16 March 2020

General Information Pertaining to Important Dates and Events

 

Autumn Holiday

Except for those students at the Senior Campus and A-Level Campus who may be writing tests, school closes at 12h00 midday on Friday 20 March for the Autumn Holiday. We wish all our families a happy and safe holiday and we look forward to everyone’s safe return on Wednesday 1 April when the new term begins.

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

Stage Production 2020

Dates have been confirmed for 9 – 12 December 2020, with evening performances on 11 and 12 December 2020. The Stage Production takes place at The Atterbury Theatre.

Important Dates to Remember

Monday 16 March   
Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Peter-and-the-Wolf’ performance for Reception Year to Year 5
16 – 19 March
Cycle Tests for children in Year 3, 4 and 5
Friday 20 March 
Term 1 Ends – Autumn Holiday
Saturday 21 March
Human Right’s Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 1 April  
Term 2 begins
5 – 10 April
Senior Leadership Camp in Cape Town for Year 8 to A-Level
6,7,8 April  
Geography, ICT Theory and History Cycle Tests for Year 3 – 5
Thursday 23 April
First Cycle Academic Reports for Reception Year to Year 5 ready for collection
Friday 10 April 
Good Friday Public Holiday
Monday 13 April  
Family Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 15 April  
Reception Year to Year 3 children to view a stage performance of ‘Aesop’s Fables’ at Children’s Theatre
Monday 27 April  
Freedom Day Public Holiday
27 April – 1 May 
No School due to Long Weekends
Friday 1 May 
Worker’s Day/ Labour Day Public Holiday
26 May – 5 June 
Mid-Year Exams for children in Year 3 to 5
Wednesday 10 June 
Year 4 to Year 8 students to view a stage performance of ‘The Hobbit’ at Children’s Theatre
Friday 12 June
Term 2 Ends – Winter Holiday
Tuesday 16 June  
Youth Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 7 July 
Term 3 Starts
Thursday 30 July 
Mid-Year Academic Reports for Reception Year to Year 5 ready for collection

 

 

 

Specific Information Pertaining to Teachers and Students

 

Corona Virus Update

School management is well aware of the seriousness of preventative measures required for Corona Virus infections without creating undue hysteria and panic among the children, students, staff and parents. Therefore, the following has been implemented:

On Tuesday 10 March, Germcure came to professionally disinfect all three campuses and will continue to do so at regular intervals.

All staff, students and parents have received thorough factual information about the virus and measures needed to curb the spread of infection.

We ask that parents and family members implement extra hygiene practises at home and it is advisable that children as well as parents increase their daily intake of Vitamin C as well as immune boosters to prevent a low immune system as the first defence against any infection or illness. Furthermore, parents must please keep children home if they present with any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat. Medical attention must be sought.

Any children who present with such symptoms at school will be asked to be fetched to go home immediately.

Parents are asked to please inform the school immediately should there be any cause for concern about their child who may have contracted the virus or any confirmed cases of the virus.

Parents have received comprehensive information, which was emailed through earlier in the week, which can be used at home to reinforce all of the above.

With holidays upon us and families possibly travelling and returning to international countries during this time, we ask that everyone is extra careful and aware. Should families be travelling to Asia or Europe and any of the high risk countries, we cannot, at this stage, enforce it, but ask that families exercise even more caution and kindly inform school management of such travel and possibly to seriously consider a short period of isolation before returning back to Courtney House.

High risk countries or areas include:

China (Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Italy (especially Milan and Venice), Iran and Egypt.

Traffic Issues and Delays

We are aware, especially for families who are driving from a distance and those using main routes, that traffic is unpredictable due to load-shedding and power cuts etc. Teachers have been instructed to be patient and there is no need for children to arrive at school anxious and distraught over arriving late due to bad traffic. We trust that families will exercise caution on the roads during such times as well as during storms and wet weather.

Where we want children to arrive at school on time, of course, we also want to limit the degree of stress and anxiety for families who do perhaps live a distance away.

Senior Adventure/Leadership/Educational Camp – April 2020

Parents are asked to please ensure that all documents are completed, signed and returned to the school office as soon as possible. Certified copies of documents are also required.

Reminder to Wear Civvies on Monday

Children in Reception Year to Year 5 are reminded to dress in smart-casual clothing on Monday 16 March. Clothing appropriate to a theatre visit is to be worn please.

Charity Collection Appreciation

During the week of 9 – 13 March, children in Reception Year to Year 5 were encouraged to bring items of food, clothing, blankets and toys for charity.

Wow! We are so proud of the Courtney House children for their immensely generous reaction to this request. A total of 25 large boxes were packed full of items and collected by Mr Sam Catulichi on Friday afternoon. Items will be sent to destitute and needy as part of the charity work of the Knights of Da Gama.

Thank you to all who gave so generously, it is truly appreciated. As a token of thanks, children may wear civvies (clothes of their choice) on both Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March.

Absenteeism

Parents can send an email to school office emails or a whatsapp message to the school cell phones notifying either Shirley or Thelma of absent children, who will then notify the relevant teachers.

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.

Courtney House is serious about discipline and we take a firm stance against all forms of misconduct.

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.  Thank you to those students who are proud of their cultural heritage and follow through on this invitation, it is lovely to see.

Birthday Civvies

Children in Reception Year to Year 7 may wear civvies (clothing of their choice) to school on the day of their birthday. If their birthday falls over a weekend or holiday session, they may wear civvies on the Monday directly after a weekend or the day returning from a holiday session.

School Uniform Orders

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. Orders can only be placed via the online forms.

Beautiful, warm, fleecy-lined winter tracksuit tops are now available. Long-sleeve winter T-Shirts will be available shortly.

Please get your winter orders in quickly as the weather is going to change soon.

A reminder to all parents, that the official, navy-blue, Courtney House uniform is policy at the school. Children may not wear jackets, jerseys and coats of their choice, particularly those that are not plain, navy blue.