Lauralee, Class of 2015

Lauralee Booysen matriculated in 2015 and tells us a bit about her music career:
Largo Vocal Ensemble
Since its inaugural rehearsal in March 2016, after two years of dreaming, talking and planning between a few close friends and colleagues, Largo Vocal Ensemble is currently the only female vocal ensemble in the Port Elizabeth Metro. 
We are proud to be 10 Eastern Cape women, as diverse as our beautiful bay. Whether we are professionally involved with music and music education, passionate about singing as a hobby, or sing as a way to let our hair down after our studies and to lean on each other musically and emotionally. What unites us, is simple: 
The knowledge that music is a true blessing for our communities, our personal lives and our shared history.

Today we are happy to share the news that we tackled our first competition, ATKV-ANIMATO, and achieved gold in the PE round of the competition. Now we are on our way to the national final round, which takes place on Sunday, 1 October 2017, in Johannesburg. We feel that representing the Eastern Cape in Johannesburg through our voices is a big responsibility, as well as a joyful occasion and we hope to take the support we have received thus far with us.
I was invited by Venita Van Wyk a dear friend and mentor (Nasco children's choir & Dalestreet Cong. Senior Church Choir Conductor) to join the vocal ensemble headed by Amanda Engelbercht (Westering High's choir conductor) and the rest they say is history.

class of 1967 - gift to the school

Renee van Rooyen Baard (Co-ordinator of Class of 1967, 50 Year reunion group) and Heather Brown McEwan (Class of 1967) visited Riebeek to hand over their reunion group's gift to the school.


Old Girl generosity

Thank you to Karen van der Merwe Warneke of the Class of 1982 who donated bracelets which were used as gifts for the Hockey Festival and Miss Riebeek.


riebeek memories from Mrs peltason

"A couple of pics that crept oput of the woodwork from an old school friend, Hominy Herringer, now Roberts. The play picture is of the cast of The Barrets of Wimpole street, featuring yours truly as Miss Bella Hedley in front in pink!  
The black and white is of some of the 103 Cannon Street Hostel girls with Judy Watson our head girl."


welcome back, siviwe

See who came to visit Riebeek on 26 June - Siviwe Tole, Head Girl 2016.


Mrs africa world

Riebeek College Girls’ High School held their annual Miss Riebeek pageant on 11 May 2017. This year was special in that one of the adjudicators was Mrs Noni Agcobile Mbete who matriculated from Riebeek College Girls’ High School in 2008 and is the present Mrs Africa World 2017. She is a Senior Business Manager at a banking firm. She a versatile business woman that holds the title of Mrs Africa World 2017. She has an intense passion for Women and Children and founded The Resolute Women Campaign which mentors and supplies under privileged girls with matric dance dresses in order to give these girls the fairy tale experience they deserve.


Courney and Miss Standford

Old Girl Miss Dorothy Stanford at Fichard Park Old Age Home in Bloemfontein. Mrs JA Muller was Riebeek's principal when Miss Stanford attended Riebeek. With her is fellow Old Girl Courtney Norman who is nursing at the retirement home.


Congratulations, Hlumela

Hlumela Matika (Class of 2005) visited Riebeek to see the drama production of 28 July. Hlumela has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study at Syracuse University in America. She will study her Masters in Fine Arts with her major being Film Producing. In her illustrious career, she has travelled the world as a stage director, worked on films such as Invictus, Natalie Haloway, Queen of Katwe and Resident Evil. We are so proud of you, Hlumela!


Well done, Noni

Riebeek Old Girl Noni Agcobile Mafani Mbete (Class of 2008) who was crowned Mrs Africa World.




Celebrating our 140th Birthday on our Founder's Day, one of our youngest Riebeek babies (even though it is a boy) wore maroon. Thanks, Muneera Domingo Ameen (Class of 2007), for dressing up in school colours for the special day.


Masego Makgoka

Masego visited Riebeek to support her friend, Noni, at Miss Riebeek.  Masego is also from the Class of 2008. She wrote in her matric profile that English classes with Mrs Carter and singing in drama productions were some of her best school memories.


Congratulations, Hlomela Bucwa

Riebeek is proud. Hlomela Bucwa is the youngest Member of Parliament to date. Follow the link to view her maiden speech in parliament.  (Note: As a school, we do not endorse any political party or standpoint and we share this only because we are bursting with pride that one of ours is the youngest parliamentarian and we are proud of her delivery of her speech. This does not mean that we oppose any political views others may have).

Click here for her maiden speech in parliament.


Nomzamo Matodlana (Class of 2001) visited Riebeek in January 2016. Her memories include: Mrs Peltason's English classes, politics discussed with Miss Cooper, Mrs Taylor's History classes.  She said, "I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for the warm reception you gave me, it means a great deal. Please thank all the teachers of that year."


we are proud of Riebeek Old Girl Zikhona Bali

 Zikhona starred in IS'THUNZI (photographs courtesy of Amanda Lane who is also involved in this show).· Zikhona also featured on the front page of a national newspaper with a feature on her success story within the edition.


Old Girl Lorna-Beth Dunn (neé Barnes, class of 1959) visited our school from Scotland. Mrs Dunn is an Elton girl and was thrilled to attend our Elton House Assembly. Mrs Dunn wrote, "I have taught in Zambia, Collegiate and Commercial High in Port Elizabeth as well as in Scotland so I am very well aware of how lucky I was to attend Riebeek. The standard of education and the ethos and attitudes stood me in good stead. Judging by the school website and the achievements, the same standards and attitudes still apply."


We are proud of Hlomela Bucwa

Riebeek College is proud of Riebeek Old Girl Hlomela Bucwa of the Class of 2010 who was sworn in as the youngest South African parliamentarian in November 2016.


khanyiso jonas

The Grade 11Rs were treated to a surprise visit from Old Girl Khanyiso Jonas who matriculated in 2012. Khanyiso is completing her MA degree in General Linguistics at Stellenbosch. Her first degree was a BA in languages and culture which led to a cultural exchange program abroad. A few wise words she gave to the grade 11's were : "Do what makes you happy and what you're comfortable with. At the end of the day, being at peace with yourself is all that you have." - I learnt this throughout my university career."


Two generations

On the day that the matric results were announced, Riebeek College Girls’ High School was the scene of history being created with two generations gathering at the school with links to the school’s history and to education. 


Mrs Loren Boscombe, a Riebeek Old Girl and a former secretary at Muir College and now Riebeek’s smiling, friendly and caring receptionist, beamed with pride at the achievements of her daughter, Tayla, the Alpha Leo Uitenhage mayor of 2015.  Tayla obtained a B aggregrate and a whopping 90% in History. Mrs Ann Norman, recently appointed Deputy Head of College Hill and a Riebeek Old Girl, was proud of daughter, Courtney.  Courtney served as the Editor of the school magazine, was the Swimming Captain and she obtained an A aggregrate and 4 distinctions.  Mrs Ingrid McFarlane, Head Girl of the Class of 1988 at Riebeek, saw history repeat itself as her daughter mirrored her successes at Riebeek.  Lindsay served as Deputy Head Girl and was awarded the prestigious Rae Roup Memorial Trophy at the school’s annual Prize Giving ceremony.  She obtained an A aggregrate and 4 distinctions.


Caption:  Back Mrs Loren Boscombe, Mrs Ann Norman, Mrs Ingrid McFarlane   Front Tayla Boscombe, Courtney Norman, Lindsay McFarlane



Kristin and Rielly at the 2016 Hockey Festival umpiring and coaching


In April, Zikhona Bali reported on her acting career: on Zabalaza on Mzansi Magic 21:00. And coming up on Mfolozi Street on sabc 1. 20:00. And I'm on Theatre doing 'My Fathers Daughter'. 


Congratulations, candice

Congratulations to Candice Evert, who will be receiving her Masters degree on Thursday afternoon! The title of her dissertation is "A MODEL USING TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORT FOR TUTORS IN PRACTICAL COMPUTING SESSIONS".


old girl at the races

Tracy Bandey McKay (Old Girl and mom of a Riebeek girl) will be returning to motor racing after 18 years. She reports: "When I was in matric in 1992 at Riebeek, I started racing locally in the Regional Clubmans Saloon Championship.  I raced for 6 years, winning the championship in 1997.  By then I was a qualified Industrial Engineering and was working full time.  I decided to stop racing then, as I am the type of person to rather quit while on top.  And, by then my competition were becoming more competitive, and it would have cost too much money to stay in front.  I am now about to turn 41.  I am working as a Quality Assurance Officer at Transnet Engineering in the Wagons Business.  My daughter, Tamryn McKay, is in Grade 7 at Riebeek.  I now have decided my hiatus is long over, and it’s time to return to the race track.  We have turned a 1983 Mini into a racing car (although it is still street legal)." 

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Grade 8 orientation 2018

BY Mrs R. Meyers

On Wednesday, 17th January the Grade 8s were officially welcomed into our school with a 2 hour orientation programme presented by  Miss R. Meyers (Grade 8 Grade Head and 8C Register Teacher), Mrs J. Myburg (8G Register Teacher), Mrs H. Ferreira (8R Register Teacher) and Mrs K. Stear (Principal).
The presentation was interactive with the purpose of informing the Grade 8s of the rules and regulations of our school, the Riebeek way of life and to prepare them on a practical basis for the transition from junior to senior school.
Amongst the topics discussed were: “How to achieve academic success”; “Conflict resolution in the classroom”; “The power of peer pressure”; and “The importance of extra-curricular activities”.
Mrs Stear also spoke to the girls about our new initiative called “Spirit of the College”, this initiative encourages learners to participate in school activities and to be part of  Riebeek life. The school’s vision for 2018 was also shared: “Ubuntu”. We explained to the girls that we would like our school to be a place where our interactions are based on our inter-connectivity, where the Riebeek Tribe practice compassion, kindness, generosity, respect, honesty and conscious awareness and asked them assist in achieving and sustaining our goals because Riebeek is a special place with a great spirit.
We would like to thank Mrs K. Stear, Mrs S. Gerber, Miss R. Meyers, Mrs J. Myburg and Mrs H. Ferreira for their immaculate input in ensuring that the Grade 8 orientation programme would be a huge success, and it was. Lastly, WE would like to thank the Grade 8s of 2018 for their amazing school spirit, being hopeful and excited to start their high school careers. May your new journey at Riebeek College be far and beyond what you imagined.

 January 21, 2018
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peter Pan team building

BY Drew MInter

The club committees got together on Friday 19 January and took a trip around Riebeek’s very own Neverland as the annual team building afternoon’s theme was Peter Pan.  The event was filled with spirited Peter Pans and Captain Hooks  enthusiastically searching for Grade 9s dressed up as characters. Cultural Board  was placed in first place, Interact in second place and Computer Club was placed third. Because of the humidity, the teams then moved to the hall to test out their beautiful karaoke voices. Drama took everything to the next level and won the Best Spirit Award while Phly Thread won best dressed as crocodiles. The atmosphere was filled with laughs and team banter followed by spectacular team work uniting all committees. Thank you to Mateenah Langford and the Cultural Board, with the help of Mrs Gerber, for the well organized event. The  Technical Crew are thanked for stepping in when the heat became too much and turned this year’s Team Building into an afternoon of absolute fun for us all to enjoy. Well done to the Grade 8s who joined teams to fill gaps and earned the first Spirit of the College signatures to contribute towards their awards.  Well done to the Grade 9s who were our hidden characters and dressed up so well.

 January 21, 2018
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Sport and Society - an introduction

BY By Sinovuyo Madlavu

The annual Sports and Societies’ Fair was a wonderful way to start off the Riebeek cultural calendar. It is always amazing to see the excitement throughout the high school during this event. Sports and Societies’ fair is used as a platform to promote all the different clubs and sports in the school and to encourage learners to become more involved. This year, we are excited to announce the introduction of 2 new sports – volleyball and netball, as well as 2 new clubs – Band and Chess. We are also starting a grade 8 initiative called, the “Spirit of the College”. This was brought in to involve the younger grades more in extra mural school life, as most club committees can only be joined from Grade 10. Spirit of the College is a way for the Grade 8s to get recognition for their contribution and participation in societies and school life. There are several rewards for this participation; the highest of these being awarded a “Spirit of the College” badge that learners may keep until matric. There are truly no downsides to being involved at Riebeek!  This will help girls when they apply for committees to prove that they have shown an interest and deserve to be considered for committees and for awards. The heads of societies are congratulated on the decor of their tables and their ability to answer hundreds of questions in a short time. With 18 societies and 6 sports (including Chess), there is something for everyone!

 January 21, 2018
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