RGHS Weekly Bulletin 1 March 2018

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Dear Rustenburg Community

I am very grateful to Mr Alan Winde (Chairman) and fellow members of the current SGB for their selfless devotion to the school and its governance.  It is their willingness to embrace change while standing on the firm foundation of what has gone before, that plays a role in us being a leading school in innovation and ideas. 

The SGB elections are nearly upon us and I appeal to each family to take the time to vote on 19 March at 17:30, so that we have a quorum.  We hope to recruit people who are not simply available, but also passionate and committed.  The SGB are people who can speak with insight about the community; who have the necessary knowledge, experience and understanding of local conditions and expectations; and who are well-versed on the range of matters which are likely to come before them for consideration and decisions. There also needs to be an effective balance in terms of expertise, diversity and stakeholder representation on the SGB.  We need people with financial, legal, HR, IT and construction skills so that our team is equipped to advise on infrastructure and resource management. 

Tenders have closed for the water-purification plant and we are in the process of considering and awarding the tender to a provider.  Our fundraising efforts have been well rewarded and we are in excess of 60% towards our goal.  Thank you to each and every one who has contributed.  Please could you forward the Back a Buddy link to friends and family that live overseas as their little bit translates into a lot for us.  As one of the top Eco-friendly schools in South Africa, we hope to be among those who lead the way in becoming self-reliant with regards to water, ensuring a safe environment for continuous learning.

The past few weeks have seen many of our girls excelling on the sports field. Please do read the sports news for more information on these achievements.  Thank you to all our coaches, teachers and especially to Mrs Scott and Ms Blayi for co-ordinating the myriad of teams that are on the go.

Over the past two weekends Rustenburg Staff have also put their hand to learning.  24 members of staff have qualified as first aiders with level one qualifications.  Thank you to Mrs Williams for arranging the course and for Mr Niddrie who was the trainer.
I have an appeal to make: Is there a parent who has the facility or contact to record our Chamber Choir?  We would like to make a recording of one of their songs and would like to do it in our hall where the acoustics seem perfect.  If you are able to assist please could you contact Mr Jaco Goosen (  If at all possible, we would like to do this during their rehearsal on a Tuesday afternoon before the end of this term.


Sports News and Results 1 March 2018


  • Winter Sport TRIAL dates reminder
  • Max Mouth guards notice
  • Indoor Hockey & Tennis results
  • Athletics & Horse Riding news

On Monday, 26 February a group of Rustenburg athletes participated in the PUMA School of Speed held at Dal Josafat stadium in Paarl. Our girls did extremely well, with Kelly Prowse (Grade 8, bottom right) winning gold in the U14 High Jump event.

Read the full Sports Report

Retro Society hosts a Khoesan delegation at RGHS

In order to raise awareness concerning the Western Cape's first nation, the Khoesan's claims for land, Retro invited an esteemed delegation of the Khoesan community, headed by His Excellency Paramount Chief Samuels, to address interested learners and staff. Read more...

Music Workshop

On Wednesday, 28 February the music girls were treated to a workshop on Cape Malay Music presented by Liezl Gaffley. The girls were taken on a journey through the history of Tweede Nuwejaar, Kaapse Klopse, Nagtroepe and were even taught a 'Moppie' - a Cape Malay street song usually of a comical nature. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Photo by Mia Solonen

Earth Children…Green Flash

With the stress about the drought and water restrictions, we are all being especially careful about our water usage. While this is crucial, it is also important to continue with other environmental projects. One example is The Last Plastic Straw initiative. Billions of straws litter the planet. Not only do the chemicals in the plastic harm the environment as they degrade slowly, straws harm and kill sea creatures. To help make a change say no to straws, use reusable ones or if you have to use recyclable paper ones. Visit for more information (including a list of straw free restaurants), then spread the word!
Read this article about the possible ban of platic straws in the UK

Debating Update

Monday 05 March: RGHS  VS Bergvliet at 6:15pm in the Thomson Hall
Our Rotary debating season starts on Monday 05 March when both the Junior and Senior teams take on Bergvliet’s teams in the Thomson Hall at 6:15pm. The Senior debate will end at about 9:15 pm
  • The Juniors (coached by Arthur Faulkner) will oppose the motion: THIS HOUSE WOULD BAN GRAFITTI
All members of the Debating Society and others interested are encouraged to support our debaters on Monday.
Mr C. van Dyk

Coming up this week...

Friday, 2 March
U19A Old Petrians Water Polo tournament – Johannesburg
Music Scholarship Auditions (Kemp Hall). 12pm

Interact “Forever Young” Civvies Day. Dress up as your favourite character from your childhood - whether it be from a book, movie or fairy tale! Payment for civvies is a toy in good condition, which will be donated to people with mental disabilities through the Rotary One-to-One Day.

Monday, 5 March
English Olympiad
Debating: RGHS vs Bergvliet, 6:15 pm Thomson Hall

Wednesday, 7 March
Indoor Hockey Matches vs Westerford @ Westerford
Grade 12 Music Lunch time Concert (Kemp Hall)

Thursday, 8 March
PGSGU Indoor Hockey @ Herschel
Grade 9 Market Day pre-sales (first break)
Grade 12 Music Lunch time Concert (Kemp Hall)
V&A Band Slam (RGHS Jazz Band) at the Waterfront 6:30pm


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