Boarders at RGHS are housed at Erinville House which is situated in the school grounds. Although situated in the busy suburb of Rondebosch, the girls experience a sense of peace and tranquility in the spacious school grounds and enjoy the wonderful view of the Mountain, UCT and Rhodes’ Memorial on the west side of the house and views of Rondebosch Common with the Hottentots Holland mountains in the distance to the east. The Rondebosch common and the school grounds are home to many different birds and the girls enjoy watching flocks of guinea fowl and pairs of Egyptian geese.
Although built as an institution in the 1930’s (with the attitudes towards education held in that era), Erinville is not a cold, austere hostel with rows of beds and steel cupboards. Neither is living here the stereotypical experience found in girls’ novels about life in English boarding schools (the “jolly hockey sticks” and “toasting crumpets” idea). The aim of those managing the Hostel is to provide a safe and happy place for girls to stay who would like to come to RGHS but can’t because they live too far away. The emphasis is always on the safety of the girls and on their happiness. Erinville is a “work in progress” as we seek to maintain the wonderful old building with its wooden floors, teak sash-windows and shutters, but also seek to find creative ways to add the things necessary in the 21st Century eg. a computer room linked to the school network for the boarders, Wi-Fi connectivity and electric power points in each cubicle. Erinville has 6 dormitories (A–F) which have been divided into 68 semi-private cubicles and 4 double/triple cubicles. We can accommodate 76 girls from Grades 8 – 12. Our girls enjoy the semi-private arrangements in our dormitories which offer the camaraderie of a sleep-over with some private space of their own. We strongly encourage the girls to individualise their cubicles by bringing pictures, photographs, ornaments and décor from home.
There are 4 upstairs bathrooms comprising a total number of 8 showers and 8 baths. In addition there is a downstairs bathroom with 1 bath and 2 showers. All baths and showers are private and have their own doors. Six upstairs toilets and 3 downstairs with regularly serviced sanitary bins complete our ablution facilities.
When our boarders are not busy with their academic work and the very many activities on offer at school (both sporting and cultural), they relax in their common room which has a TV set, DSTV, NETFLIX and a Blue Ray player. There is also a pool table and a fussball table. Although the hostel computer room is reserved for academic work during study times, girls may enjoy the internet, e-mail and Facebook in their leisure time. Most girls also enjoy the school grounds – exercising, playing games, practising sport or reading in the fresh air.
The Staff of Erinville House
- Mr Michael Gates, Hostel Superintendent
- Mrs Karin Evans, Hostel Supervisor
- Ms Michelle Bakker, House Mother
- Ms Doris Wyne, Hostel Administrator