We do not hurt others with words or actions
This is a basic rule and principle of behaviour that has been in existence at Courtney House since its inception. It encompasses all forms of behaviour which is deemed hurtful to another person, whether physical or verbal. This could imply bullying, teasing, derogatory or bad language, disrespectful conduct and disrupting lessons which infringe upon another child’s opportunity to learn effectively during a lesson.
Education involves cognitive instruction by means of academic learning but it also has a responsibility towards a child’s moral development. If children are found to be bullying and teasing each other, disrupting lessons, showing disrespect to adults, their peers and/or physical environment (such as school buildings, property or gardens) and failing to stop such behaviour after being asked to do so; it is the responsibility of the teachers and adults at Courtney House to discipline the child so as to point out unfavourable behaviour and encourage better conduct.
All the adults (teachers, staff, assistant staff, drivers, and administrative staff alike) at Courtney House are people of integrity and honour and all are qualified and trained to perform the duties assigned to them. Therefore, you can be guaranteed of a happy and enriching educational environment.
Teasing and Bullying
Courtney House prides itself in quality education and has a “No Bullying or Teasing Policy”. We do not condone teasing or bullying.
Unfortunately though, teasing and bullying is on the increase around the world, due in part to the increasing role of the media, combined with the diminishing role of the family unit. We cannot stress enough, the importance of curtailing both the amount and the content of what your child is exposed to in the media, including computer access, play station games etc.. as few of the programmes role model tolerance or self-control.
Teachers must be notified as soon as teasing or bullying is suspected so that intervention can take place sooner rather than later.
The discipline procedures used at Courtney House include:
- “Time-Out” or having the child not participate in certain activities such as play-time, break or extra-murals.
- Informing parents of concerning behaviour and/or calling for a meeting whereby the behaviour is discussed and ideas are shared in terms of addressing the main issue as well as underlying issues. Often suggestions, advice and guidance is given as to a way forward
- In certain situations, and if there has been a pattern of disruptive behaviour or concerns, parents are called in to fetch the child from school, in the hope that the child will have time to cool off and also that parents can deal with the behaviour at home, from a parental-discipline perspective, together with guidance from the teachers and school. The child can return the following day or after a day’s break, as decided upon by the parents together with the teacher/HOD/Academic Head
- In more serious situations and depending on the nature of the concerning behaviour, the child will be officially suspended from school for a period of between 3 to 5 full school days. This is also discussed in an official meeting between the parents as well as HOD and Academic Head. It is accompanied by an official school-suspension slip and kept on record.
- In absolute extreme cases, and in cases whereby all other avenues have been explored to no avail, a procedure of official expulsion will begin. This is the final step in a long process and has only been employed in extremely serious situations.
By the same token, Courtney House has many channels of communication whereby parents can raise concerns about their child.
Communication between home and school is fundamental to creating an optimal learning environment at home and at school. Productive and proactive collaboration between home and school is fundamental to optimal learning. For this reason, the following communication channels are available and encouraged:
- Communication with teaching staff personally, telephonically or via e-mail
- Communication with school management
- Weekly News Letter containing current news and updated information. Subscribe to receive this via email.
- Daily Message Sheets (Reception Year – Year 2)
- Homework Diaries (Year 3 – Year 6)
- A short visit to the office to perhaps have a brief chat with the teacher or request an official appointment
- Report and/or Parent-Afternoon Feedback forms
- A personal letter addressed to the Academic Head.
You may contact the office between 07H45 and 16H00 dial 012 346 4051 or school cell (mobile) number 084 556 4049
Healthy Nutrition Policy
Our policy is based on the ever increasing research that strongly indicates that nutrition impacts significantly on our mood, and the ability to learn and build memory. Fizzy cool drinks, cakes and sweets are not favourable and cause erratic glucose levels and affect learning, concentration, socialisation and behaviour.
Each area is equipped with a filtered water dispenser as regular hydration of the body and brain through drinking water is encouraged.
We request that you adhere to this policy, with a bite size treat, allowed on Fridays. We thank the parents who support this endeavour as it makes a marked difference to our learning environment.
Suggestions for healthy Lunchbox Snacks include:
- Fresh and dried fruit
- Sandwiches with nutritious and wholesome fillings such as cheese, peanut butter, cold meats, marmite, chicken, tuna etc.
- Fruit juice and fruit sticks or dried fruit bars
- Cereal and breakfast bars
- Crackerbreads, savoury cheese biscuits, biltong, nuts
Chewing gum and bubble gum is not permitted.
You may like to send a birthday cake and some small treats to school when it is your child’s birthday. Parents are asked to keep this simple (a small cupcake for each child, juice and a small packet of crisps or sweets) is sufficient. Elaborate and “over-the-top” birthday celebrations are not appropriate at school as these are disruptive to the school day. Please bear in mind that some children have food allergies and also that some families, for cultural or religious purposes, do not celebrate birthdays. Teachers and staff are not permitted, for professional purposes, to attend children’s private birthday parties or other celebrations.
Safety and Security Policy
A safe and secure environment is of utmost priority. The smaller, more personal environment ensures more efficient supervision and safety of our children. We have a strict policy of signing out for the children in our care by the designated adult. You are required to notify us of any changes to the collection of your child via sms. We will not allow a child to leave with any person unless we have been notified of the change. We further stipulate that whilst in our care all children will be properly supervised.
First Aid, Illness and Medical Emergencies
Many members of our teaching team have been trained in First Aid treatment, should a situation of minor injury occur. Parents and or legal guardians will be notified in an emergency.
Please ensure that the Medical Forms (as part of the enrollment procedure) are correct and updated.
Please supply the school office with the correct and most updated medical aid or medical insurance information.
Please notify the school office if your child is ill and not fit to attend school and also indicate the nature of the illness.
Sun Protection Policy
There is a “No Hat, No Play” policy in place to protect your child from the harmful effects of the sun and UV Rays. This policy applies throughout the year. Children who do not have a hat for the sun will be required to remain in the shade and not be allowed to play. Please ensure that your child has sun-screen applied before coming to school and an additional tub in their school bag, especially on swimming and PE days.
Toys and Fads
Children may not bring toys, fads or collectables to school.
For show-and-tell purposes, these toys or items are to remain packed away until required.
Children may not have cell-phones; laptops; tablets; I-Pads or any other electronic items at school.
These items will be confiscated.
Uniform and Dress Code Policy
Official, navy blue Courtney House uniform is to be worn for all children in Reception Year to Year 6.
Children must be dressed neatly and appropriately for school.
Clothing must be clean and fit properly.
Expectations referring correct dress code and appearance for children at Courtney House International School are as follows:
Boys (Reception Year to Grade 6)
Official Courtney House Tracksuits, jackets, shorts, caps and golf shirts shall be permitted.
Official Courtney House Tracksuit or shorts must be worn for Physical Education and Sport lessons.
Official Courtney House Peak Cap or Floppy Hat is to be worn for the sun.
Plain, navy blue socks may be worn.
Girls (Reception Year to Grade 6)
Official Courtney House Tracksuits, jackets, dresses, shorts; sleeveless tops; pleated skirts, hats and golf shirts shall be permitted.
Girls’ dresses and skirts can be accompanied by navy-blue, lycra hot-pants. The length of dresses and skirts must be suitable as not to be too short or revealing.
Official Courtney House Tracksuits or shorts can be worn for Physical Education and Sport lessons.
Official Courtney House Peak Cap or Floppy Hat is to be worn for the sun.
In summer, white socks may be worn.
In winter, plain navy blue socks or opaque tights/stockings to be worn.
Make up and Nail Varnish
Make up and nail varnish are not permitted.
Only navy-blue, white, black and any combination of these colours are permitted.
Hair must be clean and neat at all times.
Hairstyles that are extreme and/or distracting will not be allowed.
Unnatural hair colours (eg. pink, green, purple, blue etc.), contrasting colours, and lines cut into the hair are also not permitted.
Hair must be well-groomed and taken care of and may not reach below the eyebrows in the front of the face, and below the neck line.
Long hair must be tied up.
Hair may not fall into the face and over the eyes.
Only chains with simple, small religious icons, medallions or crosses may be worn.
Only one earring in each ear (simple studs or sleepers) in Gold, Silver or the school colours may be worn.
Any colour watches are allowed.
Bangles, bracelets, drop-earrings and other accessories are not permitted.
Only plain (as far as possible) navy-blue, white or black footwear is acceptable.
Traditional leather school shoes in black or navy blue are perfect.
If shoes are predominantly in the school colour will a slight showing of an additional colour, this is also fine.
Simple sneakers in black, white or navy-blue are suitable.
Sandals and pumps in navy-blue or black may be worn.
Proper running shoes or sport trainers may be worn for Physical Education.
Heavy three-quarter trainers and high-tops (Hip-Hop style) which reach the calf are not permitted
Only short ankle boots may be worn during the winter months. Longer, knee-length boots are not permitted.
Crocs sandals are not permitted.
Swimwear (summer months)
Girls are to wear a plain navy blue one piece swimsuit together with a navy blue swimming cap.
Boys are to wear plain navy blue swim shorts together with a navy blue swimming cap.
Swimming towels can be of any colour and variation
Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name and surname on the inside.
A special clothing marker or permanent marker may be used for this purpose.
Please note that we shall contact you, the parents, should your child be dressed in the incorrect attire or footwear. Your co-operation and support is highly appreciated.