Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin No 2 - Lent Term 2016

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 15 January 2016



January is a time for looking forward and making plans. On Thursday we invited parents of Year 10, Girls and Boys to attend a presentation at College Avenue entitled “Beyond GCSE - The Post 16 Landscape”. Parents heard about the complex and diverse pathways that are available to young people after they finish their GCSEs.

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

This week has been another busy week for Junior Girls. Year 1 & 5 took a trip to Junior Boys to experience the Learning Dome and learn about the stars and planets; Year 1 also went on their annual House Walk to learn about the different features of houses; whilst Reception made Jam Tarts and tried to keep the Knave of Hearts from stealing them!

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The theme “fossils and bones” has been a great start to our “dinosaurs” topic this term in the nursery rooms. A variety of activities happened such as creating prints of fossils with paint and in clay, and making both large and small scale pictures of dinosaur skeletons. The children have looked at pictures of dinosaurs on the iPads and in books, have listened to related stories and pretended to move like them using the “Dinosaur Stomp” song.

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

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 19 January - Lower & Upper Junior Girls Parents' Evening 4.00pm

Wednesday 20 January - Ski Trip Information Evening 7.00pm @ Senior Boys

Thursday 21 January - Y9/Y10 Girls Parents' Drug Information Talk by Bob Tait 7pm-8pm

Saturday 23 January - ISA National Swimming Gala


Y11 Reports and Mock Exam Timetable

Coming home today, girls have a copy to keep at school. Timetable can also be found here.

PTA Quiz Night - Friday 26 February - Please note that this event has been cancelled.

Nearly New Uniform Sale -

Girls uniform sale only, held in Dining Hall 3pm-5pm on Tuesday 26 January

Burns Night Supper

The annual Burns Night Supper will take place on Saturday 30 January 2016 at Senior Boys. All funds raised will support our Touring Sports sides. Please see the flyer for further information.


Please can we remind parents to be considerate to our neighbours when collecting their children from school and not park over/close by driveways. Thank you.

Christmas Nursery and Junior Productions - Wizard DVD

If you would still like to order a DVD of the Christmas shows please contact the office.


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



There are turbulent times in the financial market this year and trading profits are slim!!!

Here is the information for the Stock Market exercise for this year.

First place: Georgia Fewkes with a profit on the week of £3402.20. (WOW!) She recommends investing in Premier Vet in the Pharmaceuticals sector.

Second place: Kumika Nakai with a profit on the week of £256.82. She recommends investing in Jardin Matheson in the Engineering and Industrial sector.

Third place: Oluwanifemi Oladoyinbo with a loss on the week of £4.18. She recommends investing in W.H. Smiths in the Retail sector. They rose from £15.94 a share to £17.11 a share.


Holiday Activities

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. They’ll 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 available 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


Junior Book Club: Megan Rix

The wonderful children’s author Megan Rix (and dog Bella!) will be visiting the Claires Court Junior Girls and Boys to help us celebrate World Book Day this year. To prepare for her visit the Junior Library has lots of copies of her animal adventure stories to read and enjoy, including her brand new book ‘Echo Come Home’. Come along to the Year 5&6 Book Club and find out more…


Trips Update

Year 10 - Geography Trip to Margam Park. 18 - 20 March 2016. Consent and deposit by Friday 29 January.

Year 11 - Art Trip to Tate Modern. Tuesday 19 January. Consent and payment by Monday 18 January - URGENT



Mon 18th Jan

U10A & B vs Highfield @ Braywick 4pm start

Tue 19th Jan

U8A & B vs Bishopsgate @ Bishopsgate 2.30pm start

Wed 20th Jan

U11A & B vs Bishopsgate @ Bishopsgate 4pm start

U12 Netball @ Kidwells

U18A Netball vs Ranelagh @ The Magnet Leisure Centre

U18B Netball vs Reddam House @ The Magnet Centre

Thu 21st Jan

U12 Hockey vs Beaconsfield High School @ Beaconsfield High School

Sat 23rd Jan

ISA Swimming National Finals

Berkshire Cross Country Championships @ Newbury