27 May 2016

Dear Parents

“Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.”

Pope Francis

Being an ardent hockey fan has its ups and downs.  There’s not much exposure to hockey at a national or international level (unlike rugby for some reason?) so one has to go looking for good footage.  Fortunately, YouTube has been a blessing and I am able to follow the fortunes (or misfortunes) of most of the international sides in the build-up to the Olympic games in Rio later this year.

Australia and Great Britain have been involved in a three-test series (the highlights of which you can see here).  Australia, of course, won the series and look in good shape to win Olympic gold again.  It’s been a long and arduous build-up for both sides but follow some of the links and see the fun these guys have as well.

And there’s the reason, along with Pope Francis’ quote why we continue with sport through exams for Grade 6 and 7 – the children need their down time, they need their time to relax and chase a ball about, or run off some of that boundless energy they have.  Particularly in these days of excessive screen time, we need to get them outside and show them the horizon!

It’s about balance.

A BIG THANKS to all our parents who so willingly helped us on Tuesday afternoon this week with the transporting of children to the nine different venues for the various hockey festivals that ended this term’s hockey.  It was an unusual day and an unusual structure.  I’m not sure why the league organisers did what they did, but we all coped –and couldn’t have done so without your support.  THANKS!

Friday, 3 June

A reminder that school will close early on Friday, 3 June 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.

I began the week with a big smile – United won the FA Cup, and the Lions had much the better of the game against the Jaguares – and it looks like another lekker weekend with the Comrades, the French Open and good weather!


Mr B



Geagte Ouers

“Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.”

Pope Francis

Om ‘n vurige hokkie-aanhanger te wees, het sy voor- en nadele.  Daar is nie baie blootstelling aan hokkie by nasionale of internasionale vlak nie (anders as met rugby, vir die een of ander rede?) so, ‘n mens moet maar gaan soek vir iets goeds vir die sportoog.  Gelukkig vir ons, is YouTube ‘n seëning en ek is in staat om die voorspoed (of teenspoed) van die meeste internasionale spanne, in die opbou tot die Olimpiese Spele later vanjaar in Rio, te volg.

Australië en Groot Brittanje was in ‘n drie-toets-reeks gewikkeld (waarvan jy die hoogtepunte hier  kan sien).  Australië het, natuurlik, die reeks gewen en blyk die gunstelinge te wees om weer die Olimpiese goud te wen.  Dit was ‘n lang en veeleisende stryd vir beide kante, maar volg sommige van die skakels en sien watse pret hierdie ouens ook gehad het.

En dáár’s die rede, tesame met Pope Francis se aanhaling, hoekom ons gedurende die Graad 6 en 7 eksamen voortgaan met sport – die kinders het hulle eie tyd nodig; om te ontspan en agter ‘n bal aan te hardloop, of om so bietjie van daardie eindelose energie ontslae te raak.  Veral in die huidige tyd van uitermatige skermtyd, moet ons hulle buite kry en hulle wys hoe lyk die horison!

Dit gaan alles oor balans.

 ‘n GROOT DANKIE aan al ons ouers wat so gewilliglik Dinsdag middag met die vervoer van kinders na nege verskillende wedstrydplekke gehelp het vir die verskeie hokkiefeeste wat hierdie kwartaal se hokkieseisoen tot ‘n einde gebring het.  Dit was ‘n ongewone dag en ‘n ongewone struktuur.  Ek is nie seker hoekom die liga-organiseerders dit gedoen het soos hulle dit gedoen het nie, maar ons het darem almal hond haaraf gemaak – en kon dit nie sonder julle ondersteuning vermag het nie.  DANKIE!

Vrydag, 3 Junie

Ons wil u net daaraan herinner dat die skool op Vrydag, 3 Junie vroeg sal sluit om die personeel die geleentheid te gun om ‘n sessie oor die ontwikkeling van sterkpunte met Dr. Pieter Barnard by te woon.  Die skool sal vir almal om 12:30 sluit.  Nasorg sal beskikbaar wees vir daardie kinders wat nie om 12:30 afgehaal kan word nie. 

Ek het vandeesweek met ‘n groot glimlag begin – United het die FA-Beker gewen en die Leeus het in die grootste deel van die wedstryd die oorhand oor die Jaguares gehad – en dit lyk soos nog ‘n lekker naweek met die Comrades, die Franse Ope en goeie weer!

Geniet dit!

Mnr. B

Recipients of WOW badges: 

Grade 1:  Adam Kilpin     

                  Angel Moagi

                  Pippa du Toit

Grade 2:  Jody Beaumont

                  Daniel Meyer

                  Nikita Sulivan

                  Zoë de Wet     

Grade 3:  Jada Dyers       


Recipients of GOLDEN APPLES:

Grade 4: no awards        

Grade 5: Amber Mudge

                 Emma Green

                 Quinn O’Keefe Easton

Grade 6: Jason Lackay

Grade 7: Hannah-Simone Lubbe

                 Darien Simpson

                 Kai Walker        



What don't you understand about grown ups?

Angel:   That I don't think of them.

Adam:   Why they get cross so much.

Pippa:   Why my mom puts curlers in her hair.

Daniel: Why they play rough.

Zoë:      Why my mom works all the time.

Nikita:   Why do they make so much vegetable foods.

Jody:    Why they aren't funny.

Jada:    That they like to party.


 But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown

To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown.

~Frederic G.W. Fenn, "Ode to our Firemen," 1878

What an exciting week, especially for our little boys, as Pre-Primary explored the importance of fireman.  We had numerous opportunities to use our creative skills to put together some very exciting fabrications of various fire fighting necessities.  The most exciting of course, the fire engines.

As we explored we learnt what conditions are necessary to keep a fire alive, how they spread and the best ways to put them out.  We are very excited to have the 'Fire Department' come talk to us next week Wednesday.

We are also holding our breath in anticipation, as we await 'Grandparents Day' next Friday.  We cannot wait to show off all our creative works, especially our fire engines, and to display our angelic voices in our little concert.  Please remind all our grandparents, their day is fast approaching.

Have a blessed and restful weekend.

The Pre-Primary team

Grade 1 Outing

The Grade 1's could not wait to get on the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship at the waterfront yesterday.

Grade 4 Outing

The Grade 4 class thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the 2 Oceans Aquarium. After a hands-on lesson about sharks, we were incredibly lucky to witness the capturing and removal of a Ragged-tooth shark from the Predator Exhibition. The hapless May was to be transported to Mossel Bay, where she would be released.

An exhilarating trip on the Ocean Adventure catamaran was another highlight of the day. Our intrepid captain navigated us through the very choppy waters of the Bay where we spotted an abundance of sea- life, including a small pod of Heaviside dolphins frolicking in the grey swell.

Reminder . . . 

ACVV donations and old school shoes to be handed in by latest Monday, 30 May.  Please give to the class teacher.  Thank you.



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

• Please remember to use your MySchool card to help raise funds for our school. Herewith the link to apply online – if you don’t have a card:  https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/


Woolworths MySchool Competition

We 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!


An invite from Elgin Grabouw Country Club to an art exhibition evening for all the Applewood parents as well as staff.

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.

House To Rent

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