Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 13|Autumn Term 2014

Information correct as at Friday 12 December 3pm



Well, as my more assiduous readers will have noticed there were no words from me as I was part of an ISI Inspection team, inspecting a large 3 - 18 school in the West Country. Such opportunities really give an opportunity to see different ideas and approaches, as well as giving an opportunity to reflect upon our own school.

However, it does mean I have a lot to talk about this week. I was sad to miss the Upper Junior Production of ‘Christmas 1914’ - I understand it was a piece of outstanding theatre including great drama and great music. I look forward to seeing the DVD! Fortunately I was able to be at the Nursery and the Lower Junior productions and wow. To see our very youngest children perform with confidence and aplomb was both heartwarming and impressive in equal measure. Seeing how they come on in our Lower Junior is wonderous. The Reception Class were angelic angels, and were not even phased by the absence of one of their number, with one angel quite happy to manage the dance on her own. And as for the amount of learning of words and tunes - remarkable.

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It’s the final countdown…

Last minute preparations for our Carol Service are underway. A third of our girls (30, mainly Year 4!) travelled to All Saints this morning for a rehearsal, proving that we really are a musical bunch. Keeping with the music theme, Years 5 and 6 sang to the residents of St Mark’s Nursing home on Thursday - we had 32 girls, 2 cornets, 1 flute, 1 violin and a partridge in a…! >>>


What a pleasure it was for us to see so many parents, grandparents and friends attending our Christmas production on Tuesday morning – evidence of a truly supportive parent body. Your children transported us to a very magical place, so to speak, and we are enormously proud of every single one. The costumes you provided looked wonderful, so thank you. I am looking forward to seeing it again in January when the DVD copy I have ordered arrives.

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WIZARD DVDs - last chance to order your DVD as a memento of three wonderful Christmas productions! Please return your order form (more available from the Office) by Tuesday.

MENUS for the Lent Term: A reminder that the menus for next term are now online, and will be in use from Monday 15 December which will be Week 1, due to the changes in Allergy legislation. The first week of term will also be Week 1.


The Passage helps homeless people in London. They welcome adult size clothes, particularly outer garments and footwear – please drop them in to Mrs Adams at Reception. Thank you.


Junior parents – please be sure to return the consent slips attached to ‘Christmas Arrangements’ with your preferred collection details on Tuesday 16 December, after the Carol Service.

Year 7 Lost property!! There have been lots of lost property issues in Year 7 this week. Please can parents ensure that all clothing is named, including drama blacks.

Tuesday 16 December - Years 3-6 Junior Carol Service at All Saints permission slip due now.


Message from the CCGS PTA

After a busy week, we all enjoyed a very successful Disco with a huge turnout from Junior Girls and Junior Boys. Thanks for coming, and please do let us know your feedback via

The raffle was won by Mrs Wakely of the Senior Boys School, with second prize going to Mr Jeffs in Year 3 of Junior Girls and third prize to Mrs Scott in the Nursery ... so someone won something across all the schools!!

It is now the end of the first half term for the new PTA and we have been thrilled with the support we have had. Thank you. Please keep 13 June 2015 free, when we will be holding our annual Ball at the Junior Boys School and the date of our annual Quiz Night (now with a new quiz master and exciting new catering) will be announced when we get back in the New Year.

Have a wonderful restful holiday time.

With Best Wishes,

Gill Towell & CCGS PTA



Mon 15 Dec – Nursery Christmas Party – all Nursery children are invited.

Tues 16 Dec – Carol Services: Parents are invited to all Carol Services.

- Seniors at St Luke’s Church Years 7 – 9, 12 to 1pm / Years 10 & 11, 2.30 – 3.30-m

- Upper Juniors at 2.30 at All Saints Church.

Wed 17 Dec – Nursery and Lower Juniors ‘Carols Around the Tree, 11.15am parents invited to attend also.

Wed 17 Dec – END OF TERM (Girls midday, Nursery Full Day)

NB After school care is available for Nursery children only.

Thurs 18 – Tues 23 Dec - Holiday Club (see below)


13-16 February 2015 - Year 11 History trip to Berlin interim letter - reply slip and payment by today, Friday 12 December.

27-29 March 2015 - Year 10 Geography trip to Margam Park FSC - reply slip and payment by today, Friday 12 December.

Ski Trip 2015 - Final payment of £345.00 for the ski trip due now please.



Ensemble members in Years 7-11 need to bring their instruments on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 December.

Monday - there is a rehearsal at CCSB in periods 1 and 2. Students can be dropped off there and should go straight to the music department where Miss Goodsell will register them. If they are brought to the girls site, they can take the link bus to the boys site. A coach will bring them back to CCSG ready for period 3.

Years 10-13 Choir - Please bring a packed lunch or buy a lunch from school on Tuesday as we will be staying at the Church and students in Years 10-11 will not be allowed off site.


Ensemble members please remember to bring in instruments on Tuesday for the Carol Service and Wednesday for the end of term Assembly.


Gracie, (right) Year 6, with her winning Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket. As well as finding the ticket, Gracie read and correctly answered questions on "The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop" by Kate Saunders. Holly, (below) Year 6, with her Golden ticket and her prize for correctly answering all of the questions on her book " The Victory Dogs". (How appropriate that 'Holly' won at this time of year!). She looks particularly festive in her Christmas jumper in front of the senior library Christmas books display.

On Wednesday 10 December the Senior Girls Book Club welcomed a guest speaker to their Christmas Party. The surprise guest was history teacher and book enthusiast Mrs Bullough. She entertained the girls by taking them through her reading history from early childhood to the present day. She brought along a number of her own, (well-thumbed), copies of her childhood favourites such as "Teddy Bear Coalman", "Flicka" horse stories and the "Famous Five". She talked about living on the continent as a child and developing her language skills by reading graphic novels in French. She also talked to the girls about the fun to be had by reading poetry and demonstrated this by reading a humorous poem. She finished the meeting by showing the group her favourite novel "Any Human Heart" by William Boyd. The meeting concluded with chocolate cakes and a 'thank you' gift for Mrs Bullough . Her fun and adventurous reading history was a real inspiration to all of us .


Space is still available for both HOLIDAY CLUB, Thursday 18 to Tuesday 23 December at our College Avenue site…. and SPORTS CLUB on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 January at the Junior Boys site. Visit our website for full details and booking **available to all CC boys and girls in Years 4 and above **.


Letters are here (* = sent home this week)

13 – 16 Feb 2015 - Year 11 History trip to Berlin interim letter

*Saturday 11 - Saturday 18 April 2015 - Ski Trip - final payment letter enclosing Information Sheet and Kit List and requesting copy Passport.

BURNS NIGHT SUPPER - Saturday 24 January 2015

BURNS NIGHT Saturday 24 January 2015 –Book your tickets on-line via this link. To be held at our Junior Boys site at Ridgeway, enjoy all the Burns Night traditions including the Addressing of the Haggis, Band, Dinner, Auction and Dinner Games. A really excellent evening.



Visit the schoolsports website for all details of teams, venues travel arrangements

NO FIXTURES next week or the first week of term.