Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin No 4 - Lent Term 2016

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 29 January 2016



Mr Bevis words are provided this week by Mrs Hawker and Mrs Heywood - thank you!

We have been without Mr Bevis for the most part this week as he has been on an inspection but the school has been busy as usual.

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“Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

It’s the end of January - can you believe it?! As we approach February, we start to think of Spring and all of the things which we have to look forward to. The girls are working so hard in all aspects of the curriculum; working towards their targets and next steps. Taking risks and learning from our mistakes was the theme for our assembly.

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The nursery rooms have been learning about swimming dinosaurs and have had lots of water play this week, helping dinosaurs to float and sink. Dinosaur eggs have been made using hard boiled eggs and food colouring, individual paintings created representing swimming dinosaurs seen in books and lots of large scale mark making activities outside.

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Secondary assessment in education from 2017 and beyond..

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.


Tuesday 2 February - Upper Junior Girls Y3-Y5 Secondary School Information Evening 6.30pm - The Chapel

Wednesday 3 February - Open Morning 9.30am-11.30am

Thursday 4 February - SG Y9 GCSE Information Evening 6.00pm - The Chapel

Friday 5 February - ISA London West Cross Country at Sherfield

Saturday 6 February - Boat Club Race Night 7.30pm SB Sports Hall

Sunday 7 February - U9 ISA Gymnastics Competition - Milton Keynes


Sainsbury's Active Kids

The school is now collecting the Active Kids vouchers.

Illness/Medical Appointments

Any absence due to illness must reported to the school office before 9.30am and followed up by written confirmation. All medical appointments should be notified, where possible, in writing prior to the appointment.

Burns Night Supper - Saturday 30 January 2016 - SOLD OUT - Tickets have been sent out

Meningitis Vaccinations - Thursday 4 February

Year 11 Girls have been given letters/consent slips about the Meningitis ACWY.


As you may be aware from our email earlier this week there are proposals for further parking/loading restrictions on College Road. If you have not already completed the consultation, please do so before the closing date of 31 January.

We are under constant scrutiny from local residents and RBWM officials with regards to the parking of parent, staff and student vehicles and we would respectfully request that our School community park sensibly and safely, within the rules of the Highway Code to avoid further aggravation and confrontation. If you have to park and walk for the safety of all concerned then please do so. Also due to the limited parking on the school grounds can we ask that when dropping/collecting children at school that you vacate the space as quickly as possible so that other parents can park.

Thank you for your support


Thank you all for supporting the recent nearly new uniform sale which was very successful with sales totalling £708.00 for January. We are currently awaiting further sales dates for 2016 and will keep you posted. In the meantime remember you can bring your old uniform in throughout the year dropping at the school office clearly marked. For further information please see here where all information is available on how to sell your clothes.


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 visit our website


Orchestral Day Friday 12 February: Instrumental students from Years 3-13 have been invited to participate in a workshop day, playing with students from other schools in an orchestra, held at the Senior Girls site. Students have a received a letter with information about the day which culminates in a concert at 4.30pm. Please can girls return the letter to confirm their attendance as soon as possible. Parents are warmly invited to attend the concert.

Letters sent out:

Joint JB and JG Concert: 8 March

Letters have gone out to Year 5-6 students and to Year 3-4 choir members about the concert rehearsals. Please can they return the permission slips for bus travel by 12 February.

GCSE and A Level Music Trip to the Opera: 16 March

Letters have gone out about the visit to see 'The Magic Flute' at the ENO. Please can students return their slips and arrange payment by 8 February.



The waters are starting to settle and some girls are making a little profit.

Here is the information for the Stock Market exercise for week 3.

First place: Georgia Fewkes for the third week running with a profit of £2614.38 - She continues to recommend investing in Premier Vet in the Pharmaceuticals sector.

Second place: Oluwanifemi Oladoyinbo with a profit on the week of £961.46 - She continues to recommend investing in W.H. Smiths in the Retail sector.

Third place: Hui Qing Liew with a profit on the week of £102.32 - She recommends investing in UK Mail in the Transport sector.



Spaces still available at Holiday Club’s 'World of Animals' week this coming holiday – Mon 15 to Fri 19 Feb – with Xtra activity days for older children on Wed 17 and Thu 18 Feb.. both located at the Junior/Senior Girls site.

Book now for Sports Club’s Multi-Sport days – Tue 16 to Thu 18 Feb… located at the Junior Boys site.
> more details - activity highlights, programme and booking on our website

Last week to get … free extended sessions for CC Junior and Senior pupils, and a hot lunch option (holiday club only) – ends FRI 5 FEB

DONATIONS - 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


National Storytelling Week: 30 Jan – 6 Feb

This year marks the 16th annual National Storytelling Week, an event which promotes the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination. The Junior Girls will have their own special Storytelling Day on Thursday 4 February and why not join in with one of our other ‘story’ celebrations?...

Book Swap: Friday 5th February

All the Claires Court Libraries will also be holding a Book Swap on Friday 5th February. To participate just bring in a book – in good condition – that you have read and enjoyed but no longer want. A book you think your friends will enjoy as much as you! Bring the book along to the Junior or Senior Library on Book Swap Day next week and swap it for a new one. It’s that simple! It’s also completely FREE and you can swap as many books as you wish. Donate your old books and come and discover a new treasure…who knows what you will



The libraries have purchased a number of e-books for you to read on the school computers or on your own devices.

The available titles can be found on the school Hub under Library Services, by logging on to the Access-It library database with your 5 digit school number. You can access this site through any internet connected device both in school and at home. You can download the book for 7 days to read on your IPad, laptop, or phone or, if you have a Kindle Fire, you can read the book online. Don’t worry, it will remember where you are in the book each time you log on.

If you want to try one of our e-books for the first time, come and see one of the Librarians and we will help you access the site and give you some information.

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Junior Auditions

Tuesday 2 February

Talent Show

Girls not auditioning but participate in Drama Club will need to go to study or go home at 4pm

Junior ISA Rehearsals

Tuesday 2 February 1.30pm - 3.45pm in the Chapel

Tuesday 23 February 1.30pm - 5.00pm in the Chapel (LAMDA will not be on)

Tuesday 1 March 1.30pm - 5.00pm in the Chapel (LAMDA will not be on)



Monday 8 February Y10-Y11 Drama visit A Level moderation at Norden Farm. Reply slip due by Monday 1 February - URGENT.

Saturday 13 February Y9-Y11 Drama trip to see Confusions at Windsor Royal Theatre. Consent and payment by Monday 1 February - URGENT.

Friday March 18 - Sunday 20 March Year 10 Geography Trip to Margam Park. Consent and deposit by Monday 1 February - URGENT.

Monday 21 March Y10-Y11 Drama visit A Level moderation at Norden Farm. Reply slip by Monday 1 February - URGENT.

Thursday 7 - Friday 8 April Sailing Camp - Consent slip and deposit by Monday 1 February - URGENT.

Friday 22 to Saturday 23 April Y10 History Trip to Ypres. Consent and deposit by Monday 1 February - URGENT.

Letters Going Home:

Thursday 11 February Y10 Art Trip to Tate Britain - Consent and payment by Monday Monday 8 February.

Thursday 11 February Y10 Textiles to the V&A Museum. Consent and payment by Monday 8 February.

Wednesday 16 March GCSE Music trip to see The Magic Flute. Consent and payment by Monday 8 February.

Upper Juniors - Joint Concert Rehearsal Dates Letter - information for parents.



Monday 1 February

U13 Hockey vs Beaconsfield High (A)

Tuesday 2 February

U14 Hockey vs LVS (Braywick)

U11 and U12 Football vs Holme Grange (A)

Wednesday 3 February

U10b and U11a Kidwells vs Highfield (Kidwells)

U12a and b Netball vs Trevelyan (Furze Platt)

U18 vs Ranelagh (A)

Friday 4 February

ISA Cross Country @ Sherfield