3 June 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

Jaffa Morning Market

Jaffa House, around the corner from the primary campus, is hosting a Morning Market on Sunday 2 June from 09:00 until 14:00. This is a lovely Sunday morning family outing for those who are interested.

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.

Waiting Lists and Relocations

A number of children are currently on waiting lists for most Grades. We therefore, request that families who know they will be relocating or changing schools, inform us as soon as possible so that we are able to make plans for children on waiting lists.

Also, a reminder that families are contractually bound to provide a full term’s notice should they be withdrawing their child.

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.

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


This coming Friday, 7 June, will be ‘show-and-Tell’ for the pre-school children.

Progress Reports

Progress reports for Term 2 shall be handed out to parents on Friday 21 June.

Tea Morning

Parents of the pre-school children are invited to attend our quarterly ‘Tea Morning’ on Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June between 07:00 and 08:30.



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

Meeting for Parents of Grade 5 and 6 Students

Parents of children who are currently in Grade 5 and 6 are requested to attend a meeting on Wednesday 5 June at 17:15 at the primary campus. Teachers Cara and Demi shall be informing parents of the procedures and policies concerning the transition over to the College Campus as of January 2020. We ask that parents do their best to attend this meeting.

Deadline for Reservations for Leadership Adventure Camp 2020 in Cape Town

Thank you to the many parents who have submitted their child’s camp reservation form and made deposit payments for Camp 2020.

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 as well as Exam Scopes have been handed out. We request that parents assist their child with establishing quiet and purposeful study time (away from electronics, TV and other distractions) and good study techniques in preparation for the exams.


Children in Grade 3 to 6 shall not receive written homework so as to prepare effectively for their mid-year examinations.

Boy Talk and Girl Talk

Thank you to Teachers Demi and Johan for presenting the Girl Talk and Boy Talk Sessions for Grade 5 and 6 students on Friday. Both groups enjoyed their presentations and gained a lot from them. More sessions shall be arranged throughout the year.


Children have produced some amazing pieces of ‘Lighthouse Art’ and ‘Bubble Wrap Art’ during their morning Art lessons. Some of these are on display on the passage walls near the classrooms for parents to view.

Bullying Presentation

“The Bully Mystery”, a presentation on anti-bullying techniques, has been organised for children in Reception Year to Grade 6 on Thursday 13 June during the school morning.

School Lunch Packs

We are pleased to announce that the lunch packs provided by Eat et cetera have been a huge hit with the children. Please contact the school office should you require more information in terms of ordering the lunch packs.

School Uniform

Please consult the website for ordering and purchasing school uniform items which is www.schooluniformshop.co.za

Children, who are wearing the correct uniform, are looking very smart and we commend them as well as their parents for making a plan to get the correct uniform and ensure that they are dressed neatly for school each day.

Thank you, too, to Grant and Jenny, the uniform suppliers, for their excellent service.

The Mini Science Lab Presentation

All children in Reception Year to Grade 6 shall participate in ‘The Mini Science Lab’ on Friday 16 August whereby a variety of Science concepts shall be presented and demonstrated as experiments.

Reptile Citi

Reptile Citi shall be visiting the primary campus on Thursday 21 August, during the school morning, for a presentation on reptiles, snakes, spiders and insects. Children will learn all about these reptiles and insects and also have an opportunity to touch and hold them.

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 Creative English Fiction Writer or Storyteller’.

This week’s award is for ‘Best Mental Math/Arithmetic Student’.

Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday 5 June 
Meeting for Parents of Grade 5 and 6 students
Thursday 13 June 
Bullying Presentation
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 vs the Wolves” 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
Friday 16 August 
The Mini Science Lab Presentation for children in Reception Year to Grade 6
Thursday 21 August 
Reptile Citi presentation on reptiles, snakes, spiders and insects
Saturday 14 September
International Day Event




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

Test Week

Test Week for the Checkpoint 2020, IGCSE 2020 and the AS/A-Level 2020 students will take place from 18th June until the 28th June.

Please take note that each student writing during this Test Week have already received a test schedule. Please contact the college office if your child has not received one.

Students are allowed to go home directly after their last test of the day, however, study room facilities will also be provided in the case of parents not being able to collect their child immediately after a test session.

Students should be present at the College Campus about thirty minutes before their test session begins.

Parents are asked to ensure that their child has the proper mathematics equipment and stationery required for each subject.

Student Representative Council (SRC)

The new SRC had their first meeting on Tuesday. We are thrilled to announce that we have selected a dynamic group of young people who are able to communicate relevant issues between their peers and the College. Well done to all!

Daily Meals

We are currently looking at an outsourced business with regard to providing daily meals to our students.

The menu will include a variety of meals such as: beef lasagne, Hawaiian pizza, hotdogs, chicken nuggets and chips.

We are in the process of sorting out the practicalities in order to provide our students and our parents with a good quality service. We will communicate our plan via e-mail in the weeks to come.

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 as well as reservation details have been made available to students.

Parents are asked to submit reservation forms and make camp deposit payments as soon as possible to avoid losing a space.