Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 9|Autumn Term 2014

Information correct as at Friday 14 November 3pm



Act of Remembrance, Drama Workshop and Senior Girls Open Afternoon

The national focus on the the centenary of the 1st World War came home to us on Tuesday when we held our Act of Remembrance. It was a very moving occasion with readings of poems, playing of the last post, and a singing of ‘Abide With Me’. A very poignant moment occurred when Mr Hugh Wilding read out a list of Maidenhead College pupils (the original boys’ school on our site) read out a list of 28 ex-pupils who had served in the 1st World War, 7 of whom lost their lives. I am always struck how well our young people react to such occasions, treating them with great dignity and a genuine empathy with the national mood. Even our youngest pupils in Reception understood how important it was to remain still and silent at 11am. read more >>>


I'm often asked by prospective parents about the benefits of our diamond structure here at Claires Court. The pupils are able to learn in their own single sex environment, enabling them to become resilient and confident learners and flourish in familiar and comfortable surroundings.

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The nursery children have had a very busy week. We started by making poppies using clay, paint, glitter and card which I am sure you will have appreciated when they brought them home on Tuesday. The children never cease to amaze us and having told them a little bit about Armistice Day they listened attentively to the bells of Big Ben on the classroom radios and managed to remain silent for the 2 minutes! We then read a lovely story “Where the poppies now grow” written by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey which the children listened to really well. read more >>>


From the School Nurse - Medicines in School: When parents bring medicine into School it should be in an appropriate container, clearly labelled with content and the pupil's name, and it MUST be accompanied by a Prescribed Medication form (available from the School Office) with all details clearly written. Please note that the School can refuse to administer the medication if these conditions are not met.

PTA Family Fireworks Party- what did you think?

The PTAs were grateful to all who joined them for this amazing event just before half term. A crowded field at Junior Boys enjoyed food, drink, entertainment and a fantastic fireworks display. We hope that all who attended had a great time and in order for all who attended to give us their views on the event – we ask that YOU click on the link and complete our feedback questionnaire. Do please let us know what you think – we love to hear your views. Substantial funds were raised for the PTAs to utilise in the forthcoming year.


Years 7 – 10 Grade Cards – Please return the acknowledgement slip to your daughter's Form Tutor if you have not already done so.


*letter sent home this week

Mon 17 Nov - Paul Hay ‘Safe Online’ Parental Evening 7pm to 8.30pm in the Chapel. Details have been emailed home.

Tues 18 Nov – Year 4 Parents’ Evening (previously postponed - as per appointment)

*Wed 19 Nov – Year 11 Drama Devised Piece 4pm. Year 10 drama pupils and Year 10/11 parents are invited to attend. A letter has been sent home via pupil post today.

Wed 19/Thurs 20 Nov – Year 10 Target Setting meetings (by appointment)

Wed 19/Thurs 20 – Nov Travelling Book Fair in the Senior Library

Sat 22 Nov – Boat Club Cheese and Wine Evening Do join them for a their Cheese and Wine Evening. Tickets still available.

Tues 25 Nov – Sixth Form Open Evening 6.30. There will be two presentations at 7pm & 8pm.

Fri/Sat - 28/ 29 Nov – ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’ at the Desborough Suite, Maidenhead Town Hall. We are encouraging our Year 10 Drama pupils to attend and a letter has been sent home today.


Wed 3 Dec - Upper Junior Christmas Production, 'Christmas 1914' 6.30pm

Thurs 4 Dec - 2pm 'The Innkeeper's Breakfast' (Lower Junior) followed by 'Christmas 1914'(Upper Juniors).

Fri 5 Dec - Junior Disco 6 - 8pm

Tues 9 Dec - 9am Nursery Christmas Production 'All Aboard for Christmas' (and the Lower Juniors will repeat their 'Innkeeper's Breakfast' for the Nursery parents).

Wed 10 Dec 6.30pm (please note earlier start date): Winter Music Concert. Girls in years 7-11 will be involved in solos and group numbers.


Holiday Club is having four days of festive fun this holiday – Thursday 18 to Tuesday 23 December at this site…. our mini kidz get cracking with 'Pip Ahoy!' story-time, along with a day of Christmas Crafts. Our older kidz discover the different Christmases around the world and also help at Santa's Workshop to get everything done in time. Experimental Science and a Stocking Treasure Hunt are also on the cards in the last few days before Christmas - all topped of with a Christmas Party! Highlight calendars, programmes and booking forms can be found on our website ... we do hope you’ll join us for this feast of festive fun!

Book now for our coming Sports Club inset courses… kicking off with Football Skills Development on Monday and Tuesday 5 & 6 January at the Junior Boys site. Follow the link for full details and booking **available to all CC boys and girls in Year 4 and above **.



Tickets are now on sale for this wonderful musical production by pupils in Years 10 - 13. To be staged in the Desborough Suite, Maidenhead Town Hall. Tickets can be paid for via the Payportal or with the reply slip that came home this week.


Letters are here (* = sent home this week)

*Tues 18 Nov - Year 1 girls to Maidenhead Sounding Arch The girls will travel by minibus to Junior Boys, leaving School at 1.15pm. Don't forget the waterproof and wellies in case of bad weather!

Thurs 20 Nov - Year 7 to National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery

*Fri 28 Nov - Years 9 &10 Science visit to Rutherford Appleton Laboratories - consent forms in by Friday 21 November, please.

*6 – 11 April 2015 – Year 10 rowing training camp in Hazewinkel, Belgium

Ski Trip 2015 - if you haven’t already paid the Interim payment for ski trip of £400, please send a cheque (or pay online) asap (now overdue!),


Wed 19 Nov - Year 11 Devised Performance 4 - 5.30pm (Parents are invited)

Seniors Drama Club will watch this performance and leave between Acts in order to catch buses.

Wed 26 Nov - TINY TAP - Years 1 and 2 Girls are to bring their costumes to rehearsal on for checking.

Sat 6 Dec - Art on the Street - Drama entries as follows:

10am: Tiny Tap Performance 'Under the Sea'

10.10am: Juniors Drama Improvisation

10.20am: Elise Rosine LAMDA piece 'Maddy Alone'

10.30am: Seniors' Drama Improvisation

10.40am: Maddie Sparks LAMDA piece - Sophie from 'Howls Moving Castle'

10.50am: Ellie Jones LAMDA piece - Natalie from 'Good Impressions'

11.00am: LAMDA Slot available

Junior Christmas Production Years 3 - 6 - rehearsal schedule and performance details

Tue 18 November 1.30-3.50pm in the HALL Act 2

Wed 19 November 2.05 - 3.15pm n the HALL - Problem scenes

Tues 25 November 1.30 - 3.50pm in the HALL - Complete Run in COSTUMES (Costumes to be checked)

Wed 25 November 2.05 -3.15pm in the HALL - Focus on Exits and Entrances

Mon 1 December 10.30am - 3.30pm Technical Rehearsal/DRESS 1 in the HALL

Tues 2 December 1.30 - 3.50pm DRESS 2 - in the HALL

Wed 3 December 2.05 - 3.15pm - Problem scenes in the HALL

Wed 3 December Performance 1 6.30pm (girls can go home after School and return by 5.45pm, a letter will be sent out to confirm these arrangements)

Thurs 4 December 2pm Performance 2


Travelling Book Fair will be visiting the Senior Girls Library next week on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 November. Don’t forget to come along and have a look at the fantastic range of books to buy. There will also be some wonderful stationery to purchase. Come along and start your Christmas shopping early!

Congratulations to Pippa Wrench Edwards, Year 5, who is the latest proud winner of the Roald Dahl Golden Ticket Competition held in the Junior Girls Library. Pippa found her Golden Ticket in the Ruby Redfort book "Look Into My Eyes" by Lauren Child. As well as finding the ticket Pippa, had to read the book and correctly answer some questions set by the librarian, Mrs Copeman. She won a large bar of chocolate which she shared with her classmates!

Come To The Junior Library And Find The Golden Ticket!

There are only 3 Golden Tickets left to be found in the Junior Library. Come along and borrow a book and see if you are a lucky winner. Clue: They are all in animal stories………..


All families will have received some Christmas Raffle tickets. Good luck!!




Mon 17 Nov - U16 Indoor County Hockey Final

Tues 18 Nov - U14 Hockey v Holyport College

Wed 19 Nov - U13 Netball

Thurs 20 Nov - U10/11 Hockey v Herries

Fri 21 Nov - U9 Hockey v Holme Grange

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