26 August 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

International Day – Saturday, 14 September 2019

Tickets for International Day are now available from the school offices. Tickets must be purchased beforehand in order to attend the event.

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. There will be a Lucky Draw for a hamper on the day, from ticket numbers displayed on your tickets.

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. Families are welcome to dress up in their National Costumes and Cultural Attire on the day.

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.

National Dress on National Days

We remind all our families that children may come to school wearing their country’s traditional clothing on the National Day or Independence Day of their country.

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

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.

Reptile Citi Presentation

On Thursday, 21 August, Reptile Citi visited the primary campus for an educational presentation of spiders, insects, creepy-crawlies and reptiles. The show was entitled ‘Crazy Critters’ and Dane and his team kept the children thoroughly entertained.

The display consisted of a King Cobra, two 100-pacer Thailand Mocassin snakes, a Corn snake, a Ball Python, a Boa, a Monitor Lizard, a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, an alligator as well as a few Tarantulas and a Goliath Bird Eating Spider. The children were also given an opportunity to touch and feel some of the reptiles.

Thank you to the children in Reception Year to Grade 4 who brought plastic insects, bugs or reptiles to school on this day for “show-and-tell’.

Spring Day Dress Up

Children may wear civvies to school on Monday 2nd September for Spring Day. We look forward to seeing a colourful, bright and beautiful array of Spring colours and floral themes on this day.

Primary Checkpoint Examinations and Grade 6

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 every day from Monday 30 September until Friday 4 October from 08:00 until 12:30.

The Grade 6’s will not have school from Monday 21 till Friday 25 October 2019.

They will return to school on Monday 28 October, where they will write their final examinations in Languages, History, ICT and Geography.

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 ‘Most Progress Overall’. This week’s award will be for ‘Most Well Spoken, Articulate Student’.

Important Dates to Remember

Monday 2 September
Spring Day Dress Up
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


The College would like to congratulate Ntsika Majozi and Rik Chatterjee, our IGCSE 2020 students, who have been selected to represent the Gauteng North Region in the 2019 ASSA South African Mathematics Team Competition.

They will be competing against fifty other teams from across Southern Africa on Saturday, 7 September. We are extremely proud of these two amazing students!

Mark Schedules

The 2019 examination writers’ Mock Examinations have come to an end. Their marks will be sent via e-mail to their parents on Monday the 2nd of September.

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.

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.