Claires Court Bulletin

JUNIOR BOYS

FROM THE HEAD'S DESK

There is so much to write about, where do I start?!!


I think we should be begin by congratulating all of our boys who took part in the Claires Court music concert on Tuesday evening. We even had a Year 2 boy, Junwen Liew on stage and playing the violin quite beautifully. The standard of music that emerged from all of our pupils was quite breathtaking, and the sheer enjoyment that they felt while singing or playing an instrument was humbling. I can honestly say that it was a moving and heartwarming performance, and I would like to thank again Mr Rowan for his efforts to inspire our boys to be their best.


We have had a musical theme to our assemblies this week, and along with individual performances from boys on the piano, your sons have been deciding which pieces of music they would prefer to listen to…..with some interesting results! I played the boys a classical piece (The finale of Crusells Clarinet concerto No.1 in F minor) and a song from the film ‘Frozen’ (Do you want to build a snowman?). About 90% of your sons preferred the classical piece! It is said that exposing children between the age of 5 and 10 to classical music on a regular basis, they will learn to appreciate music and understand both music and poetry better in adult life - at the moment I tend to play them a piece at least once a week.


The PTA organised a superb Easter Egg hunt on Saturday which has raised an enormous amount of money for the schools. Although a bit chilly, so many of you turned out to search for as much chocolate as possible, and there was certainly a lot on offer! Thank you to Emma Robertson and her team for working so hard to put on this event. Many thanks to Lorraine Downing for using her cooking skills to great effect.


On the same day our Year 4 boys returned from their Football Tour to Bournemouth. They had a lovely time playing against some schools and clubs from the South of England, and they behaved impeccably. Our Year 4 Bushcrafters also experienced some excitement with their day of tracking, snaring and fire lighting. I am pleased to say that the school is still standing! And many congratulations to the Under 11A rugby sevens team who won the plate competition at the prestigious Caldicott Tournament. This is a very tough event and the boys showed great spirit in their play. Mr Grose and Mr Denton were very proud of them, especially with their 17-0 win over Dulwich Prep school who are particularly strong.


We competed this week with 20 other schools in an Under 11 National Mathematics Competition over in Windsor. I am delighted to report that our team came joint second in the event. Well done to Charlie Castle, Ansh Aggarwal, Aditya Singh and Jake Bains-Gillespie. Indeed, we have been very busy on the academic front as you would expect, and I have been able to view a number of excellent pieces of work from Reception up to Year 6. I must also thank you all for joining us for your son’s workshare on Thursday. It was a great event and one that I will be including in our plans every year from now on. I invited James Wilding, our Academic Principal, to have a look at the work that our boys have been doing, and he was immensely impressed not only with the quality of work on display around the classrooms, but also the enthusiasm and pride that the boys showed when talking their parents through their books…...as I understand it, some of our boys were extremely thorough and took you through nearly every sum and spelling test!


On Tuesday we invited Mandy Temple (mother of Ben Dyer in Year 5) and her film crew to join us, and they spent the day with us shooting ‘A day in the life of a Claires Court Boy’. It was a wonderful experience for the whole school, and our boys got to see a professional organisation at work - they even got to do some filming themselves! I would like to personally thank Mandy and her team for working with us so compassionately - they gave so generously of their time and we cannot wait to see what the film looks like!


On Monday we held the 3 for 3 chess tournament. The winner…….will be revealed at final assembly next week! We had the largest ever entry into the event reflecting how popular chess is with our boys. Our cakes sales were also a great success and the boys have raised over £2000 already, without counting some of the sponsored events. I am hoping to be able to report a final total at the start of the summer term.


This evening we will be enjoying the company of the Year 5 Dads/brothers/grandads/uncles at the Year 5 Books and Bushcraft event - it promises to be lots of fun! I wish you all a good weekend - only a day and half to go!!



Justin Spanswick

PTA NEWS

Whilst it was a tad chilly, the rain stayed away for our Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday. We were thrilled to see nearly 400 children and parents enjoying all things chocolate and egg related! As well as our traditional Egg Hunt trail our new competitions seemed to go down very well. Luke Robertson in Year 2 won the egg decorating competition with his Humpty Dumpty entry and Toby Carter in Reception won the Big Egg Drop competition with his impressive rocket decorated in school colours and piloted by himself and the school Principals! The Big Egg Drop drew large crowds of spectators throughout the afternoon, so well done to everyone who entered.


We must say a huge thank you to our judges, Amanda Jesseman, Simon Verstringhe, Felipe Foy and Phyllis Avery, but also to all the parents who helped out on the day.


We are currently sorting through the piles of entries for the Summer Fete Programme competition and will announce the winner after the Easter Break.


Emma Robertson

IMPORTANT NOTICES

This is the last e-bulletin of the Lent Term. The end of term mailing will be sent home on Tuesday, along with all the dates for the Summer Term. After we have broken up, but before the Easter weekend, the dates lists will also go on the website.

FORTHCOMING DATES

Tuesday 31 March - Term ends at midday. Boys need to be collected at 12 o'clock.

FUTURE EVENTS

Tuesday 21 April - Term commences

Thursday 23 April - Boys may wear cub/scout uniforms for St Georges Day

3 FOR 3 CHARITY NEWS

A busy 3 for 3 week again. The Chess tournament on Monday raised £52. Following that we held the Y2 Cake sale which raised £255 and then jointly Year 1 and Reception raised £235.47. Sponsor money is trickling in and added to the total for Junior Boys. So far we have a total of £2338.75.

NOTES AND TO DO

Concert DVD - There is still time to buy your professionally filmed DVD of our concert on Tuesday. Price £10 for one £15 for two and £20 for four. Order forms available from the office.

RABBITS

Our Rabbit winners this week are Saul Lopez-Guisado (4Y) and Jake Dries (R). Saul showed a great deal of compassion and empathy with a younger pupil on Wednesday who was feeling unwell. Saul comforted the young man and maturely helped the staff members understand the true nature of how he was feeling. Jake (R) helped his teachers this week by tidying a number of the communal areas of pre-prep. Jake always tries to be his Best Self and we are very proud of him.

HOLIDAY CLUB

Holiday Club is ready for plenty of fun at the College Avenue site from Tue 7 to Fri 17 April. Sports Club is also all set to return to the Junior Boys site on Tue 7 and Tue 14 to Thu 16 April… Spaces are still available for all Holiday Activities – BOOK NOW (by Friday 27) for discounted rate - www.clairescourt.com/holidayactivities.

The highlight of this week has been our journey into space through music....

Read what Mr Spanswick said after the event and a word from a very proud parent >>>
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