Kingsmead Newsletter September 2017

Dear Kingsmead Community

Welcome back to the third term and I hope you are feeling renewed with energy and positivity. I wish our Matric girls well as they embark upon their last days of school and as they prepare for their Final Examinations.

The ripple effects of the tragic Michaelhouse bus accident are still being felt and we continue to hold the Dloti family and the whole of Michaelhouse in our thoughts and prayers. It does, of course, make us stop and reflect on our own policies with regards to transporting our girls and I do hope that you received and read the letter regarding the checks that we have in place to ensure the safety of our girls and staff.

The campus is looking quite magnificent and I thank Cyril Mitchley and his staff and Geraldine Church and her staff for the work they have done in the holidays to ensure this.

We hosted the annual Deputy Heads’ Conference for nearly 200 delegates from the 14 – 16 September. The theme of the conference was “Jozi – Hearts of Gold” and we really gave delegates insight into how much partnering is happening within our Johannesburg schools. Delegates could not stop telling us how hospitable they found Kingsmead and how beautiful the school is looking. Speakers included, amongst many others, Nene Molefi on Diversity and Inclusion; Piers Cruickshanks and Siseko Ntondini on their “Beyond the River” experience and Joni Peddie (one of our parents) on Resilience. We all felt very proud to be associated with the school and I thank everyone who had a role to play in hosting this conference.

I was away on the International Confederation of Principals’ Conference in Cape Town last week and I look forward to sharing some of my insights from this conference with you in the next newsletter.

The new parking development on the field is on-track for completion in the next few weeks and I am sure that this will alleviate some of the current pressures on the other car parks. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


As per my recent letter, we welcome Ms Pranusha Ramchander as the Director of Marketing and Events to Kingsmead.

Mr Bethuel Magoba has been appointed as the Kingsmead bus driver and will start with the school early in October.

Ms Stephanie Clarke has resigned and will be moving with her fiancée to the US at the end of the year and we wish her every happiness in her new environment.

Mrs Lulu Burger will be leaving us at the end of the year to take up a Directorship of a Learning and Training company.

There are many events coming up as we move towards the end of the year and I hope to see you at many of our functions in the next few months.

Fondest regards

Lisa Kaplan
Head: Kingsmead College

Arts News


Our Grade 12 Music class of 2017 played their final concert on Monday the 5th September. It was a wonderful celebration and a fitting end to their musical journey at Kingsmead.

On the 14th September, our Junior and Senior Marimba Ensembles and Senior School Choir entertained the 200 deputy heads from all over South Africa at the annual Deputy Heads’ Conference. The Choir opened the conference with a powerful performance of ‘Ingoma’.

Please see our Facebook page for videos of the event:

Over the same weekend, our Clarinet ensemble, two of our Junior School flautists, Hannah Daniels and Kristin Brown as well as one of our talented singers, Lesego Mnguni, entertained the guests at the OKA lunch.

One of the highlights on the Music Department calendar, is the annual Interschools’ Choir Festival which took place on Monday the 18th September at the Linder Auditorium. The Senior School Choir and Glee group had a particularly successful evening, performing with incredible confidence and stage presence. The audience erupted in applause as the Glee and Choir concluded their programme.

See our Facebook page for videos of the event:

Please note the upcoming events until half term:
(The Music calendar for the term and details of events are also available on the Kingsmead APP)

Mon 2 Oct          JS The Sound of Children Choir Festival: Grade 3 Choir

Wed 4-Fri 6 Oct ABRSM Practical Examinations

Sat 7 Oct            Goodwill Day (Marimba Ensembles involved)

Wed 11 Oct        ABRSM Theory Exams

Fri 13 Oct           Jan Celliers Eisteddfod: Grade 7 Piano & Grade 1-7 Guitar

Sat 14 Oct          Jan Celliers Eisteddfod: Strings & Winds

Mon 16 Oct        Jan Celliers Eisteddfod: Piano Grade 6 & 3

Tue 17 Oct         Jan Celliers Eisteddfod: Piano Grade 5 & 2

Tue 17 Oct         SS Cornwall Hill College Orchestra Festival

Wed 18 Oct        Grade 000-0 Concert


One of our Grade 10 pupils, Rachel McKay, represented South Africa in Los Angeles at the Performing Arts Olympics where she was placed first in the world for her Shakespeare performance. She was awarded a two year scholarship to study at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Elsabé Fourie
Director of Arts and Music

Sports News


Our tennis team had a very successful tour in the holidays to the Sun City tournament.

Congratulations to Tuana Güler who won the Senior School Tennis championship.


Well done to the 1st team that took part in the St Annes Annual festival where they finished 6th.


The following Senior School Equestrian team girls have been selected to represent Gauteng in the National Championships which will take place in October.

Hannah Buttifant-Sewel
Paula Duggan
Emma Gouws

Robert Pullen
Director of Sport

Academic News


Kingsmead entered seventeen creative pieces across four categories in this year’s SACEE creative writing competition. We congratulate all the girls whose pieces were selected for submission. Our entrants this year were: Alexia Lipchin, Gallia Fenster, Rochelle Coetser, Lucy Clegg, Raeesah Jadwat, Humnaaz Jhavary, Emma Cleminson, Nasiha Minty, Hannah Lapin, Taryn Rautenbach, Rachel McKay, Tasmiyah Surtee, Meghna Batohi, Olivia Hawes, Tessa van der Westhuizen and Malaika Minyuku-Gutto.

A special mention must be made of: Lucy Clegg whose poem: Our Room earned her a Highly Commended award in the Junior Poetry category and Raeesa Jadwat whose story, Public Transportation earned her a Highly Commended award in the Junior Prose category. Malaika Minyuko-Gutta was placed first in the Junior Poetry category for her poem, entitled: Long After We Parted.  We are very proud of this achievement and it is the second consecutive year that Kingsmead has been placed in the top three in this category.

Some of the seventeen entries will be showcased in this year’s school magazine.

Many thanks to Caitlyn Morris for coordinating and proof reading all the entries this year and to Bronwen Roberts for attending the prize giving evening at King David Victory Park.

Suzanne Cambitzis
Head of English


The South African Mathematics Olympiad is the biggest Olympiad in the country. Almost 100 000 learners participated in the 2017 Olympiad.

The first round is written in March. The Junior division consists of separate papers for Grades 8 and 9 and the Senior division of one paper for Grades 10 to 12. Each paper consists of 20 questions with multiple-choice answers and learners have one hour to complete the paper. Each school is provided with the solutions. For this round, the teachers mark the papers.

Learners who attain 50% or higher in the first round qualify for the second round which is written in May. This time the Grade 8 and 9 learners write the same paper. Learners have two hours to complete twenty questions.

The best 100 senior and junior learners from the previous round qualify for the third round.

It is not often that the Mathematics Department singles out individuals for accolades, but this is an exceptional achievement that we felt we should share. For the first time in 10 years Kingsmead is proud to have a student to qualify for the 3rd very prestigious round. Ammaarah Wadee, a Grade 8 student is our finalist in the final round of the Junior Mathematics Olympiad. Ammaarah competed against Grade 9 girls who have been taught significantly more formal mathematics than she has.

Both her and Megna Batohi in Grade 9, were subsequently invited to the team challenge for Grade 8 and 9s held at St Stithians College. They both wrote a team and an individual paper and received award certificates for having been invited to the team challenge.

We would like to encourage all students who participate in the Olympiad in future to practice the problems from the SAMF website as problem solving skills are most certainly the future of Mathematics.

Sharonne Isack
Mathematics Teacher


The Grade 9s have been studying about the structure of the lungs and the process of gaseous exchange. To make the different parts of the lungs more tangible in their learning processes, they did a lung dissection in class. This entailed blowing up the lungs to see how much they increase in volume during inhalation and cutting the trachea to see how the cartilage rings help to keep it open for breathing in and out. The girls used their iPads to take photos or record the full dissection at various stages. To explain the dissection beforehand, a visualizer was used on the projector to show the girls the different parts of the lungs and how to perform the dissection with precision.

Angela Norman-Smith
Life Sciences Teacher


Upcoming Adventurous Journeys:
Kaapsehoop 20-23 October
Tsitsikamma trail 6-10 December

Please contact Jenny Venter ( for more information.


A World Challenge team from Kingsmead College went on expedition to North India during the August holiday. The challengers are in control of their trip – fundraising, itinerary planning, arranging transport and accommodation, budgeting, meal planning and many more.

Budget Meeting

Trekking phase

The team hiked the Kunjakharak temple trek in the foothills of the Himalayas. This four-day trek did not only include technical terrain, but also the added challenge of leeches, no bathroom facilities and pitching our own tents every evening.

Project phase

The team walked for an hour every day to reach the project site – a small village in Pangot.  Challengers had to carry building material up the mountain along a very steep and narrow path to the small village. They built a fire pit and installed gutters for water harvesting. They also visited and taught at the local primary school.

Water Harvesting System

Visiting the local primary school

Rest and Relaxation phase

After the project and trekking phase, the team enjoyed some rest and relaxation time in Jaipur, Agra and New Delhi.

Visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra

Adiya Pillay (Grade 9) describes her World Challenge experience:

This trip really opened up my eyes to the world. We bask in the comfort of our little bubbles watching the world go by, unaware of the hardships that others face in their daily lives. On this trip, we saw a little glimpse into the lives of these people and we made a difference in their lives. That feeling cannot be replaced.

World Challenge Expedition to Madagascar (August 2018)

If you are interested in a World Challenge expedition, please join the Parent Information Evening on Thursday 12 October at 18h00 in the Conference Room.

Jenny Venter
The President’s Award Leader/World Challenge School Leader

Service News


We are excited about Goodwill Day this year and invite the entire community to come and enjoy the day with us on Saturday, 7 October, from 08h30-13h30. The programme is packed with many activities in aid of the charities we support. Delicious food and handmade goods will be on sale. A detailed programme will be published on 2 October on Facebook and the Kingsmead College app.


Please use the field and Cecil Avenue for parking. Tyrwhitt Avenue will be closed from 08h00-9h30. Additional parking is available at Rosebank Mall and the Gautrain station.


The entrance fee is a donation of gently worn clothes and shoes (there will be donation points across the campus).


The Games Area at Goodwill Day will include a variety of bigger games, in addition to the many carnival games organised by the Grade 8 and 9 students:

Miniature Ferris Wheel                                           Inflatable Velcro Wall
Airplane Swing Carousel                                         Inflatable Horse Derby
Giant Slide Rock Wall                                              Inflatable Human Bowling
Mechanical Surfboard                                             Farmhouse Inflatable Play Park
Mechanical Bull                                                        Bungee Trampoline
Jolly Roger Pirate Ship Castle & Slide                  Parachute Inflatable

The Games Area will be open from 09h30 until 13h30. There are age appropriate games for children from 2 to 17 years. Children under 6 must be under strict parental supervision. Please note that all games are played at the child’s own risk and parents are encouraged to monitor their own child’s welfare regularly. A red wristband will give children unlimited access to all the games (this excludes the Dance-a-thon and the Haunted House).

Red wristbands will be sold for R150 and will be available from Tuesday, 26 September, from the Senior School Reception (cash only). Alternatively, red wristbands can be charged to your Kingsmead school account with the following form (this form will be active until Wednesday 4 October).

Grade 8 and 9 students will receive a complimentary games band because they are in charge of the carnival games.


The Walk in Colour will start at 08h30 from the Tyrwhitt gate (ending at the Tottenham gate). Coffee and breakfast will be sold from 08h00. Donation forms for the Walk in Colour will be handed out at school and a minimum donation of R50 is requested. Green wristbands will be issued on return of donation forms. All proceeds will go towards the Junior School Bursary Fund.


During the winter holidays Kingsmead College donated the 5th and 6 th wheelchairs to two grateful recipients Nthabiseng Radebe and Thabo Hlalele, who are both tertiary students at  Sparrow school in Melville. The wheelchairs were delivered by teachers Lisa O’Donovan, Sandy Sharp and Monica Loubser. The project is ongoing please keep collecting. We have almost collected enough bread tags -50 kg for the next wheelchair.


Please come and support the Blood Drive taking place this Saturday 7th October from 09h00 – 15h00 in the Grade 7 Common Room.

Jenny Venter
Head of Service

PTA News


The Kingsmead Raffle will be drawn this Saturday 7 October at Goodwill Day.

Lee Baylis
PTA Executive Committee

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