Claires Court Bulletin

SIXTH FORM

FROM THE HEADS OF SIXTH FORM

Dear Parents,


It is with great sadness that today we say goodbye to Dr Faye Meek, our Sixth Form administrator for the last ten years, who has always been an integral part of the Sixth Form team. Dr Meek has brought experience, wisdom and order to the lives of many students past and present. She will be missed by staff and students alike.


Year 13 had a very successful Parents Evening this week and are now very clear about their goals and what they have to achieve over the coming months. For Year 12, we are now in the thick of their subject assessments which will be an indicator of their suitability for their current subjects.


Best wishes

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers

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FORTHCOMING DATES

Sat 1 Oct - Study Abroad Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington

Mon 3 Oct - Year 12 subject reviews begin (Traffic Lights)

Tues 4 Oct - Jane Marshall will be helping Y13 with their preparations for interviews 8.45am

Tues 4 Oct - Ed Pawsey from the Army will be presenting to the Sixth Form in HM4 at 3.30pm

Mon 10 Oct - World Mental Health Day. Psychology trip for Year 13 at the Cardinal Clinic

Mon 10 Oct - Year 12 Parents' Evening 6pm in Hall

Sat 15 Oct - Annual Fireworks at Junior Boys

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Retirement - Dr Faye Meek

Dr Faye Meek arrived from Harvington School in Ealing (where she had been the Head) as Sixth Form Administrator in 2006. She made an instant impact and her wealth of experience has been key to the success of the present Sixth Form. Not only an individual who has fantastic administrative skills she has been the lead teacher of the EPQ and mentor to a number of science students. She is highly respected by the students and the staff and her expertise has been invaluable. Faye is the person we always turn to for advice. A tremendous team player she has helped out at many social or fundraising events and will do whatever is asked of her, even sewing boy’s trousers which have split. We will all miss her and wish her all the best as she retires from the teaching profession but continues with her role as Chair of Biology for AQA.

Annual Fireworks - Saturday 15 October

The annual fireworks at Junior Boys, will be on Saturday 15 October. Year 12 students will be asked by Mrs Rogers to sign up for duties on the night nearer the time.

A Night at the Movies - presented by Claires Court

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November at Norden Farm

This year’s show is filled with song, dance, performance and music, from some of the world’s most famous and favourite cinema soundtracks. The programme includes The Great Escape, Pirates of the Caribbean, What a Wonderful World, Ghostbusters, Moon River and Stand By Me. Get your tickets now, from the Norden Farm online box office

YOUNG ENTERPRISE

Young Enterprise has captured the imagination of a large number of our Year 12 students and this week each team pitched their ideas in the "Dragons' Den" to Mr Bevis, Mr Giles, Mrs Rogers and Mrs Goyal. STRIKE vinyl explained their 'record' breaking idea, Cheaper by the XI and MShirts described their designer and family-friendly T-Shirts and Negotium outlined some original plans for water bottles.


The Dragons were certainly 'fired-up' by the exciting proposals presented by the teams.


All four teams will now use the time in the coming month to research and further develop their ideas.

SIXTH FORM CHARITY WORK WITH FOODSHARE

OK - so you are all probably wondering what ‘Foodshare’ is (let’s just say you are), before you as an individual might want any involvement. ‘Foodshare’ is a charity providing food and help for people in and around Maidenhead who cannot afford to feed themselves properly. Yes, it is hard to believe the extremities of poverty in and around Maidenhead, and that is why I believe it is necessary for this underrated issue to be rectified.


How can you help?

The launch of Foodshare is well on its way in school, and you can help by bringing in non-perishable foods, such as cereals, tea bags, coffee, canned goods (fruit, meat, fish, soup and tomatoes), biscuits, rice and sugar. Please note that they have already received sufficient donations of pasta and baked beans and these are now overstocked so they are not currently required.

Please bring any donations to the Sixth Form Area from Monday 3 October.


Help us to help them.

Thank you.

Kamini Khindria Year 13

ELECTRONIC ENTRY AND EXIT

Sixth Form students now all have a red lanyard with badge attached which allows them electronic entry to the College Ave site where the Sixth Form is based. Please could parents help to remind their son or daughter that they MUST wear their lanyard every day and use it to touch the key pad for every entry and exit from the building, even if the door is already open. Sixth Formers must always enter and leave the building via the front door and the reception area and not via the atrium door even if it is open. Next week arrivals and exits will be monitored, until students have acquired the correct procedure automatically.

Parking

Can we please remind all parents to respect our School neighbours. Please refrain from obstructing any driveways. Can we also request that whilst you wait you switch off your engines.


Parking - Please note that this week street notices have been erected in The Pagoda (the road opposite Senior Boys School entrance) advising that this area is a Permit Holders only parking area.

GUEST SPEAKER - Andy Turner from Fast Lane

We were very pleased to welcome Andy Turner from IT company Fast Lane who presented to the Sixth Form this week. He was accompanied by one of his employees, Dane, who is currently on the apprenticeship scheme run by Fast Lane. The Year 12s were most interested to meet an apprentice and said that the presentation had given them a whole new perspective on what they could expect to get out of an ICT apprenticeship, including finding out about the opportunity for "earning and learning" at the same time.

SPORTS NEWS

Rugby report


After a disappointing result last week against Borlase, Claires Court needed a strong come back to regain the momentum they had gained with the win over Haliford. Claires Court went 55-0 up in the first half with tries from Matt Simmons, Owain Griffiths, Todd Muil, Billy Gore, Matt Hine, Chris Rayer, Hamish Smart and Todd Lindley. The team was looking in fine form running through its patterns nicely with Number 8 Todd Muil constantly causing problems at the Gordons Break-down, and Year 11 Back row Teo Gaster making constant line breaks.


The second half followed a similar course to the first and allowed 1st Team debutants, Ed Axtell, James Roach, Max Reeves, Tom Crossfield and Max Kenchington to familiarise themselves with 1st team rugby. Tries in the second half came from James Roach, Owain Griffiths, Todd Muil and Matt Simmons. The game finished in a school and league record win for Claires Court with the score finishing 101 - 0 to the home side.


Despite getting injured 10 minutes towards the end of the match, the Man of the Match award goes to Teo Gaster who was a constant test for the Gordons defence and proved fearless in defence.


Owain Griffiths, Rugby Captain


Hockey report


Claires Court 1st XI got off to a cracking start to the season with a convincing win in this week's match. A 2-0 victory against Reddam House began with a beautiful early goal from Allegra Slater. We continued to dominate the game and Allegra's goal was quickly followed by one from Annabel Pearce who was, without question, the player of the match.


Moyin Forsythe, Hockey Captain


Invitation to GB Rowing Trials


Our congratulations go to Toby Yate, Jack Jesseman and Oli Costley who have been invited to GB trials from 15-18 October. We wish them every success.

Communicating with the Sixth Form Office

With Dr Meek's departure from the Sixth Form office, please can you send any information on absences etc to Kim Hall, Sixth Form Administrator on kyh@clairescourt.net. All forms for Sixth Form students should always come to the Sixth Form office, not Main Reception. The office number is 01628 411489.


For Year 12, please can we remind you that if you have not as yet returned the completed medical form or the slip for Parents' Evening for your son or daughter, can you return it to the Sixth Form office as soon as possible. Year 12 Parents Evening is on Monday 10 October from 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday and Friday afternoons - Physical Recreation

We believe that physical recreation is very important to our students and complements their academic work. This year, we have two new sports for the students to enjoy. Yoga and spinning classes are now available at the Magnet on games afternoons and we hope that many students will try them out.