General News – applies to all three phases
We wish all families a safe, happy and restful holiday. School reopens on Tuesday 7 May for Term 2.
All the school offices shall be closed for the first week of the Autumn holiday. Offices shall reopen on 24 April 2019.
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 theatre directly on (012) 460 6033 or book online at www.brooklyntheatre.co.za. Only few seats still available.
For those who are concerned about their children becoming sick with flu, please consult your local GP, Clicks, Pharmacy or Dis-Chem branch for a flu vaccination. The vaccination is available now and must be given before the flu season is in full swing. Flu is particularly serious in young children, the elderly and those individuals who have a low immune system.
Chem Cure Disinfectant
Parents are informed that all three campuses, as usual, shall be treated with a powerful disinfectant to kill off germs and infections. This will take place during the school holiday time.
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.
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 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
Thank you to the parents who are attended our quarterly “Tea Morning”.
Courtney House News – applies to children in Reception Year to Year 6
Academic Progress Reports
Thank you to the many parents who collected their child’s academic report on Friday 12 April. Report feedback forms can be handed in at the school office once the new term starts.
Screen Time and Screen Addiction
Parents are urged to be more aware of the dangers of excessive screen time (use of cell phones, tablets, electronic screen games and laptops) and what is currently known as “screen addiction”. We request that parents check their child’s phone and control exactly what material is being viewed through social media, YouTube and online games. The use of cell phones and “screen-time” must be monitored, limited and controlled by parents.
Many children are exposed to and engage in playing online games which are age-restricted and illegal. Parents need to be aware of the serious consequences of such exposure to a child’s overall mental health development. Aspects of violence, aggression, inappropriate sexual content and social misconduct often make up a large portion of these games and expose the children to a lot more than they should be exposed to and/or are emotionally and psychologically ready to handle.
At the primary campus, there is a ‘no electronics at school’ policy, however, parents are urged and strongly appealed to, to control and monitor what their children are exposed to at home during the afternoons and over weekends/holidays.
Presentation on Ancient Egypt and Dress Up Success
A History Presentation on Ancient Egypt by Mighty Minds was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children and teachers.
Thank you to the wonderful staff and chefs at Eat et Cetera, for the most delicious Egyptian-inspired food and treats for the Pharoah’s Banquet Feast.
Congratulations to the following children who were awarded “Best Dressed Ancient Egyptian” by the external presenters on the day:
Onkagile Koolatotse (Reception Year) winner in the Mini Category
Elspeth Grignon (Grade 2) winner in the Junior Category
Austin Wallick (Grade 6) winner in the Senior Category
Charity Drive Appreciation
A huge amount of non-perishable food and clothing was collected by the Courtney House children, which was much appreciated and readily welcomed by an official charity organisation known as The Knights of Da Gama of the Catholic church. Donations shall be distributed by the organisation to the needy and destitute. Thank you, once again, to all who donated so generously.
We invite parents and students to go to www.courtney.co.za and view ‘classroom showcase’ of the primary campus. Updated visuals of important events and visits are posted on this platform.
Leadership Adventure Camp 2020 in Cape Town
The leadership/adventure/educational camp for children in Grades 3 to 6 (2020) has been extended to include the current Grade 6 class who will be in Grade 7 next year.
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 have been made available as parents are required to make reservation bookings and first payments now already to secure their spaces for 2020. Closing date for reservations and initial payment is 31 May 2019.
Documents pertaining to school uniform and dress code policies were included in the report envelopes. Parents are asked to please abide by these policies and follow the guidelines given.
A School uniform website whereby parents can purchase school uniform items online is currently being established. As soon as this website is up and running, parents shall be notified of the details and can start purchasing uniform online.
All items, already paid for and purchased, shall be ready for collection on Monday 6th May. Please email Grant on firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries and Grant can also 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.
Congratulations to those children who received awards for “Most Artistic Student”.
Important Dates to Remember
Courtney College News – applies to students in Year 7 to A/AS-Level
Thank you to the parents for attending the term’s Parent-Teacher Afternoon on Monday 8th April.
Student Representative Council
The SRC of the College consists of Teachers Linda, CJ, Estelle as well as one student from each Grade. The counsel teaches the students leadership and communication skills as well as taking responsibility for their school.
Each term a new representative is chosen for each Grade.