Our Connection: Issue 33 2018

Dear Parents

As we concluded our birthday celebrations before half-term, I was reminded of all the reasons to celebrate. Looking back to the founding words left by Miss DV Thompson, I am more convinced than ever that our school is flourishing on its intended path towards a progressive vision.

DV Thompsons words in 1934 resonate loud and clear for our current world:

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

It is important for us to remember our purpose, build on our vision and ensure that we remain relevant for the future.

Thank you to all the parents for their picnic contributions. Our girls thoroughly enjoyed their time with their Kingsmead ‘buddies’ as we celebrated together.

Thank you to the staff who prepared our school and girls for the Evening of Wonderment and Awe. This was truly an example of excellence. Girls loved sharing their learning with parents and caregivers and were elated by the shared learning experience. Thank you to the PTA for the food and treats. Thank you for the feedback and your involvement in your daughter’s academic journey.

It is so wonderful getting positive feedback from parents. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Fenster for their letter below:


Dear Mrs Lowman

Tuesday evening’s school event was a reminder to us of what a privilege it is for our girls to attend Kingsmead College.

Over many years, we have witnessed the progress in teaching methods at Kingsmead College and have concurrently enjoyed the growth in our daughters’ cognitive processes and appreciation of the world. 

This is truly something of Wonder and Awe. A journey of such importance and impact to change the life of every student lucky enough to attend the school.

It was inspiring to see the holistic approach to education, far removed from conventional one dimensional teaching.

You, Mrs Beekhuizen, Mrs McLaren and the incredible complement of educators are to be applauded and we are most grateful. 

Sincerely 

Stella and Jonny Fenster


 I attended the ISASA and SAHISA combined conference over half term. This was again an opportunity to purposefully engage in best practice for independent schools in our country and also a reminder of the enormous responsibility our school communities play in developing future leaders.

Wishing you all the best for the remaining few weeks of the academic year.

Kim Lowman – Head: Junior School

WEEK AHEAD 

Wednesday 24 October:

  • Grade 0 2019 Orientation 
  • St Mary’s Ensemble Evening – Orchestra Grade 3 – 7

Thursday 25 October:

  • JS Inter Schools Diving competition
  • JS Tennis matches

Friday 26 October:

  • JS Inter Schools Athletics

ARTS AND MUSIC NEWS

St Mary’s Ensemble evening

A reminder of our Junior School Orchestra performance at St Mary’s this week on Wednesday 24 October: the event will run as before, with each school performing their own items, culminating in the combined items. Orchestra members are expected to stay until the end of the concert and not leave after our performance. Girls are to wear their summer uniform with their blazers. There will be a room for us to leave our instruments; please remind your daughters to collect all their belongings before you leave at the end of the evening.

  • Venue:           The Edge auditorium, St Mary’s School, Waverley
  • Times:
    • 15h45  Bus leaves Kingsmead
    • 16h15  Arrive at St Mary’s and set-up for rehearsal
    • 16h30 to 17h30  Combined rehearsal
    • 17h30 to 18h00  Refreshments served to the children
    • Tea, coffee and biscuits served to the parents
    • 18h00 to 19h30  Concert

The bus will NOT return to Kingsmead; please collect your daughter from St Mary’s.

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact Mia Loock on mloock@kingsmead.co.za

Elsabé Fourie – Director of Arts & Music

SPORTS NEWS

Waterpolo

Results from Saints Water Polo Invitational Tournament

Group Stage

  • Won against St Dominic’s 8-2
  • Won against St Stithian’s Invitation 5-2
  • Won against Durban Girl’s College 5-4
  • Lost against St Mary’s Waverley 3-5
  • Won against Maris Stella 7-4

Quarter Final                                                                                   

  • Won against St Mary’s Kloof  8-5

Semi Final

  • Lost against Reddam Constantia 1-5

Bronze Medal match

  • Loss against St Mary’s Waverley 3-5
  • Finished 4th overall out of 13 Schools

Congratulations to all coaches and managers.

Diving

South African Schools Diving Results

Mitali Lalla (Gr7) – Placed 2nd (Development Year 2 Category)

Sarah Benning (Gr10) – Placed 3rd (15&16 Championship Age group)

Olivia Von Vollenhoven (Gr11) – Placed 1st (17&18 Championship Age group)

Image Below – From Left to right

Mitali Lalla, Olivia Von Vollenhoven, Sarah Benning

Special Achievements

Congratulations to Morgan Easter who has been selected to represent Central Gauteng Action Netball (C.G.A.N.) in the Under 12A team at the 2019 little league inter-provincial tournament (IPT) to be held in Brackenfell, Western Cape from the 21st to 26th March 2019.

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