Claires Court Bulletin



I have spent part of my week deep in discussion with various local headteachers, sports staff in our school, and several parents on the ‘hot’ topic of the rugby field - concussions. For all of you who have sons in Reception to Year 3 this has not possibly come across your path as prominently as for those of you who have boys playing contact rugby in Year 4,5 and 6.

Being such a physical and contact driven sport as rugby is, there are always going to be times when boys get ‘knocks’. To be honest, this is far from being a new topic, and one we deal with very regularly at the Junior Boys school. While some people say that it is part of the game and that you cannot ‘wrap boys up in cotton wool’, the evidence would certainly suggest (many of you I am sure saw the Panorama show this week on television) that there is a connection with the amount of knocks someone takes and the possibility of longer term consequences.

My personal opinion on this is very straightforward. Firstly, boys must be taught how to tackle correctly, and how to hit contact areas in rugby safely, sensibly and efficiently. Secondly and equally importantly, rugby coaching staff must be well trained in identifying possible ‘concussions’, and always err on the side of safety and caution when deciding how long a player must sit out. I feel if these two points are addressed with a sense of urgency every time a boy walks onto a rugby field, we limit considerably the danger of long term problems.

The value of playing and enjoying sport in our school is extremely high. Teamwork, self discipline, fitness, enjoyment, aspiration and self esteem are just some of the qualities boys can gain from representing their school. But safety is always our primary concern, and I am utterly confident in my coaching staff’s ability to get the best out of the boys on the field of play by teaching the technical contact skills with patience and intelligence. If anyone would like to chat this through further, the Sports department and I would be more than happy to do so. As an aside, I took another poll this morning from our boys on who would win out of England and Wales in the World Cup clash tomorrow night……..the results did not look good for the red dragons!!! I would like to thank all of those who were able to attend our Sports Tour fundraiser last Friday night - it was great fun, lots of laughs, thankfully England edged out a win, and we raised £2300. This will directly fund sports kit for boys in Year 4,5 and 6 when they go on tour or on Bushcraft expeditions.

Our Year 5 boys are spending the weekend at Marchants Hill on a PGL adventure. I am so glad that the weather looks like it will behave for them. I have experienced PGL trips in the howling wind and rain…...not as much fun as when the sunshines I can assure you! Along with more sports fixtures and the start of our academic testing (INCAS) for Year 5 and 6, it has certainly been a busy week. However, I felt it best to illustrate this weeks news in pictures rather than words, and I hope you enjoy some of the snaps below! Next week I am hoping to show you all some of our best Extreme Reading pictures.

I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend

Justin Spanswick


CLAIRES COURT PTA Charity Number: 1052993

Formal Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Claires Court PTA

Thursday 1 October 2015 at 7.30 pm

Dining Room, Claires Court Senior Boys, Ray Mill Road East, Maidenhead SL6 8TE

All members will be warmly welcomed to enjoy a review of the year, elect the Main Board and Committees and enjoy a small social after the meeting. If you would like to join one of the Committees, do please contact your School Office who will share your details. The PTA shield will be presented at this event.

It was great to see some new faces at the PTA meeting this Tuesday. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th November at 9.00am.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of you at our 'Afternoon tea on the lawn' on Friday 2nd Oct. Pleased feel free to come and join us for a cuppa, a slice of cake and a catch up any time between 2.30 and 4.00pm.

Our Christmas social and shopping event is scheduled on Friday 11th December, again between 2.30 and 4.00pm.

Your class reps should have been in contact this week about volunteering to help on the bar at the Fireworks on Sat 10th Oct. Please do get back to them with your choice of time ASAP.

Tickets for the Fright Night disco on Friday 13th Nov are selling fast, so don't forget to purchase yours, and just a reminder that adults get a free drink.

Emma Robertson


Monday 28 September - Y6 Information Meeting for Osmington Bay 8.40am in the dining room.

Thursday 1 October - Harvest Festival at All Saints Church 11am. All parents and relatives welcome to attend.

Friday 2 October - PTA Afternoon Tea 2.30pm. (See PTA news)

Saturday 3 October - Y4 Rugby Festival

Monday 5 October - Friday 9 October - National Poetry Week

Thursday 8 October - Nearly new uniform sale 9am in the dining room. Any items you wish to sell or donate would be greatly appreciated so please drop them by the school office.

Saturday 10 October- Family Firework Spectacular!!!


Individual Photos -If you wish to order a copy of your son's individual photo please complete the order form and send back with your payment to the office close of play today, Friday 25 September. Orders later than this will have to be made direct with the photographic company and incur a late charge.


Wednesday 7 October - Year 4 Visit Hampton Court


Mr Cox our Brass teacher will be teaching Monday afternoon instead of Tuesday morning next week.


If you take your son home rather than him attending his chosen after school activity could we please ask you to excuse him with the school office to avoid having to search the school as he would appear absent when the register is called. A phone call is then made home to establish where he is. Many thanks for your cooperation.


Last call for any extreme reading photographs. We would like to judge the competition very soon so that we can announce the prize winners.


Our Rabbit winners this week were William Dart and Ross D'Alessandro. William has shown excellent manners and helped his classmates where he can. Ross has looked after other boys in break times showing great kindness and patience. Well done boys.


Did you join Holiday Activities over the summer? If so, we'd really love to hear what you and your child/ren thought - complete our Summer feedback questionnaire and we'll enter you into our prize draw for a chance to win a **£100 voucher**.

Visiting us at Holiday Club this October half-term, we have Paul from Swim Kidz who is bringing fun and interactive swim sessions on both Wednesdays for all children in reception year and above. We also have Brickies Club joining us along with plenty of lego and building techniques. We still have availability at Holiday Club and Xtra activities, as well as Sports Club and you’ll get the ‘best rate’ and if you book by Fri 9 Oct. Please go to for all the latest programmes, activity highlights and booking forms.