3 February 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

Wednesday 5 February 
 Meet and Greet for Parents of Children in Reception Year to Year 5 from 16:00 till 17:30
Wednesday 5 February   
Junior Camp Information Meeting for Parents of children in Year 3 to 7 at 17:30
Friday 14 February 
Children in Reception Year to Year 5 to wear civvies and dress in Valentine Colours
16 – 19 March  
Cycle Tests for children in Year 3, 4 and 5
23 – 28 February  
Junior Leadership Camp in Cape Town for Year 3 to 7
Friday 20 March 
Term 1 Ends – Autumn Holiday
Saturday 21 March
Human Right’s Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 1 April 
Term 2 begins
5 – 10 April 
Senior Leadership Camp in Cape Town for Year 8 to A-Level
Friday 10 April  
Good Friday Public Holiday
Monday 13 April 
Family Day Public Holiday
Monday 27 April
Freedom Day Public Holiday
27 April – 1 May
No School due to Long Weekends
Friday 1 May
Worker’s Day/ Labour Day Public Holiday
Friday 12 June
Term 2 Ends – Winter Holiday
Tuesday 16 June 
Youth Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 7 July 
Term 3 Starts


Specific Information Pertaining to Teachers and Students

Teacher Training

Thank you, once again, to Teacher Jo, for the wonderful training workshop as part of ‘Cognitive Connection’ which was held for all teachers on Monday 27 January. These workshops are aimed at in-house training of teachers to better equip the students with active learning approaches through active teaching methods.

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 and is particularly helpful for new families.

Adventure Camp for February 2020 – Meeting for Parents of children Attending

Parents of children in Year 3 to 7 who are attending the Leadership Camp in Cape Town are invited to a brief meeting and information sharing session on Wednesday 5 February at 17:30.

Teachers who are attending the Junior Camp include: Teachers Emil and Cyd from the Senior Campus and Teachers Demi, Tash, Danielle and Riana from the Primary Campus.

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.

Valentine’s Day Dress Up for Children in Reception Year to Year 5

On Friday 14 February, children are invited to wear civvies (clothing of their choice) and to dress up in the Colours which represent Valentine’s Day. These colours include: red, white, pink and black.

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.  Thank you to those students who are proud of their cultural heritage and follow through on this invitation, it is lovely to see.

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.

Swimming – Reception Year to Year 6

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.

In the event of bad weather or unfavourable swimming conditions, the swim coaches, Elke and Riana, will present lessons on water safety and swimming theory at the school campus.

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.