Rustenburg Girls’ High School 2021 1
First row from left: Isabel Moore (Grade 8), Xara Hung (Grade 8), Nathanielle Bille (Grade 8), Zara Merrick (Grade 8) Second row, from left: Isabel Moore (Grade 8), Sarah Essack (Grade 8), Aaliyah Ismail (Grade 8), Kayla Sherry (Grade 8) Third row, from left: Lethabo Phohlwana (Grade 8), Innie Song (Grade 8), Juliette Meyer (Grade 8), Luka Goodall (Grade 8) Fourth row, from left: Aimee Oates (Grade 8), Madison Newton (Grade 8), Isabella Wright (Grade 8), Jenna Lake (Grade 8) Fith row, from left: Samantha van Coeverden de Groot (Grade 8), Bayyinah Manjoo (Grade 8), Rebecca Saville (Grade 8), Nihaal Ahmed (Grade 8)
Rustenburg: an innovative, values-driven school, where we strive to create a sense of belonging and empower womxn to become compassionate leaders of change.
Contents Leaders 4 Holistic growth 20 Creativity 51 Sport 73 Extramurals 88 Rustenburg Alumnae 92
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Ms Ulpha Edries
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Staff-member-in-charge: Ms Renè Forbes
Mr Adrian Skelly
Ms Kristina Stojiljkovic-Campbell
Ms Mariam Naidoo Ms Meria Ferreira Ms Anne Quinlan
Ms Susan Schnetler (Deputy Principal: Academic Head) Ms Gillian Blackshaw (Deputy Principal: Pastoral Head)
Ms Julie Campbell Ms Lindsay De Klerk
Operations: Mr Graeme Broster
GRADE 12 La’eeqa Aziz Jemma Cusens Megan Cusens Sara Irwin Cindy Littlefield Nina Macedo Keona Missing Tanatswa Pepukai Dayna Powell (Head) Yasmeen Kazi Georgia Wallace
GRADE 11 Naadirah Adam Thamina Davids Nika du Preez Alexandra Espag Erin McCoy Emma September GRADE 10 Jessica Bartnicke Finuala Josephy Sarah Krone
Principal Mr Michael Gates
It is likely that by the time anyone reads this as a published article it would have gone through multiple layers of editing. Some punctuation, word order and maybe even the length of sentences would have been changed to ensure that this piece of writing does not offend anyone and is as close to perfect as possible. Sitting in the school’s Media Centre, surrounded by hundreds, maybe thousands of books, I marvel at the amount of time and energy put into penning words for others to read. My wife, daughter and I love the Media Centre at school. One of our happy places is being surrounded by these books. I am, however, surprised each time I take a book off the shelf and see how few, if any people have ever checked it out. All these amazing works of literature and beautiful reference books neatly packed and categorised, but ignored by many. It got me thinking about how many of our Rustenburg community are not acknowledged, their stories not known. How many of us are too afraid to share our true selves as we’ve not been ‘proofread’ or feel that we are less than perfect. How many feel we have to conform and fit neatly into the Dewey Decimal System to be accepted, only to be overlooked in favour of a Google search or a touched-up photo on Instagram. Only a snapshot of all that we are, all that we can become and achieve is seen or acknowledged by those around us. As with the books in the Media Centre, this article will only be read by a few, but I challenge you who are reading it to consider the following: is it up to others to find me amongst the thousands, like that special novel third from the right, two shelves down? No, I firmly believe it is in us becoming vulnerable, being ourselves and allowing others to see our imperfections that we can instead become that dog-eared, much-loved and read novel. By being ourselves and reaching out to those around us they too can feel freed from the tightly-packed confines of expected perfection.
“Free those around you to be themselves by being the real you”.
From the Chairperson Mr Mahomed Latiff The school year seems to be racing ahead at breakneck speed, helped along by the stresses of Covid-19, civil unrest and for some of us, a daughter in her final year of high school. With the final exams about 3 months away at the time of writing this, I would like to wish all the Grade 12s the best and the rest of the family experiencing this matric year forbearance.
CHAIRPERSON: Mr Mahomed Latiff DEPUTY CHAIR: Cllr Yagyah Adams PRINCIPAL: Mr Michael Gates (ex officio member of SGB) TREASURER: Ms Bahija Hashim SECRETARY: Mr Wihan Neethling (elected) CLERK: Mr Graeme Broster (co-opted, non-educator) ELECTED PARENTS: Ms Fatima Adam, Ms Tasneem Fakie-Halday, Mr Tom Sanya, Ms Marion Smallbones ELECTED EDUCATOR REPRESENTATIVES: Ms Gillian Blackshaw, Ms Susan Schnetler NON-EDUCATOR REPRESENTATIVE: Ms Geila Wills (elected), Ms Mariam Naidoo (co-opted), Ms Ulpha Edries (co-opted) STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES: Thami Giyose (elected learner RCL Chairperson), Samira Anwar (elected learner RCL Deputy Chairperson)
The School Governing Body that I am fortunate to be currently chairing was elected in March of this year. It comprises of parents with a wonderful diversity of set of skills rooted in architecture, education policy, law, finance, HR and local government representation. Further to this, there are two student representatives who embody all that we hope for our children: intelligence, inquiring minds and strength of character. Lastly, we have an experienced group of teaching and nonteaching staff representatives as well as the Principal and Deputy Principals of the school. This balance of parent, student, teaching staff, non-teaching staff and the school management team are responsible for the good governance of the school and ensuring that the finances of the school are responsibly managed. Though the year to date has been a busy one, there are a few priorities that we will be focusing on this year. First is the expressed desire by the school senior management and SGB to look actively at reducing the costs associated with running the school. Secondly, there has been a discussion over the past two years relating to the Campus Development Plan for the school. This plan has been presented to the parent body over the past few years and refined. As the SGB, we plan to conclude this discussion during this financial year and give direction on this initiative. Thirdly, the school has been running a series of transformation initiatives for the past few years encompassing teacher training programmes, dialogue days and the racial literacy workshops that were held with both parents, teachers, pupils and alumni. These forward-looking actions have the full support of the SGB. We plan to continue lending our support to these school-driven initiatives and encourage parents to continue to participate, contribute and support these. I would like to conclude by encouraging parents to engage with the SGB relating to your concerns, solutions and ideas by contacting us on the SGB e-mail address (email@example.com). There is also a need for parents to assist the SGB on several fronts and we would like you to consider offering your services and expertise to the SGB. Warmest Regards Stay Safe Mahomed
The lyrics of the new School Song
The birth of a new School Song The question has to be asked: Why a new school song? Rustenburg is underlining its commitment to creating an environment which embraces diversity and belonging. It was decided that the ‘old’ school song did not reflect this and Mr Jaco Goosen, as the Director of Music, accepted the enormous challenge of leading the project to create a new song. Mr Adrian Skelly who, over the years, has earned a reputation as somewhat of a creative wordsmith, crafted the first draft of the proposed new lyrics. He serves Rustenburg as a Post Level 2 Educator and Head of the Dramatic Arts Department. This initial draft was then widely circulated and critiqued by a number of role players, including the Principal, Mr Michael Gates, the 2020 School Leadership Team, 2020 Transformation Team, as well as the general staff and Representative Council of Learners. The 2020 Head of School, Hlonelwa Zimba, also offered constructive advice. The parties concurred: it was important to reflect the school’s history, but also to move forward and create a new legacy, which could stand the test of time. Eventually the words of the new school song were approved. Mr Goosen is currently creating original music to accompany the lyrics and says that he is looking forward to the day when the Rustenburg community can gather and sing once again!
On the slopes of Table Mountain, in the shade of Devil’s Peak, near the fynbos of the Common and the rivers’ winding creek, stands a beacon for the future with the wisdom which we seek. as we proudly join together with a strength that is unique
At Rustenburg we work and grow and learn to right what’s wrong As we walk towards acceptance in a school where all belong. Yindawo yokwabelana Esithanda ukuba kuyo Sisakha isizwe esinye Isikolo sethu
In the spirit of Ubuntu, compassion understood, we appreciate each other to pursue the greater good as we live by our core values with strength and fortitude as we cherish lessons learned here and to leave with gratitude.
At Rustenburg we work and play and learn to right what’s wrong As we walk towards acceptance in a school where all belong Dis ‘n skool waar elk kan saampraat Waar jy net jouself kan wees Ons is die nuwe generasie Ons is jonk en vol van gees It’s our school called Rustenburg
From the Deputy Principal: Academic Innovation Ms Susan Schnetler ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM: Ms. Renée Fourie, Mr. Adrian Skelly, Mr. Wihan Neethling
2020 NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE RESULTS
The release of the 2020 National Senior Certificate results was different this year. For safety reasons, pupils and parents collected the results almost as if in a drive-through, while the Western Cape Awards Ceremony was virtual.
In 2020 Rustenburg had 163 Grade 12 candidates. The pass rate was 99.77% and 97.5% achieved a Bachelors pass. 558 subject distinctions were achieved collectively. eight subjects recorded averages of 80%+ and seven achieved between 70 and 79%. 75 learners achieved four or more subject distinctions. The average aggregate was 75.31%, with eight candidates achieving outstanding aggregates of 90% and above. Across 10 subjects, a total of 18 learners were placed in top individual subject positions in the Western Cape. Once again Rustenburg received a Ministerial Award for Academic Excellence. Rustenburg’s top candidate was Nika Hofmeyr, with an aggregate of 95,83% and seven subject distinctions. Nika achieved 99% for Afrikaans First Additional Language, which placed her first in the subject in the province, and 96% and a fourth subject placing for English Home Language. She attained 95% for all her remaining subjects: Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences (tenth place in the provincial subject ranking), History and Life Orientation. These outstanding results meant that Nika was one of the top NSC candidates in the Western Cape and received a Ministerial Award for Excellent Achievement. In addition to her NSC examinations, Nika also wrote Advanced Programme Mathematics, which is examined by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), and achieved an ‘A’ symbol for this.
Independent Examinations Board (IEB) Subjects Advanced Programme (AP) Mathematics is offered by teachers in Rustenburg’s Mathematics Department and is examined by the IEB at the end of Grade 12. Pupils have only this single assessment opportunity because there are no ongoing portfolio stipulations. The core syllabus consists of algebra, trigonometry and calculus (differential and integral). There is also an elective component. Currently Rustenburg offers Matrices and Graph Theory, but hopes to include Statistics, Finance and Modelling, if there is sufficient interest. Advanced Programme (AP) English is run by an external teacher, Mr Nigel Mortley. It is an entirely literature-based programme, focusing on novels, dramas or films, poetry and the student’s extended novel reading. Two years of tutorial-style discussions assist in preparing learners for the tertiary style of teaching. Learners are assessed in a final three-hour examination, during which they are required to compose three essays of unlimited length. AP English is an opportunity to think freely, critically and analytically and, through literature, to explore the human condition.
Support Classes While learners at Rustenburg are encouraged to ask any of their subject teachers for additional assistance (now also online), the school offers academic support in specific areas. Physical Sciences meets weekly per grade for a question and answer session. Mathematics offers four afternoons per week, when learners in all grades do their homework and get help. Support English is offered to Grade 8 and 9 learners in need of encouragement and reinforcement in this core subject.
Tech Integration As we move forward in this digital age, innovation is becoming central to our core business here at Rustenburg. Technology, in particular, allows us to find new ways to approach learning and our use of iPads in the classroom has developed rapidly. Teachers are integrating digital content into their lessons, and student tasks are adapted to allow for more student choice and the ability to demonstrate their understanding in creative ways. Just recently we launched our new dedicated Green Screen Recording Studio where learners can shoot footage under professional conditions. This can then be edited on their iPads which allows for some very creative projects, while simultaneously equipping them with skills needed in today’s digital world. Innovation is also central in how we design our learning spaces and we are in the process of revamping some of our classrooms. One of our areas of focus is to create more fluid spaces which will allow teachers flexibility to design learning around what works best for their learners.
Rustenburg’s top candidate in 2020 was Nika Hofmeyr, with an aggregate of 95,83% and 7 subject distinctions.
We are very proud of how we have integrated cutting edge technology into other areas of the Grade 8 Curriculum. Students love our 3D printers when using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to design and then print models for Technology and the cross-curricular links between Coding and Mathematics are evident when learners design flight paths for DJI Tello drones using apps like SWIFT Playground and Droneblocks on their iPads. Coding in particular has become critical as we build on the skills learners bring with them from primary school. This has given us the opportunity to offer IT as a subject in the FET grades where learners advance to more complex coding languages like Delphi.
Academic Internships Rustenburg is a place of learning, not just for pupils, but for aspirant teachers too. A number of interns (some in the process of their studies, others recently qualified) aim to gain more than just real-life experience in the classroom. They have contributed valuably to the administration and assessment of various subjects. The longest serving intern is Ms Zohra Damon, who joined Rustenburg in 2018 and this year took on her own teaching responsibilities with great enthusiasm and competence. Special mention must also be made of Ms Gillian Lucas, who initially taught only GET Support English. Ms Lucas has subsequently been appointed to a full-time position within the English Department and Mr Adam Thomas James has since taken up the English Learnership post. Ms Wiaam Jacobs has been working alongside the Life Orientation and Physical Education teachers. She is busy studying for an Advanced Diploma in Dance and will be completing her post-graduate teaching qualification in 2022. Ms Jacobs is part of the Presidential Employment Initiative Programme (PEIP).
From the Deputy Principal: Holistic Growth Ms Gillian Blackshaw Last year was a difficult year for most of us, especially in the school context. Extra-murals were cancelled for the better part of the year and we had to adapt our approach to teaching and learning. Even though last year forced some change, it also gave us the opportunity to reflect and decide on how we could do things differently. Some of these changes were implemented this year, while other changes will be implemented in 2022. One change that was introduced last year, after the Black Lives Matter Movement, was the decision to start working with Ms Lovelyn Nwadeyi of L&N Advisors. The staff continued with these study sessions in 2021 and study sessions for pupils and parents were introduced. The first staff workshop of the year gave us the opportunity to unpack some of the difficulties and challenges that arose during 2020. Later in the year, the staff had an online training session on Gender. Lovelyn Nwadeyi ran two online workshops for parents on Racial Literacy and held full day workshops for each grade. 2021 saw the introduction of a new leadership system. The RCL, which is a mandatory body, remained unchanged although we moved from having Form Captains to Form Representatives, who served under the RCL executive. Prefects were replaced by Learner Leaders. Instead of applying for a broad leadership role, pupils applied to one of four pillars, namely: Community and Citizenship, Creative Lab, Holistic Growth and Sport. The idea was that they could lead and serve in an area that they were passionate about. Much of this year was also used to plan for the introduction of the Vertical Tutor System in 2022. The Grade Heads and other members of the School Leadership Team headed up this process, with input from staff and Grade 11 pupils as well. The Vertical Tutor System moves away from having a form class consisting of only pupils in one grade, to a tutor class where there will be three or four pupils from every grade. Each tutor class will have two tutors and the class will remain the same from one year to the next. The main aim is to ensure that every pupil is known, supported and cared for, and as a result learning outcomes improve. Every student has the opportunity to mentor and lead, as well as to receive support from older students. We look forward to the many benefits that this system will bring.
Operations Campus Manager Manager Mr Graeme Broster
The Operations Department hides away in a corner of the school building, watching quietly, ensuring things tick over, unnoticed for the most part, until the internet connection goes down! Three key focus areas for 2021 have been the ongoing battle against Covid-19, the planned implementation of an Employment Equity Plan for the school and the implications of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). If we thought that we had seen the back-end of Covid-19 with the ending of 2020, we were sadly mistaken – daily screening of staff and learners is now the norm at the start of the day, as is the sanitising and decontamination of every venue as the day ends. The implementation of a one-way system when moving between classes took some getting used to, but has helped to ease congestion in the corridors. Although we saw an increase in infection and exposure rates during the third wave, we are grateful that we were able to avoid the significant clusters experienced in some school communities. The vaccination roll-out to the education sector brought relief as well as coming with its own logistical challenges and complications. Employment Equity has been a matter of concern for Rustenburg for some time, and as a result, the school leadership, with the support of the School Governing Body, decided to establish an Employment Equity Committee. It was felt that the Committee, and the feedback from the staff it would gather, would provide valuable insights and encourage open communication . At Rustenburg. Staff, at all employment levels, were nominated by their peers to serve on the committee, which represents not only all race groups, but also gender, employment level, employer (WCED vs school employed) and nationality. The Committee has undergone training and at the time of writing, is looking forward to making a positive contribution in the second half of the year. POPIA came into effect at the end of June. Like Employment Equity, the protection of the personal information of learners, parents and staff has been of concern for Rustenburg for many years, but is now at the forefront of our minds. This was sharpened by the potential R10 million fine and up to 10 years in jail for non-compliance. Training has been conducted with all those staff responsible for the processing of personal information as to their responsibilities, and the proper procedures to follow. This included a thorough audit.
Mr Mhlanga Nombewu What a busy year it has been for me and my team! As I look back on the year, it is wonderful to see several projects come to life around the school. In 2021, one of the Natural Sciences laboratories underwent a massive makeover. We integrated technology transforming it into an innovative space, all while keeping the beautiful architectural heritage of the school. I feel that the design team has hit the nail on the head with this classroom. A big thank you to our maintenance team. The Campus axis pathway got an upgrade and it now joins the school with Charlie’s Hope and the Sports Pavilion. With the help of Kate Steyn and her landscaping expertise, more flowerbeds and trees have been planted around the school to create spaces that are more tranquil for learners and staff. As we round up the year, there are no major building projects taking place but we are going to be very busy with smaller projects, which include paving at the Astroturf; moving the tuckshop tent and upgrading our veggie garden, to name but a few. We will, however, start 2022 with a bang. The Music block will be extended with two additional classrooms replacing the two prefabs; the Grade Head rooms will be completed and the sustainability project finally implemented. Watch this space for all the exciting things to come. Finally, our Grounds and Cleaning staff have been extraordinary in assisting us in the fight against Covid-19. The team has taken on the responsibility of managing the screening of all learners every day, fogging all classrooms and offices daily. They also make sure that classrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily for the safety of our community. A big thank you to Ms Lynne Young for leading this team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my awesome team of CDM staff, which includes all the permanent contractors that work on-site (Servest, Rentokil, our wonderful guards from Red Alert, Waste Plan etc.) for their hard work throughout this year.
From the Head of Communications and
Fundraising Ms Ulpha Edries “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself -” Rumi. This is one of my favourite quotes from Rumi. You see, his philosophy and teachings changed me – and changed my life. Instead of chasing life, I now often find myself catching moments I would otherwise have missed. Moments that I would never have noticed before, blessings I would never have acknowledged before, I am now experiencing and enjoying even more. That is the funny thing about life - it takes something monumental to happen - in this case, 2021 - to teach us what truly matters. I do not want to look back at 2021 with any regret and neither should you. Instead, I want to look back at the year as my year of “catching moments”. I want to remember it as the year I took on challenges, the year I pushed boundaries and made positive changes. The year I made memories, the year I had an extra dose of fun, the year I inspired people, but most importantly the year I made an impact in someone’s life, even if it is just one person’s life. I want to remember 2021 for the fun themed Dress Up days such as Hogwarts, Celebrating the Decades and when I got to dress up as something I wanted to be when I was a kid. I want to remember 2021 for the year we raised funds for charities in need, and where despite Covid-19, I got to celebrate the fun days with colleagues, such as Waffle Day and Doughnut Day to name but a few. As we all navigate our lives from here onwards, do not forget the important things – never stop catching moments and making memories.
Here’s to making more memories and taking life by the reins and breaking glass ceilings. The future is female. Your future is you.
From the Head of
Ms Mariam Naidoo My adventure at Rustenburg began in January 2021 – and it has been quite different to the corporate environment I was accustomed to being an auditor and numbers person at heart, Covid-19 has reminded me to stop and take in the moments. Working at a school and contributing to its everyday running, has really forced me to stop and catch the moments. We are living right in the midst of a global pandemic. Life, as we know it, has flipped on its head and forced me in the last year to live in the moment, appreciate what I have and where I live now more than ever, especially since we do not know what tomorrow will hold. The financial impact and reality of the pandemic have not escaped our school. Our year started with our Annual Financial Statements enduring a vigorous auditing process to ensure we submit all our deliverables to the WCED timeously. The Finance Department received a new accounting package to replace the outdated one, as we spent a fair amount of time working harder and not smarter. We have been relooking at our 2022 budget in order to accommodate the changes and shortfalls that have come our way, and it has been a reminder of how life as we know it, has changed. Losing loved ones makes one realise that nothing lasts forever, and that is why I spend more time with my family, who are more precious than anything else in the world. I allow myself to be vulnerable; to try things that I have not before even if it is as simple as learning to draw animals from numbers with my sons. Art is definitely not my strong point… but they do not care. As far as the boys are concerned, Mommy is Van Gogh. Remember, joy is found on your doorstep and even in your own home. We are lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and many of us (including myself) take this for granted. I can almost guarantee that many of you reading this have never been up Table Mountain, never woke up before sunrise to set off on a hunt for the Big 5, and never visited the penguins at Boulders. “Smile like you’ve never cried, fight like you’ve never lost, love like you’ve never been hurt, and live like there’s no tomorrow.”
Rustenburg Staff Principals
Principal: Mr Michael Gates: BMedSc (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec, MEd Deputy Principal: Academic Innovation Ms Susan Schnetler: BSocSc, Hons (BA), HDE (PG) Sec Deputy Principal: Holistic Growth Ms Gillian Blackshaw: BA (MBK), HDE (PG) Sec
Heads of Department (PL2) Academic Leadership Team: Ms Renée Fourie: MA, HDE (PG) Sec Academic Leadership Team: Mr Adrian Skelly: BA, HDE (PG) Sec Head of Transformation: Ms Norma Caesar: BA (Hons), HDE, MEd
Pastoral Leadership Team
Head of Grade 12 Ms Olivia Herrendoerfer: BMus (Ed), PGCE Ms Linda Mallon BA, HDE (2nd Semester) Head of Grade 11 Ms Lindsay de Klerk: BA, PGCE Head of Grade 10 Mr Bernard Biermann: BA, PGCE Head of Grade 09 Ms Emma Boshoff: MA (Ed Psych), PGCE Head of Grade 08 Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen: MDram, PGCE (1st Semester) Ms Janine Myers: BTech (IT), HDE (Comm) Sec, FDE (Comp) Sec ( from Term 3)
Extra-Curricular Leadership Team Director of Music: Mr Jaco Goosen: MMus, UTLM Director of Sport: Ms Renée Scott: BA (Phys Ed) HDE
Support Leadership Team
Campus Manager: Mr Mhlanga Nombewu Head of Communications & Fundraising: Ms Ulpha Edries: BA (Hons) Head of Finance: Ms Mariam Naidoo: CA (SA) ICT Manager: Mr Francis Vogts: Dip. IT Head of Innovation & Academic Leadership Team: Mr Wihan Neethling: BA (Hons), PGCE Operations Manager: Mr Graeme Broster: BSc (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec
Accounting & EMS: Mr Gian Marneweck: BCom, PGCE Afrikaans: Ms Helene Swanson: BA, HOD Consumer Studies: 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 Lindsay de Klerk: BA, PGCE French: M. Kerwin Baartzes: BA (Hons), Licence F.L.E. Geography: Ms Susan Schnetler: BSocSc, Hons (BA), HDE (PG) Sec German: Ms Renée Fourie: MA, HDE (PG) Sec History: Dr Marcus Melck: PhD, PGCE Information Technology: 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 Susan Viljoen: BSc (Hons), PGCE Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy:
Mr Paul van Koersveld: BSc; PGCE Music: Mr Jaco Goosen: MMus, UTLM Natural Sciences and Technology: Ms Jane Behne: BSc, HDE Physical Sciences: Mr Graham Reggiori: BSc, HDE (PG) Sec
Ms Juanita Atkinson: BMus (Ed) (Hons) MEd (Socio-Education) Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron: BEdPsych (Hons) Ms Saeeda Bassardien: BSc, PGCE Ms Megan Bell: BSc, PGCE Ms Megan Black: BMus (Dance) (Part-time 1st Semester) Mr Murray Buitendag: BMus (Jazz Performance). Ms Julie Campbell: BJourn, PGCE Ms Astrid Castle: BTech (Fine Arts) Ms Nicky Cooper: BA Ms Nokutula Dyonase: BSc (Hons), PGCE Ms Karyn Gideon: BEd, Senior and FET Phases Ms Rebecca Goble: BSc, PGCE (Term 1) Ms Christelle Grimbeek: BSc, PCGE, LLM Envi. Law Mr William Haggard: BA (Hons), HDE (PG) Sec Mr James Hendricks: MA, PGCE Ms Sindisiwe Herbert: BA (Hons), PGCE Ms Brigitta Hopley: BSc (Hons), PGCE Ms Lynette Jacobs: BA Human Ecology (Educational Course) Mr Shaun Klaasen: BEd, LTCL (Musical Theatre, Speech & Drama) Ms Gillian Lucas: BA, PGCE (2nd Semester) Ms Linda Mallon: BA, HDE Ms Ruth Möller: BA TTHD (2nd Semester) Mr Maty Ndambi: BSc (Hons), PGCE Ms Megan Paton: BSocSc, PGCE, MEd (1st Semester) Ms Zargielay Rabeh: BSc, HDE (PG) Sec, BEd (Hons), ABET Ms Veronique Ravat: BSc, PGCE, BEd (Hons) Mr Umar Samandarov: BSc (Applied Mathematics & Mathematics Teaching) Ms Tarin Scharneck: BEd (Arts) Ms Tasneem Shabodien: BSc, PGCE Ms Sanda Sogoni: B.SocSci Ms Jan Thorne: BMus (Ed) Ms Erika van As: MA, HDE Ms Kayla Voskuil: BEd, Senior and FET Phases Ms Louise White: BTh, PGCE
Ms Zohra Damon: BEd (4th year) Mr Roscoe George: BA, PGCE Ms Wiaam Jacobs: Advanced Diploma in Theatre and Performance (Pedagogy) (4th year) Ms Gillian Lucas: BA, PGCE (1st Semester) Mr Adam Thomas-James (2nd Semester)
Part-time Music Educators
Ms Justin Bellairs: MMus Ms Zanelle Britz: Post Grad Diploma (Performance) Ms Cheryl de Havilland: BSc (Physics/Music), L.R.A.M. Ms Annelize de Villiers: MMus Mr Jose Dias: BMus (Hons), Post Grad Diploma (Performance) Mr Robert Jeffery: MMus, ATCL Ms Maria Raynham: MMus, LMV, UTLM Ms Rina Schutte BMus (Hons) Ms Marga Smith: MMus, LTCL, PGCE Mr David West: BMus (Hons) (Music Education), LTCL, AMusTCL, ATCL
Ms Jordan Tame: BSocSc, PGCE, BEd (Psych) Hons (cum laude)
Ms Nolundi Blayi (Term 1) Ms Beth Brown Ms Linda Corbello Ms Suleilah Ebrahim Ms Meria Ferreira Ms Renè Forbes Ms Palesa Hlela (from Term 2) Mr Olu Ncukana Mr Alister Penny Ms Anne Quinlan Ms Nomazizi Sapepa Mr Juandré van der Westhuizen 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 Ruth Kabinda Osongo
Mr Ibrahim Allie Mr Lluwellen Giebelaar Mr Ali Ibrahim 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 Mr Yusuf Osman Ms Bongiwe Pikini Mr Emmanuel Vureya
Head of Erinville Hostel Ms Karin Evans
Erinville Catering Manager Ms Melanie van Blerk
Ms Hannah Abdoll Ms Michele Bakker Ms Lauren Bates Ms Lydia Hardie Ms Ursula Hardie Mr Gregory Isaacs Ms Theresa Muller Ms Elaine Nyhila Ms Lizette Samuels Ms Chanelle Scholtz Ms Sheila Stoffels Ms Elizabeth Theunissen Ms Nomawethu Tshona Ms Doris Wyne
Tuckshop and Catering Ms Michelle Haylett Ms Linda Mantshi Ms Norah Jimu (Barista)
Staff News 2021 Rustenburg had a bumper crop of newbies at the start of this year. In the wake of the retirement of three Heads of Departments and changes in many other spheres, it was bound to happen. The English Department had an overhaul. In March Ms Lindsay de Klerk returned to school following the birth of her little girl, Rory to take up her position as Head of English. At the end of the second term we were extremely sad to say goodbye to the indefatigable Ms Megan Paton as she departed for the UK with her husband and three young children. She was replaced by Ms Gillian Lucas who had initially joined us in April to teach Support English. Ms Lucas’s position was taken over by intern, Mr Adam ThomasJames. We were lucky to secure the expertise of Dr Marcus Melck to take over as Head of History in January. We also welcomed intern Mr Roscoe George to the History department in May. Ms Christelle Grimbeek joined the Geography department in January. The Afrikaans department has also seen a few changes this year. While we awaited the arrival of the new incumbent, retired teacher Mr Pieter Smith came to our aid. Mr. Shaun Klaasen started in May and has filled the space admirably. At the end of Term 2, we saw Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen leave us to take over as Head of Subject at Herzlia. In her position we recruited retired teacher, Ms Ruth Mőller until a permanent appointment could be made. At the end of the year, Ms Helene Swanson retires. We wish her every happiness as she starts a new path outside of school. We were delighted to have Ms Caesar promoted to an HOD post effective from September. The core purpose of her role is transformation, communication (on transformation initiatives) and creating opportunities for the personal development of all learners and staff in the school. Sadly, Ms Nokutula Dyonase was ill for an extended period. She was substituted by intern, Ms Zohra Damon who blossomed into a very fine teacher. Joining the ranks in the Maths Department is Mr Umar Samandarov and Ms Tasneem Shaboodien who teaches Mathematics, General and Life Sciences. The Life Sciences Department lost a determined, energetic teacher in Ms Rebecca Goble when she took a position at a neighbouring school in April. In her place we gained the delightful Ms. Brigitta Hopley. Part-time Dance teacher, Ms Megan Black, left at the end of the second term. Ms Wiaam Jacobs joined our school as part of the “President’s Initiative to Create Employment for Teachers and School Assistants” in November 2020. She is training as a teacher of Dance and she was, therefore, well placed to take over Grade 9 Dance for the remainder of the year. Ms Sanda Sogoni joined our Counselling team this year. Kind, sensible and always ready to lend a helping hand, she is an asset to the school.
The Sport Department grew by one at the start of the year with the appointment of Mr Olu Ncukana who was already known to the school as a hockey coach. Ms. Nolundi Blayi left in April and her sunny personality, infectious laugh, helpful demeanour and sheer joie de vivre is something for which she will be remembered. Her position was taken over by Ms Palesa Hlela, also a livewire with a big personality. Ms Hlela moved from Howick, KZN. We hope she will be very happy at Rustenburg. On the administrative side, Ms Nomazizi Sapepa moved into the reception area from the Head of the Cleaning Squad. With her excellent interpersonal skills, she has made a difference to the face of our school as she bustles about her day with a warm, friendly smile. In January Ms Geila Wills moved to assist Campus Manager, Mr Mhlanga Nombewu. She deals with venue hire and administering the facilities. The challenging role of Fundraising and Communication was taken over by Ms Ulpha Edries, who has already done an amazing job. The Accounts Department sports a brand new look as we bid farewell to Ms Lynda Niddrie and Ms Morag Rijs. Ms Mariam Naidoo heads it up and is ably assisted by Ms Anne Quinlan and Ms Meria Ferreira who keep our finances ticking over smoothly. After fifteen years of tirelessly caring for our boarders, Ms Karin Evans retires from Erinville at the end of the year. Café Primo has moved on. Rustenburg started their own coffee cart and we welcome new barista, Ms Nora Jimu. Having grown tired of waiting for the Covid-19 pandemic to pass, Ms Emma Boshoff dashed off and married her fiancé, Dr Nick Sokolsky, without a big ceremony. Mr Murray Buitendag, who had to postpone his wedding in September 2020, has now set his sights on September 2021. Ms Megan Bell and Ms Brigitta Hopley are engaged to be married. Not to be outdone, Erinville Hostel’s Ms Michele Bakker announced her engagement to Mr Kevin Farrow on 25 August. Congratulations to Mr Checkson Mwale and his wife who recently became parents to a little girl, Selah. She is a sister to five-year-old Theophilus. The Music Department is also excited to announce an addition. On her birthday, 26 August, Ms. Olivia Herrendoerfer and her husband welcomed another little girl, Asher to join daughter, Anaiyah (5) and son, Khanya (3). Ms Cara Pearce takes over Ms Herrendoerfer’s position until the end of the year. More happy news from the Music Department is that Ms Juanita Atkinson completed her Masters Degree in Socio-Education through UNISA. The topic of her research was “The school as Socialization agent in Contemporary Society”. We are incredibly proud of this achievement. 2021 has been a year of highs and the lows. We miss those who left us and rejoice in those who joined. Like schools the world over, at Rustenburg we have learned to roll with the punches and appreciate more keenly every privilege we enjoy. Jackie Weston
Retirement Tributes Ms Helene Swanson
Ms Karin Evans
Ms Helene Swanson joined Rustenburg Girls’ High in 2007 as Head of the Afrikaans Department.
Three little girls who became friends at Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School, carried their common Rustenburg thread throughout their lives.
Right from the start, one of her goals was to build a strong department that could hold its own. On retiring, after 14 years at RGHS, she can look back on this achievement with satisfaction. She leaves behind a department that has adapted to changes fluently: one that has grown to be better, stronger, and healthier and shows diversity and inclusivity.
Matriculating in 1974, Ms Pam van Dyk served as Superintendent of Erinville from 1999 until 2017 when she passed away. Childhood friend Ms Ruth Romberg, served as a President of the Rustenburg Alumnae for some years. When Ms Karin Evans relocated to Cape Town in June 2001, she joined Erinville as a Hostel mom. Ms Evans is a loyal Rustybug through and through.
Mev. Swanson se omvangryke vakkennis is van onskatbare waarde. Talle van haar kollegas het onder haar leierskap as vakhoof hierby baatgevind. Sy het hoë eise vir haarself en almal wat saam met haar gewerk het, gestel. Daarom is dit moeilik en te gou om afskeid te neem van mev. Swanson. Daar is nog soveel wat haar kollegas en leerders by haar kan leer wat nie in boeke of notas te vind is nie.
Ms Evans is an essential part of the Erinville family. Boarder parents describe her as kind, caring, empathetic, intuitive and helpful. She truly is a mother to the learners, ensuring newcomers settle in with as little angst as possible. The Erinville community shares braais in the quad, film and music evenings, time at the pool when the day learners are gone, and generally enjoys the space the campus offers.
Haar insig en noukeurige werk is nie net deur haar kollegas by Rustenburg ervaar nie, maar is ook raakgesien deur die wyer Afrikaansgemeenskap waar mev. Swanson die mantel van NSS Senior Eksterne Merker gedra het.
She has a daughter Tammy, who is mom to 3-year-old Katy and baby Jasper born in July 2021. Ms Evans’ son, Trevor lives in Switzerland and has a little boy, 1-year-old Gion. A stickler for good grammar, Ms Evans served the school as the official proofreader of the annual school magazine for years.
In haar 14 jaar by Rustenburg is daar soveel hoogtepunte wat Helene Swanson in ons herinneringe sal hou. Haar liefde vir die vak Afrikaans is vasgevang in talle oomblikke by Rustenburg. Hoe goed kan ons nie die Afrikaansdagbyeenkomste onthou nie? Oomblikke toe Afrikaans gevier is met gassprekers, sang en genot. Ons Afrikaans-piekniek op die grasperk is nog ‘n boekmerk in haar nalatenskap by Rustenburg. Soveel oomblikke wat haar definieer. Behalwe vir skoolgee en haar bydrae tot buitemuurse aktiwiteite soos tennis, die drafklub en die reëling van talle matriekafskeidfunksies - wat vele matrikulante se hoogtepunte was - is Mev Helene Swanson ook ‘n uitstekende kok en wynproewer. Ons gaan beslis die lekker disse wat sy gereeld vir ons voorgesit het, mis. Memories were made. We will always remember our annual planning at her residence. It was a great and informal way to get to know colleagues while we nibbled on the delicious food she dished up. Ms Swanson’s contribution to the life of Rustenburg was multi-faceted and she will always be remembered for so much more than her role in the Afrikaans Department. Een van Mev. Swanson se gunstelingwoorde is veerkragtigheid: dit beskryf haar goed.
Known affectionately as Ms E by the boarders, here are some things you might not know about her: • Ms Evans’ mother was Norwegian and her father Swiss. • Ms Evans has an endearing habit of giving her charges nicknames. Many of the boarders wear those names with pride on their bespoke Erinville sweaters. • She loves the colour red and is especially partial to red shoes • She is a knitter extraordinaire and, working with great precision, she produces works of art that the majority of us lesser-talented knitters would not dare to tackle • She enjoys reading and particularly loves to read to her granddaughter, Katy. • She doesn’t like swearing or snakes. • As a show of solidarity with the “Pink Boarding House” Ms Evans has been known to put pink streaks in her hair. • She wears a Lindt bunny bell tied with its red ribbon around her wrist so the boarders can hear her approach. She even had bells on her shoes at one point. Ms Evans will be greatly missed by Erinville and all those associated with it for her humanity and integrity. We wish you a long and happy retirement, Ms E. Jackie Weston
As departement wil ons Mev. Swanson sterkte vir die hoofstuk na Rustenburg toewens. Ons mooiste wense vergesel haar. Die departement, personeel en leerders gaan haar beslis mis. Die Afrikaans-Departement
From the Head of School “Hoot for Good Vibes in 2021” were the first words seen by Rustybugs, on a poster, while driving into school. On our first day back Learner Leaders cheered at the front gate, excitedly welcoming their fellow learners. Many hoots were received. The energy created that morning was enthralling, hinting at what we had in store for the year ahead… ‘Change brings opportunity’ were words I lived by during 2021. Leading the unstoppable body of innovative and passionate Learner Leaders, the year started off as all others, full of promise. That promise was not to let Covid-19 stop us from making this year a memorable one! Splitting up into our four portfolios: Holistic Growth, Creative Lab, Community and Citizenship and Sport, we faced the challenges of the pandemic head on. Each portfolio strove to create a safe space for learners to flourish in their individuality and to create a sense of belonging. We were determined to foster a sense of social responsibility and create ‘togetherness’ in an age of social distancing.
Learner Leaders 2021 COMMUNITY AND CITIZENSHIP Nuhaa Behardien Fatima Karjieker Helen Meyers Morephološi Somo Saara Walele
CREATIVE LAB Saskia Gussenhoven Hope Hadebe Tanatswa Pepukai Dayna Powell Uminathi William
HOLISTIC GROWTH Carla Kellerman Erin Le Roux Imaan Majal Tinika Navsaria Luleila Oosthuysen
SPORT Azrah Dick Kelly Johnson Josie Malherbe Hanaan Shaikjee Dominique Taylor
During this dire time in South Africa and the world at large, Community and Citizenship played the role of empowering the Rustenburg community through empowering others. We used our privilege to give back through various outreach programmes and drives. Holistic Growth provided an engaging platform for optimal wellbeing where physical and mental health was prioritized. This was a valuable system that offered a light during these dark times through discussion, affirmation and motivation. Creative Lab prioritized cultivating creativity and vibrance at Rustenburg. Art de-stressor mornings became another opportunity for learners to express themselves freely. The Sport portfolio hosted the event that became the highlight of our year. Our sports leaders, with the help of the House Captains, held a Grade 8 Inter-House sports day. The teamwork and sportsmanship created there, from swimming to soccer, ignited the gees within us all. As Head of School this year, I have learnt to listen attentively and that accepting and asking for help is a strength! As a leader, I fulfilled my duties with respect and pride. I remained true to myself, mindful of the important task at hand and to do it with heart. This esteemed position as Head of School was made effortless with the guidance of Mr Gates, Ms Blackshaw and our respective portfolio head teachers. One is only as strong as their team and I am indebted to them and my fellow Learner Leaders for their abundant support. I am extremely proud of us for our patience, tenacity and the incredible influential energy which brewed this year. Nuha Behardien (Head of School)
From Erinville Boarding House Our hopes for 2021 were that the year would ease and start to get back to some semblance of normality and we were delighted when all the grades were permitted to return to the hostel. We welcomed our new boarders and the Matrics took them out to the Spur to explain how our hostel works. Although we were still under Covid rules, we managed to hold New Pots, Miss Erinville and a party at the school pool where Miss Mel braaied boerewors – a first! Our lives are still different but we realised that we much prefer having all the boarders back and a house full of noises again. One of the charged memories from this year is the dreadful fire on Devil’s Peak. We watched the smoke as it thickened and eventually we could no longer see our own astroturf. Hostel then evacuated and 8 boarders, 3 staff and the Gates family went to spend the night in safety at a loving host family in Pinelands. We are all so thankful to the Hendersons for opening their home to us. It is important to catch these precious moments which we share and take with us in our hearts. Our Head and Deputy, Jemma Pyper and Anke van Jaarsveld, the other prefects, Holly, Insaaf, Taura and Emma, and the Matrics created a well-run House, for which I thank them. I also wish to say goodbye to all the boarders, parents and staff I have been privileged to meet over the past 20 years. Of course I was lucky to spend 17 of those years working with my friend, Mrs Pam van Dyk, who, over years, changed the concept of how a hostel is run and turned it into a loving environment. The boarders of Erinville are special and will achieve great things wherever they land. So, go forth and conquer, all of you. Ms Karin Evans
From the Head of Erinville Erinville Hostel - my second home for the last five years, and a home to many more from the past and present. Thinking back on my time spent here, my mind is full with the vast collection of incredible memories I’ve had the privilege to make in the confines of these four walls. These range from the hundreds of hours spent chatting away to the house mistress on duty in the duty room (AKA the procrastination station) to the midnight feasts each dorm has at least once every term. We started off our year with a very special Grade 8 and Grade 12 bonding pool day which has created a significant memory for both grades’, especially as it feels like just the other day when we the E21 matrics, were in the Grade 8’s shoes, having a memorable day with our E17 matrics at Clifton 4th. Miss E created a wonderful happy home away from home environment. Ms B, who never fails to make sure we all have a smile on our faces, created memorable experiences with each grade by organising an immense number of outings. Since Covid-19 hit, nothing has been easy for anyone. It’s been challenging having to live with keeping our social distancing and not being able to go into one another’s rooms or even have the regular daily hugs that bring each person so much comfort. That said, I strongly believe that these are the connections we will never take for granted when this pandemic is over. Being elected to this position earlier this year has created an incredible learning experience for me and I’m sure the rest of the hostel leaders can say the same for themselves. I used to struggle with public speaking, but suddenly I was forced out of my comfort zone every day, from speaking in front of the school to making announcements in front of the boarders every day. I’ve learnt the importance of empathy, as in all the decisions I have had to make I tried to put myself into every single boarder’s shoes. The growth I have experienced this year is exponential and I am eternally grateful. Despite the “new norm” challenges over the past couple of years, I truly believe that most of my Pink boarding house family still managed to capture and appreciate every moment spent amongst amazing people whom we will remember for a lifetime. Jemma Pyper (Head of Erinville hostel)
From the Chairperson of the RCL To represent one’s peers on any platform is challenging. In 2021 we said - challenge accepted! I have always considered leadership to be where change is created, and the forefront of “good trouble” (civil dissent for a just cause). However, in my final year of duty I discovered I could not have been more wrong. Our student body was bursting with ideas to make an impact in historically disadvantaged communities as well as the school environment. Leaders were merely the conduits of this change. It would be remiss not to mention the impact of the pandemic on the school and wider community. The difficult situation found us pushing to become more innovative and understanding. We wanted to make school a place of sanctuary and a platform for outreach. We accomplished this through our various drives, stress busters and school projects. One such project was our Pad Project: sanitary products were stored in baskets in the bathrooms for emergency use creating a sense of community between the learners. Samira Anwar (Deputy Chairperson) and I served as student representatives on the School Governing Body (SGB). We came to realise that this daunting task would require us to find courage - we needed to voice the student perspective despite our fears of facing a room full of influential people or making the wrong decision in a vote. Ultimately, we needed to make choices that would empower the learners more and create a school culture that aligns with our desire to advocate for social justice. Our RCL is so much more than just a group of learners. We have bonded with students from across all grades, and became sponges for the ideas of as many students as would voice their ideas. We hope our service will be compounded through the years and that our womxn can be at the forefront of developing a new ethos of co-existence in South Africa.
2021 Representative Council of Learners: GRADE 12: Thami Giyose (Chairperson) Samira Anwar (Deputy Chairperson) India Nathan
Thami Giyose (RCL Chairperson)
GRADE 11: Nazia Cassim Gia Paulse Hannah Williams
GRADE 10: Sarah Krone Zahraa Roshan Payal Somai
GRADE 9: Christy Augustine Ammaarah Braaf Trinity Ngaka
GRADE 8: Iris Botha Imaan Gabier Emily Volker
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Grade 12 HEADS AND DEPUTIES
HEAD: Ms Olivia Herrendoerfer Ms Linda Mallon DEPUTY: Ms Renee Fourie
Matric Picnic, Dress Up Day, Hockey 24
Easter Egg Drive, Grade 8 Gala, Netball Fun
Grade 11 HEAD AND DEPUTY
HEAD: Ms Lindsay de Klerk DEPUTY: Ms Doris Wyne DEPUTY (TERM 1): Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen
Blood Donor Clinic
Bridge Building, Matric Farewell
Grade 10 HEAD AND DEPUTY
HEAD: Mr Bernard Biermann DEPUTY: Ms Kayla Voskuil DEPUTY (TERM 1): Ms Nolundi Blayi
Hogwarts Day 34
Music Concerts and Consumer Studies Practicals
Hockey, Music Concerts
Netball, Decades Dress Up Day
Art and Design and Dress Up Days
Grade 9 HEAD AND DEPUTY
HEAD: Ms Emma Boshoff DEPUTY: Ms Megan Bell
Grade 8 HEAD AND DEPUTY
HEAD: Ms Janine Myers DEPUTY: Mr Adrian Skelly HEAD (TERM 1): Ms Rebecca Goble DEPUTY (TERM 1): Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen HEAD (TERM 2): Ms Johandrie Oosthuizen
CRE ATIV ITY 51
English Creative Writing The Queen of the Trees Erin Griffiths (Grade 12)
Given the manner of the spider, her steadfast rule and webs are to be inevitable. Like a colonist, the spinneret’s efforts ramify towards all sorts of directions in organised chaos to unify the most ideal territory. The sky above was a bold azure, made all the more poignant by the brilliance of the hammockish string castle between the leaves. It was there amid the branches which spread outward by tall and confident trees that the queen crafted her silver throne. The world below her appeared as a royal feast from the windows of string. Her gaze could hover over the lowlife critters beneath her while she pretended to control their every move. After all, they were food with no thoughts; no feelings or wishes, each only born to be her fodder. Upon her web sat the huntress, her arms comfortably sprawled around her voluptuous form. Albeit relaxed, her plump body was suspended from the web, for even in inertia she was poised. She was the heart of her nest – the string palace, an extension of her veins. She was a black bullet stilted on gunpowder mitts. This was proven to be a faithful comparison in due time. As hours had warped the sky to tangerine, a fly’s arm got twisted in the thread – and the rest of his body followed suit. All the power within his dexterous wings which were once nefarious for their nimble flight, had now become his downfall. Every frantic flutter further embedded his demise until the rapid descent of the arachnid upon him. It was a simultaneous process of thrashing and weaving. While she was skewering slimy mandibles deep into the fly’s flank, she was also combating his squirms with twisting strings to suffocate his frame. Every practised rotation of her shifty wrists bound her prey in her clutches forevermore. She won. A generous beverage – fit for a queen – is softly masticated and bundled within a silk parcel delivered to herself. She begins to feed. She relished in the sensation of his guts, liquefying to mush while she cradled his petrified corpse. With every slurp, the fly’s abdomen deflated – sapped of his life to the voracious hunger of his captor. He was devoured in moments. Her sharply-pointed, venom-pricked crown of fangs would slice back through the dusk air as a whispered cackle tumbled over the husk of a body before her. The world went silent, and she knew why all too well: the stories and songs of the insects in the treetops that once told of their liberty, would now be retold to convince themselves that there was
honour in succumbing to her rather than accepting their own cowardice to stop her. Indubitably, there was the most prominent evil in the new queen of the trees. But alas, her rule over the treetops was short-lived. After the moon’s dance that night, a sparrow stole her away. A web budded in dew was all that remained to remember her reign. The treetops could sing again.
Forecasts from the heart Hanan Mazema (Grade 11) She was like the weather. Like the seasons that come to pass. The intricacies of each that, whilst some entirely contradicting and conflicting, complete each other in a harmonious symphony: a crescendo of warm and cool tones, ever changing. She was like the summer. The children’s playful laughter on the beach; the satisfaction of having my favourite icecream on a hot day. Being loved by her was like basking in a summery paradise. But she was also the sting of a caressed sunburn. Sometimes she shone too brightly, and still, I refused to put my shades on because I wanted to experience all of her radiance through a genuine lens. Even though it was clear as the summer skies, sometimes, even she couldn’t quite handle the heat. She was fragile like a crisping leaf, a delicate lover. She was indecisive – like the uneasiness of settling in a cool breeze knowing full well the scorching heat from an unyielding summer was still lurking – unpredictable. She was like the winter. Harsh, fathoming, feared by those who remained unprotected. Her silences hit like a sickening flu – all of my senses stuffy and clogged, desperate for her remedying forgiveness. Sometimes Frost tinted the windows to her soul. And in times of uncertainty, she held me close and reassured me our love thawed her tunnel vision. In that way she, too, was the cosiness of cuddling up in blankets while watching the rain fall; the relief of taking a warm bath after fighting the frosty aromas outside. She was sweet like a silky kiss, yet bitter like the cold hands that traced my cheeks and wiped my tears. And without a second to lose, my heart blossomed for her and her alone. I became indigenous to her lovely meadows. She was the flowers that generously decorated the fields; their petals that scented the water beautifully. She was the rejuvenation of life – the insects and animals coming out of hibernation. Nothing about her was black and white; rather the palette of colour summoned by spring that turned the world into an artwork once again. Loving her was the howling winds, the gentle autumn breeze,
the harsh beams of the sun, the bouquet of kisses from the one I couldn’t quite imagine living without.
It may be the end of Summer, but it’s the birth of something new.
To put it simply, she was not perfect. And most of the time, I couldn’t quite tell what direction her winds, that so effortlessly swept me off my feet, blew in. But the way her various weatherisms coincided – from the scorching summers to the withering winters, that was perfection to me.
It’s six o’clock and the sun is gone.
For the only conditions our love knew, were those of the weather.
Sara Israel (Grade 12) It’s six o’clock and the sun is gone. There’s nothing particularly special about today. I’ve just come home from my walk with my dog and I’m still standing in the front garden, just taking in the late evening street. And it’s then that the realisation hits me. As I tilt my head up to the sky, I feel the cold evening breeze sting my cheeks and see the sky fading from the pink of sunset to the empty blue that hangs before darkness settles. When did the sunsets get so early? I didn’t notice the weeks passing by, their familiar routine blending the days together. But as I stand here on an ordinary Tuesday evening, my dog nudging against my leg, it all falls into place. The collection of all the little signs finally register. Summer is coming to a close. It’s not really that far off from falling in love, when you think about it. All those things your subconscious collects about that one person and holds onto. Then you’ll catch yourself smiling or your heart fluttering at the sound of their laughter and you’ll go, “Oh, how did I not notice? How did I not see this coming?” It’s six o’clock and the sun is gone. The signs of the end are everywhere. It’s the bare trees surrounding the garden, the faintly orange leaves littering the ground below. It’s waking up with darkness beyond the curtains, the sun still asleep. It’s the jacket I grabbed before leaving the house this morning. It’s the socks worn in the evening and that first moment when the shower is too cold. Separately, these things don’t whisper a goodbye to the long, warm days. But with a chill in the air, the sky dark around me and a glance at my watch it all makes sense. It’s time to say goodbye to the bright afternoons on the beach. Its time to shift my evening runs earlier, to accept the cold hanging in the house in the mornings and these nights that start earlier. But the end of the Summer also brings the beginning of Autumn, which leads to Winter. It may be colder and darker, but I can always create my own light and warmth with the love of those around me, bright as any fireplace. I can take every opportunity this next season brings.
Katherine Worthington-Smith (Grade 12) The clock on the wall struck 3 o’clock and our classroom erupted, cutting off Mr Andrews midsentence. Chairs squealed against the floor and my classmates chattered to one another, sharing their jubilation: the school day was finally over! Mr Andrews tried unsuccessfully to be heard over the din, then sighed, slumping behind his desk. As I followed the class out, a girl on my netball team approached me, asking if I knew anything about our new coach. “Not really,” I said, “although I’m pretty sure he’s more of a girl than a guy, if you catch my drift.” She grinned her approval at me, then headed down the corridor. As I turned to go, I made eye-contact with Mr Andrews. He just looked at me, mild disappointment on his face. My heart plunged to the floor, almost pulling me along with it. How could I have been so inconsiderate? Everyone knew that Mr Andrews was openly gay. Did I really care about my image to the point that I would say something hurtful and against my own belief, all to impress a girl I hardly knew? I could not sleep a wink that night. My stomach felt as if it would dissolve with shame if I did not set things right. I loathed the thought of Mr Andrews seeing me as anything but myself. I had to apologise. But Mr Andrews did not come to school the next day. Nor did he the next day nor the day after that. Just when I was about to implode with guilt, the principal came to see us. He told us that Mr Andrews was gravely ill, and that it was unlikely that we would see him again that year. Six months later found me leaving school on a Friday. I was walking alone towards the exit and saw a group of girls ahead of me, talking to a gaunt looking man. I paid them no attention, my thoughts on the weekend. Then I did a double take and gasped. It was Mr Andrews! I was surprised I had even recognised him. He looked deathly white and skeletal. His eyes were dark, sunken sockets and he was completely bald. And here it was, my opportunity to right the wrong. Mr Andrews was right in front of me. My weekend could wait a little longer. That day will forever stalk me, like a consuming cloak of repentance, reminding me of what I am capable of. And not because of what I said. Not because of the pain I might have inflicted. Not even because as I looked at Mr Andrews, I knew that he was a dying man. It was because I kept on walking.
Afrikaans Creative Writing My belangrikste verhoudings
Kom ons reis saam deur Suid-Afrika
Hulle sê die huis is waar die hart is. As dit waar is, lê my hart in stukkies. Jy moet verstaan, ek praat nie van ’n gebroke hart nie. Nee, die stukkies, vol liefde, lê in die verskillende belangrike verhoudings wat orals is. Kom ons reis...
Suid-Afrika is ’n pragtige land met ‘n wye verskeidenheid kulture, fauna en flora. Reis saam met my en laat ek vir jou ’n lusmakertjie, net ’n proeseltjie, gee van ons asemrowende land.
Nuhaa Behardien (Grade 12)
My veilige hawe. My gesin. Ons eet, dans, lag, speel en praat daagliks met mekaar. Daar is geen gevoel soos ’n drukkie van jou gesin na ’n lang dag by die skool nie. As ek bid, gebruik ek slegs een woord vir hulle en dit is “dankie”! Volgende gaan ons om die son vlieg. Soos die son is my vriende elke dag daar vir my. Deur dik en dun. Hulle laat my warm voel en maak die lewe kleurvol net soos die son die donkerste wolke verf met ’n reënboog. Hulle maak my lewe mooi. Laastens gaan jy na ons hoërskool, waar die onderwysers is. Ons bring die meeste van ons tyd deur op skool. Hulle is soos ons ouers behalwe dat ons ’n bietjie bang vir hulle is. (Moenie bekommerd wees nie, ek dink dat hulle ook ’n bietjie bang vir ons mal graad is!) Ons is soos hul kinders in hierdie huis van hoërskool. My onderwysers is my inspirasie en gids. Hulle speel, leer en beskerm ons. Hulle wil die beste vir ons hê en ons wil hulle nie teleurstel nie. Die opinie van my onderwysers is een van die belangrikste opinies in my lewe. My veilige hawe, die son en in hierdie huis waar ek skoolgaan is waar die grootste stukkies van my hart lê. Ek is dankbaar vir hierdie verhoudings. Aan die einde van die dag is dit hierdie stukkies van my hart wat die son om die aarde laat draai.
Kinah van der Merwe (Grade 12)
Die moederstad lok jaarliks talle mense met die oeroue Tafelberg wat oor die stad toring. Vir die avontuurlustiges is Tafelberg ’n maklike dagstappie tot bo, maar as ’n mens nie lus is om te stap nie, kan jy altyd die kabelkarretjie neem en ’n 360̊-blik van die berg, see en stad kry. Suid-Afrika se strande is wêreldbekend en ’n mens kan kinderlik in die branders baljaar. Daar is iets vir almal in Kaapstad en vir dié wat die kulture meer waardeer, is daar interessante museums en stokoue historiese geboue soos die Kasteel en Groot Constantia. Van die moederstad reis ons na Oudtshoorn waar dit bloedig warm kan raak in die dag, maar saans is dit yskoud. Ons kan daar die Kango Grotte besoek. Toergidse gaan ons deur vier kilometer tonnels vol stalaktiete en stalagmiete lei. In Oudtshoorn gaan ons die bekende volstruisplase besoek waar dié wat braaf genoeg is op ’n volstruis kan ry. Daar is talle besienswaardighede soos die Groot Gat in Kimberley en die Drakensberge in KwaZulu-Natal wat ons ongelukkig nie op hierdie kort reis gaan besoek nie. Waar ons wel ons toer gaan eindig, is die Kruger Nasionale Park. Wêreldberoemd en van wêreldgehalte. Dié wildtuin strek oor tweemiljoen hektaar land en daar is majestueuse diere soos leeus en luiperde te sien. Ek hoop jou tasse is gepak en vliegtuigkaartjies is bespreek, want Suid-Afrika is ’n wonderskone land. Neem gerus baie foto’s wanneer jy hier is!
Xhosa Creative Writing Isiganeko Endingasoze Ndisilibale Ibhalwe ngu: Oluhle Tunyiswa (Grade 11)
Zininzi iziganeko ezenzeke ebomini bam, kuba ubomi luthotho lweziganeko kodwa kukho isiganeko esiphuma phambili endingasoze ndisilibale. Ngomhla wama-26 kweyoKwindla 2020 uMongameli wesizwe uCyril Ramaphosa wazisa ukuba uMzantsi Afrika uza kuvalwa iintsuku ezingama-21 kuba kukho isifo esibizwa ngokuba yi-Khovid-19. Ngelo xesha sasingayazi into eninzi ngesi sifo kwaye singazi ukuba iimpilo ziza kutshintsha okwexeshana okanye ngonaphakade. Sonke sasivalelekile ezindlwini singayazi into eqhubekayo.Xa siqala ukucinga ukuba kuza kuvulwa nguMongameli wasuka wasixelela ukuba wongeza ngeentsuku ezili-14. Kungelo xesha izinto zaqalisa ukutshintsha. Abantu abaninzi bengakwazi ukuya emisebenzini nasezikolweni. Amashishini aqhankqalaza kuba abathengi babengekho. Iindibano zobumnandi zarhoxiswa, iinkonzo zavalwa, izitrato zathula cwaka kungabonwa nemoto namntu uhambayo. Iindaba zatshintsha kwihlabathi. OoNomathotholo noomabonakude bathetha ngenani lolosuleleko olunyukayo. Okoko iindaba zinoxinzelelo lwengqondo nomphefumlo. Wonke umntu engxamele ukubuyela esiqhelweni. Kwaqaliswa ukuvulwa. Abantu babuyela emisebenzini, abanye baphelelwa yimisebenzi akwabikho ngeniso kwamanye amakhaya. Abafundi babuyela ezikolweni kodwa izinto azafana nakuqala. Ukuzicoca izandla nokunxiba imaski zaba zizinto zesiqhelo. Xa umntu ekwindawo enabantu abaninzi yaba yinti eyoyikekayo kuba awuyazi ukuba ngubani ophethe esi sifo. Abantu bayeka ukuhambela izihlobo nabamelwane. Abantu bayeka ukuvelelana xa omnye eshiywe sisihlobo. Baphela ubuntu kwaNtu. Abantu boyikana bakrokrelana. IKhovid-19 izise ubuhlungu obuninzi. Abantu abaninzi balahlekelwa ngabantu ababathandayo nababaziyo. Kwabanye abantu yazidibanisa iintsapho kuba bebehleli kunye bengakwazi ukuhamba. Kanti kwelinye icala yazohlula iintsapho ngoba abanye abantu abathandi ukusoloko bephakathi kweentsapho zabo. Loo nto ibonakaliswa ziingxabano ezazisoloko ziqhushumba ngenxa yokuba besoloko bekunye. IKhovid-19 isibonise izinto ezininzi njengokubaluleka kwempilo. Ingomso awulithenjiswanga kwaye isibonise norhwaphilizo phezu korhwaphilizo eMzantsi Afrika. Loo nto iza kuthatha ixesha elide ukulungisa uqoqosho lwelizwe. Nangona iKhovid isisganeko esothusayo endifuna ukusilibala, andisoze ndikwazi ukusilibala kuba yinxalenye yobomi bam kwaye yinxalenye yembali.
Foreign Languages Creative Writing German Writing Extracts: Grade 12 Meine Stadt – ein Vergleich zum Gedicht “Die Stadt“ von Theodor Storm. Meine Stadt ist an der Küste. Meine Stadt ist wo die Leute freundlich sind. Sie hat viele Schönheit. Es ist wo der Ozean blau ist und der Wind Musik schafft. Wo Blumen gedeihen … und die Vögel mit der Natur sprechen und singen. Meine Stadt ist Kapstadt. Razan Hassan (Grade 12)
Das Gedicht handelt von der Heimatstadt Husum von Theodor Storm. Während ich es gelesen habe, habe ich an meine Stadt gedacht. Es hat mir besonders aufgefallen, wie der Dichter für seine Stadt schwärmt. Er hat gesagt, dass die Stadt grau und nicht sehr schön ist, aber er liebt sie noch. Es hat mir gefallen, dass er die Stadt für die Erinnerungen, die er hat, liebt. Die Stadt klingt ruhig und nicht zu beschäftigt. Ich fühle mich friedlich, wenn ich darüber lese. Ich wohne in Kapstadt in Südafrika. Meine Stadt ist eine Küstenstadt und wir haben viele Strände. Es liegt zwischen zwei Ozeanen. … Kapstadt hat auch Strände, wie Husum, aber die Strände von Kapstadt sind nicht grau. Sie sind warm und schön, außer wenn es regnet. Im Winter haben wir auch Nebel und es kann sehr kalt und grau sein.
Husum liegt am grauen Strand, am grauen Meer und klingt etwas deprimierend. Kapstadt ist aber ganz anders. Sie liegt am goldenen Strand und am blauen Meer. Wir kennen auch den Nebel, aber es drückt die Dächer nicht schwer wie im Husum. Der Nebel und der Regen bringen eigentlich Glück, weil die auch Regenbögen bringen. Ich glaube die Menschen machen Kapstadt besonders. Sie sind alle nett und gastfreundlich. Josie Malherbe (Grade 12)
Ich bin mit dem Zitat: „Die Menschen, nicht die Häuser, machen die Stadt“ einverstanden… Die Stadt ist nicht vollständig ohne die Menschen und sie machen ihre Stadt anders als andere Städte. Die Häuser könne das Erbe und die Kultur der Stadt zeigen, aber die Menschen können die Kultur durch Musik, Essen und Feste zeigen. Azrah Dick (Grade 12)
Helen Meyers (Grade 12)
Doch hängt mein ganzes Herz an dir, du graue Stadt am Meer 56
1. Megan Cusens (Grade 12) 2. Madison Newton (Grade 8) 3. Alexa Vervoort (Grade 9) 4. Cindy Littlefield (Grade 12) 5. Caitlin Manuel (Grade 10) 5.
First row from left: Dayna Powell (Grade 12), Keona Missing (Grade 12), Georgia Wallace (Grade 12), Saskia Gussenhoven (Grade 11) Second row, from left: Keona Missing (Grade 12), Alexandra Paulse (Grade 8), Luka Goodall (Grade 8), Isabella Volker (Grade 10) Third row, from left: Tayla Swan (Grade 11), Dayna Powell (Grade 12), Skye Micklethwaite (Grade 9), Dayna Powell (Grade 12)
First row from left: Caitlin Manuel (Grade 10), Thamina Davids (Grade 11), Dominique Porter (Grade 9) Second row, from left: Azhar Phillips (Grade 12), Frances Louwrens (Grade 9), Ameera Coe (Grade 8) Third row, from left: Zahraa Ahmed (Grade 10), Grace Bowley (Grade 8), Abigail Meyer (Grade 9) Fourth row, from left: Isabel Moore (Grade 8), Robyn Biccard (Grade 10), Saarah Effendi (Grade 9)
First row from left: Keona Missing (Grade 12), Mia van Niekerk (Grade 10), Danielle Henry (Grade 11) Second row, from left: Luka Goodall (Grade 8), Erin Griffiths (Grade 12), Saskia Gussenhoven (Grade 11) Third row, from left: Kauthar Parker (Grade 11), Emma van Zyl (Grade 10), Chloe Sampson (Grade 12) Fourth row, from left: Isabella Gruber (Grade 12), Saskia Gussenhoven (Grade 12), Robyn van Zijl (Grade 12)
First row from left: Kayla Burgess (Grade 12), Lumi Abrahams (Grade 9), Emma van Zyl (Grade 10) Second row, from left: Taylor Ackermann (Grade 11), Isabella Gray (Grade 12), Robyn Biccard (Grade 10) Third row, from left: Manina Viljoen (Grade 11), Zahra Toefy (Grade 11), Isabella Volker (Grade 10) Fourth row, from left: Morgan Thomas (Grade 10), Aliwia Suter (Grade 12), Taybah Williams (Grade 11)
First row from left: Keona Missing (Grade 12), Georgia Wallace (Grade 12), Hope Hadebe (Grade 12) Second row, from left: Ella Barrett-Smith (Grade 11), Morgan Thomas (Grade 10), Jordan Gericke (Grade 10) Third row, from left: Manina Viljoen (Grade 11), Juliette Meyer (Grade 8), Jessica Mayers (Grade 11) Fourth row, from left: Robyn Gersowsky (Grade 11), Saskia Gussenhoven (Grade 11), Kate Birch (Grade 12)
1. Sarah Chadwick (Grade 10) Gestalt Typography - Grade 10 Design 2. Nuha Grimwood (grade 12); 3. Finuala Josephy (Grade 10); 4. Azhar Phillips (Grade 12); 5. Kayla Burgess (Grade 12); 6. Miyo Jappie (Grade 11) 1.
First row from left: Quiara Smit (Grade 10), Danielle Henry (Grade 11), Sofie Watermeyer (Grade 9) Second row, from left: Miyo Jappie (Grade 11), Tyra Phipson (Grade 11), Saskia Gussenhoven (Grade 12) Third row, from left: Cailyn Fincham (Grade 8), Farren Kirsten (Grade 10), Robyn Gersowsky (Grade 11) Fourth row, from left: Farren Kirsten (Grade 10), Finuala Josephy (Grade 10), Gabriela Venter (Grade 11)
First row from left: Shannon Brooks - Gestalt Typography - Grade 10 Design, Genna van der Walt (Grade 8) Second row, from left: Ylara Esau Salie (Grade 12), Imaan Davids (Grade 10) Third row, from left: Jenna Edwards (Grade 11), Jodi James (Grade 10)
First row from left: Hope Hadebe (Grade 12), Dilshaad Regal (Grade 12), Jemma Cusens (Grade 12) Second row, from left: Danya Powell (Grade 12), Isabella Gray (Grade 12) Third row, from left: Luleila Oosthuysen (Grade 12), Megan Oosthuisen (Grade 12) Rachel Thorne (Grade 12) Fourth row, from left: Danya Powell (Grade 12)
From the Director of Music Mr Jaco Goosen 2021 will be remembered as another frustrating year for the Music Department. With the country still very much in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, performance opportunities were minimal. This was supposed to be the year of the musical, Annie, and even that sadly had to be postponed. Ensembles on, then off, then on again made it difficult to plan and create continuity. Choir rehearsals with masks on were a challenge, and orchestra sectionals scattered across different parts of the Kemp Hall was less than ideal. However, as a department we strive to see the positive in situations that are beyond our control and the following events certainly were a highlight: We celebrated the success of the Grade 12 Music Class of 2020 in their NSC music examinations. The class received an average of 85% with 10 As and 1 B and 1 C. Ms Rina Schutte (cello) was welcomed to the Music Department. She has been a wonderful addition to the Department and her expertise and enthusiasm has been invaluable. Mrs Juanita Atkinson obtained her Masters degree in Social Education and Mr Murray Buitendag married Ms Amy Campbell. Mrs Olivia Herrendoerfer celebrated the birth of her third child and Mr Robert Jeffery was awarded an ovation award from the National Arts Festival. We were privileged to still be permitted to host Lunchtime Concerts for our subject students. Obviously the school was starved for live music as the Kemp Hall was packed to capacity for these concerts. The Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfod, in a new format, was well represented by our students and the results were outstanding. Hope Hadebe was selected for the 2021 Standard Bank National Schools Jazz band on Trombone. Competition was strong, but Hope came out on top as the only trombonist selected at a national level. However, the highlight of the year was the opportunity to host the Matric Recital evening. Again in a different format, with only 50 people attending each session. The Kemp Hall was beautifully transformed by Ms Brown and the Matrics looked sublime in their outfits. Performances on the night were of the highest standard and parents were most appreciative to be able to attend their daughter’s final high school recital in person!
We hosted music lunchtime concerts for subject music learners
Matric recitals: performances were of the highest standards
From the Director of Sport Ms Renée Scott The Covid-19 pandemic once again affected the sporting year at Rustenburg. Term 1 only started in mid - February with the instruction that contact sports and matches would not resume. This directive impacted our programme as we were scheduled to participate in various water polo and touch rugby tournaments. We altered the extra-mural programme to ensure that all our sports codes could still continue practise. The emphasis was on aerobic fitness, skills, strength and maintaining that magical effect that participation in sport has on our learners. We enjoyed six weeks of all summer sports that we offer and the attendance was good. The water polo players attended early morning sessions and played within their grades and not in teams. Social swimming and learn-to-swim were both popular in the newly renovated 25m pool. The Grade 8s attended sports trials and a swimming squad, a water polo squad and tennis players were chosen to attend practices. The highlight of the Term 1 was a Grade 8 Inter-House Day. The House Captains were superb with their organisation and enthusiasm. The events offered were a swimming gala, a trail run and a football round-robin tournament. As Term 1 extended well into April, we completed all the hockey and netball trials and enjoyed two weeks of team sport before the start of Term 2. Squash and cross country started well too. The directives for sport were relaxed somewhat and our 1st Hockey and 1st Netball Teams actually played a few matches before the restrictions were tightened once again. The On-the-move extra-mural activity, which has replaced the walking club, is very popular. The activity makes use of the 1.2km trail route on the Rustenburg campus. On-the-movers can now log up kilometres during their sessions and become a member of the Rusty Runners Club. The awards that can be earned are Bronze (25kms), Silver (50kms), Gold (75kms) and Platinum (100kms) awards. Football has also been popular with the learners this year and due to the fact that it is offered throughout the year the players’ skill and fitness levels improved steadily. At the end of Term 2 we were forced into Level 4 of lockdown once again and although this impacted our sports programme we continued to motivate the participants with online fitness and goals through our sport-specific Google Classrooms. Many of our learners have excelled in sporting codes not offered by the school and we congratulated them as and when their various competitions took place by highlighting their achievements on the “RGHS Sport” Instagram platform.
*Limited sport took place between January and July 2021 due to Covid-19 (the date of the magazine submission).
Provincial Sport Representatives Congratulations to all of our learners who have represented their province in a sports code over the past 12 months: Action netball Charite Strauss (Grade 11)
Artistic Swimming Kaitlyn Doms (Grade 11)
Biathlon Skye Micklethwaite (Grade 9)
Deep Sea Angling Karla Rautmann (Grade 10)
Equestrian Trinity Simmons (Grade 9)
Figure Skating Shan Tong Yu (Grade 8)
Indoor Hockey Isla Barbour; Leah Hofmeyr; Tatum Malherbe (Grade 8); Christy Augustine; Hannah Dommisse; Lucy Kane; Rachel Kane (All Grade 9s); Alexanda Arendse; Jodie Blows (Grade 10); Azrah Dick; Rachel Noyce (Grade 12)
Indoor Netball Zeetha Gain (Grade 10); Dominique Taylor (Grade 12)
Outdoor Hockey WP Reps: Kyrah Naidoo (Grade 9); Jodie Blows (Grade 10); Saarah Magiet (Grade 10); Lisa Penney (Grade 10); Kelly Johnson (Grade 12); Azrah Dick (Grade 12)
Surf Life Saving Hannah Hillman (Grade 12)
Swimming Isabella Webber (Grade 8 SANJ); Skye Micklethwaite (Grade 9 SANJ); Ashlee Pretorius (Grade 10 SANJ)
Tennis Margaret Krieg (Grade 8); Lisa Penney (Grade 10); Juliana Barrish (Grade 11)
Underwater Hockey Anna Irving; Kayla Sherry (Grade 8); Lara Perrow (Grade 9); Alex Bonaconsa (Grade 11); Kayla Currie-Gumwo (Grade 12)
Indoor Hockey Teacher-in-charge: Mr Olu Ncukana Coaches: Ms Sasha Sivertsen and Ms Micaela Alsemgeest Captain: Josie Malherbe Vice-captain: Rachel Noyce
The 2021 indoor hockey season was always going to be slightly different from what we had ever experienced before. The 2021 1st Team was fortunate to have Sasha coaching them again, and our 2nd Squad welcomed a new coach in Micaela. Our coaches ensured the learners had a great time during the indoor hockey season, and a lot was learnt. Our 1st Team was well led by Josie and Rachel. A group filled with a mix of youth and experience, really benefited from their leadership. We remain hopeful that the lessons and skills learnt in the 2021 season can be carried through to matches in the 2022 season.
Congratulations to the following players who were selected and played in the PSI tournament in March: U14 Seals: Isla Barbour and Leah Hofmeyr U14 Sharks: Tatum Malherbe U16 Seals: Jodie Blows and Coach Sasha Sivertsen U16 Sharks: Lucy Kane U16 Sunbirds: Christy Augustine, Hannah Dommisse and Rachel Kane U18 Sharks: Azrah Dick
Swimming Teacher-in-charge: Ms Renée Scott Coach: Ms Vivienne Williams Captain: Robyn van Zijl Vice-captain: Hannah Hillman
Although Rustenburg did not host any galas, our newly - renovated swimming pool was put to good use. Every morning and every afternoon, we held swimming sessions for water polo players, social swimmers, team swimmers and learn-to-swim participants. Coach Viv worked with the social swimmers and was able to focus on correcting their strokes, working on turning techniques, teaching the swimmers timing and keeping the swimmers motivated throughout Term 1. We selected a large group of promising Grade 8 swimmers and invited them to a team swimming session on their own. The team swimmers in Grades 9 to 12 attended a separate early morning session, limited to three swimmers per lane. The captain and vice-captain arranged a swimming gettogether at the end of the term to close off the season. This was the first and last opportunity for the Grade 8s to meet the team swimmers from the older grades. Individual swimmers shone at various regional level galas throughout the country. Erin Daffarn, Imani Magotsi and Jenna Renecle qualified to swim at the South African Level 3 Championships in Oudtshoorn in March. Skye Micklethwaite, Ashleé Pretorius and Isabella Webber qualified to compete at the South African National Junior Championships in Stellenbosch in April.
Tennis Teacher-in-charge: Ms Megan Bell Coach: Ms Hayley Nel Captain: Juliana Barrish Vice-captain: Catalina Ross
Tennis is a perfect Covid-19 friendly sport. It is naturally physically distanced but far from socially distanced. Despite strict restrictions on matches, our players still managed to showcase their talents and love for the game in challenger matches. These were often closely contested and very intense. Good sportsmanship was seen both on and off the court. “I really think a champion is not defined by their wins but by how they recover when they fall.” This quote by Serena Williams holds very true when we notice how determined and passionate our players are, even though tennis did not happen as we were used to. The players took it in their stride and always gave their all in both practices and matches. Coach Hayley’s practice sessions were full of energy and passion. The players were eager to dust off their rackets and get back on the court. Coach Hayley continued to motivate and fine tune the players’ skills. These weekly sessions were always something that the players looked forward to as they provided social interactions with like-minded learners. Playing tennis is socially and intellectually rewarding and these sessions have “served” as a source of stress relief.
Congratulations to our Western Province Representatives for 2021: Juliana Barrish (U19), Lisa Penney (U16) and Margaret Krieg (U14)
Touch Rugby Teacher-in-charge: Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron Coach: Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron Captain: Hanaan Shaikjee Vice-captain: Azhar Phillips
Touch Rugby continued to be a popular sport at Rustenburg as we fielded four teams again this year. Training sessions were fun and exciting as we looked at new ways to develop our players’ touch skills while ensuring we remained safe during these unprecedented times. The focus and aim of team sessions was to develop individual ball and evasion skills. Games such as “open gates” with a twist were played and warranted great laughter and enjoyment from all players. Natural speedsters like Jodie Blows (Grade 10) and Trinity Ngaka (Grade 9) stood out and proved that speed remains an invaluable asset in the game of touch rugby. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as scoring a try in touch rugby and diving for the tryline is even more satisfying for some. Sidestepping and the correct dive technique were other skills we focussed on developing this year. Azhar Phillips (Grade 12) showed no fear when it came to diving for the tryline and has snuck many tries in the past, by diving just out of reach at the opposing players’ feet. Youngsters like Loren-Kate Dicks (Grade 9) proved that fast feet are most handy when sidestepping opponents. We are proud of all our senior players, especially Hanaan, who captained the 1st Team and was supported by Azhar in the role of Vice-Captain. They were role models on the field and helped create a welcoming environment for the juniors and new players. When players were asked what they enjoyed most this year, many commented on the value in being part of a team again. Saarah Magiet (Grade 10) explained: “Our touch team feels like my sisters; I love bumping into them in the school corridors during the day.” Team sport has proven to be a great way for learners to connect with one another while enjoying the benefits of exercise and we are fortunate to have a school touch rugby community where learners can do this. The touch season concluded with a fun game between players and staff, which made for a memorable end to a challenging season.
Water Polo Teacher-in-charge: Mr Gian Marneweck Coach: Mr André Williams and Mr Matthew Stopford Captain: Robyn Van Zijl Vice-captain: Hannah Hillman
2021 saw us back in the pool for practices albeit with strict Covid-19 protocols in place. Every weekday morning during February and March, a different age group would practise from 06h20 until 07h30. There were five different coaches, two per session, so all players were exposed to each of these coaches on different days throughout the week. Most sessions took the format of land training on the astroturf where the players practised ball skills and got aerobically fit. This was followed by a session in the pool where the participants also practised ball skills, shooting, and got swimming fit. The last session of the term was arranged by Robyn and Hannah. All players attended and a great new game of ‘land polo’ was enjoyed by all on the astroturf. The water polo players developed their skills and core strength, which will help them in future seasons. At the end of the day, the players were just so grateful to be allowed back into the swimming pool.
Cross Country Teacher-in-charge: Ms Jane Behne Coach: Ms Vivienne Williams Captain: Talitha Delpierre Vice-captain: Thami Giyose
Cross Country remains popular with our learners. We have been fortunate to be able to offer the runners two excellent training sessions every week throughout the winter season. Our runners have learnt a great deal from their coach. Every session started with some mobility exercises and running drills to encourage good running form. Coach Viv has put the runners through some track sessions, focusing on speedwork, longer intervals completed at threshold pace and some even longer tempo paced running. We also have managed to do some short hill repeats on the campus, focusing on form and strength. All these sessions have been completed on the school campus. The runners have responded well to the lack of races and remained focussed on the benefits of simply keeping fit for health and well-being purposes. Once lockdown levels were eased, Rustenburg hosted two cross country races. St Cyprians and Springfield came to run a 3km run on the campus in September. The fastest time for the course was set by our own Skye Micklethwaite in an excellent time of 12:23.
Hockey Teacher-in-charge: Ms Susan Viljoen Coach: Mr Olu Ncukana Captain: Rachel Noyce Vice-captain: Erin le Roux
The promise of being able to get something of a season in 2021 was really exciting and we were forced to be creative when structuring our trials process. All trials were initially run in a skills-based, non-contact manner. Regulations did change, and we were able to complete our trials with some game implementation of the skills displayed in the first round. We were able to finalise some of our teams by the middle of April and the excitement mounted as we were issued with our first set of fixtures. The dates for provincial trials were also announced. With the commencement of league drawing closer, our U14A, U16A and U19A teams were fortunate to be able to play some warm up fixtures against Springfield. This was the first outdoor hockey fixture played since 2019 and the joy on their faces was evident at the end of the day. Our first league fixture was against an always formidable Hoërskool Stellenberg, and it was an opportunity for Rustenburg to host the fixture. The Rustenburg 1st Team got the chance to show off their new kit. The matches were played at a very high tempo, and some exceptional goals were scored over the weekend. Our first away fixtures were played against Wynberg Girls’ High School the following weekend. Despite the pouring rain, and less than ideal playing conditions, there was no stopping both schools. Some great hockey was played and some great goals scored. We were in a fortunate position to be able to send 16 learners to Western Province Trials across the three age groups. 10 of the 16 players were selected for the final round of trials. Unfortunately, the trials process was unable to be completed, due to suspension of all hockey, but we are extremely proud of all the learners who went to trials.
Congratulations to the following WP reps: U16A: Jodie Blows (Grade 10), U16B: Kyrah Naidoo (Grade 9); Saarah Magiet (Grade 10); Lisa Penney (Grade 10), U18A: Kelly Johnson (Grade 12), U18B: Azrah Dick (Grade 12)
Netball Teacher-in-charge: Ms Palesa Hlela Coach: Ms Vanessa Lingeveldt Captain: Dominique Taylor Vice-captain: Charité Strauss
In the 2021 netball season, Rustenburg welcomed three new netball coaches to the coaching staff. Each coach came highly recommended and each played an instrumental role in the growth of netball at Rustenburg. We were able to participate in two friendly netball matches against two high schools in the surrounding area. In the first netball friendly, our 1st Team welcomed Westerford High School to Rustenburg. In a match, consisting of six quarters of eight minutes each, both teams displayed great skill, athleticism and teamwork. The final score was Rustenburg 36 to Westerford 20. The second netball friendly saw Rustenburg take on Herschel Girls’ High School at Rustenburg. With nine of the ten Rustenburg netball teams participating, it was spectacular to see all the netball courts full of life again. Adapting to the government mandate of no spectators at sporting events, the 1st Team game was streamed live and was available to view on the Rustenburg Sports Instagram page (@RGHSSport). This was an amazing student-led initiative. The final result saw Rustenburg winning three of the nine matches, with the 1st Team final score being Rustenburg 21 to Herschel 33. A welcome addition to the extramural programme was the inclusion of social netball. The learners have taken full advantage of this addition with just under 100 learners signing up and actively participating. Social netball has focused on technical and tactical skill development and most importantly fun and enjoyment. Social netball was made possible by the various netball coaches, teachers as well as learner volunteers. With an array of highly talented netball players, Rustenburg was able to send many learners, across all age groups, to the Cape Town Schools’ Netball Association (Western Province) trials. Congratulations to Anna Gray (Grade 11) who was selected to attend the final round of trials. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 all Cape Town Schools’ Netball Association trials were suspended.
Squash Teacher-in-charge: Mr William Haggard Coach: Mr André Naude Captain: Isabella Rossouw Vice-captain: Roxanne Comyn
Interest in squash remains steady. Our squash players continued to practise at Kelvin Grove. The players have been divided into two groups; team players and beginners, who practise separately. Our team players are comprised of a 1st and a 2nd Team. Although a small group of players, they work together as a cohesive unit. This team spirit is largely due to the motivation, encouragement and excellent coaching received from Coach André. He has placed special emphasis on the beginners, nurtured and inspired them to learn the game of squash. Our 1st Team beat Wynberg and our 2nd Team lost to Westerford in the only Term 2 fixture. A new decision was taken to use the courts at Villager’s Football Club as our home courts for matches in 2021. In Term 3 we were able to sneak in one more match. We were hosted by Herschel and narrowly lost this encounter. We are proud of the ongoing commitment to this sport by a small group of our learners.
Social Sport In 2021 Rustenburg offered the following sports on a social level: Football; Hockey 5s; Netball; On-the-Move; Running Club; Swimming and Learn-to-Swim; Tennis and Water Polo.
STUDENT DEVELOPMENT UNIT
From the Student Development Unit This year we welcomed Ms Sanda Sogoni as a new counsellor to join Ms Zaandré Barrett-Theron and Ms Perdita Norval in the Student Development Unit. The counsellors assist pupils regarding any emotional, social, academic or career concerns. We offer individual sessions at school and online, parent support and guidance in key areas like Subject Choice, Career Guidance and Conflict Resolution. This year we have been dealing with the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the lockdowns, which have been an ongoing stressor for many. We are excited to have connected with The Talking Point Group, a leading provider of integrated wellness assistance services who are available to all Rustenburg staff, learners and their families. Individuals have free access to a qualified therapist to help to address any problems or needs associated with emotional health, well-being, relationships and productivity. These services did not replace our counsellors but served as an outside support unit available 24/7. Life Orientation continues to be an important subject preparing the pupils for the future. The students are able to access information regarding tertiary scholarships and bursaries; and get assistance with university applications, National Benchmark Tests. An inspiration is past pupil Hannah Clayton (E2016) who is off to Cambridge University to study a Masters in Physics on a scholarship. Life Orientation lends pupils an opportunity to discuss current affairs such as the impact of Covid-19 on employment, the rise of fake news and the impact of social media on mental health for adolescents among other topics. The Grade 8s have been focussing on initiating and sustaining friendships with their peers, as this remains an important aspect and part of adolescent development. Starting high school is already intimidating, making friends remains one of the top challenges at this age, and going through a pandemic has further complicated establishing connections. Physical Education forms part of Life Orientation and we welcomed three new PE staff members this year: Ms Wiaam Jacobs, Ms Palesa Hlela and Mr Mr Olu Ncukana to the team. The Grade 9s have been learning and performing gumboot dancing this term and pupils have enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the classroom where they can connect with one another through recreational activity. The importance of exercise for physical, social and emotional well-being is emphasised through interesting and enjoyable activities. Ms Tame, Ms Jacobs, Ms Voskuil and Ms Gideon have also contributed a great deal to their teaching in the LO department. Thank you to all of you.
Societies and Services It is easy to bemoan the negative impact of Covid-19. It is more difficult to recognise the opportunities, which the global pandemic inadvertently brought. In the case of the Societies and Service portfolio at Rustenburg, the years 2020 and 2021 prompted deeper reflection and increased clarity about how to streamline and better organise this valuable aspect of school life. Through involvement, pupils can learn more about themselves and others, and broaden their interests beyond the curriculum. A voluntary task team, which included members of the Representative Council of Learners (RCL), met several times to discuss how best the incumbent Vertical Tutor System could or would complement societies. There was the opportunity for meaningful consolidation and, to an extent, a re-energised overhaul. It was gratifying to engage with so many stakeholders and rewarding to listen to the many creative proposals, which were brought to the table. From this emerged some key decisions. Firstly, going forward no society would be directed affiliated to an academic department. Subject enrichment is to be incorporated within the respective departments, as is deemed appropriate and necessary. Secondly, seven core societies were identified as serving particular needs: Earth Children (Ms Chambers), Habitat for Humanity (Ms Herbert, Ms Gideon), Ignition (Ms Tame), Interact (Ms Behne, Ms Ravat), Jabulani (Ms Mase), Muslim students’ Association (Ms Bassardien) and Pride (Ms Boshoff, Mr Ndambi). Thirdly, societies would continue to function in accordance with the policy drafted collectively in 2015. This was the result of an extensive Societies and Service audit, run over months. And finally, the elected society heads will automatically sit on the new Community and Citizenship Committee. This committee will encourage increased participation across the board. It is hoped that, in the future, there will be more endeavours which see the different societies collaborating, thereby fostering a stronger sense of community. Heartfelt thanks must go to those pupils, and their parents, who have continued to serve causes with loyalty and dedication, without the need for recognition or external validation. At the time of writing, new society committee elections were yet to run. This means that all the selfless and good work, happening behind-the-scenes, has been by extraordinarily kind and emotionally invested individuals, motivated by whatever cause has struck deeply, aiming to increase awareness and improve the lives of others. Mr Adrian Skelly
Campus & Support Staff
From the Rustenburg Alumnae The Rustenburg Alumnae are a large and diverse group of people, but we are represented by a small committee of four volunteers. Faced with the responsibility of acting on behalf of all our fellow former learners, the committee decided to take 2021 to re-evaluate the role we play in today’s world. Many things about our lives have changed drastically recently, but the importance of the core functions of the Rustenburg Alumnae Committee has not. In fact, it may be more important than ever. The last two years have seen many of us pulled apart, at least physically, and realising the value of connecting with our loved ones and acquaintances in ways not previously familiar to us. We believe that as alumnae, we are all part of the Rustenburg community. A core function of the committee is therefore to facilitate connection between Alumnae. We are active on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and send a biannual newsletter to our members. We communicate with members through our own private network on Alumnet, designed to help alumnae get in contact with each other, share and see news and make professional and social connections. Another core function of the Rustenburg community is to provide support to its members, especially by lending a helping hand to those of us who need it. The alumnae committee provides bursaries to current Rustenburg learners and alumnae to assist with furthering their education. We can do so annually from a limited fund with the support of our alumnae. We hope to see all the Es of 2021 joining us next year. Get all our info at https://www.alumnae.rustenburggirls.org.za/ Lesley van Helden (E’03)
First row from left: Dawethi Siwundla (Grade 8), Lirandzu Simango (Grade 8), Grace Hallett (Grade 8) Second row, from left: Xara Hung (Grade 8), Sarah Essack (Grade 8), Yasmeen Mohamed (Grade 8) Third row, from left: Madison Newton (Grade 8), Kika Olivier (Grade 8), Tamsyn Emery (Grade 8) Fourth row, from left: Aimee Oates (Grade 8), Freya Coull (Grade 8), Jodi O Connor (Grade 8)
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