20 May 2016

Dear Parents

“In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.”

Dalai Lama

I was reminded how fortunate we are at Applewood at our quarterly South African Heads of Independent Schools Association (SAHISA) meeting.  The heads of the independent schools in the different regions of South Africa meet on a quarterly basis to discuss issues affecting schooling in general and independent education in particular.

There are 10 schools in the Western Cape (independent and state) dealing with trans-gender children and how to support the children, their peers and their families.  There are two schools (one in the Western Cape and one in Johannesburg) who are facing an impasse between the Constitutional Court and the International Court of Human Rights over the right of a child to wear a headscarf at school.

Both issues of course raise the question of tolerance and awareness of others in our societies and should cause us to reflect on our own understanding of tolerance for and awareness of others.  It certainly raised a flag for me about what we are doing to create awareness of others at Applewood – and how welcoming we are as a school to all members of society.  Something we need to think about…

Grade 6 and 7 Exam Timetable

Our Grade 6 and 7 classes have the following exam timetable for their June exams:

• All examinations will be 90 minutes long with a 10 minute reading time.

• All examinations will be out of 100 marks unless the teacher has told you otherwise.

• There will be an hour lesson from 13:00 till 14:00 during exams

• Sport continues during the examinations, children may only go home after sport

• Grade 6 and 7 assessment results are split 75:25 continuous assessment:exam respectively


Junior Netball

Our U7, U8 and U9 girls are playing in a netball festival at Curro Hermanus tomorrow (Saturday).  We wish them and their coaches the very best of luck and an enjoyable morning on the court.

Friday, 3 June

Please note that school will close early on Friday, June 3 to allow the staff to attend a strength development session with Mr Pieter Barnard.  School will close for everybody at 12:30.  Aftercare will be available for those children who cannot be collected at 12:30.

Enjoy the weekend – and for those of you who follow football, I’m rooting for Manchester United in the FA Cup and Real Madrid in the Champions League Final!

Mr B


Geagte Ouers

 “In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.”

Dalai Lama


Ek is, by ons kwartaallikse Suid-Afrikaanse Hoofde van Onafhanklike Skole Assosiasie (SAHISA) vergadering, daaraan herinner hoe bevoorreg ons hier by Applewood is .  Die hoofde van onafhanklike skole in verskillende areas in Suid-Afrika ontmoet op 'n kwartaallikse basis om sake wat skole in die algemeen en veral onafhanklike skole beïnvloed, te bespreek. 

Daar is 10 skole in die Wes-Kaap (onafhanklik en staat) wat met trans geslag kinders moet handel en hoe om daardie kinders, hulle maats en families te ondersteun.  Daar is twee skole (een in die Wes-Kaap en een in Johannesburg) wat 'n dooie punt tussen die Grondwetlike Hof en die Internasionale Hof vir Menseregte in die gesig staar oor die reg van 'n kind om 'n kopdoek skool toe te dra.

Beide hierdie gevalle, natuurlik, laat die vraag opduik oor verdraagsaamheid en bewuswording van ander in ons samelewing en behoort ons tot insae rondom ons eie begrip van verdraagsaamheid vir en ons bewuswording van ander te bring.  Dit het definitief vir my 'n vlaggie laat opskiet oor wat ons hier by Applewood doen om 'n bewuswording vir ander te kweek - en hoe verwelkomend ons, as 'n skool, teenoor álle lede van ons samelewing is.  Iets om oor na te dink...


Junior Netbal

Ons O7, O8 en O9 meisies neem môre (Saterdag) deel aan 'n netbalfees by Curro Hermanus.  Ons wens hulle en hul afrigters net die heel beste toe en mag hulle 'n genotvolle oggend op die bane deurbring. 

Vrydag, 3 Junie

Let asseblief daarop dat die skool op Vrydag, 3 Junie vroeg sal sluit om die personeel die geleentheid te gee om 'n sessie vir die ontwikkeling van sterkpunte met Dr Pieter Barnard by te woon.  Die skool sal dus teen 12:30 sluit vir almal.  Nasorg sal beskikbaar wees vir daardie kinders wat nie teen 12:30 opgetel kan word nie. 

Geniet die naweek - en vir dié van julle wat die sokker volg, ek ondersteun vir Manchester United in die FA Cup en Real Madrid in die Champions League Finaal!

Mnr. B


Grade 7's on Founders' Day


Recipients of WOW badges


What is the greatest thing about being you?


Grade 1

Murray Hickson:                   Not crying.

Divan de Kock:                     Taking care of animals.

Janèz Minnie:                      To spend time with my mum and dad.

Amy Lintnaar:                       Because I play with my sister and my brother.

Fae Walker:                          Riding horses.

Mia Truter:                             Playing a lot.


Grade 2

Anya de Villiers:                  Because I'm not boring.

Hannah Govender:             I have a nice mom and dad.

Jack Veitch:                          Because I have a R1,300.

Emma van Almenkerk:       Because I'm not annoying.

Olivia Boome:                      I get to watch TV every afternoon.

Sophie Beaumont:              Because I have an annoying brother and I'll probably get another one.

Seth Muir:                             Because I'm crazy.


Grade 3

Amelia Kilpin:                       Because I'm me.

Liv Gordon:                           Because I have nice horses.


2017 School Dates

Term 1: 18/01 - 31/03
Term 2: 18/04 - 30/06
Term 3: 24/07 - 29/09
Term 4: 16/10 - 01/12


Another week gone and definitely 7 days smarter.  As our Pre-Primary team has been doing us proud with a host of imaginative and super fun activities.  Unfortunately we have had to manage without our highly valued Busy Bees teacher, Helen, for three days, as she has been off to write her psychology exams.  We are glad to say that she reports they are going well.  In Helen's absence we have been super blessed by Teacher Luyanda's very creative and innovative ideas, with the help again of Teacher Micaela.

In Apple Pips this week, we have been learning about our families, where, as you can see, we used a number of different creative mediums in our art and play.

In the picture above you can see we have utilised a number of our newly acquired skills, like shape recognition, spatial awareness and two handed coordination to achieve our beautiful family trees.

In Busy Bees this week, teacher Lu went all out, as we explored our theme, 'vets and pets'.  We enjoyed painting our favourite pets. We made our very own budgies which chirped away on our shoulders.

Please look at our lovely 'number shapes' where we are learning not only how to recognise our shapes and numbers, but also how to form them and identify how many a number represents.

In Clever Cats this week, it was a case of stop, slow and go, as we discussed the importance of traffic officers and fire fighters in our community.

We also used a number of different mediums to hone our rapidly growing skills.

Above you can see us loving the sensory input of both shaving foam and play dough as we hone our number forming and recognition skills.  All the while strengthening our little fingers in preparation for all the writing we will soon be doing. We also used lego to help us learn to skip count.

We have had a blessed week and are looking forward to a fun weekend.

Pre-Primary team

Grade 4 Animal Habitat Projects

Our school cat 'Spot" Queen of the jungle in Ariane's Tapir habitat! 

Woolworths MySchool Competition

We are excited to have entered the Woolies MySchool  #WIN R100K FOR YOUR SCHOOL Competition.

The competition runs for the next 3 months (April – June) and during this time whenever you shop at Woolies and swipe your MySchool Card, you will increase Applewood’s chance of winning             R100 000 (score is based on number of items you buy x number of swipes).  You will also automatically be entered to stand a chance of winning one of 12 x R50 000 bursaries towards your child’s education! 

The competition is part of a broader Woolies campaign to help raise R100 million for education in South Africa.  So even if Applewood (or one of our supporters don’t win this competition), we will be contributing to our overall MySchool funds and also be making a difference to other less privileged schools by participating.  It’s a win-win!   


ACVV donations including old school shoes to be handed to the class teacher please by latest Monday, 30 May.  Thank you for your support!


 House To Rent

3 Bedroom house to rent in Elgin Village from 1 July 2017.  R6000 includes water.  Contact Mandy on 082 827 7775.

Cottage/House To Rent

Liezelotte vd Merwe (Grade 3 teacher) is looking for a place to rent in the Grabouw/Elgin area.  Preferably a cottage/1-2 bedroom house to rent in a safe area. Please email the school should you know of a place to rent.  info@swellendamtours.co.za - Thank you.

Lost Property

Request from a number of parents:  Please check to see that the school clothes your children are wearing belong to your child.  We have a number of children that have lost varies items of clothing that are marked.  Please check inside the tops behind the school logo in front - names have been written on the logo.  Please return items to school that do not belong to your child.  Thank you.

•  Uniform shop is only open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 07:45-13:00.