. The point is that he was awarded his degree with distinction!
Later on when I was the principal of Riebeek College, a young pupil made a difference in my life.  I called her in to speak up for a friend who had been particularly naughty and who was standing in line for serious consequences of her actions.  After hearing all the things that she had done, the friend said to me, “Mrs Stear, I can hear that she has done things which have caused a lot of problems in the school, but my mother always said that everyone deserves a second chance.  I’m asking you to give her a second chance.”  Those words changed my outlook on the way I should be running the school.  I said, “We are closing the book on what has happened because of what your friend has said.  You can choose whether you wish to open that book again and then there will be no third chance.”  We never had occasion to open that book again.  
When my husband was very ill, we needed a carer for him in his last few weeks of life. The carer told me that she had trained as a teacher but just when she had completed her final year the teacher training colleges were closed down.  Although she was awarded her teaching diploma she could not get a post as schools were being instructed to cut back on their staff numbers and were not permitted to take on new teachers.  She needed a job and became a carer.  I asked her whether she would like to teach but she didn’t think anyone would accept her as several years had gone by since she had qualified and she had no experience.  To cut a long story short I arranged for her to be registered with the South African Council of Education and drew up a CV for her, and today she is a top-class teacher in the Eastern Cape. In addition, she has studied further and gained an advanced qualification.
My son, Rory, and my daughter-in-law, Kristine, have done amazing work in Africa – particularly in helping child-headed households to receive help by means of educational programmes on wind-up radios.  One such household, headed (at that time) by a 12-year-old boy, was helped to survive and that same boy now has a college diploma in hospitality and works at a leading hotel in Kenya.  He, in turn, is assisting his siblings with their education. Ubuntu.
My late son, Robert, never spoke to others about all the ways he helped people in need.  Sometimes I was lucky enough to hear about something he had done either through a friend he had helped or by means of my beloved daughter-in-law, Mrs Kieran Stear.  He is no longer here to know about the difference he made but that is not what he would have expected.  The lives of others might be changed long after- wards – all because someone cared.
My talk is about a life that matters, BUT – and this is a big but – I must mention that   making a difference can also be seen in a negative light.  An unkind word, mockery, bullying – can all make someone’s life a misery.  In the years that follow the victim of such meanness might never stop hating herself because she had once been the butt of someone’s cruelty.  She might even repeat that type of cruelty to others, thinking that it would give her power.  And so the chain of ugliness might continue – because of something done or said to her in the past!
 I hope that all of you listening to me will never be responsible for making that type of difference in one’s life.  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.
 “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person,” said Mother Theresa.
Awaken the greatness within. Don’t expect thanks or recognition. You may become the reason for someone else’s greatness. Perhaps you’ll never know.
Nearly 300 years ago a man, a Frenchman, Stephen Grellet, wrote the following words – I close with them now:
“I shall pass by this way but once.  Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
Natalie Stear

 May 10, 2018
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introduction of reunion groups

BY Administrator

Introduction of Reunion Groups 2018
As we celebrate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, we are reminded of his words, about reunions: “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
Though it is clear that the volume and beauty of our Old Girls have definitely not been altered since their school days, reunions offer us to chance to revisit this place that remains unchanged and so it is with great pride that we introduce our reunion groups.
The Class of 1968 celebrate their golden 50th reunion with 6 ladies in attendance.  Golden Girl Mrs Marilyn Dodd Woods is the reunion co-ordinator and no stranger to Riebeek stretching from Sub A to her retirement in 2016. Nelson Mandela’s statement that education is the most powerful tool to change the world certainly holds true for Mrs Woods  as she spent 44 years as a member of staff moulding education with her pearls, not pills as the girls misheard, of wisdom.  Head girl Ann Grotzinger Hargreaves in Cape Town sent us her best wishes.  This class first attended Riebeek at the premises where the Health Department is, and in Standard 4 they started attending school in this building.  Footage of the first days here can be viewed on Riebeek’s YouTube channel.  The teachers and pupils spent a weekend unpacking and getting the new building organised.  Apparently, the arrival of the lorry carrying the Science Lab equipment including dangerous chemicals over the untarred North Street and along the tracks created by trucks which would become Dunn Street was quite scary. Though this may start a hashtag movement, it needs to be said that school started at 8.15 and ended at 13.45. 
 The Class of 1978 celebrate their 40 year reunion with 18 ladies in attendance.  Head Girl Marlene Plumstead  Akitt is present with three reunion co-ordinators: Allison Pierce Watson, Janet Wilkinson and Linda Glegg van der Westhuyzen. 
Carol Fielding Schoultz joins us from Gauteng, Marlene Plumstead Akitt joins us from the Isle of Man and Judy Miller and Denise Woolerton from Australia.  These ladies remember strict Mrs Hutton and her German Shepherd dog, Wendy, and say that some of the girls attending the 2018 matric farewell would have been sent home before the function for wearing “terribly revealing” dresses if it was 1978 and Mrs Hutton was on duty. Imagine this group’s joy and perhaps jealousy last night, if you will, when the head girl could prove that she still fits into her matric farewell dress 40 years later!
The Class of 1983 celebrate their 35 year reunion with Beverley Molloy Boshoff as the reunion co-ordinator. There are 8 ladies in attendance.  Beverley remembers fondly the song “We are Riebeek”, a cheerleading song traditionally sung by the Riebeek girls, which starts with a whisper and builds in volume.  We would ask our girls to perform it for you and we know the louder part would be no problem, but the girls may struggle with the whisper part. So, instead our choir will perform other songs later. Joining us from this class is Debbie Murphy Bezuidenhout, mother of our Grade 7 teacher, Mrs T. Woods, and sister of Carole Murphy Dawson, who is attending her 30 year reunion today.
The Class of 1988 celebrate their 30 year reunion with Ingrid Lunow McFarlane,  as the head girl and the reunion co-ordinator.  Ingrid is mom to Sarah in Grade 8 and Lindsay, former deputy head girl, and a regular helper at our various events.  There are 18 ladies present.  Heike Hellman and her sister, Freika from the Class of 1986, join us from Germany and it remains a joy of Founder’s Days when these lively, loyal ladies fly in. To them, we say PROST!  Dr Debbie Collier Reed is an associate professor in the law facility of the University of Cape Town, the author of a textbook known well by law students in South Africa and a member of the prestigious team who investigated a national minimum wage. It may be for one of the above reasons that Debbie is unable to attend today after all, but we are happy that her mom is here. Debbie and Debra Tunbridge Esterhuizen, both daughters of Old Girls, join us from Cape Town.  Michelle Crouse McCauley is the wife of former Governing Body Chairman and co-opted member, Gordon, and mom to two Old Girls, and is the mother of the bride this weekend as Stephanie weds. Another star, having starred as Mary Poppins and an African Diva from Nigeria last week, is Sandra Myburgh Gerber  who travelled far to be here – all the way from Room 24, down that passage.  Sally Schimper Leach is is also from the Class of 1988, and she is mom of legendary Kristin Leach of the Class of 2013. 
The Class of 1993 celebrate their  25 year reunion with Mary-Anne Medley Lagan as head girl and reunion co-ordinator and 12 ladies in attendance. Though we often tell our Riebeek girls that they probably won’t marry the gentlemen they date at school, Mary-Ann proves us wrong as her Muir boyfriend became her husband, after all, after bonding on stage in the Grease production we are led to believe.  Mary-Anne is an English teacher at Woodridge. Kathleen Scott Hoy has bounced here from the squash courts and family business, Broketts Sports, a famous Uitenhage spot. Sue Ann Bray Groenewald joins us from Johannesburg.  The Class of 1993 remember fondly from their class the late Catherine Sunton and the late Mariette Gouws. Sam Cuyler joins us from travels around the world and then a teaching post at Muir College, around the corner. Also attending is the vibrant Candice Reynolds, daughter of estate manager, Mr Alan Reynolds.
The Class of 1998 celebrate their 20 year reunion with Head Girl, reunion co-ordinator, niece of Mrs Stevens (our Maths teacher), matric of the year 1998 and Associate Professor in the Information Technology of NMU,  Dr Kerry-Lynn Thomson Botha. Kerry-Lynn admits: The PhD was definitely easier than parenting a boy, 10 month old Tanner ! Plus, I’m done with my PhD – parenting is a lifelong commitment!  So many more adventures ahead!”  14 ladies are in attendance.  Tracey Thomson joins us from New Zealand.  Those who travelled from Cape Town ae: Robyn Jacobs, Chantel Jacobs, Nikki Wates (niece of Mrs Peltason and her weekend guest), and Pam Cuyler (accompanied by her sister Jennifer Cuyler Cohen of the Class of 2003). Twins Sadia and  Nadia Musa, and Vimisha Seetha, join us from Johannesburg. Caryn Evert Knott joins us from Muir College.
The Class of 2008 celebrate their 10 year reunion with 15 ladies in attendance, and we suspect that celebrate always takes on an extra meaning for our 10 year reunion groups.  Head Girl and reunion co-ordinator Robyn Wates joins us from the rural hospital (Zithulele Hospital) where she is the Responsible Pharmacist – it is a title Responsible not an adjective necessarily to describe Robyn. She said it is an extremely challenging but absolutely rewarding job.  Dr Boucher always spoke of a GAT (or hole) IN JOU OPVOEDING, and Robyn took this to heart and is based near the Hole in the Wall along the Wild Coast, while the rest of her class are just wild, without the coast.  Deputy Head Girl Jhene Meyer Nel is also with us today, having travelled from Pretoria to be with us and has a distinct legacy at Riebeek.  Once upon a time,in 2005, Mrs Terry van Vuuren Hattingh of the Class of 1977 delivered a budget presentation as a Governing Body member using a projector and powerpoint.   We had to have this NEW technology for Riebeek and for the drama show.  Intrepid Jhene convinced the local church to let us use theirs until the drama club could contribute to the costs of buying the school’s first projector.  But only Jhene really knew how to work with this NEW technology and so she became the only Riebeek girl to attend 4 grade 9 subject evenings.  Jhene, you will be relieved to know that some of us now know sort of how to operate projectors.  Mr Jonas, our Grade 6 teacher, is proud of his daughter here today. We remember Tegan and her dad performing Butterfly Kisses in the drama production.  It is also this class that threw an electric plug into an oven melting the element of the stove, played cricket in the computer lab and watched as now famous singer Rouchelle Hubsch, of Digby and the Lullaby fame, set her hair alight.  Also attending from this class is Carey Slater Schoonraad, daughter of the much loved former, late Governing Body Chairman, Henry, and Litha Stwayi, a junior attorney at the Centre for Child Law, a human rights lawyer focusing on children's rights. Diva of deportment badge, Duchess Siphosihle Sowazi could not join us from parliament, as a legal eagle of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. 
In addition, the FAB FOUR ARE HERE. Mrs Lesley Young of the Class of 1977, Mrs Peltason and Mrs Potgieter, ALL Old Girls, and Mrs Natalie Stear ARE the Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society of Riebeek as their teaching of English shaped the paths of those they taught.  It has become a bit of a tradition for the FAB FOUR of English high school teachers to gather at Founder’s Day ceremonies.  Those of us addressing you from the podium fear they gather here to continue assessing our orals. In addition, Sally Watson Potgieter is of the Class of 1963 and celebrates a 55 year reunion, joined by Burleigh Lombard Tunbridge and Wendy Robinson Collier, both with daughters of the Class of 1988 both residing in Cape Town.  Burleigh’s daughter is attending from Cape Town for her 30th reunion.  Daphne Cuyler Momberg joins us from the Class of 1962.  Verna le Roux Barlow of the Class of 1963 and Elaine Smith Dullisear of the Class of 1947 (with her Fellowship Cup in her bag and celebrating her 71 year reunion).  There are also a number of additional Old Girls joining us today as unofficial reunion groups or as friends of the school, and we welcome them all too.

We started with a Nelson Mandela quote and so we end with some of his wise words from LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, a somewhat fitting tribute to matriculating after 12 long years of schooling:  ‘I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’ 
We hope that our reunion groups view the distance they have come, steal a view of the glorious and nostalgic surrounds and that our Old Girls will linger long enough to enjoy this special 30th Founder’s Day 

 May 10, 2018
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introduction of guest speaker, founder's day

BY Mrs K. Stear

It gives me great pleasure to introduce our guest speaker today.  Natalie Stear was born in East London and matriculated from Clarendon High School for Girls. Thereafter she joined the nursing profession, becoming a registered medical and surgical nurse.
Her major career change came when her two sons were at Junior School and her husband, Bob, encouraged her to study English at UPE (now NMU). She gained her BA and BA Hons degrees there, followed by her post-graduate teachers’ diploma at UNISA and her Master’s degree in Education at Rhodes University (cum laude).
She gained recognition in the teaching profession and education in South Africa when she served as President of the South African Teachers’ Association and was instrumental in the formation of the National Union of Educators, now NAPTOSA.  For this she was honoured with a Life Associate Award.  During the time of the transition in education in SA she served on several committees and was honoured by SACE (South African Council for Education) by being selected among the top 100 educators to be registered by the Council.  She was also a co-author of an English grammar series for Grades 8 to 12 and won a best poetry award from the PE Writers’ Club.
During her 13 years’ tenure as Principal of Riebeek College, the school was listed for three consecutive years in the Sunday Times top 100 schools in SA and it was the first state school in SA to vote in favour of opening to all races.  Also during this time, every matriculant passed.  This included two pupils who wrote and passed their supplementary exams.
Natalie Stear retired as a school principal at the end of the year 2000. She is now involved in proof reading doctoral and master’s degree dissertations and also does the proof reading of the PE, Queenstown, King William’s Town, Mid-Karoo and Kouga Express weekly newspapers.  Each year she is a marker for the English Olympiad National examinations.  In addition, in her retirement, she has written support material for English first additional language for Oxford University Press. To add to this she is also a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
She has served as a President of her Rotary club and was recognised in Uitenhage with a Paul Harris fellowship for services to the community and education, and also in Port Elizabeth for her services to Rotary. 
At the end of 2012 she was honoured with a special award by the NMMU (now Nelson Mandela University) Alumni Association for lifelong service to education.
Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you Mrs Natalie Stear.

 May 10, 2018
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founder's day principal's address

BY Mrs K. Stear

·       Our guest of honour, Mrs Natalie Stear,
·       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 30th Founders Day Service and the anniversary of the founding of our school 141 years ago.  In thinking about this welcome address for today, I found myself thinking about how much we love birthdays which then led to me thinking about the sonnet, “How do I love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  It starts with the lines, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”  In my address I thought we could do some counting, counting of the love abounding at this unique institution, Riebeek College.
It starts with the NUMBER ONE: One man, the founder of our fine school, Dominee Braam Steytler of the NG Kerk, who had a vision of quality education at a school that is 141 years young now and still going strong. 
Next we look at the number 141.  Although Riebeek is getting old, she stays young and updated because we value tradition while respecting change.  This is building number 3 that Riebeek has occupied in those 141 years.  There were 4 girls at Riebeek then but now there are 735.  Riebeek has lived through two world wars, and has been around in the 1800s, the 1900s and the 21st  century while all of our present learners have only known one century, having been born in the 21st century.
Next, we can count up the number of Riebeek principals that are present here today.  THREE.  And each of those Principals are tripling up:
Mrs Natalie Stear is NO 1 - a guest speaker on the special occasion of the Founder’s Day Ceremony that she started 30 years ago.
No 2 - A guest as the 12th principal  and
No 3 - My mom-in-law I am proud to say. 
Mrs Marilyn Dodd Woods is No 1 -  An Old Girl who is celebrating a 50th reunion  with the Class of 1968
No 2 -  A guest as the 14th principal and
No 3 - A unique part of Riebeek with a 56 year involvement in the history of this school. 
And then there is principal 3, me, tripling it up as
No 1 - The 15th principal
No 2 -  A very proud daughter in law and
No 3 -  A good friend of Marilyn who appreciates her solid advice. 
So, among the 3 of us is:
 the FOUNDER, Mrs Stear senior,
the LOUDER Mrs Woods, who is always fun
and then there is me, who is (I just have to get this in)
Another important number to be counted this year is 30.  The school tradition of Founder’s Day started in Mrs Natalie Stear’s first year as principal.  Picture this, year after year, we have had Founder’s Day ceremonies. This is longer than the Class of 2008, who are seated in the gallery, have been alive and double the time our Grade 10s have lived.  The ceremony started as a March event, moved to June and settled in the first week of May annually.  Guest speakers have varied from:
 an air traffic controller,
two eccentric drama queens,
 a principal of Mrs Stear senior who taught soldiers how to shoot in World War Two,
the first Professor to the Chair of Nursing,
a News24 entertainment writer,
a Carte Blanche presenter and
the only neuro-psychiatrist in South Africa and the youngest head of department of Liaison Psychiatry.
 Two Dodd sisters have been guest speakers – Marilyn in 2008 and Carol in 2010.
In 1997 when Riebeek turned 120, Mrs Stear senior arranged a Big Riebeek Bake Off and the inter-class baking competition was a highlight.  So today we brought the cake back into Founder’s Day with a cake in the student centre with candles for our Founder of Founder’s Day to blow out. 

Next we count the bees:
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 Loggenberg Hartman’s letter written in 1999 recounting the origin of the Silver Riebeek “Bee” pin. She wrote:
“Miss Brehm, who was a staff member of the school, while on a visit to London, commissioned a jeweller 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”.
Up until 2016, there was only one bee, but in 2016, Mrs Snyman, our Deputy Principal, and Mrs Barnard, our Bursar and a Riebeek Old Girl, worked tirelessly to have a second bee created, this time a pendant, to give to Mrs Woods as a farewell gift from the school.  So, we have TWO bees. 
A very important number this year is 100. It is Nelson Mandela’s centenary year and we honour his values in the ethos of our school.  Our school theme of Ubuntu and our campaign this year called Mandela100@Riebeek100 acts of kindness all honour his legacy.  As of today, we are sitting at 30 acts of kindness and are ready to reach our target of 100+ acts of kindness this year.  This being the centenary year of the birth of Nelson Mandela, we are making every day a Mandela Day as we seek to demonstrate Ubuntu and the Madiba magic that he was famous for. In a world where one can choose to be anything, at Riebeek we choose to be kind, compassionate, generous, respectful, honest and inclusive. Each one of us CAN make a difference in the world. 
And we end our counting with the NUMBER ONE again.  One heart, one vision and one Riebeek College.  Riebeek Old Girls are known for their empathy and compassion. It is said, “your education has been a failure if it has failed to open your heart.”  Riebeek can be counted on to give a good grounding and to open the hearts of all who form part of the Riebeek family.
When YOU count your blessings, I hope that you count this day as one of them and I hope you count being part of this caring and spirited Riebeek multiple times. 


 May 10, 2018
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Grade 7 camp

BY Mrs T. Woods

Grade 7 Camp Article
“Collect moments not things.” This quote seems spot on when it comes to Grade 7 Camp. The anticipation and high energy levels as we got closer to the 23rd of April was evident in the classroom. The girls were so looking forward to this ‘famous’ event that they have heard about. The three most important objectives of camp were; to learn leadership skills, bond as a grade and ultimately collect moments.
The 23rd of April arrived and the girls were ready to depart for Jeffery’s Bay where UCSA Campsite hosted us and had a fun filled itinerary planned. The girls were so eager to climb onto the bus and get going they could hardly sit still for their departure photo. With loads of singing and chatter in the bus, the tone for camp was set. Finally, around 11:00am we had arrived at the venue. On arrival, the girls rushed over to their camp leader and made themselves at home. The afternoon began with some icebreakers and team building activities on the beach. The activity that stood out the most was the sand creations. The girls had to create something cool on the beach using the sand and objects around them. Jade Zeeland, Teagan Brown, Kate-Lynn Forbes and Agcobile Gqubule did not hold back and were covered in sand as they were part of the creation designing various innovative mermaids. Eventually, lunch was served and the girls became one massive family eating their delicious pasta and discussing camp.
As the day progressed, the excitement got the better of some of the girls and tiredness started kicking in but this was not going to stop anyone. The girls continued with their team building activities, games and tasks.
Supper boosted their energy levels and the girls freshened up and acting kicked in. With role-plays on the agenda next, they were ready to watch each other’s ideas and learn from each other as conflict situations was the topic.
After a long day of learning, the girls could finally relax, have hot chocolate in the hall and unwind. Lights out at 10:00pm was understood as only ‘lights out’ by the girls as several rounds were done to calm the excitement and bonding time.
After not so much rest, the girls still woke up on the 24th with enthusiasm to tackle the day. Another trip to the beach was on the program. Once they had returned from the beach, breakfast was served and it was game, set, match- volleyball time. Ultimately, there was no winning team but what was evident amongst all the girls was spirit and this was the goal.
By this time, everyone’s smiles turned upside down as it was clean up time and time to depart. The girls did a great job sorting out their rooms and getting their luggage to the bus. We were most impressed. However, we could now tell that it was an amazing and successful camp as the girls did not want to leave. As the quote goes, “Like campfires and marshmallows, we’re better together.” And this was the most important thing the girls realized that together they can learn from each other, be better people and make memories.
Thank you to Van Rensburg tours for getting us to camp safely, UCSA team for a great camp, Mrs Woods for organizing a magnificent camp and Mrs Snyman, Mrs Chrysostomou & Miss Van Der Westhuizen for accompanying them.

 April 27, 2018
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First Aid Course: "If life gives you lemons, you make lemon-aid."

BY Casey Els

On Friday, 20 April, a group of enthusiastic Riebeek staff and pupils took part in the annual First Aid course hosted at Riebeek College. The Riebeek staff and pupils warmly welcomed Mrs Dorfling from First Medical Response. Over the course of two days Mrs Dorfling gladly taught the staff and pupils all the procedures regarding First Aid. The pupils and staff enjoyed learning about how to approach diffrent emergency cases. They received an opportunity to practise Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on medical dolls. It was clear that Miss Hattingh was an experienced First Aider, as even Mrs Dorfling was amazed at her CPR skills.
On Saturday, 21 April, the first order of business was congratulating Miss Barnard on her Birthday. After singing Happy Birthday and receiving Easter eggs from Miss Barnard; the pupils were keen to learn more about saving lives. The eager class were taught a variety of different skills such as how to care for burn wounds and bone injuries. It was a unique experience for the pupils to study with the teachers for the upcoming test. After the test we saw how the staff tapped into their inner student by discussing test answers.
We would like to thank Mrs Dorfling for equipping us with the skills to help patients in emergencies and Miss Hattingh for arranging the course. We are sure that these qualified First Aiders will uphold the Ubuntu theme by being kind and helping people in need.

 April 27, 2018
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miss flourish

BY Gabrielle Ownhouse and Miss R. Meyers

Riebeek SCA in partnership with [Women of] Father's House Church had their first Miss Flourish session Thursday evening from 18:00 until 19:00 in the Sholto McIntyre Hostel. This 5 week programme will take place every Thursday hosted by Mrs Jordon Gerber, programme coordinator of Miss Flourish and her trusted team.
*What is Miss Flourish*:
- Miss Flourish is a 5 week personal development programme for high school girls that focuses on 3 main things:
1. Worth
2. Strength
3. Purpose
*What are the outcomes of Miss Flourish:*
- The aim of Miss Flourish is to help young girls identify that they are worthy of love, of being themselves and of loving out their hearts desires.
- We facilitate the process of getting girls to understand that they are strong. That they can do anything they set their hearts on. That they are capable of achieving their dreams.
- We facilitate the process of getting the ladies to a place of understanding xwhat their life purpose through discussions, practicals etc.
*Who is Miss Flourish for:*
- Miss Flourish is for all girls from the ages of 13 - 18. No matter thei background or beliefs.
What does the R100 course fee cover:
- The fee covers their journals, their weekly snacks and a fully catered high tea at the end of the 5 week course.

 April 27, 2018
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the first founder's day

BY Valentina Longari

As the 30th Founder’s Day draws near, we invite you to read an extract from the article that will appear in the school magazine of 2018 reviewing our Founder’s Day ceremonies.
The History of Founder’s Day
By Valentina Longari
It is a day where past and present collide; where the new meets the old and the hallowed halls and corridors of Riebeek College experience the trod of long gone steps. It is celebrated on the first Friday of May, although the first ceremony was in May and a June date was utilised for a while. The Old Girls come together and reminisce about their schooldays, renew friendships and remember those that are here no more.
We owe the celebration of Founder’s Day to Mrs Natalie Stear, the twelfth principal of Riebeek College. It was celebrated on Friday 25th March 1988 and was masterfully organised within two months of her being at the helm of the school. The tradition of the learners receiving something sweet to celebrate the school’s birthday (much to the enjoyment of the current learners who receive doughnuts) began, while the Old Girls enjoy tea.
The Founder’s Day of 1988 was graced with guest speaker, Miss Marjorie Hill who attended Riebeek from 1916 to 1921. She graduated first in the class and her name is on the Honours Board at the school. Mrs Natalie Stear described her: “.I found yellowed sheet music of “The Riebeek March” composed in the 1890’s by Quintus James, a music teacher at the school. Mrs Betty Lynch, head of the music department, played the march while the girls assembled in the hall on Founder’s Day. My school principal at Clarendon Girl’s High was an Old Girl of Riebeek. She never married. She served in World War 2 as a captain and was stationed at Wynberg Bottery Cape. When I was at school, we were told that she taught the soldiers how to shoot. She was a brilliant Maths teacher.” Mrs Natalie Stear at the ceremony made mention of 98 year old Mrs Evans who was the oldest Old Girl present.
Mrs Hutton sent flowers for that first ceremony to be placed in the foyer. Telegrams were received from the Head Girls of Riebeek to indicate their acceptance or apologies in response to invitations sent to the them. The hymn was “All people that on earth do dwell”. The prayer was by Dominee van Niekerk representing the NG Kerk. Application had to be made to the Uitenhage School Board for permission for the 25 year reunion group to have a Cheese and Wine function in the staff room. Old Girls were asked to sign the Visitor’s Book. The Head Girl, Ingrid Lunow McFarlane (mother of Sarah in Grade 8 and Lindsay, Old Girl) appeared in a photograph in the newspaper of the platform party.

 April 27, 2018
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Cultural civvies day 2018

BY Monique Balie

“Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a
profound power to help build our nation.”
Nelson Mandela
Riebeek College Girls’ High School annually celebrates Freedom Day with  a Cultural Civvies Day.  The girls dress up in a culture of their choice.  At Riebeek, there is an ethos of tolerance and inclusion fostered by the fact that in our 141 year history the school has been known for nurturing compassion.  Riebeek was also the first Model C school to vote to open its doors to all races in 1990.  This year the theme is Ubuntu and the girls are undertaking a special tribute to Nelson Mandela with a Mandela 100@Riebeek100 acts of kindness campaign. 
On 26th April, in the spirit of Ubuntu and in celebration of Freedom Day, learners and staff dressed in a culture of their choosing. The girls and staff looked amazing in their cultural attire. The Cultural Board held a sing-a-long and fashion show in the hall at second break, where the girls got to show off their outfits.  Cultural Board chose some of the outstanding outfits and the crowd chose the winners. The junior winners were: in 1st place, Ganlin Govender dressed to represent Indian culture and in 2nd place, Apelele Mayi, dressed to represent the African culture. The senior winners were: in 1st place, Linathi Stuurman dressed to represent the Indian culture and in 2nd place, Amy Schambril, dressed to represent the Jamaican culture. One could truly feel the sense of Ubuntu throughout the whole day. Special mention of Kiara Jantjies (African), Casey Els (Indian), Katelyn Anderson (Chinese), Lithemba Ngqoamfana (Indian), Tara Wood (Mexican), and to all our teachers, who looked absolutely amazing. Other lovely outfits included Lara Naidoo , Keziah Brandt , Olwethu Dlutu , Naqeesha Koester, Mrs Stear, Phumza Mandla, Ganlin Govender, Charney Minnies, Olwethu Mahlinza, Liyasa Gitywa, Iviwe Majweta, Deenah Dollie,  Lauren Labercensie, Caslynn Sudien, Jeané Swartbooi  But, in fact, every person who dressed up looked stunning!
Thank you to Chulumanco Mayi, Nuraan Kasmed, Liqhawe Nogampula, and all Cultural Board members and Mrs Gerber who organized this event. A special thank you to all the leaners and the parents of the learners for joining us in celebrating this day.  

 April 27, 2018
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welcome, miss van der westhuizen

BY Administrator

Riebeek College extends a warm welcome to Miss van der Westhuizen who joins the Riebeek staff from Term 2: Miss van der Westhuizen writes: "I was born and bred in Uitenhage. I started school at the age of 5 at Bambi, went to College Hill and then spent my schooling career at Riebeek College.
I studied at NMMU where I completed my B.Ed degree majoring in Languages (IP). I completed the practical aspect of my degree as a student teacher at Riebeek in 2013. I furthered my studies and completed my B.Ed Honours in 2014 which was the same year that I started teaching! I was a teacher assistant at Riebeek for six months after graduating before I started teaching at Strelitzia, and that’s where I’ve been for the last four years.
I love my church and I’ve been a youth leader for the last eight years. I love working with young people, being able to impact them and play a role in helping them to discover who they are.
My interests and hobbies include writing, youth and community involvement, reading, traveling, romance novels and playing tennis.
I would describe myself as being down to earth, but also a perfectionist at times. I’m caring and have a big heart. I love spending time with family and friends. I’m a wanderlust - I love adventure! I want to travel the world, see beautiful places and explore the uncharted.
I love teaching because, as a teacher, you are seen as a role model, an inspiration. You get to play a role in helping a child find their place and their identity. You get to see how a child grows from the minute she steps into your classroom for the first time to the last day of school. I get to give back and pour out the wisdom and knowledge that I gained when I was at school. And that’s amazing!
I’m so excited to be back at the school that taught me so much, the school that played a massive role in mounding me into the woman I am today."

 April 25, 2018
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SU Camp 2018 

BY Maceyla van Huyssteen and Amee Exford 

"All good things come to an end". With utter sadness, the Riebeek and Muir College SU leaders can agree to this statement. The fun and laughter are now just echoes soothing their ears and hearts. 
Astonishing. This weekend did wonders to the children, as their relationship with God has definitely been strengthened. It has been a wonderful experience for both the learners that went, as well as for the leaders. 
The weekend started with a bang, as all attending the SU Camp were so enthusiastic and excited that they couldn't hide it. Children ended up arriving and hour and a half before their actual arrival time. 
Mrs A. Elie ended the evening with a powerful message about the belt of truth, seeing that the whole weekend revolved around the armour of God, and being part of God's army. 
Saturday was a day filled with fun activities and a fully-loaded programme. Both the children and leaders got a surprise visit from Mrs S. Gerber, whom was accompanied by her two sons and their friend. She also suprised Miss R. Meyers and S. du Preez with energising treats, just what they needed to carry them through the weekend.We would like to thank Mrs S. Gerber for taking time to come and share the day with us and for taking some memorable photos. 
Learners made new friends with the children of the camp, and enjoyed the facilities the facilities such as jumping on the trampolines and playing on the obstacle course. 
Saturday was ended with a message from Mr J. Najoe that left all the children touched. All the children enjoyed hot chocolate around the bonfire after the heart-touching message. 
Sunday proved that through all the exhaustion, both the leaders and children still had some fighting spirit in them to listen to the last bit that SU Camp had to offer for them. Miss O. Gardner ended the whole camp experience with and inspirational message on how to interpret and use the armour of God in our daily lives. 
A few moments that would not be forgotten was when a leader spotted a child wandering off to the river without any supervision, and immediately started singing the song "Down by the river", in the aim of getting the child back to supervision. Words ran out to complete the song, and leader T. Barry ended it by singing "I don't know what to say further". Another unforgettable moment was when a snake slithered past leader Gabrielle Ownhouse's foot  and left Tatum Boswell running and screaming as she spotted this huge Puff Adder. The weekend was definitely full of surprises. 
The SCA and SU team of Riebeek College would like to thank all parents and guardians of the children for allowing them to attend this wonderful camp. We also thank our three guest speakers for the weekend Mrs A. Elie, Mr J. Najoe and Miss O. Gardner for sharing the word of God so powerfully. A special thanks to Miss R. Meyers, Miss S. du Preez, Mrs Evert, Ms Cuyler and Ms Viljoen, teachers from both Riebeek and Muir College for organising the SU Camp so well. 
The heads of the SCA committee would also like to thank all the leaders of Muir and Riebeek College for beingvtrue soldiers, serving God and His children with such passion and exellence. Riebeek Leaders: Jordan Oldham, Zhané Meintjes, Amila Thys, Tamia Smith, Sibabalo Mene, Amy Higgins, Jamie Kayser, Kelebogile Douse, Monique Balie, Tarryn Barry, Malakhiwe Hoffman, Mateenah Langford, Sarah Werth and Octavia Johannes (on her absence). SCA committee also thanks the work crew that assisted the whole weekend whom is Tatum Boswell, Brazil Killian, Justine Mattys and Q-Lynn Davids. 
We acknowledge the matrics whom will sadly be leaving us at the end of 2018. This being, Octavia Johannes, Mateenah Langford and Sarah Werth. Your hard work and dedication to the committee has been noticed, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 
We are looking forward to next year's SU Camp to make more, amazing memories!

 April 19, 2018
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overview of our clubs

BY Heads of Societies, Megan van der Merwe and Omhle Bissett

By Shakhira Cornelius

Band creates an environment where you can express yourself through the instrument you play . Although we are free spirited , we are still driven hard by ambition and try to achieve our goals by performing wherever and whenever we can. We try to have as much fun as possible while doing the best we can and try to create a friendly environment through our performances .

By Chulumanco Mayi
The Choir is an ensemble of approximately 80 Choristers and our Conductor, Miss Mintoor, whom are binded together by sweet choral music. It's a sanctuary for the song birds whom find refuge in the diverse sound of angelic voices sung as one in choral music. The Choir is split into four groups,; thus being the First and Second
Sopranos and Altos, respectively. It partakes in many festivals and national completions such as the ATKV, George Choir Festival; having left all audiences astonished, and a well deserved top of the range award many a time. Choristers who've shown great commitment and consistency stand a chance to be a part of the Choir Committee ,and could be chosen as either Head or Deputy of the society by the choir. It's indeed prestigious to be titled such as it shapes one's name within the Institution in a positive light. As it's not a walk in the park to teach numerous songs to a humongous group of girls, Choristers have the individual responsibility to be attentive and cooperative at all times during rehearsals in order to meet the end goal. For entry and enquiries, auditions are held and
handled by Miss Mintoor. The Choir affords one many travelling opportunities, exposure to diverse choral music sung by other choirs; but more importantly, establishes a home away from home for fellow choristers because Music
is the universal language whereby man is able to share common ground with one another.

Computer club
By Sarah Werth
The computer lab, is a place where any Riebeek girl can use the computers to,print things and use the internet for any school projects.The computer lab is open from 14:00 - 15:00 after school, from Mondays to Thursdays and at Second breaks from Monday to Thursday. 

Cultural Board
By Sinovuyo Madlavu
The Cultural Board is known as the “Crème de la crème” of the school cultural sphere. This is the committee that oversees all cultural and service events that take place at the school. The Cultural Board either runs of helps and almost every major event that Riebeek hosts. It is made up of the Heads of all the different societies, as well as a few selected learners who apply to serve on the Cultural Board. Being a member of the Cultural Board offers learners a unique opportunity to gain organisational, time-management and leadership skills – which are all essential for life after high school. One of Riebeek’s main goals is to sculpt well-rounded young ladies and being a part of the Cultural Board, in any capacity, does exactly that. 
Dance committee
By Busiswe Setlai
The Dance Committee is the school's social events planning committee. Orgainising the three main events on the school's social calendar for the year . These events are The Valentine's Dance , Miss Riebeek and The Matric Farewell . With a committee of thirteen girls , this year , a lot of thinking and brainstorming has taken place within the committee . Both the Valentines dance and the Matric Farwell has been a huge success.
Drama Club
By Pumelela kwanini
The first drama rehearsal for 2018 was quite something. The girls showed great enthusiasm and brought along a positive attitude. We were given a chance to introduce ourselves as the drama cast and committee members, and also share something about ourselves. Ms Meyers gave us a brief explanation of what drama is all about and what will be expected from all of us. The production for 2018 will be titled: “Mzansi Youth, Let hope arise.” With about  40 girls part of our cast, it will most definitely be a success. We are all extremely excited and ready to put in all the hard work that will make the 2018 drama production a success .
Evolutio Club
By Valentina Longari
Evolutio is a society dedicated to the arts, literature, poetry, singing, dancing and painting. It is masterfully looked after by Mrs Peltason and consists of learners with an unyielding passion for any form of art. The head of Evolutio is Valentina Longari and the deputy head is Taryn Barry. Evolutio’s main event is their annual showcase in which people talented in all forms of art are invited to come and portray it. This event is always well attended and themed. Other events include attending Shakespeare in the Park, visiting the art gallery in Port Elizabeth and planning and hosting short story and poetry competitions.
First aid club
By Natalie Petzer
The first aid committee has not stumbled across any challenges that we could not overcome. We worked well together at the annual team building. Although we didn't come first this time , we had a whole lot of fun getting to know each other’s strengths, weaknesses and abilities. First aid is not only about involving yourself with others but also putting the  needs of others before your own. The first aid committee is both well trained and organized. They are eagerly ready to help others and even save lives. We take our responsibilities very seriously and we are eager for the year to come.
Going Green
By Amy Schambril 
The Going Green club is full of ladies that are all passionate about saving the environment. Animals, plants and recycling words in the going green vocabulary. Making a big difference in our world can be accomplished by doing small things that all add up to one major impact. The Going Green club strives to raise awareness of environmental issues currently affecting the earth such as the impact of plastic straws on ecosystems such as the ocean. Their goal then is to encourage the Riebeek ladies to take action against these issues. Long term endeavors include starting their own flower garden and visiting animal rehabilitation centers. The club has taken part in activities such as growing their own "bean plant babies" which they all named,  a recyclable fashion show, and a cake sale. Going Green takes places every Wednesday from 14:00 to 15:00
Interact Club
By Octavia Johannes
The Interact club brings together young people to develop their leadership skills, while discovering the power of Service Above Self. The benefits of this committee is that we are able to take action and make a difference in our school as well as in our community. We get to discover new cultures and promote international understanding. We become a leaders in our school as well as in our community. We have fun and make new  friends with other pupils at other schools.
Interact is certainly a very eventful committee. We have an annual workers hampers collection, that is handed to our grounds and kitchen staff. Last year we’ve introduced 2 new projects. They are the “Matric School Shoe Collection” as well as “Biscuits for Christmas” in aid of charity. We have various visits to old age homes, where we brighten up their day. Interact also co-ordinates an Easter egg collection for Oosterland Children’s Home. Another collection we have is our Winter Box Collection during which, essential items are distributed to underprivileged children. We also continue to raise awareness and funds for Polio with our Polio Project. Interact has recently also started volunteer work at Bayworld. This has become out newest annual planned excursion. In addition to these activities, we have regular litter clean-ups around the school and multiple civvies days and cake sales for fundraising.
Interact Board works closely with Interact Club, trying our best to get them involved whenever we can. We invite the club members to take part in our cake sales and some of our excursions , hoping to maintain their interest and involvement in the committee’s activities.
Without the girls who have been a dedicated embodiment of our motto, “ Service Above Self" these events wouldn’t be able to be the success they are. We always carry the attitude of an Interacted wherever we go so that we can continue to make a difference.

By Ahlumile Mali
As the Library committee we consist of eight library prefects and seven monitors. The prefects are in charge of issuing and returning books on the computer. Monitors are in charge of shelving the books in their alphabetical order. For the library to function productively, general rules need to be followed. There's no eating, drinking or talking in the library. Learners are to be seated if they're not looking for a book. Learners are not allowed to issue more than two books at time. The library is a place where learners can do their research on different topics. It's also a social space where you can meet new friends. With the variety of wonderful books available, learners can expand their vocabularies. We've had a great start to the year and can't wait to see what lies ahead. With the spirit of Ubuntu, feel free to donate a book and join us for our old books sale later on in the year!
Media Club
By Malakhiwe Hoffman
Media Club is an exciting and educational society where members are given numerous opportunities to develop and improve their skills in photography and journalism. Members are encouraged to take photographs at school events or freelance during break times or civvies and cake sale days and capture the spirit and enthusiasm of Riebeek girls. Media Club also gets to enjoy well organised workshops hosted by Mrs Gerber and the Media Committee. The workshops are held in Mrs Gerber's classroom straight after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are open to all girls to enjoy. The workshops provide a friendly environment for the girls to make mistakes, learn from them and equip themselves with useful skills and techniques. Old Girls are invited from time to time to be guest speakers at these workshops and they always speak about fun and amazing topics. For an example, media got to learn about to use their five senses to write poetry from Olwethu Mxoli. Media Club also learnt about journalism from Ma-aasha Ismail, and the film industry from Loren Buchner. The Media Committee gets to work closely with Mrs Gerber and have the opportunity to learn about important media aspects of the school. Such as setting up and updating the school's social media which is Facebook, Instagram, the D6, the website, the YouTube channel and the annual school magazine. Committee members are also able to cover media for school events, writing articles and taking photographs. They are also able to help Mrs Gerber with the co-ordination of the society and school formal photographs that appear in the school magazine. Committee members are in charge of updating the D6 board put out in the school foyer with highlights of school events and the weekly newsletter e-mailed to parents every Wednesday for girls, parents and visitors to look at. As a committee member, one is given a platform to showcase their skills by organising workshops, creating power points, writing event articles and taking photographs at school as media crew. Committee members, Club members and all girls are encouraged to excel in journalism and photography as a floating Oscar Award is awarded to a learner who has shown excellence and skill. It is a great privilege to serve in Media Club and as a committee member. I would like to thank Mrs Gerber for being an amazing mentor and grooming the girls. Her eager-to-teach spirit has influenced the girls to build good reputations and set high standards I'm their work and ethics.
Phly Thread Committee
By Lara Naidoo

Phylthread is a committee that aims to prevent bullying in our school and to stand up for those who are being bullied. We as a committee promote empathy, love and acceptance for all Riebeek College ladies. We have a Get together, where we all get together to talk about everyday problems that we as girls often face and try to give the best advice to each other. The Phlythread committee is there to make our school environment a happy and enjoyable one.

Quiz Club
By Romesa Muhammad

Quiz strives for excellence and always manages to teaches us something new. Quiz is a place of continuous learning and growth. We learn something new every day and Quiz is no different as it helps us to expand our knowledge.  We get to learn about our current affairs and even what happened a long time ago in the past. In Quiz questions are asked in their own categories where each learner can answer the questions in the category that they know most about. Quiz also teaches learners to work together as a team as they answer questions in their houses.
The Quiz categories are as follows: Current Affairs, Sports, History, Arts and Entertainment, People and Places, Science and Technology and Wild Card. Quiz aims to spread the love for knowledge within each learner in a number of ways. After all, knowledge is Power!

SCA Club
By Gabrielle Ownhouse

The SCA – Student Christian Association is a group of young individual learners who have a passion for Jesus and spreading the gospel. We strive to connect people to people, and people to Jesus. We do this by creating a space for teens and tweens to connect with one another in a safe environment where they can encounter God. SCA holds weekly sessions in the Student Centre where we fellowship, have fun and learn more about God’s Word. Sessions for Grade 8-12 are held on a Thursday at first break in the Student Centre. Our SU team also holds sessions for Grade 4-7 on every second Wednesday in the Student Centre at second break. Our theme for the year is #TheRealMe which corresponds well with our main verse which is Timothy 4:12-“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.”

Lara Naidoo
The SPCA is a committee that raises awareness against cruelty towards animals. We raise funds throughout the year which we hand over to the SPCA at the end of the year. To raise funds, we have numerous cake sales and a civvies day which is usually well supported. The SPCA committee has an annual SPCA visit where we hand over large amounts of dog and cat food and play with lonely dogs to get their tails wagging again.

 April 15, 2018
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