13 September 2017

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.”  C. Everett Koop

My daily dose of ‘classroom’ continues to inspire me each week. The enquiring minds of the children we teach is such a breath of fresh air. Allowing children the time and space to explore and then being a spectator in that space is such a privilege. Their preparedness to get involved, question the status quo and create is truly remarkable.

The JP talent show was certainly a highlight of last week. We were thoroughly entertained with an array of different talents on display. I look forward to this event growing in the future.

On Saturday our Grade 3 to 7 boys played in a rugby tournament at Bridge House. It was a fantastic tournament and certainly put our young men to the test. The U9 Team were amazing and managed to win 3 out of 6 games. The U13 boys enjoyed 2 wins out of 4 games to end off a season of steady development. In comparison to other schools in our district, we have a very short rugby season. The progress made has been tremendous. I would like to thank all the coaches involved and specifically Selborne Boome who has nurtured our senior teams.

Oliver Pritchett was invited to play in the Wilson Masters tennis tournament on the weekend.  The competition was very strong as only the top 8 U13 boys were invited. Congratulations to Oliver who came 4th!

This week parents have had an opportunity to visit their children’s teachers and catch up on their progress. It has been great to see so many people on campus. It is interesting to note that we are almost at the end of the third term, how the time has flown. 

This weekend we look forward to our Winter Sports and Boeresport day. The programme for the morning will be distributed today. Please join us for a fun filled morning. In the evening it is the chance of the parents to participate in a sport of their own. Gideon and his team have worked hard to put together this wonderful community builder and I look forward to seeing many of you at the PA dance.

Please look out for the sports questionnaire I spoke of last week which was mailed to you this morning. Do take a few minutes to consider your responses. We have a unique opportunity at Applewood to develop our sports programme into something very special. Thank you in advance for your time.

Have a great week.   

Sam Hamman 


My daaglikse dosis van “klaskamer” inspireer my steeds op ‘n weeklikse basis. Die ondersoekende denke van die kinders wat ons onderrig is so verfrissend. Deur kinders die tyd en spasie te gee om te verken en om dan ‘n toeskouer in daardie spasie te wees, is werklik so ‘n voorreg. 

Die JP talentaand was sekerlik die hoogtepunt van verlede week. Ons was behoorlik vermaak deur ‘n verskeidenheid van talente wat ten toon gestel is. Ek sien daarna uit om hierdie aangeleentheid In die toekoms te sien groei.

Ons Graad 3 tot 7 seuns het Saterdag in ‘n rugbytoernooi by Bridge House gespeel. Dit was ‘n fantastiese toernooi en het inderdaad ons jong manne getoets. Die O9-span was ongelooflik en het 3 van hulle 6 wedstryde gewen. Die O13 seuns het twee oorwinnings uit hulle vier wedstryde tuisgebring aan die einde van stadig maar seker ontwikkelende seisoen. In vergelyking met ander skole in ons distrik, het ons ‘n baie kort rugby seisoen. Geweldige vordering is gemaak. Ek wil al die betrokke afrigters bedank, veral vir Selborne Boome wat so mooi na ons senior spanne omgesien het.

Oliver Pritchett is die naweek genooi om aan die Wilson Masters tennistoernooi deel te neem. Die kompetisie was baie sterk aangesien slegs die top 8 O13 seuns genooi was om deel te neem. Ons gelukwensing aan Oliver met sy vierde plek!

Hierdie week het ouers die geleentheid gehad om hulle kinders se onderwysers te besoek om te gesels oor die vordering wat gemaak is. Dit was wonderlik om so baie mense op kampus te sien. Dit is interessant om te sien dat ons amper aan die einde van die derde kwartaal is en hoe die tyd gevlieg het.

Hierdie week sien ons uit na ons Wintersport en Boeresport dag. Die program vir die oggend sal vandag uitgestuur word. Sluit asseblief by ons aan vir ‘n pretbelaaide oggend. In die aand sal die ouers die geleentheid kry om so ‘n bietjie aan hulle selfgekose sport deel te neem. Gideon en sy span het hard gewerk aan hierdie aangeleentheid waar die gemeenskap bymekaar kan kom en ek sien daarna uit om baie van u by ons OV-dans te sien.

Wees asseblief op die uitkyk vir die sportvraagstuk waarna ek verlede week verwys het en wat vanoggend uitgestuur is. Dink ‘n paar minute na oor u respons. Ons hier by Applewood het ‘n unieke geleentheid om ons sport in iets heel besonders te ontwikkel. Ek wil u by voorbaat bedank vir u tyd in hierdie proses.

Geniet ‘n wonderlike week verder.

Sam Hamman


Phases of the Moon

Both Grade 2 and Grade 6 classes are learning about our Solar System. We joined forces to have a delicious lesson about the phases of the moon using Oreo biscuits.


JP Talent show

On Thursday, 7 September, we had our first annual Junior Primary Talent Show. We were amazed by the variety of talent that children of such a young age confidently displayed. It was fresh and original, a wonderful reminder of the potential our children possess. From a future Olympian gymnast to a moon walking Michael Jackson we had it all on that night. It was a true success, certainly not to be missed by anyone next year.

We would like to thank 4 Every Event for sponsoring the beautiful lights to make this evening magical. We would also like to thank all parents and teachers involved who made this evening a success.


Senior Phase Poetry and Gedigte Day

Friday, 15 September

Please join us at 08:15 in the hall for a relaxed morning where our Grade 4 – 7 children will present a variety of poetry poems. 

Tea and coffee will be served.


The Amazing Afrikaans Race

All Grade 5 to 7 children recently had an opportunity to participate in an Amazing Afrikaans Race. One fun hour of Afrikaans language acquisition through physical games and time-limited activities. All of our boys and girls had an opportunity to teach traditional Afrikaans songs to classes from the Pre-Primary and Junior Primary - all whilst promoting a love for language!

Messing Around in Afrikaans

Some Grade 4 children celebrated the main character from one of their favourite Afrikaans literature books when they recently decided to create their own slime. Messing around surely pays off when these youngsters start enjoying their language acquisition!


Applewood Dance Party

Saturday, 16 September 2017

7pm till late


Adults R 150.00 per person

Children  R 15.00 per child

Tickets can be purchased from Amanda at school

(exact amount please as we do not have change - thank you!)

Lamb on a spit with roasted onions, potatoes and salads

120 tickets available - 10 tables of 12 people per table

Bring your owns drinks, glasses and snacks of choice




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



Situated on Oak Valley – known for picturesque scenes. R6500 pm incl. water.

Ideal for a young single professional. Secure, one bedroom and en-suite bathroom with shower.    

Kitchen with build-in stove, bar fridge and washing machine.

Partially furnished optional. Easy access to MTB trails on the farm.

Contact Cecilia Spinnler 083 610 1220



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