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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

BY Administrator

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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 September 21, 2019
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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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 September 21, 2019
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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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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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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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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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Eleanor house day

BY Mrs L. Stroebel

Eleanor girls and staff decided that for their annual house day, they wanted to raise funds for Dano Swart, a fellow Grade 12 learner from Brandwag, who was badly injured during a rugby match. Our guest speaker, Ms Nerine Loock, is well-known to all at Riebeek, as our school psychologist. She is also involved with Dano, as she is his rugby team’s physiotherapist. Ms. Loock gave an uplifting talk about living in the moment and not taking anything for granted. Eleanor house captain, Maceyla van Huyssteen, proudly handed over a cheque of R3 326 to Dano’s rugby coach, who joined our assembly on behalf of Dano and his family. The Eleanor matrics and staff worked tirelessly to raise as much as we possibly could in the two weeks we had before our house assembly. Our emoji favours were a huge success, and Maceyla van Huyssteen won the prize for buying the most, a whopping 150! Megan MacGorman and Gabriella Hardman won prizes for accumulating the second most favours. We also had a “guess the number of jellybeans in the jar” competition, and this was won by Liyabona Mgushelo, who was spot on with her guess of 789! Mrs Stroebel is extremely proud of all the hard work put in by all the Eleanor girls, and very thankful that everyone supported our house so generously. 

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 August 06, 2019
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Leadership seminar 2019

BY Amy Schambril with contribution by Lisakhanya Daniels and Romeesa Mohammed

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch. This quote best describes the wise words from the guest speaker for the 2019 leadership seminar, Mrs Swanepoel.
Eager young minds all joined in the school's hall to empower themselves with knowledge of leadership in order to take over the committees from next week at the annual Club Induction Party. The learners were asked to get into groups of ten and write ten things they all had in common. This ice breaker tested their ability to work in a team and to think quickly and creatively.
Riebeek Old Girl and past teacher, Mrs Swanepoel was the guest speaker for the seminar. Her speech was very relatable, informative and encouraging. Mrs Swanepoel touched on how birds fly in the "V" formation in order to maximize strength and quickness of their fight. She also mentioned how there are times when the bird, or in our case the leader, becomes tired and will have to swap out with the one right at the back who is more energized and ready to take on the task. Very importantly Mrs Swanepoel mentioned that one person's success is not your failure. Rather build each other up than tear each other down. The crowd really loved Mrs Swanepoel's bubbly nature.
Casey Els, Monique Balie, Malakhiwe Hoffman and Amy Schambril all spoke about their experience in leadership positions. Casey spoke about how asking for help is not a weakness but rather a strength and how asking for help molded her into the leader she is. Monique spoke about always expecting the unexpected and how being prepared enough is not enough and that having a back up plan for your back up plan is always essential. Have a goal, envision yourself reaching that goal and surround yourself with people who have the same mindset as you was what Malakhiwe spoke about. Last Amy spoke about the importance of learning from the people you lead as not everyone is born being good at everything therefore if someone is stronger in a skill than you are, ask them to advise and teach you.
The learners then watched a video that spoke about the importance of saying thank you to people who impacted your life positively. The audience was then allowed time to ask the Cultural Board Matrics questions that they could get their view on. One learner asked what has been the most important lesson being a leader and being in matric has taught them, which Gabrielle Ownhouse replied, saying that you should always be yourself and never force yourself into being something just because you are told to be that. Learners also learnt from the matrics to be assertive rather than aggressive and passive, to have a support system and to accept that there will be failure but it doesn't have to define you
Thank you to student teachers and interns for helping out. Thank you to Mr Reynolds and his team for getting the hall set up. A very big thank you to Mrs Gerber for all the work she and the Cultural Board Executive put in to making the day a success. We are hugely thankful to Mrs Swanepoel for joining us and inspiring us!
Lisakhanya Daniels added:
The 2019 leadership seminar that took place in Riebeek College Girls' High School was very helpful in preparing and educating young leaders for tomorrow.
The event kicked off with Mrs Swanepoel informing the young girls about what it means to be a leader. Throughout her speech, she emphasised that being a leader does not mean the people you are leading serve you but rather you serve them. She also emphasised that in order to be a great leader - you must a great impact in people's lives. She stated that, "Relationships are the greatest foundation of all important things" she later quoted "People do not care what you know but want to know if you care." From attending the 2019 leadership seminar we [the attendees] learned that being a leader does not mean being the loudest in the room but rather entails making collective decisions with your team and serving others. We also learned that someone else's success is not our failure; that life is not a competition and we learned that good leaders build each other up. Mrs Swanepoel said, "A good leader knows praising someone does not take away from them."
After Mrs Swanepoel very informative speech we watched a Ted Talk. The Ted Talk taught us that you do not have to change the world in order to be a leader. It taught us that leadership can the impact you have on people's lives with money. It displayed to us that "Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, it is that we are powerful beyond our measures."
We then closed off with a Q and A from the floor to our [Riebeek's] very knowledgeable matrics. The shared with us the life lessons they gained from their high school experience. They taught us the significance of a balance in one's lifestyle. They taught us ways to effectively deal with hard situations and the importance of knowing where you want to be in life. They encouraged us to never undermine ourselves and to grab our opportunities as they come. Mrs Gerber said, "You can do anything if you put your mind to it."

Romeesa Mohammed added: “A good leader and a great leader are both lead by another leader,” said Mrs Swanepoel during her speech. This year’s Leadership Seminar was smoothly led by Amy Schambril and the Cultural Board executives with Mrs Swanepoel as the guest speaker.
 
The seminar started off with a fun ice breaker lead by Casey Els. All learners attending the event had to get into groups of ten members. They then had to come up with ten things that they all had in common.
 
Next, Mrs Swanepoel spoke about leadership and what makes a great leader. She taught us that a leader should know how to take charge but also know when to step back by comparing this to the birds' v-formation of flying. She also reminded us that a title does not make you a leader but how you treat others in your team.
 
All the leaders-in-training then eagerly listened to some of the matrics' experience of being a leader and what they learnt. Casey Els taught us that you should build a support system for yourself and you should never be afraid to ask for help. Monique Balie told us that being prepared and having a backup plan can make all the difference. Malakhiwe Hoffman instilled in us that your past or bad circumstances should not define you. She taught us that you should  have a vision and become a hard worker to be able to achieve that vision. Amy Schambril taught us the skills we need to be able to become a good leader such as prioritising, delegating, influencing others and being organised. She also helped us realise that even the most disorganised of us can become organised.
 
Finally, the attendees all got to ask the matrices and Mrs Gerber questions about leadership. When asked how to not let the pressure get to you- Mrs Gerber gave some useful and helpful tips such as to have some work done in advance and to keep all your work organised so that it is easy to find later on. Lisa Daniels asked what they [the matrics] their roles of being a leader. Amila Thys replied that you must never undermine yourself. What you say matters so never be afraid to speak up.
 
When asked what Casey Els liked about this year’s Leadership Seminar, she said, “I loved that the matrics were given a platform to share their experiences and advice with the lower grades.” Everyone definitely learnt valuable lessons. Lisa Daniels said, “ I learnt that leadership is based on the impact you have on other people’s lives.” Overall, the event was enlightening and amazing, thank you to all those who had a hand in making this event a great success.

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100 DAYS SMARTER

BY Kiara Brink

“Life is a journey and every journey has a destination. We can dream of where we want our destination to be, but without hard work and dedication, we will not reach those dreams.” – Chanté Potgieter (10C).
On 10 July 2019, Riebeek College hosted the 100 Days Smarter project where learners had the opportunity to dress up reflecting their future careers. The civvies day was open to all grades and there was no charge.
The focus of the event was to celebrate the learners and their bright future in a creative way. The girls dressed up as doctors, lawyers, nurses and even policewomen. They were very creative and looked amazing in their attire.
Learners were encouraged to hand in a written presentation detailing their plans for the future. This exercise gave the girls an opportunity to reflect on their future dreams and aspirations. The theme was inspired by the 2019 Founder’s Day guest speaker, Dr Lisa Dondashe. In her speech she highlighted the five elements to achieve success to a memorable career.
The first element focused on the people needed to make your journey a memorable one. They are referred to as the passengers. Taegan Jantjies (4C) wants to become a lawyer and the passengers she would take on her journey to success are her parents, guidance counsellor, spiritual leaders, family, role models, teacher and a career specialist.
The second element was the mode of transport. Mohiba Natha (9G) highlighted this by stating that to achieve her dream of becoming an air hostess, her mode of transport would be working hard, completing all her grades and getting into a sky aviation training programme.
Zaara Rockman (5R) had a map/GPS that showed her thorough research, plan and set everything out for the future. It is said that those who write down their goals and dreams are more likely to actually achieve them.
Goals give us focus and a way to measure our progress. Goals motivate us to stay on track and Kate-Lynn Forbes’ (8R) has a clear destination in mind. Her goal is to become a specialist medical doctor, be true to herself, humble and be the best at what she does.
There were many lawyers, politicians, doctors, nurses, Foundation Phase teachers, engineers and construction workers as choices for what to be one day. Tara Wood brought an animal plush toy along and indicated she wanted to be a zookeeper. Mrs Gerber dressed in a Harry Potter uniform as she would think teaching in the school of the book might have the same magic as Riebeek.
A huge thank you goes to Mrs Viljoen, the coordinator of the event, Dr Lisa Dondashe for the inspiration behind it, and to the learners and teachers who participated.

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Inter house plays 2019

BY Kiara Brink

On 13 June 2019, the learners of Riebeek College were once again able to display the inner drama queen inside of them at this year’s annual Inter-house Plays. The plays were held straight after school in the Sholto McIntyre Hall. The productions have become a highlight of the year and the event was highly anticipated.
Malakhiwe Hoffman and Busisiwe Setlai were the MCs and did a sterling job in hosting the event.
Elton House kicked off the event with their satirical production titled “12 Angry Pigs.” In this play the Big Bad Wolf was on trial for the destruction of property with the 12 pigs as the jury. The jury had to deliberate the fate of the Wolf. The play director, Emihle Zweni, can be commended for the way she put the play together. The play was creative and the outfits were amazing. The play was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.
Tamia Smith was the play director of the Eleanor House production, titled “Hairspray.” This play is set within the confines of Mavis’ Salon. The drama escalates as the cast encounter the realities of the hair business in South Africa. The play was very humorous and had the crowd in stitches as the audience could relate to everyday life in a township salon. The stage setting was amazing and made everything seem realistic.
Elizabeth House highlighted the comedy of errors of South African families while waiting for a flight at the airport. The play was appropriately titled “Boarding Call.” Noluntu Macanda, as the play director, displayed her creative ability by putting together the various elements in order to make the play work. The characters were diverse and the stage setting was very clever as everyone could be seen and heard.
The adjudicators for this year’s Inter-house Plays were Ms Barnard, Riebeek College’s much-loved English teacher, and Mrs Glenis Whitehead, an ex-teacher at Grey and a member of the Toastmasters Club. They had a difficult task of choosing the overall winner.
The various casts worked hard by putting in a huge amount of effort and time to perfect the stage productions. The casts displayed a huge amount of professionalism as they were well prepared and displayed excellent teamwork. Each play captured the audiences’ attention and kept them entertained. All the performances were of a high standard and were highly appreciated but at the end of the day Elizabeth House walked away with the prize for the best performance.
A huge thank you to Mrs Glenis Whitehead and Ms Barnard for adjudicating the performances, Busisiwe Setlai and the Cultural Board for all the effort put into the event to make sure it runs smoothly and Mr Calitz and his sound and lighting crew. Finally, thank you to Mrs Gerber for her support, Ms Barnard for supervising the Interhouse Plays, the cast and play directors for putting in the hard work.
The results were as follows:
1. The Riebeek College Old Girls’ Association Cup (for the best performance in a supporting role)
Winner: Oyisa Buso
2. The Amanda Frost Trophy (for dynamic cameo performance)
Winner: Kezley Rayners
3. The Margaret Bowes Second Cup (for the second-best actress)
Winner: Lisakhanya Maseti
4. The Hilton Preston Cup (for the best actress)
Winner: Fatima Mahouassa
5. The Erica Gilmer Cup (for the best lighting, stage effects and set arrangements)
Winner: ‘Hairspray’ Eleanor
6. The Edith Dovey Award (for teamwork)
Winner: ‘Boarding Call’ Elizabeth
7. The Edith Dovey and Sherril Chaplin Cup (for the best performance)
Winner: ‘Boarding Call’ Elizabeth

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senior oratory 2019

BY Mrs A Peltason

INTER-HOUSE ORATORY COMPETITION – TUESDAY 11 JUNE: a review by Mrs Peltason
The High School Oratory Competition this year was ably hosted by SihlumilE Majombozi and her team of Cultural Board members, among them Kesley Rayners and Tamia Smith who introduced the speakers.
Mrs Gerber opened the proceedings with a little talk to the girls about good audience response, highlighting that the Oratory Contest has always been one of the premier events on the school calendar. Mrs Gerber succeeded in adding a touch of gravitas to the event, and the girls rose to the occasion. It was a rare pleasure to see them all so wholly tuned in to the different speeches.
Sihlumile Majombozi introduced Miss Mxoli, the adjudicator. Miss Olwethu Mxoli, herself an Old Girl and an experienced and talented speaker, adjudicated the event with dignified professionalism.. In her adjudication Miss Mxoli mentioned the two things she rated most highly: passion and substance. She pointed out in her adjudication that even the best speeches failed for a lack of passion, and some of the most passionate speeches did not bring with them any evidence of research. Miss Mxoli, a published poet, won the Communicator’s Cup at Riebeek and is now a member of International Toastmasters. She is proposing to start a Toastmasters club in Uitenhage for school-going learners in the future.
Kesley Rayners introduced the first Junior speaker: Fatima Mahouassa, Elton House, who put her own personal slant on the expression “Disappearing Act”. Fatima’s angle was that the saddest people often hide behind the brightest of smiles. She warned the audience that this was stage one of ‘The Disappearing Act’ and if one were to allow oneself to reach stage two there was a chance of disappearing altogether.
Jihaad Ravat of Eleanor House then gave and intelligent and amusing talk about Cartoons. This was an intellectually challenging speech with lots of humour, much of it cleverly tongue-in-cheek. Jihaad taught us that those dear little characters from Winnie the Pooh were actually quite deceiving, as Rabbit had OCD, Tigger was most definitely ADHD and Piglet suffered from anxiety.
Sihlumile Mongo of Eleanor followed with a mature, well-rounded and clever speech from which we learned that ‘Chocolate never asks stupid questions’ , that chocolate can wipe away every tear and is cheaper than therapy. Her speech was short and sweet but packed a real punch. Miss Mxoli mentioned afterwards that ‘Chocolate’ had a great future in public speaking.
Kelsey Dinie spoke to us about what makes a hero. She took great pains to show that heroes are those who sometimes do little things like not giving up a seat on a bus, not for themselves but for others. She counted among her heroes Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jnr because the things they did had an impact upon the lives of others.
The winning speaker followed with her speech ‘She’. Musa Daweti from Elizabeth intrigued us with her emotionally charged speech about a woman’s struggle through puberty, relationships, and abuse, ultimately reaching a state of self-love. Musa’s speech was a real crowd-pleaser and the girls enjoyed her solemn warning that “if a woman can’t love herself, no one will”.
Mbazakazi Bantom of Elton spoke on ‘Black excellence’ explaining that this meant possessing qualities that would make people proud to be African. To her it meant uplifting others. She told the audience, “If you don’t like something change it; and if you can’t, live with it.
Nobuhle Moyo of Elizabeth House was next with her ‘Nike’ speech. Nike means ‘Just do it’ so it was important, she told everyone, not to ‘Adidas ‘ your dreams; ‘Nike’ your dreams and make your dreams a reality. Hers was an attractive speech with a lot of personality and clever analogies.
Siyavuya Moyake of Eleanor then spoke on the topic “Once upon a time” illustrating that many who live in dismal circumstances have dreams too, and sadly awaken to the bitter reality of the miserable lives they lead. She gave an impassioned speech that showed a tender sympathy for those less fortunate.
It was then the turn of the senior contestants, after a short break during which we were entertained with an innovative dance routine, a clip of the best of Britain’s Got Talent.
Casey Els , representing Elizabeth, spoke first , forcing us to imagine what it might be like to live in a country ripped apart by conflict. She showed herself to have an accurate and sympathetic view of those who live in conflict zones. She saw peace as a lifestyle choice, a serious indictment of the status quo. She implored the man in the street to get involved. As she said, “It starts with the individual”.
Lisakhanya Daniels of Eleanor then spoke about “Unity”, quoting Maya Angelou’s words, “no human being can be more human than another human being”. She cleverly showed how all people,irrespective of colour or creed , came from the earth and from the same source that made the rivers and the earth.
Alexandra Dennis , also of Eleanor House, showed us that nothing, not all, “is fair in love and war” She illustrated how people in war, in business and even in relationships cheat and lie and tell themselves that it is all right without taking into account the impact their words and actions have on others.
The speech “A Mirror” showed how the mirror often lies. Lisakhanya Maseti illustrated how a mirror can never reveal the inner person, and will often tell you that you are beautiful on one day and ugly the next. She warned us not to allow the mirror to determine who we are, and came up with a new mantra: Mirror, mirror on the wall, we are all the fairest after all.
Thimna Tshayana of Elizabeth proved to be another speaker mentioned by Miss Mxoli as promising. She spoke to us on her topic “Ekasi”, illustrating the often horrific qualities of township life, and mentioning how, for many, sitting on a street corner had become a career path. A township dweller herself, Thimna was able to give a convincing, realistic and sometimes terrifying image of ‘Ekasi’, finishing strongly with the statement: “I am not the township”.
Amy Schambril of Elizabeth House still aims to become a doctor, a dream she has nurtured since early childhood. She has remained faithful to her dream all along. She asked those listening to help make dreams possible by making choices in a country that would then provide safety and compassion and equality. Sadly, she reminded the listeners, reality suggests that the dream is impossible. Her plea to the audience: “I need all of you to give my dream some kind of hope of success.” Let us all hope that Amy realises her dream of becoming a doctor. She will be an excellent one!
The next young woman murdered a sixteen-year-old. Azraa Rockman of Elton gave the audience a retrospective view of her own life, as she said, not known by many. In it she was able to see the mistakes she had made and the changes she wanted to make. The changes she had undergone in the previous year were so radical it was like murdering the person she was ,the softer, gentler self. She confessed to having become tougher and harder. She finished with a nice touch, tearing up her eulogy , saying “No good ever comes of speaking ill of the dead.”
Romesa Muhammad of Elton spoke to us about “growing up”. Her delightful conversational tone added something special to her speech. She told us how, as children, we are told that we could tell them (adults) anything and everything, but that as we grew up we became disillusioned by adults whose concern seemed to dissipate. She finished with the realisation that, “We are all a work in progress”.
Lerise Johnson on “Murphy’s Law” represented Elton. She conversed with her audience on those things that are sometimes co-incidence and sometimes a pleasant reassurance that anything can happen. In her easy conversational manner she told us that we could blame the universe for “its infinite capacity to do whatever the heck it wants.”
Last to speak was Malakhiwe Hoffman of Eleanor who tackled the gender issue in her speech “Gender equality is a myth; women are superior” She showed how women functioned on so many levels, in so many different capacities. She commented on the notion that equality was meant to be entrenched into the laws of the universe, but that things are unequal when it came to women. She closed with Marilyn Monroe’s famous line that those women who aspire to be equal to men lack ambition.
Before the adjudication the audience watched another clip from the best of Britain’s Got Talent. Jodi, a blind, autistic singer, had the audience on its feet when he got the golden buzzer. It was very moving.
Miss Mxoli’s adjudication followed. Before announcing the winners she gave the girls one piece of valuable advice: “Remember your speech starts from the moment you stand up. Everyone is watching you!”
Miss Mxoli congratulated Musa Daweti, Junior Winner, mentioning her strong passion. Casey Els won the Senior section. Miss Mxoli congratulated her and pointed out that it was not enough to have an opinion; it was necessary to back opinions up with research. This Casey had done.
Sihlumile then thanked Miss Mxoli and presented her with flowers and a gift.

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 June 17, 2019
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Journo Challenge – A Media Workshop

BY Siyamthanda Mbanga, Romesa Muhammad and Anda Mbola

On 11th June, the Journo Challenge, a Media Workshop presented by Romesa Muhammad with the help of Azraa Rockman, took place Students attending the workshop had to write an article about a made-up scenario that was acted out by some of the Media Club girls.
The made-up scenario was that the captain of Water High School's hockey team, Chwayita Hanabe, got injured while celebrating her victory against Darwin High School's hockey team. Mohiba Natha played the role of Chwayita's friend. Q-Lynn Davids was the suspected perpetrator in this made-up crime scene. Zoe Muller played the role of a confused but defensive friend of the suspected perpetrator. Bilqees Vawda was the referee who did not see this incident occur. Miacarla Tee played the incredible role of being the most reliable witness in this confusing set up. Whereas, Megan Potgieter played the dramatic role of being the bystander with a highly unrealistic view of what had taken place.
The workshop attendees had to write an article in a non-biased and objective manner after interviewing all those present at the “crime scene”. Their piece of work had to be factual and objective. After the short skit, the attendees interviewed the victim and her loyal friend, the suspected perpetrator and her confused but defensive friend, the bystanders and the referee. "How dare could they!" Chwayita had shouted out in outrage as she acted the role of the victim. Her incorrect use of grammar had definitely made everyone laugh. It was one of the highlights of the challenge. Mrs Gerber was surprised by the media girls' incredible acting skills when she found what drama queens the media club regulars were!
The purpose of the Journo Challenge was, "To see the journalists' ability to collect facts and their ability to keep their opinions to themselves as they write their articles." Those were the words of Miss Mxoli as the journalists handed their finished articles in. Aspiring journals and bloggers got some amazing tips on grabbing the audience’s attention like making a short title that summarizes the article or have a bold title that is easy to see, considering the effect of your article on the family of those your write about, checking for sensationalism and bias. The workshops give us a platform to share our views on all things related to media and integrity in what we say or write about others while keeping it enjoyable and educational!
The girls attending summed up the workshop with one word “interesting". We all learnt that there is always more than one side to a story and that we should always remain objective.
Special thanks goes to Mrs Gerber and Miss Mxoli for supervising the workshop and always teaching us aspects that can help even out of school, Romesa Muhammad for heading this wonderful workshop, Azraa Rockman for providing the script for the made-up scenario, the dramatic actresses and everyone who attended the workshop.

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 June 17, 2019
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gRADE 10 POETRY

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The sea
By Buhle Ndumo
 
From afar you are peaceful
and asleep.
A closer look
shows your rough anger
exploding against the rocks.
 
I sit on your bed of sand
relaxed and calm.
I watch you argue
And smell your breeze.
 
All of this relaxes me.

 
The sea is beautiful and deceitful
By Ababalwe Mbambani
 
From a distance
you look calm and peaceful
but I watch your anger beat the rocks.
 
Like a god you give life
and take it away
with a snap, everything dies.
 
You are a woman
who opens her heart to all who visit
and cares for those who live deep inside her.
 
You let them think that you are innocent
but beneath the shimmering surface
is deceit.

 
The waves
By Tiffany Cloete
 
The waves draw me in
they welcome me with open arms
but one wrong step could mean the end.
 
The seagulls make a noise
little messengers for the waves
I want to go into the water
 
But the sand
holds me here
The sand holds me in peace and violence.

 Untiltled
By Asavela Sikwebu
 
The great blue waves subside
And slowly recede from my feet
The sun spreads rays of light
On the surface of the deep blue sea
All its creatures make their way
Out to me
And the great blue waves subside
And recede from my feet

 
A poem at the beach
By Kay Esau
 
The waves crash over each other
In a crazy flood of emotions.
First anger, then joy
And then the fear of being alone.
 
All crashing after each other
Ridiculous and unmanageable.
 
The birds are life
taking off.
The breeze, a brand new start
reviving me.
 
And still the water cool and ever blue
lights my heart.
 
Here
by Sibabalwe September
 
The soft and fragile sand
gives way to my feet.
The breeze hits my skin
and the waves crash in my ears.
The sun’s rays trace my dark skin.
 
Seagulls, scavengers of the sky
circle the beach
while surfers enjoy the wild waves.
 
Below students in maroon scatter
across the sand
relaxed and relieved.
Everyone forgets their hectic schedules
and leave their worries behind.

 
Unseen
by Bernice Donker
 
You, ocean, move with the wind
you who roars and pounds
take me
teach me.
 
Your strength and power
chisels rocks
and yet they do no move
but you are unfazed.
 
I walk with you in my mind.
You call me.

 The ocean
by Gillian Nell
 
The ocean is a treasured home
that brings life into the world
with beauty and peace
but also death.
 
It crashes and thumps
and shows us fear.
Like a woman
beautiful and deadly.

 
A little poem by the sea
by Sara Gopal
 
Waves crash on the shore
a sight and sound that I adore.
 
Gritty sand between my toes
and I forget all worldly woes.
 
Life is dreamy by the sea.
I love the way I feel
so free.
 

 
Ocean. My home, my grave.
by Inganathi Konono
 
I fear this large body of water
that hides my predators and ancestors.
That crashes against rocks to get to me
             
I fear this body of water that possess
a never die spirit
that retreats only to return
after its defeat.
 
I fear this body of water that gives me peace.
I fear the thoughts.
The wanting to be one with it.

 
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by Chanté Potgieter
 
The wave builds
trying to touch the sky as the seagulls do
but only crashes.
 
It is still a beautiful image.
 
We too are waves built by inspiration
only to have hardship
pull us down
 
We too are waves
who can make beauty
if we make the best of our situation.

 
The surface
by Siyamthanda Mbanga
 
From the shore
everything is shallow and calm.
In the distance everything is peaceful.
 
But when you dive deeper
far below
a school of fish is being devoured
by a great white shark
 
There is blood
everywhere
Panic and hysteria
everywhere.

 
Seascape
by Caitlin Peters
 
I sit on the sand
and see the ships sail by.
I hear the waves crash
and the seagulls cry.
 
The beach is not quiet
but it is serene.
And I wonder what secrets
these seas could hold.

 
The water’s flow
by Megan Clingen
 
Our lives are waves and the sea.
Sometimes rough and at other times calm.
Like the currents
we do not know where life will take us
or in what direction we will go.
 
There are many rocks in the water
altering the water’s flow.
In our lives there are things that will try to stop us
but we must overcome and carve and break
and choose which path our current will take.
 
And then flow.

 Water
by Lerisha De Kock
 
Like water I cannot hold you
yet you have control of my life
whether I live or die.
 
A gentle stream, a tsunami
You are unpredictable.

 
On this beach
by Lerisha De Kock
 
I am but a grain of sand
on this beach my life is insignificant
and alone.
 
But when we’re together
I feel better because I am
no longer a simple grain.
 
I am part of a powerful force.
A dune.
 
The waves
by Sarah Bagley
I sit on the hot dry sand
and look at the waves
crash against each other.
I feel at home.
 
At the beach
all my emotions fade away
and I feel nothing
but safe.
 
The waves crash
like my thoughts rearrange
and I let go
of all I feel.
 
I open my heart
to wonderful things.
 
I am at home with the waves.
 
Tides
by Kamvelihle Mgobo
 
Do not assume that letting you in
means that I will not swallow you.
 
The heaviest showers cannot fill
my burdens
I am already strong enough
and sustain life.
 
I can be as calm as the lightest breeze
and flow and light up your day.
 
But do not assume that letting you in
means I will not swallow you.
  
the beach
by Kiara Brink
 
Dancing waves
crash and splash towards the shore
as the sea softly sings.
My heart starts to soar.
 
The boats in the water
bob side to side.
The sparkling ocean
leaves me starry-eyed.
 
I sit on the sand
it is so serene.
I want to stay here forever
peaceful and unseen.

 
I sense
by Kwakho Bissett
 
 
 
         I.            I smell
The fresh scent of the ocean
that salty sensation accidently blesses my tongue.
The stench of the once proud
soaring high monster.
I smell it all, I smell the beach.
  
       II.            I hear
The seagull cruises the sky.
The ocean crashes onto the blockade.
The wind worries my hair
and swiftly enters my ear.
The silence of emptiness
I hear it all.
 
I hear the beach.
 
Called by the ocean
Wade-Lee Muller
 
I hear the voice of a woman
overpowered by the waves.
I hear the birds chirp and people click
their pens.
The sounds continuously repeat and compete
with each other.
Each wanting to be heard.
 
I smell the breeze coming from the sea.
It is salt, fresh and strong.
 
I put my hands in the sand.
Hesitantly and then deeper and deeper.
The rough, heat-hardened sand
becomes moist and smooth.
 
I am alone with my thoughts.
I am at peace.
I am part of the other world.

 
Reflections
by Mumtaaz Jacobs
 
Soft waves hit hard
carving pieces of themselves into everything.
Shaping the world.
 
The sea never screams but whispers.
It is so beautiful
even the sky bows down to kiss it.
 
The sea, a mirror that reflects
all of beauty
brings what’s too far to reach
closer.
 
It is deceitful with its beauty
housing life and destruction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 May 07, 2019
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Riebeek - place of dreams

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Following requests for the video that played at the start of the Founder's Day ceremony, narrated by Miss O. Mxoli, here is the link and the words of the video:
Following requests for the video that played at the start of the Founder's Day ceremony, narrated by Miss O. Mxoli, here is the link and the words of the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIbtW2hFTm8&t=102s
A school like Riebeek is a place of dreams. When the girls walk through the school gate, they bring with them hopes and goals. These dreams are nurtured by a passionate staff, dynamic leadership and a full programme. 
Dream making is evident in the hostel offering week-day accommodation, packages for exam times and a day care facility; the appointment of sports co-ordinator, Mr Selwyn Seale, intern, Miss Olwethu Mxoli, Riebeek Old Girl and a News24 Mandela of the Future and Miss Sanelisiwe Klass, Staff Development Seminars by Mr August and Dr Ally of NMU and Miss Nerine Looke, Riebeek’s consulting psychologist, on Cultural Competence and Sensitivity Empowerment, well being and team-building; and the Class of 2018’s 100% pass rate: Sinovuyo Madlavu with 7 distinctions and Kyla Van Deventer and Valentina Longari with 6 distinctions each realised their dreams.
Riebeek’s mission statement has proved timeless: “To prepare our learners to meet the challenges of a changing world by providing relevant education of a high standard and instilling sound values in a stimulating and happy environment.” 
Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek, said, “Education faces challenges. We need to be steadfast in pursuing our mission with the right blend of a sense of belonging, tradition and transformation. I have a dream of our school maintaining its reputation as a prestige school. We live in negative times. That should not make us angry, but should inspire bold dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” The school has beautiful dreams and a wonderful future because, when a million dreams converge on the school each year, Riebeek embraces the opportunities to design the world according to the dreams of the girls who pass through her doors. Since 1877, Riebeek prides itself as being the maker of designer dreams.
A school like Riebeek is a place of dreams. When the girls walk through the school gate, they bring with them hopes and goals. These dreams are nurtured by a passionate staff, dynamic leadership and a full programme. 
Dream making is evident in the hostel offering week-day accommodation, packages for exam times and a day care facility; the appointment of sports co-ordinator, Mr Selwyn Seale, intern, Miss Olwethu Mxoli, Riebeek Old Girl and a News24 Mandela of the Future and Miss Sanelisiwe Klass, Staff Development Seminars by Mr August and Dr Ally of NMU and Miss Nerine Looke, Riebeek’s consulting psychologist, on Cultural Competence and Sensitivity Empowerment, well being and team-building; and the Class of 2018’s 100% pass rate: Sinovuyo Madlavu with 7 distinctions and Kyla Van Deventer and Valentina Longari with 6 distinctions each realised their dreams.
Riebeek’s mission statement has proved timeless: “To prepare our learners to meet the challenges of a changing world by providing relevant education of a high standard and instilling sound values in a stimulating and happy environment.” 
Mrs Kieran Stear, principal of Riebeek, said, “Education faces challenges. We need to be steadfast in pursuing our mission with the right blend of a sense of belonging, tradition and transformation. I have a dream of our school maintaining its reputation as a prestige school. We live in negative times. That should not make us angry, but should inspire bold dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” The school has beautiful dreams and a wonderful future because, when a million dreams converge on the school each year, Riebeek embraces the opportunities to design the world according to the dreams of the girls who pass through her doors. Since 1877, Riebeek prides itself as being the maker of designer dreams.

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 May 05, 2019
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Introduction of Reunion Groups 2019

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Riebeek has a reputation of being a place of stars; and today is more Hollywood than Uitenhage. The movie A Star is Born resonates with the reputation of Riebeek producing stars. Jackson says in the film “All you’ve got is you and what you have to say to people.” and today the volume and excitement in the corridors have proved you have a lot to say, reunion groups. We are pleased to introduce you as you have gone out into the world with what you have to say and made positive, awesome contributions.
Introducing and welcoming our reunion groups is a bit like a movie. It’s “lights, camera and action” in that we will shine a light, metaphorically, on each reunion group. The camera moment is them standing as we gawk at them like fans of movie stars. The action part is where we give them a round of applause.
Our most mature group is the Class of 1969 who celebrate their golden 50th reunion. The reunion co-ordinators are Denise Mowatt du Plooy and Bev Serfontein Fourie and 10 ladies join us with Jenny Inggs Elliot from Australia. They remember humming in Afrikaans class and telling the confused teacher that it was bees. If this group were to be a movie, you might think Driving Miss Daisy, but they are Fast and Furious as they are not your typical retirees with class get togethers, an active Facebook group page and much spirit with Denise Mowatt du Plooy, who travelled from Johannesburg arranging a reunion for Gauteng ladies later this month.
Class of 1969, please stand.
The Class of 1979’s perfect movie fit would be Lost in Translation or Finding Nemo without the finding part as we have searched for them for their 30th and 40th year reunions. If you find them, tell them the hall was rebuilt after it burnt down in their matric year and let them know to find us here for their 50th.
The Class of 1989 celebrate their 30 year reunion with Lauren Gouws Frueholz serving as reunion co-ordinator of the 11 ladies. Natalie Bright Wilmot joins us and will be back soon as Elizabeth House Day guest speaker as an autism awareness advocate. Hendrin Hamilton Germishuys’ self named nickname was DUMB BLONDE – we are pleased to report that career-wise she is a high ranking supervisor and the nickname was not self-fulfilling. She was the cover girl of the 1989 school magazine, and admits she is still a social butterfly. Lauren and Hendrin remember that it was a challenge to pinch extra sarmies from the boarder girls sandwich box when they felt they had not packed in enough. If we were to give this lively group a movie title, it would be Dirty Dancing encapsulating some of their school antics and the nostalgia they carry about their school days. Like Baby in the film, nobody puts the members of the class of 1989 in a corner. They are too active for that! They have, however, in spite of their Dirty Dancing label, cleaned up their act well.
Class of 1989, please stand.
The Class of 1994 celebrate their 25 year reunion with Suzanne Rudman Dixie as head girl and reunion co-ordinator with a function last night for 10 and 4 attending today. In her first year at Riebeek, Miss Krohn, newly appointed English teacher, took on the editorship of the school magazine and as proof that she survived this horror, we are pleased to welcome her from New Zealand on her first visit back after 20 years. Sharing their anniversary of leaving school with the anniversary of the 1994 elections probably makes Long Walk to Freedom their movie. But for the first time in 22 years after long years of swimming, in 1994, Eleanor finally won a gala.
Class of 1994, please stand
Celebrating their 20 year reunion is the 18 ladies of the Class of 1999. Reunion co-ordinator Dr Janelle Vermaak is a lecturer at NMU and recently presented a workshop to our media girls on fanship. The school motto was Great Expectations so the did great as expected. This class is no Silence of the Lambs movie as they are horrifically good at remembering the gossip and low down of their teachers at school.
Class of 1999, please stand.
The Class of 2004 celebrate their 15 year reunion with Cindy Rabie Emmett as head girl and reunion co-ordinator and 6 ladies in attendance. Cindy van Deemter Watson is the daughter of our loyal Governing Body chairman Danie van Deemter and a farmer’s wife having settled somewhere near the middle of nowhere. Cherise Louw Swanepoel is our former English teacher spreading love in pastor work and as mom to her precious one year daughter. Anthea du Preez Wepener is mom to a Riebeek grade 4. Ma-asha Ismail switched recently from a successful career in journalism with its bad news crime reporting to the good news creating of being a school teacher. This group’s movie would have to be Dead Poet’s Society as so many of them were inspired by Old Girl, journalist and a Riebeek teacher, Beth Cooper Howell; and because of their dramatic school antics.
Class of 2004, please stand.
The Class of 2009 celebrate their 10 year reunion with Dr Lisa Dondashe, head girl, reunion co-ordinator and guest speaker, and 19 ladies in attendance. This group is a bit like the movie Titanic – larger than life, doing things on a grand scale, heading off on grand adventures, defying things the way they were done before and filled with eccentricity. Unlike the doomed Titanic, with global warming we feel confident no iceberg will get in their way. From this class comes the warm Miss Caryn van der Westhuizen, our Grade 6 teacher. In their matric year, they took part in the drama production Take Me Home complete with an impressive airport scene and a big plane. It is good to have them home today.
Class of 2009, please stand.
Also attending today are Old Girls not in official reunion groups.
Seventy years later, Mrs Rose Minty Young from the Class of 1949 is back at school, brought here by her son, Mr Dave Emslie.
Four ladies from the Class of 1984 are here including head girl Dennise Mattioda Shaberg and deputy head girl Penny Lithauer. Cathy Simpson, one of our most loyal Founder’s Day supporters, was driven here by “hart se punt” Mrs Myburg, our well travelled LO teacher. It must have been quite a trip this morning! There are a number of shy staff who are Old Girls reluctant to stand when we ask in case the girls research their age. And there some Old Girls here as guests or moms. This motley crew can collectively be thought of as the Braveheart movie cast, as they loyally support us.
We ask all Old Girls here today who have not already stood to be recognized to please stand now.
Susan Gale said, “Life should be like a good movie, a little drama, a little romance and a lot of laughter.” May today, reunion groups, feel like a 5 star feel good movie. Whatever role you play, remember your alma mater believes in your bright stardom as you are part of our star studded cast.

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