The beginning of Grade 0 started with much excitement, a few tears and some hesitation. However, in no time at all, the girls made new friends and soon settled into the APPS routine. The Penguins and FlThamingos have learnt about their new school and are now are proudly APPS girls. The Grade 0 girls participated in their first walkathon and did extremely well in making their Valentines themed hats and walking their 21 laps. They were all proudly exclaiming ‘We won!’ when they received their medals. In the next few weeks we will be preparing for our special Grandparents Day.
Miss Caroline Strauss
It gives me great pleasure and delight to know that our Saturday School is still proving to be very beneficial to the learners who attend from the Salvazione School in Crosby. The learners are very determined to improve and give everything of their best each day that they are here at APPS. The girls have improved in all areas, especially the Grade 7 girls who leave to attend various High Schools. We wish them everything of the best in the future.
I would like to thank Mrs Barbara Becks, Mrs Neslie Mahuma, Ms Pippa de Wet, Mrs Chrizelle van Rooyen and Mrs Brenda Howden who have helped these girls with their learning skills. Without their input and expertise the project would not be as successful.
To our supporters and sponsors a huge thank you for having the vision to see that our project is so important to the community.
Miss Mo Pearson
The Tennis Championships have now come to an end and after many exhilarating hours the results are as follows. The Senior Singles Champion is Caitlin Hudson who beat Amy Leishman. In the Doubles Championship, Amy Leishman and Jordan Dart battled it out with Caitlin Hudson and Hannah Gush to win the title.
In the Junior section, Jessie Orphanides beat Olivia Cropley to win the Junior Singles Championship.
The tennis season is finished and the girls have worked hard and played well. All ages took park in the Tennis Festival and the results were pleasing. Well done, girls for playing superbly and good luck for next year.
League galas have been extremely exciting with APPS teams swimming well and giving all the other schools a run for the top spots.
We would like to wish everything of the best to our 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 third out of eight schools. Our team swam with great determination and some girls thoroughly enjoyed their first competitive gala. Well done to our swimmers.
Congratulations to all the swimmers for a successful term.
Miss Mo Pearson
I felt excited and nervous at the same time. The Chinese costumes were the best ever. We had chopsticks and flowers in our hair. At practices we did songs and dances.
I loved the concert. I was singing. It was too amazing for words. I think that this play was my best play ever. I liked the fans for China. It was beautiful.
When I first got on the stage it made me feel amazing in my body. I had so much fun in my play. I was excited.
A few days ago I got told about the junior play. I was so happy I wanted to jump! We sang and sang to practise. When I got home I figured out my mom was doing costumes for Italy so I was in Italy.
Nyamikha Mupotsa Mausse
My favourite part was when the class sang ‘Children of the World.’ My mom wished the play didn’t stop. When the play was finished, then the class ran in the rain.
My favourite part of the play is when the Grade 1 girls were dancing around me for China. My favourite song was ‘Together’ when we sang it at the end of the play. I also liked ‘Festivals of Light’ with the candlelight.
I was so excited for the play. I was finally going to have lines for the play. I could sing, dance and speak not just sing and dance. I was also chosen to be a soloist. When I heard that I had been chosen I was thrilled. I was also chosen to be an African lady. It was so much fun being on stage I loved it!
I loved the play so much but I must say the play practices and plays were very tiring. I was a Dutch girl and narrator. After all the plays I kind of felt relieved that it was over. But being Dutch for a bit was nice. And the one thing that I hated was the spot light, because it was so bright, for a moment I thought I was going blind!!!
It was dark and suddenly the lights went on. It was nerve-wracking. After a while, it wasn’t anymore. So we started the show. I saw my mom and dad and granny looking at me. They looked very excited to see me on the stage with the lights. They waved at me. I did my solo and my granny thought it was amazing. I also did some words too. I looooved the play because I love drama. And that was how my story ended. By the way, my granny said she had never seen a play like it before. She said that her eyes glazed into the light on the stage. Ok, now my story has ended.
The Grade 3’s are in the music room, about to go on stage. When the music starts, we walk on. The audience look excited. I can see my mom, dad and sister Anna. We are doing our song. I get dressed for my Jewish man part. It’s finally my turn. I say my words and light the Menorah. I can hear the Germans singing their song. It’s a very pretty song. I listen to it but I soon get sick of it because it goes on and on and on. I’ve said my French words and we are waiting for the Grade 2’s to finish singing their song and Rachel is rocking the drum. We sing our song and sit down so Mrs Howden can thank us. “Blah, blah, blah, blah” I say in my head.
I was shy at first but excited too. I was a narrator for the first part. I thought I’d forget my words but I was okay. My country was Trinidad and Tobogo. I wore a yellow skirt and yellow attach-on sleeves with flowers and a white top and pants inside. I loved it. My favourite scene was the Russian part. In that scene, my favourite character was Babushka. Babushka was an old Russian lady who had the best kept house in her Village. Me and all the Muslim girls did a verse from the Qur’aan. The Trinidad and Tobogo outfits also had two necklaces and a hair-grip. The funniest part was when Imogen dropped the Christmas tree twice and the third time it fell. Another funny thing – when it was Mia’s turn to talk, she was not there. I loved the play. It was funny and exciting. I think Mrs Levin, Miss Borthwick and Miss Gericke are amazing.
The opening song of the play was called ‘Festivals of Light’. We did that song with lights that looked like candles. The funny part was when Immy dropped the Christmas tree. The scary parts were when I had to say my lines and do my drum solo. While I was playing the drums a boy was peering over at me and it was very annoying. I wanted to hit him on the head with my drumstick! He was also tapping on the cymbals. Mrs Spencer was bopping her head up and down as if she was enjoying the music.
The Grade 0 girls have been busy bees rehearsing and performing their concert. The girls had the audiences laughing and cheering for their Olympic performance and confidently spoke about the seven continents of the world and sang beautifully about each continent. Our teachers and parents worked hard helping the girls learn their lines, songs and ensuring everyone had a beautiful outfit to wear. Thank you to everyone involved in making the Grade 0 concert such a success. And well done to our very talented Grade 0 girls!
Miss Carrie Strauss
Poetry is a major part in our school life
We have won many competitions and competed in many events
We showed off our skill at the annual poetry evening
Held for Grade 7’s
This is a major opportunity for all to show off their poetry
We did a grade poem, a group poem and a class poem
If you were proud of your own poetry
You were given a chance to say an individual poem
All these poems and the night as a whole meant so much to us as it is our last year together
Our English teachers prepared us thoroughly for this event, and when the day came, we were all very excited
It ran very smoothly and we all got our chance and hand at poetry
The poetry at APPS continues to grow stronger and stronger
Jordan Dart – Grade 7
A beautiful evening of poetry filled the air.
One by one we went up to the stage, the atmosphere of beautiful people and the smell of the APPS music garden encouraged us to do our very best. With individual poems about “The Father of The Nation”, “Africa my Home”, “Lost” and “Ubuntu” done by Aaliya, Mahek, Jordan and Zahraa. We did group poems, class poems, and our famous Grade 7 poem. A varied amount of topics that made the poetry come alive. Our deep, meaningful poems and the inside jokes that only we understood.
Poetry Evening 2016 was a time to search into ourselves, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of all our beautiful poems.
We all will dearly miss these kind of celebrations that APPS has given to us.
Aaliya Hadjee – Grade 7
Our First Tour
When I got to school I was very excited. When I got into my class everyone was very super hyper. We were all taking photos and selfies. We had to go to assembly which was good. When we got on the bus I tried to sleep but it did not quite work out. We took photos of the landscape which was beautiful. Then we arrived at the cable cars. We went up and then we ate pizza, the ride down was scary because we stopped and then we started again. When we got to Bush Willow Camp, our first activity was a hike. The food was delicious and the activities were amazing. On the ride back we stopped at a reptile park to have lunch. The rest of the way felt like five hours but that was okay. I wish that we could go to Bush Willow Camp again.
Emma van Rensburg
“Three more minutes, we’re almost there….Two, minutes I’m so excited…. One, minute I can see the cable cars……” When we got to the top I looked over a hill and the view was amazing! We played on a jungle gym and had lunch. When everyone was done eating, we went back down the cable cars, got on the bus and headed for camp. When we got there we were introduced to our camp supervisors. Their names were HHP and Shrek who were extremely kind and caring. Then we went to our cabins and unpacked…Every night after dinner we sat around the camp fire and sang/danced. After that we went back to our cabins and got ready for game night.
In the morning we all got up, got dressed and went to breakfast. All day, and every day, we played games, went on hikes and swam. After we swam we normally got dressed and went to dinner. We repeated this process throughout the days until our last one. When we left it was a sad time. Although we were excited to go home, we couldn’t bear the thought of leaving. We said “goodbye” to HHP and Shrek who were as sad as we were. But when we left we let bygones be bygones, and everyone was happy again and excited to get home.
Camp was the highlight of my year. It was so much fun! I enjoyed everything at camp. We swam in a heated pool and had awesome adventures and instructors. And the most beautiful sights. The hikes were challenging and the scavenger hunt. What I learnt about tour is to be thick skinned, responsible, work as a team and always count everyone in.
As we waved our parents goodbye and the bus inched ahead, I smiled gleefully at the thought of the exciting adventure that was awaiting us. Our entire grade class was eagerly awaiting the day for our overnight camp to Bush Willow lodge since the beginning of this year and the moment had finally arrived. My experience of the overnight camp was truly memorable, filled with exploration, excitement, spirit building and many learning experiences.
At APPS we believe that sport is not only necessary to build team spirit and cultivate healthy minds and bodies, but that many of life’s lessons are learnt on the playing fields.
Tennis is both an individual and team sport. Playing a singles match against your opponent is all about you as an athlete against the other person. However, in doubles, you and your partner are a team striving to beat the opposition, and only as a team can you achieve success.
Tennis as a school sport has continued to grow in terms of player participation and in terms of the results, we have enjoyed in competing against other schools. In 2015 the school came 3rd in the table against the other schools, and in 2016 we hope to again enjoy success on the courts.
Tennis can be enjoyed by the young and older girls in the school, and is a sport one can play well into your adult life after school. It is also a wonderful family sport that can be enjoyed on holiday or at tennis clubs.
For such a small school, we have improved a great amount in climbing to the top against other major sporting schools. This shows our spirit and that we continue to live up to our motto – Fiat Lux.
Jordan Dart – Tennis Captain
Finally the day arrived that my dad and I had been waiting for, for years, the dads and daughter camp out at school on the field. It was lots of fun and I am sure everyone that was there enjoyed it. We played lots of fun games with our dads such as tug of war and volleyball. At one point there was a game of soccer, cricket and touch rugby all at the same time. At dinner time we sat with our dads and spent some quality time with them. My dad works very hard and I don’t see him that often so it was nice to catch up. I fell asleep as soon as I got into bed. So did a lot of people I know. As a result, most people got up to seven hours of sleep. I really loved the camp out and I wish we could do it again next year.
When we arrived all we could see were tents everywhere, all over the big field. Big tents, small tents, tiny tents, huge tents. We set up our tent and went to play volleyball. Everyone went to get a drink and we started an epic game of football. Dads against daughters. There was lots of scoring and we ended the game with five goals each (including the handball goals). A small group of us went to play French Cricket into the night. The time flew by and we went to braai our meat. There was such a feast and there were lots of leftovers. We then stuffed ourselves with smores and went to bed. Most of us had an awesome night’s sleep, others not so much. We had scrumptious egg and bacon rolls for breakfast. The day sped past and soon everyone was packing up their tents. Sophia came back from hospital as she sprained her arm while running in the dark and she tripped over a rope. The day was soon over and we had to say goodbye.
Spending time with my dad at the camp out was awesome! It was great to spend some time with all my friends too. We made up songs and laughed and joked! Dad jokes are always the best types of jokes, even though they are very corny.
Sleeping in tents, sharing breakfast with friends and laughing is what the Dads and Daughters camp out is all about!
An acrostic poem about the Dads and Daughters Camp Out
Cuddles up next to the fire to keep warm
All of us together under the stars
My dad and I are a great team
Picking the right spot to put up our tent
Interesting camp-side tales
Night time adventures
Great time spend with dad
The Chess Club has gone from strength to strength this year with 32 committed members attending practice sessions each week. Mrs Pengelly’s gentle guidance and instruction has enabled each girl to grow and develop a range of strategies. The Chess Team has had a successful year, winning many of their matches, as well as being placed first and third in the St Mary’s Girls Chess Tournament. The support from parents has been superb and thanks must go to all those who offer lifts and collect girls on match days.
The Captains and Vice Captains have been real ambassadors, not only for the team but for the school. They have encouraged the girls, mentored younger members and always displayed good manners when playing against other schools. A special thanks to Mrs Modi, Mrs Naidoo and Mrs Adams who kindly organised suppers for the home matches, it is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to continued growth in 2017 and wish Sonia, Imàn, Anjali, Olive, Neko, Katelyn and Megan everything of the best for their high school years.
Miss G Seebregts