I joined Kingsmead on the 2nd May 2018 as the Junior School specialist assisting in the therapy support department. My primary responsibility is to support a learning environment where learning is nurtured in a guided, supportive, empathic and joyful manner to promote guidance and growth to allow the girls to strive to be happy and empowered individuals.
My experience in this field has included positions at Bellavista School, Head of Remedial Therapy, and as Head of Foundation Phase at Cedarwood School. I have obtained a Master’s in Education – specialised in Curriculum Development, did my Honours in Education Psychology and have a B.A in Child Psychology.
My learning philosophy is to enhance and motivate learning on a daily basis. This is achieved by the implementation of various strategies and techniques. I believe that in today’s environment key focus areas are critical thinking, adaptability, problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, and creativity. I believe it is important for students to acquire knowledge and be able to apply this in new and unfamiliar contexts. I believe working as a team is essential and therefore strive to promote engagement, relationship building and trust.
Welcome back to all our parents to what promises to be another busy sporting term. My name is Sheillah Denenga and I will be heading the Junior School Sports Department. I am really excited to be back again in an all girls’ school environment. I have no doubt that the experience that I have gained over the years working in both co-ed and monastic schools will be of great value to Kingsmead.
One of the most significant responsibilities we have as schools and educators is to give our learners a strong foundation on which to build a full and active life. I believe that Sport and physical wellness is an important component of any child’s education. The physical value that it adds to the lives of the children cannot be disputed. However, more important to me is the life lessons and life skills that a good extra mural programme can instil. Life skills such as discipline, team work, overcoming adversity and failing forward are but a few examples that are gained from both individual and team sport participation and competition. Such activities provide a sense of belonging and have a positive influence on a child’s self-esteem. Encouraging participation in childhood establishes positive attitudes and behaviour towards physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Physical Education in the curriculum also has a vital role to play not only in talent identification but also in ensuring that there is an inclusive approach regardless of age, ability, disability, ethnicity or any other factor. A good physical education programme ensures gradual acquisition and application of age specific skills in a manner that will instil a love for the physical activity and promote a sustainable life-long passion for healthy living.
As Nelson Mandela succinctly put it “Sports has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair, it is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination”
I look forward to meeting you at the side of the field and I trust your daughters will make many happy memories and life-long friends on the sporting field.
I joined Kingsmead as the Junior School Psychologist. I am an Educational Psychologist with a passion for social and emotional development as this enables us to better understand ourselves and others. Prior to joining Kingsmead, I worked as a psychologist for St Andrew’s School for Girls as well as Family Life Centre, where I gained extensive experience running skills development workshops and programmes. In my capacity as the Junior School psychologist I will be developing a social and emotional wellness programme for your girls, which I will facilitate during our Life Skills lessons. In addition, I will provide ad hoc and short term counselling for girls, parents and staff. Please feel welcome to pop into my office or give me a call.