Riebeek College Girls’ High School has a house system and three houses compete in various inter-house events annually.
There are Elizabeth House, Eleanor House and Elton House. Each house also has an opportunity to raise funds for a charity of its choice and then host the charity at a special ceremony where the guest speaker tells the school about the charity.
Head of Elizabeth House, Sanelisiwe Jikeka, and her team held pancake and hot chocolate days, sold favours, held a music afternoon and organised various other initiatives to raise money for the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, the cause they selected to support.
CHOC is an organisation dedicated to providing assistance to children that are battling cancer or life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.
Riebeek recently welcomed Riebeek Old Girl, Lynne Gadd-Claxton, who works for the regional CHOC branch. Accompanying her was the CHOC mascot, Keemo.
Gadd-Claxton informed the girls about CHOC’s goal which is to improve the welfare and quality of care of children with cancer and offers families a wide range of psychosocial and practical support.
History of Riebeek houses
The Riebeek house system was officially established in 1924, some 47 years after the school was founded. Initially, the school’s learners were divided into two houses for purposes of sports competition. One house was named Eleanor, after Eleanor Brown, a past headmistress in the late 1800s, and the other house was named Elton, after Lucy Elton, headmistress in the early 1900s.
During 1954 another house was added to the expanding school. The notion that a third house should be established at Riebeek, in order to minimise hostilities at sporting events, was initiated by Gillian Dugmore, the head girl of 1953.
It was agreed upon that this new house be named after Queen Elizabeth who had formally been crowned queen of the United Kingdom during 1953.