3 September 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

Plastic Bottle Tops for Wheelchairs

Elizabeth, from the charity involved in arranging wheelchairs for the less fortunate, has sent a message of thanks to all the children and students of Courtney Kids, Courtney House and Courtney College for the generous collections of plastic bottle tops. The bottle tops are recycled but assist in getting wheelchairs for those who need them but cannot afford them. Children can still collect their bottle tops and hand them in at the school offices.

End of Term 3

School closes at 12:00 on Friday 14 September for the spring holiday and marks the end of the third term. Aftercare supervision shall continue as normal until 17:00. School reopens on Monday 1st of October for Term 4.

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

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. Thank you for your support.

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

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.

Test and Exam Schedules have already been handed out. We wish all our children much success at these tests and examinations.

No Homework

Children in Grades 3 to 6 shall receive no written homework as of Monday 3 September so as to prepare effectively for their cycle tests.

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.

Please check your child’s bag for an important letter, which was distributed on Friday, concerning the make-up and hair requirements for the shows.

Tshepang Care Centre Visit

Thank you to Mrs Fezeka Motsatse for assisting in arranging the visit of the children from Tembisa who spent the morning with the Courtney House children. This was a heart-warming and wonderful experience for all involved. A special word of thanks is extended to Mariechen from Y-Sports for the obstacle course and physical games and activities which were presented. Thank you to Teachers Jane, Glenda and Claire for their extra effort in arranging party packs and lunch for the day.

Cleanliness and Hygiene

A reminder for parents that children arrive at school neatly dressed in the correct dress code and uniform but also that children are clean and clothing is clean and neat. Hair is also to be clean, neat and tied back, out of the face, if long. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that children leave the house for school looking smart and clean.

Hats and Water Bottles

Please ensure that your children bring hats and water bottles to school every day. Rehearsals for the stage production have started. These rehearsals are conducted outside and children will need water bottles as well as hats.

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 English”. This week, the award is for “Most Improved in Confidence”.

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.

Moonstone Masquerade

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

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
Friday 14 September 
School closes at 12:00 for spring holiday
Monday 1 October 
School reopens for Term 4 and 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

Test Week and Mock Examinations

Results of the tests and exams which were written during August were sent out to parents via e-mail on Friday 31st August. Please inform Shirley at the college office if you have not received the results as yet.

Parent Afternoon

Parents are invited to our termly parents’ afternoon on Monday 3rd September from 14:15 till 18:00 at the college campus. Parents are welcome to come and discuss their child’s academic progress with the subject teachers as well as their latest reports or any other school related issues. Johan Louw, the College’s Educational Psychologist, will also be available during the course of the afternoon.

Spring Celebration

Courtney College will have a Spring Celebration at the Blue Crane Park on 14th September. Details shall be given closer to the time. School closes at 12:00 for the spring holiday.