The Kingsmead Trust
The formation of the Kingsmead Trust was in 1959 to establish a capital fund for development. The Kingsmead Council revitalised the Trust in 2012 as a strategic imperative in order to fundraise for existing programmes to enable an education of excellence for future generations of students.
The Trust will ensure this objective through:
- Building a strong base for the long term sustainability of Kingsmead College’s Bursary programme, and
- Raise funds for identified capital projects and improvements as part of the school’s strategic initiatives via an Endowment Fund.
Change a Fortune
The Change a Fortune campaign was launched at the beginning of 2013. This is a dedicated campaign to support the current bursary students attending Kingsmead. All proceeds are administered by the Trustees of the Vera Paver Trust. When past Headmistress Vera Paver retired and left Kingsmead she made a generous donation to the school. A further amount was then left to the school by her Estate. These amounts, together with donations from the PTA and the Old Kingsmeadians enabled the establishment of the Vera Paver Bursary Trust which was set-up in July 1982 in her honour.
The purpose of this trust is specifically for bursaries, which are awarded to deserving individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The trust is governed by a board of trustees and adheres to the appropriate statutory regulations.)
More recently donations and investment income were utilised to build a new Music, Arts and Culture Centre, with individual music rooms, a dance studio as well as large orchestra and ensemble practice rooms. Generous donations from individuals also enabled the school to build a new Sports Centre, with dedicated facilities for students and parents, including change rooms and viewing areas for the pools, courts and astro-turf.
Message to Kingsmead College from Fortunate Tshirangwana
Ever since I can remember I have always disliked my name, simply because people would say things along the lines of, “I’m Fortunate to meet you,” and, “Are you able to change my Fortune?”
I usually don’t pay attention to these jokes, but lately I’ve been thinking about how I can change someone’s fortune and what that means. When I look over my high school years at Kingsmead College, I can honestly say that teachers, parents, friends and most importantly the Student Scholarship Program (SSP) changed my Fortune.
When SSP offered me a scholarship, they weren’t just changing my fortune, radically shifting my life, but they were giving me a key to my future. Handing me a key wasn’t enough to get me where I am today.
Without the support of Kingsmead College, I wouldn’t have been able to use the key to open doors and purposely grasp every opportunity that came my way. The partnership between SSP and Kingsmead ultimately gave me the platform to open doors 11,000km away in America, where I am currently studying at the University of Lehigh in Pennsylvania.
When people ask me to what I would change my name, my immediate answer is “Ubuntu”: a quality that includes the essential human virtues of compassion and humanity.
Once you realize the impact of investing in someone’s life, you can’t help but want to change their lives. It’s a cycle of Ubuntu.
When you invest in a young girl and change her destiny, you give her the key to open doors and the power to walk through that door and achieve unfathomable things.