14 May 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

Teacher Workshops

On Saturday, 12 May, all teachers from the primary and college campuses participated in in-house training and teacher workshops focusing on enhanced teaching methods. Special word of thanks is extended to Jo and Ilze for presenting the superb workshops which were valuable and highly informative, and for travelling all the way from Bloemfontein and Cape Town to present the workshops.

Relocations and Registrations

Families are asked to please notify the school offices of possible relocations which may take effect over the next few months. We have many families on waiting lists and applying for space during the next few months. This applies predominantly to embassies and international organisations.

Parents who wish to register and enrol new students for the 2019 academic year, especially those with younger siblings, are requested to process and finalise these applications as soon as possible. Many classes are full and students will need to be placed on waiting lists until space becomes available.

School Arrival Time

School officially starts at 07:50 each morning. Children and students are expected to arrive for school on time. We have noticed that many children are arriving late for school and miss out on highly important morning routines which set the structure for the rest of the school day. We appeal to parents to please ensure that children are on time for school in the mornings.

Term Dates for 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 Tiny Tots, Grades 000 and 00

Girl Power

The Girl Power South Africa, a registered charitable organisation benefiting health and hygiene for impoverished girls in South Africa, shall be contributing a few items for a special sale at the pre-school this Friday. Proceeds from the sale of these items directly benefit the organisation. Items are priced between R 5 and R10 and include packets of chips; home-made baked goodies and sweet treats.

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

Piano Recitals at The Brooklyn Theatre

Congratulations to all the children who participated in the second of the two concerts at The Brooklyn Theatre. Congratulations to Teacher Polina, the piano teacher, on their grand success.

The Excalibur Experience       

Children in Grade 3 to 6 attended this History Presentation on Wednesday, 9th May. The children thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining presentation and learnt a lot about Medieval History. Well done to all the children who dressed up in their Medieval costumes, but especially, Beatrix Grignon (Grade 3) who was awarded a prize for “Most Appropriately Dressed”. Congratulations to Jesse Kibet Moindi (Grade 4) who was awarded the prize for ‘Most Knowledgeable Participant’.

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. A wide variety of new books have recently been purchased by the school to aid this initiative.

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. Congratulations to the children who received awards for “Best Achiever at Mathematics”. This week, the award is for “Best Achiever at English”.

Early Morning Supervision

The school provides early morning supervision strictly from 07:00 every morning, whereby designated teachers are on early morning supervision duty. Please note that children may not enter the school property before this time, for safety and security purposes.

Mid-Year Examinations

Children in Grades 3 to 6 will write their mid-year exams between 4 and 14 June 2018, with the ICT practical exam on 31 May.  Examination schedules have been handed out to the children. Exams are written during the school morning, however, school continues as normal during that time.

Entrepreneur’s Days

The ever-popular entrepreneur’s days shall take on a slightly different form this year. The following Grades will have an opportunity to sell their items on these dates:

Wednesday 20 June                           Reception Year, Grade 2, 3 and 5

Thursday 16 August                            Grade 1, 4 and 6

Poetry Festival

Children in Reception Year to Grade 5 shall participate in the Speech Festival by reciting an Individual Poem. The Speech Festival date has been confirmed for Friday 24th August. In the meantime, teachers shall start assisting the children in preparing poems which they will need to learn. Parents are invited to watch the sessions which shall take place during the school morning.

Primary Checkpoint Examinations

Students in Grade 6 will write their Cambridge International Primary Checkpoint Examinations sometime between 1st and 19th October 2018. Parents will be informed of the exact dates as soon as Cambridge has confirmed the examination timetables. These examinations are written in English, Mathematics and Science.

End of Year Examinations

Children in Grades 3 to 6 will write their final, end-of-year exams between 5 and 14 November 2018.

Moonstone Masquerade – Stage Production 2018

All children in Reception Year to Grade 6 shall participate in the Courtney House Stage Production of 2018 at the Atterbury Theatre. Detailed information letters as well as participation forms shall be made available to parents soon. Formal rehearsals at the theatre take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th December. These are full day stage rehearsals and attendance is compulsory. Performances take place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December during the evenings. Parents are asked to please ensure that children are available for all the rehearsals and both performances and not to make early travel arrangements or arrange holidays during the weeks leading up to the performances.

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

Olympiads

The College students will participate in a Math Olympiad on Wednesday 16th May. We wish our students the very best of success at these Olympiads.

Test Week

This term’s Test Week will be from Monday 21st May until Friday 25th May.