RGHS Weekly Bulletin 18 July 2019

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Dear Parents and Learners

I trust that you and your daughters managed to have some time together over the mid-year break. We enter a very busy term with all the winter sport events including the Rhenish Derby Day (17 August), Inter-school Cross Country (23 August) and Inter-schools Netball (24 August) Tournaments.  It would be amazing to have as many supporters as possible at these events, particularly the Derby Day and Netball Tournament.  The support of the crowd is always encouraging to those playing and it is also an opportunity for players to see others' techniques and to learn from the experience. 

If you have not yet purchased your tickets, for the musical production of The Armed Man and the drama production of 12 Angry Jurors, I encourage you to do so soon as I’d hate for you to regret missing out on our two main events this term.

We are excited to be continuing with our series of Dialogue Days and I’d like to thank Ms Blackshaw and the team of teachers supporting her, for their constant dedication. This week, learners grappled with the issue of preconceived ideas and our judgement of others. They were given the opportunity to discuss these ideas and share their stories, helping to understand each other and their unique circumstances. Please take time, maybe around the dinner table or on a trip home, to discuss this with your daughters and continue the conversation.

Over the holidays, we have continued with our programme of revitalising the school lockers, as it proved to be too expensive to replace them all.  There is a new set of 30 lockers in the West corridor, which was purchased with the R38 000 raised by the SEEDS programme when the current Grade 11s were in Grade 9.  Thank you to these girls for the idea and their generosity.  Also, thank you to our ground staff who have been working hard on the refurbishment of the lockers.

Once again we are excited to host our Annual Golf Day - this year at the King David Mowbray Golf Club on 6 September 2019.  This is a wonderful opportunity for networking for your business or getting to know some of the families in your daughter’s grade.  If golf is your game, what a wonderful excuse to take the day off for a school event, get some good exercise and spend time in good company.  If you are not very good at golf, I’m sure that all the other players would be very happy for you to come along as well, as you help increase their chances of grabbing the top prizes.  For sponsorship opportunities and to book your place please download the application form.  All proceeds for this event will go into the fund we have set up for financial assistance for those who might otherwise struggle financially to be at our school. This plays a vital role in the transformation process and is an opportunity for you as parents to be involved in offering another child an opportunity.

Michael Gates


All term planners for Term 3 2019 have been uploaded to the Parent Portal under MyDMS. Please note that the planners have been moved from the Documents section.

Tickets for both main events this term, The Armed Man and 12 Angry Jurors, are available online from Quicket. Cash and Snapscan payments can be made in the Operations and Marketing Office. 

Bugs' Boutique Uniform Shop

Bugs' Boutique will close at 2pm this Friday 19 July.

Volunteers desperately needed

We are desperately needing parents to help out in the Bugs' Boutique. If there are any who can spare some time, please email


It is not often that you get an opportunity to hear an author speak about your Grade 10 English setwork. The author of Image in a Mirror, Ijangolet Ogwang, visited the school this past week and talked about her debut novel. She took time to sign most of the Gr 10s' copies of her book.

Senior Afrikaans Olympiad

We are very proud of Alida van der Merwe (Grade 12), who achieved excellent marks in the Afrikaans Senior Olympiad this year and was placed first in the Western Cape.

Alida will receive a cash donation as well as a 12 month subscription to the Taalgenoot. Well done Alida!

Sports News and Results 18 July 2019

  • PGSGU tournament dates
  • Feedback on the U18 Cape Town International Hockey Festival
  • Arwen Dumbrill (Grade 9) and her equestrian partner, Vaderlandsche SportSch,  won the Junior EM 2019 Dressage South Africa National challenge. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement.
  • Netball, Swimming, Dancing, Rowing, and Rugby news.

LO Matters

On Tuesday 16 July Forensic scientist, Tracy Bennett, visited Rustenburg to speak about her career. 

Grade 10 Visual Arts learners experiment with process and mixed media at the end of term two.

CodeSpace is now launching Robotics classes on Saturday afternoons, at UCT, and all high school students (Grades 8 - 12) are welcome to sign up for these!

Course details:

  • The course will begin on Saturday 20th July, and will run for 9 weeks

  • Classes will take place on Saturdays from 2 - 5pm, at UCT

  • The course is open to all high school students, from Grades 8 - 12

You can find out more about the course here.

By the end of the course, students will be able to program an Arduino robot which can be operated using a remote control. During the course they will learn how to:

  • Write code using the Arduino C++ syntax.

  • Use variables and arithmetic to improve efficiency of programming.

  • Analyse complex tasks and break them down using algorithmic and computational thinking.

  • Build simple electrical circuits and and integrate various robotic components into them.

  • Operate conditional statements using mathematical operators to control conditions.

  • Implement code to identify infrared signals from a remote control and construct suitable responses to signals using flow control statements such as conditional statements.

  • Combine all the skills learnt to code the robot to drive autonomously with remote control operation and different task modes.


  • The course cost is R2970

  • Scholarships are available - to apply for a scholarship students must complete this Application Form, as well as an online problem solving test (link to the test is in the application form).

How to enrol:

  • To enrol for the course, students can visit our website here

  • They can then sign up and pay the deposit to secure their spot.

We have also created a voucher code for your school, to give students a 10% discount off the cost of the course. Students can include this code when enrolling online, to activate the voucher discount. We have created 10 vouchers for your school. The voucher code is: RGHSSAT.



It’s hot.

This description applies to 12 Angry Jurors in many ways. Not only is the death penalty a controversial hot topic that elicits a range of emotive opinions, but the events of the plot unfurl on what is one of the hottest days of the year. Read the full article.

“12 Angry Jurors” will be staged in the Memorial Hall at Rondebosch Boys' High School from 31 July - 3 August 2019.

Next week Rustenburg, SACS and Rondebosch will be presenting the touching and famous  Karl Jenkins piece, The Armed Man, in the City Hall on the 23 and 24 July at 19:30. It will be a night celebrating inclusivity and peace. Read more...

The 2019 Golf Day has been booked for Friday the 6th September 2019 and this year will be held at the King David Mowbray Golf Course.

Download the registration form if you would like to play or are interested in sponsorship.


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