RGHS Weekly Bulletin 1 October 2020

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Dear RGHS Families

If, like me, you have watched the Netflix documentary “My Octopus Teacher”, I’m sure you were moved by the amazing local scenery and the tale of wonder of the octopus.  It was a reminder of both the beauty and the fleeting nature of life on our planet.  The past six months may have seemed endless to many of us as we continue to battle the changes foisted on us by COVID-19.  Yet if we step back and take a look at how we’ve been forced to be creative and embrace non-conventional methods of achieving our goals, I’m sure we can say that it has positively changed us in some way.  While the school year might not have been how we envisioned it nine months ago, we have had to embrace new technology and pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning.  Our challenge post COVID-19 is going to be resisting the certain pull-back into complacency.  

It is for this reason that I am very excited that we are starting the journey of a vertical tutor system from 2021.  This promises to be a process that will ensure each learner at the school has a more intimate group of fellow learners to help them navigate the challenges of high school.  The expanded mentor system will ensure a more seamless move to the feeling of belonging in our school.  Over the next few months we will be sharing the processes that will be put in place around school leadership and increased home-school partnership in your child’s learning experience.

It is with sadness that I have to announce that both Ms Morag Rijs and Ms Lynda Niddrie in the Finance Office will be leaving us over the coming month.  Ms Rijs is taking early retirement and her last day will be on 1 October.  I’m grateful for her faithful support and dedication to her role; she will be missed.  Ms Niddrie is moving to a similar role in another school on 1 November and is excited by the new challenge.  She too will be missed as her attention to detail and love for the school has ensured our financial security.  I wish them both well as they enter the new challenges ahead.

Please look out for a separate email with the minutes of the parent engagement meeting with Ms Lovelyn Nwadeyi and check our website for our new transformation section.

Back to Netflix documentaries, I highly recommend “The Social Dilemma” which gives an insight into how your personal data is used by internet sites to both influence and reinforce online habits.  The
closing credits have some useful tips for parents on how to help their families to develop a healthier online presence and less screen time.

Michael Gates

Notices & Reminders

Personal Safety and Security of Learners

Please be reminded of the following as stated in the school rules:
"Learners must not leave the school premises once they have arrived at school in the morning." In the interest of your child's safety, learners dropped off in the school grounds are not allowed to exit the property until they are fetched later that day. No learner may walk to the shop or anywhere else off campus before school begins or during school hours.

We urge learners to be vigilant when leaving campus after school hours.

Reminder: Uniform Term 4

As mentioned previously, all Grade 8 to 11 pupils must be in full summer or winter uniform on the first day of Term 4.

Please remember the following school rules:
- pupils may not alter the colour of their hair in any way.
- dresses / skirts: correct length – maximum 10cm above the knee 
- one small pair of plain metal sleepers or studs; one in the lobe of each ear.
- false nails and coloured nail polish are not allowed.

If your daughter has deviated from these rules, please ensure this is rectified by the first day back next term. View the Bugs' Boutique opening times here...

Tuckshop Pre-order Lunches

The tuckshop will be selling pre-order lunches from Monday 12 October using an ordering system on Karri. During the course of next week, a collection on Karri will be set up which allows you to order lunches for the last two weeks of term, and further collections will be set up for Term 4. If you have signed up with Karri, this will automatically appear as an option for you – if you have not yet signed up for Karri, please install it on your phone and contact the Finance office on to be added to the school’s lists. Click here for the Karri letter sent to all parents at the start of the year.

Grade 11 ID Documents

This is a message recently shared from a parent. I hope it helps with getting your daughter’s ID document.

"The waiting period (to receive your ID card after you have applied), is 4 - 6 weeks. Those learners who have not yet applied, should therefore be encouraged to do so ASAP, if they are to submit copies of their cards to the school before the end of November.

Since the online application system is offline on account of the lockdown, we applied in person at the branch in Barrack Street. Learners have the opportunity to 'skip the queue' if they are wearing their school uniforms and are in the line before 08h45 (I would suggest getting there by 08h00, just to be safe): a home affairs official removes these learners from the queue before 08h55, and escorts them inside the building."

Mr Biermann


The School Governing Body has approved the new updated vision and mission statement. Thank you to all parents, staff and learners involved in the visioning workshop earlier this year.
BIG THANK YOU to all the parents and staff for donating towards this year's "funky hats day". We raised R21 199. This will go towards a "thank you gift" for our incredible grounds and cleaning staff.
Photos: Nika du Preez

LO Matters

Grade 12: This is a reminder about the mindfulness sessions at school run by Life Coach, Leigh-Ann Carnell, on Friday the 2nd and Monday the 5th of October in the Thomson Hall at 13:00.
  • Elevate Education free parent webinars: The two-part series will focus on exam preparation and exam room skills, as well as managing stress and anxiety presented by Adam Diprose. The first webinar is at 6pm on Thursday 8th October 2020 and registration is now open. Download the flyer.
  • Au Pair Abroad: Take a gap year abroad. See the flyer here.
  • Mindfulness Course: A free 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course for teens starting on 6 October 2020. Download flyer.
  • Brightsparkz Tutors: How can we support you? See flyer here...
  • SmartPrep Online Grade 12 Exam Preparation Workshops. Download the flyer for more information. View the dates, times and content covered here.
  • Cape Town Creative Academy Virtual Open Day: 3 October 2020.10:00 - 12:45. Click here to join the Virtual Open Day
  • WCED Online Safety Competition: Design a innovative “Be a responsible citizen” video or digital poster. Click here for more information.
  • Dr Louise Holman Career Choice Assessment (done remotely). Click here for the brochure if you are interested in a affordable remote assessment.


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