The Grade 7 girls were celebrated as the new leaders of our school for 2018. To lead is to be part of something far greater than just yourself. The most beautiful quote comes to mind while we celebrate our Grade 7 girls: “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms”. I hope that the Grade 7 leaders take these words with them as they experience each new day as our leaders. I trust that they will find the strength and courage within themselves to add value to the diverse, strong and talented Kingsmead Junior School girls. As the girls are given opportunities to practice leadership, some might lead from the front, others will encourage from behind and the rest will be lifting from within. To lead is to serve first. Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that the impact lasts in your absence. To the Grade 7 class of 2018, may you lead today to leave a legacy for tomorrow.
The Grade 7 girls proudly shared their core values and mission statement with the school and their parents on Monday during assembly:
Grade 7 Core Values
U – Unity
R – Responsibility
P – Possibility
O – Originality
S – Service
E – Encouragement
Mission Statement – Live Life with PURPOSE
Congratulations girls on a great start!
Head: Junior School
Tuesday 6 Feb
- JS photos
Wednesday 7 Feb
- Grade 5 and 6 leave for camp
Thursday 8 Feb
- Grade 7 cycle test – Mathematics
- Tennis matches: A/B @ Johannesburg Country Club vs St Katharines
Friday 9 Feb
- No JP Assembly
- 10h45 SP Chapel Grade 4 and 7
- Grade 5 and 6 return from camp
- Swimming Galas
- A50 @ Kingsmead
- A25 @ Pridwin
- B25 @ St Mary’s
- 17h00 U13 Waterpolo
Saturday 10 Feb
- 09h00 – 11h00 JS Coding day – Mackenzie
The Gr 7 girls were involved in assessing the relevance and role of their committees in which they have opportunities to practice their leadership skills and serve the school community. As a result of this process, we made some changes to the committees, as well as added new ones. We look forward to supporting the girls in this exciting and meaningful growth opportunity. The girls volunteered for these positions and we appreciate their eagerness to learn and serve.
The roles of the Class and Vice-class Captains:
- Assist teachers in the administrative duties around class.
- Vice-Captain supports the Class Captain in these duties and stands in when they are absent.
- Both represent their peers at the KRC (Kingsmead Representative Council) – two meetings held a term with Mrs Beekhuizen to bring concerns, compliments and suggestions on how to make our school environment work better for us all.
Congratulations to the following Grade 7 girls who were selected as Captains for Swimming, Tennis and Water polo; as well as Barons, Knights and Thanes House Captains.
Barons: Hannah Daniels, Taskeen Wadee, Natalie Morris and Megan Rogan
Knights: Kristin Brown, Anne-Marie Sutherland, Lillian Turvey and Alexa Kohler
Thanes: Julia Aspoas, Amy Dickinson, Ariella Fenster and Scarlett Moore
Captain: Alexa Kohler
Vice-captain: Anne-Marie Sutherland
Captain: Amy Dickinson
Vice-captain: Natalie Morris
Captain: Anne-Marie Sutherland
Captain: Hannah Daniels
Vice-captain: Scarlett Moore
Captain: Taskeen Wadee
Vice-captain: Isabella van Rooyen
We played our first tennis matches on Thursday 1st February against Holy Rosary. The structure of the matches has changed this year to 35 minutes, playing one round of doubles and 35 minutes playing one round of singles. Although the girls played a longer game, they persevered throughout the afternoon.
Results: A/B Teams lost 31 – 54.
C/D Teams won 46 – 23.
Keep on attending all the practices please!
8th February: ONLY the A/B teams will play.
- Opponents: St Katharine’s A/B Teams
- Venue: Johannesburg Country Club
- Time: Bus will leave at 13h15 from Kingsmead and will return at approximately 16h30, depending on the traffic.
The following girls will play:
A – Team: Kristin Brown, Alexa Kohler, Anne-Marie Sutherland, Isabella Sardi, Megan Rogan, Natalie Morris.
B – Team: Catherine Leppan, Amy Dickinson, Kate Sardi, Ilani-Mari Prinsloo, Samantha Greyling-Nassi, Keratile Maboka
The C/D Teams will play against St Katharine’s on Tuesday 13th February AT Johannesburg Country Club.
Information regarding TENNIS:
Extra private tennis lessons are offered at school:
- Coach: Jade Pondicas
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cell: 071 674 2108
NO tennis practices will be cancelled due to rain or bad weather. Players will continue to practice in the Gym.
ONLY the players on the tennis ladder to attend TEAM practices.
NON-TEAM practices for Grade 4 & 5 on Mondays and Grade 6 & 7 on Wednesdays.
Challenge matches will ONLY take place at the END of the month and NOT every week. Players can challenge up to two spots above them. (Including the reserve players.)
On Friday, 2nd February, the A50m Gala was held at St David’s, A25m Gala was at Roedean and the B25m was hosted by Kingsmead. Unfortunately, the galas could not be finished, due to lightning warnings.
A50m Gala: 11 Schools competed and Kingsmead ended 5th. The following grades ended within the first three positions.
- Butterfly: 3rd
- Butterfly: 2nd
- Breaststroke: 3rd
- Freestyle: 2nd
A25m Gala: We were only able to finish the Butterfly and Backstroke relays. The results were as follows:
- Backstroke: 3rd
- Butterfly: 1st
- Backstroke: 2nd
- Butterfly: 3rd
- Backstroke: 2nd
B25m Gala: Ten Teams competed in this gala and the results of the Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke relays were as follows:
- Butterfly: 3rd
- Butterfly: 1st
- Breaststroke: 2nd
- Backstroke: 2nd
Well done to ALL the swimmers! Keep on training hard and please attend all the practices.
- A50m: AT Kingsmead
- A25m: AT Pridwin
- B25m: AT St Mary’s
Transport: Buses will leave from Cecil Road Gate at 13h30 and will return to Kingsmead at approximately 17h00, depending on the traffic.
On Saturday, 3rd February we participated in the annual Summer Splash Event at St Mary’s. Our Junior School girls swam well and each of them had to swim a 50m length, with no tumble turn. Our notable achievements for the day were:
Amy Dickinson came 3rd in the Junior 100m Freestyle event. Well done, Amy!
We would like to thank the swimmers and the parents for spending their Saturday morning at the gala with us.
- Please note that NO EC School Activities will be cancelled due to rain and bad weather. Girls will be having practice sessions in the Gym.
- Swimming: All girls who are members of a swimming team, are NOT allowed to leave the galas until it is finished. We are a team and by staying to the end, shows unity and builds team spirit.
- Grade 0 swimmers: Please can all the grade 0 swimmers and parents take note that all the girls have to change in the change rooms and may not do so on the pool deck.
- Diving: Grade 6 & 7 diving session on Thursdays will be cancelled as from this week and the Grade 3 “Learn to Dive” will be from 13h30 to 14h30 on Thursdays.
ARTS & MUSIC NEWS
MEET THE MUSIC TEACHERS’ WEEK
All parents of girls doing music lessons or participate in group music making, are invited to visit the Music Department during the week of 5-9 February. The goal is for the parents and music teachers to meet each other and for parents to see the spaces their daughters enjoy their music lessons. I hope to see many of you around next week!
CONGRATULATIONS T OUR LEADERS!
Congratulations to the girls who will be our Music captains for the Choir and Orchestra:
Megan Rogan – Captain
Penelope Phiri – Vice Captain
Kristin Brown – Captain
Hannah Daniels – Vice Captain
EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMME (Updated EC Schedule)
Details regarding the Extra-curricular programme have been published in the past two Junior School Newsletter and the same details will be communicated on the app.
For more information, you can also contact the service providers whose details are enclosed with the Extracurricular schedule.
Please note the minor changes:
- An Additional Marimba session on Thursdays 13:30-14:30
- Additional Art Club session for Grade 4-7 Mondays 15:30-16:30
- Chess added on Tuesdays and Fridays for Grade 1-7 and an additional session at 14:00 on a Friday.
- TUMBLING TIGERZ is a brilliant action packed activity for our Grade 000-3 girls on Tuesday afternoons – great for coordination and motor skill development. See the extra-curricular schedule for details.
- Glee for Grade 6 & 7 will start next week and will take place 13h45-14h30 on Wednesdays.
- SP String ensemble is ONLY on a Thursday at 13h30 – 14h30; Tennis players can join after tennis season.
- New additions to follow in February:
- Baby Beat: Music Classes for babies ages 1-3 Mondays: 7h45-8h15 OR 8h30-9h00 in the Rehearsal Space @Kingsmead College Music Department; For further details Contact Nicolie Smuts on email@example.com
- Dance Mouse Tots for ages 15 – 35 months – Fridays 11h10 -11h30 for ages 15months 30 months. Fees are R600 per term and enrolment is selected form the Tots options on line at dmbryanston.com.
Our Choirs, Orchestras and Ensembles have a busy term ahead with the biggest highlight of the term a showcase of all our groups on stage on the 5th of April. Save the date!
Director of Arts & Music
Elsabé Fourie – Director of Arts & Music
Bread tags and Bottle tops:
Continue to collect Bread tags and Bottle tops for Wheelchairs. Collection point is at the medical centre. We need 450 kg bottle tops for a wheelchair or 50 kg bread tags. We have already donated 6 wheelchairs
We weighed in December and we have enough bottle tops to donate for our 7th wheelchair .We are looking for a recipient . Please mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up the good work!