Kingsmead Newsletter June 2017

Dear Kingsmead Community

In Chapel over the past few weeks, the girls and I have been discussing the idea of taking the Kingsmead values and really embedding them into our everyday behaviour. The argument is that it is no good being able to recite them, one has to be able to translate them into daily behaviour. We all need to know exactly what the behaviours related to the values would look like.

The website, “Ethical Leadership” talks about “making values matter” and this is a concept I would like our girls to think about – particularly in the fast-paced world we live in where values might be seen as an outdated concept.

The Kingsmead values are: Courage, Happiness, Possibility, Purpose, Service and Responsibility.

At Kingsmead, we strive to enable our girls to live lives of happiness, responsibility and purpose with courage and service.

I would like to thank Lee Baylis, Head of the Parents’ Association, as well as her team, for the beautiful new Kingsmead-branded bus!

I wish all our girls, who are busy preparing for their exams, well over this period and I wish all our families a restful half-term break.

Fond regards

Lisa Kaplan
Head: Kingsmead College

Sport News


Kelsey Cloete, Grade 9, participated in the Central Gauteng Senior Acrobatics Championships. Kelsey won the U13 and U16 Elite Section which is the second highest level for Acrobatics in South Africa. Kelsey also won the trophy for the highest overall score in the Elite Section across all ages. Kelsey will be representing Central Gauteng at the South Africa Senior National Acrobatics Championships later this month in Pretoria.


The team have just completed their 4th and final Qualifier for the season. We look forward to hearing which girls have been selected for District teams.


With the season now completed, the U16 and 1st team are now preparing for the Pullen/ Howell Trophy, which will take part at the end of July. Final league results are only available in July.


Congratulations to our 1st netball team which placed 3rd, and the 2nd netball team which placed 4th in the Gauteng District Netball Play-offs.

ISSF (9/10 June)

Kingsmead’s Hockey, Netball, Squash and Tennis teams participated in the Annual Independent Schools’ Sport Festival, which was held in Durban this year.  All teams enjoyed some pleasing results.


We currently have teams playing in the Winter league on Friday evenings.


We have entered a team into the Sun City tournament, which will be held at the end of August.

Robert Pullen
Director of Sport

Arts News

Well done to our Choir, who performed brilliantly at the University of Pretoria Youth Choir Festival on the 2nd of June. Kingsmead enjoyed much praise for their singing! Thank you to Belinda de Villiers and Ashlea Martin who accompanied the girls, and to the parents for their support.

Congratulations to Nokukhanya Magwegwe and her teacher Lisa Gallagher. Nokukhanya was selected to perform as a soloist with the Randburg Symphony Orchestra in their recent Youth Concerto Festival.

In early June, Junior School Flute Ensemble and Orchestra performed at the annual Jan Celliers Music Concert, which is always a wonderful evening of music from a variety of schools, in support of the Hillbrow Music Centre.   In the same week, our Senior School musicians enjoyed the limelight at our Senior School Music Concert.

On the 12th of June, our Choir, Glee, Marimba 1st Team and Orchestra performed at our annual combined Kingsmead and St David’s Music evening. As always, it was a spectacular evening with exciting performances from all the groups. Our girls performed with enthusiasm and confidence. An enormous thank you to all the Music staff involved in this event: Belinda de Villiers, Morné van Heerden, Wian Joubert and Ashlea Martin.

On Tuesday the 20th of June, Kingsmead and St John’s Music Departments collaborated for our annual combined Music evening. It was an absolutely wonderful evening with a variety of ensembles, bands and Orchestras, ending with two mass Orchestra items.

Upcoming events in the Music department:

Grades 4-7 Music Concert: Wednesday 5 July 17h30 – 18h30 Joel Hall
Grades 1-3 Music Eisteddfod: Saturday 8 July 9h00: Music Department
Grades 1-3 Music Concert: Thursday 20 July 17h30 – 18h30 Joel Hall

Elsabé Fourie
Director of Art and Music

Academic News


Kingsmead made the news when we hosted a Hackathon at the school. The winners of the Hack 4 Health Initiative, included Chantel Maina from Kingsmead College. Chantel formed part of a team using unusual combinations of Java Script and HTML showing great creativity and skill. Well done to all our Kingsmead Girls and students from Guild Cottage who showed true grit and skill.

Ndaba Mandela, founder of Africa Rising, a non-profit organisation which focuses on development in Africa, gave a talk at the Hackathon. “To focus on our kids is to focus on tomorrow. So for us at Africa Rising it’s all about youth empowerment. There are a lot of kids who are really outstanding and outspoken and they will shock you with the solutions they propose,” said Mandela.

Click here to read the article in the Rosebank Killarney Gazette


The Kingsmead English department is very proud of all our girls who participated in this year’s De Beer’s English Olympiad. The theme, Then and Now Staying Alive, paid tribute to fifty years of English Alive and over 6000 participants engaged with the prose and verse of South African writers whose early work was published in English Alive.

Congratulations are extended to all our girls who wrote the examination. Special mention is made of the following girls who received Gold or Silver classification.

Gold classification:
Nastassia Altriche
Raisa Essa
Zahra Haffejee
Chantal Maina
Nasiha Minty
Amy Viljoen
Jessica Winn

Silver classification:
Gina Clarke
Raffaela Clegg
Emma Cleminson
Annabel Dennison
Isabella Ferreira
Tuana Guler
Cameron Hardy
Humnaaz Jhavary
Naseeha Jhavary
Hannah Lapin
Basetsana Letsholo
Cayley Lovatt
Tenneh Masher
Jon-Benay Mitchell
Ileana Pal
Lauren Paton
Zeenat Saloojee
Kiara Shrank
Lucy Stewart
Shivani Vishwakarma
Alexandra Whittaker

Suzanne Cambitzis
Head of English

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)

The Natural Sciences Department has changed their focus from the usual Science Expo which is done every year with the Grade 8s to a STEAM project (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). The underlying concept of Scientific Method were the Natural Science skills that were reinforced.

The girls were posed with a problem on sustainability. They had to brainstorm in their teams, and come up with a feasible solution, build a prototype and then pitch this to a potential company to enhance entrepreneurship skills. It was not about the end product, or whether their prototype looked good or fell apart- it was about the process and the vision they could build on – which is aligned with 21st Century skills.

Our results are as follows:

Certificate of Excellence in Natural Sciences STEAM Project:
Ammaarah Wadee
Megan Cleminson
Satara Koolen

Certificate of Merit in Natural Sciences STEAM Project:
Gallia Fenster
Maxine Müller
Nicola Shakerley
Raeesah Jadwat
Carmen Lyons
Hannah Schleicher
Hannah Buttifant-Sewel
Zarifa Seedat

MOST INNOVATIVE Natural Sciences STEAM TEAM project:

Both groups explored the topic below.

“How could Kingsmead College reduce its electricity costs by finding other solutions to the use of air conditioners /heaters in the classroom?”

Catherine Curry
Satara Koolen
Malaika Minyuku-Gutto
Neliswa Nzama

Catherine Dyer
Riaska Geness
Yurisha Govender
Tasneem Ismail

The two most innovative teams will enter the Eskom Regional Science Expo at WITS on 29 July 2017. Well done!

Sharekha Banwa
Head of Science

The President’s Award

Congratulations to the following girls for achieving these levels of The President’s Award:

Cara McCauley

Stefanie Dunnington
Anya Shah

Congratulations to the following girls who completed the Silver and gold Adventurous Journey:
Tuana Guler
Domenica Valle
Emma Davis
Tayla Schweggman
Emma Cleminson

Kingsmead College joined Chameleon Adventures and a few other schools for a river rafting adventure on the Orange river during the April holidays. We rafted 62 kilometers in five days. After a day of rafting, we would set up camp. In spite of the temperatures dropping to around -4 degrees during the nights, the experience was amazing. The highlight of the journey was meeting participants from other schools. New friendships were formed and many of us are still in touch after the trip. Thank you to Mrs Venter for organising this journey.

Tuana Güler (Grade 10)

Adventurous Journey: Cape Town Hike

Congratulations to the following girls who completed the Silver and gold Adventurous Journey:

Ashley Pretorius
Shreya Semnarayan
Deepta Lalla
Tshiamo Seleki

Over the April holidays, the Kingsmead girls partnered with Redhill School on a Silver and Gold Adventurous Journey for The President’s Award. We hiked a total of 55km over four days through the beautiful, diverse landscapes of Cape Town.

We hiked 8km through the stunning Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on the first day. Day two and three were spent hiking 38km through the gorgeous fynbos on the Cape of Good Hope Trail. We visited the penguins at Boulders beach on the way to our final overnight hut. The huts were our place to freshen up and rejuvenate for the next day, a perfect time for bonding and some card games. Finally, we tackled Table Mountain: we climbed 12km up the back of Table Mountain from Orange Kloof, passing through Echo Valley and The Valley of the Red Gods. Just when we thought we couldn’t take another step, we arrived at the top of Table Mountain where we could look back on where we started hiking that same morning. Thankfully our descent was via the cable car.

It was definitely one of the most challenging things I have ever done, but it was very rewarding.

Ashley Pretorius (Grade 10)

Jenny Venter
The President’s Award Leader

Service News


Kingsmead College supports the fight against Human Trafficking

The Senior School gave a donation of R55000 to A21 in support of the fight against human trafficking. The funds were raised at the Dance Marathon and supplemented by a donation from last year’s Matric Dance Committee and Baker House’s birthday donations.

Jenny Venter (Head of Service), Grade 12 Service leaders: Jessica Winn, Husnaa Jhavary, Jon-Benay Mitchell, Jennifer Ver Burg (A21 representative)

Dignity Dreams Project 

It was with great sadness that we heard about the passing of Sandra Millar, the CEO and founder of Dignity Dreams. We will honour her legacy by continuing the work she has started in providing sanitary wear, promoting menstrual health and establishing micro-businesses for women.

Jackie Cuffley heads up a Kingsmead Dignity Dreams Project in the rural areas of Zimbabwe. Money donated from the Senior School Dance Marathon for the Dignity Dreams washable sanitary packs made this project possible. Jackie visited Kingsmead last week to give us feedback on this very successful and growing project.

Jenny Venter (Head of Service), Grade 12 Service leaders: Jessica Winn, Husnaa Jhavary, Jon-Benay Mitchell, Jackie Cuffley (Heads up Kingsmead Dignity Dream Project in Zimbabwe)

Service Excursions to School SleepOut beneficiaries

Kingsmead College’s School SleepOut is on Thursday 22 June. We will be joined by St Alban’s College to raise awareness for the homeless. Part of the process is collecting items for the satellite beneficiaries. We have visited these beneficiaries during the term.

Senior School girls at Impilo Child Protection and Adoption Services

School SleepOut Ambassador Jon-Benay Mitchell at Impilo Child Protection and Adoption Services

67 Blankets for Mandela Day

Kingsmead girls are knitting squares for 67 Blankets for Mandela Day and baby beanies for the beneficiaries of the School SleepOut. Please submit all squares to Jenny Venter by 5 July. Wool and needles are also available at R20 from Mrs Venter.

Squares: 20cmx20cm
Large/Adult blankets: 140cmx180cm
Medium/Child blankets: 120cmx160cm
Small/Baby blankets: 100cmx102cm

Important Service Dates:

  • Last day to submit knitted squares: 5 July
  • Complete your 67 minutes for Mandela Day at Kingsmead College on 18 July
  • SANBS Blood drive Monday 31 July

Jenny Venter
Head of Service

Old Kingsmeadian Association

Calling all Old Kingsmeadians! We are updating our data base – please take a minute to complete this form:

Click here to update your details for the OKA

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