Dolley’s shop is on the left with the Riebeek Hostel for Seniors and Staff on the top floor. On the right is Riebeek College with the school on the ground floor and the hostel on the top floor (Steytler House). The building is now called Granville Mansions on the corner of Cannon and Church Street. 

Dolley’s shop is on the left with the Riebeek Hostel for Seniors and Staff on the top floor. On the right is Riebeek College with the school on the ground floor and the hostel on the top floor (Steytler House). The building is now called Granville Mansions on the corner of Cannon and Church Street.



In January 1877 the Eerste Klas Meisies School was declared open and tuition was given in a large room in the building on the corner of Church and Cannon Street – at that time it was a simple house.  It is now Granville Mansions. The building was small but as rooms were required these were added, resulting in an irregular structure.  As the committee gathered extra money, rooms were built on and the result was a long rambling building that was L shaped with a courtyard inside. A wing was added and in 1900 a double storey was added to the top of the building. A partition was placed in one long room. A high wall surrounded spacious grounds. The principal had a sitting room and a bedroom. There was a visitors’ reception room.  Bedrooms had to be found in the vicinity of town. The church had allowed some of its rooms to be used. The dining room of the boarding department was used as a classroom and cleared before meals. Eventually, the building was condemned. 
The ground opposite Glenville Mansions where the Health Department is now (on the corner of Church and Cannon Street) became Riebeek’s next premises.  It was acquired erf by erf.  Dominee Pienaar reported to the Superintendent General of Education that the school had been formally opened on 16th December 1896 .  The structure occupied a space of 155 by 85 feet with a hall of 70 feet by 30 feet, 7 large classrooms, 6 music rooms, private rooms for the principal and committee. The hall was described as magnificent with a high ceiling and strong yellowwood beams and right at the top were rows of windows on all four sides. Four long corridors surrounded the hall and five doors led into the hall with two very wide entrances opposite each other. 
The school in the present building in North Street took 23 years to acquire. The first move to motivate for a new school building had been made by Miss G.A Schmidt who after her retirement , visited the school to see the outcome of her vision of building a new school to house the growing number of Riebeek Girls. The planning, fund-raising and work continued throughout the tenure of Miss Miller and Miss Bartlett. The contractor for the new buildings, was Messrs P. Calitz and Son – whose grandson, Mr Anton Calitz, is a teacher at Riebeek, so the grandson of the man who built the school walks along these corridors as a teacher. Many parents were also involved and transported to the new building over the weekend, many, many boxes that had been packed by the senior school girls. A letter written by Miss Bartlett states: “Happily there were no serious mishaps, although there were anxious moments, most memorable of which, perhaps, being the arrival of the lorry carrying the Science Laboratory equipment including bottles of somewhat dangerous chemicals.  Mrs Val Brockett (the Science and Biology teacher) and I watched with bated breath as the lorry swayed and bumped over the uneven ground on its way to the rear of the building. North Street was not tarred and Dunn Road was merely a track worn by builders’ trucks.”  At the time of the move, neither the hall nor the admin block was ready for occupation.  
Mr Sholto McIntyre, like Ds. Steytler and Rev. Pienaar, served Riebeek loyally. He was a member of the Committee in 1944 and became the Chairman in 1948. His  years of infectious enthusiasm, versatility, perseverance and hard work made him an important and well-loved figure. The official occupation of the New Hostel in Preller Road was in January 1970 and Mr McIntyre was honoured when the hostel was named after him.
However, the present Hall is not the original Hall that was built in the sixties.  On the night of 14 November 1979, the Hall burnt down and the official opening of the new Sholto Mclintyre Hall was on Wednesday 11 August 1982. 
Another memorable moment was the closing down of the high school department of the Convent in 1971. This resulted in many young English speaking girls moving over to Riebeek where they were welcomed and very comfortably became Riebeek Girls. This resulted in insufficient accommodation at Riebeek and the first of the pre-fabricated classrooms had to be commissioned. The move into the prefabs took place in term 2 of 1972.
The Beehive Student Centre was officially opened on Friday 2nd November 2007 by Mr Ian Daniell, an SGB member since 1994 and chairman of the SGB from 2002 to 2007. The building was the result of the devoted service, planning and leadership of Mr Daniell and it is his vision, enthusiasm and positive attitude that made the dream a reality.  Mrs Terry Hattingh as head of the Finance Committee also worked wonders. The Commemorative Plaque was put up by Mr Alan Reynolds who was instrumental in the overseeing of the construction.
The Marilyn Dodd Woods Wing was officially opened at the end of 2016 at a farewell function for Mrs Woods, although the building was in use from 2015.

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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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