4 June 2018

General News – applies to all three phases

Winter Holiday

School closes at 12:00 on Friday 22 June for the winter holiday. Aftercare supervision will be available, as usual, until 17:00 on this day. School reopens on Monday 16 July.

School Offices

Please take note that all three school offices and campuses will be closed from close of business on Friday 22 June until Monday 2 July 2018.

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

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 pre-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.

Weekly Tuck Shop

Children at the pre-school can purchase sweet treats every Friday as we have started to have a tuck shop sale weekly. Proceeds from this tuck shop sale benefit the stage production. We thank the little ones for their generosity.

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

Mid-Year Exams

Children in Grade 3 to 6 start their Mid-Year Written Examinations on Monday 4th June. School continues as usual, after each exam session. We wish our students the very best and look forward to their great success.


Parents are asked to ensure that children eat a healthy, nutritious, protein-based breakfast before arriving at school to further enhance brain function, concentration and academic performance.


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. Thank you to those children who have already brought newspapers in.

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 “Improved Work Ethic and Motivation”. This week, the award is for “Most Neatly Dressed Student”.

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.

“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.

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


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

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

This coming Monday 4 June, is our termly parents’ afternoon. We invite all parents to attend the afternoon that will take place from 14:00 – 18:00. Students are welcome to join their parents when meeting with the relevant subject teachers. Our focus is to make this a productive afternoon by discussing the students’ recent performance in the last test week but also to initiate new ideas and plans to improve the overall results for each student.

Changes at the College

We ask each parent to carefully read and take note of the email sent to parents on Friday. We are excited about the pro-active role and initiative the College is taking to implement study skills and other related matters needed for each student to improve their social, academic and emotional well- being at school.

Table Tennis Champions

Congratulations to our Table Tennis Team! They are officially the overall winners in their league for this season. We are extremely proud of you and look forward to further success during next season.

Library Monitors

We want to thank the following students for their willingness to be volunteers to help keep the College’s Study Centre and Library up to standard. They are:

Olwanda, Kainat, Gerald, Paulo, Zono and Ntokozo from the Grade 7 Class

Palesa, Jazirah, Lolo and Ntsika from the Checkpoint 2018 Class

We acknowledge these students for their eagerness. Keep up the superb work!