Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 2|Summer Term 2015

Information correct as at Friday 1 May 2015 3pm



On Thursday and Friday of this week I am attending the ISA National Head’s Conference and the theme this year is “No boundaries, exploring all possibilities”. I like to think that, as a school, we like to challenge what we do, and ask ourselves - can we do better?

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During the Summer term, some time is spent looking forward to the following year and transitions that the girls will go through. All will move up to the next year but some have bigger changes coming, whether that be relocating or moving up to our own Senior School. With this in mind, we prepare the girls for this change through PSHE lessons, circle time and our “Moving Up” morning, which will be on Thursday 18 June.

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What an enormous thank you we have to say to our PTA. We have almost £3000 worth of new equipment in our Nursery which you will have seen displayed in the garden on Thursday morning. We have now moved this to various parts of the garden and the children are incredibly excited by everything. For those of you who did not see it we have new climbing / gym equipment, a bamboo balance path, wicker crawl through tunnels, tuff tray adjustable stands, a crate time kit for den building, an outdoor art storage trolley with all the equipment needed to create wonderful large scale outdoor art, foot stampers, rechargeable torches and some pre-writing wall lines, which will be delivered soon. Read more >>>


Is your child a hay fever sufferer? Please note that if your daughter requires medication for hay fever it should be sent into School in a named plastic bag with a Prescribed Medicine form (which is available from the School Office).


TEMPEST PHOTOS - a reminder

The Sports Teams and Year 11 Year Group photographs are now on display in the Atrium and the order forms are available to collect from the School Office. The Year 6 Girls Class Photograph is on display in their classroom and the girls have been given their order form to take home. The deadline for returning orders to the School Office is Monday 11 May. Orders after this date will need to be posted by parents direct to Tempest.


* Year 8 Parents' Evening



Thurs 7 May - Year 8 Parents' Evening 6pm.

Fri 8 May - Year 11 Final Assembly & Tea Party Parents have been invited to join their daughters for this assembly and celebration. Please arrive at 2.30pm for a 2.45pm start. The Tea Party takes place in the Dining Room from 3.45 - 4.30pm.

Tues 12 May - Nursery Class Photos All children are invited to attend for the morning.

Mon 18 May - Years 7 - 9 exams commence

Tues 19 May - Year 8 HPV (and any Years 8 - 11 catch-up MMR vaccinations, by prior arrangement with Mrs Fowke).

ADVANCE DATES: Saturday 13 June - Summer Ball: Tables are going FAST!


On Friday 24 April, Mrs Ruddick, Mrs Heywood and Miss Barrett took 30 Year 8 and 9 Senior Girls to Butlins, Minehead for the English Schools Netball Festival.

Three teams played a total of 24 matches over the two days and their spare time was spent enjoying the activities at the Butlins resort. Read the report on our website to hear how our girls did and the special award they won!!


" The Arabian Night Summer Ball" is now only 6 weeks away. We have released our last three tables for sale and are happy to take booking of 10/12 guests or pairs or smaller groups. Tickets are £65pp, contact us via email to book. In addition to this we are looking for some creative volunteers to help dress the marquee and tables on Friday 12 June all day (during school hours) at the Ridgeway site.If you can help, please email Gill Towell. It will be a fun day with lunch and drinks provided ! Please do get involved if you can.


** SUMMER SPECIAL PRICING** at Holiday Club and Sports Club…. now from £25 per day!

Be part of the ‘Holiday Club Go Green’ theme week this May half-term from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May at the College Avenue sites now from just £25 per day – see Pricing & Booking for more details. Join Sports Club at the Thicket site for two days Athletics Skills Development on Tue 26 & Wed 27, and two days Cricket Skills Development on Thu 28 & Fri 29. Again, all starting at the same great price per day of £25 – see Programme & Booking for more details.

Visit our website for calendars, programmes and booking for both clubs.

TRIPS (*Letter sent home this week)

*Tues 5 May - Y5 Maths Challenge at Davenies School, Beaconsfield - consent form by Fri 1 May.

*Tues 5 May - Year 9 to see 'Woman in Black' - consent form and payment were due today, Friday 1 May.

*Wed 6 May - Year 8 RS Trip to Neasden Hindu Temple.

13 May - Year 8 Salters' Festivals of Chemistry, consent form is due by 6 May.

Wed 20 May - Year 6 to British Museum - a letter will follow.

*18, 19 and 22 May - Nursery trips to Junior Boys - each Nursery has received a letter regarding their date for the trip! Please return the consent slip to your Nursery Leader by Friday 8 May.

*21 - 22 May National Schools' Regatta - please return the slip and booking form by Friday 15 May.

Language Trips (all booking forms, deposit and passport copies were due to be returned by today, 1 May with a deposit of £150!)

18 - 23 October: French Language Trip to Normandy (current Years 9/10)

18 - 22 October: Spanish Language Trip to Salamanca (current Years 9/10)

18 - 22 October: German Trip to Munich (Current Years 8/9/10)


Year 6 Bucket List

Books to read before you go… to pastures new!

Attention Year 6! Your very own reading challenge has begun! How many books from your ‘Bucket List’ can you read before you leave the Junior Girls School in July? All the books are available in the Junior Library and suitable for all interests and abilities. There’s even a special Bucket Bookmark prize for every book you read…how many can you collect?!

Senior Book Club: Carnegie Reading Group

Our new reading group began their Carnegie Shadowing activities this week, reading and discussing the eight shortlisted novels for this year’s Carnegie Medal book award. We will be meeting for ‘books and biscuits’ at lunch time in the Senior Library on Wednesdays.

Junior Book Club: Greenaway Reading Groups

Girls in Years 3-6 will have the opportunity to read and review all the shortlisted picture books nominated for this year’s Greenaway Medal, the most prestigious award for an illustrated book for children.

Years 3&4: Tuesday lunch time

Years 5&6: Wednesday lunch time

For more information see the website or come and see the shortlisted titles in the Libraries.


Visit the schoolsports website for all details of teams, venues travel arrangements.


Wednesday 6 May - U13 & U15 Tennis v St Mary's, away at St Mary's 4.40pm start.

Friday 8 May - U13 Tennis v Edgbarrow School, away at Edgbarrow 3.30pm start.