Our Connection: Issue 23 2018

Dear Parents

Remembering Madiba

This week we spend time remembering Nelson Mandela and the legacy he left behind. Our Grade 7 Leaders shared the true meaning of service with the school this week. We celebrated the great servant leader, Madiba during assembly on Monday.

Extracts from Assembly by Irene Illsley:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

 Madiba loved children and he believed that our children hold the key to our future as a country.

 “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.”

“Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future”.

 For Madiba, one of the most important things is for every person to be educated:

 “Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in the future as future leaders.”

 Look upon your hands – different colours, sizes and shapes, representing different people. You are the rainbow people of God. We remember the rainbow in the Bible as the sign of peace. The rainbow is the sign of prosperity. We want peace, prosperity and justice and we can have it when all the people of God, the rainbow people of God, work together.

This week we give thanks for the life of Nelson Mandela. He was a man of great vision, compassion and integrity.  In his life we have been shown courage when standing for justice, patience through suffering for peace, and hope that forges forgiveness. May his life inspire us to continue his good work and may he remain in our hearts forever.

Uniform Clarification

This is a reminder of the decision taken regarding winter uniform. We have two and a half weeks left of winter. We will not be sending daily alerts as to whether the girls are allowed to wear tracksuits. It is also not the responsibility of the class representatives to make those decisions. As communicated before, we use the maximum temperature of 14 degrees as a guideline. Various weather applications and reports show differences, as can be expected.

Should your daughter feel more comfortable in a tracksuit for the remainder of the term, she is permitted to wear it.

Please take note of these expectations:

  • Uniforms are to be worn neatly and smartly – using the guidelines available on the App. It is important that girls continue to take pride in their uniform and are dressed correctly at all times. Please do not combine different uniforms. Tracksuits are to be worn as a full tracksuit. School jerseys may only be worn under the tracksuit top. Blazers are to be worn with the full formal winter uniform.
  • No house tshirts are to be worn unless the girls are attending an inter-house event.
  • Hair accessories – the same regulations apply as always and are available on the App.
  • Full formal school uniform must be worn for outings and formal end of term assemblies.

All final regulations pertaining to the winter uniform will be taken up by a uniform committee for finalization for the winter term in 2019.

We wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

Kim Lowman – Head of Junior School

WEEK AHEAD

Tuesday, 17 July

  • 07:30 Grade O Coffee morning
  • 10:15 Hot chocolate sales

Wednesday, 18 July

  • MANDELA DAY
  • 13:30 Grade 7 Matinee performance
  • PTA food sales 

Thursday, 19 July

  • PTA food sales
  • 18:00 – 19:30 Grade 7 Production – Gala Evening

Friday, 20 July

  • 08:00 Grade visit to the farm
  • 09:00 Grade 7s to come in late
  • JS DSG Hockey festival – Grade 6A and 7A
  • JS Hockey matches vs Brescia

Saturday, 21 July

  • JS DSG Hockey festival – Grade 6A and 7A

Sunday, 22 July 

  • JS DSG Hockey festival – Grade 6A and 7A

*** For all sports fixtures please see Sports News below

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SPORTS NEWS

This has been an incredible week of sport. We were kept on the very edges of our seats when our very own Kevin Anderson went up against Rodger Federer and then battled for a record making 6.5 hour semi-final match vs John Isner. There was no doubt that both men were both impressively talented and skilled players. However, in the end it boiled down to mental strength. Unfortunately, although Kevin Anderson did progress into his first Wimbledon final, it was not to be. He bowed out after 3 straight sets.

However, the greatest lesson for us this week had to be the unfortunate story of the infamous Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic. Nikola Kalinic was sent home by the national coach after he refused to come off the bench and play in the last five minutes of Croatia’s game against Nigeria. He returned home where he was seen on social media posting holiday pictures whilst his team remained in Russia and progressed through the various stages until their reached the final. This must have been a bitter pill for Nikola Kalinic to swallow as his team members are now seen as national heroes whilst he has lost out on the opportunity to have left a legacy for generations to come. This is such an important lesson on the importance of team work.  Individuals do not win soccer games, team members working in unison do. The Croatian team will return home victorious even if they eventually lost out France. “Football has gone home to France”.

 WEEK’S OVERVIEW

 This week are teams played against St Stithians on Friday 13th July 2018. Below are our results.

Grade A B C D
7 Lost 0-4 Lost 0-2 N/A N/A
6 Lost 0-1 Lost 0-1 N/A N/A
5 Lost 1-2 Won 2-0 Won 3-0 Drew 1-1
4 Won 1-0 Lost 0-1 Won 5-0 Lost 0-2
3 Won 1-0 & 5-3 Drew 1-1 & won 1-0 Lost 0-7 & 1-2 Drew 0-0 & lost 1-3

On Saturday 14th July, we participated in the grade 6B festival at St Mary’s. The team played 3 games of which they lost 1 and drew 2. The grade 7B team played 4 games. The team drew 2, won 1 and lost 1 at the St Stithians festival. Thank you to all the coaches who gave up their weekend time to enable the girls a chance to play.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Hockey

We would like to congratulate Lillian Turvey who represented District 9 this week at the district tournament. Her team was placed 2nd out of 16 teams. This is indeed an amazing achievement. However; more importantly was the comment that we received from their manager about the players impeccable behaviour whilst on tour. We are immensely proud of Lillian as she has truly represented Kingsmead in such a positive light.

 WEEK AHEAD

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

2018-09-21T15:11:45+00:00July 17th, 2018|Junior School, PTA|