January 2023 highlights

January 2023 highlights

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We opened our doors for the start of the new year with excitement, and were thrilled to see the Kingsmead girls reflect that back to us. We are looking forward to a year filled with good health, commitment, learning and new blessings to count each day in 2023. We welcomed our fantastic new staff and students and are so looking forward to their journeys at our school. Read our January 2023 highlights below.

What an incredible start to the new academic year! We held a special assembly for the whole school to kick off our 90th birthday. The Kingsmead girls gathered on the Garth, and students and teachers got to hear wonderful performances from our Kingsmead choir. Click below to watch them sing.

We wish a warm welcome to our new staff members. We are so excited to have you as part of our community and hope you will have many happy years of teaching here.

New teachers stand in front of school

We saw so many beautiful smiles and joyful faces as our students in Grades 000 – 0 started their first day. It was truly heart warming to see and we are thrilled to welcome all of our new students!

We celebrated the start of a new term by giving thanks to staff members who have been part of our Kingsmead family for a number of years. We thank you for your hard work and dedication. Congratulations to the following staff for their long service:

5 Years:
Miss Lisa van den Biggelaar
Miss Danielle Wepener
Miss Carissa Pillay
Mrs Agnes Moshidi
Miss Thobile Miya
Miss Bianca Meyer

10 Years:
Ms Nogate Mildred Sibanda
Mrs Cynthia Dalling
Mrs Frances Carol Wilmot
Ms Lynette Jonker

15 Years:
Mrs Julia Matidza
Mrs Lisa O’Donovan
Mrs Morongwa Kate Mohole
Mrs Tshiwela Pollet Mathivha

20 Years:
Mr Nelson Shumba
Miss Tinyiko Shiburi
Miss Vicky Sekgoela
Mr Caiphus Madala Ndlovu
Mr Baku Patrick Mudau
Mrs Johannah Mokwatedi
Mr Mamoleloa Jac Rammala

35 Years:
Mr Qalokwakhe Petros Ngcobo

The Senior School Inter-House Gala brought loads of fun, and it was great to see our staff members join in and even participate in some of the swimming activities! Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Baker House for winning the Spirit Cup and Timlin House for winning the gala.

When Matric results were released, it was no surprise that our students did exceptionally well. Congratulations to the Class of 2022! Your hard work and dedication has certainly paid off and we could not be more proud of you.

Kingsmead College achieved a 100% pass rate.

We are immensely proud and wish each and every one of you a successful next chapter. Click below to read the inspiring message that our Kingsmead College Executive Head, Lisa Palmer, wrote to the 2022 Matrics.

Our Grade 1 students and their parents had an exciting scavenger hunt in January. They had to scan a QR code which gave them a clue, after which their daughters took them to a location on our school grounds. Once they got there, they found another clue. They finished off the scavenger hunt by returning to the classroom and enjoying a breakfast picnic with their parents. The Grade 1s really enjoyed showing their parents around the school and all the different spaces they visit during the week!

Kingsmead College: Service

As part of their orientation module, Introduction to Service, the Grade 8s visited Fight with Insight and Lefika La Phodiso at The Children’s Memorial Institute. Thanks to the generosity of the Kingsmead Community, a large donation of books, stationery and games was delivered prior to our visit. The Grade 8s worked to sort and pack donations, completely repacking the Children’s Library at Lefika, and ensuring that all textbooks were ready for distribution at Fight with Insight. They also participated in a boxing class and a drama therapy workshop, which included storytelling and a feelings check-in. Thank you to everyone at Fight with Insight and Lefika for creating a memorable morning!

For our first Service Saturday of the term, we spent the morning volunteering at The Epic Foundation (Empowering People in Crisis). After a warm welcome and introduction to The Epic Foundation by Founder and CEO Alta McMaster, our teams moved to the various work rooms to learn more about the work that the foundation does.

Epic provides survivors of GBV, survivors of human trafficking, women and children arriving at shelters, and children preparing for court days with a comfort pack. The comfort packs provide survivors with essential toiletry items to assist during the initial reporting process at hospitals, crisis centres and police stations. We packed 300 toiletry packs and 200 comfort packs.

“What a lovely group of young students,” Alta said. “It was a pleasure working with them. They showed so much dedication and support towards our cause – I think we have a few ambassadors in the making. Lots of hard work today from packing comfort packs to sorting dresses and suits. Volunteers are essential to the work we do and what these students did today has helped us a great deal. We really appreciate the support and would gladly welcome them back at the Epic Foundation at any time.”

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