9 September 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

International Day – Saturday, 14 September 2019 – Important Information

Tickets for International Day are now available from the school offices. Tickets must be purchased beforehand in order to attend the event. The event starts at 11:30 and runs until 15:30.

Please prepare your route to the International Day as the Jackaranda FM 2019 Spring Walk is scheduled on the same day. A number of roads will be closed and traffic diverted in and around Loftus Versveld Park and Stadium as well as Brooklyn and Waterkloof areas. The following streets will be affected: Park; Villa; Burnett; Rupert; Main; Heloma; Albert; Crown; Aries; and some parts of Rigel Avenue. Parents are asked to be aware of this and allow extra time for traffic delays.

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.

Parking for International Day

Parents will be ushered and directed to allocated parking spots along the side of the Blue Crane park and next to the Art Gallery.

No parking directly in front of the school or on the opposite side of the road shall be allowed on the day. Extra security has been arranged for the event as some activities and games for the children will take place in the park across the road.

Pretoria Art Association Pottery Market

There will be a lovely pottery market at the Art Gallery (Mackie Street) on Saturday 14 September during the morning. Families attending the International Day are also cordially invited to attend this market and view the beautiful pottery which will be on display and for purchase.

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.

Spring Holiday

School closes at 12:00 midday on Friday 20 September 2019 for the Spring Holiday. School reopens for Term 4 on Monday 7 October 2019.

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

Information Packs and Uniform Items for 2020

Information packs containing stationery lists and order forms as well as order forms for text books for Reception Year shall be made available to parents during the week. Parents who would like to view specific uniform items for next year are welcome to come over to the primary campus on Mondays and Fridays (between 07:00 and 08:00) where Jenny, the uniform supplier, is available.

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

Cycle Tests and Mock Exams continue this week until 13 September. We wish our children the very best for these cycle tests and examinations.

Heritage Day Dress Up

In South Africa, Heritage Day is celebrated on 24 September.

On Friday, 20 September, the last day of term, children may wear civvies but are asked, where possible, to dress up in their traditional clothing to represent their cultural heritage. We have such a wonderfully diverse cultural representation at Courtney House and we would like everyone to celebrate their heritage and cultural diversity. Various fun activities and traditional games from around the world shall be presented on this day.

Children may also bring small flags of their country of origin.


The swimming season commences the week of 7 October. Children are required to wear plain, navy-blue swim shorts (boys) and full-length, one-piece swimming costumes (girls) as well as a navy- blue swim cap for these classes. Swimming takes place during the school morning. The swimwear items are easily accessible from Woolworths, Edgars, Mr Price Sport and other children’s retail stores.

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 Enthusiastic/Motivated Student’. This week’s award will be for ‘Most Well Behaved Student’.

Important Dates to Remember

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 
Heritage Day Dress Up and School closes at 12:00 for Spring Holiday
30 September – 4 October
Holiday School for Grade 6 students (08:00 – 12:30 daily)
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


Congratulations to Megan Van Eeden who won a Gold medal in collaboration with her team during the Archery competition. We are proud of you, Megan.

Spring Celebration

The College will have a Spring Celebration on the last day of this term, Friday, the 20th of September.

Teacher Cyd and her team of teachers will be hosting a series of games and fun activities between 09:00 and 11:30 at the Blue Crane park.

Students are to bring blankets and picnic food and we recommend sunscreen and enough water for the day spent in the sun. Students may leave to go home at 12:00.


During the next two weeks, representatives from Varsity College and the IMM Graduate School will be presenting information about their institutions to our AS/A 2019 and 2020 groups.

This is organised to assist our students with regard to application procedures for courses at tertiary institutions.


We would like to thank the Lewington family for donating a significant amount of books to the College’s Library.

In addition, we want to thank our library monitors, Lauren Kervin and Rakeb Abey, both in Grade 7, for keeping our library neat and organised. Well done!

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.