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


Grade 12 Civil Technology practical 2021

2 September 2021


Grade 12 Civil Technology (Construction Studies) practical’s .


Youth day celebrations 2021

Our school celebrated youth day in style this year, thank you to faculty, learners that made it a memorable day.

History of youth day in South Africa June 16.

Youth Day commemorates the Soweto youth uprising of 16 June 1976.

In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools.


Honors blazer awarded to Madikane grade 11 G

Madikane Nande (11G) achieved an Honors Blazer for Academics in 2020. Congratulations Madikane !



SGB Elections 2021

Newly elected Richard Varha School Governing Body (SGB) for 2021-2024

Principal: Mr Adonis



Ms Koleka Xabe, Mr Thembisile Mda, Ms Sandiswa Citywayo, Ms Nokhanyo Mfana, Mr Monwabisi Ntoni, Mr Xolela Njamini, Ms Thandi Halom, Mr Zolile Landingwe and Mr Zinzile Mhlanga.

Educators: Mr Angel Ntsimango, Mrs Ntsiki Geya-Ndenze

Non-teaching Staff: Mrs Zoliswa Mfecane-Mnxulwa

Learners: Mfana Siphenkosi, Mtiki Zukhanyise


We thank them for their involvement and commitment in this mammoth task and also call on the entire Richard Varha Family tp support them.


In loving memory Liyema Mquteni Grade 12 – 2021

It  is  with  great  sadness  to  announce the  untimely passing  on of one of our learners, Mquteni Liyema (Grade 12G)

Liyema passed away on Saturday 20 March 2021.

A drive-through Memorial Service  was held on  Friday  26  March  2021  at  his home  in  Dimbaza.

The  funeral  service  took place  on  Saturday 27  March  2021.


Liyema will be dearly missed by his classmates, teachers and school at large.

May he rest in eternal peace.


Well done Jezile Qhayiya

Top Achiever, Jezile Qhayiya, achieved 6 distinctions with 100% in Life Orientation, 100% in Agricultural Sciences, 92% in Physical Sciences, 92% in Life Sciences, 89% in Mathematics and 85% in IsiXhosa


Qhayiya was also awarded Position 1 in Buffalo City HDI schools by the MEC.

Class of 2020

The year 2020 will go down in history as  the year life as we know it came to a “’stand still, the world encountered a pandemic that in still an ongoing fight.

The class of 2020 fought hard and gave their best, our school was able to achieve a 70% overall pass rate. 


Celebrating 30 years

27 February 2021


On this day, 30 years ago, Richard Varha High School was founded under the name “Samkelekile Senior Secondary School” under the principalship of the late Mr W.M. Besman “Tshangisa!!!”

The first staff members included Mrs Magengenene, Mr Tshefu, Miss Mzukwa, an 18-year-old Miss Vokwana, Miss Majola, Miss Mzimba, Miss Khonqwana.


At the time the school was housed in the buildings of Kwasa Primary School. The school was founded as a “back-to-school” campaign.

Soon after, the name Richard Varha was adopted after the late struggle icon.

The school then moved into its new premises in 1993 which it currently occupies up to today.


The principal, Mr Besman, passed away in June 2003 and the reins were held by Acting Principal Mrs E.D. Magengenene until the end of 2003. Mr M.P. Myeki was then appointed as principal of Richard Varha from 2003 to 2006. Mr Myeki was pivotal in the drafting of the mission and vision of the school before taking up a higher post in the Education Department.


In 2007 Mr Myeki was succeeded by Mr Z.H. Sinuka “Dlamin’ omde”. Under Mr Sinuka, it became evident that the school was outgrowing its curriculum and there was a great demand for the expansion of Richard Varha’s curriculum. This resulted in the building of a new technical wing in 2012 which started operating to accommodate the introduction of Electrical Technology, Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology and Engineering Graphics and Design to the curriculum of the school.

The current principal, Mr S.J. Adonis, “Skhomo” took over in 2016 and has been responsible for the introduction of Matric Revision camps and also the introduction of the prefect system in 2017.

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.