4 March 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

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.

Healthy Eating Policy

Courtney Kids, Courtney House and Courtney College all follow a healthy eating policy. Please ensure that your child’s lunchbox is packed with healthy and nutritious food and snacks. Some suggestions and ideas include: sandwiches, fresh fruit, dried fruit, yoghurt, peanuts and raisins, breakfast bars, health bars, biltong, savoury biscuits and crackers and fruit juice or bottled water.

Arrival Time

Parents are asked to please ensure that children and students arrive for school on time. The school day officially starts at 07:50. A large number of children are arriving late for school which disrupts the school routine and they miss out on important concepts often taught during the first lesson of the day.

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


Parents are reminded to send a hat to school every day. The hats may be left at school in the child’s locker. Please ensure that all hats are clearly marked.

Moonstone Masquerade DVDs

Parents will be informed once the DVD’s have arrived, which should be by the end of this week.


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

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

Parents are invited to come in and view their child’s work and files as well as have a brief chat with the teachers about their child’s progress on Wednesday 13 March between 14:30 and 17:00.

School Uniform Sale

Thank you to Grant and Jenny for being available on Friday 1 March to sell some uniform stock. More stock such as tracksuits, skirts, dresses and shorts shall be arriving within the next two weeks. Parents shall be kept updated in terms of future ordering of uniform and when the next sale shall take place.

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 Knowledgeable Student”. This week the award is for “Most Diligent/Conscientious Student”. There is a display near the school office where the children who receive badges are acknowledged.

Art Theme

Over the next two weeks, all children shall be learning about the Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein, and mimicking his use of ‘Ben-Day’ dots to create bold and bright designs.

Photo Displays

Photos of special events such as Valentine’s Day and Camp 2019 are displayed on the walls around the school atrium. Parents are welcome to pop in and have a look around.

Cycle Tests

Grade 3 to 6 students shall write cycle tests between Monday 18 March and Thursday 28 March. Test timetables have been handed out. Test Scopes, which serve as guidelines in terms of what to focus on in preparation for the tests, shall be made available during the course of the week.


Grade 3 to 6 children shall not receive written homework from Monday 11 March in order to prepare for the cycle tests.

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.

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

Parents will be informed once the DVD’s have arrived, which should be by the end of this week.

Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday 13 March 
Parent-Teacher Afternoon
18 – 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

Test Week

All students should have received their Test Week timetable and Test Scope for the upcoming tests starting from 11 March till 20 March. Feel free to contact your child’s subject teacher should you require any additional information.

Please note that, during test week, students are only expected to come to school on the days of their tests and are allowed to leave after their last test session of the day. Courtney College will, however, provide study rooms during the course of the test week and students are more than welcome to make use of the facility.

Packed Lunch

We encourage students to bring a healthy and balanced packed lunchbox to school. The College provides microwave facilities for the students to use to warm up their food. In addition, a mini tuckshop is available during first and second break yet the tuck shop only supplies snacks and not wholesome meals. Please ensure that your child has enough food for the day as they need their body and brain’s nutrition to function optimally.

Study Workshops

The AS/A-Level students have been participating in two of Teacher Jo’s Study Skills Workshops, which were also presented to the subject teachers at the College. We are focusing on time management, techniques to build optimal memory and the continuous repetition of concepts in a variety of ways in order to gain maximum retrieval of knowledge during tests and examinations.