Our Connection: Issue 4 2019

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On the 11th February, the United Nations joined all women and girls in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Research still indicates that women are under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields. Gender stereotypes and myths relating to competency in these fields are often causes for girls to lose interest in Science and Mathematics as they reach adolescence. It is essential that schools and families continue to encourage girls to develop a positive approach to STEM or even more important a hunger to contribute to the future of science.

In a recent Harvard Business Review titled “Six Things Successful Women in STEM have in Common”, we are reminded of the value of Girls’ Education and where our focus needs to continue at Kingsmead. In summary the six focus areas include: Confidence; Having a voice; Building networks; Authenticity; and a sense of Purpose.

Harvard Business Review Article.

At Kingsmead, we believe in creating learning opportunities which develop a curiosity for scientific learning and a sense of competency in solving the related questions. STE(A)M is an integral part of our Discovery Learning curriculum in the Junior Primary. We value the importance of female role models and mentors in the Science and Engineering fields. And so while our girls will grapple with the uncertainty of their future careers, we trust that they will confidently explore options and believe in their ability to succeed.

Kim Lowman – Head: Junior School


SERVICE NEWS

Service Excursion to Park Care

Residents of Park Care were treated to a McDonalds Sunday during the Service excursion last week. Grade 6-12 girls enjoyed an afternoon of conversation with the residents and staff.

Term 1 Service excursions:

  • Tuesday               19 March             14h30-17h00
  • Thursday              28 March             14h30-17h00
  • Saturday              30 March             09h00-12h00

CHOC Valentine’s Day

14 February will be a civvies day. Please wear blue in support of CHOC and/or red/pink/white in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. A special Valentine’s Day surprise awaits every single Kingsmead girl as we celebrate love for each other and our community.

Please support CHOC this Valentine’s by buying your Valentine’s gifts from Music Reception. 15 February is International Childhood Cancer Day and buying a CHOC gift will support this cause.

The following gifts are available:

  • Single rose                          R20 (please note that this is a synthetic rose)
  • CHOC chocolate                R10
  • CHOC pin                           R20
  • CHOC bracelet                   R50

To purchase gifts, please order here and make the payment at Music Reception. This link will close on Wednesday 13 February at 13h00. No external deliveries will be made this year. Please note that supporting this initiative is completely voluntary.

Jenny Venter – Director of Service


SPORTS NEWS

Sports Coffee morning

 A very big thank to all the parents who attended our coffee morning. We thank you for the valuable constructive feedback and we will endeavour to ensure that we will improve our sport programme as well as to ensure that our physical education curriculum continues to be on par with the new cutting-edge skills and processes. Communication will be going out to our Grade 0-3 parents explaining the JP integrated sport in more detail. I believe these coffee mornings are valuable and I will be happy to host one with each change in season. Please keep an eye out for the Netball and Hockey coffee morning after half term.

Uniform

I would like to make a plea to our parental body to help us with our sport apparel when we are travelling for our fixtures. As per our communication sent out at the beginning of the year please could all team swimmers and team Tennis players adhere to the following:

  • Swimming
    • Green skort – no athletics shorts please
    • Green match sleeveless vest – NO green games shirt
    • White only flip flops – NO coloured flip flops
    • Sport shoes if no white flip flops are available
    • Current School swimming costume or plain Black Costume – NO need to buy new swimming costume until further notice
    • Yellow Kingsmead swimming cap
  • Tennis
    • Green skort
    • Green match sleeveless vest
    • Plain White peaks – No other colours and brands will be permitted
    • Sport shoes

Leadership

Congratulations to our 2019 Captains:

  • Athletics –       Tessa Gutierrez-Garcia
  • Swimming –    Emma Keast
  • Diving –           Andza Mbelengwa
  • Water Polo-    Gabriella Dodd
  • Netball –          Amelia Brown
  • Hockey-          Kagano Khoncha
  • Tennis-            Alison Marshall

Tennis Results

Unfortunately, our players were unable to complete their two games due to the inclement weather we have been experiencing over the past two weeks. This has also enabled us time to focus on the “process” and better prepare us when we eventually get a chance to compete.

Swimming Results

  • A Team – 3rd out of 8 schools
  • B Team – 3rd out of 5 schools
  • C Team –  3rd out of 6 schools

Well done to our swimmers. Please note that non-team swimmers will have a practice on Tuesday afternoon only. In the event that a non-team swimmer is unable to make the Tuesday, they are welcome to join the C team on Monday.

THERE WILL BE NO EARLY MORNING SWIMMING TRAINING FOR THE A-TEAM ON WEDNESDAY 13 FEB AS THEY WILL COMPETE IN THE ST STITHIANS GALA THAT EVENING. TRAINING FOR B AND C TEAM WILL CONTINUE AS NORMAL.

 

Special achievements

Congratulations to Rafaela Bolttler who competed in the Midmar Mile this past weekend with her family. We are very proud of her achievement.

 

 

 

 

WEEK AHEAD

Date Sport Teams Venue Time Transport
12 Feb Hockey District trials

MOVED TO 19TH

Relevant players to be notified St Andrews 18h00 – 20h00 N/A
13 Feb Swimming Team A St Stithians 16h00 Own Transport
 14 Feb Tennis A+B vs Roedean

C+D vs Holy Rosary

Roedean

Kingsmead

14h30 – 16h30

14h30 – 16h30

13h15

N/A

15 Feb Swimming Team A

Team B

Team C

Home

St Peter’s

St Theresa’s

14h30 – 17h30

14h30 – 17h30

14h30 – 17h30

13h15

N/A

13h15

16 Feb U12 Hockey District Trials Relevant players have been notified St Andrews 08h00 – 12h00 N/A
Water Polo U13 Tournament St Mary’s 08h00 – 17h00 N/A
JS Saints Squad trials Grade 6&7 trials

MOVED TO 17/2

17 Feb JS Saints Squad trials  

Grade 6

Grade 7

Kingsmead  

08h00 – 09h30

09h30 – 11h00

N/A
19 Feb Hockey District Trials U12 U12 relevant girls have been notified St Andrew’s 18h00 – 20h00 N/A
21 Feb Inter house Gala Grade 4 -7 Kingsmead 08h00 – 10h00 N/A

 

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