Claires Court Bulletin



For my last Heads’ Words of the calendar year I would like our picture gallery to do most of the talking. I have just emerged from a wonderful Nativity performance from our Pre-Prep boys at All Saints church where the audience was dazzled by some superb singing, dancing and acting. Ours boys really shone on the stage and I would like to thank them and their teachers for entertaining us so well.

Having spoken with some parents and the choir who performed a number of songs at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday evening, it would seem that the production was an absolute triumph from start to finish. From the pictures that I have seen and the videos that were taken it really did make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, such was the awe and wonder created by the pupils, their singing, and the special effects. Well done to all of those boys took part in this lovely event. When I was 11 years old, I joined other choir members of Claires Court school and also performed at the Royal Albert Hall - it is something I will always remember, and I hope our pupils also had a similar experience.

Mr Hogg will cover all of our chess triumphs’ of the week (and there have been plenty!), which leaves me to update you on Rayann Rasool’s Creative Writing. You may remember in my words last week that Rayan got through to the last 5 pupils in the National Young Muslim Writers competition - well he found out this week that he won it! Congratulations Rayan, a wonderful effort. On the subject of Creative Writing, you will see our Year 6 authors reading their Christmas stories to Reception and Year 1. The descriptive stories from some of our boys were just dazzling, and I ended up reading Alex Pearce’s piece to our school on Friday morning, so impressive was his vivid tale of a muddled Santa! We have also enjoyed piano, guitar and string soloist assemblies this week, allowing some of our maestros the chance to play on the big stage.

Decorations have been going up, and very well done to our Year 5 mathematicians who have done a brilliant job on the pavilion classroom, please see our main picture. I think Year 3 and 4 win the whole decoration competition though, they have been incorporating English and Maths into their creativity - we never miss a trick to keep the boys on task!!

As I write this we are about to start the Christmas Market and I would like to thank our PTA for giving so much of their time, as they always do, to make these events such a pleasure to attend. I have offered to be chief taster of the mulled wine - always happy to help!

You will be receiving your son’s school reports on Wednesday, and an added bonus for Year 5 parents where you will also receive the CAT (Cognitive Assessment Tests) test results. Please read the report with your son as we feel it is crucial that they get to hear of their progress too.

This leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year - whether you are going abroad, visiting relatives, or simply staying at home (like me!) I hope you have an enjoyable, safe, and above all, a happy holiday break. Thank you all for your support this term.

Justin Spanswick
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Mrs Carter's Year 5 class have been busy working on Christmas themed maths activities which have involved : symmetry snowflakes and hats; 3D snowman shape nets; Santa origami and counting down the days to Christmas with problem solving advent calendars.
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U10A squad victorious after winning 60-0 against Ludgrove this week.


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Charity Clothing Donations

This year, we welcome donations of clean clothing, which are to be used locally within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to support those who are sleeping rough or are homeless. Please drop bags of any clothing you wish to donate to one of the three school offices. Many thanks for your generosity.

PTA News

The PTA wish you all a very Happy Christmas and thank you for your support over this first term.

A very big thank you to Pooja Aspinall and Julie Van Vuuren for helping to organise the Christmas Market and also Saadia Baber and Louise Notton-Brown for producing such bespoke calendars for the pre-prep parents to purchase.

There will be a PTA meeting being held on Wednesday 11 January. More details in the first Bulletin of the Lent Term.

Ana Sidders

PTA Chair


Tuesday 13 December- Pre-prep (Reception - Year 2) visit to Norden Farm to see The Elves and the Shoemaker

Tuesday 13 December - 2.30pm Junior Carol Service (Year 3 - Year 6) at All Saints Church. Parents are welcome to attend. The doors will open at 2pm. Please park considerately to avoid upsetting the neighbours.

Wednesday 14 December - Term Ends 12 noon. There is no after school care on this day. Boys may wear their Christmas Jumper over their uniform for the morning.

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Wednesday 4 January - First day of Lent Term

Friday 6 January - Film night for the House Point Winners! Winners will receive an invitation with all the details in their end of term envelope.

Monday 9 January - Activities commence and late buses run again.

Thursday 12 January - Reception - Year 6 Parents Evening commencing at 6pm

Tuesday 17 January - Reception - Y6 Parents Evening commencing at 4pm



Activities and Study will end on Friday 9 December. Early buses are in operation on Monday 12 December and Tuesday 13 December for links to the College site and Senior Boys for onward travel. We will still operate After School Care and study for those two evenings here at Junior boys and a late 5pm bus can take boys to the College site for collection or further After School Care.

Please note that there is no After School Care or Study on the last day of term as we finish at midday.


The Junior Boys' office will be closed from Thursday 22 December and reopen on reopen on Tuesday 3 January.

The Junior Boys' uniform remains the same for the Lent Term.


There is a menu change for Tuesday. Instead of Lasagne the boys will have chicken goujons and chips with sponge and custard for pudding.



The Christmas Post Box will be in the entrance hall for boys to post their cards. Please remember to address the cards with the first name, surname and class to ensure safe delivery! Last date for posting cards will be Tuesday 13 December.


In our recent British Legion Poppy Appeal we raised £111.31 to enable them to continue with their vital welfare and benevolent work.


The Activities Hub is now open for registrations for Lent Term activities -

Parents should access this site to sign up for the next terms activities by Wednesday 14 December - confirmation of choices will be emailed before the start of term.

Any queries related to activities please email


News about the House Point Winners will be announced in the first Bulletin of the New Year. However, boys will know before that as the winners will be invited, by way of a letter, to a film evening to be held here at Junior Boys on Friday 6 January.

Copas Turkey Offer

Order online using code ‘CCS16’ to earn the School PTA £5. Anyone collecting their turkeys that they ordered on this offer will be able to go and say hello to a couple of Santa’s helpers and have their picture taken too. As well as meeting the reindeer there will be many other treats including wine tasting, cooking and carving demonstrations, a choir and Father Christmas himself.


What a week it has been in the life of Claires Court Chess!

Saturday saw us hosting a twenty-board match up between Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Barnet.

Maidenhead came out on top thanks in no small part to the number of Claires Court boys we had in the team. Very well done to: Josh Sharma, Josh Spanswick, Sam Jeffery, Samuel Tschiesche and Téo Rybak.

Our Autumn tournament was very well attended with over 40 boys signing up to take part. I will not give away the final standings now as the prizes and certificates will be awarded in our final assembly. Thank you and well done to all who took part.

Whether you are a seasoned tournament player or just starting out in chess, tournaments like this are an excellent way to make progress.

Please click link below for pictures from our Autumn Tournament.

Monday 5/12/16 Autumn Chess Tournament

Richard Hogg

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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. Next week's timetable will be available to view on Monday.

Most lessons have finished this week but there may be a few lessons timetabled to make up for those missed during the term.


Our Rabbit winners today are Alex Pearce Y6 and Sofianos Ioannou Y6 . Both Alex and Sofianos have enjoyed a wonderful week in school which culminated in them both reading their beautifully created Christmas stories to our Pre-Prep Department. The effort, patience and warmth with which they both looked after and nurtured our youngest pupils impressed our pre-prep staff so much that they felt that both boys were worthy winners of the Rabbit this week.


The Link Foundation is a Maidenhead based charity committed to improving the lives of children and their families in the local community and surrounding areas. We have chosen to support them again this Christmas and would welcome any unwrapped gifts you could donate for children up to the age of 15. We have extended the deadline to lunchtime on Monday 9 December.


A Christmas Cracker Full of Fun

Monday 19 to Friday 23 December

All the fun of the festive season, with Christmas games, activities, pantomime,

Sing-a-longs, Winter Olympics and a visit from Santa Claus.

Or, why not try one of our Xtra days?

Christmas crafts, cookery and football all on offer……….something for everyone