Claires Court Bulletin



Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 3 February 2017



Nobody with a child in school can have failed to notice the changes that have been wrought in GCSE exams taken at the end of secondary school. The change from a modular course to one in which exams are taken at the end of Year 11, the removal of coursework also known as controlled assessment, and the change from grades to levels...Read more >>>


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

This week has been National Storytelling Week and the girls have been telling stories, hearing stories and writing stories. One of the highlights was when the older classes visited the younger classes to share stories. As well as this, every class have been encouraged to tell stories in a variety of ways. Year 6 decided to use Rap to tell a story linked to their topic of ‘The Unexplained’... Read more >>>


It’s been a lovely week celebrating Chinese New Year with all the children on Monday sampling simple Chinese food with the Transition children using chopsticks very successfully! Boxes have been painted and decorated to represent a dragon...Read more >>>

Supporting Reuben - a message from the Nursery

The lead story on the front page of this week’s Maidenhead Advertiser carries the harrowing story of three year old Reuben Virdee who at the beginning of December was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a very rare form of childhood cancer affecting fewer than 100 children in the UK.

Many of you will not know that Reuben joined our Nursery at College Avenue in September and regularly attended sessions with us until he fell ill in November. Since then he has been under the marvellous care of the NHS, both in and out of hospital, but even now Reuben’s parents are having to consider the cost of overseas treatment. You can read more about Reuben’s treatment in his mother’s own words, “Reuben’s Fight”, on their gofundme page. If you would like to support Reuben then you can also make a donation on this page or like it on Facebook or Tweet.

DATES FOR NEXT WEEK (don't forget to check the website for further dates)

Saturday 4 February - Rotary Young Chef Competition

Wednesday 8/Thursday 9 February - Dance Show

Monday 13 February - Friday 17 February - Half Term

Monday 20 February - Return to School

Tuesday 21 February - G11 Parents Evening

Emergency Closure Guidance

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


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.


Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers

The collection box is now in the Atrium for posting your vouchers.

Junior Girls

Thursday 9 February - No Swim Fitness, Gymnastics and Netball due to Dance Show

Monday 20 February - No Gymnastics

Tuesday 21 February - No Judo

Thursday 23 February - No Gym Squad

Friday 24 February - No Lunchtime Gym Club

Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day - Junior Girls

All the Junior Girls are invited to dress up as their favourite character. This year they can come dressed in full costume.

PTA - Uniform Sales

Tuesday 28 February & Monday 19 June - Nearly new uniform sales being held in the Dining Hall from 3pm to 5pm. Please find the link to the labels and 'Seller Form' for your items to be sold.

Tuesday 21 February - G11 Parents Evening

Your daughter has been given the appointment sheet to enable her to make appointments for you to see her subject teachers - please remind her to do this.

Reporting Absence

If your child is unwell please can you telephone the School Office on 01628 411480 before 9.30am - you can always leave a voicemail and this will get picked up when the office opens at 8.00am. A letter for the Form Tutor confirming reason for the sickness upon return to School would also be appreciated. Thank you.


Have you lost a watch? Also a set of house keys on a felt animal key ring is waiting to be claimed. Please come to the School Office.


Wednesday 8 February - 7.00pm A few tickets still available

Thursday 9 February - Matinee 2.00pm A few tickets still available. Evening performance sold out.

Please see links below for all information:-

costume letter

arrangements (letter/reply slip for girls in Year 5 to Year 11 after school arrangements)

ticket order form

MUSIC EVENTS - Save the Dates!

Reception Year 3 Concert: Tuesday 7 March 2pm. All girls in Reception to Year 3 will be performing. Save the date, more details to follow after half term.

Year 4-6 Concert: Thursday 9 March 2pm. All girls in Year 4-6 will be performing. Save the date, more details to follow after half term.



Pack your suitcases, ready to travel the world in 5 days of Holiday Activities – from Monday 13 to Friday 17 February. Experience the smells, music & culture along the way. Click here to find out more!



G10 Geography to Margam Park Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 March 2017 - last chance for consent slip and deposit by Monday 6 February

G10 & G11 Geography Trip to Iceland 31 October-3 November - deposit due by Friday 10 Feb

G11 Art Trip to Tate Modern Tuesday 7 February - last chance for consent and payment by Monday 6 February


ImagineNation – a call to arms

SPORT please look on our website for all information


Monday 6 February

Dance show dress rehearsal - Rec to Year 6 (please bring in costumes)

U11 ISA Netball Tournament @ The Magnet

Tuesday 7 February

U15 Hockey vs Holyport @ Braywick

U12A&B vs Marist A&B @ Braywick

Wednesday 8 February

7pm Dance Show Evening Performance

U18A Netball vs Ranelagh

U18B Netball vs Ranelagh Away

Thursday 9 February

Dance Show Matinee Performance 2pm

7pm Dance Show Evening Performance