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Our Connection : Issue 16 2023

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Dear Kingsmead Community,

During the course of the last week, we were able to celebrate the Junior Primary Showcases.

We would like to thank all the families who took the time to join us in witnessing nothing but joy and happiness. It was our privilege to watch these showcases as they remind us that education goes far beyond what happens within the 4 walls of a classroom. Our students, staff and class reps, put in a lot of preparations for their items.

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While delighting in the showcases and starting to reflect on 2023’s successes of our school and students, we feel such – JOY and happiness.

This left me questioning – What courage it takes to stand on a stage and perform? Furthermore how have your daughters cultivated courage during 2023? Your daughters have managed this just ‘fine’ because they are ‘Heroes’ …

She is a hero, with dreams to unfold,
With a heart that’s courageous, and a spirit bold.
In every choice she makes, in every step she takes,
She has the power to make the world awake.

We believe in the hero within, shining through,
A child with the power to make dreams come true.
With every step, we know as teachers that she will embrace her role,
For within her, a hero resides, full of heart and soul.

Thank you to each of your daughters and the teachers, who allow us to grow heroes. They allow us to know joy, live joy, to feel happiness, in the various moments of our school year.

Have a rest filled upcoming half–term. If you are travelling, we look forward to your safe return on Tuesday, 31 October.

Yours in Joy and Happiness,
Tarryn McLaren

Resources for Parents – Connecting with your Daughter
We trust that you have enjoyed our bi-weekly parent slot… This week, I’d like to share an author and resource for the development of girls. Writer, social researcher and publisher Maggie Hamilton has a passion for the art of living meaningfully and is a keen observer of social trends.

Over two years Maggie Hamilton interviewed girls, teachers, school counsellors, psychologists, and law enforcement and medical personnel to get an insider’s view on what girls are experiencing at present, from birth to the teenage years. Her solution-focused book makes for a very interesting read: “What’s happening to our Girls”. At times the book is informed, revealing, compassionate and at times shocking. Alternatively you can listen to this interview.

Junior Primary Showcases: A Display of Incredible Courage and Happiness
Our recent Junior Primary Showcases left everyone in awe. Our students’ courage to face an audience, their bravery to remember their lines and choreography, and the pure happiness that radiated from their faces were truly heart-warming. Along with the invaluable guidance of their teachers and the dedicated support of the music department, our students put on an absolutely incredible performance. The morning was not just a testament to their talent but also a celebration of their courage and pure happiness, showing us what living our school values looks like.

Participating in music and dance lessons at school offers numerous benefits for students and is essential for their holistic development. Here are some reasons why it is important for all our students to engage in these creative activities:

Enhances Creativity: Music and dance provide an outlet for creative expression. Students can explore their imagination, emotions, and artistic abilities through these art forms, fostering creativity and originality.
Improves Discipline and Time Management: Learning to play an instrument or mastering dance routines requires commitment, practice, and time management. Students develop discipline and a strong work ethic, skills that are valuable in various aspects of life.
Boosts Cognitive Skills: Studies have shown that music education can enhance cognitive functions, such as memory, problem-solving, and spatial-temporal skills. Learning to read music or remembering choreography exercises the brain in unique ways.
Enhances Emotional Intelligence: Music and dance often convey emotions and stories. By interpreting and performing pieces, students can improve their emotional intelligence, empathy, and understanding of human expression.
Fosters Teamwork and Collaboration: Many music and dance lessons involve group or ensemble work. Students learn how to collaborate with peers, appreciate each other’s contributions, and work together to create a harmonious performance.
Builds Confidence: Performing in front of an audience, whether it’s a small class or a larger audience, helps students overcome stage fright and build self-confidence. This newfound confidence can benefit them in public speaking and various social situations.
Cultural Appreciation: Music and dance often reflect cultural traditions and history. Engaging in these activities allows students to learn about and appreciate the rich diversity of many cultures.
Physical Fitness and Coordination: Dance, in particular, is an excellent way to promote physical fitness and develop coordination. It encourages an active and healthy lifestyle, which is crucial for overall well-being.
Stress Relief: Music and dance can serve as an emotional outlet and a means of stress relief. Engaging in these activities can help students cope with the pressures of school and life.
Life-Long Enjoyment: Learning to appreciate and create music or dance fosters a life-long passion for the arts. Many children continue to enjoy and participate in these activities well into adulthood, providing a source of joy and relaxation.
Career Opportunities: For some students, music and dance may lead to career opportunities in the arts, such as becoming professional musicians, dancers, or educators. These lessons can serve as a foundation for future career paths.

The girls, dressed in vibrant costumes, took to the stage with an air of confidence that would make any performer proud. The audience was treated to a display of youthful exuberance and genuine talent, a reminder that the future is bright. As parents, teachers, and the audience watched in awe, it was evident that these showcases were not just about entertainment. They were a journey, a testament to the power of education and the transformative effect it can have on young minds. The girls learned not only to sing and dance but also to embrace their creativity, face challenges head-on, and express themselves with confidence.

In the end, the Junior Primary Showcases were a beautiful reminder that education is not just about academic subjects; it’s about nurturing the holistic development of our children. The benefits of music and dance lessons extend far beyond the stage, preparing these young girls for a future filled with confidence, courage, and the belief that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

With love and light
Saadia Ebrahim
Deputy: Head of Junior Primary

Arts & Music

We are so looking forward to our concert season ahead! These concerts are for individual instrumentalists. Performers are to wear school uniform and meet their teacher at least 15 minutes before the start of the concert. Your daughter’s teacher will inform you if she is ready to perform. The instrumental concerts are in the Joel Hall. Please note that the Grade 1, 2 and 3 concerts are on a Saturday morning rather than in an evening.

Voice students have their own concert in the last week of the term. This concert will be in the Mkwanazi  Theatre and is a dress-up event. The voice teachers will communicate all details with the relevant students.

Programmes for these concerts will be loaded on the app in the Arts & Music folder on the day of the event. There is no limit to the number of guests for each performer.

Tuesday 14 November  18:00-19:00  Grade 4 Music Concert 
Thursday 16 November  18:00-19:00  Grade 7 Music Concert 
Saturday 18 November  08:30-09:30  Grade 0 & 1 Music Concert 
Saturday 18 November  10:00-11:15  Grade 2 Music Concert 
Saturday 18 November  11:30-13:00  Grade 3 Music Concert 
Tuesday 21 November  18:00-19:00  Grade 6  Music Concert 
Thursday 23 November  18:00-19:00  Grade 5 Music Concert  
Tuesday 28 November  18:00-19:00  Junior School Voice Concert 

Jan Celliers Eisteddfod Results
Over the last few weeks many of our students took part in the Jan Celliers Eisteddfod, where they showcased their hard work. Their performances were met with admiration from the various adjudicators, and we are incredibly proud of their courage and efforts. Heartfelt thanks to our music parents for your time and support and to our dedicated music teachers for their exceptional care and commitment to prepare our music students for this exciting event. The following students participated and achieved outstanding results:

Strings Category:
Aarya Patel, Alexis Rossouw, Bella Lizamore, Emily Lawlor, Jaime Kinnear, Kamogelo Mogane, Kate Redshaw, Katie Lawlor, Khanyisile Mabuza, Lwandile Mashinini, Mpho Chakane, Mwila Kamenga, Naledi Seabela, Nondumiso Mabuza, Raphaela D’Amico, Sabreen Motala, Sankhya Ramiah, Sophia Roos, Teyana Fynn, Viola-Grace Asherson, Zamajobe Sithole, Zoë Starke.

Piano Category:
Alisha Lala, Amahle Mbele, Owethu Sibisi, Ariel Harris, Bokang Phiri, Boleng Leepile, Chloe Pon, Clara van der Want, Emma Lai, Joline Lai, Kayla Wong, Lina Hutchinson, Mackenzie Wilson, Madison Brady, Mia Pretorius, Mieke Pretorius, Minana Bwerinofa, Nina Fourie, Owethu Sibisi, Ratanang Leepile, Rebecca-Anna Asherson, Reya Lakhan, Saanvi Naicker, Sabreen Motala, Sanchia Naicker, Sarah Motala, Simphiwe Ncemane, Vera Collocott, Vidhya Morar, Walika Ngahu

Winds Category:
Akwandokuhle Mahlake, Bowden Jennings, Lungisile Mchunu, Michaela Stephano, Nina Fourie, Nondumiso Mabuza, Ren Clement, Vera Collocott.

Special congratulations to Kayla Wong for being awarded as the Best Junior Pianist, and Vera Collocot for Best interpretation of a Jazz piece on the piano.

SA Drama College Results
Our Drama students participated in the SA Drama College examinations and achieved excellent results. Enormous congratulations to each and every performer for their dedication and passion.

Grade 1
Advika Lunawat, Alisha Lala, Amari Mangwedi, Chloë Mwanza, Kitana Ravjee, Lina Hutchinson, Nevé Simpson, Sebabatso Kumalo, Zara Mosupa, Zoë Mwanza, Zoleka-Olive Chingono

Grade 2
Caitlin Wright, Dedani Mahlangu, Ella van Dyk, Kayla Wong, Usekhona Msimang, Mia Bollaert, Mosa Chakane, Ndalwenhle Ndlovu, Sabreen Motala, Seher Ramsander, Skye Nel, Tamishka Pather, Tian-Li-Mei Nekhabambe, Vittoria d’Onofrio

Grade 3
Amaarah Tayob, Katie Lawlor, Mackenzie Kotwal, Mia Hurwitz, Musawenkosi Khumalo, Walika Ngahu

Grade 4
Libby Seekins, Talia Sibanda, Mmabatho Maile, Gabriella Mthembu, Ellen Band, Zenande Goqwana, Zalilisekile Pepeta, Akwandokuhle Mahlake, Sophie Peech, Olivia Rynners-Cilliers, Orla Macdonald, Nondumiso Mabuza

Grade 5
Aimee Schloss, Ava-Mae Dampier, Bella Walker, Faye Greenberg, Jennifer Anderson, Caitlyn Jewell, Mbalenhle Shabane, Nalayethu Mkhize, Nala Moletsane, Nandipha Brown, Scarlett Larsen, Taylor Simpson, Zazi Gaetsewe, Zoe Schloss

Grade 6
Lisakanya Tshabalala, Mbali Mabuza, Malaika Sibanda, Liyabona Mdlophane, Marcia Mzazi,

Grade 7
Ivile Tenza, Emerson Munro, Sameeha Mukaddam, Amaani Theba, Olivia Cross

Kingsmead Music Department.

Elsabé Fourie
Director of Arts & Music

Art & Music

Mia Loock
Head of Junior School Music


The past few months have been full of excitement as our Junior School athletes put their best feet forward on the track and the field. From the very first day of training, it was evident that our young athletes had what it takes to make this a season to remember. And that they did!

The highlight of the season was no doubt the inter-school athletics competition that took place over the past weekend. Our team of athletes went up against some tough competitors but gave it their all. It was inspiring to see the young ones push themselves to the limit and run their hearts out.

The atmosphere was electric as parents, teachers, and fellow students cheered on the athletes. From the beginning of the day until the very end, there was an air of excitement. It was clear that our Junior School athletes were determined to give it their all and showcase their talent.

As we reflect on the season that has come to an end, we can’t help but feel excited about what lies ahead. We look forward to even greater achievements in the future.

Thank you to everyone who made this season possible, from the coaches who tirelessly worked with the athletes, to the parents who showed unwavering support. We are proud of our junior athletes, and this wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s contributions.

In the recent diving competition hosted at Kingsmead against St Dominic’s, our talented divers took to the boards with remarkable skill and determination, making us incredibly proud of their outstanding performances.

Throughout the competition, our divers showcased their talent and captivated the audience with their impressive dives. Their dedication and hard work truly paid off as they executed their routines flawlessly, leaving a lasting impression on everyone present.

Gauteng Diving Trials
We are thrilled to share the amazing results that our divers achieved during the recent Gauteng diving trials. Thoriso Motshegoa, Mikayla Rono, Milan Williams, and Olona Mbele, all performed exceptionally well and made us proud by securing 5th, 7th, 4th, and 4th positions respectively. We commend their hard work, dedication, and resilience.

Furthermore, Maya Rono and Kylie Dugmore were selected for the Gauteng diving team. This is a remarkable achievement and speaks volumes about their immense talent and passion for the sport. They clinched 2nd place in their respective categories, which is indeed a commendable achievement.
As inter-schools approaches, we eagerly anticipate witnessing the exceptional performances of all our divers.

Water Polo
Our team faced a challenging match against Roedean, putting in great effort. Despite the tough competition, we emerged victorious with a final score of 9-6.

Our team also had the opportunity to engage in a warm-up friendly match against Chisipite, a visiting school from Zimbabwe. Chisipite also participated in the St Stithian’s tournament over the weekend. This intense matchup served as excellent preparation for our players, leaving them feeling fully prepared and enthusiastic to compete in the upcoming Saints tournament.

St Stithian’s Invitational Tournament
From 20-22 October 2023, the Saints Invitational Water Polo Tournament brought together 16 girls’ schools for an exhilarating display of aquatic prowess. Throughout the event, our team faced tough competition, showcasing their talent and unwavering dedication.

Placed in Pool B, our team went head-to-head against Chelsea Prep, St Dominic’s, and Falcon College. Despite finishing third in the group stages, they secured their spot in the cross-pool stages. The playoffs presented equally challenging opponents, including Durban Girls’ College, St Mary’s Kloof, and DSG Grahamstown. Ultimately, our team found themselves competing for 9th place against Saheti, a fellow Johannesburg school. Through their determination and hard work, our players emerged victorious.

Participating in this tournament provided our team with valuable learning experiences, and we eagerly anticipate the Durban Girls’ tournament at the end of November.

We are thrilled to share the success of the recent soccer clinic hosted by the highly skilled and experienced coaches of the JVW Soccer Club. With numerous international caps behind their names, our students had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry.

Throughout the clinic, our students were fully engaged and eager to learn as they focused on a variety of skills and teamwork. The coaches provided invaluable insights and guidance, inspiring our students to push themselves to new heights.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the JVW Soccer Club coaches for sharing their expertise and passion for the sport with our students. Your dedication to developing young talent is truly commendable, and we are grateful for the opportunity to learn from you.

We would also like to express our appreciation to all the students who participated in the clinic. Your enthusiasm and commitment to learning are a testament to your love for the sport, and we are proud of your achievements.

As we continue to support and nurture our students’ talents, we look forward to a successful soccer season.

Congratulations to Anvita Nunna for being selected for the Central Gauteng Lions Girls cricket team. Anvita and her team will be playing in a U13 tournament in December. Congratulations Anvita and all the best for your tournament.

Congratulations to Tamsyn Sinclaire for her amazing results at the Mandeville Junior League swimming gala which took place on Sunday, 15 October. Tamsyn received medals for the following:
Butterfly – Gold
Freestyle – Silver
Backstroke – Bronze
Breaststroke – Bronze

Well done, Tamsyn!

Tamsyn Sinclaire Kingsmead College

Congratulations to Isolam Sithebe for representing Wanderers Gymnastics Club in the Level 2 Zone Championships held by Gymnastics SA in Chartwell on 29 September 2023. Isolam scored 1st (gold) on the vault apparatus and received a special award for the highest individual score on an apparatus at the competition. Isolam also received silver for both the bar as well as the floor routine and attained bronze for the beam. Overall, she was awarded a silver medal for the day’s four scores combined.

Well done, Isolam!

Isolam Sithebe Kingsmead College

Upcoming Events
1 November – Grade 6/7 Water Polo Fixture at Kingsmead
Parents may collect students from Kingsmead after the fixture.
3 November – Grade 4 – 7 Soccer Fixtures (Grade 4 & 5 – Brescia, Grade 6 & 7 – Home)
There will be a bus travelling to Brescia and back to Kingsmead after the fixtures. All players are required to travel on the bus. Parents may collect students from Brescia at the end of all fixtures.
4 November – Grade 3-7 Diving Competition at St Stithians
All divers are to please stay and support until the end of the competition. Please note that there will be no bus for this fixture. Divers are to please meet at St Stithians.
8 November – Grade 1 – 3 Fun Gala (10:30 – 12:30)
The programme will be uploaded on the live calendar closer to the event.
8 November – Grade 4 – 7 Water Polo Fixture at St Mary’s.
There will be a bus travelling to St Mary’s and back to Kingsmead after the fixtures. All players are required to travel on the bus. Parents may collect students from St Mary’s once all matches are finished.
9 November – Grade 3 Soccer fixtures vs St Peter’s at Kingsmead
All players are to please stay and support until the end of all fixtures.
10 November – Grade 4 – 7 Soccer Fixtures (Grade 4 & 5 – Kingsmead, Grade 6 & 7 – St Peter’s)
There will be a bus travelling to St Peter’s and back to Kingsmead after the fixtures. All players are required to travel on the bus. Parents may collect students from St Peter’s at the end of the fixture.
11 November – Grade 3-7 Inter-Schools Diving Competition at St Dominic’s
All divers are to please stay and support until the end of the competition. Please note that there will be no bus for this fixture. Divers are to please meet at St Dominic’s. Selected divers will receive further details regarding the competition via email as the event draws nearer.

A few reminders for parents & guardians:
1. Please send any sports achievements (school & non-school) to Mrs Hanekom.
2. A reminder to please download the Kingsmead app as this will be the direct method of communication to parents on sports fixture days.
3. Students are required to attend both practise sessions in order to be eligible for team selection.
4. All team lists will be published on the app by no later than Tuesday for a Thursday fixture and the Wednesday before the Friday/Saturday fixture. Please ensure that you let the coaches know if your daughter is not able to attend a fixture or a practise.

Yours in sport
Shavaun Hanekom
Head of Junior School Sport

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Transformation, Diversity & Inclusion

What a fortunate time to be part of the Kingsmead College community. Goodwill Day and the 90th Birthday celebration within a couple of weeks of each other. Both were successful days where the spirit of the school was on full display. It was great to see people happy in each other’s company and reminding one another of the importance of standing together.

It is great to know that in the TDI space I am never alone. In the Senior School I have the formal support of three dedicated teachers: Wisani Nkosi, Rangoato Phogole and Camille Koukoutsis. In the Junior School I am fortunate to be supported by: Celiwe Magubane, Roxy Harman-Leak and Nonhlanhla Latha.

In addition, in both schools, there are students representatives and parent representatives, all working together to support TDI initiatives. Perhaps what has been most encouraging is having students and staff come and ask how they may join and support. TDI is all our work. It is about being in service for others.

This is the language of our community.

Onke Mazibuko
Director: Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion

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Art Exhibition 2023
The 3 Ages of Young Women Having Courage

Wow! Kingsmead Junior School truly is a happy place. The value of Happiness was celebrated at Goodwill Day with the stunning artworks created by our students from Mornington up to Grade 7. The annual Art Exhibition was a tremendous showcase of Wonderment and Awe with a variety of colourful mixed-media paintings, pencil sketches, paper collages, watercolour paintings and paper clay sculptures.

The Junior School students turned their creative energy into imaginative artworks which resonated with others by ‘telling a story in picture format’. Artistic expression can extend beyond the idea of just being crafty. It can also include self-discovery, building self-esteem, empowerment and finding balance through emotional release. Artists may use different lines, shapes, colour, tone, brushstrokes, light, space and other techniques to create a visual beat and a path that they want the viewer’s eye to follow in their painting or drawing.

The art journey started off in the Mornington Studio where our little Kingsmead sisters wowed us with their amazing artistic creations. Young children have the ability to construct new connections between thoughts and objects that bring about innovation and change. The incredible teachers in Mornington allow the girls many opportunities to discover, unlock, enhance and explore their creative talents so that they can perform to the best of their individual abilities.

Artistic activities stimulate cognitive functions in children. When they engage in planning and executing their creative ideas, they’re essentially problem-solving. They learn to make decisions, analyse visual information, and think critically about how to bring their concepts to life on paper or in three dimensions. This process hones their analytical abilities and fosters a deeper understanding of spatial relationships.

Furthermore, the act of creating art encourages children to explore their imagination and think beyond the obvious. They learn to envision possibilities, experiment with colours and forms, and innovate in ways that aren’t always possible in other academic subjects. This imaginative thinking is invaluable in cultivating a well-rounded, resourceful mindset.

The SP Art Room invited people to add their piece to the creative puzzles. These puzzles will be framed and displayed as a wonderful memory of Kingsmead’s 90th Birthday celebrations. The SP Art Club students created a hanging installation which was at the entrance to the exhibition in the Joel Hall. We used old hula-hoops and music CDs to weave patterns which related to the theme of connectivity tied in with our school values.

I’m sure one can agree that the beautiful variety of art styles, vibrant colours and mixed media artworks brought a feeling of pure joy into the spaces.

Thank you to our special team of teachers for all your inspiration in encouraging our girls to explore and enjoy the wonderful world of Creative Arts.

Gabby Thomson
SP Creative Arts Teacher

Tour De Maths
On Tuesday, 3 October, Kingsmead hosted the Term 3 Prep Section of Tour De Maths. The evening was a huge success with over 120 students eagerly engrossed in collaborative mathematical problem solving. While there were super prizes up for grabs, thanks to SHARP, the real excitement came in the form of those AHA moments whereby thinking interdependently led to a solution. Enthusiasm buzzed throughout the evening in Mackenzie.

Well done to: Nina Fourie, Phoenix Shi, Leah Schoeman, Clara van der Want, Emma Clowes, Emily Lawlor, Zara Stewart and Ava Naidoo for their participation.

And congratulations to Zara and Emma’s whose team achieved third place.

We are so proud of our Chatterbox students who participated in the impromptu festival at Pridwin. It takes great courage to write a speech in 5 minutes and present it to a crowd you hardly know! Well done, Kingsmead!

Conversation Starter
We hope that you enjoyed the last conversation starter…as we know, one of the signs of a healthy family is open and meaningful conversation/communication. But often finding the time or the points to speak to, don’t always come easily. We thought we would share some prompts to facilitate this process, which are ideal to share around the table, on a trip – anytime, anywhere.

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