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social media law

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Always useful to make sure you remind yourself of the laws regarding social media in South Africa ... including WhatsApp.
"1. Take great care in making accusations or negative statements about anyone or any entity - even if what you are saying is true. Under our law, statements MAY be defamatory EVEN IF THEY ARE true (Our law on defamation is not the same as in the States, which many people assume). In other words, you may be charged with defamation even if what you are saying is totally true. Something needs to be true AND in the public interest (not 'interesting to the public') in order for you to have a defence against defamation. Just avoid it. It's a minefield.
2. Do not talk about your boss, spouse, ex-spouse, ex-friend, neighbour etc in a negative way and certainly don't bring children into it! Even if you keep the identities of those people anonymous, you can still fall foul of the law if those people can be identified by their relationship to you.
3. Do not badmouth your company online. They are well within their rights to dismiss you, even if you are badmouthing them on your own personal, private Facebook page! (They can do the same if you express racist, sexist etc sentiments online - even if what you are saying has nothing to do with your company or anyone in it)
4. If your comments are (or may deemed to be) racist, sexist, discriminatory based on religion, culture, sexual preference etc they may amount to hate speech. This is a crime for which you can be prosecuted. (And you don't have to go as far as Penny Sparrow to get yourself in trouble)
5. Many people believe that they will be protected by the right to freedom of speech. Your freedom of speech ends when it infringes on another's right to dignity or privacy. Case law suggests that the courts take a pretty dim view of 'I have a right to say what I like" as a defence, when you have invaded someone's privacy or undermined their dignity.
6. 'Naming and shaming' is particularly risky -it can infringe on someone's right to privacy, can amount to harassment and can amount to defamation. Many people believe it is ok to post a picture of someone's car and registration plate if they are driving badly, haven't strapped their kids in or have parked in disabled parking. This can get you into huge trouble - particularly if you were breaking the law while getting the photo/footage (e.g. driving while taking pictures or video on your cell phone)
7. Anything posted online is considered to be 'published' and is therefore not the same as you expressing your opinion in the pub or amongst friends. You cannot use as a defence "It was my own personal opinion". Also, social media posts are not afforded the same protection / leeway under law as journalism.
8. Take great care regarding what you 'Like', repost, agree with in the comments section or retweet. If the post itself is defamatory, an invasion of privacy, hate speech etc, anyone who furthers its dissemination can be held liable.
9. If someone asks you to remove a post, do so immediately and count yourself lucky that you are getting a chance to do so.
10. Administrators can be held liable for the comments of its members, as it has provided the platform for such comments and posts to be made. As admin, you have a responsibility to remove such posts and distance yourself from those users (or block them). Having a policy is not protection enough."

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 January 14, 2019
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Team Building Article 2019

BY Amy Schambril

Mother nature might have brought the heat today but Riebeek sure did too! Teams from each committee showed up in delightful costumes based off the theme ‘Animal Olympics’.
With a Moo Moo there and a Moo there, the afternoon started off with a playful icebreaker where the girls all made animal sounds and had to find the rest of their group making the sounds. It is said that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link, this was put to test for the teams as they all formed a chain by holding hands and moved a hula hoop all around the chain without letting the hula hoop fall or the chain break.
The main event of soccer then took place where we saw all 16 teams score both goals and memories that will be fondly remembered by them. Amee Exford said that she thought it was really fantastic that the teams dressed up because it looked great on the field as you could clearly see the different teams, eg the Ladybirds were dressed in red and the Bees all in yellow. The teams who weren't playing were happily cheering the other teams.
Each team was scored on: the amount of members in their team, the effectiveness of their team leader, their team spirit, team outfit and on their position of the hula hoop game and goals scored in soccer. Well done to Choir and Cultural Board who were tied in first place and SCA who was second. A special mention of the excellent team spirit shown by the Drama committee and Interact Board’s cute Pig outfits.
Thank you to the Heads of Societies for arranging their team and making a big effort to look fantastic in their animal gear, to the Cultural Board for all their hard work, especially Erinn Kettledas and Old Riebeek girl Mateenah Langford for coming to help out! Sincere thank you also goes to the students teachers, Mr Zinto for being a referee and Miss Nel for helping out the teams, and to Mr Weidemann for taking photographs. A massive thank you to Mrs Gerber for all she put in into making the day a success.

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 January 14, 2019
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Amy Schambril

farewell to the stevens family

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Riebeek College Girls' High School Press Release - Farewell to the Stevens family
 
Mrs Viv Stevens of Riebeek College Girls’ High School and Mr Peter Stevens of Muir College retire at the end of this year having made a huge contribution to education and the teaching of Mathematics in Uitenhage.  Mrs Stevens spent 23 years at Riebeek and Mr Stevens spent 37 years at Muir.
 
Mr Peter Stevens served as Muir Deputy Headmaster, Hostel Superintendent, Academic Head, Senior Mathematics teacher.  He was thanked at a special function at Muir College for his contribution to the school and all his years of loyalty. He attended school at Muir College and matriculated there.  He returned to his Alma Mater, Muir, to teach and spent 37 years there as an education and Senior Management Team member.
 
Mrs Stevens joined the Riebeek family in 1996. She grew up in Zimbabwe and studied at Rhodes University. Mrs Stevens said that her high school Maths teacher played an important role in her love for Maths, and she in turn has become an inspiration to many of her learners. She holds a BSc Masters in Mathematics and Physics. She loves doing cryptic crosswords and setting the general knowledge quiz at the end of every term and says she is horrified by the learners’ lack of general knowledge. Mrs Stevens has visited Europe and the United States. She has participated in the Corporate Triathlon of Iron Man three times, cycled the 109km Cape Argus twice and completed two Two Oceans half marathons. 
Mrs Stevens met her husband of 37 years at Rhodes University. Mr Stevens said, “She chased after me until I eventually gave in.” Mrs and Mr Stevens are both Maths teachers, although Mrs Stevens says that Mr Stevens isn’t quite as clever as she is. They have two sons, Gavin, who works in Cape Town, and Dryden, who lives with them. Mrs Stevens is extremely proud of her children's accomplishments.
Mrs Stevens advised the girls to “Find your passion and follow that.” Mrs Stevens has most certainly done that and in doing so she has not only ignited that passion in many of her learners but has shown them that by following your passion you can never go wrong.
Mrs Stevens believes that her highlights are the little, daily things, such as when her learners do well in a test or when they pay her a compliment.  Another highlight was when her niece was Head Girl in 1997. Mrs Stevens loves seeing the girls at events such as the Gala.
Lindsay McFarlane, Old Girl, shared, “When I think of Mrs Stevens, I  think of the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Looking back, I think this quote has been one of the biggest lessons I learnt, and something that I constantly remind myself of when I feel I am rushing into something. I always thought this saying was ironic coming from Mrs Stevens, as  she is one of the most competitive people I know. Knowing that even someone like her needs to be reminded of going slowly and steadily really encouraged me to stop and take my time, doing things properly rather than finishing first.” 
Sinovuyo Madlavu said, “She is kind hearted, although she has her own quirky way of showing it. Her passion and brilliance inspire me every day. She has cultivated excellence and a love for Maths in me and is one of the reasons I will be pursuing actuarial sciences. I feel eternally blessed to have been taught by such an amazing mind. Mrs Stevens has become one of my role models and not merely a teacher. She has shaped me so much, and I cannot thank her enough.”
It will be difficult to fill her shoes. She has been a driven teacher who aims to help children to excel in Maths. Mrs Stevens’ dedication and commitment came through in every Maths lesson. She is known to never give up, not only when it comes to problems but with the girls too. Sayings like “money for jam”, “this isn’t a pick a number show” and the Beyoncé lyric “to the left, to the left” will stay with the girls as the words put a smile on the faces of the girls unless it was written on their test.
Mrs Stevens plans on spending more time outdoors with her husband and younger son. Furthermore, she plans to play bridge, tennis, and do some Pilates and more travelling and perhaps go back home to visit Zimbabwe. Mrs Stevens will most certainly miss teaching but she’ll especially miss her colleagues and the friendships she has formed in her 23 years at Riebeek.
Husband Peter Stevens said, “Viv’s proudest moments as a mom include Dryden bringing joy to all who know him with his positive outlook on life and Gavin enjoying a successful career in Cape Town. A highlight for us was our family holiday to Disney World and Universal Studios: four children playing together! I have no doubt that my sons would agree with me that Viv is the best Mom and wife ever!”
Mrs Anne Peltason, a colleague at Riebeek College, wrote, “Highly intelligent and interested in everything, Vivienne Stevens made her mark setting up creative general knowledge tests. She is no slouch when it comes to words and can solve a crossword puzzle quicker than most, including the cryptic crossword which remains an unsolved mystery to me. This means that had Mrs Stevens been born forty years earlier she would probably have  been  a very good code-breaker.
Her cycling team-mate is her husband Peter, who shares many of her passions. Both are Mathematics teachers, both have the kind of sense of humour that their pupils respect and fear.
Mrs Stevens was one who kept things running smoothly.  She liked things the way she liked them, and she liked her coffee hot. Mrs Stevens is not into hugging, and yet she has a heart of gold. She has sometimes been a little like Eeyore, but she never lets up on her professionalism, even when things were getting her down. We will miss her, both as a colleague and as a precious friend, and we wish her many glasses of delicious wine, quaffed in a deck chair, feet up, with Peter, at Trail’s End.”

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 December 12, 2018
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child welfare donation

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Riebeek College Girls' High School Press Release - Uitenhage Child Welfare donations
Mrs Johanna Hendricks, Miss Thuthuzelwa Mdyova, Mrs Bernadette Hambridge and Mrs Magdaleen Maarman from the Uitenhage Child Welfare collected gifts for children for Christmas and school shoes.  Mrs Snyman, Deputy Principal, and Mrs Stear, Principal, passed on the gifts at the handover. The Junior School learners and matrics donated items for the children in need in the Uitenhage community.
 
Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek College, said: “The annual tradition of our girls providing gifts for children in the community and our matrics donating school shoes prove the maxim that it does indeed take a village to raise a child.  Our Ubuntu theme for the year of ‘I am because we are’ has led to an even greater appreciation in the Riebeek Family of our inter-connectivity and our role in reaching out and serving.  I have been thrilled, astounded and proud as I have seen the Riebeek girls embrace the empathy and compassion aspects of our Ubuntu year.  Our Mandela100@Riebeek100+ acts of kindness campaign had us exceed the 200 acts mark and we are grateful for the lessons learnt in 2018 of giving, sharing and caring.” 


We received this message from Child Welfare: The donation is as always appreciated and put to good use during the Christmas Outreach at this office.  The school shoes are so welcome and will be used in the New School Year We deeply appreciate your support in the services that we render to children and their families. Richest Blessings, Zelda Zwiegers

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 December 12, 2018
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interact biscuits for the elderly

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Riebeek College Girls’ High School’s Interact Club undertook a final act of kindness in our Mandela100@Riebeek100+ acts of kindness campaign when they spent a portion of their holiday baking biscuits, packaging the biscuits as gifts and handing out to the elderly.  The Christmas spirit of giving saw the girls sacrificing their time for a good cause and they loved the time they spent with the elderly.  Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek College, said: “We have had a great year of giving at Riebeek and our  Mandela100@Riebeek100+ acts of kindness campaign was an unparalleled success. We had aimed for 100 acts to commemorate the centenary of Madiba’s birth and then adapted our target to be 167 representing the centenary and his 67 years of service.  We received well over the 167 and eventually had to give up the count.  I am so proud of the Riebeek family who participated in car washes, spoiling our support team of ground staff workers, collections, helping others, reaching out to those in need, reading to young children and showing empathy and compassion. Riebeek is a special place with a great spirit. In a world where one can choose to be anything, at  Riebeek we choose to be kind, compassionate, generous, respectful, honest and inclusive. The greatest gift that Riebeek gives us is a sense of belonging and the knowledge that each one of us can make a difference in the world.”
Chaneal Labercensie, Head of Interact, said: “ During the holidays, Riebeek’s Interact girls baked over 800 biscuits and went to school to package them as gifts for the elderly. The girls felt like spreading Christmas cheer and festivity through this distribution and graciously handed them out at one of the local old age homes. The girls and the liason teacher, Miss du Preez, thoroughly enjoyed this event and can’t wait to do it again next year.”

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 December 12, 2018
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junior prize-giving 2018 awards

BY Mrs B. Viljoen

Grade 4
 
1st Prize for Afrikaans; 2nd Prize for English; Certificates for 1st position in Life Skills; 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 3rd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Ra-Eesa Abrahams
 
A Merit Certificate: Ferin Afrika, Mazande Bokoloshe, Mila Ganjana, Eutopia Hiscock, Mckenzie Jacobs, Mbasentle Jonas, Ayabulela Mandela, Oko Mdlalo, Casey Meintjes, Jessica October, Aminah Ravat
 
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness: Shanelia Arries
 
A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Sisibabalo Butana, Baryl Christians, Chumani Doans, Siwonge Manzini, Linathi Netnou, Sinothando Stock, Channique Uithaler, Zetha van Wyk
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Saphindw’abukwe Dondashu, Uminathi Gazi, Angel Goliath, Annabel Jantjies, Nereesha Joubert, Nomakhwezi Mankayi, Nomtha Mankayi, Anathi Ndudula, Lihle Ntshiyane, Ayongezwa Poyane, Emihle Ruxwana, Keisha Willemse
 
A Certificate for 3rd position in Life Skills; a Merit Certificate and a Prize for Exceptional Neatness: Kendyhl George
 
A Certificate for 4th position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Naheema Human
 
1st Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Caitlyn Kent-Brown
 
A Certificate for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Atandile Kunju
 
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Alerique Leibbrandt
 
Certificates for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 3rd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Tazz-Lynn Markom
 
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour and a Certificate for Full Attendance:             Simangalisiwe Ndzengu
 
Shared 4th Prize for Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Latashca Philander
 
Shared 3rd Prize for Afrikaans and a Merit Certificate: Ruzné Prince
 
3rd Prize for English; Certificates for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 4th position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Nerisha Ramsamy
 
2nd Prize for Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance : Jaime Robinson
 
2nd Prize for Afrikaans, 4th Prize for English; Certificates for 4th position in Life Skills; 1st position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 1st position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Zaara Rockman
 
Shared 3rd Prize for Afrikaans; 1st Prize for English; 3rd Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 2nd position in Life Skills; 3rd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 2nd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Taybah Salie
 
Shared 4th Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 1st position in Natural Sciences and Technology
and a Merit Certificate: Amkhitha Stuurman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grade 5
 
A Certificate for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Paige Barnes
 
A Merit Certificate : Corbin Booysen, Lauren Labercensie, Tamarin Ramasammy-Cook, Shae Spiers, Keeshia van der Bergh
 
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness: Iminathi Booysen
 
Shared 4th Prize for English; a Certificate for 4th position in Life Skills and a Merit Certificate: Yolisa Cuba
 
1st Prize for Afrikaans; 2nd Prize for English and a Merit Certificate: Jordan Daba
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Sibabalwe Daniels, Azania Hini, Vicky Hoffman, Jessica Jonker, Jasmine La Bercensie, Viwe Mali, Sisipho Moni, Jade Naudé, Unako Ndiaye, Kwakhanya Ngcingolo, Lunathuxolo Tys
 
A Certificate for 2nd position in Life Skills: Deenah Dollie
 
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Merit Certificate: Ayema Douw
 
1st Prize for English; 3rd Prize for Afrikaans; Certificates for 2nd position in Social Sciences; 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Certificate for Outstanding Work in isiXhosa as a 2nd Additional Language; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Callan Elie
 
3rd Prize for Mathematics, a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Kimi-Lara Erasmus
 
A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Ganlin Govender
 
2nd Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 4th position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Clivea Gwa Gwa
 
Shared 4th Prize for English; a Certificate for 2nd position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Oamagetswe Jack
 
4th Prize for Afrikaans and a Certificate for 3rd position in Life Skills: Ciara Jantjies
 
A Certificate for 4th position in Life Skills and a Merit Certificate: Zaneta Louis
 
A Certificate for 1st position in Life Skills; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Lindokuhle Mbanga
 
1st Prize for Mathematics; 3rd Prize for English; Certificates for1st position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 3rd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Riddhi Mistry
 
4th Prize for Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Nicole Mitchell
 
2nd Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 1st position in Social Sciences; 3rd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Ingilosi Rune
 
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Ayabulela Tom, Siyahluma Tyaliti
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grade 6
 
A Merit Certificate: Buhlebenkosi April, Tracey-Anne August, Taytum-Paige Bosch, Justine Clarke, Jazlyn Crowley, Nakeixha Hendricks, Hlumelo Lucas, Lithemba Ngqamfana, Linathi Nkomo, Simxabisile Tayi, Chané Van Jaarsveld
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Carys Bhange, Emihle Gana, Avigaill Goliath, Savuzwa Humata, Aphelele Jack, Lihle Scott
 
4th Prize for English; a Certificate for 3rd position in Life Skills and a Merit Certificate: Leya Bosman
 
A Certificate for 3rd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Tazmia Bosman
 
Shared 4th Prize for Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Tylah Brink
 
2nd Prize for English; 1st Prize for Afrikaans, shared 1st Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 2nd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Dayna Dennis
 
Shared 4th Prize for Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Celine Dinie
 
Certificates for 3rd position in Life Skills; 4th position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Prize for Exceptional Neatness: Gabriella Hardman
 
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Anika La Bercensie, Teshnika Lewis
 
3rd Prize for Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Angela Miles
 
3rd Prize for English; 2nd Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 2nd position in Life Skills; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Lana Peters
 
3rd Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Poshika Ramsamy
 
A Certificate for 3rd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Ashleigh Scharnick
 
Shared 1st Prize for Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Doné September
 
A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Isenathi Tom, Lucy Van Heerden
 
1st Prize for English; 4th Prize for Afrikaans; Certificates for 1st position in Life Skills; 1st position in Natural Sciences and Technology and
1st position in Social Sciences; a Certificate for Outstanding Work in isiXhosa as a Second Additional Language, a Merit Certificate; a Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Rebecca Wilkinson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grade 7
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Tegan Brown, Bulelani Cuntu, Francesca Davids, Emihle Dube, Alutha Fiyani, Chantell Godoma, Likhanye Goqwana, Chloe Lingham, Kwakhanya Mali, Khanya Matana, Lifa Mtshikwana, Emihle Pezisa, Siyasanga Saul, Sitha Tshete, Rethabile Van Roodt
1st Prize and the Marilyn Woods Trophy for English; Certificates for 1st position in Creative Arts; 4th position in Economic Management Sciences; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Zoë Craill
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Shelby De Kock
Shared 1st Prize and the Cheryl Snyman Trophy for Afrikaans; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Jessé De Vos
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Kelsey Dinie, Haneefa Kariem, Ameerah Mohamed, Jenel Staltz
A Merit Certificate: Thaakirah Dolley, Libby Klassen
Shared 2nd Prize for Mathematics, Certificates for 1st position in Economic Management Sciences, 1st position in Natural Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Reutloue Dunywa
2nd Prize for English; a Certificate for 3rd position in Technology; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Aeryn Ferreira
Shared 1st Prize and the Cheryl Snyman Trophy for Afrikaans; Certificates for 3rd position in Creative Arts; 3rd position in Life Orientation; 3rd position in Natural Sciences; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Kate-Lynn Forbes
A Certificate for 4th position in Technology; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Carys George
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics: Agcobile Gqubule
4th Prize for Afrikaans: Cameron Jaftha
A Certificate for 3rd position in Natural Sciences; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Liyabona Meke
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Sihlumile Mongo
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Eesha Nathoo, Chulummanco Nkohli      
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Aphiwe Ntshiza
4th Prize for Mathematics; 4th Prize for English; Certificates for 1st position in Social Sciences; 2nd position in Economic Management Sciences; 2nd position in Life Orientation; 2nd position in Natural Sciences, 2nd position in Technology; 4th position in Creative Arts and a Merit Certificate: Jihaad Ravat
1st Prize and the Hutton Trophy for Mathematics; shared 1st Prize and the Cheryl Snyman Trophy for Afrikaans; 3rd Prize for English;  Certificates for 2nd position in Economic Management Sciences; 2nd position in Social Sciences; 4th position in Life Orientation; 4th position in Technology and a Merit Certificate: Salmah Salie
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Emihle Sangotsha
A Certificate for 1st position in Life Orientation; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Shanique Scharnick
Shared 2nd Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 1st position in Technology; 3rd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Samantha Seifert
A Certificate for 2nd position in Creative Arts; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate, Sarah-Leigh Thompson
A Certificate for 4th position in Social Sciences; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate, Kamvalethu Xego
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPORTS AWARDS
 
GYMNASTICS (Physical Education)
 
The BEV MACDONALD FLOATING TROPHY for a promising Student in Physical Education: Unakho Ndiaye             
McINTYRE TROPHY for Physical Education (Awarded to a Grade 4 or Grade 5 pupil for enthusiastic participation): Ganlin Govender
DR DE GROOT TROPHY for Primary Physical Education (Awarded to a Grade 6 or Grade 7 pupil for enthusiastic participation): Agcobile Gqubule
The McPHERSON CUP for Inter-Class Physical Education: Grade 6R (Miss van der Westhuizen)
 
HOCKEY
 
The MARILYN WOODS TROPHY (Awarded to a promising Hockey Player): Kate-Lynn Forbes
The PRIMARY HOCKEY TROPHY (For Sportsmanship and Team Spirit): Janine Hendricks
The PRIMARY HOCKEY CUP (Awarded to a player who displays enthusiasm and determination for this sport): Agcobile Gqubule
The PRIMARY SECOND TEAM HOCKEY TROPHY (Awarded to a 2nd team player who displays dedication and passion for the sport): Truné Viljoen
The BRENNAN TROPHY (The U/14 HOCKEY CUP awarded to a promising player in Grade 5): Sarah Ann Borstnar
The SALLY DE BEER TROPHY (For a most improved Grade 4 mini-hockey player): Casey Meintjes
The SANDRA JANEKE TROPHY (Awarded to a promising FORWARD player in the Junior School 1st Team): Kelsey Dinie
The IRIS VAGHI TROPHY (Awarded to a promising DEFENCE player in the Junior School 1st Team): Carys George
 
TENNIS
 
The CORRIE ABBOTT CUP (For Junior Inter – Grade Tennis): Grade 6
The JUNIOR UNDER 12 SINGLES CHAMPION, The JUNIOR OPEN SINGLES CHAMPION: Allyson Cunningham
The JUNIOR UNDER 12 DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: Allyson Cunningham, Doné September         
The JUNIOR OPEN DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: Allyson Cunningham, Chulummanco Nkohli
The VIVIENNE DRUCE CUP (For a promising tennis player in the Junior School): Chulummanco Nkohli
The McINTYRE TENNIS TROPHY (For enthusiasm and Determination): Kate-Lynn Forbes
IRIS MYBURG Junior Inter – House Shield: Elton
MATT THURLEY AWARD (For a promising beginner): Mbasentle Jonas
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
 
CHOIR AWARDS (3 Years participation): Hlumelo Mali
CHOIR AWARDS (4 Years participation): Francesca Davids, Aeryn Ferreira, Lindokuhle Gosani, Siyavuya Moyake, Faith Müller, Tammy Petzer, Robyn Richards, Rethabile van Roodt
The S.P.C.A. INTER-CLASS TROPHY (Betty Lynch Trophy): Grade 4C (Mrs Skeates)
The VAN VUUREN AWARD (For the Best Speaker in the Primary Oratory Contest in Grade 4 and Grade 5): Callan Elie
The BERYL VAN HEERDEN CUP (For the Best Speaker in the Primary Oratory Contest in Grade 6 and Grade 7): Rebecca Wilkinson
The MOST HELPFUL AND COURTEOUS CLASS AWARD: Grade 5R (Miss Johnson)   
PENNACCHINI TROPHY (Senior General Knowledge): Libby Klassen
The ROSEBOWL (Junior General Knowledge): shared by Ingilosi Rune and Jordan Daba
The REICH XHOSA CUP (This is presented to the most diligent pupil whose First Language is NOT isiXhosa): Kate-Lynn Forbes
The JANETTE TROPHY for Junior Bilingualism: Ra-Eesa Abrahams
The DODD TROPHY for Senior Bilingualism: Dayna Dennis
The RABIE TROPHY JUNIOR INTER-STANDARD SCHOLARSHIP CUP: Grade 4
 
PREMIER AWARDS
 
PRIZES FOR FULL ATTENDANCE throughout the Primary School: Tegan Brown, Emihle Sangotsha, Siyasanga Saul
The BERYL VAN HEERDEN MEMORIAL CUP for sustained effort in Grade 7: Tegan Brown
The MAYOR’S TROPHY for the Best All-Rounder in Grade 7: Kate-Lynn Forbes
The MOLLY SELLICK CUP (Awarded to an outstanding Prefect in Grade 7): Shared by Jihaad Ravat and Salmah Salie
The SPIRIT AWARD: Robyn Richards
The SHERYL MOORE TROPHY (For Good Fellowship in Grade 7): Shared by Eesha Nathoo and Salmah Salie
The AMBASSADOR AWARD (Awarded to a pupil in Grade 7 for her appearance, deportment, conduct, courtesy, enthusiasm, academic qualities and extra-mural activities): Salmah Salie    
The HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD: Reutloue Dunywa
The DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD: Kate-Lynn Forbes
The JAYDE TROPHY is awarded to a Grade 7 girl who encompasses all the Fruit of the Spirit: Sarah-Leigh Thompson
The PRIMARY SCHOOL DUX: Jihaad Ravat                                        
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 October 29, 2018
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Prize giving Head Girl’s address

BY Sinovuyo Madlavu


The Riebeek hive is always buzzing with activities, with our girls participating and excelling in a wide range of fields. Among us, we have all kinds for busy bees from, archers, swimmers and gymnasts to orators, academics and even models; just to name a few. Riebeek girls leave a mark of excellence on everything they undertake, and this morning is about just that – celebrating our girls and all they have achieved.
Riebeek now offers tennis, swimming, hockey, netball and volleyball and while our girls participate whole-heartedly in these sports, their skills range beyond that too. We have our 2 resident archers, Megan Mac Gorman and Any Higgins. These ladies took part in the NASP Archery Competition held in Port Alfred, where Megan managed to shoot her personal best. They also went on to represent Riebeek College in the National Tournament Archery Competition in Rustenburg, North West, where they obtained pleasing results.
At Riebeek, we have no shortfall of swimmers. Mateenah Langford took part in the EP-B gala and received first place in freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke. A number of our girls also participated in the Sundays River Mile, most of which are juniors, and our 2 seniors Keely-Ann Maritz and Cameron Jackson. Our team swimmers, Mateenah Langford, Sarah Werth, Megan Clingen, Chaneal Labercencie.
The senior gala was a much awaited event for the girls, especially the matrics, who had the opportunity to be cheerleaders this year. Elizabeth House won the best dance, but Eleanor walked away triumphant that day, winning both the Best Spirit Award and winning the gala overall.
The hockey season was a good one, although we saw more draws and losses than wins. Octavia Johannes and Aphiwe Ngona finally received their First Team Hockey badges for commitment and contribution to the team. The new team tennis players, Ayandiswa Douw and Amee Exford also received their first team badges.
The clubs and committees are Riebeek are ever active and breed brilliant organisers, events coordinators and leaders. For example, Zeenat Lukie, our 2019 Head Girl, has been elected as the Uitenhage/Despatch Alpha Leo Club Media Representative.
Miss Riebeek’s theme was Confidence and Beauty.  The winners were: Miss Riebeek Junior Ayabulela Tom, Miss Riebeek Teen Tenique Boswell and Miss Riebeek Senior Lara Naidoo.
Raylene Borcher competed in the Figures Finesse International Modelling competition. She, along with 9 other finalists will be competing in Johannesburg and stand a chance of going to New York.
Shaakirah Mallick entered Miss Junior Teen Eastern Cape. She received the Miss Junior Personality award, Debutante award and Philanthropist award. She was also crowned Miss Teen Eastern Cape.
Sara-Leigh Thompson has participated in a number of gymnastics competitions, receiving a number of awards. She participated in a district Gymnastics Competition in Cape Town and received 1st place for free dance, 2nd place for the ball dance and her overall achievement was a gold medal.
Bilqees Vawda has performed extremely well this year. She participated in the EP Classic Mixed Martial Arts tournament and received gold for traditional karate kata, silver for traditional karate kumite, silver for MMA continuous fighting and silver for MMA points contact fighting. She may be little, but I’d be wary of her if I were you.
It is a well-known fact that Riebeek girls and speaking go hand in hand. Aziwe Booi, delivered an excellent speech at the High Schools’ Speaking Challenge hosted by SACEE at Alexander Road High School.
The Senior Choir participated in the ATKV – Applous Regional Competition and was awarded gold with an awesome 86%. Zezethu Mtirara, a senior choir member,  was chosen to represent Riebeek College in the ECYC on an international tour to Germany and the Czech Republic. She is 1 of 47 learners in the Eastern Cape who was given the opportunity to perform in this prestigious youth choir.
The Inter-house plays are always a highlight for the girls. This year, the award for best performance and for best lighting, stage effects and set arrangements went to Elton house for their re-enactment of Winnie. The award for teamwork went to Elizabeth for Sarafina.
This year we introduced the Spirit of the College. This is a system whereby grade 8 learners gain points for participating in a range of school-based activities. The point system also awards busy bee certificates and spirit badges as incentives for the Grade 8’s. To date, 6 girls have received their spirit badges, namely; Pholisa Madlavu, Sarah MacFarlance, Liqhawe Nogampula, Aphelele Toyis, Musa Daweti and Amahle Ntabeni.
Riebeek undoubtedly breeds excellence. For example, Heather Wilkinson from the class of 2017 was awarded the Youth Merit Award by the Rotary Club. And Jessica Schoeman, Chiara Rossi Falcon and Loren Campbell, all from the class of 2017, have been awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship at Nelson Mandela University.
Kiara Brink represented Riebeek in the district Map Work Quiz Competition held at Young Park Primary School. She attained second place and qualified to represent Riebeek further, in the Provincial Map Work Quiz. She received a certificate for Participation in the Eastern Cape Social Sciences Map Work Quiz Competition 2018 held at the South End Museum in Port Elizabeth.
A number of Grade 8’s entered the SACEE 2018 National 100-word Short Story Competition. The results were as follows: Megan Potgieter achieved a gold award and Jameelah Sirkhotte achieved silver. Special mention must be made of Rebecca Phelan, who achieved a bronze award, 3 silver awards and a gold award. We definitely have future novelists in our midst.
Our girls took part in a number of Olympiads, with the results being as follows:
Global Maths Literacy Olympiad:
Bronze awards were achieved by Natalie Petzer, Siphesihle Stuurman, Siphelele Mabombo and Siphosethu Malinga. Silver awards: Siphe Dikana and Gitaney van Staden. Gold: Sarah Werth, Ababalwe Tati and Drew Minter. Special mention must be made of Silindokuhle Daka who received a Top Achiever Award for coming in the Top 20.
Bio Science Olympiad:
Omhle Bissett achieved silver, while Noami de Booi, Jessica Crail, Lethabeleng Ntshiyane, Romesa Muhammad and Siphelele Mabombo achieved merit awards.
De Beers English Olympiad:
Merit certificates went to Omhle Bissett, Tarryn Barry, Chaneal Labercensie, Kyla van Deventer, Amila Thys and Amee Exford.
Bronze certificates to Azraa Rockman, Mpumelelo Mpshe, Teneal Rudman, Malakhiwe Hoffman and Aziwe Booi.
Silver was earned by Robyn Minnaar, Valentina Longari and Lerise Johnson and Sinovuyo Madlavu won a gold award, placing her in the top 250 candidates of 7000 National subscriptions.
Riebeek College came out top of the log at the Nelson Mandela Metropole SAFEFE Olympiad. Riebeek teams took first, second and third position.
The team that came third was Tiffany Cloete, Kristen Mannasse and Jadey van Willing.
Second was Meagan Roos, Christy Witter and Chante Potgieter.
The winning team was  Inganathi Konono, Kamvelihle Magobo, Candice Rossouw.
The Entrepreneurship Challenge run by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is open to all grades 8-12 learners in South Africa. More than 5000 learners compete and 3 of our girls performed particularly well. Teneal Rudman and Sara Gopal are among the top 30 and Jessica Craill is in the top 100. The top 5 learners of this challenge were invited to Cape Town to present their business pitch in person and Sara Gopal, in Grade 9, came in second place, winning R10 000. She travelled to Johannesburg to attend the Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge Awards Ceremony as a Top 20 student. At the ceremony, it was announced that Sara came second overall. Sara has been invited to visit San Francisco in April 2019 where she will tour various large corporations such as Apple, Facebook and Tesla, as well as meet with entrepreneurs from around the world. Sara is the youngest of the finalists.
If I were to try to mention all that the Riebeek girls are involved in, we would be here all day, but these were just a few highlights. Today is about the prize winners and acknowledging their hard work, but since it is also my very last opportunity to speak at this podium, I would like to take a moment to wish Zeenat and the prefect body of 2019 everything of the best for their tenure. It will be an uphill climb, ladies, but all the best things are.
 
 
 
 

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2018
Sinovuyo Madlavu

Prize-giving 2018 - senior school 

BY Administrator

Grade 8:
NUMBER IN GRADE:  95
Requirements for merit certificates in Grade 8:  First Additional Language: 80%
All other subjects:  85%
Achievement certificates go to learners who obtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in a subject, provided that their percentage is above 60%.
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 8:
Rachael Akilo
Khanyisa Butana
Dechaan January
Ntabiseng Jonga
Vuyolwethu Mxoli
Tinique Theron
 
Diligence and Endeavour:
Miacarla Tee
Nikhita Kasmed
Pholisa Madlavu
 
Merit Certificates for Technology:
Tristanne August
Liyema Banzi
Tenique Boswell
Mohiba Natha
Ahlume Nxele
Georgia Ownhouse
Megan Potgieter
Sania Van Heerden
 
Merit Certificate for Mathematics:
Sisipho Hena
 
Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences:
Nobuhle Moyo
 
Merit Certificates for English Home Language and Technology:
Zenande Daniels
 
Third Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language
Merit Certificate for Technology:
Kay-Leigh Klopper
 
Merit Certificates for Mathematics and Economic and Management Sciences:
Chwayita Hanabe
 
Third Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa First Additional Language:
Azukiswe Jikeka
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 8
Merit Certificate for Technology:
Diya Khoosal
Lynn-Marie Nel
 
Merit Certificates for Natural Sciences and Technology:
Kay-Leigh Wilmot
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 8
Merit Certificates for Mathematics and Technology:
Siyanda Makalima
 
Merit Certificates for Mathematics, Creative Arts and Technology:
Amy Reed
 
Merit Certificates for English Home Language, Mathematics, Economic and Management Sciences and Technology:
Jameelah Sirkhotte
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa First Additional Language
Merit Certificates for Mathematics and Technology:
Alexandra Sitole
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences
First Position and Merit Certificate for Technology
Merit Certificates for English Home Language, Creative Arts, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences
Spirit of the College Spirit Certificate re-award for Excellent Participation in School Life in Grade 8 – 60 events participated:
Sarah McFarlane
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts
Third Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language
Merit Certificates for Mathematics, Economic and Management Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Technology:
Amahle Ntabeni
 
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Social Sciences
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematics
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Technology
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences
Merit Certificate for Creative Arts
Second Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language
Fatima Mahouassa
 
First Position and a Merit Certificate for English Home Language
First Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences
Second Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa First Additional Language
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences and
Merit Certificate for Technology
Spirit of the College Spirit Certificate re-award for Excellent Participation in School Life in Grade 8 – 60 events participated:
Liqhawe Nogampula
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language
Second Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Technology
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences
Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences:
Candice Rossouw
 
GRADE 9: 
 
NUMBER IN GRADE:  97
Requirements for merit certificates in Grade 9:
First Additional Language:  80%, all other subjects:  85%
Achievement certificates go to learners who obtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in a subject, provided that their percentage is above 60%.
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 9:
Jessica Assumption
Likhona Ntsele
Oyisa Ralo
 
Diligence and Endeavour:
Usiphile Jacobs
Meagan Roos
Buhle Tshaka
 
Merit Certificates of Technology:
Sesona Cekiso
Tiffany Cloete
Caitlyn Cockcroft
Tamar Cona
Jessica de Beer
Onthandwayo Gaba
Sinovuyo Gingqini
Sara Gopal
Mumtaaz Jacobs
Tamrin Jordan
Sitha Kondile
Mihle Mafongosi
 
Shaakirah Mallick
Siyamthanda Mbanga
Thandolwethu Ntshanyana
Sibabalwe September
Ayesha Tiry
 
Merit Cerificate for Technology and Mathematics:                           
Bernice Donkor
Kirsten Manasse
Chante Potgieter
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 9
Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Asavela Sikwebu
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 9
Merit Certificate for Technology:
Isabella Greeff
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 9
Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:
Kamvelihle Mgobo
 
Merit Certificates for Technology and Creative Arts:
Tiffany Jackson
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 9
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Technology:
Wade-Lee Muller
 
Third Position in IsiXhosa First Additional Language:
Babalwa Kefile
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa First Additional Language:
Inganathi Mantewu
 
Merit Certificate for Technology
Second Position for IsiXhosa First Additional Language and Technology:
Likhona Ntliziywana
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 9
Merit Certificates for Technology and Mathematics:
Kwakho Bissett
Boiketlo Mtau
 
Second Position for Afrikaans First Additional Language
Third Position for English Home Language
Merit Certificates for Technology and Economic and Management Sciences:
Erinn Kettledas
First Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts
First Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Technology
Merit Certificates for Mathematics and Social Sciences:
Leah Rensburg
 
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts
Merit Certificates for Technology and Social Sciences:
Christy Witter
 
Full attendance in 2018 in Grade 9
First Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Technology
Merit Certificates for Mathematics and Creative Arts:
Kiara Brink
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Economic Management Sciences
Second Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
First Position in Afrikaans Additional Language
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 9:
Caitlin Peters
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language
First Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
First Position and Merit Certificate for Technology
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences
Merit Certificate for Creative Arts
Third Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language
Third Position in Natural Sciences
Hasti Pansuriya
 
GRADE 10
 
NUMBER IN GRADE:  96
Requirements for Merit Certificates for Grade 10:  80% in all subjects
Achievement certificates go to learners who obtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in a subject, provided that their percentage is above 60%.
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 10:
Onesimo Sishuta
Cameron Zeelie
 
 
Diligence and Endeavour:
Jessica Crail
 
Third Position in Computer Applications Technology:
Kyla Harvey
 
Third Position in Geography:
Ammaarah Tiry
 
Third Position in Mathematical Literacy;
Kelly Wildskut
 
Third Position in IsiXhosa Home Language:
Mbali Ngqondi
 
Second Position in Mathematical Literacy:
Lisekho Nonjakazi
 
Second Position in Geography:
Amber du Plessis
 
First Position in Mathematical Literacy:
Vishani Patel
 
First Position in Geography:
Firdows Salie
 
Merit Certificates for History:
Tarryn Barry
Naomi de Booi
Jamie Kayser
Khanya Mtyingizane
Jordan Oldham
 
Merit Certificate for Mathematics:
Phillipa Nelson
 
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:
Karena du Plessis
 
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:
Keely-Ann Maritz
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:
Samantha van Jaarsveld
 
Second Position in Computer Applications Technology
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Joanne Miller
 
Merit Certificate for History
GA Schmidt Cup for Sustained Effort:
Robyn Minnaar
 
Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:
Anabo Thompson
 
Second Position in IsiXhosa Home Language
Merit Certificate for Mathematics:
Ntombizine Goqowana
 
Merit Certificates for Mathematics and History:
Chaneal Labercensie
 
First Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language
Second Position and Merit Certificate for History:
Q-Lynn Davids
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 10
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Alexandra Dennis
 
First Position in IsiXhosa Home Language
Third Position in Business Studies
Merit Certificate for History:
Sibahle Mtyingizane
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 10
Merit Certificates for Life Sciences and Accounting:
Lethabeleng Ntshiyane
 
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Business Studies
Merit Certificate for History:
Danita Prag
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting:
Jaime Boswell
 
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Third Position in Physical Sciences
Merit Certificates for History, English Home Language, and Life Sciences:
Romesa Muhammad
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for History
First Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language
First Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences
Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Second Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language
Third Position in Physical Sciences:
Azraa Rockman
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Computer Applications Technology
First Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Third Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language
First Position in Physical Sciences:
Ganeefa Sirkhotte
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Business Studies
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for English Home Language
Third Position and Merit Certificate for History
Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Third Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language:
Teneal Rudman
 
GRADE 11:  
NUMBER IN GRADE:  77
Requirements in merit certificates in Grade 11:  75% in all subjects
Achievement certificates go to learners who obtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in a subject, provided that their percentage is above 60%
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 11:
Marchelene Adriaanse
Ameigh Bush
Britney Ruiters
 
Diligence and Endeavour:
Siphosethu Malinga
 
Merit Certificate for Business Studies:
Daneille van Rensburg
 
Merit Certificates for Consumers:
Yonela Cakwebe
Genelleen Govender
Noluntu Macanda
Cleopatra Munyoro
Sibabalwe Nogampula
Lisakhanya Ntantiso
 
Merit Certificates for Geography:
Kobuso Hompa
 
Esihle Madikane
Sibabalwe Storm
 
Merit Certificates for History:
Amee Exford
Sibabalo Mene
Sinomtha Mshweshwe
Tara Wood
 
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Olwethu Bob
 
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:
Lihle Clay
 
Second Position in Accounting and a Merit Certificate for History:
Monique Balie
 
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:
Carish Dolf
 
Merit Certificates for Life Sciences, History and English Home Language
Rayna Gajjar
 
Merit Certificates for Life Sciences and History:
Malakhiwe Hoffman
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Business Studies:
Nuraan Kasmed
 
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Geography:
Anesipho Malinga
 
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language:
Nangamso Matiwani
 
Merit Certificates for Consumer Studies and History:
Lisa Ndyenga
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:
Busisiwe Setlai
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Sciences:
Fatima Salie
 
Merit Certificates for Life Sciences and History:
Natheerah Sataar
 
First Position in Computer Applications Technology
Merit Certificates for History and English Home Language
Gabrielle Ownhouse
 
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Business Studies
Merit Certificate for History:
Sihlumile Majombozi
 
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Accounting
Merit Certificate for History:
Qhamisa Mata
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Geography
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Naytuan Matill
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language:
Zezethu Mtirara
 
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Business Studies
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Amy Schambril
 
Merit Certificates for Life Sciences, Mathematics and History:
Tamia Smith
 
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies
Merit Certificates for Life Sciences and History:
Amy Higgins
 
Merit Certificates for Mathematics and History:
Kezley Rayners
 
Third Position for Accounting
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language
Merit Certificate for History:
Amila Thys
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for History
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Aarifah Liberty
 
Second Position for Computer Applications Technology
First Position and a Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy
Merit Certificate for History:
Liyabona Mgushelo
 
 
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematics
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Physical Sciences
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Geography
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Meaghan Botha
 
First Position and a Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language
First Position and a Merit Certificate for English
First Position and a Merit Certificate for History
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Life Sciences
Third Position in Physical Sciences:
Lerise Johnson
 
First Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language
Second Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language
Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Merit Certificate for History
Second Position in Physical Sciences:
Zeenat Lukie
 
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language
Third Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language
Full attendance in 2018 in Grade 11:
Casey Els
 
GRADE 12: 
 
NUMBER IN GRADE:  91
Requirements for merit certificates in Grade 12:  75% in all subjects
Achievement certificates go to learners who obtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in a subject, provided that their percentage is above 60%.
 
Diligence and Endeavour:
Ropafadzo Mazorodze
 
Second Position for Computer Applications Technology:
Shaakirah Cornelius
 
Merit Certificates for History:
Carleen Braun
Vuyolwetu Keye
Carison Kramer
Siphelele Mabombo
Zamakhuma Makwabe
Phumza Mandla
Farryn Mapaling
Chulumanco Mayi
Camryn van Aardt
Meagan van der Merwe
Buhlebezwe Williams
Monalisa Williams
 
Merit Certificates for Mathematical Literacy:
Keziah Brandt
Tamaryn Coombes
Siphelelisiwe Dikana
Tammy Jaftha
Drew Minter
Siphesihle Stuurman
Gitaney van Staden
 
Consumer Studies Practical Prize:
 Leigh-Ann Schoultz
 
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Geography:
Shannon Butler
 
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy
Jean Bartlett Prize for Progress
Pumelela Kwanini
 
Merit Certificates for Mathematical Literacy and History:
Silindokuhle Daka
 
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Consumer Studies:
Liyema Ka-Siphiwo
 
Third Position for Business Studies
Merit Certificate for History:
Mikhayla Michaels
 
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Computer Applications Technology
Camons Cup for Sustained Effort:
Mpumelelo Mpshe
 
Third Position in Consumer Studies
Third Position for Computer Applications Technology
Joanne Saaiman
 
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:
Shannon Blignaut
 
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Geography
Merit Certificate for Mathematics:
Aton de Vos
 
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Mathematical Literacy
Merit Certificate for History:
Naqeesha Koester
 
Merit Certificates for Mathematical Literacy, History and Life Sciences:
Mateenah Langford
 
Merit Certificates for Mathematical Literacy, Accounting and History:
Qhamisa Mnyazi
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language
Merit Certificate for History:
Khanyisa Phillip
 
Third Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for History:
Jade Tarentaal
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language
Merit Certificate for History:
Athaba Tize
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy
Merit Certificate for History:
Sarah Werth
 
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for IsiXhosa Home Language
Merit Certificates for History, Life Sciences and English Home Language
Aziwe Booi
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematics
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for History
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Omhle Bissett
 
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for English Home Language
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Geography
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Hlomla Gwaxula
 
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Business Studies
Subject Prize for the Best Performance in Commercial Subjects
Merit Certificates for Accounting and History:
Ababalwe Tati
 
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Business Studies
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for History
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:
Sisipho Phillip
 
First Position, Merit Certificate, Subject Prize and Hutton Cup for Accounting
First Position, Merit Certificate, Subject Prize and the Newcombe Floating Trophy for Life Sciences
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Physical Sciences
Second Position, Merit Certificate and the Joy Druce Memorial Trophy for English Home Language:
Valentina Longari
 
Full Attendance in 2018 in Grade 12
First Position, Merit Certificate and the Mary Minty Subject Prize for Physical Sciences
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Afrikaans First Additional Language
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Mathematics
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Accounting
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Life Sciences
Kyla Van Deventer
 
First Position, Merit Certificate and the DE Bates Subject Prize for English Home Language
First Position, Merit Certificate and the Mc Donald Dodds Subject Prize for Mathematics
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language
Second Position and a Merit Certificate for Life Sciences
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Physical Sciences
Third Position and a Merit Certificate for Accounting
Sinovuyo Madlavu


 
SPORTS AWARDS: 
 
HOCKEY
MAC DONALD TROPHY (Contribution to U/16 Hockey)  Chaneal Labercensie
 
SENIOR HOCKEY TROPHY, donated by 1977 players (To a player who shows determination and enthusiasm)  Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
LYNN BLACK TROPHY (Sportmanship and Team Spirit)  Liqhawe Nogampula
 
IRIS VAGHI TROPHY (a committed player)  Keesha Haynes
 
DOUG SMITH CUP (an improved player)  Anovuyo Singeni
 
GRAETZ CUP (an outstanding hockey player)  Mateenah Langford/Shannon Blignaut
 
TENNIS
U/14 Singles  Kay-Leigh Wilmot
 
U/14 Doubles  Kay-Leigh Wilmot & Cheyanne Castelyn
 
MALLET CUP (u/16 singles) Hasti Pansuriya
 
HARVEY CUP (u/16 Doubles)  Hasti Pansuriya & Wade-Lee Muller
 
DOROTHY DODD CUP (Open singles)  Amee Exford
 
TENNIS CUP (Open Doubles Championships)  Mpumelelo Mpshe & Amee Exford
 
Most Enthusiastic Player  Mpumelelo Mpshe
 
MARILYN ANN WOODS TROPHY (Most improved Senior Tennis Player)  Aarifah Liberty
 
Grand Slam Player of the Year  Amee Exford
 
SWIMMING
50 m Breaststroke:
U/14 Gilmer Trophy                        Sarah Mc Farlane
U/16 J Schauder Trophy                Chaneal Labercensie
U/19 Levy Cup                                   Keely-Ann Maritz
 
50m Freestyle:
U/14 Dick Cherrington Cup          Sarah Bagley
U/16 Championship Trophy         Megan Clingen
U/19 Elliot Cup                                  Keely-Ann Maritz
 
50m Backstroke:
U/14 The Backstroke Cup             Sarah McFarlane
U/16 Winnie Seady Cup                 Jade Rudman
U/19 Backstroke Cup                      Keely-Ann Maritz
 
50m Butterfly:
Van Onselen Cup                              Mateenah Langford
 
Senior Dash 50m Freestyle:
Effting Memorial Cup                     Keely-Ann Maritz
 
SPORTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR:   Mateenah Langford
 
CULTURAL AWARDS: 
CHOIR (5 years of service to the school choir)
Hlomela Gwaxula
Chulumanco Mayi
Athaba Tize
Siphelelisiwe Dikana
Vuyolwethu Keye
Ahlumile Nkume
 
 
 
 
ALL ROUNDER AWARDS
RE-AWARDS:
Mateenah Langford
Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
NEW AWARDS:
Chaneal Labercensie
Jordan Oldham
Sarah Werth
 
COMPORTMENT
RE-AWARDS:
Omhle Bisset
Naqeesha Koester
Sinovuyo Madlavu
Sinothando Ngxoweni
Kyla van Deventer
 
NEW AWARDS:
Valentina Longari
Liyabona Mgushelo
Tamia Smith
Amila Thys
 
JOEY VAN ZYL CUP: (a well groomed girl):  Naqeesha Koester
 
COMPORTMENT CUP:  Kyla van Deventer
 
ACADEMIC COLOURS: 
(scroll and tie)
 
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 10:
Jamie Boswell
Sibahle Mtyingizane
Romesa Muhammed
Azraa Rockman
Teneal Rudman
Ganeefa Sirkhotte
 
RE-AWARDS IN GRADE 11: 
Zeenat Lukie
 
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 11:
Lerise Johnson
 
RE-AWARDS IN GRADE 12: 
Valentina Longari
Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 12:
Omhle Bissett
Kyla van Deventer
 
ACADEMIC HONOURS
 
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 10:
Azraa Rockman
Teneal Rudman
 
RE-AWARDS IN GRADE 12: 
Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 12:
Valentina Longari
Kyla van Deventer
 
SPECIAL AWARDS: 
COULDRIDGE CUP:  Grade Scholarship:  Grade 11, Lerise Johnson to collect
 
A HUGO NAUDE PRINT for Best Grade Performance in ISIXHOSA HOME LANGUAGE:  Grade 11,
Liyabona Mgushelo to collect
 
A HUGO NAUDE PRINT for Best Grade Performance in ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE:  Grade 10,
Azraa Rockman to collect
 
MASKEW MILLER TROPHY for Best Grade Performance in AFRIKAANS FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE:
Grade 11, Lerise Johnson to collect
 
HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD:  Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD:  Omhle Bissett
 
HEAD OF HOSTEL AWARD:  Pumza Mandla
 
STRESO ALL ROUNDER AWARD for best contribution to school and hostel life:  Pumza Mandla
 
GOOD FELLOWSHIP AWARD IN THE HOSTEL:  Ongezwa Gosa
 
CHIEF LIBRARIAN’S AWARD:  Ahlumile Nkume
 
THERESA MOWATT FLOATING TROPHY  (Head of SCA):  Gabriella Ownhouse
 
PENNACHINI TROPHY (for General Knowledge):  Omhle Bissett
 
SALLY POTGIETER CUP (for Creative Writing):  Sinovuyo Madlavu
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MARLENE PLUMSTEAD TROPHY (for Bilingualism:  English Home Language and Afrikaans First Additional Language):
Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
MARILYN WOODS TROPHY (Excellence in Creative Writing:  IsiXhosa Home Language):  Aziwe Booi
 
STEAR FLOATING TROPHY (Best Performance:  English Home Language and IsiXhosa Home Language)  Aziwe Booi
 
NATALIE STEAR SENIOR DEBATING TROPHY:  Unathi Butsaka
                                                                                   Fatima Mahouassa
 
COMMUNICATOR’S AWARD:  Not to be awarded
 
JUNIOR ORATORY CUP:  Liqhawe Nogampula
 
SENIOR ORATORY CUP:  Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
A-AGGREGATE AWARDS:
 
We wish to acknowledge the achievements of our 2017 Grade 12 learners.  They all obtained A-aggregates:
Loren Campbell
Jamie-Lee Daniels
Chiara Rossi Falcon
Jessica Schoeman
Heather Wilkinson
 
PREMIER AWARDS 
 
HOUSE SCHOLARSHIP CUP (Best Academic Performance in Grade 4-12):  Elton House
 
RD ELLIOT SHIELD (To the house that gained most points in all cultural, sport and academic activities in Grade 8-12):  Elton House
 
JJ ALBERTYN PRIZE (The top academic performer at the end of Grade 10 in 2017):  Zeenat Lukie
 
BOKKIE HUMAN TROPHY (The top academic performer in Grade 11 in 2018): Lerise Johnson
 
ANNA OFSOWITZ AWARD (The top academic performer in Grade 12 in 2018):  Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
LUCY ALBERTYN BURSARY (The top Grade 12 learner.  This bursary is awarded, with conditions, for the duration of her studies) and was awarded in 2017 to:  Martez Meyer
 
KATE WILMOT TRUST (Awarded to a Christian Leader studying further.  She will receive her bursary in 2019):  Sarah Werth
 
KIERAN STEAR TROPHY (Enthusiastic and Positive Contribution to school life and the Spirit of the College Programme in Grade 8):  Liqhawe Nogampula 
                                               
THE HUTTON CUP (Participation in Junior Secondary School Life):  Meagan Roos
 
NICKY DE GROOT MEMORIAL TROPHY (Best all round contribution in Grades 8-10):
Chaneal Labercensie
 
YERELEMOU AWARD (Participation in Senior School Life, awarded to a Grade 11 learner):                       
Amy Schambril
 
The Tammy MacNicol SCHOOL SPIRIT CUP (Excluding a prefect and any first team player):  Bernadine Williams
 
YVETTE HUNTER MEMORIAL TROPHY (Courage and Commitment in caring for people and animals):
Chevelle Ludeke
 
ROTARY CUP (Awarded to a girl whose endeavour best exemplifies the Rotary motto, service above self):  Octavia Johannes
 
RAE ROUP MEMORIAL TROPHY (Service to the school, excluding the head girl):  Omhle Bissett
 
MAYOR KOPO AWARD (for Community service):  Mateenah Langford
 
CATHY SIMPSON TROPHY (Unsolicited service to the school, excluding a prefect):  Olwethu Dlutu
 
VIVIAN STRYDOM CUP (Contribution to Cultural Activities):  Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
MAYOR’S TROPHY (Best All Rounder in Grade 12):  Mateenah Langford
 
PANAGIS TROPHY (Exceptional Contribution to a Cultural Activity at School):  Emihle Zweni
 
JOHN JOOSTE TROPHY (Exceptional Achievement):  Sara Gopal
 
YOUNG TROPHY (Strength in Adversity):  Simangalisiwe Mankayi
 
THE RIEBEEK OLD GIRL’S BURSARY (Grade 12 learner):  Aton de Vos
 
THE SCHOOL DUX:  Sinovuyo Madlavu
 
THE GOOD FELLOWSHIP CUP:  Aziwe Booi                                                     
 
PRINCIPAL’S AWARD:  Mrs S Gerber
               
Anton Calitz 10 years
Cathy du Plessis 10 years
Hetta du Preez 10 years
Jane Myburg 15 years
Cheryl Snyman 35 years
Michelle Stark 30 years
Kieran Stear 10 years
PN David (David) 30 years
NEM Gqomo (Mama Monica) 20 years
Jean Sandells 20 years
Governing Body Certificates: Rev Witter, Mrs Minter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
               
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 October 20, 2018
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Costume party

BY Megan Potgieter


On 12 October, our Riebeek Band hosted a Halloween costume party for the first time ever. This was also the band's first performance after gaining new Grade 8 and 9 members. The party was a great way to celebrate the last term and give us one last big celebration before exams.
The hall was decorated with a spooky and scary theme with fake police tape, fake cobwebs, and fake plastic knives being draped in the front and around the hall, and there was even a fog machine to create the ultimate creepy vibe. The tables were also well put together, with small foam tombstones and branches decorating each table.
The acts for the evening were some songs from the band, a performance by two local rappers and dance group, Chronic. Apart from the live music and dances, other party music was played as well so that the crowd could get up and dance, and they definitely danced the night away. The band's performances were amazing for their first time, and made the evening very enjoyable. Another great part of the event was seeing all the costumes everyone wore, and this was definitely proved by the couples costume contest and single costume contest.
The couples costume contest had incredible nominees, but in the end, Zoë Muller and her partner won dressed as Sandy D and Danny Zuko from the movie Grease. They had great stage presence and even learnt the choreography from one of the songs from the movie. Luckily, they got to show off when the nominees were instructed to dance for the crowd. The single costume contest was a difficult win to decide on as well, but because her costume was so identical to her character's, Kayla Deysel won dressed as Harley Quinn.
Thank you to all who attended this lovely event, this sound and lighting crew, the chaperones and Tuckshop helpers, the Media Team for photos and story coverage and Mr Calitz and the band girls for organizing and making sure everyone had great fun at this hopefully annual event. Thank you to parents who assisted, The Cultural Board who supervised and Miss Meyers who stepped in.

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 October 14, 2018
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farewell, Mrs stevens

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“You make your own happiness. Be happy now, life is going by while you’re waiting to be happy.” Mrs Stevens embraces this quote. She knows how to make her classes laugh with her jokes and astonishes them with her knowledge of many varied topics. Mrs Stevens explained that she may come across as hard on the outside, but she has a warm heart on the inside filled with compassion.
Mrs Stevens joined the Riebeek family in 1996. She grew up in Zimbabwe and studied at Rhodes University. Mrs Stevens said that her high school Maths teacher played an important role in her love for Maths, and she in turn has become an inspiration to many of her learners. She holds a BSC Masters in Mathematics and Physics. She loves doing cryptic crosswords and setting the general knowledge quiz at the end of every term and says she is horrified by the learners’ lack of general knowledge. Mrs Stevens has been to Europe and the United States on multiple occasions. She as participated in the Corporate Triathlon, Iron Man and the Cape Argus.  Mrs Stevens met her husband at Rhodes University. They have been married for 37 years. Mrs and Mr Stevens are both Maths teachers, although Mrs Stevens says that Mr Stevens isn’t quite as clever as she is. They have two sons, Gavin, who works in Cape Town, and Dryden, who lives with them. Mrs Stevens is extremely proud of her children's accomplishes.
Mrs Stevens advised the girls to “Find your passion and follow that.” Mrs Stevens has most certainly done that and in doing so she has not only ignited that passion in many of her learners but has showed them that by following your passion you can never go wrong.
Mrs Stevens believes that her highlights are the little, daily things, such as when her learners do well in a test or when they pay her a compliment.  Another highlight was when her niece was Head Girl in 1997. Mrs Stevens loves seeing the girls at events such as the Gala.
Lindsay McFarlane, Old Girl, shared, “When I think of Mrs Stevens, I  think of the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Looking back, I think this quote has been one of the biggest lessons I learnt, and something that I constantly remind myself of when I feel I am rushing into something. I always thought this saying was ironic coming from Mrs Stevens, as  she is one of the most competitive people I know. Knowing that even someone like her needs to be reminded of going slowly and steadily really encouraged me to stop and take my time, doing things properly rather than finishing first.” 
Sinovuyo Madlavu said, “She is kind hearted, although she has her own quirky way of showing it. Her passion and brilliance inspire me every day. She has cultivated excellence and a love for Maths in me and is one of the reasons I will be pursuing actuarial sciences. I feel eternally blessed to have been taught by such an amazing mind. Mrs Stevens has become one of my role models and not merely a teacher. She has shaped me so much, and I cannot thank her enough.”
It will be difficult to fill her shoes. She has been a driven teacher who aims to help children to excel in Maths. Mrs Stevens’ dedication and commitment came through in every Maths lesson. She is known to never give up, not only when it comes to problems but with the girls too. Quotes like “money for jam”, “this isn’t a pick a number show” and the Beyoncé lyric “to the left, to the left” will stay with the girls as Mrs Stevens quotes that put a smile on the faces of the girls unless it was written on their test.
Mrs Stevens plans on spending more time outdoors with her husband and younger son. Furthermore, she plans to play bridge, tennis, and do some Pilates and some more travelling and perhaps go back home to visit Zimbabwe. Mrs Stevens will most certainly miss teaching but she’ll especially miss her colleagues and the friendships she has formed in her 23 years at Riebeek.
Mrs Peltason wrote, “Highly intelligent and interested in everything, Vivienne Stevens made her mark setting up creative general knowledge tests. She is no slouch when it comes to words and can solve a crossword quicker than most, including the cryptic crossword which remains an unsolved mystery to me. This means that had Mrs Stevens been born forty years earlier she would probably have  been  a very good code-breaker. Her cycling team-mate is her husband Peter, who shares many of her passions. Both are Mathematics teachers, both have the kind of sense of humour that their pupils respect and fear. Someone once confided in me that there was nothing worse than getting a dressing down from Mrs Stevens. A member of the “Great Eight”, controller of the purse-strings of the Stok-ou-vel, and founder member of the elite coffee club, Mrs Stevens was one who kept things running smoothly.  She liked things the way she liked them, and she liked her coffee hot. Mrs Stevens is not into hugging, and yet she has a heart of gold. She has sometimes been a little like Eeyore, but she never lost up her professionalism, even when things were getting her down. We will miss her, both as a colleague and as a precious friend, and we wish her many glasses of delicious wine, quaffed in a deck chair, feet up, with Peter, at Trail’s End.”
 

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 October 14, 2018
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Reflections on valedictory

BY Megan Potgieter

Valedictory Article
 
Growing up and leaving school is bittersweet. You leave behind memories, part ways with friends and teachers who have taught you everything you know, and have to make peace with the fact that you are now joining the "real'' world. On the 12th of October 2018, we formally said goodbye to our matric class of 2018 and even reminisced on memories from as far back as their Grade 4 year. 
 
We opened with singing the school song, as the Grade 12s walked through the hall, prefects carrying the South African flag, our school flag, and as well as the flags from the respective houses. Mrs Snyman then read the bible verses, and led the prayer. Thereafter, Mrs Stear made her address. In her speech, she mentioned 10 lessons for her Riebeek "daughters", which also included memories from junior school, such as Asiphile Jack and Anesipho Nono learning that there is always something you can do and succeed at in grade 4 when they didn't qualify for the mini-hockey teams and Miss Smith put them in the Elephant and Buffalo teams, which had not existed up till that point. 
 
Near the end of her speech, Mrs Stear mentioned a poem from L.R Knost that was a beautiful piece of advice for our matrics: "Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break and all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. Do go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is within you." Next was Sinovuyo Madlavu with her Head Girl address. Her speech was incredibly creative and heartwarming, comparing her school career to a jigsaw puzzle been built over the years as she progress through junior and high school. 
 
The Head Girl speeches made at Valedictory are always a favourite of the girls, as junior school moments are always brought up, no matter how embarrassing they may be. Just a few mentioned were always bursting out into song when Mrs Metcalf left the class, playing dodgeball at breaks in grade 7, and making Miss De Beer think there was an extra learner in the class named Asanda, but only when signing demerits were involved. After Sinovuyo's speech, it was time for the Grade 11s to sing their farewell song. This definitely brought some tears, but soon came the exciting part: the chance for each matric to ring the Ceremonial Bell in the foyer and walk through tunnel, formed by the rest of the school, from the office to the front gate of the school. As the the Class of 2018, walked off the stage, each girl wore a pair on sunglasses, and looked effortlessly cool and confidant. Although it was raining outside, this did stop the rest of the girls from forming the tunnel outside and saying goodbye to our fellow Riebeek sisters and role models. 
 
To the Class of 2018, no matter what you decide to do on your journey of life, shine bright, succeed in whatever you do, and never forget, once a Riebeek girl, always a Riebeek girl. 
 

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 October 14, 2018
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Valedictory 2018 Head girl's Address

BY Sinovuyo Madlavu

Does anyone else still remember back in pre-school and Grade R, when we used to get puzzles to complete in class? I remember always hating them because it always seemed like I completed the puzzle way too quickly and then I was left not knowing what to do with myself… today, I find myself feeling the exact same way. This Riebeek puzzle has been completed far too quickly and now we find ourselves in an awkward in between where we’re not really sure where our place is anymore… IT SUCKS!
Good morning parents, special guests, teachers, Riebeek girls and to the ladies of the hour, my fellow Valedictorians, my fellow matrics.
When beginning a puzzle, the first thing you do is find all the pieces and turn them the right way around so that you can see round about where they fit into the picture. This is pretty much what our junior school years felt like – trying to find our feet in “big school” and figuring out where exactly we fit into the larger puzzle.
Ziphelele falling asleep during Mrs Skeates’ Maths lesson on the first day of grade 4 was a poor indication of what our junior school years would be like. The classroom naps didn’t end there though. Luna managed to break Miss Arthur’s classroom window, with her head, after abruptly waking from a nap. Her window encounters continued in Grade 7, when she was hoisted through a window in Miss Inggs’ class to try to unlock the door because we had locked ourselves out, with the keys inside the classroom too. Luckily we solved the problem before Miss Inggs could find out.
Our sleepy phase was followed by one of missing teeth, money making schemes and games that got way out of hand. One lesson, Miss Johnson found a tooth just lying on the classroom floor. And when she asked whose tooth it was, the class’s silence was broken by Mona excitedly shouting, all the way from the other side of the classroom, “It’s mine”! She had finally lost the tooth that had been loose for several days.
If you were to ask any 2012 Grade 6, they would tell you that the best part of that year was White Rabbit Days. None of us ever actually knew what this meant, we just knew that if you were part of the first 10 girls to wish Mrs Vermaak a happy white rabbit day, you’d get R10 and that’s all we cared about. This became our get-rich-quick scheme.
As we were nearing the end of junior school, we had turned most of the puzzle pieces over. We had an idea of where things go and what we’re supposed to do. We were confident that at this stage, we had already figured out what the completed puzzle was going to look like – we felt we had mastered the placement of all the pieces… we were so wrong.  It seemed that there were pieces missing in our Riebeek puzzle box!
As the seniors of the Junior School, playing dodgeball at break time was a way of life for us. Who could forget the day Lilitha tore her grey pants attempting to dodge the ball? Mrs Stear came to the rescue and held the pants together with safety pins. The following day, Lilitha arrived with her pants all sown up and proceeded to repeat the move that tore her pants the previous day, so as to prove to us all, that she could do the move with her pants intact. She failed dismally and ended up re-tearing the pants in the very same place as the previous day. We couldn’t contain our laughter.
Another all-time favourite game was hot seat, with the very first question always being the legendary, “So, who do you like” and of course we were obliged to answer.
We’ve always considered ourselves a rather talented bunch, and as such, we often played “Classroom Idols” where we saw tight contest between Kayla Ann Fourie, Megan Taylor and Bernadine Williams for the title. With Bernie being the only remaining member of this trio, I think we can safely crown her the official winner of “Classroom Idols”.
Our Junior School memories will forever be echoed by the voices of Miss Johnson and Mr Jonas. Miss Johnson’s Horrid Henry readings were unforgettable, her daily instruction to cut and paste 8 pages in 3 minutes, because “That’s what they expect of you in the high school,” had us sweating bullets trying to keep to the time limit, and who could forget the line we all dreaded : “These marks are dangerously low”
Mr Jonas taught us life lessons that we’ll never forget, like how to make scrambled eggs, saying “you grab and then squeeze,” on the real reason why guys in his day had no front teeth and on the importance of personal responsibility because you dared not make your problems Mr Jonas’s problems.
At the start of Grade 8, we had all sworn that we would not let the new girls come between us and infiltrate our sisterhood, but that did not last very long and now we’re one. Together, we have stumbled through high school, trying to make all the pieces of our puzzle fit together perfectly and even at times, resorting to forcing in pieces that didn’t fit, in hopes of just finishing; however, this lead to major unrest, for example, Callaghan vs Buhlebezwe (codename Batista), Octavia vs Olwethu D and ultimately the Entle vs Abongile situation which ended in tears, anger and weaves gone wild.
One cannot mention high school, without making mention of our beloved Mrs Metcalf. Arts and Culture lessons (now called Creative Arts) with her always ended comically. The 8G’S (now 12G’s), fondly remember breaking out into the Phineas and Ferb theme song while Mrs Metcalf was out of class. Singing is a big thing in our grade and the girls got so carried away that they didn’t realize that Mrs Metcalf had been locked out of class when she left, because the latch was on. When they later responded to the knocking on the doors, they were met with a very dissatisfied Mrs Woods and Mrs Metcalf on the other end. That year turned out to be one of countless hidden shoes and more sing-a-longs, with our hit single being “We wanna go home,” with our desks as the accompanying drums.
Everyone always loved PT lessons – some of us, a little too much. This was the sad realisation during a 10C PT lesson. Ahlumile was busy singing so loudly that she didn’t hear Mr Calitz’s whistle and instruction for everyone to get out of the pool and she was left floating and singing happily. After some time, she realized that it had gotten too quiet, and to her surprise when she checked, she had been locked in the pool area all by herself. She panicked and screamed for help; the class burst out in laughter and Mr Calitz let her out.
The Grade 11 Life Sciences class had a mind of its own. The class took the liberty of adding one more learner named Asanda to the class. Asanda only existed when demerits were going to be handed out for talking. She was also the person that never handed back their demerit, which always left Miss De Beer counting and recounting the demerits. However, there came a day where Asanda was called upon to answer a question. After a solid minute of complete silence, the class died with laughter. No one knows if Miss De Beer ever found out that Asanda never existed, but Ma’am, we apologize.
After being left alone for a mere 10 minutes because the teacher had left for a meeting, the Bio girls decided that a game of indoor volleyball, using Miss De Beer’s exercise ball that she sits on, was in order. That was a day the girls will never forget and we made sure to put the ball back safely where is belonged so she wouldn’t notice a thing.
Our fondest memories, by far, are our little taste of High School Musical, by breaking out in song in the bio lab. The best times were when Joy would introduce Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj throwbacks, which would have the entire class rapping along to every word – it was priceless.
Every day is sort of a jigsaw puzzle. You have to make sure that you always start with the boarder of the puzzle – in other words, put the most important things first. By matric, it was not funny anymore; being lax was no longer acceptable and we quickly realized that serious time management skills were needed. Doing homework had to become a priority, and I’m sorry to say it but, the order in which it was done was always based on which teacher would be the most lenient if their work was not done. We learnt that class and grade unity were essential, and we’ve always been a tightknit group with a firm belief in ‘All for one and one for all.”
And that takes us to where we are now… There are no more pieces left to place. Our Riebeek puzzle is finally complete and we are challenged to go forth into the world using the lessons and skills that assembling this puzzle has equipped us with. There is no other group of ladies that I would rather have walked this journey alongside and I know I have tried my best to represent you well.
 
Part of our puzzle making was the realization that the puzzle of life is not just about us! I must thank the people that got us here. Thank you to our school parents; also known as the teachers. You have groomed most of us from Grade 4 and the rest from Grade 8, until now. You have endured the drama, the noise and the need to sing at the most inopportune times. Thank you for always going the extra mile for us, even when we didn’t deserve it. Thank you for your patience, care and truly for everything you have done for us over the years. I do not know how to aptly express our gratitude.
Mrs Stear and Mrs Snyman, I would like to thank you for always having your door open when I needed help, for the amount of faith you have put in me and for everything that goes beyond your job description in how you have interacted with me as head girl, with the prefect body and with the Class of 2018.
I would like to thank my parents for the support, guidance and immense belief in me. It wasn’t always easy and when the pressure was high, it’s always comforting to know that you have someone in your corner. I want to thank my baby sister for the daily hugs. Pholisa, thank you for the little things you do to show you care; you have no idea how much they mean to me, baby.
I want to thank the prefect body for trusting me to lead you and for being loyal, hardworking and weird individuals. I’m proud of us and the work we’ve done; I could not have asked for a better team.
Omhle, you have been my right hand, quite literally and have grown to be a dear friend too. Having you as my confidant and support has helped me a great deal. I cannot express how much I appreciate you. Thank you so much! I love you girl.
Class of 2018: This is the best part. The best part of anything really, is the moment before it starts. And ladies, we are at a start, not an ending. Thank you for giving me the greatest memories that’ll last a lifetime and for being such a unique group of individuals. You ladies have all touched me, in one way or another. I will miss you all.
Today, the words of David Frost come to mind, “I probably wouldn’t do anything differently, if I had to do it again. Every little thing that happens to you, good or bad, becomes a little piece of the puzzle of who you become.”
If I have omitted anyone, forgive me. We would like to thank everyone who has influenced and shaped us into the ladies we leave as today. You fulfilled the picture of our puzzle.
I knew that I would have to deliver a speech like this but; I guess I didn’t realize that having to leave a place you’ve spent practically every day for 9 years at, would be so difficult. But isn’t it beautiful to have had something that makes saying goodbye so hard? I cannot help but have a heavy heart leaving the College today. She has taught us so much, but failed in one regard; she never taught us how to say goodbye…
Ladies please remember these words, “There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.”
In closing, matrics, it is now time for us to mould our lives into whatever we want them to be. It won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. I leave you with a line from a Bob Dylan song, which says, “May you always be courageous. Stand upright and be strong.” But most of all ladies, I hope that you will continue to chase your dreams passionately and that you will never accept less than the wonders you deserve of the world.
“We are all beautiful and magical puzzles made up of so many tiny pieces and parts. Without just one of them, something would be missing and we would not be whole. It is all of our parts that make us who we are…Each piece is special and necessary…Every single piece fits perfectly.”
The puzzle pieces have all fallen into place now. The picture that is created is of the Class of 2018 heading off into the future, well prepared for the larger puzzle of life and ready to build new ones, while always remembering fondly, the Riebeek puzzle.
 
 
 
 
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 October 13, 2018
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Sinovuyo Madlavu

Valedictory Speech 2018 by the principal

BY Mrs Stear

When the country was in the grip of the spirit and fun of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the Riebeek school magazine theme was Ubuntu and a group of the sweetest, most innocent faced Grade 4s joined our school. They would become the Class of 2018 seated before us today. In their matric year, the school celebrated the spirit of Ubuntu as a theme and these less innocent but sometimes still sweet, young ladies now prepare to leave this place of Ubuntu, this place of inter-connectivity and compassion. 
It takes a village to raise a child, they say in the Ubuntu philosophy. What a village the Riebeek community is! There are supportive parents, supportive teachers and admin staff who have become school parents to the girls. We of the Riebeek village who have raised children are always asking ourselves, “What do we want our children to learn?” Being an all girls’ school, we are passionate about ensuring our girls learn what they need to make a difference in the world. 
As a parent of 4 girls myself, and a grandmother, I have had many moments of thinking, “What do I want my daughters to know?” In fact, I don’t speak boy at all. Never have. Not a word. My son, James, has had to become literate in girl speak! Because I’m obviously girl, and I happen to have 4 girls of my own and close to 800 daughters at school, I speak fluent girl. The thing about knowing girl speak is that I have learnt it is ageless. It does not matter what era you grew up in because as much as society evolves from generation to generation, the core of human experience is still the same. And I think you need to know that. Even though my daughters and I grew up decades apart, we face some ever-lasting challenges and I get how hard it is to be a girl. My own daughters are often astonished when I am able to identify with them on certain challenges that they face because they say that I grew up in the Olden Days! 
I have read countless versions of what it is we should want our girls to know, and I will share some of those that I find important for our own daughters and our Riebeek daughters, to know, especially today, the Class of 2018, who have no more class lessons, but this final Riebeek lesson from me to you.
Our attitude toward life will determine life’s attitude toward us.
Everything in life is about your response to life’s problems and the situations you find yourself in. If you think life is unfair, chances are that life will treat you unfairly. You attract in your life that which you think about all day long, you attract that which you are, because like attracts like. A beautiful attitude towards life was revealed in Sinovuyo Madlavu when she wrote for her matric profile that a lesson she had learnt was that Grace is learning not to envy someone else’s blessings. Sinovuyo, by believing that, you have indeed shown grace in your time at Riebeek and have received many envy-worthy blessings.
Life is all about the journey and less about the destination.
Much of the time we get so focused on our big dreams and goals that we forget to enjoy this journey called life. Always remember that life is all about this moment. Life is not all about where we are going but about how we are getting there, about the journey not the destination. So take a deep breath and allow yourself to be present in everything you do. Allow yourself to enjoy each second of your life – to observe the world around you, the people present in your life and the beauty that is present within and all around you. Asiphile Jack and Anesipho Nono learnt that there is always something you can do and succeed at when in grade 4 they did not qualify for the first or second mini-hockey teams and Miss Smith decided to put them in the Elephant and Buffalo team and said that they were very good players! The Elephant and Buffalo teams had not existed up until that moment.
Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself.
Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself, to be at peace, to be happy and to be able to sleep at night. You don’t forgive because you are weak but because you are strong enough to realize that only by giving up on resentment will you be happy. If you hold on to poisonous thoughts like hate, anger, and resentment toward someone, you will end up poisoning yourself more than you poison the other person, and you will be very unhappy. So, Olwethu Dlutu, who wrote that a lesson learnt in her life was not to wear too much neon coloured clothing as you will end up looking like a walking highlighter, I think it is time to forgive neon coloured clothing, Olwethu, but looking at your bright temperament and colourful Matric Farewell outfit, it seems to me that you have.
People deserve a second chance.
The moment you forgive somebody, you start to give them a second chance, a chance to be near you, without trying to remind them of what they did to you, treating them not as they are, but rather as you want them to be. By doing this, you are also allowing them to grow and to become better every day. Your ego might tell you to “let these people go” but what does your heart tell you? Carison Kramer wrote that one of the AIKHONA things in her life is people who touch her with their feet. Carison, it is time to give those people a second chance.
Loneliness is different from solitude.
There is a difference between being lonely and being in solitude. When you are in solitude, you take advantage of it to get in touch with your inner self, to meditate and to quieten your mind. We can never be lonely if we like the person we’re alone with. If you like yourself, if you have no problem with your own person, you will be content with having some quiet time, away from all the noise. And there is a lot of noise. I notice your generation tries to fill silences with responses. Learn to reflect not react. Learn to detach from the information overload around you. Be offline and unavailable sometimes. In grade 4 Khanyisile Gayika wrote, “I know I am a good girl because when people I don’t know sit alone, I feel broken sorry for them.” It is wonderful that you cared for the lonely, Khanyisile, but maybe that they were seeking solitude and we should too!
The next lesson for my daughters is about how you see yourself.
Peer pressure is about Insecurity. Be confident in who you are and you will never have to fit in. Naqeesha Koester seems to have learnt this from Mrs Stark because she wrote, “Mrs Stark, has inspired me to be “be-you-tiful” and taught me never to compromise my happiness to please others. I admire her confidence and the class and elegance with which she does everything.” If you are confident, people will be drawn to you. Only dead fish go with the flow. Also, don’t compare yourself to the people around you. There is always going to be someone thinner, taller, more beautiful or smarter than you. The only person you need to impress is you. I remember a friend bemoaning the fact that her child would not listen to the stories the Grade R teacher read and would interrupt to ask about the tiny bug in the corner of the picture which was totally irrelevant to the story. I listened to her wishing that he would fit in and asked: “But do you really want him to be just like everyone else?” It was a turning point for this mother – the truth is we were born to stand out, not fit in and we should celebrate more those who see the world differently not those who see it the same way as every other person! 
Playing versus Adulting and all the small stuff
Those who know me well know that I believe that you should not sweat the small stuff. Adults can take everything so seriously, and they lose focus on what is important. I don’t want you all to get old too soon, weighed down by inconsequential things. I want you to learn to keep your inner child. Play. Refuse to grow up completely. Adulting is not as cool as the tall people make it out to be. Believe in Santa, Easter Bunny and hang upside down on swings. Nowhere is it written that we are supposed to stop playing and being young at heart. When you feel yourself being OLD think of Mateenah Langford dressed up as Peter Pan at the Team Building afternoon and resolve to never grow old. Celebrate birthdays with the excitement of a toddler, celebrate Heritage Day with an awesome braai, be flamboyant in your child like enthusiasm for big occasions. 
Courage and Fear
I know that you are scared about finals and that some of you are scared to be leaving the familiarity of Riebeek. Courage is not the absence of fear. Fear will always be present in our lives. Even though we know that fear is only in our minds, we choose to be paralyzed by it and we choose to allow it to control our lives, our dreams, our goals and the level of our happiness. Fear will be present whenever you want to stretch, whenever you want to get out of your comfort zone and whenever you want to do more, be more, have more. What we want from our daughters of Riebeek is look beyond the fear, and be aware that most of the things we fear never happen. 
Patience is a virtue.
In order for anything to happen, we need to be patient. We first plant the seed of greatness and then we wait for it to grow, we allow it to grow; we take care of it and we protect it. Great things take time and we need to learn how to give time, time. We live in a world of instant gratification and immediate responses on social media … in fact, people get quite upset if you do not immediately reply to a message. Slow down, do not want everything straight away. Wait for it with patience. I think Leilah Mohamed has had to learn that patience is a virtue because for her Grade 4 profile, she wrote that she can’t wait till she’s allowed to kiss a boy. 
I want my Riebeek daughters to know stuff about boys:
I want you to have financial independence from men. No matter how madly you love him, keep a nest egg aside, a monetary safety so that you are not a victim of abuse because of financial dependency. I also want you to know that if a boy expects you to be the person he wants you to be and not the person you are, then dump him. When in Grade Four, the Class of 2018 were asked to write on the topic: I know a girl has a crush on a boy when…” and Abongile Bulo wrote, “He says, Hey baby!” and Kelly Pullen wrote, “She blushes, giggles, talks in a squeaky voice and puts her head on one of his shoulders.” Buhle Somandi said “When he shows the girl his muscles.” I want you to know one of my best bits of advice: If a man whistles at you, do not respond. You are a lady, not a dog!
My final life lesson for my daughters is about bringing hope in a hopeless world and being the light in a broken world.
In the year of celebrating 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, we are reminded that his legacy is huge because he gave hope to people in dark and difficult times. We live in negative and critical times. Do not let it make you angry. Do not let it defeat you. 
L R Knost wrote this poem:
“Do not be dismayed
By the brokenness
Of the world.
All things break.
And all things
Can be mended.
Not with time, as they say,
But with intention.
Do go. Love intentionally,
Extravagantly,
Unconditionally.
The broken world waits
In darkness for the light
That is within you.”
The world waits in darkness and needs you, the Class of 2018, to be the light. We have taught you all you need, it is now time for you to go out there and live the lessons we have gifted you with, and be the light.

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 October 13, 2018
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Mrs Stear

maths challenge

BY Mr B. Jonas

EVERYONE IS A WINNER FUN MATHS CHALLENGE 2018 GRADE 4 – 7: Top Learners in each Grade: (A Certificate + A Slab + A Pen each)
Grade 4 Top learner in the Grade: Maths Award: Amkhitha Stuurman 13/20
Grade 5 Top learner in the Grade: Maths Award: Ntlahla Diniso 17/20
Grade 6 Top learner in the Grade: Maths Award: Linathi Nkomo 16/20
Grade 7 Top learner in the Grade: Maths Award: Zoë Craill 18/20
Grade 4 Gold (A Certificate + A Slab each)
Ayabulele Mandela
Chuma Maxegwana
Simangalisiwe Ndzengu
Taybah Salie
Grade 4 Silver (A Certificate + Small Chocolate each)
Ra-Eesa Abrahams
Kendyhl George
Naheema Human
Caitlyn Kent-Brown
Latashca Philander
Jaime Robinson
Zaara Rockman
Grade 4 Blue (A Certificate + Smarties)
Ferin Afrika
Nerisha Ramsamy
Lusanele Sigabi
Sinothando Stock
Zenè Strydom
Grade 5 Gold (A Certificate + A Slab each)
Oamagetswe Jack
Riddhi Mistry
Nicole Mitchell
Tamarin Ramsammy-Cook
Grade 5 Silver (A Certificate + Small Chocolate each)
Kimi-Lara Erasmus
Lauren Labercensie
Jasmine La Bercensie
Grade 5 Blue (A Certificate + Smarties)
Corbin Booysen
Sibabalwe Daniels
Siyahluma Tyaliti
Grade 6 Gold (A Certificate + A Slab each)
Tylah Brink
Jazlyn Crowley
Dayna Dennis
Lithemba Ngqamfana
Lana Peters
Grade 6 Silver (A Certificate + Small Chocolate each)
Leya Bosman
Tazmia Bosman
Angela Miles
Lucy Van Heerden
Grade 6 Blue (A Certificate + Smarties)
Celine Dinie
Avigaill Goliath
Nyssa Kettledas
Doné September
Rebecca Wilkinson
Grade 7 Gold (A Certificate + A Slab each)
Reutloue Dunywa
Liyabona Meke
Jihaad Ravat
Samantha Seifert
Grade 7 Silver (A Certificate + Small Chocolate each)
Jessé De Vos
Aeryn Ferreira
Kate-Lynn Forbes
Haneefa Kariem
Siyavuya Moyake
Kamvalethu Xego
Grade 7 Blue (A Certificate + Smarties)
Kelsey Dinie
Emihle Dube
Cameron Jaftha
Ameerah Mohamed
Eesha Nathoo
Chulummanco Nkohli
Aphiwe Ntshiza
Robyn Richards
Salmah Salie
Emihle Sangotsha
Shanique Scharnick
Emmanuella Vumazonke

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 September 27, 2018
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Mr B. Jonas

loving animals and meeting miss snyman

BY Mrs B. Viljoen

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

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 September 22, 2018
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Mrs B. Viljoen

well done, sara

BY Administrator

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

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

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

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 September 21, 2018
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grade 7s hold their market day

BY Mr de Beer

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

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

BY admin

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

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

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

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 September 02, 2018
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mula project - going green

BY Monique Balie

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

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

BY Hasti Pansuriya

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

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 August 27, 2018
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