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Website: www.rghs.org.za Yohan Chun, winner of the Johann Vos Piano Competition, pictured left with her teacher, Ms Judith Dernier, right with her mother, and below with the judges and other contestants.

21 September 2012 Volume Three Issue Four Visual Arts and Design Awards

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International Aquarium Congress Science Success Jaco Jacobs besoek ons skool Holocaust Centre visit

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Music Department

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Sports News

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Art Flash

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Calendar

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Reminders and General Information

Next term begins on Monday 8 October, 2012

Rustenburg: a school of excellence where girls are leading courageously, exploring their unique potential confidently and serving the world compassionately.


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General news Visual Arts and Design Awards: 23 August, 2012 A Reflection by Ms. Cronje’s Grade 10 Visual Art and Photography Girls The recently held Visual Arts and Design Awards and Exhibition were an interesting mix of stimulating artworks and interesting people. Guest speaker Ree Treweek was well received by all the girls – she was described as ‘mind-blowing’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’. It was interesting to see a different (read dark!) side of animation. Treweek’s talk gave us a privileged look into the industry – it showed us that there are different and interesting ways to apply art in order to be successful and even make money with art. She inspired the audience to achieve and to excel in art making. The exhibition was a great showcase of different styles of artmaking – these give parents and girls a good idea of what to expect in the coming years. The awards ceremony itself was a smooth operation, accurately representing the artistic diversity of our senior art girls.

Success for the Science Department Six Grade 10 girls entered the Science EXPO, and Yi-Tin (Michelle) Yuan won a bronze medal for her project on “The Effect of Temperature on Pink Glowsticks.”

Guest speaker Ree Treweek and Ms Chambers at the opening of the Awards Exhibition

Rustenburg’s success at the International Aquarium Congress 2012 The 8th International Aquariums Congress at the CTICC was held on African soil for the first time ever with Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium as the official host. This international conference which ran from the 10 to the 17 September 2012 occurs only every four years and represents all the major zoos and aquariums around the world. In light of this prestigious event, a Youth Symposium was held on 19 August where Rustenburg was represented well with Nikki Cathcart winning best speaker and Nina Lawrenson and Kirsten Barrett coming second. Nikki was given the opportunity to present her speech “It’s time to start talking” at the IAC. Nina Lawrenson joined her after being selected by members of an international youth video conference that happened on 7 September to present a declaration from the Youth to aquarium leaders. Both girls were then part of a panel discussion with many top scientists around the world. In a complete surprise, Nikki was presented with a bursary to study Marine Sciences at UCT from the Two Oceans Aquarium. Nikki Cathcart and Nina Lawrenson


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General news Jaco Jacobs besoek ons skool Verlede Woensdag was ons graad 8’s- en 9’s bevoorreg om die skrywer van twee van hulle leesboeke in lewende lywe te ontmoet. Toe mev. Peters die besoek van Jaco Jacobs gereël het, het ons gedink dat hy net die gr.8-boek, Perfek ,geskryf het. Die skrywer van die ander leesboek is ene Tania Brink. Dit was dus vir almal ‘n groot verrassing om te ontdek dat Tania Brink en Jaco Jacobs dieselfde persoon is. Hy het vir Liefde laat jou Rice Krispies anders proe ‘n vrou se skuilnaam gebruik omdat hy gedink het meisies sal nie liefdesverhale lees wat deur ‘n man geskryf is nie! Jaco het reeds begin skryf toe hy nog op skool was en hou tred met die tyd soos ons in die skryfstyl van Perfek kan sien. Hy besef dat tieners anders lees as tien jaar gelede; daarom kommunikeer hy deur middel van tekeninge, liedjies en kontemporêre media sodat jongmense gemaklik in hulle eie taal kan

lees. Jaco is ‘n doodgewone ou wat brand om te skryf en ons glo dat hy die skrywersvuurtjie by ‘n hele paar van ons junior leerders aangesteek het. Mev Anita Pretorius

Grade 11 History and German learners’ visit to the Holocaust Centre The Grade 11 History and German classes, accompanied by Mr van Dyk and Ms Fourie, had the privilege of visiting the Cape Town Holocaust Centre on the 12th of September. We have been studying the Holocaust, as well as Nazi Ideology that caused the racial attitudes in Germany during the period of Nazi rule. The day started off with a very informative multimedia presentation made by Ms Tracey Petersen, the Holocaust Centre’s Director of Education. The presentation focused on Nazi principles and Ideals from 1933 to 1939, paying particular attention to the policies of Racial Theory, Social Darwinism and Eugenics. We have been focused on these topics for the past three weeks, so it was very helpful for all the learners.

After the presentation, we were guided through the Holocaust Centre’s exhibition. The exhibition took us through Nazi Germany, chronologically, from the time of Racial Theory and persecution to the ultimate “The Final Solution”, which was the Holocaust. The Holocaust Centre helped us put our coursework into context and provided us with perception and a deeper understanding into the reasons for the Holocaust. We will use this insight as part of the inspiration for our entries for the Holocaust Centre’s annual “Responding to injustice” Writing and Art competition. Robyn Paterson


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Music Department News SONG OF SILENCE On Wednesday 5 September, the RGHS Chamber Choir (senza our long-standing Grade 12s) directed by Pearl Jung, celebrated John Cage’s 100th birthday and gave a short performance of 4’33” at the start of lunchbreak. Particularly noticeable were the bird trills who must have guessed we needed them for the performance. We were able to demonstrate that neither artist nor composer had any impact on the piece, as it consisted of the sounds that existed at that particular moment in time. We chose not to perform it in the 3 movements as stipulated by the composer, and instead maintained the momentum for the full duration of the piece. Needless to say, it was a most interesting and enjoyable performance, never to be repeated again in that format! Sadly our Admin staff were out at lunch as it was Secretaries’ Day, so they missed the performance. Probably best, as they would have had a blast.

The Rhodes University Chamber Choir entertaining the Music Society


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Music Department News All good wishes to our Jazz Combo and Berocca G who are participating in the National Ensemble Competition in Stellenbosch again this year on 28 & 29 September. Last year, the Jazz Combo achieved 3rd Place in the Schools Category. Berocca G Recorder I Alexandra Mould Recorder II Rouzanna Coxson Contralto Lauren Davis Violin I Anja M端hr Violin II Alicia Lee

Violin III Rania Davids Violoncello Lynne Donson Harpsichord/ Organ Yohan Chun

Kim Petersen, Grace Thomson Alto Lauren Davis, Gladys Kisela, Cheryl Muchapondwa Jazz Combo Gladys Kisela (saxophone) Yohan Chun (piano) Cheryl Muchapondwa (drumkit) Michelle Ashwin (bass guitar) Neo Ramagaga (percussion)

Vocal Ensemble Soprano I Pearl Jung, Tamsin Metelerkamp, Catherine Smith Soprano II Haley-Anne Box,

MORE KAAPSE AFRIKAANSE EISTEDDFOD RESULTS PIANO SECTION Lof++ Rouzanna Coxson EV++ Sheree Stewart Lof++ (Duet) Ashleigh Curtis (x2) Ashleigh Curtis / Lindiwe Le Brasseur Hannah Bridgens Rouzanna Coxson Hoogste Lof Hannah Clayton Lof Rebecca Terry Caitlin Gr端ning Hannah Bridgens Yohan Chun (x3) Lof (Duet) Hoogste Lof (Duet) Sheree Stewart / Hannah Clayton / Cara Lothaller Nicola McLachlan Lindiwe le Brasseur / Nicola Cilliers / Rouzanna Coxson Yi-Shin Yuan Nahyuu Pak / Lof+ Alexandra WittenbergYeijin Hur Scott GOLD MEDALS Samantha McCrindle Blokfluit Klein Lof+ (Duet) Ensemble Senior Sakeenah Jaffer / RGHS Recorder Rebecca Terry Ensemble

Ander Instrumente Klein Ensemble Senior RGHS Berocca G Senior Klavier Yohan Chun SILVER MEDALS Blokfluit Catherine Smith (13-14 years) Alexandra Mould 17-18 years) Sonate Senior Rouzanna Coxson Duet Senior Roxanne Christian / Catherine Smith Rouzanna Coxson / AlexandraMould Senior Sang Kirsten Pienaar

(13-14 years) Meerstemmige Sang Kirsten Pienaar / Julia Holzberg / Senior Sang Volksliedjie Aimee George Samespel Senior Nahyuu Pak / Yeijin Hur Senior Klavier Yohan Chun Congratulations on these outstanding results. Yohan Chun will be performing in the Prizewinners' Concert on Friday 21 September, when all the awards will be presented.


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Sports News CONGRATULATIONS to the following learners who have excelled in their various disciplines

PGSGU Squash tournament

This squash tournament took place on Saturday 8 September at the Western Province SHANNON HOCHFELDEN Cricket Club. Rustenburg was represented by: Shannon won gold in Level 7 over 15 at the Courtney Brown, Western Province Rhythmic Gymnastics ChamCandice McConney, pionships. Her Elite Kate Meeser, Group also won gold. Michele Winter Shannon has been seand Elina Chen. lected to participate at It is always a well organised event and it is the National Champigood to see all the camaraderie that exists beonships in Johannestween all the players. Rustenburg placed third burg at the end of Sepin the tournament and Springfield deserved tember. their win against the Herschel team. Well done to all our girl’s efforts. LIANNE VERWEY Lianne participated in the Western Province Trials for Tumbling Gymnastics, winning the gold medal. She has been selected for the Western Cape team that will participate at the SA Gymnastics Games in Pretoria during the September holidays. She has also been entered into the trials for the Zone 6 international competition which will FOOTBALL take place in December. On Monday 3 September, RGHS 1st football team played a match against JESSICA THOMPSON Constantia Waldorf School. Jessica has been selected to the Western Rustenburg won 4 – 0. Province under 17 badminton team. She will participate at the South African Badminton Championships which take place from 28 September to 5 October in Durban.


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Alex Dill

Vanessa Langton

Tamarah Pike

Josie Wissema

Jordan Jamieson


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Chloé Zinn

Rachel Edwards

Francesca Cassar

Eva Presence

Aimee Cowie

Khayreyah Antvorskov


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END OF TERM 3 Calendar Friday 21 Sept

Civvies Day (for support staff gifts) Extended form period for checking of mark schedules Grade 10 Afrikaans Southern Cape Tour leaves after form period Boarders weekend out

Saturday 22

Boarders weekend out Grade 10 Afrikaans Southern Cape Tour

Sunday 23

Boarders weekend out Grade 10 Afrikaans Southern Cape Tour

Monday 24

PUBLIC HOLIDAY: Heritage Day Boarders weekend out Grade 10 Afrikaans Southern Cape Tour ABRSM Examinations (Charlie’s Hope)

Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26

Yom Kippur ABRSM Examinations (Charlie’s Hope) Music Awards Dinner (Thomson Hall) 19:00

Thursday 27

Grade 12 English Moderation Umfolozi Leadership Trail leaves Sports Awards Assembly

Friday 28

SCHOOL TERM ENDS Umfolozi Leadership Trail Grade 12 Individual Form/Class Farewell Assemblies Grade 12 Certificate Assembly (Service Awards) Announcement of School and Hostel Prefects Issuing of reports National Ensemble Competition @ Stellenbosch University

Thursday 27 Sept – Tues 02 Oct Lift club from Ottery? Any information to Ms Norval Next Blood Donor Clinic: 3 December, 2012, from 12h00—13h30, Thomson Hall.

Leaving School Early: Reminder for Girls and Parents Please remember that when girls are collected from School during the course of the day for any reason, they WILL NOT BE called by the Office as this is far too disruptive for classes. Girls must excuse themselves and come down at the expected time to meet their parents.

Umfolozi Leadership Trail

Rustenburg gets ready to Rock the Runway.


RGHS Newsletter 21 Sept 2012