5 February 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

Congratulations

Congratulations to Teacher Cherize on the birth of her baby boy, Timothy James Lotz, on Sunday 28 January at 10:00am.  All went well, with baby Timothy weighing a healthy 3,6 kg. We wish the new parents many blessings with their gorgeous bundle of joy.

Au-Pair Service

Please contact Dot’s Au Pair Agency on 084 4205843 or email at info@dotsaupairs.com should you require an au pair service for your child which may include full time au pairs, driving service and/or homework help/tutor service. We can highly recommend this agency for professional and superb service. The website address is www.dotsaupairs.com

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1                                 17 January – 20 March 2018

Term 2                                 9 April – 22 June 2018

Term 3                                 16 July – 14 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.

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

Foreign Language Classes

The foreign languages: Afrikaans, French and Spanish classes are presented on Tuesdays during the school morning.

Swimming

Swimming classes for the pre-school children started on Thursday 25 January. Parents are reminded to pack in a swimming towel, swim-cap, sun-block and extra underwear. Swimming takes place during the school mornings and children are transported to and from the swimming pool in our school bus.

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

Phase Meetings this Week

Parents are asked to attend the following “curriculum-specific” Phase Meetings:

Grade 2 and 3 on Wednesday 7 February at 17:15

Grade 4, 5 and 6 on Thursday 8 February at 17:15

Meet-and-Greet

Thank you to the many parents who attended the “meet-and-greet” on Wednesday 31 January.

Adventure and Leadership Camp Update

Parents of children who are signed up to attend the Ingwe Adventure Camp must submit two certified copies of their child’s birth certificate, as required for the flights. Please submit these in at the school office urgently. Thank you to those parents who have already done so.

The camp group departs from Courtney House Primary Campus on Monday 19 February at 05:30 am. The flight from OR Tambo to George is at 07:50 so parents are urged to be at school by 05:00 am as we cannot be delayed. The group will arrive back during the late afternoon on Saturday 24 February. All children will receive a blue camp T-Shirt to be worn on Monday 19 February and a green camp T-Shirt to be worn on Saturday 24 February, for easy visibility at the airports. Teachers attending the camp include: Teachers Danielle; Natasha; Marlize; Demi and Elliot.

Children who do not participate in the leadership camp, come to school as normal.

Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day on Wednesday 14 February, children may wear civvies (ordinary clothes of their choice) to school. Colours to be worn include: red; white; pink; black or any combination of these. There will be a fun Valentine Fashion Parade during the school morning. Children have already started preparing Valentine Hearts as part of an Art Theme. These have been displayed around the school.

Cambridge Text Books

All text books have been handed out to the children. Parents are asked to ensure that all these text books are covered in a clear, transparent plastic cover and clearly labelled with your child’s name and surname. Please return the covered books to school on Monday 5 February as teachers will be using the books.

Young Engineers and Nutty Scientists Presentations

Thank you to the presenters who entertained our children with a presentation of the Junior Lego Extra Mural on Monday 22 January which was enjoyed by the Reception to Grade 3 children.

Thank you to the Nutty Scientists who conducted an outrageous presentation of Science Experiments for children in Reception Year to Grade 6 on Thursday 1 February.

Cycle Tests

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will write their Cycle Tests from 8 till 16 March.

First Cycle Progress Reports

First Cycle Academic Reports for children in Reception Year to Grade 6 will be available for collection from the school office on Friday 20 April 2018. There are three reporting cycles in the year: April; August and December.

Reading

Reading a variety of books and articles, both Fiction and Non-Fiction, is crucial to a child’s well-rounded education. We encourage that children join the local community library in their area so that they can be exposed to reading from a young age. We encourage that parents provide many opportunities for children to read books and different material at home. Our school library has many books and children can take books out to read at home but we ask that parents ensure that these books are “handled with care” and returned to school clean and not-damaged. The same applies to readers that go home as part of the Individual Reading Programme for children in Grade 1 to 3.

Primary School Times

School starts at 07:50 with a morning line-up and greeting session. Please ensure that children arrive early enough to be in time for this as it is an important start to their day.

Reception Year to Grade 3 students end the formal school day at 13:30, Mondays to Thursdays, and at 13:00 on Fridays.

Grade 4 to 6 students end their formal school day at 14:00, Mondays to Thursdays, and at 13:00 on Fridays.

Aftercare supervision ends at 17:00, Mondays to Fridays. We request that parents do their utmost not to be late to collect their child from Aftercare.

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

Student Guidance Programme

Johan and Mia, our Student Welfare Facilitators, request that all consent forms be completed by the parents and sent back to school as soon as possible. Thank you to those parents who have already done so.  Also, a reminder to all parents to contact Teacher Linda at the College if they would like their child to see Johan or Mia for any issues related to career guidance, study skills or emotional support.

Park Day

We would like to inform our new parents that we have ‘Park Day’ on Fridays. Every Friday, Teachers Patrick; Linda and Cydne walk the students to The Blue Crane Park where they can play soccer and also enjoy a longer second break with their friends. We encourage all students to join in.

School Starting Time

A reminder, to all students, that school starts at 07:50 with our daily Homeroom Time. Therefore, a request that students are at school by 07:45 in order to be ready for the homeroom lesson starting at 07:50. This is an important time of the day at the College because we want to encourage our students to be on time for school, be prepared and ready for their first lesson of the day, complete and follow through on administration tasks and also have sufficient socialisation time with their peers and teachers in order for the class to bond as a group. Homeroom Time is from 07:50 to 08:10 every day of the week. We appreciate your support in advance.