Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 6 - Autumn Term 2015

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 16 October 2015



And there we are, first half of the term almost at a close... did I blink?

First of all my apologies for not committing thoughts to e-paper last week and I am indebted to Mrs Hawker for stepping into the breach. Independent School Inspections are pretty full on affairs and team inspectors get little opportunity but to live and breathe the school they are in. This is as it should be, as the report that is published, is important to the school and to parents current and prospective who read it. I’m not allowed to say which school was being inspected, nor to comment on what I saw and experienced but such visits always give me food for thought, and an opportunity to reflect upon what we do at Claires Court.

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“Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

I was reminded recently just how important it is to focus on the process (learning) and not the end result. For the pieces of art which were created by a number of our Junior Girls and which were then entered for the ISA Regional Art competition, we received 2 firsts, a second and 2 Highly Commended. However, the girls did not know their pieces were going to be entered, proving that if you focus on the process, the gold medal, the A*, the 1st place will be achieved.

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A big thank you goes to our local PCSO Michelle Turner and her police officer colleague Adrian who visited the Nursery on Tuesday to talk about their work and how the police are there to help and protect people. Mrs Ainsley and Mrs Duxbury were great sports and got dressed up in the oversized police mascot costumes to entertain the children. The message about helping and not being a threat to people was put over in a delightfully fun way and the children were confident in asking questions, though not necessarily relevant ones!

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Claires Court Fireworks 2015

Educating the heart...



A big thank you to the parents and teachers that helped us at the Fireworks last Saturday - we can't do it without you!

It is count down time !! Five weeks until the Fright Night Junior Girls and Boys Disco being held at Junior Girls. Tickets are selling so fast, please do not forget to return your raffle tickets and money. iPad mini and other prizes perfect for Christmas!! As we have mentioned the C word, Copas turkeys are offering to donate £5 to the PTA for every turkey ordered. When ordering please use the code CC14 and the money will be donated in January. Enjoy the half term


Thank you to everyone who has updated their REPORT PORTAL details following our letter sent by email. Please be advised, once we have received notifications any update requests are made manually for cross checking purposes. This process will take place over half-term. If you submitted a query regarding the log-in we will also respond during this time frame. Thank you for your patience.


The College Avenue School Office currently have the following items of lost property: a green gilet size 8 (left at the Fireworks last Saturday), an age 7 – 8 blue fleece with writing and animal motif, a salmon pink hoodie with ‘Princess’ on the front and an age 5 – 6 navy anorak.

Please contact the Office on 10628 411480. The items will be taken to a charity shop after half term.

Also two watches found and not claimed are with our school nurse, Mrs Fowke, for safe keeping.

NURSERY PHOTOS - Wednesday 11 November 8.30am

Please can all parents of Nursery children put this date in their diary - any child that doesn't normally attend on a Wednesday are still welcome to come in and have their photo taken.

GRADE CARDS - Senior Girls Y11

Year 11 Girls will be bringing home their half term Grade Card, a letter and information regarding 'Revision Tips' and their December 'Common Task Timetable' - please keep in a safe place.

PARENT EVENING - Senior Girls Y11 Tuesday 3 November

Appointment sheets have been emailed home and hard copy given to your daughter to enable her to make appointments for you to see subject teachers.


Wednesday 4 November 7.00pm - 8.30pm being held at Senior Boys. Please don’t forget to return the consent slip if you intend to come along to the talk by guest speaker, Mr Paul Hay. Thank you.

PARENTS EVENING Y10 Girls Wednesday 11 November

Appointment sheets have been emailed home and also given to your daughter to enable her to make appointments for you to see subject teachers.


Information is coming home tonight about this evening - if you wish to attend please complete the consent slip at the bottom of the letter.

SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING Thursday 26 November

Thursday 26 November - Advance notice for our Y11 parents to put the date in their diaries.


We know you found the GCSE Information Evening helpful, here's the presentation:


The School often runs activities and events that offer practical advice and guidance to parents, we now have a section on our website where you can find these articles, including the Year 7 Building Resilience Talk notes.



If your child is asthmatic and uses an inhaler please can parents ensure they supply a named and in date one to the School so it is readily available should the need arise. Please write on the medical form about the usage of inhalers for your child. Thank you.


Letters are being sent home about the opportunity for Year 1 & 2 children to have a nasal flu spray on Monday 9 November. Parents are requested to complete the consent form at the bottom of the letter and return to the school office before the 9 November. Thank you.

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Year 3 LAMDA

Is now under way - girls have now the pieces to work on at home. Please support your daughter in learning this in order to focus on the skills of delivery in sessions with Mrs Warren.


Start thinking about a poster design for this year’s production of ‘Christmas is Forever’ - prizes will be issued for the best poster and program front cover


All girls have been issued individual scripts and costumes need to be thought about!

All elves to wear red and green - be creative.

Elves will need a black coat and a pair of sunglasses.

Santas - in red please and substitute santa’s to mess it up a bit for example black beards, green coats (to look not like the real thing)


Whole Day Rehearsal Thursday 5 November 10-4 and Friday 6 November 10-4

Company Calls – letters have been sent home with the all the details.

Friday the 6 November 6pm

Saturday 6 November 6pm


Girls in years 9, 10 and 11 have the opportunity to see Blood Brothers in Windsor on Saturday the 21 November at 4pm. 30 places available and tickets only £13 absolute bargain!!! Letters to follow after half term.


Year 7 Accelerated Readers

All Year 7 pupils are now enrolled on the Accelerated Reader reading development programme and will have brought home information about both the scheme and the excellent AR BookFinder website: All parents and pupils can use this free online book-searching tool to find interesting and appropriate books quickly and easily, in the knowledge that there is an Accelerated Reader quiz available for each book.

Half time fun with the Children’s Laureate

Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and Reading author and performance poet AF Harrold will be at Chapter One Bookshop in Woodley at 11am and Waterstones Reading, Broad Street at 3pm on Monday, October 26 to perform several of their works. Ashley will perform some of the poems from Things You Find in a Poet's Beard, while Ottoline and Goth Girl author Chris, illustrates live. There is also a competition to win copies of their books here:

Travelling Book Fair

Date for your diary… Travelling Book Fair: 18-19 November 2015

On Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th November the Girls School will be hosting a Travelling Book Fair in the Senior Library. All students will be bringing home a letter after the half term inviting you to visit the Fair which will explain the safe and easy payment options available on the web site: This includes an excellent facility to purchase pre-paid book vouchers which may be redeemed at the Fair, or pay for books online, in advance. Come and start your Christmas shopping with us – every sale provides commission for free books for our Libraries!


The Scholarship programme for 2016 entry has now been released >>>


AUTUMN TERM - W/C 2 November

Tues 3 Nov Y11 Parents' Evening 6pm/Y13 'Safe Drive Stay Alive' Presentation

Wed 4 Nov Y9 Black Country Museum/Cyber Safety Talk to Parents 7pm CCSB

Thur 4 Nov Y5/Y6 Joint Hockey & Rugby Tour to Cornwall departs/Y5 & Y6 Enrichment Days/Open Morning 9.30am-11.30am/Y6 Art Workshop at CCJB/Y7-Y11 Senior Swim Gala 2pm

Fri 6 Nov Y10/Y11 GCSE RS Conference/Senior School 'Wandering the West End' at The Desborough Suite 7pm

Sat 7 Nov Senior School 'Wandering the West End' at The Desborough Suite 7pm

Sun 8 Nov Y5/Y6 Joint Hockey & Rugby Tour to Cornwall returns


Spaces are still available to join Holiday Club’s theme weeks - Best of British and Spooktacular Special… we’re at the Junior/Senior Girls site from Mon 19 to Fri 30 Oct. You can also book onto Sports Club’s Sports Taster Days and Rugby Masterclasses that are running at Junior Boys for the holiday. Go to for booking forms, programmes and activity highlights.



The MFL trips are departing on Sunday and parents can follow the German Trip on Facebook or Twitter

Fri 4 Dec - Lille Trip. Places still available. Consent form and payment by Friday 6 Nov


Thurs 5 - Sun 8 Nov - Y5 & 6 Joint Rugby/Hockey Tour final info letter with itinerary, kit list and medical form. Med form due by Mon 2 Nov

Wed 4 Nov - Y9 Black Country Museum - consent and payment by Mon 2 Nov

Wed 4 Nov - Young Enterprise Adobe office - consent by Mon 2 Nov

Fri 6 Nov - Y11 RS Candle Conference - consent and payment by Mon 2 Nov



Tues 3 Nov - Yr 7-9 swim gala, U12 a&b hockey v LVS at Braywick, 5.30pm pick up from Braywick

Wed 4 Nov - U18 hockey v Pangbourne, away 3pm start, pick up from school at 4.30pm

Thur 5 - Sun 8 Nov - Junior hockey tour

Please find some results from the U11 St Bernards netball tournament. The girls came 4th place overall.

CC 1 Coworth Flex 4

CC 1 Marist 7

CC 4 St Bernards 2

CC 0 Widford 2

CC 1 Widord 2

Sport Results Wednesday 14 October

U13 A netball v St Edwards 9-2 win

U13 B netball v Trevelyan 7-6 win

U18 hockey v LVS 2-1 win


Junior and Senior Girls now have their own TWITTER accounts

Jeans for Genes Day

The total raised this year was £1102.60 - big thank you to all.
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