21 September 2019

General News – applies to all three phases

Spring Holiday

We wish all our families a happy and memorable Spring Holiday. School reopens for Term 4 on Monday 7 October 2019. We look forward to everyone’s safe return, well rested and rejuvenated for the final term.

No Tolerance for Misconduct at School

We wish to remind parents and students of the school’s Behaviour Policies and Code of Conduct. A no tolerance approach to teasing, bullying, hate speech, theft, misconduct of any kind, use of inappropriate language or symbolism, sexual harassment and forms of disrespect towards teachers and peers will be taken, with immediate suspension and expulsion being the consequences.

The policies and code of conduct apply at school during school hours as well as during any school-related functions, evening events, special days, camps and other events which may be at different venues.

Parents are asked to read the code of conduct and school policies thoroughly and to discuss such content with their children (at age-appropriate levels of course) so as to reiterate the consequences of negative behaviour. We wish to maintain strict discipline at all our campuses and ask that parents and students comply with the requirements set out in our school policies.

Sad Farewell

A few of our families are leaving South Africa as part of their relocations due to diplomatic contracts ending. We wish these families the very best and sincerely hope that they will be happy at their new schools and in their new countries. We will miss them and hope that they have had a superb time in our beautiful country and that wonderful memories have been made.

Registration Packs for 2020

This week, current parents should have received 2020 registrations packs which include annual contracts and specific information for next year. Please contact the school offices if you did not receive a registration pack.

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 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

Pre-School Children to move to Primary Campus

Parents of children in Tiny Tots, Grade 000 and 00 received letters this week informing them of important changes in venue for the pre-school children so that construction and renovations can begin at the Dey Street property. These children will be accommodated at the primary school campus as of Monday 7 October 2019. The children’s safety and best interests are always at the forefront of all decisions taken and we are excited for the new beginning.


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

Heritage Day Dress Up

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

On Friday, 20 September, the last day of term, children dressed up in their national dress. Well done to all the children for proudly showing off their countries of origin and nationality.

Thank you to Teachers Marlize, Sorina, Chanél, Lee, Sheri-Lee and Allison for organising fun activities and traditional games for the children on this day. A fun and exciting end to the term was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Teacher Danielle for taking photographs.

Meeting for Parents of Grade 6 Students

Thank you to the parents of Grade 6 students who made the time to attend the meeting which was scheduled for Tuesday 17 September at the primary school campus. Many valuable suggestions and ideas were shared and we thank the parents for their ongoing support and commitment towards doing the best for their children.

Parents of Grade 6 students also received letters notifying them that they will proceed on the College Campus as of Monday 4 November whereby they will begin their Grade 7 orientation.

Grade 6 Cambridge Examinations

We extend best wishes to our Grade 6 students as they prepare for their Cambridge International Checkpoint Examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. They have worked diligently and we are proud of their efforts and achievements thus far.

We encourage these children to use this holiday session as valuable study time but also to rest and exercise so as to maintain good balance of body, mind and spirit. We ask that the parents ensure that children have little distractions during study time and that cell-phones and electronic games as well as online games are not allowed during this time.

We look forward to seeing the Grade 6’s for holiday school from 08:00 – 12:30 from Monday 30 September until Friday 4 October.

Global Perspectives

Congratulations to the Grade 6 students for completing their Global Perspectives research projects and posters which ended in them giving excellent power point presentations and talks on global issues to the Grade 3, 4 and 5 students on Thursday 19 September. Well done to the Grade 6’s on their amazing teamwork and effort in completing their research and a big thank you to Teachers Anthea, Danielle and Demi for facilitating the process.

Poetry Festival

The annual poetry festival, whereby children recite a prepared poem in front of an adjudicator and an audience of parents, will take place on Tuesday 29 October during the school morning at the primary school. Parents are invited to come along and watch their children. The times of exact groups performing will be made available nearer the time, however, this usually takes place between 08:30 and 12:30 in the morning. The poetry festival is for children in Reception Year to Grade 5 and we ask that parents help their children memorise and rehearse their poem at home.

Brooklyn Care Centre

Thank you to the management at Brooklyn Care (facility across the road from primary school entrance) for making provision for our teachers to park their cars within their grounds so as to free up more play area and space for the children during break and aftercare. Brooklyn Care is currently a unique frail care and retirement centre and is extending their services to be eventually fully equipped and registered as a small, private day hospital facility. We are thrilled to have a great working relationship with them.


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 by 31 October 2019.

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.

Important Dates to Remember

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

Spring Celebration

Thank you to Teacher Cyd and her team of teachers for hosting a series of games and fun activities at the Blue Crane park on Friday 20 September as part of the end of term Spring Celebration fun day.

Students and teachers had a wonderful day out in the sun and the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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.