Claires Court Bulletin
FROM THE HEADS DESK
So here are my last Head’s Words of the academic year - next week our Principals will take over the reins and will write to you about the school year as a whole.
And what a year it has been! Our pupils, your sons, they are the next generation of role models, inventors, philanthropists, musicians, professors, artists, actors, sportsmen……...I could add to this list for the rest of the day. They are the ones who have excelled in their own right, they have made new friends, have had to learn to be patient, to be resilient, to share, to stand up for themselves, to discuss, to question, and to be their best selves. As lovely as our grounds and our buildings are at Claires Court Junior Boys School, it is the people that create the culture, the ethos and the atmosphere within. Those people all play a part in making our school what it is. The boys, the teaching staff, the non- teaching staff, and the parents - this is the community that I try my hardest to serve…...especially the boys! My talks next week on Tuesday and Wednesday at the various productions (don’t worry, I won’t be talking for long!), are entitled ‘What part do you play?’ and I hope it will illustrate how the Claires Court team works, in which you as parents play a major part.
I am indebted, for example, to Ruth Henley and Debbie Parker in our school office who between them manage not only to run the entire administration of our school, a school of 267 boys, they also tend to keep me sane when things go a bit off track. Sometimes, things can go a bit off track, such is the nature of a busy working school! You learn a lot about your team in how they react to a challenge, and I am sure you would agree that Ruth and Debbie know how to keep their cool when the script changes slightly!
It is all about the boys when we talk of our community, and I am so proud and privileged to have the opportunity to lead them through their junior education. Our current Year 6 boys have just one week to go with us, and I am very aware that a number of our parents are upset as they are to be leaving CCJB. But let me assure you, you never leave Claires Court once you have been part of this family, and I would hope that our fundamental Golden Rules will stay with the boys through their exciting challenges in life. This has been such a wonderful Year 6 group. A group who embody our school principles. Parents are saying that they may be a bit tearful at leavers assembly. Let’s just say there may well be some staff who will find it emotional as well, having spent so many years with your sons and with you as parents.
But let’s be happy!! I love the last week of term, and not just because it is so close to a holiday! I love it because you get to see the boys enjoying their drama and music, as well as enjoying a slightly less formal set of lessons . As I write this I can see our Reception boys and staff preparing for their Graduation Party……...these are pupils who joined us nine months ago as very little boys. They are now writers and mathematicians and cricketers and charity supporters and…….I am sure you can imagine, this is also an endless list!
On Wednesday at Speech Day, I have invited one of my great friends, Mr Tony Blakeley, to give out our prizes. He is retiring this year as Deputy Head of the Senior Boys School, and having had two sons go through the Claires Court system, was delighted to have the opportunity to share in our celebrations.
I would like to thank all of our parents for your support during the school year. It has been a challenging year for me personally (they always say second year of Headship is the worst!) and losing the tireless work and inspiration of our wonderful Deputy Headteacher, Susan Payne, to such a horrible illness has been a real drain on the staff. However, as always, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the learning environment that your sons have received has been the best ever. Judy Nott who has become my Deputy Head in Susan’s absence and Eric Leuzinger, my Assistant Head have been particularly brilliant in their work and I would like to thank them for their endless patience!
The news that Susan is due to be arriving back home tomorrow has given us all the best end of year gift we could ever receive. I spoke with her on Wednesday evening during our Year 6 Caribbean Cricket tournament…..she told me she was checking up to see if we had burnt the BBQ sausages again, and had we sorted all of the speech day prizes out! Nothing changes!
I am sure I will see you all at one of the events this week before we break up. I wish you all a very restful and enjoyable summer break. I am driving my family down to Spain for three weeks for a bit of relaxing getaway - if you are travelling abroad or within the country I wish you all a safe journey, and a little bit of sunshine!
Nearly New Uniform
If anyone has any unwanted uniform that they would like to donate to the PTA at the end of the school year, then please could you take it to the office.
We hope to have our new 'shop' (wooden shed) up by next year to make purchasing nearly new uniform easier. If you have any specific requirements in the mean time please contact Aneeta Rogers (Aneeta.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Exhibition TODAY please drop in
FROM THE SPORTS' MASTER......
On Monday 27 June both U11A2 and U11A1 teams played brilliantly at the ISA London West Tournament , dominating all sides that came before them. They finished first and second in the 7-a-side 6 over Round Robin Tournament held at Sheen CC. Mead (59*), Molhoek (67*), Keylock (50*), Hutchings (37) and Grover (35) were the pick of the batsmen. The lions share of the wickets went to Hutchings with 5 wickets, Grover with 4, Anyon with 3 and Gowdra, Chandler, Popat and Mussell all with 2 apiece. Well done to all involved.
Thursday was our annual Sports Day . The day started with the Reception and Year 1 , and the boys took part in a multitude of races . The enjoyment could be seen on the boys’ faces. Mrs Robertson, our Chair of PTA, presented the medals. Special mention to her and the CCJB PTA for their contributions to school sports and for purchasing the medals and trophies.
The Years 2 and 3 took to the field to compete in their events, and once again the level of competition was high. The boys performed very well and showed that the future standard of athletes at CCJB should remain high, with some very closely fought races. Samuel Tschiesche and Henry Dargan shared the Year 3 Victor Ludorum winning 3 events each.
Following lunch, the pupils in Year 4, 5 and 6 provided much excitement and tension. . Once again events were decided by the closest of margins, however good sportsmanship was in evidence and many pupils were cheered over the line . In Year 4 the Victor Ludorum was shared between Jamie Smith and Finn Keylock. Finn broke his own school record in the Cricket Ball Throw breaking his own school record with a distance of 51.45m. Sprint specialist Louis Stewart won the Y5 Victor Ludorum. In their final year Tom Molhoek and Ben Morgan shared the Y6 Victor Ludorum.
Well done to all the pupils for making the day one that will long be remembered. Thank you!
The Annual House Caribbean Cricket Tournament was the final event cricket event for Y6. All the boys loved dressing up in various colourful shirts and shorts. This tournament was played with a soft ball and most of the pupils played either barefoot or in flip-flops. Great fun was had by all with many parents enjoying a fun afternoon of cricket in the sun while the staff served up Pimms with a BBQ. The House Competition finished with Dorney 1st, Cliveden 2nd, Fawley 3rd, Windsor 4th.
The Sports Department wishes everyone a fun and enjoyable Summer Holiday and look forward to welcoming you all back in September!
FROM THE CHESS 'GRAND MASTER'
The Summer Term Chess Tournament was attended by 38 boys with nobody winning all their games. The boys did very well, all of them earning valuable House Points in the process, the winners of the various sections will be announced in the final assembly.
My thanks go to Mr Dennis, Mrs Birch and Mrs Goford for all their help in making the tournament run so smoothly.
Maidenhead Junior Chess
There is another tournament here at CCJB on Saturday morning from 9am until 12 noon.
Letters have been handed out about this but further details can be found on this link.
NOTES AND 'TO DO'
There are NO ACTIVITIES next week so school finishes at 3.30pm for Reception - Year 1 and 3.50pm for Y2 - Y6. We will still run After School Care here at CCJB till 5pm .
For pupils who need to be at Senior Boys for collection or onward travel there is only an early bus Monday - Thursday for this connection. However, we have 5pm bus to take boys to the College for After school Care or collection from that site only. It will not continue to Senior Boys.
On Friday school finishes at midday and therefore link buses will leave soon after noon. There is no provision for After School Care on this day on any site.
For the first two days of the Autumn Term buses will leave Junior Boys at 4pm. Late coaches will start from Monday 12 September. We will offer After School Care here until 5pm on the 8th and 9th September and then they can transfer to After school Care at the College, but boys wishing to go to the Senior Boys site for collection or onward travel will need to catch the 4pm bus.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
The After School Activities begin on Monday 19 September. A provisional Autumn Term Activity List will be in the end of term envelope but booking will not be available until the first day of term when the Activity Schedule has been confirmed. The provisional list could be subject to change. A skeleton programme of activities will be available on the week commencing Monday 12 September, which will include After School Care, Study and sports practices.
Living Tennis will continue in the Autumn Term and the booking form will be distributed by end of term.
PRE SEASON RUGBY
On Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September we will be running pre-season rugby for the forthcoming Years 4, 5 and 6 here at Junior Boys between 2pm and 4pm. There is no charge for this activity. Information and a booking form will go home in the end of term envelope.
BUS PASSES FOR OUR COACH SERVICE
A final reminder to parents to complete the online forms - confirming your requirements for next term www.schl.cc/2l, as well as confirming your choice of coach pass www.schl.cc/2n . Please note: Friday 8 July is the deadline for the purchase of an Annual Pass in order to take advantage of 2014-15 prices. Further information on the services offered can be found on our website www.clairescourt.com/coach-services
CLEAR OUT CLOAKROOMS & LOST PROPERTY
Please remember to take all belongings home at the end of term. Cloakrooms should be left clear for cleaning and re-naming of lockers etc. Named items which are left behind will be bagged up for Lost Property and unnamed items will be donated to the nearly new 'shop'. Any non uniform clothes which are left will be bagged and taken to a charity shop during the holiday. Lost Property will be available to view outside the nurse's room before and after school from Tuesday next week.
Come and see the Claires Court Shed Theatre’s production of ‘Coward’ this Summer.
He is the ultimate socialite but his Black Dog never leaves his side. In this ambivalent world of sex, song and wit, he exists to expose. But who is the real coward?
‘Highly entertaining and very moving'
Running Time 70 minutes
Age Recommendation 14
Monday 11 July - Speech and Drama Showcase 1.30pm. Invitations have been sent home by boy post.
Tuesday 12 July - Rec-Y2 Concert/Prize Giving 9.30am-10.30am. Parents are invited to attend. Please note parking may be more difficult than normal on this morning and as always our 'kiss and drop' service will be available at the front of the school.
Wednesday 13 July - Junior Concert / Prize Giving 1.30pm - 4pm
*********packed lunch required for all boys Wednesday 13 July ***************
Thursday 14 July - Leavers Assembly 9.30am - 10.30am
Thursday 14 July - Year 3 - 6 Happy Birthday Ma'am workshops
Thursday 14 July - Reception - Y6 Grand Picnic
*********packed lunch required by all boys Thursday 14 July *****************
Friday 15 July - Term Ends 12 noon
Friday 9 September - Parents Information Meeting for Marchants Hill 8.30am
Friday 9 September - House Winners Treat. Invitations to winners will be in the end of term mailing.
Monday 12 September - Individual photos by Tempest 9am onwards
Monday 12 September - Skeleton Activity Programme this week
Tuesday 13 September - Curriculum Meeting 9am - 9.30am for Years 3,4,5 & 6
Thursday 15 September - Curriculum Meeting 9am - 9.30am for Reception, Year 1 & Year 2
Friday 16 September - Year 5 Outward Bound trip to Marchants Hill
Monday 19 September - Full After School Activity Programme starts
Friday 23 September - Keep this evening free for our annual Sports Department Fundraiser.
Have your photo taken reading in an extreme location or doing a daring deed over the holidays.
Send it to email@example.com or bring it to the library in September.
We will make a hair raising display in the library with your entries - use your imaginations ....the more innovative will win prizes...!!!!
Mr Hastings will still be running lessons on Tuesday for some of his pupils and Mrs Fox will be in as normal to make up lessons after she hurt her foot.
On the first Friday of next term, a sheet highlighting music tuition vacancies will be sent home with each boy from Y1 upwards. If any parents wish their son to take up individual brass, woodwind, strings, drums, guitar or keyboard (some lessons age restricted) would they please complete the form and return it to school for the attention of Mr Rowan.
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – Mon 18 Jul to Fri 2 Sep
Book by Fri 8 Jul for a guaranteed place in our Mini, Mid, Kool and Sport Xtra groups…. go to What’s On for more on activity highlights and exciting visitors. Children in year 3 and above can still enjoy a Golf Fun Day on Wed 3 Aug - with tri and street golf, as well as a visit to Huntswood Golf Club. Not forgetting the Kool Xtra clubs that are bringing Cookery and Textiles, as well as NEW Science workshops and Bikeability courses this summer >> Go to Book Now to register on the new booking system.