4 February 2019

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

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

Text Books

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.

Cycle Tests

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.

Tuck Shop

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

18 – 23 February
Leadership/Adventure Camp for Grade 3 – 6 students
19 – 28 March     
Cycle tests for children in Grade 3 to 6
Friday 29 March   
Grade 6 class to visit Asher Animal Sanctuary
Friday 5 April   
Grade 5 class to visit Asher Animal Sanctuary
Friday 12 April
Term Ends for Autumn Holiday
Friday 12 April
First Cycle Reports go out to parents
Friday 17 May
Grade 4 class to visit Asher Animal Sanctuary


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.

Checkpoint 2020

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.