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.
I was in an Assembly Play. I was in Megara. It was wonderful. I was a chariot driver and my horse was Tatum… Kinisi! That’s all I heard from all the racket but we went really fast. I could barely hold the reins! Robyn was the discus, Sarah was the jumper, Kate was the sprinter and Tatum was also a hoplite. I loved it!
I won the discus throw! My line was, “Good morning Mrs Howden, teachers, parents and APPS girls, we give you……the Ancient Olympics! But before we went in it was freezing! I hope you were there, but if not, enjoy the Rio Olympics.
It was really cold. We stood outside on Friday morning with no shoes on. In the play I was a jumper. I did the long jump. I won the race because I jumped the furthest. But the race I liked best was the armour race. Because they wore cardboard as armour. There were also the two gods of the gods, Queen Hera and King Zeus. The funniest race was the chariot race because we made horse heads. And also because the charioteer and the horse both got a carrot. And we got separated into countries and I was in Sparta. We did two songs. They were ‘Brave’, ‘We are the champions’ and ‘Stronger’ but my favourite song was ‘Brave’.
In the Olympics, I was a horse and a hoplite. Some people fell, BUT those people got up and carried on. There were three songs, ‘Stronger’, ‘We are the Champions’ and ‘Brave’. ‘Stronger’ was my favourite song. Ruby and Kate were chariot drivers. Emelie did the discus throw. Amber did the long jump. It was amazing. I loved it. My mom thought it was AWESOME!
At 7:30 am we had our assembly play about the Ancient Olympics. We were in groups of cities and countries. I was in Sparta. Mia, Gaby, Bella, Kayla, BiBi and Embeth were in my city. We were standing outside waiting for Mrs Howden to call us in to start our play. I was freezing cold! My dad said it was very nice he said he liked the armor race.
At the beginning of the Assembly play we were outside in a line, going in. When we got in I was scared, I sat down after some pepeol seid their lines we sang brave, and then the games began. I was a diskis so I threw the disk. I didn’t win but I don’t give up, so maby next time. At the end all the pepeol who won linde up and sang we are the champions, and then all of the losers sang what doesint kill you makes you stronger, and then the god got their gift and then it was the end of the play.
Our Assembly Play was awesome aspeshelly when it was the part when everyone tript outside when we were doing the chariot race. I fell over Olivia and Ruby. After that as I went up the stage I nearly tript again. When it was the discos throwe and it was Gabys turn I was screaming my lungs out. I absolutely loved our play.