As we passed the dry grass into the Soweto township, the culture shone through with traditional African dances and beautiful jewellery and clothing sold on the side of the road. We learnt more about our history, and what makes us who we are today. We were very privileged to walk through Nelson Mandela‘s home, and learn about his history. We were able to see the beautiful Regina Mundi church where the 4 000 students gathered for shelter after the Youth Day protest. We saw the beautiful stained glass windows donated by German glass manufacturers. I think it was an amazing experience for all Grade 6 and 7 girls. I am certain that our knowledge about our past has expanded, and we can see how it changed South Africa for the better. Our history affected not just people from Africa, but people all around the world. As Nelson Mandela said, ‘We must forgive the people, but not forget what the people did, so it does not happen again.’
The Grade 6 and 7 girls of 2019 went to Soweto for a fascinating outing. We visited the very moving Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum. Although this part was sad, it was also very interesting and important, and we all learned so much about our country’s history. We also watched traditional Zulu dancing as we walked to Nelson Mandela’s home! This part was riveting as we learned about Tata Madiba and his history. All of these activities took place in Orlando West. After this, we went to a park for our lunch break and then visited the iconic Regina Mundi Church. The history of this church is rooted in struggle when the church opened its doors to anti-apartheid activists. I enjoyed this trip to Soweto, especially after the Youth Day weekend, and I’m looking forward to visiting it again.
Earlier this term, the Grade 6 and 7 girls went on an outing to Soweto to learn more about Apartheid. As we drove through the different townships, Mama Ndaba told us about the different ways that each of them are historically relevant. The first place we visited was the Hector Pieterson Museum, it was very interesting and the visit put a lot of current issues into perspective. We then went to Nelson Mandela’s old house, I feel that the experience of being in his home is one that will stay with me my entire life. The church was magnificent in its size and the richness of its history. After visiting the church we then made our way back to school, all of us tired but ultimately feeling like we had learned some great lessons that day.
A parent’s selfless love is pivotal in nurturing a child and there could not be a more universal celebration than the one that celebrates the accomplishments and efforts of parents. We find that so often parents go unappreciated and we forget how much they truly do. Our Grade 0 Braai is a friendly reminder to appreciate the importance of fathers and other significant parents in the lives of our girls and to give them credit where it’s due, not just on one Sunday, but every day of the year. To celebrate this precious bond, APPS held the annual Grade 0 Braai on 14 June.
All dads and other significant parents looked absolutely stunning in their stylish t-shirt with a personalised hand painted tie from their very own daughter. Our Headmistress, Mrs Howden offered a heartwarming welcome, congratulating these parents on their special day.
Parents who attended were warmly welcomed by girls in the Penguin and Flamingo classes who entertained them with songs and poems. To make the celebration even more special, an introduction to the musical note sequence, set up by Miss Gericke and Miss Borthwick, had parents enthusiastically joining in. The children looked very endearing as they jiggled and wiggled to the interesting co-ordinated moves of their parents.
This was followed by a gym demonstration from the girls with our very fit Headmistress. The fun filled ambience of the morning ended with a delicious braai on the lawn and parents spending time in the classroom looking at all the super work their daughters have done to date.
I hope every parent who attended felt loved, appreciated and honoured in a special way, remembering that to the world you’re just a parent, but to these girls you’re far more than that. You are a SUPERHERO! We hope you all enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day, because there’s nothing more precious in life than the time we spend with our children.
Ms Liziwe Seabi
The Grade 6 girls put so much time and effort into the Science Fair projects, and it was definitely worth it. My partner’s and my project’s aim was to find a waterless toilet that is good for the people, planet and pocket. Some people didn’t like the idea of making compost out of human waste! By far my favourite grade that came to see our project was the Grade 1s. We had brought the toilet that uses no water, and the Grade 1 girls loved to scoop sawdust into the toilet. One Grade 1 girl even stuck her head in the toilet! When the judge came to examine our project, it was nerve-wracking, but exciting. From toilets to wind turbines and solar panels, our class’s projects had so much variety. I learnt a lot more than I expected, and I think we all loved the experience.
We have now reached the end of our Netball match season. We began playing matches at the beginning of the second term and have played four rounds and various festivals. We are currently still running the practices to consolidate all the skills learnt. Towards the end of term, we will play our Inter House matches in the practice times.
It was the first season for our Grade 3 girls and we were able to field six teams. Even our Grade 2 girls enjoyed two fun Netball days at Jan Celliers. From Grade 4 to 7, we were able to field at least four teams per age group and five teams in Grade 5.
Sincere thanks to our Netball coaching team who helped the PE staff throughout the season with the various grades: Grade 1 – Mrs Macleod, Grade 2 – Miss Seebregts, Grade 3 – Ms Witbooi and Mrs Verner, Grade 4 – Mrs Govender and Ms Seabi, Grade 5 – Mrs Cottrell and Miss McCarthy, Grade 7 – Ms de Wet and Mev van Rooyen and of course the full complement of PE staff.
We have also attended several weekend festivals where we took selected girls from Grade 3 to 7 to play a whole Saturday morning of Netball at St Peters and Holy Rosary. The last festival played by Grade 3 girls was at St Stithians on a Thursday afternoon.
All in all, we have had a busy, but energetic season. The growth and development of all girls has been evident and an absolute pleasure to see. We look forward to more Netball afternoons and of course at the end of term, our annual Inter House Netball matches.
A big thank you to all the coaches as well as Mrs M’Crystal and Mrs Howden for their continued support at all the matches.
Miss Dot Hartmann
Congratulations to the Term 2 Grade 7 Head Girl, Ratidzo Furamera and Deputy Head Girl, Francesca Genovese.
St Andrew: Emily Stoutjesdyk
St George: Analia Ntombela
St Patrick: Daniella Landsberg
Sports Captain of House:
St Andrew: Madhuri Padayatchi
St George: Zainab Ballim
St Patrick: Keira Berell
Lost Property Captain: Rachael Mang’ana
Chess Captain: Lola Moultrie
Chess Vice Captain: Madhuri Padayatchi
Library Captains: Maryam Akhalwaya and Cecilia Petersen
Library Vice Captain: Gao Leuta
Choir Captains: Neve Matthee and Swazi Mdluli
Congratulations to the Grade 6 Leaders for Term 2:
Class Captain – Robyn Dixon
Vice Class Captain – Frances Randall
St Andrew – Emelie Thompson
St George – Tiyana Williams
St Patrick – Mia Denoon-Stevens
I didn’t know about up-down, side-side relationships until a few weeks ago when Josh Ramsey visited APPS. Some of the things he spoke about were the dangers of the internet and how we can avoid being bullied online. I really enjoyed the fun games we played. My favourite one was the one where Josh said something and if we’d heard of it we stepped forward. Another game we played was when there were three signs, (yes, no, maybe.) Josh asked questions and we would answer by standing under one. We really should do this more often! I thought the session with Josh was very valuable.
The media impact workshop with Josh Ramsey was a fun way to learn how dangerous social media is. During the workshop we asked questions and played games. One of my favourite games was the yes, no, maybe game. During the game Josh would ask us a question and we would respond by walking over to the paper, yes, no or maybe. At the end of the workshop we wrote down which apps we thought were dangerous. But we must remember that if we see something a little bit strange we must go to an adult. I found the workshop very interesting and I learnt a lot.
After a day with Josh Ramsey, all the grade 6 girls felt touched. We learned that bullies should think before doing, and to consider how it would feel if it was to happening to them. We played a few fun games, and then Josh showed us a heart breaking video about a young boy being cyber bullied. One of my favourite things was a little trick he showed us to calm ourselves down: We all have a ‘thinking’ brain and an ‘emotional’ brain. When we get angry, our thinking brain flips, and our emotional brain comes out. This is when we get so angry that we say things we don’t mean, and we do silly things. We just need to bring the thinking brain back and we’ll calm down. We finished off by him giving us a piece of paper, where we filled in apps that we feel are inappropriate, but he promised us that this information would remain anonymous and that he just wants to help make this a better place and world for all of us. Josh Ramsey came to APPS to give us a vivid explanation on cyber bullying, and it definitely meant something to all of us.
After introducing ourselves, Mr Josh Ramsey spoke about the ‘thinkingʼ brain and the ‘emotionalʼ brain. The thinking brain is what we use to think and make decisions, whereas the emotional brain is the brain we use when experiencing different emotions. We then did an exercise called ‘anyone elseʼ. Mr Ramsey then showed us a video about cyber bullying and the effect it has on a person. After showing us the video, we spoke about it. We discussed the dangers of cyber bullying and shared whether we or anybody we knew had been cyber bullied before. Then we did another exercise that was called ‘Yes, No, Maybeʼ. Mr Ramsey stuck three pieces of paper up, each with either ‘yes, no, or maybeʼ written on it. Mr Ramsey then asked a personal question, and whatever our answer was, we would stand beside that paper. We did this for about ten minutes and we concluded by taking a pen and a piece of paper and writing/drawing an anonymous survey. The talk was extremely informative and I learnt a lot of things. Thank you to Mr Ramsey for coming to speak to us about the digital world and how it can affect a person.
Josh Ramsey came in to speak to the APPS girls about media. We were told about all sorts of educational facts that will certainly help us all in our lives. Including, what he calls, flipping your switch which means stop using your thinking brain and start using your emotion brain and VV, he then went on to tell us how to control it. He taught us to be cautious on the internet to avoid cat fishing which is when someone pretends to be someone they’re not to attract younger, more naïve people. Overall he was very intelligent, and shared a lot of important information that will definitely guide us through the turbulent waters of life.
I remember walking into the room not knowing what to expect and a little bit scared. Josh changed that within the first ten minutes. He reassured us that there was nothing to be afraid of and that he just wanted to help us. We started off with talking about your thinking brain and your feeling brain and how to make sure you don’t flip your lid. Count to ten, take deep breaths and try to think about what outcome this reaction will have. We played many games about how we use social media. Afterwards he even gave us an opportunity to write an anonymous tip on what websites he should warn other children about. I am very glad that we had that talk because it made me feel like I’m not alone and that there is always someone there for me to talk to.
Eyes glued to us like we were a group of magicians, hypnotising them. It was our cricket for dummies assembly play with all sorts of hilarious jokes and interesting information for all the cricket lovers and learners. Some of the information was: What is a batsman? A batsman is the person who bats the ball to the other side of the field. We also educated our audience on some of the words and signs of cricket that might get you really confused. It was super funny and educational to those who never knew anything about cricket. We ended our play with a jazzy song. The result of our hard work and awesome humour paid off. Some of us forgot our lines and had to make stuff up as we went along. It was also a hard play to pull off seeing that we only had three days to practice. It was a great play and everyone loved it.
‘Bowler – a member of the fielding side who bowls to the batsman’. Except of course I was a batsman. It was amazing to have the chance to act as such an exceptional cricket player and for those of you who weren’t there to see my superb performance, I was Hashim Amla.
The only bit I regretted afterwards was the beard. When I signed up for being a world famous cricket player no one told me about a “beard” or a cricket outfit. In fact I am sure that when Hashim Amla is not playing cricket he wears something more normal. Anyway there I was on the stage, cricket bat in hand and wearing the biggest cricket outfit you have ever seen and trying not to pull the beard off while I was asked, where I was born. Luckily I remembered that I was born in Durban on the 31 March 1983, yes you read that right 1983! And then all too quickly it was over, the music stopped and all anyone could hear was the thunderous applause. I felt like I might burst, I was so happy.
As you know, we went to the dairy farm. One of my favourite things was holding the bunnies. I’ve loved bunnies all my life. They were so cute and furry. I felt like I had a connection with one because it clinged on to me when the man tried to take it away.
We did other fun stuff like milking the cow. We milked a fake cow because they were too close to the city to have cows so they drew a fake. They attached these sucky things to a bucket and attached the bucket to the ‘cow’. They put milk in the bucket but it was still extremely fun.
The cheese making was really fun so this is how it worked. We got a bit of cheese. We had to roll it in flavouring and in a tiny bit of salt. Every now and again I took a bit of flavouring off the plate and ate it. It was really good. I was SO sad when it was time to go but at least I will always remember this day. It’s going to be in my memory forever.
At Grant’s Dairy we had so much fun. One of my favourite memories was holding the bunnies. As I waited for my turn to hold the bunny I examined it closely. The miniature animal had blueish eyes, it also had white and light brown fur, then the man handed me the bunny. It was softer than the softest jersey I had ever worn. It was softer than the fluffiest blanket I had ever cuddled. In fact, it was so soft that I didn’t even bother when it tickled me with its soft paws.
I also liked the tractor ride. As I got on to the tractor, my heart beat faster and faster. The tractor ride was bumpy and slow, but I had lots of fun. One of the things that I saw on the tractor was the driver’s monkey clinging on for dear life!
One day Mrs Verner said we can go to a dairy farm. I got such a surprise. When the day came I was so excited. When we got there the first thing we did was play tug of war. It was amazing. We pulled and pulled. I fell down a couple of times but it was worth it.
We went on a tractor. It was a bit bumpy but it was lots of fun. We saw lots of dogs. There was a dog that was barking crazy. It was so much fun.
The last thing we did was hold bunnies and played on the playground. The bunnies were so soft. We all felt like having bunnies. The trampoline on the playground was such fun. It was bouncy and big. I had a great time.
On Thursday 6 June 2019, at 09:15 we got on the bus. I sat next to Rachel Stevens next to the window on the bus. When we got there we went to put our stuff down under a tree.
We learnt about horses and goats. Then we got put into two different groups, yellow and green. I was in the yellow group. We went on a tractor ride. The man who was driving had a monkey in a nappy. After that we fed goats and a turkey then we got to hold CUTE rabbits. Then we went to go milk a fake cow. They don’t have real cows because of people who have allergies. I was the first person to go.
After that we had cheese and fruit yoghurt. Then we saw how they made milk. We went to get butter and had more cheese with salt and spice. Finally, we went to play two games. In sack racing, my group won. We also played tug-of-war and after that we got ice-cream and played on the jungle gym. We got back on the bus and I then sat next to Amantle and we came back.
‘The Foxes and the Stork’ was the fable we did. I wore a hat and a paper beak. Gemma wore fox ears, Thandwa wore a mask and a sock tail. Rachel wore tiger ears that we pretended were fox ears. Alex wore a wool tail and mask.
My group worked very well together and made lots of progress. We agreed on lots of things. I was very confident and I almost remembered all my lines. I did well.
Try to remember every single line of mine and talk more to the audience that is what I would do next time.
Why Dog and Man are Friends
One day the Grade 3 teachers told us that we were to do a play in front of the whole school. I was in a group of 5 people. They were Millie, Soarise, Eva, Amantle, Tsitsi and me.
I wore black with Fairy Wings. I was a narrator and a fowl. Our fable was called ‘Why Dog and Man are Friends’. When we were writing the play it was not nice. My group was playing while I was typing and after I finished typing I felt like fainting but only Tsitsi was helping me but not typing.
I think that the day that we did the play worked well for me. Everything was good so I was happy with that. I think that the thing that I would like to do better next time is not to fiddle with my hands so much.
The Odd One Out
We made up a fable called ‘The Odd One Out!’ The lesson was that you should be friendly.
I was a blue bird. I wore black leggings and a black top. I also wore a bird mask and everyone thought it was beautiful.
We all had turns saying made up fables. We chose mine and started to write. The thing that worked well on the day was that everyone remembered their parts.
I think that next time we should be louder and face the audience.
We did Assembly for our school. We were put into groups. Each group had to make a small play that was related to kindness. I was in a group with Mariam, Addi, Amantle, Tsitsi, Millie and Eva. We chose ‘Why Dog and Man are Friends.’
It was hard to type the story on the iPad but we did it. The next day we had to learn our words. It was little hard to learn our words because people were doing handstands and cartwheels.
In the end we sort of knew our lines but then the bell rang. It was the big day. I was a bit nervous that Tsitsi was going to be absent, but she came. We sang a song called ‘Siyahamba.’ We were the last group to go on stage.
When it was our turn I was so scared, I thought I would forget my lines. Me and Eva were waiting for our turn to come on. We came on with huge smiles on our faces. Eva said her lines, then I said mine. I nearly forgot my last lines but then they shot into my head. It was a great experience to learn my lines and make new friends.
I thought the play was great. I wish we could do it again.