24 June 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

Winter Holiday

Term 2 comes to an end on Friday 28 June for the winter holiday. School officially ends at 12:00 midday on Friday, however, aftercare will continue as usual until 17:00.

We wish all our families a safe, happy and restful holiday and look forward to everyone’s safe return when school reopens for Term 3 on Tuesday 23 July.

Sad Farewell

A number of our international families are returning to their home countries or moving on to new diplomatic missions at the end of June. We extend best wishes for their safe relocation but a sad farewell as we say goodbye. We sincerely hope these families have had a memorable time in South Africa and at our school.

School Offices

Please be advised that the school offices will be closed during the first week (1 – 8 July) of the winter holiday.

Infectious Illnesses

Parents are asked to please keep children home if they are sick with bad colds, flu or any other infectious illness such as a tummy bug or bronchitis and to seek medical attention so that the child can recover quickly. Children who come to school sick spread the viruses and germs. A medical certificate is required if a student is sick for an exam.

One confirmed case of swine flu has been reported at the primary campus. Please seek medical consultation should your child develop flu-like symptoms and fever or a bad cough.

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


Progress reports for Term 2 were 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

Mid-Year Examinations

Children in Grade 3 to 6 continue to write their mid-year exams until Wednesday 26 June.

Kids Holiday Baking Fun

On Wednesday 3 July, Eat et cetera, will be hosting a ‘Kids making Christmas in July snacks’ between 10:00 – 12:00 midday. The venue is at Eat et cetera, corner of Bronkhorst and Dey Streets, Muckleneuk. The cost is R 200 per child and includes a cold-drink, a snowman pizza, ice cream and all the ingredients for making the snacks. Please RSVP by 26 June to info@etc.co.za or (012) 941 3999.

Civvies for Charity

Children in Reception Year to Grade 6 may wear civvies (clothes of their choice) on Friday 28 June but are asked to bring an item for charity. This includes non-perishable foodstuff (tinned food, maize meal, rice, packet soup) or old clothes, toys, blankets etc. The charity donations must be handed in at the school office on or before Wednesday 26 June. Items to be donated to charity to assist those in need.

Thank you to those who have already been so generous and donated a lot.

Grade 5 and 6 Movie Review Outing

On Thursday 27 June, the Grade 5 and 6 students will visit Brooklyn Mall to watch Guy Richie’s version of the movie ‘Aladdin’ during the school morning. They will be expected to write a detailed movie review afterwards which forms part of their English Syllabus. Information sheets have been handed out. Please return the consent forms and payment by no later than Tuesday 25 June.

Each child will receive a combo (small popcorn, soda and sweet treat) to enjoy with their movie. They will not be allowed to purchase anything so no tuck money may be taken with to the movies. They may wear civvies. Please do not arrive late as the bus will depart at 08:10. Teachers Anthea, Allison, Chanél and Demi will attend this outing with the children.

Grade 4 Visit to Asher Farm Sanctuary

The Grade 4’s will visit Asher Farm Sanctuary on Thursday 27 June. Parents, who have not already done so, are asked to please complete the forms and submit, together with payment, to the school office urgently. Teachers Danielle and Chloe shall be attending this outing with the group. The children may wear civvies to this outing. Please do not arrive late as the bus will depart at 08:15 am. We cannot delay the bus for latecomers. At the farm, each child will receive a vegan lunch pack.

Pretoria Youth Theatre’s ‘The Three Little Pigs vs The Wolves’ Visit

Children in Reception Year to Grade 3 have received information letters as well as indemnity forms for this outing on Thursday 27 June. Parents, who have not already done so, are asked to please complete the forms and submit, together with payment, to the school office urgently. Children, whose indemnity and consent forms have not been received, will not be allowed to attend. They may wear civvies to this outing.

Each child will receive a slush puppy and popcorn to enjoy while watching the stage show. Please do not send any money with your child as they cannot purchase from the tuck shop.

The buses will depart Courtney House at 09:00 am. The following teachers will be going with the children: Teachers Glenda; Jeannet; Lee; Sorina; Jane; Tash; Sheri-Lee and Marlize.

Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Examinations

The Grade 6 students will write their Cambridge International Examinations in English, Mathematics and Science for the Cambridge Primary Checkpoints anytime between 7th and 25th October, depending on final arrangements from Cambridge.

Poetry Festival

This year’s Poetry Festival, for children in Reception Year to Grade 5, whereby each child recites an individual poem for adjudication, will take place between 28th and 31st October 2019. Final dates to be confirmed next term.

Final Examinations

Children in Grade 3 to 6 will write their final examinations from 11 – 20 November 2019.

Award’s Ceremony

Every second year, we hold a prize giving/award’s ceremony. This will take place on either the 3rd, 4th or 5th December  during the early evening. A confirmed date and venue shall be made available next term.

School Uniform Orders

The uniform suppliers, Grant and Jenny, will be away. The next delivery will be when the school reopens on 23 July.

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

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 Progress in Reading (Reception to Grade 3) and Most Progress in Reading Lab (Grade 4 to 6)’.

This week’s award is for ‘Top Achiever in French, Spanish or Afrikaans’.

Important Dates to Remember

24 – 26 June 
Mid-Year Examinations for children in Grade 3 to 6
Wednesday 26 June   
Charity items and donations must be in today
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
Thursday 27 June 
Grade 5 & 6 Movie Review of ‘Aladdin’ outing to Brooklyn Mall
Friday 28 June  
Civvies for Charity Day and school closes for Winter Holiday
Friday 28 June
School closes at 12:00 for winter holiday
Tuesday 23 July  
School reopens for Term 3
Wednesday 7 August  
Mid-Year Academic Reports available
Thursday 8 August  
No school
Friday 9 August  
National Women’s Day Public Holiday
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
Friday 20 September
School closes for Spring Holiday
Monday 7 October 
School reopens for Term 4
28 – 31 October   
Annual Poetry Festival
11 – 20 November
Final Year End Examinations for children in Grade 3 – 6
3 – 5 December 
Award’s Ceremony/ Prize Giving
Tuesday 10 December  
Final Year End Reports go out to parents
Wednesday 11 December
School closes for summer holiday



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

End of Term

The 2020 groups will write their last test on Friday 28 June and are welcome to go home at 10:00.

The 2019 groups will have their last lessons of the term on the 28th of June and are welcome to go home at 12:00.

All students are asked to clear out their lockers before going on holiday.

There will be a teacher on duty on Friday 28 June, during the afternoon, in order to assist parents who are not able to fetch their children earlier.

Progress Reports

The 2020 groups who are currently writing their test series, will receive a progress report on Thursday 1st of August.

Food Ordering Service

Thank you to Stephanie and her team at Eat et cetera for the good quality meals and service provided to our students and staff.

Meals are R 30.00 per order and the ordering is done every Friday for the following week.

Healthy, nutritious and hot meals are prepared on the day and are delivered to the College Campus at 12:00.

We encourage parents to make use of this service as it will provide your child with a daily substantial meal and prevent students from buying too many sweets, popcorn and fizzy drinks.


The CP 2020 group will have their termly social this Friday. We hope they have a wonderful time with Teachers Estelle and Jalani.

The CP 2019 and IGCSE 2020 groups will have their socials next term and the events will range from Urban Soccer to Movies at Menlyn Mall. We look forward to that for Term 3.

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 AS/A-Level students of 2020 shall take place from Sunday 5 April to Friday 10 April 2020. 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.