Kingsmead Newsletter May 2017

Special message of congratulations to Lisa Kaplan, in celebration of her 10-years of dedicated service and leadership as Head of Kingsmead College:

It gives me great pleasure to share with our Kingsmead Community that Mrs Kaplan has held the role of Head of Kingsmead College for 10 years! This is a significant milestone and an anniversary that we can all feel privileged to celebrate.

Lisa Kaplan has in this time, year-on-year, taken Kingsmead College from strength to strength. She has continued to set the pace for excellence and has played a significant role in creating an environment that brings out the best in each individual girl by driving the ethos and essence that is Kingsmead College, and ensuring their success!

There is no question that our girls benefit from her tireless dedication and I would like to extend the appropriate gratitude on behalf of the Kingsmead Community.

Lisa Kaplan, we salute you!

Bev Bouwer 
Kingsmead Council Chair

Dear Kingsmead Community

Welcome back to the winter term and what a wonderful celebratory start it has been. We officially welcomed Kim Lowman (Head of the Junior School) and Marisa di Terlizzi (Head of the Senior Primary) at our combined assembly.

Kim Lowman has been at St Stithians Girls’ Prep school since 2008 and during that time she was the Academic Director and the Deputy Head of Academics. Mrs Lowman has her Honours degree in Psychology and her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Mrs Lowman has a passion for girls’ education particularly and she has great knowledge of and interest in the curriculum.

Marisa di Terlizzi has taught at St Stithians Girls’ College where she was the Director of Pastoral Affairs and the Student Centre. She has a wealth of knowledge about girls’ education and she has presented at conferences and has conducted research on learners who mainstream from remedial environments.

I am looking forward to working closely with these wonderful educators on the Whole School Executive Team and on a daily basis with Kim Lowman.

Staff news:

Welcome to Simone Spyker who is taking Kathryn Body’s lessons in English until the end of the year. Mrs Spyker has a wealth of knowledge as she ran an English department in the Eastern Cape until the end of last year.

Saartjie Venter is on long leave for this term. Should you have any queries or if your daughter is going to be away from school, please contact the relevant Grade Co-ordinator. Should you have a purely academic query, then please email or contact Piers Cruickshanks.

The kitchen and tuckshop renovation is coming along and is on track for full completion at the end of July. I have included some photos of architect Charles van Breda’s impressions of the new building. This is going to be a very exciting space for our girls and I am sure that you will agree that it will add to the offering at Kingsmead. Thank you for your patience while the building has been happening and an enormous thank you to Geraldine Church and Cyril Mitchley for the role they have played in helping with the building and with making alternative arrangements for the kitchen and tuckshop.

The Kingsmead Book Fair 2017

Our annual signature event – the Kingsmead Book Fair – was held on Saturday 13 May and, in spite of the freezing weather, it was a resounding success. Thanks to Hayley Pienaar (the Director of the Book Fair) and to her formidable team of helpers who have spent many months planning this event. We welcomed over 3000 visitors to the campus on the day and I thank the Kingsmead girls and staff who were so actively involved in serving on the day. Our magnificent school was showcased in all its beauty.

Click on the link to view a 3-minute video of the atmosphere of the Kingsmead Book Fair. Kingsmead Book Fair video

Click here to view Kingsmead Book Fair photographs

Congratulations to the following members of Staff who have served Kingsmead for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years!
Back row: Sipho Malatjie (15 years), Evelyn Mokgati (20 years), Caroline Makokga (20 years), Phitso Maphoru (10 years), Patricia Nyao (15 years), Rosina Matlakala (10 years), Lisa Kaplan (10 years), Jameson Ndhlovu (10 years), Priscilla Nkwamba (10 years), Elias Chuene (5 years), Curven Makwela (5 years). Missing from photo: Dianne Mannie (20 years), Shamila Chiman (10 years) and Suzanne Cambitzis (5 years).

I wish you all a very healthy winter term.

Fond regards

Lisa Kaplan
Head: Kingsmead College

Arts News


Congratulations to Ammaarah Wadee, Grade 8, who has been invited to the global round of the World’s Debate Cup in Athens!

Ranyah Patel competed in the Bratislava Schools Debating Competition which was held in Slovakia this year. She was part of the provincial team, representing South Africa. Her team went all the way to the quarter-finals where they were knocked out by Romania. Ranyah was ranked 13th of 180 speakers in Europe. What an extraordinary achievement!


Well done to all our musicians who have performed over the last while and did Kingsmead proud. Our Marimba Ensembles played at the Kingsmead Book Fair on the 13th of May; The Grade 3 choir sang beautifully at the annual ‘Let the Children Sing’ on the 15th of May; our 1st Marimba Team participated in the annual St Stithians Marimba Festival on 16 May and our Glee performed at the ‘Music and Mezedes’ Evening at Saheti on Thursday 18 May.

On the 23rd – 25th of May, Kingsmead hosted the 13th annual Orchestra and Ensemble Festival at the Rosebank Union Church. This year there were 15 schools involved in the event and our Kingsmead Orchestra, Brass players and Marimba Ensembles performed to great applause from an enthusiastic audience! It was a truly spectacular event with an amazing atmosphere and camaraderie between the different orchestras and bands.

We wish our musicians the best for the upcoming events and examinations:

Friday 2 June                    SS UP Youth Choir Festival at The Musaion Hall, Pretoria
Tuesday 6 June                 JS Jan Celliers Music Evening at Jan Celliers: Orchestra & Flute Ensemble
Wednesday 7 June            SS Music Concert in Lange hall: Individual Musicians
Saturday 10 June              SS Internal Mini-Eisteddfod in the Music department: Individual Musicians
Monday 12 June                SS Kingsmead & St David’s Music Evening at St David’s: Choir, Glee & Marimbas
Wednesday 14 June          Trinity Practical Examinations
Tuesday 20 June               ABRSM Practical Examinations, SS Music Evening with St John’s at St John’s: SS Orchestra, Ensembles
Thursday 22 June             Rockschool Practical Examinations, JS Magic of Music: Grades 6 & 7 Choir & Orchestra at the Linder Auditorium

Elsabé Fourie
Director of Arts

FEDA – Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts

This year, the Kingsmead College production performed at the Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts was Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker. Performed on Saturday, 20 May, at the Fringe Theatre in the Jo’burg Theatre complex, the feedback from the adjudicators was positive and encouraging; calling the work, “Harrowing, grotesque and brilliant” with “superb make-up and costume”. They and the audience were blown away by the cast’s immersion into the world of the play, with each cast member creating a distinctive performance, working incredibly well together to create phenomenal ensemble and chorus work. Thank you to the cast who had spent many late nights and weekends dedicated to rehearsing and putting on such a feast for the senses. Even though they were under the guidance of our Dramatic Arts intern, Ntombifikile Ngidi, the cast took it upon themselves to create characters that were grueling, through their haunting make-up and wonderful physical characterisation.

After the final performances on Saturday the 27th, various nominations and awards were announced. Kingsmead was nominated for Best Make-up, Best Special Effects, Best Ensemble, and Best Costume, and Rachel McKay was nominated for Best Actress. We are very proud that Kingsmead won 2 awards: Best Make-up and Best Costume.

Immense congratulations to all the girls involved – their growth as performers and theatre makers is paramount in the course of creating a piece like this. Huge thanks to Ntombifikile Ngidi for leading our young thespians in such a successful production, thank you Jessica Blunden (Matric 2016) for coming back and assisting where she could with the technical aspects of the play, and thank you to Frances Wilmot and Caitlyn Morris for their support.

Director: Amonge Sinxoto
Cast: SkrikersNatalya Meyerowitz, Cayley Lovatt, Rachel Maruatona, Rachel McKay
Lily – Laura Hudson
Josie – Georgina Kelly
Spirits – Juliana Demetriades, Palesa Morifi-Winslow, Olivia Fowler, Palesa Malebana, Sarah Storey, Tayla Schwegmann, Kyra Burnett, Basetsana Letsholo, Baphiwe Roji

Sound & Lighting:      Jessica Blunden, Hannah Blunden
Special effects:            Jessica Blunden
Costumes & Set:         Nina Veldtman
Poster Design:            Nina Veldtman
Backstage:                    Nina Veldtman, Amonge Sinxoto, Isabella Ferreira, Luyanda Sokhulu, Thlompo Khoncha

 Cast and Crew waiting backstage with Dramatic Arts intern Ntombifikile Ngidi (far right) before their performance.

The Skrikers show off their chilling make-up
(Left to right: Cayley Lovatt, Rachel Maruatona, Natalya Meyerowitz, Rachel McKay)

Frances Wilmot
Dramatic Arts Teacher

Sport News

The following girls have been selected for the Southern Gauteng hockey teams.

Gabriella Staples    U14A
Norma Magwegwe U14C
Kate Galloway         U14D

Margaret Amoes     U18C
Jamielee Clogg        U18D
Husnaa Bux              U18D

Congratulations to the Kingsmead Hockey Team, who were runners-up in the Spar Hockey Challenge.

Robert Pullen
Director of Sport

Academic News


The Grade 10 Geography group have risen to the challenge of baking a geographically themed cake every Wednesday this year. The creations have exceeded my expectations and the girls have cleverly managed to translate the theory we are covering into creative, well thought through, technically detailed masterpieces. They have also taken the initiative to create a “bakerbaker blog” to chronicle their experiences this year and to give some context and explanation of their cakes.

Please visit and follow us to receive updates.

Bianca Rademacher
Head of Geography, History and Accounting


The Grade 9s participated in the “Banango Traders” entrepreneurial skills challenge.

This programme has taught them many useful concepts about the way in which business works. Participants have learnt to strategise, plan and analyse the performance of a business in terms of the two most important factors that determine the success of any business – profits and cash flow. They’ve learnt the difference between good and bad business decisions and they have explored what one needs to do in order to turn business ideas into successful results.

The Grade 9 group was divided into teams that formed their own businesses and competed against each other to gain the most profit. In each round of the simulation game the teams had to make important pricing, marketing and purchasing decisions. After each round decisions were fed into a computer programme that had been designed to recreate a “real life” market environment and produced instant results. Based on their results teams made adjustments to their strategies for the next round. The winning team was the one that could out-strategise the competition over the four rounds played.

Congratulations to the winners – Blissful Banango Hut! The members were Abigail Behr, Emma Clark, Gabriella Da Naia, Julia Granig, Kaela Marsh, Lily Robinson and Chloë van Beukering.

Liezel Van Lith
Senior School EMS & Afrikaans Teacher


Monday the 22nd of May saw the reintroduction of the Best Speaker event at Kingsmead College. The Learning Centre came alive with an evening of Public Speaking in which each participant was required to deliver an original speech inspired by the title of a full-length motion picture. The result was an interesting range of well-researched, entertaining speeches that reminded the adjudicators and the audience that there are many very talented Public Speakers at Kingsmead.

After the prepared speeches had been delivered, the senior speakers delivered impromptu speeches on topics inspired by the 2017 Kingsmead Book Fair. This demanding round certainly challenged the seniors to showcase more of their speaking repertoire.

John Allen and I were impressed with the standard of public speaking in each of the categories. We were also inspired by the courage of the girls to share their insights with the audience.

The winners on the evening were:

Best Speaker: Olivia Chalwin-Milton
Best Impromptu Speech: Cayley Lovatt
Best Intermediate Speaker: Rachel McKay
Best Junior Speaker:  Kelsey Cloete
Most Promising Speaker: Husna Maswanganyi

Special thanks are extended to the parents who supported the event, John Allen for adjudicating, Caitlyn Morris for coaching the girls and for her assistance in organising the event and to Christie du Plessis who proved to be a charming MC.

Suzanne Cambitzis
Head of English

The President’s Award

Congratulations to the following girls who achieved various levels of The President’s Award:

Zanele Mpofu

Silver Award:
Gill Chang
Emma Cleminson
Sarah-Kate Havercroft
Georgia Taylor
Zeenat Saloojee

Gold Award:
Kinary Chiman
Sarah-Lee Burnett
Humnaaz Jhavary
Husnaa Jhavary

Upcoming Adventurous Journeys:

Fanie Botha Trail (Mpumalanga) 23-27 June in Mpumalanga
The Fanie Botha trail is regarded as one of the best trails in the country. This is a hutted trail (no tents or sleeping outside!) and is famous for its beautiful views, spectacular swimming holes and waterfalls (Mac Mac and Lone Creek Falls). You’ll walk through indigenous forest, pine plantation, crossing streams, passing many small waterfalls and climbing up rocky cliffs.

World Challenge Expedition to India
There is still space available to join the team on the World Challenge expedition to India in August. This expedition will include a trekking phase, project phase and rest and relaxation activities.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Jenny Venter (

Jenny Venter
The President’s Award Leader

Service News

Kingsmead College hosted a marimba workshop and picnic for the girls from Guild Cottage.


The Senior School girls collected 11 275 Easter Eggs this year. These eggs were donated to Asha, Soweto (8000 eggs), Meadowlands crèche cluster (1200 eggs), Fight with Insight (200 eggs) and St Columbus charities (1875 eggs).


Mother’s Day Connect is an initiative that celebrates new moms who have just given birth at public hospitals in South Africa. Kingsmead College got involved by donating gift packs for new moms, knitting baby beanies and delivering these gifts on Mother’s Day.


The Senior School girls signed up for nearly 400 hours of service at the Book Fair this year. The girls assisted with ushering at venues, welcoming visitors at the gates, selling cold drinks, assisting in the Children’s Area, taking photos and hosting the invited charities. Many girls were also involved the day prior to Book Fair in the set up and preparation process.


June 2017 is The School SleepOut™ month. Schools, teachers, learners and parents across the country can spend the night outdoors in solidarity with participants of the She-EO SleepOut™, collecting items for satellite beneficiaries in need. Kingsmead College will have a SleepOut on 22 June.

We are very proud of Jon-Benay Mitchell (Grade 12) who has been selected as a School SleepOut™ ambassador. The School SleepOut™ ambassadors use their influence and voice to spread the message of positive social change to their peers. Across all platforms, they support our business leaders, and encourage their fellow learners to participate in the School SleepOut™.

Jon-Benay attended the media launch of the School SleepOut™ and the following has been published on the CEO SleepOut™ website:


Jon-Benay is part of the service team as the head of chapel and is a Grade 10 form councillor. She is also the president of the SSP Student Council for 2017. She says she does not come from a very affluent family, but in Grade 7, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Kingsmead College from Grade 8-12. “I have been very blessed to have received this scholarship,” she says. She is very involved at school, and always takes part in activities such as the major production. Another one of her cultural passions is art. She does many hours of community service, including hours at the Baragwanath Burns Unit and the Princess Alice Adoption Home. “I know what it’s like to not have a lot and I feel I need to do my part in helping others who are more disadvantaged. I am excited to be a School SleepOut™ Ambassador because this is a way in which I can be a part of something that will make a difference in our country,” she says.

We will be knitting baby beanies and will collect baby soap, wet wipes and baby nappies for the following selected School SleepOut™ beneficiaries:

Refilwe Community Project
Angels Baby Sanctuary


The Senior School girls have visited Kitty and Puppy Haven and Angels Baby Sanctuary (one of the School SleepOut beneficiaries) this term.


Winter is approaching and 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 Jenny Venter.

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

Important Service Dates:

  • Winter Warmer Collection 12-15 June
  • Do your 67 minutes for Mandela Day at Kingsmead College on 18 July
  • SANBS Blood drive Monday 31 July

Jenny Venter
Head of Service

PTA News

Dear Parents

We trust that you have settled into the Term 2 routine. On behalf of the parents and PTA, we welcome Mrs Kim Lowman to the Junior School and are thrilled to have her join the Kingsmead family. We are grateful for the parents’ support of the various PTA initiatives this year.

We are happy to inform you that the PTA has introduced the Snapscan payment option. You can use this facility when purchasing PTA event and raffle tickets and at the School Shop. The PTA has sponsored the Kingsmead mosaic logo which will be placed above the Learning Centre. Take a look! The Kingsmead Bus is currently being branded and will arrive at the school on Friday which is very exciting – thank you for making this possible.

Congratulations to the winners of the termly KCC Draw and Car Parking Bay Raffle, which took place in the Junior School Assembly on 03 April. They are:

KCC first prize: (100%) Isabella Harding in Grade 1
KCC second prize: (50%) Nomahlubi Radebe in Grade 9
KCC third prize: (25%) Adriana Grunwald in Grade 10

Car Parking Bay Raffle winner: Jordan Knowles in Grade 2

The Family Outdoor Movie Night was held on Friday 31 March on the Garth and 672 people attended. We are so grateful for your overwhelming support of this event.

Miss Sue MacEwan’s farewell took place on 10 April. Thank you for your contributions to the catering, décor and gifts that helped make the evening such a success. We shall miss her but wish her much happiness in this new chapter of her life. On behalf of the parent body, the PTA gave her a gold chain and pendant with the King’s Cup on the front and the words “Franc ha Leal” on the reverse side as well as a 3-night stay for two people at Brookdale Hydro.

The Book Drive that occurred on 11 May saw 2 075 books collected and distributed to Sparrow, St Vincent’s, Touch Africa, Rays of Hope, Alexander Edu Com, Nhlanhla and Prince Reading Programme. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Although the rain and cold arrived with the Kingsmead Book Fair, we are so appreciative to all the parents who helped with this event and embraced the day.

The PTA Major Raffle was launched at Book Fair and will close and be drawn on Goodwill Day on 07 October.

First prize: a fully inclusive 3-day Rovos Rail trip for two from Pretoria to Cape Town with a 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 R 200 each and net proceeds raised will go towards school upgrades as specified by the Executive Headmistress.

Please buy your tickets and stand a chance to win these fabulous prizes.

We have a Parent Social Evening planned for Friday 9 June This function is for adults only and is a Barn Dance/Dinner to be held in the Joel Hall. The Rodeo girls, who dance internationally, will be entertaining us and teaching some line dancing. Tickets are on sale at R 250 each in the Junior School car park at drop-off. Join us for a fun-filled evening!

The KCC and car parking bay raffle draws will take place on 10 July in the Senior School assembly.

Please diarise these dates:
Goodwill Day/Fun Walk/Dance-a-thon and Major Raffle Draw: Saturday 07 October
947 Ride for Bara: Sunday 19 November

We hope that you and your daughters have a busy but rewarding term.

Kind regards
2017 PTA Exco

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