20 19 RUSTENBURG GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
RUSTENBURG SCHOOL2019 2018 RUSTENBURG GIRLS’GIRLS’ HIGHHIGH SCHOOL
Isabella Elario (Grade 12)
At Rustenburg Girls’ High School, learners are taught to lead courageously, explore their unique potential confidently and serve the world compassionately.
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School Magazine Credits EDITOR: Ms Lindsay de Klerk ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE: Mr Adrian Skelly PORTFOLIOS: Ms Susan Schnetler (Deputy Principal: Academic Head) Ms Gillian Blackshaw (Deputy Principal: Pastoral Head) LAYOUT AND DTP: Ms Caryn Köhler
DIGITAL DESIGN OF COVERS: Mr Sean Copping-Rice PHOTOGRAPHER: Ms Kristina StojiljkovicCampbell PRINTING: Mr Darren Taljaard and 4mat Communications FINANCE OFFICE: Ms Lynda Niddrie Ms Morag Rijs PROOFING: Ms Julie Campbell
OPERATIONS: Mr Graeme Broster Ms René Forbes Ms Geila Wills PHOTO TEAM: Helen Brooke Imán Cassiem Naadirah Adam Samira Anwar Jade Benton Megan Cusens Jemma Cusens Fazlin Du Plessis Alexandra Espag Lauren Gericke Caitlin Henderson Sophie Hertantyo Sarah Irwin
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2019 saw Rustenburg include Dialogue Days and transformation workshops into the school timetable and calendar, as part of our ongoing mission to create a school where all learners belong.
Each term had a theme, which was explored in a whole school assembly and a 90-minute Dialogue Day session. These were often followed up by shorter discussions in the weeks that followed. As part of their orientation programme, the Grade 8s participated in a 90-minute workshop led by three Rustenburg staff members. They engaged with the idea of the â€œRustybugâ€? identity; how to make everyone feel included at Rustenburg; how we create our own narratives about people we meet; and the idea of privilege. The first Dialogue Day of the year focused on mental health. This topic was chosen in response to requests from the learners. The Dialogue Day was preceded by an assembly with guest speaker Dr Laura Conley, a psychiatrist. A member of staff and a student also shared their experiences. For Dialogue Day, the learners identified some of the stigmas surrounding mental health and how to break them; and also discussed how to help friends in need.
5 The second topic was around implicit bias. The April assembly introducing the topic saw the learners being exposed to what implicit and explicit biases are, our subconscious minds and the idea of in and out groups. The Dialogue Day which followed the assembly unpacked explicit and implicit attitudes, where these attitudes come from, biasforming and how to avoid in and out groups in our school.
For Dialogue Day, the learners identified some of the stigmas surrounding mental health and how to break them; and also discussed how to help friends in need.
The final topic for the year was around judgements that we make about each other. The July introductory assembly focused on the idea that we are more than just what people see, or assume when they meet us or look at us. The learners watched a video where different members of the Rustenburg community had been asked to complete sentences such as: “Don’t judge me by my…” A few staff members and students then shared their personal experiences. The Dialogue Day started with a video case study from one of the staff members sharing his story, which the learners were then asked to reflect upon. Next, they created a “River of Life”, a visual representation of their lives so far. This creative activity led to sharing parts of their life stories with each other in small groups. In September, Rustenburg joined the women of South Africa in saying enough is enough, protesting against gender-based violence and trying to raise awareness around the issue. We held three protests with placards outside the entrance to the school and tied ribbons around the gates to commemorate those women who have been victims of violence. We also engaged learners from other schools in a formal discussion on gender-based violence in our country and how we move forward in addressing it. Through the course of a week the learners were able to discuss something that affects every one of their lives in one way or another, and engage with each other and their community.
Mr Michael Gates 2019 has been a year in which we have encouraged one another to hear stories of those who are part of our lives. In hearing each other’s stories we start to have a better understanding of ourselves and the struggles faced by many. There have been a number of occasions this year that have been set aside or marked as time to pause, listen and support each other. The dialogue opportunities that have started at our school play a vital role in us exploring our bias and allowing ourselves to change. Every time I have sat down and had a conversation with one of our learners this year, I have been amazed at their insight and high level of thinking around so many matters. It is a constant marvel for me to see how they engage with
“When we genuinely want to listen, we are bound to hear, as well as be heard.” Abhijit Naskar
the topical issues of the day, and I am encouraged by their strength and respect for one another’s opinions. The values we introduced at the start of the year, were by no means new to Rustenburg. Those we chose are a bold statement of the implicit values of our school: acceptance, respect, kindness and integrity. These four values are just a representation of the myriad of other positive values expressed and experienced by our school community every day. For this I thank the wonderful staff, our remarkable learners and supportive parents. Together we work in partnership to raise the future leaders of our nation.
From the Mr Alister Noyce
of the School Governing Body
Deputy Chair: Cllr Yagyah Adams Principal: Mr Michael Gates Treasurer: Mr Sean McGuinness Secretary: Mr Graeme Broster (co-opted) Parents: Mr Russell Edwards, Ms Bahija Hashim, Premier Alan Winde Elected Educator Representatives: Ms Olivia Herrendoerfer, Ms Susan Schnetler Erinville Boarding House Representative: Ms Wendy Newton-Wheeler Elected Non-educator Representative: Ms Nolundi Blayi Student Representatives: Aleya Dugmore, Nuha Hoosen Co-opted Educator: Ms Gillian Blackshaw Co-opted Parents: Mr Fuad Davis, Mr Mahomed Latiff, Ms Jacqui Samson
The current School Governing Body (SGB) is midway through our three-year term. The SGB deals with a wide range of topics: in the past year we have spent time refining the budget and making sure it is spent responsibly; filling staff and SGB vacancies with excellent candidates; reviewing policies to ensure that they meet current needs; and learning about the different aspects of school life and understanding the needs of various departments. These activities help the school to run smoothly and ensure there is strong governance and oversight. The SGB believes we have a responsibility to plan for the future and to ensure that the school will continue to deliver its mission: “Rustenburg Girls’ High School provides a diverse, supportive and enquiring learning environment that equips its learners with the academic, service, sporting and cultural foundations required to excel in every sphere of life”. There are two medium term areas that we are grappling with: Creating an environment where everyone can fulfil their potential This is being tackled on three levels. The staff have run the ‘School Where I Belong’ programme for the past two years and the Dialogue Days have provided girls with a safe platform or space to discuss some of the challenging
issues they are facing. The SGB ran a Climate Assessment for all staff to gather insights to continue creating a work environment that attracts and retains top talent and enables staff to fulfil their potential. Lastly, the SGB strives to ensure that all of our diverse stakeholders’ voices are heard in our discussions. 5 Year Campus Development Plan RGHS needs to maintain and develop its facilities on an ongoing basis. There are more requests for additional facilities than the Capex budget can accommodate and so it falls to the SGB to prioritise choices with the input from the School Management Team. The current priorities are learner and staff safety, adequate teaching facilities (a classroom for every class, a hall that is big enough to accommodate the growing school for assembly and matric examinations), and additional sports facilities –a water polo pool and an indoor sports centre. We are looking at various fundraising options. Thank you to all the parents, staff and learners who serve on the SGB and sub-committees. Each of your perspectives and insights are valued and your expertise, sound advice and enthusiasm are deeply appreciated.
From the Deputy Academic
Ms Susan Schnetler
The highlight of the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results was unquestionably Justine CrookMansour’s success as the top Quintile 5 student in the country. She cemented her position with an aggregate of 97.8% and seven subject distinctions, which were all 96% and above. Justine’s final results included 100% for History and 99% for Mathematics. This is an outstanding accomplishment and we are very proud of this well-deserved achievement from a learner who involved herself fully in many different areas of school life. The group of 143 NSC candidates achieved a 100% pass rate, with 142 achieving a Bachelors Pass. (The one Diploma Pass changed to a Bachelors Pass with a remark, so effectively this was our first year of attaining 100% Bachelors Passes.) The group achieved 510 subject distinctions and 73 learners gained four or more subject distinctions. Eight girls scored aggregates of 90%+, and the average aggregate for the grade was 76.78%. Subject averages improved, with all of them over 70% and 11 of 80% and above. The excellent NSC results of the
E2018 group meant that we were the top public school in the Western Cape and earned us another Ministerial Award for Academic Excellence. In January, after a somewhat shorter holiday than usual, another large group of new Grade 8 learners arrived to start their high school experience at Rustenburg. They are the first grade to be issued with iPads and this has added a different, interesting and exciting component to both learning and teaching. Teachers and learners have been on a steep learning curve this year and it will be good to build on this year-on-year as the group progresses through each grade. We are planning to implement some new ideas and make some adjustments to our academic programme over the next few years, starting in 2020. These include making some minor amendments to the timetable, restructuring the curriculum and expanding subject offerings. The impact of our Dialogue Days has been noticeable. It is encouraging to see our girls stepping up to take ownership of their learning and the classroom environment, engaging more directly with educators, and displaying interpersonal and resolution skills that will benefit them specifically at tertiary level and in the work environment, and in life in general.
Ms Gillian Blackshaw
I was fortunate to go to the National Coalition of Girls Schools’ conference in Los Angeles in June this year. It was a really worthwhile conference that covered many interesting and relevant topics. The conference was beneficial in that I received some useful resources and ideas of how we could do things differently at Rustenburg, and it was also encouraging to see that we are already doing so many things well and approaching challenges in a similar way. Although I received some valuable insight at a presentation on Pop Up courses, it was good to see that we are essentially doing something very similar, if not better, with our Dialogue Days. I also visited two independent schools with makerspaces and tech labs which were impressive and perhaps even necessary for schools going forward, but I walked away from these schools realising that my passion doesn’t lie in improving education in this way but rather in ensuring that more pupils have access to good quality education offered at schools like Rustenburg. I also realised that I am far more interested in education beyond the syllabus
- educating and preparing students for real life. A highlight of the school year for me was the introduction of Dialogue Days into the school calendar. After our first Dialogue Day in 2018, run by Roy Hellenberg and Dylan Wray, many informal conversations and meetings followed to discuss the way forward. At one of these meetings I asked teachers to volunteer to be a part of a team to help brainstorm and plan how we would ensure that we created a space for these important conversations to continue. The result of our planning is outlined in the article on Dialogue Days on page 4 and 5. It has been a privilege working with this team - a diverse group of individuals representing different subjects, ages, backgrounds, races, religions and opinions but all with the same passion and focus on making the greater Rustenburg community a more informed and inclusive space. We have spent many afternoons and weekends working on the assemblies, Dialogue Days and multipurpose lessons and I thank these staff members for the extra hours they have spent at school to ensure this vital part of our students’ education happens. The Dialogue Days have been successful and have become an important part of our focus in making Rustenburg a school where every individual feels at home, accepted and respected.
Mr Graeme Broster
In our 125th birthday year we have worked hard to make Rustenburg a school where all of its staff feel like they belong, are included and are valued for their contribution. Each member has a role to play, whether it is keeping the Wi-Fi working, making sure the hockey fields are ready for practice, or ensuring that the toilets are clean and hygienic. This sense of being one team, even though we have different roles to play, has been reinforced by including all employees in our staff training and development. All members of staff were invited to complete a Climate Survey, the results of which have led to further discussion and feedback in the focus areas of Communication, Recognition and Belonging. One staff development afternoon saw colleagues from different areas of school life learning to bake cookies, tasting coffee, banging their
drums, aligning their chakras and shooting each other with lasers – a great deal of fun was had by all. Members of the grounds and cleaning team joined the Grade 11s in February on their outing to the Cape Town Aquarium – for many it was the first experience of getting up close to sea-life, and they thoroughly enjoyed it. During the April holidays, the entire grounds and cleaning team attended a course in the basics of First Aid and CPR run by Mr Peter Niddrie, husband of our Bursar, Ms Lynda Niddrie. Tragedy struck in July as the apartment block where Mr Emmanuel Vureya lived in Wynberg was burned to the ground, destroying all his possessions in the process. The Rustenburg community rallied round and collected and donated so generously that we were able re-equip him, pay for the deposit on his new apartment, donate some items to others in similar circumstances via The Warehouse and set up an emergency fund for the next time disaster strikes one of our own. This same sense of community spirit inspires the maintenance staff to spend a morning every other week attending to the needs of our immediate community – whether it is gardening at Huis Luckhoff, tidying the monument stone at the corner of Rondebosch Common, or repairing and repainting the local subways, our staff is making a difference. The other major change in 2019 has been the roll-out of phase 2 of the iPad project, the details of which are on page 10.
This year we were excited to welcome our first group of Grade 8s who would use an iPad as part of their everyday learning at Rustenburg.
During the first term, under the watchful eyes of Mr Wihan Neethling and Ms Janine Myers, the Grade 8s were introduced to what the iPad has to offer and have been using it effectively across all lessons. Students have produced some amazing work and it is wonderful to see them explore their creativity. The Apple Pencil, especially, opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Teachers also meet regularly in small groups to undergo training on how to maximise the potential that the iPad has to offer. This ranges from the ability to create digital assignments to setting tasks that require collaboration without the need to be in the same location. Teachers also manage the iPads in the classroom and can direct student learning by focusing on relevant material when it is needed. We are truly excited by what the future holds for learning at Rustenburg!
Academic Staff Back row, from left: Ms Nicola Cooper, Mr Murray Buitendag, Ms Juanita Atkinson, Mr Bernard Biermann, Ms Astrid Castle, Mr William Haggard Fourth row, from left: Ms Jane Behne, Ms Megan Paton, Mr Cedric van Dyk, Ms Kyla Thompson, Mr Maty Ndambi, Mr Gian Marneweck, Mr Paul van Koersveld, Mr James Hendricks, Mr Kerwin Baartzes, Ms Christine Steenekamp, Ms Helene Swanson, Ms Rebecca Goble Third row, from left: Ms Louise White, Ms Philippa Colly, Ms Marieta Langenhoven, Ms Erika van As, Ms Susan Viljoen, Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen, Ms Jacqueline Chambers, Ms Louise Lawrence, Ms Denise Campbell, Ms Mavis Mase, Ms Jan Thorne, Ms Perdita Norval, Ms Julie Campbell Second row, from left: Ms Nokutula Dyonase, Ms Karyn Gideon, Ms Zargielay Rabeh, Ms Norma Caesar, Ms Olivia Herrendoërfer, Ms Emma Boshoff, Ms Jordan Tame, Ms Lynette Jacobs, Ms Janine Myers, Ms Tracey Henry, Ms Kayla Voskuil, Ms Tarin Scharneck Front row, from left: Ms Lindsay de Klerk, Mr Jaco Goosen, Ms Linda Mallon, Ms Brigid Ryan, Mr Adrian Skelly, Ms Susan Schnetler, Mr Michael Gates, Ms Gillian Blackshaw, Ms Renée Fourie, Ms Bridget Cameron, Mr Graham Reggiori, Ms Zaandré BarrettTheron, Mr Wihan Neethling
Administrative Staff Back row, from left: Ms Jackie Weston, Ms René Forbes, Mr Francis Vogts, Mr Alister Penny, Ms Patricia Hanger, Ms Linda Corbello, Ms Suleilah Ebrahim Middle row, from left: Ms Nolundi Blayi, Ms Michelle Haylett, Ms Renée Scott, Ms Jordan Tame, Ms Linda Mantshi, Ms Lynne Young Front row, from left: Mr Myles Siebrits, Ms Geila Wills, Mr Wihan Neethling, Mr Michael Gates, Mr Graeme Broster, Ms Lynda Niddrie, Ms Morag Rijs
Campus Staff Back row, from left: Mr Kudakwashe Mwaedza, Mr Yusuf Osman, Mr Tawanda Muyambo, Ms Veronica Chiwala Kabinda Middle row, from left: Mr Ali Ibrahim, Mr Adrian Munnik, Ms Ruth Kabinda-Osonge, Mr Lluwellen Giebelaar, Mr Edward Mudiwa, Ms Mandisa Nkumanda, Mr Ibrahim Allie, Ms Bongiswa Mketo Front row, from left: Ms Neliswa Mjiqiza, Ms Nomazizi Sapepa, Mr Myles Siebrits, Mr Michael Gates, Mr Stephen Nicholas, Ms Agnes Ndyambo, Ms Bongiwe Pikini Absent: Mr Emmanuel Vureya, Ms Gloria Mlozane
Hostel Staff Back row, from left: Ms Elizabeth Theunissen, Ms Elaine Nyhila, Mr Gregory Isaacs, Ms Sheila Stoffels, Ms Lizette Samuels Front row, from left: Ms Melanie van Blerk, Ms Karin Evans, Mr Michael Gates, Ms Michele Bakker, Ms Susanna Mentoor
PRINCIPAL Mr Michael Gates: BMedSc (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec, MEd DEPUTY PRINCIPAL: ACADEMIC Ms Susan Schnetler: BSocSc, Hons (BA), HDE (PG) Sec DEPUTY PRINCIPAL: PASTORAL Ms Gillian Blackshaw: BA (MBK), HDE (PG) Sec ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT TEAM Arts: Mr Adrian Skelly: BA, HDE (PG) Sec Business and Life Skills: Ms Linda Mallon: BA, HDE Languages: Ms Lindsay de Klerk: BA, PGCE Sciences and Mathematics: Mr Graham Reggiori: BSc, HDE (PG) Sec EXTRA-CURRICULAR MANAGEMENT TEAM Director of Music: Mr Jaco Goosen: MMus, UTLM Director of Sport: Ms Renée Scott: BA (Phys Ed) HDE Head of Examinations: Ms Bridget Cameron: BSc, HDE (PG) Sec, Med Head of Learner Leadership: Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron: BEd (Psych) (Hons) Head of School Programme: Ms Renée Fourie: HDE (PG) Sec, MA Head of Societies and Service: Ms Olivia Herrendoerfer: BMus (Ed), PGCE PASTORAL MANAGEMENT TEAM Head of Grade 12: Ms Brigid Ryan: BA (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec Head of Grade 11: Mr Bernard Biermann BA, PGCE Head of Grade 10: Ms Tracey Henry: BSc HDE, BA (Hons) (Psychology) Head of Grade 9: Ms Rebecca Goble BSc, PGCE Head of Grade 8: Ms Susan Viljoen: BSc (Hons), PGCE SUPPORT MANAGEMENT TEAM Campus Manager: Mr Myles Siebrits (Term 1); Mr Mhlanga Nombewu (Term 4) Head of Finance: Ms Lynda Niddrie ICT Manager: Mr Francis Vogts: Dip. IT Operations Manager: Mr Graeme Broster: BSc (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec SUBJECT HEADS Accounting & EMS: Mr Gian Marneweck: BCom, PGCE Afrikaans: Ms Helene Swanson: BA, HOD Consumer Studies and Technology: Ms Christine Steenekamp: HDE (Home Economics) Design and Visual Arts: Ms Jackie Chambers: BA Fine Arts (Hons), HDE Dramatic Arts: Mr Adrian Skelly: BA, HDE (PG) Sec English: Ms Denise Campbell: BA, HDE (PG) Sec French: Mr. Kerwin Baartzes: BA (Hons),
Licence F.L.E. Geography: Ms Brigid Ryan: BA (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec German: Ms Renée Fourie: MA, HDE (PG) Sec History: Mr Cedric van Dyk: BA (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec ICDL: Ms Janine Myers: BTech (IT), HDE (Comm) Sec, FDE (Comp) Sec IsiXhosa: Ms Mavis Mase: BA (Hons), HDE Life Orientation: Ms Perdita Norval: BA (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec Life Sciences: Ms Zargielay Rabeh: BSc, HDE (PG) Sec, BEd (Hons), ABET Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy: Mr Paul van Koersveld: BSc; PGCE Music: Mr Jaco Goosen: MMus, UTLM Natural and Physical Sciences: Mr Graham Reggiori: BSc, HDE (PG) Sec ACADEMIC STAFF Ms Juanita Atkinson: BMus (Ed) (Hons) Ms Jane Behne: BSc, HDE Ms Emma Boshoff: MA (Ed Psych), PGCE Mr Murray Buitendag: BMus (Jazz Performance). Ms Norma Caesar: BA (Hons), HDE, MEd Ms Julie Campbell: BJourn, PGCE Ms Astrid Castle: BTech (Fine Arts) Ms Philippa Colly: BSc, PGCE Ms Nicky Cooper: BA Ms Nokutula Dyonase: BSc (Hons), PGCE Ms Karyn Gideon: BEd, Senior and FET Phases Mr William Haggard: BA (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec Mr James Hendricks: MA, PGCE Ms Lynette Jacobs: BA Human Ecology (Educational Course) Ms Marieta Langenhoven: BA (Hons), HDE Ms Louise Lawrence: BSc, HDE (Sec) Mr Maty Ndambi: BSc (Hons), PGCE Mr Wihan Neethling: BA (Hons), PGCE Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen: BDram, MDram, PGCE Ms Megan Paton: BSocSc, PGCE, MEd Ms Tarin Scharneck: BEd (Arts) Ms Kyla Thompson: BSc, PGCE Ms Jan Thorne: BMus (Ed) Ms Erika van As: MA, HDE Ms Kayla Voskuil: BEd, Senior and FET Phases PART-TIME MUSIC EDUCATORS Ms Toni Adams: amaAmbush accreditation Ms Zanelle Britz: Post Grad Diploma (Performance) Ms Cheryl de Havilland: BSc (Physics/ Music), L.R.A.M. Ms Justin Bellairs: MMus Ms Annelize de Villiers: MMus Mr Graham du Plessis: MMus, BMus Hons Mr Robert Jeffery: MMus, ATCL Ms Maria Raynham: MMus, LMV, UTLM Ms Marga Smith: MMus, LTCL, PGCE Ms Carla Stokes: BMus (Jazz Performance) Mr David West: BMus, LTCL, AMus TCL, ATCL MEDIA CENTRE Ms Jordan Tame: BSocSc, PGCE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Ms Nolundi Blayi Ms Linda Corbello
Ms Suleilah Ebrahim Ms René Forbes Ms Pat Hanger Ms Melanie Howe Mr Alister Penny Ms Dee Penny Ms Morag Rijs Ms Jackie Weston Ms Geila Wills Ms Lynne Young BUGS’ BOUTIQUE SCHOOL SHOP Ms Lydia Mostert Ms Eugenie Solkow CAMPUS SUPERVISOR Mr Stephen Nicholas CLEANING SUPERVISOR Ms Nomazizi Sapepa CAMPUS STAFF Mr Ibrahim Allie Ms Klara Constable Mr Lluwellen Giebelaar Mr Ali Ibrahim Ms Ruth Kabinda Osongo Ms Veronica Chiwala Kabinda Ms Neliswa Mjiqiza Ms Bongiswa Mketo Ms Gcobisa Mlozane M Checkson Mwale Mr Edward Mudiwa Mr Adrian Munnik Mr Tawanda Muyambo Mr Kudakwashe Mwaedza Ms Agnes Ndyambo Ms Nokuzola Ngxabani Ms Mandisa Nkumanda Ms Bongiwe Pikini Mr Emmanuel Vureya HEAD OF ERINVILLE HOSTEL Ms Karin Evans ERINVILLE CATERING MANAGER Ms Melanie van Blerk ERINVILLE STAFF Ms Michele Bakker Ms Alyssa Cummings Ms Ursula Hardie Mr Gregory Isaacs Ms Susan Mentoor Ms Theresa Muller Ms Mary Mufford Ms Elaine Nyhila Ms Lizette Samuels Ms Sheila Stoffels Ms Elizabeth Theunissen Ms Nomawethu Tshona Ms Doris Wyne TUCKSHOP AND CATERING Ms Michelle Haylett Ms Linda Mantshi
Rustenburg’s staff works hard to ensure that the learners and their families are cared for and accommodated in the best possible way. We had much to celebrate in 2019.
At the start of the year, our front office welcomed two new administrative staff: Receptionist, Ms Suleilah Ebrahim and Admissions Secretary, Ms Linda Corbello. They have learnt the ropes quickly and have fitted in remarkably easily. They brighten up the day for the learners, the staff and our visitors. The French Department comes with an all-new cast: Head of Subject, Mr Kerwin Baartzes, and Mr Maty Ndambi, both of whom are keeping the French flag flying at Rustenburg. The English Department gained another teacher, Ms Emma Boshoff, who is a positive addition to both the classroom and staffroom. Ms Christine Steenekamp moved from the front office back into teaching and, after a break of two years, she has taken to teaching again like a duck to water. The friendly guard at our exit gate is Mr Checkson Mwale, who rejoined Rustenburg’s staff after visiting Zimbabwe and Zambia with his family for a while. The Bug Boutique’s Ms Linda Simmons retired so that she can travel and visit her family. She was replaced by Ms Eugenie Solkow, a Rustenburg parent who has assisted in the Boutique over the years and knows her way around. In Term 4, Ms Melanie Howe joined our finance team in a part-time post. Our Campus Manager and Safety Officer, Mr Myles Siebrits, resigned from Rustenburg in April. He and his wife, Marion, travel the countryside from the Richtersveld to Addo Elephant Park and beyond, catering for camps and trail runs - a far cry from the confines of the school campus. Thank you very much to Mr Stephen Nicholas who has stood in and held the fort for nine months. He did an exceptional job and worked hard at building up his team. In Term 4 we welcomed Mr Mhlanga Nombewu as our new Campus Manager. After six years of being our music administrator, Ms Dee Penny also retired this year. She provided invaluable assistance to the Music Department.
At the end of the year the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy bid adieu to two retirees with a lot of experience between them. Ms Louise Lawrence started at Rustenburg in 2006 and taught both Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. For years, she was in charge of the group of girls who visits the residents of Helen Keller for Seniors, and managed the school’s Squash teams. She is also a notable baker and makes a mean lemon meringue pie. Ms Biddy Cameron started in 2001. She has been Head of the Mathematics Department, Faculty Head of Mathematics and Sciences, has run the examinations portfolio – from timetabling to invigilation, which is a mammoth task – and she introduced and taught Advanced Mathematics to our senior girls via the IEB. A significant loss to the school community this year was Ms Pat Hanger and Ms Susan Mentoor, both of whom faced retirement after what might feel like a lifetime of service. Ms Hanger joined Rustenburg in 1983 and was involved in several spheres, including managing the applications and admissions and, more recently, taking up the position of the Rustenburg Alumnae administrator. Ms Mentoor was a member of the Erinville Hostel family since 1984 and has done everything from cleaning dorms to making the best salads at the boarding house. Ms Hanger and “Tannie Susie” will be greatly missed. Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron did our Rustenburg community proud as she represented South Africa at the 2019 Touch Rugby World Cup held in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Ms BarrettTheron was a member of the Women’s Open team who finished 7th out of eighteen teams in their division. We congratulate her on this wonderful achievement. This has been a year of new additions for three members of our staff. Mr Edward Mudiwa and Mr Tawande Muyambo both became fathers to little boys, while Mr Bernard Biermann welcomed a daughter. Earlier this year one of our staff members lost his home in a fire. We were overwhelmed by the generous, heartfelt response from the Rustenburg community. It is quite amazing what can be done when people work together in a spirit of compassion. Mr Emmanuel Vureya is now comfortably settled in a new home. From all the staff, we say thank you. What a privilege it is to work with such an incredible group of individuals. Mr Michael Gates
Scottish dancing is one of Ms Bridget Cameron’s hobbies. This pastime might seem incongruous to those who know her only as a stalwart mathematician: the juxtaposition of a consummate academic, who holds a Masters Degree in Education, leaping and bounding in tartan. Ms Cameron might delight in the humour of this unexpected combination. She might also swiftly point out that Scottish dance is mathematical, with symmetrical choreography, precision and sequences of recurring figures.
Ms Louise Lawrence began her teaching career here at Rustenburg back in 1979, teaching Natural Science and Biology. Although she only stayed the year, she eventually found her way back to Rustenburg in 2006, primarily as a Mathematics teacher, but also teaching Mathematical Literacy and Economic Management Sciences along the way.
Ms Cameron joined Rustenburg in 2001 and soon learned the steps. She was appointed as Head of Mathematics, but quickly jumped to great heights. She took on the administration of examinations, was elected as the Governing Body Staff Representative, was appointed to a HOD Level 2 post, and later served as the Faculty Head for Sciences and Mathematics. What dances in Ms Cameron’s heart is a love for teaching Mathematics. Her original classroom was decorated with bright digits of pi twirling across the walls. She is proud to have introduced Pi Day, celebrated on 14 March, at Rustenburg. This has become a mini-mathematical festival where learners sing about irrational numbers and eat circular-shaped treats. A career highlight was participating in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange programme. Ms Cameron spent a year in (not Scotland, where her son now resides) Oregon, USA. She returned with a wealth of experience, but also the love for drinking filter coffee, which she introduced to the Rustenburg staffroom. Many would be daunted by the prospect of managing the school’s examination timetable three times a year. Ms Cameron delights in the intellectual challenge and deftly dances her way through the process. She likens the responsibility to solving a gigantic Sudoku puzzle: balancing ever-changing variables. The portfolio involves fitting the subjects of Rustenburg’s open curriculum in such a way that it is fair to pupils and teachers. It is fortuitous that the reels of Scottish dancing were first historically documented by a bookseller. Ms Cameron prepared for her retirement by burying herself in books about what life might be like postcareer. Whatever the result of her investigation, we know that she will continue to dance; now as a doting grandmother, now in the memories of all those who have been moved by her magic. Mr Adrian Skelly
Ms Lawrence was first drawn to a career in education for the opportunities it offered to work with budding minds and the great satisfaction she could derive from helping learners grasp new or tricky concepts. She has been a caring and dedicated guide to many during a long and productive career, and has always been willing to help her learners to achieve the best they can. Ms Lawrence’s caring and generous nature is particularly evident in her dedication to the Hellen Keller Society, of which she has been an integral part for the past decade, and the driving force since she took charge of it in 2012. The society makes regular excursions to the Helen Keller Retirement Home in Pinelands, during which members pay visits to residents and interact with them on a personalised, one-to-one basis. During Ms Lawrence’s time with the society its membership has grown from twenty to seventy and its activities have expanded to include regular visits to our neighbours at Huis Lückhoff. Through her indefatigable stewardship of the society, many learners have discovered how enriching the lives of others adds value to their own. The quiet and disciplined way in which Ms Lawrence tackles all her responsibilities comes across in her management of the school squash team. She has wholeheartedly thrown herself into the running of the team and has been a constant and supportive presence to the players under her supervision. She has also been a sociable, kind and supportive colleague to all, one who has always been on hand to take part in activities on offer. No birthday or special occasion has been complete without her fabled apple cake or other, equally delicious, home-baked goodies. We wish a valued, loved and warm-hearted teacher, colleague and friend all the best for the next phase of her life. Mr Graham Reggiori and Mr Paul van Koersveld
There are not words enough to do justice to someone who has put their heart and soul into the school for thirty-five consecutive years.
Tannie Susie was born and raised on a farm in Clanwilliam – one of ten children. In fact she still has a brother who farms in Wuppertal in the same district. She left there when she was 21 to come and work in the city and her first job was as a factory worker in Epping. She started working at Erinville in 1984 when she was 29 and as a live-in member of staff, she quickly became part of the Erinville family under Ms McIntyre. Ms van Zyl was in charge of the cleaning and kitchen staff at that time.
Ms Pat Hanger is brave, generous, kind and fiercely independent. Born and bred in Knysna, she attended Rustenburg as a boarder in the 1950s. Like most Rustybugs schooled under the reign of Miss Thomson, she is resilient. Having a soft spot for cats, her little cat, Wiggy, went on many a school holiday travelling in the car to Ms Hanger’s childhood home in Knysna. Ms Hanger still spends holiday time there walking, swimming, paddling her canoe and relaxing. As a young married woman Ms Hanger lived in several places in Southern Africa. She finally settled and, for thirty-three years, she managed the applications and admissions to Rustenburg. This position is not for the faint-hearted. She handled the excited new intake and their anxious parents with kindness and understanding, all the more so since she had spent a good deal of time moving around herself and knew how it felt to be the outsider. She loves to try new things. When she reads or hears of an interesting place to visit or restaurant to try, she assembles a posse, makes the arrangements and sets off to see whether it is all it was promised to be. As a result, many hours have been spent in a forest or country nook sampling award-winning wines and exceptional fare. Ms Hanger has three children and five grandchildren. Her son lives in the USA, one daughter in England and the youngest in Australia. If that doesn’t give one a reason to travel, nothing will. Ms Hanger has even flown on the Concorde! At the end of 2017, Ms Hanger moved from the front office to build up the database of past pupils. Given her long association with the school and its associated families, she was a natural choice for the job. This year Rustenburg celebrated its 125th birthday and Ms Hanger was an integral part of the organising committee. A record number of past pupils attended the assembly and a special Founders’ Day lunch. We wish Ms Hanger well in her retirement. May she take time to do the things she loves; reading, staying abreast of current affairs, gardening and visiting Kirstenbosch to keep a beady eye on the progress of the owls. Go well, dear friend. There will always be a special Ms Hanger-shape holed at Rustenburg. Ms Jackie Weston
Her first job in hostel was to clean the dorms. In those days this was no easy task – there were no vacuum cleaners or polishers, everything was done the hard way. The ladies had to polish the floors on their hands and knees and carry the loose rugs downstairs in bundles every day to shake, beat and air; and then carry them back upstairs to be laid out perfectly. What a relief when fitted carpets were laid upstairs in the dorm passages and a vacuum cleaner was bought! While working upstairs Tannie Susie seriously hurt her back and had to have a back operation. After her recovery, she was moved to a job downstairs in the kitchen. Mrs Bedford was the Kitchen Matron then and she taught Tannie Susie all about salads and put her in charge of all the salad-making in hostel. The salads have improved over the years and we now have really lovely salads, not just plain pieces of lettuce and slices of tomato and cucumber. All salad-making is still one of Tannie Susie’s main jobs. She has worked hard and diligently and has earned a senior position in the kitchen because of her trustworthiness and dedication to Erinville. She loved the girls and whenever she was called upon at night to come downstairs from her room, she would do so willingly in order to give the girls something they needed. Tannie Susie has lived in hostel for her 35 years of working here. When she retires at the end of this year, she will live with her brother in Brackenfell. She considers his family as her own and has always been there to support and help care for his family, which she will continue to do. We wish Tannie Susie the very best for her retirement years and thank her most sincerely for her loyalty to Erinville. Ms Karin Evans
From the Head
Deputy Head Prefect of Seniors: Aleya Dugmore Deputy Head Prefect of Juniors: Helen Brooke School Prefects: Zaina Abrahams, Rebecca Bank, Imán Cassiem, Kátia da Silva Valente, Jamie Fraser, Mila Guerrini, Nuha Hoosen, Kayla Johnson, Victoria King, Lungelo Mashaba, Ashleigh Noyce, Asemi Ntsokolo, Hannah Schaefer, Alida van der Merwe, Tanya van der Merwe, Kaitlyn Watt and Simthandile Witbooi.
The prefects of 2019 were a diverse body made up of 20 dedicated students who were passionate about taking active steps towards creating a positive space at Rustenburg and upholding the school values. We formulated our mission and vision around the idea of integrating a sense of community and simultaneously promoting individuality in the school context. We wanted to see the age-old spirit of Ubuntu flourish at Rustenburg, a space that is taking active steps to ensure that all students feel that they belong. Not only did we wish to help create a memorable high school experience for our peers, we wanted to nurture a seed of compassion and to instil confidence that students would carry beyond school. Our journey of prefectship began at our Prefects Camp last year. This was our first opportunity to engage with one another as a body and it allowed us to bond, learn from each other and brainstorm ideas for our journey as prefects. The energy and inspiration that we generated at this camp laid the foundation for our work throughout the year. We formulated our mission and vision and developed ideas which we would implement in the year. One such idea was the “Gratitutree” and “Worry-pot” combo. The basis of this idea was to create a physical space at school where the students could practise gratitude and also express their school-related concerns. We hoped that this initiative would promote perspective among the girls to be able to see our experiences beyond just our worries and to be able to recognise our immense privilege. We used the five prefect-led assemblies distributed throughout the year to promote this and other ideas.
The prefects of this year were particularly passionate about creating camaraderie amongst the Matrics. We tried to make small adjustments throughout the year to make a more unified Matric body and used the Matric Evening and 40 Days for this. Our Matric Evening was full of activities that were reminiscent of our childhood: we played playground games, sang along to the theme songs of our favourite kids’ shows and recalled our best-loved parts of being a child in the 2000s. For 40 Days, our theme was fictional characters. The day was a mixture of childlike activities and harmless pranks on our teachers. I am certain that the Matrics will look back on this event particularly fondly. I am so privileged to have been a part of this passionate, innovative and inspiring prefect group and to have been under the direction of Ms Blackshaw and Ms BarrettTheron who guided our journey with compassion. As prefects, we formed a truly solid support group and, together, were able to navigate the difficulties of Matric and to influence one another’s growth beyond the academic side of school. This prefect body showed me the value of servant leadership. Alongside these remarkable prefects I learned how effective co-operative efforts can be in bringing change. I am honoured to have been part of a continuing process of transforming Rustenburg into a more positive, inclusive space.
Our first event of the year was the Grade 8 Orientation Day. We were excited to welcome a new group of students to the school and were moved by their excitement at being in a new space. It was inspiring to be part of the body of people – staff and students – who were able to help ease these new students into their new high school environment and to be able to make them feel that they truly belong at Rustenburg. At the end of the same week, the school hosted a picnic for all grades - a new event which gave the prefects an opportunity to check in on the Grade 8s and to engage with parents as well. The evening was, in my opinion, one of the highlights of Term 1. Thereafter, the prefects hosted the Grade 8 and 9 evenings. The goal of these events was to create interaction across the classes in each grade and to have nights of overall fun. The Grade 8 evening involved a fun cake-decorating competition with the prefects as judges. The Grade 9 evening was centred around a lip-sync battle in which the form classes competed against each other, displaying the creativity and high energy that characterised this year’s group of Grade 9s.
Back row, from left: Rebecca Bank, Victoria King, Tanya van der Merwe, Hannah Schaefer, Kátia Da Silva Valente, Kayla Johnson, Alida van der Merwe, Lungelo Mashaba Middle row, from left: Imán Cassiem, Asemi Ntsokolo, Jamie Fraser, Kaitlyn Watt, Simthandile Witbooi, Mila Guerrini, Ashleigh Noyce, Nuha Hoosen Front row, from left: Helen Brooke, Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron, Talitha Wyne, Mr Michael Gates, Aleya Dugmore, Ms Gillian Blackshaw, Zaina Abrahams
of the Representative Council of Learners Aleya Dugmore Deputy Chairperson: Nuha Hoosen Grade 12 Representatives: Amina Dhansay, Katia Da Silva Valente Grade 11 Representatives: Jordyn Campbell, Saar-rah Chilwan, Faaria Mulla, Aaliyah Salie Grade 10 Representatives: Samira Anwar, Thami Giyose, Morephološi Somo Grade 9 Representatives: Michaela Brukman, Zeenat Mohamed, Gia Paulse Grade 8 Representatives: Georgia Haarhof, Imaan Davids, Payal Somai
As an RCL, we want to be an evolving and relevant body that upholds the ethos of positive development in our school. We want to have a strong connection with our fellow learners formed on the basis of mutual trust and respects all the while being a resilient, determined and supportive body when dealing with issues that affect the well-being of learners.
To change the perception of the RCL to a body of learners that is actively involved in driving transformation in the school environment and encouraging development in all aspects of the lives of RGHS learners. We started the year with a Vision Meeting where we set goals, established a vision and mission and wore a new constitution. The ‘Vision Meetings’ would become an integral part of the functioning of the RCL. The afterschool forums served as an environment where we could thoroughly explore ideas and problem-solve. Our main objective this year was to improve the school experience for as many learners as we could. We did not want to spend all of our time fulfilling the ‘typical’ RCL duties. This year we had the task of identifying real issues that affected our learners – issues that may not necessarily be shared by the loudest voices. This led to our attempt to redefine the RCL as a body that could aid learners with basic needs, not promote privileged desires. Our drive originated from the realisation that numerous learners do not have the means to experience school in the same way as the majority of us do. We also used this to bring awareness of the
general school environment by revealing the extent of our privilege at Rustenburg. We constantly questioned whether our goals were benefiting the majority of the school, in order to stay true to our vision and mission. The RCL was fortunate to attend two leadership conferences this year. Nuha, Ms Thorne and I attended the annual WCED RCL Summit at the Civic Centre. Six members attended the ‘Growth Mindset’ workshop at Belgravia High School. Both workshops proved invaluable in connecting with other schools. We hosted our annual ‘stress-buster’ hot chocolate morning a few weeks before exams, and at the end of Term 2 we joined with Interact to plan Mandela Day service. initiative. We tasked each form class with coming up with a creative way to give back to the greater community and every learner accomplished 67 minutes. It has been a pleasure to watch the RCL tackle some spontaneous initiatives as well as truly meaningful ones. The RCL of 2019 should be proud of their commitment to positive transformation at Rustenburg. They have served and led their peers responsibly and it has been humbling to witness. They have served the school with commitment and passion and each member has grown in leadership ability. I would like to thank every RCL member for their commitment, energy and resilience. With the help of an incredible deputy chairperson and a supportive school environment, I am proud of what we have accomplished this year. Serving as the RCL Chairperson was an honour and I will use the skills I have acquired for the rest of my life.
Representative Council of Learners Back row, from left: Gia Paulse, Samira Anwar, Thami Giyose, Morephološi Somo, Saar-rah Chilwan, Michaela Brukman Second row, from left: Faaria Mullah, Georgia Haarhoff, Imaan Davids, Zeenat Ahmed-Mohamed, Jordyn Campbell, Aaliyah Salie Front row, from left: Kátia da Silva Valente, Nuha Hoosen (Deputy Head), Ms Jan Thorne, Aleya Dugmore (Head), Mr Michael Gates, Amina Dhansay, Payal Somai
Erinville Hostel welcomed a lovely bunch of Grade 8 girls at the beginning of this year and on their first evening, they went with the matrics to dinner at the Spur. At this dinner they hear about all the bells which will wake them up the next morning and all the strange, unfamiliar noises of windows rattling in sashes, fellow dorm members breathing, doors blowing back and forth and shutters banging. It cannot be easy leaving home at the tender age of 13 and moving into this big house with 70 other girls and I truly admire them enormously. The weekly boarders see their parents most weekends, but the termlies go home four times a year. It takes a while to settle into hostel life and its various routines, but this is normal. If the girls didnâ€™t
From the Head of
Ms Karin Evans miss home, we would wonder why not! We try to make hostel as friendly and comfortable as possible so that they can enjoy some of the creature-comforts here that they have at home. We have improved the Wifi, there is Netflix in the Common Room, Duty Room and Matric Sanctum and we are busy refurbishing one of the upstairs bathrooms. We have chosen to remove the old white tiles and basins, and spray the bathroom with a polyurethane, completely waterproof coating on the floor and up to tile height. New pipes, basins, light fittings and instant hot water geysers have been installed. We are trusting that this improvement will be successful and then we will do the other bathrooms as well. Maintenance is, of course, an endless cycle and we endeavour to attend to two or three projects every year to keep a handle on it. My thanks go to the Head Prefect of the hostel, Alida van der Merwe, and the Deputy, Stephanie Du, for their diligence in running the house together with the prefect team. The Grade 11s worked extremely hard this entire year raising money to give us a beautiful Fancy Dress evening to honour the hostel matrics. It was the best night of the year and I wish to thank the Grade 11s, as well as wish the Grade 12s everything of the best as they take their leave and go forth to their next adventures.
From the Head
of Erinville Boarding House Alida van der Merwe
It is said that time, apparently, waits for no man. This could be amended to read woman, too, particularly because our time spent together in Erinville Hostel since January 2015 has turned us into women. It feels like it was just yesterday that I packed my final things and came to Cape Town; a then shy Afrikaans boeremeisie, literally unable to speak English. From new pots, beach outings, Ms Erinville, grade meetings, midnight feasts, singing at Huis Luckhoff, Erinville Christmas parties, socials, cabarets and fancy dresses, to relaxing in sanctum and welcoming our mentees, it has truly been an unforgettable journey. Even though our grade has been through a lot together, I wouldn’t have wanted to share these past five years with anyone else.
we have learned about compromise and flexibility. On a personal level, Erinville has helped me to develop into a better person and leader. Our most special evening was the Fancy Dress, the final rite of passage for an Erinville girl and an event dedicated to honouring and saying farewell to the hostel matrics. We appreciated the effort the Grade 11s put into the event to make it a magical and unforgettable night. After five years in the pink boarding house, it is our time to say farewell to our house mothers, the kitchen staff and to our fellow hostel sisters. It’s really difficult to move on from a place that has become our home and to say goodbye to friends who have become family. It’s sad that the moments I’ve had with the girls in Erinville will now only live on in my heart as memories. I am forever grateful, however, to have met such special people and experienced such precious moments and I will treasure these memories forever. I wish my incredible hostel sisters of E19 all the best for next year.
It’s unreal to think that we are not coming back to this special place and hearing the screams in the corridors of the girls greeting one another as we return with news and stories after a long break; and, of course, the buzz of excitement as the new boarders arrive. Hostel isn’t the building or the four walls. It’s the lovely people in it, the values that we’ve learned and the unbreakable bonds we have formed. I feel sorry for everyone who will never experience the warm atmosphere of walking into the duty room, or of sharing a dormitory with friends who quickly become sisters. Hostel has taught us to stand on our own two feet. We have become independent, responsible, resilient young women. We have grown more tolerant and patient, and
Erinville Prefects Back row, from left: Kaya Dube, Mila Guerrini, Maxene Hollis, Cameron Alexander, Lungelo Mashaba, Helen Brooke Front row, from left: Ms Karin Evans, Alida van der Merwe (Head), Mr Michael Gates, Stephanie Du (Deputy), Ms Michele Bakker
From the Head of
Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” Kavita Ramdas
We strive to encourage and empower all Rustenburg girls to be brave and kind, and to have grit and sheer determination. We trust that we can guide them in such a way that they feel strong and fierce when they leave high school, yet have compassion and feel equipped and ready to explore their futures. We offer learners an opportunity to develop their leadership skills through various camps and workshops that the programme offers each year. All learners are encouraged to avail themselves for various leadership opportunities in class, on the sports field and in societies. The Grade 9 and Grade 11 girls enjoy a camp away from home where they get the opportunity to engage with one another as well as their teachers and the respective camp facilitators. These camps allow for personal exploration and growth with a strong focus on teamwork and collaboration.
The Grade 8 and Grade 10 workshops have a different focus and are adapted to suit the needs of the grade. The Grade 8 workshop in January allowed the learners to get to know their new classmates and helped them to settle in at high school. The Matric Mentor system once again ran smoothly this year. This allowed all Grade 8 learners to adjust to high school under the guidance of a senior. The President’s Award and World Challenge programmes continue to be very successful and offer our learners invaluable experience and leadership opportunities. The leadership workshops are continuously improved and adapted based on the feedback from learners and teachers. The learner leadership programme remains a platform for all the girls to develop, and for the school to nurture the abilities of each individual.
From the Head of the
Mr Adrian Skelly
In 2018 Forbes magazine, associated with business and entrepreneurship, boldly declared, “Creativity is the Skill of the Future”. Researcher Anna Powers described how knowledge, for its own sake, is no longer an aspiration. It was her opinion that technology lacks in imagination, and the ability to dream and envision. The Arts Faculty refines these exact traits. Our learners are emotionally-charged human beings who respond to, react to and interpret the world with originality. An understanding of empathy and the human condition is key in the History curriculum. The Grade 12s won awards at the White Rose Competition, while the Grade 9s were involved with The Children of Willesden Lane Reading Project. The Grade 8s created films with their new iPads, Child Labour in Industrial Britain. The 2018 Matric History classes were especially industrious. All 46 attained A symbols for the subject in the NSC Examinations. The class average was 89,5%. Justine Crook-Mansour achieved an astounding 100%. The celebration continued in Dance Studies in 2019. The option of Hip Hop Dance was added as a major, now alongside Contemporary. Dancers have benefitted from excursions to professional productions around Cape Town and have participated in energetic, fun-filled workshops with varying experts in the industry. A highlight is always the original choreography component when creativity and talent is seriously put to the test. The Dramatic Arts actors were privileged to see Woza Albert!, a seminal work in the annuls of South African theatre. What made this even more special is that it was performed by the original creators. Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa took to the stage with the same fearlessness as when Woza made its debut in 1981. Pupils also enjoyed Hairspray (which starred Rustenburg past pupil actor, Jasmine Wyatt-Minter), Fame, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (a handful of Rustenburg girls were also part of the chorus), The Goat – or is it Sylvia? and Chicago. Respected Physical Theatre expert, Ms Ilona
Frege, gave several workshops in this cuttingedge and unconventional performance style to the Grade 8s. All Grade 8 and Grade 9 actors completed coursework on 12 Angry Jurors, which was the school’s theatre collaboration staged in the Memorial Hall at Rondebosch Boys’ High. 12 Angry Jurors welcomed an audience of just under 2000. The highlight of the Music Department was The Armed Man, in collaboration with SACS and Rondebosch Boys’ High. This event is included in more detail in the extramural section of this magazine. The 2018 Matric musicians did well. Their class average was 82% and Kaitlin Downie placed ninth in the Western Cape. At the Cape Town and Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfod, Rustenburg received no fewer than 20 medals. Equally successful, the Chamber Choir went on to win the Macro section of the Kyknet Sing in Harmonie Competition. The Visual Arts and Design departments have concentrated on “allowing the learner’s work to speak for itself”. Like last year, there were no awards at the Celebration of Creativity, rather guests were invited to join the experience by dressing the part of their favourite movement. In a chance encounter, Frida Kahlo met René Magritte against the backdrop of da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Spectators were encouraged to leave notes of affirmation in response to what piqued their interest at the expansive exhibition. All Senior Art pupils learned from the best at the full-day workshop in the Kemp Hall. Creative professionals Haldane Martin, Ruby Swinney and Andrew Putter helped to bring the curriculum to life, and this was before everyone settled down to a series of life-drawing exercises with carefully posed models. Pupils also visited the local Irma Stern Art Museum and enjoyed a workshop by the Embroidery Guild. Anna Powers concluded her investigation in Forbes by recognising that technology brings change. She felt, however, that change alone is insufficient. Constructing the world of the future depends on human creativity in response to both technology and change. The pupils of the Arts Faculty understand how to tap into the vastness of imagination in order to solve problems creatively.
26 First Row from left: Abigail Reck (Grade 12), Alia Ismail (Grade 11), Elizabeth Wucherpfennig (Grade 11) Second Row from left: Fazlin du Plessis (Grade 11), Stephanie van Zijl (Grade 8), Danielle Henry (Grade 9) Third Row from left: Tobe Emeruem (Grade 11), Lauren Gericke (Grade 12), Iman Cassiem (Grade 12) Fourth Row from left: Jessica McLachlan (Grade 12), Laeeqa Aziz (Grade 10), Nicole Oosthuisen (Grade 12)
First Row from left: Amber Wilson (Grade 12), Caitlin Gronow (Grade 11), Eleni Kyprou (Grade 9) Second Row from left: Jemma Hallett (Grade 11), Josephine Knutsen (Grade 12), Kayla Brink (Grade 9) Third Row from left: Kelly Prowse (Grade 9), Micaela Ceruti (Grade 9), Rebecca Bank (Grade 12) Fourth Row from left: Rebecca Bank (Grade 12), Shelby Le Roux (Grade 9), Simthandile Witbooi (Grade 12)
First Row from left: Abigail Reck (Grade 12), Alexandra Shutte (Grade 8), Isabella Gruber (Grade 10) Second Row from left: Jamie Kelly (Grade 9), Jessica Heyburgh (Grade 8), Jessica Heyburgh (Grade 8), Laya Gersowsky (Grade 11) Third Row from left: Laila Samodien (Grade 11), Laila Samodien (Grade 11) Fourth Row from left: Megan Oosthuisen (Grade 10), Michaela San Giorgio (Grade 12), Sophie Hertantyo (Grade 12)
First Row from left: Dilshaad Regal (Grade 10), Josie Knutson (Grade 12), Karen Bosman (Grade 8) Second Row from left: Karima Dalmau (Grade 12), Kate Birch (Grade 10), Kate Birch (Grade 10) Third Row from left: Lauren Gericke (Grade 12), Rebecca Kew Simpson (Grade 12), Robyn van Zijl (Grade 10) Fourth Row from left: Simthandile Witbooi (Grade 12), Tashiana Maclay-Mayers (Grade 8), Tayla Swan (Grade 9)
First Row from left: Anna Nagel (Grade 11), Julia Naude (Grade 12) Second Row from left: Julia Naude (Grade 12), Kaitlyn Doms (Grade 9), Kauthar Parker (Grade 9) Third Row from left: Kayla Burgess (Grade 10), Lorien Gould (Grade 8), Ruth Jones (Grade 8) Fourth Row from left: Shafiyah Daniels (Grade 10), Sianne Novello (Grade 12), Tyler de Villiers (Grade 12)
“Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them” (Steve Maraboli)
In the Faculty of Business and Life Skills, we firmly believe in equipping our learners for life beyond both the classroom and the academic syllabus. As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure that what we teach is relevant and pertinent in a changing world. 2019 was a year of change for the Technology and Consumer Studies departments. We welcomed Ms Christine Steenekamp back into the classroom and bid farewell to Ms Anita Marshall at the end of 2018. The Grade 12 class of 2018 achieved excellent results for Consumer Studies in the NSC examination and Jaime Cooper was placed seventh in the Western Cape. The Grade 12 class of 2019 have worked very hard and performed exceptionally well in their June and final practical examinations. At this school, we are incredibly lucky to have two well-equipped Consumer Studies laboratories that allow the learners to learn a variety of culinary skills and embrace the subject. It has been a busy year for the Accounting and Economic and Management Sciences departments. Some of our Grade 12 Accounting learners entered the Proverto Accounting Olympiad in May and three learners achieved a result of 70% or more, which meant that they made it through to the 2nd Round. We had two guest speakers from Deloitte who came to speak to the Grade 12 Accounting learners about the exciting career opportunities that are available to those who study to become a Chartered Accountant. The Grade 10s and 11s went on field trips to Grabouw and the Elgin Valley. Accounting learners enjoyed the opportunity to leave the classroom and experience the manufacturing and agricultural environment, and this knowledge came in handy when they studied Cost and Management Accounting in class. The Grade 9s had their annual Market Day on 25 February. They spent Term 1 planning what their businesses would sell and how to market their products effectively.
From the Head of the Faculty of
Ms Linda Mallon
2019 was a very exciting year in the ICT department, especially for our new Grade 8s as they embarked on a new adventure with the launch of iPads for academic use. Numerous iPad skills have been learnt, and their curriculum has been enriched with the use of the iPads over a broad spectrum of subjects. They have learnt many skills during their IT lessons, including Coding with Swift Playgrounds. The Grade 9s showcased their creativity and entrepreneurial flair by doing the remarkable job of creating their own websites. CodeSpace Academy started a new and very exciting Coding and Robotics extramural at Rustenburg in 2019. This year saw our last girls going through the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certification programme. This has been so useful in teaching end user application skills, and thousands of Rustenburg Girls have successfully achieved ICDL certification. We are so proud to have been associated with ICDL South Africa: Mr Anthony Harper has been our external examiner for 20 years and started testing at Rustenburg in 1999. Many girls will remember him for his wicked sense of humour. Mr Harper is now a master chocolatier in his spare time. We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to him for the many years of dedicated service to Rustenburg. Some of the highlights in the Life Orientation Department include being awarded 3rd place for our results in the Grade 12 NSC Examinations in the district. This year the girls have been inspired by speakers in diverse career fields including forensics, media and writing;, have participated in events run by Soroptimist International and SARDA; and have benefited from University Faculty days. The end-of-year programme included a wide variety of life skills topics such as safety, drug awareness and dealing with anxiety. This busy faculty is driven by a team of committed and enthusiastic professionals who strive to motivate the learners, celebrate their successes and embrace their differences in order to create a school where we all belong.
From the Head of the
Ms Lindsay de Klerk Noam Chomsky, the father of linguistics, said that “a language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.” This year the Languages Faculty has, inside and outside of the classroom, proven that language is indeed not just words. We started the year with the news of our excellent 2018 Grade 12 NSC results. The majority of our languages achieved overall averages of 80%, and we had six learners in the Top 10 positions in the Western Cape (two for English HL and German SAL, one for Afrikaans FAL and French SAL). The English Department also achieved a place in the top three in the Western Cape for our Grade 9 Systemic Tests. Once again, three English Olympiad entrants, Talitha Wyne (Grade 12), Aman Abrahams and Maryam Badsha (Grade 11), were placed in the top 100. Jordan Selous and Julia Vainio (Grade 12) had writing pieces published in English Alive. In an effort to introduce more African Literature into the syllabus, two new novels have been introduced in Grade 9 and 10: When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina, and An Image in a Mirror by Ijangolet Ogwang, who came to speak to the Grade 10s about her novel and the writing process. The Afrikaans Department upheld its title as the top public school in the district. Four learners participated successfully in the SA Taalbond Examination in Bilingualism, and Alida van der Merwe (Grade 12), place first in the Western Cape in the Senior Afrikaans Olympiad. Eight girls represented our school in the Afrikaans Spelathon, and Hannah Olarogun was chosen to continue to the national rounds. New author, Zelda Bezuidenhout, visited our school to give learners who are interested in writing the opportunity to ask questions. The learners had fun doing role play oral presentations, and some
classes had a “koekkaartdag” once a week when everyone had to speak Afrikaans – the person who spoke English during the lesson had to bring cake for the class. At the beginning of the year, isiXhosa FAL learners across all grades had the opportunity to visit one of the historical townships in Cape Town – Khayelitsha. During the excursion, they visited the local radio station, Radio Zibonele, and received their first taste of fame as they were live on air. All the isiXhosa learners also took part in the Annual isiXhosa Assembly where they expressed themselves through performances of poetry, dance and speech. This assembly is always a highlight of the year as the rest of the school has an opportunity to not only be exposed to the language, but also to the culture. Some of our staff have been learning conversational isiXhosa through laminated phrases placed throughout the school and short videos on pronunciation. We welcomed two new French SAL teachers to the school this year: Monsieur Maty Ndambi, and the greatly-experienced Head of Subject, Monsieur Kerwin Baartzes. They both eagerly took on the challenge to live up to the success of our previous French Department, and have already added so much value to the school. In order to build on the success of our French Department, Monsieur Ndambi went on an international course in Nantes, France, to enrich his teaching. He came back enthused and ready to share his exposure to the international standards of language acquisition with the learners. Three German SAL learners also had the chance to learn more about their subject overseas. Amy Whyte, Kristin Munian (both Grade 11) and Josie Malherbe (Grade 10) visited Germany with the FSA Youth Exchange while Rustenburg welcomed exchange student Pauline Priemer from Berlin for five months. Edith Shiel from Austria and Paula Gunke from Frankfurt visited us for four weeks on Rotary Exchange, with Cealagh Redelinghuys and Abigail Cohen going to them in December. The Grade 10 and 11 classes benefitted from these exchanges through discussions of prescribed themes that compare South Africa and Germany. After a busy and successful 2019, we look forward to the opportunities 2020 will bring.
I like my shadow; it reminds me that I exist.
I used to haunt him. Oh, the fun we had. He flinched at the mere suggestion of the dark - of my velvet substance. He withered at a glimpse of my elongated silhouette. The cherubic child balked at the slightest caress of my fingers down the bumps of his spine. He would see me furled around the lambent glow of the lampposts; wound into the laces of his school shoes; sewn to his heels and tracing the underside of his mother’s cheekbone. He grudgingly dragged me everywhere. I shrouded him in darkness and called it an embrace. Now he dwells in pulsating multi-coloured lights and haphazardly flung shadows. The moonlight strokes his cheek and hums a mellifluous lullaby into the shell of his ear. He exults in his triumph: I no longer traverse the crevices of his mind, lurk beneath his jubilant screeches, and loom over his trembling breath. He chases the night. I hunt him. He is a fool. An utter imbecile seeking refuge behind a brittle façade of temerity. He believes so fervently, so feverishly in his wall of adamant, that he fails to realise there is only the one. The child deludes himself into thinking that he can use me for his own gain: to remind him of his infernal presence on this putrid planet; to remind him of what he should not be. This is all folly. He forgets. I know the fetid tatters that lie latent in his heart. I know the whispers that his secrets breed. His feeble mind cannot comprehend it. I use him. He has potential in abundance. They fail to recognise it. So does he. But my eyes have been kept pried open. My mind is teeming with ideas stained with venom. I worry not: one day he will see the light- or the dark. The moment his smile droops ever so slightly, I will be there. The instant the sliver of menace emerges from the river of his thoughts, I will gently coax it to the surface. When his wall of gold begins to splinter with avarice, I will shatter it. I bide my time. I am patient. His downfall at my hands will be exquisite to witness. I can already anticipate the acrimonious taste of damnation. I am sure I will find it to be akin to ambrosia. When this boy of mettle begins to crumble and disintegrate, I will strike. I will be unleashed. Jordan Selous (Grade 12)
The city doesn’t share its secrets
My bricks are old. They are old and weary with a heaviness that only time can bring. Blistered hands built me, piece by piece, to serve many purposes. I am stability to an old man, disguise to a fugitive, a helping hand to a little girl scrambling to pull on her school shoe. My bricks are caked in sand like icing on a cake, each ridge telling a story. I am the city.
The newspaper is lying on the ground, fluttering in the breeze with a sort of skittish excitement. The pages are fresh and covered in crinkled lines that come from being passed from hand to hand. I manage to catch some of the words on the front page. ‘Trial’ and ‘seventh this month’ stand out. The newspaper is assaulted by a gust of wind and the next page is exposed. There is a small picture in the top righthand corner of page three. Wait. I recognise her. My bricks groan as I shift through my abyss of memories. She was touching me, I remember now. Her soft skin formed a stark contrast against my coarse unforgiving bricks. I was confused. People usually touch me but never like this, never so intimately. It was almost like she wanted to sink into me and disappear. I wanted to reach out to her but she wasn’t alone. I was scared but I don’t remember why. I remember the taste. Salty tracks flowing through cement highways between my bricks. Flowing, flowing, until reaching the dirty ground. It was not the usual taste I associate with the dark. The dark is usually accompanied by the cloying taste of alcohol from a bottle that was smashed against my bricks, or the taste of fear following running feet and car alarms. I can still remember the taste now. It’s a taste that never leaves one, no matter how hard one tries to forget it. The stench of alcohol made up for the absence of the taste. It was a putrid smell, clinging onto my bricks. It wasn’t the only smell: fear kept it company. I remember cheap perfume mixed with expensive cologne. Or maybe it was the other way around. The smells weaved themselves together, unwillingly and hesitantly, and sank deep into my bricks. As I wrench myself out of my memories, I can hear highpitched voices punctuated by sharp clicks. “She was asking for it”, one voice exclaimed shrilly. I feel conflicted. Who is she and what was she asking for? The voices get louder and louder until the clicks fall silent. Two women stand around the newspaper, cornering it, and it is hidden from my view. More words are exchanged and they leave shortly after. I come to the realisation that they were talking about the woman in the picture in the top right-hand corner. I wonder again what she was asking for. I certainly didn’t hear her asking for anything. Just a one-syllable word repeated again and again into the depths of the night. The newspaper flutters one last time revealing ‘no charges’ and ‘case closed’, before getting picked up by a gust of wind and vanishing from my sight. My bricks cry out to me. I am filled by an inexplicable, apoplectic rage and a shattering onslaught of emotions. Shh… the other walls whisper to me. What can you do? You are the city. We are the city. And the city doesn’t share its secrets. Qailah Bhamjee (Grade 11)
‘n Wêreld sonder sosiale media…
Ek wil hê jy moet jou ’n wêreld voorstel … ’n wêreld soos ons s’n, maar sonder een aspek: iets wat ons elke aand voor slapenstyd en elke oggend wanneer ons ons oë oopmaak, sien. Dit is ’n wêreld sonder sosiale media. In hierdie wêreld is daar nie dinge soos Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram of Whatsapp nie. In plaas daarvan geniet mense ’n ryk, sinvolle lewe. Hulle verken die wêreld se asemrowende landskappe en die ongelooflike natuur. Hulle lag met vreemde mense in koffiewinkels en geniet sentimentele familietyd by die strand. Hoekom het ons toegelaat dat die sosiale media hierdie wonderlike ervarings van ons wegneem? In hierdie wêreld is almal belangrik en gekoester. Mense doen nie dinge vir die goedkeuring van ander mense nie. Daar is nie tragedies soos kuberafknouery, depressie en selfmoord nie. Mense het mekaar lief en respekteer mekaar; dit maak nie saak hoeveel “likes” jy kry nie. Anders as in ons wêreld, word kosbare lewens nie weggeneem deur gesiglose mense nie. In hierdie wêreld kyk mense mekaar in die oë. Hulle het werklike gesprekke en stuur nie emoji’s nie. In plaas daarvan om ‘n “LOL- ” boodskap te stuur, lag hulle totdat hul mae seer is. In plaas daarvan om ‘n foto van die sonsondergang op die strand voor hulle te neem, geniet hulle dit saam met geliefdes. Sal dit nie fantasties wees nie? So, bêre jou selfoon en begin lewe. Stel jou ‘n wêreld voor … ‘n Wêreld sonder die sosiale media… Hannah Schaefer (Grade 12)
Die Perfekte Vakansie
Saligheid. Ek word altyd met ontsag vervul wanneer ek terugdink aan die Suide van Frankryk waar ek die perfekte vakansie ervaar het. “La Bergerie” is die naam van die mooiste huis op aarde. “‘n Outydse Franse villa” is die beste beskrywing vir hierdie blyblek. Om by dié huis te kom, ry jy op ‘n kronkelende, nou paadjie wat aan albei kante deur dik, groen struike en dun boomtakke omring word. Gespikkelde sonlig skyn hier en daar in die pad. Soos die bome al deursigtiger word, kan jy net-net die skilderagtige kliphuis aan jou regterkant uitmaak. Op Sondag wemel die strate van menige mense wat vars produkte by die markte wil koop. As jy mooi luister, sal jy ‘n trekklavier in die verte kan hoor. Daar hang ’n heerlike reuk van vars gebakte brood in die lug wat my laat kwyl. Die stalletjies is propvol kleurvolle vrugte en groente wat mooi uitgestal is. Vroegoggend is ek en my ma op en wakker om in die platteland fiets te ry. Voëls tjirp en babbel in die bome langs die pad en ’n verfrissende oggendluggie waai deur my hare. Langs die skitterende Dordogne rivier les ons ons dors en eet ons ‘n ligte ontbyt. Ses uur later ry ons
huis toe. Ons het per fiets deur verskeie oulike dorpies gery. Die sweet tap my af en ek sien daarna uit om in die yskoue, lafende water van ons swembad af te koel. Woorde kan nie die skoonheid van Frankryk, asook my waardering vir die genotvolle vakansie beskryf nie. As ‘n mens self die Suide van Frankryk ervaar, sal jy natuurlik dink: Sjoe, maar dit is die omskrywing van die perfekte vakansie! Kaitlyn Watt (Grade 12)
Esi sincoko siza kuthetha ngokuba imihla ayifani ngokuqwalasela kwaXhosa. Siza kuthi sibonise le nto ngokuthelekisa ixesha lamandulo kunye nelale mihla siphila kuyo. Ndiyavumelana nesi sihloko ngoba ngenene imihla ayisoze iphinde ifane. Njengoko ixesha lihamba, yonke into ihamba itshintshe. Imini yayizolo ayifani nemini yanamhlanje. Izolo bekuyizolo, namhlanje kunamhlanje. Loo nto ke iyafana nokohlukana kwexesha lakudala nelangoku. Ngemihla yakudala, zininzi izinto ezazilindelekile kumantombazana. Umntwana oyintombi wayesithi xa ekhula abe sethenjiswe umtshato kusapho oluthile. Loo nto yayisenziwa kungajongwanga buhle bentombi kodwa ngokujonga ikhaya lakhe, isimilo kunye nokwazi umsebenzi wekhaya. Kwakujongwa umzi apho abazali bentombi bangumzekelo ekuhlaleni ngesidima nobutyebi babujongwa. Kwakusoloko kuqinisekiwe ukuba Intombazana iyakwazi ukwenza imisebenzi yasekhaya enjengokutheza iinkuni, ukupheka, ukucoca ikhaya ukutyabeka izindlu,ukuhlamba iimpahla, ukusila utywala,neminye. Yonke le misebenzi wayeyifundiselwa ukuze awazi umsebenzi wakhe emtshatweni. Amantombazana amaninzi ayengasigqibi isikolo kuba kwakusaziwa ukuba aza kuba ngabafazi abagcina imizi yawo akhulise nabantwana xa etshatile.Ukufundisa intombi kwakucingwa ukuba kukuchitha imali ngoba ilifa lakhe lisemzini. Amakhwenkwe kwelinye icala ebekhula kamnandi. Wayexelelwa ukuba amakhaya ayimizi yawo esemancinci. Ayeyazi ukuba sele enelifa engekaphangeli nokuphangela. Babekhula bexelelwa ukuba ngabo iintloko zamakhaya. Wona ke ayeyifumana imfundo ade ayokuthwala izidanga kuba kwakusaziwa ukuba nguye oza kondla usapho lwakhe xa eyindoda. Akhula exelelwa ukuba iziko okanye ikhitshi asiyondawo yabo, yeyamantombazana. Bona kufuneka bajongane nemfuyo yekhaya.Le mfuyo yayisaziwa njengobutyebi bekhaya. Kule mihla siphila kuyo abantu abadala kumakhaya esikhula kuyo abazali basabambe ezo mfundiso neengqondo zakudala abakhula ngazo. Balindele ukuba amantombazana enze wonke umsebenzi wasekhaya bangancediswa ngamakhwenkwe. Ngamanye amaxesha bade bayigxeke intombi ngokuyixelela ngokungafani kwabo nabo bona bengabazali. Uyakufika besoloko bethelekisa ixesha labo nelangoku. Loo nto bayenza xa befuna ukugxeka izinto ezenziwa ngamantomzana. Wofika bethetha besithi, “ngeemini zethu intombazana yayingayenzi le naleya.” Ngelo xesha bagxeka iintombi zale mihla. Abafuni kuyamkela into yokuba imihla ayifani.
Kwelinye icala, kwizikhundla zemisebenzi eziphakamileyo yabafundileyo ubufika kuphethe amadoda. Unobangela ibingulo wokuba bebengekho ababhinqileyo abafundileyo. Itshintshile yonke loo nto kule mihla. Kwizikhundla eziphezulu nabasetyhini baphethe njengeenqununu ezikolweni, abaphathiswa eziPalamente nakwezinye iindawo. Abo bathe batshata indoda nomfazi benza imisebenzi efanayo. Indoda ukuba iqala ifike ekhaya iyakwazi ukulanda abantwana esikolweni, ibaphekele ize yenze yonke imisebenzi yekhaya. Abantu abangayaziyo into yokuba imihla ayifani ufike yonke le nto ibothusa. Bayibize njengesimanga sendoda etyiswe ivamna. Le nto ayipheleli emakhaya, kukho nemisebenzi yakwiindawo zokupheka ezizihotele nerestyu apho amadoda aphangela njengeetshefu. Njengokuba ixesha lokunxitywa kweemfele ledlula nelokuba, ikhaya lomntu obhinqileyo lisekhitshini nalo liphelelwe kucacile ukuba imihla ayifani. Kuyacaca gca ukuba kufike ixesha lokuba uluntu luyamkele into yokuba imihla ayifani ingasoze futhi iphinde ifane nokuba siyathanda nokuba asithandi.Inye kuphela ngoku into efunekayo kukwamkela utshintsho njengoko lunjalo njengoko kungena kubuyelwa kunxityweni kwezikhumba. Utshintsho lufikile aludluli luze kusibonisa futhi lusixelele ukuba akusadliwa ngendebe endala. Lathitha Njozela (Grade 12)
Is living according to principles important?
Les principes sont-ils nécessaire? C’est une question difficile pour les parents dans le monde entier. Je pense que oui ; on ne peut pas vivre une vie morale sans les principes. Dans les familles athées ou agnostiques, comme la mienne, les principes ouvrent la voie à la moralité, ce que la religion apporte aux familles religieuses. Les principes de mes parents, qu’ils enseignent strictement, me montrent ce qu’il faut faire dans la vie, et ce qui est bon ou mauvais. Par exemple, chez moi, il faut manger ensemble tous les soirs et il faut être reconnaissant envers la personne qui a préparé le
repas. Ces principes - dire merci et passer du temps avec les gens qu’on aime - seront toujours centraux pour moi. Le manque de morales religieuses dans mon enfance n’était pas un problème pour moi grâce aux principes rigides et nombreux de mes parents. Je trouve que dans ma vie, les principes m’aident à savoir ce qu’il faut faire dans des situations dangereuses ou importantes. Par exemple, le principe « il faut rester calme lorsqu’on fait face à l’agression » m’aide souvent pendant des conflits où je peux maintenir la paix quand les autres deviennent abusifs. En conclusion, je dirais qu’il faut avoir des principes juste pour une vie morale et équilibrée. Ana van Straten (Grade 12)
Extracts from discursive writing based on a text: “I never want to be grown up.” Ich will nie erwachsen werden Ich bin achtzehn Jahre alt und bin stolz auf mein Wachstum. Ich bin selbstbewusster und ich habe viel mehr Verantwortung, aber ich bin nicht aufgeregt, eine Erwachsene zu werden. Ra-eesah Allie (Grade 12) Als ich jünger war hab ich mir immer vorgestellt wie toll es sein würde, wenn ich endlich erwachsen war. Ich freute mich auf mein eigenes Geld und meine eigene Zeit. Aber jetzt kann ich sehen wie naiv ich war. Erwachsenwerden ist beängstigend. Was werde ich ohne meine Eltern machen? Wie werde ich in dieser Welt zurechtkommen? Ich fühle mich sehr angespannt und ich bin zynischer über die Welt geworden. Geena Polzin (Grade 12) Als ich jünger war, habe ich Erwachsene herrisch und manchmal langweilig gefunden, denn ich hatte nicht viel mit ihnen gemeinsam. Jetzt bin ich gereift und verstehe ich, dass das Leben für Erwachsene ziemlich kompliziert sein kann. Ich glaube, dass das Leben als Erwachsene immer noch Spaß machen und erfüllend sein kann ... Erwachsene sollten nicht einen kleinen Teil des Kindes in sich verlieren, damit sie weiter laut lachen, Spaß haben und träumen. Justine Verwey (Grade 12) Als eine jüngere Erwachsene habe ich meine eigenen politischen Ansichten oder religiösen Überzeugungen entwickelt. Ich mag es lieber, mit Leuten mit ähnlichen Meinungen in Kontakt zu treten. Tegan Makovini (Grade 12) Ich habe kurze Haare in der Grundschule gehabt, aber ich habe jetzt lange Haare. Ich will nächstes Jahr meine Haare wieder schneiden. Ich bin persönlich, aber ich war sehr schüchtern in der Grundschule. Ich bin jetzt reifer und verantwortlich. Ich habe noch ein Kinderherz und Kinderenergie. Darian Cloete (Grade 12)
Kaloku kule mihla amantombazana namakhwenkwe akhuliswa ngokufanayo. Bonke kufuneka bezifundisiwe izakhono zobomi. Kufuneka beyazile imisebenzi yekhaya ngoba umtshato ayise yonto iphambili kule mihla. Kutshata othandayo enganyanzelwa sisini nobuhle bakhe. Into ebalulekileyo yeyokuba intombi nenkwenkwe ikwazi ukuziphilela kulo mhlaba kungabikho uxhomekeke komnye. Amantombazana afunda ade ayityekeze imfundo kule mihla ngoba kufuneka ezimele ebomini. Athwala izidanga njengabantwana abangamadoda. Abazali abazele amantombazana nabo banebhongo neqhayiya ngokufanayo nabo bazele abangamakhwenkwe. Kaloku kwakusithiwa xa umntu ezele amantombazana akazelanga. Wawufika kuvuywa xa kuzelwe inkwenkwe ngoba kwakukholelwa ukuba ikhaya liza kuma. Kule mihla kukho imizi emiswe ngamantombazana, kukho naleyo iwiswe ngoonyana.
From the Head of the Faculty of
Mr Graham Reggiori The Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics has had a successful 2019. The usual competitions, exhibitions and educational excursions kept us very busy. We also had to adapt the way we think and operate in order to deal with iPad-wielding Grade 8s, and this proved to be both rewarding and challenging in equal measure. The Geography Department once again had very pleasing results at the end of 2018 with a subject average of 80,4% and 27 of the 47 matrics achieving A symbols. Olivia Key was placed in the Top 10 in Geography in the Western Cape. The Grade 8s were able to make use of the school’s electronic weather station at one of the entrances, in order to do a weather assessment using their iPads. The Grade 10 field trip around the Peninsula to look at rock types and landforms was marred a little by wind and rain but the girls had fun and hopefully learned something, too. The Grade 11 group had a lovely day at Cape Point, looking at the coastal landforms and fynbos and enjoying a hike up to Cape Maclear. Physical and Natural Sciences has, as always, had an exciting and busy year. Nothing replaces good contact time in the classroom and laboratory, but much learning also took place outside of the classroom. During Term 1 our Grade 8s took a field trip to the Rondevlei Nature Reserve and participated in a Muizenberg beach clean-up. The learners had fun but also learnt a great deal about respecting the environment. The Grade 8 and 9 Science Expo enabled the pupils to learn about scientific method and to learn to work as a team. Work of an exceptional quality was once again produced by the Grade 10s’ parachute design project and the Grade 11s’ research projects.
The Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy departments started the year with the wonderful news that Justine Crook-Mansour was placed seventh in the province in Mathematics in the 2018 NSC Examinations. In March 556 (65%) of our learners sat for the first round of the South African Mathematics Olympiad (the SAMO). Of these, 328 qualified to write the second round in May, and of these five juniors and two seniors were invited to the third round (only the top 100 juniors and 100 seniors nationally qualify, building on last year’s three). For the second consecutive year we have had the distinction of a learner being placed in the top 10 juniors nationally in the SAMO, Shelby le Roux, who was placed fifth in 2019 (and Vivienne Banks in 2018). Five of our learners received gold awards for their performance in the UCT Mathematics Competition in April and three went on to achieve bronze in the higher stakes, invitation-only UCT Olympiad in May. Five of our learners were also selected to represent the Western Cape in the South African Mathematics Team Competition. The Life Sciences Department once again had very pleasing results at the end of 2018. As a department we aimed for 2019 to be a fun learning experience. During the first term the Grade 11 Life Sciences learners had a field trip to the Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront. Learners learnt about rocky shore ecology, the conservation of marine organisms as well as the negative impact of plastics on our aquatic organisms. The Grade 12 learners had lots of fun constructing DNA out of a variety of sweets. Wine gums, liquorice and jelly tots would simply never be the same again as girls grappled with having to select the best candy to represent the different parts of the DNA strand. Our Grade 10 learners spent some time learning that there are many similarities between a buffalo wing and the human upper limb. Learners spent some time dissecting and identifying the various mammalian tissues. Our faculty bids farewell to Ms Bridget Cameron and Ms Louise Lawrence, two of the stalwarts of the Mathematics Department, who retire after many years of devoted activity in the department. Their collegiality, experience and good humour will be sorely missed.
From the head of Ms Brigid Ryan After a challenging year, the E19s have grown into amazing young women, ready to take on the world. They managed to participate in The Armed Man, Twelve Angry Jurors, derby days and inter-schools sports matches, choir competitions and music concerts, One-to-One and, of course, the Matric Dance, the prepre-drinks, pre-drinks and after parties, and even had enough energy to dress up as fantasy characters for their 40 Days (32 days really, but whoâ€™s counting?) celebrations. The girls have had a few special occasions for bonding with their form teachers and one another this year. The traditional Matric Breakfast is always a good start to the year and this time Ms Swanson and some of the Grade 12s made it really special. There were several Dialogue Days which gave everyone a chance to be heard and to learn more about one another. The River of Life discussions were quite emotional for some people who felt free to open up to their peers in new ways. The Prefects hosted a grade evening for the Matrics in Term 1 and everyone really enjoyed singing karaoke and eating junk food in a relaxed atmosphere. The House Captains went all out for the swimming gala and a lot of fun was had by all. The Mentors played an important role in making Rustenburg a place where the Grade 8s could feel that they belong and spent every Friday morning chatting to their mentees. The Grade 12s were really quite imaginative in their pranks for their 40 Days celebrations this year and wrapped a few cars up in toilet paper, hid little E19 bits of paper in all kinds of unexpected places, managed to con at least one teacher into actually talking to the fingerprint reader and covered everything in one room in newspaper. The thought and humour that went into their fun was a really lovely reflection of who they have become. The Matrics had a very busy year and made the most of it under the leadership of Talitha, Aleya and Alida. We had many girls achieving recognition both in and out of school, of which we are very proud. As the E19s leave the school, we wish them all the very best in their chosen paths and we look forward to hearing many stories of the adventures and successes that are sure to come their way. We hope that they will be back for Foundersâ€™ Day and reunion celebrations, and share their stories with us in the future.
Back row from left: Lutholuhle Mkupa, Rebecca Bank, Tyler de Villiers, Maxene Hollis, Hannah Schaefer, Geena Polzin, Khayla Langner, Sifumene Naka Third row, from left: Mia Salonen, Kayla Conradie, Dori Kova’cs, Rachel van Greunen, Talitha Wyne, Erin Lane, Karima Dalmau Second row, from left: Lathitha Njozela, Chloë Swartz, Linomtha Damane, Jamie Fraser, Michaela San Giorgio, Asemi Ntsokolo, Gabriella Sancho, Nicole Smith Front row, from left: Zaina Abrahams, Ye Eun Chung, Cameron Alexander, Mr Cedric van Dyk, Myra Parolis, Kaya Dube, Rebecca Hill
Back row, from left: Kátia da Silva Valente, Lauren Gericke, Ashikakumari Patel, Megan Davidson, Georgia Hill, Iman Cottle, Rebecca Bysshe, Daniella Solkow Third row, from left: Josephine Knutsen, Keely-Jo Londt, Zahrah Allie, Alida van der Merwe, Shannon Canter, Jaime Gillett, Jade Lawson Second row, from left: Amina Dhansay, Ameryn Peters, Ra-eesah Allie, Isabella Elario, Shea-Lee Tzamtzis, Rebecca Kew-Simpson, Sanjana Sewchuran, Shana Daniels Front row, from left: Razeena Rawoot, Hana Manjra, Teagan Salmon, Ms Jacqueline Chambers, Iman Osman, Haneen Pohplonker, Melissa Davis
Back row, from left: Juliette Rabie, Tamara Engelbrecht, Cassandra Scheepers, Jordan Cox, Emma Newton Third row, from left: Alexandra Austin, Jessica Ng, Sophie Hertantyo, Mila Guerrini, Paula Taylor, Kendi Kane-Berman, Rebecca Newton Second row, from left: Caitlin Reinecke, Rachel Abrahams, Jiyoon Jeon, Simthandile Witbooi, Ruby Wares, Jade Benton, Alexa Edwards, Varisha Lalla Front row, from left: Imán Cassiem, Courtney Martin, Tegan Makovini, Ms Louise Lawrence, Shuhayma Jaber, Haneem Hendricks, Avantika Naidoo
Back row, from left; Thaania Mathews, Kaden Rieper, Olivia Steyn, Shelby Nicholls, Megan Thomson, Lara Cattermole Third row, from left: Tyla-Ann Senekal, Jordan Erasmus, Kayla Johnson, Tanya van der Merwe, Kelly-Anne Hendricks, Maia Duffus, Megan Pettie Second row, from left: Kimlyn Smart, Aerin Mc Callum, Zahraa Waggie, Jessica McLachlan, Jess Fawthrop, Erin Hector, Julia Naudé, Sanga Lee Front row, from left: Justine Verwey, Sisipho Ngqeza, Kate Lodwick, Ms Zargielay Rabeh, Jamie van Schoor, Zahrah Solomons, Julia Wilson
Back row from left: Mushira Obaray, Emily Shave, Morgan Prins, Marnie McGowan Third row, from left: Summer Taylor, Victoria King, Kaitlyn Watt, Nicole Oosthuisen, Amber Wilson, Lungelo Mashaba, Jemma Louther Second row, from left: Rochelle Galbraith, Jodi Britnell, Morgan Ribbonaar, Stephanie Du, Leah Abdullah, Isabelle Vainio, Erica Whittal, Zahra Parker Front row, from left: Clare Roberts, Sascha-Lee Hendrickse, Kreshalia Ephraim, Ms Helene Swanson, Amy Rice, Shannyn Byrne, Odelle Harold
Back row, from left: Alexa Byrne, Rebecca Mortley, Julia Vainio, Ana van Straten, Shannon McGaughey, Isabella Nunes Third row, from left: Jodi Littlefield, Jaime Taylor, Rebecca McConnell, Meganne Steyn, Aleya Dugmore, Jordan Selous, Claire Ordman Second row, from left: Nuha Hoosen, Erin Hartzenberg, Helen Brooke, Saarah Edwards, Thameenah Daniels, Sianné Novello, Ashleigh Noyce, Alexandra Müller Front row, from left: Caelin Murray, Nishaat Hendricks, Catherine Grobbelaar, Mr James Hendricks, Jenna Booth, Jenna Davids, Sarah Crawford
Accounting: Justine Verwey
Mathematical Literacy: Simthandile Witbooi
Afrikaans First Additional Language: Alida van der Merwe
Music: Jiyoon Jeon
Afrikaans Progress Cup: Megan Davidson and Sophie Hertantyo Marietjie le Roux Cup for Excellence in Afrikaans: Kaitlyn Watt Consumer Studies: Gabriella Sancho Consumer Studies (Culinary Skills): Kelly-Anne Hendricks Design: Sophie Hertantyo Dramatic Arts: Gabriella Sancho English Home Language (Naureen Parkes Memorial Prize): Talitha Wyne English Literature (Adèle Cloete Memorial Prize): Talitha Wyne French Second Additional Language: Ana van Straten Helga van Heerden Cup (for Excellence in French): Ana van Straten Geography: Kaitlyn Watt Geography Mapwork: Kaitlyn Watt Geography Research Prize: Catherine Grobbelaar German Second Additional Language (mother-tongue speaker): Geena Polzin German Second Additional Language: (non-mothertongue speaker): Shuhayma Jaber History: Zaina Abrahams Excellence in History Research: Zaina Abrahams, Aleya Dugmore, Rochelle Galbraith, Lauren Gericke, Gabriella Sancho, Jordan Selous, Chloë Swartz, Shea Tzamtzis, Isabelle Vainio, Tanya van der Merwe, Erica Whittal, Talitha Wyne isiXhosa First Additional Language: Latitha Njozela Life Orientation: Jamie Fraser Life Sciences: Kaitlyn Watt Life Sciences Practical Work: Rebecca Bank Mathematics: Mila Guerrini and Justine Verwey Pricewaterhouse Coopers Book Award (for Accounting and Mathematics): Justine Verwey Senior de Wet Prize (for Afrikaans and English combined): Kaitlyn Watt
Overall Academic Improvement: Sophie Hertantyo Physical Sciences (Chemistry): Kaitlyn Watt Physical Sciences (Physics): Zaina Abrahams Visual Arts: Rebecca Bank Visual Arts (Photography): Karima Dalmau Grade 12 Academic Half Colours Helen Brooke, Rebecca Bysshe, Kayla Conradie, Megan Davidson, Tyler De Villiers, Stephanie Du Kreshalia Ephraim, Rebecca Hill, Shannon McGaughey, Claire Ordman, Juliette Rabie, Claire Roberts, Teagan Salmon, Mia Salonen, Alida van der Merwe, Karima Dalmau, Aleya Dugmore Asemi Ntsokolo, Nicole Smith, Chloë Swartz, Ruby Wares, Amber Wilson, Cameron Alexander Melissa Davis, Alexa Edwards, Lauren Gericke, Georgia Hill, Jessica McLachlan, Jordan Selous Rachel van Greunen, Erica Whittal Grade 12 Academic Full Colours Zaina Abrahams, Iman Cottle, Catherine Grobbelaar, Mila Guerrini, Sophie Hertantyo, Nuha Hoosen, Shuhayma Jaber, Jiyoon Jeon, Hana Manjra, Marnie Mc Gowan, Ashley Noyce, Iman Osman, Zahra Parker, Geena Polzin, Morgan Prins, Amy Rice, Kimlyn Smart, Paula Taylor, Summer Taylor, Isabelle Vainio, Julia Vainio, Tanya van der Merwe, Justine Verwey, Kaitlyn Watt, Erica Whittal, Simthandile Witbooi, Talitha Wyne, Darian Cloete, Jodi Littlefield, Maria Parolis, Caitlin Reinecke, Hannah Schaefer, Julia Wilson, Rebecca Bank, Imán Cassiem, Amina Dhansay, Nicole Oosthuisen, Ashikakumari Patel, Haneen Pohplonker, Razeena Rawoot, Gabriella Sancho Jaime Taylor Sustained Academic Achievement Zaina Abrahams, Catherine Grobbelaar, Mila Guerrini, Nuha Hoosen, Shuhayma Jaber, Jiyoon Jeon, Ashleigh Noyce, Zahra Parker, Geena Polzin, Amy Rice, Kimlyn Smart, Paula Taylor, Julia Vainio, Isabelle Vainio, Tanya van der Merwe, Justine Verwey, Kaitlyn Watt, Talitha Wyne Academic Top Five in Grade 12 Zaina Abrahams, Mila Guerrini, Zahra Parker, Justine Verwey, Kaitlyn Watt
AMY STEYL AWARD (for Visual Arts and/or Design): Simthandile Witbooi CENTENARY CUP (for all-round excellence in service to the school over 5 years): Alida van der Merwe DERNIER/SOLE PRIZE (for outstanding progress in Piano): Jiyoon Jeon DR MOLL HONOUR PRIZE (presented to the girl who has best upheld the ethos and values of Rustenburg): Talitha Wyne
MERITORIOUS AWARD FOR SPORT: Jade Lawson: for Touch Rugby and Rugby Refereeing PIETERSEN HOCKEY TROPHY (for outstanding and consistent enthusiasm, reliability, loyalty and good sportsmanship): Rebecca McConnell LIANNE DO REGO GOALKEEPING TROPHY: Shana Daniels HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Georgia Hill and Ashleigh Noyce
EMV SMIT CUP (for personal achievement): Catherine Grobelaar and Khayla Langner
INDOOR HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ashleigh Noyce
KARIN WIESE TROPHY (awarded to someone who, in the opinion of her peers, has overcome great difficulty with dignity): Shana Daniels
FRANCOIS BOTHA SQUASH TROPHY (for the most enthusiasm towards the game, encouraging greater interest in squash at Rustenburg): Cameron Alexander
EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP: Aleya Dugmore
BARBARA MARAIS SWIMMING TROPHY (for the swimmer displaying hard work and team spirit): Erin Hartzenberg
JANET KIRK TROPHY (for service and dedication to the Orchestra): Jessica McLachlan ELIZABETH SOLE CUP (for Singing): Asemi Ntsokolo LUCIA JACOBS TROPHY (for organisational skills and initiative): Lauren Gericke MILLER CRANKO AWARD (for service to the community): Ashleigh Noyce and Hannah Schaefer PREISS FLOATING TROPHY (for special service to Erinville House): Alida van der Merwe ROSEMARY DAVIS PRIZE (for Jazz Performance): Jade Lawson SIEBRITS ECO ACTION AWARD (for environmental awareness): Zahra Parker SPIRIT TROPHY (for the individual who inspired and made a considerable contribution to school spirit and Rustenburg pride): Victoria King PRESIDENT’S AWARD: GOLD: Hannah Schaefer
MOST PROMISING SENIOR SWIMMER: Daniella Solkow EXCELLENCE IN TOUCH RUGBY: Imán Cassiem and Erin Hector EXCELLENCE IN WATER POLO: Georgia Hill LISA STIRRAT WATER POLO TROPHY (for the most improved water polo player): Teagan Salmon NICOLA BARRETT CUP (for all round sporting excellence): Ashleigh Noyce and Alida van der Merwe RUSTENBURG TEAM OF THE YEAR: First Netball Team SENIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Ashleigh Noyce
From the head of
Mr Bernard Biermann Grade 11 is one of those years that bonds the girls and at the same time prepares them (without them even knowing it) for what awaits them in Matric and beyond. After a few weeks of having settled into their new roles as the â€œfuture leadersâ€? of the school, they were off to the muchanticipated Leadership Camp held in the beautiful Witzenberg Nature Reserve, near Wolseley. The girls learnt to listen to one another and lead with compassion. The memories made on camp and throughout the year will remain with them for a lifetime. This group will very soon be the E20s of Rustenburg and each one of them will fill a leadership role in one way or another. Whether it be as a prefect, member of the RCL, society committee member, on the sports field or as a matriculant; they each have the potential to lead the school with integrity and kindness. It was a pleasure to be their Grade Head and I wish each and every girl well for the future.
Back row from left: Mikaela van Otterlo, Christy Robbins, Emma de-Beger, Madilyn Berga, Kirsten Fick, Nicole Rix, Hannah Olarogun Third row, from left: Yumna Abrahams, Elizabeth Wucherpfennig, Imaan Mohamed, Mia Barashenkov, Megan Phillipson, Amy Cornelius, Temwa Ngâ€™ambi Second row, from left: Rachel Doms, Sarah Hammer, Hannah Stronach, Hayley Budge, Hudaa Arend, Layla Allie, Hailie-Jane Aspeling, Amani Hoosen Front row, from left: Maxine Meyer, Ainslee Khamal, Aviella-Loren Abrahams, Ms Louise White, Kristin Munian, Robyn Gernetzky, Meagan Jacobs
Back row, from left: Kate Olivier, Ameera Behardien, Zahrah Dramat, Gabriella van Vuuren, Megan Barnard, Juliet Fiet Third row, from left: Nabeela Jaffer, Aman Abrahams, Sabreen Mohamed, Sarah Bassett, Natasha Roomes, Lara Stulting, Erin Poulter Second row, from left: Kelsey Hutchinson, Nanzeba Arif, Monique Hefer, Younsung Kim, Cameron Bultemeier, Olivia Noon, Laya Gersowsky, Imibongo Lwazi Mgoduka Front row, from left: Aaminah Leonard, Alexandra De Meuter, Jessie Cragg, Ms Lynette Jacobs, Bibi Ayesha Dalvie, Imaan Shaik, Nazneen Allie Absent: Nika Hofmeyr, Hanna Wafai
Back row from left: Mia Lazarus, Ansela Sloman, Kirsty de Heer, Ashleigh Smith, Megan Sorour, Iviwe Yeki Third row, from left: Amy Singe, Isabella Little, Georgia Grant, Kyra Welch, Chloe Adams, Isabella Bosman, Emma Smith Second row, from left: Faaria Mullah, Ashleigh Gouws, Aniqa Omar, Sarah Murashiki, Kyla Oberholster, Hlonelwa Zimba, Aaliyah Salie, Abigayle Cohen Front row, from left: Luyandza Khoza, Zipho Tom, Erin Coetzee, Ms Mavis Mase, Chloe Netta, ZoĂŤ Dennis, Olwethu Mthembu
Back row, from left: Khadeeja Allie-Ebrahim, Maxine Broughton, Holly-May Nowers, Tobechukwu Emeruem, Caitlin Henderson, Juliet Lunn, Cameryn Millar Third row, from left: Aabidah Royker, Hannaa Adam, Megan de Villiers, Zoe Bunn, Jordyn Campbell, Tyra Ingold, Nazneen Dalvie Second row, from left: Ayesha Moosa, Neve Grinnell, Leigh Toet, Azrah Waggie, Qailah Bhamjee, Amy Skinner Front row, from left: Bianca Ravell, Angelique Murray, Salma Essack, Ms Astrid Castle, Quaani-ah Barnes, Sakeena Lagardien, Fazlin Du Plessis Absent: Michaela Jansen, Sabeeha Vawda
Back row from left: Danielle van Breda, Amaarah Adams, Laila Samodien, Megan Ray, Amber Reid, Emma Allkin Third row, from left: Caitlin Gronow, Anna Nagel, Gemma Watermeyer, Keto Jenkins, Skye Williams, Lekia Thaver, Lauren Heiberg Second row, from left: Gadija Slamang, Nurah Firfirey, Saar-rah Chilwan, Megan du Plessis, Bernice Ntirukirwa, Claudia Vieira, Alia Ismail, Jessica Davids Front row, from left: Rahima Baboo, Tayyibah Martin, Erryn Morrison, Mr Kerwin Baartzes, Kathia Oppelt, Aarzoo Bray, Thaakirah Majiet
Back row, from left: Kayla Henry, Catalina Althoff-Thomson, Madison Beley, Hannah Faure, Cealagh Redelinghuys, Robyn Cluer Third row, from left: Maryam Badsha, Tegan Voigt, Lauren Winde, Josslyn Langford, Kim Sendin, Almas Gafoor, Jemma Hallett Second row, from left: Meghan Dyck, Angela Briton, Jenna Dugmore, Lisa Slingers, Nikita Daya, Farheen Parker, Claire Neave, Isabella Webster Front row, from left: Kristina Semmelink, Lindsay Jacobs, Nada Nyakaza, Mr Gian Marneweck, Shelby van der Watt, Aaliyah Khalfe, Amy Whyte
From the head of
Ms Tracey Henry Our year as a Grade 10 team began with our parent information meeting, where we informed parents and girls about the new demands of the FET phase. The learners settled into their new subjects very well. It was encouraging to see our girls are making good use of the peer tutoring, as well as the afternoon support classes, that are available at school. In our endeavour to be a school where we all belong, learners were encouraged to strengthen their awareness of any implicit bias within themselves and in terms of the school in general. Our Grade 10s eagerly took part in all the Dialogue Days and learnt a lot about themselves and one another. The form captains did a superb job in keeping accurate attendance and late-coming registers. The Grade 10 Form Teachers did their best to get to know the Grade 10 girls this year and their willingness to go the extra mile to help the learners in their care was much appreciated.
Back row from left: Chelsey Davidson, Julia Gomes, Lauren Engelsman, Jemma Pyper, Sarah Faber, Erin Le Roux Third row, from left: Roxanne Comyn, Tao Naicker, Saarah Abrahams, Kerri Muller, Jamie Fagan, Thami Giyose, Ylara Esau Salie Second row, from left: Ayesha Abrahams, Victoria Hart, Jordan Davids, Megan Carolessen, Jemma Briggs, Kim Reinecke, Azrah Dick, Morgan Crawford Front row, from left: India Durr, Imaan Samodien, Sara Israel, Ms Philippa Colly, Abbey Hatton, Razan Hassan, Tina Cara
Back row, from left: Jessi Booysen, Laella Coetzee, Robyn van Zijl Third row, from left: Oliwia Suter, Amy Worthington, Imaan Majal, Kyra Fourie, Saskia Gussenhoven, Anjelica Romero, Isabella Gruber Second row, from left: Hannah Hillman, Josie Malherbe, Paige Groom, Cassidy-Rose Botha, Isabella Lategan, Saskia Beattie, Dominique Taylor, Saara Walele Front row, from left: Isabella Gray, Mary Martha MacMillan, Jemma Cusens, Mr William Haggard, Anke van Jaarsveld, Rebekah Layman, Caitlin Meyer Absent: Nicole Bransby, Hayley Wood, Lauren Young
Back row from left: Yakira Davidson, Nicola Miller, Kinah van der Merwe, Olivia Rademan, Danielle Sabor, Chloë Sampson Third row, from left: Dilshaad Regal, Morephološi Somo, Luleila Oosthuysen, Sarah Irwin, Shona Morkel, Tatum van Rensburg, Misbah Toefy Second row, from left: Jessica Piper, Amy-Raie Bernberg, Shafiyah Daniels, Isabella Rossouw, Robyn Rainier-Pope, Kiara De Freitas, Emma Kühn, Hope Hadebe Front row, from left: Stacey-Lee Pietersen, Shannon O’Sullivan, Maxine Carr, Ms Erika van As, Keona Missing, Megan Cusens, Riley Yates Absent: Gia Barbosa, Alexis Fry, Rachel Noyce
Back row, from left: Aimée Kornblum, Katherine Worthington-Smith, Fatima Paulse, Megan Oosthuisen, Kirsten MacArthur Third row, from left: Tanatswa Pepukai, Michaela Acquah, Zahraa Solomons, Dayna Powell, Anna Eccles, Jenna Langeveldt, Carla Kellerman Second row, from left: Kumi Scott, Zoë-Lee Holtzhausen, Erin Coull, Hannah Kershaw, Lara Rule, Chelsea Davids, Tania Msweswe, Uminathi William Front row, from left: Farhaanah Dawood, Chloe Ansell, Fatima Karjieker, Mr Paul van Koersveld, Sage Canter, Gabriella Dos Santos, Zarah Palha Absent: La’eeqa Aziz
Back row from left: Rebecca Eccles, Kayla Burgess, Kayla van Harte, Camryn Kretzen, Kayla Joubert Third row, from left: Cindy Littlefield, Kirsten de Villiers, Yasmeen Kazi, Fauzia Kannemeyer, Emma Johannessen, Shazia Solomons, Najmi Paleker Second row, from left: Nuhaa Behardien, Emma Muir, Nuha Grimwood, Jaime McGown, Catherine Rooney, Naâ€™ilah Farooqui, Rania Mokallik, Hemisha Mithal Second row, from left: Georgia Lynch, Nina Macedo, Azhar Phillips, Ms Tarin Scharneck, Kayla Currie-Gamwo, Hanaan Shaikjee, Samira Anwar Absent: Kate Birch, Isabella Lethbridge
Back row, from left: Jodie-Gwen Williams, Georgia Wallace, Taura Benning, Cassidy Orchard, Emma Starke Third row, from left: Erin Griffiths, Saar-rah Latiff, Talitha Delpierre, Abigail Dunbar, Helen Meyers, Salma Desai, Holly Watt Second row, from left: Emma Nichollas, Michaela de Vries, Alyssa Witten, Jenna Pentz, Ammaarah Samaai, Jameelah Jardine, Georgia Briton, India Nathan Front row, from left: Tinika Navsaria, Raniya Hendricks, Sarah Philander, Ms Marieta Langenhoven, Nihaal Noordien, Kelly Johnson, Isabella Dâ€™Este Absent: Insaaf Pillay, Nicola Prinsloo
From the head of
Ms Rebecca Goble The Grade 9s had a busy year, with many of them being fully involved in school life. Throughout the year, the school hosted Dialogue Days where we focused on some of the important issues that learners deal with on a day-to-day basis. At each of these sessions, the Grade 9s immersed themselves in critical discussions and offered up possible solutions, with many of them feeling very strongly about supporting each other. As a group, they have bought into the core values of the school: Respect, Integrity, Kindness and Acceptance, and have made an effort to embody these in their school life. The annual Grade 9 camp was met with huge amounts of excitement and even though they poured all of their energy into the team-building activities, they still wanted to stay up late into the night chatting in their dorms. It was very encouraging to see how many Grade 9s attended various school events in support of their classmates at sports matches, music performances and inter-house events. We hope that as a group, they continue to support, include and encourage one another all the way through high school.
Back row from left: Zarah Hendricks, Tyler Barnes, Anna Gray, Phelo Xulu, Chloe Pentz Third row, from left: Sanchia Bristow, Jorja Roberts, Erin Daffarn, Miyo Jappie, Ruth Bateman, Amelie Scott, Erin Chase Second row, from left: Timiah October, Caitlyn Benjamin, Caren-Marie du Plessis, Kimberley Steffen, Taylor Ackermann, Sasha Munian, Caitlin Dalwai, Katy Wilson Front row, from left: Seona Mahabeer, Zayahn Abrahams, Luyanda Ndaba, Ms Kayla Voskuil, Sasha Apolles, Faatimah West, Taedi Hansraj Absent: Jade Copeling, Hannah-Lee Hodgman, Madison O’Connell
Back row, from left: Chloé Adriaans, Alyssa Grinnell, Jesse Daniels, Simone de Villiers, Charlotte de-Beger, Jordan Carnell, Leyla Johnson, Chrystal Wan, Mia Sharratt Third row, from left: Chloë Henry, Hannah Williams, Aimee Jansen, Rose Williamson, Sasha Glass, Kauthar Parker, Amaarah Van der Schyff Second row, from left: Anisah Akoodie, Nina von der Heyden, Nazia Cassim, Amelia Oppelt, Jenna Caldwell, Catalina Ross, Lara Pienaar, Taylin Holland Front row, from left: Jumanah Gafoor, Isabella Lee, Naadirah Adam, Ms Rebecca Goble (Grade Head), Zoé Hendricks, Hannah Adriaans, Jenna McLachlan Absent: Ms Karyn Gideon
Back row from left: Hannah Keevers, Hannah Hector, Danielle Henry, Amy Basson, Emma Leyshon, Kayla Beattie, Lola Melchiorsen Kirsten, Jessica Mayers Third row, from left: Zahrah Mohamed, Zeenat Ahmed-Mohamed, Laila Valley, Morgan Cicero, Milahn Davis, Rachel Behne, Firdoze Omar Second row, from left: Imaan Jacobs, Vivienne Banks, Voningo Pecego, Holly Burroughs, Zahraa Badsha, Asha Cawood, Megan Renecle, Zainab Essack Front row, from left: Savanna Hill, Rayna Edwards, Kayla Ross, Ms Nokutula Dyonase, Tyler Lai Sai, Haseeba Manjra, Sara Wepener Absent: Alex Bonaconsa
Back row, from left: Nicole Willig, Jenna Edwards, Viwe Hlatshwayo, Keira Londt, Eleni Kyprou, Tyra Phipson, CharitĂŠ Strauss, Ruby Jenkins Third row, from left: Juliana Barrish, Oluhle Tunyiswa, Robyn Gersowsky, Arwen Dumbrill, Rachel Jonker, Leena Khan, Result Machiya Second row, from left: Gia Paulse, Michaela Brukman, Hannah Grimbeek, Pebbles Mc Guinness, Gabriela Venter, Saarah Gaffoor, Lakhanya Damane, Jiho Jeon Front row, from left: Taskeen Ismail, Iman Hashim, Caitlin Lyons-McGraddie, Mr Maty Ndambi, Kelly Prowse, Hluma Xako, Kirsten Okkers Absent: Nika du Preez
Back row from left: Justine Bateman, Lia Naidoo, Manina Viljoen, Sadia Patel, Hayley Probyn, Kia Noland, Emma Walker, Mila Cuyler, Hanan Mazema Third row, from left: Natalie Mawman, Hannah Lavery, Kyla Brink, Tayla Swan, Bi-Qing Lee, Caoilin Dinsmore, Rachel Clark-Miller Second row, from left: Michelle Fernandes, Nikita Green, Gabrielle Bellerose, Emma Phillipson, Kaitlyn Doms, Taybah Williams, Samia Essack, Lauren Downard Front row, from left: Aqeelah Ismail, Stephanie Kulikovskaya-Russo, Aaâ€™ishah Khan, Ms Emma Boshoff, Clea de Klerk, Thamina Davids, Nora Altwegg Absent: Kelly Hainsworth
Back row, from left: Lauren Richardson, Alessia Guerrini, Jaime Kelly, Natasha Truter, Alia Williams, Sarah Dammert, Alexandra Espag, Emma Irwin Third row, from left: Sofia Gray, Rachel Stramrood, Emma September, Chloe Williams, Ella Barrett-Smith, Kathryn Hendricks, Nicola Smith Second row, from left: Kimika Naidoo, Jodi Bouman-Hughes, Olivia Swart, Han-Lu Li, Samantha Martheze, Amelie Bellerose, Sarah Pengilly, Kayli October Front row, from left: Zahra Toefy, Ammaarah Dramat, Micaela Ceruti, Ms Kyla Thompson, Gabriella Fernandes, Megan Pringle, Ghanaan Wicomb Absent: Shelby le Roux, Erin McCoy
From the head of
Ms Susan Viljoen As a school we focused on four values this year: Acceptance, Integrity, Kindness and Respect. Out of all of these, acceptance lies very close to my heart as it relates to the sense of belonging. One of my favourite quotes from Max Lucado is: “You are valuable because you exist, not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are”. Starting at a new school is always a daunting experience. You make new friends, join societies, take part in different sporting codes and learn new skills in different academic subjects. In addition to this, the Grade 8s were also the first group to use iPads as part of their learning. This has been a very exciting development and we look forward to discovering how these devices can enhance the learning at Rustenburg. Lisa Penney and Robyn Biccard (A6) on their experience of Grade 8: “We started the year with an Orientation day that was quite scary in the beginning but the prefects were very friendly and took us on a tour around the school. We were very excited when we received our iPads. All of our textbooks were on it and we used it in all of our lessons. We participated in several Inter-house competitions throughout the year, which was a lot of fun. Grade 8 has been a busy but fun-filled year which we will remember forever.”
Back row from left: Megan Mundell, Sarah Figaji, Isabella Wright-Avis, Sarah Krone, Kayla Ellis, Hannah Aldum, HelĂŠna Terrapon, Fallon Brown, Phoenix Bailey, Logan Boyes Third row, from left: Amber de Villiers, Megan Smith, Emi Du Preez, Amber Lake, Jorja Annison, Erin Davey, Shawwaal Amardien Second row, from left: Samantha Wallace, Rameesah Essack, India Bowes, Iman Amien, Lailaa Allie, Erin van Wyk, Olivia HeatherClark, Jessica Heyburgh Front row, from left: Jessica Mather-Pike, Ammaarah Ally, Ashley Gernetzky, Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen, Annie Malherbe, Jessica Burgess, Skyla Maker
Back row, from left: Erin Boshoff, Katherine Andrews, Julietta Hodges, Danica Gussenhoven, Morgan Berga, Mia Wessels, Sarah le Roux, Ruby Stone, Mieke San Giorgio, Melissa Lawrence Third row, from left: Janel Broster-Masureik, Karla Rautmann, Ava van Zyl, Alexandra Shutte, Zahra Rassool, Lorien Gould, Ainsleigh Lakay Second row, from left: Kirsten Achilles, Rahmah Davies, Nuha Vallie, Amber Copeling, Yi-Ling Chen, Salma Abderouf, Chelsey-Anne Smith, Ruth Jones Front row, from left: Alhaan Emeran, Kamva Banzi, Azra Mahmood, Ms Denise Campbell, Caitlin Manuel, Alexandra Schelin, Payal Jaga
Back row from left: Ruby Cronje, Margot Beattie, Megan McKenzie, Kira Billimore, Imaan Davids, Saskia van Otterlo, Karen Bosman, Katherine McCree, Georgia Haarhoff, Isabella Volker Third row, from left: Bianca Bysshe, Raâ€™eesa Mahomed, Alice Gibbons, Kate Fourie, Emma Miller, Stephanie van Zijl, Elisabeth Fitzhenry Second row, from left: Scarlett Lethbridge, Fatima Parker, Sameenah Essack, Jodi James, Alexanda Arendse, Sarah Chadwick, Isabella Francisco, Karla Schlettwein Front row, from left: Sameera Nana, Erin Blankenberg, Jessica Phillips, Ms Megan Paton, Zahraa Roshan, Arya Maharaj, Payal Somai Absent: Holly Preiss
Back row, from left: Thakazelwa Sishi, Cassidy Faught, Qaylah Richards, Stella Lazarus, Jenna Pickering, Julia Sweetlove, Ashleigh Dixon, Otsile Diale, Siphosethu Mbambo, Aarifah Khan Third row, from left: Hannah Westaway, Finuala Josephy, Anika Sitela, Katherine Jowett, Jordan Gericke, Izabella van Driel, Kamea Chetty Second row, from left: Yonela Macaba, Chidochashe Pepukai, Robyn Gordon, Amaan Samaai, Tejal Naicker, Jaime Wray, Saarah Solomon, Mia van Niekerk Front row, from left: Olwethu Sibiya, Kate Biggs, Shannon Brooks, Ms Norma Caesar, Jessica Bartnicke, Pia Jaga, Eza Mapoma In Front: Saarah Magiet
Back row from left: AshleĂŠ Pretorius, Aimee Fell, Zeetha Gain, Jessie Rice, Sophie Macdonald, Hannah Burger, Sienna Musikanth, Caitlin Jackson, Caitlin Anstey, Dana Rose Third row, from left: Emma Naiker, Quiara Smit, Ashleigh Rix, Aaminah Karjieker, Tashiana Maclay-Mayers, Megan Berrisford, Angela White Second row, from left: Yueh-Tswen Tseng, Taahira Parker, Nikita de Abreu, Ella Mortonson, Tamsin Cowie, Tia Morrow, Imaan Isaacs, Sakina Cader Front row, from left: Rachel van Schalkwyk, Emma van Zyl, Ayakhanya Sigingqi, Ms Julie Campbell, Michaela Meyer, Raadiyah Leith, Emma Starr
Back row, from left: Erin Swanepoel, Isabella Dunbar, Caitlyn Barrable, Dominique Cunningham, Alyssa Gussenhoven, Hannah Dicks, Jorja Jacobs, Morgan Thomas, Farren Kirsten, Eleanor Cruise Third row, from left: Skye Waters, Elizabeth Maggs, Shannon Dyck, Sienna Syndercombe, Lisa Penney, Layla Worrall, Danika Romero Second row, from left: Angelina Nostro, Aaleyah Khan, Zahrah Rawoot, Robyn Biccard, Nuriyah Salie, Alexa Ceruti, Nkhensani Chauke, Jenna Renecle Front row, from left: Caitlyn Reed, Emily-Jane Stevens, Jade Smith, Ms Christine Steenekamp, Farzana Allie, Amy Forbes, Isabella van Rensburg Absent: Jodie Blows
From the Director of Ms Renée Scott girls have also shown a great interest in becoming more involved in the extra-mural programme this year. Rustenburg boasted 54 provincial representatives in 14 different sporting codes and two girls who represented South Africa. This year Ms Barrett-Theron also represented South Africa for Touch Rugby.
Another year has flown by at Rustenburg and we continue to marvel at all the sporting accolades that have been bestowed on our girls. The variety of sport offered is at its peak with something for everyone. We added a yoga option to our social sport offering and these sessions have been very popular with the girls. We continued to host many of the PGSGU events on our campus, making use of the wonderful netball, hockey and tennis facilities that we have. We also hosted the Cross Country for the Junior and Senior schools again, making use of our own grounds and neighbouring fields. The 2km route is both challenging and spectator-friendly. We entered many local tournaments, hosted the 5th edition of the U16 Champions Cup Tournament and toured to Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg for water polo. Our 1st Hockey Team toured to George. Ten water polo players also enjoyed the trip of a lifetime when they toured to Montenegro and Serbia with Ms Goble during the mid-year break. Another highlight was the annual Rhenish versus Rustenburg derby weekend when we witnessed the true support from the entire school community. The derby weekend showcased all our hockey, netball and soccer teams. The time and effort put into planning training sessions and match structures by our committed coaching staff is truly immense. It has been inspiring to see such motivation from a dedicated team of coaches, staff and players. The
National Sports Achievers Front row, from left: Daniella Solkow (Swimming), Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron (Touch Rugby), Kaitlyn Doms (Artistic Swimming)
Kaitlyn Doms (Grade 9) Kaitlyn competed at the 1st Fina Youth World Artistic Swimming Championships in Samorin, Slovakia from 28 August to 1 September where she represented team South Africa in the 13-15 age-group. She was part of the free team and free combination routines as well as the duet. Daniella Solkow (Grade 12) Daniella competed at the 15th European Maccabi Games (EMG) held in Budapest, Hungary from 29 July to 7 August. There were around 2100 athletes from 40 different countries, who competed in a total of 19 disciplines. Daniella was part of a team of 12 swimmers. She competed in the U18 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle, the 50m, 100m breaststroke, and 50m backstroke events. Daniella won three Gold and three Silver medals in her individual events, and one Gold and four Silver medals in the relay categories. Ms Barrett-Theron Our 1st Team Touch Rugby Coach, Ms Zaandré BarrettTheron, represented South Africa at the 2019 Touch Rugby World Cup held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 29 April to 4 May this year. This year’s World Cup was the biggest tournament with 117 teams representing 26 nations in 11 respective categories. Ms Barrett-Theron was a member of the Women’s Open team who finished 7th out of eighteen teams in their division. They played against teams from China, England, Scotland, Japan, Fiji, USA, Wales and World Champions, Australia.
Western Province Sport Representatives Back row, from left: Kayla Henry (Water Polo), Mia Lazarus (Water Polo), Madison Beley (Water Polo), Hannah Schaefer (Water Polo) Fifth Row from left: Gemma Watermeyer (Indoor Hockey & Hockey), Erin Coetzee (Indoor Hockey & Hockey), Chloë Sampson (Water Polo), Morgan Prins (Rowing), Alida van der Merwe (Women’s Cricket), Amber Wilson (Rowing), Jaime Kelly (Water Polo), Danielle van Breda (Action Netball), Sienna Syndercombe (Tennis) Fourth Row from left: Jade Lawson (Touch Rugby and WP Rugby Ref), Lisa Penney (Tennis & Hockey), Tyra Ingold (Indoor Hockey & Hockey), Josie Malherbe (Hockey), Nika Hofmeyr (Hockey), Arwen Dumbrill (Horse Riding), Yasmeen Kazi (Touch Rugby), Rose Williamson (Water Polo), Jordyn Campbell (Squash) Third row, from left: Hannah Hillman (Water Polo), Kathryn Hendricks (Touch Rugby), Azrah Dick (Hockey), Kaitlyn Doms (Artistic Swimming), Karla Rautmann (Fishing), Rachel Noyce (Indoor Hockey & Hockey), Amber de Villiers (Hockey), Result Machiya (Netball), Imaan Samodien (Touch Rugby) Second row, fromfrom left: Azhar Phillips (Touch Rugby), Jodie Blows (Hockey), Rachel Doms (Water Polo), Juliana Barrish (Tennis), Hanaan Shaikjee (Touch Rugby), Razan Hassan (Touch Rugby), Kelly Johnson (Hockey), Alexandra De Meuter (Touch Rugby) Front row, from left: Rebecca Hill (Hockey), Ashleigh Noyce (Indoor Hockey & Hockey), Ms Nolundi Blayi, Imán Cassiem (Touch Rugby), Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron (Touch Rugby), Nishaat Hendricks (Touch Ruby), Ms Renée Scott, Georgia Hill (Water Polo), Daniella Solkow (Swimming)
National All Girls Schools’
The hashtag for the 2019 edition of the NGSF was “Embrace the Opportunity”. The Festival was hosted jointly by Paarl GHS and La Rochelle GHS.
Rustenburg entered a team of 47 participants and nine staff members who all certainly did exactly that – they embraced the opportunity. We departed by bus for Paarl on Wednesday 1 May and arrived at our accommodation, De Hollandsche Molen, with sufficient time to enjoy a few hours settling into the newly-renovated and very spacious chalets nestled between Paarl and Franschhoek. The opening ceremony took place at the Taalmonument Amphitheatre and was a truly mind-blowing experience. The weather over the three days was kind to us – warm with little wind and rain at night. Rustenburg entered teams into six of the codes that were offered, namely: Cross Country, Debating, Hockey, Netball, Squash and Tennis. This is the first time that the code of Cross Country was included in the programme of the 20-year-old NGSF. The runners ran an individual 4km race on the banks of the Berg River through the arboretum and a relay race where all runners ran a 2km route on the beautiful Labori Wine Estate. Rustenburg entered a very young Debating Team and they responded very well to this year’s challenge. The Festival for the Debaters was both a very valuable learning experience and a fun-filled team-building exercise. The 1st Hockey Team played seven matches, winning three, drawing two and losing two. The Festival set up a great platform from which to work for the season ahead. RGHS finished 13th out of 21 schools. The NGSF Netball Team played ten matches, winning six and losing four. On the final day Rustenburg played for 11th place, and the players put in an amazing performance to claim victory in their final match. The Rustenburg Squash Team worked well as a unit and were in very good spirits throughout the three days. This young and very enthusiastic team gained invaluable experience. Our Tennis Team played their first match against very tough opposition and won, causing quite a stir. Our young team played excellent tennis and were extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent Rustenburg. We were placed an excellent 8th out of 16 schools. Attending this Festival was a huge privilege for all. This experience is one that the learners will remember, for sure, as one of the highlights of their schooling careers.
Rustenburg hosted the fifth annual U16 Champions Cup Hockey and Netball tournament from 12-14 April. 18 Hockey teams and 18 Netball teams from across the country descended onto the school campus from 10h00 on Friday morning. There was a carnival atmosphere on campus with an athletesâ€™ village, hydration station and many vendors on site selling beverages, food, chair cushions, sports equipment and more. The Rustenburg academic, administrative and ground staff, kitted out in their new Rustenburg shirts, assisted us throughout the weekend. The competition was of a very high standard and the visitors were treated to exceptional levels of play and outstanding sportsmanship from all teams. It was a treat to witness the SA-graded umpires for both the Netball and Hockey matches in action. The hockey final was an all Eastern Cape affair with DSG beating Woodridge in showdowns after the full-time score was 0-0. The Bronze medals went to St Cyprians. The netball trophy was won by St Stithians from Johannesburg, after they beat the host school, Rustenburg, 14-11 in a very exciting match. This match was played indoors due to the rain that descended on the festival atmosphere on Sunday. The Bronze medals went to Reddam Constantia. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2020.
Sport Colours &
Full colours: Alida van der Merwe
Best Junior Runner: Annie Malherbe Best Senior Runner: Megan Phillipson Half Colours: Zaina Abrahams, Megan Phillipson
Tracey Hall Trophy, to the most outstanding U14 player: Jodie Blows Most outstanding U16 Hockey Player: Josie Malherbe Pietersen Hockey Trophy to the player who displayed outstanding and consistent enthusiasm, reliability, loyalty and good sportsmanship: Rebecca McConnell Lianne do Rego goalkeeping trophy: Shana Daniels Most Improved Hockey Player: Tyra Ingold and Rachel Noyce Hockey player of the year: Georgia Hill and Ashleigh Noyce Full Colours: Erin Coetzee, Nika Hofmeyr, Ashleigh Noyce Half Colours: Azrah Dick, Rebecca Hill, Hannah Schaefer, Gemma Watermeyer
Indoor hockey player of the Year: Ashleigh Noyce Full Colours: Ashleigh Noyce Half Colours: Gemma Watermeyer
Most promising junior netball player: Result Machiya Baguley trophy, for the most improved player: Mia Lazarus Shooter with the best goal average: Isabella Little Netball player of the Year: Sarah Murashiki Half Colours: Sarah Murashiki
Francois Botha Trophy, for the most enthusiasm for the game and has encouraged greater interest in the game at Rustenburg: Cameron Alexander Best Squash Player: Jordyn Campbell Full Colours: Jordyn Campbell
Most promising junior swimmer: Erin Daffarn Most promising senior swimmer: Daniella Solkow Barbara Marais Trophy, for the swimmer who has shown hard work and team spirit: Erin Hartzenberg Full Colours: Erin Hartzenberg Half Colours: Erin Daffarn
Best Junior Tennis Player: Juliana Barrish Best Senior Tennis Player: Megan Phillipson
The player who has excelled, shown enthusiasm, loyalty and good sportsmanship in the game at Rustenburg: Erin Hector and Iman Cassiem Full Colours: Alexandra de Meuter, Erin Hector, Isabella Little Half Colours: Iman Cassiem, Nishaat Hendricks, Jade Lawson
Laura Barrett trophy, to the most passionate water polo player: Hannah Hillman Lisa Stirrat trophy, to the most improved water polo player: Teagan Salmon Full Colours: Georgia Hill, Hannah Schaefer Half Colours: Alexa Edwards, Kayla Henry, Mia Lazarus, Rebecca McConnell, Jamie van Schoor, Ruby Wares
SPORT SPECIAL AWARDS NICOLA BARRETT CUP
for all round sporting excellence, showing team loyalty and good sportsmanship: Ashleigh Noyce and Alida van der Merwe
RUSTENBURG TEAM OF THE YEAR
The Rustenburg Team of the Year Trophy was awarded to the 1st Netball Team; winners of the PGSGU Tournament and silver medallists at the Cape Town High Schools Netball finals.
JUNIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Juliana Barrish 1st Tennis Team, Western Province U15 Tennis Team, InterSchools Cross Country Team, South Zone Cross Country Team
SENIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Ashleigh Noyce 1st Indoor Hockey Team, 1st Tennis Team, 1st Outdoor Hockey Team, Inter-Schools Cross Country Team, PSI U18 Indoor Hockey, U18 South Zone Hockey Team
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Kyla Thompson and Ms Erica van As Coach: Ms Sasha Sivertsen Captain: Ashleigh Noyce Vice-captain: Rebecca Hill
This has been a challenging indoor hockey season with a lot of younger players coming into the 1st Team.
Throughout the season the team has grown and developed together, with mixed results, but building on their team work and skills every week. Led by Ashleigh Noyce and Rebecca Hill, the 1st Team has gone from strength to strength. They started the season with a draw to Fairmont and a loss to St Cyprians, but went on to beat Pinelands and Wynberg. The 1st Team also lost to Herschel and Westerford but beat Springfield in a thrilling game, which was definitely the highlight of the season. The PGSGU tournament, held at Herschel, was a great way for the 1st Team to show how far they had come in the season. They started off the tournament with a fantastic 3-1 win over Wynberg Girlsâ€™ High School. Unfortunately, the rest of the results did not go our way, but our girls kept fighting and finished fourth in a very tough tournament. At the beginning of the season our 1st Team girls attended a Pro Series Indoor Hockey schools preseason tournament. There were mixed results but as a relatively young group, this was an invaluable opportunity to get to know each other better and improve as a team. The team finished in fifth place. The following girls made Pro Series Indoor Hockey teams this season: Ashleigh Noyce (U18), Erin Coetzee (U16), Azraa Dick (U16), Tyra Ingold (U16), Rachel Noyce (U16) and Gemma Watermeyer (U16).
1st Team Indoor Hockey Back row, from left: Josie Malherbe, Kelly Prowse, Erin Coetzee, Gemma Watermeyer, Tyra Ingold, Rachel Noyce Front row, from left: Azrah Dick, Ms Kyla Thompson, Ashleigh Noyce (Captain), Ms Sasha Sivertsen (Coach), Rebecca Hill (Vice Captain), Ms Erika van As, Thaakirah Majiet
Teacher-in-charge: Ms RenĂŠe Scott Coach: Ms Vivienne Williams Captain: Erin Hartzenberg Vice-captain: Daniella Solkow
Swimming is a consistently highperforming sport at Rustenburg. This year the Swimming Team consisted of 30 swimmers. The team competed in galas every Thursday throughout Term 1. We competed in various types of galas: individual, relay and combined galas at different venues. Rustenburg placed in the top three schools on every occasion. At the PGSGU Gala hosted by Springfield our swimmers made us proud. The U14s, U16s and U19s placed second in their respective age-groups and Rustenburg therefore placed second overall. A few of our swimmers also participated in some Open Water swimming events and made Rustenburg proud. The Cape Mile and the Bridge House Mile were popular once again with our swimmers. Individual swimmers shone at various national level galas throughout the country. Daniella Solkow and Erin Hartzenberg competed at the SA Junior Nationals in Durban in March. Daniella also competed in the Senior National Championships. Erin Daffarn, Ashlee Pretorius and Jenna Renecle participated in the Level 3 Regionals in Oudtshoorn. Many finals were made, medals won and personal best times achieved.
1st Team Swimming Back row, from left: Sage Canter, Sophie Macdonald, Erin Daffarn, Tyra Phipson, Anna Gray, Jenna Pickering, Robyn van Zijl, Shelby le Roux Third row, from left: Rose Williamson, Eleanor Cruise, Nicole Rix, Hannah Burger, Jorja Jacobs, Amy Worthington, Manina Viljoen Second row, from left: Jenna Renecle, Megan Renecle, Ella Mortonson, Hannah Hillman, Ashlee Pretorius, Ruth Jones, Savanna Hill, Imaan Jacobs Front row, from left: Hannah Faure, Daniella Solkow (Vice Captain), Ms RenĂŠe Scott (Coach), Erin Hartzenberg (Captain), Ms Vivienne Williams (Coach), Shannon Canter, Kayla Henry
Rustenburg entered six teams into various leagues. We achieved good results from each team throughout the season. The 1st Team, led by Megan Davidson, started the season with a win against Herschelâ€™s 2nd Team. This was followed by a loss against St Cyprians, a win against Jan van Riebeeck, and, in the last match of the season, the team lost narrowly to Herschelâ€™s 1st Team. Coach Hayley was always passionate and brought enthusiasm to every practice. The girls worked exceptionally hard to improve their game and team skills at practices, which was always in a fun and relaxed environment. The top junior and senior tennis players represented Rustenburg at the annual PGSGU Tournament. The tournament was hosted by Herschel but held at Rustenburg. Rustenburg achieved fantastic results. The Senior Team placed third and the Junior Team placed first, winning the PGSGU trophy. Our junior representatives were Juliana Barrish, Catalina Ross, Sienna Syndercombe and Lisa Penney. We were extremely proud of the way in which our teams represented Rustenburg. Western Province U15 representatives for 2019 were: Juliana Barrish, Sienna Syndercombe, and Lisa Penney.
1st Team Tennis Back row, from left: Megan Phillipson, Alida van der Merwe, Ashleigh Noyce, Juliana Barrish Front row, from left: Megan Davidson (Captain), Ms Marieta Langenhoven, Josephine Knutsen (Vice Captain)
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Marieta Langenhoven Coach: Ms Hayley Nel Captain: Megan Davidson Vice-captain: Josephine Knutsen
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron Coach: Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron Captain: Erin Hector Vice-captain: Iman Cassiem
The Western Province Girls’ School League hosted at Rustenburg has proven to be an incredible showcase of girls’ touch rugby and the standard continues to improve every year. Our players and coaches worked hard throughout the season and their efforts were rewarded when the 1st Team won the league for yet another year, and the 2nd Team made it into the semi-finals. The final match was tightly contested but our 1st Team players proved their fitness and skills were the best on the day with a final score of 5-1 against Claremont High School. Our 2nd Team lost narrowly in extra time to Wynberg Girls’ High School and ended fourth in the league. The future looks bright for Touch Rugby at Rustenburg with several Grade 8 players combining to form a social team this year. The goal with this team would be to join the schools’ league in 2020 as an official 4th Team. The 1st Team played in the Annual Century City Tournament hosted by “In2Touch” and placed second when they lost in a drop off against Spine High School in the final. This remains a fun tournament where the girls get to bond and prepare for the final stretch of the schools’ league. There were some notable performances by the matrics in our 1st Team this year who represented Western Province for many years. Their experience and leadership on and off the field was admirable and they set a fantastic example for the younger players. The following girls represented Western Province at the Inter-Provincial Tournament in September last year: Iman Cassiem, Alexandra de Meuter, Erin Hector, Nishaat Hendricks, Jade Lawson and Erryn Morrison (WP U17A); Aviella Abrahams, Hudaa Arend, Aarzoo Bray, Zahrah Solomons and Yasmeen Kazi (WP U17B); Razan Hassen, Azhar Phillips, Imaan Samodien and Hanaan Shaikjee (WP U15).
1st Team Touch Rugby Back row, from left: Erryn Morrison, Skye Williams, Ameera Behardien, Isabella Little, Kathryn Hendricks, Jade Lawson Front row, from left: Bianca Ravell, Amy Skinner, Erin Hector (Captain), Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron (Coach), Imán Cassiem (Vice Captain), Nishaat Hendricks, Alexandra De Meuter
Teacher-in-charge: Mr Gian Marneweck Coach: Ms Nicola Barrett Captain: Hannah Schaefer Vice-captain: Rebecca McConnell
Our 1st Team played exceptionally well this season. Although the results did not reflect this, the growth in the level of skills of the players, the camaraderie and the passion for water polo was evident. The team consisted mostly of Grade 12 learners who have played together since they were in Grade 8, and, as a result, a special bond has been formed that will last long after their high school days are over. The 1st Team entered the Reddam Girls U19 Water Polo Tournament at Reddam Constantia in September 2018, the Somerset College Girls’ Stayers Tournament at Somerset College in October 2018 and, finally, the Old Petrian’s Water Polo Tournament at St Peter’s College, Johannesburg in February 2019. In Johannesburg, Rustenburg placed 21st and won the Shield Trophy which was a very special achievement. Early in February, five Grade 10s and eight Grade 9s travelled to Port Elizabeth to take part in the Alex Road U19 Girls’ Water Polo Tournament. The team did their coaches proud in every game, especially with their incredible defence against some of the top first teams in the country. The team had a lot of fun and returned to Cape Town exhausted, but well-bonded as a unit. Our U14A and U16A Teams made it as far as the semi-finals in the local Knockout Tournament. Our provincial representatives were: Georgia Hill (WP U19B), Hannah Schaefer (WP U19B), Mia Lazarus (WP U16A), Madison Beley (WP U16B), Rachel Doms (WP U16B), Kayla Henry (WP U16B), Hannah Hillman (WP U15B), Jaime Kelly (WP U15B), Chloe Sampson (WP U15B), Rose Williamson (WP U14A) and Freya Noon (WP U14B).
1st Team Waterpolo Back row, from left: Kayla Conradie, Ruby Wares, Nika Hofmeyr Middle row, from left: Teagan Salmon, Mia Lazarus, Georgia Hill, Jamie van Schoor, Kayla Henry, Shannon Canter Front row, from left: Rebecca McConnell (Vice Captain), Ms Nicola Barrett (Coach), Hannah Schaefer (Captain), Mr Gian Marneweck (Manager), Alexa Edwards
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Jane Behne Coach: Ms Renée Scott and Ms Vivienne Williams Captain: Kate Lodwick Vice-captain: Zaina Abrahams
The Rustenburg Cross Country girls trained consistently throughout the season.
The training sessions took on a variety of terrains, interval sessions, skills and drills training with the bulk of the sessions focussing on aerobic endurance. Wednesday league races were popular with the girls and we consistently entered 15 to 20 dedicated runners in seven league races. The season kicked off at Rondebosch Boys’ High School, with our Grade 8s getting their first high school run under the belt. The girls also ran races at Pinelands, Wynberg, Jan van Riebeeck, SACS and Westerford. The weather was spectacular for all the races, except for the one at Westerford – running in torrential rain was a new challenge for most. 21 girls ran the zonal race at Milnerton High School and 14 of our runners were selected to represent the Central Zone at the Western Province Championships held at Fairmont on a wonderfully challenging route. The girls gained invaluable experience competing against the Northern and Southern Zone runners. Rustenburg hosted the annual PGSGU Cross Country race on a beautiful day in late August. Hershel claimed the trophy, winning four of the five age-groups. St Cyprians placed second and Springfield third. Megan Phillipson (Grade 11) placed third in the U17 category and Nika Hofmeyr (Grade 11) placed second in the U19 category. Zaina Abrahams (Grade 12), Megan Phillipson and Laya Gersowsky (Grade 11) were selected to represent Western Province in the Cape Metro team at the Western Cape Championships, hosted by Hottentots Holland High School, at the end of August. .
1st Team Cross Country Back row, from left: Thami Giyose, Manina Viljoen, Chloë Sampson, Khadeeja Allie-Ebrahim, Viwe Hlatshwayo, Kim Reinecke, Talitha Delpierre Third row, from left: Sarah Krone, Caitlin Anstey, Lara Rule, Jaime McGown, Rachel Behne, Rose Williamson, Kayla Ross Second row, from left: Robyn Biccard, Lara Stulting, Qailah Bhamjee, Rachel Noyce, Lisa Penney, Megan Renecle, Juliana Barrish, Bianca Ravell Front row, from left: Laya Gersowsky, Ms Renée Scott (Coach), Kate Lodwick (Captain), Ms Jane Behne (Manager), Zaina Abrahams (Vice Captain), Ms Vivienne Williams (Coach), Megan Phillipson
SPORT Teacher-in-charge: Ms Susan Viljoen Coach: Ms Andi Bernstein Captain: Ashleigh Noyce Vice-captain: Georgia Hill
The 2019 season was a hard-fought one with the 1st Team winning six out of their 11 league games. This placed them sixth in the U19 Grand Challenge League. The team managed to stay positive and worked hard throughout the season despite losing several players to injuries in the second part of the season. They ended their league games off on a high note by beating Herschel in a very tightly contested match. The annual PGSGU hockey tournaments were held and hosted by Wynberg Girlsâ€™ at their Astroturf. The U14A Team played some incredible hockey, beating Wynberg 2-0, Springfield 1-0, St Cyprians 2-0 and drawing to Herschel 0-0. They placed second overall. Although they only drew one game and lost the other four, placing them fifth, the U16A Team played their hearts out and came off the field smiling after every game. The 1st Team fought hard in every single game and were unlucky with goals being scored against them in the dying seconds. They beat Wynberg 1-0, drew to St Cyprians 1-1 and lost to both Herschel and Springfield 0-1, which placed them fourth. The 1st Team travelled to George during the April holidays to take part in the York Easter Hockey Festival while the U14A Team participated in the Somerset College Festival. Rustenburg hosted another successful Champions Cup tournament for U16 Teams. The school entered an U14 and U16 Team which placed 14th and 16th respectively. The 1st Team battled strong teams in the final round of the Spar tournament and in the U18 Cape Town Hockey Festival where they placed eighth. Congratulations to the following girls who received provincial colours this year: Jodie Blows (U14 Western Cape); Amber de Villiers and Lisa Penny (U14 South Zone); Azrah Dick and Josie Malherbe (U16 South Zone); Kelly Johnson (U16A Western Province); Erin Coetzee (U18A Western Province); Nika Hofmeyr (U18B Western Province); Rebecca Hill, Tyra Ingold, Ashleigh Noyce and Gemma Watermeyer (U18 South Zone).
1st Team Hockey Back row, from left: Rebecca Hill, Josie Malherbe, Nika Hofmeyr, Tyra Ingold, Rachel Noyce, Kelly Johnson Second row, from left: Gemma Watermeyer, Erin Coetzee, Hannah Schaefer, Rebecca McConnell, Rebecca Bysshe, Ruby Wares Front row, from left: Georgia Hill (Vice Captain), Ms Andi Bernstein (Coach), Shana Daniels, Ms Susan Viljoen (Manager), Ashleigh Noyce (Captain)
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen Coach: Ms Vanessa Lingeveldt Captain: Alida van der Merwe Vice-captain: Kayla Johnson
We are proud of the U19A, U19B, U16B and U16C teams that made it through to the league finals in September. The U19A and U19B teams won silver medals, and the U16B won gold. The annual Rustenburg-Rhenish derby day took place in August this year. The support received on the derby day was outstanding and gave the girls playing the encouragement that they needed. The level of Netball played was of a very high standard. The PGSGU Tournament took place on 24 August at Rustenburg. The U19A and U16A Teams won their respective age groups. The U14A Team placed third. Rustenburg also won the Goal Cup which is awarded to the school whose three age-groups score the most goals. The season kicked off with our U19A Team attending the Springfest Tournament hosted by Springfield in March. The team did exceptionally well and it definitely foreshadowed the great season which lay ahead. A special mention must go to Sarah Murashiki (Grade 11) who was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Rustenburg hosted the 5th U16 Champions Cup in April. 18 Netball teams from around the country participated in this wonderful event. The tournament was a huge success with Rustenburg’s U16A Team winning Pool A with seven wins and only one loss. Rustenburg progressed to the final where they lost narrowly to St Stithians, 11-14.
Rustenburg had a very successful Netball season with outstanding performances from all teams. Each of the 10 Netball teams played six league matches.
Result Machiya (Grade 9) was selected to represent the U16 ‘Doves’ Cape Town High Schools Netball Team in the Inter-district tournament in July. Her team placed 4th overall. Jorga Jacobs (Grade 8) was selected for the Mitchells Plain Netball Union Team that competed in a tournament in Clanwilliam in July. Her team won all of their matches and achieved Gold at the 44th Clanwilliam Netball Tournament.
1st Team Netball Back row, from left: Sarah Murashiki, Danielle van Breda, Kayla Henry, Mia Lazarus, Isabella Little, Nishaat Hendricks Front row, from left: Kayla Johnson (Vice Captain), Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen, Alida van der Merwe (Captain), Ms Vanessa Lingeveldt (Coach), Tegan Makovini
SPORT Teacher-in-charge: Ms Louise Lawrence and Ms Erika van As Coach: Mr André Naude Captain: Cameron Alexander
The Rustenburg Squash girls performed competitively in their respective league matches this year.
Many of the players, especially those committed to the weekly practices, showed marked improvement in their level of play. Coach André was particularly good at managing the different levels of ability. Much experience was gained from playing in the National All Girls’ Festival in Paarl at the start of the season. The A and B Teams played league matches against Fairbairn, Wynberg, Westerford, Pinelands, Herschel, Camps Bay, Cannons Creek and Springfield. We played in the Girls A and B League. The U19A Team were unbeaten in all their matches and the U19B Team had a 50/50 ratio of wins to losses. The squash girls continue to use the courts at Kelvin Grove for their practices and matches. Rustenburg enjoyed a good finale to the season where the A Team performed well at the PGSGU Tournament. We placed second behind a very strong Herschel side. Jordyn Campbell, our number one player, won all of her matches. We are extremely proud of Jordyn Campbell. She is seeded eight in the Girls U19 rankings in South Africa for 2019. Jordyn competed in many Open Girls U19 Junior Championships this year, namely in Paarl where she came second, Bloemfontein where she came tenth, and SA Closed where she came eighth. She came first in the Western Province Open Girls U19 Junior Championships and third in Western Province Junior Girls U19 Championships. Jordyn was also chosen to represent Western Province at Senior Open level in Durban in the Jarvis Kaplan Cup.
1st Team Squash Back row, from left: Isabella Rossouw, Nicole Bransby, Jordyn Campbell Front row, from left: Ms Louise Lawrence, Cameron Alexander (Captain), Mr Andre Naude (Coach)
In 2019 Rustenburg offered the following sports at a social level: Athletics, Cricket, Fast 5s, Yoga, Netball, Water Polo, Walking Club, Running Club, Soccer, Swimming and Learn-to-Swim. Social sport is very popular amongst the girls as they know how much participation in a physical activity benefits them.
AVT Back row, from left: Aqeelah Ismail, Zahraa Badsha, Cealagh Redelinghuys, Saarah Abrahams, Maryam Badsha, Misbah Toefy, Ayesha Abrahams Front row, from left: Emma deBeger, Farheen Parker (Head), Mr Alister Penny, Maxene Hollis (Deputy Head), Emma Newton Absent: Mr Francis Vogts
Bon Appetit Back row, from left: Nishaat Hendricks, Jodi Britnell, Sisipho Ngqeza, Leah Abdullah, Lutholuhle Mkupa, Caelin Murray, Alexandra MÃ¼ller Second row, from left: KeelyJo Londt, Kelly-Anne Hendricks, Maxene Hollis, Jamie van Schoor, Rebecca Mortley, Megan Pettie Front row, from left: Shannyn Byrne, Victoria King (Deputy Head), Ms Lynette Jacobs , Kaya Dube (Head), Ms Linda Mallon , Lathita Njozela, Sarah Crawford
Bugs Boutique Back row, from left: Lisa Slingers, Farheen Parker, Megan Phillipson, Isabella Webster Second row, from left: Kristin Munian, Hanna Wafai, Christy Robbins, Juliet Lunn, Khadeeja AllieEbrahim, Jessie Cragg Front row, from left: Nazneen Allie, Ainslee Khamal, Nicole Smith (Head), Ms Eugenie Solkow, Aarzoo Bray, Angelique Murray, Alexandra De Meuter Absent: Erin Hector (Deputy Head)
Computer Monitresses Back row, from left: Rania Mokallik, Hannaa Adam, Maryam Badsha, Zoe Bunn, Aman Abrahams, Roxanne Comyn, Salma Desai, Aaliyah Khalfe Front row, from left: Tinika Navsaria, Amani Hoosen, Simthandile Witbooi, Ms Janine Myers, Leah Abdullah, Ainslee Khamal, Samira Anwar
First Aid Back row, from left: Sabreen Mohamed, Juliet Lunn, Amaarah Adams, Megan Ray, Megan Davidson, Mikaela van Otterlo, Maryam Badsha, Hanna Wafai Fourth row, from left: Lara Stulting, Nabeela Jaffer, Zoe Bunn, Megan de Villiers, Dori Kovaâ€™cs, Anna Nagel Third row, from left: Amani Hoosen, Mushira Obaray, Hannaa Adam, Jessie Cragg, Nika Hofmeyr, Megan Phillipson, Nanzeba Arif Second row, from left: Catherine Grobbelaar, Aviella Abrahams, Zahrah Solomons, Hudaa Arend, Leigh Toet, Bibi Ayesha Dalvie, Aaliyah Khalfe, Saar-rah Chilwan Front row, from left: Alexandra De Meuter, Kristina Semmelink, Ms Zargielay Rabeh, Lungelo Mashaba, Mr Gian Marneweck, Marnie McGowan, Nazneen Allie
Bug Magazine Back row, from left: Robyn Gernetzky, Qailah Bhamjee, Lekia Thaver, Gadija Slamang Second row, from left: Erin Coull, Almas Gafoor, Saskia Beattie, Katherine Worthington-Smith, Zahraa Solomons, Lara Stulting Front row, from left: Leigh Toet, Amani Hoosen (Deputy Head), Ms Julie Campbell, Saar-rah Chilwan (Head), Jenna Dugmore Absent: Kayla Burgess, Kate Birch
Matric Mentors Back row, from left: Tyler de Villiers, Nicole Oosthuisen, Morgan Prins, Ashikakumari Patel, Iman Cottle, Darian Cloete, Jamie van Schoor, Kate Lodwick, Rebecca Mortley, Sifumene Naka, Rebecca Bysshe, Marnie McGowan Fourth Row : Paula Taylor, Jodi Littlefield, Amber Wilson, Teagan Salmon, Lara Cattermole, Juliette Rabie, Dori Kova’cs, Jaime Taylor Third row, from left: Stephanie Du, Thameenah Daniels, Megan Pettie, Amy Rice, Ruby Wares, Jenna Booth, Jessica McLachlan, Michaela San Giorgio, Josephine Knutsen Second row, from left: Rochelle Galbraith, Caelin Murray, Hanā Manjra, Jodi Britnell, Saarah Edwards, Alexa Edwards, Ameryn Peters, Amina Dhansay Front row, from left: Nicole Smith, Melissa Davis, Ye Eun Chung, Kreshalia Ephraim, Ms Helene Swanson, Haneen Pohplonker, Catherine Grobbelaar, Sarah Crawford, Zahra Parker
Media Monitresses Back row, from left: Amani Hoosen, Robyn Gernetzky, Isabelle Vainio, Robyn Rainier-Pope, Aaminah Leonard, Courtney Martin Middle row, from left: Nabeela Jaffer, Amaarah Adams, Shannon McGaughey, Helen Meyers, Sabreen Mohamed, Michaela de Vries Front row, from left: Nuha Hoosen, Kaitlyn Watt, Helen Brooke, Ms Jordan Tame, Clare Roberts, Tanya van der Merwe, Zahra Parker
Peer Tutors Back row, from left: Farheen Parker, Carla Kellerman, Qailah Bhamjee Front row, from left: Aaminah Leonard, Razeena Rawoot, Ms Perdita Norval, Hanā Manjra, Haneen Pohplonker
Photo Team Back row, from left: Naadirah Adam, Megan Cusens, Jemma Cusens, Fazlin Du Plessis Third row, from left: Samira Anwar, Amy Skinner, Saara Walele, Tanatswa Pepukai, Cindy Littlefield, Gadija Slamang, Nina Macedo Second row, from left: Jade Benton, Dayna Powell, Keona Missing, Caitlin Henderson, Alexandra Espag, Jordan Selous Front row, from left: Mia Salonen, Nicole Oosthuisen, Helen Brooke (Head), Ms René Forbes, Imán Cassiem (Deputy Head), Jessica McLachlan, Rebecca Mortley Absent: Lauren Gericke, Sophie Hertantyo, Julia Naudé, Sarah Irwin, Emma September
Tuckshop Monitresses Back row, from left: Amelia Oppelt, Shazia Solomons, Lara Stulting, Saskia Beattie, Jaime McGown, Saara Walele, Zipho Tom Third row, from left: Roxanne Comyn, Mikaela van Otterlo, Rebecca Mortley, Emma de-Beger, Kirsten MacArthur (Deputy Head), Hannah Hector, Kelly Prowse Second row, from left: Kelly Johnson, Michaela de Vries, Samira Anwar, Saarah Gaffoor, Jemma Cusens, Tina Cara, Taskeen Ismail, Amani Hoosen Front row, from left: Nuha Hoosen, Kate Lodwick, Ms Michelle Haylett, Geena Polzin (Head), Ms Linda Mantshi, Linomtha Damane, Josephine Knutsen
PR Team Back row, from left: Tinika Navsaria, Lekia Thaver, Ms Geila Wills, Zipho Tom, Saarah Gaffoor Front row, from left: Roxanne Comyn, Zaina Abrahams (Deputy Head), Rebecca Bysshe (Head), Jordan Selous, Thami Giyose
Earth Children Teacher-in-charge: Ms Jackie Chambers Head: Zahra Parker
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Philippa Colly and Ms Kyla Thompson Head: Hannah Schaefer
Muslim Studentsâ€™ Association
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Zargielay Rabeh Head: Haneen Pohplonker
Busty Bugs is a society that focuses on the awareness of women’s health.
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Tarin Scharneck Head: Meganne Steyn
Our year kicked off with the success of our annual bra collection. The bras and underwear our staff and learners donated were given to shelters for abused women. During our main month, October, Busty Bugs raised funds for Pink Drive, whose vision is to save the lives of breast cancer victims by promoting early detection. This was possible through our bake sale, tie-dye workshop and the selling of beaded pink ribbons which allowed the girls to show solidarity with breast cancer survivors. Along with our fundraising events, annual ribbon formation and civvies day, the learners of Rustenburg were actively involved in many aspects of cancer awareness. We are excited to see the Busty Bugs grow within our school.
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen Head: Alida van der Merwe
Die voorsitster, Alida van der Merwe, verwelkom leerders by vanjaar se Afrikaansdag.
Mnr. Michael Gates, Me. Johandrie Oosthuizen en Katia da Silva Valente saam met Success Lekabe wat leerders met haar wyse woorde geïnspireer het.
Lede van die Afrikaans-Vereniging hard aan die werk by die Afrikaanse Kosdag.
Alida van der Merwe, Zahrah Allie, Imán Cassiem, Danielle van Breda, Nika Hofmeyr en Mila Guerrini het ‘n suksesvolle Kosdag agter die rug.
Lede van die Afrikaans-Vereniging saam met die Afrikaans-onderwysers.
Mev. Helene Swanson en Me. Norma Caesar hou lekker piekniek.
Habitat for Humanity Teacher-in-charge: Ms Tracey Henry Head: Ashley Noyce
Debating Teacher-in-charge: Mr Cedric van Dyk Head: Kristina Semmelink
This has been a phenomenal year for both the Junior and Senior Debating teams. National Girls’ Schools Festival, Rotary, Provincials and various friendly debates have allowed the teams to grow and to develop the talents of individual speakers. We hosted a friendly debating day with Rondebosch Boys’, Springfield and Bishops. It allowed for everyone to form friendships with other schools and provided a unique and non-competitive learning environment for everyone there to develop as speakers. The highlight of the year was the provincial tournament for which both our teams qualified. The seniors had an extraordinary competition and were able to break into the quarter finals. Our junior debaters, Nazia and Zeenat, succeeded in making it into provincial trials. Nazia Cassim was selected for the Western Cape’s Junior Team. We are proud of this year’s incredible teams.
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Louise Lawrence Head: Kaitlyn Watt
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Jordan Tame Head: Avantika Naidoo
Cheerleading Teacher-in-charge: Ms Nolundi Blayi Head: Lutholuhle Mkupa
Jabulani Teacher-in-charge: Ms Mavis Mase Head: Lutholuhle Mkupa
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Juanita Atkinson and Ms Karyn Gideon Head: Mia Lazarus Committee: Aarzoo Bray, Madison Beley, Laya Gersowsky, Georgia Grant, Lindsay Jacobs, Alexander de Meuter, Sarah Murashiki, Megan Phillipson, Megan Sorour, Claudia Vieira, Gemma Watermeyer
Music Teacher-in-charge: Ms Juanita Atkinson Head: Ye Eun Chung
2019 has been an exceptional year for the music society. We hosted Open Mic in collaboration with the Retro Society and it was a beautiful celebration of music, fashion, inclusivity and culture. Up-and-coming bands, Blokhouse and Bearfeet, performed and we know that the students thoroughly enjoyed these concerts. We also planned the after party for the phenomenal Armed Man production which has set the standard for all the after parties to come. This year has inspired us to continue encouraging acceptance and love through music and we hope that in 2020 we, as a society, can create a space where students feel that they belong.
Matric Dance Committee
Teacher-in-charge: Mr Cedric van Dyk Heads: Jodi Littlefield and Thameenah Daniels
Our year started with a female empowerment photoshoot. We wanted girls to celebrate their individuality in all their different shapes, sizes and colours. We had the privilege of listening to Gomez, a Congolese refugee living in South Africa, who spoke about how he overcame his many obstacles. To celebrate Rustenburgâ€™s newfound values, Retro organised a fashion show that not only celebrated unity between the different societies but inspired girls to celebrate their unique beauty. This year was filled with Retro showing Rustenburg what it meant to be loud, tolerant and proud of who you are.
Back row, from left: Thameenah Daniels, Karima Dalmau, Aleya Dugmore, Rebecca Bysshe, Ana van Straten, KĂĄtia da Silva Valente, Talitha Wyne, Helen Brooke Front row, from left: Odelle Harold, Shea-Lee Tzamtzis, Mr William Haggard, Ameryn Peters, Melissa Davis
Cultural Society Teacher-in-charge: Ms Denise Campbell Head: Ye Eun Chung
The Cultural Society believes that it is important to explore and celebrate the various cultures we have at Rustenburg.
We began the year with enthusiasm and interest. A food sale was well supported. In the second term, the Cultural Society held their annual evening event, this year called A Celebration of Culture. We had a group from UCT modelling modern cultural outfits, and several people from Rustenburg performed and entertained the crowd assembled for a picnic evening on the lawn of the quad. Girls sang solos and in groups in various languages, some danced traditional dances, and our own French teacher, Mr Ndambi, sang in French and in English for us. Mr Ndambi also addressed the Cultural Society at break during the second term, telling the large crowd of members of the society about his life journey and some of the challenges he has faced. We look forward to growing the society next year, as we continue to acknowledge and celebrate our diverse cultural heritage at Rustenburg.
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Kyla Thompson and Ms Susan Viljoen World Challengers: Saskia Beattie, Taura Benning, Roxanne Comyn, Yakira Davidson, Julia Gomes, Abbey Hatton, Emma Johannessen, Carla Kellerman, Kirsten MacArthur, Imaan Majal, Helen Meyers, Rachel Noyce, Jenna Pentz, Dayna Powell, Dominique Taylor, Katherine Worthington-Smith
Pride Campaign Teacher-in-charge: Ms Perdita Norval
World Challenge: India
Teacher-in-charge: Mr Gian Marneweck
The year got off to a good start with the Grade 8 Interhouse races on the first Friday of Term 1, which served as a warm-up round; the first of many highly anticipated house events.
Although it was a windy day, this did not get their spirits down. The Inter-house Gala took place early on Friday 1 February; the five houses were all dressed up in their respective colours and themed outfits as they made their way down to the swimming pool. The swimmers performed outstandingly and there was a lot of spirit and camaraderie present on the day. The Matrics won their grade relay. This group has won every year for the past few years! Bleby won the Swimming Trophy and Michiel Vos won the Spirit Cup. After break it was time for the forum discussions. It was the most tightly contested Senior competition in years. Zahraa Solomons chaired Blebyâ€™s Senior team (Misbah Toefy, Aman Abrahams, Madison Beley and Jamie Fraser) to victory. There was a notable improvement in the Junior competition and Zeenat Ahmed-Mohamed (Innes) was judged the best chairperson, the Best Speaker was Gia Paulse (Bleby) and the Second Best Speaker was Phelo Xulu (Michiel Vos). Overall, Bleby came first, and Marchand came
House Captains and Vice Captains Back row, from left: Thameenah Daniels (Captain Marchand), Paula Taylor (Vice Captain Cambridge), Jade Benton (Captain Innes), Stephanie Du (Captain Bleby) Second row, from left: Jaime Gillett (Vice Captain Michiel Vos), Maia Duffus (Captain Michiel Vos), Rebecca Bysshe (Vice Captain Innes), Jamie van Schoor (Vice Captain Marchand), Tyler de Villiers (Captain Cambridge) Front row, from left: Ms Tarin Scharneck (Bleby), Ms Julie Campbell (Innes), Mr Bernard Biermann (Cambridge), Ms Nolundi Blayi, Mr Gian Marneweck (Marchand), Ms Louise White (Michiel Vos) Absent: Carla Daniels (Vice Captain Bleby)
At the end of February the much-anticipated Inter-house Plays took place in the Kemp Hall. The theme this year was “Back in Time” with plays based on childhood memories from One Direction to the days of Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. There was constant laughter as learners thoroughly enjoyed the plays, with inside jokes of life at Rustenburg being a hit with the learners. The results were as follows: Marchand won the awards for best play/overall production, best producer (Rebecca Kew-Simpson), best actress (shared by Nika Hofmeyr, Taedi Hansraj and Megan Sorour) and best director (Rachel van Greunen). Jaime Gillet (Michiel Vos) was named best supporting actress, Jade Benton (Innes) won best script, and best production design went to Michiel Vos. After a busy Term 2, learners were able to let their hair down with the annual Riff-off followed by Inter-house Hockey and Netball. The Riff-off started off with each house practising their chosen song, followed by a performance in front of the school that was judged by some members of staff and a few prefects. All the houses had fun as they entertained us, but the winner was undoubtedly Innes who nailed Summer Nights from the iconic movie, Grease. This was followed by the Inter-house Hockey and Netball, which gave girls in different grades the opportunity to play together in the same team against different houses. A highlight was the netball match between the teachers and Matrics (the staff won 5 – 3). Marchand won the hockey having won three matches and losing one to Michiel Vos, while Cambridge won the netball having won all four matches, earning themselves 8 points. Then to end the term, the whole school was encouraged to participate in the Inter-house Cross Country. The format was changed slightly this year with Race 1 taking in two laps of a 1.5 km route. The route ensured that the runners ran through the five houses set up on the field twice – this enabled the runners in Race 2 to support their peers, cheering them on and vice versa. The inter-grade relay was won by the Grade 8s, who narrowly beat the Grade 12 runners! Thank you to the House Captains and their Vice Captains for ensuring that school spirit was still alive and well at Rustenburg in 2019.
second. Bleby therefore bagged all three prizes for the day!
Mr Jaco Goosen
Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan conductor and violinist said: “The challenge is
not so much to change the sound [of music]. The challenge is to connect and to create something special.”
I could not have said it any better. 2019 – the year the Music Department connected, created, and moved people… with music. The year started on an extremely positive note, celebrating the success of the Grade 12 Music Class of 2018 in their NSC Music examinations. The class received an average of 82.7% with Kaitlin Downie placing ninth for Music in the Western Cape. We welcomed Ms Marga Smith (part-time flute and piano, and official accompanist) and Mr Justin Bellairs (part-time saxophone) to our music staff. Both of these educators have been wonderful additions to the Department and their expertise and enthusiasm has been invaluable. We celebrated Mr Buitendag’s engagement to Ms Amy Campbell, also a well-respected musician in Cape Town. Our music students are embracing the choice between the Classical and Jazz stream in Subject Music and 2020 will see our first Grade 12 Jazz stream class. This again emphasises our department’s desire to be more inclusive of a variety of music styles. The annual Subject Music outing to a rehearsal with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra took place in February. They presented a vibrant programme by composers Poulenc and Rachmaninov. Poulenc’s double piano concerto was particularly popular – it may have had something to do with the very handsome Jussen brothers! We combined the Music Welcome Meeting and Music Workshop this year. Amanda Tiffin, head of Jazz studies at UCT, presented a workshop on jazz singing to the music students.
Jose Dias, Albie van Schalkwyk and Sandra Kettle transformed our annual Piano Festival into a workshop with several of our piano students and students from outside the Rustenburg school community participating in masterclasses and workshops with these maestros. Our ensemble programme continues to impress. Our Jazz Band and Blue Quaver Rock Band collaborated to put together an exhilarating show at the V&A Waterfront Band Slam Competition. Projects such as the Lunchtime Ensemble concerts, Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival, All Girls’ Choir Festival, Baxter Marimba Festival, and the Festival of Carols were all very positively received. Rustenburg was well represented at the annual Cape Town and Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfod, and obtained no less than 22 medals this year. This is by far the largest number of medals received in my three years at the school and is just testament to the standard we are achieving in our department. The Chamber Choir took their performances to a new level by taking part in the Kyknet Sing in Harmonie Competition. Please see page 106 for a more detailed report on this event. Several of our students also took part in the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshop, and the Standard Bank National Schools’ Jazz Festival in Makhanda. All of the aforementioned activities are encouraged as they further develop the musical skills of our students and make them aware of the music world outside Rustenburg. Nothing, however, can compare to the emotions we as a music staff experienced this year when we presented The Armed Man with Rondebosch Boys’ High School and SACS at City Hall in August. Both evenings presented very moving performances. This message of hope and peace presented by the youth made the audience sit in silence after the last note and then, as if choreographed, stand up with deafening cheers. It was overwhelming to say the least and will stay with us forever!
The Music Department celebrates the success of The Armed Man.
From the Director of
KARL JENKINS THE ARMED MAN A Mass for Peace ‘Being part of the Armed Man production is something I will never forget. To this day, I wish I could go back to those two nights and relive them because I miss it so much. The countless rehearsals we had till late were tiring but if I was asked to do it again, I would. This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience I will always remember.’ Aimee Jansen (Grade 9)
ARMED MAN A Mass for Peace KARL JENKINS
Cape Town City Hall 23 & 24 July 2019 // 19h30 Tickets // R150 qkt.io/ArmedMan CONDUCTOR // ALEXANDER FOKKENS Featured works: ARLINGTON // Paul Murtha COMMEMORATION OVERTURE // Robert Sheldon MOUNTAIN THYME // Samuel R. Hazo FIRST MOVEMENT FROM PIANO NO 1 CONCERTO IN E MINOR OPUS 11 // Frederic Chopin Soloist: Jijoon Jeon
BRITTANY SMITH Soprano
VASTI KNOESEN Mezzo-Soprano
MAKUDUPANYANE SENAOANA Tenor
BAREND VAN DER WESTHUIZEN Baritone
South African College
â€˜As I started composing The Armed Man, the tragedy of Kosovo unfolded. I was reminded daily of the horror of such conflict, and so I dedicate the work to the victims of Kosovo.â€™ Karl Jenkins
Kyknet Sing in Harmonie Choir
"In the olden days, everybody sang. You were expected to sing as well as talk. It was a mark of the cultured to sing." Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer
The Chamber Choir certainly did justice to this quote on Saturday, 17 August when they took part in the Kyknet Sing in Harmonie Regional Final at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow. Choirs that take part in this competition are required to perform two songs, one of which must be of a sacred nature. Initially the choirs compete in a preliminary round to determine which choirs will compete in the Regional Final. They are divided into a Macro (more than 800 learners in the school) and a Micro (fewer than 800 learners in the school) category. Mr Goosen (the conductor) and Ms Thorne (the accompanist), with the two trophies after winning the competition.
Rustenburg competed in the Macro category against choirs from Bellville, Brackenfell, De Kuilen and Worcester on the evening. It always helps to have a goal to work towards; and when one takes into consideration that this specific competition provides a platform for provincial and national exposure with television broadcasts, then it just made sense to compete. On the evening the choir exceeded all expectations. They won trophies for the Best Sacred Song and were also announced as the overall winners. After the performance, respected adjudicators and a mostly nonRustenburg audience stood up to cheer for the choir â€“ an incomparable feeling. The choir embraced a challenge this year to move people with their performances and they certainly achieved that goal.
Asemi Ntsokolo, Head of the Chamber Choir, reflecting on the performance during an interview at the competition.
The Chamber Choir ready to perform. Various cameras were moving around to record the perfomance, but the choirâ€™s focus was incredible.
The Chamber Choir celebrating with their trophies.
The Chamber Choir in high spirits after winning the competition.
Mr Goosen and Kyknet presenter, Anthonie Bougas, showing off one of the trophies the choir won at the Kyknet Sing in Harmonie Competition.
The Chamber Choir making sure that everyone knew who was number one on the night.
Ms Thorne with some of the Grade 11 choir members before our performance. From left is Mikaela van Otterlo, Ainslee Khamal, Jemma Hallet, Ms Thorne, Emma Allkin, Hannah Olarogun, Iviwe Yeki, and Megan Barnard.
The Matric Music Class of 2019 will be remembered as a group who were incredibly loyal, enthusiastic and committed music students throughout their time at Rustenburg. It therefore served as no surprise when they continued this at the Matric Recitals on Monday, 12 August in front of a packed Charlieâ€™s Hope. Dressed in beautiful evening dress the girls truly inspired and created with their moving renditions of works by composers such as JS Bach, Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Ellington. The Grade 10 and 11 Music classes added to the evening by presenting the Matrics with cards and gifts â€“ a tradition that is unique to the Music Department. The Matric Music class of 2019 are indeed a special group. The Matric Recital was their last preparation for their practical finals, and what an unforgettable experience it was.
Shazia Solomon, Rebekah Layman and Uminathi William giving it their all at the V&A Waterfront Band Slam.
Amanda Tiffin, Head of Jazz Studies at UCT, was the presenter of our Music Workshop. Here she is giving Chloë Sampson some advice on Jazz improvisation.
Taylin Holland on the saxophone getting into the swing of things at the V&A Waterfront Band Slam.
Members of the Senior Flute Ensemble performing at one of our lunchtime concerts.
On our CPO outing the Jussen brothers performed Poulenc’s Double Piano Concerto.
Members of the Junior Vocal Ensemble performing at the Junior Lunchtime Concert.
The 125th Big Band under the direction of Murray Buitendag at the Kaleidescope of Music concert.
Karla Rautmann, Logan Boyes and Isabella Volker (Grade 8) performing a piano trio at the junior lunchtime concert.
The Music Department celebrating Mr Buitendag’s engagement to Amy Campbell.
Younsung Kim, Mia Barashenkov, Hannah Olarogun and Sarah Philander performing Pirates of the Caribbean at the Grade 11 Lunchtime Concert.
Our Junior and Senior Marimba Bands at the Baxter Marimba Festival.
Members of our Jazz Band ready to take on the Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival in Makhanda.
At the end of a very successful piano workshop, some of our participants from various schools presented a concert by composers such as Haydn, Chopin, and Mendelssohn.
Kelly Prowse (Grade 9) and Emma Kühn (Grade 10) on the trumpet at our junior lunchtime concert.
Mr Goosen in high spirits after his interview at Fine Music Radio for The Armed Man.
Music Class of 2019
Mr Adrian Skelly (Head of the Arts Faculty, Rustenburg), Ms Carey Hickson-Mahony (Principal of the Cape Academy of Dramatic Arts)
Darian Cloete (Grade 12, Rustenburg), Danielle Sabor (Grade 10, Rustenburg), Myra Parolis (Grade 12, Rustenburg), Josquin du Toit (Grade 12, Rondebosch), Robert Walker (Grade 9, Rondebosch), Gabriella Sancho (Grade 12, Rustenburg), Megan Sorour (Grade 11, Rustenburg), Matthew LubbĂŠ (Grade 11, Rondebosch), Alexis Fry (Grade 10, Rustenburg), Nicole Smith (Grade 12, Rustenburg), Jongisizwe Stofile (Grade 12, Rondebosch), Johann Lorimer (Grade 10, Rondebosch), George du Plooy (Grade 12, Rondebosch), Lauren Heiberg (Grade 11, Rustenburg)
Darian Cloete (Grade 12, Rustenburg), Danielle Sabor (Grade 10, Rustenburg), Imad Petersen (Grade 12, Rondebosch), Georgia Haarhoff (Grade 8, Rustenburg), Sarah Murashiki (Grade 11, Rustenburg), Ben Wittenberg (Grade 11, Rondebosch), Connor le Borgne (Grade 11, Rondebosch), Ashley Gernetzky (Grade 8, Rustenburg)
Darian Cloete (Grade 12, Rustenburg), Declan Hooper (Grade 12, Rondebosch), Sarah Irwin (Grade 10, Rustenburg), Miyo Jappie (Grade 9, Rustenburg), Yakira Davidson (Grade 10, Rustenburg), Connor le Borgne (Grade 11, Rondebosch), Mark McLagan (Grade 11, Rondebosch), Sebastian MontoyaPelaez (Grade 10, Rondebosch), Thomas Raynham (Grade 10, Rondebosch), Aphiwe Skoti (Grade 8, Rondebosch), Alex White (Grade 10, Rondebosch)
Ms Ruth Romburgh It has been a time of positive changes; the Alumnet database was implemented and can be used for networking by all old girls who register on it. Our name and logo have been updated and going forward we will be Rustenburg Alumnae. We also have an official Facebook page and Instagram account (Rustenburg Alumnae). Ms Pat Hanger sent out a quarterly newsletter this year for those unable to keep updated on the various social media accounts. Members of the committee attended the annual South African Schools Alumni Association Conference where it became apparent that RA is relevant to the needs of a modern school in terms of bursary and assistance to the schools; and to its past pupils with regard to reunion organisation, alumnet communication, fees and structure. The Rustenburg Old Girls’ Choir was formed in 2018 by Mr Hendrik Marais and old girl Lauren Davis (E’12). The journey has been one of friendships, memories and wonderful music- making which has proven to be a legacy of which we can be proud. To join the choir, please contact them on their Facebook page (ROGU choir) or get in touch with the school office. We have implemented an Alumnae support programme. This programme aims to foster healthy relationships between past and present students, to support and guide students who may find themselves struggling. We work in conjunction with members of staff at the school.
The Mavis Wakeford Bursary for tertiary education in the teaching profession was awarded for the last time as the interest on the bequeathed funds is no longer sufficient to maintain this bursary. From 2020, a new RA bursary of R10 000 will be offered to one or shared between two or three successful applicants who are studying in any field. RA has also committed to supplementing bursaries given out by the school. A very generous donation from one of our alumnae will be used to help fund a deserving learner whose parents may not be in a financial position to keep her at Rustenburg. The school will identify the learner and she will receive R10 000 per year to subsidise her fees. This will be awarded in 2020. Thanks to the 1968 Es who responded to the challenge from the 1956 Es to match or better their donation towards the RA bursary fund, they raised R6250 at their Founders’ Day reunion which they donated. Thank you to all alumnae who contributed to the 125 Club helping to boost our bursary fund. As Grade Reunions foster good relationships between past pupils, we continue to host a very lively one-year reunion each year in Charlie’s Hope. We encourage all alumnae to organise reunions and to update us on these events and other news for inclusion in our newsletter.
From the President of Rustenburg