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Grade 8 orientation 2018

BY Mrs R. Meyers

On Wednesday, 17th January the Grade 8s were officially welcomed into our school with a 2 hour orientation programme presented by  Miss R. Meyers (Grade 8 Grade Head and 8C Register Teacher), Mrs J. Myburg (8G Register Teacher), Mrs H. Ferreira (8R Register Teacher) and Mrs K. Stear (Principal).
The presentation was interactive with the purpose of informing the Grade 8s of the rules and regulations of our school, the Riebeek way of life and to prepare them on a practical basis for the transition from junior to senior school.
Amongst the topics discussed were: “How to achieve academic success”; “Conflict resolution in the classroom”; “The power of peer pressure”; and “The importance of extra-curricular activities”.
Mrs Stear also spoke to the girls about our new initiative called “Spirit of the College”, this initiative encourages learners to participate in school activities and to be part of  Riebeek life. The school’s vision for 2018 was also shared: “Ubuntu”. We explained to the girls that we would like our school to be a place where our interactions are based on our inter-connectivity, where the Riebeek Tribe practice compassion, kindness, generosity, respect, honesty and conscious awareness and asked them assist in achieving and sustaining our goals because Riebeek is a special place with a great spirit.
We would like to thank Mrs K. Stear, Mrs S. Gerber, Miss R. Meyers, Mrs J. Myburg and Mrs H. Ferreira for their immaculate input in ensuring that the Grade 8 orientation programme would be a huge success, and it was. Lastly, WE would like to thank the Grade 8s of 2018 for their amazing school spirit, being hopeful and excited to start their high school careers. May your new journey at Riebeek College be far and beyond what you imagined.

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 January 21, 2018
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peter Pan team building

BY Drew MInter

The club committees got together on Friday 19 January and took a trip around Riebeek’s very own Neverland as the annual team building afternoon’s theme was Peter Pan.  The event was filled with spirited Peter Pans and Captain Hooks  enthusiastically searching for Grade 9s dressed up as characters. Cultural Board  was placed in first place, Interact in second place and Computer Club was placed third. Because of the humidity, the teams then moved to the hall to test out their beautiful karaoke voices. Drama took everything to the next level and won the Best Spirit Award while Phly Thread won best dressed as crocodiles. The atmosphere was filled with laughs and team banter followed by spectacular team work uniting all committees. Thank you to Mateenah Langford and the Cultural Board, with the help of Mrs Gerber, for the well organized event. The  Technical Crew are thanked for stepping in when the heat became too much and turned this year’s Team Building into an afternoon of absolute fun for us all to enjoy. Well done to the Grade 8s who joined teams to fill gaps and earned the first Spirit of the College signatures to contribute towards their awards.  Well done to the Grade 9s who were our hidden characters and dressed up so well.

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 January 21, 2018
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Sport and Society - an introduction

BY By Sinovuyo Madlavu

The annual Sports and Societies’ Fair was a wonderful way to start off the Riebeek cultural calendar. It is always amazing to see the excitement throughout the high school during this event. Sports and Societies’ fair is used as a platform to promote all the different clubs and sports in the school and to encourage learners to become more involved. This year, we are excited to announce the introduction of 2 new sports – volleyball and netball, as well as 2 new clubs – Band and Chess. We are also starting a grade 8 initiative called, the “Spirit of the College”. This was brought in to involve the younger grades more in extra mural school life, as most club committees can only be joined from Grade 10. Spirit of the College is a way for the Grade 8s to get recognition for their contribution and participation in societies and school life. There are several rewards for this participation; the highest of these being awarded a “Spirit of the College” badge that learners may keep until matric. There are truly no downsides to being involved at Riebeek!  This will help girls when they apply for committees to prove that they have shown an interest and deserve to be considered for committees and for awards. The heads of societies are congratulated on the decor of their tables and their ability to answer hundreds of questions in a short time. With 18 societies and 6 sports (including Chess), there is something for everyone!

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 January 21, 2018
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Die Burger Youth Leaders’ Conference

BY Sinovuyo Madlavu

The role of the youth in building an inclusive society – this was the theme of this phenomenal conference. It all began on Friday, 8 December with a meet and greet of all the other young head leaders from the various schools across the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape.
After familiarising ourselves with each other, we were introduced to Mr. Schreuder, the head of the Western Cape Education Department, and our co-ordinator for the duration of the week. The conference was officially opened by Prof. Nico Koopman, the Vice-Rector of Stellenbosch University.
Our second day was one of sight-seeing. We visited the Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront and watched South Africa demolish Russia (40 – 5) in the sevens rugby.
On the following day, we visited the Groote Kerk, were we learnt more about the history of the church. This was followed by an art appreciation session delivered by Ms Louw from the Western Cape Education Department.
The conference officially kicked off on Monday, 11 December, with speeches from group 1, on the topic: the role of the youth in building an inclusive society through education. The group was followed by guest speaker, Prof. Johnothan Jansen, who left us with the following words: “We are all human, before we are different races and cultures” and this is the key to building an inclusive future for us all.
After Prof. Jansen’s captivating talk, we were off to Stellenbosch University. Upon arrival, we were introduced to and had the opportunity to interact with the Rector, Prof. Wim de Villiers. To end our day off, Stellenbosch University treated us to dinner at Beyerskloof Wynplaas, where we were accompanied by many members of the university’s staff.
Group 2 delivered their speeches the following day on the topic: Building an inclusive society through socio-economic development. They were followed by Dr Braam Hanekom who raised the importance of hope in building an inclusive society, because, in his words: “poverty is not a lack of food or clothing; it’s a lack of hope.”
After the speeches we had the opportunity to visit The Cape Town Heart Museum. Here we got a deep dive into Dr Christiaan Barnard, not only as a doctor but as a person – his family, life and character. We also had the privilege of sitting in the exact room where the world’s first ever successful heart transplant was carried out. It was truly an amazing experience and the life-sized replicas of the doctors and patients made it even more so.
To end the day with some entertainment, we organised a house concert for all to enjoy the hidden talents that many of our fellow youth leaders possessed. The performances ranged from violinists to monologues to dancers and even boy bands performing Abba songs. This was definitely one of the greatest highlights of the week!
The last group finally delivered their speeches on “The role of the youth in building an inclusive society by building the economy.” And our final guest speaker was Mr Edmund Jeneker. With this being our last full day, it ended with a closing dinner at Kelvin Grove, where we each received honorary certificates. To mark the end of our time together, we had a sokkie and games night that lasted all night.
The last day was a sad one as we had to bid farewell to all the new friends we had just made.
When I first arrived, I didn’t think that the conference would be suitable for me as it was entirely in Afrikaans, as were majority of the other youth leaders. But as it turns out, this didn’t prove to be a problem at all and I must say that my Afrikaans vocabulary has increased extensively, thanks to my fellow youth leaders. This just goes to show that “barriers” like language and race aren’t really barriers at all, because we are all human before we are anything else.
 
 
 
 
 

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 January 12, 2018
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Welcome, ms barnard

BY Administrator

Ms Kath Barnard joins the Riebeek staff as a high school English teacher.  Here she tells us a bit about herself: “Having spent most of my life in Grahamstown, I attended St Andrews Prepartory School followed by the Diocesan School for Girls, where I matriculated from. 
 
From school I followed in the footsteps of my paternal grandparents and parents, and attended Rhodes University. There I read for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political and International Studies, and Anthropology. During my undergraduate years, I minored in English Language and Linguistics, isiXhosa Non-Mother Tongue, and English.
 
Following my BA, I completed an Honours degree in Anthropology at Rhodes University. The focus of my research and thesis in this degree was in the manner in which kinship is negotiated in relation to social security. 
 
Once I had completed my Honours, I knew it was time to pursue a key passion of mine, teaching! I enrolled for  PGCE at Rhodes University, and joined both my paternal grandparents and my parents in having attained teaching qualifications from Rhodes University.
 
I grew up surrounded by teaching, schools and social development. The values instilled in me by my family and by my education mean that for the most part, my greatest aspirations for my teaching is that it is meaningful! 
 
I have a huge love for reading and writing, and am frequently found with a book in my hand (or bag). I am a runner, though very slow! I very proudly ran my first half marathon in 2017. I am passionate about social justice, so have spend much of my time volunteering, particularly with literacy projects. I love cooking, laughing and afternoon naps!
 
My favourite words are those from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “Do not raise your voice, improve your argument”. It is a mantra I keep close to my heart.”
 

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 January 11, 2018
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Welcome, Mr Bowles

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Mr Ryan Bowles joins our staff as a high school teacher and tells us a bit about himself: "I was born in East London and I completed my matric at Port Rex Technical High School. I worked at the Hilton Hotel Isle of Man for two years before I started working as a teacher and started my studies through Unisa. I have completed 9 years of teaching both primary and high school. I worked at a private school in Fort Beaufort before making my move to Riebeek College. My favourite subject to teach is Mathematics but I have also taught subjects like Physical Science, Geography, EGD and Technology. My hobbies include a wide variety of sport and outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, golf, motocross and tennis. I recently got engaged and my fiancé is currently working as a grade 3 teacher in Cradock."

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 January 11, 2018
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Matric results

BY Malakhiwe Hoffman

Riebeek College is very proud of its matric class of 2017 who obtained a 100% pass rate with an excellent 93,75% bachelor pass. The teachers of Riebeek College proudly congratulated the matric class as they received their results after waiting anxiously for what seemed to be a long time. Jessica Schoeman who attained fantastic results of 7 distinctions said, "Waiting for the results was just plain nerve wracking. All I could do was hope I achieved what I worked so hard for. It wasn't easy but my Matric year was the best moment in my school life. I have realised now how much Riebeek has prepared me for the future. The teachers are so dedicated and I'm sure I wouldn't have attained 7 distinctions if it wasn't for their support. My next step would be to study software development at NMU." There were many more fantastic results achieved by the matric class such as Lauren Campbell, deputy headgirl, and Jamie-Lee Daniels who both got 6 distinctions. Jamie-Lee said, "Matric year gave me a lot to handle throughout the year. My social life was also a lot, Riebeek helped me realise how I had to learn how to separate what is important from what is just a waste of time. So I was taught how to develop tunnel vision and that is what I am taking away with me. I am thrilled to step into the future and study medicine at Stellenbosch although I will miss the legends of the class of 2017. I am looking forward to our 10th year anniversary with genuine excitement." Although they are parting ways with Riebeek to pursue their bright futures, they will always remember their journey through high school and will never forget the sisters they have made and the legendary legacy they have built. Headgirl, Ambesa Daniels said, "The whole dynamic of this school is just excellent, I am so proud of my sisters. To all those who will follow the last of the 90's kids, we have set the bar now it's up to you to raise it even higher. It's that easy, really."

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 January 07, 2018
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Liqhawe Nogampula

BY GRADE 7 FAREWELL PARTY

"It's not just about having memories. It's also about making new ones that'll last a lifetime." - Amahle Ntabeni. Grade 7 was an awesome year and a pool party was just the perfect way to end it off, but it wasn't just our final pool party... it was also a party for Mrs Chrysostomou's birthday which is in December.  It was the first time she celebrated her birthday at school. The theme, which was Tropical, got girls dressed up in Hawaiian and pineapple themed outfits. Everyone contributed towards a gift for Mrs Chrysostomou and made it a  memorable occasion for all. The party was the perfect way to get us ready for exams as it was a break which we all needed. It was a day of celebration and looking back on previous years as we had our Final Assembly earlier on that day. The assembly got some in tears, but the pool party replaced those tears with smiles and laughter. Mrs Woods planned everything to a tee, making sure that Mrs Chrysostomou didn't know what was happening. The girls suprisingly kept the secret from her and on the day made sure that she enjoyed it. The girls partied around the pool for two lessons and we had a splash. Thank you to our teachers, Mrs Woods and Mrs Chrysostomou, for all the effort that the put into making our Grade 7 year a fun and enjoyable year. Thank you to Mrs Stear for allowing us to have such an eventful day and, finally, thank you to the Grade 7s for just being themselves and making every year together a memorable year.  

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 November 20, 2017
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Junior Prize-winners

BY Mrs B. Viljoen

Grade 4
 
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Merit Certificate: Katelyn Anderson, Iminathi Booysen
 
Shared 4th Prize for English; a Certificate for 3rd Position in SS; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Paige Barnes
 
A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Oarona Bloem, Vicky Hoffman, Jessica Jonker, Jasmine La Bercensie, Jade Naude, Kwakhanya Ngcingolo, Siyahluma Tyaliti, Verowsha Walton
 
Merit Certificates: Corbin Booysen, Sibabalwe Daniels, Deenah Dollie, Liyasa Gitywa, Shae Spiers, Jeané Swartbooi, Ayabulela Tom
 
Shared 4th Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 4th Position in NS/T and a Merit Certificate: Yolisa Cuba
 
2nd Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 2nd Position in NS/T and a Merit Certificate: Jordan Daba
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Ntlahla Diniso, Oyame Dow, Azania Hini, Simphiwe Mazosiwe, Sisipho Moni, Caslynn Sodien, Khanyokayise Thembani, Lunathuxolo Tys
 
A Certificate for 1st Position in NS/T and a Merit Certificate: Ayema Douw
 
1st Prize for Afrikaans; 1st Prize for English; Certificates for 1st Position in Life Skills and Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Callan Elie
 
Shared 4th Prize for Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Kimi-Lara Erasmus
 
3rd Prize for Afrikaans; shared 4th Prize for English and a Merit Certificate: Ganlin Govender
 
Shared 4th Prize for Afrikaans and a Merit Certificate: Clivea Gwa Gwa
 
3rd Prize for English; a Certificate for 4th Position in SS and a Merit Certificate: Oamagetswe Jack
 
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Ciara Jantjies, Janaan Wicomb
 
A Certificate for 3rd Position in SS and a Merit Certificate: Lauren Labercensie
 
Shared 4th Prize for Afrikaans; Certificates for 4th Position in Life Skills and 2nd Position in NS/T and a Merit Certificate: Zaneta Louis
 
A Certificate for 2nd Position in SS; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Lindokuhle Mbanga
 
2nd Prize for English; a Certificate for 1st Position in NS/T and a Merit Certificate: Riddhi Mistry
 
A Certificate for 3rd Position in NS/T and a Merit Certificate: Nicole Mitchell
 
Shared 1st Prize for Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Tamarin Ramasammy-Cook
 
Certificates for 3rd Position in LS and SS and a Merit Certificate : Ingilosi Rune
 
3rd Prize for Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Lisakhanya Singeni
 
Shared 1st Prize in Mathematics; a Certificate for 2nd Position in LS; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Keesha van der Bergh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grade 5
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Jade Afrikaner, Buhlebenkosi April, Inam Festile, Nakeixha Hendricks, Anika La Bercensie, Kassidy Lottering, Linathi Mandla, Iviwe Mdekazi, Lithemba Ngqamfana, Emihle Yondzi, Oluhle Zinto
 
Merit Certificates: Taytum-Paige Bosch, Hlumelo Lucas, Linathi Nkomo
 
Shared 4th Prize for English and a Merit Certificate: Leya Bosman
 
A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Tylah Brink, Celine Dinie, Teshnika Lewis, Doné September
 
A Certificate for 2nd Position in LS: Jazlyn Crowley
 
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Allyson Cunningham, Simxabisile Tayi
 
1st Prize for Mathematics and Afrikaans; shared 4th Prize for English; a Certificate for 1st Position in NS/Tech; a Merit Certificate and a
Certificate for Full Attendance: Dayna Dennis
 
A Certificate for 4th Position in NS/Tech; a Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Merit Certificate: Gabriella Hardman
 
4th Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 3rd Position in SS and a Merit Certificate: Angela Miles
 
A Certificate for 2nd Position in LS; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Amy Muller
 
2nd Prize for English; Certificates for 2nd Position in SS; 3rd Position in LS; 4th Position in NS/Tech; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Lana Peters
 
3rd Prize for English; a Certificate for 4th Position in SS and a Merit Certificate: Poshika Ramsamy
 
A Certificate for 3rd Position in NS/Tech and a Merit Certificate: Tazmia Savahl
 
3rd Prize for Afrikaans; 4th Prize for Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Ashleigh Scharnick
 
A Certificate for 2nd Position in NS/Tech; a Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Merit Certificate: Amy Scott
 
3rd Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 4th Position in NS/Tech; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Isenathi Tom
 
A Certificate for 4th Position in LS; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Lucy van Heerden
 
A Certificate for 4th Position in LS: Chané van Jaarsveld
 
1st Prize for English; 2nd Prize for Mathematics and Afrikaans; Certificates for 1st Position in LS and SS; 3rd Position in NS/Tech; a Certificate for Outstanding Work in isiXhosa as a Second Additional Language and a Merit Certificate: Rebecca Wilkinson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grade 6
 
Merit Certificates: Tasmin Andrews, Kelsey Dinie, Thaakirah Dolley, Carys George, Eesha Nathoo
 
A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Tegan Brown, Chulummanco Nkholi, Kamvalethu Xego
 
A Certificate for 3rd Position in SS; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Zoë Craill
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Shelby De Kock, Emihle Dube, Alutha Fiyani, Chantell Godoma, Zodidi Gomomo, Agcobile Goqwana, Janine Hendricks, Kwakhanya Mali, Amber Manuel, Khanya Matana, Naledi Mavata, Khazimla Mlilwana, Lifa Mtshikwana, Aphiwe Ntshiza, Emihle Pezisa, Siyasanga Saul, Sisipho Somya, Sitha Tshete
 
A Certificate for 3rd Position in LS; a Certificate for Outstanding Work in isiXhosa as a Second Additional Language; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Jessé De Vos
 
1st Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 3rd Position in NS/Tech and a Merit Certificate: Reutloue Dunywa
 
Certificates for 4th Position in LS and SS and a Merit Certificate : Aeryn Ferreira
 
Shared 2nd Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 4th Position in LS and a Merit Certificate: Kate-Lynn Forbes
 
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Libby Klassen, Robyn Richards
 
4th Prize for English; shared 2nd Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 4th Position in NS/Tech and a Merit Certificate: Jihaad Ravat
 
1st Prize for English; 2nd Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 2nd Position in NS/Tech and 4th Position in SS; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Makagonaishe Rwodzi
 
A Certificate for 2nd Position in LS and a Merit Certificate: Shanique Scharnick
 
2nd Prize for English; 1st Prize for Afrikaans; shared 3rd Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 3rd Position in NS/Tech; 2nd Position in SS and a Merit Certificate: Salmah Salie
 
3rd Prize for English; shared 2nd Prize for Afrikaans; shared 3rd Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 1st Positions in NS/Tech and SS and a Merit Certificate: Samantha Seifert
 
A Certificate for 1st Position in LS and a Merit Certificate: Sarah-Leigh Thompson
 
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Emihle Sangotsha
 
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness: Emmanuella Vumazonke
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grade 7
 
Certificates for 3rd position in Creative Arts; Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Racheal Akilo
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Mbasakazi Bantom, Tenique Boswell, Carly Erasmus, C’ Enia Haarhoff, Aphelele Kilane, Vuyolwethu Mxoli, Aluve Ndlovu, Likhona Ngaphi, Kholosa Ngcanga, Ahlume Nxele, Thimna Sobhekwa, Monica Stokwe, Likhona Zoyane
 
Certificates for 4th Position in Technology; Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Liyema Banzi
                                                                       
2nd Prize for Afrikaans; a Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Nastassja Bezuidenhout
 
A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Khanyisa Butana, Zenande Daniels
 
1st Prize and the Cheryl Snyman Trophy for Afrikaans; 2nd Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 4th Position in Creative Arts; 3rd Position in Economic Management Sciences; 4th Position in Life Orientation; 1st Position in Natural Sciences; 1st Position in Technology; A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Chrizney Butler
 
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Chwayita Hanabe, Siyanda Makalima
 
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Avery-Leigh Kayster, Lynn-Marie Nel
 
A Merit Certificate : Pholisa Madlavu, Megan Potgieter
 
2nd Prize for English; 3rd Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 3rd Position in Creative Arts; 2nd Position in Life Orientation; 4th Position in Natural Sciences; 3rd Position in Social Sciences; 4th Position in Technology; A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Sarah Mc Farlane
 
1st Prize and the Marilyn Woods Trophy for English; 3rd Prize for Afrikaans; 1st Prize and the Hutton Trophy for Mathematics; Certificates for 1st Position in Creative Arts; 2nd Position in Economic Management Sciences; 1st Position in Life Orientation; 2nd Position in Natural Sciences; 1st Position in Social Sciences; 2nd Position in Technology; A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Liqhawe Nogampula
 
3rd Prize for English; 4th Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 1st Position in Economic Management Sciences; 3rd Position in Life Orientation; 2nd Position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Amahle Ntabeni
 
A Certificate for 4th Position in Creative Arts and a Merit Certificate: Georgia Ownhouse
 
4th Prize for English; Certificates for 2nd Position in Creative Arts; 4th Position in Economic Management Sciences; 3rd Position in Natural Sciences; 4th Position in Social Sciences; Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Amy Reed
 
Certificates for 3rd Position in Technology; Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Megan Rudman
 
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Jameelah Sirkhotte
 
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Alexandra Sitole
 
4th Prize for Afrikaans and a Merit Certificate: Miacarla Tee
 
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Aphelele Toyis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPORTS AWARDS
 
GYMNASTICS (Physical Education)
 
The BEV MACDONALD FLOATING TROPHY for a promising Student in Physical Education: Deenah Dollie
McINTYRE TROPHY for Physical Education (Awarded to a Grade 4 or Grade 5 pupil for enthusiastic participation): Nikaylynne Ford
DR DE GROOT TROPHY for Primary Physical Education (Awarded to a Grade 6 or Grade 7 pupil for enthusiastic participation): Kate-Lynn Forbes
The McPHERSON CUP for Inter-Class Physical Education: Grade 6R (Miss Hattingh)
 
HOCKEY
 
The MARILYN WOODS TROPHY (Awarded to a promising Hockey Player): Kate-Lynn Forbes
The PRIMARY HOCKEY TROPHY (For Sportsmanship and Team Spirit): Kayla Minnaar
The PRIMARY HOCKEY CUP (Awarded to a player who displays enthusiasm and determination for this sport): Sarah Mc Farlane
The PRIMARY SECOND TEAM HOCKEY TROPHY (Awarded to a 2nd team player who displays dedication and passion for the sport): Chwayita Hanabe
The BRENNAN TROPHY (The U/14 HOCKEY CUP awarded to a promising player in Grade 5): Taytum-Paige Bosch              
The SALLY DE BEER TROPHY (For a most improved Grade 4 mini-hockey player): Sarah Ann Borstnar
The SANDRA JANEKE TROPHY (Awarded to a promising FORWARD player in the Junior School 1st Team): C’enia Haarhoff
The IRIS VAGHI TROPHY (Awarded to a promising DEFENCE player in the Junior School 1st Team): shared by Roshaan May and Aphelele Toyis
 
TENNIS
 
The CORRIE ABBOTT CUP (For Junior Inter – Grade Tennis): Grade 5
The JUNIOR UNDER 12 SINGLES CHAMPION, The JUNIOR OPEN SINGLES CHAMPION, The VIVIENNE DRUCE CUP (For a promising tennis player in the Junior School): Allyson Cunningham
The JUNIOR UNDER 12 DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: Allyson Cunningham, Kate-Lynn Forbes       
The JUNIOR OPEN DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: Allyson Cunningham, Chulummanco Nkohli
The McINTYRE TENNIS TROPHY (For enthusiasm and Determination): Chulummanco Nkohli
IRIS MYBURG Junior Inter – House Shield: Elton
MATT THURLEY AWARD (For a promising beginner): Jessica Jonker
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
 
CHOIR AWARDS (3 Years participation): Tasmin Andrews, Francesca Davids, Aeryn Ferreira, Lindokuhle Gosani, Neo Matsuso, Siyavuya Moyake, Faith Müller, Tammy Petzer, Megan Potgieter, Robyn Richards, Rethabile van Roodt
CHOIR AWARDS (4 Years participation): Avery-Leigh Kayster
The S.P.C.A. INTER-CLASS TROPHY (Betty Lynch Trophy): Grade 4R (Mrs Viljoen)
The VAN VUUREN AWARD (For the Best Speaker in the Primary Oratory Contest in Grade 4 and Grade 5): Rebecca Wilkinson
The BERYL VAN HEERDEN CUP (For the Best Speaker in the Primary Oratory Contest in Grade 6 and Grade 7): Kate-Lynn Forbes
The MOST HELPFUL AND COURTEOUS CLASS AWARD: Grade 6R (Miss Hattingh)    
PENNACCHINI TROPHY (Senior General Knowledge): Sarah Mc Farlane
The ROSEBOWL (Junior General Knowledge): shared by Dayna Dennis and Poshika Ramsamy
The REICH XHOSA CUP (This is presented to the most diligent pupil whose First Language is NOT isiXhosa): Chrizney Butler
The JANETTE TROPHY for Junior Bilingualism: Dayna Dennis
The DODD TROPHY for Senior Bilingualism: Liqhawe Nogampula
The RABIE TROPHY JUNIOR INTER-STANDARD SCHOLARSHIP CUP: Grade 5
 
PREMIER AWARDS
 
PRIZES FOR FULL ATTENDANCE throughout the Primary School: Tenique Boswell, Khanyisa Butana, Chrizney Butler, Zenande Daniels, Liqhawe Nogampula, Ahlume Nxele, Likhona Zonyane
The BERYL VAN HEERDEN MEMORIAL CUP for sustained effort in Grade 7: Neo Matsuso
The MAYOR’S TROPHY for the Best All-Rounder in Grade 7: Sarah Mc Farlane
The MOLLY SELLICK CUP (Awarded to an outstanding Prefect in Grade 7): Liqhawe Nogampula
The SPIRIT AWARD: Iviwe Majweta
The SHERYL MOORE TROPHY (For Good Fellowship in Grade 7): Liqhawe Nogampula
The AMBASSADOR AWARD (Awarded to a pupil in Grade 7 for her appearance, deportment, conduct, courtesy, enthusiasm, academic qualities and extra-mural activities): shared by Sarah Mc Farlane and Liqhawe Nogampula
The YOUNG TROPHY for courage in adversity: Emaleigh Bosch          
The HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD: Liqhawe Nogampula
The DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD: Amahle Ntabeni
The JAYDE TROPHY is awarded to a Grade 7 girl who encompasses all the Fruit of the Spirit: Avery-Leigh Kayster
The PRIMARY SCHOOL DUX: Liqhawe Nogampula
Principal’s Cup: Mrs C. Snyman
Freedom of the School: Dr R. Boucher

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 October 28, 2017
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Principal's cup

BY Mrs K. Stear

THE PRINCIPAL’S AWARD 
Citation by Mrs K. Stear for the awarding of this trophy to Mrs C. Snyman
This special award was introduced by Mrs Natalie Stear, a very special person and my Mother-in-Law in 2000, the year she retired. I feel honoured to be able to present this Premier Award to a very special person this morning.

This year has been a year of great change and learning for me and I have received much sound advice and support from this quiet, humble and unassuming person who deserves to be honoured. I am proud to announce that the recipient of this award this year is Mrs Cheryl Snyman.
Mrs Snyman has guided and supported me this year as I learn to hold the reins of Riebeek College. I value her considered opinions, loyalty, thoughtfulness and her truthfulness. She is an administrator of note, and pays attention to detail to ensure that all aspects of her planning run true to form.
Mrs Snyman’s integrity, record-keeping, work ethic and dedication to Riebeek College have proved to be a wonderful protective shield for me in this, my first year, as Principal. She insists on correct procedure and is highly efficient at honouring the many meaningful traditions that need to be protected and continued at the school.
Mrs Snyman is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award. She is a person you can trust implicitly and as Warren Bennis and Bert Nanus said, “Trust is the emotional glue that binds followers and leaders together” Mrs Snyman, all at Riebeek do trust you implicitly.
Congratulations Mrs Snyman, and know that you have earned this award of which you can be suitably proud.
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 October 28, 2017
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Head Girl's speech at Valedictory

BY Ambesa Daniels

Valedictory - derived from the Latin word "Valedicere" meaning to bid farewell.
A very good morning to Mrs Stear, staff and learners, family and friends and a bitter sweet greeting and, soon, a farewell to the Class of 2017.
Contrary to popular belief, today does not mark the end of our journey - our journey still continues beyond high school - it is rather a milestone on the road to something different. The purpose is not to mourn the loss of the Riebeek family in our day-to-day lives, but rather to celebrate what we have experienced so far and to celebrate this significant stage in our development as ladies.
At the Muir College speech night, Standard bank provincial manager Mr Gary Markson said, "my life has been punctuated by angels". I have no doubt that the matrics will agree that looking out at a hall full of people who have been blessings in the past 9 years, we can't help but to be blinded by the array of halos before us. Encounters with the people gathered here this morning have helped to shape us into the ladies that we have become.
I would like to acknowledge those angels, but so many of their angel wings are not seen by the average eye, so believe me when I say it is not possible to thank every angel. Thank you to our parents for their patience and love.  And a special I love you to a certain Mrs Daniels in the audience. Thank you to every teacher who has had an impact on us and done so much more that teach us the syllabus. Thank you to the office staff, the ground staff, the prefect body, the Grade 4s for the hugs, the Grade 11s for providing reasons to laugh at youth, and Mrs Snyman and Mrs Stear.
Allow me to rewind to 2009: A group of 70 little girls, rocking ankle length skirts, ribbons in their pigtails or no hair at all (that would be me) and uneven teeth walked into the gates of big school with the feelings of excitement and nervousness causing butterflies in their tummies. We were met by our teachers for the year, Mrs Skeates and Miss Smith. With their enthusiastic and calming nature, these two amazing teachers managed to get everyone settled in and accustomed to the shock of being in a high school. 
Thinking that we were sweet bundles of joy was everyone's first mistake as we have proven over the years to be loud and mischievous. Mrs Skeates, unfortunately, learnt this the hard way. Of the many words that could be used to describe the medical knowledge of Chené Simon in Grade 4, smart had to be scratched off the list. A magic trick attempt went wrong and resulted in her swallowing a drawing pin during one of Mrs Skeates' lessons. Mrs Skeates still has the x-rays in her class! Another two that gave her grief were Hylene and McKenzie Hill who found it impossible to share a desk. I hope the desks were bigger in the school that Hylene moved to. Poor Mrs Skeates had no other choice but to hammer a nail into the middle of the desk so that McKenzie and Hylene would stop fighting over how little space each had because of the other taking up most of it.
Then there was Clementine who left Riebeek at the end of Grade 9 for reasons completely unrelated to the story I am about to tell. Clementine's performances in Miss Smith’s class were memorable. Her singing and dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and other songs in her repertoire were, to put it lightly, loved by the deaf and appreciated by the blind.
2009 passed by swiftly and we were no longer the babies of the school anymore. We were now in the awkward space between being the leaders of the junior school, Grade 7s, and being the babies - too old to be adorable but too young to "be cool and rule".
Mrs Vermaak and Miss Arthur had no problems when it came to putting us in our place. However, the shenanigans continued when Mrs Vermaak’s class upset a student teacher. The class got into trouble for being late after first break. The student teacher warned us that if anyone set foot in the class after her at the end of second break, it would only mean trouble. Let's just say it didn't end well for us.
English with Miss Arthur included a class Zeebee, whose job was to collect scrap paper. But if you didn't cut and paste fast enough, you did not have the privilege of walking around to collect everyone’s scraps of paper. So, then no Zeebee for you! To our surprise, ma'am is a closet jokester. This side was revealed to us at the expense of Mihlali Nzimela, who also left Riebeek also for unrelated reasons to what I am about to tell you. Mihlali had to remove her wig in front of the whole class thanks to Miss Arthur’s sense of humour.
Grade 6 was the year of fast-pace living. We all remember watching Miss Johnson's door during break hoping you could finish your sammies before that door opened as it was class time the second that door opened. You also have never experienced an adrenaline rush if you have not tried to cut and paste 6 pages in 2 minutes.
We had the honour of being taught by Miss Inggs, or Mrs Panayiotou as many of you knew her, for two years. Her welcoming smile, out of the box teaching methods, words of wisdom,  encouragement and her willingness to let us play with her hair are just a few of the reasons why she is still sorely missed.
Then the much - anticipated 2012 arrived. We were the "netrics". Where this word came from, I have no idea, but we refused to be called just Grade 7s. This year marked the beginning of the homework club and our love for singing which always got us into trouble.
Grade 7 was a year of discovery. We discovered that grass could grow through tiles and that oranges bounce if frozen. Nicole Rhodes discovered that tables are not chairs. Jessica Schoeman learnt that ice cream melts when left out of the freezer overnight.  
This was also a year where everyone seemed to find it hard to get along resulting in a few arguments and talks from Mr Jonas who was not embarrassed to say it like it is. All I am going to say is that the tennis court holds a lot of memories - memories that some would love to forget.
SU camp in the same year was quite significant although we didn't realise this at the time being a lady would become an operative phrase. The last night on the camp saw many of the boys sneaking out of their dorms. Not wanting to miss out, the girls thought it would be a good idea to do the same. Liyema Douw's dorm sadly couldn't leave their room as their group leader had hidden the keys and Sandiso MacGyver Ntsele couldn't manage to retrieve the keys. A plan was devised to escape through the window and have a Muir boy catch us on the other side. This plan, of course, failed but the significant part was when a gentleman addressed us as LADIES when telling us not to be too loud and risk getting caught.
And indeed, we had reached the transition phase from Riebeek Girl to Riebeek lady. In the following year, we were the babies of the senior school. We were joined by many and a few left the school, but this change was expected and the new-bees were warmly welcomed into the family.
2013 - 2014 were the years of colour blocking, nerd glasses, magic lip gloss peace signs and a weirdly strong force of gravity that would only be experienced when taking photograph. I present to you Exhibit A - Sanelisiwe Jikeka and Lelona Myira will demonstrate the pose. For the sake of everyone's reputation, it would be a safer to fast forward past these years as the details are tragic.
Grade 10 finally came and we were expected to finally grow up - another bummer for our hopeful teachers and parents was that we did not conform this growing up in Grade 10 thing. Shannon Richards was elected RCL, after Mr Calitz suggested it as a joke, and she was a great part time RCL member.
From Mr Calitz we learned not to have break away conversations during class discussions, a bite is not a whole sandwich and that it is in your best interest to hand assignments in on time to avoid sitting for an hour on a Friday for "special LO didactical aid".
From Mr Hoare we were taught to start from the very beginning; it's a very good place to start. From Mrs Gunter we learnt how to say water. Mrs du Plessis was on the verge of giving up trying to explain why certain balances were on the debit side and others on the credit. Mrs Ferreira was always confused by Ambesa Kasibe and didn't know how many times she would  have to teach her the difference between a colander and a sieve during practicals. But her most mind boggling question was "Kan Ambesa Engels praat?".  From Mrs Mapoma's choice of oral topics, everyone learned how to give weather forecasts and more about water, but this time not said with an American  accent of Mrs Gunter. Grade 11 arrived and we were almost at the finish line but that seemed to be the year that dragged the most. A highlight for this year had to be unintentionally tricking the entire school into thinking that a fight had broken out. All we had innocently done is start clapping and cheering for no particular reason. This resulted in the entire school rushing to see what was happening and Mrs Hickson having to karate chop through the crowd of excited learners to stop a non-existent fight.
Then, at long last, matric was no longer a future destination, it was a reality. At that point, it was clear that everyone had given up on trying to get us to behave like normal people.
To their surprise though we came to the realisation that "Being female is a matter if birth and being a woman is a matter of age, but being a lady is a matter of choice". This year we chose to finally blossom into true Riebeek ladies - the one of a kind batch that is "the last of the 90s kids" and all-around LEGEN17ARY.
 We became a tight unit and aimed to uplift school spirit. This could be seen at the gala and in our participation in other inter-house events. In between the hard work and studying, we managed to find time to send our teachers on a treasure hunt (with us being the treasure of course), look effortlessly gorgeous at our farewell; and the Qhama Jonas and Andisiwe Dyala tag team always found the time to catch up on the one factor that maintains your sanity during the year: sleep (in class).
But we can't escape the inevitable and we have to acknowledge that a big part of today is saying goodbye. So I thought long and hard and decided to say farewell with that one thing that's always brought us together - music.
Over the past 9 years, you, ladies, have become my sisters and I've grown to care about each and every one of you so much that "darling I would catch a greenade for ya". I don't always say it but "I've loved you for a thousand years and I'll love you for a thousand more". When those tears creep up on you telling you that "if we walk our separate ways, everyday it'll rain" just "shake them off, shake them off". Today is a nostalgic day but "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Just "keep our love in a photograph where our eyes are never closing, hearts are never broken and time's forever frozen still". "And although we've come to the end of THIS road" there is more road left to travel tall upon.
I wish you all of the best for the upcoming finals and hope that you know that sacrificing the next six weeks will be worth it in the long run. 
And so all that's left now is for us to take some precious advice we learnt and that is when it is time to go, you should, and I quote,  "DUST".  Which means, Class of 2017, we have to clean up our act and get these finals polished (that’s dusting) and then we have to go out there and sprinkle our magic on the world and shine bright like a diamond.  Love you all, my diamonds. 
 

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 October 22, 2017
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U14/A Hockey Tour Report

BY Kate-Lynn Forbes and Liqhawe Nogampula

The best way to end the hockey season is without a doubt, a tour! On the 20th September, the Junior U14/A hockey team travelled to Plettenberg Bay.  As we were preparing and packing the bus, we were given an egg to name and look after. This was taken to heart by the girls as it was said to be their children.  The grade 6s brought along a scary-looking doll named Betty to scare the grade 7s and it worked. It also freaked out the teachers, so the grade 6s had to take special care of her and this was done by throwing her in a cupboard and locking it in when we arrived at the resort. During the duration of the tour we stayed at A Forever Resort, a beautiful place with many fun things to do such as trampolines, volleyball, boat trips and much more. On arrival, we settled in, took a walk around the resort, introduced
\our eggs and we played a game, involving our eggs. Most of the girls lost their eggs in the process as this was the plan set out by the teachers but we took the game seriously. This was a fun team builder and we realized the importance of trusting each other.  After the game, most girls went to buy snacks while the teachers bought groceries for supper. They made delicious chicken pasta which everyone enjoyed. After hard work of cooking, the girls whose eggs had broken had to wash dishes on the first night. With a positive group of young ladies, this did not seem like a task.  However, the girls sure made it fun with Shanique Sharnick making everyone laugh with her sense of humour and need for proper washing equipment which could not be fulfilled.  The night ended with the grade 6s and 7s pranking and scaring each other and concluding the evening with loads of giggles.   We began our Thursday morning with a 5.5km hike up a Robberg Mountain! This was both challenging and exciting as it was a steep mountain, daring and trying at the same time.  This was something different for all of us as the view was breath taking, with some beach stops along the way and we could spot 3 great white sharks in the water and several seals. Kate-Lynn Forbes said, “At the start of the hike, I could not look down as I fear heights, but now I have overcome that fear.”   Our next stop was our hockey match against Greenwood Bay College, which we won 1-0. This was a challenge as their team had players from grades 8-10 made up of boys and girls.  This was rather entertaining and thrilling for us as it was something different. We played our best and the outcome was magnificent, with Trunè Viljoen being determined to defend our half and Janine Hendricks (goalie) clearing those shots at goals, we were onto something from the start. Well done to our goal scorer C'enia Haarhoff for scoring our winging goal. We would also like to thank Greenwood Bay College for their hospitality and time. We then went to the beach to relax after our victory.  Thereafter, we headed back to our resort and went on a ferry ride, planned by Kayla Minnaar's parents. While on the ferry ride, we bonded, played games that our teachers taught us and believe it or not, but every time we made a mistake we did push-ups and sit ups and so did the teachers. Sarah McFarlane said, “It was amusing to see our teacher’s participating in the games as well and doing push-ups and sit ups too.”   We then had some free time to jump on the trampolines while Mr Minnaar braaied our meat.  Thank you to the Minnaar’s for a delicious meal. This was followed by a mini prize giving where we all won prizes.  Since this our final evening we kind of refused to go to bed and sat in our teacher’s chalet learning new board and card games.  With “spoons” been the popular game, there was no chance we were going to bed anytime soon.  Our morning began with C'enia Haarhoff and Liqhawe Nogampula waking up the grade 6s by screaming, "Wake up! It's 7 o'clock! Wake up!" To get the grade 7s back, the grade 6s pranked the grade 7s by throwing them with water balloons. We then shared the ballons and started throwing them at the teachers, but that did not stop them from getting us back. The teachers won that round as they were a step ahead and managed to get our last two water balloons, somehow and we only realized just before our departure. After getting ready, we went to Wimpy for breakfast where we were spoilt with bacon and eggs. Our final stop in Plettenberg Bay was Jukani Sanctuary where we saw lots of animals, including, springboks, lions, zebras, hyenas, white tigers and many more. On our way back home, everyone was sleeping on the bus ride. It was funny watching everyone fall asleep one by one. This was a clear indication of how much fun we had. We then had lunch at McDonald's which everyone was excited about. Thank you to Mrs Chrysostomou and Mrs Woods for planning such an enjoyable trip. We really had memorable moments on this tour and it wouldn't have been possible without you. Carys George said, “This was the best experience and I really hope that we get to do it again soon.” Thank you to The Minnaar family for helping us with the braai, the trailor and planning the ferry ride. This was a wonderful experience filled with lots of laughter. 
 

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 September 26, 2017
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market day

BY Mrs C. Chrysostomou and Megan Potgieter

An incredible Market Day hosted by the Riebeek College Grade 7 classes was held on 8 September.. With creative themes, delicious goodies and interesting services offered, the rest of the school spent their very last cents to enjoy and experience every bit of this fantastic day. The support was incredible and the rest of the school was eager to have 3D make-up done, paint their nails eat rotis, rice crispe treats and loads more. Mrs Chrysostomou said, "I was amazed at how the girls used their skills and creativity to produce a variety of options for the consumers. I was very impressed." The girls learnt a lot and might have realised that being an entrepreneur can be a challenging task. Megan Potgieter reports on Grade 7 Market Day on 8 September: This year's Grade 7 EMS market day was one to remember. So many wonderful eats and goodies were sold by each store. The atmosphere was filled with nerves as we had worked on this project for more than 3 weeks, but when the day came we were all excited. Our morning started off with a bit of cleaning and getting ready for the the day. All the tables were beautifully decorated according to each group's theme. When the time came to sell our products, everyone was overwhelmed by the amount of girls that bought things from their stores. Throughout the day, awesome music was played and we all danced along. A few stores sold out quite quickly in the beginning but at the end almost everyone's things were gone. Thank you so much to all the teachers that sold tokens on the day, thank you to Mrs Chrysostomou for organizing and thank you to everyone who bought everything that was on sale. This event taught us many things about entrepreneurship that we will use for the rest of our schooling career. Thank you too to Mrs T. Woods and the teachers who stepped in to help.

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 September 12, 2017
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grade 4 assembly

BY Mrs B. Viljoen

The Grade 4’s held their assembly on the 30th of August. They practiced with great excitement and enthusiasm…because they all know that practice makes perfect.
 
Their assembly had a unique setting and a valuable lesson was to be learnt at the end. Their message they wanted to get across to the junior school was approached as an experiment, called “The Apple Experiment”.
 
Two apples were used. “Apple A” and “Apple B”. These two apples looked exactly the same in appearance. Nice and kind words were said about Apple A and passed on to the learners – “You are a lovely apple”, “Your skin is beautiful”, “Oh my, what a stunning shade of red you are”. The opposite was done to Apple B. Insulting and unkind words were said to Apple B and passed on to the learners – “You are a smelly apple, I don’t even know why you exist”, “I hate your skin, so pale and dull”, “You are just a stupid little apple”.
 
Both of these apples still looked perfect on the outside but the same could not be said for how they looked on the inside. When Apple A was cut open, it was beautiful and juicy on the inside but when Apple B was cut open it was brown and bruised.
 
“When people are bullied, like Apple B, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don’t show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn’t have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it. These two apples represent us as people. If we are kind to one another and build each other up...we feel good on the inside...just like apple A. But when we bully, say nasty things to others and break them down...they get hurt and bruised on the inside. Apple B is a clear example of the devastating effect words / negative words can have on others. This is what happens inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions.”
 
The Grade 4’s ended their assembly off with a cute and catchy song that motivates each and every learner to make our school a “Bully Free Zone”. The lyrics of the chores goes as follow:
“This school right here is a bully free zone and here’s a list of all our don’ts: We don’t hurt bodies, we don’t hurt hearts. Making fun, we don’t take part. We don’t wound others again and again. We show RESPECT 100%”     
 
  

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 August 31, 2017
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Lizelle Knott (cancervive) at eleanor house day

BY Administrator

Lizelle Gribble Knott (Riebeek Old Girl, Class of 1998) visited Riebeek today for Eleanor House Day.  Miss Hattingh and Mrs Stevens co-ordinated fund-raising for Cancervive – the inter-class tin collection raised over R7000 and the Eleanor fund-raising raised more than R5000.  Miss Arthur and Mrs du Plessis were proud of their classes as each member of the class will receive a Revlon gift valued at R200 for being the classes to bring in the most money.  Lizelle’s story is told here in her own words:
I  am  a  wife,  a  mom,  a lymphoma survivor and a breast cancer warrior!
 I was  born  in  Port  Elizabeth, attended  Riebeek College  Girls’  High  School  in  Uitenhage and completed  my National  Diploma:    Cost  and  Management  Accounting  at  NMMU.    I  own  a  small  couture  wedding  and  party  invitation  and  stationery business and spend my afternoons with my little boy.
 In  2004  my then fiancé  and  I  relocated  to  East  London  to  pursue  a  career  opportunity  that  he  was  presented with.    On  7  January  2006  (11 years  ago!!!)  I  married  my  love,  Warren.    And  on  30  November  2012  we  were blessed  with  the  most  amazing  gift  of  all,  our  ray  of  sunshine  and  my  motivation  to  persevere,  a  little  boy  who we named Grayson.  We currently reside in Somerset West.
  I  love  being  a  wife  and  a  mom,  I  love  being  creative,  I  love  travelling  and  experiencing  new  cultures,  I  love cooking,  baking  and  entertaining,  I  love  spoiling  my  boys  and  doing  special  things  for  others!
 In  December  1996,  at  the  age  of  16  I  was  diagnosed  with  Non-Hodgkin’s  B-Cell  Lymphoma  in  my  chest  cavity.    I underwent  surgery,  radiation  and  10  rounds  of  chemo.    In  October  1997  I  was  declared  in  remission  and believed  I  had  said  good-bye  to  cancer  forever.
 But,  on  29  January  2014  my  world  was  rocked  by  another  cancer  diagnosis.    At  the  age  of  33  I  was  diagnosed with  Stage  II  Breast  Cancer  in  my  right  breast.    I  underwent  a  unilateral  mastectomy  and  immediate reconstruction.    I  also  had  six  rounds  of  TC  chemo  and  managed  to  save  my  hair  using Cold Caps. I continue to take daily medication in order to keep the cancer at bay.
 I am a team member of a  national  cancer  charity  called  Cancervive.
 Cancervive is a group of cancer survivors, mostly women, who aim to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and educate people about the signs and symptoms of cancer.  They also provide hope to newly diagnosed patients and connect them with survivors who can support them.  Every  year  they  do  a  motorbike  ride  through parts  of  South  Africa spreading Cancer awareness and this year we will be touring through parts of Gauteng, the Eastern Free State and the Northern Cape.
 In 2016 I was included  in  a  Foschini  campaign  called  Courage  to  Conquer  for breast cancer awareness month.  The  campaign told the  stories  of  breast  cancer  patients  and  survivors  and  created much  needed awareness  about  the  disease.
 I was also a semi-finalist in the 2016 Mrs South Africa competition.  My  reason  for  entering  the  competition  was  simple:    I  wanted to  share my story  with  as  many  people  as  possible!    I  believed  the  pageant  would  provide  me  with  the  platform  to  do  so.   Even  though  I  wasn’t  named  a  Top25  finalist,  so  many  doors  have opened  for  me  and  I  have  been  given awesome  opportunities  to  touch  lives.
 My story about using Cold Caps to save my hair has been published in Longevity and Your family magazines. And I assist other cancer patients who wish to try them too.
 I want  to  inspire  people.    I  want  someone  going  through  a  similar  journey  as  I  did  to  look  at  me  and  say:   “Because  of  you  I  didn’t  give  up”.
 I want  to  encourage  woman  who  have  been  diagnosed  with  cancer  to  realise  that  regardless  of  the  scars,  or  the hair  loss,  or  how  sick  they  may  feel,  they  are  still  beautiful.    They’re  still  a  woman,  a  wife,  a  mother.    And  that they  were  given  this  life  because  they  are  STRONG  enough  to  live  it!
 My mantra is:  "Attitude  is  the  difference  between  an  ordeal  and  an  adventure"
 
The link to the Cancervive website (www.cancervive.co.za)
The link to the Cancervive video (http://www.cancervive.co.za/videos2016.html). 
Lizelle requests: Please tag @Cancervive on Facebook and @cancervive_ride on Instagram.
You can also tag me @LizelleKnott on Facebook and Instagram. Hashtags to use: #Cancervive #CancerviveRide2017 #WeWillNotBeSilent #YouAreNotAlone #YouAreTheSolution #JoinCancervive
 

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 August 29, 2017
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Junior Oratory Contest

BY Mrs A. M. Peltason
The standard of the speeches at the Junior Oratory Contest this year was exceptional. Speech topics were intelligent and thoughtfully chosen, and the speakers well-prepared. It was particularly gratifying to see and hear the experienced returning speakers in Grade 5 and 6 making good use of tips gleaned at last year’s competition. There is no more effective lesson than that provided by experience.

The organization of the competition, by able presenters Liqhawa Nogampula, Carly Erasmus and Pholisa Madlavu, under the careful guidance of Miss S. Arthur, ran with a polished smoothness; the audience was appreciative and well-behaved, and the speakers, to a man (woman) electrifying.

Junior section speakers, Callan Elie (How to Teach your Granny to Text) and Sibabalwe Daniels (How to Successfully Annoy your Parents) were accomplished comics, holding the audience in thrall. The indelible image of granny’s hair blown back in the car, and her reversing the screen to read ‘Samsung’ will remain in our minds for a long time, as will the three tongue-in-cheek rules offered by Sibabalwe to make sure you annoy your parents. Leya Bosman’s speech on Why we should not take our family for granted, was in a more serious vein and she paid a lovely tribute to sisters, more particularly older sisters, whose contribution to a younger sibling’s life is sometimes unappreciated for years. It is remarkable to witness the maturity of these young girls as they deal with topics that are really quite adult. The ultimate winner of the Grade 4 and 5 section was Rebecca Wilkinson, whose exceptional diction, and well rehearsed presentation of her topic: How to Tell if your Pet needs Counselling earned her almost full marks. I had never before considered a fish needing counselling!

Grade 6 and 7 speakers Jesse de Vos gave a spirited speech on the kind of Unity we need in this country; Kate-Lynn Forbes, the ultimate winner, educated and inspired us on the place of Women in the world; a highly individual and energetic Rachel Akilo gave a speech entitled What if…? and Tenique Boswell entreated the audience to Shine! in the most appealing manner.

All the participants are winners, and the audience certainly agreed on this. The teachers, too, felt great pride in their girls’ achievements, and justly so, as the competition testifies to an excellent standard of training and skills acquisition at every grade level. Adjudicating the Junior Oratory Competition is certainly an honour and one of the highlights of my year.
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 August 25, 2017
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Drama production 2017

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The Riebeek College Girls’ High School Drama Club performed a beautifuly crafted show. Written by the brilliant Ambesa Daniels, Ondela Nkumanda, Khanya Jantjies and Phumelela Kwanini, the show was staged with a cast of amazing, talented individuals. The production was choreographed by Usixolisile Sana and her dance crew. Phelisa Kosi headed up the Technical Crew. 
Hope, played by Thimna Mandla, was a convincing and dynamic main character. The secretary at the airport, Emihle Zweni, stole the show with her amusing lines and excellent comic timing. Homeless guy, Lilitha Njokweni, was charming and a natural. 
Mrs Stear said, "The drama production was delightful! The script acting and dancing was wonderful ! Mr Calitz and the drama club, you can feel proud! Thanks Miss Meyers for your efforts as well! And to all who helped on the side lines!" Phumelela Kwanini, the director, wrote: This whole production couldn't have been possible without the teacher in charge of Drama, Mr Calitz. The Drama Committee is sincerely grateful for the time and energy Mr Calitz spent into making this production possible. Thank you too to Miss Meyers who stepped in this term and made a meaningful contribution. Thank you to the Cultural Board for the front of house arrangements and Claire van Rensburg and Mrs Stark for the ticket sales and planning, and the media club for the photographs, video clips, and Herald photograph

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 August 25, 2017
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Roses are red and the sky’s the limit Media Workshop

BY Valentina Longari and Jessica Schoeman

On the 17th August, the Media Committee held an amazing creative writing workshop in which guest speaker Olwethu Mxoli (Class of 2013), helped the girls dive into their creative side and left them feeling inspired.
Olwethu Mxoli is a very accomplished poet, with her work being published in a national textbook. Her outlook on life has allowed her to flourish; guiding others to do the same. Mrs Peltason remembers her fondly as an “abundant life force with a generous smile” and through her creative lesson was reminded of one of Olwethu’s speeches many years ago entitled “Fairy Dust”.
The workshop centred on finding your inspiration and working under pressure; a task many of the girls seemed to excel in, as we were reminded that even art has a deadline. The ladies shaped clay into what they believed was their best description of what being a woman meant, and then used their clay creation as inspiration to write a poem (which described what their artwork meant) using the key factor of: when you come to a powerful word, jump to the next line.
In our next activity, our inspired minds pictured the pouring rain, smelled the moist and marshmallowy ground, felt the crisp winter air and then described our feelings and senses of the beautiful day, in a way that someone who had not been outside could see, feel and even breathe what we had experienced.
For our last activity, the girls smelled a variety of everyday cooking ingredients in order to awaken their senses and inspiration as well as to evoke a memory. We learnt that even a simple smell could inspire creativity and lead us to destinations with the wildest poems and stories ever imagined, but we also learnt that many of us do not know what common kitchen items actually smell like… Curry spice was labelled as chicken spice and garam masala was labelled as steak and chops spice… This was incredibly amusing.
Throughout this incredible workshop there was only one rule: erasers were banned. This rule was very strange to the majority of the girls until Olwethu explained why… She lives by a philosophy that no one should hide their mistakes but rather own them and therefore erasing your words is the biggest mistake that one can make.
The workshop ended off with Olwethu performing one of her very own poems for us, which left the girls in awe and everybody sat enthralled, watching Olwethu’s rendition of her breath-taking creation:
The 11 o'clock train by Olwethu Mxoli
On Tuesdays I take the 11 o'clock train
it's a twenty two minute walk
the last two minutes,
the short jump from the corner of Spar
to the station.
And I know
that no matter how bad my week has been
I will smile
and pretend not to notice him stare
at my breasts
and pretend not to be scared
when he insists on walking me
the rest of the way
I do not want to offend him
I do not want him to think I am rude
I do not want him to think that I think I am better
than him
 
because then he might grab me
by my hair
drag me behind the corner
kick me so hard I forget how to scream
then they'll take turns
him,
his friends...
I don't want to sit in a police station
for half an hour
while the man behind the desk fills out paperwork on stolen cellphones
certifies identity documents
while I replay it
over and over and over
How he shoved his fist down my throat
and I couldn't breathe
and I thought I was going to die
and I didn't want to die
with him inside of me
I don't want to sit in a courtroom
and listen to him say he didn't do it
listen to his friends say they weren't there
listen to the shopkeeper say he didn't hear me
scream
even as my vowels ripped the paint
from his walls
I don't want it to be
my voice vs his
because my skirt will always be too short
I'll always have had too much to drink
be too stuck up
I should have just said hi...
on Tuesdays I take the 11 o'clock train
it's a twenty two minute walk
the last two minutes I hold my breath
and pray he leaves me alone
By the end of the workshop the Riebeek ladies had a new outlook on poetry and how to go about writing it. Their writing tasks resulted in wonderful first drafts of poetry and unlocked a talent many girls did not realise they had but also taught them that through hard work and perseverance greatness could be reached as it is not possible for your first attempt to be a masterpiece. Olwethu’s free spirited ways and her love of life attitude had the ladies in a state of absolute glee and wonder, as they discovered a new world of poetry and creative writing.
A huge thank you go to Mrs Gerber, the Media club and especially Olwethu Mxoli for this incredible workshop that inspired so many ladies.

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 August 19, 2017
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Cantamus Music Festival 2017

BY Loren Campbell

The Riebeek College Senior Choir participated in the Cantamus Music Festival 2017 that took place in George and placed 2nd in their category.
The choir departed on Thursday, 10 August at 08:00 and began a 5-hour bus journey to the Wilderness Beach Hotel. Later that evening, all of the choirs that were competing took part in a friendship concert, in which each choir performed one song. Riebeek performed a song from their African sequence, titled Modimo and was the only choir to receive a standing ovation. The friendship concert created a songful, harmonious atmosphere among the choirs and left no space for negativity or poor sportsmanship. It was a reflection of the name of the festival, Cantamus, which means “We sing among friends” in Latin.
The choir had a couple of rehearsals on Friday in preparation for the competition that would take place the following day. They also had a trip to Harold’s Bay planned, but it had to be cancelled due to rain. The choir girls had no complaints though, because they got extra relaxation time at the hotel. Later that evening, they would participate in another concert for the choirs, but this time the concert would be open to the public. The choir once again put on a wonderful performance, this time singing songs titled Tundra and My Friend. It was clear that the Riebeek choir had some tough competitors, but they were very satisfied with their performance and were growing excited for the competition.
Competition day had arrived on Saturday. The Riebeek choir competed in the category of all girls’ and all boys’ choirs. They performed the songs Tundra, Hold My Hand, and ended off with their showstopping African sequence which included a gumboot dance routine. Miss Mintoor, the conductor, remarked that “the girls put their best foot forward and put on stunning performance.” The judges also had good things to say, with one of them commenting that their performance was “exciting and vibrant”. The Riebeek choir ended up in 2nd place in their category. There is always room for improvement, but overall, the choir and Miss Mintoor were very happy with the results. The choir also received good comments on their discipline and sportsmanship.
The prize-giving ceremony was followed by the Verbroedings Party, during which all of the choristers were encouraged to mingle.
The choir departed from George on Sunday morning with good memories and having made some new friends from around the country. Kirsten Manasse in grade 8, a new member of the choir, said that the trip was “enjoyable and exciting”. Chulumanco Mayi, Head of Choir Committee 2018, had the following to say: “I’m most content as I find the trip was satisfying, but exhausting”. When Miss Mintoor was asked about the George trip, she immediately thought of the words of Anne Lamott, which read “Then the singing enveloped me. It was furry and resonant, coming from everyone’s very heart. There was no sense of performance or judgement, only that the music was breath and food.” Miss Mintoor jokingly added that “there are two kinds of people in this world and being a choir member is better than both of them”.
Thanks are owed to the following people for making the trip a success: Miss Cathy-Jane Mintoor (conductor), Tarryn Mintoor (accompanist), Wiseman (bus driver), as well as Mrs Stear, Mrs Snyman, Mrs Mapoma and Mrs Elie for joining the choir and supervising throughout the trip.

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 August 14, 2017
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Media workshop- ma-aasha came back!

BY Megan Potgieter
The Back to Basics media workshop was held on 11th August and grades 7 to 12 were welcome. For the first time ever, the grade 7’s were invited and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our wonderful guest speaker was Ma-aasha Ismail, an Old Girl and journalist turned English teacher. She first taught us about the pyramid structure of journalism. She then told us why she went from journalism to education. She told us that she began teaching grade 7 learners who struggled with reading. Most girls found this very fascinating. She then began to teach us a few tips for writing. Something she said that really stuck with everyone was to find your hook in your writing piece to be unique. One of the questions asked was how she knew that she wanted to study journalism. She told us that her teachers were a very big influence on her studying to be a journalist. She then told us a few tips on how to shoot manual in photography. She told us that some important things to remember was iso, aperture, shutter-speed and f-stop. She answered some more questions about language and her schooling career. Other things that she mentioned was the difference between “affect” and “effect” and the difference between “their” and ‘they’re.” Thank you to Mrs Gerber and the Media Committee for organising, Miss Ma-aasha Ismail for being our wonderful guest speaker and Mrs Stear for allowing the grade 7s to come to the first of many great learning opportunities.
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 August 12, 2017
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Grade 8 orientation 2018

BY Mrs R. Meyers

On Wednesday, 17th January the Grade 8s were officially welcomed into our school with a 2 hour orientation programme presented by  Miss R. Meyers (Grade 8 Grade Head and 8C Register Teacher), Mrs J. Myburg (8G Register Teacher), Mrs H. Ferreira (8R Register Teacher) and Mrs K. Stear (Principal).
The presentation was interactive with the purpose of informing the Grade 8s of the rules and regulations of our school, the Riebeek way of life and to prepare them on a practical basis for the transition from junior to senior school.
Amongst the topics discussed were: “How to achieve academic success”; “Conflict resolution in the classroom”; “The power of peer pressure”; and “The importance of extra-curricular activities”.
Mrs Stear also spoke to the girls about our new initiative called “Spirit of the College”, this initiative encourages learners to participate in school activities and to be part of  Riebeek life. The school’s vision for 2018 was also shared: “Ubuntu”. We explained to the girls that we would like our school to be a place where our interactions are based on our inter-connectivity, where the Riebeek Tribe practice compassion, kindness, generosity, respect, honesty and conscious awareness and asked them assist in achieving and sustaining our goals because Riebeek is a special place with a great spirit.
We would like to thank Mrs K. Stear, Mrs S. Gerber, Miss R. Meyers, Mrs J. Myburg and Mrs H. Ferreira for their immaculate input in ensuring that the Grade 8 orientation programme would be a huge success, and it was. Lastly, WE would like to thank the Grade 8s of 2018 for their amazing school spirit, being hopeful and excited to start their high school careers. May your new journey at Riebeek College be far and beyond what you imagined.

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 January 21, 2018
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peter Pan team building

BY Drew MInter

The club committees got together on Friday 19 January and took a trip around Riebeek’s very own Neverland as the annual team building afternoon’s theme was Peter Pan.  The event was filled with spirited Peter Pans and Captain Hooks  enthusiastically searching for Grade 9s dressed up as characters. Cultural Board  was placed in first place, Interact in second place and Computer Club was placed third. Because of the humidity, the teams then moved to the hall to test out their beautiful karaoke voices. Drama took everything to the next level and won the Best Spirit Award while Phly Thread won best dressed as crocodiles. The atmosphere was filled with laughs and team banter followed by spectacular team work uniting all committees. Thank you to Mateenah Langford and the Cultural Board, with the help of Mrs Gerber, for the well organized event. The  Technical Crew are thanked for stepping in when the heat became too much and turned this year’s Team Building into an afternoon of absolute fun for us all to enjoy. Well done to the Grade 8s who joined teams to fill gaps and earned the first Spirit of the College signatures to contribute towards their awards.  Well done to the Grade 9s who were our hidden characters and dressed up so well.

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 January 21, 2018
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Sport and Society - an introduction

BY By Sinovuyo Madlavu

The annual Sports and Societies’ Fair was a wonderful way to start off the Riebeek cultural calendar. It is always amazing to see the excitement throughout the high school during this event. Sports and Societies’ fair is used as a platform to promote all the different clubs and sports in the school and to encourage learners to become more involved. This year, we are excited to announce the introduction of 2 new sports – volleyball and netball, as well as 2 new clubs – Band and Chess. We are also starting a grade 8 initiative called, the “Spirit of the College”. This was brought in to involve the younger grades more in extra mural school life, as most club committees can only be joined from Grade 10. Spirit of the College is a way for the Grade 8s to get recognition for their contribution and participation in societies and school life. There are several rewards for this participation; the highest of these being awarded a “Spirit of the College” badge that learners may keep until matric. There are truly no downsides to being involved at Riebeek!  This will help girls when they apply for committees to prove that they have shown an interest and deserve to be considered for committees and for awards. The heads of societies are congratulated on the decor of their tables and their ability to answer hundreds of questions in a short time. With 18 societies and 6 sports (including Chess), there is something for everyone!

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 January 21, 2018
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