RGHS Weekly Bulletin 10 May 2018

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Dear RGHS Parents and girls

It’s often the small things in life that put a smile on our face and a spring in our step.  For me, it’s walking around the school and hearing the happy buzz of a good classroom discussion, walking past the music block and hearing the sounds of a well-practiced instrument, seeing one of our teams score a goal or a staff member and learner in conversation around the school.  Little things that make for a happy space where every girl belongs.

It was a valuable experience having our ‘Dialogue Day’ just over a week ago.  Professor Jonathan Jansen kicked the day off to an excellent start, challenging our bias at so may levels (for thought provoking posts follow his Twitter account, he certainly knows how to start a conversation!).  For portions of the day the entire school (all staff and learners) gathered in the Kemp Hall after which the girls broke away for guided reflection and discussion.  This was an opportunity for girls to explore what makes one feel that this is a school where one belongs and how they could each support the other by sharing their values. Please read Dylan Wray’s blog posts for more information.

The All Girls' Festival and Champion’s Cup were both exciting events and I am grateful to all the staff who made these possible and to each of the girls who participated, giving of their best.  For more information and photographs, please see last week's newsletter.

The Retro Society hosted a movie evening that was enjoyed by all. What can beat a bowl of popcorn and ‘Ten Things I hate About You’ - perhaps only ‘The Greatest Showman’?

Thank you to Mrs Schnetler and Mrs Steenekamp who have managed the mammoth task of 793 applications for Grade 8 places in 2019.  This process takes up most of this term as we sift through applications and have information sessions in compliance with our admissions policy.  It seems not so long ago that we welcomed this year’s Grade 8 girls to Rustenburg.

Michael Gates

General Notices

  • Senor Chef Fundraising Drive: Please remember that Senor Chef orders close at the end of next week – you can download the brochure and order form here, all funds raised go toward our Water Purification Project.
  • To celebrate International Compost Week, we will be selling our compost at a R5 discount!!
  • TRAFFIC REMINDER: Tomorrow, (Friday 11 May) we will be hosting an U10 Hockey Festival on our Astroturf on behalf of Rustenburg Junior. This will mean that there will be a large number of visiting Junior Schools and their supporters on Campus from around 13:30, which will obviously have a negative impact on the afternoon pickup traffic. Please refer to our previous letter regarding traffic on campus for some suggestions as to possible alternative arrangements.
  • Tuckshop Winter Pre-order Forms: You may download Grade 8-11 and Grade 12 forms here. Please return by 18 May.
  • TUCKSHOP’S FAMOUS BROWNIES: Needing brownies for a birthday or dinner party? Come down to the tuckshop and pay just R10 a brownie. For orders over 10 brownies, please email :


Grade 10 Lunchtime Concert

On Wednesday the 2nd of May, another installment of the Music Department’s ‘Lunchtime Series’ took place in the Kemp Hall. Read further...
Words by Jordan Selous. Photo by Jemma Cusens

Sports News and Results 10 May

  • Please look out for a different Sports timetable that will be followed from 21 May, when exams commence.
  • Procedure to follow if a Coach cancels due to inclement weather...
  • Hockey, Cross Country, Swimming and Squash results
  • Rowing news
Our Cross Country teams raced at Pinelands yesterday. Well done Rustybugs!

Piano Festival 2018

On Wednesday, 2 May the Rustenburg Music Department presented the annual Piano Festival in Charlie’s Hope.
The recorder ensemble took part in the annual FACETS music competition. The adjudicator complimented this ensemble on an enjoyable performance . They received 85% which is a well-deserved award for their hard work. This ensemble must be commended on their great team spirit and superb sound quality.

On Sunday, the 22nd of April, a group of Earth Children joined a group of Rondebosch, SACS and Bishops boys for a combined river clean-up and braai at St. Thomas's Church. The morning was fun-filled and full of educational talks surrounding urban rivers. We were also very blessed to have Dr Kevin Winter as guest speaker! We hope to be able to do such an event one again in the near future! By Michaela Thomas

RETRO Movie night

On Friday the 4th of May, the RETRO Society hosted a movie night in collaboration with Springfield Girls’ Convent, Wynberg Girls and Wynberg Boys. Read more here...
Words by Jordan Selous

LO Matters

  • Red & Yellow Creative School of Business opens early bursary applications for 2019. Read more...
  • The Stellenbosch University Physics department kindly extends an invitation to your school for the opportunity to attend an interactive light based symposium for Physical Science learners in Grade 11 & 12. Read more...

Open Days:
  • The Sustainability Institute: Grade 12 students are invited to join us on Saturday, 19 May 2018 (09:00 – 12:00) to find out more about the Diploma in Sustainable Development that is presented by Stellenbosch University at the Sustainability Institute. More about the diploma here... Contact
  • Maties Science Winter Week: The Faculty of Science of Stellenbosch University will once again host its popular Maties Science Winter Week during the first week of the June holidays in Stellenbosch. This Winter Week provides learners who are interested in a career in the Natural Sciences the ideal opportunity to find out more about the programmes, disciplines and career opportunities available in this field of science. Read more and apply. Contact:
We welcomed past pupil, Chantal Mari Atkins (E2010, pictured right), recently at Rustenburg. She works for Cultural Care Au Pair Agency and spoke about being an Au Pair in the USA.

More on their website...


Coming up

Friday, 11 May
Computer Applications Olympiad (Round 1)
Jabulani Evening (Kemp Hall), 18:30
RGJS Hockey Festival, 13:30

Saturday, 12 May
Hockey vs Settlers @ Settlers

Sunday, 13 May
Mothers’ Day

Monday, 14 - 17 May
Tygerberg Eisteddfod: Chamber Choir (Parow High School), 19:00

Wednesday, 16 May
Gr 12 SAIPA National Accounting Olympiad – 1st Round
Maths Olympiad 2nd Round.
Gr 11 Music Ensemble Lunchtime Concert (Charlie’s Hope)

Thursday, 17 May
Music Practical examinations commence (Gr 10 – 12)
Assembly: voting for Sub-Prefects (form rooms) 

The Pop Up Shop is now 4 weeks away. Thank you to the parents who have already donated so generously.  We have books, kitchen utensils, furniture, curtain rails, horse blankets, old suitcases, etc.

Please look through your homes and send all your unwanted, unused goods to us.  Please keep the donations coming in.


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