5 June 2017

General News – applies to all three phases

Cambridge Conference

Teacher s Cara and Demi shall be attending a Cambridge Conference for the Cambridge Primary Programme on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th June during the afternoon in Midrand. Presenters from Cambridge will be conducting the conference which is specifically directed at the Primary Math and Science programmes offered by CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). For this reason, there will be no Dazzling Dancing on Tuesday afternoon.

Empty Medicine Bottles Required

Teacher Lauren, from Courtney College, has asked for all the Courtney children and students to bring in any sized empty medicine bottles (with the lids of course), particularly the GLASS BROWN medicine bottles. These can be handed in to homeroom teachers who will ensure they get to Teacher Lauren.

Community Charity Awareness

Winter is here in full force and the poor and destitute members of our communities struggle at this time. We appeal to all our children and students to help by bringing an item of the following to be donated to a charity organisation which helps to feed poor children and families in Pretoria and the surrounding areas. Items include: tinned food; mealie-meal, maize meal, samp, rice, canned soup or packet soup, peanut butter, sugar, tea, coffee. These donations can be handed in at the school offices and must be brought in by Thursday 15 June. Thank you to those who have already brought their donations in, much appreciated.

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1                                 17 January – 20 March 2018

Term 2                                 9 April – 22 June 2018

Term 3                                 16 July – 21 September 2018

Term 4                                1 October – 7 December 2018

The Courtney House Stage Production at the Atterbury Theatre to be staged on 7th and 8th December 2018.

Courtney International Day

Our ever-popular Courtney International Day event shall take place on Saturday 16th September 2017. Please save this date, more information to follow soon. South Africa celebrates National Heritage Day on 24th September and this international event aims to celebrate our diverse cultural heritage which is truly evident at our school. This event will be held at the Primary School Campus.

Public Holidays Coming Up

There will be no school on Friday 16th June as it is Youth Day, a Public Holiday in South Africa.

There will be no school on Wednesday 9th August as it is National Woman’s Day, a Public Holiday.

There will be no school on Monday 25th September as it is Heritage Day, a South African Public Holiday (Bank Holiday).

Term Dates for 2017

Term 2                                 18 April – 30 June 2017

Term 3                                 24 July – 29 September 2017

Term 4                                9 October – 8 December 2017

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

Courtney Kids Aftercare

All children staying at school later than 16:00 will not be transported to the Courtney House Primary Campus anymore. Late afternoon aftercare will resume at the pre-school, please collect your child from the Courtney Kids Campus no later than 17:00.

Tiny Tots Programme

The Tiny Tots programme has officially started. Children between the ages of 2 and 3 years can attend this programme on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Courtney Kids Parent Meeting

Parents of children at Courtney Kids are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday 8 June at 17:30 at the Courtney Kids Campus.

Sensory Day

On Friday 9 June, the children will have a sensory day. Please send the children dressed in old clothes as they will participate in a variety of sensory activities and they may get dirty and messy.

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

Pyjama Parade

Children in Reception Year to Grade 6 may wear their cosiest pyjamas and slippers to school on Friday 9 June if they pay R 10 for this warm and comfy treat. Fundraising for Stage Production 2018 has started.

Sad Farewell

We extend a sad farewell to Teacher Kim, who has decided to focus more specifically on her studies. We wish her all the best and much success at her studies and thank her for her efforts and contributions during aftercare supervision.

Study Skills Workshop for Grade 4 to 6 children

This was a brilliant and helpful workshop which was thoroughly enjoyed by the children. Thank you to Giselle and Gaby from “Love to Study”. Children are reminded to use their workshop workbooks to help them as they study and prepare for the examinations coming up.

Study Skills Workshop for Parents of Children in Grade 3 to 6

We thank all the parents who braved the cold to attend this informative workshop and we were delighted with the amazing turn up. Parents have also received emailed information and schedules from Giselle to further assist their children. A reminder, to parents, about the importance of a structured home routine, sufficient sleep, eating a wholesome breakfast and ‘Active Reading Aloud” as pertinent aspects of school success.

Young Engineers Presentation

On Wednesday morning, the children participated in an awe-inspiring presentation by the group called ‘Young Engineers’ who currently present our Lego Extra Mural. This programme starts with Big Builders for the 5-year olds, proceeds on to Lego Challenge for the 6-10year olds, moves through to Galilego for the 11-14 year olds and ultimately ends with advanced Robotics for the older students. It is a highly informative programme which develops dimensional reasoning skills and also focuses on educational aspects of building models and robots.


Children in Grade 3 to 6 shall not receive any written homework from this week as they need to study and prepare for their Mid-Year Examinations which are fast approaching.

Dazzling Dancing

A reminder, to parents, that there will be no Dazzling Dancing on Tuesday 6th June.

Uniform Shop

Amy Pienaar from RP Agencies, has arranged for Monica to be available every Thursday morning between 07:30 and 10:00 in the Uniform Shop (opposite the teacher parking bays) for sales and orders as well as for children to be sent for fitting of uniform items. Parents will also receive a letter from Amy explaining some of the changes in response to concerns raised by parents during the general school survey. There is a sample, with Thelma at the school office, of the proposed new summer golf shirt for boys and girls which is of a light-weight, durable and breathable fabric which will not fade over time with extensive washing and is more comfortable for wear. These are priced at between R 230 and R 250 per shirt. Please have a look and let us know what you think.

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. Congratulations to the children who received their badges last week for “Progress or Superb Talent at Y-Sport or PE”. This week’s theme will be for “Excellent Communication Skills”.

Art Theme

The new Art project for the next two to three weeks is based on Pam Carter’s Foreground/Background Art. Foreground and Background in Art play an important role in creating an illustration. Playing with space can help an artist to draw the viewer’s eye to key aspects of the painting or drawing which ultimately advances the ‘story’ which is being told through Art.

School Times

We have noticed that children are arriving very late. A reminder, to parents, that school officially starts at 07:50 each morning. Please ensure that children arrive on time for school. All lessons officially commence at exactly 08:00 and latecomers miss out on important lesson content.

Sweets and Healthy Eating Policy

Parents are reminded that sweets and sugary foods are not allowed at school during the week. Children may bring a small sweet treat on Fridays and there is Tuck Shop where they can purchase a treat or two. If teachers hand out a sweet treat or use this as part of a lesson, it is in a controlled measure but children may not bring these items to school otherwise.

Toys and Fads

Children may not have fidget spinners or any other toys, fads and small gadgets at school. These are not permitted and will be confiscated if they are at school. The only exception is when it is required as part of a lesson for ‘show-and-tell’ or a specific presentation.

Quizmasters Quiz

All children from Reception Year to Grade 6 will participate in a Quizmasters Quiz on Wednesday 28th June during the school morning. The four house teams will compete against each other for scores. The challenge is on…….get those general knowledge thinking caps on!! Teachers will start exposing the children to some of the General Knowledge content as a help.

Mid-Year Examinations

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will write their Mid-Year Examinations between Monday 12th June and Friday 23rd June. We wish them well and look forward to seeing their wonderful progress.

Mid-Year Academic Progress Reports

Mid-Year academic reports will be available for collection from the school office on Tuesday 8th August.

National Science Olympiad

Children in Grade 4 to 6 have been invited to participate in the National Science Olympiad which will take place on Tuesday 1st August during the school morning. Information slips for those children who have shown an interest have been made available. More details about this Olympiad will be available soon. The Grade 3 children will participate in the Olympiad but internally to provide them with an opportunity to experience a Science Olympiad.

Poetry Festival

Children in Reception Year to Grade 5 will start receiving poems to learn. These children will participate in a Poetry and Speech Festival during the third term. They will be expected to recite their poem in front of an audience as well as the adjudicators who will give each participant a certificate and report. Parents are also invited to attend and watch. The date of the event will be finalised soon.

Entrepreneur’s Days

The following dates have been set aside for the most successful entrepreneur’s day events we started last year:

3 August – Yellow Diamonds Team

19 October – Blue Topaz Team

16 November – Purple Pearls Team

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

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

All College parents are invited to meet with the teachers at Courtney College on Monday 5 June between 14:00 and 18:00.

Parents are welcome to come and chat to the teachers about any concerns from the last test week or just spend some time with the amazing people who teach your children every day and see what they are up to!

We look forward to seeing you here at 100 Florence Ribeiro Drive, for a cup of coffee and a hello….

UNO Championships

College students will participate in an Inter-Class UNO Championship, starting this week, to find the College UNO Champ of 2017. Creative adaptations of this popular card game have been allowed to make the rounds more interesting but also more challenging. Thank you to Teachers Cyd, CJ and Patrick for the initiative as they proceed with this throughout the term. We wish our students the best of luck. Let the UNO games begin…