October – what a month! We celebrated our 90th birthday and unveiled our Custodians of Courage sculpture. We couldn’t be more proud of our Kingsmead girls and the legacy they have left behind – one of perseverance, strength and courage.
We celebrated numerous special days in October, from International Day of the Girl Child, where we were reminded of how special it is to nurture young leaders, to Teachers’ Day, when we honoured our beloved and dedicated staff, to Mental Health Awareness Day, which brought a very special guest. We also congratulated our sports and academic stars, who keep proving just how dedicated and passionate they are, and we bade farewell to our matric class of 2023 at their Valediction.
See our October 2023 highlights below.
As our incredible Grade 12 students take their final steps at Kingsmead, we reflected on their journey. Some of our Grade 12s returned to where it all began, visiting the place that holds so many memories – their Grade O classes. They spent time painting and playing on the playground, sharing laughter and joy with our current Grade Os. Seeing the “big” girls in action was magic for the little ones!
To the Class of ’23, as you embark on this new chapter of your lives, we want to express our sincere pride and gratitude. Thank you for choosing Kingsmead – you will always be a part of our Kingsmead family!
We celebrated Teacher’s Day with all our amazing educators. Your dedication, passion, and hard work make a world of difference in our students’ lives. Thank you for shaping the minds of tomorrow, and inspiring them to reach for the stars.
October was Mental Health Awareness Month and the senior school kicked things off with an inspiring, powerful talk by actress, musician and entrepreneur, Nandi Madida. Nandi reminded us about the importance of vulnerability, kindness, and self-love. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Nandi.
We came together to celebrate a momentous milestone in Kingsmead College’s history – our 90th Birthday! And what a special day it was. We unveiled our Custodians of Courage Sculpture, a symbol of our school’s enduring spirit. It’s a testament to the strength and courage that has defined our school for 90 years.
We’ve seen generations of incredible students and staff members pass through these halls, each leaving their mark and contributing to the legacy of Kingsmead College. Ninety years of excellence in education, of friendships forged, and of empowering young minds to become the leaders of tomorrow – that’s what Kingsmead has been all about.
Here’s to the past 90 years, and to the countless ones that lie ahead, brimming with promise, innovation, and endless possibilities.
Milisuthando Mabusela competed in the SA Gym Games as the highest ranked level four gymnast representing Gauteng. Her composure and perfect execution on the day paid off and earned her a gold medal on vault, silver medal on floor and a third place finish overall. Well done Mili! We are so proud of your achievement.
Congratulations to Lucy Berry for her amazing performance at the SANESA National Equestrian Championships! Lucy placed fourth in equitation and eighth in show jumping. This is an incredible accomplishment and we are very proud of you. Well done, Lucy!
Huge congratulations to our amazing riders, Hannah Cooke and Mila Hozack! They showcased their talents at the SANESA Nationals and achieved some impressive results that demonstrate their dedication and hard work. We are incredibly proud of you girls.
Hannah Cooke’s achievements:
5th in Dressage 1a
1st in Dressage 1b
1st in Performance Riding
4th in Working Riding
6th in Handy Hunter
2nd in Equitation
4th place overall with the highest points!
Mila Hozack’s achiements:
1st in Handy Hunter
1st in Equitation
2nd in Showjumping
On a day filled with laughter, tears, and an overwhelming sense of pride, we bade farewell to our incredible Grade 12 students at their valediction and brunch. From their very first day at Kingsmead to the confident young adults they’ve become, we’ve witnessed their growth, their achievements, and their unforgettable moments. They’ve left an indelible mark on our school, and we can’t wait to see the amazing paths they’ll forge in the future. Your futures are incredibly bright, and we’re excited to see you shine.
Congratulations to the Class of 2023!
This International Day of the Girl Child, we stood together to acknowledge the incredible strength and resilience of girls all over the world. Every girl deserves a chance to dream, to achieve, and to shine as bright as she can. It’s incredible to see our girls take on leadership roles, pursue their passions, and contribute to a better world – and it’s up to us to support and empower them as they navigate life’s journey.
Congratulations to Anvita Nunna for being selected for the Central Gauteng Lions Girls’ cricket team. Anvita and her team will be playing in an under 13 tournament in December. Well done Anvita! We wish you all the best for your tournament.
Goodwill Day 2023 beautifully reflected the timeless wisdom of our founder, DV Thompson, who once said, “Genuinely caring for others, rather than just wishing them well, involves taking meaningful actions for their well-being. Goodwill is the commitment to harness every ounce of our abilities to bring positivity and kindness into the lives of others, extending beyond those closest to our hearts.”
Thank you to our wonderful community for supporting the charitable initiatives that marked this special day. Let us continue to nurture this spirit of goodwill, knowing that together, we can make a lasting impact on our world.
Congratulations to Tamsyn Sinclaire for her amazing results at the Mandeville Junior League Swimming Gala which took place on Sunday, 15 October. Tamsyn received a gold medal for butterfly, a silver medal for freestyle and bronze medals for backstroke and breaststroke. Well done, Tamsyn!
Congratulations to Isolam Sithebe for representing Wanderers Gymnastics Club in the Level Two Zone Championships held by Gymnastics SA in Chartwell. Isolam won a gold medal on the vault and received a special award for the highest individual score on an apparatus at the competition. Isolam also received silver for both the bar as well as her floor routine and attained bronze for the beam. Overall, she was awarded a silver medal for the day’s four scores combined. Amazing work, Isolam!
Our senior students had a blast at the Inter-High Athletics at Germiston Stadium in October! It was a day filled with sports, fun and camaraderie as our girls connected with their peers from different schools. We came in first position under the ‘B’ categories! A massive congratulations to all our athletes who participated. Your hard work and dedication have paid off, and we couldn’t be more proud.
We are thrilled to share the results that our divers achieved during the recent Gauteng Diving Trials. Thoriso Motshegoa, Mikayla Rono, Milan Williams and Olona Mbele all performed exceptionally well and made us proud by securing 5th, 7th, 4th, and 4th positions respectively. Furthermore, Maya Rono and Kylie Dugmore were selected for the Gauteng diving team. They clinched 2nd place in their respective categories. What an achievement!
The Matric Dance Committee spread smiles and excitement as they handed out Matric Dance invitations to the Class of 2024. It was a beautiful moment, made even better with the anticipation of an unforgettable night ahead. Seeing our students beam with joy as they received their invites was heart-warming, and it’s just the beginning of the magic 2024 has in store.