1 April 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

Autumn Holiday

A reminder that school closes at 12:00 midday on Friday 12 April for the Autumn Holiday. Extra Murals and aftercare supervision will run as usual until 17:00. School reopens on Tuesday 7 May for Term 2.

My Fair Lady at The Brooklyn Theatre

Our very own Music and Drama teacher, Deirdré van Schalkwyk, is co-producing and performing in a stage production musical of the popular My Fair Lady at The Brooklyn Theatre between the 26th of April and 1st of May. Teacher CJ from Courtney College is also performing on stage. For more information and for parents who would like to purchase tickets for themselves or their children, please contact the school offices.

International Day

Please keep Saturday 14 September 2019 open for the ever-popular Courtney House International Day event. This is a lovely, family day of fun whereby families can represent and showcase their countries of origin with a stall of traditional food, clothing, accessories etc. More details to follow soon.

School Rule

We would like to remind all children and students, as well as the parents, of the school rule: “We do not hurt others with words or actions”. Any form of behaviour which contravenes this rule, in any manner or form, shall be taken seriously.


No amount of stress on the importance of reading for school and academic success is enough!

Parents are encouraged to motivate their children to read a wide variety of material (books, magazines, reports, fiction, non-fiction, religious-spiritual books, news reports and any other interesting things around the house such as recipes, instruction manuals, adverts and food boxes/containers/wrappers) to gain a wider vocabulary-usage as well as build on general knowledge and writing skills. Children and students are asked to read a lot more but also read with insight, focus and greater awareness of the choice of words and writing techniques used.

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

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.

Progress Reports

Term 1 Progress Reports will be handed out on Friday 12 April 2019.

AliCat Deli Lunch Packs

Alison Redgate has informed us that, due to personal-family reasons, she will not continue supplying food lunch packs at Courtney House and Courtney Kids. The last delivery will take place on 11 April 2019. Alison has informed all the parents concerned.



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

Grade 5 Visit to Asher Farm Sanctuary

The Grade 5 class will visit this animal sanctuary on Friday 5 April. Children are to please be at school on time as the bus will need to leave at 08:00. The cost of the visit is R 150 per child and includes a light lunch. Indemnity forms and payment can be handed to Thelma at the school office. Grade 5 children may wear civvies on this day. Teachers Natasha and Allison shall accompany the group.

Thank you to Taly Levy and all at Asher’s Sanctuary for hosting the Grade 6 visit on Friday 29 March. The children were inspired by the interesting information shared and enjoyed interacting with the animals. Thank you to Elliot for driving the group and to Teachers Demi and Anthea for accompanying the children.

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. Prizes shall be awarded for the best dressed Ancient Egyptians.

The Elephant Sanctuary DVDs

All children who participated in the Ingwe Camp 2019 and visited The Elephant Sanctuary have received a memorable DVD of their interaction with the elephants. Thank you to Teacher Danielle for doing the DVDs.

Ballet Dress Code

Ballet is a disciplined art form. We request that all children who participate in the ballet extra-mural are appropriately dressed in their full ballet attire. This implies the correct level-associated pink or lilac ballet leotard, ballet skirt, ballet socks or tights, ballet shoes and/or national dance shoes with national skirt. Children must please wear the official ballet cross-over jersey over their leotard before and after their lesson. As of the new term, children who are not appropriately dressed for ballet will not be allowed to attend the class.

Charity Drive

In an effort to support those who are poor and in desperate need of food and clothing, we shall be collecting charitable items and donations of clothing, blankets, books, toys as well as non-perishable food items such as: tinned foods, rice, sugar, jam, peanut butter, maize meal, mealie meal, soup, tea, coffee and pasta. These items can be brought in to the school office anytime between 1st and 11th April.

Leadership Adventure Camp 2020 in Cape Town

The leadership/adventure/educational camp for children in Grades 3 to 6 (2020) has been booked and dates are confirmed for Sunday 23 February till Friday 28 February 2020. The camp will take place in Cape Town at Buffalo Drift Lodge along the banks of the Berg River and may include some educational visits to the Aquarium, Butterfly World, Drakenstein Lion Sanctuary and Paarl Bird Sanctuary. There is a display at the entrance to the primary campus if parents would like to view the initial visuals and info available.

Initial information packs will be made available during the week as parents are required to make reservation bookings and first payments now already to secure their spaces for 2020.

Moonstone Masquerade DVDs

The Stage Production 2018 DVDs have been handed out to all those families who placed orders. The recording is of an exceptional quality with the USB version offering even more superb visual clarity. Thank you to Johan de Venter from Timeless Visual Entertainment Productions for the exquisite recordings.

Families who would still like to order DVDs can do so through Thelma at the school office. DVDs are R300 per copy.

AliCat Deli Lunch Packs

Alison Redgate has informed us that, due to personal-family reasons, she will not continue supplying food lunch packs at Courtney House and Courtney Kids. The last delivery will take place on 11 April 2019. Alison has informed all the parents concerned.

An alternative arrangement for daily school lunch packs is currently being explored for the new term and parents shall be informed as soon as more specific details are available.

School Uniform

School uniform order sheets have been made available for parents to place orders for uniform items. A sample of the girls’ sleeveless t-shirt and the official Courtney House tracksuit is available at the school office for parents who would like to view this before ordering.

Please place orders now for tracksuits, jerseys, dri-macs, long-sleeve shirts, boys’ formal shorts, girls’ sleeveless shirts and hats. Order forms can be emailed to grntwltn@gmail.com and Grant can be contacted on 078 6889662

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. There is a display near the school office where the children who receive badges are acknowledged.

This week’s award is for “Most Competent Reader” for children in Reception Year to Grade 3 and “Best ICT Student” for children in Grade 4 to 6.

Important Dates to Remember

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
Tuesday 7 May
School reopens for Term 2
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
Saturday 14 September
International Day Event



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

Mathematics Olympiad

Congratulations to the following students for making it through to the next round of the Mathematics Olympiad:

Asante Ndlela

Fathima Hyder

Rakeb Abey

Shem Kyalo

Vasundhara Shiva

Maya Deng

Suryanshu Morya

Sutirtha Rik Chatterjee

Jazirah Fakey

Robin Lewington

Hector Luna Barrios

Ntsika Majozi

They have made us very proud and must continue their excellent achievements.


Parents, please take note that your child’s report shall be sent to you via e-mail on Monday 1st April.

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

All parents are encouraged to attend the term’s Parent-Teacher Afternoon on Monday 8th April from 14:15 – 18:00. This is a time allocated to all parents to meet with their child’s subject teachers in order to be given an opportunity to raise questions or discuss students’ test results and overall performance and behaviour in each of their subjects.


The following classes will be enjoying their termly socials at the College during the following two weeks:

Checkpoint 2019, IGCSE 2020, AS/A-Level 2019 and 2020

We wish them all an enjoyable time together as a class and with their homeroom teachers. We encourage all the students to attend the socials as this is an ideal opportunity to bond as a class in an informal, safe and enjoyable environment.