RGHS Weekly Bulletin 23 July 2020

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Dear RGHS Families

Just as it started to feel that we were finally settling into a routine that works for the girls and the staff at school, we need to address the issue of safety and appeal to your kindness and generosity once again.  

Please reinforce with your daughter the need to be vigilant and aware of one’s surroundings.  Three members of our staff were assaulted and robbed recently: one of our cleaning staff while walking her little girl to school, and two grounds staff in a taxi they caught on the Rondebosch Main Road.  They obviously experienced terrible trauma, but they were also robbed of their valuables and we feel that we need to do our level best to assist them.    

We appeal to those who can, to consider donating to the school any old or unused mobile phones with access to WhatsApp (and their chargers).  Once we have helped out the above-mentioned staff, our IT Department will keep any other donated phones safe, and we would be able to assist others if and when it is needed.  We are all reliant on mobile phones to keep us connected when we are in a perilous situation.

A reminder of the processes we have in place for your child’s safety. We do not allow strangers on site. We do not allow access to parents or past learners into the school building unless they have an appointment.  Drivers of delivery vehicles are required to sign in and have their temperature taken before proceeding and are met by those to whom they are delivering.  Our 24-hour security is constantly vigilant and has your child’s safety as a priority.

Associated with this is a further request.  Our Reception does not take delivery of clothing, lunch boxes, books or bags.  You may leave these items on the table in the entrance foyer and message your daughter to collect directly from there.  We cannot take responsibility for such items. 

While we want our Rustenburg families to feel welcome on campus, my primary concern is for the heightened safety of the learners and the people who work and live on site during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I ask again that if your child is ill, or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, that she makes use of the online learning facility during the required isolation period.  There are WCED forms that must be completed in this case and are available by contacting  If your daughter is well and has no comorbidities then it is, however, best that she is at school and participating in the live lessons and interacting with her peers.

Please be assured of our continued commitment to your child’s safety and academic progress.

Michael Gates

Correction of mistake in last week's newsletter...

"The staff and I look forward to the return of our Grade 8 and 9 learners, starting with orientation for Grade 9 at 08:00 on Monday 3 August (Week 2 day 6) and Grade 8 on Tuesday 4 August 2020 (Week 2 day 7)

Further information on the Grade 8 and 9 return to school will be sent to parents and learners next week. This will include their timetables and orientation programmes.

Notices & Reminders

Sales of aloes and compost

We have made another dozen of these magnificent plants available due to the great demand. They can be purchased from the link below at R260 each, along with a seemingly endless supply of our excellent compost in a compact, easy-to-carry bag at just R25 per bag.

Please click on the link below to place your order - once purchased, present your ticket to the security guards at the front gate who will radio for someone to meet you:

Copyright notice for live streaming

Please note the copyright statement added to our website recently pertaining to live lessons posted by the school. 

Engage Portal – Security update and data check

The Parent Portal has had a security upgrade that now forces visitors to use the secure https:// protocol rather than the usual http:// - we have put in place a redirect, so that you should seamlessly be sent through to the secure site, but if you have trouble accessing the portal for some reason, check that you are using the secure URL –
When you next log in to the Portal, you will be requested to perform a check on the contact information that we hold on you, and either confirm that it is correct, or inform us of any necessary corrections. Please can we request that all parents take a few moments to visit the Portal (at the secure link above) and check that their contact information is correct.
REMINDER: The Bugs' Boutique will be open on Saturday 1 August from 10:00-12:00 for your convenience.


Music Technology

Adam Goodman, Senior Lecturer at Cape Audio College, visited our music department this week as a guest moderator, giving advice to our Matric Music Technology learners.

Around the school...

Ms Steenekamp's Grade 12 Consumer Studies learners during a practical lesson.
Ms Voskuil's Grade 10 Accounting class working on their projects in the Computer Centre.

Calling on all Rustenburg learners and staff to get active and help Rustenburg score points and become the leading ACTIVE school in SA!

This week we celebrate what would have been the opening of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. During the Olympic week @rustenburggirls can earn points by competing in running/ walking, cycling, swimming, gymnastics, golf, tennis - all Olympic events. 
Click to sign up and sumbit your results. Watch for next week's challenge on @rghssport

Life Orientation Matters

  • Cape Town Creative Academy: Virtual Open Day via Google Meet between 10:00 - 12:45 on Saturday 25 July. Find out more abot Communication Design, Interaction Design, Motion Design and Contemporary Art. Click to register and view the programme.



Two of our Alumna, Jamie Fraser and Aleya Dugmore (E'19) have started an NGO, Uplift Through Thrift . They are appealing for donations of clothing and blankets that will go to families in need or will be sold in their second hand store. All of the proceeds from the store goes to providing relief to families negatively affected by Covid-19. Email them at and they will let you know when and where you can drop off the items.
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