Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 3|Autumn Term 2014

Information correct as at Friday 19 September 3pm



No doubt for me, the highlight of the week was presenting prizes and awards to so many Senior Girls and Sixth Form on Speech Day. I opened my part of the proceedings with some general thoughts:

“We are about to present a wide variety of awards and prizes and this epitomises the breadth of achievement and ambition that we nurture at Claires Court. What is wonderful about our jobs as teachers, or those that work in those important non-teaching roles, is that every day we witness the small and sometimes hesitant steps that every young person in our School takes. Those who are about to step up onto the stage are the visible representatives of that success, but like an iceberg there is a huge amount that we may not immediately see - so if you are not coming up today never forget what you have achieved. “

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We have now been back at school for just over two weeks and the girls are settling in well to their new classes with their new teachers. A common theme in the reasons for handing out Merit certificates this week was ‘hard work’ and ‘ determination’. This is wonderful to see as it means the girls are really trying to be their best selves and start the year off as they mean to go on.

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A very big thank you goes to everyone who joined in our “Jeans for Genes” day on Friday. It was lovely to see lots of lovely dressing-up costumes on the children and they were very happy to show them to all their friends. We raised £40.20 for this very worthy cause.

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Claires Court Schools - THE COLLEGE PTA (GIRLS' & NURSERY PTA) Charity No. 1057507
Reminder Notice

Annual General Meeting of Claires Court Schools – The College PTA (Girls' & Nursery PTA) will be on 9 October at 7pm in the Chapel, 1 College Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 6AW.

All parents and teachers of Girls and Nursery pupils are warmly welcomed to enjoy a review of the year, elect the new Committee and enjoy a small social after the meeting. Note: We are actively seeking a new Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and new Committee Members, and all members are invited to apply. If you are interested please email

MEDICAL INFORMATION! Please can all parents note that it is very important that School is informed immediately of any change to, or new, pupil medical issue. This is especially important for asthmatics who bring inhalers into School. Please collect a new Medical Form from the School Office.

PARKING: A reminder to our parents that parking at the junction of College Road and Grassy Lane can be dangerous to other road users. Please also do not park across gates and driveways. We have had several complaints from local residents, so thank you for your co-operation.


Mon 22 Sept – Music Department ‘Come and Try’, Reception - Year 11

Next week members of the peripatetic music staff are opening the doors to anyone who fancies having a go at a musical instrument. Come and have a scrape, blow or pluck at an instrument at any of the times above. All years are welcome.

Mon: 12.50pm Piano with Mrs Garrett

Tues: 10.25am Brass with Mr Jones

Weds: 10.10am Guitar with Mr Sculpher

Weds: 1.15pm Woodwind with Mrs Leech-Bendell

Fri: 11.45am Violin with Mrs Challis

Tues 23/Wed 24 Sept – Year 11 Target Setting with parents – Year 11 girls are bringing home their appointment letter (please ask your daughter for it!)

Wed 24 Sept – Year 6 Osmington Bay parent talk at Junior Boys 8.50am

Fri 26 Sept - Nursery Harvest Festival 11.15am Please send non-perishable goods and items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant etc which will be donated to our local Maidenhead 'Salvation Army'. Collection boxes will be available from Monday in Transition and one in the Nursery Hall for your kind donations.

Fri 26 Sept – European Day of Languages - Check out the MFL notice board in TA1 for details of this year's celebrations.

Wed 1 Oct – OPEN MORNING ON ALL 3 SITES 9.30 – 11.30am All are welcome to attend.

Wed 1 Oct – Harvest Festival 2.45pm As for the Nursery (Friday 26 Sept), please send non-perishable goods which will be donated to our local Maidenhead 'Salvation Army'.

Tues 7 Oct – Reception to Year 2 Parents' Evening A letter will be coming home.

Wed 8 Oct - Year 7 Parents’ Evening A letter will be coming home.

Thurs 9 Oct – PTA AGM 7pm in Chapel (see Important Notices above).


Save the date! Sat 11 October - CC Annual Fireworks Spectacular, see flyer which accompanied the paper Bulletin or download a copy here.

Save the date! Fri 6 December – College PTA Junior Christmas Disco, details to follow.


Junior and Senior Libraries Autumn Features

For the first half of term the senior library will be featuring fiction books with a historical theme, and crime/ mystery books. So, if you want to read about the French Revolution or growing up in Communist China or Victorian London, come and browse our selection. If you prefer crime or mystery stories we have plenty of books to interest you. You will find the books on the spinning bookcase near the printer in the senior library, or ask your librarian for assistance.

Junior Library: the Junior Library is featuring short stories, quick reads and story sets/series on the spinner this term. Come and see the exciting selection of books for you to borrow or browse during book club.

We also have a featured author in the Junior Library. In the past we have had Holly Webb and Enid Blyton. Until half term, as well as continuing with a focus on Roald Dahl, the featured author will be Ali Sparkes. We have a number of her exciting adventure books suitable for Years 3 -6 so come along and have a look at our display and choose a book.



Letters are here (* = sent home this week)

Tues 23 Sept – Year 8 Geography to Lulworth Cove

Fri 26 – Sun 28 Sept - Year 5 Marchant’s Hill Outward Bound

Mon 6 - Thurs 9 Oct - Year 6 Osmington Bay

*Monday 6 October - Y11 History Trip to Imperial War Museum

*Friday 7 - Monday 11 November - Y5 & 6 Joint Rugby and Netball Tour

Apr 2015 – Ski Trip: there are still place available!! A second invitation has been emailed home this week to all parents in Years 5 and above.


October half term Language trips to Normandy, Hamburg & Seville – Mrs Hasyildirim needs copy passports asap, if not already provided!

SPORT visit the website

To find out all information regarding weekly and future Junior and Senior fixtures for all sports, pupils and parents should visit the website Click on the tab 'Find your school', type in 'Claires Court' and this will immediately take you to the fixtures for this week (both boys and girls). Information regarding match times, pick up times and whether your daughter has been selected will be included here. If you click on the tab 'Sports Teams and Teams Fixtures & Results' you can select the sport and age group and thus see all fixtures arranged for your daughter throughout the school term. The PE department recommends saving this website to your electronic device to ensure you are a few simple steps away from your daughters match arrangements. Brief information regarding fixtures will be found in the Bulletin each week (see below) but full details will only be available on the PE sports board (in the Atrium) or the 'Schoolssports' website.


Tues 23 Sept: U12A Hockey v LVS, A; U12B Hockey v LVS B; U11A Hockey v Furze Platt B;

Wed 24 Sept: U18 Hockey v Pangbourne;

Thurs 25 Sept: U14 Netball Tournament, U13 Team Tennis v Cokethorpe School.