Old Kingsmeadian Association Newsletter Nov/Dec 2018

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A note from Kirsten Legg

Head of the OKA

On the 15th of September the OKA gathered together to celebrate Kingsmead’s 85th birthday outside the Joel hall. We were privileged to have Phyllis Allen with us, Mr Allen’s granny. Phyllis attended Kingsmead when Kingsmead was only two years old. It is incredible to see old girls like Phyllis still coming back to celebrate their wonderful memories at Kingsmead. At the lunch, ladies were celebrating their 60/50/40 and 20th reunions. Ladies even travelled from London and Australia to be with their class mates. There is always so much good baggage between class mates, they are there for the long haul. BFF’s forever.

Caroline Berry, from Caroline in the Kitchen, served a scrumptious lunch and the weather was incredible. Present pupils and Janis sang to us for the entire afternoon. We all went home with our souls well fed.

On the 13th April this year our beloved Margaret Edwards passed away, after battling to recover from a nasty fall earlier in the year. Margaret was known as ‘Tiger’ by her brother and that name I feel is very apt for those of us who had the privilege of knowing her. A strong red-haired woman, who steered Kingsmead onto great things in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Bless you Margaret.

The OKA has had a fun-filled year, we decided to do something different in the first term and hosted a Gin Evening. It was a huge success and will definitely be repeated in the future. It was lovely to see parents, the community and old girls socialising together. We now have a gin bar at all our events.

Our Annual Bridge Drive evening in August was our largest event to date. We had over R20 000 worth of prizes donated by old girls and Kingsmead parents. These prizes help us raise much needed funds for bursaries and aid us in assisting girls within the school who otherwise would not be able to take part in school trips or tours.

The OKA sent two girls to Italy this year on a Choir tour and one Grade 11 pupil to New York on the GYLC programme. These life-changing experiences have been so appreciated by the girls and so I would like to thank all of you who have helped us to achieve this.

As the Matrics of 2018 start writing their finals, I am struck by how quickly time flies by. My daughter is one of these pupils. I would like to wish the Matrics every success in the future and I look forward to watching them blossom and bloom in the years to come I have the privilege of seeing girls become women, mothers and grannies as they come back to Kingsmead and OKA functions over the years. I am so grateful that I still have a daughter entering Kingsmead next year so I do not have to say goodbye to having Kingsmead in my daily life just yet.

May health be your new wealth.

Friends your new fortune

and gratitude your new attitude as we head towards 2019.

Kirsten Legg

OKA Chairlady

Annual Speech Evening 2018

Lisa Kaplan’s Address

Kingsmead College is 85 years old and, as is the case, birthdays are a time for celebration and reflection and for bringing people together. Shirley Bassey said: “You don’t get older; you get better” and I think that this is certainly the case with our wonderful school.

D V Thompson was a visionary who was well ahead of her time, but I think that even she would be surprised by self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, quantum computing as these are no longer the fantasies of sci-fi authors or Hollywood directors. This is the reality of our future, and the future is almost here! Science fiction is not my genre of choice. And I cannot see myself in a driverless car, let alone a flying one (this has something to do with my control issues, I think), but the World Economic Forum says we’re on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0), and you don’t need to have seen Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner to know that great change is around the corner.

We are going to need courage to face the future.Courage always.

Courage to transform ourselves as a school and as individuals.

Industry 4.0 will be marked by lightning-speed advancements and mind-boggling changes, particularly in digital, physical and biological technologies.

So, as we look towards the future, it raises the question — what skills will we need to thrive in this brave new world and what courage will our girls need to speak up and tackle the ethical quandaries that will be raised? Would you upgrade your DNA if you could? Perhaps I would consider changing my dead straight hair to having a slight wave, at all times and not just for Speech Evening.

The World Economic Forum has released The Future of Jobs report revealing the top 10 skills you’ll need by 2020.

Strap yourself into the Tesla and rev up and let’s see what arsenal of skills the future demands of us.

  1. Cognitive flexibility – all about being a mental gymnast. It is how quickly (and easily) you can move back and forth between different systems of thought.

9. Negotiation: With robots and job automation infiltrating the workforce, social skills will be more important than ever.

8. Service orientation – which calls on us to solve issues such as carbon footprint, food safety, labour standards and privacy.

7. The ability to make sound judgement calls and the knack for strong decision-making skills is in the seventh spot.

6. Emotional intelligence – such as persuasion and teaching others.

5. Coordinating with others, again pointing to the emerging trend of companies emphasizing strong interpersonal skills and this is something that thankfully humans are still better at than robots.

4. People management – irrespective of automations and advancements in artificial intelligence, employees will always be a company’s most prized resource.

3. Creativity is predicted to become a key skill in the future and remember that creativity is not the exclusive domain of artsy types like musicians and writers.

2. Critical thinking involves being able to use logic and reasoning to interrogate an issue or problem and consider various solutions to the problem. While IBM’s supercomputer Watson and its legal-savvy companion ROSS are giving humans a run for their money in the critical thinking department, organisations in 2020 will see critical thinkers as highly employable.

1.Topping the list as the most desired skill to have is complex problem-solving ability.

In a world filled with what economists describe as ‘wicked’ problems – because they are near-impossible to solve (climate change, poverty or terrorism) — complex problem-solvers will be in hot demand.

Thankfully this is a skill that gets honed over time and is built on a strong foundation of critical and lateral thinking, which is what you are learning here at Kingsmead.

Kingsmead needs to ensure that we are inspiring young women to take on this world. That we produce young ladies who are confident and articulate and who have the skills, values and attitudes to shape their future, to be able to contribute meaningfully to the community and to take on a world that is changing at an unprecedented rate.

I am exceptionally proud that at this school we continue to embrace these challenges and continue to enhance our world-class learning environment.

Our brave move to changing the curriculum in Grades 8 and 9 is a good example of this. We are changing with the times and helping our girls to cope with the added pressures on them.

We need also to build the resilience required to grow through life’s challenges as there has been an increase in mental health problems but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life.

I am reminded of a true story about the extreme lack of resilience where two students sought counselling because they had seen a mouse in their off-campus apartment. They called the police who kindly arrived and set a mouse trap for them.

Students are afraid to fail; they do not take risks and failure is seen as catastrophic and unacceptable.

I suggest that failure and struggle and even stress need to be normalized.

Rachel Simmons – who we were fortunate to hear speak in Washington, in the introduction to “Enough As She Is”, says:

“Never before has the history of the world been so alive with promise for girls. They are glass-ceiling busting, selfie-taking world changers. Yet beneath this success and promise thereof, lies anxiety-ridden girls who are fearful of failure and showered in self-criticism.”

We are raising a generation of girls who may look exceptional on paper but are often anxious and overwhelmed in life – who feel that they will never be enough.

This has quietly become a mental health crisis. The data is shocking all over the world. Mental health is now the number one national concern for young people in Australia, according to Mission Australia’s annual Youth Survey – the first time in its 16-year history.

A new law that took effect in New York on 1 July 2018 means that schools will now teach about mental health as part of their curriculum.

Let us encourage our girls to normalise stress. Lisa Damour, another prominent psychologist and author whom we listened to this year, writes that stretching beyond familiar limits doesn’t always feel good, but growing and learning can’t happen any other way. She argues that we cannot avoid stress and if we can reframe it to see it as enhancing, then this builds resilience and emotional strength.

However, the key is to allow our girls to rebound between bouts of intense academic activity to have enough time to restore themselves and I think that this is where we as a school can change the look of our day.

As girls approach adolescence, their self-esteem declines. How do we change from being feisty, spirited, stubborn little Bluebells and Buttercups to being the “good girl”; pleasing others, being “nice” and playing by the rules.

Ask a Grade 1 group of girls who the best runner in the class is, they will all put up their hands.

If you ask a Grade 5 class the same thing, they might all point to the best runner.

But if you ask a Grade 9 class the same thing, there might be silence or, if they point to the best runner, she might smile weakly, look down or deny it.

Some strategies for helping girls include:

  • Finding language and words for what they are going through.
  • Naming the challenges that our girls are facing.
  • Giving them space to practice mindfulness in a very explicit way.
  • Giving them time to rebound from stressful pursuits.
  • Investing in their skills of self-compassion.

The last area in which we are going to need courage in spades is in creating a deep and meaningful sense of belonging in our school? This will be key as we seek to transform our school in a real and meaningful way.

Jonathan Jansen in the book: “A School Where I Belong” points out that we must create safe, controlled environments that allow young people to practice what it means to be a democratic citizen and to raise their views and opinions. We need to provide the opportunities for them to learn to express their views while respecting those of others.

They need to be taught that there’s always an opportunity to engage with those who are different to find solutions that are better, not in spite of, but because of our differences.

As adults we too need to start transforming by looking inward at ourselves and our identity. We need to begin to reflect on who we are as adults of the school. We need to begin to really listen to and understand the young people in our classrooms.

It is courageous to hire diverse teams that don’t necessarily agree with you all the time, to challenge the status quo, to have difficult conversations and to stand up for your beliefs or your values. This is the most important journey that we are on.

I would now like to take this opportunity to thank all who have contributed to the school this year:

The OKA under the wonderful leadership of Kirsten Legg.

The PTA who has done sterling work under Rizwana Bawa

The Kingsmead Trust with David Munroe at the helm.

The Council – so ably led by Bev Bouwer

Thank you to all for giving of your time and considerable expertise.

To the staff – I offer thanks for all of you. You innovate, you walk beside the girls and you elicit greatness in them. You harness courage, you empower and you care. We have asked a lot of you this year and you have delivered. In my experience, the best teachers are the ones who love to learn. They are motivated to experiment and are more comfortable with taking risks. We are fortunate that our teachers at Kingsmead are of this caliber.

To my Executive – Whole School and Senior School – Warren Bennis states that “Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.” You have certainly managed to do this during the course of the year.

Thank you for your unstinting efforts:

Kim Lowman – what a joy it has been working with you. We don’t have enough hours in each day to accomplish all we want to do as a team.

Saartjie Venter

Piers Cruickshanks – to whom we will say a proper farewell and to whom we will give grateful thanks at the end of the year

Elsabe Fourie

Robbie Pullen

Alex Bouche

Jenny Venter

Lora Foot

Derek Hird

Sharekha Banwa

Ingrid Beekhuizen

Irene Ilsley

Marisa di Terlizzi

I also extend my sincere gratitude to my PA – Evani Naidoo and to all the Administrative staff and the Service staff, who are such an integral part of the Kingsmead family.

To the Grade 12 class –I know that you can be a class that will change the world for the better. You have been inclusive, whilst being diverse, serious while having a great amount of fun and it really has been my pleasure to be around you this year. Neil Gaiman said – “the one thing that you have that nobody else has, is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So, write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

Girls, please keep the school in your hearts and in your minds. We will always be here so come back and let us know what fantastic things you are up to. You can come past my window to knock on it to see if I have fizzers for you.

To Husnaa, Cayley and Amu – what a Dream Team. I have so enjoyed our interactions and our laughs on a Friday morning. Thank you for standing so steadfast to your concept of servant leadership – you have created big shoes to fill.

Finally I end with lines from a song which has become somewhat of a tradition over the past 11 years: This is for the Grade 12s and I believe that George Ezra wrote it specifically for you at this stage of your school careers.

The sun it changed in the atmosphere

Architecture unfamiliar

I can get used to this

Time flies by in the yellow and green

Stick around and you’ll see what I mean

There’s a mountaintop that I’m dreaming of

If you need me you’ll know where I’ll be

I’ll be riding shotgun underneath the hot sun

Feeling like a someone

The south of the equator, navigate it

Gotta hit the road

Mrs Lisa Kaplan


The Headgirl’s Speech 2018

I grew up in the vibrant Lokshini climate of Mdantsane, for those of you who may not know – it is considered to be the second largest township after Soweto, situated in the Eastern Cape. This was a place that promised possibility beyond measure. I found treasures in a community that thrives on togetherness; a place where asking your neighbour for sugar or rooibos tea,  is not a shameful task. I was shaped by people who embody the belief that I am what I am because of who we are – ubuntu.

Moving to Johannesburg, I learnt that like most places, Mdantsane has three descriptions: the one you hear about; the one you see and the one its residents experience. I learned that to others, my birthplace was and still is a dry, barren and poverty-stricken place.

But this was always over-shadowed by my experiences and the people with whom I shared my growth: the people who encouraged me to dream; to envision abundant possibilities. At Kingsmead this was the community I discovered.

The ubuntu I knew from home was also embodied by this school.

It too carried stories – in the legacy of its members; in the richness of its grounds.

I learned that I was part of a grade characterized by young ambitious women who are driven by their sheer desire to excel.

To the class of 2017, let today be your reminder that you are more powerful than you have been led to believe, and, at heart, perhaps you already realise this fact.

When I think about our Grade, I see civil activists, renowned doctors, film directors, musicians, academics and leaders. I see women who are destined to change the African narrative. And what a wonderful thought it is, that the courage our school has instilled in us – will help us flourish in our pursuits.

I do however think it is time to evolve our idea of the “Perfect Kingsmead Girl”.

The mould that some may feel they have needed to fit.

While it might have been fitting to open with the line “I am a Kingsmead girl”, today I can proudly say that each of you is the “Perfect Kingsmead Girl”.

In her, are the values envisioned by Ms DV Thompson – qualities that are too precious and unique to fully describe. Own your identity, as a millennial; as a young woman; as an African. I’d like us to transform the stereotypical “so called” image.

I say this with conviction that before me sits Kingsmead Girls.

Matrics, I know that some of us have been counting down for a while now.

I remember Lala cheerfully announcing, on the first day of school, that there were only 203 days left of high school. Now there are only 6 days left. I’d like to believe that each of us will leave a part of ourselves behind. Although Mrs Banwa may object to this, as, in Grade 8, she called one of our first grade meetings – to discuss a smelling problem we had.

Our theme of “Assist-a-hood”, helped us reflect on the example we were setting for the other grades. We exuded a drive and profound passion for our younger grades and I’m sure we are all glad that the bullying issues, although extremely painful and very real, were addressed. We held each other in difficult times; demonstrating our ubuntu.

While striving for academic excellence – we will hold the record for the most absentees. Yes, we did have our regular part-time students over the past few years – we don’t judge. However last term proved to be the season of absenteeism. If memory serves me correctly, close to forty girls were absent on one given day. For some of us, Speech Evening reminds us of Aardklop in Grade 10. At only R30 a piercing, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to rebel, after all we learned from our own piercing guru – Ms Isacks. Needless to say, many girls returned with helix piercings and ear infections from their cheap endeavors.

Our non-conformists included Mrs Rademacher’s Geography class, who, in their attempt to have an early break, fast-forwarded the classroom clock by 10 minutes and Orlanda, who was obsessed with Japanese rap music.

Phoebe’s missing ‘mills and cokes’ will remain a mystery. How Harriet managed to draw a picture of a conclusion; and how the likes of Annnabelle, Basi and Gina manage to slay A’s with so little effort will also remain a mystery.

I’ve had the privilege of being a part the Originals; the Grade 9 alter ego group of Freakaniqua – Peta Myburg, Sharkisha – Brittany Peddie, Elephantisha – Almaaz Moosa; and the incomparable – Queens. And to think they called our grade cliquey.

We’ve shared Harlem Shake videos taken during Grade 8 PE lessons, which we were instructed to quickly remove from the internet. A-not-to-forget French tour, which afforded us with Allez les filles, on y va! The cameras never rested and our memories will forever be etched in our hearts.

Mom, Dad – thank you for the worry, the scheduling and the budgeting that went into the opportunities I often took for granted. To my beloved grandmother, ndiya bulela ngemfundiso zakho. Thank you to all the teachers who worked tirelessly; and believed in our capabilities. It’s one thing to want to achieve your very best; it’s another to have your teacher have the same vision for you. Thank you, Mr Allen, for all the history lessons that introduced us to a love for politics; to Mrs Wilmot who accepted that her son, was possibly a screensaver for the entire drama class. A day did not pass without Ms Cambitzis warning us about lower order thinking or Tisha calling us random names like Getty, Petunia and Sarafina – when she was referring to one of us.

To Mrs Kaplan, my mentor – thank you. Both you and Ms Venter, have made our journey successful. On behalf of the Matrics, thank you Mrs Van for your support. To my deputies – we have missioned through the school days with Anya’s incredible organizational skills and Peta’s low tolerance for nonsense. I’m grateful for you both. Our worries and stresses were always quickly overshadowed by laughter, whether it was a tech problem before an assembly; or an Instagram post that we should’ve uploaded; we found a way to be each other’s anchors.

“Guard that good thing committed to thee”, as I echo the words of Ms DV Thompson – Kingsmead Girls today I make a bold claim that that good thing refers to you and me, our families, our friends, our teachers, our cultures, beliefs and traditions, and most certainly our dreams and aspirations. Guard them, protect them and most importantly embrace them. Thank you for the honour of being your Headgirl for 2017.

Bapiwe Roji

Head Girl 2017


Junior School

The aim of the Junior School Music Department, is to give every girl the opportunity to play an instrument and to make as many group music making opportunities as possible available or our enthusiastic young musicians. We run various instrumental programmes, including a string programme for Grade 2, ukulele classes in Grade 3 and a winds project in Grade 4, including clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone. The girls also love to get involved in the many Marimba Ensembles, Orchestra and Choirs.

Our groups had a busy and fun year, including performances at Kingsmead and other schools. These included the Interschool’s Orchestra Festival and Kingsmead Music Festivals in April; the Singing Sistas’, Let the Children Sing, Kingsmead & St David’s Choir evening and Jan Celliers Music Evening in the 2ndterm; and the Kingsmead, The Ridge & St Katharine’s Music Evening, The Sound of Children Choir evening, St Mary’s Ensemble evening and the performance at Parkcare Centre in the 3rdterm.

In addition to these evening events, our musicians also took part in a variety of Eisteddfods, International examinations, school music concerts and assemblies.

It is evident that our girls enjoy every moment on stage, which is testament to our dedicated and passionate music staff. We applaud them for their commitment and hard work.

Elsabé Fourie, Director of Arts & Music

Senior School

From the 18th to the 29th April, 43 Choir members toured to the beautiful cities of Vienna and Salzburg in Austria and Lido di Jesolo, Venice, Verona, Padua and Treviso in Italy. The itinerary included visits to Belvedere Palace, Stephen’s Cathedral, the House of Music, Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mozart’s Birthplace and Residence, Schönbrunn Palace, Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Water Gardens, Palazzo Zuckerman and Capella degli Scrovegni, a boat trip from Strobl to St. Gilgen, an exciting visit to the Salt Mine Hallein and a workshop at the Conservatory of Music ‘Cesare Pollini’,

The Choir performed in Austria at Pfarre Reindorf, Evangelische Friedenskirche Bad Ischl and Bad Hofgastein Kursaal and in Italy at Villa Ducale and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

The European audiences absolutely loved the African programme and we had standing ovations at every concert. It was a privilege and humbling experience to see the excitement and emotional response of the audiences at the concerts as well as the excitement at our impromptu performances on the streets of the places we visited.

We thank everyone who supported the tour in any way. It was an absolutely amazing experience the choir members will never forget.


From the 22nd to the 24th May, Kingsmead hosted the 14th annual Orchestra & Ensemble Festival. This event has become a firm favourite on many schools’ musical calendar, and this year, 17 institutions were involved. The programme included music of a wide variety, including traditional African and Greek Music, Film tunes, Jazz, Pop and Rock. Orchestras, Ensembles, Marimba bands, Wind bands and Percussion groups shared the stage to great delight of the audiences.


The World Choir Games is the biggest international choir festival that takes place every two years. The aim behind the event is to bring people together from all over the world to celebrate music as a common language and unite different cultures and nations. The World Games offer participation to choirs of various sizes and combinations of voices in a wide variety of genres and styles of music. In the thirty years of the competition, this 10th edition will be the first time on African soil. Our Senior School Choir is excited about the prospect of being part of this incredible event.

Elsabé Fourie

Director of Arts and Music.


Junior School


By Lillian Turvey (Captain)

This year we started the athletics season with a reduced number of girls due to sickness and still managed to place second at the first meet. We identified then that we needed to work on our long jump and high jump. As the season continued, the team’s performance improved significantly and we won several first, second and third placements.The team spirit was outstanding and I couldn’t have wished for a better squad. We ended the season on a high note when we won third place at Prestige Athletics. Thank you for all the support from coaches and parents. The only way is up as head towards a win in 2019!


Amy Dickinson (Captain)

Our team has grown in confidence and skills this season which is evident in where we are being placed in tournaments. Last year, we came second last and the St. Stithian’s Festival and this year we came fourth! What a huge improvement!

We are extremely proud of all the girls in the team. The commitment and passion that they put into the sport is outstanding, not to mention the talent! I was so proud to be the captain of the Kingsmead Waterpolo team.


By Julia Aspoas (Vice Captain)

From the courage of our divers conquering their fears as they attempt new dives, to the sheer quantity of hair ties lost forever at the bottom of the pool, Kingsmead has had a wonderful year with diving.

This year the diving team has grown in both number and ability and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing coach, Roxanne Prout. Each individual has contributed something special towards our team and we cannot be prouder of the Kingsmead Diving Team of 2018.

Inter-House Athletics

By Natalie Morris

Inter-house is by far one of our favorite events at Kingsmead. Not only do we get to wear fun outfits and layers of face-paint, but everybody gets to scream their lungs out just for the fun and the spirit of it!

Everybody from the Grade 4’s running their very first race to the Grade 7’s running their last are excited. House captains call to their houses and they reply in a chorus of voices. Everybody tries their best order to win the spirit cup. Although all three houses are very competitive, the event is still fun. Some girls even run wearing tutus, ribbons and masks in their house colour while sprinting to win the race! Everybody feels like a winner. After all, at worst a house can come third. No shame in that!


By Lillian Turvey

This year’s Inter-House Athletics was very competitive and came complete with some serious shouting and cheering. Knights came first after running our hearts out against Barons and Thanes. We did our best and were delighted when we won as a team. Our team spirit was amazing and on behalf of the Knights captains, we are all so proud of you! We did it!

We came second last year and this year we are the winners. Thank you. We cheered our hearts out, we were supportive of one another and we all pulled through as a team. Keep up the good work girls!


By Hannah Daniels

Under the scorching heat at JCE, all the Grade 4-7s were hot and bothered but smiling nonetheless. Running individual and team races for their house, each girl was cheered on with roaring shouts from her house, friends, teachers and family. The stands were covered in yellow, red and blue feathers, balloons and more! Incredible spirit was on display from every athlete – running her hardest and not going one moment without an accompanying roar of cheering, singing, stomping of feet and clapping of hands.

Earlier that morning everyone was excited. We were bussed down to the JCE Stadium, sat down and given our marching orders by the coaches who told us to get out there, do our best, and have fun! And that’s exactly what we did.

The Grade 7s sang their grade song at what would be our last sports event in Junior School. Knights was the overall winner while Barons won the spirit cup. Inter-House Athletics was a huge success!


By Julia Aspoas

Seas of colour. Blue, red, yellow. Thanes, Knights, Barons. Pupils cheering as loud as they can in support of their respective houses. This is Inter-house athletics.

This year, Thanes followed the fabulously fun theme Angry Birdswhich had chosen by all three houses. We were Jay, Jake and Jim, while other houses had the themes of the red and yellow Angry Birds respectively.

The Thanes girls worked hard and supported one another with spirit and strength throughout the day. We are so proud of the courage and persistence Thanes showed their athletes. This has been a great year for all three houses. Go Thanes!

Senior School


The past few years have seen Athletics become one of Kingsmead’s biggest and most successful sports. It is no wonder that the whole school had plenty to cheer and shout for at last year’s Interhigh event, where we were placed second. Having the entire school at Germiston Stadium to support the runners and jumpers was motivating and encouraging. Highlights included the open relay, who won their race at every meeting of the season, the senior 400 meter race, which Lauren Paton dominated throughout the season and Robyn Blackwell’s dominance in the 1500m. This year, athletics kicked off at the end of the second term, with the interhouse event. Baker took home the trophy, but all the houses demonstrated that the future of athletics at Kingsmead is undoubtedly exciting; the new influx of Grade 8 runners and jumpers is sure to prove an asset throughout the season. I am so excited for Interhigh this year, where our athletes are sure to impress with the hard work and commitment they have shown this season. The Athletics team would like to pay tribute to our coach, Marezanne Lingenfelder, who passed away this year. Marezanne was a kind and brilliant athletics coach who will be truly missed by all.

Alexander Phillips – Captain of Athletics


This year’s Interhigh Diving was hosted by Kingsmead College on the 6 March. Sarah Benning placed second in the Under 16 age group and Olivia Van Vollenhoven placed second in the Open age group, Megan Cleminson, who is in Grade 9, competed in the Open age group (16yrs – 18yrs ) and achieved a Top 12 position. Kingsmead finishing in overall 5thplace. Sarah and Olivia were selected to attend the SA Youth Nationals Championships where Sarah placed second on the 1m, 3m and platform, Olivia placed first on the 1m, 3m and platform and together they placed second in the synchronized diving. Recently Sarah Benning and Olivia Van Vollenhoven competed in Germany in an international competition to gain some valuable experience. Olivia was selected to travel to Ukraine for the World Diving Championships and has now been selected for Youth Olympic Games, which is an incredible achievement. Kingsmead diving continues to grow and we would like to thank Miss D. Philippopoulos for all the hard work that she has put into this sport over the years.

Alexandra Lee – Head of Sport


The Equestrian Team has had a very successful year. There are fourteen members on the team and every girl managed to get at least one rosette in at least one of the four qualifiers for the Johannesburg region of the SANESA competitions. The first two qualifiers were held at Eaton Farm and the second two qualifiers were held at Kyalami Equestrian Park, a new venue for SANESA. Kingsmead came second in our category after the four qualifiers. The teams were then chosen to represent Johannesburg in the Gauteng Regionals Competition and almost every girl on the Kingsmead team was chosen for a variety of disciplines. We were very successful at the competition which took place at the beginning of August. Three girls were chosen to represent Gauteng at Nationals in October. The Equestrian Team has definitely made Kingsmead very proud.

Lauren Courtenay – Equestrian Captain.


This year Kingsmead College had an outstanding hockey season throughout all the age groups. Overall Kingsmead came 3rd in the league; which is the best they have ever done. This incredible achievement shows the improvement Kingsmead has made over the past few years. The girls trained exceptionally hard this season and I commend them on their dedication to the sport. Congratulations to the Under 15A Team on winning the league- this is an unbelievable achievement and I urge them to nurture the passion that is very evident in this team. At the Annual Krugersdorp Festival, the 1stTeam won all five of their matches, which was a positive start to the season. The Kingsmead 1st Team took part in the annual St Mary’s Festival over April and this year we were placed 19th out of 36 schools- I am so proud of my team as this is the best we have ever done. The 1st Team won the Spar Challenge this year which was one of their greatest moments., beating Beulieu in the final. At the Annual Independent School Sports Festival, which was hosted by Roedean, the 1stTeam won 3, drew 1 and lost 1 match. Congratulations to the following girls for being selected for Southern Gauteng Provincial teams: Jamielee Clogg, Margarete Amoes, Husnaa Bux and Gabriella Staples. A huge thank you to our coach Mr Pullen, who has coached the Matrics for three years, he has been a massive inspiration to us all. Thank you for bringing out the best in us and for believing in us and showing us our true potential, we are so grateful to have a coach of his calibre. I have been a member of Kingsmead’s 1st Team for four years now and it is with great sorrow that I now leave this amazing team. I know that Kingsmead’s Hockey will go far and will continue to grow. I encourage you all to maintain and nurture the same determination and passion that the Matrics had for this incredible sport this year.

Jamielee Clogg – Head of Hockey


2018 has been an optimal year for Netball. Our First Team squad participated in The Best of the West Festival in Krugersdorp, The St Andrew’s Netball Tournament, and the ISSF Tournament at Roedean. At the St Andrews Festival, our team came 9th out of 32 schools, winning the plate section.  Our Second Team successfully made it to playoffs, with our First Team missing playoffs by only one goal. Throughout the season, our teams from Grade 8 to Grade 12 achieved great results and invested a lot of time and effort into the sport. A few of our girls participated in District Trials and huge congratulations to a member of our first team, Sarah Minnie, who made the Under 16 Provincial Team, which is an outstanding achievement. Our teams have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to play against a variety of schools and we have had unbelievable support from the rest of the school at home matches, cheering us on from the sidelines. I cannot thank my team, Miss Minnie, Mrs Lovatt, and Basi Dibetswe enough for an incredible year of determination, hard work, enthusiasm, and fun. I am so proud of each and every player who participated in the sport this season, and I hope all the girls carry on with the same positive attitude next year. Netball has taught me so much; from teamwork and friendship, to dedication and courage. I feel very honoured to have been head of this incredible sport and wish the new Head of Netball for 2019 the best of luck for next year.

 Olivia Thomas – Head of Netball


Kingsmead has a team of squash players who are enthusiastic and passionate about the sport. This year the Squash team tried their best to better their squash skills as well as put extensive effort into winning their matches. The girls played with commitment and dedication and as a whole Kingsmead developed into a better team. It was inspiring to witness the team improve with every match and hence develop a more positive attitude towards Squash. Squash practices were filled with extensive exercise but also loads of fun and bonding as a whole team. Thank you to Adele Simmons for coaching us this year and for making Squash such an enjoyable sport. Thank you to Mr Pullen for arranging all the squash matches and for reintroducing this wonderful sport for the Kingsmead community.

Caitlin Botha – Head of Squash


The 2018 swimming season was truly an impressive one! It has been a real privilege to lead a bunch of super enthusiastic girls during such a successful season, thanks to each and every one of you. Special thanks to Mr Pullen and Ms Hanekom – without their support and coaching it would not have been as much fun and our team would not have been as strong. Our challenge was naturally to better our times from last year and ensure we represented  Kingsmead in the top spots at each gala.  I am happy to report that we did not let the side down and even though competition was fierce it became a weekly team building experience where we placed in the top three at all meets this season – a direct result of early morning training, extra hours in gym pools, tons of humour and team spirit and the key commitment of turning up regularly for practices. Our attendance this year was remarkable and girls showed true commitment throughout.

 This year some key highlights included: The Premier League Inter-High Gala for which entry is performance based and one can slip down the ranks in the blink of an eye. We were able to continue a proud tradition of being the top in our field. The passion to succeed was clearly evident. The Inter-House Gala , which is certainly an annual favourite, allows the entire high school to compete and if doggy paddle is your best on the day, then all good. War cries, friendly competitiveness, lots of laughs and good humour ended with the Matrics jumping into the pool. This is certainly one of those milestones to which each girl looks forward.

Onward and upward for the new leaders of 2019! Swimming is not for the weak and this year it’s been an incredible ride.

Meg Kingaby – Head Swimming


The tennis season this year has been a huge success. I am so proud of how hard the girls trained. The Kingsmead AB tennis teams were placed 3rd in the A League and the CD teams were placed 2nd in the B league. The girls have played with enthusiasm and determination and I commend them on their dedication and effort this season. The year started off with Inter- High A and B competition. The girls played exceptionally well. The A side were placed 15th out of 28 schools and the B side were placed 8th out of 26 schools. We were thrilled with these results. A few girls also participated in the Sun City Tournament at the end of August. The girls spent a whole week playing tennis every day. The girls played with determination and this was evident in their results. The A team finished 3rd in the A section and the B team finished 5th in the B section. A big thank to Mr Pruett for accompanying us on this tour. At the beginning of the year we had our Kingsmead singles championships. After a long, tough day of tennis in the sun, Tuana Guler in Grade 11, beat Jamielee Clogg in Grade 12, congratulations on a great win.

Thank you to Mrs Masetlwa and Ms Mabaso for constantly being there for the girls during matches and helping with the organisation. I would also like to say thank you to Mr Pruett for the smooth running of tennis this year and for motivating the girls to achieve their best potential.

Jamielee Clogg – Head of Tennis

Water Polo

The 2018 season of Waterpolo has been successful for all teams involved. We began the year with both the First Team and U15A moving up to the A League and placing fifth with St. Stithians on the log. The Second team and U15B are currently in sixth place on the log in the B league. This shows the huge step Kingsmead has taken both in competitiveness and effort. The highlight for the First Team was placing 6th at Reef Cup, improving eight places from the year before. The U15s placed 8th out of sixteen schools at Shaun Fuchs, which is a major achievement as they competed against the best schools in the country. In September the First Team competed at the St. Anne’s Waterpolo Tournament, they made it into the Final and won a silver medal, improving by four positions from last year. There are numerous girls who have made the National teams starting from Grade Seven all the way to Grade Ten. This year has been a huge success for Kingsmead College Waterpolo and there is definitely a bright future ahead.

Gemma Schleicher – Captain of Waterpolo

Kingsmead 2018/2019 Leaders

(2019 Leaders) Eryn La Fleur (DeputyHead Girl), Laura Hudson (Deputy Head Girl) ,Tuana Güler (Head Girl), Lisa Kaplan, Husna Bux (Head Girl), Cayley Lovatt (Deputy Head Girl) and Amukelani Mnisi (Deputy Head Girl) (2018 Leaders)

Matric Valediction & Final Assembly


Grade 7 Leaver’s Dinner

Goodwill Day & School Birthday

Goodwill Day

Goodwill Day 2018 epitomized the words of our founder DV Thompson: “Willing well, as against just wishing well, has an idea in it of doing something active for the welfare of another. Goodwill also means being willing to do everything in one’s power to bring good to other people, not only to those we love most and know best.”


The entrance donation was previously loved clothes in support of Clothes2Good, who buys and recycles second-hand clothing and sells it to microbusinesses. R5/kg will go towards Kingsmead College Service and R2/kg will be donated to Life Link 24/7 Cares. The Kingsmead community donated just over 1300kg of clothing.

Walk in Colour

The community participated in a 5-kilometre fun walk, sponsored by Nedbank, in aid of the Junior School Bursary fund.


The Games area was once again a highlight of the day and nearly 1000 wrist bands were sold. Grade 8 and 9 students hosted carnival games as part of an EMS project.

Grade activities

Grade 10-12 students were all involved in various activities in aid of charity. This included hosting the tea garden and the haunted house, washing wind screens of cars as the visitors arrived and parked their cars, painting henna tattoos and doing face painting, selling cold drinks, books and flower crowns and assisting at A Few Grey Hairs.

Hosting visitors from Rays of Hope, Fight with Insight and Guild Cottage

It was a privilege to invite the reading buddies from Rays of Hope, the boxers from Fight with Insight and the girls from Guild Cottage to enjoy the day with us. The Kingsmead students hosted our visitors with wonderful hospitality and care. All visitors participated in marimba workshops, received a complimentary Games and Walk in Colour wristband as well as complimentary snacks and meals donated by vendors and the community. Fight with Insight was once again a force to be reckoned with in the boxing ring; not only did they demonstrate their boxing skills, they also invited the community to join them in the boxing ring.

85thBirthday Celebration

Kingsmead’s 85thbirthday was celebrated with a beautiful birthday cake shared with the visitors from Fight with Insight, Rays of Hope and Guild Cottage.

A Few Grey Hairs

One of the highlights of the day was the hair harvesting done for A Few Grey Hairs. 1286 ponytails were donated on Goodwill Day, which will enable A Few Grey Hairs to make twelve wigs for beneficiaries who have lost their hair due to cancer or other diseases.

Courage Arts Exhibition

Grade 8 and Art Club students participated in the Hearts of Courage Arts exhibition to raise funds for Courage partners. Eighty five paintings were created inspired by quotations on courage. Students donated the paintings to Courage and each 20x20cm painting represents a Courage Toolkit that will be donated to a child protection organisation to help them in their child protection efforts.

Bread Tags and Bottle Tops

Bread tags and bottle tops were weighed on Goodwill Day and we reached the target to donate the 10thwheelchair to a suitable beneficiary.

The following organisations were also invited to join us on Goodwill Day:

Dignity Dreams


Paws R Us

Ubuntu 365

San Salvador

Mina Foundation

Rare Bears

By Jenny Venter

Director of Service


 The Kingsmead Book Fair

Kingsmead Book Fair 2018

What’s your favourite thing about the Book Fair?

“It’s our first time to the Book Fair. I like the vibe. It’s nice to meet all the authors and get our books signed – all our books!” – visitors to the Kingsmead Book Fair 2018.

The vibe of the day is high on the list of things people love about the Kingsmead Book Fair. A day where bibliophiles, families and people from across our diverse city come together for the love of books and reading. The 2018 Book Fair saw more than 136 authors speaking in 40 different sessions on the main programme, with 9 teen sessions and 18 children’s sessions happening alongside. From teen writing workshops to discussions on toxic masculinity, a journey into the underworld of organised crime, the state of our nation and a chef that sees food as a ‘cultural barrier-breaker and bridge-builder’, the programme, curated by our esteemed panel of literary advisors, certainly had something for everyone.

A day of this proportion wouldn’t be possibly without a highly organised and dynamic team of suppliers and volunteers, and for this we are eternally grateful. Our incredible sponsors, Standard Bank – Wealth and Investment, 702, Timberland and Porcupine Ridge provide us with the means to be able to host this magnificent day, that has become the highlight on the annual calendar of so many. We have been privileged to work with their teams to continue to grow this event.

Kingsmead Book Fair has a strong social responsibility ethos and since inception has initiated a book drive where the community rallies to collect gently loved books. These books are distributed to libraries of schools and organisations in need. Children, who could otherwise not afford to spend the day at a literary festival, are invited by the Kingsmead Book Fair committee to attend and participate in the programme. In 2018, 149 students attended the Book Fair from various organisations. The attendance was sponsored by Kingsmead parents, our immense gratitude to our generous community. The organisations included the Alexandra Education Committee, Sizanani Mentors and Rays of Hope, amongst others.

With our close proximity to St Vincent’s School for the Deaf we like to ensure the deaf community is also catered for and have sign language interpreters present in various sessions across the day.

The vibe, that brings people back, is made up of the delicious food vendors, the wine generously poured by Porcupine Ridge, the jovial spirit and sense of community created by all that attend. We look forward to celebrating reading and books again in 2019.

Alex Bouche

Director of the Kingsmead Book Fair






Sharonne Isack

Died 14 July 2018

 Sharonne has been a most valuable member of the school since June 2008 and she had built up a reputation as a most wonderful Mathematics teacher and Head of Baker House. Sharonne dedicated her life to teaching and she will be sorely missed by not only our community, but by many others at various schools. 

Barbara Plewman (Smits)

Died 12 May 2018

Barbara Plewman (Smits), Sue Ratcliffe (Plewman), Heather Goussard (Ratcliffe), Gail de Zeeuw (Ratcliffe), Jemma Goussard, Jessica de Zeeuw and Alison de Zeeuw. Kingsmead 4 generations. Barbara Plewman (Smits) was a foundation pupil and a teacher at Kingsmead.

Billy Bell

Died 5 May 2018

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Kingsmead College and the OKA wish you and your family a safe, blessed and happy festive season.

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