Dear Parents

We have now gained momentum and are ready for the second term. We have an incredibly exciting book week lined up for the girls, which I am sure they will enjoy. I encourage each and every girl to embrace every opportunity to read or listen to stories this week and every other week going forward.

Please join me in congratulating Mrs Irene Ilsley on becoming a grandmother this weekend. Her daughter, Ali, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. We welcome baby Amelia to the Kingsmead family and wish the family warmth, love and God’s richest blessings.

A reminder to please complete the survey sent to parents via email, by Friday 19 May.

Warm regards

Kim Lowman – Headmistress

INTRODUCING MS M DI TERLIZZI

Dear Parents

It gives me great pleasure to have joined the Kingsmead family this term as the Head of the Senior Primary. I am a passionate educator, and I understand that you, as parents, have entrusted us with your most prized gift, your daughter. At Kingsmead, we take this responsibility very seriously and admire the excellent academic work and pastoral care that is already in place at the school. I hope to continue in this same trajectory and learn from the staff who have established this warm environment of learning. In the words of D.V. Thompson, “Guard that which is committed to you.”

In terms of my background, I started my career as a senior phase teacher, and loved my time in the classroom. I continued my studies and later qualified as an educational psychologist, where I worked in private practice and in various schools. For the last 8 years I have been the Director of Student Affairs at St Stithians Girls’ College, where I headed up psychological services centre that was responsible for career education, counselling and academic support, and served on the school’s executive team.

I believe in education at all levels and have had the privilege of lecturing at a tertiary level and supervising masters’ students. I am a passionate life-long learner, and have completed research focusing on the transition from mainstream to specialized schooling as well as developing a reading intervention programme for adolescent learners.

One of my passions is to run workshops and interventions, particularly for parents and staff, and I hope that in time, I will have the opportunity to meet you through one of these.

My focus at Kingsmead will be aligned to three main areas. Firstly, I believe in the holistic (academic, social and emotional) wellbeing of your daughter. We want your daughter to enjoy her years here at Kingsmead, and be well prepared for the next phase of her schooling, high school. Through my experience in this area, I hope to be able to work with the staff in ensuring that she is well prepared for this transition, and to facilitate greater alignment with the Senior School.

Secondly, I am passionate that we develop a good parent relationship. I believe that we as a school, and you as parents, share the primary client of our work, your daughter. Thus, it is essential that we work together as a team to advance our efforts and give her the best opportunity to succeed. We are in this together!

Thirdly, I believe in staff wellness. Educators are drawn to the profession out of passion and care. Because of this, their hard work and love for their job can lead to burnout. I therefore aim to ensure that we are working on promoting self-care for the staff, so that we retain the best teachers, who are also happy teachers.

My philosophy for education is well summarized in this quote from Kavita Ramdas,

“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”

I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and your girls over the next few weeks. I am available on mditerlizzi@kingsmead.co.za or 011 731-7416, should you have any Senior Primary enquiries.

WEEK AHEAD:

Wednesday 10 May

  • 09:00 Grade 000-0 Hooked on Books
  • 10:15-10:45 Story building

Thursday 11 May

  • Book character dress up day
  • Book collection
  • 09:15 Grade 1-3 Hooked on Books
  • 11:00 Grade 4-7 Hooked on Books
  • Grade 4 Netball matches at Kingsmead College
  • Grade 6 Netball matches at St Mary’s

Friday 12 May

  • No school for girls
  • 13:00 Grade 3 Netball Matches at St Peter’s

Saturday 13 May

  • Kingsmead Book Fair

* Please refer to the Kingsmead App for further details on sports fixtures

SPORTS NEWS:

Grade 3:

They will play their first matches on the 12th May AT ST PETER’S. The girls need to be at school at 13h00. We will all meet at the Netball courts where role call will be taken. Bus will leave AT 13h15 to St Peter’s.

Change of venue –Netball: 

Please note that the Grade 5 girls will play at Kingsmead and the Grade 7 girls will play at St Mary’s on the 18th May.

 MUSIC NEWS

Let the Children sing: St John’s College 

The Grade 3 Choir girls will be performing in Let the Children Sing Festival at St John’s College on Monday 15 May. Girls need to wear their winter uniform with short- or long-sleeved white shirt, navy trousers, blazer, navy socks and school shoes. A bus will be available to take the girls to St John’s; please reply to kmuller@kingsmead.co.za or pmpeke@kingsmead.co.za to let us know whether your daughter will be making use of the bus or not. The bus will not return to school after the event.

The arrangements are as follow:

  • 16:00 Bus leaves from Kingsmead for St John’s College
  • 16:20 Girls who do not make use of the bus transportation to arrive at Rene England Hall
  • 16:45 Rehearsal of massed items
  • 17:30 Refreshment for pupils and tea for parents and staff.
  • 18:15 Line up and seating
  • 18h30 Festival starts
  • 19h30 Festival finishes

Please give your daughter a snack before the start of the event. Tickets are not required, and seating will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Marimba Ensemble at the Bookfair

All our Marimba Ensembles will be performing this Saturday at the Bookfair at the entrance to the cricket pitch, during the lunch hour between 12h45 – 13h45. Girls are to be dressed in winter school uniform and look smart.

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