Rustenburg School for Girls
|Rustenburg School for Girls|
Cape Town, Western Cape|
|Type||All Girls Public School|
|Motto||palmam qui meruit ferat|
|Headmistresses||Mrs D. Berry (Junior), Mr M. Gates (High)|
|Students||350 (Junior), 830 (High)|
|2015 Fees (Junior)||R28,000 pa|
|2016 Fees (High)||
R36,500 pa (tuition)|
R43,000 pa (boarding)
|Houses||Michiel Vos, Cambridge, Bleby, Innes, Marchand|
Rustenburg Girls' High School and Rustenburg Junior School are public schools situated in the suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Rustenburg was founded in 1894 and divided into Junior and High Schools in 1932. The school offers a range of cultural activities and societies. A 2013 survey by "Fairlady" magazine listed Rustenburg High School for Girls amongst the top 25 schools in the country.
The school was founded in 1894 in the historic Rustenburg House, which dates from the early years of the Dutch settlement at the Cape  In 1932, the High School moved into its new buildings on Erinville Estate and Charlie's Hope. Charlie's Hope was subsequently demolished in 1976, before being rebuilt closer to the school. Erinville is now the name of the High School's boarding house. Rustenburg House was declared a National Monument in 1941, but still houses the Junior School.
Headmistresses and Headmasters of the High School:
- Miss Alicia Bleby, 1894–1911
- Miss Jean Donaldson-Wright, 1912–1916
- Miss Caroline Kemp, 1916–1936
- Miss Gwen Hazell, 1937–1951
- Miss Margaret Thomson, 1952–1979
- Mrs Josephine McIntyre, 1980–1991
- Mrs Mary van Blerk, 1991–1999
- Dr Elizabeth Fullard, 1999–2006
- Mrs Susan Schnetler (Acting), 2006-2007
- Laura Bekker, 2007-2015
- Mrs Susan Schnetler (Acting), 2016
- Mr Michael Gates, 2017 -
Headmistresses of the Junior School:
- Miss Marion Roper, 1933–1944
- Miss Zoë Orton, 1945–1967
- Mrs Ruth Jones, 1968–1977
- Miss Hazel Lentin, 1978–1998
- Mrs Conway, 1998–2007
- Mrs Di Berry, 2008 -
Rustenburg High School has been ranked in the top 10 high schools in the Western Cape for academic results in the Matric Examinations for many years.
In 2012 & 2013, Rustenburg maintained its academic standards with a better performance overall, but did not qualify to be considered for inclusion in the top 20 schools in the province.
In 2014, Rustenburg again qualified for inclusion in the Top 20 list and was placed 6th. In 2015, the Western Cape Education Department stopped ranking the top schools in performance order and instead listed them alphabetically, Rustenburg was included in the list of the top 22 schools.
|Grade 12 NSC Results||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015||2016||2017|
|Number of candidates||127||130?||142||152||161||154||136||143||151||152||149||171|
|Pass Rate (%)||100||100||100||100||100||100||100||100||100||100||100||100|
In 2017 Bianca Rijkmans, who achieved 7 subject distinctions (all above 90%) and an aggregate of 96%, was the top candidate. For 2016 the top candidate was Hannah Clayton, with an aggregate of 97.5% and 7 subject distinctions. Hannah was placed 3rd Overall and 3rd for Mathematics Nationally. Previous top academic candidates include: 2005 - Katherine Paterson, 2006 - Carmen Hartmann, 2007 - Kirsten Rowe, 2008 - Rudi Botha, 2009 - Adriana Oberholzer, 2010 - Samantha Filby, 2011 - Nicola Steinhaus, 2012 - Alexandra Mould, 2013 - Nicola Cilliers & Lauren Denny, 2014 - Yi-Tim Yuan, 2015 - Rebecca Haynes.
In 2009, the Sunday Times published a list of the top 100 government schools in the country, based on the 2008 matric results and Rustenburg was placed fifth.
Rustenburg has always been well represented in South African and Western Province teams. In 2012, two girls represented South Africa in tennis and Artistic gymnastics while two staff members represented South Africa in sevens rugby and triathlon.
The High School has nine tennis/netball courts, a swimming pool and two hockey/cricket fields. An Astroturf playing field was installed during 2014 and floodlights are planned for 2016.
The following sports are offered by Rustenburg: cricket, cross-country, hockey, indoor hockey, netball, running, football, squash, swimming, tennis, touch rugby, waterpolo.
The highly acclaimed High School Music Department features an Orchestra, Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Wind Band, String Quartet, Vocal Quartet, String Ensemble and Savuyisa (Marimba Band).
Notable Old Girls
- Nicky Greenwall, one of South Africa's leading entertainment TV journalists 
- Yunn-Chih (Yvonne) Chi, member of Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit 
- Carol te Water, principal of Greenfield Junior School 
- Désirée Talbot, opera singer 
- Professor Catherine Albertyn at the University of Witwatersrand 
- Prof Lesbury van Zyl (née Wagener) - Emeritus Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence, Unisa
- Louise Carver, singer 
- Gaby Lomberg, actress and singer 
- Pauline Vogelpoel MBE, late director of the Contemporary Art Society and member of the International Council of the Tate Gallery
- Elizabeth Voigt, late director of the McGregor Museum in Kimberley
- Debora Patta, broadcast journalist and television producer
- Mabel Malherbe, South African politician
- Leila Reitz, the first woman elected to South Africa's parliament
- Louise Carver is a South African folk rock singer-songwriter and pianist.
- McIntyre, Josephine (1994) White stoep on the highway
- Western Cape Education Department
- Western Cape Education Department
- Sunday Times Top 100 Schools Survey
- Nicky Greenwall's Official Site
- Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit
- Greenfield School
- Désirée Talbot
- Catherine Albertyn
- Prof LJ van Zyl
- Louise Carver Archived 2 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Gaby Lomberg's Obituary
- "Newsletter Number 52" (PDF). RGJS. July 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013.[permanent dead link]
- Women Marching Into the 21st Century: Wathint' Abafazi, Wathint' Imbokodo. HSRC Press. 2000. pp. 254–. ISBN 978-0-7969-1966-3.
- Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Capetown, Volume 7, page 154, 1972