Bulletin 5| Lent Term 2017

Information correct as at Friday 3 February 2017 at 4.00pm


Year 11 breathe a sigh of relief as the end of their Mock exams is in sight, an early reminder for the 28 February when we will meet to discuss results and how to approach the summer exams.

This Monday we have the Year 9 Parents evening, please be prompt for a 18.15 start where Mr Wilding will explain the option choices for the next two years. A huge thank you to Rudi Oppenheimer who worked with Year 9 on their Holocaust Day it was a great success. Year 11 Artists are visiting the Tate on Tuesday and good luck to the Year 9 and 10 boys who will be touring St Lucia, a marvellous opportunity for them, enjoy!

To me, it doesn't matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing. Whatever you do in cricket and in sport, enjoy it, be positive and try to win. Ian Botham.


Homework Diaries - These important books are not just for the boys to put and organise their homework in but also a great tool for parents to use as a means of getting messages to and from school. Mr Bretherton - Deputy Head Pastoral


You are warmly invited to attend the AGM of the Claires Court PTA on 23 February. This is an opportunity for all to hear what activities the PTA creates throughout the year as well as the contributions it makes to enhance the school experience of the boys and girls. After the brief formalities, refreshments are available and the presentation of the PTA Award is made. All are encouraged to attend and understand the contribution the PTA makes to school life.
Emergency Closure Guidance

Whatever the weather…. As the weather gets colder, here are the details in case we need to close the School due to adverse weather conditions.


Monday 6 February - Year 11 Final day of Mock Exams

Year 10 University Challenge

Year 9 GCSE Information Evening for Parents - From 6.15pm with a short talk from Mr J Wilding. Full information and 2017 GCSE Handbooks were posted out on Thursday 26 January.

Tuesday 7 February - Year 10 - Study Skills - invited pupils

Year 11 Art Trip to Tate Modern

Wednesday 8 February - Year 10 Study Skills - invited pupils

Thursday 9 February - St Lucia Cricket Tour Departs

Friday 10 February - Year 11 English Mock Exam

Monday 13 to Friday 17 - Half Term

Looking Forward

Wednesday 22 February - Parents Ski-Trip Information evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm in the Senior Boys Dining Room.

Wednesday 22 March - Joint Senior Music Concert at our Senior Girls site, College Avenue from 6.30pm. A lot of ensembles will be playing as well as solo items from across the two sites. All will be welcome to attend.

Tuesday 28 February - Year 11 Parents Evening from 6.15pm


YEAR 11 Art Trip - Tuesday 7 February. To Tate Modern information has been emailed home.

YEAR 8 Art Trip - Tuesday 21 February. To Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums in Oxford. Full details will be emailed very soon.

St LUCIA CRICKET TOUR - 9 - 18 February. Departure for this really amazing trip is imminent, please ensure both the medical and rule forms are returned to the office by the very latest Friday 3 February.

YEAR 7 Geography Trip - Monday 6 March. To Rushall Farm. Full details out shortly.

Year 10 GCSE Geography Trip - Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 March.
To Margam Park Field Studies Centre in Port Talbot, an essential study period for our GCSE Geography pupils please could we request the £150 deposit to the schools office by Friday 27 January. A fully detailed sheet has been emailed home, hard copies available from the information rack in reception.

ImagineNation – a call to arms


Lost Property

We are trying to track down two tracksuits that have been lost in school. Both named – belonging to Toby Spicer and James Edwards – would you be kind enough to check laundry baskets etc – if found please hand in to the office. Thank you

Holiday Club

Running from Monday 13 to Friday 17 February - Half Term - Booking line is now open. Pack your suitcases, ready to travel the world in 5 days of Holiday Activities, experience the smells, music & culture along the way. Click here to find out more!

Word of the Week

This week's word is 'Ameliorate' Verb - to make or become better, more bearable or more satisfactory: improve.


Scientist of the Week

Bilal Khan (9D) for his excellent homework in all science subjects and Pouria Ghannad (10A) for his competitive spirit and determination and for beating Mr Ansell on Quizlet.

English Department - Reader of the Week

Year 7 - Maximus Chapman also the first 'Word Millionaire in 7A and Year 8 - Elliot Hodgson

MFL - Linguist of the Week

German - Year 9 - Tom Wakely & Year 11 - Elliot Merry.

Mathematicians of the Week

Year 7 - Max Doherty, Year 8 - William Edwards-Handley, Year 9 - Sam Applegarth and Year 10 - Ed Bennett.

Horrors of the Holocaust

Year 9 pupils at Claires Court Senior Boys heard testimony from Holocaust survivor, Rudi Oppenheimer, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. Read more here.