October 17, 2016

The Grade 0 girls celebrated Heritage Day in French style together with the Grade 0 children from Salvazione in red, blue and white.  Our Grade 0 girls were very excited to go on their first outing to Forest Town School, where they watched a performance of Peter Pan.  We were very fortunate to have the production of ‘Pippi Longstocking’ come to APPS to perform for us.  Flower Day was a great success with beautiful tins painted by the Grade 0 girls which they filled with their own flowers.  The girls are enthusiastically practicing for the Grade 0 concert which we are looking forward to.
Miss Carrie Strauss

August 4, 2016

‘What counts life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.’ – Nelson Mandela

In keeping up with the legacy of Mandela Day, we, the learners of Auckland Park Preparatory School sewed 67 blankets which was then distributed to a home for abandoned and orphaned children – the Door of Hope.  We have pledged to uphold the spirit of making a difference in the lives of others every year.
Amaani Razak – Grade 7

August 4, 2016

What a busy, but rewarding and successful final month of the term.  This period has been dominated by the school play, reports, Regional Science Expo at Wits and parent interviews.  Any parent who did not attend ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ certainly missed a treat.  It was outstanding from both a dramatic and musical point of view.  Sincere thanks must go to Romy Levin and Ally Gericke for the enormous role that they played in this exceptional production.  Their total commitment and enthusiasm for what they do is faultless.  Marion Spanos and Julie Wearne must also be acknowledged in the same light for sourcing appropriate props and costumes.  Thanks to the entire APPS team for their individual roles linked to the success of the play.

The Regional Science Expo on Saturday at Wits also heralded many of our Grade 6 girls.  We received 13 medals in total – two Special Awards went to Sarah Meddows-Taylor for winning her section and to Ruby Jenkins for Solar Mechanics, four Gold Medals went to Sarah Meddows-Taylor, Ayanda Malala, Aimee Rosmarin and Hannah Cawood, four Silver Medals to Ruby Jenkins, Rebecca Kruger, Mira Markowitz and Emily Orphanides and five Bronze Medals to Alison King, Kerry Gilmour, Frances Allan, Alexis Jeffrey and Yusairah Kathrada.  Sincere thanks to Kay Cottrell for her passion and commitment to Science and Technology and for preparing the girls so well.  We are all so proud.  Thanks must also go to Sheila Verner and Debbie Macleod for assisting so ably with the judging and to Marcelle M’Crystal for her invaluable support throughout the process.

I am happy to report that most of the girls have had an excellent term of considerable personal growth.  It was rewarding to read each and every one of their reports and to acknowledge so many individual achievements where we have so much to celebrate.  Well done, girls.  I am so proud that you are at APPS.

The last couple of weeks have been jam-packed with the Grade 1, 2 and 3 Class Music Concerts, the Grade 3 Netball Match against Salvazione, the Grade 2 and 3 Hockey Festival at Roedean, Karen Symons’ assembly on her trip to the Olympics in 2000, the outstanding wind ensemble from Wykeham Collegiate, the Interhouse General Knowledge Quiz efficiently organised by Marion Spanos, and lastly, Parent Interviews.

The APPS Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies in the final week will truly be remembered by all.  My sincere thanks go to Ingrid Dane and Kay Cottrell for making a plan and organising the flame for the Opening Ceremony:  it was magnificent.  To Ally Gericke and Kate Borthwick for co-ordinating the music, to Owethu Makaula and Swazi Mdluli for their beautiful singing, to the Grade 0 girls for their delightful gym display, to the Grade 1, 2 and 6 girls for their drumming items and to Mama Ndaba for co-ordinating this, and finally, to Mo Pearson and Dot Hartmann for the layout of the field.  Thanks to Caitlin Poole for her sincere message of thanks to Marian Marescia, as we wish her well on her travels to Rio and her exciting venture to Sweden.  We thank her for her considerable work linked to English and the coaching of hockey.  She will be sorely missed.

Sincere thanks also go to the St Patrick’s Team ably supported by Chrizelle van Rooyen and Lauren Spencer who co-ordinated the APPS Olympics Closing Ceremony on Thursday as part of House Day.  It was such fun and we hope that you will all depart on Friday in the true spirit of the Olympics – where we all reach out for hope, peace and harmony in this wonderful world that we live in.  May there be a unity and a searching for common good amongst all nations.  Have a wonderful, joyous start to the holidays with time to observe some of the Olympic activities.  Wishing Mo Pearson and Marion Marescia an exhilarating trip to the Rio Olympics.  We look forward to this experience being shared with the school next term.

Return well-rested for the final term, in your summer uniform on Tuesday 6 September.
Mrs Brenda Howden

August 2, 2016

Tennis
We would like to thank Debbie Fitzgibbon for her coaching at all the tennis practices this term.

There is great interest in tennis from the Foundation Phase girls and this will definitely benefit APPS teams in the future.
Miss Mo Pearson

Hockey League
The hockey season has drawn to a close and in brief, hockey has been an immense success this year.  All teams, from Grade 2 to Grade 7, performed above expectations and there were some good results.  Our success can be attributed to the girls’ utter determination, spirit and love for the game as well as the dedicated coaches who indeed molded and improved the girls’ skills.  Thank you girls and coaches.  Thank you to Mrs Howden, Miss Pearson, Mrs Dane, Mrs Marescia, Miss Knight and Miss Bushell for all the hard work that has been put into hockey this term.

The Grade 4 to 7 hockey festivals which took place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July at St Mary’s, St Andrew’s and St Stithians were very successful for our APPS teams.  All teams participated in many short matches against various schools.  The girls played very well and thoroughly enjoyed the morning.  Thank you to the parents for their support and congratulations to the girls who conducted themselves very well on and off the field.  Fun was had by all.

Another big thank you must go to the mothers who helped with teas for all our home matches.  The staff and girls really appreciate all the time everyone has put in to making the hockey afternoons at the UJ Astro run smoothly.  Last but not least, thank you to parents for their support and all their help with lifting.  Your assistance is most appreciated.

Inter-House Hockey
Results of the Inter-House Hockey were as follows:
First place – St Patrick
Second place – St Andrew
Third place – St George

Grade 2 and 3 Six-a-Side Hockey Festival
The players performed above expectations in the festival at Roedean.  All players were extremely excited and played with great enthusiasm.  The results were very good for the start of their hockey careers at school.  Well done to all who played.
Miss Mo Pearson

Netball
Inter-House Netball 2016
We have now completed our Netball season with the playing of our Inter-House matches from Grade 3 to 7.

Results in the individual grades:
Grade 3
1st         St Patrick
2nd        St George
3rd         St Andrew

Grade 4
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St George
3rd         St Patrick

Grade 5
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St Patrick
3rd         St George

Grade 6
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St Patrick
3rd         St George

Grade 7
1st         St Patrick
2nd        St Andrew
3rd         St George

Overall, 168 goals were scored!

The most goals scored by:
The Grade 6 girls scored the most goals – 41.
Second highest number of goals scored were by the Grade 3 girls – 35.
Third were the Grade 7 girls with 34 goals.

The team with the best, positive goal difference (goals scored minus goals conceded) was:
Grade 4 St Andrew girls – 23 scored, 2 conceded:     goal difference of         + 21
Grade 5 St Andrew girls – 13 scored, 3 conceded:    goal difference of         + 10
Grade 6 St Patrick girls – 18 scored, 9 conceded:     goal difference of           + 9

The overall results (2 points for a win, 1 for a draw):
1st   St Andrew                     15 points
2nd  St Patrick                      11 points
3rd   St George                       4 points

Well played to all the girls and a big thank you to all the coaches!
Miss Dot Hartmann

August 2, 2016

This term, we had a hard but very rewarding winter.  Our overall outcome was outstanding.  We kicked off the term with the blanket distribution, Jerseys for Jo’burg and the Guide Dogs Association money fundraiser.   The results were incredible and all donations are greatly appreciated.  We received 13 blankets from 1 967 squares, 23 boxes of clothes (2 943) items of clothing and we collected R1 200 for the Guide Dogs Association.  As you can see the numbers are exceptional considering our number of pupils.

Individually, Anjali contributed greatly with the distributions in her committee, welfare, and helped produce great outcomes.  Olive visited many crèches, old age homes and assisted with Soup Kitchens with the Smile Committee.

The Dean Walt Carnival on 29 May was a fun-filled day for underprivileged children from crèches, orphanages and day care centres.  Each Committee was in charge of their stall with Smile with macaroni necklaces and Welfare with Marie biscuit decorating.  There was music, dancing, petting zoos and even parkour lessons!  Each child had so much fun.  They are not as fortunate as us to receive luxuries and treats.

Lastly we had the Cape Town Tour, where Anjali unfortunately could not go as she fell ill.  Olive fortunately could experience this amazing opportunity and learnt a lot and created strong bonds with fellow Councillors.  The jet lag was real…

Overall, the term was a huge success and we thank those who support continuously with collections and drives.  We are truly making a huge difference in Johannesburg.  We encourage Grade 6 girls to start thinking about what a difference they can make and hope that next year’s representatives will continue the legacy.
Anjali Naidoo and Olive K Schönfeldt – Grade 7
2016 Johannesburg City Mini Councillors

August 2, 2016

Grade 7:
The play was a great experience for all.  We had fun learning new dance moves and singing our hearts out.  All grades from Grade 4 to 7 were involved in some way.  I was Mr Beaver and enjoyed spending all my time on stage with a great, excited crowd cheering for all performances.  The Grade 4 to 7 girls danced and sang amazingly with a lot of energy!  This is what most girls enjoy about the Grade 7 year!  I am very sad to not be doing it next year with this lovely, enthusiastic school.
Mia Poulter

The APPS 2016 hit play production was ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.’  The Grade 7 girls were the stars of the shows and our effort was truly reflected throughout the production.  The build up to the play was very exciting, filled with hard work, commitment and most of all, dedication.  In the end it all paid off as we put on a fantastic, extraordinary and the most brilliant production APPS has ever seen.  A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the teachers who helped make this play fruitful and spectacular.  Last but not least, thank you and a big well done to our superb Grade 7 class who made this play production one to remember.
Zahraa Ismail

Grade 5K:
Every year the annual play is different.  This year we did the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.  Mrs Levin is very clever and brave to have chosen it because it is not a musical.  Luckily Miss Gericke thought of a few songs that everyone could sing.  After many weeks of practising, it was time for the dress rehearsal and everyone performed so well, especially the Grade 7 girls.  Some of our snowflake bobbles came off but we didn’t care, we only cared that the audience loved it – and they did!  We had many people come to us and say what beautiful mothers and evil snowflakes we were.  Overall, with all the technology, costumes and marimbas beforehand, it turned out to be a magnificent play for a small school like APPS.
Olivia Cropley

APPS introduced the magical world of Narnia as their school play for 2016.  The Grade 5 girls gave the play a sparkle of magic with their magnificent snowflake outfits.  They put the audience in awe as they danced and sang around the stage.  They also portrayed the role of mothers mourning over the tremendous sorrow of their husbands going off to war and their children off to the countryside.  They pulled off the parts so well and really added a glow to the play.
Christina Vaudran

Grade 5M:
The play came, my heart was racing, and with glitter in my eyes, I sang my heart out.  My throat was sore, but with pride I went home… I wish that had happened!  I was so stressed!  I loved what we were:  snowflakes and mothers.  Our costumes for the snowflakes were tutus, tights and a leotard!  When we performed as the snowflakes there was pretend snow (which was actually bubbles!)

It was an amazing experience and I will never forget the magical powers of Turkish delight!
Sophie Randall

The adrenaline is like nothing I had ever felt before.  Learning the songs and the harmonies, trying on outfits, making sure I looked like a 1940’s mother or a sparkling beautiful snowflake.  I see the amazing crowd, clapping and cheering!  Before I knew it, our song was over.  I love the school play and love doing it every year!
Jessie Orphanides

Grade 4G:
A magical portal transported us to Narnia and it all started at APPS.  The past few weeks we have been preparing for our annual school play and as usual I greatly enjoyed it.  I especially liked our statue costumes and loved the way they look under the UV lights.  The teachers have done a great job organising the play and the Grade 7 girls never disappoint.  The songs that Miss Gericke chose were amazing and I’m sure we can all agree on this.  Thanks to the Grade 7 girls and the the teachers for making it so special.
Frances Allan

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was our wonderful senior play.  At first I was nervous about our play because we didn’t know what we were going to be.  Then I heard that our grade was going to be children in the war for the first scene and creatures in Narnia for the second scene, and that was very exciting.

Narnia is about four children being transported to the countryside because of a war between Britain and Germany, and Lucy who is the youngest finds a wardrobe and inside the wardrobe she finds Narnia.

For Grade 4’s it was quite a hassle to get changed because we had six minutes to take off our children’s costume, get in to our creature costumes, get new makeup done and be on stage at the right time, but we made it.

It was my first senior play, and I had great fun participating in it.
Cecilia Petersen

Every year there is an annual play, this year we did ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’.  The Grade 4 girls had two scenes:  children boarding a train to leave the city for the country, and the creatures when Lucy enters ‘Narnia’ and is asked to tea.  A few other girls and I had three scenes.  The third scene was about when we were told who we were going to live with until the war was over.  I was told to go to a family called the Coopers.

The play was about four siblings from England:  Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy who were being attacked by the Germans.  They all got sent to live in the country for safety, to a big mansion with a strict house keeper and a very kind house master.  One day it was raining so they decided to play hide and seek, Lucy (the youngest) found an ancient wardrobe and decided to hide in it and then fell into Narnia!  She then found a lamp post and she walked into Mr Tumnus who asked her to tea and that’s when we did our second scene.  We sing a song called ‘Please Come To Tea’.  I personally think it was the best play I have ever done in my entire life, and would do it again any time!
Piper Jenkins

I was so excited to find out what the play was and when I did, I was so excited to find out who I was.  Weeks went by and finally on 26 July 2016 we did our dress rehearsal in front of the whole school.  Our costumes were unbelievable and my favorite costumes were the creature costumes.  We looked amazing with all our make up on.  I give credit to the mums that helped.

The Grade 7 girls put on an amazing performance.  My favourite characters were Lucy, the White Witch and the two foxes.  Mrs Levin did such an amazing job on the play, she always does.  As children, I was a boy and as creatures, I was a Bluejay.  Now I’m very sad because the play is over and we’re back to work, we have so much to catch up on.

I’ve been waiting for years to be in the senior play and now it’s over, I guess some things have to end.  We had the best teachers to help us along the way and amazing mums who helped with makeup and made the costumes.  I’m glad we had such a successful play just like always.
Pia Rowji

Grade 4B:
For this year’s school play we ventured into the mysterious and magical world of Narnia.  It was an incredible experience to be part of the play which is based on C S Lewis’s book, ‘The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe’.  It was exhilarating to be on stage again and I thoroughly  enjoyed singing ‘The Come to Tea’, ‘Wish Me Luck’ and the ‘Whistle is Blowing” songs.
Maryam Akhalwaya

When it was the dress rehearsal I was so nervous but when I got on stage I found that it was not scary at all.  The rest of the play was so much fun.
Rachel Shelver

 

August 2, 2016

Every year for the past six years we’ve known that one day it would be our turn:  to take on the Grade 6 Science Fair.  We’ve seen how hard everyone had to work and what great experiments they did.  What would our year come up with

Some girls quickly paired up with partners, others sat taking their time to think of what they could do on their own.  Excited whispers and loud discussions followed.  We all came up with different, fun ideas and started learning all about dependent and independent variables and controlled variables.

Mrs Cottrell listened to everyone’s ideas, helping us each step of the way and telling us when our ideas just wouldn’t work!  We spent lots of time doing our testing and research.  We were all nervous but excited as the deadline came down to a week.  Rushing to do the last minute touches, making our perfect project boards and interesting fact files.  We rehearsed millions of times, talking about our project and hoping everyone would find our projects as inspiring as we did!

Finally it was the day to present to the judges.  All nervous streaks going through our bodies – somebody should have done an experiment to see who was most nervous!  Everyone presented well and the next day we had to talk over and over about our projects to the teachers and the rest of the school.  By the time we all finished and got home, we had no voice to repeat it once more.  It was an amazing and fun experience and we all learnt so much from our own projects and from each other’s projects too.  This Science Fair was the ultimate Science experience!
Aimee Rosmarin

August 2, 2016

Grade 2S:
On Friday 15 July it was the Grade 2 Assembly.  We talked about the Seven Habits of Happy Kids.  I was a teacher and Lathitha was also a teacher.  I had a lot of lines.  I was in group two.  When I was going to speak I got butterflies in my tummy.  My group was “Begin with the End in Mind.”  My brother came, it was a special treat, and my family came.  I loved it, it was special.
Rachel Hamilton

On Friday 15 July Grade 2 had an assembly.  The topic was the Seven Habits of Happy Kids.  When I was on stage I had butterflies in my tummy.  I wore stockings, jeans, a t-shirt, vest and high heels.  My group was “Put First Things First.”  In my group was Mia, Riya, Pippa and meMy line was:  ”right girls these are your words for the Spelling Bonanza, now remember that the test will be in a month, so you need to practise, practise.”  Girls, remember that the test is coming up, I hope you are all busy working hard.  Don’t leave it till the last minute.”  I was a teacher.  I enjoyed doing the show because being a teacher is very helpful.  I was best with my voice.
Lathitha Madikizela

On Friday 15 of July it was the Grade 2 Assembly.  The play was about the Seven Habits.  We did the play on stage, my line was “listening with our ears is not good enough because 10% of communication is contained in the words we use.”  I was also a speaker.  We were allowed to wear home clothes.  I wore a long-sleeve t-shirt, leggings and a jacket.  My group was group five, and it was called “Seek First to Understand then be Understood.”  There were seven people in my group.  My favourite part of the play was the Macy Grey song.  I enjoyed the Macy Grey song because it was fun and cool.  The people in my group were Sophie, Zahara, Cara, Emma, Natasha, Kwanda and Erin.  The songs we sang were:  Macy Grey, Hi-Ho Hi-Ho and the Seven Habits song.
Genevieve Rowland

Grade 2W:
Our Assembly was about the Seven Habits.  The Seven Habits are to keep children happy and balanced in their life, and I will tell you all about them.

1. Be Proactive, 2. Begin with the end in mind, 3. Put first things first, 4. Think win-win, 5. Seek first to understand then to be understood, 6. Synergise and 7. Sharpen the saw or balance feels best.  My favourite part was when the crowd clapped for us.  I felt happy to do the Grade 2 assembly, it was so much fun I wouldn’t mind doing it again.  I wish we did it every day.  I think all of us did super well!  I hope everybody that was watching enjoyed it too.  I hope everyone learned something too from the seven habits.
Mia Ferrara

It was a lovely morning.  Every child was at their best.  We had an accident in Skit 3 which made everyone laugh.  We were very proud of us.  We sang, spoke and acted.  I love the song:  Get up, get out do something.  And I loved seeing my mom and dad.
Nina Sheridan

August 2, 2016

The Grade 0’s have had a busy winter with a very successful Father’s Day Braai.  They did a wonderful show for their dads and got them laughing and singing along.  The dads thoroughly enjoyed braaing boerie rolls for the girls on the lovely winter’s day.  The Grade 0 girls put a lot of time and effort into painting beautiful patterns in the shape of a tie onto the t-shirts, for their dads to wear on the day.  We have been busy preparing for the Olympic celebrations and thoroughly enjoyed the Women’s Day picnic in the last week of term.
Miss Carrie Strauss – Grade 0S

July 13, 2016

Every year for the past six years we’ve known that one day it would be our turn:  to take on the Grade 6 Science Fair.  We’ve seen how hard everyone had to work and what great experiments they did.  What would our year come up with?

Some girls quickly paired up with partners, others sat taking their time to think of what they could do on their own.  Excited whispers and loud discussions followed.  We all came up with different, fun ideas and started learning all about dependent and independent variables and controlled variables.

Mrs Cottrell listened to everyone’s ideas, helping us each step of the way and telling us when our ideas just wouldn’t work!  We spent lots of time doing our testing and research.  We were all nervous but excited as the deadline came down to a week.  Rushing to do the last minute touches, making our perfect project boards and interesting fact files.  We rehearsed millions of times, talking about our project and hoping everyone would find our projects as inspiring as we did!

Finally it was the day to present to the judges.  All nervous streaks going through our bodies – somebody should have done an experiment to see who was most nervous!  Everyone presented well and the next day we had to talk over and over about our projects to the teachers and the rest of the school.  By the time we all finished and got home, we had no voice to repeat it once more.  It was an amazing and fun experience and we all learnt so much from our own projects and from each other’s projects too.  This Science Fair was the ultimate Science experience!
Aimee Rosmarin