Claires Court Bulletin



It’s definitely getting colder!! I am insisting that jumpers be worn whenever the boys are outside, and all of a sudden, school caps have been going on at break times to keep the heads warm!! Norovirus has unfortunately reared its head in our school, as it has with a number of schools in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Please click this link for the Public Health England Information Sheet. Please take note of the prevention strategies - we are re-educating the boys on the importance of washing their hands on a regular basis. Let’s hope we are able to stop the virus from spreading further.

A successful week in school where nativity rehearsals, practically based English and Maths lessons, Science quizzes for our budding Einstein’s, Gold, Silver and Bronze primary maths challenge awards and a raft of sporting fixtures for our older boys have led to a rather nice looking photo gallery today. Best of luck goes to all of our Year 6 academic, sporting, art, drama and music scholarship applicants as they head to the Senior Boys school this weekend for their assessments. Special mention must go to our fantastic swimmers who returned today from the ISA Regional Swimming competition in Aldershot with an array of medals. The boys have been working really hard with Mrs Whiteley and their efforts have paid off. Particularly well done to Gursahej Bakshi whose Gold medal has earned him a place in the Nationals early next year.

Further mention has to go to some of our consistently hard workers. Spike Stalham, George Norris, Sam Bassett and Aaran Hitschmann have been impressing their teachers with their outstanding work ethic and their kindness towards others. Similarly, Blake Sylvester, Toby Carter and Oscar Griffin have been showing great compassion and a willingness to go above and beyond for their friends when needed. We really do have such a lovely community here amongst our boys and our teachers.

A date to save - please try to join us for our Christmas Fayre on Friday 9 December from 2pm. We have a large number of stalls selling lots of Christmas goodies, and a mulled wine and cider stand. We are also going to be showcasing some for the boys Christmas card artwork, and Mr James Wilding will be joining us as chief judge to see who has produced the most vivid images. The Fayre is always lots of fun, and taking note of last years’ windstorm, we decided to have it in the sportshall this year!! There will be no pick up service at the front of the school for Reception and Year 1 that day, but there will be extra parking provision laid on near the sports hall on some of our fields. If you are intending to purchase something from the Fayre, my advice would be to bring cash with you as some of the vendors will not have card machines.

Well, as I write this I await for the return of our Scientists from their competition and also for the start of our trial Year 5 and 6 staggered finish to the end of a Friday. I hope it all goes well!

Have a lovely weekend

Justin Spanswick

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Successful ISA swimming team

PTA News

Friday 9 December - Christmas Fair & Nearly New Uniform Sale at Junior Boys.

There will be lots of winter decorations, mulled wine & spiced apple drink, Christmas Card Competition, traditional mince pies and of course our own CCJB Santa!! Our team leaders for this event, Pooja & Julie, have put together a great selection of stalls for those wanting to purchase some christmas gifts whilst supporting local businesses. There will also be a luxury raffle taking place. Tickets will be £1 each and are available to purchase from the 1st of December at school. Ask your class reps for more information.

In order to avoid the elements and ensure everyone gets to enjoy the stalls Mr Spanswick has kindly agreed that the event can take place in our Sports Hall. We are short on Christmas decorations and as such if you have any unwanted decorations that you could donate they would be gratefully received.

Finally, if any of you can kindly make or purchase any kind of christmas cakes, mince pies, biscuits, gingerbread men for the event we would really appreciate it. Should we have lots of contributions then I am sure there will be lots of hungry boys towards the end of the event who will happily help finish them off. Please contact the PTA team to advise of any contribution or donation you can make @

This is a free event hosted by your PTA to wish you all a merry christmas and we very much hope to see lots of you there.

Ana Sidders


Monday 5 December - Autumn Term Chess Tournament for boys in Y2 - Y6. Entry forms can be collected from Mr Hogg. Entry fee is £1.

Tuesday 6 December - Christmas lunch for Year 3 and Year 6 boys only. These boys may wear a Christmas Jumper. Remaining year groups will need to bring a packed lunch.

Wednesday 7 December - Christmas lunch for Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 boys only. These boys may wear a Christmas Jumper. Remaining year groups will need to bring in a packed lunch.

Wednesday 7 December - Choir boys in Year 3 - Year 6 performing at Clic Sargeant Young Voices event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Thursday 8 December - Christmas lunch for Year 4 and 5 boys only. These boys may wear a Christmas Jumper today. Remaining year groups will need to bring in a packed lunch.

Thursday 8 December - Year 3 visit from the Celts and Romans

Friday 9 December - Guitar assembly for those boys who play acoustic guitar. Parents are welcome to attend.

Friday 9 December - Nativity at All Saints Church 10.30am Reception - Year 2. Parents are welcome to attend.

Friday 9 December - PTA Christmas Fayre & Nearly New Uniform Sale in Sports Hall 2pm-4pm

Tuesday 13 December- Pre-prep (Reception - Year 2) visit to Norden Farm to see The Elves and the Shoemaker

Tuesday 13 December - 2.30pm Junior Carol Service at All Saints Church. Parents are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 14 December - Term Ends 12 noon. There is no after school care on this day. A letter regarding collection arrangements will be sent out next week. Boys may wear their Christmas Jumper over their uniform for the morning.


Wednesday 7 December - Choir boys in Year 3 - Year 6 performing at Clic Sargeant Young Voices event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tuesday 13 December- Pre-prep (Reception - Year 2) visit to Norden Farm to see The Elves and the Shoemaker


U10 matches VS Chesham Prep on Friday 2 December are now open to all U10 teams so they will all be travelling away. They should return at approximately 5pm but this is subject to change due to Friday traffic.

Whatever the weather….

As the weather gets colder, may we take this chance to remind our parents of the School’s Emergency Closure Guidance in case we need to close the School due to adverse weather conditions.


This year our Christmas lunch will be served to all our Junior Boys on the following days

  • Tuesday 6 December - Lunch for Years 3 and 6

  • Wednesday 7 December - Lunch for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

  • Thursday 8 December - Lunch for Years 4 and 5

REMINDER: If your child does not wish to have Christmas lunch, or has a dietary requirement please complete this form by 30 November. The menu can be viewed on the school website.

Copas Turkey Offer

Order online using code ‘CCS16’ to earn the School PTA £5. Anyone collecting their turkeys that they ordered on this offer will be able to go and say hello to a couple of Santa’s helpers and have their picture taken too. As well as meeting the reindeer there will be many other treats including wine tasting, cooking and carving demonstrations, a choir and Father Christmas himself.


This week saw our U9s take on Oratory Prep School on Tuesday at home. Having already played this team away this season it was fantastic to see the progress many of our Year 4 pupils have made. All pupils played with great commitment and were superb role models for the school.

Year 6 took on Davenies on Wednesday with the B and C team scoring two impressive wins. In fact across all four teams on Wednesday the U11s scored a total of 35 tries a hugely impressive feat!

Today saw a number of our Year 5 & 6 pupils compete at the ISA London West Swimming Gala bringing home a number of medals in individual events and the relay.

This afternoon the whole of Year 5 travelled to Gayhurst for a set of fixtures, which will be reported in next week's bulletin.

Nick Butterfield

Head of Sport


Autumn Term Tournament (Monday 5th December)

We have our own internal tournament coming up on Monday 5 December. Boys in Year 2 - Year 6 will be able to enter. Prizes will be awarded for the Best U11 and Best U9 as well as for the top performer in each year group.

The entry fee is £1 per pupil and entry forms will be available from next week.

The World Championship Chess Match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin has moved on to game 11 of 12 and the scores are all tied up. With the prize fund standing at well over $1 million, there is much to play for over in New York.

Millions of people have been watching online and on televisions around the world as commentators and number-crunching computers analyse every combination of move and counter-move. The world's press have been all over this ultimate test of cerebral might, and yet all has been quiet here in the UK.

It does not take a lot of thought to work out why we have not had a world championship challenger since Nigel Short took on the might of Garry Kasparov in 1993.

Very few schools take chess as seriously as Claires Court and we are proud of our boys' achievements. We hope that they can progress to play for their county, their country and even, perhaps, the biggest prize of all.

If anyone would like to follow events in New York they can do so at

Richard Hogg


Here is the link to the music timetable for the peripatetic lessons. Please remember to click on the appropriate week in order to view the correct timings.

A piano assembly by selected pupils of Mrs Fox's classes will be taking place on Monday 5 December. Parents of those taking part are welcome to attend.

A guitar assembly by selected pupils of Mr Hasting's classical guitar classes with take place on Friday 9 December. Parents of those taking part are welcome to attend.


Our Rabbit winners this week are Lincoln Burns Y5 and Joshua Spanswick Y4. Ms Icke was extremely impressed by the way Lincoln handled a particular situation in school. He showed compassion and empathy with one of his peers. Similarly, Mr Hogg was delighted with Joshua when he spent a great deal of time with a younger pupil helping him to overcome some problems during an activity. Both boys are worthy winners of the Rabbit this week.


A full & exciting programme of festive fun is now available for the Christmas break

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd December

There is something for everyone – from crafts to textiles, cookery to football, winter Olympics to pantomime, games, singing, and a special visit from Mr S Claus……...

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