Our Connection: Issue 16 2019

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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!

Click here to find out more

Tarryn McLaren
Cognitive Education Coordinator

 

Dear Parents

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!

 

KRC Announcements

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:

Grade 4

4D: Rafaela Bottler and Katherine Papadopoulas

4M: Jada Williams and Mihlali Sompete

4R: Nina Shoeman and Suhani Dullabh

Grade 5

5X1: Eloise Gilcrest

5X2: Maxine Johnston

5Y1: Hannah Schwegmann

5Y2: Hope Ngwenya

5Z1: Elena Rovelli

5Z2: Lara Boltt

Grade 6

6X1 Mia Simmock

6X2: Morgan Kohler

6Y1: Emma de Kock

6Y2: Rachael Fifield

6Z1: Jessica Stevens

6Z2: Thiya Naidoo

Grade 7

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.


Deputy Head
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.

 

SERVICE

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.

BRUNCH GARDEN

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).

Jenny Venter
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 efourie@kingsmead.co.za

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

18h00-19h30 Linder Auditorium
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

18h00-19h30 St Mary’s
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)

12h00-13h30 Lange Hall
Tue 3 Dec Carol Service

(Compulsory for all grades)

18h00-19h00 RUC

 

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.

Elsabé Fourie
Director of Arts & Music

 

SPORTS
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.

Equestrian

Congratulations to the following riders who were placed in the top in their classes at the SANSESA Gauteng regional final in the holidays.

Francesca Logan:

4th in Level 1 Equitation

Jade Anderson: 

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

Rania Motara: 

1st in Level 1 Performance Riding

2nd in Level 1 Working Riding

Sarah Florence:

5th in Level 3 Show Jumping Round 1

Taylor Prinsloo:

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:

Francesca Logan:

A Team for Equitation

B Team for Show Jumping 1

Jade Anderson:

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

Rania Motara:

A Team for Performance Riding and Working Riding

B Team for In Hand Utility

Sarah Florence: 

B Team for Show Jumping 1

Taylor Prinsloo:

B Team for Equitation

Zuhayra Ebrahim:

C Team for Dressage B

 

Important Dates for TERM 3

Athletics

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)

Diving                                                  

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

Tennis

19 October        Grade 4-7 Festival

7 November      Grade 3 Festival

Waterpolo

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

 Swimming

23 Oct Grade 1-3 Gala

13 Nov Grade 1-3 APPS gala

Special Achievements

Grace Hefer
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.

Kylie Dugmore
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.

Sheillah Muchauraya
Junior School Head of Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

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