Claires Court Bulletin
FROM THE HEAD'S DESK
Nearly there! With all of our Christmas festivities going on (of which I am a huge fan!) it would seem almost impossible that we could have any headline news……….not a chance!!!! It has been one of our busiest weeks of the academic year what with nativity productions, musical instrument exams, Guitar Group rehearsals, new rugby fixtures, end of term academic assessments and PTA functions to name but a few activities.
I met with our Artists on the Street at Monday lunchtime to congratulate them individually on their superb performances the previous Saturday. It takes courage and confidence to stand up in front of strangers who are passing by and put on a ‘show’. It can be very distracting when you have part of an audience engaged and the other part who are out shopping! The skill they displayed was brilliant and I do urge you to have a look at some of the pictures of them on our weblog. Very well done boys.
Our Christmas lunches were a triumph, although if I hear another joke about snowmen and igloos I may cancel our purchase of Christmas crackers next year!! Our catering staff worked really hard to create a lovely atmosphere and the food was wonderful. Our Junior Prep boys even gave us a rendition of George Michael’s ‘Last Christmas’ during dessert and I have to say they sounded pretty good. On that note, pardon the pun, I can announce that we have found a super replacement for Mrs Stevenson, our singing and choir teacher who is unfortunately leaving us to spend more time with her family. I will give further details of our new male opera singing teacher at a later date. I would like to take this opportunity though to thank Mrs Stevenson for her outstanding work with us. She is a wonderful motivator and skilled instructor and we shall all miss her greatly. We wish her all the very best for the future.
I hope to update you on the outcomes of our music exams as soon as the full results are in, but I know that the boys really enjoyed the experience of playing in such a formal setting, despite there being a few understandable nerves. You will also see our Year 6 boys in the picture gallery reading their own Christmas Story to our Reception and Year 1 boys. This is something that we started 3 years ago, where the older boys create their own tale, and illustrate it for a younger audience. Everyone involved loved the experience. On the subject of Creative Writing, I would like to thank all of the boys for their wonderful stories and poems that I received over the past month or so. There are some brilliant pieces, from Year 1 all the way up to Year 6, and as promised, these will be on display for everyone to see in January. Special mention must go to Jonah Stevens, Jack Newton and Samuel Jackson who created some quite vivid and mature stories. Lewis Fewkes’ story, ‘The Little Dinosaur’ was also exceptional, and he used such beautifully descriptive language to bring his thoughts to life. Very well done to all of our boys who put pen to paper.
Our Rugby teams were out in full force this week as well, and congratulations must go to all of the boys who have represented their school so passionately and so proudly this term. It is a lovely sight seeing all of our pitches in use and boys competing against each other. Our Under 9 teams enjoyed a clean sweep of victories against Lambrook, and our Under 10 and 11 teams played in a new fixture against Ludgrove School. Both age groups battled superbly against this large school and made all of the parents watching very proud. Robbie Jones and Matthew Dempster were excellent in their matches, as were Tom Welch and Max Harper in theirs.
Congratulations must go to William McMath in Year 4. He proudly showed us today his Gymnastics certificate which signified that he passed Grade 3. He started at Grade 7 and has his sights set on achieving Grade 1 by the time he is in Year 6. There were some extremely challenging skills to display for this level including holding a handstand for over 3 seconds and performing an arabesque. This is an excellent achievement and we are very proud him.
Our chess players were in action on Monday at our Christmas tournament and the winners are pictured below in Chess News. Téo Rybak, Kyle Wheeler, Tom Dargan, Kida Zhu and Saul Lopez must take great credit for being the ‘Best in Year’ . Kyle Wheeler and Aaron Johnson were the U11 and Runner Up respectively. Téo Rybak scored 7/7 to take the U9 trophy. A special mention goes to Kida Zhu who, came runner up in the Under 9 category. Kida is in Year 2! What a performance!
I was captivated earlier today by the Pre-Prep nativity play. How those boys are able to learn so much and put on such a slick and professional display takes my breath away. We do sometimes forget that these boys are only 4-7 years old. A big thank you to all of our staff who spent so much time rehearsing with them, and to Mrs Parr for her musical contribution.
I hope that you all enjoyed our PTA Christmas Social event this afternoon. It was very well attended and there were some lovely stalls. Thank you to our PTA for putting on such a great event. Please remember that we have our informal Christmas Cracker concert at 9.15am on Tuesday morning - you are welcome to join us for some refreshments in the mezzanine from 8.45am. There will be a few solos, a few choir pieces, a bit of orchestra…..and plenty of fun.
It leaves me to wish you all a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. I will be staying close to home in the holiday period but I know many of you are travelling abroad or to different parts of the country to see family and friends. I hope your journeys are safe and that you are able to enjoy a restful break.
Mr Gillespie with our Junior Prep Christmas Jumper crowd!
Theo Walton with a rather tasty gingerbread house
William McMath with his gymnastic certificate
Tuesday 15 December - Informal Christmas Cracker Musical performance 9.10am - 10am. Refreshments will be served before the start.
Tuesday 15 December - Junior Prep Carol Service at All Saints Church 2.30pm
Wednesday 16 December - Term ends midday
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Wednesday 6 January - First day of Lent Term
Friday 8 January - Film Night for House Point winners! Winners will receive an invitation with all the details.
Monday 11 January - Activities commence and late buses run again.
Thursday 14 January - Reception - Year 4 Parents Evening commencing at 6pm
Saturday 30 January - The annual Burns Night Supper will take place on Saturday 30 January 2016 at Senior Boys. All funds raised will support our Touring Sports sides. Burns Night Flyer
Bus arrangements last week of term
Buses will leave Junior Boys at 4pm on the last two days of the Autumn Term for those boys wishing to travel to Senior Boys for collection or onward travel. Boys wishing to be collected from the College site can also travel on the 4pm bus unless they are wanting After School Care. We will offer After School Care here until 5pm on the 14th and 15th December and then they can transfer on a 5pm bus to After school Care at the College for continued care up to 6.30pm. There is no late link to Senior Boys on either day.
Junior Boys Carol Service 15 December 2.30pm
A letter went home with boys in Y3 - Y6 last week with a reply slip for you to indicate your arrangements for your son following the Carol Service at All Saints Church. Please return the slip to the school office if you have not already done so.
Please park considerately when attending the Carol Service in order not to upset the local residents. Thank you for your co-operation.
NOTES AND TO DO LIST
The Junior Boys’ office will be closed from Wednesday 23 December until Friday 1 January inclusive. The office will reopen on Monday 4 January.
The Junior Boys’ uniform remains the same for the Lent Term.
Can we please ask you to check uniform and sports kit over the holiday? There are still reports of missing items of uniform, sports' clothing and shoes. Are they in your house tucked away somewhere? Please also check whether labels need re-doing. We have items of un-named school clothes in lost property - if named we could return them!
Rugby Team Photos
Rugby Team photos have gone home with boys today . If you DO NOT want to purchase the photo please return, with your son's name still attached, to the office next week or at the latest by Friday 8 January. We will assume you want to keep the photo and will charge £12 per photo on the end of Lent Term bill unless it has been returned.
The Royal British Legion has counted the money in our collection box and we raised £90.05 with the sale of poppies this year. The district total was £40,000.00. Without help they would be unable to continue their vital welfare and benevolent work. Thank you to those who bought them this year.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Deadline for completing the activity registration is 12 Noon on Monday 14 December. You will be contacted by email on Thursday 17 December ONLY if there are issues with numbers applying for certain activities. Consent forms will be issued to boys once the activity list is published at the start of the new term.
HOUSE POINT WINNERS
U11 Winner Kyle Wheeler
U11 Runner Up Aaron Johnson
U9 Winner Téo Rybak
U9 Runner Up Kida Zhu
Y6 Best in Year Group Kyle Wheeler
Y5 Best in Year Group Saul Lopez-Guisado
Y4 Best in Year Group Téo Rybak
Y3 Best in Group Tom Dargan
Y2 Best in Group Kida Zhu
Téo Rybak - U9 Winner and Year 4 Best in Year Group
Tom Dargan - Year 3 Best in Year Group
Kida Zhu -U9 Runner Up and Year 2 Best in Year Group
Saul Lopez-Guisado - Year 5 Best in Year Group
Kyle Wheeler - U11 Winner and Year 6 Best in Year Group
Aaron Johnson - U9 Runner up and Year 2 Best in Year Group
THE LINK FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS TOY APPEAL
To all the parents and boys at Claires Court Junior Boys
I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated a toy to the Link Foundation toy appeal. The charity was overwhelmed by the generous response from the boys in providing new toys to distribute to disadvantaged children this Christmas. All the toys are being distributed to families in Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Wycombe and Bracknell and they will bring so much joy to children that are affected by illness, desertion, domestic violence and poverty and everyone at the Link Foundation is so grateful for your help at this time of year.
A very happy Christmas and New Year from Una Loughrey and everyone at the Link Foundation
The Link Foundation
The Old Barrel Store
SOFT TOYS WANTED AT HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Please donate new or good condition soft toys and help Father Christmas fill a sack with gifts for children that are spending time in hospital over the holiday period. Any donations will be gratefully received to the Holiday Club foyer on the Junior/Senior Girls site from Thu 17 Dec.
Father Christmas is visiting us on Mon 21 Dec, and spaces are still available at Holiday Club and Sports Club – visit www.clairescourt.com/holiday-activities for all booking forms, programmes and activity highlights.
St. Luke’s Church Christmas Tree Festival
Come along to St. Luke’s Church, Maidenhead this weekend to see and smell over 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Three of the trees have been decorated by pupils from Claires Court. Enjoy music, carols, refreshments and the Christmas fare.
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 December 10am to 7pm.
Sunday 2.00pm to 6:00pm with a Christmas Tree Service to close the festival at 6pmEntrance free
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Buddy the elf causing mischief
Y1's elf has been hiding again >>>