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Academic Enrichment Programme

To complement the academic programme and to put into practice what they are learning, we encourage the girls to take part in outings and a range of competitions/events, such as: Subject Olympiads/Outings, UCT Maths Competition, Taalbond Examination, Science Expos, Entrepreneurial Competitions, General Knowledge Quizzes, Creative Writing Courses, Eisteddfods, Career Expos, Music and Drama Eisteddfods.


In the Senior Phase, there are four Compulsory Subjects:
English Home Language; 
Afrikaans Home Language, or Afrikaans 1st  Additional Language, or isiXhosa 1st Additional Language
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Life Orientation
In addition, learners must choose another 3 subjects from the following options:
Physical Sciences;  Life Sciences; History; Geography;  Accounting;  Consumer Studies;  Music; Dramatic Arts; Information Technology (offered at Paul Roos); 
Visual Art (offered at the PJ Olivier Art Centre); Design (offered at the PJ Olivier Art Centre); Engineering Graphics and Design; Computer Applications Technology; 2nd Additional Language:  German/French /isiXhosa/ 
Learners with Immigrant Status may replace one official language with another subject (from a designated list)


In addition to the 8 common learning areas (English, Afrikaans or IsiXhosa; Maths; Natural Sciences; Human & Social Sciences; Arts & Culture;  Life Orientation; and Economic Management Sciences), learners choose one of the following additional subjects: Music, Art, Engineering Graphics and Design, Computer Literacy,  2nd additional language: isiXhosa/French/German. 
An extra fee is levied for Art.  
Afrikaans is offered as either a “Home” language or “1st Additional” Language.
IsiXhosa 1st Additional Language can be taken as an alternative to Afrikaans

Learners with Immigrant status must offer all the subjects as stipulated by the Department of Basic Education, including the two official languages.


Bringing The World Into The Classroom And The Classroom Into The World

"How many sides does an icosahedron have?"

Two years ago this question would have been aimed at me as the teacher, after all, teachers are supposed to know everything, are they not? By incorporating personal devices into our classrooms and lessons, learners have started to realise that while teachers might not always know everything, Google often does. With a connected device in your hand, you have access to more information than ever before. This has a tremendous effect on how we learn and therefore on how we teach.

In 2014 Rhenish started actively investing in the use of technology in the classroom. We began with only one grade and slowly rolled it out throughout the school. A significant addition in 2016 was the use of Google Classroom in Grades 8 to 10. Classroom is an online platform that enables teachers to distribute announcements and assignments online. This allows Rhenish to be a lot more paperless. No more wasting time, sticking worksheets and notes in your book, no more frantically looking for worksheets by the time the exam comes around. Classroom automatically saves everything in your Drive folder. And because it is all online, notes do not have to be static anymore.  Teachers can also send video clips and links to useful websites.

According to the learners, one of the biggest advantages of having a tablet is the electronic textbooks. The five or six heavy books they used to carry around are now replaced by a single device. Not only is it a lot easier on your back, but you cannot get in trouble for leaving your textbook at home. Using electronic books also gives learners the opportunity to become familiar with reading and working from a digital text, something that is more and more common in both tertiary studies and the work place. We are very pleased that Oom Polla bookshop – suppliers of many of our textbooks and our stationery - came onboard this year, and they facilitate the buying of ebooks. From 2017 parents have the option to buy an electronic version of almost all the textbooks that we use, from Oom Polla, at the click of a button.

But tablets do not just replicate what we were already doing. Using this device enables teachers to use a variety of new techniques to facilitate learning. The result is that learners take a much more active role in their education, instead of just being the passive receptors of information. Learners have lots of fun while they learn when they challenge each other in online quiz games and that is not something we often saw in a maths class in previous years. Google apps, on the other hand, allows learners to collaborate on projects in real-time, which can be a huge timesaver.

From 2017 all learners at the school will be enabled to use personal devices in the classroom - the final phase of our three-year roll-out programme. The world has changed more in the past twenty years than in the 100 years preceding it, and so has education. Rhenish is proud to incorporate more and more new techniques to prepare our girls for the world in which they live and will, ultimately, work as productive citizens.

Visual Art and Design

The PJ Olivier Art Centre is situated in the middle of town - next to the Braak with the landmark rubber tyre mule by Andries Botha in front of our entrance - provides art education for all learners on a variety of levels.

Learners in Grades 8 and 9 do the Visual Art component of Creative arts as part of the compulsory learning areas of the Senior Phase at the art centre. We expose learners to a variety of art techniques and begin to teach them how to look at and analyse the different types of art forms that one can encounter in this technological 21st century.

The Grade 8 and 9 learners can also take Art as a choice subject. During these lessons learners do larger and more intensive projects that expose them to the different art forms that may be taken as subjects in the FET phase in Grades 10 to 12.

In Grade 10 learners may choose Art as a subject to take through to matric. In Art there are two directions provided - Design and Visual Art. Design presents learners with a subject that is focused on the production of products that are functional and that have aesthetic value. Visual Arts is about self-expression and offers learners a way to engage meaningfully with, and respond to their world.

Both subjects have a practical and theoretical component. For the final matric examination learners are required to do a practical artwork, set up an exhibition that shows an overview of their progress in Grades 11 and 12 and write a three hour theoretical exam during which their skills in visual literacy are tested.

Rhenishers have a proud history of excellence in the work they do at the P J Olivier Centre for Art.

Fees for 2017

Grade 8 & 9 General Art - R2100 per year, R525 per term or R210 x 10 monthly payments
Grade 10 - 12 Visual or Design - R2800 per year, R700 per term or R280 for 10 monthly payments

Learner Support Unit

We are fortunate at Rhenish to have a well-established Learner Support Unit (LSU). The LSU was established at Rhenish over 8 years ago when the growing need to support learners academically and emotionally became a pressing issue.

The LSU aims to provide all round support (mostly in the form of emotional and academic support) to ensure our girls reach their optimum potential while at Rhenish.

The LSU has grown tremendously over the years and it has adapted and transformed in unique ways to meet the ever-changing needs of our learners.

Emotional Support

Teenagers experience tremendous challenges and our girls are not spared the heartaches and pains of growing up in this age.  Emotional support continues to be on offer from Mrs Maree (nee Butterfield) our Educational Psychologist, and from 2016 we will be fortunate to have the additional caring hands of a school counsellor. The emotional support available to our learners aims not only to provide a confidential, safe space for counselling/therapy during difficult times, but also to empower and equip our girls with the skills necessary for dealing with the outside world. Personal growth and development are therefore a central focus of the emotional support we offer.

Academic Support

Not only do we only help learners who are “struggling” academically, but the unit has become more of an enrichment centre which offer skills that everyone can use to improve by a percentage or two, to enhance her performance and to be better prepared for the world of work when she leaves at the end of matric.

Time-management, study methods, reading and writing skills and note-making are some of the soft skills that are taught individually, in small groups or in regular classes called, ‘s Cool Skills, for Grade 8 and 9 learners. Peer tutoring and group work have become trusted forms of assistance and have given the Rhenish learners unique opportunities to show that they care, this being one of the trademarks of the school.

A homework centre that is open until 4pm on most days of the week, provides a perfect home-from-home base where learners can work on a Maths or reading programme, receive assistance or offer help to another learner. Research can be done and learners can viewing their finished product, provided they have printing credits.


Assistance is given to learners who have been identified as possibly having some form of a learning barrier, such as a reading problem, dyslexia or any other learning barrier identified by the WCED as a possible reason for a concession during tests and examinations to ensure that the learner is not disadvantaged.

A very detailed process according to specifications from the Department is followed. The following requirements should be adhered to in the case of a suspected learning difficulty:

  • Outside professional assessment/report
  • Collateral information proving history of the difficulty
  • Completed documentation (provided by the school)
  • Proof of previous intervention



Emotional and academic support is available to all our learners. Learners are welcome to make an appointment to see one of the support professionals, either by coming past their offices, or leaving an appointment request in the locked post-box outside their offices. Alternatively, learners and parents are welcome to email on alex.butterfield@rhenish.co.za or christelle.pretorius@rhenish.co.za; or parents may phone the school and leave a message for one of these educational professionals.

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