FAQs


There is a very strong emphasis on academic success at Rustenburg High School for Girls. In order to sustain this success, in 2012, management created four academic faculties: Languages, Science and Mathematics, Arts, and Business and Life Skills. The Faculty Heads work closely with the Heads of Subjects in their faculties; in turn, the Subject Heads  supervise their learning areas and are responsible for meetings within their department, as well as moderation and standard setting. They also ensure that the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) are being adhered to.

Each grade is equipped with a Grade Head whose responsibility it is to oversee the general academic progress of those learners within the grade, corresponding directly with parents and, when necessary, facilitating interventions.

At the end of each term, the entire staff meets to discuss the learner’s academic progress in the preceding three months. This is an opportunity for educators to reflect on the girl’s overall development beyond just their particular Learning Area.

There is an annual Celebration of Excellence during which the various academic awards are announced and the successes of individuals given appropriate public acknowledgement.

Class sizes vary considerably, depending on the subject. The Home Language group (English), always the largest, averages 30, but will never be more than 34 learners. Other subjects such as the foreign languages, Art, Music and Dramatic Arts benefit from having fairly small class sizes so that the girls receive much individual educator support and supervision.
Currently there are 850 girls enrolled at Rustenburg Girls’ High School.
Rustenburg boasts a staff of over 50 experienced, qualified and hard-working educators. The school is led by a principal and two deputy principals, in conjunction with a group of teachers who make up the School Management Team. A number of specialist teachers are also privately employed, particularly in the Music department.
Monday to Thursday, the school day consists of three lessons, a short break, a further three lessons, lunch break and the final two lessons, ending at 3pm. On Friday, the school closes at 2pm and the learners attend four lessons, have a break and then their final three lessons.
The 2017 school fee has been set at R39,000 per learner per annum paid by monthly debit order or by arrangement with the school’s Bursar and the Treasurer of the School Governing Body. No reductions are offered for siblings attending the school. School fees are reviewed annually by the School Governing Body and all parents are encouraged to attend the budget meeting. Girls must purchase their own uniform, stationery and certain textbooks. Other monies must be paid, depending on the subject choice the learner chooses. For example, Art girls are responsible for their own paints and brushes.
Applications for Grade 8 of the following year close at the end of the first term, while applications for Grades 9 – 11 are considered in the third term of each year. For more information see the Admissions Section of this site.
The administrative office at Rustenburg High School for Girls is open from 08:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday. To contact the administrative office, please use the appropriate Contact Us link above.
Rustenburg Girls’ High School prefers positive reinforcement and a restorative disciplinary approach to helping the child to understand the consequences of her words and actions. To a large extent, educators lead the learners towards self-discipline whereby the girls are taught to be accountable, responsible and appropriate at all times.

Learners who struggle to self-discipline are met with a private, yet formal intervention; often conducted by the principal or deputy principal.

Where necessary, one of the school’s Life Orientation counsellors is asked for additional guidance.

It must be noted that all parents of learners, upon enrolling at Rustenburg, sign and accept the terms and conditions of the school’s Code of Conduct. Learners and their parents are expected to support the school in creating a safe and co-operative environment for all.

For more information on our Disciplinary and other policies, please click on the Policies link in the menu bar above.

A wide-ranging support system exists to help meet the personal needs of each learner at Rustenburg Girls’ High School. From peer counsellors to form teachers, the Grade Head to the Teacher-Counsellors, there is always someone willing to lend a listening ear and a helping hand. There is also a strong mentoring programme involving the Matrics and the Grade Eights. A certain number of Grade Twelves are responsible for looking after the Grade Eights; they meet fortnightly to discuss problems and answer questions.

Parents can stand for election to the School Governing Body (SGB) – this statutory body, constituted as stipulated in the SA Schools Act, is elected every three years. It is made up of seven parent representatives, two educator representatives, one non-educator representative, two learner representatives and the Principal. Parents are also encouraged to be part of the various SGB portfolio sub-committees. In addition, parents can be involved to ensure a wide range of support systems for the school to continue to function. These include Catering (for functions and sports matches), Recycling, the School Shop (Bug’s Boutique), Tuckshop and various Fundraising Committees.
A maximum of 75 boarders can be accommodated at Erinville. Although preference is given to girls who live within the Western Cape, the residents of Erinville come from as far afield as Namibia and Botswana. For more information about Erinville, please click here.
The Boarding fees for Erinville Hostel for 2017 are as follows:

Learners residing within the province – R46,000 per annum
Learners residing outside the province – R48,000 per annum

The Rustenburg Bugs’ Boutique is open every Monday and Wednesday from 12.45 to 15.30 and Friday from 12.15 to 14.30, as well as on the FIRST Saturday of the month (excluding January) from 9.00 – 11.00. See the Bugs’ Boutique web page for more information.

We also carry a range of good second hand uniforms and welcome donations of Rustenburg uniforms in good condition to sell. These can be sent to the front office, if any of the clothing donated is not suitable for sale, it is then sent to a school in the Eastern Cape which can use it.