Principal's Report at Quarterly Meeting – Term 1 of 2019:

BY Mrs K. Stear

Good evening everyone and thank you so much for being here tonight.
Once again this has been an exceptionally busy term, as the staff will all agree. 
In January we welcomed Mrs Mukamuri, Mr Bacon and Mr Seale. Mr Bacon into the Mathematics Department as a temporary Maths teacher for term 1 as Mrs Stevens retired at the end of 2018. She has relocated to Sedgefield together with her husband Peter. Mrs Mukamuri is a grade 4 teacher which now allows Mrs Viljoen to concentrate on her duties as the Head of Department in the Junior School. Mr Seale is our new part time sports co-ordinator so we look forward to many exciting sporting events.
We have 2 new Interns here at Riebeek who are acting as teacher aides while they study towards a teaching qualification through UNISA. They are both Riebeek Old Girls, namely Olwethu Mxoli and Sanelisiwe Klaas. They have really involved themselves with school activities which we thank them for.
The Highlights of this term can be found on our various platforms but I will give you a brief overview of the happenings:
1. The staff attended a development seminar early in January on understanding themselves and others: Pathways towards Cultural Competence presented by Justin August and Dr Yaseen Ally.
2. The SCA Leaders’ Camp took place on the weekend of the 25 to the 27 January. Thanks go to Miss Meyers and Miss Du Preez for giving up their weekend and making this camp possible.
3. The junior and senior prefects, accompanied by Mrs Snyman, Miss Potgieter and myself, went on the annual Leadership Camp at Zuurberg. This was an intense couple of days of leadership workshops but here was also much play and laughter.
4. The grade 11s held a Purple-Black-Blue civvies day in aid of abuse against women and children.
5. Some of Mrs Peltason’s leaners wrote the English Olympiad and we await the results with anticipation.
6. The Stay Awakes theme this year was A Night in the Jungle – Hakuna Matata. I thank the junior school teachers for the enthusiasm they invest into this. The Stayawake is the calendar highlight of the year for the juniors and the junior teachers alike.
7. The Valentine’s Dance was held on Friday 15th February. It was so wonderful to receive the support of parents and teachers alike.
8. The Riebeek theme of the year is We All Stand Together and I particularly want to concentrate on woman standing together as we are an all-girls school.
9. Elton House Day was held on the 11th March. Elton raised funds for The Mula Project and Mrs Quinette Goosen spoke to the school and told us all about the work of the Mula Project. Children collect recyclable materials and take them to the Mula shop where they exchange their tokens received for their recyclables for food items. So this is a wonderful project as it reduces litter, uses up recyclables and it allows children to help feed their families without doing crime and reduces poverty.
10. This year we have strengthened our partnership with our psychologist, Nerine Loock. She offers additional services to your daughters such as personal counselling and career counselling and advice on subject choice among other things.
11. The Spirit of the College Awards has been extended to the grade 9s this year. This is a reward system created for the grade 8 and 9 girls to encourage support and team spirit at Riebeek College.
12. Our annual Matric Dance will be held on Thursday 14th March – the day school closes for the girls for Easter. I am sure our girls will look as stunning as ever. I urge matric parents to monitor their daughters’ movements on this night and to know exactly where they are.
13. The junior mini fun gala took place on Thursday last week and the senior gala took place today. It was great to see parents at the galas supporting their daughters.
There are so many achievers among our girls that it is not possible to do them all justice here but I appeal to you to download the d6 so that you can keep up to date on vital information, good news, dates and arrangements. 90% of the school has it so please do get it! 
Also please visit our website, Facebook pages and Instagram account to see what we are up to.
In terms of general matters, I appeal to you to obey the traffic rules outside the school. This is an ongoing issue and I have written to all parents and the traffic department to work with us on this problem. The driving outside our school is unacceptable. Please inform any taxi drivers who may transport your daughters that they need to follow the rules of the road outside Riebeek College. Our teachers even receive verbal abuse from parents and taxi drivers when we are trying to ensure the safety of our girls.
I also ask, please help our fundraising drive by using the Woolworths My School Card at supporting outlets so that we can benefit from your spending.

 March 27, 2019
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