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3 February 2017 

 

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.”

Clarence Thomas

Mr Thomas makes an amazingly simple point.  Polite and cordial behavior can get you a long way.  We are making a concerted effort at Applewood to improve our manners.  We would like Applewood children to be renowned for their manners. I found the table below a useful discussion document to remind children of their manners. 

Monday morning assemblies are a wonderful opportunity to guide children.  Our theme for the term is the Kilembe tree (tree of life).  The Kilembe tree is a metaphorical tree with interesting leaves.  These leaves represent different characteristics that we should celebrate.  Such characteristics as integrity, self-control, compassion, grit, respect and initiative.  Each week we are going to look at one of these characteristics in depth.  In addition to this, we are going to have our own special tree in the hall.  Boys and girls who display one of these characteristics during the week will be recognized and presented with a leaf at assembly.  They will be asked to stick their own leaf onto the tree.  The goal is to try to fill the tree with leaves by the end of the term.          

It has been a wonderful week at Applewood and the busyness of the school is evident in the energy that one feels as you enter.  Spending time in a few different classrooms during the week has been an absolute pleasure. Your children are constructively engaged in their learning and happy.  The PA picnic on Wednesday evening was a tremendous success.  The turnout was amazing and there was a positive excitement in the air.  Thank you to the PA for their efforts. 

Our first set of cricket fixtures was against Somerset College on Wednesday.  Our boys found the going tough but stood tall with some determined and solid individual performances.  There is much to learn this season and we look forward to a focus on basics in the weeks to come.  

Music has received a revamp with the inclusion of a Head of Music, the design of a music policy and the streamlining of lessons that take place during the school day.  As with any new process, there have been a few teething problems, however, the timetables will be finalised by this Monday.  I thank you for your patience and understanding and I would like to thank Miss Louw for her hard work negotiating a very complicated set of timetables.  Music is such an integral part of what we do at Applewood and I am pleased with the mechanisms that are in place to streamline practices. 

We look forward to a number of excursions next week with the Grade 6 and 7 classes off to De Hoop and Grade 4 and 5 to visit Back 2 Basics.  The Grade 3 class also have an overnight excursion to True North to look forward to next week.

Have a super weekend.   

Sam Hamman

• Please remember that the hug and go area is just that.  Please do not park in this space as it hinders the flow of traffic. 

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“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” Clarence Thomas

Mnr. Thomas maak ‘n ongelooflike eenvoudige stelling.  Beleefde en vriendelike gedrag kan baie deure vir jou oopmaak.  By Applewood maak ons ‘n daadwerklike poging om ons maniere te verbeter.  Ons sal graag wil hê dat Applewood se kinders alombekend is vir hulle goeie maniere.  Ek het die tabel hieronder nuttig gevind wanneer kinders aan goeie maniere herinner moet word. 

Maandae oggende se saalbyeenkomste is ‘n wonderlike geleentheid om leiding aan kinders te bied.  Ons tema vir die kwartaal is die Kilembe boom (boom van lewe).  Die Kilembe boom is ‘n metaforiese boom met interessante blare.  Hierdie boom verteenwoordig verskillende karaktereienskappe wat aangemoedig en gevier moet word.  Sulke karaktereienskappe soos integriteit, self-beheer, barmhartigheid, deursettingsvermoë, respek en inisiatief.  Ons gaan elke week in diepte na een van hierdie karaktereienskappe kyk.  As aanvulling, sal ons ook ons eie spesiale boom in die saal hê.  Seuns en meisies wat een van hierdie karaktereienskappe gedurende die week wys, sal erkenning in die vorm van ‘n blaartoekenning gedurende saalbyeenkoms ontvang.  Hulle sal gevra word om self hulle eie blaartjies op die boom te plak.  Die mikpunt is om die boom teen die einde van die kwartaal vol te plak.       

Dit was ‘n wonderlike week by Applewood en die bedrywigheid van die skool is waarneembaar in die energie wat aangevoel kan word soos ‘n mens inkom.  Die tyd wat ek die afgelope week in ‘n paar verskillende klaskamers spandeer het, was ‘n absolute plesier.  U kinders is konstruktief betrokke en gelukkig.  Die OV-piekniek Woensdagaand was ‘n ongelooflike sukses.  ‘n Menigte het saamgekom en daar was ‘n positiewe opgewondenheid in die lug.  Ons dank aan die OV vir hulle suksespoging daar.

Ons eerste krieket wedstryde het Woensdag teen Somerset College plaasgevind.  Alhoewel ons seuns die kompetisie straf gevind het, het hulle koppe omhoog gebly met sommige vasberade en soliede individuele vertonings.  Daar is baie om te leer gedurende hierdie seisoen en ons sien daarna uit om op die ontwikkeling van basiese vaardighede te fokus in die klompie weke wat voorlê.

Musiek het ‘n nuwe voorkoms gekry met die aanstel van ‘n Musiekhoof, die opstel van ‘n musiekbeleid en die skedulering van lesse wat gedurende die skooldag plaasvind.  Soos met enige proses, was daar ‘n paar hoofpyne, die musiekroosters word Maandag gefinaliseer.  Ek bedank u vir u geduld en begrip en ek wil ook vir Mej. Louw bedank vir haar harde werk gedurende die onderhandeling van ‘n redelike gekompliseerde stel roosters. Musiek is so ‘n integrale deel van wat ons doen by Applewood en ek is tevrede met die meganismes wat in plek is om die beoefening daarvan te laat vlot verloop.

Ons sien uit na volgende week se uitstappies met die Graad 6 en 7 klasse wat na De Hoop toe gaan en die Graad 4 en 5 se besoek aan Back-2-Basics.  Die Graad 3 klas het ook ‘n oornag uitstappie - True North - om na uit te sien volgende week.

Geniet ‘n wonderlike naweek.

Sam Hamman

 

• Onthou asseblilef dat die druk-en-ry zone presies dit is.  Moet asseblilef nie daar partkeer nie omdat dit die vloei van verkeer belemmer.

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Pre-Primary

Clever Cats

The Clever Cats have loved recognising, exploring and creating patterns with their fabulous brains. Did you know that pattern recognition is the most important intelligence skill?  Pattern recognition is the ability to recognise order in a chaotic environment. Patterns can be found in words, ideas, numbers, and images. We will further explore how they can be found in behaviour, routines and in nature. The Clever Cats enthusiastically explored patterns, in order to further develop their ‘Maths Brains’.

The Clever Cats learned about our senses and have been particularly interested in exploring through smelling and tasting. They surprised us by liking the taste of many bitter and sour tastes. Who would have thought that little children would like the taste of lemons, pickles, coffee or vinegar? 

Our beautiful ‘self-portraits’. The children spent a long time thinking about and looking at the colour of their skin and examining their facial features. They compared themselves to their classmates and showed lots of pride in their individual differences.

Construction time in Pre-Primary.  The children loved ever minute!

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Busy Bees

The children were very proud of their ‘My body’ drawings. They explored with all of their senses whilst making popcorn and had a ‘blast’! What beautiful ‘pop-tactile’ drawings!

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Apple Pips

The Apple Pips had lots of fun exploring various sensory and fine motor activities. They enjoyed the challenge of having to pick up ‘Otees’ with washing pegs. Blowing bubbles with soapy blue water was fabulous fun, but having to find various shapes in red slime was the best mess!

The past few weeks have been special for the teachers, as we begin to discover all the various fabulous personalities in our classrooms. 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Pre-Primary Team 

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Baseball

Three of our softball girls played for the Helderberg Pirates U12 team in a home game against Fishhoek at Radloff Park on Saturday.  The girls, looking stunning in their Pirates uniform, had a great game.  All three players brought runs in, and Anika drove a beaut of a hit into centre field!
Final score: Helderberg Pirates 16 Fishhoek  5. 

Well done Anika Venter, Fiona Boome and Bibi Venter!  Watch this space - there are more games coming up!

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Terracotta Warriors Exhibition Grade 5 Outing

The Grade 5 class set off for the outing armed with notes and clipboards, ready to make the most of this incredible opportunity. Due to their meticulous preparation and focus, the class was able to appreciate how very special it is to see history brought to life in this way. 

Eye Witness News

As a prelude to our visits to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition at the Waterfront, Amelia and Adam Kilpin's Granny came to speak to the Senior Phase children about her visit to China, which included a visit to the actual location of the Terracotta Warriors burial site. It was here that she got to speak to one of the farmers who had make the discovery of the warriors whilst digging a pit for a well on his farm.  We were incredibly lucky to have her bring to life the absolute wonder of this amazing find and its significance to world history.

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Cottages for Rent in Grabouw

One cottage suitable for one or two people: three rooms plus small kitchen and bathroom and carport. R3500 pm including water but electricity extra.
Available mid March

One cottage suitable for single person next to main house: two rooms with kitchenette and bathroom and carport. R3200 pm incl water and electricity
Available mid March

Farm is 4 km from Grabouw near Applewood School

Contact Bert
082 8773550

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Dance Mouse

at Applewood for Pre-Primary
Please click on the link below to register http://helderberg.adminonline.co.za  and select registration form highlighted in green.

Classes are on a Thursday afternoon 12:30-13:00 for Apple Pips and

13:15-13:45 for Busy Bees and Clever Cats

Mariska Freyer
Helderberg Dance mouse
082 7753 195
www.dancemouse.co.za

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