19 August 2016

 Dear Parents

Is it true, is it helpful, is it kind

Allan Hart (with apologies to Socrates)

Mr Hart alluded to the Socratic Filter Principle in his assembly to the children on Monday, using a can of air freshener and a can of Doom, highlighting to the children that what they say about others should always go through the above three principles before, “the Doom is out of the can.”

Later on Monday, Mrs Di Kilpin concluded a most fascinating presentation to the staff on brain development in children, with a special focus on how brain development affects learning.  It was especially interesting to consider how the development of the pre-frontal cortex affects children’s executive functioning ability i.e. their ability to moderate their behaviour and their thoughts and the ability (or inability) to see consequences as a result of their actions.

In essence, the pre-frontal cortex is in a developmental stage throughout primary school (and for quite a while thereafter) and children need to have executive functioning behaviours carefully modelled and specifically taught to them.  Things like how to behave and why; what to say and why and how to order things and why.

Di left us an interesting website to peruse to further develop our understanding of brain development and why we need to understand it:


Di’s workshop certainly left us with pause for thought (thank you so much, Di) – as did Mr Harts’ assembly.


Over the past three weeks we have enjoyed hearing of the results of the children’s participation in the various Eisteddfods that are held at this time of the year.  I am ambivalent about the value of sending children off to have their efforts in poetry, prose or music judged in a subjective manner.

Be that as it may, congratulations to all the children who participated and thanks to all the mums and dads who transported children to Gansbaai, Hermanus and other places of aural competitive interest.

Special congratulations to Emma Green in Grade 5 who won the violin Eisteddfod and now performs in the “finals” in Hermanus on 31 August.  The very best of luck to Emma!

Enjoy the rugby from Nelspruit this weekend and have a lekker one!

Mr B 

Geagte Ouers

Is it true, is it helpful, is it kind

Allan Hart (met verskoning aan Socrates)

Mnr. Hart het op Maandag tydens sy saalaanbieding aan die kinders verwys na die Sokratiese Filter Beginsel, met die gebruik van ‘n blikke lugverfrisser en ‘n blikkie Doom, en hy het klem gelê op die feit dat dít wat die kinders sê, altyd deur die bogenoemde drie filters moet gaan voor “die Doom uit die blikkie is.”

Later op Maandag, het Mev. Di Kilpin die mees fassinerende aanbieding oor hoe die ontwikkelende brein leer by kinders beïnvloed, met die personeel saamgevat.  Dit was veral interessant om te sien hoe die ontwikkeling van die frontale korteks die kind se vermoë t.o.v. uitvoerende funksionaliteit beïnvloed bv. die vermoë (of onvermoë) om hul gedrag, hul gedagtes te modereer om gevolge as die resultaat van hul aksies te sien.

Opsommend, is die frontale korteks in ‘n stadium van ontwikkeling regdeur primêre skool (en vir ‘n redelike tyd daarna) en is dit noodsaaklik om kinders se uitvoerende funksionaliteit versigtig te modelleer en spesifiek vir hulle aan te leer.  Dinge soos hoe om op te tree en hoekom; wat om te sê en hoekom en hoe om dinge te organiseer en hoekom.

Di het ‘n interessante webwerf vir ons agtergelaat om deur te lees om ons begrip van breinontwikkeling selfs verder te ontwikkel en hoekom ons hierdie proses moet verstaan:


Di se werkswinkel het ons, sonder twyfel, laat stop en dink (baie dankie, Di) – so ook Mnr. Hart se saalaanbieding.


Gedurende die afgelope drie weke het ons die terugvoering van resultate wat hierdie tyd van die jaar deur ons kinders by verskeie Eisteddfods verwerf word, geniet.  Ek is egter in ‘n tweestryd oor die waarde daarvan om kinders te stuur om hulle pogings in digkuns, prosa of musiek te laat beoordeel op ‘n subjektiewe wyse.

Hoe dit ookal mag wees, geluk aan al die kinders wat deelgeneem het en dankie aan al die mammas en pappas wat kinders na Gansbaai, Hermanus en ander plekke van goue kompeterende belang vervoer het.

‘n Spesiale gelukwensing aan Emma Green in Graad 5 wat die viool Eisteddfod gewen het en nou in die “finale” op 31 Augustus in Hermanus gaan meeding.  Sterkte!

Geniet hierdie naweek se rugby van Nelspruit!

Mnr. B





Grade 1

Jalaalud-Deen Adams

Fae Walker

Amy Lintnaar

Grade 2

Emma van Almenkerk

Seth Muir

Alexander Rust

Grade 3

Piper Klink

Anika Whitton


Grade 4

Ariane de Villiers

Joshua Hickson

Grade 5

Emma Green

Hermann Cloete

Quinn O’Keefe Easton

Grade 6

Joshua Povall

Alexcia Beaumont

Grade 7

Hannah-Simone Lubbe

Kai Walker



 Who is your best friend and why?

Jalaalud-Deen: Murray and Ethan are my best friend. We always play together.
Amy: Zoe and Brooke are my best friend because I like them they are nice and pretty.
Fae - absent.
Alexander: Isaac is my best friend because we have been playing together since Apple Pips.
Seth: My best friend is Daniel. He is always kind to me and likes the same things I like.
Emma: My best friend is Gabriella, Anya and Sophie because they are funny and like me.
Alexis: Ypke, Amelia, Zoey, Kara and Gabi are my best friends because they are all kind to me and we play together.
Anika: Kara is my best friend because she is always nice to me.
Piper - absent.


Spring is most definitely in the air!

How blessed we have been this week with beautiful weather to enjoy our outings. Both our Apple Pips as well as our Clever Cats were able to truly embrace the great outdoors on their respective outings.  As our photos indicate, a wonderful time was had by all!

On the note of  'spring in the air'...... we would like to request that all children bring their own labelled hat to school. This way we will avoid the spread of lice as well as ensuring your child is comfortable in their hat, and willing to wear it.

We would also like to remind parents that aftercare starts from 12:45. All Pre-Primary children can be collected from their classes between 12:30 and 12:45, otherwise they will be sent on to aftercare.

Have a super weekend

Pre-Primary team.

Apple Pips Outing - Monkey Town

Busy Bees

Busy Bees have been working on their new theme of birds.  Here the kiddies are working on their dot to dot pictures of a bird, and tracing the outline of a bird which they then coloured in and decorated.

Grade R

The highlight of the Clever Cats week was our outing to the Helderberg Nature Reserve. We enjoyed a lovely nature lesson and a guided hike - identifying different plants and birds. The children were complimented on their pleasant behavior and keen interest in nature. - well done Clever Cats - you make us proud!  Thank you to Yoda's mom and Salmaan's dad who joined us on the outing.

Grade R Outing - Helderberg Nature Reserve

Grade R's enjoying a 'Bird Spotting' walk around the school.


On Tuesday the Grade 6’s were back at Beaumont Family Wines learning how to prune the vines they picked the grapes off earlier in the year. They learnt just how important it is to understand how the vine grows the way it does and to only leave the correct stem on for next season’s crop. Many thanks to Sebastian Beaumont for his expert advice and for trusting us with your precious vines. Once again thanks to Nicci for the muffins and lemonade we had afterwards.


Last term the Grade 6’s learnt about electricity and how to make wire circuits. On Tuesday they presented their “own circuits” to the class. I was “blown away” by their innovative ideas and how much time and effort they had put into their projects. We have lots of budding inventors in the making,


Catherine Boome came to share her extensive knowledge of healthy eating with the Grade 4 class to kick off our module about pulses.


The Grade 7 Afrikaans Huistaal students are currently busy preparing for their roles in the well-known stage production, Die Kat Kom Weer by Tom Gouws. If all goes according to plan, we might soon see them in action on stage - acting and dancing to the music of famous Afrikaans singers, Gerhard Steyn and Bok van Blerk. Watch this space!



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.



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