School celebrates a milestone

2019-05-07 06:00
Rustenburg alumnae enjoying lunch on Founders’ Day 125, celebrating their beloved school.

Rustenburg alumnae enjoying lunch on Founders’ Day 125, celebrating their beloved school.

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Rustenburg Girls’ High School in Rondebosch has come a long way and this year the school celebrated 125 years since opening its doors.

The school opened with 76 learners, including seven boarders and 11 boys.

In 1893 a group of people, led by the Reverend BP Marchand, decided that a school for girls was badly needed in Rondebosch and they obtained transfer of a portion of the Rustenburg Estate where, on 19 January 1894, classes began at what was known as Rustenburg Girls’ High School in Rondebosch.

While the façade of the school has remained unchanged over the years, various new classrooms have been added, a dedicated Music Block built, attached to the hostel, and in 1971, the new school hall, incorporating the old Kemp Hall and a brand new foyer was opened. In 2014, a new Mathematics and Physical Sciences building was opened and a new AstroTurf Hockey Playing Field inaugurated.

A teacher and alumnae at the school, Biddy Ryan, says it is a very different place now. “There has been a huge change. When I was still a learner things were very formal, strict and a lot of rules. We didn’t have much freedom. Now things have changed, there is a lot of freedom, learners can choose their subjects and we encourage them to talk about things, we encourage them to have a dialogue and be open. It is now a very good place,” says Ryan

The past few years have seen a raised consciousness in sustainability. As a school we now recycle close to 100% of all our waste and by the end of this term, we hope to be self-sustaining as far as our water supply is concerned.

Today, Rustenburg is ranked highly among the top 10 schools in the Western Cape, and there is no doubt that the foundations laid at the start have been key to its success. The 124 years of educating and preparing young women as leaders is a legacy of which to be proud.

Rustenburg Girls’ High School provides a diverse, supportive and enquiring learning environment that equips its learners with the academic, service, sporting and cultural foundations required to excel in every sphere of life.

To this end, Rustenburg strives to create a diverse and challenging learning environment in which the unique potential of each individual is valued and nurtured and a sound balance is maintained between this individuality and answering the demands of the school and wider community in a sensitive and practical manner.

Currently, their enrolment sits just over 860 girls. The staff of 55 full and part-time subject specialist educators ensures academic support of the highest quality in classes of a size conducive to optimal learning.

Geila Wills, marketing and public relations at the school says over the years, says Rustenburg girls have made a significant contribution to South African society. “We reflect with great pride on their achievements and look forward with optimistic anticipation as the present generation takes leadership in a myriad of work and study opportunities,” she says.


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