12 February 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

Sincere Messages of Condolences

We have received very sad news of the passing-on of Altia, the Little Cooks Teacher, last week Tuesday after waiting for a liver transplant.   We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and colleagues. We shall, of course, keep parents informed as to the continuation of the Extra Mural classes for the rest of this term.

We also express our sympathies to Teacher Elke, the swimming coach, whose mother-in-law passed away on Friday after battling with cancer. Teacher Elke and her family are in our thoughts.

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.

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

Phase Meetings

Thank you to the parents who attended these meetings during last week, where valuable pieces of “curriculum-specific” information were shared.

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.

In addition to this, children will visit the Jaffa Jewish Home for the aged, during the school morning. They will take a small treat to the senior citizens as a token of love on Valentine’s Day.

Pet Hamster Naming

Teacher Jolene, from Courtney College, has kindly allowed us to take care of her two Teddy-Bear hamsters as a school pet. The children are enthralled by the two white fluffy additions to our happy school. They have been given an opportunity to name the hamsters and the winner will be announced on 14 February.

Student of the Week

Each week, a child from each class is identified as “Student of the Week” for showing excellence or great progress in various areas. The children are awarded badges at line-up. This week, the theme is “Most Well Mannered” student.

Plettenburg Bay Adventure and Leadership Camp Update

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. The return flight from George is at 12:15.

P Bier Bus Company will transport the camp group from school to OR Tambo and back again. They are a reliable bus company which we have used for many years. All seats are fitted with individual seat-belts.

Springbok Atlas Luxury Coaches is the bus company that will be used for transport along the Garden Route, when the group is in George and Plettenburg Bay. This is a well-renowned and highly reputable bus company. Once again, all seats are fitted with individual seat-belts.

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. They will receive these T-Shirts during this week.

Extra visits include: Plett Puzzle Park with 3-D Maze and Puzzle Crunching Forest Walk; Jukani Wildlife Centre; Birds of Eden and Monkeyland. Children can bring their soccer togs along for a soccer challenge on the large soccer field and some beach-soccer too.

Teachers attending the camp include: Teachers Danielle; Natasha; Marlize; Demi and Elliot as well as Y-Sports Coach, Teacher Mariechen.

As before, parents will be added to a camp whatsapp broadcast group, for all forms of communication while the children are on camp. This will take the form of a one-way means of communication with regular updates as to where the group is and what activities are being carried out.

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

Cycle Tests

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will write their Cycle Tests from 8 till 16 March.  They will receive test schedules during this week.

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.

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

Test Week for Checkpoint 2018 to AS/A Level Students

The week of 19th February until 23rd February is Test Week at the College. Students received their test schedule on Friday. Each subject teacher has given the students a test scope that will serve as the focus point for this specific test week. We encourage parents to contact their child’s subject teacher this week if they are unclear about anything related to the upcoming test week. Also, during this week, parents are allowed to fetch their children after their last test session of the day. All the best to each student, as they prepare for these tests.

Checkpoint 2019 Students

The current Grade 7 students will not write tests during the above mentioned test week, however, teachers will conduct regular class tests and other forms of assessment during the term. They will have school as normal during the test week.

The students who are not participating in the Plettenburg Bay Adventure Camp, will have school as normal during the time when the others are on camp.

Plettenburg Bay Adventure and Leadership Camp Update

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. The return flight from George is at 12:15.

P Bier Bus Company will transport the camp group from school to OR Tambo and back again. They are a reliable bus company which we have used for many years. All seats are fitted with individual seat-belts.

Springbok Atlas Luxury Coaches is the bus company that will be used for transport along the Garden Route, when the group is in George and Plettenburg Bay. This is a well-renowned and highly reputable bus company. Once again, all seats are fitted with individual seat-belts.

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. They will receive these T-Shirts during this week.

Extra visits include: Plett Puzzle Park with 3-D Maze and Puzzle Crunching Forest Walk; Jukani Wildlife Centre; Birds of Eden and Monkeyland. Children can bring their soccer togs along for a soccer challenge on the large soccer field and some beach-soccer too.

Teachers attending the camp include: Teachers Danielle; Natasha; Marlize; Demi and Elliot as well as Y-Sports Coach, Teacher Mariechen.

As before, parents will be added to a camp whatsapp broadcast group, for all forms of communication while the children are on camp. This will take the form of a one-way means of communication with regular updates as to where the group is and what activities are being carried out.

Charity Drive

The AS/A Level students are inviting and challenging all the classes at the college to participate in the charity drive running from 12 to 16 February. Students are asked to bring toiletry items such as: shampoo; soap; hand cream; sanitary pads and deodorant. We are focusing on collecting these items for a home sheltering abused women and children in Pretoria called ‘Sisters’. Our aim is to make our students aware of the incredible challenges people are facing and also to uplift women and children whose dignity has been severely damaged. The class who collects the most items, will be rewarded with extra break time and a picnic in the park. The challenge is on…