20 January 2020

General Information Pertaining to Important Dates and Events

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

Long Weekend

Please be informed that due to the public holidays at the start and end of the week, the school will be closed from 27th April until 4th May 2020.

Stage Production 2020

Dates have been confirmed for 9 – 12 December 2020, with evening performances on 11 and 12 December 2020. The Stage Production takes place at The Atterbury Theatre.

New School Times for Primary Classes

The following times will apply as of January 2020:

Reception Year to Year 2                                         Mondays to Fridays                            07:45 – 13:30

Year 3 to Year 5                                                              Mondays to Fridays                            07:45 – 14:00

Aftercare supervision is available until 17:00 daily.

Early morning supervision is available form 07:00 daily.

Campus Changes for 2020: Courtney House International School

Please take note of the following:

The Primary Campus (Reception Year to Year 5), headed by Teacher Demi, Charles Bramley/Mackie Street.

The Senior Campus (Year 6 to IGCSE), headed by Teacher Cara, Florence Ribeiro/Mackie Street.

The A-Level Campus (AS- and A-Levels), headed by Teacher Linda, Dey/Main Street.

Important Dates to Remember

20 January
Ballet Extra Mural starts
27 January
Extra mural activities for 2020 begin
28 January
Swimming season starts for children in Reception Year to Year 6
23 – 28 February
Junior Leadership Camp in Cape Town for Year 3 to 7
5 – 10 April  
Senior Leadership Camp in Cape Town for Year 8 to A-Level




Specific Information Pertaining to Teachers and Students

Words of Gratitude

We wish to express our utmost appreciation to Dave and the maintenance team as well as our incredible assistant staff for all they have done during the holiday session in terms of thorough cleaning and preparation for the new term. A special thanks goes out to Dave; Elliot; Thomas; Pietie; Robert; Lizzy; Tumi; Julia; Christina; Ziphora; Cynthia; Jeannet; Malindi and Deyvie.  We also wish to thank our office administrators, Shirley and Thelma, for their dedication towards ensuring that all office-related duties are performed well.

A special word of thanks to Dave for his endless efforts in preparing the renovations and alterations for the new A-Level Campus.

BHC Conference

Thank you to the British High Commission’s Mr Craig Orrick from the National Crime Agency as well the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) for the highly valuable discussion seminar and conference which was held at the British High Commission Residence on Friday 17 January and attended by Teacher Demi, representing Courtney House International School.

The conference highlighted a multi-faceted array of concerns as well as suggestions for maintaining high levels of child safety and what professionals from a diverse system of specialisations can do to assist with the prevention of serious issues such as human trafficking, child exploitation, cyberbullying, online safety issues and the abuse and harassment of children.

Teacher Demi shall be sharing information and suggestions with the entire team of teachers and staff at Courtney House, where the children in our care are our top priority and we will continue to maintain exceptional standards of safety and security at our school.

Baby Congratulations

Congratulations to Teacher Allison on the birth of her baby boy, Christopher, who was born on Wednesday 8 January. We wish Teacher Allison the very best with her new bundle of joy.

Congratulations on Superb Results for the Cambridge International Examinations

We are proud of all our students who wrote International Cambridge Examinations during October-November 2019 and congratulate them on their wonderful achievements.

The Year 6 group Class Averages (out of a score of 6.0) for the entire group were as follows:

English       4.9                  with 3 students attaining 6.0 scores for English

Math            5.0                  with 5 students attaining 6.0 scores for Math

Science       5.2                  with 5 students attaining 6.0 scores for Science

Well done and thank you to Teachers Anthea and Demi for their dedication towards assisting these students to achieve amazing results. A special thanks to the parents who were supportive and followed the guidelines set out by the school in terms of ensuring that their children achieve their very best.

The Year 8 group Class Averages (out of a score of 6.0) for the entire group were as follows:

English       3.9                  with 1 student attaining a 6.0 score for English

Math            4.2                  with 3 students attaining 6.0 scores for Math

Science       4.7                  with 3 students attaining 6.0 scores for Science

Well done and thank you to Teachers Jalani, Cyd, Patrick, Megan and Mary for their dedication towards assisting these students to achieve amazing results.

The senior students (IGCSE and A-Level) attained the following results for their examinations:

A total of 6 A* symbols

A total of 22 A symbols

A total of 31 B symbols

A total of 30 C symbols

Well done and thank you to all the teachers at the Senior Campus for the commitment and dedication they have awarded the preparation of all the students towards their International Examinations. Your efforts are appreciated.

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.

Courtney House is serious about discipline and we take a firm stance against all forms of misconduct.

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.

Extra Murals

Except for ballet, which starts the week of 20 January, all other extra mural activities commence the week of 27 January. As soon as extra mural schedules are ready, they shall be handed out to the children.

Adventure Camp for February 2020 – Year 3 – 7

All camp registrations for the Junior Camp will close on Monday 20 January. Please ensure that your child’s camp forms and payments are completed in full by 14:00 on Monday. Flights need to be booked.

School Uniform Orders

Parents are informed that the uniform suppliers shall be away for the whole month of February so orders are to be placed beforehand. The last day for deliveries will be Monday 3 February 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

Orders can only be placed via the online forms.