5 March 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

Blue Friday Project

On Wednesday 7th March, all three campuses will be visited by presenters on the ‘Blue Friday Project’ at different times. Students will receive information about this project during this 45 minute presentation.

End of Term

School closes on Tuesday 20 March at 12:00 for the Autumn holiday. Aftercare will continue, as normal, on this day.

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1                                 17 January – 20 March 2018

Term 2                                 9 April – 22 June 2018

Term 3                                 16 July – 14 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 Kids News – applies to children in Grades 000 and 00

Hats and Caps

Parents are reminded to send hats to school every day for the sun. Children can leave their hats at school in their lockers.

Early Morning Drop Off

Parents are reminded that the school opens at 07:00 with a teacher on supervision duty. Children may not be left at school before this time in the mornings.

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

Cycle Tests

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will write their Cycle Tests from 8 till 16 March.  They have received their test schedules. All work and concepts covered thus far, up to and including the 2nd March, shall be assessed during these tests. The aim of the tests is to attain clarity as to each student’s progress thus far so as to better assist students with concepts that have not been fully comprehended and internalised. Parents are asked to ensure that the children are reviewing the work covered.

No Homework

Children in Grade 3 to 6 shall receive no written homework from 5th March so as to enable effective studying and review of content.

French Text Books

All children have now received their French Text Books. Parents are asked to please ensure that the books are covered in a clear plastic and labelled clearly with the child’s name and surname. Books are to be returned to school on Monday 5th March. The CD which is found on the back cover of one of the books, can be kept at home, as it contains songs and expressions in French which can be played at home or in the car to further enhance the oral component of learning French.

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

Parents of children in Reception Year to Grade 6 are invited to attend a parent-teacher afternoon on Wednesday 14 March between 14:30 and 17:30. This is an opportunity for parents to come in and have a look at their child’s work as well as have a brief chat to the teachers about the child’s progress. We ask that parents do not come before 14:30.

Eco-Brick Challenge

Something that was learnt and carried over from the Ingwe Forest Adventure Camp was the making of Eco-Bricks as an incentive to turn waste into worth and assisting in conservation and environmental care.

Eco Bricks are plastic bottles filled with all kinds of plastics until they are firm and tight as a brick. They are used to build school playgrounds, benches and other useful furniture. Children need to collect clear plastic bottles (preferably 2 litre bottles) from what they can find at home. Then they stuff them tightly with all kinds of clean non-recyclable plastic and foil (chip packets, chocolate wrappers, tinfoil and all the little bits of plastic that lie around. Fill the plastic bottle with these items and then a wooden stick or the back of a wooden spoon can be used to stamp down the contents tightly until the bottle is completely solid and heavy. A 2-litre bottle should weigh between 300 – 500 grams once filled properly. The idea is not to buy the plastic bottle and contents but instead to let children look for items around the house or any other areas to reuse as part of environmental awareness.

Some children have already brought in highly creative attempts at making an Eco Brick which is acknowledged and praised. The challenge is for the first child between Reception Year and Grade 6 to make a complete 2-litre Eco Brick which weighs the heaviest. Siblings and family members can work together to create ONE Eco Brick.

The following items can be put inside the plastic bottle: clean plastic; clean foil; clean polystyrene.

The following items may not be put inside the plastic bottle: paper; food; sharp or heavy metal items; glass.

All the completed Eco Bricks will be sent to an organisation that uses them to build furniture.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Adam Szmidt and Derrich Gardner together with the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra are presenting a musical education programme directed specifically towards young children at The Brooklyn Theatre on Tuesday 27 March. Children between Grade 1 and Grade 6 are invited to attend this but seats are limited and will be based on a first come-first serve basis. The presentation is 65 minutes in duration and will include some famous compositions such as: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky; Glow Worm Idyll by Lincke; Flight of the Bumble Bee by Rimsky-Korsakov and Trisch Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss to name but a few. Tickets are R 120 per child and transport to and from the theatre shall be provided. Teachers will accompany the children as part of this wonderfully rich cultural experience. Please note that this takes place during the Autumn school holiday and starts at 12:00 so the group will leave from Courtney House at 11:00 am. More information and consent forms shall be made available to parents during the week. We encourage as many children as possible to attend to develop an appreciation of classical music and the benefits thereof.

The Sound of Music

One of our own Grade 4 students, Rebecca Wallick, shall be performing a lead role in the popular musical ‘The Sound of Music’ at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre. We have organised a block booking of limited seats for Friday 20th April. Children between Grade 2 and 6 are invited to participate. The performance starts at 20:00 pm and transport shall be provided, from Courtney House, to and from the Theatre. The group of children and teachers will leave school at 15:30 in the afternoon to avoid traffic. The bus should return to school at approximately 23:30 pm. Tickets are reduced to R 175 per ticket (excluding transport and meals/snacks) for a school block booking. Tickets will be issued on a first come-first serve basis. Parents will receive more information and consent forms during the week. We encourage as many children as possible to attend to develop a keen sense of artistic culture and a sincere appreciation of the theatre.

Charity Drive

Children are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable foodstuff for the poor. These items include: mealie-meal; maize meal; rice; dry noodles; pasta; packet soup; tinned food products; brown sugar; tea; peanut butter and jam. Their donations can be handed in at the school office any time between now and Friday 16th March. These items will be donated to a charity feeding scheme.

Inter-House Swimming Gala

Weather permitting and if the Hillcrest Swimming Pool can accommodate us, the swimming gala which was supposed to take place at the end of last year, will now take place on one of the following three dates: Thursday 15 March; Friday 16 March or Monday 19th March. Parents shall be informed once confirmation has been received. If not, the gala will have to take place at the St John Vianney Swimming Pool on a smaller scale.

First Cycle Progress Reports

First Cycle Academic Reports for children in Reception Year to Grade 6 will be available for collection from the school office on Friday 20 April 2018. There are three reporting cycles in the year: April; August and December.

The Excalibur Experience

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will attend this History Presentation at the Tshwane Children’s Theatre in Irene during the school morning on 9th May. It is an educational and theatrical interactive performance on Medieval Times and includes a medieval feast. It is presented by qualified educators and includes the following themes: medieval times; how they lived and what they did; medieval weaponry, armour, punishment and diseases in a hands-on learning environment. More information to parents will follow soon.

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

Parent Afternoon

On Monday 5th March, from 14:15 till 18:00, parents are invited to the College’s Parent Afternoon. This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s subject teachers and discuss the results attained during the Test Week as well as any other related issues or concerns. We welcome all parents and encourage them to make use of this opportunity.

Charity Drive

We thank each family who contributed to the College’s Charity Drive. We are busy packaging the toiletries that were donated in order to deliver it to the home for abused women and children.

Science Olympiad

We thank Teacher Patrick for organising and entering a group of College students to take part in the Science Olympiad. Well done to these students for participating and making use of the chance to gain experience in such events.

Sexuality Education

We thank Teacher Martha for her input during our ‘Sexuality Talk’ sessions last Friday. These sessions were held to provide the IGCSE and AS/A Level students with factual information and relevant knowledge related to the topic. We appreciate her interactive approach and we plan on organising follow up sessions throughout the year.