Old Kingsmeadian Association Newsletter November 2017

A note from Kirsten Legg

Head of the OKA

‘The world is torn with strife and conflict of thought and belief – economic, political and religious – it has a need, as never before, of thinking men and women, disciplined, controlled and sincere persons. I would like to feel that Kingsmead will send out considerate, disciplined and efficient women, but above all, women in some sense consecrated to the search after truth and happiness. Then indeed we need not fear that we can play our part in the world and play it worthily.” – DV Thompson 1934

Even in 2017 this quote is so apt. Kingsmead continues to produce women that play a major part in this world. Women who flourish at varsity, in the work place, on the sports field, on the stage, in the recording studio in fact in every possible area of life. I am so proud to be a Kingsmead Old girl, daughter to a Kingsmead Old girl and a mother to a Kingsmead pupil at present. The education I received at this amazing school has carried me throughout my life. I’d like to thank the two exceptional principals Lisa Kaplan and Kim Lowman for their unwavering support of the OKA and for maintaining the ethos of Kingsmead whilst running this incredible school.

Mrs Larkin who spoke at Kingsmead’s Speech Evening played the piano at many an assembly when I was a pupil here. What a dynamic woman – faced with a diagnosis and determined to beat  what she was told. So she took up running in her late 70’s. She’s now in her 80’s and holds world records. I’m sure we are all waiting until we reach 70 to start running. She inspired each one of us so much that night. The present staff at Kingsmead go beyond the call of duty, ensuring that every child’s scholistic and emotional needs are met. Thank you Kingsmead staff.

Mrs Deirdre Larkin

The OKA has supported various girls this year financially. One girl was assisted by being able to go on a trip of a life time to America and two pupils have been supported so that they can attend a choir trip to Italy next year. Such deserving pupils need to be given the opportunity to shine. Funds were raised this year through a very successful Bridge Drive, the screening of ‘Beyond the River’ and the Old Girls Luncheon .

The Matrics of 2017 have started writing their exams. They are a very talented group of young woman. I taught many of them in the Junior School so to welcome them into the OKA was a real privilege for me. I wish them all the happiness and success which they deserve and I  look forward to seeing them again as Old Girls.

As a florist, I’d like to leave you with a bouquet of flowers to carry you through the Festive Season and into 2018

  • A protea in the middle meaning courage
  • Yellow flowers meaning joy
  • Blue flowers for sincerity
  • White flowers for humility
  • Lavender flowers for elegance
  • Green flowers for good health and fortune

May glitter be your signature colour as you celebrate the Festive Season with your loved ones

I wish you and your families every blessing in the year ahead

Kirsten Legg

OKA Chairlady

Annual Speech Evening 2017

Lisa Kaplan’s Address

“I woke up this morning,” writes Bill Gates “and, like most days, I read the news. It’s grim. Hurricanes in the Americas have killed dozens of people and displaced far more. Mexico is recovering from its most powerful earthquake in a century. North Korea is threatening its neighbours. The civil war in Syria seems to have no end. These days, a lot of people look at the headlines and think: The world is falling apart.”

However, he goes on to say: “I have a different view. I think the world is far from falling apart. In fact, it has never been better—more peaceful, prosperous, safe, or just. And I’m on a mission to prove it.”

Good evening to Mrs Deidre Larkin, Mrs Bev Bouwer, Council members, past and present teachers and Heads of Kingsmead, parents, girls and most importantly, the Grade 12 Class of 2017.

I don’t believe that Gates’s view of the world is a Polyanna one. I rather must believe that, as I address the Class of 2017, that you will be the generation that will properly understand the challenges and will be inspired to solve the problems of today and tomorrow. My theme tonight is thus looking to the future with purpose, possibility, responsibility and courage.

It is funny to think that these Matrics were born when there were no real smartphones and that only nine years ago android phones arrived.

There are also several billion dollar companies that are in existence today that didn’t even exist when today’s Matrics started school.

This all points to the level of speed at which the world is moving and the world in which our children are living. Imagine the real difference then that these young ladies could make in the next 10 years?

Longevity is increasing because of healthcare and medical revolutions, which are adding a day and a half to your life each day at this stage, and it is quite likely that this year’s Matriculants will live over three centuries.

For most of you there will be periods in your lives when you are unemployed and we need to know how to give you the skills to cope with this.

Some writers have called you Generation Z or the GenCreate – acknowledging that you are better multi-taskers and that you are capable of learning something yourselves or through a more efficient, non-traditional route. This has proven to be true time and again in our school environment by this creative group.

One thing for sure is that we cannot keep doing school in this way… we need to be changing and experimenting and trying new things. This can be a scary place for educators and all stakeholders.

Many would state that we live in a VUCA World – which stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. But as Ta-Nehisi Coates, a journalist for The Atlantic, puts it: “The violence is not new; it’s the cameras that are.” Perhaps the issues have always been there, but we are only seeing them transparently now?

We need to embrace the uncomfortableness of this age boldly, because this is where the creativity and intuition will be stirred, awakening humankind’s spirited desire to innovate and make better what is wrong.

Our ability to dream big dreams is by far humankind’s most powerful attribute. Each organisation, each leader, each one of us needs to nurture, support and set it free and I hope to see our girls achieve this as they create their own remarkable futures and dream their own big dreams.

Studies by Oxford University suggest robotics and automation will replace 47% of knowledge worker jobs over the next two decades. So, we have to ask ourselves the question: ‘What can humans do that computers, AI and smart machines cannot do, well at least into the foreseeable future?’ The answer lies within six uniquely human values.

  1. The empathy to care about things that are wrong and have the passion and energy to seek something better.
  2. The curiosity to explore and go where others have never been.
  3. The creativity to find exciting and new solutions.
  4. The intuition to know when you have it wrong and the ability to the follow your gut instinct experimenting with a new route.
  5. The ability to inspire others to join you on your crazy impossible and meaningful adventure.
  6. The ability to collaborate with people and machines flexibly and in large numbers.

These are the six values every leader and person will need to harness to future-proof themselves against robotic replacement. The foundations that you have received at this great school have given you all of these tools.

My hope is that you will be inspired by people like Serena Williams who, during her acceptance speech for the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year award, offered words of encouragement to other girls and women as she became the first sole female athlete to receive the award in 32 years. “For all the ladies out there; yes, we can do it,” she said. “My hope by winning this award is that I can inspire many, many, many more women…. to stand right here on this podium and accept another Sportsperson of the Year, so yes ladies it can be done.”

She also addressed the importance of persevering just as she has in the face of criticism and body-shaming, saying: “I’ve had people look down on me, put me down, because I didn’t look like them – I look stronger.”

Some further advice as you move into your exciting futures:

  1. Procrastination is NOT your friend.
  2. You are a work in progress — don’t expect to get everything right the first time
  3. Parents are smarter than they appear (it’s that whole life experience thing)
  4. Graduating from high school is pretty much like earning your kindergarten diploma — you need more to make it in the ‘real world,’ because this is only a step along the way
  5. No one is holding you back — not your friends, your teachers, or your parents; you are the only one who can limit yourself. Don’t do that!

Or perhaps we should just be looking to Arnold Schwarzenegger with his two pearls of wisdom for the secret for success:

  1. Work your ass off
  2. Never listen to the naysayers. Ignore the naysayers.

On your behalf, I thank the whole Kingsmead Community, who has given you the courage to dare, the knowledge to excel, and the belief that you can succeed. They have been there for you girls with encouragement and care; they have had faith when you doubted yourselves. They have instilled in you the self-confidence needed to reach for your dreams. Thank you to all who have helped in this journey and I salute your parents, guardians and a remarkable Kingsmead teaching staff.

Earlier this year we said farewell to Sue MacEwan and thanked her for her 20 years of dedicated service to the school and welcomed Kim Lowman on board. It has been my pleasure working with her this past term and I am really looking forward to putting some of our plans in place in the forthcoming terms. There is a great synergy between the Junior and Senior schools and we look forward to extending this even further in the terms to come.

Thank you to the Administration staff – and in particular, Evani Naidoo – my PA, to the Academic staff and the Service staff, ably guided by Cyril Mitchley and Geraldine Church; to the Whole School Executive comprising of Kim Lowman, Marisa di Terlizzi, Ingrid Beekhuizen, Irene Ilsley, Derek Hird and the members who make up the Whole School Executive and the Senior School Executive –Saartjie Venter – who is my right hand and arm and Robbie Pullen, Piers Cruickshanks, Elsabe Fourie, Lora Foot and Pranusha Ramchander. Thank you for the robust discussions and debates.  We work as an extraordinary team.

Thank you to the Council members for their guidance and support over the past year. Bev – it has been wonderful working closely with you and I thank you for the many extra hours you have given voluntarily to the school.

Finally, to the Grade 12s – the phrase – ‘She broke the glass ceiling.’ Is one that has always jarred more than a little with me. It seems to be a rather jagged image that we use for women who achieve greatly and it also seems to be that it defines their accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph. So, I challenge you to re-frame this notion in your future. Strive for the highest reaches of success. It is safe to climb up to where the air is thin, but where the altitude is awesome and the view is spectacular.

So I encourage you to put on your values –for-life that Kingsmead has given you and I leave you with the words from Macklemore‘s “Glorious”:

We gon’ be alright, put that on my life
When I open my eyes, hope I see you shine
We’re planting a flag they don’t understand
The world is up for grabs
We gon’ be alright, put that on my life
When I open my eyes, hope I see you shine

Lisa Kaplan


The Headgirl’s Speech 2017

I grew up in the vibrant Lokshini climate of Mdantsane, for those of you who may not know – it is considered to be the second largest township after Soweto, situated in the Eastern Cape. This was a place that promised possibility beyond measure. I found treasures in a community that thrives on togetherness; a place where asking your neighbour for sugar or rooibos tea,  is not a shameful task. I was shaped by people who embody the belief that I am what I am because of who we are – ubuntu.

Moving to Johannesburg, I learnt that like most places, Mdantsane has three descriptions: the one you hear about; the one you see and the one its residents experience. I learned that to others, my birthplace was and still is a dry, barren and poverty-stricken place.

But this was always over-shadowed by my experiences and the people with whom I shared my growth: the people who encouraged me to dream; to envision abundant possibilities. At Kingsmead this was the community I discovered.

The ubuntu I knew from home was also embodied by this school.

It too carried stories – in the legacy of its members; in the richness of its grounds.

I learned that I was part of a grade characterized by young ambitious women who are driven by their sheer desire to excel.

To the class of 2017, let today be your reminder that you are more powerful than you have been led to believe, and, at heart, perhaps you already realise this fact.

When I think about our Grade, I see civil activists, renowned doctors, film directors, musicians, academics and leaders. I see women who are destined to change the African narrative. And what a wonderful thought it is, that the courage our school has instilled in us – will help us flourish in our pursuits.

I do however think it is time to evolve our idea of the “Perfect Kingsmead Girl”.

The mould that some may feel they have needed to fit.

While it might have been fitting to open with the line “I am a Kingsmead girl”, today I can proudly say that each of you is the “Perfect Kingsmead Girl”.

In her, are the values envisioned by Ms DV Thompson – qualities that are too precious and unique to fully describe. Own your identity, as a millennial; as a young woman; as an African. I’d like us to transform the stereotypical “so called” image.

I say this with conviction that before me sits Kingsmead Girls.

Matrics, I know that some of us have been counting down for a while now.

I remember Lala cheerfully announcing, on the first day of school, that there were only 203 days left of high school. Now there are only 6 days left. I’d like to believe that each of us will leave a part of ourselves behind. Although Mrs Banwa may object to this, as, in Grade 8, she called one of our first grade meetings – to discuss a smelling problem we had.

Our theme of “Assist-a-hood”, helped us reflect on the example we were setting for the other grades. We exuded a drive and profound passion for our younger grades and I’m sure we are all glad that the bullying issues, although extremely painful and very real, were addressed. We held each other in difficult times; demonstrating our ubuntu.

While striving for academic excellence – we will hold the record for the most absentees. Yes, we did have our regular part-time students over the past few years – we don’t judge. However last term proved to be the season of absenteeism. If memory serves me correctly, close to forty girls were absent on one given day. For some of us, Speech Evening reminds us of Aardklop in Grade 10. At only R30 a piercing, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to rebel, after all we learned from our own piercing guru – Ms Isacks. Needless to say, many girls returned with helix piercings and ear infections from their cheap endeavors.

Our non-conformists included Mrs Rademacher’s Geography class, who, in their attempt to have an early break, fast-forwarded the classroom clock by 10 minutes and Orlanda, who was obsessed with Japanese rap music.

Phoebe’s missing ‘mills and cokes’ will remain a mystery. How Harriet managed to draw a picture of a conclusion; and how the likes of Annnabelle, Basi and Gina manage to slay A’s with so little effort will also remain a mystery.

I’ve had the privilege of being a part the Originals; the Grade 9 alter ego group of Freakaniqua – Peta Myburg, Sharkisha – Brittany Peddie, Elephantisha – Almaaz Moosa; and the incomparable – Queens. And to think they called our grade cliquey.

We’ve shared Harlem Shake videos taken during Grade 8 PE lessons, which we were instructed to quickly remove from the internet. A-not-to-forget French tour, which afforded us with Allez les filles, on y va! The cameras never rested and our memories will forever be etched in our hearts.

Mom, Dad – thank you for the worry, the scheduling and the budgeting that went into the opportunities I often took for granted. To my beloved grandmother, ndiya bulela ngemfundiso zakho. Thank you to all the teachers who worked tirelessly; and believed in our capabilities. It’s one thing to want to achieve your very best; it’s another to have your teacher have the same vision for you. Thank you, Mr Allen, for all the history lessons that introduced us to a love for politics; to Mrs Wilmot who accepted that her son, was possibly a screensaver for the entire drama class. A day did not pass without Ms Cambitzis warning us about lower order thinking or Tisha calling us random names like Getty, Petunia and Sarafina – when she was referring to one of us.

To Mrs Kaplan, my mentor – thank you. Both you and Ms Venter, have made our journey successful. On behalf of the Matrics, thank you Mrs Van for your support. To my deputies – we have missioned through the school days with Anya’s incredible organizational skills and Peta’s low tolerance for nonsense. I’m grateful for you both. Our worries and stresses were always quickly overshadowed by laughter, whether it was a tech problem before an assembly; or an Instagram post that we should’ve uploaded; we found a way to be each other’s anchors.

“Guard that good thing committed to thee”, as I echo the words of Ms DV Thompson – Kingsmead Girls today I make a bold claim that that good thing refers to you and me, our families, our friends, our teachers, our cultures, beliefs and traditions, and most certainly our dreams and aspirations. Guard them, protect them and most importantly embrace them. Thank you for the honour of being your Headgirl for 2017.

Bapiwe Roji

Head Girl 2017


Junior School

From birth, parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe children, to express their love and joy, and to engage and interact.

Exposing children to Music during early development helps the body and mind work together, build motor skills while allowing them to develop self-expression and confidence.

For all these reasons, and more, we expose our girls to Music right from the pre-school classes and stimulate their growth and development as they progress through the Junior School.

Singing in a choir is the best starting point for any aspiring vocalist. This year we had four choirs in the Junior School, including a Grade Two Choir, Grade Three Choir, Grade Four and Five Choir and Grade Six and Seven Choir. It gave the opportunity to choose age appropriate songs for the girls to relate to and to enjoy. Concert performances were varied and included events for all age groups: Singing Sistas, Let the Children sing, Magic of Music, Combined evenings with St David’s and Pridwin as well as The Sound of Children. The Glee singing group provided a lovely opportunity for senior prep girls who wanted to further develop their talent.

Junior School Choir

The Orchestra has grown in leaps and bounds and it is hard to believe that some are still very young musicians who have only had lessons for a few years. They performed at our own annual Ensemble Festival, the Jan Celliers Music Evening and St Mary’s Ensemble Festival. Our Flute and String Ensembles have also steadily developed and performed at the Jan Celliers and Pridwin Music evenings.

Junior School Orchestra

The Marimba ensembles continue to provide a fun, vibrant and exciting musical opportunity.  This year, we had four Ensembles in the Junior School who performed at the Kingsmead Ensemble Festival, combined evening with Pridwin and at the St Katharine’s Marimba Festival. They also participated in the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival where they also attended workshops by African music specialists.

In order for our girls to perform in a non-threatening environment, we presented a number of internal Music Eisteddfods this year. No marks were awarded but the external adjudicators rather focused on encouraging, constructive feedback. These events proved to be popular with both the girls and parents.

The Violin Project for all our Grade Two girls and Brass Project for Grade Fours continued this year and we added a Grade 5 JSax project to further expand in offering our girls the opportunity to try a new instrument.

Our annual Grade concerts are always full of joy and excitement. This year the Bluebells, Buttercups were absolutely delightful sea creatures and the Grade 0s colourful bugs and other critters. The Grade One, Two and Three girls entertained their families with a Nativity concert. The Christmas story was told in a fresh new way in Ms Manni’s script accompanied by modern tunes.

A sincere thank you to all our Music teachers for their commitment and valued contribution to our Music Department and school!

Karen Müller, Head of Junior School Music

 Senior School

2017 was another busy and successful year for the Arts & Music Department. The Orchestra had great fun at the Four schools Interschools’ Orchestra Festival with Kingsmead, Trinity House, St Stithians and OWLAG and, as always, impressed the audience with a confident, polished performance. The Orchestra also performed at the St Mary’s Ensemble Evening. The Choir and Glee performed at the annual ‘Singing Sistas’ choir event where they blew the audience away with their performance of ‘Ingoma’.

The Grade 11 Art Class exhibited their interesting work in the First term, followed by some fascinating site-specific Art displayed all over the campus.

Our Public Speakers participated in the annual Speech and Drama College Public Speaking Festival presenting interesting and well considered speeches. The results they achieved were impressive.

The highlight of the first term was the major production, entitled ‘Girls Like That’. It was a powerful and thought-provoking play tackling the relevant and challenging topic of social media in our modern society and its impact on our girls’ lives. Our young actors captivated the audience with their courage and commitment on stage.

In the second term, the First Marimba Team participated in the annual St Stithians Marimba Festival and the Glee Group performed at the ‘Music and Mezedes’ Evening at Saheti. Kingsmead hosted the thirteenth Orchestra and Ensemble Festival at the Rosebank Union Church, involving fifteen schools. Kingsmead’s Orchestra, String Ensemble, Brass players and Marimba Ensembles participated in this exciting event. The Choir and Glee were invited to participate in the UP Youth Choir Festival, which was a wonderful acknowledgement of the high standard that both groups have achieved. The Combined Senior Schools Music Evenings with St David’s and St John’s respectively, were enjoyed by all and were a true showcase of the excellent music that is produced in our school and our neighbouring ‘brother’ schools.

The Drama Department participated in the annual Festival of Excellence in the Dramatic Arts (FEDA) competition for the fourth time this year with the play by Caryl Churchill, The Skriker. The adjudicators called the work “harrowing, grotesque and brilliant” with “superb make-up and costume”. Kingsmead was nominated for Best Make-up, Best Special Effects, Best Ensemble, and Best Costume, and Rachel McKay was nominated for Best Actress. Kingsmead was awarded Best Make-up and Best Costume.

The term ended on a high with all our Marimba Ensembles participating in the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival and Competition. Kingsmead also entered some short films into the St David’s Film festival. The end of the second term is one of the highlights of the year on the Arts front because of the much anticipated Interhouse Arts competition.

During the last term, our Marimba Ensembles and Senior School Choir performed at the Deputy Heads’ Conference. The Choir and Glee groups stole the show at the annual ‘Choir is Alive’ Interschools’ Choir Festival. The Grade 11 Drama class staged excellent plays and the Grade 12 Art Class exhibited their year’s work. The Orchestra performed to great applause at the Cornwall Hill Orchestra Festival.

The greatest joy for any teacher of the Arts, is to see the enjoyment on the girls’ faces after a successful event. We certainly had a lot of fun this year.

‘Music and the Arts make a bridge across this world in ways that nothing else can.’ – Julie Andrews.

High Achievers

Nokukhanya Magwegwe was selected to perform as a soloist with the Randburg Symphony Orchestra in the annual Youth Concerto Festival.

Ranyah Patel competed in the Bratislava Schools Debating Competition in Slovakia as part of the provincial team, representing South Africa. The SA team progressed to the quarterfinals. Ranyah was ranked 13th of 180 speakers in Europe.

Rachel McKay represented SA 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.

Sporting Achievements

This was another successful year for the Junior School in all the sport disciplines, despite limited facilities. Our girls continued to perform very well individually and within their various teams. We had improved results, increased participation and excellent support from all staff and parents.

“The success of achievements and top results are based on the combination of working together as a team and also the effort, commitment and endurance of each individual.”

Once again our main focus was:

  • to give each learner the opportunity to participate and to develop her talents to the best of her ability.
  • to strive for excellence and achievement, whilst encouraging the spirit of participation, camaraderie and friendship.

2017 Achievements:


This year the format of netball changed completely. All the matches were played in a “festival type” format. It worked extremely well — the players had the opportunity to play more matches on match days and the progress during the matches could be observed.

The 2017 Netball season was distinguished by hard work, commitment determination, perseverance and dedication. We managed to field 4 teams in each age group. The Grade 3 girls were so eager to play netball that we fielded 6 teams. They all played with a very positive attitude and enjoyed the season. Thank you to a group of excellent coaches and every girl who participated in Netball this year. Thank you also to the parents who supported the girls on the sideline. We are looking forward to another successful 2018 season.


This year, Kingsmead had another successful hockey season. We were able to field up to 4 teams in certain age groups. The girls played well-structured hockey and once again, we continued to develop our hockey by playing some of our Grade 3 girls up in the Grade 4 teams, to prepare them for the 2018 season. Well done to all the coaches and players and we are looking forward to next year’s hockey season.


Our junior divers competed in a few competitions and showed awesome courage and determination throughout the season. More girls were interested in diving this year and we are looking forward to growing this sport in 2018. Well done to all the divers, their coach, Roxy and manageress, Rose Mabuza.


In the Junior School our aim is to accommodate as many girls as possible in starting to play tennis. From as young as Grade 0, the girls start with basic ball skills, hand-eye co-ordination, bouncing the tennis ball on the racquet, hitting the ball over the net, etc. The interest in tennis has grown in such a way that we have 4 teams playing in the Junior Tennis League. The tennis ladder is in place and the girls also challenge each other weekly. All the players are playing competitive tennis and we are looking forward to the continued growth in this sport.


Athletics …. Hard work, dedication, commitment, excitement and a POSITIVE attitude! Despite the limited facilities this year, the athletes attended the practices with eager excitement. The athletes pushed themselves hard and gave their best at each meeting. Our preparation for the most important Prestige meeting on the 27th October at St Stithians is going according to plan. Our athletes are looking great.

Prestige Athletics Meeting:

Once again the athletes surprised us with their amazing performances! The hard work and their positive attitude paid off at the end of the day. Kingsmead finished third! Congratulations to a lovely group of athletes and a wonderful set of coaches. We are looking forward to 2018 when our grass field will be ready to use.

Water Polo:

Our Water Polo in the Junior School is busy growing from strength to strength under the guidance of our excellent coaches. The girls are so inspired, motivated and dedicated in this sport and this was clear in their performance and participation this year.  Well done to all the players. It was a fun filled and very successful season. Four of our Water polo girls made the U12 Gauteng Team: Alison Gace, Natalie Morris, Amy Dickinson and Anne-Marie Sutherland. Congratulations to them! You did Kingsmead proud!  Keep it up! We are expecting great results in 2018!


Our Junior School Equestrian team did extremely well. This sport is growing rapidly and we are competing at a very competitive level. Five of the riders were selected to represent Gauteng at the National Championships in October. Well done to the following girls: Leeya Motara, Jade Anderson, Rania Motara, Paula Prinsloo and Ella Hunt. You did Kingsmead proud and we are looking forward to another successful year in 2018.



On the 7th and 8th September, we had our Interhouse Long Jump Events. All the girls participated with enthusiasm and jumped well. The results were as follows: Knights with 102 points, Thanes with 100 points and Barons with 73 points.

On Monday, 11th September, we had our Interhouse Track events at Wanderers.

Enthusiasm, Spirit, Energy and Motivation! These are just a few words that can be used to describe the atmosphere at this Interhouse event. The event was well attended and the girls had great fun in cheering their teammates on.

The results were as follows: Knights ended first, followed by Barons and Thanes.


This year Thanes won the Interhouse Netball with a total of 88 points, Knights was second and Barons was third. The girls played with enthusiasm and positive attitude and showed great sportsmanship. This was also the first year for the Grade 3 players to be part of the Interhouse Netball. They thoroughly enjoyed every minute of their games.  We are looking forward to another successful netball season next year.


The Interhouse Hockey was very exciting. All the girls had lots of fun and it was a great way to end off the season. There was fierce competition between the houses

Well done to all the hockey players!

 Senior School Provincial Representation

Front Row (L-R):
Chloë van Beukering, Sarah Minnie, Christina Wides, Paula Duggan, Hannah Buttifant-Sewel, Katelyn Wijtenburg, Margarete Amoes.
2nd Row:
Julia Courtenay, Kate Galloway, Ntsoaki Masinga, Olivia Van Vollenhoven, Hannah Schleicher, Lauren Courtenay, Jamielee Clogg, Ranyah Patel.
Back Row:
Mia Oliver, Rachel McKay, Emma Gouws, Nicola Gace, Gabriella Staples, Husnaa Bux, Kelsey Cloete, Jessica Shepherd, Sarah Benning.

Kingsmead 2017/2018 Leaders

(2018 Leaders) Cayley Lovatt (DeputyHead Girl), Amukelani Mnisi (Deputy Head Girl) ,Husnaa Bux (Deputy Head Girl), Lisa Kaplan, Baphiwe Roji (Head Girl), Peta Myburgh (Deputy Head Girl) and Anja Shah (Deputy Head Girl) (2017 Leaders)

Matric Leavers’ lunch

 The Kingsmead Book Fair

“The book can heal us in the writing of it and heal us in the reading of it.” So said award-winning author and architect Yewande Omotoso, when she opened the 2017 Kingsmead Book Fair.

“This has definitely happened to me again and again in my reading and re-reading of dear and treasured works.”


Despite the torrential rain and, by Jozi’s sunny standards, biting cold, thousands of bibliophiles turned up, suitably snugly wrapped, to immerse themselves in a day of debate, dialogue and discussion, as well as to taste the delicious food at the annual Kingsmead Book Fair.

Visitors felt that the weather was conducive to huddling in groups, clutching good coffee and enjoying robust post-session post-mortems. The authors and facilitators loved mingling with their fellow literati in the Green Room, where they were chaperoned ahead of their session.

The KBF literary advisors were delighted to see that the programme, which took many months to curate, following many boisterous meetings, catered to all tastes in genre including politics, poetry, parenting, fiction, adventuring, feminism and food.

As always, there was a burgeoning children’s programme, with many avid little readers clamouring to hear stories told by their favourite authors.

Curating a literary festival of national significance for over 5000 visitors, with a programme that includes around 100 authors, over 20 facilitators, with 68 sessions in 15 venues, in the course of a single day, is no mean feat and takes a strong and courageous team to make it happen. With deep gratitude to the awesome people and sponsors (702, Mail & Guardian, Porcupine Ridge and Timberland) that make this event possible.

The Kingsmead Book Fair is now firmly on the national grid as a leading literary festival. It will continue to make a difference to raising literacy awareness in South Africa.

As Yewande Omotoso concluded: “I’m sure you’ll agree that looking at the times we find ourselves in nationally, continent wide and globally, there is much ‘mush’ to cut through, thank goodness for the people and the books, that guide us…”

Hayley Schonborn Pienaar

Director of the Kingsmead Book Fair


Kingsmead College had been recognised as one of the top feeder schools to the

Wits – University of the Witwatersrand



Denise Scott Brown

I am a first generation Kingsmeadian, 86 years old in October and living in Philadelphia. Here’s my birthday video as friends, my husband, and I shared a cake and danced to Klezmer music. Please follow this link: https://youtu.be/AQ0WfUJ2eSs

With much love,



Rahle Hurwitz

I live in Florida USA with my husband Mervyn.  Our 3 children all live in America and all married South Africans. We have 7 wonderful grandchildren ranging in age from 17 to 26 years old.


Wendi E Maxwell (Collins)

After 51 years of marriage, Ken and I, are incredibly lucky to have the health and means to have hiked the second phase of the Oystercatcher Trail, walked with friends in the Hermanus Nature Reserves and had a trip to Ethiopia with members of the Archeological Society.  We found the political and religious history of Ethiopia fascinating, and the people beautiful, proud and independent without being arrogant.  We were humbled by their endurance – wooden ploughs drawn by oxen, horses trotting in circles to thresh the grain and donkeys transporting all to the markets.  We are now ‘down-sizing’ but remaining in Hyde Park, Johannesburg before Christmas and then going to Oz for an 8th Birthday Party.


Lynne Miller (Feldman)

Living in London UK with husband Howard. Have 3 children and 4 grandchildren also living in London. Have a wonderful life here and spend two months in Cape Town at end of every year.



Owner Director of Audiology private practice at 43 Dean Street, Newlands, Cape Town.  www.43deanstreet.co.za; www.tinnitus-phd.co.za


Adrienne Katz

Living and working in London, our family now numbers 12 – we came here with just four of us in 1979


Adrienne Singer (Verney)

I run a training company and operate nationally although I reside in Cape Town.


Shaughn Forbes (nee Watson)

This past year has been a difficult one for me as I was diagnosed with bilateral invasive carcinoma. I had a double mastectomy and had a right side lymph node removal – then had many weeks of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I am now on oral medication and look forward to the time they can tell me that I am really in remission. I continue to live in Australia where my 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren live. All the best to everyone for 2018.


Nesta May Cramer

I am living in both South Africa and Mauritius and spending a lot of time travelling to wonderful places around the world with my husband, Dr. Larry Cramer.   Our 2 sons are living in Canada and the USA respectively so we visit there at least once a year. We are on our way to hike in Patagonia and sail to the Antarctic this month and into December, before joining our family in Houston for Christmas. We shall all be in the Dominican Republic for New Year.


Cheryl Torr (Spence)

We are now living in the States – Nashville, Tennessee.  Still doing triathlons and loving it.  Our children have produced 5 grandchildren for us.  Three  are here in the States and the other two are currently in Dubai.


Trish Trahar (nee Lawrence)

Tony and I still enjoying life in the UK and spending most of our time in our home in the country (in Gloucestershire) but also spending a night or two in London during the week where we attend concerts, the opera and ballet.

Recently we became grandparents- in January our daughter Frances (living in Scotland) gave birth to a son, Tobias. Our son, Andrew, lives and works in London but frequently travels to South Africa on business.


Susan Kloeck (nee Hope)

I retired at the end of 2016 after over 40 years of teaching. My husband and I are now both ‘retired’ and grow special clivias in our nursery near White River called Clivia Kingdom. We have travelled all over the world to look at clivias and have met some interesting people!


Gillian Hemphill (Routledge)

I have two lovely daughters who were at Kingsmead as well. Candice Hemphill finished in 2001 and Jacqui Hemphill finished in 2003. Candice works at DiData and Jacqui does sales and marketing for Londolozi. Jacqui got married to Graeme Marais in March 2016.

I have been running my own publicity business (The Famous Idea) for 15 years mainly in the arts arena.  I am passionate about the bush and belong to The Rand Barbet Club that has meets at Kingsmead


Mary Cassidy (nee Barkhuysen)

Still living near Reading in England, working as a School Librarian. All 3 ‘children’ still live at home with us (or have returned after brief forays into independent living in London). So with the job, the Church and the family I am kept pretty busy. In Facebook contact with a few others and was delighted to have the opportunity in the summer to spend a few hours in Guildford with Stephanie Anderson and an afternoon and evening in London with Margaret Dennis.


Claire Gebers (Heney)

This year my husband is working in the Solomon Islands and with an apartment in Honiara, I have been able to spend time in the local hospital.  Following a request, we were able to locate and transport 3 incubators and a range of new equipment into their lab! Our base is still Brisbane, where I continue to work as a microbiologist.

www.revealingyeshua.org.za cgebers@gmail.com


Kerry Strayhorn (nee Maughan-Brown)

Living in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.  Managing Director of Cape Point Travel, a travel consultancy for private and exclusive travel within Southern Africa.

Married 38 years to Ralph. Children Nick and Victoria. 2 grandchildren Thomas and Benjamin.


Bev Jacobs (nee Collins)

I live in CT with my twin boys, who are 18 and in the process of writing Matric at Rondebosch Boys High School.

I have worked for TFG (The Foschini Group) for almost 22 years, and currently head up HR for the Africa Division for the Group. I am fortunate to travel regularly to seven countries outside of SA for business and this has been an extremely interesting opportunity – something quite out of the ordinary!

In my spare time, I am a keen motor cyclist, competing in vintage motorcycle time trial events on my 1935 Triumph. Recently, I bought a modern BMW 650GS and am enjoying the challenge of a fast and powerful machine.

We are planning our 40-year reunion in September 2018 and I can’t wait to see all my old school buddies again!


Mary-Anne Nell (nee Goodwin)

Living in Cape Town with my husband of 37 years, Geoff. We have 2 daughters, Samantha 37 who lives with her husband and 2 children Mia 11 and TJ 7. Sue-Anne lives in London with her husband and baby daughter Zoe who is 9 months old. I am working for a property managing agent and loving my garden


Diana Sanderson

She has recently opened her own swimming school in Parkhurst. Guppies & Goggles catering to all ages of swimmers.


Melanie Guidotti (nee Malan)

I am presently living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, with my husband and 3 beautiful children, and where I am co-director of Belladotti Fine Food Inspired. (belladotti.com.au)


Stacey Petzold (Smith)

Living in the NY City area and working as a freelance Graphic Designer. Raising 2 children and travelling the world.


Farzana Cassim

I’m now a Urologist in Cape Town, and Mum to a beautiful 14-month-old little girl.


Dominique Erickson

Working as an HR Manager in London.

Gina Lee  Whiting       2011    After completing a BA Hon in Industrial Psychology, I headed over to London where I have been working for the past two years.


Thameenah Vadi

I am currently in my first year of articles at KPMG Johannesburg after passing ITC (Board 1) in January this year.


3rd and 4th Generation Kingsmead Families

Margaret Keene, (Around 1949) Sue Dunningham, (1975) and Gemma Purbrick (2010)


Kirsten Legg (1987) is a second generation Kingsmeadian. Madeline Horne (75 Years Old) is still in contact with many of her classmates. Emma is currently in Grade 11 and Jessica (aged 4) will start at Kingsmead in 2019


Alice Hibbit (nee Stride) was one of the first girls to start at Kingsmead, Diana Pearce (nee Hibbit) , Susan Gray (nee Pearce) matriculated in 1991 and Emma and Chloe Gray are in Grade 2&1 respectively at the moment.


Moyna Tennant (Gilbert) started Grade 8 in 1936, Gail Wilson (Tennant) attended Kingsmead from 1957 – 1968. Claudia Jennings (Wilson) attended Kingsmead College from 1985 – 1996. Erin and Bowden are in Bluebells and Buttercups.


Barbara Beatrix Smits (Plewman) started at Kingsmead in 1934 as the youngest Foundation Pupil. She was born on the 6th December 1925, and she is still going strong. She is about to turn 92.

Zoe Smits her mother was the Head of the Parent Association and helped set the school up. She also taught Mathematics for over 15 years. This was followed by Jennifer and Susan Plewman. Jennifer matriculated in 1964, having won the Kingsmead Open Scholarship in 1960.

Susan Jane Plewman (Ratcliffe) matriculated in 1966. Sue’s daughters Heather Ratcliffe (Goussard) matriculated in 1966 and Gail Ratcliffe (de Zeeuw) matriculated in 1998. The 4th generation Kingsmead Girls are Jemma Goussard who is going into Grade 4 , Jessica and Alison de Zeeuw who are in Grade 3 and 1.


Judy Steinberg.

(MFA,With Distiction, University of Captown 1985.Posthumously awarded.).

Born 3 August 1958-Died 29 November 1984.

From a very early age Judy showed an amazing mature, even precocious, sense of colour. At eleven years of age she was awarded first and second prizes for two entries in an exhibition of three hundred entrants in the 11 to 13 age group.

After matriculation at Kingsmead College in Johannesburg, she studied for the degree of B. A. in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the university of Cape Town. During this time one of her large paintings was chosen to hang in the Children’s Hospital, Cape Town.

In 1982 she entered the National Fine Art Students Exhibition – in honour of the Witwatersrand University’s Diamond Jubilee, “the largest and most comprehensive student art exhibition yet staged.” Judy shared the winning prize in the painting division.

After receiving her B. A. (F. A.) degree in 1982 she enrolled for her masters degree in Fine Art at the Michaelis school and was finalising her submission when she was tragically killed in a motor car accident at the end of 1984.

She was awarded the Degree of Master of Fine Art with Distinction, posthumously in 1985.

Judy studied under Prof. Atkinson who wrote, inter alia,

“She showed a degree of maturity and perception far beyond her years… her work is searching, dynamic, fresh and full of feeling… it shows that her ideas and perception were in touch with international art movements and could indeed hold their own anywhere in the world.”

Part of her collection is in:

  • The South African National Gallery.
  • The Pretoria Art Museum S. A.
  • The Michaelis School of Fine Art – Cape Town.

link to website,


June Williams

Lindsay Davidson

Elizabeth Watkins

Save the Dates for 2018

Friday 23 February – Gin Tasting (Please click her to RSVP)

Saturday 12 May – Kingsmead Book Fair

Tuesday 31 July – Bridge Drive

Saturday 15 September – OKA Luncheon

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