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6 June 2017

 “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

On Sunday morning I found myself glued to the television watching the Ultimate Human Race, the Comrades marathon. It felt very strange, having grown up in Pietermaritzburg, not being involved in the race in some way or form. The Comrades is an iconic race famous for being the largest and oldest ultramarathon in the world. It is run annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, a distance of around 89 km, and attracts runners from around 60 different countries from all walks of life. This year’s winning time was 5 hours and 35minutes, whilst many runners are cut off at the finish line after 12 hours of running. Some 20 000 runners started the race in Durban. It certainly is an amazing race and watching it on television is truly inspiring.

The most amazing part of it, however, is the wonderful life lessons it teaches:

• The amount of time spent on the road on the day is entirely a factor of your preparation for the race. The race is actually about the 8 to 12 months of training, sacrifice and dedication, which happens before the start. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

• The logistics of the race are mind-boggling and resonate in this year’s theme for the race which is “Zinikele” which means “It takes all of you.” It is a wonderful example of a directed and focused community effort. It recognizes the sacrifices that each family make to allow their runner to train, keep healthy and run the distance. Where there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can happen.

• The runners who take part are all shapes and sizes and come from all economic sectors, races and creeds. People strike up friendships and assist one another irrespective of background or social status. Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge a person before you truly know them, the truth might surprise you. 

• There are many runners who participate for a cause and are able to raise large amounts of money in doing so. Everyone who participates has a story to tell, a mission to complete. Do you have a mission? What is your mission in life?  

• Along the journey runners have many ups and downs. One minute you can be feeling wonderful and the next you tumble into a dark pit and feel like you can’t get out. Somehow you do and you keep on going. If you keep going you won’t regret it, if you give up you certainly will.  

• I have often heard the comment that anyone can do it. Whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve.     

Our congratulations to Danette Smith, a local runner who attained a 8th place finish in the race. 

At Monday morning’s assembly the clip below, dealing with kindness, was played for the children:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtCxjMdE5dM  I encourage you to watch the clip. It gets straight to the point and offers practical advice.

Last week our netball teams had a very busy time with fixtures at Reddam on Wednesday and a tournament at Rhenish on Friday and Saturday. The additional exposure to fixtures is clearly benefiting the girls and there were a number of very good results to speak of. Well done to the netball girls and in particular the U12 team who ended the season unbeaten on Saturday morning.

Soccer matches were played at Reddam last week. Our boys have made tremendous progress throughout the term. They performed to the best of their ability and produced an exciting brand of soccer. Of particular note was the performance of the U11/U12 team who were able to achieve a 3-2 victory.  

The last cross-country meeting for the term was run at Somerset College on Friday afternoon. It was a hot and dusty affair and our team participated enthusiastically. It is encouraging to note the improvement in each of our runners.   

With only four weeks remaining of the term we move into the assessment phase. Please assist your children by making sure they have plenty of sleep and exercise during this time.  Exams begin next week for the Grade 6 and 7 children.

Have a wonderful week.   

Sam Hamman

Op Sondagoggend het ek myself vasgenael voor die televisie gevind - besig om die Mees Uitdagende Menslike Wedloop, die Comrades-maraton, te kyk.  Dit het snaaks gevoel om, nadat ek in Pietermaritzburg groot geword het, nie op die een of ander manier by die wedloop betrokke te wees nie.  Die Comrades is ‘n ikoniese wedloop, bekend as die grootste en oudste ultramarathon in die wêreld.  Dit word jaarliks tussen Durban en Pietermaritzburg gehardloop, ‘n afstand van sowat 89km, en lok hardlopers van sowat 60 verskillende lande en alle lewensvlakke.   Vanjaar se wentyd was 5 uur en 35 minute, wyle sommige hardlopers se wedloop by die eindstreep kortgeknip word na twaalf lang ure van hardloop.  Omtrent 20 000 hardlopers het die wedloop in Durban begin.  Dit is, sonder twyfel, ‘n ongelooflike wedloop en om dit op televisie te volg is inspirerend. 

Die mees besondere deel daarvan, is egter die ongelooflike lewenslesse wat dit bied: 

• Die hoeveelheid tyd wat daardie dag op die pad spandeer word, hang geheel en al af van jou voorbereiding voor die wedloop.  Die wedloop is eintlik die resultaat van 8 tot 12 maande se oefening, opoffering en toewyding – en dit alles gebeur voor die wedloop.  Misluk om te beplan en beplan om te misluk.

• Die logistiek verbonde aan so ‘n wedloop is verbeisterend en resoneer in hierdie jaar se tema vir die wedloop wat “Zinikele” is en “Dit vat alles wat jy het” beteken.  Dit is ‘n wonderlike voorbeeld van ‘n gerigte en gefokusde poging deur ‘n gemeenskap.  Dit erken die opofferings wat elke familielid maak om die hardloper in die familie te laat oefen, gesond te laat bly en die afstand af te lê.  Wonderlike dinge kan gebeur waar daar spanwerk en samewerking is.

• Die hardlopers wat deelneem kom in verskillende vorme en groottes en van alle ekonomiese sektore, rasse agtergrond en geloofsoortuigings  Nuwe vriendskappe tussen vreemdelinge word gesmee en almal help mekaar, ongeag van hul agtergrond of sosiale status.  Elke liewe persoon op aarde het ‘n storie.  Moenie iemand oordeel voor jy nie die geleentheid gehad het om hulle beter te leer ken nie, die waarheid mag jou dalk verras.

• Daar is baie hardlopers wat namens ‘n goeie saak deelneem en hulle is in staat om sodoende groot bedrae in te samel.  Elkeen wat deelneem het ‘n storie om te vertel, ‘n missie om te volbring.  Het u ‘n missie?  Wat is u missie in die lewe?

• Gedurende die wedloop ervaar die hardlopers baie hoogte- en laagtepunte.  Jy kan een oomblik wonderlik voel en die volgende oomblik kan dit voel asof jy in ‘n donker put insink en daar geen uitkoms is nie.  Op ‘n manier kry jy dit tog reg en jy druk deur.  Jy sal nie spyt wees indien jy volhard en aanhou nie; tou opgooi beloof egter die teendeel.  

Die onderstaande webverwysing is tydens Maandagoggend se saalbyeenkoms vir die kinders gespeel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtCxjMdE5dM Ek moedig ‘n ieder en ‘n elk aan om hierna te kyk.  Dit kom direk tot by die punt en bied praktiese advies. 

Verlede week was ‘n baie besige week vir ons netbalspanne met wedstryde op Woensdag by Redam en ‘n toernooi op Vrydag en Saterdag by Rhenish.  Die meisies vind duidelik baat by die blootstelling aan meer wedstryde en daar was ‘n hele klompie goeie resultate om mee te spog.  Welgedaan aan die netbalmeisies en in besonder aan die o/12 span wat hulle seisoen Saterdagoggend steeds onoorwonne afgesluit het. 

Sokkerwedstryde is verlede week gespeel.  Ons seuns het ongelooflike vordering gemaak gedurende die kwartaal.  Hulle het tot die beste van hul vermoëns deelgeneem en ‘n opwindende sokkespel gelewer, in besonder die o11/o12 span tydens hulle 3-2 oorwinning. 

Die laaste landloop byeenkoms vir hierdie kwartaal is Vrydagmiddag by Somerset College gehou.  Dit was ‘n warm en stowwerige affêre en ons span het entoesiasties deelgeneem.  Die verbetering wat in elkeen van ons atlete waargeneem kan word is waarlik bemoedigend.

Met slegs vier weke wat oorbly van hierdie kwartaal, beweeg ons nou die evalueringsfase binne.  Help asseblief u kinders deur seker te maak dat u kind baie slaap en oefening in hierdie tyd kry.  Die eksamen begin aanstaande week vir die Graad 6 en 7 kinders.

Geniet ‘n wonderlike week.

Sam Hamman 

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Grade 4 Eco Walk

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Grade 2 Boot Camp with Mrs Hamman

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Cross Country at Somerset College

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Netball at Rhenish Primary

The grit and determination showed at the festival is a tribute to the impressive level of skills training currently offered at Applewood.  Even though we could not always play our full teams and were at a disposition due to many rotations and replacements in most of our teams, the girls stood their ground and held Applewood’s name high amongst the other larger and well-known sporting schools participating on the day.  Our u12 team reaped some sweet benefits with an all win day. Their scores were 6-4 against Sunvalley, 8-7 against Kenridge B and an amazing 15-5 against Rhenish B.  These girls need to be commended on their pure determination and on-court skills application.  Well done to all our girls who participated on the various days, our parents who assisted with transport and our coaches who managed the teams. 

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

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 IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER!

• Uniform shop times:  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 07:45-13:00.

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