Claires Court Bulletin

JUNIOR BOYS

FROM THE HEAD'S DESK

I cannot remember a more lively week in school! Whether or not this is because of the numerous cake sales that we have been having (additional sugar in the boys diet is a risky business!), or because of the amount of sport that has been played, or possibly with the fun and games that Red Nose Day brings………..Claires Court Junior Boys has not stopped this week!


I must thank you all for allowing your sons to come into school wearing their red colours - assembly was a dazzling affair and some pictures of this are available on facebook. I was duty bound to have my hair painted red as well. I am just hoping upon hope that it washes out!


Our cake sales have already raised close to £1000 and we have more on the way next week. The three charities that we are raising money for this year are The Alexander Devine Trust, Kids in Sport and Rosie’s Rainbow. Please click onto the links to see the wonderful work these organisations do, and just how important our contribution is. We have supported Alexander Devine and Kids in Sport for a number of years now, but this is the first time that Rosie’s Rainbow Fund has become part of our 3 for 3 campaign. It was voted for by the boys through our Pupil Voice, and the charity has been founded by one of our current parents in the Junior Boys school.


A large number of our Year 4 boys played in the Sainsbury’s Football Festival yesterday and all three teams represented the school extremely well with some excellent goals scored, and most notably some wonderful saves from Tom Welch, Luke Hargreaves and Jamie Shepherd in goal.


Our UK Chess challenge is taking place every break time and we are now getting to the exciting stages of the tournament. Good luck to all of our players who are representing Berkshire this weekend in Chepstow. Our Under 10 and Under 9 footballers are also in action at the Moulsford and Berkhampstead tournaments. Again, best of luck to all the boys, I hope the weather holds out for you!


On Monday in assembly we were treated to a super presentation from Harry Anyon (5Y). Harry and his family spend time in Kenya each year helping families to cope with the harsh reality of life in the poorest areas. Harry gave a humbling account of the life of a 7 year old boy and how his school day differs so much from that of our own boys. An amazing piece of work and a moving story, thank you Harry for sharing this with us.


I would also like to congratulate George Norris in Year 1 - he has been given a part in the new Billy Elliot production in London. George has a real talent for public speaking and an amazing stage presence. What a fantastic achievement, well done George!


It leaves me only to wish you all a lovely weekend. At far as I can see, I will be spending most of Saturday washing red dye out of my hair!!

PTA NEWS

Easter Egg Hunt, 21st March at 12.30pm - Tickets for the Easter Egg Hunt are still available from the office. We will be selling tickets on the day, however need to make you aware that we can't guarantee availability of chocolate eggs or hotdogs for those tickets purchased on the day. Also, if you have said you are paying for your tickets on the pay portal please do so, as we can't release tickets until payment has been received.

We've had nearly 40 entries for the big Egg Drop competition so far, so it looks like it's going to be a an 'eggsellent' event! There is still a week to go, so get designing your structure! Also don't forget to decorate an egg to be in with a chance of winning a chocolate hamper.


Summer Fete, Saturday 20th June - The programme for our Wimbledon Tennis themed summer fete is being produced by Julie Van Vuuren. We've already had some fantastic colourful entries to the front page competition. The deadline for this is 27th March, so there is still plenty of time to get your entry in. Please do contact her if you would like to advertise in the programme or Caroline Payne if you would like a stall at the event (Julie - jjvanvuuren@yahoo.co.uk , Caroline - roli_payne@Hotmail.com

PTA Summer Ball - tickets now on sale

Saturday 13 June - We invite you to join us for this year’s PTA Summer Ball, 'An Arabian Night' being held in a stunning marquee at our Ridgeway site. Find out how to book your table of ten, tables are likely to sell fast!

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Uniform change

In the summer term all boys in Years 4 to 6 will wear long white cricket trousers for sports lessons and for matches. The boys will still require their white shorts for PE lessons.

FORTHCOMING DATES

Monday 16 March - Year 6 Parents Evening from 6pm

Tuesday 17 March - Year 5 Parents Evening from 6pm

Thursday 19 March - Year 6 visit from the Greeks.

Friday 20 March - Year 4 Football Tour to Bournemouth

Friday 20 March - CCSB Sports Scholarships (PM)

Saturday 21 March - PTA Easter Egg Hunt 12:30 - 14:30

Saturday 21 March - Academic and Drama Scholarship

FUTURE EVENTS

Monday 23 March - 3 for 3 Chess Tournament

Tuesday 24 March - Reception making Easter Crafts and joined by Reception girls.

Thursday 26 March - Workshare for Reception - Year 6 4pm - 5.45pm

Friday 27 March - Year 5 Books and Bushcraft

Saturday 28 March - Karate Tournament cancelled due to lack of funding and low response. Any money paid will be refunded.

3 for 3 Charity Fundraising

Year 5 had their cake sale Tuesday. Their total sales came to £311.55. This was followed on Thursday by Year 4. They managed to raise £283.72 which is a brilliant effort considering they are one of the smallest year groups. Check out the gallery as new pictures are being added all the time.


****Our total so far is a massive £998.87****

RABBITS

Our Rabbits this week go to Jamie Shepherd (Y4) and George Norris (Y1). Jamie has always been his Best Self in school and he spoke beautifully and articulately to some visiting parents expressing his own concerns about starting a new school and how much he enjoyed settling into Claires Court. He is a wonderful ambassador for our school. George has spent a great deal of his time this week helping his classmates. Whether it be tidying up the classroom, being a good friend when things have gone wrong or just being his buoyant and exuberant self. George has followed his Golden Rules extremely well this week. We are very proud of them both.

HOLIDAY CLUB

Holiday Club is getting ready for plenty of fun at the College Avenue site from Tue 7 to Fri 17 April… it brings Frozen themed fun for our mini kidz, Abstract Art and Marbellous Marbles for our mid kidz, along with Pirate Day and Construction Chaos for our kool kidz older kool kidz can also join Xtra Cookery Club, Craft Club and Drama Club (limited availability). Go to www.clairescourt.com/holidayclub for all the groups ‘highlights and activities’ and book before 27 March for a discounted rate.

Sports Club is also returning to the Junior Boys site with a Sports Club Taster Day on Tue 7 April and Cricket Master Skills days from Tue 14 to Thu 16 April… spaces still available – book by 27 March for discounted rate. There is also the option to join a Cricket Skills Development course on the Inset day after the holiday - Mon 20 April… this is available to all Claires Court boys & girls in Years 4 and above. Go to www.clairescourt.com/sportsclub for both programmes and booking

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