May 2023 Highlights

May 2023 Highlights

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We are so proud of our Kingsmead girls for another fantastic month! This May was filled with fun and educational events – from Book Week to our annual Kingsmead Book Fair. May also played host to our Kingstock Festival, where our students blew us away with their musical performances.

We congratulated our sports teams on stellar performances and gave plenty of praise to our debate teams, ballet dancers and accomplished drama students. The girls also got to enjoy Coding and Robotics Day, a big hit amongst our enthusiastic future engineers.

Read more about our May highlights below.

Our Senior Students had a blast on Coding and Robotics Day, as they explored the exciting world of technology with interactive workshops on RoboBricks, Machine Learning, Drones 101, Digital Art and Arduino Boom Gate. It was a day of learning, exploring and creating. Here’s to inspiring the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers!

The Grade 4s had a fun-filled introductory lesson to their Big Idea for the second term: ‘The Relationship Between All Things Matter’.

Grade 4 science class KC Kingsmead College
Scientists at KC grade 4 Kingsmead College
Scientists at KC grade 4 Kingsmead College
KC grade 4 in science class Kingsmead College
Our students and staff were privileged to hear from thought-provoking speakers who delved into the crucial themes of transformation, inclusion, and diversity. Topics included ableism, race, cancel culture, gender and a sexuality talk. It was an enriching experience that broadened our perspectives and inspired us to create a more inclusive world. A huge thank you to all our lovely speakers!

The Phoenix Cup is a New World School Debating Competition in which Kingsmead entered a team. The team included Carla Fuhri, Grace Gilfillan, Leeyah Ismail, and Nubia Nelson, who performed spectacularly. They ended as the second-best team in the competition and were the only team to ensure that the top-ranked team didn’t have a perfect record in the tournament!

Debating KC girl debates Kingsmead College
Debating KC girl debates 2 Kingsmead College

Congratulations to our debating team! Shihaam Bux, Liyana Patel, Zahra Mayet, Ariana Akoodie and Hanaan Kana took part in the final preliminary round of the SACEE Debating Championship on Saturday 27 May. This team ranked fourth in the competition, winning five of the six prelim rounds. Consequently, they progressed straight to the quarterfinals which will be later in the term. A truly fantastic achievement!

Debating team KC 1 Kingsmead College

Our lucky Grade 12 students got to watch a performance of their setwork play, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, by The National Children’s Theatre. The professional cast brought the play to life in Lange Hall and our students were asked to bring a magical item from home, which the actors used as props. After the 80-minute captivating performance, the Grade 12s were given the opportunity to ask the actors questions. Our students loved seeing the transfer of Shakespeare’s words from a page to a stage.

Drama theatre performance Kingsmead College
Drama theatre performance KC Kingsmead College
Kingsmead College drama performanmce Kingsmead College

Well done to the Grade 7A team who participated in the St Andrew’s Netball Festival!

KC girls sports tournament Kingsmead College
We celebrated Mother’s Day!
“No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love” – Edwin Chapin.
Mothers Day KC Kingsmead College
Congratulations to Lucy Berry for outstanding results at the SANESA Equestrian qualifier. Lucy placed third in Equitation and third in Show Jumping. Well done, Lucy!
Lucy equestrian Kingsmead College
Horse jumping at KC Kingsmead College
On the 7th of May, Paula Anderson danced in the Youth Russian Ballet Company’s production of Sleeping Beauty at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City, where she was a soloist in Act Two as the Main Jewel. Paula is also preparing for her visit to Bulgaria where she was chosen to take part in the Russian Ballet Masters Summer incentive for three weeks. We can’t wait to see how you shine, Paula!
Ballet at KC Kingsmead College
Congratulations to Zothile Ndiweni for qualifying to take part in the 38th Gym Stars International Women’s Competition in Malta. Zothile was selected to represent Wanderers Gymnastics Centre in her age category. In addition, Zothile will be participating in the Sunlive International women’s training camp immediately after the competition. Well done, Zothile! We wish you all the best for your competition and training camp.
Zothile KC Kingsmead College

Kingsmead College returned to the Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts (FEDA) with a bang! The cast and crew put on a modernised, South African adaptation of ‘The Crucible’ which the adjudicators called “inspired and extraordinary”. We are exceptionally proud of our students who worked with passion, professionalism and courage.

Drama play at KC Kingsmead College
School play KC Kingsmead College
Theatre KC girls perform Kingsmead College
Kingstock Festival was an incredible experience! From the delicious food stalls to the amazing music performances, we had a blast and can’t wait for it to happen again next year!
One of our Service Saturdays was spent at the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital. The Johannesburg Wildlife Vet is the only dedicated wildlife veterinary hospital in Johannesburg and their aim is to improve the quality of treatment, survival and success rate of rehabilitation of indigenous South African wildlife. Dr Karin Lourens spent the morning with us introducing us to the various wildlife currently in their care – caracals, genets, bat-eared foxes, rock hyrax, barn owls and tortoises. Dr K explained how the animals had come to be in their care – some confiscated from illegal breeders, some injured and rescued by their Animal Ambulance, and some brought in by community members. We are so grateful to Dr K and Grant who taught us so much and enabled us to learn and get a far better understanding of what we can do to stop illegal trade and assist the wildlife that is all around us.
Baby wildcat min Kingsmead College
Karakal min Kingsmead College
Reptile rescue min Kingsmead College
Rescue chickens min Kingsmead College
Joburg wildlife min Kingsmead College
Inspired by the spirit of our signature event, Kingsmead Book Fair, we hosted Book Week! The week was all about immersing our students in the wonderful world of books, and we had an incredible line-up of events and activities. Our Grade 000-3 girls and their parents had a delightful “Reading Breakfast” to kick off the week. Laughter and joy filled the grounds as families bonded over captivating stories and delicious treats.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, guardians, and au pairs who joined us to make this event an outstanding success. Your support and participation added an extra sprinkle of magic to the morning!

The winners of this year’s Kingsmead Book Fair Young Writers’ Competition were announced at the Kingsmead Book Fair in May. We were so excited to receive over 400 entries to the competition from around the country. Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended writers, as well as all the Kingsmead College students who had the courage to enter. To our very own Grade 12 student, Leah Falcon, well done on an amazing story and for winning your age category.

Until next year – keep writing!

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