20 May 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

National Days for International Students

We invite all our international students and children to dress up in their National Costume or National Dress on the day of their country’s National Day. We have such a vibrant and wonderful diversity of cultures at our school, which we are proud of and would like to appreciate.

School Policies and Codes of Conduct

We would like to remind all parents of the school policies and codes of conduct currently in place at the campuses and that we have a ‘no-tolerance’ approach to any students who contravene these policies or involve themselves in any misconduct at school or during school hours, including school outings, fun days, camps and socials etc. Disciplinary steps will be taken should this be necessary and certain behaviours will have serious consequences.

Plastic Bottle Tops for Wheelchairs

A reminder that we are still collecting plastic bottle tops from cold-drink/milk/water bottles to help assist a charity which helps underprivileged individuals get wheelchairs. Children and students can hand these in at the school offices.

Public Holiday in June

There is no school on Monday 17 June due to the public holiday (bank holiday) on 16 June which is Youth Day.

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.

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

Stage Production 2020

Dates have been confirmed for 9 – 12 December 2020, with evening performances on 11 and 12 December 2020. This involves all children at the primary campus. The Stage Production takes place at The Atterbury Theatre.



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

Occupations Dress up Day

Friday, 24 May will be a dress up day for all pre-school children. The theme for the dress-up is “What I want to be when I grow up”

Reception Year 2020 Meeting

An information meeting for parents of children currently in Grade 00 has been scheduled for Wednesday 22 May at 17:15 at the primary school campus which is on the corner of Charles Bramley and Mackie Streets. This meeting will provide parents with more information about Reception Year (Grade 0) and an opportunity to view the school campus and meet some of the teachers. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible attend this meeting.



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

Deadline Approaching for Reservations for Leadership Adventure Camp 2020 in Cape Town

Closing date for reservations and initial payment is 31 May 2019. Parents are asked to please get forms and payments in. This applies to students who will be in Grade 3 to 7 in 2020. The camp takes place from Sunday 23 February till Friday 28 February 2020.

Birthday Civvies

On the day of their birthday, children may wear civvies (ordinary clothes of their choice) to school. Should their birthday fall over a weekend, they may wear civvies on the Monday.

School Lunch Packs

We are thrilled to announce that Eat et cetera shall be providing a school lunch-box ordering service for children in Reception Year to Grade 6 as of 20 May 2019.

A vegetarian and non-vegetarian option shall be available. Lunch packs will be delivered to the school at 09:45 daily so that children have lunch and snacks for both first and second break. Meals shall be simple and child-friendly but healthy and nutritious.

Information leaflets and order forms have been handed out to children. Parents are asked to submit forms in at the school office should they want this service for their children.

Winter Beanies and Warm Winter Tracksuits now Available

Courtney House winter beanies as well as warm polar-fleece winter tracksuits are now available for order from our uniform supplier. Please consult the website for ordering and purchasing school uniform items which is www.schooluniformshop.co.za

Grant shall be available at the primary campus on Monday and Friday mornings between 07:15 and 08:30 for any parents who may have questions or queries about uniform items.

Environmental Awareness Presentation

Puppet World presented an educational show on environmental awareness entitled ‘Our World, Our Responsibility’ on Wednesday 15 May. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. Children have started little projects to show others how to help save our planet.

Asher Farm Sanctuary Visit for Grade 4 Class

The Grade 4 class visit to Asher Farm Sanctuary has been postponed to Thursday 27 June. Information letters will go out to parents soon.

Theatrical Show

Children in Reception Year to Grade 3 shall attend a theatrical show of “The Three Little Pigs & Wolf” at the Irene Theatre on Thursday 27 June. Information letters shall be sent to parents soon. The show includes popcorn and a slush puppy.  

Mid-Year Examinations

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will write their mid-year exams in all subjects from Tuesday 18 June until Wednesday 26 June. Exam timetables have been handed out.

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 the students who received badges last week for ‘Most Neatly Dressed Student’. This week’s award is for ‘Most Progress Overall’.

Important Dates to Remember

Friday 31 May  
Deadline for Camp 2020 Reservations
Monday 17 June 
No school due to Youth Day on 16 June
18 – 26 June
Mid-Year Examinations for children in Grade 3 to 6
Thursday 27 June  
Grade 4 class to visit Asher Farm Sanctuary
Thursday 27 June
“Three Little Pigs & Wolf” theatrical show for Reception Year to Grade 3 children at Youth Theatre
Wednesday 7 August
Mid-Year Academic Reports available
Thursday 8 August
National Women’s Day Public Holiday
Friday 9 August
No school
Saturday 14 September 
International Day Event



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

College Leadership/Team Building Camp for 2020 in Cape Town

We are excited to announce that the leadership and teambuilding camp for Grade 8 to IGCSE students of 2020 shall take place from Sunday 5 April to Friday 10 April 2020. The College students will attend a camp at the same venue as the primary students in Cape Town. Information packs and indemnity forms shall be made available to students soon.

Important Dates

Please take note that 16 June is Youth Day in South Africa and since it falls on a Sunday, our schools are closed for the public holiday on Monday 17 June.

This also gives our students who are writing tests during Test Week, the ideal opportunity to make full use of the long weekend to study as Test Week takes place from 18 June until 28 June. The 28th June is also the last day of term.

The following Grades will write during Test Week: Checkpoint 2020, IGCSE 2020 and AS/A-Level 2020.

The rest of the Grades such as Checkpoint 2019, IGCSE 2019 and AS/A-Level 2019 will continue with class as normal. These students are in their Cambridge Examination Year and will, therefore, write mock exams in term three.

Extra Murals

Courtney College has organised a variety of extra-mural activities this term. We encourage students to participate in order to provide them with a well-rounded and balanced lifestyle, including both academics as well as cultural, social and sport-like skills.

History Outing

Teachers Linda and Raphael took the CP2019 group to the Holocaust and Genocide Museum in Johannesburg. The IGCSE 2019’s and AS/A-level 2019 groups will be going this week, the 22nd of May.

We are incredibly impressed with this museum and are in the process of reflecting on the experience. The students will be writing essays about this day. Please go to our website to view photos and articles about the visit. This information will be available by the end of next week.


Well done to all our students who participated in the Olympiads this week. Please refer to next week’s Newsletter to see if any students went through to the next round.

Table Tennis

Courtney College Table Tennis Team beat Hoërskool Montana 26-6 in the table tennis semi-finals. We will be playing the finals in the beginning of the third term. Congratulations to our amazing team and well done to Teacher Patrick.

School Times

A friendly reminder of the following school times:

School starts with a 45-minute Homeroom Time
14:15 – 15:00  
Homework Room facilities are provided for students to focus on their daily homework or assignments
Please ensure that you collect your child by 17:00 as this is the time when our after-school facilities end 


We request that students arrive on time for school daily.