Claires Court Bulletin



I was lucky enough to catch our Year 4 boys play their first football matches of the season this week (I had offered to referee until the weather looked inclement!). For many of the boys it was their first time playing a ‘proper’ game of football, and didn’t they do well! Some close games, a few wins, a few losses and the odd draw, a perfect afternoon. I was particularly impressed watching the skills of Louis Stewart, Daniel Greenwood and Jamie Shepherd in their match, as well as Oliver Todd, Tom Welch and Harrison Sands in their contests. However, all of the boys came off the pitch looking happy, tired and rather muddy……..I am aware that white shorts and boggy pitches do not mix!

We have started work on the construction of our new ‘Bushcraft Log Cabin’. Funded by the PTA and at the request of so many of our pupils who love to get outdoors, this will provide a base for our Bushcraft and Outdoor activities, and is not just to be referred to as Mr Leuzinger’s Man Cave! We are hoping to have the official opening of the facility on March 21 at our Easter Egg hunt.

I took a bit of time out of our assembly theme on Resilience this Wednesday to speak with the boys on the ‘ethics’ of trading football cards. Match Attax seem to be a very popular pastime amongst many of our pupils from Year 2 upwards, and we had previously banned them from school as there were a few too many one-sided swaps going on! However, I am hoping with the guidance that Mr Goddard and I gave in assembly, boys can understand how to enjoy collecting these cards sensibly. I admit that I also went through the craze when at junior school and spent a great deal of my time trying to find the elusive Kenny Dalglish card!

Activities have started of course, but I should remind parents that some of our outdoor activities do not commence in the first few weeks due to the lack of light outside. However, boys will be looked after at school until these start.

My sports department have almost guaranteed snow this Sunday….let’s hope they are wrong again! Have a super weekend.

Justin Spanswick


Many thanks for your generous donations given at the Nativity and Carol Service last term. The total amount received was £506 which has been split between Thames Hospice Care and Leukemia Research.

BURNS NIGHT - unfortunately due to insufficient bookings, we have had to cancel this event. Thank you to those of you who were hoping to join in the celebrations.


Tuesday 20 January - Claires Court Junior Boys PTA meeting in the Mezzanine at 9am.

Thursday 22 January - Class group photographs. Please ensure boys are dressed smartly in their uniform with tidy hair.

Thursday 22 January - Y5 Information Evening 6.45pm for 7pm start.


Saturday 21 March - New date for the Easter Egg Hunt. Rescheduled from Saturday 14 March. Please amend your diaries. More details to follow in due course.


Yet again all the boys have worked during the term. House points are earned for good behaviour, excellent work, chess matches and determination on the Sports field.

The house gaining the most points each week have had the privilege of being first to leave the class or first out to break. Dorney were first most often in the Autumn term, however, it was Fawley who gained the most house-points from the weekly collections. They also gained the most points from the chess matches but Dorney were the winners in the house matches.

It was Fawley who finished the term less than 50 points ahead of second placed Dorney. Next term the race starts again but for this term well done Fawley and captains Jake Bains-Gillespie and Parees Kang.


Cashless Catering - Canteen Purchases

A new button, ‘Show Canteen Purchases’, has been added to Cashless Catering system. This enables you to see the last thirty days of your child’s dining room till transactions .


Our two Rabbit winners this week are Edward Vestringhe and Finn Keylock. Edward demonstrated how kind and supportive he can be when he helped some Reception boys through a difficult challenge without any prompting or advice. Finn was also extremely helpful when he supported some of his classmates in their work in a mature and friendly manner. Both of these boys always epitomise our Golden Rules and we are very proud of their selfless behaviour.


Holiday Club brings a **NEW** and exciting opportunity for Years 1 & 2 on Tuesday 17 Feb with the British Science Association's CREST Star Award Scheme. During the February half-term holiday (16 -20 Feb at College Avenue) mid kidz will be able to get to grips with hands-on science investigations… on the start of our 'Journey to the CREST STAR'. If you find they can't get enough of the experience then continue the scheme when we run ‘voyages’ each holiday - see the British Science Association’s website or call us on 01628 687440 for more details.

You can also join our specialist team at Sports Club this holiday with Football and Rugby Skills Development courses for all boys & girls in year 3 & above. More details of this and our other great Holiday Club ‘highlights’ can be found on our website.