11 November 2019

General News – applies to all students

School Arrival Time

We urge parents to please ensure that children and students arrive on time for school. The school day officially starts at 07:45. Many children are arriving very late for school which is a distraction and throws their whole day out.

Relocations and Withdrawals

We would like to remind parents to provide the school with sufficient notice in terms of withdrawing their child due to relocations or moving to a new school. There are quite a few students on waiting lists so if parents are aware that they may be withdrawing their child from either the primary campus or the senior campus between now and May/June 2020 that they please notify the school as soon as possible.

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.

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.



Preschool News – applies to children in Tiny Tots, Grades 000 and 00

Graduation Ceremony and Prize Giving

The pre-school prize giving and graduation ceremony will now take place on Thursday 28 November at 17:30 at Courtney House Primary Campus. Please keep the date open. More details to follow soon.

Theatrical Show

A special outing to the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg, has been arranged for Monday 9 December during the school day. Children will be entertained with a stage performance of Dr Seuss’ renowned ‘Cat in the Hat”.

Parents are reminded to return the consent forms and make payments. Thank you to those parents who have already returned their slips and payment for this.






Primary Campus News – applies to children in Reception Year to Year 5

End of Year Examinations

Children in Grades 3 – 5 begin their final examinations on Monday 11 November. We wish them the very best and know that they will reap the rewards of their dedicated work throughout the year. Parents are asked to assist their children in ensuring there is sufficient quiet time and opportunity for effective study over weekends and during the afternoons.


Children have been learning about the Art Master, Henri Rousseau, using a watercolour resist technique to design a jungle with a toucan. The idea is based on Henri Rousseau’s Tucán. Parents are invited to pop in and have a look at their child’s masterpiece once these have been displayed on the walls.

Text Book Orders for 2020 -Deadline Coming Up!

Parents have received textbook order forms for the 2020 books. Book order forms must be completed and submitted to the school office and payments should be made by 15 November 2019. Text books will only be ordered for those children whose parents have made payments and submitted orders by the closing date.

Parents are also asked to refrain from trying to purchase titles themselves as there are often title changes which may occur between now and Mid-January to Early February 2020 when the books are delivered. In addition, some parents who have tried to order books independently often end up waiting till April before books arrive.

Day Visit to National Children’s Theatre and Acrobranch in Johannesburg

A special outing to the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg, has been arranged for Monday 9 December during the school day. Parents are asked to complete all consent forms and make payments to the school office as soon as possible but no later than 27 November. All the teachers and some assistant staff shall accompany the children on these visits. Children must bring their own lunch packs for the picnics.

Children in Reception Year and Grade 1 will be entertained with a stage performance of Dr Seuss’ renowned ‘Cat in the Hat’. They will return to school after enjoying a picnic at the theatre grounds.

The Grade 2 – 5 children will be entertained with a stage performance of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ based on Roald Dahl’s Children’s Novel. After this, they will proceed to the Melrose Acrobranch Park for a picnic in the garden followed by a variety of Acrobranch activities and a chance at the Ziplining. Parents must take note that these children will only arrive back at school at approximately 15:30 on this day.

End of Year Mini Ball – Moonlight Magic

There will be a mini-ball for all children in Grade 2 – 5 on Friday 29 November at the primary school campus from 18:00 till 20:30. Semi-Formal to Formal and/or Party Dress is the dress code. Information letters and consent forms will be handed out to parents during the week.

Tickets are R 60 per child and includes a light meal, cold-drink and dessert.

The theme is: “Dazzle and Delight under the Magical Moonlight”. There will also be a lucky draw at the end of the evening based on the lucky number drawn from the falling star!

A ‘Belle and Baron of the Ball’ shall also be chosen on the evening.

School Uniform Orders for 2020 – Please order now for 2020 – New Items Available!

We are proud to announce that some new items such as cool summer shorts for girls as well as branded Courtney House trolley school bags are now available.

Parents are asked to please place orders for 2020 uniform items now as stock becomes more difficult to purchase after Mid-November. Some new and interesting items are also available for order so please have a look. Only online orders are acceptable.

This is particularly important for all the new children who will start at Courtney House in January 2020.

Jenny is available at the primary campus on Monday and Friday mornings (between 07:00 and 08:00) for assistance regarding uniform items. The physical address for fitting and purchasing uniform is available on the website.

Please consult the website for ordering and purchasing school uniform items which is www.schooluniformshop.co.za

End of Year Prize Giving and Award’s Ceremony

The prize giving for the primary school campus shall take place on Thursday 5 December 2019 at 18:00 in the evening. This event shall be held at the Brooklyn Theatre, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park.

All parents and relatives are invited to attend and to come and watch the award’s ceremony. The event will start at 18:00 promptly and will end at around 20:45. Parents do not need to purchase any tickets to attend this event.

Dean’s Stationery Orders for 2020 – Delivery Date

Pre-packed stationery packs for 2020 can be ordered through Dean’s Stationery. These orders must be fully processed and payments completed before the end of December 2019.

Orders which have been placed and payed for by 30 November 2019, shall be delivered to the primary school campus on Tuesday 3 December 2019. Parents are asked to come in between 07:30 and 16:00 on this day to collect their child’s stationery box.

Musical Instrument Concerts

The official class concert of Pretoria Music Studios for our piano students will take place on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 18:00 in the evening at the official residence of the Embassy of Japan.

In addition to this, some of the Courtney House children shall be participating in a music concert whereby they will be playing the guitar. This event is on Thursday 28 November 2019 at Maragon School.


Parents are reminded to pack in a swim towel, sun-cream and extra underwear and/or clothing on swimming days. The swimming season comes to an end during the last week of November.

Extra Mural Activities

Please take note that all extra mural activities shall run only until Friday 29 November 2019. There are no extra mural activities in December.

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.

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 awards for ‘Most Kind-Hearted Student”

This week’s award is for the ‘Best Mathematics Student’.

Important Dates to Remember

11 – 20 November  
Final Year End Examinations for children in Grade 3 – 5
Thursday 28 November
Last swimming lesson for the year
Friday 29 November
Mini-Ball Evening Event for children in Grade 2 – 5
Friday 29 November  
All extra mural activities end
Thursday 5 December
Award’s Ceremony and Prize Giving at the Brooklyn Theatre from 18:00 – 20:45
Monday 9 December
Visit to the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg and Acrobranch in Melrose
Tuesday 10 December 
Final Year End Reports go out to parents
Wednesday 11 December 
School closes for summer holiday





Senior Campus News – applies to students in Year 7 to A/AS-Level

Student Representative Council

Congratulations to the following students who will be representing their Grade as Student Representative during Term 4 as we approach the last few weeks of the year:

Checkpoint 2020         Jayden Sibindi

IGCSE 2021                     Megan Van Eeden

IGCSE 2021                     Aiden Burgess

AS/A-Level 2020           Bisi Sekwane

The Senior Campus’ aim, with the assistance of Teachers Linda, CJ and Estelle is to develop our students’ communication and leadership skills as they form the link between their peers and the Senior Campus with regard to bringing specific requests and concerns to our attention.

Important Times

Please take note of the following times affecting your child’s day-to-day routine at the Senior Campus:

Start of Day: School starts at 07:45 for all the students.

Homeroom: We have a 45-minute Homeroom time in the morning from 07:45 – 08:30. This is a valuable time for students to organise and file their work, prepare for the day, socialise and bond with their teacher and peers and catch up on any class projects or assignments.

Homework Room: We have a 45-minute Homework Room lesson from 14:15 – 15:00. This is to create a quiet and working environment where students can start/complete their homework tasks.

Afternoon Facilities: We have a teacher on duty everyday of the week from 15:00 – 17:00. It is very important to note that the afternoon assistance ends at 17:00. Please collect your child on time. We appreciate your understanding with regard to this matter.

We kindly ask that all the parents respect the above-mentioned times as it forms an important part of their child’s daily routine and discipline.

End of Year Event/Prom

The IGCSE 2019 and the AS/A-Level groups have received an official invitation to the Year End function, this week. Students should RSVP by 11 November.

The function will be hosted at EAT et Cetera restaurant on the 22nd of November from 18:00 – 22:00. Teacher supervision will be provided and we are looking forward to a wonderful evening as celebrated through our theme, ‘Starry Night’.

Checkpoint Day Outing to Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves

The Checkpoint 2020 and 2021 students have received information letters and return slips/consent forms for a full day outing to the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng Educational Centre and Sterkfontein Caves. This outing will take place on Thursday 28 November. Teachers Cara, Jalani, Cyd and Demi will accompany the children on their educational outing. Please take note that children will only return back to school at approximately 15:30 on this day.

Parents are asked to kindly complete and return the consent forms and lunch-menu choice as well as payment to the office as soon as possible. All forms and payment must be completed by Wednesday 20 November, the very latest.

Cambridge External Examinations

Examinations will come to an end on Friday 14 November. It has been a challenging time for all involved and we wish our students well as they enter the last two weeks of this examination session.