29 July 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

Public Holiday Coming Up

Friday 9th August is celebrated as National Women’s Day in South Africa, a public holiday (bank holiday). There is no school on this day.

Plastic Bottle Tops for Wheelchairs

Elizabeth, from the charity involved in arranging wheelchairs for the less fortunate, has sent another message of thanks to all the children and students of Courtney Kids, Courtney House and Courtney College for the generous collections of plastic bottle tops. The bottle tops are recycled but assist in getting wheelchairs for those who need them but cannot afford them. Children can still collect their plastic bottle tops from milk, water and cold drink bottles and hand them in at 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.

Term Dates for 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

Adventure/Leadership/Educational Camps in Cape Town

Junior Camp                   Sunday 23rd to Friday 28th February 2020       Grade 3 -7 children

Senior Camp                   Sunday 5th April to Friday 10th April 2020      Grade 8 – AS/A-Level students

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

Extra Murals

Extra mural forms have been handed out. Please return the forms by no later than 29 July.

Extra mural activities will commence the week of 29 July.

Tuck Shop

Tuck shop is available on Fridays.



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

Extra Murals

Extra mural forms were sent home on Tuesday. Please fill these in and return, together with payment (where applicable), to the school office as soon as possible. Direct payments via EFT to outsourced, external presenters of extra murals are the best option.


Mid-Year academic progress reports are available for collection from the school office on Wednesday 7 August. Parents will need to sign for these reports.

Women’s Day Event

To celebrate and commemorate Women’s Day which is on Friday 9 August, children may wear civvies (clothing of their choice) on Thursday 8 August.

Children in Reception Year to Grade 5 are also working on posters and presentations about ‘Women Who Changed the World’. They will present these to their peers on Thursday 8 August.

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

Parents are invited to view their child’s work and speak to the teachers about their child’s progress on Wednesday 14 August. The following times apply:

Reception Year to Grade 3              between 13:45 and 17:30

Grade 4 to 6                                            between 14:15 and 17:30

Reading and Books

A variety of new books have been purchased for the library. Children are encouraged to take books out to read at home during the afternoons and over weekends and we urge the parents to take an active role in developing their child’s reading by encouraging the reading of both Fiction and Non-Fiction books.

A selection of Non-Fiction books are on display at the front of the school and are changed every so often. Teachers use these books to encourage the reading and discussion of a variety of Non-Fiction themes from History; Science; Medicine; Animals and the Animal Kingdom; Environment and Global Issues.

In addition, a selection of books dealing with Emotional Intelligence Development are on display and are also used in the classrooms to help the children with themes such as Confidence; Good Virtues; Dealing with Aggression and Frustration and Social Skills.

Eat et Cetera School Lunch Packs

Healthy, wholesome and convenient lunch packs can be ordered, as usual, for daily lunch packs and hot meals. Please contact them on (012) 941 3999 or info@etc.co.za for more information.

Tuck Shop

There is a tuck shop sale every Friday whereby children can purchase treats and fun snacks. Proceeds go towards funding the stage productions.

Classroom Showcase

We encourage parents and children to view the ‘classroom showcase’ link under ‘Courtney House’ on the website at www.courtney.co.za where beautiful visuals of interesting events, presentations, day outings and children’s art are posted regularly by Teacher Danielle.

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 on Tuesday 29 October 2019. This festival takes place during the school morning and parents are invited to watch their child’s recital.

School Uniform Orders

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 for ‘Top Achiever in French, Spanish or Afrikaans’. This week’s award will be for ‘Most Courteous/Polite Student’.

Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday 7 August
Mid-Year Academic Reports available
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
5 – 13 September
Cycle Tests for Grade 3 – 5 students
9 – 13 September
Mock Exams for Grade 6 students
Saturday 14 September
 International Day Event
Friday 20 September 
School closes for Spring Holiday
Monday 7 October
School reopens for Term 4
14 – 25 October 
Cambridge International Primary Checkpoint Examinations for Grade 6 students
Tuesday 29 October
Annual Poetry Festival
Friday 1 November
Welcoming party for new Reception Year and Grade 1 children of 2020
11 – 20 November  
Final Year End Examinations for children in Grade 3 – 6
Thursday 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

Mock Examinations

The 2019 groups will be writing their Mock Examinations starting on 5th August and the exams will run until 23rd August.

Examination timetables have been emailed to all parents.

Please ensure that your child is at school at least thirty minutes before their exam session starts.

Students are allowed to go home after their last exam session of the day, however, study room facilities will be provided to those students whose parents are not able to collect them after their exam.

Reports and Parents’ Afternoon

The 2020 students’ reports will be sent via e-mail to all parents on Thursday 1st of August.

In addition, all parents are encouraged to attend our Parent Afternoon on Monday 5th August between 14:15 and 18:00.

This is an ideal opportunity to meet with your child’s subject teachers and to discuss any matters relating to your child’s progress.

Food Ordering

A reminder that a weekly food ordering service is available at R 30.00 per meal. Orders and payments to be made on Fridays.