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21 October 2016 

 Dear Parents

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.

David Allan Coe

It is always good to hear of the achievements of our Apple Cores.  For those of you who don’t know, “Apple Cores” is the collective name given to Applewood old boys and old girls. 

Somerset College recently held their annual prize giving where the top 10 academic achievers in each grade were published. Mrs Moodie shares the information below about our high achieving Apple Cores and where they finished in their respective grades:

• Grade 8 - Rachel Mudge 3rd (2015)

• Grade 9 - Aninke Burger  2nd and Sophie de Villiers  6th (2014)

• Grade 11 - Benedikt Blomendahl 1st, Matthew Dave 6th and Jamie Huxter 10th (2012)

• Grade 12 - Andrew de Villiers 4th (2011)

We have also heard that Nicholas Carroll (2011) was Dux at Kearsney College in KZN.

Congratulations to all our Apple Cores who achieved so well – and congratulations to all those who laid solid foundations for their achievements at Applewood.

Sam and Robyn Hamman

Celebrating the achievements of past pupils is good and well, but what of the future and our new head? We asked Sam to contribute to this week’s newsletter to introduce him and his wife, Robyn, to the Applewood community in advance of their move in December.

Sam writes: “Over the past 20 years or so Robyn and I have been involved in educating children. Robyn owned her own Playball franchise and became an expert in the physical and social development of younger children. I have worked in a range of schools gaining experience in all phases of academics and sport. We have become fascinated by the challenge of the changing landscape which is education.

Educating young children for the future is an amazing privilege, not to be taken lightly. Our job is to create a stimulating, secure and caring environment for children to learn in; a place that prepares children for life in a rapidly changing world; a place where they are free to take risks, share their ideas using a variety of different platforms and develop a thirst for learning; a place which stirs curiosity; a place where they prepare for jobs which have not even been created yet.

The key to creating such an environment is relationships. A child does not learn anything from someone they don’t like. Every child is unique and only by knowing them deeply do we have insight into how they learn.

In considering my philosophy of education I ask myself what I would want the children under my care to leave school with. I would want them to leave with integrity, the self-confidence to contribute meaningfully to society, self-motivation to make the most of every opportunity, a solid work ethic, the ability to think out of the box, a love for learning, an opinion which they are happy to share and a healthy respect for all people, animals and things.

We look forward to the privilege of being part of the Applewood community and hope to contribute meaningfully in the years to come.”

Thoughts and Prayers

Please keep Jan Voute in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from his accident.  Thank you to all in the community who have shown such care and support for Mila and John-John as well.

Enjoy the weekend!

Mr B

Geagte Ouers

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.

David Allan Coe

Dit is altyd goed om te hoor van die prestasies wat deur ons Apple Cores behaal word.  Vir die van u wat nie weet nie, die “Apple Cores” is die versamelnaam wat aan Applewood se oud-skoliere gegee word.

Somerset College het onlangs hulle jaarlikse prysuitdeling gehou waartydens die top 10 presteerders in elke graad bekendgemaak is.  Mev. Moodie deel die inligting hieronder oor waar ons top presterende Apple Cores in hul onderskeie grade geëindig het:

• Graad 8 - Rachel Mudge (2015) 3de

• Graad 9 - Aninke Burger (2014) 2de en Sophie de Villiers (2014) 6de

• Graad 11 - Benedikt Blomendahl (2012) 1ste, Matthew Dave 6de (2012) en Jamie Huxter (2012) 10de

• Graad 12 - Andrew de Villiers (2011) 4de.

Ons het ook verneem dat Nicholas Carrol (2011) as Dux-leerling by Kearsney  College in KZN aangewys is.

Baie geluk aan al ons Apple Cores was so goed gevaar het – en geluk ook aan al die individue wat sulke stewige fondamente vir hulle prestasies hier by Applewood gelê het.

Sam en Robyn Hamman

Om die prestasies van ons oud-leerlinge te vier is alles goed en wel, maar wat van die toekoms en ons nuwe hoof?  Ons het vir Sam gevra om ‘n bydrae tot hierdie week se nuusbrief te lewer en sodoende hom en sy vrou, Robyn, aan die Applewood gemeenskap bekend te stel voor hulle Desember hierheen verhuis. 

Sam skryf: “Over the past 20 years or so Robyn and I have been involved in educating children. Robyn owned her own Playball franchise and became an expert in the physical and social development of younger children. I have worked in a range of schools gaining experience in all phases of academics and sport. We have become fascinated by the challenge of the changing landscape which is education.

Educating young children for the future is an amazing privilege, not to be taken lightly. Our job is to create a stimulating, secure and caring environment for children to learn in; a place that prepares children for life in a rapidly changing world; a place where they are free to take risks, share their ideas using a variety of different platforms and develop a thirst for learning; a place which stirs curiosity; a place where they prepare for jobs which have not even been created yet.

The key to creating such an environment is relationships. A child does not learn anything from someone they don’t like. Every child is unique and only by knowing them deeply do we have insight into how they learn.

In considering my philosophy of education I ask myself what I would want the children under my care to leave school with. I would want them to leave with integrity, the self-confidence to contribute meaningfully to society, self-motivation to make the most of every opportunity, a solid work ethic, the ability to think out of the box, a love for learning, an opinion which they are happy to share and a healthy respect for all people, animals and things.

We look forward to the privilege of being part of the Applewood community and hope to contribute meaningfully in the years to come.”

Ons gedagtes en gebede

Hou asseblief vir Jan Voute in u gedagtes en gebede terwyl hy van sy ongeluk herstel.  Dankie ook aan almal in die gemeenskap wat soveel ondersteuning en versorging aan Mila en John-John gebied het.

Geniet die naweek!

Mnr. B

U7 and U9 Boys Mini Cricket at Reddham House in Somerset West

RECIPIENTS OF WOW BADGES & GOLDEN APPLES

 

WOW BADGES

Grade 1

Zoë McCarthy

Pippa du Toit

Isabella Beaumont

Francois Steyn

Grade 2

Zoë de Wet

Daniël Meyer

Sophie Beaumont

Olivia Beaumont

Finn Haupt

Grade 3

Abigail Hendricks

GOLDEN APPLES

Grade 4

No awards

Grade 5

Enzo Chanu

Salvidore Chanu

Grade 6

Joshua Povall

Sebastien van den Hoogen

Oliver Pritchett

Alexcia Beaumont

Grade 7

Hannah-Simone Lubbe

Kai Walker

 

WOW QUESTION

What has been the highlight of your year so far?

Pippa - Holiday!

Bella - Playing with my friends.

Francois - Playing cricket.

Zoë - Playing with my cousin in the garden.

Daan - Cricket and outings.

Finn - School is getting greater.

Sophie - Being with Mrs Dunton, going on outings and hockey.

Olivia - Having lots of fun.

Zoë - Having fun at school and music.

Abigail - Making friends and playing cricket.

Grade 1's hard at work.

Pre-Primary

 

   

Concert

 

Ticket Sales Open

Tuesday, 25 October

 

R30-Adult & R10-Child

 

PLEASE pay exact amount as we do not have change!

 

THANK YOU!

No booked seating.

 

Mini beast hunt - role play and fun in the sun!

Apple Pips

Planting tomatoes and fabulous sensory play.

Busy Bees

 A fabulous journey of using numerous fine motor skills to produce beautiful stuffed fish.

Grade R

 Competitive Clever Cats using fine motor skills to see who could pick up the most

buttons using pegs.

We are passionate about reading!

Phonics fun and play.

Mini beasts - life cycle of a butterfly.

GRADE 4 OUTING

VERGELEGEN MEDICLINIC SOMERSET WEST

The Grade 4's were given fascinating hands-on demonstrations of life saving techniques and even got to practise incubating a patient! ( A dummy patient, fortunately)

The highlight for many children was an exciting trip in an Emergency Services ambulance, siren wailing! Thank you Liezl Myburgh for arranging this amazing outing for the children. Thank you also to the mums who helped with transport - Angie and Shirley, we appreciate it! 

GRADE 6 FYNBOS SPECIES COUNT

Yesterday the Grade 6 class went to the Groenlandberg to see how many different species of fynbos they could collect from a specific area. Nature played along and the class had a great time and saw and learnt a lot. When they came back to school they had to sort their fynbos into 5 categories: Proteacea, Ericoids, Geophytes, Restoids and others. In total some groups collected 58 different fynbos species proving that our Fynbos Biome is one of the richest biomes in the world as far as species diversity is concerned. We are so privileged to live in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

TENNIS

 After competing in the Overberg tennis trials in the 3rd term; we are very happy and proud to announce that Oliver Pritchett, Angeliq Coetzer, Isabella Pritchett and Fiona Boome qualified to be in the Overberg team.

The 4 zones of the Boland namely Overberg, Langeberg, Witzenberg and West Coast, competed against each other on 14 and 15 October. Only 8 players of each zone can qualify to be in a zonal team.

Oliver competed against the no.5 player u12 of the other 3 zones.
Angeliq played against the no.1 u10 of the other zones.
Isabella was no.4 and Fiona number 5 u10.
They also played girls and boys doubles.

The positive team spirit amongst the players in the Overberg zone was evident in the way they supported each other on and off the court.

The main reason for Oliver, Isabella, Fiona and Angeliq getting selected for the Overberg zonal team is because of the parents who spent extra practise hours with them on the court.

Sonja van Zyl - Coach

TARYN'S HOUSE OF DANCE

HIP HOP DANCING LESSONS AT APPLEWOOD!!!

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.

PLEASE SPECIFY ON YOUR EMAIL THAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A CHILD FROM APPLEWOOD IN ELGIN/GRABOUW!!!

English Tutor

I am a qualified English teacher

(Degree and Diploma) with 12 years' experience.

I am available weekdays after lunch and on weekends at R100/hour.

Can assist all grades.

For more information please contact:

Kedife (KD) 084 588 9817

Royal Academy of Dance

Classical Ballet Lessons

Given at Applewood School

From age 3

Contact

Angie

Sms, WhatsApp or Phone

0765247674

 IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER!

• 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/