Covid-19 Update

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Dear Parents

Last evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa published the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic being declared a National Disaster. In accordance with this announcement, we will close Cowan House tomorrow, 17 March, at 14h00, for a slightly extended Easter break. Should it be necessary, our boarding establishment will remain open until the last girl/boy has been able to travel home.

On a broader scale, international travel to South Africa will be strictly controlled or even prohibited, and returning travellers will need to comply with additional restrictions. We request that you please keep updated with these communications on a national level in the coming weeks.


  • The Easter Services and Senior Primary Final Assembly will be cancelled.
  • School will open for Term 2 on Wednesday 15 April, as planned. We will monitor Government recommendations and you will be notified timeously should this date be required to change.
  • We will not hold the Grade 5, 6 and 7 Parent / Teacher interviews in the traditional meeting format. Communication and feedback to parents will be managed digitally. 
  • There will be no sporting or extracurricular commitments today or tomorrow.
  • You will be advised on the Grade 5, 6 and 7 outings due to take place at the start of Term 2. These may need to be postponed or even cancelled.
  • Until school closes this term, the protocols instituted last week, will remain in place.
  • Please comply with the best practices as per the World Health Organisation’s recommendations at home.
  • You will be notified timeously, during the course of next term, should we feel it necessary, to institute ‘catch up days’ for academics.

Please continue to update us of your travel details and the changes to these plans.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation regarding the unprecedented emergency measures we have had to put into place at such short notice. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Derek Braans (Headmaster)