Claires Court Bulletin



While we appreciate that there is limited parking, please could we ask that parents and students respect our neighbours when parking at and around all our school sites and treat them as you would like to be treated. Thank you.

Reception and Year 1 parents who use the 'Kiss and Drop', on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon, could we kindly ask you to not enter the car park until 3.15pm. We have to keep the area clear for as long as possible in case of emergencies. Thank you for your cooperation.


What a week!! It has been arguably one of our most successful weeks in school this year. Boys have been solving problems, tackling challenges, creating and running complex event and procedures, making electricity, dramatising poetry…….. the list is endless!! In our quest to produce more resilient and independent free thinkers, we have really triumphed.

So, in a week where you voted with your feet to have the Heads Words and not a blog, I will celebrate it by writing very little!!! Please just click on this link here to discover lots of photos that have been taken of our endeavours. The boys have surprised us with some of their lateral thinking, and we have purposely taken them out of their learning comfort zone!!

My final duty this half term is to inform you of the positive progress that Susan Payne has made. Yesterday, Susan walked, albeit with a zimmerframe, the length of her hospital ward. This is the first time she has been able to take more than 3 or 4 steps. The staff room was overjoyed on hearing this news as I am sure you all will be. Although still extremely ill, she remains an inspiration to us all.

I am going (with approx 4 million other Brits it would appear!) to Cornwall this week to see if I can still stand up on a surfboard. I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable half term break with your families.

Justin Spanswick

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Summer Fete on Saturday 25 June

This year the theme of our fete is 'The Great Outdoors', a theme inspired by the allotment and bushcraft projects the PTA have recently supported.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to take a stall at this year’s event please contact me at We are also looking for a number of raffle prizes. If you are able to contribute something please contact me at the same address.

Please click here for the ticket order form.

Payment can be made by cash or cheque with the accompanying order form to the school office. If you pay online then please remember to send in your prize draw entry to the school office as it also assists us with how many tickets you require. Cheques should be made payable to Claires Court and Ridgeway Society.


As mentioned last week there is a hive of activity throughout the school and not just on the cricket pitch. Year 4 enjoyed a wonderful 24 hours of Outward Bound last Friday and really appreciated the chance to participate in a rich programme of outdoor education whilst creating lots of treasured memories with their friends. The activities involved sailing, raft building, kayaking and camping overnight in the school grounds. Great fun was had by all and there were some very tired faces leaving school on Saturday morning, and that was just the staff!!

This week has been Pupil Problem Solving Week and all age groups have been attempting different challenges in their PE lessons from inventing their own games and challenging their peers, to tug of war and Mr Pennington’s two man t-shirt race.

Last Saturday saw our U11A team travel to St Benedict’s T10 Cricket Tournament. The pupils played several matches throughout the day winning an impressive three out of four against High Wycombe CC and two seperate St Benedict teams. Special mention must go to Tom Molhoek scoring 27 from just 22 deliveries. On Tuesday we took 6 U9 teams to play against Gayhurst with Haider-Ali Baig and Prabhan Kang impressing with the bat and Toby Giles with some excellent bowling.

Please can I remind all pupils that they must wear their blazer and cap when they represent the school at a cricket fixture.

Nick Butterfield


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This week in chess we have been focusing on how to notate our games. Notation is an important skill as it not only allows us to replay move for move our greatest victories, but it also, perhaps far more importantly, gives us the opportunity to review our defeats and thus learn from our mistakes. Painful though this latter experience can be, it is an essential step in becoming a better chess player and indeed, a stronger and wiser individual.

We will be encouraging the boys to notate all of their games for the remainder of the school year and I hope to laminate some perfectly recorded games and display them on the Chess notice board. Speaking of said notice board, the pictures (and medals) from EPSCA are now on display, and the trophies earned in Bristol have joined the already massed ranks of awards on the landing. May there be many more to come.

Berkshire Schools Jamboree time

If you have had a parental permission form regarding one (or both) of the two Berkshire jamborees coming up on the 8th and 14th of June, please could you make sure that this is returned soon. Thank you.

The CCJB Summer tournament

The date for the tournament has been set for Monday 4th July. Entry forms will be available soon.

Richard Hogg


Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June HALF TERM

Monday 6 June - ISA Athletics@TVAC 3pm - 5.30pm. Boys will be invited to attend.

Wednesday 8 June - U11 Chess Jamboree at The Abbey School, Reading

Thursday 9 June - Ski Trip meeting for parents of boys in our current Year 4 and 5 and for those boys in Year 6 who are moving up to CCSB.

Thursday 9 June - Year 5 visit Senior Boys for a Taster event


Monday 13 June, Tuesday 14 June and Thursday 16 June - Reception parents evening

Monday 13 June - Y5 Swimming Gala 9.30am - 10.30am. Tea, coffee and croissants will be available from 9am for those coming to support.

Monday 13 June -17 June - Healthy Eating Week

Monday 13 June - Y3 have a visit from the Vikings!

Thursday 16 June - Travelling Book Fair (More details to follow in due course)

Thursday 16 June - Reception to Year 4 Parents evening from 4pm

Friday 17 June - Year 4 Chembakolli Day

Friday 17 June - Reception - Year 2 Swimming Gala 9.30am - 11am. Tea, coffee and croissants will be available from 9am for those coming to support.


Friday 10 June - Y5 are off to Windsor to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea Party. Mr Wilding will be sending letters to all Year 5 parents once the arrangements for the day have been confirmed.

Friday 10 June - Sunday 12 June - U11 North Devon Cricket Tour.

Friday 17 June - Sunday 19 June - U10 Isle of Wight Cricket Tour.



Please note that due to cricket tours and bushcraft events there will be no Athletics after school on Friday 10 June and Friday 17 June. You may collect your son at the end of school or they can go down to the College site for After School Care.


Mrs Hankin and Mrs Hine (and hopefully a few others if they can be persuaded!) are taking part in the Pretty Muddy run in June. It's a muddy run with lots of obstacles. The money we raise will be donated to Myeloma UK . We have selected this charity to show our support for Mrs Payne during her illness. If anyone would like to make a donation please could they send money into the school office in an envelope marked 'Pretty Muddy'.

Thank you, Mrs Hankin.


Our whole school photo is available to view in our entrance hall and you are able to order copies for yourselves using the order instruction sheet which has gone home with boys today. You can view and order your photographs by following the instructions below (images can take 7 – 10 days to be loaded from the day of photography).

Go to -

Enter the name of your event into the search box – Claires Court

Enter your Password - burgundy

Orders can be delivered to CCJB at no extra cost but there will be a delivery charge for those being delivered to home addresses. The orders have to be placed direct with Tempest. We are not collecting orders in the school office .


A reminder to complete the online form if you wish to opt-in to the Fees Refund Scheme, for your child from September . Responses required by 4 June 2016. Further information available on the website.


From ‘Au revoir les enfants’ to ‘Reservoir dogs’


Our Rabbit winners this week are Jasper Boyd (1G) and Daniel Petrik (2Y). Jasper has consistently been his best self for a considerable period of time and this week he has been spotted helping lots of his friends in the playground. Daniel has also impressed his teachers with his polite, kind and good nature around school, and during Pupil problem Solving Week he has been an outstanding collaborator. Both boys are worthy winners of the Rabbit this week,


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – May half-term holiday (Tue 31 May to Fri 3 Jun)

Limited availability – so book now to join a cultural ‘World of Sport’ week this coming holiday!

Older children can still take part in Sport Xtra Cricket as well as Kool Xtra Cookery and Textiles.

>> click for more details on What’s on May half-term and booking.