31 July 2017

General News – applies to all three phases

Re-Registration Contracts and Policy Documents for 2018

Parents are asked to sign and return these contracts and documents by no later than Friday 4th August 2017, if they wish to secure their child’s place for 2018. Thank you to those parents who have already done so.

Relocations

Parents are reminded that a term’s notice is required if they need to withdraw their child from Courtney. Families who are relocating due to a change of diplomatic posting are encouraged to inform the office as soon as possible. Some classes have waiting lists and we would like to plan our class lists for 2018.

Courtney International Day

Our ever-popular Courtney International Day event shall take place on Saturday 16th September 2017. Please save this date. South Africa celebrates National Heritage Day on 24th September and this international event aims to celebrate our diverse cultural heritage which is truly evident at our school. Families shall receive forms whereby they can ‘reserve’ a table or two to promote their cultural heritage with a display of traditional food, clothing, artefacts and posters/information about their country of origin. There shall also be entertainment for the children and it is always a fun-filled day for families to get together and share their beautiful cultures and nationalities. We encourage our families to start discussing ideas with their children at home and make it a ‘family-oriented’ project. Parents and children can dress in their national costumes or traditional wear on the day.

Website Showcase

We invite parents and students alike to go to www.courtney.co.za and view the ‘classroom showcase’ in each phase. Updated information and visuals about the different events or interesting projects pertaining to your child are posted from time to time. Have a look and enjoy!

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1                                 17 January – 20 March 2018

Term 2                                 9 April – 22 June 2018

Term 3                                 16 July – 21 September 2018

Term 4                                1 October – 7 December 2018

The Courtney House Stage Production at the Atterbury Theatre to be staged on 7th and 8th December 2018.

Public Holidays Coming Up

There will be no school on Wednesday 9th August as it is National Woman’s Day, a Public Holiday.

There will be no school on Monday 25th September as it is Heritage Day, a South African Public Holiday (Bank Holiday).

Term Dates for 2017

Term 3                                 24 July – 29 September 2017

Term 4                                9 October – 8 December 2017

Courtney Kids News – applies to children in Grades 000 and 00

Reports

Reports will be handed out on Monday 31 July and Tuesday 1 August. Parents are welcome to meet with the teacher from 13:00 to 17:00 on these days if they wish to discuss their child’s progress.

Extra Mural Activities

All extra mural activities will resume this week.

Field Trip to ‘The Farm Yard’

An exciting trip to a working farm called “wag-a-bietjie” has been arranged for Wednesday 30th August where children will experience a full morning educational programme. This will include the children in Tiny Tots; Grade 000, 00 as well as Reception Year and Grade 1.  Parents shall receive information about cost and indemnity forms soon.

Courtney House News – applies to children in Reception Year to Year 6

Science Olympiad

Children participating in the Science Olympiad on Tuesday 1st August will write the exam paper from 08:15 till 10:15. We wish all our students the best of luck for the Olympiad and we extend a word of thanks to Teacher Anthea for her efforts in preparing the students.

Meeting for Parents of Students in Grade 6

Parents of children in Grade 6 are invited to attend an important meeting on Wednesday 2nd August at 17:15. We look forward to seeing you there.

Entrepreneur’s Day

We look forward to seeing what the children in the Yellow Diamonds Team will have on sale for their entrepreneur’s day on Thursday 3rd August. Please remember to send money with your child so that they can support the young entrepreneurs. The sale will take place between 10:30 and 12:00 on Thursday morning.

Judo Demonstration

On Tuesday morning, the children were entertained by this presentation on Judo as a martial art form and were shown exactly what sort of skills are taught in Judo classes. Thank you to Louis and his team for the excellent demonstration. Judo, as an extra mural activity, will start this term.

Nutty Scientists Presentation

On Wednesday morning, the children were kept in awe by the ‘crazy’ team who spent an hour and a half with them performing a myriad of science experiments. This was a highly informative presentation but one which the children will certainly remember for a long time. Thank you to Kevin and his amazing team of Nutty Scientists. This informative and entertaining extra mural will also start this term.

Bastille Day Celebration

Children had a wonderful celebration on Friday morning and looked very smart in their clothing depicting the French Flag. Well done to the Grade 4 and 5 classes for their excellent History Presentations on The French Revolution. Thank you to the teachers and staff for making this such a wonderful learning experience for the children, with a special thanks to Teachers Natasha, Loriana, Danielle  as well as Madame Jeanne, Odette and Claudine.

Extra Murals

Extra mural activities commence this week. Please ensure that all extra mural forms and payments have been submitted.

Mid-Year Academic Progress Reports

Mid-Year academic reports will be available for collection from the school office on Tuesday 8th August.

Parent Afternoon

Parents of all children are invited to view their child’s work and/or have a chat with the teachers on Wednesday 16th August between 14:15 and 17:00. Parents are asked not to come earlier than 14:15 as teachers need time to prepare, especially after having taught a full day.

Field Trip to ‘The Farm Yard’

An exciting trip to a working farm called “wag-a-bietjie” in Olifantsfontein has been arranged for Wednesday 30th August where children will experience a full morning educational programme. This will include the children in Tiny Tots; Grade 000, 00 as well as Reception Year and Grade 1.  Parents shall receive information about cost and indemnity forms soon.

Speech Festival

The Speech Festival will take place on Thursday 21 September at Courtney House during the school morning between 08:30 and 12:30. Children will have an opportunity to recite their poem and will receive feedback in the form of an adjudication by the allocated external examiner. Parents are invited to watch their child’s session. More details about specific times for each class will be made available closer to the time.

Courtney College News – applies to students in Year 7 to A/AS-Level

Extra Mural Activities

Students have received extra mural forms. All extra mural activities will start this week.

Gold Reef City Educational Trip

 On Wednesday 16 August, students from the IGCSE 2017, AS/A 2018 and AS/A 2017 groups are taking an exciting tour of the Johannesburg museum displaying the gold rush of the 1800’s in Gold Reef City Theme Park. After discovering the history of the City of Gold’s shiny beginnings, they will enjoy the thrilling mine themed adventure rides. More information and details will be handed to students.

Apartheid Museum Tour for History Students

AS/A History students will take a tour of the fascinating Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg on Wednesday 16 August. After experiencing the life and times of an era of such transformation in South Africa’s history, they will also go to the Gold Reef City Theme park to enjoy the sights and rides. More information and details will be handed to students.