25 November 2019

General News – applies to all students

Last Day of Term

School closes for the 2019 academic year on Wednesday 11 December at 12:00 midday. Aftercare supervision will continue as normal on this day.

Festive Wishes

Some of our families are leaving for their summer holiday slightly early, so we extend best wishes to these families for a safe, peaceful and wonderful holiday and festive season and look forward to their return in the new year, well-rested and beaming with joy.

Relocations and Withdrawals

We would like to remind parents to provide the school with sufficient notice in terms of withdrawing their child due to relocations or moving to a new school. There are quite a few students on waiting lists so if parents are aware that they may be withdrawing their child from either the primary campus or the senior campus between now and May/June 2020 that they please notify the school as soon as possible.

No Tolerance for Misconduct at School

We wish to remind parents and students of the school’s Behaviour Policies and Code of Conduct. A no tolerance approach to teasing, bullying, hate speech, theft, misconduct of any kind, use of inappropriate language or symbolism, sexual harassment and forms of disrespect towards teachers and peers will be taken, with immediate suspension and expulsion being the consequences.

The policies and code of conduct apply at school during school hours as well as during any school-related functions, evening events, special days, camps and other events which may be at different venues.

Parents are asked to read the code of conduct and school policies thoroughly and to discuss such content with their children (at age-appropriate levels of course) so as to reiterate the consequences of negative behaviour. We wish to maintain strict discipline at all our campuses and ask that parents and students comply with the requirements set out in our school policies.

National Dress on National Days

We remind all our families that children may come to school wearing their country’s traditional clothing on the National Day or Independence Day of their country.

Term Dates for 2019

Term 4                                7 October – 11 December 2019

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1                                 15 January – 20 March 2020

Term 2                                 1 April – 12 June 2020

Term 3                                 7 July – 18 September 2020

Term 4                                5 October – 11 December 2020

Adventure/Leadership/Educational Camps in Cape Town

Junior Camp                   Sunday 23rd to Friday 28th February 2020                                                                               Grade 3 -7 children

Senior Camp                   Sunday 5th April to Friday 10th April 2020                                                                              Grade 8 – AS/A-Level students

Stage Production 2020

Dates have been confirmed for 9 – 12 December 2020, with evening performances on 11 and 12 December 2020. This involves all children at the primary campus. The Stage Production takes place at The Atterbury Theatre.

 

 

 

 

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

Graduation Ceremony and Prize Giving

The pre-school prize giving and graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday 28 November at 17:30 at Courtney House Primary Campus. Please keep the date open.

Text Book Orders for 2020

Parents of children currently in Grade 00 and who will need to purchase text books for Reception Year (Grade 0) for 2020 are able to do so until 30 November.

Day Outing to Children’s Theatre in Parktown

A special outing to the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg, has been arranged for Monday 9 December during the school day. Children will be entertained with a stage performance of Dr Seuss’ renowned ‘Cat in the Hat”.

Parents are reminded to return the consent forms and make payments. Thank you to those parents who have already returned their slips and payment for this.

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Campus News – applies to children in Reception Year to Year 5

Prize Giving Letters and Consent Forms – please return urgently

Children have received information letters and consent forms concerning the attendance at the Prize Giving/Award Ceremony. Parents are asked to please complete the form and send to the school office as soon as possible.

Parents are also requested to indicate, on the form, how many relatives will attend, for catering and seating arrangements.

The prize giving for the primary school campus shall take place on Thursday 5 December 2019 at 18:00 in the evening. This event shall be held at the Brooklyn Theatre, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park.

All parents and relatives are invited to attend and to come and watch the award’s ceremony. The event will start at 18:00 promptly and will end at around 20:45. Parents do not need to purchase any tickets to attend this event.

Prize Giving Rehearsal – Thursday 5 December

A morning rehearsal of the prize giving proceedings has been arranged for the morning of Thursday 5 December at the Brooklyn Theatre.

Please ensure that your child is at school on this day. The bus to transport the children to the Brooklyn Theatre leaves promptly at 07:50 so please ensure that children are not late. Rehearsals start at 08:15 and end at 12:30. Children shall be transported, by bus, to school after the rehearsals. Parents are not permitted at this rehearsal.

Text Book Orders for 2020 -IMPORTANT!

Parents who have still not ordered their child’s text books for 2020 are required to do so urgently!

Parents are also asked to refrain from trying to purchase titles themselves as there have been some title changes due to books being out of print.

In addition, some parents who have tried to order books independently often end up waiting till April before books arrive. Text books are ordered in bulk batches through suppliers who are often able to provide books at cheaper rates, which makes it far more economical for parents to order and purchase directly through the school.

Languages and Grammar Books

Children are required to keep their text books used for English Grammar as well as French, Afrikaans and Spanish as these books are used in the following year or two.

Adventure Camp for February 2020 – Year 3 – 7

There are still a few places available for late reservations for the leadership/team-building/educational and adventure camp which will take place in Cape Town in February 2020. This is a wonderful opportunity whereby children learn a variety of skills which cannot be accomplished in a classroom.

Parents who would like their child to attend can make reservation bookings with Thelma at the school office.

Day Visit to National Children’s Theatre and Acrobranch in Johannesburg – final payments in please!

A special outing to the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg, has been arranged for Monday 9 December during the school day. Parents are asked to complete all consent forms and make payments to the school office as soon as possible but no later than 27 November. All the teachers and some assistant staff shall accompany the children on these visits. Children must bring their own lunch packs for the picnics.

Children in Reception Year and Grade 1 will be entertained with a stage performance of Dr Seuss’ renowned ‘Cat in the Hat’. They will return to school after enjoying a picnic at the theatre grounds.

The Grade 2 – 5 children will be entertained with a stage performance of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ based on Roald Dahl’s Children’s Novel. After this, they will proceed to the Melrose Acrobranch Park for a picnic in the garden followed by a variety of Acrobranch activities and a chance at the Ziplining. Parents must take note that these children will only arrive back at school at approximately 15:30 on this day.

Thank you to parents who have already made payments for this outing. Final payments need to be made as soon as possible this coming week please.

End of Year Mini Ball – Moonlight Magic

There will be a mini-ball for all children in Grade 2 – 5 on Friday 29 November at the primary school campus from 18:00 till 20:30. Semi-Formal to Formal and/or Party Dress is the dress code. Information letters and consent forms have been handed out. Tickets are R 60 per child and includes a light meal, cold-drink and dessert.

A DJ from Starlight Sound has also been arranged for the evening.

The theme is: “Dazzle and Delight under the Magical Moonlight”. There will also be a lucky draw at the end of the evening based on the lucky number drawn from the falling star!

A ‘Belle and Baron of the Ball’ shall also be chosen on the evening. Children must bring their ticket with to the event for a magical draw!

Thank you to Teacher Danielle for doing the beautiful invitations.

School Uniform Orders for 2020 – Please order now for 2020 – New Items Available!

Parents are asked to please place orders for 2020 uniform items now as stock becomes more difficult to purchase after Mid-November. Some new and interesting items are also available for order so please have a look. Only online orders are acceptable. This is particularly important for all the new children who will start at Courtney House in January 2020.

Jenny is available at the primary campus on Monday and Friday mornings (between 07:00 and 08:00) for assistance regarding uniform items. The physical address for fitting and purchasing uniform is available on the website. Please consult the website for ordering and purchasing school uniform items which is www.schooluniformshop.co.za

Dean’s Stationery Orders for 2020 – Delivery Date

Orders which have been placed and payed for by 30 November 2019, shall be delivered to the primary school campus on Tuesday 3 December 2019. Parents are asked to come in between 07:30 and 16:00 on this day to collect their child’s stationery box.

Musical Instrument Concert

Some of the Courtney House children shall be participating in a music concert whereby they will be playing the guitar. This event is on Thursday 28 November 2019 at Maragon School.

Swimming

The swimming season for 2019 comes to an end during the last week of November. If water conditions are inappropriate or weather is bad, swimming classes are cancelled, however, the swim coaches still come to the school and give the children a practical lesson on swim techniques, swim theory, basic water safety and techniques.

Extra Mural Activities

Please take note that all extra mural activities shall run only until Friday 29 November 2019. There are no extra mural activities in December.

Eat et Cetera School Lunch Packs

Healthy, wholesome and convenient lunch packs can be ordered, as usual, for daily lunch packs and hot meals. Please contact them on (012) 941 3999 or info@etc.co.za for more information.

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. There is a display near the school office where the children who receive badges are acknowledged.

Congratulations to the students who received awards for ‘Most Scientifically-Minded Student”

This week’s award is for the ‘Most Creative Art Student’.

Final Academic Reports

The final academic reports will be ready for collection on Tuesday 10 December. Parents can collect the reports from the school office between 07:15 and 17:00 on this day. Parents will need to sign for their child’s report.

Important Dates to Remember

Thursday 28 November
Last swimming lesson for the year
Friday 29 November
Mini-Ball Evening Event for children in Grade 2 – 5
Friday 29 November 
All extra mural activities end
Tuesday 3 December 
Collect Stationery Boxes ordered through Deans from school
Thursday 5 December
Prize Giving Morning Rehearsal
Thursday 5 December 
Award’s Ceremony and Prize Giving at the Brooklyn Theatre from 18:00 – 20:45
Monday 9 December 
Visit to the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg and Acrobranch in Melrose
Tuesday 10 December
Final Year End Reports go out to parents
Wednesday 11 December
 School closes for summer holiday

 

 

 

Senior Campus News – applies to students in Year 7 to A/AS-Level

End of Year

The school closes on Wednesday 11 December at 12:00. We request that parents e-mail the school, in advance, if their child’s last day is before the above given date. This will allow the teachers to keep track of the students attending their class. Teachers can then also file the absent students’ class work in the work missed file until they return in the new year.

End of Year Celebration Success

This Friday, 22nd November, from 18:00 to 22:00, our IGCSE and AS/A-Level students had their Year End Celebration (Prom).

We extend thanks to Stephanie and her team at Eat et Cetera Restaurant for all their exceptional work in making this evening so special for the students.

Special thanks to all the College teachers, especially Teachers Linda, Cyd, Tanya, Mary and Dave who were involved in organising and arranging the event and for extra supervision at the event as well as to Teacher Cara for taking the most beautiful photos. Well done to Teacher Linda for orchestrating the entire event and to Teacher Cyd for doing invitations together with Teacher Megan’s assistance.  Thank you, too, to Teachers CJ, Megan and Patrick for attending the event to help supervise the students.

Checkpoint Day Outing to Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves

The Checkpoint 2020 and 2021 students have received information letters and return slips/consent forms for a full day outing to the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng Educational Centre and Sterkfontein Caves. This outing will take place on Thursday 28 November. Teachers Cara, Jalani, Cyd and Demi will accompany the children on their educational outing. Please take note that children will only return back to school at approximately 15:30 on this day.

Thank you to those parents who submitted forms and payment. We wish these students and their teachers a splendid outing.

Prize Giving – Checkpoint 2021 (Year 7)

The Checkpoint 2021 (Year 7 students) have been issued information letters and consent forms for attendance at the prize giving on Thursday 5 December. Parents are asked to complete the forms and submit them to the school office as soon as possible so that preparations can begin. Parents are also requested to indicate, on the form, how many relatives will attend, for catering and seating arrangements.

The prize giving shall take place on Thursday 5 December 2019 at 18:00 in the evening. This event shall be held at the Brooklyn Theatre, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park.

All parents and relatives are invited to attend and to come and watch the award’s ceremony. The event will start at 18:00 promptly and will end at around 20:45. Parents do not need to purchase any tickets to attend this event.

A morning rehearsal of the prize giving proceedings has been arranged for the morning of Thursday 5 December at the Brooklyn Theatre.

Please ensure that your child is at school on this day. The bus to transport the children to the Brooklyn Theatre leaves promptly at 07:50 so please ensure that children are not late. Rehearsals start at 08:15 and end at 12:30. Children shall be transported, by bus, to school after the rehearsals.

End of Year Mini Ball – Moonlight Magic – Year 7 students

There will be a mini-ball on Friday 29 November at the primary school campus from 18:00 till 20:30. Semi-Formal to Formal and/or Party Dress is the dress code. Information letters and consent forms have been handed out. Tickets are R 60 per child and includes a light meal, cold-drink and dessert.

A DJ from Starlight Sound has also been arranged for the evening.

The theme is: “Dazzle and Delight under the Magical Moonlight”. There will also be a lucky draw at the end of the evening based on the lucky number drawn from the falling star!

A ‘Belle and Baron of the Ball’ shall also be chosen on the evening. Children must bring their ticket with to the event for a magical draw!

Thank you to Teacher Danielle for doing the beautiful invitations.