A future Astronaut/Martian Visits Kingsmead … Dr. Adriana Marais
WOW, what a privilege for our Grade 3 – 7 girls to listen to such an inspirational talk on Wednesday 11 September. The world of possibilities is alive! Thank you to Dr. Adriana Marais for offering hope in that dreams do come true!
Cognitive Education Coordinator
We are very blessed to have an active and interested parent community, who participate so fully in their child’s education. We thank you for your incredible engagement and participation in the life of our school.
We would like to thank you for helping us to keep teaching and learning a priority and minimising disruptions in this regard. In line with this, please could we kindly request that if you are early to collect your daughter in the afternoon, that you do not wait near the classrooms, particularly at the tables near Joel Hall. Unfortunately, this is terribly exciting for our students, who can then become distracted and this disrupts the last lesson of the day. We would really appreciate it if you would please wait at Jabula and enjoy a delicious cappuccino if you are waiting for your daughter to end the school day.
As an additional reminder, please can we request that if you need to discuss anything with your daughter’s teacher, that you set up a time to meet, as it is difficult to have discussions at the start of the school day. We would like to be fully present and focused when prioritising your daughter for our discussions and would prefer to be able to give you our full attention.
In addition, please give your daughter the opportunity to settle herself in the classroom in the morning, by allowing her to get organised independently at her desk. This is part of our teaching and learning strategy as a school.
Thank you for your support!
Each student from Grade 4 – 7 had the opportunity to nominate a person in their class to be their voice on the Kingsmead Representative Council, for the term. Each nomination included a motivation – an explanation as to why their nominated peer would fulfil the role effectively. The KRC students will be sharing their peers’ ideas regarding compliments and suggestions for making our school a great place to be each day.
We announced the Kingsmead Representative Council members at assembly this morning. We also read out their respective motivations.
The following students make up the KRC for this term:
4D: Rafaela Bottler and Katherine Papadopoulas
4M: Jada Williams and Mihlali Sompete
4R: Nina Shoeman and Suhani Dullabh
5X1: Eloise Gilcrest
5X2: Maxine Johnston
5Y1: Hannah Schwegmann
5Y2: Hope Ngwenya
5Z1: Elena Rovelli
5Z2: Lara Boltt
6X1 Mia Simmock
6X2: Morgan Kohler
6Y1: Emma de Kock
6Y2: Rachael Fifield
6Z1: Jessica Stevens
6Z2: Thiya Naidoo
7X1: Rebecca McMillan
7X2: Maryam Khan
7Y1: Sarah Davidson
7Y2: Anastasia Clark
7Z1: Zara Motala
7Z2: Mieke Costa
I look forward to meeting the KRC twice this term, once before and once after half-term.
Head Academics and Innovation
is on Friday.
It is Civvies Day to celebrate Heritage Day. We will also be celebrating Recycling Day SA by doing a collection of Eco Bricks and plastic bread packets.
Please can you bring your eco bricks and plastic bread packets to the bricks in front of reception as you arrive at school on Friday. The Green Team girls will be available to assist in the collection.
Just a reminder about the making of Eco Bricks:
- Use a 2L bottle that has been thoroughly cleaned and dried
- the contents must be non-recyclables (eg: chip packets, sweet wrappers, polystyrene, cling wrap etc) and you need to compact the materials completely. This means using the back of a wooden spoon or dowel stick to compact it fully.
- all contents must be washed prior to putting into the bottle
- measure the mass of your Eco Brick it to ensure it is over 400g before submitting it. Stand on it to see if it compresses – if it does, you need to add more.
Dear Kingsmead College Community
We are excited about Goodwill Day this year and invite the entire community to come and enjoy the day with us on Saturday, 5 October, from 08h00-13h30. The programme is packed with many exciting activities to gather the Kingsmead community, to engage with our community partners and celebrate the school’s birthday.
Delicious food and handmade goods will be on sale. Engage with our partner organisations on the day by donating hair for A Few Grey Hairs, feeding a bunny from The Bunny Hop Haven, boxing with Fight with Insight, supporting the SANBS blood drive and enjoying the Courage arts exhibition, to name but a few. A detailed programme will be published on Facebook and the Kingsmead College app.
In an attempt to make Goodwill Day more family friendly and to also provide entertainment for the parents, the PTA will host a Brunch Garden on the Music Lawn. Join us for a glass of champagne, gin or beer, enjoy delicious food on the lawn, while watching rugby and listening to live music.
CLOTHES TO GOOD
The entrance fee is a donation of gently worn clothes and shoes in support of Clothes To Good. Due to the overwhelming response in the past, collection points for clothing donations will be set up before Goodwill Day. Donation bags will be provided and donations can be dropped off on campus from the second week of term.
GOODWILL DAY WALK IN COLOUR
The Walk in Colour will start at 8h30 from the Tyrwhitt gate (ending at the Tottenham gate). Coffee will be sold from 08h00. Registration forms for the Walk in Colour will be handed out at school via LEAD/Form Teachers on Tuesday, 17 September and must be returned by Thursday, 26 September. Children under 4 walk for free. Green wristbands will be issued for all walkers during the first week of October. Walk in Colour funds are raised in aid of the Kingsmead Trust and there will be a prize for the class who raises the most funds.
GOODWILL DAY GAMES
The Games Area at Goodwill Day will include a variety of bigger games, in addition to the many carnival games organised by the Grade 8 and 9 students. The Games Area will be open from 09h00 until 13h30 and will include age appropriate games for children from 2 to 17 years. Children under 6 must be under strict parental supervision. Please note that all games are played at the child’s own risk and parents are encouraged to monitor their own child’s welfare regularly.
Black wristbands will be sold for R150 and will be available from Wednesday, 18 September, from the Music Reception. This wristband will give children unlimited access to all the games (this excludes the Haunted House). Alternatively, black wristbands can be charged to your Kingsmead school account with the following form (this form will be active until Wednesday 2 October):
Click here to complete the form (letter and link available on the Kingsmead College app).
Director of Service
ARTS & MUSIC
Welcome back ! The Arts & Music department wishes all our Kingsmead families a happy term ahead.
Music Application details:
Please see the app – all the relevant information and application form is in the Arts & Music folder. If you have any questions or queries please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Diarise for the term ahead:
All dates, letters, invitations and details will be posted on the app on the live calendar
|Tue 1 Oct||The Sound of Children Choir Festival:|
Grade 3 Choir
|Wed 9 Oct||ABRSM Theory Examinations||14h00-17h30||Learinng Centre|
|Tue 15 Oct &|
Wed 16 Oct
|ABRSM Practical Examinations||9h00-16h30||Rehearsal space|
|Tue 15 Oct,|
Wed 16 Oct,
Fri 18 Oct
Mon 4 Nov
|Trinity Practical Examinations||9h00-16h30||Beethoven Room|
|Wed 16 Oct||JS St Mary’s Ensemble Festival:|
JS Orchestra, Wind band,
Grade 4-7 String Ensemble
|Tue 29 Oct||Grade 2 & 3 Music Concert||18h00-19h00||Joel Hall|
|Sat 2 Nov||JS & SS Kingsmead Eisteddfod||9h00-12h00||Rehearsal space & Joel hall|
|Mon 4 Nov||Grade 0 & 1 Music Concert||17h30-18h30||Joel Hall|
|Tue 19 Nov||Grade 4 & 5 Music Concert||18h00-19h00||Joel Hall|
|Wed 20 Nov||Grade 6 & 7 Music Concert||18h00-19h00||Joel Hall|
|Mon 25 Nov||JS Carol Service Rehearsal||13h00-14h30||Rehearsal space & Joel hall|
|Mon 2 Dec||JS & SS Carol Service Full Run through|
(All Choirs & Orchestras)
|Tue 3 Dec||Carol Service|
(Compulsory for all grades)
Grade 3 Choir Performance at ‘The Sound of Children’
As per the calendar, the Grade 3 girls will be performing at the annual ‘The Sound of Children’ Choir Festival at the Linder Auditorium on Tuesday 1 October.
Girls must wear their summer uniform: school dress, white socks, black school shoes and blazer.
16:00 Bus departs from Kingsmead
16:45 All girls to arrive at the Linder Auditorium, Wits Education campus
(The GPS coordinates for the Linder Auditorium are 26.1781° S, 28.0420° E.
The main entrance is on Saint Andrews Road, Parktown)
17:00 Mass choir rehearsal with Richard Cock and the Orchestra
18:00 Refreshment break: girls will be given juice and a cupcake. Please give your daughter a nutritious snack before the time.
Parents can purchase refreshments from the cafeteria at the auditorium.
18:30 Concert starts
19:45 Concert ends
Please note there will be no bus transport back to Kingsmead after the concert.
Tickets should be purchased online at: The Sound of Children Computicket
Please complete the bus transport list by the 27th of September: Bus Transport to Linder
Should you have any questions or queries about Arts & Music at Kingsmead, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.
Director of Arts & Music
From the Sports Desk
Welcome back to all our avid sport enthusiasts. We have a busy term ahead of us and trust the girls will sign up in many activities this term.
Congratulations to the following riders who were placed in the top in their classes at the SANSESA Gauteng regional final in the holidays.
4th in Level 1 Equitation
2nd in Level 1 Performance Riding and Level 2 Dressage A
3rd in Level 3 Performance Riding, Level 3 Dressage B and Level 3 In Hand Utility
6th in Level 3 Dressage A and Level 4 Show Jumping 2
1st in Level 1 Performance Riding
2nd in Level 1 Working Riding
5th in Level 3 Show Jumping Round 1
6th in Level 1 Equitation
SANESA National Championship – 25th to 28th September
Based on their results at Regional Finals, the following girls have been selected to represent Gauteng at the National Championship:
A Team for Equitation
B Team for Show Jumping 1
A Team for Performance Riding 1 & 3, Dressage 2B, Dressage 3A and In Hand Utility
B Team for Dressage 3B, Handy Hunter and Show Jumping 2
C Team for Equitation
A Team for Performance Riding and Working Riding
B Team for In Hand Utility
B Team for Show Jumping 1
B Team for Equitation
C Team for Dressage B
Important Dates for TERM 3
27 September St Andrew’s School for Girls
4 October St Stithian’s College
11 October St Andrew’s School for Girls
15 October Interhouse (Wits Education Campus)
18 October St Peter’s Prep
1 November St Stithian’s College (Prestige)
28 September Gauteng Schools Trials @ De Jong Diving Centre, Pretoria
10 October St Mary’s School
17 October Kingsmead College
19 October SA Schools Championships at Epworth College in Pietermaritzburg,
24 – 28 October Half Term
31 October St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls
7 November Kingsmead College
14 November INTERSCHOOL DIVING @ ROEDEAN SCHOOL
GRADE 6&7 A&B: 13:00 – 17:30
21 November Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 Diving Festival @ Roedean School
19 October Grade 4-7 Festival
7 November Grade 3 Festival
13 Sept u13 Water polo tournament
27 Sept u13 Water polo tournament
4 Oct u13 Water polo tournament
11 Oct U13 Water polo tournament
19 Oct U13 Water polo Tournament
20 Oct U13 Water polo Tournament
23 Oct Grade 1-3 Gala
13 Nov Grade 1-3 APPS gala
Congratulations to Grace Hefer who became the overall Gauteng Level 6 gymnastics champion. This is a remarkable achievement and we wish her well in Cape Town later on this month when she competes at the National championships.
Congratulations to Kylie Dugmore who was awarded Central Gauteng colours for Gymnastics. She has qualified to represent Central Gauteng in Class 1 at the National Gymnastics Championships in Cape Town later this year.
Junior School Head of Sports