RGHS Weekly Bulletin 13 September 2018

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Dear RGHS Parents and girls

A very big thank you to everyone who has been involved in the Rustenburg Golf Day - those who are playing, organizing and have donated prizes - this is much appreciated. 

Some exciting events have taken place over the past few weeks, with some excellent sports results from our teams.  It is always such a pleasure to watch the games and to see the respectful manner in which our learners approach their games.  There have been lunchtime concerts that have entertained and made us smile, as we enjoyed the lovely music. 

In between, we are in the process of planning for next year and working through the budget.  Please do remember to come along to the budget meeting on 30 October at 17:30 as we welcome your input and support. 

This past week I have introduced a Code of Respect for the school, which puts into words what we currently have in practice.  It serves as a reminder for us to consider others.  I am asking staff, learners and parents to subscribe to this code. 

Code of Respect at Rustenburg Girls’ High School

We strive to:

  • greet and acknowledge one another each day.
  • be appreciative and respectful.
  • address incivility immediately.
  • listen with the goal of hearing another’s point of view and not interrupting one another or using belittling words.
  • be courteous in word and deed.
  • accept ownership of mistakes and learn from the experience.
  • show up and do what we say we will do.
  • be punctual.
  • encourage creativity and authenticity.
  • dress neatly and appropriately.   
  • express gratitude to others.
  • form opinions carefully and be willing to change our minds.
  • not gossip but rather follow this process:
    1. If you have a problem with me, come to me (privately).
    2. If I have a problem with you, I'll come to you (privately).
    3. If someone has a problem with me and comes to you, send them to me (I'll do the same for you).

Let’s all be courteous, and as a result operate in a friendlier and productive school, encouraging behaviour which unites and encourages camaraderie rather than is divisive.

Michael Gates

General Notices

The WCED Systemic tests for Grade 9 will be held on Monday 22 October 2018. All the Grade 9s will write an English test and a Mathematics test with a break in between. These tests are administered and marked by an outside body. The school is given a report showing areas of instruction that need strengthening and support. This is very informative for the staff concerned. These tests are compulsory and all Grade 9 girls are expected to be present on 22 October to write them.


40 Year Service Award

Congratulations to Ms Elizabeth Theunissen who has been presented with a 40 year Service Award for outstanding long service and dedication to Rustenburg and Erinville Hostel. 

Elizabeth Theunissen started working in Erinville’s kitchen and cleaning the dorms and the Superintendent’s flat when she was twenty years old under Miss Thomson.  When she started working here forty years ago it was compulsory to live in, as the kitchen ladies had to be on duty until 21:30 to serve tea.

Read the full article here...
Congratulations to our 1st Hockey Team who came second in the PGSGU Hockey Tournament hosted by Wynberg Girls' High School this past weekend.

Sports News and Results 13 September 2018

  • In order to keep the girls active through September, girls are encouraged to join a fitness and running group that will meet on Monday 17 and Wednesday 19 September from 15:15-16:00. We will meet on the field in sports clothes and trainers.
  • The new Term 4 Sports schedule is available here and all sport will start on Monday 15 October as per this schedule. All girls are busy signing up for these sessions at the moment.
  • The Water Polo Pop-Up Cinema Night will take place on Saturday 27 October at Villagers Rugby Club.
The Johannesburg-based Drama Group PASt., comprising Sbo, Tiny and Beans, enlightened RGHS with their dramatic performance “Walking Tall” with the message “One world, One people”. 

4th Annual WC Regional Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Championship

Congratulations to Vivienne Banks (Grade 8) who competed in this competition and was awarded the Champion of Champions Trophy (1st in Age Group and Level). She also shared 1st place in the Senior Abacus Dictation Challenge and took 1st place in the Senior Mental Maths Dictation Challenge. 

Vivienne also bravely demonstrated her mental maths skills on stage doing a variety of complicated addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums of varying difficulty in less than a minute and with 100% accuracy.  She will represent South Africa at the GAJSMA International Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Championship which is being hosted in Gauteng on the 30th of September 2018. 

Music News

Term 3 Results

Congratulations to all our musicians and music teachers for all the excellent results this term. 

Get all the results here...

On Thursday, 30 August 2018 the following recorder learners:  Anna Eccles, Cassidy Orchard and Gemma Gilowey attended a performance by the internationally-renowned recorder player, Stefan Temmingh and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in the City Hall. The girls were honoured to meet Stefan in person after his performance and ask him questions about playing this instrument.

This is what Gemma Gilowey (B3) has to say about the outing:

' I thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to Stefan performing the Recorder Concerto by Willem Jeths. The composer asked him to perform this piece as they shared similar childhood experiences which inspired the composer to write this piece. Stefan performed with so much energy, passion and outstanding technical control - he is such a great inspiration for all recorder players.'

LO Matters

  • Varsity College Bursary details are on the LO boards for the matrics.
  • Free event: Study in Ireland with Trinity College Dublin (14 September)
  • EducationUSA Cape Town will be hosting the following open sessions. RSVP at
    • September 26: American Corner. SAT Boot Camp (Math Day) at 10:00 am through 2:00 pm – preparation for October 6 seating.
    • September 27:: American Corner. SAT Boot Camp (English Day) at 3:00 – 6:00 pm – preparation for October 6 seating
    • September 27: American Corner at 16:00. EducationUSA Monthly Information Session
    • October 1: American Corner. Presentation by Vanderbilt, Dartmouth & Northwestern Universities
    • October 9: American Corner. Presentation by Rice University

Open Book Festival

The annual Open Book Festival took place from 6-9 September at the Fugard Theatre and various other venues, mostly within walking distance from each other. The festival included over 100 events that ranged from panel discussions to poetry slams.  Read more...


Click here to follow the Rustenburg Google Calendar for all upcoming events.
Get tickets for our Annual Music Concert here... (Limited online tickets available)


Psychometric Testing Holiday special:

Grade 9 – 12 Psychometric testing for subject choices, career guidance and motivation. Starting from 15 September until the end of 2019.

Universities are now focusing more and more on Grade 11 marks when evaluating applications.

Does your grade 11 child need assistance with motivation and focus as they enter matric in 2019?

I would like to assist your child in making an informed, well considered career choice as well as empowering him/her to choose a good tertiary institution.

I am registered with the Heath Professional Council of SA as an independent psychometrist, so it is possible to claim back for my services from your medical aid.

Contact: Melanie Williams on email or cell: 0725084002. I am based in Monte Vista. Download poster...

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