RGHS Weekly Bulletin 18 February 2021

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Dear Rustenburg Family


Welcome to 2021 – a new year after one that defined many of us. While 2020 was a year of many firsts for our school, it was also a year where we as a school came together and persevered to ensure all our academic goals were met.

It has been very exciting to welcome the Grade 8s and other new learners to our school. Welcome to all our new parents. We look forward to making you all part of the RGHS family.

You might see some new faces around the school, so allow me to introduce the new staff members that will be part of the RGHS team. In charge of finance will be Ms Mariam Naidoo, as the Head of Finance; Dr Marcus Melck delves into ancient realms, ruins and civilizations as the Head of History; Mr Umar Samandarov tackles algorithms in the Maths department and he is joined by Ms Tasneem Shabodien who brings Maths and Science to life. Ms Christelle Grimbeek explores the geographical wonders of the world in Geography, Ms Ulpha Edries performs some marketing wizardry as the Head of Communications and Fundraising and Mr Pieter Smith delves into the richness of language as the interim Afrikaans teacher. We are also very glad to welcome Ms Sanda Sogoni to our counselling team - she will provide a safe space for those in need of some emotional support.

We are also excited to welcome Ms Zizzi Sapepa to our front office team as our receptionist, so it is her friendly voice you will hear when calling the school.

Congratulations to Ms Lindsay De Klerk on the arrival of her daughter on 20 January 2021. May she bring her family much joy.

We are looking forward to our 2020 Matric class receiving their results next week. 

We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping COVID departs really soon. 2021 sees the RGHS social calendars jam-packed with exciting events. Hope and optimism is exactly what is needed, so we encourage all to embrace being kind to each other, maybe with random acts of kindness. Sports enthusiasts, there are plenty to be involved in to keep up your fitness levels, despite there being no tournaments or matches for many sporting codes. 

Here’s to an exciting and eventful 2021.

Mr M Gates


Welcome to new staff

Ms Mariam Naidoo, Head of Finance
Ms Ulpha Edries, Head of Communications and Fundraising
Dr Marcus Melck, Head of History
Mr Umar Samdarov, Mathematics
Ms Tasneem Shaboodien, Mathematics and Natural Science
Ms Christelle Grimbeek, Geography
Ms Sanda Sogoni, Counsellor
Mr Pieter Smith, Afrikaans 

Notices & Reminders


  • Tuckshop lunch pre-orders are now open via the Karri app. Parents are encouraged to register and order lunches through Karri - see letter for instructions. Order placement ends on 26 February with the actual starting date being 1 March - 1 April 2021. 
  • Grade 8 e-books: Parents will receive instructions on purchasing electronic textbooks as soon as accounts are set up on your daughter's iPad. Please be patient as we finalise this process.
  • Grade 11 workbook reminder: Letters regarding the purchase of Grade 11/12 English and Grade 11 Maths Literacy workbooks were sent out last week.


Please remember that your child/ward should attend school regularly on the required days that they are due on campus and they should be working online on the days that they are at home. In both cases, they will follow the timetabled lessons for that day.

In the case of learners whose parents/guardians have applied for a concession, for whatever reason, this means that they will be working online from home every day.  Learners cannot choose to be in on some days and not on others, or opt to come in for some subject lessons only on a given day.  

The concession application that is granted by the WCED, be it for comorbidities or any other reason, means that you have opted for learning and teaching instruction through the online and virtual platforms provided by the school. Should the situation change at any time, you may withdraw this application by informing us in writing.


Congratulations to Shelby le Roux (Grade 11) who was selected to to represent South Africa at the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad, which will take place in Monastir, Tunisia from 11 to 20 March 2021.

Grade 8 Orientation

The Grade 8's had an eventful start to their high school career participating in a range of activities, from receiving their iPads to getting to know each other through fun activities, interesting discussions and workshops. 
Grade 8's at their first assembly
"A School Where I Belong" workshop
Getting to know each other at a de-brief session
Learning about fire safety with our Grounds team
Receiving iPads
Getting active!

LO Matters

  • Stellenbosch University will be hosting an online open day for 2021 on 17 April 2021 from 9:00 - 14:00. REGISTER HERE​:
    Registration is not compulsory, but by entering your details you sign up for our Open Day newsletter, which will provide you with lots of useful information in the weeks before the event.
  • elevate Education FREE parent webinars: 
    • 3 March  - Note taking skills to help students to deepen their revision.
    • 17 March  - Motivation and the role of parental praise and goals.

      The webinar registration page can be accessed here.


2021 Grade 7 Open Day

The Grade 7 open days and school tours have been suspended due to COVID regulations, however we will release our virtual tour on 23 February on our website and social media channels.

A FAQ section will be posted on our website and parents will have the opportunity to ask specific questions via email.

Please check our website for more details:


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