Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin No 9 - Summer Term 2016

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 17 June 2016



My theme is this week is power......The power of our athletes continues to shine - last week winning the London West ISA Championships, this week triumphing in the RBWM Knight Frank League against such large schools such as Newlands and Charters. Such prowess only comes about with hard work and I see that as so many of our pupils strive for excellence in sport at lunchtimes and after school.

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“Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

This week we hid the chocolate biscuits, cakes and sweets in the staff room and replaced them with strawberries and healthy flapjacks all for Healthy Eating Week. The girls were able to try different healthy snacks in the dining room and many of the less healthy items were not on sale (something which will continue in September). Unbeknown to us, the Catering Manager tracked the pupils’ lunch choices across all three sites and awarded prizes to the healthiest! You can see who was awarded below.

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A huge thank you goes to Mr Burfitt, Harry’s father, for bringing his huge tractor to the Nursery this week. The children had enormous fun exploring it, pretending to drive it and tooting the horn, and judging the size of the wheels against their own height. They have painted pictures of tractors and farm animals, talked about the food products animals give us and have created some lovely Father’s Day messages for you on Sunday.

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Work matters – linking the worlds of Education and Employment.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - these can also be found on our website

Saturday 18 June - G8 Arts Award College Avenue 10am to 1pm

Monday 20 June - New G7 for September Information Evening/Nearly New Sale 3-5pm

Tuesday 21 June - GR to G6 Parents' Evening

Thursday 23 June - SG Musical Concert Showcase

Friday 24 June - GR to G6 Sports Day

Monday 27 June - G7 to G10 Sports Day

Tuesday 28 June - GR to G6 Musical Concert/Early Buses in operation

Sunday 3 July - CCSG Summer Production Technical Run Through 10am - 2pm

Tuesday 5 July - GR to G2 Swim Gala 1.30pm

Tuesday 5 July/Wednesday 6 July - CCSG Summer Production 'A Midsummer's Night's Dream


Please note that there will be early buses ONLY on Tuesday 28 June (due to Senior New Boys Evening).

CCJG - activities will run as normal except for those girls who are using the coach service who will need to get on the early bus at 4pm

CCSG - study option only available for the Senior Girls for those who do not take the bus and whose parents cannot collect until 5pm


A reminder to parents to return the Sixth From Induction reply slips to our Registrar asap.


Does your child currently use the coach? If so please make sure you complete the form emailed to you this week with your requirements for next term as soon as possible.

NURSERY/JUNIOR GIRLS (GR to G6) - Sweet/Goodies Cup

CCJB PTA have given both the Nursery and Junior Girls a plastic cup with a request that they be filled with sweets/goodies for the summer fete taking place next weekend. Please could these be returned to the School Office by Friday 24 June. Thanking you in advance.


Nearly New Uniform Sale being held - Dining Hall - 3pm to 5pm


Summer Fete - Saturday 25 June

This year the theme of our fete is 'The Great Outdoors', a theme inspired by the allotment and bushcraft projects the PTA have recently supported.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to take a stall at this year’s event please contact me at We are also looking for a number of raffle prizes. If you are able to contribute something please contact me at the same address. Your support, as always, is much appreciated.

Please click here for the ticket order form


On Saturday 25 June, as part of our celebration of the great outdoors, we are being visited by the Great Gun Dog Company and their wonderful dogs.

They will be giving demonstrations on how to handle and train the dogs. Pupils (aged 3 to 12) who wish to learn how to 'work' the dogs are then invited to practice the commands that they see in the demonstration.

After the event, two or three children will be selected and given certificates as finalists and will have the opportunity to progress to the ISA Gundog Challenge national final at the Midland Game Fair on the17th September 2016. All finalists, along with parents, will receive free passes to the weekend event. More information

There is also an opportunity for pupils to take part in a poster competition. All they have to do is download the template– get creative and draw their dream playground and bring the final poster to the fete. The best winning entry for the poster design will win a £20 Amazon voucher.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – Summer holiday (Mon 18 Jul to Fri 2 Sep)

This summer at Claires Court Holiday Activities we're offering 7 themed weeks based on different book genres for the Mini, Mid and Kool groups. Xtra activities for older Kool children will include themed Science, Textiles, Cookery and Crafts. Sport Xtra offer days of Golf, Cricket, Olympic Sports and Rugby, as well as Swim, Bike and Run.

Click for more of What’s On and To Book on our new booking system.

Claires Court parents will need to wait a minimum of 24 hours after registering to allow the booking system to be updated, which will then trigger any available discounts. Please do contact us before completing your booking if you think the discount has not been applied.



Fantastic results across Juniors and Seniors - best results we have ever had - so a very well done to all girls who disciplined themselves at carrying out such a demanding task of learning individual Monologues to present alone to an examiner and be able to spontaneously respond to questions on character and background knowledge on the pieces, great public speaking skills.


Tuesday 21 June – Drama Club cancelled due to the Art exhibition in The Chapel - so your daughter will have to sign for study or arrange to go home at 4.00pm.

The girls and I would like to invite parents to see what they have been working on this term in drama club.

Tuesday 28 June - We would like to share with you what the Junior girls have been working on, this will start at 4.15pm in the Chapel and consist of four mini scripts.

Tuesday 5 July – Drama Club cancelled due to the Seniors Production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ - which we warmly invite you to attend - please fill in reserved seats in next week’s bulletin.


Letters have gone home outlining the key rehearsal dates and reserved seats - please ensure there back in by Wednesday 22 June.


Carnegie and Greenaway Medals 2016 – Winners’ Parties

Over the past few months Junior and Senior Book Club members have been ‘shadowing’ this year’s Carnegie and Greenaway Awards. These prizes are awarded annually to the writer and illustrator of an outstanding book for children and young people. A total of 16 books have been read, discussed and then scored according to a number of criteria.

To celebrate the announcement of this year’s official winners, and to reward those who participated in the scheme, there will be a Winners’ Party in the Junior and Senior Girls Libraries at lunch time on Wednesday 22nd June. Come and see who won the Medals… was it YOUR favourite?!

MUSIC DEPARTMENT Musical Showcase and Art exhibition

Thursday 23rd June 6.30pm All girls in Years 7-9 and music students in Years 10-13 are putting on a concert showcasing work done over the year in lessons. Join us for an evening of collaborative music making. The evening starts at 6pm for refreshments and with an art exhibition showing work done by Years 8 and 10 for their Arts Award and Year 10 GCSE work. Letters have been sent out. Please return as soon as possible.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT Junior Summer Soirée

Tuesday 28th June 2pm All girls in Reception to Year 6 are busily preparing items for a (hopefully) sunny concert. Please join us for an afternoon of music making, this year held in the Lower Junior playground (weather permitting.)



GR Lane End Farm Wednesday 22 June - reply slips by Monday 20 June


G3 Outward Bound Dinton Pastures - Friday 1 July - consent slip & payment by Friday 24 June

G4-G11 Ski Trip 2017 - 1 April to 9 April - last call for deposit and consent slip by Tuesday 21 June

G8-G11 Hockey Tour to Barcelona - 24 October to 28 October - deposit and copy passport urgently required by Monday 20 June


Just a reminder about our forthcoming events:

Friday 24 June - Junior Girls Sports Day 1.00pm start

Monday 27 June - Senior Girls Sports Day 1.00pm start

Wednesday 29 June - G7-11 ISA National Athletics Championships - selected athletes have been informed by letter

Thursday 30 June - G7 - U13 County Athletics - selected athletes have been informed by letter

Friday 1 July - Nursery Sports Day 9.00am start

Tuesday 5 July - GR to G2 Swim Gala 1.30pm

Check the PE board / schools sports website for information relating to the girls sporting fixtures