Dear Parents, Staff and Girls

I greet you with warmth and gratitude on this, our first day of the winter term. I am so appreciative of the welcome I have received. Kingsmead Junior School is certainly a happy and energising one.

As I start my journey here, I bring with me the drive to continue the legacy left behind. I bring too, my deep intent to ensure that the future of Kingsmead Junior School is rich in diversity, innovation and collaboration. As a school it is our responsibility, more now than ever, to ensure that we instill optimism in our girls and give them reason to hope for a future where their contribution will be valued. I believe that in partnership with our parent body and teachers, our girls are able to rise to the challenge as the future South African leaders and global contributors. Together, we will move forward.

We warmly welcome four teachers this term, as communicated at the end of term one.

  • Grade 1M – welcome to Mrs Rait as Ms Mannie takes her long leave.
  • Grade 2K – welcome to Mrs Goddard
  • Grade 4B – welcome back to Mrs Brooks from her long leave.
  • Head of Senior Primary Phase – Ms di Terlizzi

It is my great pleasure to welcome the following new girls to our school: Cheryl Smith, Paula Prinsloo and Scarlett Muirhead.

I trust that you and your family will also experience a very warm welcome here at Kingsmead.

Let’s join paths as we begin a new season, a new story.

Warm regards

Kim Lowman

THE WEEK AHEAD

Wednesday: 3rd May

  • Start of Term 2

Friday: 5th May

  • 07:45 Assembly in the Joel Hall – Launch of Book Week
  • 07:30 PTA Exco meeting
  • No Grade 5 – 7 Cycle Test

Monday: 8th May

  • 07:45 Assembly in the Joel Hall
  • JS Book Week starts

Tuesday: 9th April

  • 07h30 Grade 000 – 3 Reading picnic

BOOK WEEK:

With Book Week fast-approaching, we would like to fill you in on all the ‘novel’ activities that will be taking place, next week, during your daughter’s school day.


To invoke an excitement around reading, several competitions and initiatives will be underway during Book Week namely:

  • Junior Primary ‘Guess Who Character Silhouette Competition’,
  • Senior Primary ‘Famous First Lines of Literature match-up Competition’;
  • Finding hidden tokens within certain books in the library;
  • Get caught reading in ‘’FREADOM’ spots set up around the Junior School campus;
  • and classes are decorating their classroom doors with reading-inspired themes!

Prizes range from jars of ‘book worms’ to Exclusive Books vouchers! Entry forms to the Literature Competitions can be collected at the main entrance to the Junior School Library from Monday.

Please be reminded that The Travelling Bookshop will be visiting our school on Monday and Tuesday. Allow your daughter the opportunity to purchase a book or two. Each year, Kingsmead and the Travelling Bookshop supports a charity of Kingsmead’s choosing. This year ,10% of the total sales made will be used to fund the purchase of books for Psychology student Nhlanhla Mchunu, founder of ‘Lisakhanya Kusasa’ Reading Club. The Reading Club is held at Sankopano Library every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. At present they have 82 children that attend this reading club and many of the children come from disadvantaged or child headed households.

We are excited to have the parents of Grades 000-3 join us for a reading picnic with their daughters on Tuesday morning. Please bring along a blanket, camping chairs  and a big flask of hot chocolate as you cuddle up and allow your daughter to read aloud to you!

Our DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) sessions will be marked with the ringing of the bell at different times each day. Ensure your daughter has her own book with her, or visits the Travelling Bookshop to be equipped with a book for these sessions.

A firm favourite each year is the ‘Hooked on Books’ shows. They are entertaining and definitely create the ‘hooks’ that lead many of our girls to want to read more! All ‘Hooked on Books’ titles and Kingsmead Book Fair Children’s Programme book titles are all available for check out in the Junior School Library. Encourage your daughter to visit the library to avoid disappointment.

As always, our traditional ‘Book Character Dress Up Day’ is always such a highlight for the girls. This year, we kindly request that your daughter bring along one gently read book to donate as part of our Book Drive Collection. All books will be donated to Sparrow Schools.

Our annual Book Week will culminate with our Kingsmead Book Fair on Saturday 13 May 2017 and is an event not to be missed!

Literary sessions may be booked online through Webtickets or through our onsite, pop-up box office in the Music Centre Reception up until 11 May.

Herewith attached are the links to the different programmes on offer:

Adult/Young Adult Programme

http://kingsmead.co.za/bookfair/programme-2017/

Teen Programme

http://kingsmead.co.za/bookfair/teen-sessions-2017/

Children’s Area Programme

http://kingsmead.co.za/bookfair/childrens-programme-2017/

For more information visit our Kingsmead Book Fair website http://www.kingsmead.co.za/bookfair

Book today to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to sharing our 6th annual signature event with you all.

Mrs O’Maker

Library Media Specialist

 MUSIC NEWS

INSTRUMENT PROGRAMMES

The Strings, Brass and JSax Instrumental Programmes will continue this term in the Class Music lessons. Please remind your daughter to bring her instrument and music to the classes.

  • The Grade 2 girls will have their violin lessons on Thursdays
  • The Grade 4 girls will continue their trumpet and trombone lessons on Wednesdays
  • The Grade 5 girls will have their JSax classes on either Mondays or Wednesdays – the groups have changed due to a timetable change and parents will receive an email with the updated groups, days and times of lessons.

CONCERTS & PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

We endeavour to provide opportunities for all our girls to perform. These opportunities include termly concerts, assemblies, our internal eisteddfod and teachers’ concerts. Girls are entered for these opportunities if they are performance ready by the entry date. This may mean that your daughter does not perform every term or at every opportunity.

Girls who learn to play an instrument privately may also perform at these events should their teacher agree that they are ready and the details are sent to Palesa Mpeke at least a week before the event.

SPORTS NEWS:

A warm welcome back to all the parents and girls! This term we will be concentrating on our Netball and Hockey.

At the recent Head of Sports Department meeting it was discussed and decided to change the current format of the netball and hockey matches on a trial basis for this season.

Our aim as Physical Education Teachers and Sports Specialists is to promote lifelong participation and enjoyment in sport through providing a diverse variety of sports for girls’ participation.

We will play our first Netball matches on the 11th May and our first Hockey matches will be played on the 19th May. We will be implementing the refined programme. Some schools have decided to continue playing netball and hockey at the same time, and others will split the two codes. Kingmead has decided to continue playing the netball and hockey at the same time. Each way, both codes ending up with the same number of fixtures and festivals, despite the option chosen. Both codes (netball and hockey), will only compete in a festival-type scenario once every two weeks which ends up in three festival-type fixtures per code over the term and not the weekly fixtures as in previous years.

We would highly recommend that the girls play both codes. As Netball is considered a functional movement skill sport, it will help develop skills in the girls that will help them playing hockey, which is a more specialized sport. The girls develop the following skills playing netball that are also important to hockey:

  • Running off the ball
  • Marking skills
  • Agility
  • Playing to a game plan
  • General ball skills

During the matches, there will be up to 4 schools participating in each fixture, so a match afternoon will be longer, for example, starting at 14h00 and ending at approximately 17h30.

Girls will play more games and have more game time in an afternoon. This could possibly allow for more specific coaching to take place during the “off” week.

As it is the first time we will be trialing this system as the Independent Girls’ Schools, obstacles that we may not have thought of, may arise, and therefore, we ask for your support as parents and patience.

We are looking forward to a great Netball and Hockey season!

Please see schedule below:

General:

On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th May we will have extra netball practice sessions for the Grade 3 Netball players ONLY. These sessions will start at 13h15 and will finish at 14h15. The names of all the Grade 3 netball players will be on the notice board outside the Reception area. We need these extra practices for the Grade 3 players, as they will be playing their first matches on the 12th May AT ST PETER’S. The girls need to all be at school at 13h00. We will all meet at the Netball courts where role call will be taken. Bus will leave AT 13h15.