20 August 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

Breakfast Benefits

A reminder to all parents to ensure that children and students eat a wholesome and nutritious breakfast before coming to school. Concentration, attention, focus and academic performance are largely influenced by diet and a healthy breakfast has been proven to enhance school performance.

Car Safety Awareness

Please be aware that children under the age of 13 years are not permitted to sit in the front passenger seat of any vehicle. Drivers of vehicles are also legally responsible to ensure that all children and passengers are wearing seatbelts in the front and the back of cars. Babies and young children of 3 years and younger are supposed to be seated in booster car seats and securely strapped in. Young children should not be allowed to sit on an adult’s lap or stand in a moving vehicle. Parents are encouraged to ensure that their assigned drivers are also fully aware of these safety rules and procedures.

Term Dates for 2018

Term 3                                 16 July – 14 September 2018

Term 4                                1 October – 7 December 2018

Moonstone Masquerade Stage Production for children in Grades 000 – Grade 6 shall be staged at the Atterbury Theatre on the evenings of Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December 2018. A reminder that full day stage rehearsals take place on 5th and 6th December 2018.

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1                                 16 January – 12 April 2019

Term 2                                 7 May – 28 June 2019

Term 3                                 23 July – 20 September 2019

Term 4                                7 October – 11 December 2019

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

Monte Bird Garden Visit

We are all very excited about the trip to Monte Bird Garden on Friday 24 August. Parents are reminded to have the children at school no later than 08:00 as the buses will depart just after 08:00.

Moonstone Masquerade Rehearsals

Children who are participating in the stage production in December, have started rehearsing. The children are transported, in the school bus, to and from the primary school campus, where rehearsals take place. These rehearsals are at varying times of the day on different days.

Construction Site Safety

Construction, next to the Dey Street Campus, has begun. Parents are assured that the children will not be allowed to get close to the site and extra safety precautions are in place. A temporary fence has been erected to keep the children away from the boundary wall. We will continue to keep parents updated and the safety of the children are our first priority.

Entrepreneur’s Day Support

On Thursday 16 August, the children from Courtney Kids supported the primary school children at their entrepreneur’s day. Thank you to all the little ones for their wonderful support. Much fun was had by all.

Hats and Water Bottles

Please ensure that your children bring hats and water bottles to school every day.

Tuck Shop

Tuck shop will take place every Friday until the end of the year. Proceeds will go towards the stage production.

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

Entrepreneur’s Day Success

Congratulations to the following children who made the most profit at the entrepreneur’s day which took place on Thursday 16 August:

First Place                         Rebecca Wallick          (Grade 4)

Second Place                   Terry Mabuni                 (Grade 6)

Third Place                       Lesedi Mahlangu          (Grade 6)

The event was a huge success and we thank all the children who participated so enthusiastically. Lots of delicious goodies were available as well as toys, gimmicks, trinkets and jewellery.

Poetry Festival

Parents are reminded of the Poetry Festival on Friday 24 August. Each child in Reception Year to Grade 5 will have an opportunity to recite their poem and be adjudicated by the external examiners. The sessions will take place at school between 08:30 and 11:30. Parents are invited to watch their child’s session. Three sessions will take place simultaneously, as follows:

First Session                    08:30                                    Reception Year, Grade 2 and Grade 4

Second Session              10:00                                    Grade 1, Grade 3 and Grade 5

School continues as normal after the festival has ended.

Pink Friday

Thank you to all who brought their R 10 and wore pink on Friday 17 August. Proceeds to benefit Pink Drive for Cancer Awareness.

Parent Meetings

Please note that all primary school teachers will be available until 17:00 on Monday to Thursday this week. Parents can schedule meetings, through the school office, if they would like to see teachers about their child’s progress. Some appointments have already been scheduled.

Grade 6 Parent Meeting

A parent-teacher meeting for parents of Grade 6 students is scheduled for Wednesday 22 August at 17:15. Parents are asked to please attend this important meeting as we prepare the children for the upcoming Cambridge International Examinations.

Ballet Stage Production and Rehearsals

The ballet students shall perform in a ballet stage production on Saturday 8 September. There are two performances, at 14:30 and again at 18:30. Janet has provided parents with letters containing all the information needed for this production. She has requested that parents take note of the details and that children do not miss the extra rehearsals which have been scheduled.

An important stage rehearsal has been scheduled for Friday 7th September. The ballet students will be transported to and from the theatre in the Courtney House buses. These rehearsals are during the afternoon until approximately 15:30. It is highly essential that students attend this rehearsal. Parents may not go directly to the theatre or fetch children from the theatre so as to ensure safety and security. Children are to wear their Courtney House school uniform to this rehearsal.

Urgent Girl School Course Payments

Parents are asked to please make payments urgently to secure that the course still takes place. If payments are not received this coming week, the course will be cancelled. Parents are reminded to register their child online, directly through the Girl School website, as soon as possible.

Hats and Water Bottles

Please ensure that your children bring hats and water bottles to school every day.

Community Upliftment

On Thursday 30 August, children from Tshepang Care Centre shall be visiting the primary campus for a day of community service on behalf of our children, as they partner with children from the care centre in terms of learning skills and enhancing social interaction.

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 badges for “Top Achiever in Mathematics/Numeracy”. This week, the award is for “Best Science Student”.

Cycle Tests and Mock Examinations in September

The Grade 3 – 5 children shall write cycle tests in all their subjects from 10 – 14 September.

The Grade 6 students shall write Cambridge Primary Mock Examinations in their core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) between 3 and 7 September.

We wish all our children much success at these tests and examinations.

Swimming Season

Swimming resumes during the first week of October. Parents are reminded to purchase plain, navy-blue lycra swimwear from local retail stores such as: Woolworths, Edgars, Mr Price Sport and Sportsman’s Warehouse. Girls are to wear a one-piece, full swimming costume. Boys are to wear swim shorts. Swim caps are essential.

New Uniform Suppliers

The new uniform supplier shall have an introductory display and sale of all the summer uniform items on Monday 1 October 2018 at the primary school campus. Payment options include cash and credit/debit card. The suppliers also have a retail shop in Villeria, which parents can visit after the 1st October. Sample stock shall be kept at school for trying-on purposes before purchases are made. Parents are advised that only official Courtney House uniform items shall be permitted as of January 2019. Items shall be more affordable and correct sizing and quality is guaranteed. The new supplier will also be in a position to custom-make certain items and do alterations, where necessary.

Old Uniform Stock

Some limited items such as jerseys, fleece jackets, summer tracksuits, boys’ formal shorts and skirts are still available for purchase from the school office at reduced prices.

Moonstone Masquerade

Parents, who have not already done so, are asked to complete and sign the consent form for their children to participate. A reminder to parents that the stage production fee, of R 400 per child, is also payable before 17 October 2018. Please consult the information form for more details.

Important Dates to Remember

Friday 24 August  
Poetry/Speech Festival for Reception Year to Grade 5
Thursday 30 August  
Tshepang Care Centre Visit
3 – 7 September 
Mock examinations for Grade 6 students
Friday 7 September
Ballet Afternoon Stage Rehearsal
10 – 14 September 
Cycle tests for Grade 3 – 5 students
Monday 1 October  
Summer Uniform Sale
1 – 19 October
Cambridge International Primary Checkpoint Examinations for students in Grade 6
5 – 11 November
Final Examinations for students in Grade 3 to 6
Tuesday 4 December
Final Reports
5 – 8 December
Moonstone Masquerade Stage Production Rehearsals and Performances at The Atterbury Theatre

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

Mock Exams

The Checkpoint 2018, IGCSE 2018 and AS/A-Level 2018 students are approaching the last week of their mock exams, which is the 20 – 24 August. We wish them all the best.

School Return

The rest of the students return to school as normal on Monday 20th August. We have important teaching time ahead as teachers will use the next few weeks to look at the test papers which were written and assist the students with regard to improved understanding and application of the content as well as the required skills as displayed in their tests.

Test and Exam Feedback

Parents will receive a mark schedule of their child’s results on Friday 13th September, via e-mail.

Spring Celebration

Courtney College will be celebrating Spring on the last day of this school term, which is 14th September. Arrangements will be communicated closer to the time.