27 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.

Important Dates to Remember

27 January
Extra mural activities for 2020 begin
28 January
Swimming season starts for children in Reception Year to Year 6
29 January 
Meet and Greet for Parents of Students in Year 6, 7 and 8 from 17:30 till 19:00
5 February
Meet and Greet for Parents of Children in Reception Year to Year 5 from 16:00 till 17:30
23 – 28 February
Junior Leadership Camp in Cape Town for Year 3 to 7
16 – 19 March
Cycle Tests for children in Year 3, 4 and 5
5 – 10 April 
Senior Leadership Camp in Cape Town for Year 8 to A-Level
27 April – 1 May
No School due to Long Weekends



Specific Information Pertaining to Teachers and Students

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.

Birthday Civvies

Children in Reception Year to Year 7 may wear civvies (clothing of their choice) to school on the day of their birthday. If their birthday falls over a weekend or holiday session, they may wear civvies on the Monday directly after a weekend or the day returning from a holiday session.

Extra Murals

Extra mural activities commence the week of 27 January. Extra Mural Schedules have been made available to all children and students. Parents are required to select, on the extra mural schedule, the activities for their child to participate in. Payments must be made and forms submitted to the school office. Parents are asked to please make direct payments to external, outsourced presenters.

Adventure Camp for February 2020 – Important Documentation Needed

All children who are confirmed as attending the adventure/leadership camp in Cape Town during February have been given envelopes with important letters and documents to be signed. Parents are requested to please return the signed forms as well as submit two CERTIFIED copies of unabridged birth certificates (child) as well as CERTIFIED copies of parents’ ID and/or Passport documents. These documents are to be handed in to the school office by no later than Wednesday 29 January.

Children Not Attending Camp

Please note that children in Year 3 to 7 who are not attending the adventure/leadership camp are required to come to school as normal from Monday 24 until Friday 28 February.

Swimming – Reception Year to Year 6

Swimming classes resume this week. The following classes will have swimming, during the school morning, on the following days:

Tuesdays                            Years 2, 4 and 5

Wednesdays                   Reception Year and Year 6

Thursdays                         Year 1 and Year 3

A plain, navy-blue full piece swimming costume (for girls) and plain, navy-blue swim shorts (for boys) is required for swimming.

Navy blue swim caps are essential as well as a swim towel and extra, dry clothing/underwear.

Meet-and-Greet for Parents of Students in Checkpoint – 29 January 2020

Parents of students in the Checkpoint Phase (Year 6,7and 8) are invited to a Meet-and-Greet at the Senior Campus on Wednesday 29 January from 17:30 till 19:00.

Meet-and-Greet for Parents of Children in Reception Year to Year 5 – 5 February 2020

Parents of children in Reception Year to Year 5 are invited to a Meet-and-Greet at the Primary Campus on Wednesday 5 February from 16:00 till 17:30. This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s various teachers.

Cycle Tests for Year 3 to Year 5 Students

Children in Year 3,4 and 5 will write cycle tests from 16 to 19 March. These Cycle Tests will only cover the Core Subjects (English, Math and Science) as well as their Foreign Language (Afrikaans, French or Spanish).

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.