letter from the principal 26 january 2021

BY Mrs K Stear

Letter from the Principal: 26 January 2021
Dear Parents and Learners
I extend very warm greetings to you and your families and I wish everybody only happiness and prosperity for 2021. With the second wave of this pandemic upon us, I hope and pray that our Riebeek families have kept safe and well. Condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones. Please email the school at to inform us of the passing of parents or siblings of our girls so that we are best able to provide support and compassion when school resumes.
It was announced at the press conference of 15 February that the opening of schools for learners has been postponed from 27 January to 15 February. We urge all parents and learners to ensure they have access to the d6 School Communicator app so that we can reach you with further information. We request that you monitor the d6 for information on the way forward.
We appeal to our learners and parents to not stress about this delay to the start of the academic year, as we have become adept at realigning our planning and content coverage in the best interests of our learners. We remain resolute that we will maintain our academic and socio-emotional programmes effectively in spite of changes and uncertainties. Note that the academic calendar will be adjusted by the Department of Education and that the term dates will change from the ones set out last year.
The original planning of orientation programmes and textbook handing out for 27-29 January falls away. The most immediate arrangements are:
Textbook collection and notes:
The learner should collect or, if this is NOT possible, then 1 parent or guardian. Bring a pen for the screening form and for recording the textbook numbers on the required list. The work that will be handed out will be for the period of 11 February to 22 February.
Grade 6 textbook collection and notes: 12 February from 8 to 9. Enter through pedestrian gate.
Grade 9 textbook collection and notes: 11 February from 7.30 to 9. Enter through main gate to hall.
Grade 11 textbook collection and notes: 11 February from 9 to11. Enter through main gate to bottom corridor.
Orientation Programme and Textbook Collection:
Grade 8: 12 February from 7.30 to 11.30
First Day of School:
Grade 4, 5, 7 – 15 February 7.30 – 1. Entry through pedestrian gate.
Grade 6 – 22 February 7.30 – 1. Entry through pedestrian gate.
Grade 8 – 15 February 7.50-1.15 Entry/arrival at main gate, departure/collection from hostel.
Grade 9 - 22 February 7.50-1.15. Entry/arrival at main gate, departure/collection from hostel.
Grade 10 – 15 February 7.30-1.30
Grade 11 – 22 February 7.30-1.30
Grade 12 – 15 February 7.20-1.30 (unless extra lesson to 2.30: Acc/Geo on Mondays)
Grade 4, 5, 7, 10, 12 will receive their textbooks during the course of their first day at school.
Learners and parents can access the timetable and class lists on the d6 from 3 February. Learners must be wearing a mask on arrival on the first day and must have a pen in hand to fill in the screening form. Parents and transport providers must not make a U-turn in front of the school.
Learners may wear school uniform, school tracksuits or civvies to school each day. The Clothing Shop remains closed at this stage. No jewellery or nail polish may be worn with school uniform. Whether wearing civvies or uniform, no gel nails are allowed, nails must be short and long hair must be pulled back or tied up. When wearing civvies, no revealing clothing, loud or inappropriate slogans and no beanies or caps may be worn and shoes must be comfortable to walk in. We require all learners to refrain from commenting on what another learner is wearing, unless it is a genuine compliment.
Learners and parents are asked to please only contact teachers directly with queries if it is an emergency or unavoidable. Always first check if the answer to the query is on the d6. Always check the time before sending a query. If possible, leave the query to office hours and make contact via the school at 041 9922442 or
We extend a warm welcome to Miss Nosipho Tana who has been appointed as a school secretary. We welcome back Mr Simon Hartley who will be assisting in the Science and Life Sciences Departments. We congratulate Mr Ryan Bowles on his appointment as a Grade 11 grade head.
Please be assured that the SGB and staff have the well-being of every learner and their extended families in mind with every decision made and action taken. We will continue to navigate this challenging and uncertain road together, with the best interests of our precious pupils at the centre of all that we do.
Mrs K Stear

 January 26, 2021
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