The happiness of each Kingsmead girl is essential for her to achieve success in all areas of her school life.
In the Senior School, our carefully designed Pastoral Care programme supports our girls during their adolescent years as they develop the confidence and independence to solve the challenges of life.
Form Teachers are the backbone of the programme and interact with the girls daily.
Grade Co-ordinators are experienced, senior teachers who are the communication link between home and school. Any queries parents may have concerning their daughter’s school experience are directed to the Grade Co-ordinator.
True to the ethos of Kingsmead College, our Academic Programme is tailored to the needs of each girl. The passionate and dedicated staff provide academic leadership and support to girls from diverse academic backgrounds making us all the more proud of the fact that we consistently produce results among the best in the country in the IEB (Independent Examinations Board) NSC (National Senior Certificate) examinations.
The IEB NSC exams are widely recognised internationally and have contributed to many of our girls being accepted directly into such prestigious international Universities as University of Edinburgh and St Andrews University and many of them have subsequently gone on to achieve academic success at Oxford University. Indeed, Kingsmead Old Girls have explored further tertiary educational opportunities in Australia, Scotland, England and the United States of America.
The uniquely Kingsmead Growth Curriculum is the crystallization of the journey the senior school has been on for more than a decade. This journey has been driven by a few essential questions:
What do we mean by a 21st Century education?
How do we ensure our students are future-ready?
How can we maintain and exceed our high standards, while providing a globally relevant education?
How do we mould life-long learners?
How can we teach our students to be more intelligent?
Underpinning all this thinking is a combination of studying best practice from around the world, including, but not limited to, the International Baccalaureate, John Hattie’s ideas on Visible Learning, and Carol Dweck’s work on the Growth Mindset, as well as local examples of excellent teaching. All of this has been considered in relation to Kingsmead’s ethos. At the centre is the individual, a belief that their potential is unlimited but also requires bespoke and personalized tending, to see it fully realized.
The Growth Curriculum for Grades 8 and 9 is the culmination of careful design by Kingsmead’s exceptional teaching staff, working backwards from the required outcomes of the National Senior certificate, and without compromising the high academic standards to which we all aspire. The Growth Curriculum aims to break down the silos that have existed between different learning areas, establishing a more relevant, stimulating and challenging contextualized syllabus for our junior students. The transformation from content-focused to skills-focused is part of an academically sound, international paradigm shift in education, which offers greater opportunity for theme-based collaboration across learning areas but also a streamlining of the learning process and the realization of fewer but richer authentic assessments that truly measure what matters.
At the core is a focus on growth. 21st Century learning calls for more than just the regurgitation of knowledge. It demands proficiency in subject-specific and universally transferable skills as well as an understanding of abstract concepts, which can be applied to new experiences and challenges.
It is through this Growth Curriculum that we believe we can best equip our students.
As an internationally recognized Centre of Excellence, Kingsmead College Junior School earned its status as an Advanced Thinking School from the University of Exeter (UK) in 2018 – the first in South Africa.
Our pedagogy is based on a Growth Mindset philosophy and teaching students cognitive tools that support their individual learning.
Our cognitive-education tool kit consist of:
16 Habits of Mind
Developing dispositions towards life-long learning
8 Thinking Maps
Using graphic organisers for effective thinking processes
Blooms’ Revised Taxonomy
Practicing higher-order thinking skills
TASC – Thinking Actively in a Social Context
Engaging in processes for collaborative problem solving
These tools are skills for life-long learning at school and beyond.
Technology plays a vital role in streamlining most aspects of modern day living and the need for an adequate understanding and utilisation of technology has become obvious from the early stages of our children’s development.
The Junior School is committed to advancing the use of technology in the classroom and has two fully equipped IT Labs, one equipped with Apple iMacs, which operate on Windows as well as Apple Macintosh operating systems. Many other venues and classrooms are equipped with computers, interactive whiteboards and data projectors to further enhance the learning experience and to allow for the integration of online resources in the classroom and engage students in curriculum lessons. The Junior School offers computer-based learning and interaction from as early as Grade 0. During Computer Literacy lessons the Knowledge Networks Programme is followed and this enables the accelerated and progressive development of ICT skills in the Windows environment and using MS Office software and other applications. In addition, The Junior School offers computer-based learning with visually stimulating interactive e-Learning programmes such as ‘Readers are Leaders’, ‘Cami Maths and Cami Reader’, ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Typing Master’, which not only develop skills in Language, Mathematics and Keyboarding, but also open their minds to learning through the use of technology.
Throughout your daughters’ years at Kingsmead College, the responsible and creative use of technology will be nurtured. From Grade 4, each girl is provided with her own email address and server-side storage to increase the efficiency of learning and communication. Internet access is available to all girls during lessons and during free time, which is supervised.
The Senior School has two dedicated ICT Labs, as well as the versatile Learning Centre which allows work to be done anywhere throughout the building via a wireless network. Every Teacher has a PC in their classroom and there are many computers available throughout the campus for the students to use.
The full use of the Microsoft Office package is utilised throughout the Senior School and more specialised packages are used for subjects like Art, where girls are taught how to use PhotoShop to manipulate and create graphic art. Our Mathematics Department uses brilliant and visually stimulating programmes to help provide the girls with a better understanding of Mathematics. From Afrikaans to French, Geography to Biology and Science, ICT is integrated into almost every aspect of teaching throughout the School.
Each girl is provided with her own email address and server-side storage to increase the efficiency of learning and communication. Internet access is available to all girls anytime the school is open.
Technology is a tool for life and for learning and digital media provides invaluable opportunities for creating rich learning experiences for students.
The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment is part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The Award programme encourages:
Self-belief and confidence
A sense of responsibility to others
A connection to the broader society
New or improved interest, skills and abilities
Opportunity to try out new things
There are four sections of the award: skills, physical recreation, service and adventurous journey.
Students can achieve three award levels through the programme, namely Bronze, Silver and Gold. All students in Grade 9 are encouraged to participate in the programme and achieve Bronze level, after which they may choose to participate further.