Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin No 9 - Lent Term 2016

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 11 March 2016



In the Times Educational Supplement this week there is an article from a regular contributor, Colin Harris, a primary school headteacher, talking about a letter from an ex pupil of 18 years ago -

The ex-pupil enthuses about the time when they constructed some great extended learning around the Diwali festival.

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

This week we have enjoyed inter-house cross country and many other curriculum delights including learning about Careers for National Careers Week. Year 2 learned about obscure jobs around the world; water slide tester, pet food tester, baby ostrich sitter! The girls wrote poems about what they would like to be when they are older.

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The nursery children have enjoyed the topic on “our homes” and have created models of their own using boxes and card as well as making homes out of straw (“The 3 Little Pigs“ story which they acted out), igloos out of maize packaging and homes using sheets over the tables and foam bricks which they could play in.

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Evidence-based education – The performance of children in Independent Schools places them 2 years ahead of their state school peers.


Tuesday 15 March - Tempest Sports/Y6/Y11 Class Photos/PTA Nearly New Uniform Sale 3-5pm/CCJG Rec - Y6 Workshare/Nursery New Parents' Evening

Wednesday 16 March - CCJG Rec - Y2 Windsor Castle/CCSG Y7 Stem Day Rutherford Appleton Lab/CCSG & 6th Form - Y10 to Y12 Magic Flute/New Transition Parents' Evening

Thursday 17 March - CCJG/SG Netball Finals/CCSG Y7 & Y8 Big Bang Fair

Friday 18 March - CCSG Y10 Geography Field Trip to Margam Park/Sport Scholarships

Saturday 19 March - Easter Egg Hunt CCJB/Academic Scholarships

Monday 21 March - Early Buses/No Activities

Tuesday 22 March - Early Buses/No Activities

Wednesday 23 March - End of Term/Early Finish


By now you have probably noticed the School has launched a new website. We hope you like the new look and have been able to find your way around. We are aware that there were a number of quick links parents used from the landing page of the old site, but with our aim to create a cleaner, more logical site for prospective and current users, some of these are now tucked behind the menu. Here's a short 'how-to-find' guide! The website is an evolving process, so look out for details of the calendar integration in our next mailing.


Y10 French Controlled Assessments - Monday 14 March

A reminder that these are taking place during normal lesson time.

Sports Team/Y6/Y11 Whole Class Photos - Tuesday 15 March

Please note that your daughter will need to have in school her full team kit. Y6 and Y11 whole class photos are also on the same day.

Year 9 GCSE Options

A letter has been given to your daughter to choose her GCSE options for September - please ensure that this is returned no later than Friday 18 March.

Commemoration Service - Tuesday 22 March

All parents are invited to join all Senior pupils and staff at this annual event, which will take place on Tuesday, 22 March at 2.30pm at the Magnet Leisure Centre. It is a chance to reflect on the year so far. All welcome.

Claires Court Old Boys v Desborough Old Boys Rugby Match - Friday 25 March

Come and support the players at Braywick Rugby Club on Friday 25 March at 2.00 pm. All welcome.

Early Buses/Activities/End of Term

Please note that early buses commence Monday 21 March.

No activities after school on Monday 21/Tuesday 22 March.

Wednesday 23 March - School finishes at 12noon for all Junior Girls and at 12.15pm for all Senior Girls. Nursery will operate a normal day until 3.30pm. Please note that After School Care is only available for Nursery children on the last day.


Saturday 19 March - Easter Egg Hunt

We've had tons of wonderful sweet designs and some very creative looking egg drop entries, although I've heard from a few parents that their egg drop entries aren't quite finished. As a result, we are happy to give you all until Wednesday to complete and get them in to school.

Our rota for the Easter Event is filling up, but we still have a number of gaps. If you are attending please volunteer just 30 mins of your time to help out. Contact Lynne Peach who will add you to the Rota (

Order Form

Summer Fete

Our attentions are already turning towards our Summer Fete on 25th June. If you have a business that you would like to advertise in our programme, or you would like to take a stall at this year’s event, then please contact Julie Van Vuuren (

Nearly New Uniform Sales

Tuesday 15 March 3pm-5pm CCSG Dining Room

Saturday 25 June Summer Fete - CCJB

We accept uniform throughout the year please drop at the Claires Court Girls School Office. If donated just mark on the bag, or if you wish to sell clothes please find the information and on the PTA page.


Great Gatsby Ball - 14 May 2016

We now have reservations for well over 400 people for the annual ball, quite amazing! If you have reserved a table you have until 1st April to pay. If you would still like a table please let us know and we can add you to the waiting list


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – Easter holiday (Tue 29 Mar to Fri 8 Apr)

Places still available to journey through space and get with nature at Holiday Club - older children can also join specialised Kool Xtra workshops of Cookery, Crafts, Science and Art. Don’t miss the opportunity to the develop skills in Cricket and to try a range of Olympic sports with Sports Xtra!

**BOOK BY FRI 18 MAR to get your best rate… as well as free extended sessions for Junior and Senior CC pupils**

For more details, dates and booking please go to or email


ISA Drama Competition – well done to the girls who participated – extremely proud of you all. A reminder about returning costumes asap please.

LAMDA Juniors

Reply and payment slip to be returned by Friday 18 March.

Girls keep learning your lines in readiness for the lesson on Tuesday.

Seniors Production

Casting is now up in the Chapel – start learning lines so we can have some fun with the devised pieces. Poster Competition – entries to be returned by 6 June – prizes to be won!

Tuesday 22 March – AS performance 6pm for all girls taking GCSE Drama.



Wednesday 16 March - GR to Y2 Windsor Castle. Consent and £3 for souvenir bag by Monday 14 March

Thursday 17 March - U13 ISA National Netball Championships. Confirm your availability by Monday 14 March

Friday 18 March - Y2 Great Fire of London in school. Parent attendance slip by Wednesday 16 March

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 March - Y10 Geography to Margam Park. Final payment, medical form and rules Monday 14 March

Thursday 21 April - Y8 Salters Festival of Chemistry. Consent form by Friday 18 March

Friday 22 April - Saturday 23 April - Y10 History to Ypres. Final payment, medical form and rules by Wednesday 23 March

Monday 24 - Friday 28 October - Y8-11 Hockey Tour to Barcelona - consent slip Friday 18 March


Thursday 17 March - Y7/8 Big Bang Show - consent slip Monday 14 March - Urgent

MFL trips to Bordeaux and Salamanca - consent slip and deposit please by Wednesday 16 March



A Swimarathon was held at the Magnet on Saturday 9 January - we still have outstanding sponsorships money due and appreciate this being received by Friday 18 March. Cheques can made out to Lions Club Maidenhead. Thank you.


Monday 14 March

U11 & U12 ISA Hockey Tournament - 9.30am meet. Tournament starts at 11am at Holme Grange. The girls will be back at school by 2.30pm (bring books for afternoon lessons).

U13a hockey v Furze Platt - 3.20pm meet for a 3.45pm start. Pick up from school at 4.30pm or catch usual bus home.

Tuesday 15 March

U14 hockey v St Mary’s a&b - 4pm meet for a 4.30pm start. Pick up from school at 6.15pm.

U12a&b hockey v Newlands - 4pm meet for a 4.15pm start. Pick up from Braywick at 5pm.

Yr 3-13 Sports Photos

Thursday 17 March

U13 ISA National Netball Finals - 8.30am leave. Tournament starts at 10am at Kingsmede Netball Centre High Wycombe. The girls will return to school approx 4pm.

Friday 18 March

Sports Scholarships

U8a&b & U9a&b v Holme Grange - 2.30pm start at Kidwells Park.


U18 Claires Court B v Reading Blue Coats C

CC Won 16 -9