19 June 2017

General News – applies to all three phases

Sincere Apologies

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to our parents for the inconveniences caused by the transport changes on Thursday 15 June due to the National Taxi strike. Parents are asked to please respect our focus on the safety and security of both the children and our staff. We realise that many parents were put out by the transport changes, however, all efforts were employed to contact all parents concerned.

Chicken Pox

There has been a report of chicken pox at the College Campus. This is a common childhood disease but parents must please be aware of any flu-like symptoms and fever in their child and check for spots or blisters on the skin and to seek medical advice.

Great News

We are proud to announce that, since starting our “Bottle Tops for Wheelchairs” campaign during 2016, all the efforts of Courtney children and students have managed to secure a total of 5 wheelchairs for the less fortunate. Congratulations and well done to everyone who has supported this initiative. We plan to continue so please keep bringing those plastic bottle tops in.

New Admissions for 2018

A reminder to parents who wish to enrol new and younger siblings, at any of the phases, for 2018, to start the process as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as some classes already have waiting lists.

Empty Medicine Bottles

We are still collecting these so keep them coming in. Thank you to those who have brought some bottles in.

Thank You for Charity Items

A tremendous amount of Charity Items were handed in. Thank you to all who gave so generously. The non-perishable food and some clothing items will be donated to The Knights of Da Gama which is a well-known and registered charitable organisation aiding the poor.

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.

Public Holidays Coming Up

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


Parents are reminded of the “No Hat No Play” policy. Children must have a hat or cap at school as protection from the sun when they are outdoors. This policy applies throughout the year. Please remember to ensure your child’s hat is clearly marked with their name and surname.

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

Mid-Year Exams

Children in Grade 3 to 6 continue with their Mid-Year Examinations. We wish them much success and look forward to their great progress. Examinations conclude on Friday 23rd June.

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 “Most Progress in Reading (Reception Year to Grade 3) and for Most Progress in ICT (Grade 4 to 6)”. This week’s theme will be for ”Good Etiquette and Manners”.

Winter Holiday Pony Day-Camps

The Mount Riviere Stables in Pretoria East is holding holiday day-camps during the July School Holidays. During these holiday programmes, children will learn about horses and how to take care of horses and there will also be games, painting ponies, riding lessons and outrides. The programmes run from 9:00 till 13:00 at a cost of R 200 per child. Children must take their own packed lunch. For children who stay later than 13:00, the cost is R 50 per child per hour. Please book in advance. For more details, contact Tanya on 071 6005419 or alternatively email at mountrivierstables@gmail.com.

Winter Holiday Club – L’Vaya Mzansi Road Trip

Children have received little flyers about this holiday programme, which some of the Courtney Children attended last year. This winter holiday programme will run from 3rd July – 7th July 2017 at the Brooklyn Methodist Church in Murray Street, Pretoria, from 08:00 till 13:00 each day. For more details, please contact Ndiu on 071 397 7722 or alternatively email on ndiumpofu@gmail.com


Parents are reminded of the “No Hat No Play” policy. Children at the Primary Campus must have a Courtney House or plain, navy hat or cap at school as protection from the sun when they are outdoors. This policy applies throughout the year. Please remember to ensure your child’s hat is clearly marked with their name and surname.

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.

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 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 have received 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


Congratulations to Teacher Martha on the birth of her healthy baby daughter, Lumay, during the early hours of Sunday, 11 June. We wish both Martha and her new bundle of joy all the best.

Study Skills Workshop

Thank you to Johan Louw and Zahné Bosch for the informative and helpful Study Skills Workshop which was held at the College Campus on Saturday 10 June. Thank you to all the students who attended and found the workshop both informative and helpful.  Students shall be kept updated as to further workshops to follow.