Claires Court Bulletin



It was lovely to be able to welcome so many of you from Reception - Year 4 to Parents Evening yesterday, I hope you enjoyed learning about how your sons have been getting on. We are looking forward to seeing Year 5 and 6 parents early next week as well.

I must start by congratulating our chess players for their efforts last weekend. Fielding a team of boys from Claires Court who were representing Maidenhead Under 9’s, we had a very difficult draw on Saturday against Sussex and Hertfordshire! However, there were some great matches and the team of Téo Rybak, Henry Dargan, Sam Jeffrey, Tom Dargan, Nayan Popat, Samuel Tschiesche, Josh Spanswick and Kida Zhu did really well. Téo played exceptionally well and won all three of his games playing on one of the top boards. Special mention must go to Kida who won matches even though he is still in Year 2, and to Samuel Tschiesche who won two of his three games - Samuel is in Year 3. Samuel was also in action with Josh, Téo, Nayan and Niam Popat on Sunday where they represented the Berkshire Under 11 team against Buckinghamshire at Wellington College. Again all of the boys represented their school and their county with great enthusiasm and skill, and very well done to Nayan and Téo (Year 4), and Josh (year 3) who won one of their two games against much older opponents.

We started football fixtures this week with our Under 9 and 11 teams playing against OPS. After some tough matches where a snorkel and flippers may have been more useful than boots, our coaches know that we have some key areas of our game to work on! I would like to thank all of our boys who played on Tuesday and Wednesday for representing their school so well. All of our coaches returned from the games beaming with pride at how well our boys adapted to the conditions and gave of their best.

Our PTA are meeting this Tuesday morning, and we are on the hunt for our new Chairperson at the end of the academic year when Emma Robertson will step down. Please let me or Emma know if you are interested in taking up this role - there is a wonderful comradery amongst our PTA and the new post will certainly be lots of fun!

Pupils Voice leaders were in assembly on Wednesday explaining to the school how they have spent the PTA’s hard earned money! Fish tanks, lego, indoor trees and scalextric were just a few of the delights your sons have chosen for their classrooms. And if the weather keeps getting colder, they may get plenty of chance to enjoy them!

The best piece of work that I have seen this week has come from Oliver Thorpe in Year 1 who produced a beautiful piece of writing showing great accuracy and skill. Well done Oliver.

I would finally like to congratulate of our new starters to the school. George Wardle, Zac Burgess, Seb Mckee, Edward Newland, Sebastian Von Schmidt, George Paish, Joel Hannan, Alexander Belsey and Charlie Webster have all made brilliant starts and have enjoyed a wonderful first week and a half with us - well done boys, you are very much part of the community!

I wish you all a super weekend

Justin Spanswick

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Joshua Notton - Brown, Zac Burgess and Max Van Vuuren all of whom produced some great work this week.


It has been brought to our notice that some parents are dropping off their sons and letting them walk from our car park into school unaccompanied. This is very dangerous practice as our car park is extremely busy. We strongly request that you park and bring your child into the playground to avoid any serious accidents. The same applies to the evening. Boys will not be allowed to walk from the playground to find you in the car park. Thank you for your cooperation.

Emergency Closure Guidance

At this time of year, the weather is not always predictable, and bad weather can often affect the daily routine. Please refer to the updated Emergency Closure Guidance for full information. A reminder that initial contact will be via text message and supporting email from the School. Please ensure you keep your contact details up-to-date at this time.

The bravery of Bowie, Banksy and our space cadets...


Monday 18 January - Year 5 Parents' Evening 6pm. Letters have gone home to parents. Please return slips by Monday 11 January.

Tuesday 19 January - Year 6 Parents' Evening 6pm. Please return slips by Monday 11 January.

Wednesday 20 January - Class Group Photos 9am. Smart uniform and tidy hair please.

Ski Trip information Evening at Senior Boys 7-8pm for those who are booked to go 2 April


Thursday 28 January - Reception Traditional Tales

Saturday 30 January - The annual Burns Night Supper at Senior Boys. All funds raised will support our Touring Sports sides. Please see the flyer for further information on how to book tickets.

Regatta Race Night - Saturday 6 February

Come and support the Boat Club at their annual Regatta Race Night. For further information on how to buy tickets, sponsor a boat or race, please see here.


Please remember that lessons are subject to times/days altering so it is imperative that you check the timetable regularly thus ensuring boys have their music and/or instrument in school on the correct day. Thank you.


Dylan Chaddha was the lucky winner, out of 75 entrants, of the recent Book Review competition. Dylan won an England Rugby Annual, a secret agent kit and a copy of the book 'Billionaire Boy'.


The Rabbit winners this week are Peter Babcock (1G) and Spike Stalham (2Y). Peter was very thoughtful, kind and helpful this week to his classmates. Spike is an exemplary pupil who always strives to be his 'Best Self' by following our 'Golden Rules'. Well done boys. Worthy winners this week.



Holiday Club have a fantastic journey ahead with a 'World of Animals' week this coming holiday… from pets and farm animals to birds and reptiles of the Amazon. There will be plenty of themed activities, fun facts, crafts and challenges, as well as specialised activities for older children. Join us from Mon 15 to Fri 19 Feb at the Junior/Senior Girls site from 9am to 4pm with options to extend from 8am to 6pm and book a hot lunch!

Sports Club are also delivering three days of Multi-Sports from Tue 16 to Thu 18 Feb… using the fantastic facilities at the Junior Boy site there’s plenty for all abilities to choose from.

Activity highlights, programme and booking on our website -

DONATIONS - Just to let you know Holiday Club are always on the lookout for good condition construction toys, board games etc.… if you have any that you’d like to donate it would be much appreciated. Please let us know at