Claires Court Bulletin
FROM THE HEADS OF SIXTH FORM
There is very little for us to say this week except to wish our students all the best for a cautious half term break. The majority of students have much work to do in preparing for examinations beginning on the first day back, or for assignments for coursework and BTEC units. However, do find some time to relax and refresh yourself as the hard work leading up to final GCE exams will be building up over the next 3 months. Perhaps this is a useful time to remind parents that anything but the briefest of holidays during the Easter break is not recommended for Sixth Form students if they hope to achieve their grades in May/June.
STUDENTS VISIT AUSCHWITZ
Tom and I are both studying A Level history and were recently given an amazing opportunity by ‘The Holocaust Education Trust’ to attend two seminars, meet a Holocaust survivor and visit the infamous extermination camp: Auschwitz.
We visited the camp on the 4th of February and spent just under seven hours on the Auschwitz site. We had the opportunity to go inside one of the few gas chambers that was not destroyed by the Nazis before the liberation. We also saw the barracks where those who were not selected to be killed stayed, as well as a disturbing exhibition set up by the museum which contained collections of the victims belongings (for example shoes and suitcases) which we both found particularly upsetting. The Camp was vast and the experience was quite surreal, we were shocked by what we saw that day and both struggled to comprehend the horrors of what had happened on the site where we stood. It was a cold day and in our thick warm coats we found ourselves questioning how an individual could manage to survive in the rags they wore. We both found the experience extremely emotional, harrowing and feel we have gained a much greater appreciation and understanding of the awful treatment Jews endured during the Second World War. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity, and were both left feeling passionate about sharing what we have learnt, and hope that over the next few weeks we will have the opportunity to educate other students via both assemblies and lessons.
Lauren Walters and Thomas Williams, Year 12
A provisional timetable for the final external exams in May/June has also been posted to help students and staff with planning. Once all entries have been made this will be checked, and revised if necessary, before making it available to parents. However it may help parents to know that the first AS exams will be on Monday 16 May, and the last A2 exam is on Wednesday 29 June 2016.
YOUNG ENTERPRISE TRADE FAIR
On Saturday 6 February the Claires Court Young Enterprise company, Critical Clothing, participated in the YE Trade Fair with eleven other Berkshire and Buckinghamshire school teams at the Queensmere Shopping Centre in Slough selling their branded
t-shirts and sweatshirts. The five man Year 12 team worked on a roster and the boys selected to speak to the judges at midday were Scott Bunce and Frank Gibson. The three judges, who included the Manager of M&S in Slough, a senior executive from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Manager of Hinds Jewellers in Slough, were impressed by the boys’ knowledge and selling technique and one of the judges in particular awarded them ten out of ten on several of the ten different YE judging criteria. Despite a very good showing – and sales of several shirts – the team were up against some tough competition and just failed to make the top three teams on the day. This was the second of three trade fairs, the first having been in Maidenhead in January, and the boys have some great ideas for improving their showing at the final trade fair in Windsor at the King Edward Court on 5 March. The culmination of this year’s competition will be the YE SWiM Area Final at the O2 Head Office in Slough on Tuesday 22 March and the boys are determined to keep up the Claires Court tradition of always winning at least one cup.
FANCY DRESS FUN RUN FOR 3 FOR 3
Mon 15 - Fri 19 Feb - HALF TERM
Mon 22 Feb - Mock GCE exams begin
Wed 24 Feb - Claires Court PTA AGM
Fri 26 Feb - Last day of mock exams
Thurs 10 Mar - Year 12 Parents Evening 6pm
Mon 7 Mar - BTEC Fancy Dress Fun Run for charity 3.30 - 5.00 pm
Mon 7 Mar - Senior Music Concert
Fri 11 Mar - Trip to Royal Holloway University Library (4 students only)
Fri 11 Mar - A2 Media Studies mock exam 2pm HM4
Mon 14 Mar - Year 12 to UCAS Higher Education Exhibition Guildford
Wed 16 Mar - AS Media Studies mock exam 2pm HM4
YEAR 13 DRAMA PRESENTATION
Noel Coward and admirer
Jordan Broatch as Noel Coward listens to compliments from his friend, played by Freddie Churchill.
The Black Dog
Sam Gipple representing the wild dark creature 'depression'.
The Cast and Director
The actors with Mrs Olivier.
UCAS HIGHER EDUCATION EXHIBITION
BUSINESS STUDIES DROP-IN SESSIONS -Change of day and time
CLAIRES COURT PTA AGM
U 18 A Claires Court defeated Reading Bluecoats 27-16. Victoria Saunders was player of the match in a well-conducted, competitive match.
Football (vs Salesians):
1st XI: Lost 2-0
2nd XI: Drew 2-2
3rd XI: Lost 1-0