CLAIRES COURT BULLETIN
FROM THE HEAD'S DESK
I spoke this week about inspiring characters. Kelly Gallagher, along with her guide Charlotte Evans, had just won our first Gold medal of the Sochi Paralympics. To be responsible for guiding a blind person down a ski slope, shows the respect the athletes must have for each other, the loyalty of the partnership and the integrity to compete at the Olympics. This very nicely mirrors our own values and definitely works as role models for us.
I have to thank four Year 10 boys who helped to ensure that the 2014 ISA 7's were a great success. Zac, Owain, Sam and Alex were outstanding in their work and were praised by all of the visiting staff.
I look forward to meeting with parents on Saturday at the Cross Country (weather forecast is good ) and the Race Night in the Evening, not quite Cheltenham but the next best thing.
We would like to remind all parents and visitors that dogs must remain in cars and are not allowed on the School grounds. Thank you for your co-operation.
Year 11 GCSE Music Extra - Mr Roach has handed out a letter to Year 11 GCSE Music students about coming into school in the Easter holidays to complete composition and performance work. Mr Roach has given a choice of 4 days! Mr Roach is still awaiting replies regarding the holidays dates to complete coursework. Please return these as soon as possible.
Year 11 German GCSE Controlled Assessment Writing, Wednesday 26 March, period 5 and 6.
3for3 Charity Week commences Monday 17 March – See below for schedule of events. The charities that we support are The Alexander Devine Cancer Trust, The Thames Valley Adventure Playground (TVAP) and Kids in Sport.
Saturday 15 March – House Cross Country at Claires Court & Phoenix ground (SL6 0NS) Junior Race Start Time 9.30am and 10.00am Senior Race. Please arrive 30 minutes beforehand to register and warm up.
Boat Club Race Night at Senior Boys – Commences at 7.00pm the first race is 7.30pm
Monday 17 March – Year 7 Study Skills.
Music Concert in the Sports Hall starting at 6.00pm – There will be a variety of music with solo and group items from across the years – refreshments from 5.45pm All Welcome. Please do not come into the school grounds until after the coaches depart at approximately 5.35pm. Thank you.
Tuesday 18 March – Open Morning 9.30am to 12.00pm on all sites.
U12 & U13 Football & Hockey Team Photographs at 1.15pm Clean kit a must.
Wednesday 19 March – Year 8 Study Skills
Thursday 20 March – Years 7 & 8 Fancy Dress Sponsored Walk – Full details have already been distributed.
Friday 21 March – Year 9 Sponsored Rowathon – Full details have already been distributed.
Year 11 Mock Results and letter will be distributed.
Monday 24 March – Year 11 Tutor Support & Feedback Meetings – for selected pupils.
With so many trips taking place it would be most helpful if we could receive timely returns of all forms and monies. When paying via our pay portal please ensure that any relative paperwork makes its way to the office. Thank you.
Wednesday 19 March – STEM Club Trip to University of Herts – Consent and payment now overdue.
Monday 24 March – Year 9 Geography/Biology Trip to Amersham Field Centre – consent slip now overdue.
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 March – Year 10 Geography Trip to Margam Park – Medical forms are outstanding.
Monday 7 to Saturday 12 April – Rowing Training Camp at Hazewinkel – Final payment now overdue.
Friday 25 April – Year 10 History Trip to Ypres. Payment and consent slips now overdue.
Friday 23 to Monday 26 May – U13 North Devon Cricket Tour – An information sheet has been posted to invited cricketers.
October Half Term Language Trips to Normandy (Years 9 & 10), Hamburg (Years 8, 9 & 10)and Sevilla (Years 9 & 10) – We are still accepting deposits for these trips, absolute final date Tuesday 18 March.
Monday 20 to Friday 24 October 2014 – Years 9-13 Sailing Trip – Sailing the English Channel – Information has been distributed.
February 2015 South Africa U15 Cricket Tour – Deposits and consents due by today.
Wednesday 2 April – Easter Golf Day from 12.30pm at Hedsor Golf Club £20 each open to all pupils and families – friends are welcome – places are limited. See or email Mr O’Reilly for further information.
Saturday 10 May- Claires Court Hollywood Ball, there has been a fantastic response to this year’s Ball with just a few tables remaining for this fabulous event. Email the PTA to book your table. Or visit the website for more details
Years 7 & 8 Girls & Boys Roller Disco, Saturday 29 March, Magnet Leisure Centre 7.45 - 9.15pm. It's time to get your skates on, literally! Flyers have been sent home today via pupil post. Any queries please email the PTA.
Holiday Club + Art & Craft Club and Drama Club Monday 7 to Thursday 17 April at our Girls site. Sports Club at Junior Boys various activities running Tue, Wed and Thu of both weeks. Visit the website for more information.
Quiz Night: A huge Thank You to all parents and teachers who came along to our Quiz Night. It was a great night and we raised around £1,700. It was a closely run contest, the winning team was ‘Shepherds Pi’, from the Bursar’s Office. Get swotting for next year!
SLIPS TO RETURN
Year 9 GCSE Option Preliminary Choices – These are now overdue.
“The Man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything”(William Pitt 1759-1806)
National U16 Rugby Sevens
Claires Court played host at Braywick Rugby Club on Wednesday to 24 teams from across the country, for the ISA National U16 Rugby Sevens tournament.
Congratulations to Salesian, Queen Ethelburga’s, St James, Heathfield, Rookwood and North Cestrian for making it to the finals, and to Salesian for just pipping QE's in the main event. Final results
Dan Boorman, PE Teacher at Claires Court said: “Not only did we have fantastic weather, but some brilliant rugby. Our team did really well making the last four but unfortunately got knocked out in the semis. A testament to their overall performance was that earlier in the tournament they beat the team that won!”
Exploring Texture and Pattern
As part of their project on Pattern and Texture, the Claires Court Year 8 boys explored the Oxford Museums recently.
Junior Boys have a busy week
Other news from around the School