THE CONNECTION February 2010 Issue 2 Message from the Headmistress Dear Parents, Staff and Girls, I have met with Mrs. Joanne Lapin who runs the uniform shop and I The month certainly began on a high will be communicating with parents note with the Matric Dance held on shortly about our discussion. the 6th February. Lange Hall was transformed into a Carnival Wonderland and our girls and their A very informative and professional partners looked quite magnificent. presentation was given by Mrs. Irene Thank you to Mr. Piet Ackermann- Ilsley, Mrs. Elaine von Hoesslin and Steyn, the Form Teachers and the Mrs. Dominique Clogg at the Grade 11 pupils who put in so much Parents’ Academic Forum. The work into making the evening such a title of the presentation was successful one. Mathematics at Kingsmead and I have had parents comment that they are delighted to see what fantastic We conducted the first in a series of work is happening in the classrooms random drug testing last week. This from the Foundation Phase through is a commitment that the school made to Grade 12. last year to parents and testing will Road. We are also working become a regular occurrence in the with the Johannesburg Roads A very important communication will Senior School this year. Agency to see how the be going out about the changes to dates in the calendar for the year. Kingsmead traffic flows will We enjoyed a most successful Parent Please take special note of these be affected with the Information Evening in the Senior changes as they affect the half term re-opening of Oxford Road. School on Monday 8th February. Thank in October and the public holiday Public speaking has begun in you to so many of our parents for weekend in April. earnest with our girls doing ever joining us for this informative and so well. Debating is also social event. underway and the girls are being We have several building and facilities updates: trained in the various methods of I again appealed to parents to support debating. I am delighted with us in our drive to maintain discipline in • The staircase next to the Lange the interest that has been shown the school by watching for unnatural Hall, going into the Foundation in Debating and Public Speaking highlights in hair, messy hair and very Quad is almost complete and this as I believe these are skills that short skirts. The Staff and I are will give us access to the Hall every girl needs to have. Well committed to improving the ‘look’ of from the Quad side and will give done to the teachers and girls the girls and we need your help in access to the classroom next to who have taken up these doing this. the Hall. challenges this year. • The parking situation is being monitored carefully and work has In the February edition of Kingsmead College already begun on the Tyrwhitt car ‘Focus”, Anthea Cereseto, 132 Oxford Road, Melrose park in order to park more Headmistress of Parktown High Senior School teachers’ cars in this car park. School for Girls writes an article Phone: 731-7300 Fax: 731-7399 entitled, “How are our • We are working closely with Junior School: Phone: 731-7400 Fax: 731-7499 Teachers?” In this article she Postal Address Bombela to minimize the noise states that the recognition of the PO Box 528, Saxonwold, Johannesburg, 2132 and dust as they restore Oxford centrality of teachers is the key Email: email@example.com to improving the quality of the education system. She acknowledges the developmental and, at the same time, protective and caring role that the teachers play A BIG Thank You! in the lives of their learners. Teachers want parents to We recently sent out a call for help to all our parents in be partners with them and to support them in their the hope that we would find some assistance with two work. concerning issues that the school has been Every day I realize how fortunate we are to have the experiencing; namely the problem with traffic flow in calibre of teachers that we have at Kingsmead. the parking lot and the problems with drainage areas on the campus. Speaking of our wonderful teachers, we are delighted to announce that we have had two new additions to the Kingsmead family this month: Elsabe Fourie’s son and We had such an incredible response to our request with Liezel van Lith’s daughter, born within a few days of parents offering their skills or recruiting their contacts each other. We wish both Moms all the very best. to help. Its proved once again that Kingsmead parents are the very best! I wish you a wonderful half-term break and if you are travelling, please do so safely. Mr Andries Joubert (a professional civil engineer Kind regards, specializing in traffic engineering) will be helping us with our Car Parks and our Traffic flow, and Mr Dries Pohl, also a civil engineer, from Transnet Capital Projects will be helping us with our Drainage Assessment. It is wonderful to have these professionals helping us Mrs. L Kaplan with our research and ultimately enabling Management to make the best possible decision. Headmistress: Kingsmead College & Senior School messages of our Headmistress and our Head Girl, of PTA News “proudly Kingsmead”, “personal sustainability” and becoming “a world class school”, the PTA encourages all The 2010 PTA is tasked with ensuring that the themes stakeholders to be of a world class standard. We of communication and commitment become the therefore appeal to the larger parent body to work cornerstones of excellence at Kingsmead College. towards these goals together with the PTA, and let’s communicate, both consciously and creatively. These simple themes can only be achieved with the participation of parents and learners in partnership with The PTA will foster the theme of commitment by our educators. The PTA aims to achieve the theme of ensuring that all our members and class representatives communication from the school (from learners and act out their roles with pride, confidence and credibility. educators) to the parents, by increasing the awareness Attendance at PTA meetings will be a commitment to of all the platforms and forums that the school has in gather information that will be rolled out to the larger place. parent body. Gathering and co-ordinating parent helpers to raise funds towards aiding the school in ways not The effective use of these platforms and forums can covered by the school funds, is another commitment that only be measured by the attendance of parents and the is treasured by the school community. The commitment constructive dialogue therein, hence, participation is a of the PTA members is invaluable. Finally, we as parents key factor. must be happy to support our school in all the initiatives proposed by the school, to benefit the ultimate The school has provided excellent communication beneficiaries, i.e. the learners (our daughters). channels and encourages interaction from the parent body to the school management, via the PTA, linked on the school’s website. In keeping with the 2010 opening Kaysaree Moodley (2010 PTA Chair) Page 2 Message from the Head Girl Dear Parents, Staff and Girls, I can’t believe that we are at the end of February! The last few weeks have been memorable. So much has happened that has allowed Kingsmead to start the year in full swing. As a Matric grade, we feel that the pride and honour of every Kingsmead girl has grown tremendously since the beginning of term. While the sports and culture captains were reading the results from their fixtures in assembly on Monday I could not help but whisper in Chloe’s ear that “Kingsmead is on a roll”. I am sure many can agree with me that the results for diving, squash, public speaking and many other extra-curricular activities is of exceptional standard and we commend all girls and parents for their efforts and support. Have a restful half-term break! Kirti Patel The Magic of Carnival The 6th of February was without a doubt the most highly anticipated night of the Matric Calendar. Amongst the tingle of anticipation, the onslaught of nerves was ever present because, true to tradition, the Grade 11 girls had been working so hard to create this memorable event and had been keeping the details tightly under wraps until the great reveal on the night of the Ball. The gorgeous young ladies stepped out of their limo’s with their dashing young men close behind. Immediately the atmosphere was palpable and fantastic as the young couples were greeted by an array of girls in colourful top hats, trapeze artists, stilt-walkers and fire-eaters and the invitation to “Come to the Carnival” was echoed repeatedly through a loudspeaker. Girls were ushered up the path through an archway of balloons, where, on the Garth, colourful marquees and another contingent of circus folk greeted their arrival. The Lange Hall was transformed into the most sophisticated of carnivals with an explosion of colour, glitter, balloons and feathers and probably most incredible of all, the deliciously decadent Candy Bar at the entrance. The Matric Girls were so elegant in their layers of chiffon, silk and jewellery and all the staff present were treated to an exciting glimpse of the incredible women our “girls” are becoming. Many thanks to the Grade 11’s who, together with Mnr. Steyn put in so much time and effort to make the evening truly magical and completely memorable. The Leaping Frog The tuckshop, aptly named “The Leaping Frog”, is open from 12:00 till 16:00, Monday to Friday. It’s doing incredibly well and is quite popular with the girls. All food is made fresh on the premises using low GI ingredients. Mrs. Fatima Bux, a dietician, has endorsed the menu so you can rest assured that your daughter is receiving healthy food at school. For security reasons, all Kingsmead girls must use coupons at the tuckshop. We want to keep the amount of cash in the tuckshop to a minimum, so cash will only be accepted from parents and outside visitors. Coupons may be purchased from the tuckshop for cash on Mondays from 12:00 till 16:00. They may be purchased on account from 12:00 till 16:00, Monday to Friday, on presentation of the relevant form which is obtainable from the tuckshop. Please note that this form must be signed by parents. If your daughter signs on your behalf, we cannot be held responsible. There are 4 ladies helping in the tuckshop so the girls should not have to wait too long for their food. Please see the opposite page for our menu items. Meal of the Day: The school provides a Meal of The Day which consists of a meal, a drink and piece of fruit. This is collected and signed for from the door into the kitchen near Mrs. Ellis’ office. This meal costs R25 per day and is debited to your account. For your convenience , please use the form (inserted below) for parents to fill in if they wish to make use of this service. This form must be completed and signed and returned to Mrs. Ellis. The meals can be provided for your daughter from Monday to Friday but these days must be set for the term on the form. MEAL OF THE DAY I________________________________ would like my daughter ________________________________ to have the Meal of the Day and agree to the cost being debited to my account Days required:_____________________________________ Signed: _______________________ Grade:__________ Date:___________________________________________ Please note: The Meal will start the day after you have returned this form to Mrs Ellis Page 4 The Leaping Frog Menu Daily Meals Available Every Day Monday: Chicken Strips/Potato Wedges Flavoured Milk R8.00 Hot Corn in a Cup Flavoured Water R8.00 Greek Salad Still Water R8.00 Assorted Toasted Sandwiches Ceres R5.00 Iced Tea R8.00 Tuesday: Assorted Pizza Energade R8.00 Curried Mince/Rice Homemade Popcorn R5.00 Chicken Burger Diddle Daddle Popcorn R5.00 Assorted Toasted Sandwiches Chips R5.00 Ola Moo Ice Cream R8.00 Wednesday: Chicken Wrap Frozen Yogurt R6.00 Macaroni Cheese Wonderbar R4.00 Pancakes Energy Bar R7.00 Cottage Pie Enerjellies R6.00 Assorted Toasted Sandwiches Wine Gums R6.00 Flake R7.00 Thursday: Chicken Leg/Potato Wedges Inside Story R7.00 Spaghetti Bolognaise Isnack R7.00 Chicken Burger Small Chocolate Bars R4.00 (bar one/smarties/lunch bar/PS) Assorted Toasted Sandwiches Friday: Macaroni Cheese Chicken Salad/Brown Rice Chicken Kebabs Assorted Toasted Sandwiches Page 5 Sports Connection This month has been an incredibly busy one! There have been a number of Water Polo and Diving fixtures on Saturday mornings which have seen many parents coming out to support which is fantastic so thank you for that. The Water Polo girls have been doing us proud in the pool! I would especially like to make mention of the U14 team that is playing with such enthusiasm and commitment! And their skills are improving with every match. Thanks to Greg (their coach) and Mrs Roberts for all the hard work they are putting in with them. We wish the 1st team good luck for the St Peter’s Tournament taking place over half term and thank Cameron and Miss Minnie for the dedication they have shown to this amazing group of young ladies. The Diving girls have been practicing very hard under the watchful eye of Miss Philippopoulos and I have no doubt that, based on their outstanding results so far, that they will do us proud at Inter High. The Swimmers have been training exceptionally hard with the new coaches, Elzanne and Andrea, and have been swimming like stars this season! A very huge thank you to Miss Isack who organised a very successful School Tennis Championships this weekend. There was some excellent tennis played and the enthusiasm was infectious! Thank you to Council for allowing us to resurface the courts – they are looking great! Well done to Fabienne Witts-Hewinson (Grade 9) for winning the tournament and to Christina Kourie for securing the runners-up prize. The Tennis results have been very impressive this season so well done to all the girls. The Squash girls have remained unbeaten this season which is a fantastic result. Keep it up girls. Last weekend Miss Philippopoulos and I took 50 girls down to swim the Midmar Mile. A lot of fun was had by all the girls and they all successfully completed the mile! Well done to Bronwen MacDonald who swam the fastest time, and Georgie Hyland who came second out of our girls. A very special congratulations to Jess Dignon who swam the mile 8 times for charity! We are very proud of you, Jess! I look forward to reporting the results from various inter high competitions in the next Connection. Mrs K. Hall Head of Senior School Sport Page 6 Cultural Connection “Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something… hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” ~Roger Staubach Is your daughter still not learning an instrument?! We offer: Voice Saxaphone Violin Viola Flute Cello Clarinet Trumpet Oboe Guitar Music plays a vital role in the development of young people and it has been proven that children learning a musical instrument achieve better at school. Don’t let your daughter miss out. Apply TODAY! Music Lessons & Waiting list Many thanks to all the girls who gave up their Saturday to attend the workshops. And thank you to Mr Daniel Thank you to all our parents and girls who have waited Rossouw for his dedication. The workshops were great patiently to be placed for their music lessons. If you fun and highly successful. haven’t heard from us, I assure you that we are very busy working our way through the list and you should Upcoming Events: hear from us very soon. We are also in the process of Wednesday 3 March: Three Choirs Festival with recruiting another piano teacher to accommodate the Kingsmead, Pridwin & St growing numbers of piano pupils on the waiting list. Mary’s (Grade 4-7) Music Scholarship Applications for Grade 8 2011 Thursday 4 March: ABRSM Theory Examinations Grade 7 pupils are invited to apply for a MUSIC Saturday 6 March: Senior School wind Band SCHOLARSHIP to Kingsmead Senior School for 2011. workshop The closing date for applications is Friday, the 3rd of March. Entry forms and information are available from Wednesday 10 March: Grade 1 - 4 Music Concert the PA to the Headmistress of the Senior School, Glynis Monday 15 March: Senior School Music concert van Dijk, or please contact the Music Department. Wednesday 17 March: Grade 5 - 7 Music Concert Choir workshops: Well done! Senior School Choir, Saturday 30 January 2010 – We were, once again, very fortunate to have Sidumo, an To the following girls who have been invited to perform at expert on African Traditional music, to teach us a the National Eisteddfod - Young Performer Awards 2010. number of new songs with movements. The Choir’s African repertoire now consists of seven songs and we Eriko Kanajiri Piano Solo Recitals plan to keep building this to become an inherent part of Anya Shah Woodwind our fixed repertoire. Caitlin Gallagher Strings novice solo Grade 4 – 7 Choir, Saturday 6 February 2010 – The Kerryn Malherbe Piano Solo Recitals workshop started off with a “get to know each other/ Sasheenie Moodley Vocal Solo Contemporary bonding” session. The Choir then learnt a new song, Ashleigh Lopez Vocal Solo urban “Beauty and the Beast”, and later ended with a session Ntombikayise Sithole Vocal Solo urban of singing through the complete repertoire that they had Nquobile Madida Vocal Solo pop learnt. Page 7 Cultural Connection Play the whole piece a few times until it is fluent. STAFF NEWS Practise SLOWLY and ACCURATELY!!!! • Congratulations to Mrs Elsabé Fourie who gave birth to Don't allow yourself to practise through mistakes - fix a healthy baby boy, Nicholas Sebastian Fourie this them straight away!!! month. She is away on maternity leave and will return at the end of May. Please be assured that all Woodwinds and strings – practise loudly - use more air or our music pupils and parents will be well taken care of stronger bows – play strong and firm – you will learn later during this time, and all music-related matters will be to control softer playing dealt with efficiently. If you have any queries, please ASK your teacher for advice and guidelines. do not hesitate to contact Mrs Lynn van Wyk in the Music Department. • We welcome Ms Dorota Swart to our department as our new violin teacher, and hope she will have a long and KINGSMEAD DRAMA happy association with Kingsmead. FESTIVAL PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: Monday 15 March 12:30 Learning Centre: Lunchtime screening of the DVD • Please read the letter regarding information on the new that Alex Blyth has produced charging policy and financial issues surrounding music lessons carefully. The letter is also available on the 15:30 Lange Hall: “Pocahontas” Raeesa Kahn’s Childrens’ website. Theatre production • Please remember that music lessons will only be fruitful Tuesday 16 March if your daughter adopts a regular practice routine and 15:30 On the Garth: Lunchtime performance - “Seasons has an instrument to practise on at home. Below are of my Life” Thuli Gama and Slindile Mthembu’s some guidelines on how to practise accurately at home. physical theatre performance piece Practising is ESSENTIAL in learning an instrument! Wednesday 17 March NO PRACTICE = NO PROGRESS = NO FUN 16:00 Lange Hall: Zahra Musa’s movement piece How much? 5-6 days a week “Shades of South Africa” Beginners ~ 10 to 20 minutes/day 17:00 Lange Hall: Kathleen Butler and Josphine Stubb’s production of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” Intermediate players ~ 20 to 30 minutes/ day 18:00 Lange Hall: Jill Curr’s postmodern production of “The Worker” Advanced players ~ an hour or more!/day Thursday 18 March Consistency is key: 5 minutes/day is better than 30 minutes once/twice a week 17:00 Drama Room: Edwina Lederle performs in a two-hander, one act play Practising can happen in short sessions and doesn’t need to be one long sit-down – sometimes a quick break is a 18:00 Ms Isack’s Maths Room: Nokwanda Shabangu’s good idea to start again refreshed production of “The Dawn of Judgement” Set goals for yourself - what do I want to achieve today in 19:00 Ms Gouw’s Maths Room: Alex Chanter and Sabi this practice session – ask your teacher for some Mthethwa’s production of “Robin” guidance Friday 19 March Practise in a quiet environment – no TV around! 12:30 Drama Room: Lunchtime performance of Camilla Don’t just play through the pieces Pearson’s work shopped protest play “Disconnected” Start with scales/technical work then tackle a piece; focus on the weaker areas first, playing them VERY slowly SEE YOU THERE ! Page 8 Kingsmead Christian Fellowship You are invited to a Ladies Breakfast at Kingsmead College on Saturday 13 March 2010 7.30 for 8.00 am Sarah Gerhart will be sharing about All girls (15+) & ladies welcome “Finding a Peaceable Place in a Hectic World” It’s Free! RSVP - Name, Surname, Cell, & Email to Pastor De Wet 071 873 3448 or firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday 5 March for catering purposes Page 9 King's Camps run children's sport and activity day camps at Kingsmead College in Johannesburg during the school holidays. Kingsmead College is an ideal venue for King's Camps in Johannesburg, offering an excellent range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities and extensive grounds, making it an ideal venue for King's Camps. King’s Camps activity camps are a great way for children to spend their holidays; having fun, making friends and enjoying all the summer camp sports and activities they love! Kids Camp Kids Camp is an action packed week of fun and games for children aged 4 and over. It's the ideal place to explore new sports and activities, whilst making friends and having fun in safe surroundings led by our qualified staff teams. Theme days, chants and challenges make Kids Camp the most fun, action packed weeks of the holidays! Teen Camp Teen Camp is a great way to get great coaching in top sports, make friends and develop your skills with a group of other teens. Teens get to play the most popular sports and benefit from progressive coaching designed around fun games and challenges. There's also the opportunity to choose your own sports and activity sessions and hang-out with friends in the Teen chill-out zone. Rookie Sports Leadership Award (14-17s) The Rookie Sports Leadership Award is a challenging and rewarding activity day camp for 14-17s to put their sports and leadership skills to use by assisting coaches, leading sport and activity sessions and playing lots of sport. – a great career-starter for young adults interested in a career in sports coaching or teaching. Packages & Prices Kids Camp/Teen Camp/RSLA 5 Day Standard Week (9.30am-2pm) Camp Dates This package gives children a great week of activities where they get a variety of Autumn Holidays: sports and games in the morning, and the chance to choose their activities in the 29 March—1 April afternoon. Price: R600 (4 Day Camp) Kids Camp/Teen Camp/RSLA 5 Day Extended Week (8am-3.30pm) This package gives children a great week of activities where they get a variety of sports and games throughout the day, with additional activities in the morning, the Winter Holidays: chance to choose their activities in the afternoon, together with the late afternoon 5 — 9 July Xtra Time Swimming Programme. Price: R750 (5 Day Camp) Kids Camp/Teen Camp/RSLA 5 Day Early Start Week (8am-2pm) The early start package gives children a great week of activities where they get a Spring Holidays: variety of sports and games throughout the day with an early morning start. 30 August—3 September Price: R725 (5 Day Camp) Kids Camp/Teen Camp/RSLA 5 Day Late Finish Week (9.30am-3.30pm) The late finish package gives children a great week of activities where they get a Summer Holidays: variety of sports and games throughout the day with a later afternoon finish, with the 6 — 10 December chance to take part in the Xtra Time Swimming Programme. Price: R725 (5 Day Camp) Please see their website for more information: www.kingscamps.org and choose the Johannesburg Venue.