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The d6 school Communicator

Riebeek requires that learners and parents download the Riebeek d6 to allow for ease of communication.

The Desktop Communicator is a lightweight application that runs on every parent's computer. Information is automatically updated every time the school adds new content, even when the Communicator is not currently running. The Communicator launches every morning, so parents see your school news at least once a day. The School Communicator is also available on mobile phone. So no matter where your parents are, they're never out of touch. We offer custom mobile applications for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. And for everyone else there’s our mobi site, accessible by virtually any internet enabled phone.

Click here for access to the d6 school communicator download page.


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The Journey to success

“The journey is the teacher,”said Bernadette Maguire (Old Girl and a Carte Blanche producer) at Riebeek’s Founder’s Day celebrating the distinguished dame’s 138th year of teaching young ladies.  A packed hall of “girls” agreed wholeheartedly that Riebeek’s teachings take you far. All  speak highly of the spirited principal, Old Girl and visionary, Mrs Marilyn Woods who has been described in the media as “calm, matter of fact and the school’s rock”. They speak of the calibre of staff who have directed them on the straight and narrow with their passion and care.  They reminisce about stay-awakes, memorable lessons, inter-house rivalry, hockey tours,piles of donated goods for a cause and they all respond to the angelic voices of Riebeek’s legendary choir.  The journey begins with bright and timid Grade 4s and runs its winding course to the farewell tunnel at the nostalgic Valedictory Service.  Along the way, every girl is taught that she is valued, that she belongs and that she is receiving a quality education on a journey where purpose drives the school’s programme. Bravery, resilience, compassion, involvement are what the Riebeek journey teaches. It is the “road less travelled” that teaches best at Riebeek.

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About Riebeek College

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Primary and Secondary school Grade 4 to 12

Christian school that practices religious tolerance and focusses on good morals and the fruit of the spirit. School has over fourteen clubs and societies, achieves remarkable academic success and offers swimming, hockey and tennis.  Thus, the school is balanced in terms of cultural, service, leadership, academic and sporting pursuits. There is something for everyone at Riebeek and the girls are encouraged to shine bright like a diamond.

 

Bachelor Pass Rate achieved over the last five years has been excellent and Riebeek Old Girls are perfectly prepared to enter tertiary institutions with the right skills and work ethic to succeed. 


 

The annual school fees are reasonable and highly competitive. Riebeek is listed as one of the top 25 schools in the FairLady survey.


 As an all girls school that has a junior and senior school occupying the same building, we are in a unique position as we have the opportunity to mould over a school career young ladies who can contribute positively to society. We have a hostel and are thus able to offer accommodation to borders. We have adequate facilities although the building was not designed for the high enrolment of the school. The school has a sound and impressive academic record and relationship with the community and a good image based on the educational excellence and sound morals and values we instill in our learners. The educators, management team and governing body are all committed and passionate about their involvement.


VISION STATEMENT

Riebeek’s College’s vision is to maintain our high standards. The developmental vision of Riebeek College is encapsulated in the words of Jack Welch in Lessons in Leadership (2008) and so those involved in the development of Riebeek College will each continue to strive to be a “listening, trusting person with the courage to have discipline”. Riebeek is intimately involved in the community it serves. Our “Trustees of Humanity ” Social Responsibility and Social Upliftment” drive is essential to assist our community and to teach our learners empathy. Thus, we will continue with fund-raising for charities and doing acts of kindness.

Our vision is:

-      creating a happy, safe and fun environment and instilling values such as respect, patience, integrity, loyalty, tolerance, punctuality and many more on a continual dripping tap basis

-      developing and nurturing the correct register at all times

-      dedicated teachers with a phenomenal work ethic and a sincere sense of loyalty, empathy and pride in their continual striving for excellence for everyone

-      consistent follow up of girls struggling academically and then the implementation of the correct intervention strategy

-      a managerial structure ensuring direct contact with the parents whenever possible and necessary on an academic, behavioural or emotional level.

-      Consistent, excellent and ongoing forward planning

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The school has traditions handed down and developed over more than a century. These have helped to provide a positive ethos which those who have studied here value highly. Nevertheless, we change that if education is dynamic then change is inevitable. The school’s mission is to preserve much of the old yet not to be resistant to change, prepare pupils to meet the challenges of change and encourage them to act with courage in times of change. Regarding the community: to prepare the pupils to participate meaningfully in society, to instill in them a sense of responsibility to their fellow man, to inculcate in them a pride in their country and concern for the aspirations and needs of the community at large, to encourage them to pursue culturally enriching activities. Regarding personality and character training  -to teach pupils to judge objectively, to encourage them to discern with wisdom and compassion, to help them to exercise self-discipline within an atmosphere of discipline and to promote high moral values and standards.  Regarding the pursuit of excellence to develop the pupil according to her own abilities, to encourage self-esteem, to work purposefully according to the requirements of the curriculum, to learn to apportion time to physical exercise and leisure in addition to planned studies, to strive towards academic excellence and to develop communicative competence.  Finally, this school wishes to promote the worth and dignity of all who come within its sphere. Courtesy and friendliness, together with concern, are key characteristics: “To seek the good in others and always do our best”.

 

Why should parents consider our school?

In pursuit of excellence and holistic development, Riebeek College nurtures well-rounded individuals academically, culturally, socially and by means of involvement in sport and community upliftment. At Riebeek, the learners love to learn, they have a passion for play, compassion for charity, and a craze for  cultural activities. Passionate parents, supportive staff and loyal learners are definitely Riebeek’s recipes for success.  This progressive school, founded in 1877, has an encouraging “go team” approach which motivates learners to excel and achieve in a happy, safe and stimulating environment. The learners and staff at Riebeek College are as dedicated to their academics as bees are to producing  honey. In addition, every learner is taught how to apportion time to physical exercise and leisure whilst pursuing culturally enriching activities.  The girls are truly compassionate about their community and are steadfast supporters of numerous charities. A buzzing school calendar is the result of enthusiastic staff members and learners who value their school highly because at  Riebeek, learning is fun.

 

 

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Our Mission statement

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Please click here to download a more detailed version of the school’s mission statement regarding the community, personality developement and character training; and the pursuit of excellence.

code of conduct

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Pocket Code Of Conduct

BY Riebeek College

ACADEMICS

We try our best, despite difficulties

We do our school work diligently, conscientiously and with dedication

We strive to be the best we can be

We respect our personal academic efforts and respect those helping us
“The more I see, the less I know for sure.” John Lennon

SCHOLARSHIP

We strive to lay a solid foundation on which learning in a safe and loved environment is conducive to the development of the individual in totality

We are involved and concentrate on work in the classroom

We are always prompt in attending lessons
“Knowledge talks, wisdom listens.” Jimi Hendrix

ENCOURAGEMENT

We uphold our motto, “Ora et Labora” (Pray and Work)

We “seek the good in others” and “always do our best”

We lay emphasis on good sportsmanship on and off the sports fields

We see how you play the game as of paramount importance, rather than just celebrating a win. This means we can accept a loss gracefully

We encourage each other to be generous with smiles to spread happiness in the world
“If you meet someone who does not have a smile, you should give him or her one of yours.”
“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.” Anatole France

UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE

The official school uniform (clearly marked) is worn appropriately according to the occasion and season

Correct deportment and register should apply at all times, even when wearing civvies

Good grooming (including clean manicured nails and shiny hair that is appropriately coiffeured) is considered a mark of self-respect

Learners may submit a written application to the School Governing Body for total or partial exemption from one or more of the items contained in the code of conduct based on cultural, religious or medical grounds

Only a plain wrist watch is allowed. No jewellery accessories of any kind are permissible. 

Learners will wear their own name badge at all times and under no circumstances try to be deceptive by assuming another’s identity.
“Your appearance, attitude and confidence define you as a person.”  Lori Myers

RESPONSIBILITY

We endorse the Code of Conduct in its entirety

We are good ambassadors for the school in the courtesy and respect for others that we show

Our strength comes through our responsibility to collaborate and unite

We learn to interact with a broad spectrum of people of different ages, cultures and stages of development and to treat them accordingly, developing a mutual respect

We accept responsibility for ourselves, our conduct and our actions

We expect our learners to follow procedures and instruction
“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”  Anne Frank


ACHIEVEMENT

We compete with our own best efforts

We always aim high

We never take our abilities for granted. We try to live balanced lives spiritually, physically and intellectually

We give due thanks to those who have helped us achieve: our families, teachers and peers
“No bees, no honey; no work, no money.” Leila

VALUES

We acknowledge the value of:

Goodness

Kindness

Joy

Patience

Self-control

Peace

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Love

We honour the earth and Mother Nature with our efforts to support the environment by picking up litter and contributing towards a cleaner planet and survival of the species.
“The best things in life aren’t things.” Art Buchwald

COMMUNICATION

We shall communicate in English as the school is the practice ground for improving the standard of the language in which we have chosen to study (The exception being in the Afrikaans and isiXhosa classes)

We voice our opinions with dignity and consideration for diversity

We respect the opinions and thoughts of others whose opinions may enhance our own
Proverbs Chp 15 vs 1: “A gentle answer quietens anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.”

GRATITUDE AND BELONGING

We are grateful for the progress made towards personal goals

We are grateful for the opportunities to exercise and show off sporting, cultural and academic skills

We are grateful because we belong, feel safe, cared for and loved

We are grateful for the enthusiasm and applause of others

We encourage ourselves and others to practice an attitude of gratitude and to foster feelings of belonging and success
“Victory is gained by resolution and determination.” Prophet Mohammed

RUDE & ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR

We do not tolerate bullying or any threat to the sense of safety and sense of belonging of others, by providing the means for every girl to be able to protect herself by using the correct channels (peers, prefects, teacher, grade heads, heads of department, deputy principal and principal)

We do not tolerate disrespectful or offensive behaviour, nor do we tolerate verbal abuse aimed at teachers, non-teaching staff and fellow learners

 “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Rooseveld

 

PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCE

We consider the attendance registers for both class and extra-mural activities central to good conduct

We insist on always being on time

We expect projects, homework and tasks with deadlines to be handed in on time

“Time is free but it’s priceless.”  Harvey MacKay

NEGATIVITY

We never put anyone down (make anyone feel less valued)

We avoid negative attitudes because negative thinking leads to negative actions

“The critic is one who knows who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Oscar Wilde

HARMFUL & ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES OR WEAPONS

It is illegal to possess, threaten or use dangerous weapons

It is illegal to possess, use or trade any narcotic or unauthorized drugs, alcohol and intoxicating substances of any nature

“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and self-respect.” 

Kurt Cobain

PHYSICAL CONTACT

Physical fighting, assault or abuse is prohibited. It is not only breaking the Code of Conduct, it is breaking the law of the land

Indecent behaviour, swearing or verbal abuse is seen in the same light as the above

Victimisation and intimidation of other learners are not tolerated

Girls are strongly advised not to retaliate, but to report cases immediately

“He who angers you, controls you.”

Anonymous

THEFT

Theft, or the possession of stolen goods, including the theft or possession of test or examination papers before such test or examination has been conducted, is illegal and will be dealt with accordingly

Borrowing without the owner’s permission or knowledge is considered as theft
“Be grateful for what you have and have the grace to ask for permission to use anyone else’s belongings”
“Take what someone gives you, but leave what is not yours.”  Anonymous

PLAGIARISM

We are expected to produce work which is our own

We do not copy homework or projects

We do not allow others to copy our homework

We do not provide false information or forged documents

We do not sign on behalf of anybody else

We accept that there are serious consequences for all of the above
“There is no substitute for hard work.”  Thomas A. Edison

VANDALISM

We abhor unlawful and destructive conduct

We bring action against perpetrators of any graffiti, vandalism or destruction of school property

We encourage the reporting of incidents of vandalism as the parents of the culprits have to be notified

We believe that there are consequences for every action
Behaviour is a mirror in which everyone displays his own image.”  Goethe

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 March 25, 2015
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At the heart of riebeek

At Riebeek College, 724 girls are nurtured and loved as they embrace life and learning. From Grade 4 to 12, girls are groomed to spread their wings. For the Riebeek staff it is a privilege to be part of this nine year process in which the girls take to heart the caring ethos of the school and the annual themes. This year’s theme is #TEK and embodies the characteristics of a virtuous mind: tolerance, energy and knowledge. The principal, Mrs Marilyn Woods, retires at the end of 2016 and will leave a legacy of care, energy, moral rectitude and tolerance as she has put her heart and soul into the school. Mama Woods, as she is known to many, has amassed a mighty 56 years at Riebeek as school girl, teacher, head of department, head of the Junior School, Deputy Head and, from 2007, principal extraordinaire. When Professor Jansen, Vice Chancellor of the University of the Orange Free State, listed Riebeek as one of his top ten South African schools in combining character building and academic excellence, it was due recognition of a nurturing school. Riebeek College is celebrated for its resilience and compassion, the loyalty and success of Old Girls, its consistently strong academic results, its modest school fees and for its extraordinary programme and heart.   Nelson Mandela said, “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”  Riebeek College is a formidable school with strong leadership and a lot of heart.

Mrs Peltason describes our school

Our Head of English sums up the value of Riebeek

What does it mean to attend a school like Riebeek College? Firstly, it means being involved in absolutely everything. It means being as busy as our proverbial bee of the insignia on our blazer pockets. It also means nurturing and caring for others in our own community. Riebeek girls are mad about animals, street kids, old people and the sick. Our clubs promote creative talents which find outlets in our powerful drama and choir groups. We put on an annual drama festival and an annual review that showcases the talents of 60% of the school. Our choir is 70 strong. 

 

Riebeek College is a fee-paying, all-girls school with 800 girls ranging from  grade 4 ”“ grade 12. Our results are excellent: our 84 odd grade 12s manage at least 140 subject ‘A’s among them. Every year girls write Olympiads to improve their academic profiles: Science, English, Afrikaans, Maths, and general knowledge.  Riebeek girls regularly achieve highly in such tests. Most of our girls go on to study at Universities around the country and many of them achieve highly in the professions.She may be little but she is equal to the best!

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