19 August 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

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.

Requests for Special Leave during Term Time

Courtney Management has been receiving an increased number of requests for children to be absent from school (during official school terms) for holiday and travel purposes. Where we do understand that in certain circumstances this is unavoidable, we would prefer that parents make travel arrangements for holidays within the allocated holiday sessions. This is especially pertinent for students who are in Grade 3 and above. For some families, these requests are happening regularly which is unacceptable. School term dates are provided well in advance.

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

Parent-Teacher Afternoon

Thank you to the parents who attended the Parent-Teacher afternoon on Wednesday 14 August. We appreciate your concerns, suggestions and positive feedback.

Cycle Test and Mock Examinations

All students have received test schedules. Cycle Tests and Mock Exams will take place from 5 – 13 September.


Students in Grade 3 to 6 shall not have written homework as of Monday 26 August so as to prepare for their cycle tests and mock exams.

Mini Science Lab Presentation and Dress Up

Children in Reception Year to Grade 6 looked amazing in their interesting and unique attire for the Science Presentation, which was engaging, entertaining and filled with educational value. Thank you to the presenters of the Mini Science Lab for an awesome experience.

Reptile Citi Presentation

On Thursday, 21 August, Reptile Citi will visit the primary campus for an educational presentation of spiders, insects, creepy-crawlies and reptiles. Children in Reception Year to Grade 4 may bring plastic insects, bugs or reptiles to school on this day for “show-and-tell’.

Primary Checkpoint Examinations

Grade 6 students will now write their International Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Examinations in English, Mathematics and Science from Monday 7 October until Friday 18 October 2019. Formal letters explaining the exam procedures as well as specific exam dates have been given to parents.

Since the examinations have been moved up a week, these students are expected to be at holiday school everyday from Monday 30 September until Friday 4 October from 08:00 until 12:30.

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.

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

Important Dates to Remember

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
30 September – 4 October
Holiday School for Grade 6 students
Monday 7 October 
School reopens for Term 4
07 – 18 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

This week is the last week of the 2019 groups’ Mock Examinations. We wish our students well.

Normal classes shall resume for them on Monday 26 August.

Holiday Classes

Please take note that the College teachers will present extra holiday lessons to the 2019 groups. These lessons are of high importance as it is to provide students with an opportunity for effective contact time with their subject teachers before their final examinations, which begin the first week of October.

Details of dates and times will be organised soon and parents shall receive a holiday timetable, for their child, via e-mail.

Leadership Academy

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.