21 September 2017

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and trying new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

This week has been such an exciting week in the classrooms. The Grade 2 class presented their experiments in class and had their teacher captivated. The Grade 4’s have been studying matter and materials and in particular the properties of matter. On that score they were tasked to design, build and launch a water rocket. The process unraveled the marvels of some high level science and children were able to describe in detail why we were seeing what we were seeing. Questions and answers aplenty delicately unpacked many topics ranging from pressure to Newtons Laws, so much deeper learning. Such interactions inspire me and remind me never to underestimate children.    

Saturday’s Winter Sport and Boeresport day was wrapped up in assembly on Monday morning. I would really like you to ask your children to tell you about the assembly and the lessons learnt.

On Wednesday last week 34 of our children ran cross country at Greyton. It was a fantastic experience for all, and our boys and girls did Applewood proud. Cross country has grown amazingly in popularity this year.   

Please see the 2018 dates below. We have looked at a number of permutations and settled on this as being the best possible scenario. It allows parents to go on holiday a little earlier at the end of the second term and then gives us an extra week in the fourth quarter, a term which always seems to be a bit rushed.

Our Grade 6 class are in the Cedarberg at the moment and the Grade 5 class are at a camp in Muizenberg. Our kids certainly do get around and are very fortunate to experience wonderful excursions such as these.

Thank you to all the parents who submitted responses to the Sports Survey. The information gathered is extremely valuable and will speak directly to our ongoing improvements in sport. Sport ends for the senior phase this Thursday. Children are enjoying a week of multisport this week. Our valley has so much to offer in this regard and it has been wonderful to be a part of this week’s programme.

The International Conference of Principals takes place this weekend in Cape Town. Keynote speakers from all over the world will be sharing their views on the topic of The Waves of Change. I will be away from school on Friday, in attendance, and look forward to a thought provoking four days.

A few reminders:

• Monday, 25 September is a public holiday and there will be no school.

• School closes at 14:00 from Tuesday to Thursday next week.

• Wednesday, 27 September - Grade 1 to 7 Drama evening at 18h30.

• Thursday, 28 September - The Spring Dance at 18:00.

• Final assembly takes place at 8:00 on Thursday next week.

• Friday, 29 September - School closes at 11:00 and there will be no aftercare.

• Holiday club starts Monday, 2 October and will run for 2 weeks. Please see advertisement below and be sure to confirm places with Amanda Luden to avoid disappointment.

It is certainly set to be a busy end to the term.

Enjoy the rest of your week.   

Sam Hamman 

Hierdie week was so ‘n opwindende een in die klaskamers.  Die Graad 2’s het hulle eksperimente gedoen en so hul onderwyseres betower.  Die Graad 4’s het materie en stowwe bestudeer, meer spesifiek die eienskappe van materie.  Hulle is gevra om ‘n watervuurpyl te bou en lanseer.  Hierdie proses het groot geheime van hoogs wetenskaplike aspekte verklap en die kinders kon in detail verduidelik wat hulle waarneem en hoekom.  Vrae en antwoorde het die sorgvuldige ontrafeling van baie onderwerpe, van druk tot Newton se Wette, bewerkstellig – die gewaarwording van ‘n baie dieper leerervaring.  Sulke interaksies inspireer my en herinner my daaraan om kinders nooit te onderskat nie.

Saterdag se Winter en Boeresport Dag is tydens Maandag se saalbyeenkoms saamgevat.  Ek sal regtig wil hê dat u kinders u meer daaroor, en die lesse wat geleer is, vertel.

Verlede week en Woensdag het 34 van ons kinders aan landloop by Greyton deelgeneem.  Dit was ‘n ongelooflike ondervinding en ons was trots op ons Applewood seuns en meisies.  Landloop se gewildheid het vanjaar ongelooflik gegroei.

Kyk asseblief na die 2018 datums hier onder.  Ons het ‘n goeie aantal permutasies oorweeg en besluit dat hierdie die beste moontlike opsie is.  Dit bied ouers die geleentheid om aan die einde van die tweede kwartaal effens vroeër op vakansie te gaan en gee ons dan ‘n ekstra week in die vierde kwartaal; ‘n kwartaal wat altyd effens afgejaag voel.

Ons Graad 6 klas is tans in die Cedarberg en die Graad 5 klas is op kamp in Muizenberg. Ons kinders rits sonder twyfel baie rond en is baie bevoorreg om wonderlike uitstappies soos hierdie te kan meemaak. 

Dankie aan al die ouers wat hulle Sport Opname ingedien het.  Die inligting wat ingesamel is, is van kardinale belang en sal die voortgaande verbeteringe in sport direk raak.  Sport kom hierdie Donderdag tot ‘n einde vir die Senior Primêr.  Kinders geniet vandeesweek ‘n week van multisport.  Ons vallei bied soveel in hierdie verband en dit was wonderlik om te kon deel in hierdie week se program.

Die Internasionale Konferensie van Skoolhoofde vind hierdie naweek in Kaapstad plaas.  Vooraanstaande sprekers van regoor die wêreld sal hulle standpunte oor die onderwerp, Die Winde van Verandering, deel.  Ek sal, a.g.v. my bywoning, Vrydag nie by die skool wees nie en sien uit na vier dae van besonder uitdagende denkprosesse.

Ons wil u graag aan die volgende herinner:

• Maandag, 25 September is publieke vakansie day en daar sal nie skool wees nie.

• Skool sal van Dinsdag tot Donderdag aanstaande week om 14:00 sluit.

• Woensdag, 27 September  Graad 1 – 7 Drama-aand om 18:30.

• Donderdag, 28 September – Die Lentedans 18:00.

• Die finale saalbyeenkoms sal volgende week Donderdag om 08:00 plaasvind.

• Vrydag, 29 September – Skool sluit om 11:00 en daar sal geen nasorg wees nie.

• Maandag, 2 Oktober – Vakansieklub begin en sal vir twee weke voortduur.  Sien asseblief die advertensie hier onder en maak seker dat u plek by Amanda Luden bespreek word om teleurstelling te voorkom.

Dit wil voorkom asof die einde van hierdie kwartaal ‘n besige een sal wees. 

Geniet die res van u week.

Sam Hamman 



Thank you to Gideon Schoonraad, Elzaan Karg, Anneli Mohr and Liezl Myburg for their assistance with the school dance.


The Grade 4’s launching a water rocket


Apple Pips Searching For Insects



The Senior Primary presented a successful and fun morning of both English and Afrikaans poetry. Well done to all the children for taking part and speaking so beautifully!



The Grade 2 children enjoyed a week of science experiments. We thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and learnt so much about molecules, liquids and gases. They proved to be budding scientists!



We had a fantastic outing to Rush. An extreme trampoline adventure where all children were challenged in agility, speed, balance and risk taking. We were also spoiled with a pizza and bottomless Slush Puppy. It was a wonderful success and great fun.  



On Wednesday, 13 September we attended the Greyton Inter-Schools Cross Country. We had 34 children taking part in distances of 1.2km, 2.3km and 3.6km. Applewood did very well and achieved third place overall. We would like to congratulate all participants on completing the course and showing exceptional sportsmanship and determination, particularly Will Booysen for coming first in the Junior race and setting a new record. Well done!



Senior Primary  - Grade 4-7

Date: Thursday, 28 September
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Dress/Theme: Mythical creatures
Cost: R50 for your ticket, dinner and a drink
Tuckshop available




 Reminder to please look at the school calendar on the school website for updates and to sync it with your mobile device on a regular basis.






17 January (Wed) – 28 March (Wed)



17 April (Tues) – 15 June (Fri)



17 July (Tues) – 21 September (Fri)



9 October (Tues) – 12 December (Wed) 



We recently hosted Sherain van Wyk and Shirley from Whale Coast Conservation, to educate the children on the importance of keeping our environment, especially the ocean and coastline, free from litter. Pictured here are the Grade 1 children showing off their creative skills with beautiful whale pictures they created with Mrs Beaumont in art class.

The senior phase children were audience to an interesting eco talk about Hermanus and the surrounding areas with regards to recycling and beach clean-up initiatives that are organised by Whale Coast Conservation. Applewood Preparatory will hold a recycling Fashion Show on the 8th Of November, using litter and beach debris as materials for their outfits. The event is being sponsored by the generous owners Giangi Negra and Sylvia of Bientang’s Cave. A large portion of the proceeds of the fundraiser will go to Whale Coast Conservation to educate children on the importance of looking after our environment and to keeping Hermanus beaches and town clean.



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

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Contact Cecilia Spinnler 083 610 1220



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• Monday, Wednesday and Thursday:  08:30-10:00.

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