March was Human Rights Month and this was another month filled with kindness, giving and of course, courage at Kingsmead. We celebrated the accomplishments of our fabulous sports teams, as well as our chess champions and our equestrian team. March saw our production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ go live, and the celebration of Women’s Day, where we honoured the hero women at Kingsmead. Read our March 2022 highlights below.
Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Inter Schools Swimming Gala! It was a brilliant morning filled with excitement. Our swimmers showed true Kingsmead Courage and it was an excellent opportunity to experience the competitive side of the sport. Thank you to all staff that were involved in making this a successful swimming season.
On the 8th of March we celebrated International Women’s Day. We celebrated the achievements of women to raise awareness against bias and to inspire and empower us all to take action for equality. Our theme was ‘Break the Bias’ for a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. Together we can forge women’s equality in a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive – where difference is valued and celebrated.
When the lights go out the show must go on! On opening night of our Major Production performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Load Shedding hit, but the lights did not go out. The audience supported our young performers by shining their own cell phone lights to make sure that the show could indeed, go on. What an encouraging community we have, helping our students to sustain their courage, always.
Watch the heartwarming video below.
On the 26th of February 2022 the Kingsmead Checkm8s students represented the Ekhuruleni team in the Chess Inter-regions Tournament (U8-U14). They were up against 5 other regions and we are super proud of their efforts and final results. Well done to all our players on their exceptional performances: Lyla-Jean Barbeli, Milisuthando Mabusela, Nondumiso Mabuza, Talia Sibanda, Zahraa Laher, Viola-Grace Asherson and Malaika Sibanda. A special mention to Lalu Hu-Grobbelaar who finished 4th in the U12 category with a 4 out of 5 game win. Their commendable performances attributed to the region finishing in 2nd place.
Congratulations to all the chess players on their silver medals! We look forward to a great year ahead.
In Earth Sciences, the Grade 4s were exploring the concept of reading food labels. In this activity, they had to measure and compare the amount of sugar found in different food products. Our Grade 5s also had a special activity in their Maths class, where they went on the hunt for right angles and learned to classify them. Great work Grade 4s and 5s!
Last month we were visited by one of the amazing South African children’s book authors, Refiloe Moahloli. Refiloe read two of her books, called “You are loved” and “We are one” to our Grade 1s. It was such a special moment for our students to interact with an author that they’ve been reading about.
Kingsmead congratulates our wonderful staff on some incredible achievements in March. We celebrated Johanna Mokwatedi, a member of our Service Staff team, who has completed a Professional Receptionist course. We also celebrated Surprise Mukondeleli Matidza, on her 20 years of long service at the school. Her loyalty and dedication to Kingsmead is so appreciated, and we wish her many more happy years at Kingsmead.
In march we hosted one of the Matrics signature events, the Matric Dance. Our students and their partners looked absolutely stunning at the dance, and it was a wonderful event indeed.
We wish our Matrics well as they start with their Pre-Prelim Examinations with courage and persistence.
View the full album of the matric dance at the link below.
Kingsmead hosted the Kingsmead U17 Netball Festival on Friday 18 March and Saturday 19 March. Participating schools were Roedean, Brescia, St Teresa’s, St Andrew’s, St Mary’s and St Stithians. The level of netball was at a high as was the level of sportsmanship and camaraderie throughout the fixtures. It was a welcome return to netball at Kingsmead College. Congratulations to all the participants!
1st Place: St Stithians
2nd Place: St Mary’s Waverly
3rd Place: St Andrew’s
4th Place: St Teresa’s
5th Place: Brescia
6th Place: Kingsmead College
7th Place: Roedean
Congratulations to Maya Rono for being selected to participate in the South African National Diving Championships 2022. She will be representing the Central Gauteng Youth Games Aquatics Team. This competition will be hosted by KwaZulu-Natal in the beginning of April. We are so proud of you, and your determination is inspiring, Maya! We wish you all the best for the competition.
The equestrian team competed across a range of disciplines and received an outstanding set of results during the past month. Congratulations to our riders! See the results below.
Qualifier 3 – 12th March 2022
1st in Level 5 Eventing
2nd in Level 5 Eventing
Qualifier 2 – 26th and 27th March 2022
1st in Level 3 Working Hunter
2nd in Level 3 Showjumping
1st in Level 1 Equitation
1st in Level 2 Dressage A
1st in Level 2 Dressage B
1st in Level 3 Working Riding
2nd in Level 3 Performance Riding
6th in Level 2 Dressage A
2nd in Level 3 Working Riding
3rd in Level 4 Show Jumping
4th in Level 2 Dressage A
2nd in Level 3 In Hand Utility
3rd in Level 2 Dressage A
4th in Level 2 Dressage B
On the 21st of March we commemorated Human Rights Day and the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for democracy in South Africa. Let us reflect on our progress in the promotion and respect of human rights.
We say a big thank you to the volunteers from Kingsmead College, who assisted with packing 103 maternity packs for vulnerable mothers and babies. These maternity packs are distributed to new mothers who are unable to afford the basic baby care essentials at the time of their baby’s birth. What an incredible day this was for service.
Take a look at the Junior School Orchestra performing “The Weeknd” at assembly. They brought an incredible musical vibe as a lead up to a groovy celebration of music at Kingstock 2022 on Friday, 1 April. Click below to watch.
The rumours are true! Kingsmead Book Fair is back, in person, for the tenth instalment of our favourite literary event on Joburg’s calendar. Programme planning is well underway and we look forward to bringing you a dynamic, diverse and exciting programme on 21 May 2022. Diarise the date and check our Facebook page for any updates.