18 February 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

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.

Public and School Holiday

Thursday 21 March is Human Rights Day, a public/bank holiday in South Africa. School is, therefore, closed on Thursday 21 March as well as Friday 22 March.

Aftercare Supervision

A reminder to all parents that, although aftercare supervision is available at all three campuses daily until 17:00 at no additional cost, children and students must be collected by no later than 17:00. Collecting children late places extra strain on teachers and staff who have to wait until all children have left. In unforeseen circumstances, where a parent is delayed or going to be late, kindly let the school offices know so that teachers on duty are aware. We thank parents, in advance, for their support in this regard.

Plastic Bottle Tops for Wheelchairs

Children are reminded to continue collecting plastic bottle tops from water, milk, cold-drink bottles. The bottle tops are recycled but assist in getting wheelchairs for those who need them but cannot afford them. Bottle tops can be handed in at the school offices. Thank you to the generous amount that has already come in.

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 – 11 December 2020

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

Tuck Shop

Children may bring money, not exceeding R10, to buy treats from the tuck shop.

Moonstone Masquerade DVDs

Parents will be informed once these have arrived.

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

Valentine’s Day Dress Up Success

All the Courtney House children looked so bright and amazing in their Valentine Dress Up outfits. The fashion parade was a huge success. As part of an Art activity, children made beautiful heart decorations for the ornamental tree at the entrance. A fun day was enjoyed by all.

Mini Valentine’s Ball Success

Thank you to Teachers Anthea, Demi, Natasha, Sheri-lee, Chloe, Danielle, Marlize and Allison for the wonderful Mini Valentine’s Ball which was held at the primary campus on the evening of Friday 15 February. All the children looked spectacular in their semi-formal attire and went to great lengths with their outfits and accessories.

Congratulations to Sarah Fadzil from Grade 4 who was crowned Miss Valentine and to Milind Beegadhur from Grade 6 who was crowned Mr Valentine. The judges had an extremely difficult task making decisions as every child looked stunningly beautiful and dashingly handsome.

Thank you to the parents for collecting their children so promptly on time, much appreciated.

Ingwe Forest Adventures Leadership and Adventure Camp in Plettenberg Bay

On Monday 18 February, the camp group will depart from Courtney House at 05:30 in the morning for OR Tambo airport. Courtney House Camp 2019 blue T-Shirts are to be worn for the Monday departure. Please do not arrive later than 05:10 as the bus cannot be delayed.

We wish the camp 2019 group a most enjoyable, safe and spectacular leadership camp and an adventure-filled time away. Teachers Demi, Natasha, Danielle, Marie-Chen as well as Elliot and David shall be accompanying the children.

The camp group can be collected from Courtney House on Saturday 23 February between 15:30 and 16:00.

Parents of the children attending have received details about the contact cell number for the camp phone and camp update group as well as the link for the Facebook page which shall contain updated visuals during the camp.

Children are reminded to bring a “breakfast snack” to eat on the bus on Monday morning!

Extra Murals during Camp Week

All extra murals, except for Dazzling Dancing, shall continue during the camp week.

Swimming during Camp Week

Grade 3 to 6 children, who are not attending camp, are to be at school as normal for the entire week. These classes will have swimming on both Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting.

World Storytelling Day and Human Right’s Experience

In an effort to celebrate World Storytelling Day on 20 March as well as World Book Day on 7 March, and to encourage reading, children are invited to dress-up as their favourite storybook character or character from a novel, poem or play that they have read. They will also have an opportunity to discuss and share their favourite book or story. This dress-up will take place on Wednesday 20 March.

On the same day, children will have an educational experience about Human Rights and more specifically, Children’s Rights and Responsibilities.

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 badges last week for “Most Polite/Well-Mannered Student”. This week, the award, only for Reception Year to Grade 2 is for “Best Cutting Skills”. There is a display near the school office where the children who receive badges are acknowledged.

Cycle Tests

Grade 3 to 6 students shall write cycle tests between Tuesday 19 March and Thursday 28 March. Test schedules shall be handed out during the week of 25 February.

Presentation on Ancient Egypt and Dress Up

A History Presentation on Ancient Egypt by Mighty Minds will take place on Monday 8 April. Children are invited to dress up as Ancient Egyptians on this day and are cordially invited to attend the Pharoah’s Banquet Feast.

Moonstone Masquerade DVDs and Photos

Parents will be informed once these have arrived.

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
Wednesday 20 March
World Storytelling Day Dress-up and Children’s Rights/Responsibilities Experience
21 and 22 March
No school due to Human Right’s Day Public Holiday
Friday 29 March
Grade 6 class to visit Asher Animal Sanctuary
Friday 5 April  
Grade 5 class to visit Asher Animal Sanctuary
Monday 8 April  
Mighty Minds Presentation on Ancient Egypt for all classes  
Friday 12 April 
Term Ends for Autumn Holiday
Friday 12 April    
First Cycle Reports go out to parents
Wednesday 15 May 
Puppet World show on ‘Our World, Our Responsibility’ for all classes
Friday 17 May 
Grade 4 class to visit Asher Animal Sanctuary


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

Valentine’s Day Celebration

Thank you to the AS/A-Level 2019 and 2020 groups for organising a wonderful day of celebration! All the students enjoyed the photoshoot and joined in on the great atmosphere at the College. Photos of the day were sent to the various homeroom teachers to distribute to their students but students are welcome to speak to Teacher Linda if they would like any other photos that were taken on the day.

Charity Drive

Majakaneng is a rural area with a very high unemployment rate. Michelle Sathekge and her family have been involved with the community for a while. They are inviting all Courtney College students to contribute to this worthy cause. Students can bring clothes and toiletries to school over the next two weeks. The items can be taken to Teacher Linda’s office. It will be great if all can join in to help this community where we can.

Student Study Skill Workshops

The College would like to thank Teacher Jo, in advance, for hosting a series of Study Skill Workshops to be presented to the AS/A-Level 2019 and 2020 groups. These workshops will take place during school hours and further details will be given to the relevant students next week.

Test Week

Test Week will take place from the 11th March till 20th March. Test timetables are in the process of being finalised and will be handed out to each student when done. Parents will also receive a copy of the scheduled times and subjects via e-mail.