Transformation Timeline

 

2016

  • Changes are made to some school rules.
  • Discussions are held with some Representative Council of Learners (RCL) members with regards to hair rules.
  • August: ‘Implicit Bias’ workshop by Dylan Wray and Roy Hellenberg is attended by the Deputy Principal (Pastoral) (through the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship based at UCT).
  • A decision is made to bring the ‘Implicit Bias’ workshop to the RGHS staff.
  • Policy Update: The school’s Procurement Policy is updated to include support for the principles of BBBEE and to include BEE Status as a compulsory criterion for all tender processes.

2017

  • January: All staff attend a full day ‘Implicit Bias’ workshop run by Roy Hellenberg and Dylan Wray.
  • Ongoing discussions are held between the Senior Management Team (SMT) and Dylan Wray.
  • April: Policy Approval – The School Governing Body (SGB) approves the Recruitment Policy, with a formalised commitment to “the spirit, objectives and provisions” of Employment Equity legislation. As a result, staff appointments in 2018 and 2019 average 57% POC.
  • November: Dylan Wray presents a short version of the ‘Implicit Bias’ workshop as part of the SGB visioning workshop which is attended by the SGB, RCL members and a few other staff members.

2018

  • A new management structure is implemented with more positions on a rotational basis (this ensures that as the diversity of staff changes so can that of the Management Team).
  • The History section on the school website is updated.
  • 20 April: All staff attend a second ‘Implicit Bias’ workshop.
  • 20 – 21 April: Approximately 30 staff volunteers, as well as the Deputy Principals and the Principal are trained as Early Adopters to equip teachers to run the Dialogue Days.
  • 25 April: Whole School Dialogue Day is run by Dylan Wray and Roy Hellenberg with guest speaker Jonathan Jansen and past learners from RGHS and other schools, forming a panel discussion.  Staff either facilitate discussions or observe. For more information, see articles on the ‘A School Where I Belong’ website here and here.
  • June:  Early Adopter Teachers, Deputy Principals and the Principal receive follow-up training.
  • July: All staff attend a follow-up workshop with Dylan Wray and Roy Hellenberg.
  • August: The first Dialogue Day Assembly is run by the RGHS Transformation Team on the topic of Privilege.
  • October: ‘A School Where I Belong’ book launch is hosted by RGHS. All parents and teachers are invited.
  • November: Past learners are invited to attend mini workshops/meetings with the volunteer staff and the Transformation Team.
  • Representatives of the Transformation Team meet with ‘Parents for Change’ (a group of parents predominantly from Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School).

January – March 2019

  • Policy Updates:
    • The Admissions Policy is reviewed
    • An Admissions audit is conducted by the SGB
    • The School song is reviewed
    • Academic and sport scholarships are removed – funds are re-allocated to academic bursaries specifically reserved for black learners, according to financial need.
  • Did your daughter tell you Termly Newsletter is introduced.
  • Rustenburg is used as a case study for two Masters researchers:
    • Anouk Severin (Erasmus Mundus) explored the views of students and members of the SGB on issues of diversity, inclusion and transformation.
    • Natasha Skoryk (UCT) explored discourses in the South African English literary classroom by examining how both Shakespearean and African setworks were taught.
  • 9 January:  Learners (from Grades 9 – 12), volunteer staff facilitators and form teachers take part in a Values discussion.
  • 10 January: ‘A School Where We All Belong’ workshop takes place as part of Grade 8 orientation week.
  • 15 – 16 January: At the new parent and matric parent and learner meetings, the Deputy Principal (Pastoral) talks about the school’s transformation journey and a guest speaker talks about white privilege and transformation in schools.
  • 22 January: At the Grade 9 parents evenings, the Deputy Principal (Pastoral) talks about our Transformation journey.
  • 23 January: At the Grade 11 and 12 parents evening, the Deputy Principal (Pastoral) talks about our Transformation journey, and an introduction is given by The Social Literacy Conversation regarding a University Preparation seminar for parents and learners.
  • 18 February: Term 1 Dialogue Day – Mental Health Theme. All teaching staff are involved as presenters, facilitators or observers.
    • Assembly
    • Dialogue Day
    • Multi-purpose lesson
  • 11 March: Some parents and learners attend the Social Literacy Project parent and learner evenings with the topic “Post Rhodes Must Fall Universities”.
  • 15 March: A new Founders’ Day format is introduced. The national anthem replaces the school song.

April – October 2019

  • 4, 11, 23 April: Term 2 Dialogue Day – Implicit Bias. All teaching staff are involved as presenters, facilitators or observers.
    • Assembly
    • Dialogue Day
    • Multi-purpose lesson
  • 7 May: The “Walking Tall” Educational Theatre production is performed during the school day – the story of life on earth from its early beginnings to the present day – using physical theatre to cut across language and cultural barriers, and to explore complex subjects like human evolution and the origin sciences.
  • 9 May: “My Father’s Coat” – an evening production of South African stories seen from different viewpoints is hosted at Rustenburg.
  • 21 May: The Governing Body HR committee meets with the Transformation Team to discuss the survey on transformation and the results of a general climate survey done by Cebano.
    • 10 June: First open staff discussion
    • 13 June: Second open staff discussion
    • June: Completion of survey
  • 11, 18, 30 July: Term 3 Dialogue Day – Judgement Day All teaching staff are involved as presenters, facilitators or observers.
    • Assembly
    • Dialogue Day
    • Multi-purpose lesson
    • Second Multi-purpose lesson: Feminism discussion
  • 19 July: All staff attend a Climate Survey feedback session facilitated by Cebano.
  • 8 August: All staff attend a workshop by Cebano facilitating staff discussions on findings from the Climate Survey.
  • 29 October: Term 4 – Multi-purpose lesson on Gender-Based Violence (See Rustenburg takes a stand against Gender-Based Violence)

2020

  • January: Grade 8 learners attend a workshop, ‘A School Where We All Belong’, as part of Grade 8 orientation week.
  • 11 February: Parents, learners and staff are invited to attend an evening presentation with Lovelyn Nwadeyi on Racial Literacy
  • 20, 24 February, 5 March: Term 1 Dialogue Day – Race and racism in schools & society
    • Assembly – led by four matric students
    • Dialogue Day
    • Follow-up discussion
  • All successful black applicants (Grade 8 2021) are invited to apply for an Academic Bursary, based on financial need.
  • June: The Matrics of 2020 stage a protest and hand over a document of demands, in response to social media comments from past and current learners (in reaction to the school’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement) regarding incidents of racism at Rustenburg. The Management Team gives verbal and written feedback in response. See Grade 12 demands feedback document distributed to all parents, learners and staff.
  • The Management Team gives written feedback to the Rustenburg Alumnae demands document. See feedback here… (distributed to all Rustenburg Alumnae)
  • June: The school employs L&N Advisors, represented by Lovelyn Nwadeyi, to work with the school over a period of time in order to facilitate engagement sessions with staff, parents and learners. Click here for the Summary of Proposed Interventions by L&N Advisors.
  • June – August: Debriefs on Black Lives Matter – debrief opportunity in classes as part of each grades orientation day, as they return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic (Grades 8-11).
  • August – November: Some members of the Management Team attend “Brave space” coaching with Lovelyn Nwadeyi (based on the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo).
  • 17-18 August: All Management attend a two-day Racial Literacy Study group session hosted by Lovelyn Nwadeyi and Nolwazi Tusini. 
  • 19-20 August: All staff attend a two-day Racial Literacy Study group session hosted by Lovelyn Nwadeyi and Nolwazi Tusini. 
  • 16 September: An online parent engagement meeting, to discuss the steps the school has taken since the Grade 12 call to action and to invite parent feedback regarding transformation at Rustenburg, is facilitated by Lovelyn Nwadeyi. Minutes of this meeting are distributed to the parent body in early October. 
  • 29 September: After discussions with learner, staff and parent representatives who attended the Visioning and Mission workshop in January, the new Vision and Mission statement is approved by the SGB.