19 March 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

End of Term for Autumn Holiday

School closes on Tuesday 20 March at 12:00 for the Autumn holiday. Aftercare will continue, as normal, on this day, however, there will be no extra murals.

We wish all our families a safe, happy and eventful holiday and look forward to everyone’s return on Monday 9th April, when Term Two resumes.

Blue Friday Project – Thank You

On Friday 16th March, all the Courtney students wore blue clothes of their choice or any blue accessories to show their support for children with disabilities. Donations of R20 per child were also collected and will contribute towards assisting and supporting the Learning Centre for Children with Disabilities. Thank you to all who contributed so enthusiastically towards this wonderful cause.

Optometric Tests

Parents are reminded of the importance of having children’s eyes formally tested from the age of 5 years. This should take place, regularly, at two-year intervals. Many children require spectacles and this often goes unnoticed until they reach puberty, after much damage has already been done, and they have struggled with reading, writing and spelling throughout the foundation phase. Specsavers, through their “Kid’s Right to Good Sight” campaign offers specials on eye tests and spectacles for South African children between 6 and 12 years of age. We ask that parents have their children’s eyes checked regularly.

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 Tiny Tots, Grades 000 and 00

Tea Mornings

Parents are reminded to attend our quarterly “Tea Day” on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March. Parents can come to school between 07:00 and 08:30 to view their child’s work, meet the Language Teachers and enjoy a cup of tea.

Progress Reports

Term 1 progress reports will be handed out on Monday 16 April.

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

Charity Drive

Thank you to all the children who donated charity items of non-perishable foodstuff for the poor families in and around Pretoria. Those who would still like to bring items, can do so on Monday 19th or Tuesday 20th March.

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

Parents are thanked for attending this as well as for the valuable feedback which was received. Appointments will be made for those parents who requested to see individual teachers.

Inter-House Swimming Gala Success

Thank you to Teachers Elke and Rehanna, the swimming coaches, for all their efforts in organising such an amazing gala. Thank you, too, to Teacher Mariechen for assisting and to all the Courtney House staff for making the event such a wonderful success and so much fun for the children.

Congratulations to the Green Emeralds Team for winning in the swimming division and receiving the Inter-House Winning Team Trophy. Well done to Blue Topaz for coming in, very closely behind them, at second place and to the Yellow Diamonds Team for placing third.

Congratulations to the following children, who also received medals for the fastest recorded times overall, in male and female divisions:

First Place Gold                                     Angela Guerra-Blanco (Grade 5)                         David Ndargiwa (Grade 6)

Second Place Silver                             Laila Ally (Grade 6)                                                    Matias Gibbs (Grade 6)

Third Place Bronze                              Sadë Tiitinen (Grade 4)                                            Benjamin Foster (Grade 5)

A Spirit Trophy was also awarded to the team who showed the most competitive spirit. Congratulations to the Blue Topaz Team for winning this Spirit Trophy. Well done to the Green Emeralds Team for coming in at second place and to the Purple Pearls for coming in third place.

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. The children are awarded badges at line-up. Congratulations to the children who received awards for “Most Artistically Creative Student”.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at The Brooklyn Theatre

Children, who are attending this on Tuesday 27 March, will need to be dropped off at the Primary Campus between 10:00 and 10:45 am.

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. There has already been a great response and the closing date to reserve tickets for this is Tuesday 20th March.  There are only a few seats left.

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.

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

Spelling Bee Success

A huge thank you is extended to Teachers Estelle, Cyd, Jolene and Morgainne for organising the Spelling Bee Challenge at the College. Congratulations to the following students for doing such an amazing job!

Junior Division Winners:

First Place                         Olwanda Majozi

Second Place                   Rik Chatterjee

Third Place                       Ntsika Majozi

Senior Division Winners:

First Place                         Safia Fadzil

Second Place                   Hadia Farooq

Third Place                       Asanté Ndlela

Table Tennis Tournament

Courtney College played their first match against Laudium Secondary School on 14 March. Congratulations to our team who played exceptionally well, beating our opponents by far! The boys’ league will continue after the April holidays. We wish our team the very best.

Math Olympiad

Some of our College students participated in the SAMF Math Olympiad during last week. The students, who have qualified to go to round two, will be announced on Monday 19 March.