26 June 2017

General News – applies to all three phases

End of Term

School closes for the Winter Holiday on Friday 30 June at 12:30. Aftercare supervision will be provided as usual. We wish all our families a safe and wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing everyone back again for the start of Term 3 on Monday 24th July.

Extended Holidays and Travel

Parents who are taking their children out of school because of extended holiday travel must please inform the school, in writing, of the exact dates that the children will not be at school. This is not conducive to the child’s academic progress so parents are urged to keep this to a minimum, especially in the higher grades and classes.

Pink Eye and Conjunctivitis

A number of children are reported to have contracted Pink Eye which is highly contagious. Please be aware of this and if your child presents with red, swollen, itchy and/or watery eyes which are painful, it is essential to keep your child at home and away from other children. Please consult a pharmacist or medical practitioner for the correct treatment.

Charity Items

Sam Catulici from The Knights of Da Gama came to collect the generous donations of non-perishable foodstuff and clothing items for the poor on Tuesday 20 June and thanked the Courtney children for their generosity.

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


Reports will be handed out on Monday 31 July and Tuesday 1 August. Parents are welcome to meet with the teacher from 13:00 to 17:00 on these days if they wish to discuss their child’s progress.

Extra Mural Activities

Extra Mural Activities will resume during the second week of the third term. All new extra mural information will be sent out during the first week of next term.

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

Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

The following groups will visit the Bird Sanctuary for a Nature-Environment Walk as well as a Sensory Observation Experience on the following days with teachers and assistants to supervise:

Monday 26th June                                Grades 3 and 4

Tuesday 27th June                                 Grades 5 and 6

Wednesday 28th June                         Grades 1 and 2

Thursday 29th June                               Reception Year

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 “Good Etiquette and Manners”. This week’s theme will be for “Most Talented Art Student”.

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!! We wish all our teams the best of luck!

Civvies Day

Children may wear civvies (ordinary clothes of their choice) on Friday 30 June.

Special Friday Treats for Tuck Shop

Please send a little extra tuck money with children on Friday 30 June as there will be mini hotdogs, pancakes, hot chocolate and other treats on sale for the children to enjoy.

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

Mid-Year Academic Progress Reports

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

Entrepreneur’s Day

Children in the Yellow Diamonds Team must start preparing for their entrepreneur’s day on Thursday 3rd August.

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

UNO Championships

College students are preparing for their Inter-Class UNO Championship Rounds which culminates in the ultimate final on Friday 30 June. Creative adaptations of this popular card game have been allowed to make the rounds more interesting but also more challenging. We wish our students the best of luck. Let the UNO games begin…best of luck to everyone!