Sports News and Results 30 January 2017

  • Water Polo training times on a Wednesday and Thursday at Groote Schuur have changed.
    • 16:30-18:00 U14B and 2nd team
    • 17:30 – 19:00 U14A and U16B.
  • A revised RGHS Sports Policy is available here.
  • A reminder to please send through any sports news or achievements to the Sports Office so that we can acknowledge our sports girls.



On Tuesday evening we hosted Gary Kirsten at Rustenburg. Before his talk, many parents purchased the chicken prego rolls that the Sport Parents Fundraising Committee braaied for us. Thereafter, I shared with the audience information about who runs the Sports Office at RGHS and our communication channels that we have in place with regards all sports fixtures/news /results, etc. In summary the following is what I shared:

  • Day-to-day issues are dealt with between your daughter and the Office as and when they happen.
  • Our 2 sports notice boards situated outside the Sports Office and the staffroom are updated daily with fixtures/ teams/ changes/ cancellations, etc.
  • All information regarding selection of teams for tours will be emailed to you timeously as well as weekly details of fixtures as and when I receive times of matches.
  • We also put out a Sports section in the weekly Rustenburg Bulletin that is available on our website every Friday – sharing sports news, results and upcoming fixtures.
  • All fundraising ideas, which include post-match functions and the running of the tuckshop, are handled through the parents on the Sport Parents Fundraising committee.

The newly formed Sport Parents Fundraising committee is made up by the following parents:

  • Lizanne Davidson – Tennis
  • Peter & Tracey Dugmore – Hockey/ Indoor
  • Lindsay Hill – Waterpolo/ Hockey
  • Adelle Johnson – Netball
  • Lisa King – Touch Rugby/ Cross country
  • Stuart McConnell – Waterpolo/ Hockey
  • Ayeesha Philips – Touch Rugby
  • Eugenie Salkow – Swimming
  • Saranne Salmon – Netball/ Waterpolo
  • Lauren Wheeler – Hockey/ Indoor


Gary Kirsten titled his talk “Parenting Influence in School Sport”. He posed the question: “Has school sport lost it’s true meaning?” He also addressed the issue of schoolgirl professionalism and spoke about specialization and burnout. He then pondered over the question whether we as parents “are creating too much emotion on the side of the field for our children to handle?”

He did offer advice to our parents in the form of some ideas of what we can do to support our daughters:

  • Encourage her to compete against herself
  • Success is not about winning or losing
  • Positive or neutral feedback when driving home after a match/ practices
  • Make enjoyment of sport the priority in your home.
  • Build her self-esteem with every opportunity.
  • Avoid comparisons with other players
  • Avoid negative comments in jest
  • Avoid emotional negative outbursts during and directly after performance
  • Make practice fun
  • Be a pillar of support – your daughter will make it without you

Some great advice indeed.

Some positive feedback via email read:

“Many lessons learnt!” and “It will definitely assist me with supporting both my children while they participate in both sport and academics.”

Thank you to those parents who came to support us.



Our A team had a bye this week and our B team played a match against Pinelands A on Wed 1 Feb.

Our B team lost 0-3.



Jordyn Campbell (Gr 9) won the U19 girls section of the WPCC squash tournament held over the past weekend. Congratulations, that is excellent news. Rustenburg is very proud of you.


SWIMMING – Open Water Swimming opportunity:

We would like as many girls as possible to enter the CAPE MILE OPEN WATER SWIM on Sunday 19 February. Please enter by visiting In order to prepare our swimmers for this open water swimming event we are offering a free swimming lesson in the RGHS pool from 10h00 – 11h00 every Saturday leading up to the event.  The lessons started on Saturday 28 January. Ms Williams will teach you all the tricks necessary for open water swimming as well as prepare you with your fitness. If you are interested, either write your name up with Mrs Scott in the Sports Office or just arrive on Saturday.



Results of matches played 23 – 27 January :                                 

  • A Team postponed
  • B Team lost 6-9 vs Westerford
  • C Team won 14-0 vs Westerford
  • D Team lost 4-8 vs Rustenburg E
  • E Team won 8-4 vs Rustenburg D
  • F Team lost 12-2 vs Fish Hoek A



Results of matches played against Reddam on Friday 27 January:

  • U14A lost 14-0
  • U14B lost 11-3
  • U16A lost 6-1
  • 2nds lost 11-0
  • 1sts lost 11-1.

Congratulations on your determination and fight till the end of each match.

On Tuesday, 25 January, our U16A team beat the Reddam U15A team by 3 goals to 1. Well done on this very strong performance.



BIATHLE (Run-Swim-Run)

On Friday, 27 January, Rustenburg had 3 girls who participated in the 1st of a 6-series biathle that is hosted on the Rustenburg campus.

Megan Phillipson; Rebecca Vosloo (Gr 9) and Jade Lawson (Gr 10) all competed in the U17 section where they are required to complete a 1200m run; 200m swim; 1200m run continuously. They finished in positions 1, 2, 3 and 5 respectively. Megan’s winning time was 15:04.18.

The third biathle takes place this Friday from 5pm. Please pop in to the Sports Office for more details if you are interested in taking part.



Congratulations to Tyla Humby (Gr 11) on being part of the fourball that won the monthly Mix at the Metropolitan Golf Club. Well played, Tyla.

The Golf lessons have started – a picture from Monday 30 January – Lesson 1.



Saskia van der Merwe (Grade 12) has started the year in excellent form. Saskia competed in the “Ashburton Investments National MTB race 1” in Grabouw on Saturday 28 January. She placed 3rd Junior woman and 3rd woman overall in the half marathon (40km) in a time of 2h11m. That really is such a good start to the new year. Well done, Saskia.



Hannah Hillman (Gr 8) competed in the 1st Nipper Competition, at Strand beach on Sunday past and did very well. She was placed 2nd in the Surf Swim and 2nd in the Malibu board race. Her team also came 9th in the Taplin team event. Hannah is an U14 Nipper at Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.