Kingsmead Newsletter August 2017

Dear Kingsmead Community

We have come to the end of the long winter term and I thank the girls for their input during this incredibly busy term.

If you drive along Oxford Road, you will have noticed that our six main values (as distilled from DV Thompson’s writings) have been printed on street pole posters. It is very reassuring to have these values as our anchors in a world that is unstable and changing daily. The ethos of Kingsmead College is firmly rooted in Courage, Possibility, Service, Happiness, Responsibility and Purpose.

The recent events at St John’s College have made us all reflect on where we are as a school in terms of our policies, procedures, debates and discussions. In terms of our transformation and diversity on the campus, we have established a Transformation and Diversity Committee (headed up by Ms Sue-Ann Mabaso) which comprises academic staff, service staff and girls to have the vital and necessary conversations around transforming our school. We have also engaged Ms Nene Molefi – who has done great work for Standard Bank – to set up a 10-Step Journey for all our stakeholders. This will be rolled out from Term III and we welcome participation from our staff, parents, girls and alumnae in this respect. We are currently working on an anti-racism/bias/gender policy for the school and will also review our current transformation statement.

The tuckshop/kitchen/dining area is nearly complete and you will be able to see the finished building when you arrive back next term. Our girls are really going to enjoy this magnificent space. Thank you to Charles van Breda (our architect), Carlos Santo (Reef Construction) and Turner and Townsend (Quantity Surveyors) for all their dedicated work on the project. Also to Kingsmead’s facilities manager, Geraldine Church, and campus manager, Cyril Mitchley – who oversaw the project internally.

I enjoyed the most wonderful (big!) birthday celebration on the 24 July and I thank everyone for their kind wishes and thoughtful gifts – particularly the little Kingsmead girls who said that they thought I was still in my twenties! It really is a special privilege celebrating one’s birthday at a school. Thank you to everyone.

I wish you a wonderful, well-deserved break this August and I look forward to welcoming you back in the Spring time.

Fond regards
Lisa Kaplan
Kingsmead College Head

Sports News

Inter-house Athletics

Well done to Baker for winning Best Spirit and to Timlin for winning SS Inter-House Athletics 2017.


Congratulations to the following girls who have made the Equestrian teams that will represent Gauteng Joburg Metro at Finals 2017.

Christine Wides
Emma Gouws
Hannah Buttifant-Sewel
Julia Courtenay
Lauren Courtenay
Leigh-Ann Herselman
Mia Olivier
Paula Duggan

Arts News


On the 20th of June, our Orchestra, Flute, String and Clarinet Ensembles performed at our annual combined Kingsmead and St John’s Music evening. As always, it was a showcase of the excellent music that is produced in our schools. Congratulations to our girls who did us proud and to our dedicated Music staff who inspire our girls to be the best they can.

Our Marimba Bands participated in the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival and Competition.

The internal Eistedfods have been very well received by the girls and parents and we will continue with this initiative every term. Our girls also continue to achieve outstanding results in the Rockschool, Trinity and ABRSM practical and theory examinations. We have entered some of our girls’ films in the St David’s Film festival.

One of the highlights of the year, the Interhouse Arts competition, will take place on Thursday 3 August and promises to be a most exciting evening.

Elsabé Fourie
Director of Arts and Music

Academic News

Grade 11 Life Sciences outing to Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves

Every year, the Grade 11 Life Science class travels a surprisingly short distance (although millions of years back in time) to where humanity as we know it began – The Cradle of Mankind. The word Maropeng (Northern Sotho for ‘retuning to the place of origin’) accurately describes the surreal sensation of occupying the same space as our oldest ancestors, the feeling of returning home and delving in amongst our roots.

The displays within the ‘Tumulus’ at Maropeng are not only informative and fascinating, but also interactive, colourful and relevant. The boat ride ‘through’ the formation of the Earth was thrilling. Inside the museum, the exciting use of colour, technology and art make us yearn for more time to study every careful detail of the exhibits.

The Sterkfontein Caves in all their doom and gloom were harrowing to explore, giving us an idea of the sensations experienced by those left to fossilise. With a constant fear of losing your path within, one can’t imagine any archaeologist working there to ever be completely at ease. Add that to the tale of the scuba diver who became lost within the cave’s deep ground water, and one’s traipse through the caves gradually felt more and more ominous. However the trip was dotted with fossils locked within the Breccia (type of rock) and was overall a very enriching and exciting experience.

A huge thank you to Ms Minnie and Ms Pillay, as well the Life Science Department, for this opportunity.

By Lauren Paton (Grade 11) 


We are very proud of the four Kingsmead girls who were placed in the Top 100 of this year’s English Olympiad.

Congratulations to:
Amy Viljoen placed 28th
Jessica Winn- 31st
Nasiha Minty -33rd and
Zahra Haffejee -74th

Suzanne Cambitzis
Head of English


This was the third year of the Young Readers’ Award Book Project. The value of the project was certainly reinforced as the girls once again immersed themselves in the wonderful literature on offer. This year we included a number of African writers for the first time and these novels were well received by the girls. Hopefully this project will have exposed them to genres they would never otherwise have attempted to read.

The final Prize-giving Ceremony took place on Friday 26 May during our English lesson. Each year we invite a published author to address the girls at this ceremony and to talk about the process of publishing a book. This year we had Paula Gruben – the author of ‘Umbilicus’ – join us and her talk was inspiring.

There were three girls who read all 20 books in the project; they were Adriana Grünwald, Naseeha Jhavary, Ileana Pal, and Emily Smale read 19 books. I was thoroughly impressed with the way the girls embraced the project and can only hope that the passion for reading will have been ignited in some of them.

Janine Lovatt
Grade 8 Co-ordinator and English Teacher

Service News

Permanent Donation Point in the Music Centre Reception Area 

We are delighted to announce that we now have a permanent donation point for the charities Kingsmead supports. Drawers were installed under the staircase in the Music Centre reception area. The Kingsmead community can now conveniently drop off any donations (clothes, shoes, toiletries, books, blankets) that will then be distributed and donated to the charities we support.

Winter Warmer Week 

Thank you to the Senior School girls for the generous donations of warm items during the Winter Warmer week. The clothes and blankets were sorted and donated to Guild Cottage and Kids Haven. Nearly R2000 was raised from hot chocolate sales and civvies donations and was used to buy nappies, baby wipes and baby soap for the beneficiaries of the School SleepOut.

Community Service Hours

The Grades 8-10 girls are using Community Hours SA as a platform to log all community service hours. These hours are reflected on their reports. Over and above all the initiatives at school, the girls are giving of their time and making a difference in various communities. This year, a total 3051 hours of community service have been logged by Kingsmead Girls.

Project Day Service Outing

Service is an integral part of the ethos of Kingsmead College. During Project Day this term, some of the Grade 11s visited TLC children’s home. We had a meaningful morning interacting with the toddlers, assisting during the babies’ feeding time, chopping vegetables and cleaning classrooms.

The School SleepOut

Kingsmead hosted a successful School SleepOut™ on Thursday 22 June. St Alban’s College joined us on the cold evening without any comforts from home (be it snacks, hot water bottles or duvets). Students were served a soup-kitchen meal and braced the cold evening with courage. Representatives from the School SleepOut™ beneficiaries visited us on the evening to address the students. Activities during the evening included making baby blankets for the School SleepOut™ beneficiaries, beading bracelets for The Teddy Bear Clinic, making sandwiches for Fight with Insight and sorting all the Winter Warmer donations in the store room.

Jon Benay Mitchell, School SleepOut™ ambassador, encouraged the Grade 12s to donate money to buy South African inspired beanies from Gogo Magic. The Gogo Trust is a non-profit organisation that creates sustainable employment in underprivileged communities by teaching senior women to knit beanies to earn money. The ladies knit at their own pace and in their own space. Gogo Magic has already created employment for more than 600 women aged between 60 and 87 years. Every student participating in the School SleepOut™ received a beanie and kindly donated it again in the morning. These beanies were then donated to Fight with Insight to use at an outdoors evening event they hosted on Mandela Day.

Congratulations to Jon-Benay Mitchell for organising such a successful event. Jon-Benay was in charge of all the logistics and she organised the speakers and activities. She epitomises servant leadership at Kingsmead College.

Donations collected by students participating in the School SleepOut™ were donated to:
Refilwe Community Project
Angels Baby Sanctuary

Kingsmead College and St Alban’s College students participating in the School SleepOut™.

Knitting for 67 Blankets for Mandela Day at the School SleepOut™.

Making baby blankets for the School SleepOut™ beneficiaries.

Donations collected for the School SleepOut™ beneficiaries.

Making bracelets in support of The Teddy Bear Clinic.

Making sandwiches for Fight with Insight, wearing the beanies from Gogo Magic

Make and Donate a Sleeping Bag on Mandela Day

Kingsmead College, in collaboration with Community Hours, hosted a Make-and-Donate-a-Sleeping-Bag event on Mandela Day (18 July 2017). Sleeping bags were made from newspaper and recycled plastic and every sleeping bag was then put into a sturdy cover made from billboard material sewn by Fleur Fashion House. The Grades 0-3 girls coloured in a sticker for each sleeping bag, wishing the recipient a warm and safe night’s rest. These sleeping bags will be distributed to the homeless by Dollar and a Dream during their SleepOut in the Inner City. Nearly 600 volunteers joined us to give 67 minutes for Mandela Day and by the end of the day 382 sleeping bags were made.

Jenny Venter
Head of Service

Bread Tags and Bottle Tops

The type of bottle tops Interwaste accepts (washed please):

  • Milk bottle tops
  • Cold drinks bottle tops
  • “Stay Soft” bottle tops
  • Bottled water tops
  • Cooking oil tops
  • Mayonnaise bottle tops, condiment bottle tops

Interwaste does not accept:

  • Butter tub lids
  • Powerade lids
  • Only Plastic Bottle Tops not pill canister tops

Kindly note that the kilograms have changed to the following :

For Tops: 450 Kg (1 wheelchair)

Bread tags: 50 Kg (1 wheelchair)

Monica Loubser
Kingsmead Medical Centre Sister


PTA News

We trust that you are keeping well and warm. With the Senior girls nearing the completion of their examinations and the term drawing to a close, we hope that this has been a richly rewarding term for you all. Both Lisa Kaplan and Kim Lowman celebrated their birthdays in July and I am sure that you join me in wishing them each a wonderful year ahead filled with much happiness and good health.

We thank you for the support that you give our school. This was particularly evident at the Barnyard Dinner that was held on 9 June. Due to your participation at this fun event and your generosity at the auction, we made a profit of R42000 from this event. Thank you!

The School Shop continues to exceed expectation and we are grateful that you support this initiative. The greeting card project is underway in the Junior School. You may purchase a pack of 10 cards featuring your daughter’s creative artwork for R150.

The School has provided the PTA with their wish list so that we can ascertain where best to allocate funds raised. Currently, we are in communication with the Senior School regarding the upgrade of the senior school staff room and the replacement of the Lange Hall curtains; and with the Junior School, regarding the sensory garden and the entrance to the Senior Prep.

The PTA Major Raffle was launched at the Kingsmead Book Fair and will close and be drawn on Goodwill Day on 7 October.

First prize: a fully inclusive 3-day Rovos Rail trip for two from Pretoria to Cape Town with one night’s accommodation at Sun International’s The Table Bay and return flights to Johannesburg.
Second prize:  a pair of 0.52ct (total weight) diamond earrings

Tickets are R200 each. Please purchase yours soon.

Next term, we invite you to partner with us at the following:

Goodwill Day: Saturday 7 October: The PTA is organising the Walk in Colour, with proceeds going to the Junior School Bursary Fund and the Dance-a-thon, with proceeds going to JAM. We would love you and your families to join us on this special day.

947 Ride for Bara: Sunday 19 November

We wish you a restful holiday.

Kind regards
Lee Baylis and the PTA Exco



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