The Council’s Journey
Four fantastic decades
The smiles and happiness
With the council
by our side
We have a vision far and wide
We were given an opportunity
And donated to the community
All that council’s done
Is not only fun
But has made a tremendous
Difference to everyone
Thank you, thank you
You are all number one
Aimee Rosmarin and Yusairah Kathrada
2017 Johannesburg City Mini Councillors
On Thursday 27 July, the Grade 7 girls were lucky enough to visit the Robotics Project which is part of the Techno Lab in the Engineering Department at the University of Johannesburg. The Techno Lab is just around the corner from APPS so we decided to walk there which only took about twenty minutes. Michael Ettershank, head of the Robotics Project, was very passionate and instructive. We spent our time learning about programming and the importance of engineering and robotics in the modern world and how it applies to us as young women. We were then allocated our own robots, the Africa Bots, which we programmed to do as we commanded. After this we had an exciting robot competition using slave and master robots to get through a maze as quickly as possible. This outing was both inspiring and educational and we felt very fortunate to have this amazing facility on our doorstep.
Beautiful costumes, bright lights and last minute nerves. The Grade 4 to 7 play is the biggest event of the second term. With Mrs Levin writing the script and directing, and Miss Gericke organizing the music, the production is bound to be a success every year.
The long hours of practice finally paid off when the play arrived. Those days of staying after school, as well as the Saturdays we spent practicing, definitely seemed worth it when that loud applause was heard. This play was amazing and gave us a chance to show our hidden talent and become the character, plus it was a great excuse to get out of lessons!
Thank you so much to Mrs Levin and Miss Gericke for such an amazing play.
Lubanzi Gwala and Alaesun Hoffman-Lee
With a last, final brush of blush, I’m whisked away to the excitement of backstage. My cue line is said, and I walk into blinding stage lights. I sweep the stage with my old broom as a French sweeper, then we all sing our song ‘Bonjour’!
Our play Beauty and the Beast was amazing. I loved being a candle stick and a clock for the song, Change. It was hard work but it was worth it. The main parts played by the grade sevens were really good. Everyone that came to watch the play said it was amazing. I had lots of fun taking part in this production, and I’m sure everyone else did too.
Be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test, the grade fives all sang happily on the play nights. Some of us were candelabras, cutlery, napkins, clocks, feather dusters, salt and pepper shakers, cups and saucers. We were all very excited and it was hard for us to keep quiet when we were waiting to go on stage. Mrs Levin and Ms Gericke thought we were amazing and made us feel really good about our performance. My favourite characters were Belle and the Beast because they were so enthusiastic and had lots of expression. My favourite scene was when we had to fight with the grade sixes in the village scene. It was slo fun bringing the whole play together. The comments about the play have been very positive and everyone said it was amazing. I enjoyed performing on stage.
There was a lot of excited energy as we were getting ready for the show. It was intense and everyone was absolutely terrified. Out of everyone, I think I was the star of the show! We stepped onto the stage, and with our exquisite faces, brilliant dancing and singing, we caused the audience to erupt with laughter. Although it was nerve wracking, I loved my time on ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
We were finally ready for the dress rehearsal, although we were all stuck in an emotional state. Just before we went on, we were nervous and scared. With a deep breath, we arrived on stage, and what we thought would be brilliant, turned to disaster. Our head pieces started clashing together, some fell on the floor; others fell onto people’s hands. Luckily, when the first real performance came, we had a chance to redeem ourselves and we invited everyone to ‘Be our Guest’.
Emma Van Rensberg
Our school play was magnificent. We first started off with our book characters’ song and then went on with our machine. I loved it because of the UVI lights. The first time we did it, it was quite scary but then we got used to it. I think we all did a great job and had an amazing time.
The play was absolutely awesome! I loved doing the machine with the UVI lights. I was a musician and it was so fun making all the sounds of the machine. In our second part we were book characters from the books in the library, it was so wonderful being all dressed up and with make-up on. It was an amazing experience, I can’t wait for next year!
The Grade 4 to 7 classes did a school play, ‘Beauty and the Beast’. It was such fun for all of us. We, the Grade 4’s were Belle’s father’s machine. We were also the book characters. I was Pinocchio. The play was amazing. Alaesun was Beauty and Lubanzi was the Beast. We were all so tired from the play, but we got pizza and hot chocolate after every performance. I enjoyed the play so much but I was happy to go home and take off all my make-up and jump into my bed. If you did not go to the play, you missed out. That is my overview on the play. I absolutely loved it!
Girls were buzzing around the classroom like bees, setting up and looking for their partners. I was very nervous, as I put a lot of effort into my project. When the judges walked through the door, I looked around and everyone’s faces turned very serious, but everyone enjoyed the fair and had a blast!
Our grade were running around screaming, freaking out and becoming hysterical on the day of our Science Fair. We discussed our Science Project last, and it was terrifying when the judge walked nearer but afterwards, it felt like heaven to finally be done!
One day me and my class walked to the music classroom. Our music teacher Miss Borthwick showed us a video of the ‘PJ Jam Song’. In a few more weeks we had learnt a few poems and another song. We practised them again and again until the day came. Everyone was wearing PJ’s except some of the teachers. When we got on stage I was so excited. We sang, we danced and we talked. When we walked out I couldn’t say bye to my mom because she had already left.
Georgia van der Walt
Our play was about dreams and we had to wear our PJ’s. We did songs and I did the prayer with Jamie and we all loved it. Our music teacher Miss Borthwick taught us lovely songs. We sang ‘PJ Jam’. One of the songs was called ‘I have a dream’. I’m wearing PJ’s today and it is PJ Day. The whole school had to wear PJ’s. Today I wore my bear bear onesy, it is so fluffy and sweet. It’s white in the middle and grey on the hood and ears. My dream was for there to be no robbers in the world. Another poem was snowball. Miss Seebregts and Miss Witbooi helped and taught us the poems.
This morning was our Grade 2 assembly. I was so excited. First we said our ‘Snowball’ poem, then we sang our pyjama song. Then we said our dreams for the world and we sang ‘I have a dream’. Then Mahdiyya said our dreams for the school. Last but not least Hannah said our dreams.
On Pyjama Day when the whole school wore pyjamas to school the Grade 2 girls did an assembly on ‘Dreams’.
I loved being on stage. I loved everything especially when I spoke and the song we sang ‘The Pyjama Jam!’ After our assembly if mom or dad was there we could go and say ‘hi’ and show them our Owls. They had to go home, I said ‘bye’. I went straight to class because we had a test.
My favourite thing was the song ‘I have a dream’ and doing our dreams, mine was ‘I wish I could dive 25 meters deep in the ocean!’ It was a lot of fun! The end part was very exciting. It was a very amazing show. But it was very, very fast to me. And we said poems for example: ‘Let no one steal your dreams’ and ‘Dreams’ and ‘Snowball. I loved the play and in the end it was a great success.
Philippa van der Walt
The Grade 0 Braai was a huge success! Our girls did a fabulous concert and just loved performing for their special guests. After the show they enjoyed a delicious boerewors roll with their dads. What a memorable celebration for our Grade 0 girls.
The girls have been very busy doing chores around the house in order to earn money which was used to buy items for a charity. On Mandela Day, the Grade 7 and Grade 0 girls walked to Campus Square and bought the items themselves. We were lucky enough to stop off for a milkshake too!
The Grade 0 girls are currently practising their songs and poems for the Women’s Day Picnic.
Miss Carrie Strauss – Grade 0S
We went to The Ridge School to celebrate Ascension Day. Hymns filled the air and the sound of music floated everywhere. Mr Stanley talked to us about what Ascension Day means, he always finds a fun and creative way to explain things. This year he talked about his grandmother and a painter, the painter got to know the woman instead of just painting her. Mr Stanley taught us that there is beauty inside and out. This was a wonderful day where we all came together and sang hymns and learnt about the true meaning of Ascension Day.
Everybody has felt emotions, it is how you react to them that is important. Emotions can play with you a lot, so you must remind yourself that you are the boss of your body and your feelings. The Grade 4 class learnt all about emotions, in fact we put on a play about this. I have learnt how to react to the sense of being sad, jealous, grumpy, frightened and many other feelings. We did little scenes and short performances. At the end, every group did a phrase or gave advice on how to deal with their emotions. When you feel anxious you must breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best. When you feel angry, don’t take out your anger on someone else, instead acknowledge it and talk to someone about it. I could detail endlessly what to do in every scenario but that would be too prescriptive. Instead come up with your own technique, one that works for you. I hope that you will try it out and you will become a more easy going and happier person. Try something new, banish the blues.
Happy, sad, excited, gloomy and embarrassed. These are only some of the emotions we feel. Emotions are very strong feelings, they can hurt people or make them happy. The Grade 4 girls did a play on Emotions. I was buzzing with excitement to do the play. I knew the play could change the way we speak and behave towards other people, and it did. So that proves that emotions are very strong. Remember to think before you speak. I’m going to tell you a little bit about the play. There were six groups and they all did different emotions. All of us learned something new. This is my overview on the play and it was great. I loved it and I loved doing it and remember what you say can trigger someone’s emotions.
The assembly play was very fun. I learnt a lot more about controlling my emotions. When I heard we have to make our own play, I felt so excited! It was really awesome to make up a story with my group. When I stepped onto stage to perform in front of my parents if just gave me more confidence. I love doing plays especially this one.
We all experience different emotions all the time. I think we could all learn a lesson from this wonderful play that we did. We all enjoyed it! This play really made me think about how I have acted to others and really taught me a lesson. This was an exciting play for me and I loved learning about emotions with my class and the other class.
All teams, from Grade 3 to Grade 7, have taken part in a festival type afternoon every week. The players have performed above expectations and have had some good results. Their playing time in one afternoon has increased and we hope in the long run, this will be beneficial to the improvement of skills and match practice.
Our success can be attributed, not only to the girls’ utter determination, spirit and love for the game but to the coaches who work hard at improving the players’ performance. A huge thank you to Miss Pearson, Mrs Howden, Miss Knight, Mrs Melland, Mrs Dane, Miss Hartmann and Miss Bushell.
Hockey vs Zimbabwean Team
A mixed Grade 6 and 7 team played the Hellenic School from Zimbabwe and were very successful in beating them.
An enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Thank you very much to the mums for their help at tea time.
Miss Mo Pearson
We are in the middle of our Netball season and are enjoying our new fixture format with fewer afternoons where each player gets the opportunity of playing more than one match. Although these afternoons finish at a later time than before, they have worked out very positively for the girls. Every girl is getting more court and match time, exposing them to more learning opportunities. The extra practices for the older girls during the ‘non-playing week’’ have also been very beneficial, as we can do more skills coaching and general fitness.
We have also attended several weekend festival where we took selected girls from Grade 3 to 7 to play a whole Saturday morning of Netball.
All in all we have had a busy, but energetic season so far. We look forward to more festival afternoons and of course at the end of term, our annual Interhouse Netball matches.
A big thank you to all the coaches as well as Mrs M’Crystal and Mrs Howden for helping out on the match afternoons.
Miss Dot Hartmann
I had an amazing time in Soweto on the Cultural Tour. We took a long bus ride to Regina Mundi Church where we saw wonderful stained glass windows, and where we learnt much. We went to the Hector Pieterson Museum. It was very sad and touching, but also very educational. After the museum, we walked to Nelson Mandela’s house, where we saw his old room and some of his possessions left exactly how they were when he lived there. We went to Sakhumzi’s Restaurant where we ate delicious, traditional food and watched traditional dancing! It was a fascinating trip.
On 17 May 2017 we went to Soweto, the largest township in Gauteng, to learn about our South African history. We first went to South Africa’s biggest Catholic Church, Regina Mundi, where we learnt about the days leading up to 16 June. From there, we moved on to the Hector Pieterson Museum in Dube, Orlando West. There we learnt about the Soweto Uprising and more about the history of the South African youth. To conclude our educational tour, we went to Nelson Mandela’s old house on Vilakazi Street. This wonderful day ended at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant, where we were spoiled with amazing food, exceptional hospitality and a traditional Koi San dance performance. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn more about our African culture.
The Grade 6 and 7 girls enjoyed this trip a lot. We learnt so much from the Regina Mundi Church, the Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela’s house. After many laughs, stories, pictures and information from all the amazing places, we stopped for lunch at Sakhumzi. Sakhumzi was an incredible experience with delicious food. I enjoyed this trip so much. Thank you to Mama Ndaba, Mrs Spanos and Mrs Melland for taking us.
This tour showed me the beautiful and historical place Soweto is. We started off the exciting day by going to the biggest church in Soweto, called the Regina Mundi, where I learnt a lot about the various paintings in it and the carnage that took place with all the old bullet holes in the ceiling.
I’ve learnt about the protest Hector Pieterson was in but hadn’t realized that it took place in Soweto. I walked on the very street where Hector Pieterson was shot, visualizing the terrified children running for their lives, on this now neighbourly, suburban street. I learnt so much about Apartheid and the protest at the Hector Pieterson museum, which was very sad and shocking. I was so privileged to walk into and witness the petite home of Nelson Mandela, reading the interesting quotes and words said by him and his family members on the walls, and going from room to room, admiring the quaint, old fashioned furniture.
The educational and fun tour came to an end with a delicious and traditional lunch where I tried inyama yangaphakuthi (this definitely had an acquired taste!) followed by an entertaining Zulu dance.