28 May 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

International Music Extravaganza

We are extremely proud to inform you that two of our piano students from Courtney House, 9-year old Evandro De Carvalho (Grade 4) and 11-year old Teboho Motsatse (Grade 6), have been invited to open the International Music Extravaganza (IME) which is an annual event held in honour and celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela. These two young students will play individual pieces as well as a jazz-duet, to an audience of over 4 000 patrons, on Saturday 13th October at the Durban Convention Centre, as part of a local and international line up of musicians. They will share the stage with jazz legends and will be recognised for their talent and motivation. We are exceptionally proud of these two young musicians and also congratulate Teacher Polina, the piana teacher, as these two children were selected after performing during Polina’s Piano Concert at The Brooklyn Theatre on Saturday 12 May 2018.

Dianne Faktor Trophy

In keeping up with the highly talented children at Courtney House, we congratulate 9-year old Rebecca Wallick (Grade 4) who was awarded the Dianne Faktor Floating Trophy, after walking away as the overall winner in the Pretoria Division of the Drama Eisteddfod. Congratulations Rebecca, we are extremely proud of you!

Sad Farewell

A few international families shall be leaving us soon as part of their diplomatic relocation. We are sad to have to say goodbye to the lovely families and children of our schools but wish them well and hope their futures are filled with many happy and successful moments.

Plastic Bottle Tops for Wheelchairs

A reminder for all students to collect plastic bottle tops (from water, milk and cold-drink bottles) and to hand these in at the school offices at regular intervals. These bottle tops are sent to an organisation which assists impoverished individuals to get much-needed wheelchairs.

Long Weekend in August

There is no school on Thursday 9 August and Friday 10 August 2018. The 9th of August is celebrated as National Women’s Day which is a Public Holiday (Bank Holiday) in South Africa. School will resume on Monday 13 August.

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

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1                                 16 January – 12 April 2019

Term 2                                 7 May – 28 June 2019

Term 3                                 23 July – 20 September 2019

Term 4                                7 October – 11 December 2019

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

Moonstone Masquerade

Grade 000 and 00 children are invited to participate in the Stage Production. Parents are required to familiarise themselves with all the information and only those children whose parents have consented and committed to the requirements will be cast. Information pertaining to this event has been sent out. Parents are asked to complete and sign the consent form for their children to participate. The stage production fee is also payable anytime between 23 May and 17 October 2018. Please consult the information form for more details.

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


Children can bring in old newspapers which will be used in the making of props and stage décor for Moonstone Masquerade. These can be brought to the school office.

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 “Effective Communication Skills”. This week, the award is for “Improved Work Ethic and Motivation”.

School Health Programme

Thank you to those parents who returned consent forms for deworming. The nurses from the Health Department visited the school on Friday morning to administer the deworming chewable tablets. The Department of Health, Basic Education and Social Development will keep us informed as to when they may visit again to administer immunisations and other basic health checks. These are all requirements instituted recently by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE).


The new Art theme is entitled ‘What’s Outside the Window Drawing’. Parents are welcome to come in and have a look at the Art displayed on the walls. Parents are asked to ensure that their children have art aprons at school to protect their school clothes during art activities.

No Homework

Children in Grade 3 to 6 shall not receive any written homework in order that they may prepare adequately for their mid-year examinations. We request that parents assist their children with supervised study at home.

RAD Ballet Examinations

Some of the children will be participating in the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Examinations on Thursday 31 May during the school morning. Transport and supervision to and from the ballet exam has been arranged for these children.

School Uniform Items

Many families, upon leaving Courtney House, hand in their children’s school uniform items which are still wearable and in good condition. We thank these parents and appreciate this kind gesture as there are some children who may benefit from these items. Items can be handed in at the school office.

Decorate-a-Doughnut Day

On Friday 15 June, children can purchase a plain doughnut and choose from a variety of toppings to decorate their doughnut. There will be a winner for the best decoration from Junior (Reception Year – Grade 2) and Senior (Grade 3 – 6) Divisions. Doughnuts will be sold at R12 each and include the decorative toppings. Children can also wear civvies (ordinary clothes of their choice) on this day.

Important Dates to Remember

4 – 14 June  
Mid- Year Examinations for students in Grade 3 to 6 with ICT Practical Exam on Thursday 31 May
Friday 15 June  
Decorate-a-Doughnut Day
Wednesday 20 June  
Entrepreneur’s Day for Reception Year, Grade 2, 3 and 5
17 – 24 July    
“Save-the-Rhino” Week at Courtney House
Tuesday 24 July  
Puppet World Presentation on Nature Conservation and “Save the Rhino”
Wednesday 8 August 
Mid- Year Reports
9 and 10 August  
No school
Thursday 16 August  
Entrepreneur’s Day for Grade 1, 4 and 6
Friday 24 August  
Poetry/Speech Festival for Reception Year to Grade 5
1 – 19 October  
Cambridge International Primary Checkpoint Examinations for students in Grade 6
5 – 11 November
Final Examinations for students in Grade 3 to 6
Tuesday 4 December 
Final Reports
5 – 8 December 
Moonstone Masquerade Stage Production Rehearsals and Performances at The Atterbury Theatre

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 for a special sale at the primary school this Friday. Proceeds from the sale of these items directly benefit the organisation. Items are priced between R 5 and R10 and include packets of chips; home-made baked goodies and sweet treats.

“Save-the-Rhino’ Themed Week

The week of 17 July – 24 July 2018, at Courtney House, is dedicated to “Save-the-Rhino”. Presentations, included one by Teacher Jo, will take place at school. Children will be engaged in art projects dedicated to draw awareness to this desperate cause. There will also be exquisite and hand-adorned rhino collectibles for sale (prices ranging between R250 and R450) to assist rhino conservation but also aid local rural communities who make the rhino collectibles as a means of sustaining themselves.

Moonstone Masquerade

Information pertaining to this event has been handed out. Parents are asked to complete and sign the consent form for their children to participate. The stage production fee is also payable anytime between 23 May and 17 October 2018. Please consult the information form for more details.

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

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

Please take note that Monday 4 June, is our termly parents’ afternoon. This provides parents an opportunity to meet with their child’s subject teachers and to discuss their child’s performance as reflected during the Test Week.