27 August 2018

Dear Parents

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you teach them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” Ann Landers

I recently read an article from the New York Times entitled, “ Happy Children do Chores.” It speaks to the fact that being part of the work required to run a household helps children develop an awareness of the needs of others. At the same time the author believes that the process of being responsible for chores adds to a child’s emotional well-being. Chores teach an understanding that life is about balance, there are things that simply need to be done. In further reading I came across some other benefits of children doing chores:

• Helps children to feel needed

• Gives them a feeling of importance

• Teaches responsibility

• Teaches independence

• Creates a work ethic in our children that will help build character

• Teaches children not to give up

• Cuts back on entitlement

• Helps out the family, leaving more time for play as a family

The tough part, I guess, is to get them to do the chores. Children are more likely to do chores if they feel that we truly need their help and not that you simply give them chores to teach them lessons or because we don’t want to do the chores ourselves. The internet is jam packed with wonderful ideas of age appropriate chores. If your children don’t do chores, I encourage you to give it a try.

Over the past two weeks we have played a number of rugby and netball matches. Our children have shown pleasing improvement since the beginning of the term, have enjoyed making new friends and have even enjoyed a few exciting victories. We look forward to Rugby at Ruens College u11 and u13 and Netball u8-u13 at Bridge House this weekend.

On Friday last week, we hosted our Inter-House Cross-Country. It was a lovely day for running with a little bit of sun and plenty of puddles along the route. In the Junior Primary, the competition was very close and as we moved into Senior Primary section, the scores were level. Although Goldens were the eventual winners, all of our children can take a bow for their incredible effort and noticeable improvement.   

This week we focus on Afrikaans and UItblinkers. If you wish to attend the filming on Wednesday evening there are still a limited number of tickets available. It promises to be a very entertaining evening and we are so excited to welcome Kyknet and showcase our wonderful school. 

This week I take a look at the years from 2004 to 2006. In 2004 our current Grade 2 and 3 block was built. This year also marked the opening of the library, the introduction of environmental days and the first grade 7 camp to High Africa. The school included children from Apple Pips to Grade 7 and 14 teachers.

2005 saw the appointment of Taryn Brannekämper. The Senior Primary put on a production of Robin Hood, Applewood had its first official rugby practice and the Grade 7 class participated in the first benchmarking assessment. The Library was extended, a new Grade 4 classroom was built and a multi-functional activity centre was completed. There was no hall available so practices for the Pre-Primary concert took place at Applewaite.

Amanda Luden, Jane Moodie and Tanja Hill joined our school in 2006 and Mrs Kruger became the new Business Manager. The current hall and a new ablution block was built. Upgrades were done to the reception and the business manager’s office was created. The Junior Primary put on Lost Little Kitten and the Senior Primary presented Bugsy Malone.

As you are all no doubt aware, this year Applewood School celebrates it’s 21-year anniversary. To mark this milestone we are very excited about the following celebratory occasions. Firstly, we will remember Founders Day at school on 7 September. Next there will be a fundraiser at Arabella Golf Club on Friday, 19 October 2018 and finally the PA is arranging an official 21st celebration function which will take place on 9 November. Please diarize these dates and keep an eye out for further information.

Our school certainly is a very busy and productive place – we like it that way. Have a wonderful week.

Sam Hamman

I was able to pop in to an Art lesson this week. The lesson was very inspiring with Mrs Beaumont adding colour to the lesson as it progressed. We are indeed very fortunate to have such a talented art teacher.  

Busy Bees Practising Fine Motor Skills


The Grade 1's learning about scientific experiments and volcano eruptions.


The Grade 4's ended off their 'money' theme in Mathematics with a popcorn sale. They did the planning, advertising and counted the profits all by themselves. Well done to our young entrepreneurs!

Superheros and Princesses in our Library





17 January (Wed) – 28 March (Wed)



17 April (Tues) – 15 June (Fri)



17 July (Tues) – 21 September (Fri)



9 October (Tues) – 12 December (Wed) 


Simón Truter's bike is missing.  Please contact the school if you have seen his bike. Thank you.


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/