Claires Court Bulletin



Well….we have started walking!!

Mrs Davies has instigated the Claires Court walking club every lunchtime (as long as it is dry!) and the uptake from the boys has been amazing. The idea is to allow boys to the chance to spend 25 minutes just having a stroll with their friends and members of staff around our new school grounds for a chat and a catch up. It’s voluntary. It is also wonderful for their aerobic fitness, and more importantly can provide some genuine ‘downtime’ from the rigours of the school day. Only this week, the front page of the Times had an article discussing the need for pupils to be able to walk more. Please have a glance at some of the pictures below.

Activities started this week in earnest and the boys have been making the most of the good weather. Please feel free to send them into school with their own sun cream if you wish, just please make sure it is named. Early morning cricket nets, swimming and art have been followed by a full programme of athletics every lunchtime. Our after school sessions have once again proved very popular with Water Polo being my pick of the bunch this week. Have a look at the gallery to see the boys in action.

Individual performances this week include William McMath’s quite superb piece of creative writing on hurricanes which now hangs proudly on the wall in my office. Our Sports Leaders, from Year 6, have worked tirelessly with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at lunchtimes coaching general sports skills and playing lots of games. Year 1 have been working on their capital letters, and Alfie Sidders, Ethan Olikara and Alfie Ward all produced some wonderful work.

Outside of school, Gursahej Bakshi has yet again impressed with an excellent haul of rosettes, coming first his four swimming races last weekend. Jamie Smith, one of our top athletes in Year 4, has also been working very hard and entered into a prestigious Under 11 athletics event at the weekend. Only 9 years old, Jamie excelled and finished in around the top 10 boys in a strong field of 45 athletes.

At Monday’s assembly, I showed the boys a clip from Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. We have talking about the power of words and the whole school discussed famous speeches and sayings that they may recognise. This Monday, we are having our first ever Vegetable Garden assembly where Mrs Nott and her team of Green Warriors will be showing the school how to plant our seeds effectively and hopefully productively!

Our Reception class enjoyed a sunny day out at Bucklebury farm on Wednesday and they behaved themselves impeccably, as well as having a great deal of fun and learning all sorts of facts about animals.

I will close this week by informing you that unfortunately Mrs Susan Payne remains in a critical condition in hospital. Some of my staff have been able to visit her this week for short periods of time, and she does remain very positive and in good spirits. I will update you on how she is getting on as soon as I know more. Thank you all for your support of her and of the school through this difficult time for everyone.

I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend.

Justin Spanswick


Summer Fete

Our PTA committee are now hard at work organising our Summer Fete, but, as always, we need support from all parents to make it a success. Please read through the following information and let us know where you can help out.

Raffle Prizes

We are currently sourcing raffle prizes for the summer fete. If you have any items/experiences you are able to donate then please contact either Alex Jeffrey or Amy Ward

Summer Market Street

We are currently recruiting businesses to come and sell their wares at the summer fete. If you, or someone you know, would like a stall at the fete this year please contact Emma Robertson

Poster Competition

Hopefully you have all now received details of our Poster Competition. We are hoping to receive lots of bright, eye-catching designs based on our theme - The Great Outdoors. The design from the winning entry will be used on all the posters and marketing material for the event, and the winner will also get a framed copy of their design and a voucher. The closing date for entries to be returned is Friday 6 May 2016.

Year Group Stalls

As always, each year group will take responsibility for organising and managing a stall at the fete. Your class rep should be in touch shortly to organise this. Please do volunteer to help! Stalls for each year group are as follows:

Reception - toys

Year 1 - drinks Tombola

Year 2 - books

Year 3 - Pimms tent

Year 4 - tea tent

Year 5 - gate and car parking

If anyone is able to organise some good weather that would also be much appreciated!!!

Many thanks,

Emma Robertson


Monday 25 April - Any boy who is enrolled in Beavers or Cubs may wear his uniform on Monday following the celebration of St Georges Day this Sunday.


Friday 6 May - Whole School Photo

Saturday 7 May - Boat Club Dinner

Tickets are available for the Annual Claires Court Schools Boat Club Dinner which will be at the Senior Boys Sports Hall from 7.00pm to 11.00pm This Black Tie or Henley Attire Dinner is a great event. Guest Speaker will be Tom Aggar GB Paralympic Champion and four-times World Champion. Tickets £35 per adult, £30 per student and Family Ticket £115 (2 adults and 2 children). Booking Form also available from Reception.

The Boat Club would be most grateful for any raffle prizes or items that could be auctioned on the evening. These items can be left at Reception. Thank you.

Friday 13 May - Y2 Books and Bushcraft

Saturday 14 May - PTA Great Gatsby Ball

Deadline for payment has passed and the booking forms should have been received by each table leader by end of today. These forms must be returned by Friday 29 April so we can provide the caterers with dietary/allergy information. If you need any further information please the PTA directly on

Monday 16 May - Year 1 - Y6 Assessment Week

Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June - HALF TERM


Wednesday 27 April - Y2 visit The Living Rainforest in Newbury. Don't forget your £3 if you want a souvenir bag. The boys will also need a packed lunch.

Monday 9 May - Y4 visit Highclere Castle

Friday 20 May - Y4 Outward Bound

Thursday 26 May - Y5 Forties Experience, Bushey, Herts


‘Screenagers’ – a 21st century film about the digital ‘Silent Spring’ affecting our children...


If you have any more 3 for 3 Sponsor money to bring to school please could you do so by Friday 29 April. Thank you.

U9 Football photo orders are being sent off next week. If you still want to purchase one please drop the order to the school office by midday on Monday 25 April.


The Scholastic Book Club leaflet went home last week. The order will be sent off shortly and books delivered to boys as soon as they arrive within the next couple of weeks.


This is the link to the Music Timetable for you to keep abreast of the timings of peripatetic lessons.


Our Rabbit winners today are Marcus Stevens (Y1) and William Crofts (Y4). A number of teachers have noticed that Marcus has been very kind and helpful to all of his friends this week especially on Wednesday when he helped one of his classmates who was struggling on their way to Judo. William has shown a great maturity this week demonstrating to his teachers his kindness, empathy and courage. Both boys are worthy winners of the Rabbit award this week.


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – May Half-Term holiday (Tue 31 May to Fri 3 Jun)

Join Mini, Mid and Kool groups this holiday to take part in a ‘World of Sports’. But it's not just sport... as we explore different cultures with games, crafts, dance, challenges and more!

Activities in Kool Xtra for older children feature Healthy Snack Cookery, Decopatch Crafts as well as Sporty Textiles. Not forgetting Sport Xtra with three days of Cricket for boys & girls in Year 3 and above >> for more details please visit