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Dear 2018 newcomers We are extremely excited to meet you next year! We have put together an information booklet for you to download, please read through this before you arrive at Irene. Newcomers booklet 2018 Enjoy the rest of the holidays!  

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Mentors 2017/8

“Mentors see more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself and helps bring it out of you.” The newcomers of 2018 are very lucky to have such an amazing team of mentors awaiting their arrival! These mentors are the women who will help you throughout the toughest first weeks at Stellies and

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HK 2017/8

From left to right: Kelsey Scott, Shannon Flynn, Wilmien Uys (Vice Primaria), Anja Siemens, Jess Broad, Carli van Wyk (Primaria), Dona van Eeden, Jess Dawson, Hlumelo Nonxuba (Male representative), Helia Witbooi, Suné van Zyl, Josie Greveling, Lize Engelbrecht, Erika Oosthuizen, Panashe Java. Looking forward to great things in the new term!

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Attention, Newcomers of 2017!

Dear new Ireners, please click here to find important information for new residents of Irene 2017.

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Charmaine Baard makes Irene proud!

Recently, one of our very own Ireners, Charmaine Baard, travelled to Australia to represent South Africa at the Fast Five World Series of 2016. The top six netbal nations – namely New Zealand, Australia, Jamaica, South Africa, Malawi, and England – took part in this tournament. Charmaine is a third year BEd student who has, since

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Humans of Irene

Wearing your pajamas to class, ’cause they have the Irene logo on. #goodnightIrene   PS: Good luck with exams!!!

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Seniors’ Comm 2016/2017

The Seniors’ Comm of 2016/2017:  Shannon Flynn Neha Gihwala Josie Greveling Tina Le Fleur Zintle Magazi Rohini Naidu Preance Rungan Kelsey Scott Wilmien Uys Carli Van Wyk Helia Witbooi

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HK 2016/2017

The House Committee of 2016/2017 is: Elsha Henderson (Primaria) Grace Matetoa (Vice-Primaria) Akiko Adaniya Nicole Baron Roxane Bayer Hailey Cloete Jeanne Elizabeth Daniel Jessica de Stadler Marelise Janse van Rensburg Yamkelani Mabandla Mutali Mukwevho Leila Mansoor Jamie Paulse Mia Prinsloo

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HK 2015/2016

The House Committee of 2015/2016: Lize-Mari Doubell- Primaria Anél Du Plessis- Vice- Primaria Alicia Bardenhorst Elandré Bosch Carlynne Boraine Rufaro Chikari Corné Kruger Hannelore Lubbe Marli Prinsloo Mamohau Seseane Celeste Stassen An-Mari Snyman Greta-Mari Van Rooyen Keneathé Wanza  

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Mentors 2016 Announced

Congratulations to the following ladies who form a part of the mentor team for 2016! Good luck with your journey. Renata Gildenhuys- Head Mentor Elsha Henderson- Co-Head Mentor Leanne Smith- Co-Head Mentor Leila Mansoor Angelique Graham Vuyolwhetu Mngeni Maclyn Chingwena Lauren Mitchell Nicci Esterhuizen Jeanne Daniel Kelly McGear Ciara Botha Amy Gerber Mutali Doris Mukwevho

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Hennedinee: Irene Horror Story

During the month of September the newly elected 2nd years’ committee hosted our annual Hennedinee. The “Irene Horror story” theme had the girls dressed up in their favourite horror movie costumes, with lots of pale faces, fake blood and objects stuck in body parts. Eendrag’s Plutosêr serenaded us with a performance and the 2nd years committee

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Irene spat water in almal se oë

Deur Monique de Waal Ons dames het vir die eerste keer die water as ‘n span getref op 4 Maart 2015. Verskeie swemmers het op individuele vlak goed presteer by die jaar se Interkoshuis Swem Gala. Irene het as gemengde span saam met Pieke mans PSO in die aflosse deelgeneem. Saam het ons ‘n nuwe Interkoshuis rekord

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2nd Years Committee 2014/2015 Elected

Congratulations on being elected to serve on the 2nd Years’ committee for 2014/2015! We are proud to have you represent your year group and the residence. The ladies are: To view their portfolios and contact details please click here.  

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HK 2014/2015

Meet the HK 2014/2015!

Introducing the HK of 2014/2015:   Click Here to view their individual profiles  

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Girls listening to speeches on the night.

Irene’s Night of Splendour in the Gardens

On 17 October Irene hosted “A Night of Splendour in the Gardens” at the Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens. The event was held to thank all Ireners for their patience and cooperation during the building process. The night was spent under a canopy of trees draped in fairy lights while dozens of white balloons floated throughout

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Irene goes to Semi-Finals!

This year the ladies of our Kleinsêr group made us proud by reaching the semi-finals! Songs included in their performance were XO by Beyoncé, ‘n Vrou wil dit hoor by Bobby van Jaarsveld and songs from The Lion King soundtrack, to name but a few. Watch their performance by clicking on the video    

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Thank you to the HK 2013/2014!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the HK 2013/2014. You did an amazing job and it is appreciated. Thank you for the legacy you leave behind. Good luck with your journey and continue to do such great work.

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Congratulations to our HK of 2014/2015

A very big congratulations to our next HK. We wish you all the best ladies! Delecia Davids (Primaria) Lize-Mari Dubell (Vice-primaria) Savia Fedeli Caley Daniels Jameson Colin Inecke Loubser Andrea Lamprechts Sanmarie van Eeden Zamalisa Mdoda Jenay McEwan Bohlale Selahle Ilona Mauerman Kate Turner Margo Staffen

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Welcoming period 2014 – some highlights

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MAD2 partners for 2014… Pieke!!

Irene is looking forward to a successful MAD2 period with the handsome Pieke men, the gentlemen of campus. We have merged to create the AWESOME Life of PI collaboration – an experience that is not to be missed! For donations towards Maties Community Service SMS “MAD Irene” or “MAD Pieke” to 34877, @R2 per SMS.

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Important information for new first years

Welcome First Years! Firstly, congratulations on your acceptance into Irene Ladies’ Residence, the biggest ladies res on campus! We are very excited for your arrival! Here are a few documents that are very important for your res preparations: Room Placement Form 2014 Eerstejaarsboekie 2014 Maties Welcoming Booklet –2014 welcome eng Maties Verwelkoming Boekie – 2014

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Meet the mentors 2014!

Introducing the beautiful mentors for 2014: Click Here to view the individual photos and information of our mentors.

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HK 2013/2014

Meet the HK 2013/2014!

Introducing the lovely housecommittee of 2013/2014: Click Here to view individual photos of our HK.

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Building plans

Here’s a look at the building plans, set to be complete January 2014. For further information and progress please contact Jani Hattingh (primaria) at OR Riana Engelbrecht at Click on the links to view plans: LEVEL 01 LEVEL 02 LEVEL 03 LEVEL 04

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Hennedinee 2013… MAFIA.

Hier volg die wenners van hennedine 2013: AWARD SENIOR JUNIOR Bankie Vryer: Janine Versveld Leandra Geldenhuys Bib Wurm: Anja Conradie Adele Janse van Rensburg Dame met Styl: Cecile Dixon Jenna Hill Dowwe Dolla: Marcia Relling Ruby-Jane van Zyl Fitness Freak: Zilke Taylor Aimz Bond Individualis: Cassandra Nel Steph Maberly Koshuis Brak: Elseke van Niekerk Deborah

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Important dates 4th term!

Irene and University events for the 4th term: 30 September | Huisvergadering 01 October | Irene Parliament 04 October | Jaargesprek 07 October | Hennedinee 17 October | Huisverlatersete 29 October | Start of exams  

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Thank you to the HK 2012/2013!

A big thank you to the HK of 2012/2013, you did a great job, and the best of luck to the new HK, we know you will do even better! ♥

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Irene turns 50!

Irene Ladies’ Residence celebrated its 50th year in 2013, but with the major renovations to our residence the reunion will be taking place in 2014! Reunion date is set for the 4th of October 2014. For further information contact Pauline van der Nest at 071 604 8981.

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Mentors 2012

Mentors 2014 Announced

Congratulations to the new Mentors for 2013/2014! We wish you only the best. (Headmentors in bold) Natasha Schoeman Eden Ontong Carmin Jansen van Vuuren Emily Kempton-Jones Adel Coetzer Danelle Truter Henriëtta Naudé Jameson Colin Janine Versveld Asisipho Tyawana Anzelle Jacobs Natasha Wood Loré Swart Lelanie Joubert Rani Sedigo Tanisha McCarthy Lebo Mokapane Almeri Pelser Su-Mari

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HK 2011/2012

HK 2013/2014 Announced

The HK for 2013/2014 has been announced. Congratulations to the following 14 candidates who will lead Irene into a exciting new phase next year. We wish you only the best for your term. Jani Hattingh Lizbe Botes Scotty Rose Zilke Taylor Zandri Hill Delecia Davids Cass Nel Alta Zietsman Bredine Kruger Elseke van Niekerk Pauline

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Vice-Primaria 2013/2014 – Lizbè Botes!

After a tight competition between the Vice-Primaria candidates and a revote, Lizbè Botes is elected as Irene’s Vice-Primaria for 2013/2014! We wish you only the best for your term as Vice-Prim alongside your best friend and new Prim, Jani Hattingh!

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Primaria 2013/2014 – Jani Hattingh!

We are very pleased and excited to announce Irene’s Primaria for 2013/2014! Congratulations, Jani Hattingh! We wish you only the best for your term as Prim!

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2nd Years Committee 2014

The new 2nd Years Committee were elected this week. Congratulations to the 10 Irene ladies who will be serving on the committee for the next year! The nominated are (in no particular order): Lize-Mari Doubell Zandaline Els Nicci Esterhuizen Savia Fedeli Ilona Mauermann Zama Mdoda Bobo Selahle Margo Staffen Kate Turner Lize-Mari Vivian

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Bonfire Women’s Day Discussion

Bonfire will be hosting a Women’s Day Discussion, in co-operation with different residences on campus (including Irene), on the 7th of August at 19:30 at Dagbreek. Poster below.

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Important Dates: Third Term

This term in Irene there are a lot of important and exciting dates to take notice of. Already it is time for Irene’s next leaders to be elected. Take a look! Event Date Second years committee sirkus 30 July 2013 Second years committee 2014 announced 31 July 2013 HK/Prim/Vice-Prim: Last day to submit application forms

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MAD² Results 2013

This year, with Visser Irene Productions, Irene & Huis Visser placed 9th overall for MAD2! It was an unforgettable experience for the first years, HK, mentors and different committee members. Thank you for all the hard work and especially to Huis Visser for an amazing MAD2! Irene & Huis Visser achieved the following places in

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Irene in 2013

(Afrikaans volg onder) Excitement awaits Irene in 2013! The “Dames met Styl” are at the forefront of a university wide expansion project. The construction process starts this summer and stretches to the end of October 2013. The “old” Irene will be renovated and a brand new wing constructed. We gain 100 beds during the next

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Leanne keeps inspiring!

We are very proud to celebrate the academic achievements of one of the legends of Irene, Leanne Pienaar. Primaria of 2011/2012 and a final year Electrical and Electronic Engineering (E&E) student, Leanne certainly is not scared of a challenge. Her final year project (“skripsie”) is entitled SEESAW, which stands for Synchronized Electronic Entertainment System using

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First Years / Eerstejaars 2013

Dear Irene First Year 2013 We are extremely excited to meet you next year and we have put together an information booklet for you to download. Please read through the information booklet before you arrive at Irene next year. Below is a .zip folder that you can download. The folder includes the official information booklet,

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Hennedinee 2012

On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, Irene held their annual Hennedinee! The theme this year was Geeks & Nerds.  Thank you to everyone who attended and made the night special. A big thank you to the second years committee who organised the night and to everyone who helped.  Below is a list of all the winners

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2013 CV Placements

Congratulations to the 10 ladies who will be part of the Irene family next year! They have already been personally notified. Baie geluk aan die 10 dames wie gekies is om deel te wees van die Irene familie volgende jaar! Hulle is reeds persoonlik inkennis gestel.

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New SRc 2013

We would hereby like to announce and congratulate the following students who were elected as Students’ Representative Council (SRC) members for 2012/2013: ROXANNE EASTES (Vice-Charperson) WIAAN VISSER SHOMANE MATHIBA ZIYANDA STUURMAN CLINTON DU PREEZ (Chairperson) CORNEL STEYN ANNETTE RAATH STEFAN CROUS YASEEN CARELSE ZANDRI LE GRANGE (CHAIRPERSON ABR) CLAUDIA ROMMELSPACHER (CHAIRPERSON PK) PHILLIP VAN DER

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HK 2012/2013 Announced!

Congratulations to the following Ireners who have been elected to Irene’s house committee for 2012/2013: Marianza Theron (Primaria) Jani Hattingh (Vice-Primaria) Anele Gouws Bredine Kruger Lizbe Botes Mariet Venter Richelle du Preez Tanisha McCarthy Zandri Hill Zilke Taylor We wish you the best of luck for the coming year! 🙂

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Irener, Amy Sullivan, won the Stellenbosch writing competition!

Congratulations to Amy Sullivan who was announced as the winner of the Stellenbosch SRc writing competition on 30 July 2012. Amy is currently a first year, BRek student at Irene. Amy won with her essay “Sorrow”.  

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Matie Week

Check out the schedule for Matie Week this coming August.

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Trevor Manuel & Lynette Francis come to Stellenbosch

Come listen to a talk by Trevor Manuel on the role of students in achieving the goals of the national planning commission as well as a talk with Lynette Francis on transformation and accessibility on campus.

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MAD² Results 2012

Irene & Huis Marais placed 6th overall for MAD² 2012! Congratulations! Results breakdown: Big Bleed: 1st Bondelsport Gees: 2nd Safety: 6th Bondelsport Overall: 8th Vensters: 9th Geesbeker: 9th March for MADness: 18th Thank you to each committee member, mentor, first year and HK member that contributed to the success of MAD² 2012. The overall winners

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MAD success!

Irene and men’s residence, Huis Marais, enjoyed an extremely successful welcoming period together before academic classes resumed on Monday, 6 February. First years from both residences were given the opportunity to participate in Bondelsport, Vensters street theatre and the March for MADness in order to raise money and create awareness for MGD (Maties Community Service). The

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Stellenbosch Campus

Stellenbosch University Welcoming Programme

Dear First Years 2012 You can download the Stellenbosch University Welcoming Programme here. You can also view it online at: (English) or (Afrikaans) Please note: This booklet is applicable for ALL SU students. Irene will be sending you our own specialised welcoming booklet soon.

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Information regarding US building plans

Beste Ireners Soos jul bewus is, word daar verskeie planne in die vooruitsig gestel om aanbouings op kampus te doen vanaf 2012. Kommunikasie oor hierdie proses aan alle rolspelers en veral studente is van uiterste belang. ‘n Webbladsy is in die proses om ontwerp te word – spesifiek vir kommunikasie rondom die aanbouings. Vanuit SSG

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Mission 2012: Challenge Accepted

The HK of 2011/2012 have decided to adopt a short mission statement to summarise our goals and aspirations for the next year. Irene is facing many challenges in 2012 such as the employment of a new resident head, building extensions and the new welcoming period (MAD2). We see these upcoming changes as a chance for

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Hennedinee – ARRRREE you a pirate?

Irene hosted their annual Hennedinee on Wednesday, 28 September 2011. The 2nd years’ committee did an amazing job decorating and the food was fit for plunder! The Pirate theme went down ironically well with the “dames met styl”. Every Irener who attended was able to bring out their dangerous side – eyeliner scars, plastic swords,

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Dalai Lama denied visa to South Africa

Beste Mede-Maties Hiermee word jy hartlik uitgenooi om saam met die SR op Vrydag, 7 Oktober, 13:00 op die Rooiplein bymekaar te kom waar ons ‘n ope brief aan President Jacob Zuma gaan voorlê. Dit is in protes teen die regering se onbereidwilligheid om aan die Dalai Lama ‘n visum uit te reik om ons

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MTV & Firecracker Films unite against bullying

Have you been the victim of bullying or are you currently being bullied? Do you have an inspirational story that’s seen you overcome your abuse? Would you like the chance to share your experiences? MTV and Firecracker Films are making a powerful and groundbreaking film that explores the universal stories of young people all over

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Irene’s Leaders – ready for action!

Irene’s new HK and mentors for 2011 / 2012 got no rest this past September holiday due to a number of various leadership camps and training sessions. The aim of these sessions is to help mentally prepare each student leader for the year ahead and equip each individual with the knowledge to move forward. Irene’s

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Irene & Huis Marais – “JOOL” 2012

At around 10:30pm on Monday, 29 August 2011, the Irene ladies eagerly gathered around outside the front door. The men of Huis Marais arrived wearing green and stood in formation on the front lawn. After a week of spading, the boys had finally realised that Irene is the best ladies’ residence on campus. The new

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Ontruiming – what’s happening?

As I am sure most of you are aware, Ontruiming (also known as Evacuation) has become a pressing issue in the last few days.  Especially after the incorrect and unauthorised mass email that was sent out this morning. At the beginning of the year the 2010/2011 Prim Committee saw Evacuation as a matter that needed

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Huisdans 2011: Winter Wonderland

The ladies of Irene once again showed everyone what it means to be a “dame met styl” at Irene’s annual Huisdans at Nelson’s Creek Wine Estate on Friday, 19 August 2011. Upon arrival, guests received exotic blue shooters in custom-made Irene shot glasses accompanied by delicious snack platters. The hall was glamorously decorated with a

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Castle Warming

Ireneweek is met ‘n groot makietie onder die tema, Nasionale vakansiedae, afgeskop. Daar was van verleidelike onderwysers en agterdogwekkende kersvaders mét hul elwe tot wit-paashase. Ander vakansiedae uitgebeeld was Werkersdag, Halloween, Nuwejaarsdag, Vrouedag, Valentynsdag asook Verjaarsdag wat gekwalifiseer het. Elke seksie moes hulle stalletjies versier, kos voorsit, danse uitwerk en klere aantrek volgens hul toegekende

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Damestee 2011 het op Saterdag 5 Maart geskied. Met die intreeslag het die vrolike kleure van die dekor, ‘n goed-beplande fotohoekie en verskeie modieuse hoede (die tema was immers “high-tea”) jou verwelkom. Ouma’s, mammas, susters en vriendinne van oral om het die lieflike dag meegemaak. Tafels met koekies, tertjies, broodjies en ander lekkernye was van

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First Year’s Dance

When the Saturday of the black & white themed first year’s dance rolled around, the corridors of Irene were a hive of activity: the sound of slamming doors, hairdryers and music vibrated through the passages as the girls got ready and got pumped. Lynel and I decided to take our dates on a leisurely walk

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Brakpan, Boksburg & Benoni! Vir die eerste keer in die afgelope drie jaar het Irene besluit dit is tyd vir ‘n lekker “kommin” Huisfondsdans tema waarvoor almal baie kan “opdress!”  Of jy nou ‘n Benoni meisie met fishnet-stockings was of ‘n Boksburg ouma met krullers in die hare en drank in die hand – het

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Mr & Miss Irene Finalists 2011

Mr & Miss Irene

This year, the Mr & Miss Irene pageant was held at Stellenbosch High School on 16 February. About 35 first years applied and after an awkward interview round, 12 finalists were chosen: Anchen Van Dyk, Anéle Gouws, Bianca Smit, Bredine Kruger, Cecile Dixon, Chané Bunning, Denise Deetlefs, Emily Kempton-Jones, Mri Cloete, Richelle Du Preez, Robyn

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Becoming an Irener


Nuwe dag, Nuwe Adventures! Eerstejaarsnaweek, onder leiding van die HK, het omtrent gesorg vir lekker- en onthou tye vir die eerstejaars. Vrydagaand is daar saam na die JOOL-foto’s gekyk en verskeie snaakse en vreemde stories vertel oor JOOL-gebeure wat nie sommer vergeet sal kan word nie. Die HK het vertel oor wat agter die skerms

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Irene Ladies Residence