Johannesburg City Mini Councillors – Term 2 Report

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

School Play – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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

 

Grade 6 Science Fair

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

Grade 2 Assembly

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

Grade 0 News

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

Grade 6 Science Fair

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

 

From the Headmistress

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

Chess

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.
Sonia Modi

Sport

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.

Hockey Festivals
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.

Hockey League
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

Netball
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

Grade 7 Visit to Sci-Bono

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.
Anjali Naidoo