General News – applies to all three phases
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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
Term Dates for 2020
Term 1 15 January – 20 March 2020
Term 2 1 April – 12 June 2020
Term 3 7 July – 18 September 2020
Term 4 5 October – 4 December 2020
Courtney Kids News – applies to children in Tiny Tots, Grades 000 and 00
Tuck Shop will start on Friday 1 February. Children may bring money, not exceeding R10, to buy treats from the tuck shop.
Courtney House News – applies to children in Reception Year to Year 6
Parents who have still not organised for their child to have text books are asked to do so urgently. Text books must be covered in a transparent plastic cover. Please ensure that all text books are clearly labelled with your child’s name and surname. Please return the covered and labelled books to school on Monday 4 February.
Valentine’s Day Dress Up
On Thursday 14 February, children may dress up in red, pink, black, white or any combination of these, to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Mini Ball
There will be a Mini Valentine’s Ball to be held at the primary campus for children in Grade 2 to 6 from 17:30 – 19:30. More information shall be provided.
Ingwe Forest Adventures Leadership and Adventure Camp in Plettenberg Bay
Parents are asked to submit a certified copy of their child’s birth certificate, which is required for the flights, by no later than Monday 4 February. These can be handed in at the school office.
A total of 46 children are attending the camp.
On Monday 18 February, the camp group will depart from Courtney House at 05:30 in the morning for OR Tambo airport. The camp group can be collected from Courtney House on Saturday 23 February between 15:30 and 16:00. Special blue T-Shirts are to be worn for the Monday departure and special yellow T-Shirts are to be worn for the Saturday return. The T-Shirts shall be handed out to the camp group to wear on those days for extra visibility at the airport.
In addition to the leadership and team-building activities presented at Ingwe Forest Adventures, the group will visit The Elephant Sanctuary for an educational presentation as well as have an opportunity to walk “hand-in-trunk” with the elephants and feed them. There will also be a full day visit at Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna which will include educational presentations on the fauna and flora of the area as well as the historical/geographical features of the Knysna Heads and Lagoon. This will include a Nature Walk as well as a Ferry Trip on the lagoon. Extra activities also include Supping (Stand Up Paddling) on the Keurbooms River as well as a visit to Adventureland Water Park for fun water slides and tubing. Group Drumming Sessions as well as a “Master Chef Cooking Challenge” have also been planned.
Teachers attending include: Demi; Natasha; Danielle; Marie-Chen, Elliot and Dave.
Children in Grade 3 to 6 who are not attending camp, are required to attend school as normal during that week.
Transport During Camp Week
Please be advised that since Elliot shall be accompanying the Grade 3 to 6 children on camp during the week of 18 February – 22 February 2019, there shall be no bus transport provided by Elliot.
Grade 3 to 6 students shall write cycle tests between Tuesday 19 March and Thursday 28 March.
Asher Farm Visits
Grade 4 to 6 classes will visit Asher Farm/Sanctuary during March and April. More information to be provided closer to the time.
Moonstone Masquerade DVDs and Photos
Parents who have ordered DVDs and Photos from the Stage Production should receive their orders sometime in February 2019. Parents can still place orders this week, should they want to.
Only on Fridays, children may bring between R 10 and R 25 tuck shop money if they would like to purchase treats which include: ice cream; packets of popcorn/crisps and sweets.
School Uniform Update
Manufacturing for Courtney House uniform items has started and shall be available for order and immediate purchase by no later than the end of February 2019. Purchasing will take place directly at school for parents’ convenience.
Important Dates to Remember
Courtney College News – applies to students in Year 7 to A/AS-Level
Student Representative Council
Congratulations to the following students who were chosen to represent their specific grades on the student representative council:
CP2020 Laila Ally
CP2019 Joubert Bekker
CP2019 Reatlegile Zono Hlabela
IG2020 Jazirah Fakey
IG2019 Morwesi Phayane
AS2020 Hima Kolli
AS2019 Olivia Dyring Madsen
Valentine’s Day Celebration
The College will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on 14 February with some fun yet educational activities. The AS/A Level 2019 and 2020 group, together with Teachers Linda, Raphael and CJ, will be organising the activities on the day. More details to follow.
On Monday, 4 February, we will have a “Meet-and-Greet” at the College for all the parents of Grade 7 students. This will take place from 17:30 – 18:30. Please join all the Grade 7 teachers for an informal get-together.