RGHS Weekly Bulletin 19 April 2018

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Dear Parents and girls

It is with a smile that I type this short message as it is raining, for real, outside and the JOJO tank at my house has just been fitted.  We have also appointed the contractor to install our water purification system and sink a new borehole.  If all goes well this should be up and running by the end of this term.  Thank you to all who have generously contributed to this project and to those who will continue to contribute over the next few months by supporting our fundraising initiatives, such as Senor Chef.
On top of this, Rustenburg Girls’ High School was once again recognized as the Top Public School in the country, the second time we have won this award.  Congratulations to all our 2017 Matric girls on this amazing achievement.   
The new school portal has proved to be very popular and is an easy source of information on your daughter’s progress, attendance and school communication. 
The two parent-teacher evenings were a success and I encourage those who missed these to make sure to come along to the next, to have conversations with your daughter’s teachers. 
At the end of next week we are sending sport, choir and debating teams to the National Girls' School Festival in East London.  I wish each of the pupils and staff involved a happy and exciting tournament.  On site, we will be hosting the Champions Cup and wish our U16 Hockey and Netball teams all the best for the championship.
This term, we have welcomed Miss Astrid Castle onto staff in the Visual Arts and Design department and I’m sure the girls will enjoy her teaching and artistic talent.  Congratulations to Ms Keegan who got married over the holidays and is now Mrs White. We wish her and her husband much love and happiness.

Michael Gates

General Notices

  • Traffic and Parking:
    We were alarmed to receive a report that a cyclist from Rondebosch Boys was almost hit by a car in Campground Road as he swerved to avoid a Rustenburg parent who had illegally parked in the cycle lane. Fortunately, on this occasion, no one was hurt, but it reinforces the need to be aware that our actions can have unintended consequences, and when it comes to traffic on the roads, those consequences could be fatal.   We are fully aware of the traffic congestion on campus, particularly during the afternoon pick-up, and are considering various options that could address the situation, both internally and externally. In the meantime, we have attached a letter with some information that could assist to manage the situation for your consideration.
  • Bugs' Boutique: Due to a delay from the manufacturers, our winter blouses will only be delivered on the 25 April.  We do have big sizes in stock but no small sizes. 
  • Bugs' Boutique Volunteers – are you able to donate a couple of hours of your time to assist in the Bugs Boutique? We would value help with labelling, organising and shelf stocking. If you can assist, please email Linda Simmons on
  • TUCKSHOP’S FAMOUS BROWNIES: Needing brownies for birthday or dinner party? Come down to the tuckshop and pay just R10 a brownie. For orders over 10 brownies, please email :


Sports News and results 19 April

  • The winter sports calendar and fixtures are on the website
  • TUCKSHOP – the Sports Department is urgently needing Hockey and Netball parents' help: (parents who have a daughter who has been included in a Hockey or Netball team for the 2018 season)
    • A Mum and/or Dad to offer to take over the running/organisation of the Sports tuckshop. This will involve ensuring that there is sufficient stock for Sale at Sports events hosted on campus, as well as arranging a roster of helpers at each of these events.
    • Parents who are willing to do a tuckshop duty when their daughter’s are involved in the Hockey or Netball matches. We will schedule you in so that your tuckshop duty happens before your daughter’s match (while she is warming up).
Read the full sports report

We had a great start to the Netball season with two wins against Epworth from Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 14 April.

Grade 9 Leadership Camp 2018

At the end of the first term, the Grade Nines went on the much anticipated overnight camp at Onrus.  
by Zara Nizjink-Laurie

Grade 8 Bundi Camp

In the April holidays some of the Grade 8s from RGHS teamed up with some of the Grade 8s from RBHS and attended the very successful Bundi camp near Worcester on the Breede River. This is what Ella Barret-Smith had to say regarding the experience...

Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics-Gynaecology at UCT, DR Zephne van der Spuy, old girl of RGHS (1964), came to speak to the grade 11s on topics relating to girls’ well being and health, as part of the Life Orientation programme arranged by Ms Norval.

LO Matters

Career Open Days:
  • 4 May Elizabeth Galloway Fashion School
  • 5 May College of Audio Engineering
  • 12 May CPUT
  • 12 May UWC
  • Stellenbosch University Engineering Winter Week.
 At school (lunchtime in S5):
  • Wednesday 9 May: Au Pairing
  • 15 May Global University Expo, Thomson Hall period 8 for grade 11 and rest of school 3 - 3:30 pm. Participants include: New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Cologne Business School, KPU Vancouver Canada and more.

Coming up

Friday, 20 April
Hostel Cabaret (Kemp Hall)
School Closes @ 13:15

Monday, 23 April
MSA Thikr (Charlie’s Hope)
Afrikaans/isiXhosa Creative Writing examinations
Grade 8 and 9 Lunch time Ensemble Concerts 1pm in the Kemp Hall

Tuesday, 24 April
English Creative Writing examinations
Grade 8 and 9 Lunch time Ensemble Concerts 1pm in the Kemp Hall

Wednesday, 25 April
Gr 11 Manifestos to be completed online by 08:00.
Dialogue Day - Whole School Workshop

Thursday, 26 April 
Sans Souci Facets Competition
Assembly: Led by RCL
Grade 8 and 9 Lunch time Ensemble Concerts 1pm in the Kemp Hall

Friday, 27 April
Boarders out weekend
National Girls’ Schools’ Festival (East London)
U14 Somerset College Hockey Tournament
Champions Cup U16A Netball & Hockey Tournament @ RGHS
Freedom Day

Erinville Auction 

Erinville Hostel is holding a 1st-ever-for-us ONLINE AUCTION in order to raise funds to redecorate our Hostel dining room.  It’s a fun way to bid for certain items which will be posted up on the Facebook page.  All Rustenburg parents, families and friends are invited to join the following link : 

The Auction is closing on Friday 20 April at 8:30 pm so get bidding! 


Face Term 2 Exams with stronger academic skills. Study Skills Programme for Grade 8 to 12s:

These key areas are covered by a qualified psychometrist and academic support expert: Growth mindset; How my Brain learns; Goal setting and motivation; Time management; Focusing; Academic anxiety and Examination technique.

Dates and times:
  • Friday 11 May (Sessions 1, 2 and 3) 15h00 to 18h00.
  • Friday 18 May (Sessions 4, 5 and 6) 15h00 to 18h00.

Pinelands Library, Pinelands.

R850, which includes a manual, stationery and beverages (tea, coffee, fruit juice and snacks).

Melanie Williams at
Email: or cell: 072 508 4002
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