9 February 2018

Dear Parents

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey 

We find ourselves at the end of week four already – time flies when you are having fun. Boys and girls have been hard at work and have settled down into the routines and processes of their new classes. There has been a strong emphasis on collaborative teaching practice and general pedagogy this term. Our teachers are wonderfully passionate and keen to develop themselves to be the best they can be. At present eight of our teaching staff are registered to study. Keeping abreast of current trends in education and furthering our understanding of how children learn is critical to our success as a school.

This term we are focusing on uplifting the Pre-Primary playground. You may have noticed the refurbishing of the tennis hut. This venue is used by the Blossoms in the mornings and for aftercare in the afternoons. It has been wonderfully finished and provides a well-lit, satellite space for teaching and learning. Look out for the additions and alterations that are taking place such as the resurfacing of the bike track. Thank you to the Pre-Primary teachers who have put so much creativity and energy into this. You can feel the energy by just walking through the play area, such a vital part of children’s development.   

Due to the increased water restrictions, in and around Grabouw, all cricket fixtures have been cancelled until further notice. The only sports fixtures that have gone ahead are the U13 boys and girls indoor hockey matches. Our hockey players are on a steep learning curve and have made amazing progress. The Water crisis affects everyone in the Western Cape. We have reduced our water consumption radically and continue to look for mechanisms to reduce usage. 

Planning for the Harvest Festival and trail run is in full swing and the date has been set for 5 May. The Harvest Festival is so close to our Founders Day that we plan to combine these celebrations with the Harvest Festival. This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our school and recognize all that has been accomplished in the 21 years that Applewood has been in existence.

Although the Park Run has taken some time to get off the ground, we have now been given the launch date. The first Park Run in Grabouw will be on 24 March. Park Run is growing rapidly throughout the world and will be a wonderful community builder for Grabouw. We look forward to being a part of it.

This coming weekend Melissa van Jaarsveld, our Apple Blossoms teacher, is getting married. We would like to wish her and Darrin Meiring a wonderful married life together. 

A great deal of work has gone into updating the Applewood website. I encourage you to take a minute to read the new blogs.

A parting thought:  Pour your energy into positive things, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Have a super weekend.

Sam Hamman 

Grade R's

Geagte Ouers

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you”
deur Oprah Winfrey

Ons vind onsself alreeds aan die einde van week vier – die tyd vlieg as ‘n mens pret het. Die seuns en meisies werk hard en het teen hierdie tyd aangepas by nuwe klasroetines en die prosesse. Daar was hierdie kwartaal ‘n sterk klem op gesamentlike onderrig en algemene pedagogie. Ons onderwysers is baie passievol en gretig om hulleself te ontwikkel om die beste te wees wat hulle kan wees. Daar is tans agt van ons onderwysers ingeskryf om te studeer. Om op hoogte te bly van huidige verwikkelinge in die onderwys en om ons begrip van hoe kinders leer te verbeter is ‘n kritieke deel van ons skool se sukses.

Ons fokus is hierdie kwartaal op die verbetering van die Pre-Primêre speelgrond. U mag dalk opgelet het dat die tennisrondawel oorgedoen is. Hierdie fasiliteit word in die oggende deur die Apple Blossoms gebruik en smiddae vir nasorg. Dit is mooi afgewerk en verskaf ‘n goed-beligte, sateliet ruimte vir onderrig en leer. Kyk gerus uit vir die veranderinge wat tans plaasvind by die vernuwing van die bestaande skopmotorfietsbane. Dankie aan die Pre-Primêre onderwysers wat so baie kreatiwiteit en energie hierin gestoot het. Jy kan die energie voel net deur bloot deur die speelarea te stap – so ‘n noodsaaklike deel van ons kinders se opvoeding.

As gevolg van die waterbeperkings in en rondom Grabouw, is alle krieketwedstryde tot verdere kennisgewing gekanselleer. Die enigste sportwedstryde wat voortgaan, is die O13 seuns en meisies se binneshuise hokkiewedstryde. Ons spelers is op ‘n sterk opwaartse kurwe wat die hokkie betref en het ongelooflike vordering gemaak. Die waterkrisis affekteer almal in die Wes-Kaap. Ons het alreeds ons waterverbruik aansienlik verminder en sal voortaan na nog meganismes soek om hierop te verbeter.

Beplanning vir die Oesfees en veldwedloop is in volle swang en die datum is vasgestel vir 5 Mei. Die Oesfees is so na aan ons Stigtersdag, dat ons beplan om dit saam met die Oesfees te vier. Dit is ‘n unieke geleentheid om met ons skool te spog en erkenning te gee aan wat oor die 21 jaar van Applewood se bestaan bereik is.

Alhoewel die Park Run tyd gevat het om van die grond af te kry, het ons nou die afskopdatum gekry. Die eerste Park Run in Grabouw sal op 24 Maart wees. Park Run is besig om wêreldwyd ongelooflik vinnig te groei en sal ‘n wonderlike geleentheid bied om die Grabouw-gemeenskap te bou. Ons sien daarna uit om deel daarvan te wees.

Melissa van Jaarsveld, ons Apple Blossoms juffrou, trou hierdie naweek. Ons wens haar en Darrin Meiring ‘n wonderlike toekoms saam toe.

Die opgradering van die die Applewood webwerf het baie werk geverg. Ek moedig u aan om ‘n tydjie af te staan om die nuwe inskryfwings te lees.

Ter afsluiting: stort jou energie in dit wat positief is – jy sal verbaas wees om te sien wat jy kan vermag.

Geniet ‘n super naweek.

Sam Hamman

Apple Blossoms

Enjoying water play outside, loved their first Playball demonstration and messy fun with finger paint.

Pre-Primary 'BB Wolf' Party

On behalf of the ever so famous BB Wolf, we would like to thank all parents for the generous contributions to our fabulous Library Tea Party.  Despite the fact that our guest of honour never huffed and puffed his way up the hill to Applewood, loads of fun was had and some pretty neat life lessons were learnt. My, what big appetites our little ones had for all those scrumptious treats – luckily only a few gingerbread men were gobbled up in the process!

Busy Bees

Enjoying Bakers Day and learning how to interact and work with money.

Grade R

Letter sound of the week 'a' and practising their numbers.



FANSA visited Pre-Primary and Junior Primary this week and presented UBUNTU - 'Circles of Stone' to the children. It was a wonderful educational experience for the children to learn about the South African Bushmen, Native American Indians, Australian Aboriginals and the Inuits.  The children had great fun in exploring their clothing, music and languages. 


Congratulations to our Junior Primary WOW! children for their excellent academic, cultural and sport contributions over the last two weeks.

Grade 4 and Grade 5

Our Grade 4's and 5's have started an exciting new project called “Water Explorer”. Water Explorer encourages students to take bold and powerful action to save our precious water. This is done through fun, interactive water saving Missions. They have already learnt about ‘secret water’ in food and even got to make a vegetarian burger for Mr Hamman. They will continue to discover more and more about this precious resource throughout the year.  

Grade 6

The Grade 6 class made kites at home as part of their Enviro challenge. We flew them to celebrate International Kite Flying Day.






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ACVV will collect the bags at the end of February 2018. 

Dance Mouse

On Thursday's for pre-schoolers 12:30-1 and cost R495 per term.

Parents can enroll their kiddies online by using the link below.

Mariska Freyer - Helderberg Dance mouse - 082 7753 195


Promo link:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mujzf4p49pc&t=11s

To Register click the link below:


1. Add person responsible for account.

2. Add dancer (right at the bottom of the page) if there is more than 1 dancer please add all dancers.

3. Add additional parent info, if both parents should want to receive information.

Remember to click the icon at the bottom of the page to agree to terms and conditions and hit register.

Looking for Accommodation

We are a young family of four urgently seeking a 3-bedroom cottage/house within a safe area in the town or farm within Elgin/Grabouw, preferably pet friend (as we home one dog). We would like to take occupation from March 2018 onwards.

Contact either Roxanne at 076 9551242 or Luan at 0732508029.



Please take note of the new uniform shop hours:

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

• You are also welcome to email orders to info@applewood.co.za.



• Please remember to use your MySchool card to help raise funds for our school. Herewith the          link to apply online – if you don’t have a card:  https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/