My, what a bumper year 2015 has been. The following poem which I wrote in the recent 2015 magazine sums up all of the amazing happenings of the year.
“APPS has had another great year
Firing on all cylinders and in top gear.
Amazing staff who mentor, encourage and cajole
And get the best out of every girl in the school.
Girls who produce work second to none
Academics, sport and culture they’re number one.
With IEB, MATCH and IBT certificates galore
Who could ask for anything more.
Chatterbox, General Knowledge and the Science Expo
Oh so exciting, innovating, they continue to grow.
The Afrikaans ‘borg ‘n woord’ competition set in term one
Allowed creative juices to run – the girls having such fun.
The introduction of robotics to problem solve
Has energised, excited and allowed creative thinkers to evolve.
Awesome initiatives like the Grade 5 Sleep Out
Make all more aware of the hardships of those without.
Our Tata Madiba assembly and the amazing blanket making
Encourages all to think about giving and not just taking.
Heritage Day celebrating our environment was a great hit
With every child decked in their national kit.
Activities like this unite us all and make our diverse tapestry one
Out in the glorious African sun.
Our chess girls thrashed their dads to commence the year
And subsequently have had many a success and seldom a tear.
The ‘Top Choral Group in Gauteng’ was won by Grade Four
With an exceptional poem depicting creation and so much more.
‘Mary Poppins’ the senior play was outstanding, an awesome treat
Highlighting Grade 4 to 7 girls in drama and the music was upbeat.
The Grade 0 and Junior Play,‘Mr Fox’, was vibrant and happy, oh such fun
Celebrating our youngsters and how far they have come.
Music concerts, Soirees, Festivals, combined items at the Ridge
Excellent opportunities to profile the school and form a communal bridge.
Every sporting discipline has worked hard and held its own
With many Provincial representatives and such passion has grown.
A beautiful picture now hangs in the Music Centre
A tribute to Kath Salgado and the amazing time that she spent here.
The extension of the field now means more space to play
At break time, sleep outs and especially Sports Day.
We thank the Executive for all that they have done
To improve facilities which can benefit everyone.
Our Easter service and recent Xmas Carols at St Thomas’s church
Ensure that faith, values and morals at APPS find their worth.
Mrs Baxter retires after eleven exceptional years of selfless, dedicated service
We thank and applaud her for her commitment, loyalty and valued contribution.
May you be amazed by what unfolds in the pages to come
And may 2016 be even more crazy and fun!”
In addition to this, I would like to applaud the English teachers from Grade 3 to 7 who entered the SACEE writing competition. We had 13 winners and won the overall trophy for the second year in a row, a truly amazing feat.
The end of term has been a flurry of activities with numerous Grade 7 items, assessments, the wonderful Grade 1 to 3 Play, the poetry evening, Ping-Pongathon, Speech Night, Leavers’ Party and Carol Service.
Our sincere thanks go to Natasha Thorp, an APPS old girl, who was the guest speaker on Speech Night. She is currently a newsreader on the SABC and gave the girls a lot to think about as they leave the security of APPS and prepare for senior school.
The Leavers’ Party was absolutely superb. Our sincere thanks go to Marion Spanos,Martine Kemp and their team for an amazing job. The hall and surrounds were transformed into a Winter Wonderland of note. The Grade 7 girls looked exquisite in their dresses and the Grade 6 girls were delightful as the waitresses. The Grade 6 parents are thanked for running the bar and for providing a delicious meal for the evening.
Sadly, 13 girls will be relocating at the end of the term. Most of them will be moving to other parts of the globe. We wish them all of the very best in their future endeavours. They know that they are more than welcome to return to APPS at any time. We wish all of the Grade 7 girls and their parents all of the very best at their senior schools and know that they will all keep in close contact with us at APPS. Four teachers, namely Mrs Baxter, Mrs Hyland, Mrs Gultig and Mrs Williamson will also be leaving APPS at the end of the year. Mrs Williamson will be going to teach Grade 1 at St Katharine’s, Mrs Gultig will be joining her sons at St John’s, Mrs Hyland will be venturing to teach Grade 5 boys at Pridwin and Mrs Baxter will be retiring. We thank them for their invaluable service, loyalty and dedication to APPS over the years and wish them all of the very best for the future.
As you may have seen, the builders have commenced the demolition of the houses on the two properties which we have just acquired bordering the school field. This should be completed early in the New Year.
A reminder that we commence the New Year on Wednesday 13 January at 07:30. We are looking to have a slightly different format for the swimming gala next year. We intend to have some Grade 3 girls and all Grade 4 to 7 girls swimming in the Inter House Gala in Term 1 and a separate Junior gala for Grade 1 to 3 girls in the third term. More information regarding this will be furnished in the New Year.
Wishing you all a wonderful, restful and enjoyable festive season with family and friends. Take time to smell the roses and appreciate those that really make a difference in your life. May the true essence of Christmas, the birth of our Lord Jesus, be central to all on and around the 25 December.
Mrs Brenda Howden
The tennis championships have now come to an end and after many exhilarating hours the results are as follows. The Senior singles champion is Sarah Roy who beat Cara Gouws. In the doubles championship, Sarah Roy and Cara Gouws are the winners. In the Junior section, Alison King beat Caitlin Hudson to win the Junior Grade4/5 singles championship.
The tennis season is finished and the girls have played hard. Well done to the A and B teams for finishing fifth out of eleven teams. Thank you girls for playing so superbly and good luck for next year.
To all the parents who continuously help with lifts and support the players, thank you so much for everything you have done.
Miss Mo Pearson
League galas have been extremely exciting with APPS teams swimming well and giving all others schools a run for the top spots.
We would like to wish everything of the best to the swimmers in the future, especially our Grade 7 girls.
APPS hosted the Annual Junior Primary Gala for the Grade 1, 2 and 3 level. The APPS team came second out of eight schools. The team swam with great determination and some girls thoroughly enjoyed their first competitive gala. APPS swam a B Team at this gala and the girls swam very well. Well done to all the swimmers.
A few swimmers swam in a combined gala with Pridwin and came first.
Congratulations to all the swimmers for a successful term.
To all the lifting parents, a big thank you.
Miss Mo Pearson
The Chess Club has had a very busy year with many new members and challenges for positions on the ladder. The year ended with the Inter House Chess match. It was an exciting three weeks of intense competition between the teams. The final result being St Andrew with 48 points, St George coming a very close second with 47 points and St Patrick with 30 points.
Many thanks to all the parents for their support throughout the year. To Mrs Howden and Mrs Baxter who accompany the team to matches – your encouragement is much appreciated.
We look forward to another exciting year in 2016.
Miss Gill Seebregts
My Soiree Experience
Midnight Levels is a band that Anjali Naidoo, Amy Leishman, Kelly Brown and Zahraa Ismail decided to form. Our band was born as a result of a burning desire to perform at the Soirée evening. We were all so excited to be in a band together, that we couldn’t wait to get started! Anjali’s saxophone teacher, Kirstin, provided us with a piece, and it wasn’t hard to convince our pals, Kelly (piano) and Zahraa (guitar) to join the band. We agreed on a song, ‘Shut Up And Dance’ by Walk the Moon. We went into the music department at break everyday to practice together and try and perfect it prior to our audition.
Our band comprised of Anjali on Saxophone, Kelly on Piano, Zahraa on Guitar and Amy on the Drums. After a few weeks of hard practicing, (at houses on the weekend and after school) we made the cut for the Soirée and were all so excited and thrilled that we had made it this far!
We enjoyed working together with our friends and after our performance, we got great comments from parents, girls and teachers to say that we were amazing and sounded great. We really gelled as a band and I think we complimented one another very well. It was a great feeling seeing our names and band name in the lineup. We would like to thank Kirstin and Miss Gericke for believing in us and for giving us this opportunity. This is just the beginning… We will definitely be working on some more songs together to perform!
Amy Leishman and Anjali Naidoo – Grade 6vR
My Junior Music Concert Experience
For the junior music concert, I played the Surprise Symphony by Haydn. Miss Borthwick played the piano while I played the flute. I practiced every day at home and had a few practices at break with Miss Borthwick. I really enjoyed playing in the music concert and my flute teacher, Helen said I did really well. I love playing the flute. My Mum and Dad were really proud of me!
Kate Leishman – Grade 2W
I enjoyed playing in the music concert. I played “And the Cradle Will Rock” on the drums. I woke up very early in the morning – at about 05.00 – so that I could practice. I hit the drums so hard that the neighbours phoned us. When I arrived at school I was excited. I was the last person to go on stage and I had so much fun. I loved the rhythm of my song. My best part was when everyone cheered for me!
Chloe Collins – Grade 4G
I practiced and practised until finally I got it right. I practiced with Charmelle, at home, and even with my fingers while I was waiting in the hall.
I was the first one up. While I was performing I thought just stay calm and remember your notes. You’ve got this, breathe and just pretend that you’re playing in Charmelle’s room or at home.
I started playing and I felt good, but I did a few mistakes in the beginning, but in the end I did fine.
I felt a bit disappointed because of my mistakes, but then I told myself everybody makes mistakes. In the beginning I felt nervous until my name was called and said: “This is it, I can do this.” I really enjoyed the experience of being in the intermediate concert, especially because I also got to sing.
Anna Titterton – Grade 4B
Senior Music Concert
This year’s music concert was very different to any other we’ve had at APPS before. There was a large variety of instruments, from singing to drums to saxophone and much more. I really enjoyed preparing for the concert and listening to all the other girls perform their pieces. There were some interesting self-compositions and we can definitely see some Adeles and Taylor Swifts in the making, or as one of the girls says it, Tay Tay Swift. All the girls played to the best of their ability and everybody has shown immense development and progress this term. I would like to thank all the music teachers for getting us all so far.
Cara Gouws – Grade 7
The night before, I was throwing all my stuff into my bag. I was looking all over for my black pants, luckily I found them. On the 13 October I was so nervous I thought I forgot my book. I did find it eventually. When we went in, the first thing I did was my reading. Our talks were on art and then I explained the pictures. My picture was of someone fetching their keys. The theme was on food. Even though it was exciting I am glad it’s over.
I was so nervous when I walked into the exam room. The examiner saw we were feeling shaky so she told us to go and throw our nerves into the bin. That really got us laughing and in no time I forgot I was nervous. I think the questions she asked were not too hard yet not too easy. When it was time to do our theme I had so much fun. This exam taught me that you do much better if you just concentrate on enjoying the moment.
The nervous train started bubbling inside me, but eventually I calmed down. We had a very kind teacher (so that was good). It was actually a fun exam, and we enjoyed ourselves. I really couldn’t have had it better. We did our speeches, the book review, impromptu speeches and our play. I really did love the exam.
I loved doing the drama oral exam. I was very worried before but it turns out I quite like having a conversation with the adjudicator, as well as our play and speech. I thought my group did really well on our theme. If that’s an exam then it was the best exam ever!
We went to Buffelspoort for our tour. We did many fun activities like building a go-cart. Lots of teamwork was involved and listening to our leaders was an absolute must and so was the use of sunblock.
Our facilitators were very kind, they didn’t shout. The food was delicious. One of the activities were human foozeball and our group were the champions.
Another activity involved soccer balls and we had to kick the ball into the goal to get the goal keeper out. There were two very hard activities involving water. The one was when we had to take a cup of water and place it on a tight cloth and walk to a bucket further away. The other was when we had a pole with lots of holes and we had to try to keep the water in the pole using all our fingers.
On our way home we went to the cable cars in Hartebeespoort. We had pizza and a slush drink at the top of the mountain where we watched the beautiful scenery.
Thank you to our teachers; Mrs. Govender; Miss Bushell and Miss Dane for a fantastic trip and it was amazing.
On Sunday night I couldn’t sleep because I knew that the next morning we were going to pack the bus and leave…
After assembly we packed the bus and left for Buffelspoort. On the way there we stopped at the Elephant Sanctuary. This was so amazing as we got to touch the elephants.
At Buffelspoort it was so hot, I felt like doing nothing. We met in the hall to have a chat with our facilitators. We were excited to go to our chalets and choose our partners for the next two nights. Our group’s name was Revolution. Our first activity was to build a go-cart and our team won the race. The other activities were fun and lots of team work was involved.
I loved the food, which was delicious. The last day’s breakfast of waffels and ice cream was a special treat.
Thank you to our teachers for an amazing trip.
The tour was so exciting. On Saturday I actually packed, I couldn’t sleep I was so excited! The place we were going was Buffelspoort. The first stop was the elephant sanctuary. We interacted with the elephants. At Buffelspoort there was a big slide and a giant swimming pool. When we got back to school I was so happy to see my mum and dad again.
I was terribly excited for our tour. Finally we got to Buffelspoort and as we were driving in we saw a giant slide and that made us very excited. Tatum and I had so much fun in our group. We went swimming and this was the our favourite part of the day because we got to go on the slide. The tour was one of the best things I have ever done!
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