At first I was very scared. We did four shows. My favourite character was Bogus. I said I bet the audience will say “awesome.” In the show everything looked magical. I was a worm in the show. I had pink and white face paint and my costume was lumo pink. It was very hard to get everything right. Afterwards I was very happy.
On Wednesday night at 6 o’clock, we did a show! It was about Fantastic Mr Fox! The lights are bright I said. We did our make-up in the classroom and I was a hedgehog and Khumo and Khanyisa are grasshoppers. Kate was an ant Nina and Cara are moles. Aziza was a possum. Genevieve was a worm. Rachel was a rabbit. Daddy watched me sing Dig a Tunnel, Racoon has a Bushy Tail and Food Glorious Food. I had fun and the juice and pizza brightened my night.
The concert started at 6 o’clock. We did fee drawing of Ice Age. Then we went to the Grade Four classroom. We did reading. We did make-up. We put on blush and eyeliner. I was a grasshopper and Riya, Khanyisa, Robone and Clea. And the hedgehogs are Lathitha, Chloe, Layla, Sofie, Pippa Plint. And moles Cara, Nina, Kesiah, Emma Buchner and Christina. And Possums are Aziza, Kwanda, Zahara, Rebecca and Natasha. And raccoon are Nuha, Courtney, Emily and Ea. My mom took me to school. And we found my dad there and my dad watched the show. We sang Dig a Tunnel, Food Glorious Food and Racoon got a Bushy Tail. We had pizza and juice. My mom went home with my brother before the show. And then I went back home with my dad.
This year I did a play called Fantastic Mr Fox. My play was at Auckland Park Preparatory School. My play started on November 18. It was such fun because we were farmers. Our songs were called Ffarmer Style, the Final Count Down and Bad. I enjoyed them so much. I’m like my mother because I am never shy no matter how many people there are. I am never shy on stage. My best part was when we did Framer Style, I liked doing it. It was so much fun because I danced and sang. Some parts were scary for me. I loved all the costumes. I also liked the performance. The play was awesome, it was powerful, it was cool. It was raining and we wore make-up.
On the 18 November 2015 was the concert: Fantastic Mr Fox. I was a farmer. The Grade 2’s and 1’s just sang, but the Grade 3’s were acting out the characters. I was a Grade 2 and we sang ‘Bad’, ‘Farmer Style’ and ‘It’s the Final Countdown’. I saw the boy from Oliver Twist at the play sitting in the crowd and I think he got such a shock because he saw the Grade 1’s sing ‘Food Glorious Food.
Our costumes were blue or red T-shirts with jeans, shorts or dungarees and a red or blue bandana and a hat. I wore a blue top, red bandana, a brown hat and jeans. It was FANTASTIC!
I thought it was awesome. I was very happy that I could be in it and the one farmer sang ‘One way or another, I’m gonna find ya’ we’re gonna getcha’, getcha, getcha.’
On the 18th of November 2015 we did the show of Fantastic Mr Fox. I can safely say that I have never seen anything like it before. When we were singing it was very scary and fun. I think it was very entertaining for the audience. I was very excited. I was a farmer and our songs were ‘Bad’, ‘Farmer Style’ and ‘The Final Count Down’. The main people were Boggis, Bunce and Bean, the mom fox, the four kids and the Fantastic Mr Fox who saved everyone. I loved it and that is my show ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, I hope you loved my show.
At the play we sang Bad, Farmer Style and The Final Countdown. We had so much fun. It was pretty tiring but I managed. We were farmers and did The Fantastic Mr Fox. My best song was The Final Countdown.
We were the farmers and I enjoyed having no homework. I enjoyed dancing and singing and my aunty, granny, mom and dad were watching and it was very fun!
We did our play Fantastic Mr Fox. We sang Bad, Farmer Style and The Final Countdown. We were the farmers and we wore farmer costumes. We performed on Tuesday, Wednesday morning and evening. We did lots of actions. I loved the play!
We did a play it was Fantastic Mr Fox. We had to practise hard. First we did Farmer Style, we sang all day till we got hot! Then we learnt Bad – that took a very long time.
We learned the Final Countdown it was very hard and so hot!
Once we knew the songs we moved onto choreography and dancing was fun.
Finally it was the play I was so excited!
While we waited until our turn on stage we could watch a movie. It was time for Farmer Style we did well. Bad was brilliant and The Final Countdown was excellent. We all had so much fun. Afterwards we got to have a slice of pizza and a box of juice.
My favourite part was the feast because it was fun having everyone there. I liked my banana suit, little glasses and construction hat. The hardest piece was learning Claire’s lines because she was sick and I had to learn them the same day as the play. I was so scared. My mother was impressed with learning the lines so fast. My dad liked ‘Eye of the Tiger’. My little sister liked my outfit and my face paint!
The best part of the play was when Siyolise and I got to start the play. We were the farmers. We both had creamy coloured shirts and denim dungarees and cowboy hats. Well, actually, cowgirl hats: don’t forget we are girls.
The most irritating part was telling everyone to be quiet. I was getting so mad! Mrs Verner had the same problem.
My mom and dad said they enjoyed the play. Thank you, Mrs Spencer, Mrs Levin, Mrs Verner and Miss Borthwick and to all the parents for a wonderful week. But now we have to do work again. Oh, NO!
The best part was swinging my tail as Mrs Rat. My costume was striking. I loved my ears – they had little pink bows and were so cute.
The most nerve wracking bit was the first play and setting out the cider bottles when the curtains closed. We had half a page to set up the cider bottles and get into our places.
My mom said I should have had a bigger part. My dad said I was brilliant and my
Granny and Grandpa said I was FANTASTIC!
When we Grade 3’s did ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ I liked the night performance because it was fun and we all had a lot of energy. My best part was when we sang ‘Eye of the Tiger’ because it is my favourite song in the play and it has many dramatic actions.
I really liked my costume since it had my favourite fruit, strawberries, on my yellow dress. The foxes’ tails were my best. They were brown with some white at the bottom. The ears were cute but they were not my best. I think the moms had fun doing lots of little textures (in the makeup).
My favourite production was on the 18th of November 2015 on a Wednesday night. Why I loved the night production was that everyone has energy and they are all excited. That also makes me very excited too.
The hardest part of the play was probably getting up and talking to the audience. I guess it’s also all of the eyes staring at you! Then there’s waiting outside to go on stage and wondering what’s going to happen.
I think my audience quite liked the play. I think the funniest scene was Zainab as Rat and Frankie as Mrs Rat. I loved how Zainab screamed and jumped up and down. I was amazed because Zainab is so small yet her scream is SO loud!
On Monday I did my first show of Fantastic Mr Fox. I was very scared to do it in front of the school. When I got my face paint on it felt very strange. I put my costume on and got ready for my show. When I was on stage, I felt very scared. My best part was Rat he was so funny. After the show I was so tied. The next day I had to do the show again in front of perents. The worst part was when people forgot their lines. Then the play ended and I went to take my face paint off in the bathroom. The next day I did two shows one in the morning and one in the night. After my morning show I was so tied but I still had to do the night show. When I was at school in the night I got face paint and my costume on. After the night show I had pizza and a juice. It was the best show of the year!
My favourite part was when I came on stage. The best day was on Wednesday night because my mom and dad was watching. It was also my dad’s birthday that night. I didn’t like waiting in the music room and getting dressed and undressed. I woud’ve loved to hear Neve’s song and the small foxes song, but I can listen to the songs when I get the dvd. I didn’t really get nervous. It was very hard holding the cider bottle behind my back but luckly I didn’t have to hold it behind my back for to long. I also liked when we sang the eye of the tiger.
At school we were doing the play it was Fantastic Mr Fox. The play was on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on Monday we did it for the school. I was nervous as ever. On Tuesday some perants came. And on Wednesday we had to be perfect because they were going to make a cd. I was so scared I had butterflys in my tummy. I thinck everyone was amazing do you know what I was? I was famer child number one. But my best favourite people were boggis, bunce and bean they were hilarious. My favourite favourite part was the end when we were all together and Rati’s and Owthu song it was so lovely.
The concert through the eyes of our Grade 0 girls:
“I was a giraffe and we were first. I was the first giraffe. The play was about South African animals. I liked it.”
Sabreen Omarjee – Grade 0M
“I was an elephant and I spoke loudly and then I sang and then I sat down. But I had to keep singing the whole way through! It was fun!”
Nikkita Sanyika – Grade 0W
“I was a guinea fowl. I liked saying my words. I liked all the songs and I liked dressing up.”
Jessica Buxton-Forman – Grade 0M
“I was a scary crocodile. I loved singing about South Africa. I liked coming down the stairs and scaring people. But not really, just pretend.”
Georgia van der Walt – Grade 0W
“I liked being a buzzy bee. I looked very pretty. I tried to speak loudly and I loved singing.”
Humaira Ballim – Grade 0W
“We did lots of songs. I did my words loudly and I was wearing my costume. My mom and dad came to watch me.”
Lilitha Masinda – Grade 0M
“I was a naughty monkey. It was nice. I liked my costume and I sang well.”
Madison Pearce – Grade 0M
“I was a zebra and I spoke very loudly. We sang a nice song about a zebra man. I liked the bee song because my sister was a bee. All the songs were lovely”
Nicola Thomas – Grade 0M
“I liked jumping up and down. I liked my words and my mom, dad, aunt and brother came to watch. It was fun.”
Cate Harrison – Grade 0W
“My favourite part was when it was our turn to do the actions. I liked the monkey song and the frog song. I spoke loudly and my mom heard every word I said. She said she was proud of me.”
Uzukhanye Olawale – Grade 0M
We have had a wonderful third term and have all enjoyed our final few weeks in Grade 0. We have been very busy making sure we have earned our lovely long December holiday!
This year our concert was all about the animals we find in South Africa. We learnt songs and poems about the different animals we find in our beautiful country. We impressed our audience with how loudly we could say our lines and sing our songs. We loved dressing up in all the different costumes and the stage was full of all sorts of different animals: giraffes, elephants, guinea fowls, crocodiles, bees, monkeys, zebras and frogs. We were superstars and loved showing our talents to our parents, the whole school, the new girls who will be joining APPS next year and some of the nursery schools in the area.
We have been busy reading, counting, drawing and painting and are so excited about the new adventures we will have in 2015. The Grade 0 teachers are proud of us and all we have learned this year. We wish our little Flamingos and Penguins a safe flight into their holiday and back to APPS in 2016.
Mrs Mugs Williamson
Inter House Sports Day
Sports day raced off at 08:00 on Saturday 14 September. The Grade 0 girls started with the first event followed by the ‘professional’ Grade 7 dancers from St Andrew, St George and St Patrick. The dances were very entertaining and a pleasure to watch.
The races were completed speedily and after the final race, the moment that everyone had worked so hard for, arrived – the scores. St Patrick WON! The spirit trophy went to St George. Everyone tried their utmost best and had tremendous fun at the same time. Thank you to all the girls and staff for the effort and hard work.
Sadly the tennis season is nearly finished and the girls have played hard and worn their soles out! We took part in many tough matches, winning some and also coming second in a few. We learnt a lot about court etiquette and to remember to try our best right to the very end because it is not over until the umpire sings! The tennis championships are still underway.
The Grade 4 and 5 players had a festival on 17 October which took place at St Teresa’s and Roedean. The morning was very successful and the players felt the experience was very beneficial. Well done to all who played.
APPS swimming teams have only swam one league gala where the A team won the event. The B and C team swam at APPS against some boys and girls schools. The swimmers enjoyed the afternoon and are improving their fitness.
Miss Mo Pearson
It has been a year of growth for the Chess Club with 12 Grade 4 girls joining the senior group, many of whom challenged the older members of the club and gained positions on the ladder.
The Chess Club has had an exciting term with some wins and some losses. The girls were delighted with their success against Pridwin, especially as we lost to them in the first term. They continued to develop their skills throughout the year and this has come to the fore this term. Mrs Pengelly’s guidance and tutoring is greatly valued.
We thank both the chess captains, Razina Mahomed and Keto Jenkins, who have so ably led the chess team this year and wish them well for their high school years.
The support from the parents who transport the girls and fetch them from the various venues is much appreciated, as is the organising of the suppers by Mrs Mahomed (Terms 1 and 3) and Mrs Jenkins (Term 2).
We are looking forward to a busy remainder of the term with inter house matches and end of year activities. The dedication and commitment shown throughout the year has been exceptional. It has been a pleasure to be part of this group and I trust that 2016 will continue in this vein.
Miss G Seebregts
The Sound of Children Concert at the Linder Auditorium
I am very happy to write this article, because I love to share my dream with you. On the 6th of October we went to the Linder Auditorium, and there were other schools. APPS sat next to The Ridge and we sang quite a few songs with the other schools. APPS sang a medley from the new ‘Annie’ musical movie. I felt excited and nervous at the same time, because Rufaro, Sabrina and I started the song as soloists. It was not easy to start the song in front of the audience, but it became easier as I started singing the song, and I don’t think it will be difficult for me to sing next time. I would like to do this again, because I love singing. Zoë Ireland played the drums so well and there was also an orchestra who played with us. I think the APPS Choir sang very well.
Pheladi Moafuriwa – Grade 4B
Our school, Auckland Park Preparatory School was going to the Linder Auditorium for The Sound of Children concert on 6 October. I was the drummer for the choir and I was drumming: ‘Hard Knock Life’ from the movie ‘Annie’ and ‘Smile’ by Sia. Our practises took up all our breaks, but it was worth it. When Richard Cock called our name I was ready to burn every bit of energy and do my absolute best. The drummer who played for the Festival Orchestra had a huge chair so when it was my turn to drum we had to find a small one for me! I think that our choir was excellent and I had a great time, and we got cupcakes afterwards!
Zoë Ireland – Grade 4G
The Ridge Senior Choir Festival
Frances Schnell, Emma van der Merwe and I had the wonderful opportunity to play a piano trio of ‘Oh the Deep Deep Love of Jesus’ at The Ridge Choir festival. It took a lot of practice and focus, as well as having to adapt to all play together, but the performance went well and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of accompanying a choir, in front of such a large crowd. It was also amazing to be the first pupils to ever accompany a choir at the Ridge Choir Festival. What a great experience!
Georgina Woodin – Grade 7
The Ridge Senior Choir Festival was an absolute blast for me. Every school contributed to the vibe and energy of the event and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This was the Grade 7’s last year of The Ridge Choir Festival and I am pretty sure we all treasured it immensely. Playing drums for the choir was truly an honour and I found it very exhilarating. Everything about the night was fun and exciting. Each school sang their own rendition of their chosen song and did it very well. All musicians were excellent and we all had a lot of fun. This was by far my favourite year to perform at The Ridge Choir Festival.
Sonaly Ambelal – Grade 7
Playing piano at the Ridge Choir evening was a big achievement for all three of us. We were anxious that we weren’t going to pull it off, but we did in the end with a lot of PRACTICE!! I was nervous when I sat down at the piano at first but once we started playing the nerves went away. I was very proud of myself and of Georgie and Frances. We make a good team together but it all wouldn’t have been possible without Miss Gericke. Playing piano at the Ridge Choir Evening is a feather in our caps.
Emma van der Merwe – Grade 7
Wednesday 23 September
On 23 September, Auckland Park and Salvazione came together to celebrate Heritage Day. During assembly we sang ‘The World in Union’, Salvazione danced and sang traditional songs for us. Amy Leishman and Jordan Dart presented a PowerPoint and said a beautiful poem.
During the assembly the Grade 6’s of APPS prepared for a very busy day. They set up all the food and drinks. Then they cut plastic bags for plaiting. Then all the children came out of the hall to get their chips, fruit and juice. There were 4 to 5 Grade 6’s at each table. They handed all the snacks out.
Then both schools started to plait the strips of plastic bags. All the plaits where going to be made into two big mats. This exercise was to show us how to recycle. It was an extremely fun experience and we made lots of new friends with the other children. Thank you to the Salvazione Grade 6’s for teaching us all your incredibly fun games.
Our lunch was a sausage roll, either vegetarian samoosas or a chicken samoosa and a deliciously sweet koeksister.
We played our final games then went down to the field and said goodbye to our new friends at Salvazione.
Thank you to Salvazione for joining us in celebrating Heritage day. Thank you to all the teachers who made this event possible. Thank you to Mama Ndaba for organising this memorable event and everyone cannot wait for the next Heritage Day.
Ruveneko Shava and Kelly Brown
Heritage Day was a day full of excitement and culture the Salvazioni children had a wonderful time interacting with the APPS girls. Everyone looked absolutely exquisite in their unique outfits. This special day started in the hall when we shared some fun dances and had a good time. Then we went outside and enjoyed our break, it was sunny and clear with lots of entertainment from the other children. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We then tied plastic bags to make two big matts one for Salvazioni and one for APPS. We put in a lot of effort and enjoyed doing it. I was impressed by the final result of all our hard work to make these lovely mats. We then went to enjoy lunch and ate samoosas, pies and koeksisters – perfect for this Heritage Day. APPS really enjoyed participating in this remarkable event and all in all, it was a successful day.
Heritage Day was a day full of joy with Salvazioni children and APPS girls. We started with dancers in their unique outfits. Then we had a small break after the mesmerising dances. We sat in groups bonding with the Salvazioni children by using plastic bag strips and braided them and we are now going to use them as mats. One is for Salvazioni and one is for us. We loved this activity and had great fun. We served samoosas, sausage rolls and koeksisters for lunch and socialised, getting to know each other much better. Some of us remembered a few of the Salvazioni children from past years. Playing on the field was a memorable time with fun games and lots of laughter. Sadly the day ended and Salvazioni left and in our hearts we all knew that we enjoyed the day and definitely created memories.
On Saturday 12 September all of the 2015 Grade 6 girls and their fathers came to the school for our annual father daughter camp on the big field. Sadly, my dad was in another country, so he couldn’t make it. Chris, Katie’s dad had to adopt me and we had so much fun. I couldn’t have picked a better father to be with. We played Volley Ball and Soccer and had such a great, exhilarating, fun afternoon. The fathers braaied our dinner. In the middle of the night the sprinklers came on and scared the living daylights out of us. It was very cold. For breakfast we had eggs and bacon rolls. I think that this was a great opportunity for all of us to have some bonding time with our fathers! I will always remember the 2015 father daughter camp for as long as I live!
Dear Ouma and Oupa
I wish you were at my “Toys from long ago show.” I was a ballerina and my line was “soon a friend for her was found called Raggedy Andy.” The show was really fun and everybody enjoyed it. There were Jack-in –the-boxes, stilt walkers, Teddy bears and hoop girls. After the assembly my mom and dad had tea, coffee and biscuits. I hope you like my letter. It was fun writing this letter to you. I hope you are well.
Lots of love, Tina.
Christina van Zyl
Dearest Great Granny
On the 9th of October it was our Grade 1 Assembly. Why weren’t you there? It was so fun. There were Teddy Bears, Jack-in-the boxes, jewellery boxes, a hoop and sticks and stilts.
Who were you at home with? How happy will you be when you get this letter? When I am happy I mean it and I’m happy that you are getting this letter. What were you doing?
I love you. I was a Teddy Bear. There was also Raggedy Anne. A friend for her called Raggedy Andy was also made. There were wonderful Jack-in-the boxes. There were boxes and inside was a ballerina it danced and music played. There was also a hoop and stick to play with. There was home made stilts. They had to balance very well. I made new friends.
The Grade 0 girls have had a wonderful start to Term 3. It is hard to believe that the year has flown by so fast and that these little girls will be going to Grade 1 soon. We are delighted with how they have matured and know that they will do us proud next year.
We started off the term looking at our own country, South Africa and the girls shared our Heritage Day celebrations with Salvazione School. We plaited plastic bags and enjoyed traditional African food together. They all looked spectacular in their Heritage clothes and proudly shared stories of their heritage.
We will be “travelling” to different countries around the world for the remainder of the term. The girls are all able to choose any country to share with us in a presentation.
We had Spring baby animals visiting us and we all enjoyed cuddling baby guinea pigs and feeding the mommy and baby goats.
If you listen very carefully you will hear the most interesting array of songs coming from the music centre and our classrooms! We are into concert preparations and excitement levels are high. There are some budding drama queens in Grade 0 and our concert is going to be a treat.
Our Annual Flower Festival was a real celebration of APPS and the creativity and diversity that we have in our school. Every single girl in the school exceeded all expectations and arranged the most marvellous flowers! The Grade 0 theme was garden flowers and our girls completed beautiful informal arrangements in tins they had painted themselves. These were carefully placed onto placemats that the girls had created. The pride that each little girl showed was so special.
Grade 0 is a happy and vibrant place to be and as teachers, we are always grateful for the privilege of teaching these little people.
Mrs Mugs Williamson