7 May 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

School Arrival Time

School officially starts at 07:50 each morning. Children and students are expected to arrive for school on time. We have noticed that many children are arriving late for school and miss out on highly important morning routines which set the structure for the rest of the school day. We appeal to parents to please ensure that children are on time for school in the mornings.

Teacher Workshops

On Saturday, 12 May, all teachers from the primary and college campuses shall be participating in in-house training and teacher workshops focusing on enhanced teaching methods.

Limelight Concerts at The Brooklyn Theatre

Teacher Polina’s Private Music Studio shall be hosting two music concerts at The Brooklyn Theatre on Saturday 5 May and Saturday 12 May 2018 between 11:00 and 12:00. Many of the Courtney House piano students shall be participating in conjunction with piano and violin students from other schools as well as a few special guests. Tickets are R20 each and are available at the door. All are welcome to attend and support the young musicians. For more information, please contact Teacher Polina on 071 229 3773.

Relocations and Registrations

Families are asked to please notify the school offices of possible relocations which may take effect over the next few months. We have many families on waiting lists and applying for space during the next few months. This applies predominantly to embassies and international organisations.

Parents who wish to register and enrol new students for the 2019 academic year, especially those with younger siblings, are requested to process and finalise these applications as soon as possible. Many classes are full and students will need to be placed on waiting lists until space becomes available.

Term Dates for 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

Dress Up Day

Friday 4 May was ‘Occupations Dress-Up Day’ where children could dress up in the careers of their dreams. It was wonderful to see all the little professionals.

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

Piano Recitals at The Brooklyn Theatre

Congratulations to all the children who participated in the first of the two concerts at The Brooklyn Theatre. The children amazed us with their talent and we were extremely proud of our young musicians. Congratulations to Teacher Polina, the piano teacher, on their grand success. The following teachers are thanked for coming along to watch and support the young musicians: Teachers Anthea; Demi; Marlize; Danielle; Chanél; Jane; Glenda; Allison and Claire.

The Excalibur Experience       

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will attend this History Presentation on Wednesday, 9th May. Children must wear civvies but are encouraged to dress up in medieval attire or wear medieval-type accessories to the outing. They will also enjoy a medieval banquet feast at the presentation. Thank you to parents who have submitted the forms and payment.

Early Morning Supervision

The school provides early morning supervision strictly from 07:00 every morning, whereby designated teachers are on early morning supervision duty. Please note that children may not enter the school property before this time, for safety and security purposes.

Mid-Year Examinations

Children in Grades 3 to 6 will write their mid-year exams between 4 and 14 June 2018, with the ICT practical exam on 31 May.  Examination schedules have been handed out to the children. Exams are written during the school morning, however, school continues as normal during that time.

Entrepreneur’s Days

The ever-popular entrepreneur’s days shall take on a slightly different form this year. The following Grades will have an opportunity to sell their items on these dates:

Wednesday 20 June                           Reception Year, Grade 2, 3 and 5

Thursday 16 August                            Grade 1, 4 and 6

Tuck Shop

Every Friday there is a tuck shop sale whereby children can buy snacks and sweet treats. We have started to introduce “vetkoek”. Proceeds from tuck shop sales benefit the Courtney House Stage Production which shall take place at the Atterbury Theatre in December 2018.

Girl Power

The Girl Power South Africa, a registered charitable organisation benefiting health and hygiene for impoverished girls in South Africa, shall be contributing a few items each Friday for sale at our weekly tuck shop. Proceeds from the sale of these items direct benefit the organisation.

Poetry Festival

Children in Reception Year to Grade 5 shall participate in the Speech Festival by reciting an Individual Poem. The Speech Festival date has been confirmed for Friday 24th August. In the meantime, teachers shall start assisting the children in preparing poems which they will need to learn. Parents are invited to watch the sessions which shall take place during the school morning.

Primary Checkpoint Examinations

Students in Grade 6 will write their Cambridge International Primary Checkpoint Examinations sometime between 1st and 19th October 2018. Parents will be informed of the exact dates as soon as Cambridge has confirmed the examination timetables. These examinations are written in English, Mathematics and Science.

End of Year Examinations

Children in Grades 3 to 6 will write their final, end-of-year exams between 5 and 14 November 2018.

Moonstone Masquerade – Stage Production 2018

All children in Reception Year to Grade 6 shall participate in the Courtney House Stage Production of 2018 at the Atterbury Theatre. Detailed information letters as well as participation forms shall be made available to parents soon. Formal rehearsals at the theatre take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th December. These are full day stage rehearsals and attendance is compulsory. Performances take place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December during the evenings. Parents are asked to please ensure that children are available for all the rehearsals and both performances and not to make early travel arrangements or arrange holidays during the weeks leading up to the performances.

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


The College students will participate in a Science Olympiad on Thursday 10th May and a Math Olympiad on Wednesday 16th May. We wish our students the very best of success at these Olympiads.

Charity Drive for Potter’s House

The AS/A-Level girls will be visiting Potter’s House, a home for abused women and children, on Friday 11th May. The students will visit the women as well as deliver toiletries donated by the College students. Any other donations of food, clothing and blankets are also most welcome. These donations can be sent to the College office on or before Thursday 10 May.

Test Week

This term’s Test Week will be from Monday 21st May until Friday 25th May. Students shall receive their test timetables on Monday 7th May.