11 November 2016 

Dear Parents

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

Laurence Binyon, Ode of Remembrance from For the Fallen

In assembly on Monday we played Kim’s Game, that fabulous memory game we all grew up with, especially if you were a cub or a scout.  The point of the game was to introduce Remembrance Day to the children and to discuss the need to learn from the past.  I also discussed the futility of war with the children and how, somehow, we need to help their generation “get it right.”

And then the US of A went and elected Donald Trump as their next president… which can only be followed by that most expressive of South African-isms, EISH!

We shouldn’t be surprised when the unexpected happens if we are happy to let sleeping dogs lie or be apathetic in our approach (nearly 30-million fewer Americans voted in this election).  My youngest daughter, who is in the USA at the moment, made an interesting observation about the election: “They just didn’t have the right candidates for the job.”

An interesting observation, and one that has some bearing on how we manage going into 2017 and how we get the “right people” in the “right places” for the good of the children.  So we have shuffled some teachers around for 2017 in the Junior and Pre-Primary phases to allow for professional and personal growth and to have people working in their “sweet spots.”  Staffing from Grade 000 to Grade 3 will look like this then, in 2017:

• Grade 000 – Ms Tanja Hill

• Grade 00 – Miss Liezelotte van der Merwe

• Grade 0 – Mrs Annie Aplas Hill (Head of Department)

• Grade 1 – Mrs Dee Dunton

• Grade 2 – Mrs Helen Norman

• Grade 3 – Mrs Andrea Rostron (Head of Department)

Mrs Helen Norman, an experienced Junior Primary teacher, has been teaching in our Pre-Primary phase for some time now and is keen to put her experience and expertise to use at her preferred level of teaching.  Miss van der Merwe has developed a genuine affinity for little people and has expressed a desire to teach at the Pre-Primary level, a desire we are happy to support.  Mrs Dunton has had nine years in Grade 2 at Applewood and she too is keen for a change and challenge and will be an ideal welcome into the Junior Primary phase for our Grade 1’s.  Mrs Rostron has experience across all the grades in the Foundation Phase and as head of department will be able to bring her considerable expertise to bear on the preparatory year in the foundation phase as well as support her department better as the timetable in Grade 3 allows more flexibility.

Senor Phase Cultural Evening

What a wonderfully relaxed, enjoyable evening of laughter, music and entertainment the children provided on Wednesday.  I had more than one parent congratulate the staff on the “best Cultural evening in 13 years.”  Congratulations to Ms Fleur van den Hoogen and all the staff on their contributions to the evening – and most especially well done to the boys and girls!

The ‘Boks have got a tricky one this weekend.  Let’s hope for a result as unexpected as the election in the USA!

Have a lekker weekend!

Mr B




Grade 1

Adam Kilpin

Murray Hickson

Brooke Carelse

Grade 2

Hannah Govender

Emma van Almenkerk

Nikita Sulivan

Seth Muir

Grade 3

Ypke Roosevandenbroucke

Ankia Venter


Grade 4

Jean-Marc Surridge

Angeliq Coetzer

Lara Myburgh

Grade 5

Amber Mudge

Enzo Chanu

Grade 6

Reichen-Ronn Phillips

Jason Lackay

Grade 7

Mpho Ntshweni



Who is the new headmaster and what rule would you like him to change?

Murray : Don't know who he is, Grade 2's will be aloud at the cricket pitch.
Brooke : Don't know, no long assemblies.
Emma : Mr Brady, no homework.
Seth : Sam, no work and no homework.
Hannah : I don't know, we can choose when we want to play.
Nikita : I have no idea what his name is, all the rules must be kept the same.
Bibi : Richard, civvies every day.
Ypke : Mr Brady, I would like no homework.


Thank you Mrs Seccombe for taking the beautiful photos for us!

Apple Pips & Busy Bees

Apple Pips apple bobbing and having fun.  Busy Bees beautiful earth and galaxy artwork.

Grade R

Alex Rowe came in to speak to the children about animals.  The children were spellbound and asked thoughtful questions.

Learning about bees.  Give me Honey.................Mrs van der Merwe brought honey to school for the children to taste and they loved it!

Having fun with puzzles.


After reading one of the well-known ghost stories from Wendy Maartens's book, Die Beste Suid-Afrikaanse Spookstories, the Grade 7 Afrikaans students attempted to experience firsthand what a morning at the old Summit Tea Room, at the top of Sir Lowrie's Pass, would have felt like many years ago - at the ruins of the building of which only the stone foundation is barely visible today. Not only were they welcomed by weather conditions similar to what the author describes in her book, but they were unpleasantly surprised by a baboon who attempted to snatch a scone and a cup of tea! Sadly, nothing out of the ordinary (like a speeding black car) was sighted but the stories, scones and tea shared at the top of this pass will leave lasting memories.


Congratulations to Fiona Boome, Quinn O'Keefe,  Joshua Povall,  Isabella Pritchett,  Emma Green and Anika Venter - our very own Library Club's Frog Princes and Princesses.  Each of these students were successfully interviewed by Mrs Steyn about the more than 6 books they have each read this term, therefore achieving the ultimate level on the official Club-L Reading Life Cycle.


Congratulations to our Club-L Zombie Winners for this term - Mrs Tuttelberg's Grade 5 class. Each of our senior students (Gr 4 to 7) had the challenge of reading and being interviewed by Mrs Steyn on at least 3 different books this term in order to qualify to play for a place as a Zombie on the Club-L Life Cycle. Each member of the Grade 5 class not only managed to do this, they were the first class to all reach this level - claiming their place as the overall Club-L Winning Class of the Term!


We would like to make an appeal to our parent and learner bodies as we near the end of the school year and approach the festive season with the anticipation of the joy of giving and gratitude of receiving to consider our support staff.

Bongile, Phemla, Marshley, Helena, Joline, Zanekhaya and Fikile serve as our caretakers, cleaners and gardeners. They are always willing to assist with the preparations of functions as well.

We would like to give each a Christmas hamper and ask if you would kindly give an item of non-perishable food like sugar, tea, coffee, tinned food, starches, etc. Please give to the class teacher.

If each family donated only two items, we could make a really generously filled hamper for each of them!

Thank you for your support!

Old Mac Daddy - Restaurant

Join us every Sunday for a lovely afternoon out in the beautiful Elgin countryside. 

We'll be serving a delicious spit braai lunch at R195 per person (adults) and R95 for kids under 12. An alternative kids menu is also available.

Booking is essential so to reserve your spot for a family funday or for more info please call


Lunch starts from noon every Sunday.



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.



2 Bedroom House available from the 1st of December near Applewood.

Open plan lounge & kitchen.

R4000/month including water excluding electricity (prepaid meter system).

Call Michelle on 082 4720047


• 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/