Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 3|Summer Term 2015

Information correct as at Friday 8 May 2015 3pm



This week has seen the seasonal change in our school population as our Year 12s go on study leave and, more pertinently for the Senior GIrls Bulletin, our Year 11s had their final day in School as whole year group.

For a number of years now we have tried to make their final day very special and this year was no exception. After final administrative tasks, non-alcoholic fizz was served with strawberries, and Form Tutors made their presentation to each girl with their own personal certificate. Barbecue lunch in fancy dress was followed by the annual Pupils v Staff rounders match... no guessing what the result was! Read more >>>


During this four-day week, we have been focusing on the Learning Essential of Risk Taking. In assembly on Tuesday, I talked to the girls about taking risks in their learning as well as in life. I also spoke about the differences between healthy and dangerous risks. In learning, it is important to ‘have a go’ even if the answer is wrong. This is how we learn. I introduced the girls to Helen Keller. Well… I say ‘introduced’, I actually didn’t tell them anything about her. I invited them to research her and what she is famous for. Emily Terry was the first person to tell me about her and what amazing success she had in the face of adversity. Read more >>>


This week we have been looking at life cycles of frogs and the children have created some great puppets, masks and life cycle charts, and hopped around the rooms pretending to be these jumpy creatures. The pond is alive with water life and the children are fascinated by all the movement and development of the newts, tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and water boatmen, to name but a few This week has seen the seasonal change in our school population as our Year 12s go on study leave and, more pertinently for the Senior GIrls Bulletin, our Year 11s had their final day in School as whole year group.Read more >>>



In response to pupils' requests, Mrs Burdett will be running a revision class for her maths group on Tuesday 26 May (during half term) from 10am till 1pm. An email has been sent home to parents with details. Please email her to confirm your daughter's attendance. Please email Mrs Burdett on


Prior to the start of term in September, the Outdoor Education department is running a 'Learn to Sail and Improve Sailing' course. This is a two day residential course based at the 2012 Olympic venue and home to the British Sailing Team. Costs will be kept to a minimum and are expected to be approximately £135. Full information and letters can be found on our website


PARKING IN THE COACH BAY! Please could we remind parents that they must not park in the coach bay at any time during the school day. In the morning and after school this area may be used to drop off/pick up children only and your vehicle must not be left unattended.

TEMPEST PHOTOS - don't forget to place your order!

The Sports Teams and Year 11 Year Group photographs are still on display in the Atrium and the order forms are available to collect from the School Office. The Year 6 Girls Class Photograph is on display in their classroom and the girls have been given their order form to take home. We have extended the deadline until Tuesday 12 May as the order is being collected on Wednesday at 8.30am. The Whole School Photo will hopefully be available on-line next week.


*26 May - Year 11 Set 1 Maths Revision Session (emailed home to relevant parents)


Tues 12 May - Nursery Class Photos All children are invited to attend for the morning.

Mon 18 May - Years 7 - 9 exams commence

Tues 19 May - Year 8 HPV (and any Years 8 - 11 catch-up MMR vaccinations, by prior arrangement with Mrs Fowke).

Monday 25 - Friday 29 May - HALF TERM

Tues 26 May - Year 11 Set 1 Maths Revision with Mrs Burdett 10am - 1pm.


Reception girls send letters to Princess Charlotte! See the website for more details!


" The Arabian Night Summer Ball" is now only 5 weeks away. The last three tables are still available and we are happy to take booking of 10/12 guests or pairs or smaller groups. Tickets are £65pp, contact us via email to book. In addition to this we are looking for some creative volunteers to help dress the marquee and tables on Friday 12 June all day (during school hours) at the Ridgeway site. If you can help, please email Gill Towell. It will be a fun day with lunch and drinks provided ! Please do get involved if you can.


** SUMMER SPECIAL PRICING** at Holiday Club and Sports Club…. now from £25 per day!

Be part of the ‘Holiday Club Go Green’ theme week this May half-term from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May at the College Avenue sites now from just £25 per day – see Pricing & Booking for more details. Join Sports Club at the Thicket site for two days Athletics Skills Development on Tue 26 & Wed 27, and two days Cricket Skills Development on Thu 28 & Fri 29. Again, all starting at the same great price per day of £25 – see Programme & Booking for more details.

Visit our website for calendars, programmes and booking for both clubs.

TRIPS (*Letter sent home this week)

*Tues 12 May - Year 5 to Maple Lodge Sewage Treatment Works, Rickmansworth - the consent form was due by today Friday 8 May.

13 May - Year 8 Salters' Festivals of Chemistry, consent form is due by 6 May.

*Wed 13 May - Reception Girls visit to farm in Marlow. Please return the consent slip on Monday.

18, 19 and 22 May - Nursery trips to Junior Boys - each Nursery has received a letter regarding their date for the trip! Please return the consent slip to your Nursery Leader by Friday 8 May.

Wed 20 May - Year 6 to British Museum - a letter will follow.

21 - 22 May National Schools' Regatta - please return the slip and booking form by Friday 15 May.

Language Trips (all booking forms, deposit and passport copies were due to be returned by today, 1 May with a deposit of £150!)

18 - 23 October: French Language Trip to Normandy (current Years 9/10). Last chance for deposits and Passport copies.

18 - 22 October: Spanish Language Trip to Salamanca (current Years 9/10) This trip is now FULL.

18 - 22 October: German Trip to Munich (Current Years 8/9/10). Last chance for deposits and Passport copies.


Poetry Joust Competition

Years 7 and 8 were treated to poetry workshops this week, exploring the issues surrounding the signing of the Magna Carta. Poet Philip Wells, who led the sessions, is encouraging entries to a competition run by the Magna Carta Trust's 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee. Winners will be invited to perform their poem in person at the Magna Carta 800th River Relay in June. Poems must be submitted by 16 May and may be done so online, here.


Visit the schoolsports website for all details of teams, venues travel arrangements.


Tuesday 12 May - Years 8 & 10 Team Tennis v St Mary's School, Ascot, away. Meet in Reception at 3.50pm. See sports board for more information.

Wednesday 13 May - Year 8 Team Tennis v Charters School, Sunningdale, away. Meet in Reception at 2.50pm. See sports board for more information.


Sailing Results: Last Saturday the sailing team competed in the British Schools Hoad Shield against 16 other teams. Across the day the boys competed in 12 races, winning 8 and finishing 5th overall with 2 of the teams finishing above them selected for the youth world championships. A great result.

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