We have finally come to the end of Term 1.  The trees are changing colour and leaves are falling down highlighting that the Autumn season is in full swing.  After mid-term break the girls and teachers arrived rejuvenated and geared up for another successful segment of the term.  We continued with ‘All about Me’, ‘My Family’ and ‘My Home’ themes. The girls drew some stunning art pictures of their families and grandparents.  They did their ‘All about Me’ presentations and learnt poems and songs for our annual Grandparents’ Day.  The girls played with their Grade 7 ‘buddies’ happily on the jungle gym and got their bodies traced for the theme.  This is always such a joyful time and it’s so lovely to see how easily they connect with each other.  During their report interviews, most of our Grade 0 girls referred to their buddies as their best friends and highlighted that this was the thing they love about being at APPS.

On Friday 26 March, APPS held their annual Swimathon and Walkathon event.  The girls looked absolutely stunning in their creatively crafted hats.  Getting a sticker for every lap was the highlight of their day.  We would like to say an enormous ‘thank you’ to our amazing class moms Heike Evans and Kirsty Lund for all their fabulous work relating to the event and support throughout the term.

We moved onto Significant Person or Grandparents’ Day celebration.  This is done to celebrate the importance of relationships across generations.  Our visitors came from far and wide to enjoy a special morning.  The girls enjoyed showing them around the school and introducing them to their friends and teachers.  Thanks to our amazing music teachers, Kate Borthwick and Alison Gericke, the grandparents were treated to a marvellous singing programme where our girls sang like angels.  It is unbelievable that in just a term, our girls are able to recite poems and sing songs in three official languages, namely, Zulu, English and Afrikaans.  Grandparents were then escorted to the field where they witnessed our fit and flexible Headmistress, Mrs Howden doing cartwheels and other great moves with the Grade 0 girls.

Grandparents then made their way to the classrooms to see the wonderful work that the girls have been doing with their teachers, Mrs Macleod and Ms Seabi.  There was great laughter all around when the visitors realised how stunning they look through the eyes of the Grade 0 artists.

It was a day where everyone could witness the beautiful connection between grandparents and their grandchildren.  It is indeed a very special relationship.  There is no doubt that it was a very memorable day for all – you could feel the love in the air!

As the saying goes ‘A grandparent is a little bit of a parent, a little bit of a teacher and a little bit of a best friend.’

We wish you a safe, restful and revitalising Easter holiday.
Ms Liziwe Seabi