We express our condolences to Mrs Sally Watson Potgieter (Head Girl of the Class of 1963, former Deputy Principal of Riebeek) on the passing of her husband, Flip Potgieter.
We express our condolences to the Rabie family on the loss of Florence Yvonne Rabie Tibbs (fondly known as Yvonne) of the Class of 1964 (aunt of Cindy Rabie, Class of 2004, and Dominique Rabie Moosa, Class of 1999. Herewith the funeral details for Yvonne:
When: Thursday, 29 November 2018
Where: Jansendal Methodist Church, Uitenhage (Preller Str)
Time: 12 noon


100 years young

The daughter-in-law of Enid Gowar Skeat, the Riebeek old girl who has just celebrated her 100th birthday, Mrs Ding Gowar, shared these photographs of Mrs Skeat. She is pictured in the group photograph at her birthday lunch with
her whole family of 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. In the small group photograph she is with her 2 daughters, Jenny Mitchell and Beth de Bruin , both of whom attended Riebeek College at
some stage, and her daughter in law, Mrs Ding Gowar. Mrs Ding Gowar said, "She is the most amazing old lady, and an absolute example to all of us. She is enthusiastic about life, and interested in everyone and everything around
her. She is much loved by her family, and all who know her."

 Enid Gowar Skeat, the Riebeek old girl who has just celebrated her 100th birthday

jen bep dabby ding
the whole caboodle

Thank you, class of 1998

When the Class of 1998 held their reunion in May, they donated funds to be used in the Mandela100@Riebeek100 Acts of Kindness campaign. Their contributions were used to prepare snacks for the Out Patients at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital. Thank you, Class of 1998 and head girl, Prof Kerry-Lynn Thomson.


zikhona, our star

Zikhona Bali, Class of 2007, appears in a new role from 1 July. 
She says, "Extremely excited to share the premiere of Ambitions on Etv Extra, 1 July. Meet Qawe, a defying up coming investigative journalist who plans to expose the ruthless tenderpreneurs. A relevant story relating to land expropriation, service delivery, family matters, murders, and twisted romance.

We mourn the loss of Riebeek College Old Girl, Unathi Bashman (Class of 2007). Our condolences to her family and friends


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."


rouchelle hubsch discusses school days…/digby-and-the-lullaby-to-perform-i…
Rouchelle Hubsch of the Class of 2008 spoke of her ties with Riebeek: 
"Roochi hails from Uitenhage and recently celebrated her 10 year reunion with the girls at Riebeek College.
“There’s something magical that Uitenhage does to you, the people, the conversations and the memories that last a lifetime. No matter where I go... my heart stays home,” said Roochi.
“I was amazed at how Riebeek continues to flourish and had flash backs of the days spent on the playgrounds and the hours of solace I found writing songs on the piano in the music room.
“I am forever grateful for the impact the teachers and my peers made in my life. It has beautifully shaped me,” said Roochi."


welcome back

Mrs Sylvia Sauer Walter, a Riebeek Old Girl, visited Riebeek today. She wrote: "Hello everybody at Riebeek. I left for Germany in 1979 and was a learner at Riebeek until 1977 when Mrs Hutton was the principal. I played in the hockey team and had a wonderful time at school. I am so happy that not much has changed and everybody is so friendly. God bless you all." Mrs Walter was thrilled to meet the matrics and have them sing the school song for her.


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.


After a gap of more than four decades, Linky Mortlock is back at Wimbledon.
But this time she’s watching from the stands, not playing.
In her younger days, as teen tennis sensation Linky Boshoff, she and her doubles partner Ilana Kloss won the SA and US Opens, and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
She hadn’t been back until this year, when she took advantage of the privilege of being a member of the Wimbledon Last 8 Club: an elite grouping of all those players who have ever reached a Wimbledon singles quarter-final or doubles semi-final.
She and her husband Peter flew out last week, and she has already been posting WhatsApp photos of her reunion in London with Ilana and Ilana’s life partner (and former tennis opponent) Billie-Jean King.
The Last 8 gives members free admission to Wimbledon, the use of a special refreshments area, and a chance – through a lucky draw – of watching matches on the fabled Centre Court from reserved seating alongside the Royal Box.
Linky, who grew up in Uitenhage, made headlines when in her Standard Nine year, 1973, she and Ilana won the SA Open doubles title.
In her matric year, she reached the Wimbledon women’s singles quarter-finals; in 1975 she and Ilana reached the doubles semi-finals at the same tournament, losing to Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
In 1976 they took the US Open by beating Virginia Wade and Olga Morozova; the following year Linky won the SA Open singles title.
Before her departure last week, she said she had “no idea” of what it would be like to be back at Wimbledon.
“I can’t believe I played there last when I was 21. It’s two thirds of my life ago.
“It’s a little daunting to go back. You’re a lot older. You’re not sure who will recognise you, and will you recognise them.”
However she was looking forward to see Centre Court again: as a player, she had experienced the tension of the locker room and being the focus of attention on court.
“Now we’re going to mingle with the crowd. It’ll be a totally different experience,” she said.
Linky quit playing professionally at the age of 21, and went to the University of Port Elizabeth to do a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
It was there that she met Peter.
They live on Willow Park, a farm some 20 km south of Dordrecht.
For years Linky continued to play tennis socially, but has now put her energies into bowls instead. She played for Border last year, and won the Frontier singles title.
In London, she and Peter are staying with their daughter Diana and her husband Ricky, who are living and working there.


old girl visit

Visiting from South Carolina USA, Maria Yerelemou Martin (Head Girl 1991) with her husband and daughter. Maria is involved in training at Coca Cola. Adrian Martin is a South African who is involved in sales at Continental Tyres. Their daughter, Isabella, is 12 years old. She was born here but they left for USA when she was 18 months old in 2008 They live in South Carolina in a town called Tega Cay. The closest big town is Charlotte.
It is the first time Maria has been back to see the school since she left and she wanted to show her husband and daughter. Maria said it brought back such good memories. They weere accompanied by Maria’s father, Mr Yerelemou.




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)." 


Janelle Vermaak matriculated in 1999, and was a prefect. She graduated with a PhD in Media Studies at the Nelson Mandela University in December 2017


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