Rest in peace Liyema Botile

It is with the most heartfelt sorrow to announce the passing of one of our learners Liyema Botile (Mjekula) in Grade 10I.

Liyema passed away on Sunday 12 September 2021 after a short illness.

His funeral was held at his home in Lower Gxulu, Keiskammahoek on Saturday 18 September 2021.

Liyema will be dearly missed.

May his soul rest in peace


Farewell to Ms Ngoma

We bid a sad farewell to Miss Ngoma who leaves Richard Varha after 14 years.
Miss Ngoma will be remembered for being a staunch disciplinarian inside and outside the classroom. Her dedication, commitment and hard work will forever be remembered.

We wish her well for her future endeavors and she will be greatly missed.

Farewell 2020

27 October 2020

Richard Varha bids farewell to Miss Koleka Nontso who has left us and transferred to Mthatha after 5 years. All staff and learners at Richard Varha would like to thank Miss Nontso for all her years of dedication in helping the school grow and achieve what it is today. We appreciate all that she has done in effort, hours, sweat and tears. You will be sorely missed by one and all, and we wish you everything of the best for your future. Take care. All the best!

We bid farewell to Mrs Jakavula who leaves Richard Varha after 12 years of service. Mrs Jakavula will be remembered for her patience and hard work and always having great words of kindness and encouragement to learners.

We wish her well

We bid farewell to Mr Mzimane, the HOD of Technical subjects who leaves to transfer to OR Tambo District.

We also bid farewell to Miss Tola who leaves Richard Varha after 12 years of service.

Miss Tola was paramount in the implementation of a variety of programmes including leadership programmes and the introduction of the Prefect system. Her dedication, hard work and commitment will be missed.

Well Done Class of 2019

Grade 12 Farewell 2019 – Night in Wakanda

An Angel Sent Back Home – Ms Mafani

An unexpected and tragic death of a wonderful soul who dedicated her life in doing good and helping those in need, A mother figure to her students and a sister to her colleagues, Not only the school is in shock but the community as well.

It would never be a dull moment whenever she is around, even though we live in a bitter cruel world she would always show you the bright side of things, respect and kindness was her language. She had a positive influence on her kids and treated students as her own.
Her memorial service was on the 30th May and she was put in her final resting place on the 2nd June, she will be dearly missed and we shall never forget you and all you did for us as students, teachers and the rest of the school staff.

End of Year Updates

Congratulations to the top achievers in each grade in 2017:

Grade 11 (194 Learners)

1st Peter Sisonke (11C) 8th Gwayishe Simisa (11D)
2nd Nokele Onela (11A) 9th May Asemahle (11D)
3rd Sigabi Litha (11D) 10th Dlakavu Lusanda (11C)
4th Quma Ovayo (11A) 11th Booi Anathi (11D)
5th Zindela Sivenathi (11A) 12th PhuphaniZizipho (11A)
6th Gladile Sakhumzi (11A) 13th SimoyanaSimbulele (11A)
7th Bonani Valentine (11D) 14th Datini Esihle (11B)
    15th Puwani Azukiwe (11A)


Grade 10 (265 Learners)

1st Mayoli Simamkele (10A) 8th Mfanta Siyamthanda (10A)
2nd Cakwebe Lilitha (10A) 9th Mvoto Siziphiwe (10A)
3rd Qomiyana Unam (10A) 10th Mathanjana Luyathenjwa (10A)
4th Daniso Zukhanye (10C) 11th Nakani Simamkele (10A)
5th Dyasi Hlela (10B) 12th Ngcangca Avuyile (10A)
6th Sontashe Anam (10D) 13th Mbalula Africa (10C)
7th Bevu Khanya (10A) 14th Mahote Lindokuhle (10D)
    15th Ngam Siphumle (10A)


Grade 9 (278 Learners)

1st Jezile Qhayiya (9D) 8th Dyantyisi Manqoba (9E)
2nd Dyantyi Khanyolwethu (10E) 9th Vara Sonwabiso (9B)
3rd Booi Sinalo (9C) 10th Ngesi Iviwe (9D)
4th Tyobeka Juliet (9C) 11th Mfenqe Liyema (9B)
5th Fass Alomzi (9B) 12th Best Sinoyolo (9A)
6th Mahlaza Siphelele (9E) 13th Macanyana Lingelihle (9C)
7th Moya Thembalethu (9E) 14th Diko Asakhe (9B)
    15th Dweba Zuqhame (9E)


Grade 8 (291 Learners)

1st Jolingana Bongeka (8C) 8th Ngqumaza Silindokuhle (8E)
2nd Matoti Thina (8E) 9th Skade Khayakazi (8B)
3rd Echefu Bianca (8A) 10th Fonjana Simanye (8A)
4th Matini Alizwa (8A) 11th Mtiki Zukhanyise (8D)
5th Dondolo Hlumelo (8C) 12th Biko Hope (8B)
6th Booi Liyema (8B) 13th Mbinambina Amahle (8C)
7th Sauli Naye (8D) 14th Papu Lubenathi (8D)
    15th Balezweni Azosule (8D)
Soha Alulutho (8E)

Grade 12 Mathematics Classes

All 2018 Grade 12 Mathematics learners (12A, 12C and 12D) are made aware that classes begin on 3 January 2018 at 08:00. All learners are expected to attend.


We bid farewell to Miss X.Y. Zantsi who retires after 25 years of service to Richard Varha. Miss Zantsi will be mostly missed for her dedication, passion, commitment and discipline inside and outside the classroom. She was always approachable to both staff and learners and always provided sound advice and guidance. She will be dearly missed.

Mr Tshefu also leaves Richard Varha after 26 years of service. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours.

New Staff

We welcome the following new members of staff:

  • Mr Tiso, who joins the school as a Deputy Principal
  • Ms Makwayiba, Ms Mqotsi, Mrs Damoyi and Mrs Hoko who join us as new teachers.
  • Mr Mqalo who joins the administration and support staff.

SGB Term

The incumbent SGB’s term will come to an end in March 2018. We commend the SGB on the wonderful work they have done for the school over the past 3 years. We have really noticed changes in the school during their tenure.

Top Educators

Two of our educators, Mrs Mgijima and Mrs Mrwashu, were awarded as the top performing educators in the Buffalo City District for consistency in performance of Grade 12 results in their respective subjects (Business Studies and Accounting).
We congratulate them for their performance and this recognition.

2018 Prefects

Prefect Selection 2018

The school has introduced a prefect system from 2017 to try and control issues of discipline within the school. Only learners in Grade 11 and 12 are selected as prefects and this is based on top performing learners only.

Fare Thee Well, MamCirha

Richard Varha bid farewell to one of its cleaners, Mrs Silwana, who retires after serving for 20 years. Her services and personality will be dearly missed.

Richard Varha Bids Farewell