30 May 2017  

“I will understand problem solving, self-exploration, decision making, number relationships, structures, complex vocabulary, healthy living, cause and effect, creativity, imaginative thinking and my natural world when I am big because I play outside when I am little” from www.HowWeeLearn.com

The Grade 6 class spent 3 days exploring the region between Muizenberg and Cape Point last week. It was an incredible opportunity to test the sentiment described in the above quote. The class certainly did not disappoint. They successfully solved problems such as how to safely board a train. They made decisions as to where to find places of interest and interpreted written text in order to find clues in their amazing race. They made mistakes and learnt from them. They were able to think creatively when they were required to design and build a dwelling out of sand. They learnt about social dynamics and self-control. They challenged themselves physically and learnt new skills. They were amazingly insightful when we discussed social issues and understood cause and effect well. We certainly are blessed to live in this part of the world and that our children have such amazing opportunities to learn from the environment.

I was delighted with the number of parents who attended the hurtful behavior presentation last night. I thank you for your participation. I gained some interesting insights and have formulated a few useful ideas to implement going forward.

With the change in season there seems to be a fair amount of colds and flu going around. Many of our children are subsequently unfit for sport. Please could I remind you to let teachers know, in the form of an official note, if your child is not able to play a match.

Congratulations to the cross country team who participated at Somerset West Park Run last Friday. They showed amazing determination, in a large field, achieving some good placings. They are to be commended for their commitment.

Have a wonderful week.

Sam Hamman

Die Graad 6 klas het verlede week 3 dae spandeer om die gebied tussen Muizenberg en Kaappunt te verken. Dit was ‘n ongelooflike geleentheid om die sentiment, wat in die bogenoemde aanhaling beskryf word, op die proef te stel. Hulle het probleme, soos hoe om suksesvol aan boord van ‘n trein te gaan, opgelos. Hulle het besluite gemaak, soos hoe om besienswaardige plekke te vind en hoe om geskrewe tekste te interpreteer om sodoende leidrade te vind en hul skattejag (amazing race) te voltooi. Hulle het foute gemaak en lesse daaruit geleer. Hulle is toegelaat om kreatief te dink wanneer hulle gevra is om ‘n beskutting uit sand te bou. Hulle het van sosiale dinamika en selfbeheersing geleer. Hulle het hulself fisies uitgedaag en nuwe vaardighede geleer. Hulle was ongelooflik insiggewend toe hulle sosiale kwessies bespreek en goeie begrip van oorsaak en effek getoon het. Ons is werklik geseënd om in hierdie deel van die wêreld te kan woon en dat ons kinders sulke ongelooflike geleenthede gebied word om van die omgewing te kan leer.

Ek was verjeug deur die getal ouers wat gisteraand ons kwetsende gedrag voorlegging bygewoon het. Ek dank u vir u deelname en belangstelling. Ek het self tot ‘n paar interessante insigte gekom en het ‘n hele klompie bruikbare idees geformuleer wat voortaan geïmplimenteer kan word.

Met die veranderende seisoen wil dit voorkom asof daar ‘n aansienlike toename van verkoues die rondte doen. Gevolglik is baie van ons kinders nie geskik vir sportdeelname nie. Kan ek u asseblief daaraan herinner om die onderwysers, in die vorm van ‘n amptelike geskrewe nota, daarvan in kennis te stel indien u kind nie aan ‘n wedstyd kan deelneem nie.

‘n Hartlike gelukwensing aan die landloopspan wat verlede Vrydag by die Somerset West Park Run gebied deelgeneem het. Hulle het ongelooflike deursettingsvermoë getoon, oor so ‘n groot afstand, met boonop ‘n paar goeie plekke om daarvoor te wys. Daar moet vermelding gemaak word van hul volgehoue toewyding.

Geniet ‘n wonderlike week.

Sam Hamman


Apple Blossoms having fun and welcoming Elodie Smook to their little group.



The Grade R's were spoiled with a treat to the theatre on Wednesday, 24 May. They were fortunate to be able to experience the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress & International Theatre Festival for children and young people. The name of the show was ‘Yao Yao’ (Korean) and took place at the Baxter theatre. Our creative group of children displayed awe and wonder and were thrilled to be involved with the performing arts.

The Grade R’s have been learning about ‘People who help us in the community’. They loved being visited by Captain Atson and her colleague to learn more about what the police do to help us in the community. We were very proud of the thoughtful questions that were asked.  Grade R doctors and nurses and wonderful, imaginative ‘small world play’.

They were particularly interested in learning about ‘Fire Fighters’. They blew paint with ‘all their might’ to produce fires and worked hard to make fire fighters. Their fire engines showed lots of detail and were drawn meticulously and with care.

The also explored number concept - before and after.


Grade 2's brainstorming for creative writing exercise.



Last Wednesday an excited bunch of Grade 6’s set off for Simonstown. First stop was the train station in Fish Hoek where we boarded the train for Muizenberg. Our first activity was a surfing lesson run by the Surf Shack. Everyone had a great time even though the water was very chilly. After a picnic lunch we took part in an “Amazing Race” activity that ended up in St James. Then it was back on the train to Fish Hoek. We then went to stay at our accommodation in Simonstown, what a lovely venue right on the beach with your very own baby penquins on the property. That evening Mr Hamman ran an anti-bullying workshop which helped us to deal with the demands of modern day kids. The next day it was off to Cape Point Nature Reserve. We stopped at Dias’ padros and then walked to Dias’ beach where we built sand castles. After climbing 210 steps to the top of the cliff we looked down and saw a Cape Clawless Otter playing in the waves! That evening we had the second part of our anti-bullying workshop. On Friday we went kayaking and saw the amazing kelp forests, penguins swimming and a couple of seals. We also learnt about the rocky shore ecosystem and saw hundreds of adult and baby penguins.



Reminder to please look at the school calendar for updates and to sync it with your mobile device. 



ACVV foster mothers take care of abandoned, abused and orphaned children.  Your help will go a long way to lighten their load by donating food or clothing to this worthy cause.  Items to be handed to the class teacher.  Please may we ask that each Applewood family donate at least one item. ACVV will be collecting all the goods on Wednesday, 31 May. 






3/2-Bedroom house with garage and security to rentfor a long lease from June 2017 for 2 people. Must be pet friendly and somehow contained for our dogs. 


Please call Mike Rossi on 0832604632 or email info@tangleberrycottage.co.za



I am looking for a house to rent in Grabouw.  

Please contact Ms Manuel on 0738334888 if you have anything available.



Looking for a house to rent in Elgin/Grabouw.

3 Bedrooms and pet friendly.

Please contact Allen Hart @ 0822168565.



Looking for someone to share a house with me. Professional person between the ages of 28 and 35. Must love animals as I have 3 dogs but unfortunately no pets allowed.

Please contact Charmaine on 0848700809 or charmaine06@live.co.za



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