12 August 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

Women’s Day

Friday 9th August was celebrated as National Women’s Day in South Africa. We trust that all the women had a wonderful day filled with love, appreciation, respect and inspiration.

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.

All children and students have received information leaflets about the event. Please consult the information included and purchase your family tickets (R 350 per family) from the school offices. These tickets serve as entrance to the event so they must be brought along on the day. Tickets will be available from Thursday 22 August.

Families who wish to showcase their country of origin or nationality are asked to complete the attached slip and return this to the school offices as soon as possible. The closing date for showcase entries is Wednesday 28 August. Families who showcase their countries may not have a market sale too.

Individuals who wish to have a ‘market sale’ on the day can purchase a space for R 400. This must also be done through the school office.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this family event.

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

Tuck Shop

Tuck shop is available on Fridays.

Welcoming Party for New Reception Year Children

On Friday, 1st November, the current Grade 6 students will host a welcoming party for the new Reception Year children who will start their primary school journey at Courtney House in January 2020. Children who are currently in Grade 00 will attend this party at the primary school campus.




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


Thank you to parents who collected reports from the school office on Wednesday 7 August.  Kindly complete the report feedback form and return to the school office as soon as possible. Parents who would like to discuss their child’s progress can meet with teachers at the parent-teacher afternoon on Wednesday.

Women’s Day Event

Thank you to Mr and Mrs Ely for the generous donation of the beautiful, bright orange ‘women’s month’ scarves/doeks/bandanas for the Courtney House staff. All the teachers and staff wore these with pride on Thursday 8 August and will continue to wear them throughout the month of August. The scarves are also there to bring awareness of women’s rights and the subsequent violation of women and children in our country and throughout the world.

We were proud of the children in Reception Year to Grade 5 who made informative posters and gave interesting presentations about ‘Women Who Changed the World’. These influential women included: Louisa May Alcott; Marie Curie; Amelia Earhart; Florence Nightingale; Helen Keller; Oprah Winfrey; Princess Diana; Anne Frank; Jane Austen; Mother Theresa; Coco Chanel; Queen Elizabeth II; Malala Yousafzai; Ellen Ochoa; J.K. Rowling and Dr Sally Ride.

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

Cycle Test and Mock Examination Timetables

These schedules will be handed out on Monday. Cycle Tests and Mock Exams will take place from 5 – 13 September.

Mini Science Lab Presentation and Dress Up

Children in Reception Year to Grade 6 will engage in a fun-filled yet educational Science presentation, focused on weird and wonderful science experiments, on Friday 16 August during the school morning.

For this event, children may wear civvies but are asked, where possible, to dress up as ‘scientists’ or wear accessories to symbolise the field of science.

Payments for Camp 2020

A reminder to parents that the second payment (for those parents who did not make a full, once-off payment) for the adventure/leadership camp in February, is due in October.

Important Time Changes for 2020

Please take note of the following time changes, at the primary campus, which will take effect from January 2020:

Official school starting time for all classes: 07:45 as opposed 07:50

Official school ending time for Grade 3 children: 14:00 as opposed 13:30

Official school ending time on Fridays for all classes: 13:30 for Reception Year to Grade 2 and 14:00 for Grade 3 to 5 as opposed 13:00

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.

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 ‘Most Confident Student’. This week’s award will be for ‘Best History/Integrated Studies Student’.

Important Dates to Remember

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 Mock Examinations for the 2019 groups continue this week until the 23rd August.

Parents’ Afternoon

We want to thank all the parents of our 2020 students who attended the Parents’ Afternoon on Monday. We value your input and interest with regard to your child’s progress.

Extra Murals

This term, the College has introduced a new extra-mural activity on Wednesdays. It is known as Leadership Academy and hosted by a group of dynamic young people who focus on building leadership skills and qualities into students’ lives. College students are still welcome to join this valuable extra-mural for the term.

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.