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end of year message from the principal

BY Mrs K. Stear

4 December 2019
 
Dear Parents
As this year draws to an end, we trust that you can look back and see the growth in your daughter physically, academically and emotionally. We thank you for choosing Riebeek as the school for your daughter and we continue to do our best to help your daughter to become independent, a critical thinker, a life-long learner and resilient when facing adversity.
At the close of this year, we bid farewell to a few staff members. Mrs Skeates, who has been teaching grade four for 39 years, is retiring. We wish her peace and fulfillment in her retirement and we hope that she will return often to visit us.  Miss Meyers took up the position of Afrikaans teacher in the Senior School two and a half years ago and is now leaving us to take up a lecturing position at Varsity College. We wish her great happiness and wish her luck with her studies towards her Masters Degree. Miss Barnard has been at Riebeek for two years and she now leaves us for the beautiful shores of Cape Town and an English teaching post at a private school. We wish her well.
I need to pay huge tribute to all the staff at Riebeek who work tirelessly in the interest of all the girls who attend this school. They really go beyond the extra mile to give of their best in all spheres of school life.
Thank you to the parents of the school for your support. We appreciate your prompt payment of fees, your cheering at the side of the sports fields, your attendance at functions and meetings and the general interest that you show for the school and your daughter.
We are indebted to our active and committed School Governing Body members who give much of their time and expertise to the School.
May you all enjoy a blessed Festive Season, a peaceful and relaxing holiday and a wonderful New Year.
MRS STEAR
PRINCIPAL

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 December 06, 2019
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junior school prize winners

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Grade 4
 
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Amahle Antoni   
A Merit Certificate: Haylee Basson, Shaye Bush, Gizelle Dennis, Tayla Henman, Taegan Jantjies, Gianna Langford, Sibabalwe Madwara, Iviwe Majola, Tara-Leigh Nel, Arianne Phillips, Aayat Shaikh, Thaaniya Shungking, Shena Tutu, Myrisca van Jaarsveld, Zeanith Whitebooi, Sarah Zeelie
Full Attendance Certificate: Yandisa Appolis, Juilette Bentley, Bathobele Blaauw, Uyathandwa Daniels, Alitha Made, Ayonwabisa Mapela, Yomelela Maphondla, Anita Nota, Ophola Zilani
A Certificate for 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Kee-Lynn Armoed                                                                                                                                                
A Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Mia Barnes, Chelsea-Lee Hurn, Imanathi Matana, Jaylin Mostert
Shared 2nd Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Zara Dantu
1st Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 1st position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Certificate for 3rd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Qaniah Dollie
4th Prize for Afrikaans; Certificates for 1st position in Life skills; 4th position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Robyn Evert
A Certificate for 3rd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certficate: Qhamani Fani
A Certificate for 2nd position in Life Skills and a Merit Certificate: Amy Fischer
A Certificate for 4th position in Life Skills and a Merit Certificate: Laniel Ford
A Certificate for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Ronleigh Goeda
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour and a Full Attendance Certificate: Shia Jansen
A Certificate for 4th position for Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Phoebe Klassen
2nd Prize for English; 3rd Prize for Afrikaans; Certificates for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 2nd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Iman Liberty
A Certificate for 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Dant? Müller
A Certificate for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Siliziwe Ngcuka
1st Prize for Afrikaans; shared 2nd Prize for Mathematics; 3rd Prize for English; a Certificate for 1st position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Kelly-Anne O’Grady
A Certificate for 3rd position in Life Skills and a Merit Certificate: Radhika Patel
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Merit Certificate: Lulibo Sam
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Saamia Tee
 1st Prize for English; shared 2nd Prize for Mathematics; 2nd Prize for Afrikaans; Certificates for 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 2nd position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Qhama Tyaliti
4th Prize for English; a Certificate for 1st position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Chant? van Rensburg
 
 
Grade 5
1st Prize for English; 1st Prize for Mathematics; shared 2nd Prize for Afrikaans; Certificates for 2nd position in Life Skills; 2nd position in Social Sciences; 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Ra-Eesa Abrahams
Full Attendance Certificate: Ferin Afrika, Shanelia Arries, Channique Bacon, Baryl Christians,
Uminathi Gazi, Angel Goliath, Ayabulela Mandela, Nomakhwezi Mankayi, Nomtha Mankayi, Abethu Mantambo, Simangalisiwe Ndzengu, Maluthi Nkohli, Lihle Ntshiyane, Hope Ruiters, Emihle Ruxwana, Lusanele Sigabi, Sinothando Stock, Emma Thompson
Certificates for 1st position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 4th position in Life Skills and a Merit Certificate: Mila Ganjana
A Certificate for 3rd position in Life Skills: Kendyhl George
A Merit Certificate: Eutopia Hiscock, Naheema Human, Jaime Robinson
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness: Mckenzie Jacobs                                                                                                                                           A Certificate for 4th position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Caitlyn Kent-Brown                                                                             A Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Tazz-Lynn Markom, Latashca Philander, Ruzné Prince                                                                 A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour and a Full Attendance Certificate: Linathi Netnou
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Full Attendance Certificate:  Ayongezwa Poyane
Shared 2nd Prize for Afrikaans; shared 3rd Prize for English; Certificates for 3rd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 4th position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Nerisha Ramsamy
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Aminah Ravat
2nd Prize for English; 4th Prize for Afrikaans; 4th Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Zaara Rockman
1st Prize for Afrikaans; 2nd Prize for Mathematics; shared 3rd Prize for English; Certificates for 1st position in Life Skills; 1st position in Social Sciences; 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Taybah Salie
3rd Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 3rd position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Amkhitha Stuurman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grade 6
 
A Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Paige Barnes, Clivea Gwa Gwa, Oamagetswe Jack, Ayabulela Tom
Shared 4th Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology and a Merit Certificate: Corbin Booysen                                                                         
3rd Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 1st position in Life Skills; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Yolisa Cuba
A Certificate for 4th position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Jordan Daba
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour and a Full Attendance Certificate: Sibabalwe Daniels
A Certificate for 2nd position in Life Skills: Deenah Dollie
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Ayema Douw
A Full Attendance Certificate: Liyasa Gitywa, Azania Hini, Vicky Hoffman, Jessica Jonker, Jasmine La Bercensie, Viwe Mali, Mia Melville, Kwakhanya Ngcingolo, Buhlebethu Paais, Lisakhanya Singeni, Caslynn Sodien, Sibabalwe Stuurman, Sibalwethu Stuurman, Khanyokayise Thembani, Siyahluma Tyaliti, Lunathuxolo Tys, Someleze Vuyelwa, Verowsha Walton, Phila Zondani                                                                                                                     
1st Prize for Afrikaans; Certificates for 3rd position in Life Skills; 4th position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Callan Elie
A Certificate for 3rd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Kimi-Lara Erasmus
Shared 4th Prize for Afrikaans; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Ganlin Govender                                          
3rd Prize for English; a Certificate for 3rd position in Life Skills and a Merit Certificate: Lauren Labercensie
3rd Prize for Afrikaans and a Merit Certificate: Zaneta Louis
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness: Simphiwe Mazosiwe
4th Prize for English; 4th Prize for Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Lindokuhle Mbanga
2nd Prize for English; 2nd Prize for Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Riddhi Mistry
A Merit Certificate: Nicole Mitchell
A Certificate for 1st position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 2nd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Tamarin Ramasammy-Cook
A Certificate for 3rd position in Social Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Ingilosi Rune
2nd Prize for Afrikaans; a Merit Certificate and a Full Attendance Certificate: Shae Spiers
1st Prize for English; 1st Prize for Mathematics; a Certificate for 1st position in Social Sciences; a Merit Certificate; a Full Attendance Certificate and a Prize for Exceptional Neatness: Keeshia van der Bergh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grade 7
 
A Certificate for Full Attendance: Jade Afrikaner, Inathi Befile, Emily Claasen, Inam Festile, Aphelele Jack, Kassidy Lottering, Apelele Mayi, Lithemba Ngqamfana, Sesona Ngxenge, Kamvalwethu Qupe, Luthandolwethu Talamba, Emihle Yondzi
A Merit Certificate: Buhlebenkosi April, Chané van Jaarsveld
A Certificate for 1st position in Life Orientation; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Tracey-Anne August 
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Taytum-Paige Bosch, Jazlyn Crowley, Gabriella Hardman                                                                                                                                                  
4th Prize for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 3rd position in Economic Management Sciences; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Leya Bosman
Certificates for 1st position in Technology; 2nd position in Social Sciences; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Tazmia Bosman
A Certificate for 4th position in Creative Arts; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Tylah Brink
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics: Justine Clarke, Emihle Gana, Liyanda Jack, Linokuhle Mtengenya-Blou
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Allyson Cunningham, Savuzwa Humata                           
1st Prize and the Hutton Trophy for Mathematics; shared 1st Prize and the Cheryl Snyman Trophy for Afrikaans; 2nd Prize for English; Certificates for 1st position in Social Sciences; 2nd position in Creative Arts, Life Orientation and Technology; 3rd position in Economic Management Sciences; 4th position in Natural Sciences and a Merit Certificate: Dayna Dennis
2nd Prize for Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Celine Dinie
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Avigaill Goliath                                                                        
A Prize for Diligence and Endeavour: Tatum Gray, Jenna Mirams
A Prize for Exceptional Neatness; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Nakeixha Hendricks
A Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Anika La Bercensie
A Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Teshnika Lewis, Hlumelo Lucas, Linathi Nkomo, Simxabisile Tayi, Lucy van Heerden
Shared 1st Prize and the Cheryl Snyman Trophy for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 3rd position in Economic Management Sciences, a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Angela Miles
4th Prize for English; Certificates for 1st position in Natural Sciences; 3rd position in Social Sciences; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics, a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Lana Peters
3rd Prize for English; Certificates for 2nd position in Natural Sciences; 4th position in Life Orientation, Social Sciences and Technology; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Poshika Ramsamy  
Shared 1st Prize and the Cheryl Snyman Trophy for Afrikaans; a Certificate for 2nd position in Economic Management Sciences; a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Ashleigh Scharnick
4th Prize for Mathematics; Certificates for 1st position in Creative Arts; 2nd position in Natural Sciences and Technology; 3rd position in Life Orientation and a Merit Certificate: Doné September
3rd Prize for Mathematics; a Merit Certificate and a Certificate for Full Attendance: Isenathi Tom
1st Prize and the Marilyn Woods Trophy for English; Certificates for 1st position in Economic Management Sciences; 2nd position in Creative Arts, a Certificate for Commendable Competence in Mathematics and a Merit Certificate: Rebecca Wilkinson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPORTS AWARDS
 
GYMNASTICS (Physical Education)
 
The BEV MACDONALD FLOATING TROPHY for a promising Student in Physical Education: Luthandolwethu Talamba         
McINTYRE TROPHY for Physical Education (Awarded to a Grade 4 or Grade 5 pupil for enthusiastic participation): Lulibo Sam
DR DE GROOT TROPHY for Primary Physical Education (Awarded to a Grade 6 or Grade 7 pupil for enthusiastic participation): Unakho Ndiaye
The McPHERSON CUP for Inter-Class Physical Education: Grade 4C (Mrs J. Skeates)
 
HOCKEY
 
The MARILYN WOODS TROPHY (Awarded to a promising Hockey Player): Taytum-Paige Bosch
The PRIMARY HOCKEY TROPHY (For Sportsmanship and Team Spirit): Angela Miles
The PRIMARY HOCKEY CUP (Awarded to a player who displays enthusiasm and determination for this sport): Avigaill Goliath
The PRIMARY SECOND TEAM HOCKEY TROPHY (Awarded to a 2nd team player who displays dedication and passion for the sport): Sarah Ann Borstnar
The BRENNAN TROPHY (The U/14 HOCKEY CUP awarded to a promising player in Grade 5): Kendyhl George
The SALLY DE BEER TROPHY (For a most improved Grade 4 mini-hockey player): Imanathi Matana
The SANDRA JANEKE TROPHY (Awarded to a promising FORWARD player in the Junior School 1st Team): Doné September
The IRIS VAGHI TROPHY (Awarded to a promising DEFENCE player in the Junior School 1st Team): Allyson Cunningham
 
TENNIS
 
The CORRIE ABBOTT CUP (For Junior Inter – Grade Tennis): Grade 7
The JUNIOR UNDER 12 SINGLES CHAMPION: Vicky Hoffman
The JUNIOR UNDER 12 DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: Vicky Hoffman, Jessica Jonker
The JUNIOR OPEN SINGLES CHAMPION; The McINTYRE TENNIS TROPHY (For enthusiasm and Determination): Allyson Cunningham
The JUNIOR OPEN DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: Allyson Cunningham, Doné September
The VIVIENNE DRUCE CUP (For a promising tennis player in the Junior School): Vicky Hoffman
IRIS MYBURG Junior Inter – House Shield: Elton
MATT THURLEY AWARD (For a promising beginner): Chelsea-Lee Hurn
 
SWIMMING
 
The JOAN HICKSON FLOATING TROPHY (For U10 Freestyle): Gianna Langford
The MILLER CUP (For U11 Freestyle): Ruzné Prince
The McINTYRE TROPHY (For 50m Breast Stroke Girls U12): Lauren La Bercensie
The JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPION CUP (To a promising swimmer in the junior school who displays dedication and passion): Shared by Callan Elie, Caslynn Sodien
The DICK CHERRINGTON MEMORIAL TROPHY (For U14 Freestyle); The GILLMER TROPHY (For 50m Breast Stroke Girls U14): Angela Miles
The UITENHAGE TROPHY (For 50m Backstroke Girls U14): Leya Bosman
The D PETERS TROPHY (Awarded to a Novice Grade 4-7 Freestyle Swimmer): Shena Tutu
The JUNIOR SWIMMING TROPHY (Awarded to a dedicated and well-rounded Grade 7 swimmer): Nikaylynne Ford
 
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
 
CHOIR AWARDS (3 Years participation): Akhanya Hote, Unako Mjoli, Asenathi Mongo
CHOIR AWARDS (4 Years participation): Linokuhle Mtengenya-Blou, Anika La Bercensie
The S.P.C.A. INTER-CLASS TROPHY (Betty Lynch Trophy): Grade 4C (Mrs J. Skeates)
The VAN VUUREN AWARD (For the Best Speaker in the Primary Oratory Contest in Grade 4 and Grade 5): Iman Liberty
The BERYL VAN HEERDEN CUP (For the Best Speaker in the Primary Oratory Contest in Grade 6 and Grade 7): Leya Bosman
The MOST HELPFUL AND COURTEOUS CLASS AWARD: Grade 6R (Mrs C. Jonas)              
PENNACCHINI TROPHY (Senior General Knowledge): Tazmia Bosman
The ROSEBOWL (Junior General Knowledge): Nerisha Ramsamy
The JANETTE TROPHY for Junior Bilingualism: Kelly-Anne O’Grady
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: Anika La Bercensie, Teshnika Lewis, Lana Peters, Ashleigh Scharnick, Lucy van Heerden
The BERYL VAN HEERDEN MEMORIAL CUP for sustained effort in Grade 7: Aphelele Jack
The MAYOR’S TROPHY for the Best All-Rounder in Grade 7: Allyson Cunningham
The MOLLY SELLICK CUP (Awarded to an outstanding Prefect in Grade 7): Gabriella Hardman
The SPIRIT AWARD: Sesona Ngxenge
The SHERYL MOORE TROPHY (For Good Fellowship in Grade 7): Angela Miles
The AMBASSADOR AWARD (Awarded to a pupil in Grade 7 for her appearance, deportment, conduct, courtesy, enthusiasm, academic qualities and extra-mural activities): Dayna Dennis
The HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD: Angela Miles
The DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD: Rebecca Wilkinson
The SALMAH SALIE TROPHY (Awarded to a Grade 7 non-prefect who displays leadership qualities, is responsible, helpful, takes initiative and is respectful): Doné September
The JAYDE TROPHY is awarded to a Grade 7 girl who encompasses all the Fruit of the Spirit: Rebecca Wilkinson
The PRIMARY SCHOOL DUX: Dayna Dennis
The PRINCIPAL’S AWARD donated by Bob Stear: Mrs J. Skeates
The FREEDOM OF RIEBEEK COLLEGE: Mrs J. Skeates
LONG SERVICE AWARD: Miss A. Johnson                                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 October 21, 2019
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Farewell, Ms Barnard

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Ms Barnard joined the Riebeek team  as an English teacher in January 2018. She established herself as a a true lover of having fun with language. Ms Barnard self identifies as "puntastic". 
Ms Barnard has taught English, coached Debating and facilitated the Inter-house Plays. It is clear that her teaching philosophy of "if you can't make a mistake,  you can't make anything" runs through all of her activities, as the girls Ms Barnard has worked with are always encouraged to grow from their mistakes. 
There is no mistaking which classroom in the top corridor is hers. The pinboard outside, which is decorated with logic puzzles, brain teasers, tongue twisters and literary quotes, is a teaser of what lies ahead. Inside Ms Barnard's classroom, it is evident that this is a teacher that loves teaching with pin boards brightly decorated with learners work, and posters relating to English. 
Debating has grown and flourished with Ms Barnard's passionate coaching. An experienced debater and adjudicator in her own right, Ms Barnard has brought energy and drive to the club. The Alexander Road Debating Festival, the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage Debating League, the Ntsika Debate and Inter-House Debating have been highlights for the club. Ms Barnard reflects that debating has only a little to do with arguing, and so much more to do with empowering young people with critical thinking and language skills, as well as building confidence. 
Ms Barnard leaves us for Parklands College in in Cape Town. She will be missed by the staff, her classes and her debating girls. 
 

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 October 20, 2019
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Farewell, mr reynolds

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Riebeek is sad to have to lose a man who has been our Santa Claus, gala official and humble estate manager for 18 years.
Mr Alan Reynolds was born in Port Elizabeth although he spent his early childhood years in Chingola, Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. He attended Muir College before moving on to a Technical College.
He joined the Riebeek family first as a parent serving on the PTA when his daughters Candice and Samantha attended Riebeek from 1985 to 1995. He joined the Riebeek staff in 2001 as an estate manager. He was appointed to serve on the World Panel of Swimming Referees and attended the World Junior Swimming Championship in Rio de Janeiro in 2006. Mr Reynolds also served many disadvantaged communities as a member of Rotary International.
Mr Reynolds has been the first to arrive and the last to leave for so long that we are not sure how we will get used to not seeing him daily.  We know he is close from his iconic “Summer of ‘69” ringtone.  Two decades of Cultural Board members know the famous Mr Reynolds note handed in days in advance: “Dear Mr Reynolds. We would like ___ chairs and ___ tables for ____, please.” Jovial Father Christmas has hugged two decades of staff members and handed out gifts.  He has worked with our swimming teams and Interact Board teaching the girls the value of dedication and service.  He has been the one to escort the chief invigilator to and from the district office twice a day to collect and return examination scripts. And the trips there and back would include taies of who lived there, what the history of that street is and what the neighbourhood watches were reporting.
Mr Reynolds has a generous heart and is passionate about the school and the community. The braai master at staff functions will be missed, as will his wife, Sylvia, also a great supporter of Riebeek.
Mr Reynolds says that being at Riebeek taught him to be patient and adaptable to daily routine changes and requests. “I have learned to appreciate the views of everyone around me and appreciate their views even if they are different to my own.” Mr Reynolds has been a quiet, helpful and reliable presence at Riebeek during his many years of service. He is a courteous and respectful gentleman that many people rely on.
If the Riebeek girls are to learn anything from Mr Reynolds he wishes it to be, “Listen to the whole problem before attempting to resolve it. Focus on your strengths, whatever they are.”
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 October 20, 2019
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Farewell, Miss Meyers

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Riebeek sadly says goodbye to Miss Rozanne Meyers who has been a force of light and truth in her two and a half years here.
Miss Meyers was born and raised in Uitenhage where she attended Die Hoerskool Brandwag. She matriculated in 2007. She obtained her Bachelor of Theology and Counselling in 2010 from the South African Theological Seminary, followed by a BA Honours from NMU.
Miss Meyers said she wanted to be a teacher because “It’s a privilege to work with young minds to inspire, influence and educate.” She has done so in her time at Riebeek with her involvement with the SCA, choir and the drama society. She has certainly inspired the girls on her various committees to grow and find themselves and their relationship with God.
Some of Miss Meyers favourite moments at Riebeek have been when her register class threw her a surprise birthday party with balloons, cake and gifts last year, her grade 12 Afrikaans class arranging for them to go watch Fiela se Kind at the Baywest Mall; they listened to old school music on the trip to and back from the movie. She will always appreciate how the staff and learners supported and comforted her when her nephew was injured in a car accident last year. “The Riebeek staff truly divide sorrow and multiply joy.”
Miss Meyers served as Grade Head of Grade 8 and led special programmes to assist them in the transition to high school. She was a driving force behind the success of the Spirit of the College initiative. She assisted Mr Calitz with drama and then led the Drama Club with a thought provoking drama production in 2018 and a talent show in 2019. She led the Triple T, the transformation team set up to develop cultural sensitivity. She made her mark in the hostel as a duty teacher. And she undertook many hours of extra mural involvement, willing to drive a club or a team at a moment’s notice.
The learners speak of Miss Meyers in glowing terms: “At first she comes across as strict and no-nonsense, but as you get to know Ma’am, you learn she is understanding, a good listener, a great advice giver, objective and fair.” That speaks a great deal to her character.
Miss Meyers hopes her Riebeek legacy will be that of one who instilled hope in others and created an environment of growth.
Miss Meyers is going to lecture at Varsity College in the Humanities Programme of the BEd: Intermediate Phase course. We wish her the best of luck for the future.

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 October 20, 2019
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Farewell, Mrs skeates

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Because Mrs Skeates has had such a long association with Riebeek, it is fitting that we dwell a little more than most farewells on her time at Riebeek.  In fact, we thought maybe we should spend a mere 60 seconds on each of her Riebeek years, but then we realised that the speech would need to be 9 minutes for her school years and 38 minutes for her teaching years here, and that would mean it would take too long and still not do justice to Mrs Skeates’ unique contribution to Riebeek.
You see, Mrs Skeates is very special because she cares so very deeply for those around here and so it is quite strange to turn the spotlight on her when she is so used to focusing on the well being of others.
Mrs Skeates as a young girl knew she wanted to be a teacher as she would line her dolls up or the children of the farm labourers in her community for class time and read the Bible to them. Except at that stage Mrs Skeates could not yet read, and so she had to improvise and use her memory  She matriculated in 1977 with Mrs Lesley Bright Young, also a Riebeek teacher for some time, and Mrs Terry van Vuuren Hattingh, mother of our Miss Hattingh.  She obtained a first grade graduation from the Port Elizabeth Teachers College and earned a distinction in teaching practice.  In 1981, she rejoined her Riebeek Family.
And for 38 years she has shared her warmth, comfort, love and inspiration with her colleagues and the girls in her care.  Often the first teacher the girls would meet on their scary first day, Mrs Skeates made everyone feel safe and special. 
We can let you in on a little secret.  Mrs Skeates has always enjoyed a good celebration of life.  So in the 1980s and 1990s in her younger days, and even into the 21st century because Mrs Skeates has stayed young at heart for a long time, Mrs Skeates and some of the staff would enjoy some very sociable times.  Mrs Stear and her husband, Mrs Gail Macarthur who became Mrs Taylor and moved to VP and later Miss Johnson, to name but a few, tell of many fun adventures and lots of nonsense talk and fun.  Yes, Grade 4s, Mrs Skeates also talked to talk a lot in her time just like you probably like to do. 
Mrs Skeates has a particular interest in the misunderstood, the confused, the different, the ones who most needed her love.  She is known, when listening to senior school teachers discussing the well being of a high school child to be able to recall the child’s history and shed light on the best way to help the learner.  She can remember stories told to her decades later and uses those stories for good purposes.  It is this love of the needy, the underdog that led her to nurturing children who struggled academically by encouraging them  in the art sphere. So, at Arts and Crafts extra mural sessions, everyone felt like a Picaso or a Oscar winner. Mrs Skeates firmly believes that children who do not colour between the lines are artistic too because we all express ourselves differently.  Mrs Skeates is the epitome of random acts of kindness.  Mrs Gerber recalls when her son Daniel had an obsession with animals and there was a game ranger course during a holiday that she thought was very expensive.  Mrs Skeates insisted on paying for him.   When Mrs Gerber needed to pack party packs and organise a party at a children’s home for Daniel’s Life Skills project, Mrs Skeates insisted on making a contribution.  Those are only two examples and we know there are many, many more.  Whenever a staff member adopts a fur baby, Mrs Skeates buys pet toys and food for the new addition to the family as a baby shower. 
Mrs Skeates has faced challenges with grace and dignity.  She overcome hardships through prayer and reflection.  When her soul mate, Spike, passed away at the end of 2017; we marvelled at her dignity and strength and her story of Spike’s parrot who continued to call out hello in exactly the same way Spike did.
Mrs Skeates and Mrs Gerber were on leave in 2007 when the strangest thing happened. They discovered that there is a world out there independent of school bells and paperwork and the stress of teaching and returned from leave at the same time, sat observing how tired everyone looked and promptly slipped back into the rat race of it.  But, every now and again, we would reflect on the human race that is separate to the rat race and remind ourselves that this world of school is not all of the world, and that a bell should not dictate a day. Mrs Skeates, we are a bit jealous that retirement will give you more time than us for coffee breaks and smelling the roses and doing enjoyable things rather than have to do things.
Mrs Skeates is a perfectionist and undertakes everything meticulously and purposefully with no short cuts.  Mrs Skeates does not just mark work, Mrs Skeates applies the most rigid rules of respect for the pile of work in front of her and each project or script or worksheet or book is a treasure in her hands.  There has to be the neatest ticks, the neatest handwriting and a sticker or some words of encouragement to do justice to the efforts of the learner.  Lately, though teaching has left less time for teachers to do what we all wish we could do more of, and that is feed into the uniqueness of each child in our care.  Mrs Skeates found a way to still tap into the lives of her little humans by giving each one a turn to take a fluffy toy home and to write in the fluffy toy’s diary what he did over the weekend. That way she was still tapping into the lives of those in her care. 
Mrs Skeates’ faith is very important to her and she has the knack of serendipity in that just the correct Bible verse comes to her when she needs it to console or advice someone. 
Mrs Skeates says that Riebeek has taught her that laughter is the best medicine “the children laugh a lot and often!” and that people have different personalities and we should get a long with and forgive each other because that is what God requires of us. There isn’t a member of staff of learner who is short for kind words to say about Mrs Skeates. Her sincerity of spirit, humility, patience and sensitivity have touched many lives:  Those she taught and whose daughters she now teaches and those she works with. Mrs Mukamuri said “She is a great teacher. She is passionate, patient and committed in all that she does. Whenever I had a dilemma, she would calm me by saying, “Sister, you need to be calm, it will pass”. I thank God I met her, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to know her.”   And, we will remember her passion for animals and for fundraising for animals, with a whopping R40 000 collected this year alone. 
Mrs Skeates says that Riebeek is a family “We celebrate together, we mourn together. we face challenges together and we get through them. Together.” and she wants her family to always care for each other and remember that each and every person is unique and special. She also wants the grades 4s to remember that “We lead out of the class one by one not two by two like the animals on Noah’s Ark”.
Mrs Skeates you will be sorely missed. You have influenced and inspired legions of young women to become who they are meant to be; you have taught them more than the curriculum dictated by the department. you have taught them to value and love everyone and everything around.  May God continue to hold you in the palm of His hand. 
 

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Prize Giving Principal’s Address 2019 

BY Mrs K. Stear

Good morning. A special welcome to our Governing Body members, invited guests, parents, staff and, the girls of Riebeek College. Today, I get to brag about the school and report on our 2019 year.  I have to admit that, for the junior school, the expression, “It’s a jungle out there” has certainly been true because so much of our junior school calendar has focussed on the jungle and animal world and our juniors have fiercely stalked success and fun.   
Animals survive in the jungle by looking out for each other and staying with their herd.  This fits in with our school theme of the year which is WE ALL STAND TOGETHER.  The juniors have stood (and sat) and stayed awake and picnicked and danced and learned together.
 
The school year began on a high note when our matric results were announced. Our girls, and dedicated teaching staff, made us proud with a 100% pass rate. Our results were the highest in our circuit. The grade 4 to 7 learners also achieved a 100% pass rate proving that our girls are wise owls.
When the staff returned to school, we welcomed a new teacher, Mrs Mukamuri, an experienced grade 4 teacher. Mrs Mukamuri has brought a unique charm to the Riebeek staff and we are delighted that she chose to be a teacher rather than a nun! We also welcomed Mr Seale, our part time Sport Co-ordinator. Mr Seale has certainly made a difference in the world of sport at Riebeek.
January was a busy month with the annual prefects’ camp at Zuurberg, a Hawaiian Grade 4 welcome, a professional development for staff on Cultural Sensitivity, the announcement of the 2019 prefects and much more. I wish to thank the prefects, under the impressive leadership of Head Girl, Angela Miles, and deputy head girl, Rebecca Wilkinson. They have performed an excellent job.
February is the month of our famous Stay Awake. The theme was “A night in the jungle - # Hakuna Matata”. Our creative junior school teachers outdid themselves and certainly displayed a no worries. This loud and busy event remains the highlight of the junior calendar. Many of the grade 7 girls are sad that their days of Stay Awake have come to an end.
March saw us hold the mini-fun gala complete with the theme of Fun at the water hole - # Hakuna Matata. The mass participation of the girls proved the proverb “Cross the water in a crowd and the crocodile will not eat you.”
SGB elections followed.  We welcomed Mrs Twane Henman and Mrs Lisl Mac Gorman onto the SGB. I wish to thank all members of the SGB for the trust that you have in me, your commitment, wise words and the sound relationship we share.
Term 2 saw the Staff treated to a Staff Development at Assegaai Trials out in the wild. This was a positive team building experience. The SU camp was again held at Sumcay under the guiding care of Miss S du Preez, Miss Van der Westhuizen, now Mrs Jonas, and Mr de Beer. 
Winter put the focus on our sporting teams. Mr Seale and Mr Patel assisted with hockey coaching, Mrs Jack and Miss Delport coached our netball teams and Mr Phillips coached the chess players. Thank you to our teams, supporters and coaches. You have not seen enthusiasm until you witness the mini hockey parents supporting a match!  As for the girls, they are a bit like a herd of wildebeest migrating to the goalposts!
The Founder’s Day guest speaker was Dr Lisa Dondashe, Head Girl of the Class of 2009. She spoke to us about going on a road trip of life. Her road map became the inspiration for our 100 days smarter initiative in July.
In May the junior choir sang beautifully in a Choir evening held at College Hill. The U14 hockey team played in the Union High Hockey tournament in the June holidays and made Mr Jonas proud, accompanied by Miss Hattingh, with a great visit to the Valley of Desolation.
July saw us welcome Mr Maschaka in Miss Mintoor’s post. Mr Maschaka is a very competent drummer and musician and we look forward to his input in the musical scene. We also welcomed Mr Felkers on a part time basis as the new Choir Conductor. Mr Felkers came to us highly recommended by Miss Mintoor and I understand why after hearing the choir sing today. Also in July, there was a flutter of romance at the tennis courts when Mr Bowles proposed to Miss Hattingh. 
Riebeek’s first Family Day was held Day on Womens’ Day. This proved to be a delightful day where our Riebeek families came together and basked in the sunshine like dassies and enjoyed the fun fair, food and stalls on the Riebeek fields. A huge thank you to Mrs Viljoen and all the staff for their hard work. The Orientation afternoon for the new learners of 2020 was held in August and I thank Mrs Viljoen and Mrs Mukamuri for their efforts. Many juniors took part in the junior Oratory competition, Spellathon and the Grade 7 Market Day where there was a stampede for the tastiest treats.
All classes from grade 4 to 7 took part in the Night in the Jungle Concert and amazed us with their spectacular performances. We were fortunate to have the Queen Bee Mama Woods, past principal, return to the hive to help us with the choreography of the show.
In September, the juniors celebrated Spring Day with a picnic organised by Miss Johnson, and a talk by Atlas on self defense.
Sadly Mrs Denise Nel left us at the end of the third term after 18 years as the principal’s secretary.  She has moved to George and we wish her great happiness as she embarks on this new, exciting phase of her life.
October is an exhausting but exciting month.  We hold three big events, Senior Prize Giving followed by Valedictory followed by Junior Prize Giving. These are then followed by the exam venues being setup.  This is when we are most aware of our dedicated support team of grounds staff and kitchen staff. Thank you, Mr David Niven and the team.  The Administrative Staff and Mr Reynolds make the efficient management of the school possible and I thank them for their immense contributions.
The Grade 5 classes went on an excursion to Elands River nursery and came back with Rosemary plants to bring nature to their homes. We will also make our final donation to the SPCA and thank the SPCA committee and Mrs Skeates for the huge funds raised towards animals in need. The Grade 7s had a 2 day camp at Van Stadens with fireside chats and adventures on the river
At the end of the year, we will be saying goodbye to a few treasured members of staff. Mrs Janet Skeates will be retiring after 39 dedicated years of service to Riebeek. Mrs Skeates, an Old Girl of the Class of 1977, has been the backbone of Grade 4 for many years. Mr Reynolds, our Estate Manager will also be retiring after 18 years of service. We wish them both everything of the best and we hope they will enjoy a happy retirement. In the high school, we bid farewell to Miss Barnard and Miss Meyers.
This whirlwind tour of our year can leave you in no doubt that we have had a busybee year. It is a bit like the song A Circle of Life as we come full circle to almost the start of a new year: As the song from The Lion King reminds us:
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round
It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
'Til we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life
 
None of this circle of life would be possible without all the role players. Our many successes happen because of teachers, the SGB, parents and learners. We know that those who come up on stage have been supported by a great team. Girls, it is important for you to thank all those who have supported you.
 
I would like to thank the teachers for their hard work and dedication. This group of unique individuals each brings something special to their classes as they nurture and develop the young in their care. They are good at being nocturnal creatures because they often have to work late at night.  Thank you Miss Hattingh, Mr Jonas, Miss Arthur and Mrs Mukamuri for carrying the responsibility of being Grade Heads. I wish to thank the dynamic School Management Team, Mrs Gerber, Mrs Mapoma, Mrs Viljoen, Mrs Nel and Mrs Snyman. I would like to commend Mrs Viljoen, the HOD of the junior school, for her contribution to the running of the junior school. Mrs Snyman and I might be a bit like like Timon and Pumbaa, the meerkat and the warthog, from The Lion King and her steady support is much appreciated.
I encourage you girls to be like a tortoise. When a tortoise needs to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times when you need to stick your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in your shell, you have to go out and meet them. What impresses me about our juniors is their willingness to stick their necks out to try new things.
At present I feel like Mama Bear seeing her cubs grow and learn and I am filled with pride. I look forward to a 2020 filled with more success, more transformation, more tradition, more innovation, more good news, more pride and more of the fun that makes this school a great kingdom and place to be.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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junior head girl report at junior prize-giving 2019

BY Angela Myles

Good Morning Mrs Stear, Mrs Snyman, Special Guests, Family, Staff, and Fellow Learners.
I would like to start off with a quote by Peter Drucker, “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.”
It is a great privilege to be standing in front of you all today as the junior Head Girl of Riebeek College. I have grown so much throughout this year, expanding my knowledge on being a great leader and solving everything to the best of my ability. 2019 has been a year filled with amazing memories that I will cherish forever.
There are a number of Riebeek Superstars that have gone above and beyond to represent our school. Some of these learners are:
Zara Dantu in grade 4 received her Eastern Province Colours for chess.
Taytum-Paige Bosch in grade 7 made it to the third round of Eastern Province Hockey Trials. Even though she didn’t make the final EP team, it was still a great achievement for her to get this far.
Leya Bosman in grade 7 represented Nelson Mandela Bay at the 2019 Triathlon Championships that were held in Durban.
Well done, ladies. I am sure that you girls have bright futures laying ahead of you.
Some of our school’s achievements and highlights are:
The junior school participated in World Read Aloud Day where all 282 learners listened to a story read by Miss Mxoli. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all the junior school pupils as they did not have to work in the last lesson.
The Drama Talent Show was a success. The girls got to show off their impressive talents.
The results were as follows:
The 2nd runner up in the junior category were Avuya Mkoko and Alitha Made who sand exceptionally together.
The 1st runner up was Hope Ruiters who’s dance moves impressed the audience. She proved that dynamite comes in small packages.
The overall winner was Amy Fischer, Lulibo Sam and Shia Jansen who’s dance performance set the stage alight.
The 2019 Junior School play was themed ‘A Night In the Jungle’. The show was enjoyed by all the families of the learners. The girls and teachers worked very hard to perfect the play. We are exceedingly proud of their effort.
Now, I would like to share some memories from my junior school experience.
In grade 4, Asenathi, Isenathi and Simxabisile asked Mrs Skeates to sing a song to the class. All the learners enthusiastically anticipated the song, however, we did not expect them to sing ‘I Wanna Wish You A Merry Christmas’.
Let us not forget how Mrs Viljoen always wanted to be massaged in class. She was always overwhelmed by everybody volunteering. I wonder if she was aware that all of us volunteered only to avoid doing actual class work. Also, doing a puppet show with Mrs Viljoen as an Afrikaans Oral was very entertaining and something that we thoroughly enjoyed.
I will never forget, how in grade 5, Miss Johnson always ended the day with reading a little bit of ‘Horrid Henry’ or letting us tell her what our plans were for the weekend.
And Miss Arthur taught us that a woman can do anything. Even fix a toilet. Miss Arthur enjoyed sharing her stories about her great adventures in Europe, as she has a love for traveling.
Our trip to the Elands River Nursery was the highlight of our year. We all got to make our own pot plants to take home to nurture.
In grade 6, the very detailed LS lessons with Mrs Jonas will definitely be remembered. Mrs Jonas is a very passionate teacher, this makes the learning process even more fun.
We made Mr Jonas think that we had forgotten to throw him a birthday party. His response to that was, “This is the first group of girls who have not thrown a birthday party for me. I’m shocked!” We did end up having a blast at his surprise birthday party, though.
Remember to never say “SSHH!” in front of Mr Jonas, because his response to that would be, “Why are you saying ‘SSHH!’? Are you chasing pigeons?”
Last but not least, Mr Jonas’ famous saying, “My girl, don’t make your problem my problem.”
Grade 7 has been a year full of memories, like the broken bathroom mirror, random outbursts in class, funerals of class pets and so many more.
A few highlights from grade 7 are:
When we misbehaved in the beginning of the year and sang “Sorry” by Justin Bieber so that Miss H could forgive us.
When Mr De Beer sang to both classes on Valentines day and when he wore lipstick to school in support of the ‘Red Lips Campaign’.
I’m sure we won’t forget how Miss H is forever blaming her “twin sister” or her “heavy” engagement ring when she made mistakes on the board or her saying, “Mooi man!” whenever we impressed her by doing something correctly.
The grade 7s were asked to come up with ideas for Family Day, and one girl mentioned the wheelbarrow race. I sat in suspense and asked, “But Miss H, where are we going to get all the wheelbarrows?”
After PT, Sesona’s skirt was, and i quote, “Pap sop nat” from the water in her hair which had dripped onto her skirt. She had no choice but to ask Miss H for assistance, because she didn’t know what to do.
One of our main highlights was the grade 7 camp. The camp was an interesting adventure. We enjoyed three days of pure fun which included bonding and important life lessons.
The enthusiastic girls cheered and dared Miss Hattingh, Mr De Beer, Miss Mxoli and Mrs Snyman to dive through the sand tunnel. We all had a great laugh when Mr De Beer totally face planted into the sand. We also dared Miss H to do the trust fall, even though she didn’t really trust the girls who were catching her. I also just have to mention how Savuswa fell face first into the sand. She immediately stood up like nothing happened, with her tongue out of her mouth and shaking her head to try and get the sand off of her face
At night, the girls joined in on singing Christmas Carols while hanging up lanterns. The different tribes also competed in making their very own potjie kos. We did many more fun activities, but I don’t want to spoil it for for the 2020 grade 7s. I could go on about all the memories from grade 7, but you’d then be sitting here forever!
Grade 7 is an extremely challenging year for all learners. We were no longer looking up to the grade 7s above us, we were looked up to by the younger learners. It’s actually very scary, if you ask me. This year is not only a year of ending off our Junior School Careers, but also a year of immense growth and maturity. We have grown closer as a grade. This year wouldn’t have been the same without every single one of you.
2019 has been a huge year for me. Becoming the leader of a junior school is definitely something I did not expect. Hearing my name being announced, came as a great surprise. Although I didn’t expect this, I feel like I have proved myself with the help and support from all of you. Since this was a big shock to me, I had to adjust as I did not think I was good with responsibility. However, I soon realised that I was capable of anything, I just had to have the correct mindset.
We would like to sadly say goodbye to Mrs Skeates. She has taught at Riebeek College from 1981. Mrs Skeates had been an influencer and an inspiration to generation of Riebeek Girls. Mrs Skeates, you will be sorely missed. We wish her all the very best with the next phase of her life.
Now, I would like to say thank you to the following people who have made a huge impact in my time here at Riebeek. Thank you to,
Miss Mxoli for always giving off a good vibe whenever we entered the classroom, as well as helping me with this speech.
Mr Patel for adding life into our lessons and being very enthusiastic in class and on the sports field.
Mr Mashaka for lifting our moods by playing soothing tunes on the piano and racing us to the student center. He always boosts our confidence by saying “Yas Gels!”
Mr Calitz for teaching us the importance of looking after our bodies and filling us with suspense, because “Snotball Earth” could actually be real, right?
Mrs Skeates for always encouraging us to do everything to our full potential.
Mrs Viljoen for not only being a huge inspiration and mentor, but also an amazing teacher and swimming coach.
Miss Johnson for teaching us some valuable life lessons and how to properly manage our time.
Miss Arthur for always being patient and ready to help anyone who required assistance.
Mrs Jonas for being the ‘Problem Solver’ in our lives.
Mr Jonas for being a great hockey coach and someone who we can talk openly to about anything and everything. But don’t worry, Sir, we promise to never make our problems your problem.
Mr De Beer for being our cheerleader in the classroom and on the sports frield. How could I forget to mention your famous catch phrase, “My heart is pomping sjoklates!” as well as “You are a queen and you will slay!”
Mrs Snyman for being a great English teacher and one to remind me to do most things. Like this speech, for example.
Mrs Stear for being the pillar of strength for the entire school and always being polite and supportive to everybody.
Miss H for guiding me as well as the prefect body through this hectic year. You have gone through so much to keep the grade 7s on their feet.
I would also like to thank the prefect body for always being by my side and never giving up on me. I’m very grateful for your unconditional support, you guys have really been the best. Also, I want to say thank you to the entire grade. You might not know this, but each and every one of you amazing ladies play a very important role in my life. Because of you, I come to school with a smile on my face.
Finally, Thank you to my family.
Thank you, Mummie for raising me into the young woman I am today. You have guided me since day one. Yes, I can be difficult sometimes and we do have our ups and downs, but just know that I Love You so much.
Dedda for also never giving up on me and inspiring me to fight for what I want. You are always the one to put a smile on my face, after all, you understand me more than anybody else. I Love you, Deddie.
Last but not lest, my brother, Jared. (AKA: Boet) Thank you for everything, literally everything. You have always been there for me without even realising it. You are my partner in crime and my best friend. Yes, we fight all the time, but our unbreakable bond will stand the test of time. You have always put your problems aside to help me with mine. You have always been there to support me in everything I do. No one compares to you. I hope and pray that we never get separated, because, and believe me when I say this, I can’t live without you. You are by far the best brother I could ask for. I love yoy, fishface.
If I didn’t get all this support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I would like to end off with a quote by Roy T. Bennett, “Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.”
Head Girl has been an experience of a lifetime and an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life, because, “Once a Riebeek Girl, always a Riebeek Girl.”
Thank you.
 
- By Angela Miles

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Van Stadens Survivor Vaycay!

BY By Miss J Hattingh

The grade 7 camp was the most anticipated event of the year and it was well worth the wait! The girls eagerly arrived at school on Monday morning, 07 October, with their luggage in tow. Many girls seemed to be packed for two weeks instead of two nights! There was great excitement packing everything into the big bus and making our way to the Van Stadens resort. As we neared our destination, we travelled in heavy mist and eventually arrived in the pouring rain. However, it did not dampen the girls’ spirits as they excitedly hurried into the hub and were ready to begin their first activity!
As their first task in the “Survivor” themed camp, the tribes received the name of their bungalow in which they would be staying and were sent on a treasure hunt to find it. Once their whole group had returned, they had to identify their new home on a map before receiving their key. The biggest challenge was that they were sent in the complete opposite direction of the bungalows and it was still raining! The girls embraced the challenge and were keen to unpack the bus and settle into their new homes.
Luckily the rain gave us a break and the weather became perfect for activities on the beach! The girls enjoyed many team building tasks such as climbing on chairs to get to the other side of the river without falling in and digging a hole in the sand to crawl through as quickly as possible. The girls thoroughly enjoyed witnessing Mrs Snyman, Miss Hattingh, Mr De Beer and Miss Mxoli diving into the sand to crawl under the board to get to the other side! The first day of camp ended with build a burger for supper, a group dance off, a torch lit night walk on the beach and hot chocolate with marshmellows before heading off to bed.
The second day of camp was pure bliss! The girls were on the beach and ready to have fun before their breakfast had even settled! It was an action-packed day as they delighted in swimming in the lagoon, going on the paddle boats and rowing the canoes, even though they often turned into submarines instead!  Outside of the water, the girls spent time on the trampolines and did the fall of trust from the top of a table. This was not as easy as it seemed, and many girls ended up on the floor rather than in the safe arms of their classmates! The toughest team task faced the groups as they had to compete for their potjie ingredients, build the fire on their own and cook their own food. No one will ever forget how determined Savuzwa Humata was to win ingredients for her team’s potjie as she tripped over her own feet during a challenge, ploughed face first into the sand with her mouth open and quickly got up to keep running with her face completely covered in sand!
Although the girls were kept busy all day, they will still not tired enough to go to sleep at the scheduled lights out time... Almost the whole grade was guilty of sneaking out at some point of the night to play Ding Dong Ditch. Miss Hattingh caught the girls in the act on the second night which saw Tazmia Bosman and Tylah Brink hiding away in a bush to not be seen! The pranking continued as some girls decided to put toothpaste on the door handle of another bungalow, but their guilty conscience got the best of them and they got rid of the evidence before anyone found out! Most girls missed the lights out time and continued to talk, laugh, dance, do the splits and get up to mischief until the wee hours of the morning. One group was convinced that their faulty door was a ghost coming in and out of their chalet so they knocked on the chalet next door and snuggled in their beds which ended up as eight girls in one tiny chalet! 
 
The beach life was not for everyone as Zenande Zinto constantly moaned about sinking in the sand exclaiming out aloud, “I’m drowning here!” Not only was she not a fan of the sand, but also complained that the sea made too much noise at night! However, going away and being together gave the girls time to bond. Linathi Nkomo expressed that her favourite part of camp “was when we were sitting together like a family while eating our food.” Angela Miles fondly reflects how special it was when the whole group sang Christmas carols when they stood under the stars with their lanterns and sang the school song on top of the sand dune while attempting to make a big “Grade 7” sign in the sand. She adds that, “All of the memories truly warmed my heart, I could honestly never ask for a better group of girls to spend my grade 7 year with.”
After an eventful two-night camp, the exhausted girls and teachers unwillingly packed their things to return to the reality of normal school. It was only fitting that not only did we arrive in the pouring rain, but we packed and left in the pouring rain as well! The memories made will truly be treasured and the bond formed between the girls will help them to say farewell to the sheltered life of junior school and say hello to the daunting future as the babies of high school.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spirit of the College Awards  2019

BY Miss R Meyers


Grade 8 Recipients
Busy Bee Certificate: 20 Events
Jessé de Vos
Kelsey Dinie
Kate-Lynn Forbes
Carys George
Lindokuhle Gosani
Aqcobile Gqubule
Siyakhazimla Mafani
Eesha Nathoo
Shanique Scharnick
Tania Smith
Truné Vijoen
 
 
Spirit of the College Certificate: 30 Events
Jessé de Vos
Kelsey Dinie
Kate-Lynn Forbes
Carys George
Lindokuhle Gosani
Aqcobile Gqubule
Eesha Nathoo
Shanique Scharnick
Tania Smith
Truné Vijoen
 
 
Spirit Badge: 40 Events
Kelsey Dinie
Kate-Lynn Forbes
Carys George
Aqcobile Gqubule
Eesha Nathoo
Shanique Scharnick
Tania Smith
Truné Vijoen
 
 
Spirit of the College Merit: Excellent participation in School Life: 60 + Events
Kate-Lynn Forbes 110 events
Aqcobile Gqubule 78 events
Shanique Scharnick 76 events
Eesha Nathoo 71 events
Kelsey Dinie 60 events
 
Spirit of The College is a Grade 8 and 9 initiative started by Mrs K. Stear and Mrs S. Gerber and was implemented in 2018. This initiative encourages Grade 8 and 9 learners to participate in school activities and events. Contributing towards and truly experiencing Life at Riebeek. Learners are awarded different prizes depending on the number of events they have attended. Each event attended must be signed by the teacher in charge of the specific event and is validated by Mrs Gerber. When a learner reaches 20 events, she is awarded with the Busy Bee Certificate; 30 events is awarded with the Spirit of The College Certificate; 40 events secures a Spirit Badge and certificate. 60 Events secures a re-award of the Spirit Badge that may be worn up until Grade 12 and secures a Spirit of the College Merit awarded at school prize-giving.
 

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Quiz Afternoon

BY Candice Rossouw

The Riebeek Quiz event was hosted on 4 October by the Quiz committee of 2020. This was a way of getting Riebeek girls together for an exhilarating afternoon of interaction and teamwork which ties in perfectly with this year's theme which is, "We all stand together".
The afternoon began with the Quiz committee welcoming the groups present. The groups have definitely gone all out when it came to decor and costumes thus representing their group's theme well. Special mention has to be made of The Princesses which consisted of Miss Hattingh and some of the matrics. The dressed to impress in their matric farewell dresses and their eloquent table decor. An ice breaker proposed by Quiz Head of 2020, Mohiba Natha, set the tone for the afternoon as it warmed the groups up for what was awaiting them.
There is nothing like great teamwork and the various groups proved that when it came to answering the varying sections of questions. There were intervals in between the sections of questions and this gave the group members the opportunity to interact with each other. Afterwards, it was back to the drawing board for the teams.
The atmosphere of the event was heart-warming and electrifying as one could witness the evident teamwork. However, it was still a competition and each group was determined to win!
At the end of the event, the winners were announced and awards were given to the winners. The award for Best Decor was won by The Princesses for their impeccable table decorations.
The overall winners of the afternoon were:
1st: Grand Slam Sporties, consisting of Amahle Ntabeni, Zenande Daniels, Carly Erasmus and Linathi Stuurman.
2nd: The Princesses, consisting of Monique Balie, Amy Schambril, Amee Exford, Casey Els and Miss Hattingh.
3rd: The Geeks, consisting of Siyanda Makalima, Iviwe Majweta, Aluve Ndlovu and Ntabiseng Jonga.
The event was a great success and we appreciate those who contributed in every way possible to this event. A huge thank you goes to the Quiz committee of 2020 for organising the event so well and for their endless hours of effort into making sure that this event was a success; Mr Bowles for assisting the committee in various aspects; the girls who assisted the committee in setting up the event; the groups who attended the event and participated so enthusiastically.
 
 

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senior prize-giving 2019

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GRADE 8:
Full Attendance in 2019:  Agcobile Gqubule, Sesethu Kefile, Asemahle Lange, Siyakhazimla Mafani Khazimla Mlilwana, Emihle Pezisa, Tania Smith
Diligence and Endeavour: Thaakirah Dolley, Carys George
Merit Certificates for Mathematics: Leigh Jafta
Merit Certificates for Technology: Tegan Brown, Kelsey Dinie, Emihle Dube, Tasneem Elie, Haneefa Kariem, Chloe Lingham, Tadiwa Moyo, Shanique Scharnick
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, Diligence and Endeavour:  Chulumanco Nkohli
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, Second Position in IsiXhosa First Additional Language:
Siphuluvo Dyani
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, Third Position in IsiXhosa First Additional Language:   Emihle Sangotsha
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, First Position in IsiXhosa First Additional Language:
Luniko Nyakatya
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, Second position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:
Lauren van Rooyen
Full attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences:
Farryn Africa
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, Merit Certificates for Technology:  Abrinea Booysen, Shelby de Kock, Emihle Fani, Josephine Green, Ifeoma Mlotana, Mischa Such, Lunamandla Tyhobeka
Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, Merit Certificate for Technology:  Jesse de Vos
Merit Certificates for Mathematics and Technology:  Kate-Lynn Forbes, Tasmia Jeeva, Eesha Nathoo, Ameerah Mohamed, Sarah-Leigh Thompson
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences, Merit Certificate for Technology, First Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:
Cristin Rensburg
Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences,
First Position and Merit Certificate for Technology:  Kamvalethu Xego
Merit Certificate for Mathematics, First Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, Merit Certificate for Technology,
Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences:  Jihaad Ravat
First Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Merit Certificate for Social Sciences,
Merit Certificate for Technology, First Position for Afrikaans First Afrikaans First Additional Language:
Aeryn Ferreira
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences, Merit Certificate for Technology, Third Position for Afrikaans First Additional Language:  Salmah Salie
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, First Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences,
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Technology:  Samantha Seifert
Third Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, First Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences,
Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences,
Merit Certificate for Technology, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Reutloue Dunywa
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 8, Second Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, First Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences,
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Technology, Second Position for Afrikaans First Additional Language:  Zoe Craill
 
 
GRADE 9: 
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 9:  Carly Erasmus, Zenande Kata, Aluve Ndlovu, Achongwa Nkumanda, Khanya Peter, Lihle Thabatha,
Diligence and Endeavour:  Tristanne August, Zenande Daniels
Merit Certificates of Technology:  Ammaarah Allie,  Liyema Banzi, Musa Daweti, Kay-Lee Fick, Nikhita Kasmed, Avery-Leigh Kayster, Kay-Leigh Klopper, Iviwe Majweta, Neo Matsuso, Zoe Muller, Pascalle Potgieter, Aphelele Toyis, Asamkele Tshunungwa, Bilqees Vawda
Full Attendence in 2019 in Grade 9, Merit Certificates for Technology:  Racheal Akilo, Khanyisa Butana, Dechaan January, Efua Mends-Brew
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 9, Diligence and Endeavour:  Ahlume Nxele
Merit Certificate for Technology, Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Michaela Biggar
Merit Certificate for Technology, Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Miacarla Tee
Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Technology:   Sisipho Hena
Second Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa First Additional Language:
Azukiswe Jikeka
Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, Merit Certificate for Technology:
Mohiba Natha
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Technology:  Lynn-Marie Nel
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 9, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Technology:  Siyanda Makalima
First Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa First Additional Language, Merit Certificate for Technology, Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Alexandra Sitole
Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences,
Merit Certificate for Technology:  Jameelah Sirkhotte
Third Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa First Additional Language, Merit Certificate for Technology:  Monica Stokwe
Second Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language, Merit Certificate for Technology,
Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences:  Kay-Leigh Wilmot
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 9, Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences,
Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Technology, Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Chwayita Hanabe
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 9, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, Merit Certificate for Technology:  Diya Khoosal
Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, Merit Certificate for Technology, Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Nobuhle Moyo
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 9, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics,
Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences,
Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Amahle Ntabeni
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 9, First Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language,
Merit Certificate for Technology, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences:  Amy Reed
 Third Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Merit Certificate for Mathematics,
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Technology, Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences, First Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Sarah Mc Farlane
Third Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language, Merit Certificate for English Home Language,
First Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, First Position and Merit Certificate for Technology,
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, First Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Fatima Mahouassa
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 9, First Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Second Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, First Position and Merit Certificate for Economic and Management Sciences, Merit Certificate for Technology, First Position and Merit Certificate for Natural Sciences, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Social Sciences, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Creative Arts:  Candice Rosouw
 GRADE 10: 
Diligence and Endeavour:  Sara Gopal
GA Schmidt Cup for Sustained Effort:  Isabella Greeff
Third Position of Mathematical Literacy:  Megan Clingen
Second Position for Mathematical Literacy:  Usiphile Jacobs
Second Position for Geography:  Othandwayo Gaba
Second Position for Computer Applications Technology:  Jessica Sellick
First Position for Computer Applications Technology:  Keesha Haynes
First Position for Mathematical Literacy:  Gillian Nell
Full attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, Second Position for Business Studies:  Boiketlo Mtau
Third Position for Consumer Studies, Third Position for Geography:   Sitha Kondile
Merit Certificates for History:  Lerisha de Kock, Mumtaaz Jacobs, Inganathi Konono, Siyamthanda Mbanga
Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Erinn Kettledas
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:  Sarah Bagley
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:  Amy Wesso
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, Merit Certificate for History:  Wade-Lee Muller
Third Position for IsiXhosa Home Language, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Thandolwethu Ntshanyana
Second Position for IsiXhosa Home Language, Merit Certificate for History:  Likhona Ntliziywana
Merit Certificate for History, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Neve Burness
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Accounting:  Kirsten Manasse
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, First Position in IsiXhosa Home Language, Third Position in Business Studies:  Inganathi Mantewu
First Position for Geography, Merit Certificate for History, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Kwakho Bissett
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, First Position and Merit Certificate for History, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Bernice Donkor
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences, Merit Certificate for History:  Asavela Sikwebu
First Position and Merit Certificate for Business Studies, First Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies, Merit Certificate for History:  Chante Potgieter
Second Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences, Merit Certificate for Mathematics:  Leah Rensburg
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, Third Position and Merit Certificate for History, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Third Position in Physical Sciences:
Kamvelihle Mgobo
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, First Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language,
First Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting, First Position and Merit Certificate in Life Sciences, Second Position and Merit Certificate in Mathematics:  Caitlin Peters
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, Second Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Third Position in Afrikaans First Additional Language, Second Position and Merit Certificate for History, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Physical Sciences:  Hasti Pansuriya
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 10, Third Position and Merit Certificate English Home Language,
First Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences,  First Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, First Position and Merit Certificate for Physical Sciences:  Kiara Brink
 
 
 
GRADE 11
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 11:   Jessica Craill, Onesimo Sishuta
Diligence and Endeavour:  Thulisa Jam
Merit Certificate for Accounting:  Musufeka Natha
Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:  Zizipho Hini, Litha Hopa, Shinese Nyschens, Anabo Thompson, Amber du Plessis, Zhane Meintjes, Asemahle Gobile
Merit Certificate for English Home Language:  Jade Rudman
Merit Certificates for History:  Tarryn Barry, Naomi de Booi, Abigail Manuel, Okuhle Maqula, Sanelisiwe Dili, Jamie Kayser, Nichòle Mac Kiedann, Khanya Mtyingizane, Kelly Wildskut
Merit Certificates for Mathematical Literacy:  Cameron Jackson, Vishani Patel
Merit Certificate for Mathematics:  Phillipa Nelson
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language:  Mbali Ngqondi
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Computer Applications Technology:  Mahmoodah Sataar
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 11, Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:  Meledy Jones
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:  Samantha van Jaarsveld
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Geography:  Firdows Salie
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:  Mihlali Rasimeni
First Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:  Lisakhanya Daniels
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Third Position in Geography:  Unathi Butsaka
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy, Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:  Karena du Plessis 
Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Accounting:  Jaime Boswell
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Merit Certificate for History:  Robyn Minnaar
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 11, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:
Keely-Ann Maritz
Third Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Merit Certificate for Business Studies:  Alexandra Dennis
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy, Merit Certificate for History:
Chevellé Ludeke
Second Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Merit Certificate for History:
Sibahle Mtyingizane
Merit Certificate for Mathematics,  Merit Certificate for Accounting, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Lethabeleng Ntshiyane
Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies, Merit Certificate for History:  Jordan Oldham
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 11, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for Business Studies, Merit Certificate for History:  Cameron Zeelie
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 11, First Position and Merit Certificate for Geography, Merit Certificate for History:  Chaneal Labercensie
First Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Merit Certificate for History, Merit Certificate for Business Studies:  Q-Lynn Davids
First Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics:  Ntombizine Goqwana
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Business Studies:  Lisekho Nonjakazi
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting, Third Position and Merit Certificate for History,
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Business Studies:  Danita Prag
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for History, Third Position in Physical Sciences, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:
Romesa Muhammad
Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Computer Applications Technology, First Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Joanne Miller
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics,
First Position and Merit Certificate for Computer Applications Technology, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting, First Position and Merit Certificate for Physical Sciences:  Ganeefa Sirkhotte
First Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Physical Sciences,
Second Position and Merit Certificate for History, First Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences, Merit Certificate for Mathematics:  Azraa Rockman
Second Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language, First Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, First Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting, First Position and Merit Certificate for History, First Position and Merit Certificate for Business Studies:  Teneal Rudman
GRADE 12:
Full  Attendance in 2019 in Grade 12:  Angelique Finnis, Britney Ruiters
Merit Certificates for History:  Oyisa Buso, Siphosethu Malinga, Sibabalo Mene, Sinomtha Mshweshwe, Thalitha Ngcanga, Lisakhanya Ntantiso, Kelzey Rayners, Natheerah Sataar
Third Position in Computer Applications Technology:  Lindokuhle Tembani
Consumer Studies Practical Prize:  Kaylin Charles
Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language:  Miceyla van Huyssteen
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:  Lihle Clay, Entle Menze, Gwenyth Plaatjies
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:  Mihlali Magobo
Second Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language:  Nangamso Matiwani
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Business Studies:  Daneille van Rensburg
Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies, Merit Certificate for History:  Fatima Salie
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy, Merit Certificate for History:  Busisiwe Setlai
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Merit Certificate for History:  Tamia Smith
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 12, Merit Certificate for History, Jean Bartlett Prize for Progress:
Ashlynn Arnolds
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Mathematical Literacy:  Carish Dolf
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies:  Sibabalwe Nogampula
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting, Merit Certificate for History:  Monique Balie
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies, Merit Certificate for History:  Lisa Ndyenga
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Merit Certificate for Accounting, Merit Certificate for History, Camons Cup for Sustained Effort:  Qhamisa Mata
Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy, Second Position in Computer Applications Technology,
Merit Certificate for History:  Gabrielle Ownhouse
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy, Merit Certificate for Consumer Studies, Merit Certificate for History:  Zezethu Mtirara
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Geography:  Naytuan Matill
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Accounting,
Merit Certificate for History:  Amila Thys
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 12, Merit Certificate for Accounting, Third Position in Business Studies, Merit Certificate for History:  Sihlumile Majombozi
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy:  Noluntu Macanda
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy, Merit Certificate for History:  Esihle Madikane
Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Merit Certificate for History:  Amee Exford
Merit Certificate for History, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Rayna Gajjar
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Merit Certificate for History:  Malakhiwe Hoffman
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Merit Certificate for History:  Alwaba Mbusi
Third Position and Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Geography:  Kobuso Hompa
First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Business Studies, Merit Certificate for History,
Subject Prize for Best Performance in Commercial Subjects:  Tara Wood
Third Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Third Position and Merit Certificate for History,
Merit Certificate for Physical Sciences:  Aarifah Liberty
Merit Certificate for IsiXhosa Home Language, First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize and Hutton Cup for Accounting, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Olwethu Bob
Second Position, Merit Certificate and the Joy Druce Memorial Trophy for English Home Language
Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language, First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Consumer Studies, Merit Certificate for History, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences:  Amy Higgins
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for IsiXhosa Home Language, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Mathematical Literacy, First Position and Subject Prize for Computer Applications Technology, Merit Certificate for History:  Liyabona Mgushelo
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, First Position, Merit Certificate and Mc Donald Dodds Subject Prize for Mathematics, First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Geography, Merit Certificate for Life Sciences, First Position, Merit Certificate and Mary Minty Subject Prize for Physical Sciences:  Meagan Botha
Merit Certificate for English Home Language, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Merit Certificate for Mathematics, Merit Certificate for History, Third Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences, Third Position for Physical Sciences:  Zeenat Lukie
First Position, Merit Certificate and DE Bates Subject Prize for English Home Language, First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for Afrikaans First Additional Language, First Position, Merit Certificate and Subject Prize for History, First Position, Merit Certificate, Subject Prize and Newcombe Floating Trophy for Life Sciences:  Lerise Johnson
 
Full Attendance in 2019 in Grade 12, Third Position and Merit Certificate for English Home Language,
Second Position and Merit Certificate for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Second Position and Merit Certificate for History, Second Position and Merit Certificate for Life Sciences, Second Position in Physical Sciences, Merit Certificate for Mathematics:  Casey Els
SPORTS AWARDS: 
HOCKEY
MAC DONALD TROPHY (Contribution to U/16 Hockey)  Bernice Donkor  SENIOR HOCKEY TROPHY, donated by 1977 players (To a player who shows determination and enthusiasm)  Chaneal Labercensie  LYNN BLACK TROPHY (Sportmanship and Team Spirit)  Kate-Lynn Forbes  IRIS VAGHI TROPHY (a committed player)  Sarah Mc Farlane  DOUG SMITH CUP (an improved player)  Carys George  GRAETZ CUP (an outstanding hockey player)  Brazil Killian
TENNIS
U/14 Singles  Chulumanco Nkohli  U/14 Doubles  Kate-Lynn Forbes and Agcobile Gqubule  MALLET CUP (u/16 singles) Hasti Pansuriya  HARVEY CUP (u/16 Doubles)  Wade-Lee Muller and Hasti Pansuriya  DOROTHY DODD CUP (Open singles)  Amee Exford  TENNIS CUP (Open Doubles Championships)  Meledy Jones and Cameron Zeelie  Most Enthusiastic Player  Kay-Leigh Wilmot
MARILYN ANN WOODS TROPHY (Most improved Senior Tennis Player)  Teneal Rudman
Grand Slam Player of the Year  Amee Exford
SWIMMING
50 m Breaststroke:  U/19 Levy Cup:  Keely-Ann Maritz   50m Freestyle:  U/19 Elliot Cup:          Keely-Ann Maritz  50m Backstroke:  U/19 Backstroke Cup Keely-Ann Maritz                         
SPORTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR:   Jamie Kayser
CULTURAL AWARDS: 
CHOIR (5 years of service to the school choir)
Angelique Finnis, Sihlumile Majombozi, Anesipho Malinga, Siphosethu Malinga, Naledi Mankayi, Lwazi Solomon
ALL ROUNDER AWARDS
RE-AWARDS:  Chaneal Labercensie, Jordan Oldham  NEW AWARDS:  Amee Exford, Amy Higgins,Malakhiwe Hoffman, Ganeefa Sirkhotte, Jade Rudman, Jamie Kayser, Hasti Pansuriya
COMPORTMENT
RE-AWARDS:  Liyabona Mgushelo, Tamia Smith  NEW AWARDS:  Chaneal Labercensie,  Azraa Rockman,  Malakhiwe Hoffman, Jordan Oldham, Micayla van Huyssteen
JOEY VAN ZYL CUP: (a well groomed girl)  Tamia Smith   COMPORTMENT CUP:  Malakhiwe Hoffman
ACADEMIC COLOURS: 
(scroll and tie)
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 10:  Kiara Brink, Kamvelihle Mgobo, Hasti Pansuriya, Caitlin Peters, Leah Rensburg
RE-AWARDS IN GRADE 11:   Teneal Rudman, Azraa Rockman
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 11:  Ganeefa Sirkhotte
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 12:  Casey Els, Amy Higgins, Lerise Johnson
ACADEMIC HONOURS
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 10:  Kiara Brink, Caitlin Peters
RE-AWARDS IN GRADE 11:   Azraa Rockman, Teneal Rudman
NEW AWARDS IN GRADE 12:  Lerise Johnson
SPECIAL AWARDS: 
COULDRIDGE CUP:  Grade Scholarship:  Grade 12 Casey Els to collect
A HUGO NAUDE PRINT for Best Grade Performance in ISIXHOSA HOME LANGUAGE:  Grade 12
 Liyabona Mgushelo to collect
A HUGO NAUDE PRINT for Best Grade Performance in ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE:  Grade 12
Lerise Johnson to collect
 
MASKEW MILLER TROPHY for Best Grade Performance in AFRIKAANS FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE:  Grade 12 Lerise Johnson to collect
HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD:  Zeenat Lukie
DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT’S AWARD:  Malakhiwe Hoffman
HEAD OF HOSTEL AWARD:  Emihle Zweni
STRESO ALL ROUNDER AWARD for best contribution to school and hostel life:  Siyavuya Moyake
GOOD FELLOWSHIP AWARD IN THE HOSTEL:  Aphiwe Ngona
CHIEF LIBRARIAN’S AWARD  Tamia Smith
THERESA MOWATT FLOATING TROPHY  (Head of SCA): Kelebogile Douse
PENNACHINI TROPHY (for General Knowledge):  Aarifah Liberty
 SALLY POTGIETER CUP (for Creative Writing):  Lerise Johnson
MARLENE PLUMSTEAD TROPHY (for Bilingualism:  English Home Language and Afrikaans First Additional Language):  Lerise Johnson
MARILYN WOODS TROPHY (Excellence in Creative Writing:  IsiXhosa Home Language):
 Liyabona Mgushelo
STEAR FLOATING TROPHY (Best Performance:  English Home Language and IsiXhosa Home Language) 
Liyabona Mgushelo
NATALIE STEAR SENIOR DEBATING TROPHY:  Lisakhanya Daniels
COMMUNICATOR’S TROPHY:  Malakhiwe Hoffman
JUNIOR ORATORY CUP:  Musa Daweti
SENIOR ORATORY CUP:  Casey Els
EP WRITER’S CUP FOR POETRY: Romesa Muhammed
A-AGGREGATE AWARDS:
We wish to acknowledge the achievements of our 2018 Grade 12 learners.  They all obtained A-aggregates:  Omhle Bisset, Valentia Longari, Sinovuyo Madlavu, Qhamisa Mnyazi, Sisipho Phillip, Ababalwe Tati, Kayla van Deventer
PREMIER AWARDS 
HOUSE SCHOLARSHIP CUP (Best Academic Performance in Grade 4-12):  Grade 12
Zeenat Lukie to collect
RD ELLIOT SHIELD (To the house that gained most points in all cultural, sport and academic activities in Grade 8-12):  Elizabeth Sihlumile Majombozi to collect
JJ ALBERTYN PRIZE (The top academic performer at the end of Grade 10 in 2018):  Teneal Rudman
BOKKIE HUMAN TROPHY (The top academic performer in Grade 11 in 2019): Teneal Rudman
ANNA OFSOWITZ AWARD (The top academic performer in Grade 12 in 2019):  Casey Els
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 2020):  Amee Exford
KIERAN STEAR TROPHY (Spirit of the College and Enthusiasm in Grade 8):  Tania Smith
Excellent participation in School life in Grade 8 – 60 events participated:  Shanique Sharnick, Eesha Ntahoo, Agcobile Gqubule, Kate-Lynn Forbes, Kelsey Dinie
THE HUTTON CUP (Participation in Junior Secondary School Life):  Fatima Mahouassa
NICKY DE GROOT MEMORIAL TROPHY (Best all round contribution in Grades 8-10): Hasti Pansuriya
YERELEMOU AWARD (Participation in Senior School Life, awarded to a Grade 11 learner):
 Romesa Mohammed                                                                                                      
SCHOOL SPIRIT CUP (Excluding a prefect and any first team player):  Genelleen Govender
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):  Channel Labercensie
RAE ROUP MEMORIAL TROPHY (Service to the school, excluding the head girl):  Malakhiwe Hoffman
MAYOR KOPO AWARD (for Community service):  Zeenat Lukie
CATHY SIMPSON TROPHY (Unsolicited service to the school, excluding a prefect):
 Liyabona Mgushelo
VIVIAN STRYDOM CUP (Contribution to Cultural Activities):  Amy Schambril
MAYOR’S TROPHY (Best All Rounder in Grade 12):  Amee Exford
PANAGIS TROPHY (Exceptional Contribution to a Cultural Activity at School):  Romesa Mohammed
JOHN JOOSTE TROPHY (Exceptional Achievement):  Sarah-Leigh Thompson
YOUNG TROPHY (Strength in Adversity):  Robyn-Claire Williams
THE RIEBEEK OLD GIRL’S BURSARY (Grade 12 learner):  Amy Higgins
THE SCHOOL DUX:  Casey Els
THE GOOD FELLOWSHIP CUP:  Zeenat Lukie                                         
PRINCIPAL’S AWARD:
FREEDOM OF THE SCHOOL:
LONG SERVICE AWARDS:   Mrs S Gerber, Mrs A Peltason
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Principal's address: valedictory 2019

BY Mrs K.Stear

Today I wish to address you all, and especially the Class of 2019 and your parents, on What the Future Holds. Before I take us to the future though I would like to head backwards to your past…to 18 years ago to be exact.
18 years ago today, I was on maternity leave with a beautiful baby girl in my arms. Fast forward, 18 years on and I attended Leigh’s Valedictory and mother-daughter luncheon last week. The 18 years in between have been a whirlwind, and I know that the parents here will agree with me that it goes by too fast. As parents, we looked at the tiny little bundle in our arms and we wished only happiness and success for this child.
So, Class of 2019, when your parents look at you on this stage today, it is with nostalgia about all the beautiful memories and all the hopes we had for you. Please thank your parents for the 18 years of believing in you and nurturing you. I hope parents that you will take a moment to feel immensely proud of your daughter and to tell her that she was and is so worth all the sacrifices you have made for her.
But grow you did girls, and so you come to facing your future head on. There is nothing like ringing the Valedictory bell to signal loud and clear that your future awaits! What kind of future can you expect?
The reality is that you will interact more and more with Artificial Intelligence. I am not talking about your waffling attempts in an exam where you do not know the answer. I am talking about AI. Most of us interact with AI on a daily basis already. Netflix, call centres, and job applications all use AI. AI is creeping into just about everything humans do today—and most importantly, into the way we interact as humans.
If you visit high-tech manufacturing sites today, you are likely to pass intelligent robots carrying parts to line operators. In the past, these interactions would have been human to human. Today, in advanced workplaces, AI and other technology help people in their work. While this is impressive, the introduction of AI in the workplace will dramatically change working relationships. You may no longer be able to go out to lunch with your “co-workers” or boss, as they won’t eat human food.
In the future, more people will work remotely. The advantages of this are greater flexibility, less commuting, lower meal costs, improved productivity and closer family relationships. However, working remotely can present challenges, too. Remote workers have less interaction with colleagues, and thus miss out on the benefits of conversations.
This leads me to the most important aspect of the future – the importance of maintaining Meaningful Human Connections.
The late actor and comedian Robin Williams said: “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” In the future, much loneliness may come from the lack of good human interaction and people do have a basic need for human contact.
“More people say they feel lonelier than ever before,” writes journalist Johann Hari. His research shows that loneliness leads to depression and that drugs are rarely the solution. In fact, the World Health Organization reports that depression is now the number-one cause of global ill health.
In Hari’s new book, Lost Connections, he says we need to reconnect with our human tribal roots, to avoid anxiety and depression. He stresses that external factors, such as the environment in which people live or work, influence feelings like depression.
Tribal communities look after and care for one another. They support those who are sick, in danger or hungry and groups drew safety from their number. Staying physically close was the only way to survive, and this fact drove people to remain together. Hari argues that we were wired with an evolutionary desire for meaningful connections. “Humans need tribes as much as bees need hives,” he concludes.
As the use of technology becomes the norm, so does working remotely and physically alone. We need to find ways to connect with others for our mental and emotional well-being. To ensure this happens, workers of the future will need to plan for meaningful interactions beyond texts, email and social media.
Scheduling regular lunches with co-workers, friends or family who are close by, visiting your company offices, if they exist, or joining social clubs that meet in person are ways to build and maintain important personal connections.
While work life and technology will continue to evolve at a rapid pace, the key to our mental and emotional well-being in the future will be to embrace and be mindful of what makes us human to begin with, namely, our personal connection to others.
I will like to reflect a little on your personal connections to others as you set out in your grade 4 year. Even as little grade 4s you know that happiness was in meaningful connections.
Sinesipho Gadu wrote that Happiness is when her mother kisses her. Amy Higgins wrote that she is happy when she goes for a swim on a hot, sweaty day and she plays with her best friends. Emihle Mzayiya wrote that true happiness is when her heart is smiley. Nuraan Kasmed wrote that her family are very nice …. once you get to know them. Siphosethu Malinga said her friends make her happy and she likes it when her twin sister tickles and kisses her. Sibabalo Mene, however in Grade 4 had some personal connections she was not interested and she wrote that she doesn’t have a boyfriend and doesn’t want one. Riebeek also played a role in teaching you how to maintain and grow personal and meaningful relationships because Sibabalwe Nogampula knew one of the most important life lessons she has learnt was when Miss Smith told the grade fours that if they have nothing nice to say, they must keep quiet. Lwazi Solomon wrote the happiest person at Riebeek College is Miss Van der Westhuizen, now MRS VILJOEN< when she says :Good morning’ in a nice soft voice, and so through this the Class of 2019 learnt a good way to have meaningful relations.
Class of 2019, I am sure that what you remember most about your school days has not been the scrolling through your phone or watching Netflix or series, it is the meaningful interactions and connections you have had. You have hidden from teachers for fun, given each other nicknames, sung silly songs together, and had wonderful class discussions. It is the people, your tribe, that have given meaning to your life thus far. In the future, you will need to work harder to have human contact as you will not be provided with a team to play in, a class to interact with; and you will have to drive your interaction with others.
I too have special memories of your time at Riebeek. The matric class of 2019 has always held a special place in my heart. I taught them when they were in grade 7 which is the year my husband passed away and they were extremely supportive of me and sent me cards and messages when he was ill. Natheerah Sataar sent a card saying she knows lung cancer is bad but she prays every night before she goes to bed for my husband. Genelleen Govender very kindly wrote that I must not worry about the grade 7s because they can take care of themselves! When my husband passed away, Gabi wrote that she was sorry for my loss but she is not very good at writing sad notes, so if I don’t mind she was gonna write me a happy one – I will see my husband in heaven and we will both be young and we will have a big celebration. I have to confess to the matrics that I did not read the cards of condolences when he passed away because at the time it was too painful for me to read the beautiful messages that I received from my grade 7 girls. I read them this week – 5 years on! The second reason why these girls are special to me is because my youngest daughter is the same age as them and so I identify with them and so sometimes I understood your mischief a little bit more than I should have.
I hope Class of 2019 that we appreciate this vibrant country that you live in. We live in a country of mixing languages, potjie, beerboeps, kwela kwela, biltong … all these words define us as a breed apart. Then there are the unique aspects of being South African – car guards which foreigners cannot understand, load shedding, politicians physically fighting in parliament and so much beauty, so much potential and a place where you and I have a big role to play in making a difference, regardless of what the future holds.
Nelson Mandela said, “If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.” I hope your roads in the future lead you to forgiveness and the inherent quality you were born with, goodness.
I end with a wish and an African blessing for your future:
May the sun fill your heart with
warmth and light
May clear blue skies lift your
spirits to a new height
May your nights be filled with the
song of cicades
May you sleep cooled by a gentle
breeze.
May you never be without a shady spot,
May you always have food in plenty
for your pot,
May your life be filled with many
friendly happy faces,
And may you prosper in good
health, love and peace
wherever your place is.
While work may change, people will continue to be the common thread and driver of creativity, innovation and progress. I know, Class of 2019, that you are what the future is waiting for. I know you are creative and innovative. I know you are what the world is waiting for, so go into your future bravely, with goodness and forgiveness, and with love. Be blessed.
 

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Head Girl's address: Valedictory 2019

BY Zeenat Lukie

Head Girls' Address: Valedictory 2019
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”- Dr Seuss
Good morning parents, special guests, teachers, Riebeek girls and to the ladies of the hour –my fellow matrics.
When we were younger we couldn’t wait for this last day, but now that it has finally arrived it feels bittersweet. People always told me this last year of school goes by so quickly and I never believed them. The realisation won’t hit you when you wake up for your last “first day of school”. It won’t hit you as you walk in the corridors or sit at your favourite spot during breaks. It won’t hit you when you’re dancing at your matric farewell or cheering for your house in interhouse events for the last time. But you realise it today as you look around and realize that you might never see half of these people again. After spending 9 years together, all we’ll be left with are memories. So instead of focussing on this bitter goodbye, today we’ll celebrate our sweet memories.
Our first year at Riebeek was filled with excitement as we always found any excuse to have a party. We realised that if it was a ‘surprise’ party, the teachers simply couldn’t shut us down.
A year went by and we learnt about the importance of personal space as implemented by crocodiles at Miss Arthur’s desk. We also learnt that the number one rule for eating in class was: don’t get caught. Melissa Lemley learnt this the hard way when Miss Arthur caught her eating a sweet. Melissa denied it of course, but her case fell apart when she tilted her head and the sweet fell on her shoulder. When you’re in grade 5 your imagination knows no bounds. A few of us played Pac Man on the hockey stands and it was all fun and games until Britney literally fell on her face. After that day no one played Pac Man. Taryn De Klerk, Genelleen Govender and I then shifted our focus to our juice business which we ran from the tennis hut. Our magical juice was basically just a mixture of the juice our parents had packed for that day, so the recipe changed frequently, but the customers remained loyal.
Our motivating force in grade 6 was the famous “your marks are dangerously low” line coined by Miss Johnson and who could forget her daily instructions to cut and paste 8 pages in 3 minutes. The highlight of our grade 6 year was definitely our excursion to the Addo Wildlife Sanctuary, especially when Andisiwe Dobo turned into a human windmill when the meercats came a little too close for comfort. Our animal encounters continued in Grade 7 when Miss Inggs brought a baby monkey to class. We also had 2 classroom pets, Cosmo and Turbo, the large African snails.
The most important lesson learnt in grade 7 was: never open a packet of zour bomb sweets in public. Because before you know it, those zour bombs were no longer yours, they became “our” zour bombs.
Mr Jonas also taught us some unforgettable life lessons such as personal responsibility because you dared not make your problems Mr Jonas’s problems. He was also very passionate about his grass which never seemed to grow because people were constantly walking on it. A very annoyed Mr Jonas would then shout, “The grass is saying eina! But you don’t listen.”
The start of Grade 8 was a rocky experience, particularly for the new girls as everyone tried finding their feet in high school. However Cleopatra Munyoro seemed to have a plan. In the first week of school she overheard a girl using the word “confiscated”. So Cleopatra told herself that she was going to use this word during a conversation with her register class, so she would also sound cool and fit in with the Riebeek girls. However, instead of saying the word correctly, Cleopatra said “confisticated” and instead of becoming the cool new kid on the block she became the clown of the day. Nangamso Matiwani on the other hand was not fazed by the whole “new school” thing and spent most of her lessons catching up on sleep. Unfortunately this did not end well when she woke up from one of her naps and shouted “Page?” in an EMS lesson and immediately got sent out.
Busisiwe Setlai, Thalitha Ngcanga and Zezethu Mtirara also got the bitter end of Mrs Fereirra’s spoon when they got sent out of class for talking. They decided to take revenge by locking Mrs Fereirra and the rest of the class in the room. If you ask any matric, the sweetest part about high school was definitely Mrs Ferreira’s fudge. It was so delicious it could turn anyone into a smooth criminal, just ask any girl who’s ever been accused of stealing Mrs Ferreira’s fudge.
Now although we weren’t really criminals, we became the “mafia” in our science lessons. The number one rule of the game was to trust no one. Kezley Rayners had to learn this the hard way when everyone else was chosen as the mafia besides her and we were determined to make Kezley look guilty. The only toxic chemical we ever encountered in science was when Amee Exford sat down on a farting cushion. Science taught us many things, such as Naytuan’s Law of Subtraction. This is the velocity at which Naytuan Matill could cut Rethabile Maselwa’s braids and the time taken for the class to place the braids in an envelope and pass it around as “evidence” which equals to one angry Rethabile.
Rethabile Maselwa however used this anger to fuel her dancing passion. One day Mrs Gunter let the G class watch a you tube video and left the class. Autoplay was on, so one thing led to another and the gangnam style song stared playing. The class went wild but soon everyone ran back to their desk, besides Rethabile of course, who was determined to show everyone her violent dance moves, until Mr Jonas walked into the class and shut the whole operation down.
Rethabile wasn’t the only one with violent dance moves though. Casey Els' violent vosho earned her a ripped skirt which she then attempted to sew during Afrikaans. This was some great content for our reality show featuring Cardi Zee, Daneille Bieber, Stormpie Jenner, Klara Wood, and Sibrina Mene. Afrikaans lessons with Miss Meyers AKA our “Mammy” really were unforgettable, especially with all the pranks, jokes, life lessons and our trip to watch Fiela Se Kind.
On the English side of things, Mrs Shelver’s 11G class held a surprise farewell party for her. Tamia Smith took this opportunity to throw cake at Amy Higgins and Britney Ruiters' faces and then shouted “We need to make memories for valedictory!” Thank you for your contribution to this day Tamia. The 11G’s will also never forget Callaghn Marais' iconic oral on “how to drown a fish” using a pencil bag to demonstrate the whole process.
Before we knew it, we were drowning in matric and #SMILEWEEK certainly gave us some motivation for the first term. It was one of the highlights of the year and since that week, we have not been that happy again. After all, singing and dancing is our speciality, especially with Anesipho Malinga and Siphosethu Malinga who always manage to steal the show with their back breaking dance moves.
Mr Maschaka’s piano sessions were also great mood boosters. It’s not very often that you get to listen to songs such as “Talk” and “Sister Bettina” randomly throughout the school day. On that note, we’re still waiting for the business girls to drop their album, with new songs being produced every lesson.
Miss Du Preez’ Life Sciences class was always a ball…literally. The class threw an imaginary ball around, until Miss Du Preez’ asked to pop it as it was too distracting. The class simply blew the imaginary ball up again and the game continued into the Geography lesson in which Genelleen Govender stood on the table, caught the ball, dribbled it and then dunked it.
On the other side of the building Miss De Beer’s Life Sciences class was always working. Whether it was Casey Els working on Miss De Beer’s nerves to play “a song one” for any video we watched or whether we were actually working, we were always working. Fun was for the weekends and holidays and even then Miss De Beer’s sound words of advice were key.
In a last attempt to make memories, our maths class decided to prank Mrs James. We hid away in the gallery and that’s where we developed the second part of our plan. We sent our best actress, Daneille Van Rensburg, to call Mrs James and tell her that Kezley Rayners had fallen over the gallery wall. Naytuan Matill and I were already in position in the hall, with Kezley laying “unconscious” on the floor. Everything was going according to plan until Naytuan saw Mrs James' reaction and burst out laughing, creating a chain reaction with Kezley and I and the rest of the class in the gallery. We really we’re determined to make these last few days count.
Although today is about us, I have to take a moment to mention the people that got us here: firstly to our school parents, the teachers: you have groomed most of us from grade 4 and the rest from Grade 8, until now. You have endured all the drama, the noise and the random outbursts of singing. You’ve been patient, caring and kind as we navigated our way through life and we shall carry your words of wisdom with us wherever we go. Thank you for going the extra mile, even though we did not always deserve it. We cannot express enough gratitude for every contribution you have made in grooming us into the ladies we have become.
I would like to thank Mrs Stear and Mrs Snyman for their support and guidance which has been invaluable. Mrs Stear and Mrs Snyman, your faith in me has instilled a sense of confidence in me that I never knew I had. Knowing that your doors were open when I needed help was always comforting.
I would also like to thank the people who made all of this possible for me, my parents. Mom and Dad, thank you for your sacrifices, your unconditional support and belief in me and for the little notes left in my lunchbox. Thank you for teaching me that it’s okay to not always be the best. This year has not been easy but you’ve always gone the extra mile to ensure that I’m happy, comfortable and most importantly sane. All I ever want to do is make you proud, because for now that’s the only way I can thank you for everything you’ve done for me.
Prefect body of 2019, I would like to say thank you for being such passionate, hardworking and light hearted individuals. Your support and faith in my ability to lead you has been an indispensable motivating force throughout the year. It is said that “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who, who have her back”. Thank you for being the greatest tribe.
On that note I would also like to say thank you to Malakhiwe Hoffman. This year would not have been the same without you by my side. Thank you for giving me a little nudge whenever I needed it. I appreciate you so much.
Matric class of 2019, my wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to be and so much more. May your dreams stay big and your worries stay small and may you never be burdened with more than you can hold. May your light continue to shine bright and guide you through this new adventure.
If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me. Thank you to everyone who has influenced and shaped us into the ladies we leave as today. Thank you for helping us through this chapter of our lives; no matter how big or small, your efforts are not left unnoticed. We truly appreciate you.
It’s still hard to believe that we’ve reached the end. I have found comfort in the familiar faces within these walls and I never imagined the day to say goodbye would come so soon…
In closing, matrics, let’s say hello to a new adventure. Hello to new opportunities, growth and happiness. It’s time for us to follow our dreams and become who and what we’ve always wanted to be. It won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Never settle for less and trust the timing of your life. Stay patient, stay determined, stay focused, and most of all trust your journey.
Thank you and farewell.

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family fun festival

BY Kiara Brink and Candice Rossouw

"Today has been an eventful day full of colours and everyone has been so enthusiastic,” said Eesha Naidoo Riebeek learner.
Family Day could not have been more accurately described. It was a lively day with eccentric colours, stalls and food trucks. There was almost everything you could think of!
On 9 August, Riebeek held the Family Fun Festival. This was one of the first of many new initiatives at Riebeek and the school could not have asked for a better turnout. Our bright and varied marketing campaign, the newspaper exposure and the mention on Radio Algoa helped bring the community out in their droves to visit our school. The Riebeek College Family Day aimed to bring families together with a day of relaxation, enjoyable activities, mounds of food and sports. As the day progressed, the crowds started streaming in and became a hive of activity with learners and families, both young and old.
“Women’s natural role is to be a pillar of the family,” said Grace Kelly. With this in mind, Riebeek College Girls’ High School established in 1877 with the aim of providing quality education for girls only; set about creating a day dedicated to women and their role in the family. It was originally intended for 20 July as a Family Day with a focus on celebrating children for Mandela Day on 18 July, but rain and a cold front meant the event was postponed. When it came to choosing a new day, we realised what better day than Women’s Day to celebrate what empowerment a school like Riebeek engenders in girls and women of South Africa. After all, no woman deserves to be stuck in the kitchen cooking for the family!
Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek College, said, “Our vision in planning this day was to create a sense of community among our parents, learners, teachers and those who live and work around us. In an increasing negative world, we wanted to have one day dedicated to fun and positive vibes. We are increasingly aware of a need to provide youngsters with alternatives to boredom, the cyber world, negative influences and to have one day dedicated to quality time with friends, teachers and, most importantly, family. We are so excited to see our learners with their families, to meet their brothers and sisters and to chat to their moms and dads informally in a fun, setting. We are looking forward to our girls meeting our families and seeing that we have more in common than what divides us. We are holding this event without any profits in mind but with a desire to spread some happiness and good memories. For one day, we would like to see our youth look up from their phones and to experience life in the moment filled with hope and an awareness of that which binds us together in a common humanity.”
A unique and special feature of this event was that each grade is involved in an aspect of the day involving learners, teachers and parents of that grade working together to create a fun day and getting to know each other better. This meant that the work was so shared out that everyone felt relaxed and able to enjoy the day fully as many hands make light work. Grade 4s ran the white elephant stall; the Grade 5s ran the marshmallow braai; the Grade 6s ran the Throwing Sponges at Teachers stall; the Grade 7s run a variety of games; the Grade 8s offered henna, face painting, hair spraying and braiding; the Grade 9s ran a tombola store; the Grade 10s manned the gates; the Grade 11s organised the netball and hockey and the Grade 12s ran the play zone.
The festivities started off with a netball match between the Riebeek juniors and their parents with the parents winning the match. The second match was played between the Riebeek seniors and juniors with the seniors winning the match. Mrs Jack did an excellent job as referee and co-ordinator. Mrs Kruger said, “The girls showed the moms how to have fun on the netball court, but the moms with some extra experience were the winners for this match. The second match were seniors against juniors, with the seniors also showing the juniors their skills. It was a lovely morning in the sun, with families enjoying the matches. Thanks, Mrs Jack, for giving up your time and being a referee as well.”
Everyone then gathered to watch the hockey match between the parents and the Riebeek girls. The parents won 3-0 to the Riebeek girls. When asked what she thought about the match, Miss Potgieter replied, "Today has proved that sometimes experience triumphs youth." The hockey players who ensured experience triumphed over youth in the Family Match: Anthea Wepener, Daniel Wepener, Charmaine Clarke, Bernard Moyo, Lance Labercensie, Ralph Meintjies , Clint Langford, Ms De Beer, Mr De Beer, Mr Seale and Danny Klaasen.
People strolled around to explore Family Day in all its glory with the diverse stalls available. People had the opportunity to spray or braid their hair, get a henna tattoo and horse rides were provided by Riebeek's own star horse rider, Lynn-Marie Nel. The horse even had the Riebeek badge on! Farzana Peters said of her work as a henna artist, “It was a busy and heart-warming day.” The tombola stall had a treasure trove of items. The white elephant stall, arranged by Mrs Armoed and her helpers, was well supported and the prices ranged from R5-R10. There were many activities to keep the little ones busy such as a jumping castle, play zone and much more. The Riebeek girls were granted an opportunity to throw wet sponges at their teachers. This provided much fun for the Riebeek girls. Mr Jonas, Mr de Beer and Mr Mashaka were some of the teachers who volunteered as targets. Mrs Skeates commented on how brave the male staff were to have sponges thrown at them and how enthusiastic the little ones were to hit the target. There was also A Wild West photobooth, music, good company, a mechanical bull, laughter, shopping, and good food!
The play zone had the Grade 12s as baby sitters. Mrs Stroebel and Mrs Jones filled the tennis court with bikes, games and fun! The Grade 12s were Gailynn Nolands, Meaghan Botha, Razaan Baderoon, Anovuyo Singeni, Busisiwe Setlai, Aphiwe Ngona, Sihlumile Majombozi, Sibabalwe Nogompula, Sibabalo Mene, Angelique Finnis, Anesipho Malinga, Siphosethu Malinga, Entle Menze, Natheerah Sataar, Tara Wood and Nuraan Kasmed.
Mr Anton Calitz, a teacher at Riebeek, performed in a mid-day live music performance. He has performed internationally and released 5 albums. The crowd was entertained by the lovely voice of Mr Calitz as he sang a couple of songs accompanied by his guitar. The crowd sang along with many swaying to the music. The response to Mr Calitz’s performance was heart-warming. Towards the end of the day, Musa Daweti, a learner at Riebeek, along with Mr Macshaka, entertained the crowd with Musa's rendition of Hello by Adele.
There was a relaxed and festive ambience at Family Day which provided families to bond and spend quality time together. One of the highlights was Mrs Stear speeding around in the train with fellow Grade 8 passengers. The Grade 8s were Aeryn Ferreira, Teagan Brown and Zoe Craill. Mrs Skeates also enjoyed a train ride.
The presence of our two little bee mascots from Grade 4 and our new Bee Mascot added to the spirit of the day. Some of the volunteers who dressed up in the bee outfits were: Achumile Daniels, Chelsea-Lee Hurn, Aayat Shaikh, Thaaniya Shungking, Tara-Leigh Nel, Gizelle Dennis, Tamia Smith, Casey Els and Natheerah Sataar. This was arranged by Mrs Snyman.
The Media Club were on their feet all day capturing 752 photographs of the day and interviewing festival goers while posting live videos and posting on Instagram to capture the vibe of the moment. The Media Club volunteers were Kiara Brink, Romesa Muhammad, Anda Mbola, Azraa Rockman, Babalwa Kefile, Bilqees Vawda, Candice Rossouw, Hasti Pansuriya, Inganathi Konono, Megan Potgieter, Jordan Oldham, Miacarla Tee, Sara Gopal, Mohiba Natha, Siyamthanda Mbanga, Fatima Mahouassa, Siyanda Makalima, Mahmoodah Sataar, Tara Wood and Malakhiwe Hoffman.
Mrs Viljoen co-ordinated the food trucks and stalls and spent loads of time on her phone and on emails ensuring that there would be a variety on offer on the day. She expressed her gratitude to the stall holders and food truck owners and said, “It was truly a fun filled day with lots of excitement in the air. We acknowledge and appreciate the role that you played in making this day a great success.”
The Ground Staff of Riebeek were amazing and were there from very early to long after the end time. They were so obliging and willing to work hard to meet the requirements. They assisted with the pre-planning too such as laying out white markers for where stalls would go, taking required equipment and furniture where it needed to go, making sure our grounds were clean and setting up various areas.
Comments of the day included great, wonderful vibe, creative, great way to spend time with your family, great start to something new, chilled, spectacular, exquisite, best way to spend a public holiday, great socialising in a safe environment, a blast, unique.
We look forward to Family Day becoming an annual event. A huge thank you to all the staff and learners who volunteered, the owners of the stalls and food trucks and the Riebeek girls and their families who attended the afternoon. Miss Potgieter was the winner of the potato and spoon race! Summing it up was a comment on our facebook page by Tracey Matthews McEwan; “This looks FANTASTIC!! The Mascot is gorgeous! Well done everyone X.”
“Today was money well spent.” – Alexandra Dennis
“It makes me happy seeing all of our school’s learners and families coming together for an eventful day.”  - Ms Barnard
“The day has been lovely and relaxed.” – Jaime Kayser
“It has been great. What a lovely day.” – Mrs Peltason
“Very exciting. I enjoyed it immensely.” – John Potgieter
“It has been busy. My heart is bursting with joy.” – Mrs Viljoen
“It has been good. The atmosphere is heart-warming.” – Caitlin Whitebooi
“I had a chance to spoil my mother at Family Day.” –  said by many Riebeek girls
“Fun and it is the beginning of many more Family Days” – Unathi Butsaka
“Friendly services. It is a great way to celebrate women. Thank you Riebeek College for celebrating women!” – Riebeek learners Aunt
“Actually enjoyed it.” Millie van der Berg
“It started off empty but lots of people came by and there was a great vibe.” – Iviwe Majweti
“Exciting and exhilarating.” – Mrs du Plessis
“It has been fantastic seeing all families come together.” – Kay-Leigh Wilmot
“Today has been fabulous.” – Mr Maschaka
“It has been amazing. The turnout was excellent.” – Amuhle Ntabeni
“Today has been an eventful day full of colours and everyone has been so enthusiastic.” – Eesha Naidoo
“It has been a busy and heart-warming day.” – Farzana Peters
 
 

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senior inter-house hockey

BY Candice Rossouw

The Inter-House hockey was held on 19 September between Eleanor, Elizabeth and Elton. The competition was tough as various hockey players ranging from First Team players to U/16 and U/14 players played against each other in support of their respective houses.
The event began with Elizabeth playing against Elton. The match was exhilarating and Elton had many close calls. However, Elizabeth triumphed in the end by scoring three goals two of which was scored by Jamie Kayser and Elton scored one goal which was by Chaneal Labercensie.
The second match was where Eleanor and Elizabeth went head to head. Although, the girls were exhausted, they persevered and played together as teams, displaying the unity that we have at Riebeek. Elizabeth won the match with a goal scored by Jamie Kayser.
The final match was played between Eleanor and Elton. This turned out to be a heated one as both teams tried to gain the upper hand in the match. However, in the end, both teams drew with both scoring one goal. The goal scorer for Elizabeth was Aphiwe Ngona and the goal scorer for Elton was Sarah McFarlane.
Although the matches were exhilarating, we cannot forget about the exuberant crowd that accompanied the event! The girls encouraged the players and kept the event alive with their joyful glee. We could not have asked for a better turnout of events. A huge thank you goes to the hockey players for supporting their houses and giving it their best efforts; Miss Potgieter, Mrs Kruger and Mr Seale for being the dutiful referees; the First Aid team for assisting so immaculately and dutifully in making sure that the injured players are cared for; the girls for watching and encouraging their peers; the teachers in attendance. We also wish the injured hockey players a speedy recovery.


3rd: Eleanor                      2nd: Elton                                             1st: Elizabeth
 

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open day

BY Candice Rossouw

The Riebeek College Open Day was held on 16 August as a way of exposing girls from various schools to Riebeek life. Open Day was an initiative created for the purpose of exposing others to what Riebeek is like and how tightly-knit our Riebeek family is. As the girls entered the school, they were greeted by the exuberant Riebeek Bee mascots, Achumile Daniels and Tara-Leigh Nel. The 2019/2020 Senior prefects and the 2019 Junior prefects welcomed the girls and their parents.
The Junior Open Day began with the Junior teachers welcoming the girls and their parents. Mrs Mukamuri, the Grade 4 Head, addressed the parents and learners about life at Riebeek.The parents were then supplied with a booklet regarding additional information about Riebeek. Mrs Viljoen, the Head of Department, thanked the parents and learners for attending Open Day. Open Day for the Junior school was especially exhilarating because we welcomed girls who would start their long-lasting school career at Riebeek.
The Junior learners of 2020 were given a tour around the school by the prefects whilst the parents were free to query Mrs Mukamuri and Mrs Viljoen. The prefects were excited and bursting with pride to show the girls around the school so that they could get their first taste of Riebeek life. When asked what she thought about Open Day, the 2019 Riebeek College Head Girl, Zeenat Lukie, said, "It is a great opportunity for girls to meet and interact with each other therefore the first day at Riebeek will be less overwhelming."
The Senior Open Day began with the Grade 8 Head, Miss Meyers, welcoming the Senior learners of 2020 from various schools. The girls and their parents were shown a slideshow displaying the tight-knit Riebeek family and Riebeek's excellence. They were also supplied with a booklet regarding information about Riebeek. Miss Meyers addressed the girls and spoke to them about what they could expect when coming to Riebeek. Miss Meyers also informed the girls about the importance of participating in the cultural aspect of school life such as extramurals and the diverse clubs at Riebeek.
Mrs Stear addressed the attendees about Riebeek and its excellence in various arenas. Mrs Stear is excited to see the girls flourish here at Riebeek and make the most of their time here. Everyone was entertained with a dance performance by the zealous Grade 9 volunteers and then motivated the girls to dance along with them.
The girls were given a tour around the school by the 2019/2020 Senior prefects whilst the parents were free to query Miss Meyers for additional information. The girls were also given a small treat before they left, as a small token of appreciation.
Open Day was a great success and we could not have asked for more! We would like to thank Mrs Stear; Miss Meyers; Mrs Mukamuri; Mrs Viljoen; Casey Els for her valuable input; the Riebeek Bee mascots; the Senior and Junior prefects; the teachers in attendance; the girls and their parents for attending the event.

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 September 05, 2019
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Candice Rossouw

talent show

BY Candice Rossouw

The Riebeek Buzz Talent Show
by Candice Rossouw
The Riebeek Buzz Talent Show on 13 August was an initiative hosted by the Drama Society of Riebeek College.
The stage was set for many glorious performances by Riebeek girls from Juniors to Seniors and we could not have asked for a better way to showcase the wonderful talent we have at Riebeek. The categories varied from singing, dancing, dramatic poetry and gymnastics. The Riebeek Buzz Talent Show had a total of 33 contestants with 9 of those contestants being Juniors and the remaining were Seniors. The girls were well-prepared and set the stage ablaze with their jaw-dropping performances.
The night began with the MC's, Lisakhanya Maseti and Thulisa Jam welcoming the crowd and stating some house rules. They also introduced the adjudicators. The adjudicators were Miss Crystal Christoffels, Miss Hlumela Matika and Mr Bradley Felkers.
Miss Crystal Christoffels is the proud owner of Arts Life Academy School. Teaching and developing children's talents are her passions. She also owns her own dance school called Elroi Prophetic Dance. Miss Hlumela Matika is a Riebeek College Alumnus. She is a filmmaker and has recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts at Syracuse University, Upstate New York, which was an opportunity awarded to her by the Fulbright Scholarship Foundation. Mr Bradley Felkers is the new addition to the Riebeek family as the new choir conductor of Riebeek's Junior and Senior choir. He is an NMU graduate in Music Education and is originally from Port Elizabeth.
We were entertained by the Drama Society’s opening dance performance which definitely set the tone for the night! The night progressed as we began with the official line-up. The performances were meticulous and had the crowd begging for more. We were entertained by the lovely voices of the singers, lively and interpretative performances of the dancers and the expressive speech of the poets.
Many of the performances received standing ovations as the crowd was impressed with what they saw. Iviwe Majweta, a Riebeek learner who attended the Talent Show, said," All of the performances were mindblowing with some quite emotional like the poetry that just had a way of touching you."
Towards the end of the night, the Drama Society's dancers performed their closing dance which impressed the masses as it was everything one could expect and more. Thereafter, the adjudicators were left to decide who the winners were.
Miss Meyers, the teacher in-charge of the Drama Society, announced the winners. The announcement of the winners was met with much excitement and we are proud to announce that the second runner-up in the Junior category was Avuya Mkoko and Alitha Made who sang exceptionally as a duo. The first runner-up in the Junior category was Hope Ruiters whose dance moves impressed all and proved that dynamite comes in small packages. The overall winner in the Junior category was the dance trio of Amy Fischer, Lulibo Sam and Shia Jansen whose dance performance set the stage alight.
The Senior category was especially tough to adjudicate considering the big number of contestants and talent we had. We are proud to announce that the second runner-up in the Senior category was Musa Daweti whose heavenly voice was one to remember for ages to come. The first runner-up in the Senior category was Sarah-Leigh Thompson whose gymnastics and interpretative dance was creative and exposed us to the different styles of dancing that we thought could never be amalgamated in such a beautiful way. The overall winner in the Senior category was Ballerina Skippers whose powerful and soothing voice gave the crowd goose bumps.
The Riebeek Buzz Talent Show was a great success. A huge thank you to Miss R. Meyers for organising the event; Mrs K. Stear for supporting the Drama Society in this initiative by approving it; Mr. B. Maschaka for his outstanding piano accompaniment to some of the singers; the adjudicators for doing an excellent job; all school staff who were on duty to ensure the evening ran smoothly, Mrs Stark along with the cultural board for hospitality;  the media team under Mrs. S. Gerber’s supervision;  each and every contestant and their parents and guardians for allowing them to showcase their immeasurable talent; the audience at large; and lastly the exceptional work of each and every drama society member who worked together as strong team to ensure the huge success of the event.
 

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 September 05, 2019
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Candice Rossouw

Band costume party

BY Kiara Brink

On 16 August, the Riebeek College Band held the annual costume party with this year’s theme being “Bohemia”. Learners from grades 8-12 from all schools were invited and tickets were sold at a cost of R30 per person. The party goers were creative in their attire and wore bold and vibrant coloured clothing from floral shirts and dresses to flower crowns. The party had a lively and relaxed atmosphere with great live entertainment and dancing.
The grade 8 and 9 volunteers decorated the hall with wooden pallets and plants which contributed to the bohemian theme. Dreamcatchers were strategically placed with different coloured balloons and bunting across the stage. The tables were decorated with crisp white table clothes and lanterns and leaves served as table centerpieces.
The band performed a wide variety of songs ranging from today’s hits such as Talk by Khalid as well as throw backs such as Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston. The band also performed an original song called Bohemia. The singers from the band (Avery-Leigh Kayster, Musa Daweti and Siyavuya Mayake) were provided an opportunity to perfrom solo song pieces accompanied by Mr Maschaka on the keyboard. The crowd’s response was amazing with many dancing along. Ling Lii, a local dancer, and his crew performed a dance routine.
Apart from the live music and dance performance, a wide selection of music was played to cater for everyone’s needs. The crowd truly enjoyed the music selection and filled up the dance floor and danced the night away. Everyone had a great time. The refreshments on sale at the tuckshop was a welcoming thirst quencher after a session on the dance floor!
The costume party gave everyone a chance to meet new people and socialise with their friends. It also gave the band a chance to make their debut for the year.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the event, the grade 11 and 12s of Cultural Board who chaperoned and helped in the tuckshop, the sound and technical crew, the Media team for the photos and coverage of the night, all the helpers who made this event possible, Mr Calitz, Mr Maschaka and the band for organising the event.

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 September 05, 2019
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Kiara Brink

Matric celebration

BY Casey Els

“Sometimes a short walk down memory lane is all it takes to appreciate where you are today.” The Matrics have certainly realized the accuracy of this statement whilst celebrating the annual 40 Days on 8 August. This year’s theme was “A trip down memory lane” and showed that the Grade 12s were still able to climb into their favourite childhood characters. Barney, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White and many other interesting costumes were worn in spirit of the theme. The ladies were given a break from their academic responsibilities to celebrate their 40 Days in the Student Centre. The decorations of old photographs of the matrics, cloud cut outs and doors embraced the theme of opening the doors to a trip down memory lane in the clouds. It was clear that the final countdown of school days left had made the matrics eager to reminisce of past memories and create as many memories in the short amount of time they had left.
The excitement started building during register when all the matrics worked together to help one another get dressed into their costumes; make-up brushes, hairbrushes and shoes being passed around was a common sight. This is a perfect example of the unity and sisterhood that is formed at Riebeek amongst learners. The first order of business was taking the perfect pictures because after all these would be memories to treasure in the future. The Grade 12s had arranged for a colourful jumping castle to be set up for the day. The matrics channelled their inner child as there where competitions of who could jump the highest and playing notorious junior school hand games. The girls then sat in groups and conversed about their favourite memory at Riebeek College whilst enjoying their snacks and cupcakes. Many stories about Mrs Ferreira’s famous fudge, the invisible ball and Science Mafia games were shared. The ladies then did what comes naturally to all Riebeek girls – Dance. Anesipho Malinga, Siphosethu Malinga (affectionately known as the Malinga Twins) and Genelleen Govender did not disappoint on the dance floor. The playlist was a mixture of old nostalgic songs with the inclusion of modern music. With the start of second break the matrics decided to share their happiness with the rest of the school by having a dance party just outside the Student Centre for a few minutes. Amee Exford, who dressed up as Cher from Clueless, said: “It was a blissful day. I am proud to be a part of an institutions that gives us the opportunity to celebrate this milestone whilst making valuable memories which will be treasured forever.”
A special mention must be made of Zeenat Lukie, Casey Els, Amy Schambril and Tara Wood who helped organise the decorations, cupcakes and jumping castle. The matrics would like to use this as a platform to sincerely thank Mrs Stear, Mrs Snyman and their teachers for granting them with this opportunity to celebrate their 40 Days. A special thanks also goes to Mrs Gerber for capturing beautiful moments on the camera that the matrics can look back on in the future. The matrics all agreed that this special day was a highlight in their school career. It was certainly pleasant to take a trip down memory lane for a while before having to solely focus on their future.

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 August 13, 2019
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