RGHS Weekly Bulletin 5 March 2020

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It seems impossible that another week has already flown by. It has been a while since I wrote a Principal’s Column; Thursdays seem to creep up on me too quickly. As we near the end of term, I would like to highlight some of the activities that have taken place over the last few weeks.  
Over the past month the Governing Body, Management Team, Transformation Team, staff volunteers and RCL have been working on a new vision and mission statement for the school. This has been a very rewarding exercise with many valuable conversations. Once they have received final approval, we will publish the revised vision and mission in the newsletter.

Our Dialogue Days continue to form a vital platform for discussion on issues that are particularly topical in the South African context. A big thank you to Ms Blackshaw and her team for working tirelessly to organise sessions that are relevant, meaningful and provide a safe space for learners (and staff) to have these sometimes difficult conversations.
Along with all the usual summer sports fixtures, this term our water polo players have taken part in two tournaments. Our House Captains have been working hard at encouraging more support and spirit at the larger matches across a number of sports. Our society heads have been working as hard and our largest charity event, the Cyclathon, was a huge success. Our Habitat for Humanity Committee can be proud that their efforts have raised the funds to R250 000 over the past five years. Thank you to the team, the teachers-in-charge (Ms Henry and Ms Herbert) and our sponsors for their contributions to this success.
Thank you to the Friends of Rustenburg for hosting a very pleasant family picnic around our pool this past Saturday. I encourage more parents to attend future events as it is a wonderful space to meet up with the parents of your daughters’ friends and peers.
On 19 March you are invited to a Closing Night Cabaret by our matrics and staff. Please book your tickets via the following link for only R30 each. This promises to be a great family night out.
I have enjoyed teaching our new Grade 8s about the school’s history and some of its inner workings. It has been a pleasure getting to know each class.  

It is encouraging to see the progress being made in the use of technology in the classroom as we join the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Thank you to Mr Neethling and Ms Myers for the part they play in this process. For the first time next year, Grade 10s will have the option of choosing IT as one of their seven subjects, or as an extra subject on our campus.
We are actively pursuing the installation of alternate energy sources to reduce both our carbon footprint and monthly energy bill. A tender will be released in the next few months. Thank you to Mr Rassool and his team at SARETEC for generously offering to oversee this project and the tender process. This forms part of the planned maintenance of the school, the cost of which should be covered by our current electrical expenses. To kick-start the project we need to upgrade the lighting in all areas of the school to LED. The Gees Committee, Earth Children and I would like to challenge each form class to raise R3500 for their classroom to be upgraded. The class who raises the most will be allowed to attend school in civvies for a week. If anyone has other prizes they would like to offer as incentives please contact me via email on

Michael Gates
Notices & Reminders
PLEASE NOTE: On Wednesday mornings school starts promptly at 8:50 am. Learners who are late must report to the front office.

Tender Notice

Rustenburg Girls’ High School are seeking, as part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades, to replace an outdated PABX system and the associated cabling and handsets. Click here to view the tender notice.

Eco Bricks

We are collecting Eco Bricks again. Please drop them at recycling in the container marked for Eco Bricks. Please make sure they are compressed extremely tightly so that they are strong and a 2 litre bottle weighs at least 500 grams.  Follow the link below to refresh how to make an Eco Brick.  

Second Term Tuckshop Pre-orders

Download the second term pre-order form. Forms are due back on Monday 9 March and must be emailed to


Dialogue Day on Race and Racism
The topic of the Dialogue Day that took place on 24 February was “Race and racism in our schools and society.” The goals were to follow up on the assembly where the same topic was presented, have an opportunity to voice opinions and actively listen to other people’s perspectives.
Congratulations to the newly elected Grade 8 RCL representatives: Trinity Ngaka, Kailin Louw and Caitlyn Walter.

Sports News and Results 4 March 2020

  • Indoor Hockey, Swimming, Tennis, Water Polo news and results
  • Rowing and Horse-riding news.
At the A-league gala held at RBHS on Wednesday afternoon, 4 March, our swimming team did us proud. RGHS placed second behind Herschel, with St Cyprians third. The swimmers were so appreciative of the 150 supporters who came to cheer them on. 
Photo: Yasmeen Kazi
Photo: Lara Pienaar
Amongst the wide variety of sports offered, Rustenburg has recently added yoga and self-defence as options for learners. Read more about yoga and self-defence.
Photo: Alexandra Espag
Debating Update
Our Rotary Round 2 debate was against Cannons Creek at UCT on the evening of Monday, 2 March.
Music students, Ainslee Khamal (gr 12) and Megan Carolessen (Gr 11) were part of the cast that recently performed Puccini's opera, La Boheme at Artscape. It was a wonderful experience for them being part of a production on such a big scale. All the performances were sold out.  

LO Matters

  • Power Brain Course with Michael Abrahamson 22-23 March. Download the flyer.
  • Talks at school (second break in S5).
    Wednesday 11 March: Vega 
    Wednesday 15 April: Au Pair in the Netherlands
In need of some extra acedemic help? Do not fear, peer tutors are here!

Pop in to Ms Norval's office to find your very own peer tutor! With the closing of Term 1 and May exams around the corner, girls may be wanting some extra practice in preparation for their upcoming exams. Our hardworking tutors have a flexible time schedule. They are available during breaks and after school free of charge. This service is accessible to every pupil in every grade and for every subject. Don't forget to check out our board outside the counsellors' offices for more details about the team. We hope to see you soon, Rustybugs!
- Tinika Navsaria and the Peer Tutoring Commitee.


This year's House Plays take place on Thursday12 March from 18:00 - 21:00. The theme is SECRETS. Get your tickets now before they are all sold out! LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE - no ticket sales at the door.

This event is FREE of charge but booking is required for catering purposes. CLICK HERE TO BOOK.


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