This is a week to raise awareness at our school regarding the individual responsibility that rests with each of our girls to make a real difference as future South African leaders.
We started our week in celebration of Youth Day, celebrated on June 16. Youth Day is more than just a public holiday. It is a time when South Africans celebrate their youth and remember those who have given their lives for a better South Africa. While the history of Youth Day may be sad and difficult for our girls to understand, they do have reason to celebrate being a young person in South Africa. Youth day should be a reminder to us all as to the responsibility that rests with each of us within the Kingsmead community. Our girls have the privilege of attending a school where they are able to think, question and contribute to the educational path that lies before them. It excites me that they have the opportunity daily to be the centre of their education.
Liberation in our country starts with how we see each other; how we value each other; how we treat each other. It is so important for us to celebrate our unique gifts and be open to the stories of those around us. I encourage each and every family to discuss the relevance of Youth Day in the context of individual responsibility and inclusion.
I have encouraged each student to think of themselves as part of a really big family, where each member of the family is responsible for their own behaviour and the impact it may have on others. My hope is that they lift each other up and remember that they are the Youth – celebrate this weekend!
Eid Mubarak! The end of this week is also a time for our Muslim families to share special blessings. We wish all our Muslim families a blessed Eid.
This week is also CYBER-ETIQUETTE week. We are creating daily awareness through the “App-mazing race” in line with safe, responsible online behaviour. Please follow our social media pages to find out more. A reminder to our Grade 6 and 7 girls and a parent to attend the event advertised on Thursday evening.
I have the privilege of attending the National Coalition of Girls’ School Conference (NCGS) conference in Washington from Wednesday until half term. I look forward to sharing my learning and experiences with you.
We welcome Mrs Sharon Jones to our teaching staff. Mrs Jones has stepped in as a Grade 6 LEAD teacher as well as an Afrikaans teacher in Grade 4,6 and 7. Mrs Jones has taught at Kingsmead in a locum capacity before. We welcome her back to the Kingsmead family until the end of the year.
Cherie Turner, our private remedial therapist has decided to grow her practice closer to her home on the West Rand. She will be leaving us at half term. We thank Cherie for all that she has contributed to Kingsmead both as a Grade 4 teacher over the years and as a remedial therapist this year. We wish Cherie everything of the best for the future.
The support department have started implementing a comprehensive, innovative teaching programme as part of our approach to inclusive education. Please read below for more information.
Head: Junior School