10 June 2016

Dear Parents

 "The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings."

Eric Hoffer

We've had some rain and the news from S&P was positive (even with a cautionary note).  It's been a good end to the week!   Reading through some of the responses to the S&P announcement from our local economists, I came across this one from Mike Schüssler which I think is worth reading.

Rugby Coaches

In looking at our planning for next term, we need to find some rugby coaches.  The boys from Grade 1 to Grade 7 will be playing 7's rugby next term.  We have four teams and need a coach per team.  If we have any dads who are keen to offer their services and can commit to two days per week, please let me know.  Selborne has agreed to help us out again (thank you Selborne) and will be co-ordinating skills and drills and be available to the boys one day a week.  But we need more than a  little back-up - so please do shout if you are able, or if you know of any keen young rugby coaches in the area.


Our sincerest congratulations to Samantha and Martin Minnie on the birth of their new baby boy Nathaneal.   Nathaneal did sneak up on them a little early, but mum and baby (and dad) are all in fine form.

And on that good news - have a lekker weekend!

Mr B 

Geagte Ouers

Ons het ‘n bietjie reën gehad en die nuus van S&P was positief (selfs met ‘n vermaning). Dit was ‘n goeie einde aan die week! Toe ek deur sommige van die reaksies deur ons plaaslike ekonome op die S&P aankondiging gelees het, het ek op hierdie een deur Mike Schüssler afgekom wat ek nogal dink die moeite werd is om te lees.


Met ‘n oog op volgende kwartaal se beplanning, moet ons rugbyafrigters vind. Die Graad 1 tot Graad 7 seuns sal volgende kwartaal 7’s rugby speel. Ons het vier spanne en benodig ‘n afrigter per span. As daar enige pa’s is wat graag hulle dienste wil bied en hulself tot twee dae ‘n week kan verbind, laat my asseblief weet. Selborne het aangebied om ons weer uit te help (dankie Selborne) en sal vaardighede en driloefeninge koördineer en een dag ‘n week beskikbaar wees om die seuns af te rig. Ons benodig egter meer as net ondersteuning - so asseblief, skree indien u kan help of weet van enige gewillige jong rugby afrigters in die area.


Ons hartlike geluk aan Samantha en Martin Minnie met die geboorte van hulle nuwe baba seuntjie Nathaneal. Nathaneal het so bietjie vroeg sy verskyning gemaak, maar mamma en baba (en pappa) doen almal goed.

En op daardie goeie noot – geniet ‘n lekker naweek!

Mnr B


Recipients of WOW Badges: 

Grade 1:   Ethan Williams

                  Samuel Rowe

                  Emily Norman

Grade 2:  Gabriella Kershaw

                  Luci Manuel

                  Jack Veitch

Grade 3:  Maya de Wet

Recipients of GOLDEN Apples:

Grade 4:   All the children

Grade 5:  Ciaran Simpson

                  Rosie House

                  Emma Green

Grade 6:  Alexcia Beaumont

Grade 7:  Matthew Simone

                  Kai Walker

                  Marchandt Strauss

WOW Question

If you had a superpower what would it be?       

Samuel:             I would want to be invisible. 

Ethan:                I would want to be super strong.

Emily:                 I would want to fly.                           

Lucy:                  I want to fly. 

Gabriella:          Walking  through things and flying. 

Jack:                  Laser eyes and walking through walls.                    

Maya:                Speaking to animals.


 "What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies."

Rudy Giuliani

What a blessing to have our grannies and grandpa's come and visit last week. To be able to perform for people who genuinely appreciate everything we do, was our absolute pleasure. Grandparents are vital to our wellbeing as little people, and we truly appreciate your effort to come spend the morning with us.

In Clever-Cats this week we have been focusing on farmers, on their vital role to us as a nation and of course all the fun that goes with being on a farm. The farm theme has also allowed us to explore the life cycle and the miraculous way that everything works according to it's perfect design.

In Busy-Bees this week we have looked at builders. Construction was the order of the day, as we carefully used grown up 'toys', whilst hammering and carefully structuring, to build our fabulous designs. We started to identify different tools and their different purposes and some seeds have definitely been laid for our engineers of the future.

Our Apple-Pips have continued on the super fun theme of pets. What a menagerie we have experienced, from your stock standard dogs and cats, all the way to Zuan-Nick's pet tarantula.

We trust you will have a blessed, although rainy, weekend.

The Pre-Primary Team

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• 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!




Taryn Van Zyl is a fully qualified Hip Hop and Modern dance teacher through the TDA as well as  a Hip Hop examiner and consultant. She has started Hip Hop Lessons at Applewood in May 2016 and so far the kids love it!

Classes are in the Applewood Hall on a Wednesday afternoon:

Grade R, Grade 1 & Grade 2: 14h15 – 15h00

Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5: 15h15 – 16h00

(Available to teach up to Grade 7 if there is an interest)

 Fees: R320 per month for a 45 minute lesson –sibling discounts are available

 If you would like your child (both boys and girls are welcome) to come and have some fun on the dance floor, even if they just want to try out one lesson – please send your name, age, Grade at Applewood to taryn2vz@gmail.com or contact Taryn on 082 301 4362 if you have any further questions.


Niclaas Schoonraad in Grade 6 lost his ‘purple inner sole’ for his shoe.  This is a specially manufactured insole.  If found please hand in at the office.

Looking for a violin for a 5 year old (size 1/16) to rent or buy and looking for laying hens.
Contact Alex @ rowesteralex@gmail.com