Dear Parents

Congratulations to our netball players for a fantastic season. I am confident that as the season closes this week, the girls will reflect back on many happy memories and many moments of courage and determination. We look forward to a successful hockey season starting next week. Congratulations, too, goes to the Grade 3 girls for their beautiful choir performance held at St Johns last week Wednesday. You made Kingsmead teachers and parents so proud girls!

A reminder to our Grade 1-3 parents for the invitation to the Parenting Talk and Hot Choc event planned for Thursday evening. We look forward to sharing this community event with you all.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

Kim Lowman

Head: Junior School

WEEK AHEAD

Tuesday, 29 May

  • 10h15 Hot chocolate for sale
  • 17h30 Chatterbox at the Ridge School

Thursday, 31 May

  • 18h00 – 19h30 Junior Primary Talk and Hot Chocolate Evening 

Friday, 1 June 

  • 07h45 – JP Assembly
  • 10h45 – SP Grade 4 & 5 Hymns/Grade 6 & 7 Chapel
  • 13h15 – JS Netball Matches: Grade 3 and 4 @ Kingsmead.  Grade 5, 6 and 7 at St Teresa’s

JUNIOR PRIMARY HOT CHOCOLATE EVENING

Kindly click here to RSVP

MUSIC NEWS

NOTE: The performances planned for Tuesday 29 May have been cancelled.

Wednesday 6 June: ABRSM Theory Examinations

The Theory examinations will take place in the Macroom upstairs in the Learning Centre. Candidates who are entered to write these exams, must leave class at 13h30, register at the venue at 14h00 and start writing at 14h30. The length of the examination depends on the grade they are writing.

Singing Sistas Choir evening Wednesday 6 June

The Senior Choir and Glee group will be performing at the annual ‘Singing Sistas choir evening‘ at St Mary’s School Waverley on Wednesday 6 June. Please let Mrs Loock know if your daughter will not make use of the bus.  Please note that only Grade 5-7 girls can be included due to limited space on stage at Sr Mary’s. The Grade 4 choir members will be featured at another event.

  • Venue: The Edge auditorium, St Mary’s School
  • Time:
    • 15h30 Buses leaves from Kingsmead
    • 16h15 Schools arrive and get settled in the auditorium
    • 16h30-17h15 Combined choirs rehearsal
    • 17h15-18h00 Refreshments served to the children and parents
    • 18h00-19h30 Concert
    • Only ONE bus will return to Kingsmead

Tickets will only be available via Quicket. Parents are encouraged to obtain tickets ahead of time and these are available free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis. There will be no tickets available at the door and parents need to show proof of their ticket to gain entry into the auditorium. There are two events allocated on Quicket; Kingsmead is performing on Wednesday 6 June ONLY.

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/47721-singing-sistas-choir-festival

Although refreshments will be served, please make sure your daughter packs an extra snack for after school and a water bottle as it will be a long day. The girls are to wear their Winter school uniform and look smart.

Diarise:

Saturday 9 June: Kingsmead Eisteddfod – individual musicians – details to be communicated via the individual music teachers to the girls who have been entered.

Tuesday 12 June: Jan Celliers Music Concert – Orchestra to participate: more details to follow when they become available.

*Wednesday 13 June: ABRSM Practical Examinations

*Friday 15 June: Trinity Practical Examinations

*The Practical Examinations schedules are available on the app under Arts & Music.

Elsabé Fourie – Director of Arts & Music  efourie@kingsmead.co.za

SPORTS NEWS

MENTAL TOUGHNESS IN SPORT

This has become a very important aspect in the development of young athletes. Some schools have gone as far as employing sport psychologists to assist the players in ensuring that they are not only physically ready for the competition, but that they are also prepared mentally. From the recent conference on Raising Boys and Girls, research indicated the fact that boys are perceived to be mentally tougher when it came to dealing with challenges that come with participating in sport. In fact, boys go as far as assuming that if the coach provides constructive criticism, that information is for his team mates and not for him. Girls on the other hand tend to internalise these challenges and they take unnecessary ownership of all the constructive criticism. This hampers their progress and often destroys their confidence.

As educators and sport coaches it becomes imperative that we not only coach our sport specific skills but that we also prepare our players to be mentally tough on the sporting field. We need to debunk the perceptions, beliefs, and biases that govern the players mind set as well as the attitudes, if our players are to reach their full potential. Players need to be taught positive self-talk, breathing techniques, refocus techniques and goal setting to mention but a few. Often the battle is lost in their minds way before they have stepped into the sporting arena. Most importantly we need to teach our players that failure is a necessary part of any journey to success.

WEEK’S OVERVIEW

 Congratulations to all our girls who participated in our fixture against Roedean and to the grade 3 and 4 players who played in the Holy Rosary festival this week. We commend all our players on the progress that has been made thus far and it is such a pity that our season draws to an end this week.

Grade 3 and Grade 4 teams at Holy Rosary Festival

Please can I remind our parents the compulsory training dates below for our various age groups. This is to ensure fairness and transparency as we consolidate our teams for our weekly fixtures.

  • Grade 3 Wednesday 14h00 – 14h45
  • Grade 4 Monday 14h30 – 15h30
  • Grade 5 Tuesday 15h00 – 16h00
  • Grade 6 Tuesday 14h30 – 15h30
  • Grade 7 Monday 15h30 – 16h30

HOCKEY

The coaches have been working hard during the past week of Physical Education lessons as well as afternoon lessons to conduct Hockey trials for all players in Grade 4 – 7. Trials will continue this week and our teams for our 1st match will be finalised by end of the week.

Hockey fixtures for the 2018 season

Congratulations to the following players who were announced Captains for their respective sport teams:

Athletics

  • Lilian Turvey (C)
  • Paula Prinsloo (VC)

Hockey

  • Anne-Marie Sutherland  (C)
  • Julia Aspoas (VC)

Netball

  • Alexa Kohler (C)
  • Natalie Morris (VC)

The updated co-curricular will be posted by Wednesday 30Th May 2018.

Sheillah Denenga – Head of Junior School Sport sdenenga@kingsmead.co.za