Kingsmead College August September 2020 Highlights

August & September 2020 highlights

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Kingsmead College students and staff went on a well-deserved break during Women’s month after an eventful July and hit the ground running on their September return with a very busy spring term. Here are a few highlights from the last two months: 

We are very pleased to have Bekabee at our improved waste management site on campus as we work together towards a greener future.

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On 9 August, we celebrated Women’s Day and acknowledged all the incredible women in the Kingsmead Community who have shaped and are shaping the future women of South Africa. We commemorated the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 courageous women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws. After 30 minutes of silence, the march was marked with a protest song; “Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo!” (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.)

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We are very proud of our Kingsmead students who, along with girls from St. Stithians College, donated hair to support patients who have an auto-immune disease or are undergoing chemotherapy. Eliana Stumpf received wigs manufactured by A Few Grey Hairs to the value of R8000 which was raised from the proceeds from the sale of the donated hair.

Thank you for helping the Hairs With Love campaign!

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Thank you to everyone who contributed a knitted square or two and enabled us to donate 45 blankets to Hotel Hope Ministries. Please keep on knitting and crocheting for next winter!

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The Grade 5 students tried their hands at a fun art trend that has taken off during this time of Covid-19 – the installation of tiny art shows. Here are some samples of their creativity. It is wonderful to see the many different interpretations:

 

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The MDC held a Health and Wellness Day on Saturday, 5 September and had various sessions throughout the day.

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Our First Aiders continue to equip themselves with vital skills during the pandemic. We would like to thank Turtle Life Support for facilitating all the sessions to upskill our students and staff.

 

On 11 September, our Grade 2s wore crazy shoes and outfits for Whacky Takkie Day! What colour and fun they added to our campus on a Friday. Thank you girls for your crazy poses!

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The 14th to the 19th of September was Clean-Up and Recycle Week SA. The Green Team collaborated with Clothes to Good to promote ethical, conscious and sustainable fashion.

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Book Week in the Junior School ran from 14th to 18th September with a jam-packed programme filled with exciting events and activities. From bingo boards, quizzes and online shows to Book Character Dress Up Day on Friday. There was also the wonderful distraction of reading a book while on your way to class as you pass the story walks!

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Our incredible Book Week culminated in Book Character Dress Up Day on 18 September. The Junior School students had such fun bringing some of their favourite book characters to life.

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On 24th September, we celebrated Heritage Day with the Kingsmead community. We love the #visitConhill video – Thuma Mina (Send Me) with its powerful and uplifting message.

 

A BIG thank you to all the entries submitted for the Book Week Photo Challenge 2020 titled, ‘Who Read it Best?’. We have five lucky winners!

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The last week of September is usually a week of big celebration as we begin saying goodbye to our Matric students. This year was, of course, different and subdued under the circumstances. We would have had our Speech Evening that week, a signature event on our calendar. While we mourn the loss of some of the events we are used to, we also look forward to so many more opportunities for celebration ahead.

At the beginning of the second term we were blessed to have a session with poet, Ruth Everson. She shared one of her poems with us and it has resonated and kept us going over the last period. Thank you, Ruth, for your beautiful words:

The Holy Well

Where do you go when there’s nowhere to go?
Where do you stand when solid ground sinks to sea?
This is the turning time.
Turn despair into a divining rod,
Dive deeper into Self than you’ve ever been,
Find the holy well of your heart –
It is not empty –
You have drawn on it before,
When you were sure pain had
Seeped its poison into the depths,
There was still clear water – enough.
Enough to fill a silver thimble of Hope,
Remember its taste on your tongue like sun,
Then slowly, a sip of stars, a cup of moon,
The dry grass greening under your tears.
Come.
Rest.
Hand on heart.
Feel the steady flow of Hope.
‘All shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing
shall be well.
Let it be well with your soul.’

– Ruth Everson –

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