RGHS Weekly Bulletin 4 March 2021

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From the Principal's desk

We have so enjoyed having all our learners back at school this week. This is what we live for, having the opportunity to engage in face-to-face teaching and learning.  I’m glad to see fewer and fewer lost Grade 8s around the corridors as they find their feet and their way around their new school. Despite the masks,  I do see many smiling eyes around school. 

I realise that having traffic during drop off and pick up again will take a bit of getting used to, but please do make use of the lower entrance near Rosebank Station or plan a slightly later pick up of your daughter to avoid being caught in the rush.  You could also arrive a little earlier and grab a cup of coffee or a smoothie from the coffee van.  Please be patient with each other and turn left on exit rather than right. It is a lot quicker to go that direction and turn back at the traffic circle, than to wait for a chance to join the traffic.  We are restricted by the narrow road in front of the school and, as we do each year, are requesting the city to assist us by widening this road.

Please do remember that the new SGB election season is upon us.  We need dedicated, positive parents to be nominated for the election.  Please read the letter sent out by our current Chairperson, Alistair Noyce, as this provides a lot more information.

I want to thank our Sports Department for ensuring that we have a good selection of activities within the restrictions placed upon us during this state of emergency.  It is good to see so many learners out and about using our beautiful facilities.

A big thank you also goes to all the teaching staff who have again adapted to a new way of teaching. Your commitment to the learners is very much appreciated.

Lastly, congratulations to Ms Nolundi Blayi on her engagement. We wish her and her fiancé a lifetime of joy and happiness.

Michael Gates

Notices & Reminders


Please note that school gates open at 6:30 am to accommodate screening time. All learners need to be at school at least 10 minutes before school starts in order to be screened. We are finding that more and more learners are arriving at 7:50 am and this is causing backlog in traffic and screening time, thus resulting in them being late for class.

Drop-off and collection reminder:
  • Grade 8 and 9 learners at the back of the school.
  • Grade 10 and 11 learners at the front of the school.
  • Grade 12 learners at the Grosvenor Road Gate (on the south side of the school).
The Grosvenor Road gate will be open at the following times:
  • Monday - Friday 07:15 - 07:50
  • Monday - Thursday 15:00 - 15:30
  • Friday 14:00 - 14:30
Outside of these times, Grade 12s and their parents should use the main entrance as usual.

Please remember that the gate to the subway under Liesbeek Parkway (access to Lower Hope Road) is also open at these times and may be used by learners in any grade. Both these gates will be manned by a member of RGHS staff while they are open.

Visitors to campus buildings

All visitors must please make an appointment in advance, so that the school can prepare for their arrival.  Visitors must report to the Reception where they will undergo screening. During their time at the school, they must wear a facemask at all times, and observe the physical distancing procedures that are in place. Names and contact details of all visitors will be recorded and retained for tracing purposes.

Assessment plans Term 1

Assessment Plans for Term 1 of 2021 have been issued to all learners, and uploaded to their DMS (Document Management System) on the Portal. Copies have also been saved in a public Google Drive for access by parents


Representative Council of Learners 2021

Congratulations to the newly elected RCL representatives and office bearers:

Grade 12: Thami Giyose (Head), Samira Anwar (Deputy Head), India Nathan (Deputy Secretary)
Grade 11: Nazia Cassim (Secretary), Gia Paulse, Hannah Williams
Grade 10: Sarah Krone, Zahraa Roshan, Payal Somai (Treasurer)
Grade 9: Christy Augustine, Ammaarah Braaf, Trinity Ngaka
Grade 8: Iris Botha, Imaan Gabier, Emily Volker

Grade 12 RCL Representatives: India Nathan (Deputy Secretary), Thami Giyose (Head) and Samira Anwar (Deputy Head)

UBUNTU Award nominations

News from Physical Sciences

First chemistry experiment of 2021!

News from Life Sciences

Matric Life Science learners made models out of sweets, showing the double helix structure of DNA. 

LO Matters

  • Edulink is hosting a Virtual Roadshow open now until Sunday 7 March 2021 at 12 pm. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for students and their families to broaden their tertiary education horizons. Click here to register. Download the flyer and registration guide.
  • Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at Stellenbosch University 8 April/24 June. Send an email to book to or ask Ms Norval for further details.
  • Crimson Education Webinar: Join George Baxter, Harvard and UCL Alumnus for the latest Crimson webinar, ‘Pathways to Studying Law in the US & UK,’ to learn all you need to know about studying Law and the pathways available to South African students at US and UK universitiesWednesday 10 March 17:00 - 18:00. Click HERE to register for the event


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