6 November 2017

General News – applies to all three phases

Classroom Showcase

Parents and students are reminded to view recent events and presentations on the website www.courtney.co.za under the classroom showcase link for each phase. Photos and interesting information are posted regularly. Grandparents and relatives living abroad can also see what the children are doing and enjoy some of the variety of events that are available to view.


Parents are asked to inform the school offices of any possible relocations that may apply between now and June 2018 in terms of our foreign families returning abroad or moving on to a different international posting. Many of our classes have intense waiting lists and we would like to be able to inform families of any vacancies for 2018.

Items Required

A reminder that we are still collecting the plastic cold-drink-, milk- and water bottle tops to help assist an organisation purchase wheelchairs for those who cannot afford it.

Teacher Lauren is still collecting glass medicine bottles, specifically the brown 100ml and 50ml bottles, for the Science Lab. She has also requested the small sachets of silica gel that are often packaged in tablet containers and other packages to absorb moisture.

Please hand these items in at the school offices.

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.

Term Dates for 2017

Term 4                                9 October – 8 December 2017

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

Welcoming Party for Grade 00

The children in Grade 00 will be treated to a welcoming party at the primary school campus on Monday 6th November from 10:30 – 12:30. This will be an opportunity for the children to meet the current Reception Year children and to be introduced to the “Big School” campus. The current Grade 6 students shall be organising and arranging the event. They will also get to meet their new teacher, Teacher Heather, who will be taking over as Reception Year teacher as of January 2018, as well as some of the new friends who will be in their class next year.

The Mobilezoo Visit

The Mobilezoo came to visit the pre-school on Friday 3 November. The children could view and touch a variety of small animals who came to pay them a visit, such as: chinchilla; hedgehog; tarantula; python; bearded dragon; tortoise and a few more. The presentation was thoroughly enjoyed by the children. Photos shall be posted on the website and facebook page soon.

Extra Murals

Parents must take note that all extra mural activities for 2017 will end on Thursday 30 November.

Pre-School Prize Giving

The Courtney Kids Prize Giving Ceremony will take place on Thursday 30 November at 17:30 at the pre-school campus.

End of Year Reports

Parents can collect their child’s report on Thursday 7 December 2017.

Reception Year Text Books for 2018

Parents of children in Grade 00 are reminded to place their orders for the Cambridge Text Books for Reception Year. The orders and payments must be received by no later than Friday 10 November 2017. Thank you to those parents who have already done so.

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

Hearty Welcome

We welcome Heather Garden as the new Reception Year teacher for 2018. Teacher Heather is an experienced and lovely teacher who has taught Reception Year for many years and is looking forward to joining the Courtney House Team. We welcome her and wish her a happy and fun-filled time with us. Teacher Heather will be taking over from Teacher Danielle, who has done a superb job with the Reception Year teaching for the last four years. Teacher Danielle will be moving up into teaching Senior Primary classes such as ICT, Art, Geography and Science.

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

Thank you to the parents who attended the parent-teacher afternoon and for the valuable feedback given.

Science Expo

Children in Grade 2 to 6 may participate in a Science Fair to be held on Tuesday 28th November during the school morning. Children received information leaflets explaining the requirements for the Science Expo. Those children who would like to participate need to complete the return slip and hand it in to their class teacher as soon as possible.

Uniform Shop

Amy Pienaar from Ruler Clothing, our current uniform supplier, is available at the primary school campus on Thursday mornings between 07:00 and 09:30 for parents who would like to purchase and/or order uniform items. Please get orders for 2018 in now before factories start closing for the December holidays.

No Homework

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will not receive any written homework so as to prepare for the final examinations.

End of Year Examinations

Children in Grade 3 to 6 have received their end-of-year examination timetables. These examinations start on Wednesday 8 November and end on Tuesday 21 November.

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 those children who received their awards for “Best Puzzle-Builder or Best Chess Student”. This week’s award will be for “Most Improved in Self-Confidence”.

Deadline for Text Book Orders Approaching

Completed order forms and payment is due by no later than Friday 10 November 2017.

Ingwe Adventure Camp in Plettenburg Bay

We thank the parents for making the first payments for camp. The next payment is due by 5 December 2017.

Entrepreneur’s Day

The children in the Blue Topaz Team will have their entrepreneur’s day on Thursday 30th November.

Prize Giving Ceremony

A Prize Giving Ceremony for children in Reception Year to Grade 6 will take place on Tuesday 5th December starting at around 17:30.

Final Academic Reports

Parents can collect the final academic reports from the school office on Thursday 7th December between 07:30 and 16:00.

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

Classes at the College Continue

Grade 7: These students return to school for Grade 8 on Monday 30 October.

Grade 8: These students return to school on Monday 30 October to start IGCSE.

IGCSE 2017: These students return to school on 17 January 2018 to start AS/A 2019.

IGCSE 2018:  These students return to school on Monday 30 October to continue IGCSE 2018.

AS/A 2018: These students return to school on Monday 30 October to continue AS/A 2018.