Bulletin 4| Lent Term 2016

Information correct as at Friday 29 January 4.00pm


Car Notices - Please do not park on the yellow zig zag lines or across our neighbours driveways. Thank you


A very busy week has seen an excellent presentation by the Born Free foundation and Discovery Education, who passed on the message of respect for our Wildlife both here and abroad. The message that stuck with the boys was DO NOT VISIT MARINE PARKS, this will hopefully stop dolphins and whales being in prison for reasons of arrogance and greed.

Year 9 also met Henri Obstfeld a Jew who lived in the Netherlands during the Second World war, a survivor of the Holocaust.

Year 11 were busy with their first written external examination and their Parents Evening, which proved to be very useful in planning the run up to the summer.

I look forward to the sold out Burns Night on Saturday and to meeting with Year 9 parents on Monday at the Options and Core subjects evening.

No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal. Jacques Yves Cousteau

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, then a supporting email from the School. Please ensure you keep your contact details up-to-date at this time.
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Saturday 30 January - Burns Night Supper from 6.30pm - SOLD OUT

Monday 1 February - Year 10 set 1 Biology Controlled Assessment Section 1

Year 9 GCSE Information & Parents Evening from 6.15pm

Wednesday 3 February - Open Morning 9.30am to 11.30am at all three sites

Thursday 4 February - UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

Friday 5 February - ISA London West Cross Country (Sherfield)

Saturday 6 February - Boat Club Race Night, full information available lower down on this Bulletin, or hard copy from Reception.

Monday 8 February - Year 11 University Challenge

Tuesday 9 February - Year 10 Study Skills Session (Invitation only)

Shrove Tuesday - so that must mean Pancakes at lunch time (a slight deviation from the usual menu)

Wednesday 10 February - Year 10 Study Skills Session (Invitation only)

Year 7 Parents Evening from 6.16pm

Maths Common Task 2 for Years 7,8,9,10

Please can we remind the boys that the Math Common Task 2 will be held during the week beginning 8 February. The list of topics to be covered and the Revision Exercises can be found in the Hub. They have to revise and practise solving questions, starting this weekend.

Monday 22 February - Year 10 set 1 Biology Controlled Assessment Section 2


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Geography Field Trip - Year 10 - Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March - to Margam Park - full information has been emailed home.

History Trip - Year 10 - Friday 22 & Saturday 23 April - to Ypres - full information has been emailed home.

Sailing Trip - Years 7 to 13 - Portland, Dorset Thursday 7 to Friday 8 April

Sailing Courses which will be open to all Claires Court pupils. Two days of sailing and overnight with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, based at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. The accommodation is at RYA Portland House and the cost will be around £200. A full information sheet is available from Reception.

Hazewinkel Rowing Camp

Letters requesting balance payments and passports have been emailed home.


National Storytelling Week

Our Librarian Ms Majoros is organising a Book Swap in the Library next week, please bring a book that you have enjoyed but no longer want. Make sure your parents agree and the book is something your friends would enjoy. Bring in next week to the Librarian, where upon you will be given a Book Swap Token that can be used on Friday 5 February to choose a new book.

Years 9 & 11 Immunisation

Our School Nurse has posted home a letter and form, please ensure that this is completed appropriately and returned to school. The form must be returned to school even if you do not wish your son to be immunised. The date for this is Thursday 11 February.

Jazz Band Letter - Mr Roach has handed out an important letter to the members of the Jazz Band with regard to the arrangements for the Orchestral Day to be held on 12 February at the Girls site. Please could you ask your son for the letter, or alternatively check their blazer.

Lost Property

We are still trying to track down a pair of glasses lost in the sports hall area two weeks ago – they were brand new ‘Gant’ prescription glasses. Also a Claires Court kit bag belonging to Joshua Morgan, missing in school from last week – please do check that you have the right bag. If found please hand in to the office.


Monday 15 to Friday 19 February - 'World of Animals' week this coming holiday with Xtra activity days for older children on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February at the Girls site (1 College Avenue, Maidenhead SL6 6AW)

Sports Club’s Multi-Sport days – Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 February at Junior Boys site. (Coff Cannon Lane, Maidenhead SL6 4QQ) programme and booking on our website

Free extended sessions for Claires Court Junior and Senior pupils, and a hot lunch option (holiday club only) – bookings for these ends Friday 5 February.

DONATIONS - Holiday Club are always on the lookout for good condition construction toys, board games etc., if you have any that you would like to donate it would be much appreciated. Please let us know at

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


Mathmaticians of the Week - Year 7 - Oscar Parr, Year 8 - Joshua Bull, Year 9 - Oliver Pethybridge, Year 10 - Oliver Hill and Year 11 - Tom Buckle

Holocaust Survivor Visits Year 9

To reflect on the events of the Holocaust, Year 9 Senior Boys heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor, Henri Obstfeld, as part of a day dedicated to learning about the Holocaust on Thursday 28 January.

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