Rustenburg School for Girls

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Rustenburg School for Girls
Rustenburg School for Girls logo.png
Location
Cape Town, Western Cape
South Africa
Information
Type All Girls Public School
Motto palmam qui meruit ferat
Established 1894
Headmistresses Mrs D. Berry (Junior), Mr M. Gates (high)
Grades 1–12
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
Website

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.[1]

History[edit]

Sketch of Rustenburg House by Montrose Cloete

The school was founded in 1894 in the historic Rustenburg House, which dates from the early years of the Dutch settlement at the Cape [2] 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 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 -

Academics[edit]

Rustenburg High School

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.[citation needed]

In 2011 the school was placed as the top school in the Western Cape,[3] up from position three in 2010[4] and position six in 2009.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Grade 12 NSC Results 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of candidates 127 130? 142 152 161 154 136 143 151 152 149
Pass Rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Matriculation Exemption/
Bachelors Pass
98.4% 97% 99% 97% 97.5% 98% 99.3% 97.9% 98.7% 99.3% 99.3%
A aggregates/Distinctions 50 47 - - - -- - - - - -
Subject A's - 262 324 313 373 458 467 430 508 607 581
Subject B's - 199 357 - - - - - - - -
Top aggregate - 106,1% 92.3% 90.8% 90.8% 94% 93% 96% 96.7% 96.2% 97.5%

In 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[8] of the top 100 government schools in the country, based on the 2008 matric results and Rustenburg was placed fifth.

Sport[edit]

A Rustenburg tennis player at the 2006 Interschools Tennis

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.

Music[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rghs.org.za/news-article/fairlady-magazine-survey-finds-top-25-government-high-schools-sa
  2. ^ McIntyre, Josephine (1994) White stoep on the highway
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Western Cape Education Department
  5. ^ Western Cape Education Department
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Sunday Times Top 100 Schools Survey
  9. ^ Nicky Greenwall's Official Site
  10. ^ Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit
  11. ^ Greenfield School
  12. ^ Désirée Talbot
  13. ^ Catherine Albertyn
  14. ^ Prof LJ van Zyl
  15. ^ Louise Carver
  16. ^ Gaby Lomberg's Obituary
  17. ^ "Newsletter Number 52" (PDF). RGJS. July 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 

Coordinates: 33°57′24.08″S 18°28′43.88″E / 33.9566889°S 18.4788556°E / -33.9566889; 18.4788556