Bulletin 7| Lent Term 2016

Information correct as at Friday 26 February 4.00pm


3for3 Charity Week - Commences Monday 29 February - Sponsored activities will be taking place during the week, and will include the now famous Years 7 & 8 Fancy Dress Walk along the Jubilee River Walkway, our boys usually put a smile on the faces of anyone who sees them! Other events include a Year 9 Rowathon - where the boys row from Boulters Lock to Hampton Court Palace (Ergo wise) and Year 10 selling goodies during break times. May we please remind you that if home baked products are brought into school these must be Nut Free with either a list of ingredients or a completed ingredient tick list. These are available from Mrs Adams on Reception or via our website. Our charities are Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Kids in Sport and Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.


The deadline for returning your choices form is Monday 29 February. These can be handed to Mrs Adams on Reception.


A message from our Junior Boys for any past Ridgeway pupils and parents

It has been a very difficult week at Claires Court Junior Boys with the sad news that Mrs Susan Payne, our Deputy Head, is very unwell in hospital. I would like to thank so many of you for your kind words of support, and I can inform you that having spoken with Imogen, one of Susan’s daughters’ this morning, the family would be happy to receive any get well cards and well wishing messages from the parent body. If you would like to send a card, please drop it into the school office at Junior Boys school, and we will ensure that it reaches Susan. Please do not send emails as we will not be able to pass these on.

Justin Spanswick - Head of Junior Boys

Do pop a card in through the Senior Boys Office and we will ensure these are passed on.

I hope that all had a fruitful half term, I am told that the snow in Europe was excellent and I am slightly jealous of the tanned faces around school at this time.

Congratulations to all who performed at the Orchestra Day before half term, it was a great event. Harry Bennett who unfortunately did not play at this event competed at the Berkshire Festival and won the Woodwind section against over 60 other musicians, very well done.

My thanks to all who turned up to the PTA AGM, we have our new committee and any offers of help can be directed to me and I will pass on details to Felipe Foy our Chairman.

A reminder for the 3for3 charity week, I know boys will be bringing home details, please give them your full support.

Finally the Senior Rugby squad will be touring South Africa in the summer, we are looking to produce a souvenir brochure and are looking for sponsors, £100 will gain you an advert in the programme and £250 will also have your name as a sponsor on their playing /tour kit. Further details from Scott Harris.

In honour of St David's Day.

Deuparth gwaith yw ei ddechrau

Translation: Starting the work is two thirds of it.

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Saturday 27 February - ISA Cross Country Nationals at Princethorpe College

Monday 29 February - 3for3 Charity Week Commences

Year 10 University Challenge

Year 10A & B Paul Hay - Cyber Talk

Years 7 & 8 Skills Sessions

Tuesday 1 March - Year 10C & D Paul Hay - Cyber Talk

Wednesday 2 March - Year 8 Study Skills Session

Year 7 Rushall Farm Geography Trip

Year 11 GCSE English Controlled Assessment resit

Thursday 3 March - World Book Day. Years 7 & 8 Sponsored Fancy Dress Charity Walk

Friday 4 March - ISA Drama Festival at Hurst Lodge. Year 9 Sponsored Rowathon

Year 11 GCSE English Controlled Assessment

Saturday 5 March - House Cross Country at Phoenix

ISA Drama Festival

Monday 7 March - Music Concert from 6.15pm

Tuesday 8 March - Open Morning 9.30am-11.30am

Years 7 & 8 Sports Photographs at lunch time - clean kit a must.

Senior Boys' Music Concert

Monday 7 March at 6.15pm As usual there will be a variety of musical items featuring solo and ensemble items from across the years.

Refreshments will be served at 5.55pm. It may be advisable to enter the school site to park, once the coaches have left, usually about 5.45pm.

We look forward to welcoming you at this event. It is expected that all performers stay for the whole of the concert so that they can support the other 'acts'.

Mr Roach


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


GCSE MFL Revision

Open to all Year 11 linguists, the MFL staff continue to run lunchtime sessions. There is no need to book just turn up.

Monday Lunchtimes - Mrs Rubio, Ms Enders and Mrs Denton

Thursday Lunchtimes - Mrs Stratton


Geography Trip - Year 7 - Wednesday 2 March - to Rushall Farm and The River Pang - full details have been emailed home.

Geography Field Trip - Year 10 - Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March - to Margam Park - Final payment of £115 is now due. Information sheet coming out shortly.

Hazewinkel Rowing Camp

Letters requesting balance payments and passports have been emailed home.

U13 North Devon Cricket Tour - Friday 27 to Monday 30 May - Information has gone out to invited cricketers, please return consents and payments by Monday 29 February.

Language Trips - Sunday 23 to Thursday 27 October - French & Spanish trips open to years 9 and 10. German trip open to years 8, 9 and 10. Initial letter and booking form have been emailed home.


Due to some additional fixtures and requests from our opponents for changes to the published fixture list, here are the football fixtures for tthis Saturday.

Saturday 27 February U15B v Salesian College (Frimley Lodge) KO 9.30am

Saturday 27 February U15A v Salesian College (Frimley Lodge) KO 10.45am

Saturday 27th February U14A & U14B v Salesian College (Phoenix) KO 10.30am

Saturday 27th February U13A & U13B v Salesian College (Phoenix) KO 9.30am

Saturday 27 February U12A & U12B v Salesian College (Away) KO 9.30am

All details will be kept up to date on the Claires Court sports section of the website.



Please be reminded all unlabelled i.e. home made cakes and biscuits being sold for 3for3 week will require an allergen label. Can you also please remind all pupils we have a No Nut policy therefore none are to be included in anything home made or manufactured.

The labels can be down loaded from our website and can be found at:-

Mars Chocolate Recall

Would parents please be mindful of the recent Mars Chocolate UK recall with 3for3 next week. You can refer to the Foods Standards Agency here for further details.

World Book Day

Thursday 3 March - Details of two competitions are available from Ms Majoros our Librarian. To make your own picture book and to Design a National Book Token.

£1 Book Vouchers will be given to each pupil.

PTA Summer Ball

The 'Great Gatsby Ball' - 14 May 2016

Reserve your tickets now for ‘The Great Gatsby’ Ball send your table reservations to More details found here.

PTA Easter Egg Hunt - 19 March

Join us for our Annual Easter Event with activities including Easter Egg Hunt, competitions, face painting and much more… Tickets Order Form


Mathmaticians of the Week - Year 7 - James Connor, Year 8 - Alex Walker, Year 9 - Alec Getley and Year 10 - Sam Higgins.

MFL - French Special Mention - Year 7 Henry Tate, Jonathan Nagele and Joel Mankoo - for great preparation and performances in speaking assessments.

Year 8 - Bertie Carr, Luke Scarborough, Ollie Walker and Luke Perrera for excellence in speaking.

Year 9 - Joe Stobbs, Pouria Ghannad and Zak French for confident and accurate work on the perfect tense.

Year 10 - Alex Samber for improved effort and progress.