We commenced the very busy second term with the Olympic Theme in mind. Our first assembly introduced the essence of the Olympic flame, its significance and meaning. Each class was given a country to represent and was officially welcomed to the Games. Subsequently the flame has moved from class to class on a weekly basis and we will culminate the theme with the Official Opening Ceremony on Monday 1 August and the Closing Ceremony on Thursday 4 August. Many academic endeavours this term have been linked to the Olympics and there has been great excitement in the ranks. The Sports Department have had the five Olympic rings displayed at the swimming pool area and in the courtyard outside the Grade 5 classrooms.
The staff have shared their use of technology in the classroom and looked at best practice. We have also had brainstorms around the timetable and curriculum for 2017. We are currently investigating the possibility of chunking lessons in the timetable to use to innovate, create and problem solve using scientific tasks that require practical and technological solutions. Exciting times lie ahead and we just can’t wait.
This term I have concentrated on perseverance, grit, determination, making mistakes and picking oneself up, having courage and resilience and having a good work ethic.
We have had student teachers from Wits in the Foundation Phase and last week Salvazione teachers visited to observe in a number of lessons. Great collegiality and sharing took place and our visitors left well equipped with ideas and resources, and we were richer for the experience.
I have visited every teacher’s class to gain more of an insight into what is happening in all domains. Excellence has been observed throughout and I have so loved being part of the learning process at every level.
The girls have been on outings such as to Sci-Bono, have had numerous outside speakers such as Ruth Everson, for poetry in Grade 5 to 7, and Alan Glass, an author who entertained the Foundation Phase, the Grade 5 girls went on tour to Bush Pigs and the Grade 5 to 7 girls had FAMSA in to deal with pertinent topics during LO lessons.
On an academic front much has been achieved and the girls are flying at all levels. The Chatterbox Speech Festival at the Ridge School and the Grade 6 Science Fair was outstanding. We wait to see how the finalists will do at the Expo which is to be held soon. Culturally the school play has absorbed much of the time for the Intermediate and Senior Phase girls and we can’t wait for the production, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ which will take place at the end of July. The Chess Team has been unbeaten this term and has really excelled. The music concerts were delightful and showed the enormous growth in music across the school. Every afternoon has been hectic with netball and hockey practices and matches. Huge growth has been observed and we celebrate with numerous successes. The Grade 6 and 7 Hockey Festival in Pretoria this last week was wonderful with eleven wins, one draw and three losses between the two teams.
Our Mini Councillors have been busy collecting second-hand clothing and squares for blankets. Our sincere thanks to the entire community for your involvement and contributions to both ventures.
Sincere thanks to the awesome PA ably led by Janet Bloom for the amazing PA 95th Celebration Picnic. Special thanks to Ally Gericke for co-ordinating all of the music items, and to our parents and Music Department for contributing so willingly to the programme. Thanks to our Grade 2 parents for manning the bar and for their amazing art initiative depicting art over the last 95 years. A wonderful sense of community was experienced on this day with great inclusivity and synergy within the ranks. It truly made me proud to be a part of this amazing little school.
Wishing you all a wonderful break over the half term period.
Mrs Brenda Howden
This term saw the top eight members (two teams) of the Chess Club enter the St Mary’s Girls Chess Tournament. For many this was the first time they had experienced this format of the game. Our girls played six rounds of chess and the teams were placed first and third at the end of the day. Sonia Modi and Olive Schönfeldt both won individual board prizes for winning all six of their matches. Well done to all who participated.
The weekly chess practise sessions have continued to be well attended. The St John’s Supper League has afforded the girls the opportunity to play five matches this term. The results have shown an overall improvement over previous years.
Many thanks to Anjali Naidoo (Captain) and Olive Schönfeldt (Vice Captain) for their enthusiasm and faithfully performing their duties, to Mrs Pengelly for coaching the girls each week, to the parents for lifting and to Mrs Naidoo for organising the suppers. The APPS Chess suppers are renowned and enjoyed by all.
Mrs Gill Seebregts
Congratulations to Sonia Modi in Grade 7:
In January this year I defended my title in the ladies section of the Airficiency Chess Tournament hosted by the Botswana Chess Federation in Gaborone.
I participated in the Zone 4.3 African Individual Chess Championships at the end of April hosted in Mauritius. The top 10 rated male and female players from the various Southern African countries were invited to represent their countries. It was a very prestigious international tournament and I played in the women’s section. We played nine rounds of chess. I came out 5th and was very pleased with my performance considering I was the only junior participant. I was very privileged to have interacted with many strong top players from other countries.
Recently I’ve been invited to attend a two day advanced chess training course by international master, Watu Kobese at the Elite School of Chess in Cape Town at the end of June. While in Cape Town and during my half term break I will be participating in the SA Open Chess Championships to be hosted at the University of Western Cape.
I have also been selected to represent SA at the 2016 World U16 Olympiad (in Slovakia, July), Commonwealth Chess Championships (in Sri Lanka, December) and the African Youth Chess Championships (in Port Elizabeth, August).
I’m hoping to represent SA at the African Women’s Chess Championships to be hosted in Botswana in December.
Pretoria Festival Hockey Tour
The Grade 6 and 7 teams had a very successful tour to Pretoria. The Pretoria tournament has replaced the Riverside weekend. The teams stayed at The Farm Inn and all 29 players were a credit to themselves, their parents and their school.
The Grade 7 team played exciting hockey during the weekend and had a lot of fun. The Grade 6 team improved their skills tremendously and are looking forward to their next tournament.
Thanks go to Mrs Howden, Miss Pearson, Mrs Marescia and Mrs Dane for their assistance with coaching and valuable input.
Well done to all our players and the Grade 7 girls – keep the hockey going and good luck going forward.
The Grade 6B and 7B Hockey festival will take place on Friday 15 July at St Mary’s and St Andrew’s, and the Grade 4 and 5 teams on Saturday 16 July at St Mary’s and St Stithians. Both teams had many short matches against various schools.
We hope the girls play very well and thoroughly enjoy their hockey. Thank you to the parents for their support. Good luck to all.
All teams, from the Grade 3 to Grade 7 girls, have performed above expectations and there were some good results. The Grade 7 ‘A’ team has had a truly outstanding season. We will finish off the league games after half term. 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 Marescia, Miss Knight, Mrs Dane, Mrs Howden and Miss Bushell. Thank you to the parents for their support and help with lifting.
Miss Mo Pearson
The Grade 3 to 7 girls have just finished their Netball season. All the Grade 3 girls played in their first matches for APPS and we fielded a minimum of three teams per age group. In the younger grades we were able to field four teams and against Kingsmead the Grade 3 girls played with five teams!
We played five matches against different schools, winning some, drawing some and losing a couple. The girls are to be commended on their enthusiasm and energy on the court. Keep on enjoying the game, girls.
We wish to thank Miss Strauss, Ms Witbooi, Mrs Spencer, Mrs Govender, Mama Ndaba, Mrs Cottrell, Miss McCarthy, Miss de Wet and Mrs van Rooyen for their professional and passionate input into all the various age groups. A special thanks goes to both Mrs Howden and Mrs M’Crystal for helping out on match days with umpiring and looking after teams. It is awesome to see that in a school of our size, we can rely on so many teachers to manage and look after a whole age group.
We attended festivals at Crawford Prep with the Grade 3 and 4 girls, and on two separate Saturdays we played at Holy Rosary with all the grades. These Saturdays were invaluable to the girls and a lot of fun was had. A big thank you goes to all the coaches for giving up their Saturdays so we could participate on so many weekends.
We are now busy playing our Inter House matches and the Grade 4 to 7 girls will complete their matches before half term. The Grade 3 girls will play after half term.
The Grade 1 and 2 girls have also been busy practising Netball. Thank you to Miss Seebregts and Miss Strauss for coaching the Grade 2 girls and Mrs Macleod and Miss Murray for coaching the Grade 1 girls.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for helping us with transport to the various venues and for all the support throughout the season.
Well played to all the girls. Keep on playing!
Miss Dot Hartmann
What an enriching and enlightening experience it was to visit the Body Worlds and Cycle of Life exhibition at Sci-Bono! Although it was not my first visit, I feel I learn more every time I go. Things that I may have glimpsed past previously, I now had the opportunity to concentrate on a little more.
The Cycle of Life offers an exciting and interactive learning experience on aging. It emphasizes making healthy life choices to live a long and fulfilling life. At the exhibition they use real human specimens and cadavers and the depth of learning and investigation is more than you would get from a mere text book.
The exhibition is not your typical museum experience. Some of my friends found the displays realistic and artistic and yet others were quite squeamish. Nevertheless, everyone agreed it was a very worthwhile venture.
Congratulations to the Term 2 Grade 7 Head Girl, Imàn Adams and Deputy Head Girl, Anjali Naidoo.
The Apartheid Museum was such a great learning experiences. Mama Ndaba and Mrs Spanos made it incredibly interesting. For me personally, it was a scary thought to think that our beautiful country had done such a bad thing. I think that all of the grade sixes and sevens came to a realization about how bad it was. Now that I know about Apartheid we will try to prevent History repeating itself.
On 11 May, the Grade 6 and 7 girls went to the apartheid museum. It was a very educational and moving experience for all the girls and teachers involved. Many of us were exposed to different aspects of the apartheid regime that we did not know of before. The museum was very cleverly laid out in the sense that we all went through the journey of the dark and heavy times of oppression to the light and hapy times of freedom and democracy. Although we will never understand what it truly felt like to live in the horrors of apartheid, we certainly did get more background and insight into the time. The experience definitely made us appreciate our hard won freedom and the many sacrifices that were made. Personally, I thought that it was a great learning curve for all of us and I look forward to many more interesting excursions such as this one.
Imàn Adams – Grade 7
On 25 May 2016, APPS and St Katharine’s joined The Ridge to celebrate Ascension Day. This took place at The Ridge. The children were in a festive mood because of the joyous celebration. Mr Stanley, the headmaster of The Ridge School, started off the prayer reminding us of the significance of this day, when Jesus ascended to the heavens. He concluded the service by reminding us that this day is not only about celebrating but about trying to make a change within ourselves.
Amaani Razaak – Music Captain, Grade 7
APPS Senior Music Concert – Grades 5, 6 and 7
‘Earthquakes of the Soul’
My hands start sweating, my heart pumping. Standing up I watch all eager faces staring up at me, waiting to see what I hold. I place my hands onto the cold keys, the keys like black and white pages that open up and reveal a story. Moving swiftly my hands brush over the keys. Moving as if they are in a trance, sending an earthquake into my soul. Then just like a click of a finger it’s over. I walk away from my piano pleasure, until next time.
Ruby Jenkins – Grade 6
Intermediate Music Concert – Grade 3 and 4
On 20 of June at 07:30 in the morning, 30 Grade 3 and 4 girls played in a music concert for our parents, teachers and classmates. I was nervous at first, but then I really enjoyed playing my song ‘Breakfast Time’. I even remembered to introduce the song to the audience! I was proud of myself because I managed to keep the beat. I imagined my piano teacher, Charmelle, counting and tapping her foot to the beat at practice. I also really enjoyed listening to my friends play the piano, violin, drums and flute. Playing the piano is really fun, but you have to practice every day. Then you can fully enjoy playing in front of an audience.
Analia Ntombela – Grade 4B
Junior Music Concert – Grade 1 and 2
I enjoyed watching the Junior Music Concert because everyone performed exciting and playful music pieces. I quite liked the Indian song that Ela played and I enjoyed ‘Arioso’, which Rebecca played on the piano. When it was my turn to play, I was scared at the beginning but when I stood up I knew I could do it. I loved playing for everyone. Next year I hope to play the flute, piano and violin at the concert.
Christina van Zyl – Grade 2S
Congratulations to the Grade 6 Leaders for Term 2:
Class Captain – Hannah Cawood
Vice Captain – Zoë Christodoulou
St George – Asia Morais
St Patrick – Rebecca Anagnostellis
St Andrew – Alison King
All the Grade 5’s got on the bus to leave for camp on the 31st of May. On our first day we got there and we went into the ‘Hog Hall’ for admin. Once the admin was done we went to our dorms to settle in. There was the leopard dorm and the buffalo dorm, I was in buffalo. We then went out into the bush for 30 minutes of solitaire. It was very relaxing!
We walked back to camp to find wonderful food waiting for us. They gave the food weird names like fried maggots. There was a vehicle called the piggy wagon, so after lunch and after some free time, we all climbed in and drove off looking at the beautiful stars. We played a game called TNT, terror and treasure. It was a very amusing game as all we had were our friends and our torches. After playing we had supper and went to bed.
The next day we woke up bright and ready for a fun filled day. Our first activity was a morning hike leading up to magnificent mountains with amazing echoes. After our hike we had breakfast and got ready for the mudstacle. The mudstacle was an obstacle course where you had to be brave and pull through, even with all the mud.
For our evening activity, we all went to Checkers to buy food, as we were going to make dinner. My group made pasta and for dessert, poached pears. The pasta went well but the dessert…not so much. It was all very stressful, but we came second in the end which was good.
On the third day we did some team activities, tree popping, water studies and then we moved to camp gemsbok. There we went on a lovely game drive and saw lots of animals! We then did an auction which was lots of fun. We learned a lot about the environment. I am very aware now and I am more careful.
The fourth day was the day where we were going home. We had a lovely breakfast and then packed our stuff and loaded the bus. We did some final activities and then got on the bus. Though I loved camp so much, it was definitely time to go home!
On the 31st of May, the Grade 5’s went to Bush Pigs camp. The bus drive was about two hours long.
Once we got to Bush Pigs the facilitators – Darryn, Simphiwe, Suzie, Bertha, Christian and my personal favourite, Chief Chocolate, explained everything to us. Then we had lunch.
At sunset we did Solitaire which was when we sat alone in the bush and reflected upon the day and being in nature. After a delicious braai we then jumped in the piggy wagon and went to do our night activity called T and T – Terror and Treasure which was like a treasure hunt in the dark but I don’t think there was terror.
The next day we woke up really early and went on a hike. We went back to the camp to have breakfast. All the food had weird names like deep fried maggots for Rice Crispies.
We then did the Mudstacle which was an obstacle course with mud. It was fun! We washed all the mud off in a shower and then went to Checkers to buy our ingredients for dinner. On the way back Darryn was on a “Sugar High”. We made a meal for the teachers which was a group activity and my group made pasta for mains and a chocolate mousse tart. After dinner we sang campfire songs.
The next day we did the team games, we learnt about alien plants and tree popping. We packed our bags and went to camp Gemsbok. That afternoon some of us went on the game drive and some went on the bicycle ride. We saw buffalo, kudu, giraffe and sable on the game drive.
In the evening we had the WWF auction. This was really fun and we all laughed at the girls who had to sing, dance and act to get more money. In the morning we switched over, the game drive group did the bike ride and the bike riders did the game drive. We did a few activities and then sadly went home.
I was so excited to go on tour because last year our tour was in the third term, but this year we were on our way to Bush Pigs. One of my highlights was the game drive. I had never seen so many animals that close before! The meals were so delightful, I felt like I was eating at a restaurant every day. I got closer to my classmates and made so many friends. It was cold in the morning, so it was lovely to have hot chocolate in the mornings before every wonderful activity. I loved Bush Pigs! It was really my cup of tea (or hot chocolate!)
I was the last one to get on the bus, but they didn’t leave without me! It was a long drive to Bush Pigs, but we finally got there. There were more facilitators than last year, but I liked them. The main facilitator was Darren. He was a bit crazy, especially with sugar. We played T ‘n T, did a mudstacle course and an awesome hike with Chief Chocolate. We had to cook a dinner for our group and our three guests. Going to Checkers and buying all the food was really cool, but Darren was acting like he was our group’s dad. Bush Pigs was amazing!
As we all excitedly waited for the bus to come, some of us were anxious and some of us just couldn’t wait for the bus to arrive! Finally the bus arrived but as we started to pack our bags into the bus, I realised that Sophie hadn’t arrived yet! I started to worry, and so did my mum, but Sophie arrived just in time and we started on our journey.
As soon as we arrived we met the facilitators: Chief Chocolate, Susie, Darren, Christian, Simphiwe and Prudence. Whenever we were with Chief Chocolate, we had to say “All hail Chief Chocolate!”
We did lots of activities such as a mudstacle course, a game drive, a bike ride, solitaire and many more. I will never forget my trip to Bush Pigs!
Our Water Play
As most of you know, we Grade 4’s have recently done an Assembly play about saving water and electricity.
When we started we sang a song called “Sound of Silence” with torches. Each group did their own funny little play and I have to admit that all of them were awesome. In my group’s performance I was Suzelle DIY, Madhuri and Zainab were both guests and Emma was a camera person and Swazi was an awesome make up artist.
I think the Grade 4’s did a fantastic job inspiring children to help save water and electricity.
After all the plays Madhuri, Rachael and I shared some shocking information about our school bills. The water bill for the past four months was R49 289.17 and the electricity bill was R194 424.22.
I hope we have encouraged everyone to help save our environment.
On the 13th of May Grade 4 did their assembly play about saving water and electricity. It was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot. There were lots of songs and facts. We got split into groups, and each group made a small play about how important water and electricity is. At first I thought no one would know their lines, but I was surprised when everyone did.
When we sang the songs they would copy what we would we did eg, clap, click or any action. Thank you Miss Bushell and Mrs Govender for putting it altogether, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Grade 4 did their assembly play on the 13th of May. Our play was about saving electricity and water. Everyone was put into groups and had to make their own little plays. Some groups were electricity and other groups were water. The songs that were sang were “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Sound of Silence.”
Everyone said it was amazing but it wasn’t just the Grade 4’s who put it together, it was also Miss Bushell and Mrs Govender. Everyone worked really hard towards the play and in the end it was a really great play. We all had lots of fun, but now we have to wait another long year until our Grade 5 play.