Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
I was fortunate to watch my son graduate this past Monday in an onsite ceremony. As we had not been able to attend his first graduation in person because of Covid, I was certainly more emotional than I thought I would be, about being present for this one.
At the ceremony I was delighted to see, amongst all the young, fresh-faced graduates, a number of older people graduating, and I was reminded that learning is a lifelong pursuit, if you are open to it.
In order to foster a disposition for lifelong learning, parents, teachers and schools need to instill these attitudes. While we have been grappling with the short-term learning losses from Covid, there will also be fallout in long-term learning.
Teachers are key to promoting lifelong learning in students and an enthusiastic and passionate teacher can ignite the desire to learn beyond the syllabus in students. A positive learning culture in a school community, like the one that we have at Kingsmead, will also go a long way to increasing a love of learning into the future.
Lifelong learning also does not have to only be an academic pursuit. It can also be in the form of music, sports or other creative endeavours or even just being open to trying new things. Guiding a student to developing an attitude of curiosity or being able to conduct self-evaluation and self-reflection are also skills that will ensure that lifelong learning will always take place.
I wish you a happy end to the term and a wonderful Easter break.
Executive Head: Kingsmead College
In line with lifelong learning we congratulate three of our Security Staff members – Witness Ndou, Paulina Sakasa and Joshua Hlatshwayo – on being awarded a Strive to Service award for service excellence.
We extend our congratulations to Jordyn Knowles who is the recipient of the Kingsmead College Internal Scholarship for 2023. Well done Jordyn, we look forward to welcoming you into the Senior School next year.
Grade 12 Geography Outing to Delta Park
On 21 February the Matrics departed for a trip to Delta Park to study the fluvial features of the Braamfontein Spruit.
The bus dropped us off at the conveniently located Paul’s Homemade Ice cream on the outskirts of the Spruit where we grabbed a quick snack to recover from the Monday Blues and prepare ourselves for the walk ahead. We said a sad goodbye to Paul and the shade his store provided before heading off on the main event of the day.
We strolled along the grass-cut path stopping every few paces to observe a new aspect of the river, from the floodplain to the weir waterfall to the multiple meanders. It was incredible to see what we had learnt in class applied in real life. We all filled our phones with far too many photos, some relevant, some not so much, in order to complete the task awaiting us back at school.
Understanding how river systems function and observing them in a real life context as well as observing the contributors to their erosion and pollution will assist us in future problem solving and develop solutions to the issues we see in other contexts.
After the past 2 years of Covid and being unable to go on excursions we feel very fortunate to be able to have had this experience as we come to the end of our high school careers.
We thank our bus driver and our Geography teachers Ms Rademacher and Ms Scheidegger for accompanying us on this little adventure to explore our city and its Geography.
Grade 12 Geography Student
I still remember when my mom threw away my last batch of playdough. The relief was written across her face. Little did we know that I would need playdough again, 10 years later, for Life Science. This term we learnt about tissues. I’m not referring to the kind used when watching The Notebook. I’m talking about the tissue cells that make up our amazing bodies.
In groups of two, we were tasked to make a model of tissue cells out of playdough. Each group was allocated a different type of tissue. After rediscovering our five-year-old selves, colour coding the fibroblast, macrophage, adipocyte and capillary. Carefully shaping the tiny nucleus, rolling the long elastin fibres, we managed to sculpt our loose connective tissue models out of the playdough, with great success. In between the banter about who the winning team would be, Ms Minnie finally made the decision and the reward of Rascals was well worth the hard work. It was an exciting task that stirred an interest in me about discovering more about the functioning of the human body. I’m looking forward to next term’s Life Science tasks (and maybe a packet of M&Ms this time). To end off our wonderful lesson, we consolidated with a tissue circuit, each team explaining the function of their chosen tissue cell.
Grade 10 Life Science Student
Grade 9 Foodology
Grade 9 Pizza Making
Crispy crusts and delicious toppings on a fresh pizza sounds like a way to spend your last two lessons, and on Wednesday 9 March this is exactly how the students of Grade 9A ended their day. It took months of budgeting, planning and researching and now the pizza making could finally begin. After the standard hygiene precautions had been taken to ensure the consumer lab was germ free the fun could begin. The Grade 9s mixed together their pizza base ingredients and soon the dough was in the oven ready to rise. Topping preparation started as they cut, fried and washed their toppings alongside the help of Miss P and Miss Lay to make sure everything ran smoothly! There were so many unique topping mixes as we made sure to stick to the dietary requirements chosen for our pizzas; there were vegan tomato and pineapple pizzas and halaal prawn pizzas. The dough had risen, the toppings were ready and now it was time to prepare the pizza. The students got creative and rolled their pizzas out into unique shapes, from hearts and circles to squares and moustaches the pizzas were taking shape! Soon the pizzas were in the oven and cleaning began making sure the kitchen was left spotless before resting and eating the pizza. After about fifteen minutes the first pizza came out; the smell of fresh, hot pizza grew in the Consumers Lab. Pizza making was an exciting, enjoyable experience for the students of Grade 9!
Grade 9 Student
From coding Sphero’s to flash to the beat of the music, to navigating their way through the Digestive System, the Grade 9s have been practising their coding skills. After drawing their own diagram of the human digestive system, the Grade 9s had a spectacular time learning how to use block coding to code a Sphero ball to make its way down the digestive tract. With grit and determination, we can happily report that for the first time in four years one group got the Sphero to make it all the way through the digestive system! This module has truly been an exciting learning opportunity for all the students. We are excited to see what they produce next term as we move into text base coding and app development.
Lisa van den Biggelaar
Senior School ICT Co-ordinator
Grade 9 Holocaust and Genocide Museum Excursion
On Wednesday the 23rd of February the Grade 9s had the pleasure of going on an outing to the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. It was a truly eye-opening experience.
The architecture at the museum was extraordinary! It symbolises different parts of the War and genocide. Outside the train lines on the wall symbolise the train tracks that took the Jewish people to the concentration camps. Inside the display room, the placing of the windows is to show how it used to feel living in the small underground rooms where people could see you but you couldn’t see them.
They cleverly used colour to show the difference between survivor stories and those who did not make it. I loved all the detail in the displays. There were photos that you could pull out of slots, like drawers, that were examples of propaganda. There were even telephones where you could listen to survivors tell their stories.
The experience was made extra special by the fact that our guide had a personal story. She told us all about her father who was a survivor of the war. It made everything a little more real to hear about it from someone who had a family member that went through it all.
A couple of weeks ago we watched the movie ‘I am still here.’ Which is the story of Ella Blumenthal, her experiences during World War II, the Concentration Camps, and how she made it to South Africa. At the Holocaust Museum we had the pleasure of talking to the directors of this film. They told us all sorts of amazing stories about Ella. A particular story I enjoyed was when they were filming the documentary. During the swimming scene, the camera crew struggled to keep up with 98 year old Ella! I found this hilarious.
I would like to thank the teachers for letting us Grade 9s experience and see something so extraordinary, it was an outing we will never forget.
Grade 9 Student
When we first got the news we were going to The Holocaust museum, it was filled with mixed feelings. Excitement that we were going to learn about a very important time in history, but also sadness about the exact part. Our heads already began to be filled with questions, such as “I wonder what it’s going to look like”, “Do you think they’ll have actual artefacts from WWII?”, “Should I bring some money?”. However, when we got there, we were rushed into a small auditorium and given a clipboard, on it two pieces of paper, one big one small, and a tiny little folded piece of paper which looked like a book. There were two types of these books that we could’ve gotten, one detailing a survivor of the Holocaust, and one of someone’s tragedy of losing their parents during the Rwandan Genocide.
We started off with writing down one word of how we felt at that moment. My word? Open. We officially kicked off by watching a short film about the Holocaust, and it’s aftereffects of survivors, mainly those who moved to South Africa. Then, the leaders of the museum split us into two groups: those who would stay in the small auditorium and those who would go look around. My group was the ones who went to look. They further split us into smaller groups sorted by the colour of the sticker on our board.
The first thing that was shown to us, my group, were these glass panels, showing how children in the Warsaw Ghetto learned by painting. What stood out for me was that in one side of the Ghetto, a group of children started a newsletter, led by their teacher. I was fascinated not only by that, but also the poetry written on the opposite wall. The artistry, the colours and the poetic intelligence was awe-inspiring, when you consider the dark times these children went through. As we walked around the museum, we were shown so many amazing artefacts, my favourite being a violin, which had survived since around 1940. I learned so much, more than I or anyone had expected. Something that stood out for me was this wall, around 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. On the wall, was probably around 100 people who had lived in the Warsaw Ghetto before it was taken over. Arranged in Alphabetical order, you could see the diversity in their ages, looks and faces.
Afterwards it was time for a short break, and then we returned to the auditorium. This time, my group learned about the Rwandan Genocide by watching another short documentary. We answered a couple of questions, posed some ourselves, and then we were taken to a small room which showed Survivor stories, and persecution stories, of those who suffered in the genocide. Not only that, but they showed us the international effect. I guess I should say, the effect it didn’t have, seeing as most countries did next to nothing to stop or help those affected by the cruel government. The very last thing we did was meet the director and producer of I Am Here, a documentary we watched prior to our visit about a Holocaust survivor, Elle Blumenthal. She currently lives in Cape Town and is a glorious 101 years old. We asked questions about the documentary, such as “What made you want to do animation?” and “How did Ella feel about revealing her story after so many years?” We ended the day and travelled back to school after a long day of learning. The very last thing we did was write down another word, or two, to describe how we felt after the museum. My word? Empty.
Grade 9 Student
Grade 8 My New School
This term, the Grade 8s were introduced to their first year of Senior School through the Growth Curriculum Module ‘My New School’. The module focused on making the first term easier by looking at concepts from the Growth Mindset in Life Orientation, e-communication in Information and Communications Technology and Accounting in Economic and Management Studies. The students were also introduced to Service at Kingsmead which forms part of the Kingsmead ethos, through which they were given the opportunity to complete service activities in class and learnt how to use the Community Hours platform to log their service hours.
In Life Orientation this term we started by watching the movie ‘Wonder’. This movie taught us how and why we should accept each other as people despite our differences, it also taught us that we will find someone who will always be there for us and how we are one as a community or a family. We then moved on to bullying. We made origami flowers with our goals and the things we are proud of and hung them on the wall. We are busy preparing for an anti-bullying campaign which is really fun and wonderful to do. With all that we have done, I think it has allowed us to feel welcome and understand our new school.
Information and Communications Technology
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is part of the ‘My New School’ Growth Curriculum Module. In ICT this term, we learnt about e-communication, which refers to all forms of communication through electronic means. We also learnt about how to manage our files allowing us to manage our life better. Having subjects such as ICT helps us use the internet safely and allows us to respect other people who use it. We also learnt about malware, which is any type of malicious software that is designed to harm or exploit any programmable device, service or network. We learnt that cybercriminals typically use it to extract data that they can leverage over victims for financial gain.
Economic and Management Studies
This was the first time doing Economic and Management Studies for some of the Grade 8s and it was both a really good and fun experience. One of the stand out activities for me was when we used sweets to learn the rules and the basics of accounting. We also completed other activities that helped us learn business management that will definitely help us all in the future.
Service is one of the Kingsmead College values and through consensus the Grade 8s set their goal of logging 5 hours of Service for Term 1. The Grade 8s volunteered by recording stories for Read for Hope, packing ‘Meal in a Bag’ donations for Doorway to Dignity and knitting a square to contribute towards a blanket for someone in need. They then logged their service hours on Community Hours.
Further to contributing to people in need through service, the students had an exciting boxing aerobics session with one of our partner organisations: Fight with Insight. During the session they received the opportunity to donate a water bottle to the Fight with Insight boxers for their training sessions, running sessions and tournaments. The Grade 8s also learnt how to compose a suitable email to an organisation, when volunteering for service, that follows good email etiquette.
Natasha Moyo, Mogau Mathebe and Lerato Magooa
Grade 8 Students
Grade 8 Revolution
Revolutions is compiled of four subjects — music, drama, history and art and is based around all types of revolutions, the main one being the French revolution. Here is our experience:
This term, one of our subjects within Revolutions was music. In our lessons we learned about the nine elements of music as well as the people behind the beautiful songs that we so often listen to. As we learned more about the elements of music we found ourselves listening to music in a deeper manner and having an overall better understanding, as we were able to pin-point different themes and the actual meanings behind the compositions. We explored the important roles that music can play in our society and in our daily life by taking a look at the Russian and Polish revolutions and some of the famous pieces of music, which many of us haven’t considered.
Though some people may take a liking to music more than others, this term we all discovered a part of music that we truly enjoyed and these lessons have caused us all to look at music in a new, brighter light.
In drama we went back to the roots and learned everything about drama, from types of stages to types of performances. One of these was Slam Poetry, a form of performance poetry that combines performing, writing, competing, and audience participation. To make sure we clearly understood slam poetry we created our own poems. We wrote and researched the poems and then performed. The performances were on a variety of topics, all on important issues.
This module “Revolution” links with history because revolutions are the greatest turning points in history, during this term we learnt many new and interesting topics including the French Revolution, and the impact it has made. We learnt that is has even made a difference in our modern-day generation. Our classes saw many different perspectives and got to see how interesting and historical revolutions can be.
In art we discussed how art is the expression of originality or passion. We have shared opinions on how art is often defined as the act of creating works or artworks that are inspired by the human creative impulse and have meaning beyond simple definition. We have spoken about how art is a visual language through which individuals can communicate in a variety of ways. We have also seen that art is subjective, and we have spoken about the definition of art and how it has evolved over time and among civilisations.
During our lessons, we discuss the importance of the artist, their background and how it influences their work. Briefly, we’ve discussed how there are many definitions of Art and each one is impacted by the individual’s unique perspective. We have seen that how an artist uses their “voice” is so important since it’s mostly to create awareness.
What is being discussed the majority of the time during our lessons relates perfectly to the module name that art is part of. Revolution. We have come across many different Art works with different techniques; the use of contour lines and shadows, lines with texture, width and length, we have managed to discuss how the way we create and draw can convey different expressive qualities.
We have learned that one significant factor about Art is how it is presented and what message is being sent to the viewers. Some artwork we’ve come across this term that has related well to the idea of revolution and change have been those of the French Revolution. “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” as well as artworks relating to Apartheid eras (Willie Bester, forced removals).
This term, art has been an enjoyable subject for most, as we have all had an equal opportunity to share our opinions with no judgement.
During this subject and module, it has been lovely to be constantly reminded that we have the potential to create all forms of art with a simple point of view. Which is why students have no hesitations when it comes to expressing themselves through Art, including literature, music, dance, theatre, and, of course, the visual Arts.
This module has been a wonderful learning opportunity, that we are all so grateful to have had and we can’t wait to see what the next modules will bring.
Hanaan Kana, Nasira Eshak, Nuhaa Patel, and Zaara Banwa
Grade 8 Students
Grade 8 Curiouser and Curiouser
The World Around Us: Geography
This term, in the Curiouser and Curiouser module, we engaged in geographical studies. At first, it was a bit overwhelming, but with time, we got used to the subject, its lingo and its procedures. We covered topics about the world; map analysis, navigation using coordinates, and we even learnt how to take geographical photographs. Some skills that we covered involved understanding and reading infographics, how to read line scales, how to interpret map keys, and how to use a compass rose for mapwork. Although we often use technology to determine distance and coordinates, these skills are helpful tools not only for this subject, but in the real world to locate cities, and determine travel routes. Overall, this was a very enjoyable experience, I cannot wait to delve into the depths of geography, and broaden my understanding of the world around me.
An Insight into Science
In Natural Science we mainly focused on two aspects. In the beginning of the term we focused on the scientific method. The scientific method is mainly used when scientists or students preform an experiment. We were given a booklet with all sorts of different experiments where we had to add an aim, hypothesis, variables and everything else that we needed. Later on, we did a interesting task about the scientific method called the Alice Conundrum. This task was so exciting to complete because it gave us an opportunity to be creative with our method but also precise and scientific with the rest.
For our project we got into pairs and had to conduct an experiment on a variety of topics such as testing lung capacity, creating solar fridges and ovens and testing paper airplane designs. This project gave us an opportunity to be creative and proactive in exploring our curiosity using different spheres. Overall I enjoyed conducting this experiment and creating a digital diary to display the process. For me the whole subject was just so interesting and I can’t wait to learn more in Natural Science next term.
The World of Technology
In the IT Lessons of the Curiouser and Curiouser Module, we discovered more about the wonders of technology. From the hidden features of PowerPoint to learning about the Hardware and Software of a computer. We learnt about the input, process and output in every device within code. We learnt how to code by using the sphero robots. During our lessons we have shared opinions and ideas about how technology is an important factor when dealing with our world today. How it impacted us in good and bad ways during Covid, and how much we depend on technology in our daily lives. We have truly enjoyed this module and can’t wait to learn more next term.
Zahra Mayet, Melokuhle Zungu, Bethany Sinclaire, Carla Führi
Grade 8 Students
Arts & Music
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Exactly two years after the last major production, the Lange Hall and surrounds were transformed into a forest fairyland for our absolutely delightfully modernised version of William Shakespeare’s classic ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The audience was in stitches from the play’s love obstacles, mistaken identities and unexpected plot twists, and completely enthralled with the colourful costumes and magical set. What a wonderful way to get back to live theatre. Congratulations to the Cast, Crew and all involved for a brilliant production!
Congratulations to our dancers!
Congratulations to all our Kingsmead dancers: Ariana Akoodie, Caitlyn Jewel, Jemima Keizan, Scarlett Larsen, Lwandile Mashinini, Nala Mkhize, Neo Mkwanazi, Lana Motea, Thoriso Motshegoa, Thandeka Nzimakwe, Aimee Schloss, Taylor Simpson, Riley Vance and Melokuhle Zungu who took part in the World Lyrical Dance Federation’s competition at the Roodepoort Theatre earlier in March.
Special mention to the Lyrical Trio, ‘Halo’, for placing third; the Lyrical Group, ‘Wonder’ for placing first; and Melokuhle Zungu who placed fourth and qualified to represent South Africa at the International Championships later this year held in Dublin, Ireland. We are so proud of you!
Singing Sistas Choir festivals
The Grade 4-7, Senior School Choir and Glee recently performed at the Singing Sistas Choir festival at St Mary’s and did Kingsmead very proud with their enthusiastic and powerful performances. What an absolute joy to perform on stage again and hear other choirs sing. After two fantastic evenings of choral singing, we cannot wait for our next performance opportunity!
Kingsmead & St David’s Art workshop, Public Speaking & Debating
This week Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 March, Grade 8 & 9 Kingsmead and St David’s students got together for Public Speaking and Debating ‘friendlies’ as well as a Graffiti Art workshop. It was great fun to compete with the boys and learn more about a different medium of artistic expression.
UNESCO International Campus Discussion
Earlier this month Kingsmead was invited to participate in the Cultural team of UNESCO International Campus discussion. The topic up for discussion was “The role of museums for community and society”. A group of interested debating students met online with students from France, Tanzania and Cameroon to discuss and debate the topic. It was a fascinating and enriching experience for our students and we hope, something we will be able to do more often in future. Thank you Mr Tumelo Bore who made it all happen and well done to the students involved: Elizabeth Hakizimana, Mwamini Bukanga, Onthatile Sennelo, Sameeha Gangat and Hameeda Malik.
Thank you to all our parents for your continued support of the Arts & Music Department at Kingsmead.
Daniëlla Hewartson, Emma Spronk, Caroline Spronk, Mixo Salani were selected to represent District 13 at the Inter District Netball trials where they will select Gauteng netball teams.
U17 Kingsmead Netball Festival:
Kingsmead hosted the Kingsmead U17 netball festival on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March. Participating schools included Roedean, Brescia, St Teresa’s, St Andrew’s, St Mary’s and St Stithian’s. The level of netball was at a high as was the level of sportsmanship and camaraderie throughout the festival. It was a welcome return to netball at Kingsmead College.
- ST STITHIANS
- ST MARY’S
- ST ANDREW’S
- ST TERESA’S
St Andrews u15 Netball festival
Our netball team improved throughout the festival and even with the high level of sport, this bodes well for the rest of the season.
Netball played 5 games lost 1 and won 4.
St Dominics 8 -3 won
St Peters 12 – 2 won
St Andrews 13 – 5 lost
Roedean 7 – 5 lost
St Dunstans 7 – 8 won
Our U16 netball team participated in the St Mary’s U16 Festival and did well with a gradual increase in results. The team thoroughly enjoyed every game and progressed as the festival moved on.
The u14 netball team has a slow start to the Roedean u14 festival, but they managed to find their winning ways and did themselves proud. There certainly going to be a talent for the future.
Our team got to compete in a festival with 24 teams taking part. Once again the weather did play a small part with many matches being cancelled. Our team had many narrow losses and showed true courage and potential going forward.
St Andrews u16 festival
The u16 Hockey team ended 10th out of 16 teams in a very competitive festival. This team has huge potential for the future.
Swimming and Diving
A very big thank you to all the swimmers, coaches and staff that have assisted in preparing all our students for the major competitions.
The divers finished 7th overall and the Swimmers finished 7th in the Premier and A swimming galas and combined Kingsmead finished 6th in Gauteng.
Our u16 squash team (Amy Falcon, Lyoné Marnewick, Cara Nicholson) competed in the St Andrews squash festival and they finished 3rd, only 1 point away from second after only losing 1 match.
The equestrian team competed across a range of disciplines and received an outstanding set of results. Congratulations to the following riders:
1st in Level 5 Eventing
2nd in Level 5 Eventing
1st in Level 3 Working Hunter
2nd in Level 3 Showjumping
1st in Level 1 Equitation
1st in Level 2 Dressage A
1st in Level 2 Dressage B
1st in Level 3 Working Riding
2nd in Level 3 Performance Riding
6th in Level 2 Dressage A
2nd in Level 3 Working Riding
3rd in Level 4 Show Jumping
4th in Level 2 Dressage A
Sarah (Storm) Warren
2nd in Level 3 In Hand Utility
3rd in Level 2 Dressage A
4th in Level 2 Dressage B
Our social running club started again and we are excited to continue throughout the year. We run in two groups, a 5km group and a 4km group. We meet at 6:00 every Friday morning at the Tyrwhitt gate to go for our run and end the week on a good note. We had an amazing turnout of thirty students who enjoyed the company of their fellow runners and were rewarded by the beautiful sunrise as the sun started rising later. We were pleased to see an improvement in times with some runners improving by as much as fifteen minutes as well as more runners joining the 5km group. For anyone who still wants to join, we will continue to run until the end of term and pick up again at the beginning of the second term. I am so excited to see you all there!
Head of Athletics
Buddy Reading with Rays of Hope
During Term 1 Kingsmead College hosted two Buddy Reading events for the children from Rays of Hope. Kingsmead College has been partnering with Rays of Hope for many years and we are excited to partner our Grade 3 students with Rays of Hope as their community engagement partner in 2022.
The Kingsmead Junior and Senior School students had a two fun-filled afternoon of reading, sharing, playing and enjoying delicious treats with the children from Rays of Hope. The Senior School students volunteer at the Buddy Reading events by assisting with reading and other interactive activities.
The Grace Factory
The Grace Factory assists moms and babies in need during the first few weeks of motherhood and infancy, with the ultimate aim of placing value and dignity on mothers during one of the most vulnerable times of her life.
One way we aim to achieve this goal is by providing maternity packs to moms who are not able to afford the basic essentials at the time of their baby’s arrival. These packs include a babygrow, vest, beanie, blanket, socks, nappies, wet wipes, bum cream, aqueous cream, baby soap, face cloth, maternity sanitary pads and breast pads.
The Grace Factory distributes the maternity packs through public hospitals, clinics, social workers and other community partners who have made a commitment to empower women on a long term basis.
On 12 March volunteers from the Senior School assisted The Grace Factory in packing 103 maternity bags. It was a fun-filled morning and the students enjoyed packing the beautiful products and spreading hope.
Kingsmead College will collaborate with The Grace Factory for Mother’s Day and Mandela Day next term. Please diarise the following dates:
Mother’s Day packing event with The Grace Factory: Saturday 7 May 12h30-14h30
Mandela Day packing event with The Grace Factory: Saturday 16 July 9h30-12h00
Director of Service