A Note from the Head of Music:
Our APPS music department is very pleased to welcome Miss Kate Borthwick this year.  Kate is an outstanding professional and a fantastic music teacher.  Miss Borthwick will wear quite a few musical hats within the department in 2016, as she facilitates selected junior and senior music lessons, accompanies choirs, and helps with various music department activities and music/drama APPS collaborations, throughout the year.
Miss Ally Gericke

My name is Kate Borthwick and I am the new class music teacher at APPS!  I feel incredibly blessed to have found APPS and to be working with such a special group of girls and teachers.  Before joining the APPS team, I was working in various capacities in the music industry having recorded my own album in 2012 and toured the world as a keyboardist and rehearsal pianist for several musical theatre productions.

I enjoy being creative in music, dance and art and thoroughly enjoyed the various musical events at APPS in the third term last year.  I am looking forward to promoting and growing this extraordinary music department even further.

Learning Recorder in Grade 1
Learning the recorder has been a wonderful experience!  On the first day I think we overblew a bit, but apart from that I think it was really fun.  When I could play a proper note my heart was singing.  When I could play my first song it really felt satisfying.  I love all types of music, but when I play or sing it, I feel carried away by the music.  I hope everyone else has had as much fun as I have, playing the recorder!
Rachel Moultrie

Ash Wednesday Service
On Wednesday 10 February, APPS and St Katharine’s joined The Ridge School for the Ash Wednesday Service.  The service was given by the Headmaster of The Ridge and there were extracts given by the Head Girls and Head Boys of the different schools.  All the choirs sang wonderfully.  It’s amazing how three separate choirs can come together and sing as if they are one.  As we stood in our big harmonious choir, it reminded me of a quote by Paul McCartney when he said ‘I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see in the faces of real people devoting themselves into a piece of music.’
Imán Adams (Choir Captain) – Grade 7

Ash Wednesday is a day when The Ridge, St. Katharine’s and APPS come together and celebrate the first day of Lent.  Through several weeks of planning, our music teachers taught us the songs ‘Weeping’, ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ and ‘Lord of the Dance’.

When we all came together to sing the songs it sounded incredible.  At the end of the service we had a cupcake and juice and socialized with learners from the other schools.  For all the Grade 7 girls Ash Wednesday will always be memorable.
Ruveneko Shava (Choir Captain) – Grade 7


On Saturday 23 January, the APPS swimming team joint with Pretoria Girls’ High School (PGHS), was privileged to swim at the St Mary’s Summer Splash gala.

The APPS girls swam exceptionally well.  The last three races were ladder relays so we swam with PGHS.  Our BIG team did very well!  PGHS was great and encouraged us the whole way.

PGHS and APPS must be an excellent combination as we came fifth out of ten schools.   Everyone swam very well and all deserve to be congratulated.  Well done!

The league galas have been very exciting and all our three teams have had good results.  Thanks to parents who always lift to galas.

Midmar Swim
Well done to all the Midmar swimmers.  The swimmers’ times were impressive and fun was had by all.

A few new players have been selected to attend the team tennis practices and hopefully the growth of tennis will continue at APPS.  The teams have had mixed results with every player giving of their best.  The improvement has been noticeable.  Once again our thanks to parents who always lift to matches and the lovely support they are giving their daughters.
Miss Mo Pearson

Grade 3 to 7 Swimathon

Grade 3 to 7 Swimathon
Grade 4B
On 21 February we did the Swimathon.  I am proud of myself for swimming 78 lengths which is over a mile and nearly 2 kilometres.  I could have done more if I had not rested for about one minute every 8 lengths.  To have my moms there to support me made me feel much stronger.  The Swimathon is a great way to see what your limits are and to spend time with your friends.
Eva Eicker-Harris

On 21 February we had the Swimathon.  It was fun swimming with all my friends.  I think I did well doing as many as sixty lengths.  I think that’s a lot!  The supporters were cheering which helped.  I was going to do fifty but they gave me the courage to swim ten more.  What made the day special was that everyone was proud of me.
Ameera Adam

Grade 4G
I woke up with a start, it’s the Swimathon.  I was filled with fear even though a part of me felt confident.  I got to school in a flurry.  Everybody was rushing here and there.  I got to class, put my bags down and rushed into assembly.  Afterwards we did a bit of work then we lined up and marched to the pool.  I dived into the water feeling confident.  I swam my best.  I did all I could and no sooner, I realized I had done forty lengths.  I got out and felt drained, drowsy and pleased.  I got dressed and went to see how the others were doing.  The hour had gone and we all got juice and chips.  My favourite was the shiny gold medal.  I was thrilled at what I had done.  I felt satisfied indeed.  It was exciting and I felt proud and I had improved a lot.  Excitement rushed through me as I had waited to tell my mom all about it.
Zainab Ballim

Friday 12 February was the Swimathon of 2016 and it was crazy, so let’s get to it.  Every lane had two moms each.  In my lane I got my best friends mum, Cindy she’s really cool and a girl from Grade 3’s mom.  When we started, I did a really good dive and off we went.  One lap to ten to twenty to thirty laps and then I was on forty.  As I went higher and higher I also talked a lot, well who wouldn’t.  Then a weird thing happened, an Egyptian goose jumped in and everybody laughed except for the girl who was swimming next to it.  I can imagine being pecked to death, ouch!  At last time was up I had done 78 laps, yay!  One of my goals down.  I really enjoyed swimming and taking part in our Swimathon of 2016.
Neve Matthee

Grade 0 to 2 Walkathon

Grade 2W
On Friday I brought my hat to school.  I had ribbons and a shiny key.  We had to do a spelling test before the Walkathon.  When we were done we lined up.  Mrs Howden spoke to us and told us not to run.  That we must be walking.  Then Mrs Howden said that we could start, we had to do 25 laps.  When we were done we had chips and juice.  It was a long break.  We then did some art then went home.
Kwanda Nhlapo

On the Walkathon I came to school.  I brought my hat.  My hat took three days to make.  It was a Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland hat.  When I arrived at school we had a spelling test and after that we had the Walkathon!

We all got a Walkathon card, we all did twenty five laps.  Some of us did not.  I did twenty laps when I was walking I was so tired but finally finished.  I was groaning so much I really wanted to go home.
Cara Hirchson

Grade 2S
My partner was Gen, we walked and we talked.  It was fun.  We drank some water then we carried on.   My hat was a dragon hat and nothing fell off my hat.  Then we finally finished we got a medal and some chips and some juice.  It was yummy!  Then we got our lunch box and our hats.  The bell went and we came back to the classroom and did art.  Then we went home and we had a play date.
Erin Hudson

On the walkathon day I took my hat that I made with my mum.  It looked like a tea party on a hat.  There were two watering cans and two ducks, a paper plate and a paper cup, jewels, beads, ribbon and bows.   I walked with my friend Sophie.  I was the last one to finish.  It was lots of fun.  The school let us go home early.  The day came to an end and I was very sad.
Aziza Carim

Grade 7 Assembly Play

On Friday 29 January our Grade 7 group presented our assembly play.  The play was based on our Grade 7 motto for the year, which is ‘Be Yourself, Inspire Others.’  The play was about a girl who was not accepted by her peer group and tried to be someone who she wasn’t until a new girl arrived who was of the complete opposite view about fitting in.  She gave the other girl inspiration about being herself and told her that if she does this, she will inspire other people to do the same and to be themselves.  After the play we sang our funky mash up of a few songs which truly encourages self esteem as well as having empathy for others.  Preparing for this play taught us about working together as a team and to persevere when times are tough.  We would really like to thank Ms de Wet our amazing grade 7 class teacher, for helping us coordinate the play, Miss Gericke for helping us with putting our songs together and most of all we would like to thank our fantastic, wonderful and extraordinary class for making it all happen.  We look forward to a great year with you all. Remember to always ‘Be Yourself, Inspire Others.’
Zahraa Ismail and Amy Leishman – Grade 7

Grade 7 Leadership

Grade 7 Leadership – Term 1, 2016:
Congratulations to the Grade 7 leaders for Term 1:

Head Girl:  Zahraa Ismail
Deputy Head Girl:  Amy Leishman

Head of House:
St Andrew:  Caitlin Poole
St George:  Kim Raubenheimer
St Patrick:  Zahraa Ismail

House Sports Captains:
St Andrew:  Jayme Wiedeman
St George:  Margaux Kemp
St Patrick:  Hannah Gush

Grade 6 Leadership

Grade 6 Leadership – Term 1, 2016:
Congratulations to the Grade 6 leaders for Term 1:

Class Captain:  Sarah Meddows-Taylor
Deputy Class Captain:  Asia Morais

House Captains:
St Andrew:  Kerry Gilmour
St George:  Ayanda Malala
St Patrick:  Ruby Vos

Grade 0 News

It has been a very busy start to the term for the Grade 0 girls at APPS.  The first day of school was filled with much excitement and a few nerves for the Penguin and Flamingo classes.  The Grade 0 girls have settled in well, making friends and learning the new routines of school life.  We have covered ‘Our School’ and ‘Our Body’ with many arts and crafts as well as learning our sounds, ‘l’, ‘b’, ‘h’ and ‘k’.  The girls have enjoyed baking, computers, music, swimming, library and gym.  We have also been lucky enough to have JEFA (Junior Engineers for Africa) join us to teach our girls some basic robotics and engineering using Lego.

The Grade 0 Games Evening was very successful.  All the parents did well (although some found it quite tricky!)  It was a great opportunity for parents to see the different games their daughters play, to mingle with other parents and get to know the teachers.

The APPS Walkathon was great fun!  Mrs Howden led the Grade 0 girls around the school walking with their decorated hats and everyone participated with enthusiasm.  Thanks to the Parents’ Association for all the hard work that went into this event.

It has been a wonderful start to the term, enjoy the break!

Comments about their First Day:

  • I liked how I coloured my parrot.  I liked my classroom and my teacher.  I also liked the friends I made; 
  • I found a new friend, she was being so nice to me.

Miss Caroline Strauss – Grade 0

From the Headmistress

Can you believe that it is half term already?  What a whirl wind start to the year, extremely busy but productive.  Our new staff and girls have settled in beautifully and we have already had so much to celebrate.  The Parents Information Evenings, Grade 7 Leadership Workshop and braai, Grade 6 and 7 iPad Workshop, Chatterbox, Chess, Tennis, Swimming Galas and Ash Wednesday Service at The Ridge have ensured that we have all been engaged from the onset.

As you are all aware I have just returned from an exhilarating time in New York where I had the privilege of attending the Global Girls’ School Forum and visiting Nightingale Bamford and Spence School.  I am delighted to inform you all that we are right up there and on track in most avenues and I have one or two exciting ideas to share with the staff and girls which we will hopefully implement in the school day.  The schools we visited truly value academic stretch, developing a strong voice, having abundant opportunities, having a sense of community, diversity, values, relationships and citizenship.  The Conference themes encapsulated leadership, health, wellness and inclusion, STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as an integrated approach to learning, Civic and Community engagement, Classroom Innovation and Strategic school advancement.

What I have taken from the conference is that women are the backbone of society and we need to unite and be one.  Globally, we all experience the same issues.  The world would appear to have become smaller with greater interdependence and interconnectivity.  Girls need to navigate their independence and their individuality.  We need to link activities to the social, economic and financial world so that girls are able to manage their own space going forward.  They need to be able to navigate their own destiny.  We are dealing with the jobless generation, 40% to 70% of jobs will be automated within the next decade and the youth will have between six to ten careers in their life span.

As a result the girls will need to become more flexible, adaptable, resilient, fearless, take risks and not be so perfectionistic.  They need to ask for help, stop keeping their feelings inside and be discouraged from spending too much time on over-preparation.  We will need to build on their coding skills and ensure that they are technologically savvy.  We as adults need to delete sarcasm from our vocabulary and convince girls that we truly care.  Health and wellness underpin academic performance.  Too many children have inactive lifestyles as a result of too much technology.

Adrianne Huffington said that time out makes us more effective.  Stress, sleep deprivation and burn out are not elements for success.  She advocates that wellbeing, wisdom, wonder, giving, being valued and working hard are elements for success.

I look forward to implementing a few new ideas in LO lessons around transformation and self esteem and a more cross curricular approach to STEAM.  I have already shared a power point presentation with the girls on Monday and look forward to holding one for interested parents next Thursday 25 February from 07:00 to 07:30 in the school hall.

I returned to an exciting Swimathon and Walkathon organised by our amazing PA.  Sincere thanks to Janet Bloom and her wonderful committee.  Great fun was had by all!  This was followed by our Grade 0 Assessment Day on Saturday 13 February where we had a bumper attendance and there was so much excitement and positivity from outsiders about the school.  They loved our Grade 6 and 7 girls who showed them around so willingly and shared many of their experiences.  I am now faced with the daunting task of placements for 2017!

This week we have had the exciting JEFA (Junior Engineers for Africa) team with us and the girls have loved learning about wheels, fulcrums, levers, building towers and cars.  They have loved this interactive process linking practical work with Lego.  Sincere thanks to Kay Cottrell for initiating this project.  It is so in line with the thinking and work which I have just observed overseas.

My sincere thanks to all parties concerned for ensuring that the APPS flag flew high in my absence and particularly to Marcelle M’Crystal for her amazing job.  Sincere thanks to Pete Raubenheimer and the School Executive for availing me of this wonderful opportunity to venture overseas.  Now to set the course for our beautiful ship for the next 5 years!

Wishing you all a wonderful half term with plenty of special family time.  Hopefully my body clock will have adjusted by our return.

Mrs Brenda Howden

Grade 7 Poetry Evening

Every year the Grade 7 girls have a poetry evening where we share all our poems we have written in the year.  Every girl says her individual poem and a group poem which is put together with about three to four girls in a group, they write about their experiences at APPS.  Every girl anticipates this evening with great excitement.

We sit in the music garden and all the parents bring picnics and eat while watching us preform.  This year we added music that every girl had created on an app called Garrage Band.  After the poems we thanked the two teachers who had been involved – Mrs Baxter and Mrs Marescia.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and we thought it was a huge success!
Emma Brink and Keto Jenkins