18 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.

Voting Day Public Holiday

Due to National Elections, Wednesday 8th May has been declared a Public Holiday (Bank Holiday). The second term will continue to resume on Tuesday 7th May as stated in our calendar. There will be no school on Wednesday 8 May.

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

Swimming Gala

Congratulations to all the Courtney Kids who swam so well at the interhouse swimming gala on Thursday 14 March. Thank you, to the parents, for supporting and coming to watch the gala.

Tea Morning

Parents are invited to attend our quarterly “Tea Morning”. On Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April, parents can come to school between 07:00 and 08:30 to view their child’s work, meet the language teachers and enjoy a cup of tea.


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

Cycle Tests

Grade 3 to 6 students shall write cycle tests between Monday 18 March and Thursday 28 March. We wish the children the very best for their cycle test success.

Inter-House Swimming Gala Success

Congratulations to all on a wonderful and successful interhouse gala. We were thrilled to see so many parents who came to support and watch their children swim and appreciate the effort made.

Congratulations to the Blue Topaz Team on winning the swimming gala overall based on all the swimming races combined. Well done to the Yellow Diamonds Team for placing second and the Green Emeralds Team for coming in at third place. Well done to the Yellow Diamonds Team on achieving the Spirit Trophy for their war-cries, cheering and enthusiasm.

Congratulations to all the children who swam remarkably well and those who received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

The fastest timed top swimmer overall in the boys’ heats was Austin Wallick (Grade 6) and the fastest timed top swimmer overall in the girls’ heats was Säde Tiitinen (Grade 5). Congratulations to both of these students on their performance.

Thank you to all the staff and teachers who helped make the event such a great success. Thank you, especially, to our wonderful swimming coaches Elke and Riana, for all the superb coaching and for making the children feel so confident to swim at Hillcrest. Thank you, too, to Teacher Cara from Courtney College, for taking spectacular photographs.

Parent-Teacher Afternoon and Grade 6 Primary Checkpoint Meeting

Thank you to the parents who attended these meetings and for their positive and encouraging feedback provided on the feedback sheets.

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.

School Uniform

School uniform order sheets will be made available for parents to place orders for uniform items.

Children are to please wear the official Courtney House school uniform as supplied. For now, until all stock has arrived, plain navy-blue items may be worn. This applies to all clothing, including jackets, jerseys and hats.

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 Progress in Mathematics”. This week the award is for “Best Communication Skills”. There is a display near the school office where the children who receive badges are acknowledged.

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.

Important Dates to Remember

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 8 May 
No school due to National Elections
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

Test Week at the College runs from 11 March to 20 March. We wish our students the very best.

Please take note that the College is closed on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March due to the public holiday and the school holiday. Enjoy the long weekend and take note that school will resume on the 25th of March for the remainder of the term.

Mathematics Olympiad

On the 12th of March, some of our College’s students will participate in the Math Olympiad. We wish them well.