24 July 2017

General News – applies to all three phases

Welcome Back to Term 3

Welcome back to all our families and we trust that a splendid winter holiday was enjoyed by all.

Welcome to New Families

We welcome the many new local and international families who will start this term and we wish them a memorable and productive time with us.

Contracts and Policy Documents for 2018

All current students received envelopes containing the tuition contract and policy documents, applicable to their phase, for the 2018 academic year. Parents are asked to sign and return these contracts and documents by no later than Friday 4th August 2017, if they wish to secure their child’s place for 2018. Thank you to those parents who have already done so.

Website Showcase

We invite parents and students alike to go to www.courtney.co.za and view the ‘classroom showcase’ in each phase. Updated information and visuals about the different events or interesting projects pertaining to your child are posted from time to time. Have a look and enjoy!

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 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 on Monday 24th July.

Re-Registration Packs for 2018

Parents are reminded to return the re-registration packs for 2018 by no later than Friday 4th August 2017.

Bring a Hat

Please ensure that all children bring a hat to school as from Monday 24th July.

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

Bastille Day Celebration

Children will celebrate French Bastille Day (14 July) on Friday 28 July. As many of the children take French as a foreign language, they will have a day of learning about the history of Bastille Day and the French Revolution as well as enjoy a fun-filled day of French treats. We ask that children pay R10 and dress up in the colours of the French flag: blue, white and red. They can come to school dressed up in true festive style. This applies to all the children, not just those who take French.

Extra Murals

Except for ballet, all other extra mural activities for Term 3 will commence from Monday 31st July. There will also be some new and exciting additions to our current extra mural programme. Schedules will be handed out to children during the first week of the new term.

Mid-Year Academic Progress Reports

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

Meeting for Parents of Students in Grade 6

Parents of children in Grade 6 are invited to attend an important meeting on Wednesday 2nd August at 17:15.

Parent Afternoon

Parents of all children are invited to view their child’s work and/or have a chat with the teachers on Wednesday 16th August between 14:15 and 17:00. Parents are asked not to come earlier than 14:15 as teachers need time to prepare, especially after having taught a full day.

Speech Festival

The Speech Festival will take place on Thursday 21 September at Courtney House during the school morning between 08:30 and 12:30. Children will have an opportunity to recite their poem and will receive feedback in the form of an adjudication by the allocated external examiner. Parents are invited to watch their child’s session. More details about specific times for each class will be made available closer to the time.

Entrepreneur’s Day

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

Congratulations to the Quiz Champions

Congratulations to the children in the Blue Topaz Team for winning the Quizmaster’s Quiz which was held on Wednesday 28th June. Well done to the Yellow Diamonds Team for coming in at second place and Green Emeralds Team for placing third.

Visit to Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

This was an informative experience which was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and the teachers. Various bird species were spotted as well as a duiker, bunnies, antelope and even a great big tortoise. A special word of thanks to Zippy, Jeannet, Christina, Cynthia, Pietie, Robert, Elliot and Thomas who helped with supervision and security to ensure the children and teachers were safe. The highlight of the nature walk had to be the play-park which was enjoyed by all.

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 at the end of last term  for “Most Talented Art Student”.

Science Olympiad

Children participating in the Science Olympiad on Tuesday 1st August were issued some study material to prepare effectively. They were  also encouraged to spend some time during these holidays reading a wide variety of Science related material with particular emphasis on weather; weather patterns; the water cycle; cloud formations and types; rocks and rock formations; animal classification systems; states of matter and forces.

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

Extra Mural Activities

Students will receive extra mural forms during the first week of this term. All extra mural activities will only commence from the second week of term.

UNO Championship Winner

Congratulations to Thomas Ferreira from the AS-Level class who was the overall winner of the final round of the UNO Championships held on Friday 30 June. Well done to all who participated so enthusiastically and thank you to the teachers for organising the event.