RGHS Weekly Bulletin 19 July 2018

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Dear RGHS Parents and girls

Welcome back after the mid-year break.   It is utterly amazing how time flies and I am sure the matric girls are realising this more than any others are as they enter the last few months of their school career.  I read an article this morning and am taking the liberty of quoting a few lines, as I could not have expressed the sentiment any better:

"Dear Rustenburg Girls, we are inspired by you daily – we learn as much from you as you do from us. We share your nerves and excitement but we have an added layer of life experience, which means we believe in you and we are full of hope for your future. If you are lacking in confidence, think of the teachers who have inspired you the most. And see yourself through their eyes. Believe in yourself as much as they believe in you.’ Emma Kell

There have been many activities recently in which our girls have excelled.  In particular, I’d like to congratulate Rebecca Behne for achieving the 15th place overall in the National English Olympiad and our Chamber Choir who achieved 2nd place in their category at the International Choir Games.  Thank you to all the staff that were part of both these achievements and all the time and financial commitment from the parents of these girls.

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the water purification system. This will be switched on in the next few weeks and there will be an official ‘opening ceremony’.  

Please sign up for the relevant parent-teacher consultations taking place on Monday 23 July, as they form an important part of your daughters’ experience at Rustenburg.

Remember to purchase your tickets for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” before they are all sold out.  This is a collaboration between our school and Rondebosch Boys’.

Michael Gates

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Mandela Day 2018

Last term, the History Department started the proceedings on the last day of term with a speech by Grade 11 History learner, Aleya  Dugmore – see
copy of speech and video. Jabulani was invited to contribute with their version of the Johnny Clegg tribute, “Asimbonanga” – see the video.
Olivia Steyn (Grade 11) and other History learners started an exhibition of Zapiro cartoons for a tribute board in the Kemp Hall foyer and this term the Grade 11 and 12 learners added their comments in appreciation for Madiba’s role in negotiating an end to Apartheid.
67 Minutes for Mandela

On Friday, 22 June, as part of Rustenburg's contribution to Mandela Day, many different kinds of activities took place all over the school - different societies, service groups and classes all participated in some sort of service for 67 minutes. The Earth Children Society continued making Eco-bricks, some girls assisted the ground staff with their work, other girls packaged gifts of toys, and the Busty Bugs made reusable sanitary pads from the donated fabric collected in the drive that took place this term, to name just a few.  Read the full article here...

Article by Victoria King, Becca Bysshe, and Nicole Oosthuisen
Photos by Nicole Oosthuisen and Jess McLachlan 

Interact sandwich making
Making Eco-bricks
Assembling care packs for girls
Making Educational Posters for Pre-schoolers

Music News

World Choir Games - Pretoria

From the 4th to the 8th July the Rustenburg Girls' High School Chamber Choir competed in the 10th World Choir Games held for the first time in Pretoria, South Africa. 

The Chamber Choir participated in the Open Championship in the Equal Voices Youth Choirs category and presented works by David Willcocks, Todor Skalovski, Amanda McBroom, and Jim Papoulis. The contrasting programme was very well received and the choir managed a Gold Diploma with an overall second place in the category.  Read the full article...

Listen to one of the Chamber Choir performances at the World Choir Games.
National Youth Jazz Festival

The following music students: Caroline Schreiber, Tenille Cannon, Ayla Macedo, Taylor  Hall, Gina Wright, Daniella Freitas, Jade Lawson, Tanya van der Merwe and Georgia New, attended the annual Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival Makhanda (previously known as Grahamstown) during the school holidays from the 27 June – 2 July. The festival involved five-day programme of lectures related to aspects of Jazz, ensemble rehearsals, jam sessions and concerts which the girls could attend.  Each of the music students was part of an ensemble with musicians from different schools which had an opportunity to showcase various repertoires at a lunchtime concert. This event has definitely been an enriching and inspirational experience for each one of these girls. 
Congratulations to Kaitlin Downie who was selected as the concert master at the International Chamber Music Festival for the Festival Orchestra. The festival was held at the University of Stellenbosch from 6-14 July.
Congratulations to Sarah Pengilly who also participated in the World Choir Games in the Tygerberg Children's Choir. Here she displays the medals the choir won with conductor Hennie Loock and accompanist Theresa Loock.


In the previous newsletter, we published the results of the recent Eisteddfods and External Examinations. We, however, omitted to mention that Mia Barashenkov also managed to obtain a Diploma in addition to the two High Honours awards at the Cape Town Eisteddfod. Well done Mia!

Code4CT Coding Course

Code4CT (Code for Cape Town) is perpetually trying to grow the female representation in the coding world by holding courses during the holidays and on weekends. The ability to code has become an integral skill to obtain. Four Rustenburg Girls’ High School students gained full scholarships to attend a two-week coding course in the holidays (25 June – 29 June and 3 July – 6 July). Read the full article. By Zaina Abrahams.
Retro reaches out to refugees

Our help at the Adonis Musathi Refugee organization in Wynberg was just a small taste of what we hope to achieve in the future as a Retro Society. We are very excited to donate simple things to the daycare section that we visited recently.  The children were gorgeous, kind and extremely excited to see us and every single girl that accompanied me felt extremely grateful for what we have. The team at the organisation was both warm and welcoming and we grouped with two American students who accompanied us in singing and playing with the children. It was an amazing and rewarding experience for us all and we can't wait to visit again with a bigger group of girls.

Coming up...

Friday, 20 July
School Ends at 13:15
Squash League match at Bishops Diocesan College
Cape Town Hockey Festival: 1st Team Hockey vs Chisipite @ Rustenburg

Saturday, 21 July
Hockey vs Springfield @ Springfield

Monday, 23 July
Colours Awards applications due 17 August
Parent-Teacher Meeting (all grades) 17:30 – 20:00, Kemp Hall

Wednesday, 25 July
U14 Netball and Hockey vs Northampton, UK

Thursday, 26 July
Maths Olympiad 3rd Round.
Ignition: Movie Evening (19:00, Room C17)
Tickets available on Quicket


All Rustenburg girls receive an underarm laser treatment at R100 per session. Click here for the price list.

Personal Self Sustainability Workshop - facilitated by Fran Siebrits
1-2 September 2018, Sustainability Institute

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