Kingsmead College

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Kingsmead College is a private girls' elementary and high school situated in Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. The school is located next to the Gautrain Rosebank Station. Kingsmead College caters for girls from Grade 000 to Grade 12 and has around 870 students.


Kingsmead College was founded by Doris Vera Thompson in October 1933 and in 1934 opened its doors to 136 girls, from Grade 1 to Post-Matriculation.

Over the years, houses and gardens adjacent to the original property were purchased, providing further buildings needed to cater for a steadily increasing enrollment. Doris Vera Thompson helped to plan St Brigid’s Chapel on the school grounds and she considered the simple building to be the “heart of the school.” From 1939 onwards, the Boarders used the Chapel regularly until 1999, when the Boarding House was closed.

Each class attends Chapel Assembly regularly during the term.[citation needed]

The Chapel is open daily during the week from 07h00 to 17h00 and, on Sundays, it is used by the Kingsmead Christian Fellowship for Christian worship and prayer. Many Old Kingsmeadians return to the Chapel for weddings and Christenings.[citation needed]

In about 470 AD, St Brigid founded the first religious community of women in Ireland. She was renowned for her scholarship and service to the poor and her monastery became a centre of learning and spirituality. As Abbess, she was admired as a strong, fun-loving and compassionate character, whose commitment to service in the community was highly valued. It is therefore fitting that Doris Vera Thompson decided to dedicate the Chapel to such a wonderful role model of Christian charity.


Kingsmead College teaches Grades 000-Matric.[citation needed]

Junior School[edit]

The Junior School consists of Grades 1-7. Grades 1-6 wear a green checkered dress, with black school shoes, white socks, and a green blazer. A jersey is optional. Grade 7 wears the Senior School uniform of a blazer, white shirt, tartan skirt, white socks and black school shoes.

Senior School[edit]

Mrs Kaplan is Headmistress of the Senior School (Grades 8-12). These grades wear a blazer, white shirt, tartan skirt, white socks and black school shoes.[citation needed]


Kingsmead is also one of the first schools in South Africa to use the iPad. All of Grades 6-12 own their own iPads to use for educational purposes during school. All other grades use the school's iPads if needed.[citation needed]


The school is a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa.

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Old Girls' News" (pdf). Old Kingsmeadian Association. June 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-16.[dead link]
  2. ^ Oron, Aryeh. "Short Biography". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 2007-11-16.
  3. ^ "Janet Suzman Biography". Fandango. Retrieved 2007-11-16.

Coordinates: 26°08′43″S 28°02′43″E / 26.14535°S 28.04521°E / -26.14535; 28.04521