Claires Court Bulletin



As I am away at the Headteachers’ Conference I will allow my staff and pictures to re-tell the week. However, I would like to mention the unbelievably inspiring incidents that occurred on Thursday morning when myself, the staff and the boys, welcomed Susan Payne into our assembly. She is starting to do some work with us and I hope that you will see her in school occasionally – she is delighted to be back.

What with a week of unexpected election results and the importance of Remembrance Day, I will write more next week on these influential topics.

Justin Spanswick

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2G's Poppy Wreath

PTA News

Saturday 12 November - Chess Tournament at Junior Boys. Registration starts at 10.45am. Entries can be accepted on the day with an additional fee of £5 above the £10 entry fee. Boys must be accompanied throughout the day and you will be responsible for your own child. The PTA will be helping ably led by Mrs Alex Jeffery. Toasted sandwiches and refreshments will be on sale. The tournament finishes at 6pm. More information and order forms here.

Friday 18 November - Fright Night Disco for Junior Boys and Girls held at the College Avenue site. A flyer about this event was sent home with the boys before half term. Tickets are on sale from the school office. The disco is split into two sessions R - Y2 5pm - 6.15pm and Y3 - Y6 6.30pm - 8pm following feedback from last year's event. Tickets cost £5 (per adult or per child). All children must be accompanied by an adult with a ratio of 1 adult to 4 children. Cheques to be made payable to Claires Court Schools - The College PTA. Thank you.

Friday 9 December - Christmas Fair & Nearly New Uniform Sale at Junior Boys. Great shopping gifts with a cosy Christmas market and lots of mince pies, mulled wine, Christmas carols and a raffle. Please contact us if you would like to be part of it or have a stall

A reminder that the Christmas cards made by our children are ready to be order, please complete it to avoid disappointment!! If you haven't received your order form or you have any problems, please contact the office or the PTA via our email.

And one for the future .... Saturday 13 May - Annual Ball

All the best,


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“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”. Leonard Cohen


Saturday 12 November - CC PTA Chess Festival in the Sports Hall CCJB

Tuesday 15 November - U9 Rugby Photos

Friday 18 November - PTA Fright Night Disco Pre-Prep 5pm - 6.15pm and Juniors 6.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 23 November - U10 Rugby Photos

Friday 25 November - Flu vaccines for Year 1, 2 and 3

U11 Rugby Photos

Science Championships at Chesham Prep further details to follow

ISA Swimming Gala further details to follow


Tuesday 15 November - Year 2 Remembrance Visit to St James The Less, Stubbings Church

Monday 21 November - Year 1 trip to the Sounding Arch. Letter to follow next week.

Friday 25 November - Year 4 to Littlewick Green. Letter to follow next week,


Please note you may not drop your child off at school before 8.30am unless attending Pre-School Care / Breakfast Club. Increasing numbers of boys seem to be arriving in the playground before this time and not being supervised because they have not been booked in. Please accompany your child into the dining room to register them.


Nasal flu vaccines are booked for Friday 25 November. They are available to boys in Years 1,2 and 3 . Please return any outstanding consent forms to indicate if you do or do not wish your child to be vaccinated.

Thank you.

Jane Webster

School Nurse

Scholarship Applications Last Call

Please note the closing dates for scholarship applications for this round are imminent:

YEAR 7, 8 & 9 - Monday 14 November 2016


We have returned to school to a very busy week of sport . Our U9A & B teams travelled to St Columba's on Tuesday for an all day rugby festival. Both teams played admirably and improved as the day went on picking up some excellent wins along the way. The A team finished having won three, drawn two and lost one, while the B team won three and lost three.

Our U10A team travelled to a rugby festival at Oratory Prep on Wednesday. They won against Caldicott, Moulsford and two other teams, and drew two matches, winning the Tournament.

On Thursday our U11A & B teams departed for a rugby tour in Cornwall. They have a very busy weekend ahead playing four matches in four days and we all wish them the best of luck.

The remainder of Year 6 have been completing first aid and bushcraft activities. See our gallery below.

Since we have returned to school you will have notice that the temperature has plummeted so could I ask you to make sure that your son always has his tracksuit with him.

Can all Year 4 parents please be aware that all Year 4 boys will be having their team photos taken on Tuesday. Please ensure that you all boys have clean kit.

Nick Butterfield

Head of Sport


The 16th Claires Court Chess Festival

Well, tomorrow is the big day, and a big day it will be too, with a record number of entries received to date. Children are coming from all over the south and west of England in order to take part, hoping to qualify for the London Junior Championship in December, or just playing for the love of chess and wanting to do their very best.

At the last count we have sixteen Claires Court boys taking part, which gives us an excellent chance of winning the School Cup.

Our very best wishes go out to all those CC boys who are representing the school.

Chess lessons

I mentioned before half-term that there were a couple of slots available for chess lessons with Mr Tuck. These slots have now been filled, though I would be happy to put your son on a waiting list should he be keen to have lessons.

Richard Hogg


Here is the link to the music timetable for the peripatetic lessons. Please remember to click on the appropriate week in order to view the correct timings.

Mr Hastings' guitar pupils will be taking part in an informal concert on Friday 9 December during assembly. Parents of those boys are welcome to come and watch.

A Night at the Movies - presented by Claires Court

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November at Norden Farm

This year’s show is filled with song, dance, performance and music, from some of the world’s most famous and favourite cinema soundtracks. The programme includes The Great Escape, Pirates of the Caribbean, What a Wonderful World, Ghostbusters, Moon River and Stand By Me. Get your tickets now, from the Norden Farm online box office

Meet the cast


Boys have been given the Scholastic Book Club magazine this week. Should you wish to place an order, please return the order form by Friday 18 September. Please note we cannot accept cash.


Our Rabbit winners this week were James Frize Y4 and Daniel Harrison Y1. During yesterday's sudden showers many Y4 books and pencil cases were left behind in the playground when the boys went inside. James kindly gathered as many as he could to prevent them from being damaged by the rain. Daniel joined us in September and has shown himself to be a kind boy who is always keen to help others. Both boys follow our Golden Rules and deserve to be Rabbit winners this week.
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And finally... Claires Court Horse Riding Team

Claires Court Horse Riding Team has had considerably success over the last number of years with many of our riders competing at a high level. The team relies on the huge support of committed parents and pupils and we are pleased to inform you that Mrs Karen Richardson-Scarfe has agreed to oversee this valuable activity for the forth coming future.

We are presently enquiring if there are any pupils’ girls or boys who are interested in taking part in Horse Riding Competition for the Claires Court School Riding Team. Pupils will need to have their own Pony.

Please contact Karen by email.