Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin No8 - Lent Term 2016

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 4 March 2016



Did you know that Tuesday 8th March is International Women’s Day.... and this year's campaign theme is Pledge for Parity?

Amongst many things this week has been World Book Week, and Thursday was World Book Day and our vibrant library team, led by Paula Copeman, has been encouraging us to get into the minds of an author. This culminated in a visit from Eleanor Wood, author of My Secret Rock Star Boyfriend, who gave an enlivening assembly on Thursday.

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

This week has been our 3for3 Charity Week. The girls have organised and participated in a number of fundraising activities to raise money for our 3 chosen charities: Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, Thames Valley Hospice and Helen & Douglas House. In Tuesday’s assembly, four Sixth Formers presented their fundraising activity (a fun run on Monday 7th March) to the Girls. It has been wonderful to see the acts of kindness from the girls, many of which have been new and innovative ideas to raise money for those who are suffering.

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The children enjoyed their “World Book Day” experience of dressing up in their favourite book character costume and many thanks for the donations which totalled £30.00 and will go to our 3 for 3 charities. The children all have a £1.00 book token for spending in their favourite bookshop.

Nursery classes have been busy creating pictures of their families and some lovely displays have been put up in their rooms.

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Evidence-based education – The performance of children in Independent Schools places them 2 years ahead of their state school peers.


Saturday 5 March - U14/16/18 ISA National Netball Finals/Show Jumping BCA

Tuesday 8 March - Open Morning 9.30am-11.30am/Y11 Girls Parents' Evening 6.00pm/Joint Junior Girls/Boys Concert 7.00pm start


Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers

We are still collecting these. Please send vouchers into the School Office. Thankyou.

Show Jumping - BCA Saturday 5 March

Good Luck to Lily Arnold, Hannah Hickson, Emily Richardson-Scarfe, Charlotte Webster and Velvet Noone who are competing for the Claires Court Riding Team tomorrow.

Charity Fun Run - Monday 7 March

The Year 12 BTEC Sport group are organising a charity Fun Run to raise money for 3for3. This will take place on Monday 7 March from 3.30-5.00pm on the College Ave sports field and all Girls from Years 3-11 and Sixth Form are invited to take part. Dress up in your favourite costume, pay £2.50 to enter and have a great time with your friends! As the money goes to charity why not ask your family or friends to sponsor you per lap? THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT 3FOR3

Y10 French Controlled Assessments - Monday 14 March

Mrs Lattimer would like to remind all the girls in Y10 French that their first written controlled assessment for GCSE will take place on Monday 14 March during lesson time. They have been preparing for this and have all the information that they need to complete it. Please use your time wisely to learn it thoroughly.

Sports Team/Y6/Y11 Whole Class Photos - Tuesday 15 March

Please note that your daughter will need to have in school her full team kit. Y6 and Y11 whole class photos are also on the same day and girls will need to be in their winter uniform (blazers please) and with hair tied back. Ask them to bring a hairbrush.

Congratulations to Y11 Girls

Just to say well done girls on achieving a 90% pass rate in the IGCSE English Language.


Can we please point out once again that the double yellow lines and the coach bay are a 'KISS AND DROP' only. There have been numerous occasions when coaches were unable to get into the School because of unattended vehicles.


Saturday 19 March - Easter Egg Hunt

We've been made aware that there are a couple of sporting events that clash with our Easter Event, but that some children who are attending these are still keen to enter our Egg Drop and Design a Sweet Competitions. As a result, all entries will be happily received this year, as long as they are in by Friday 11th March. Just to remind you that first prize for the Egg Drop Competition is two tickets to The Chocolate Factory, where you can go along and create your own chocolate treats. The winner of the Design a Sweet Competition will win a giant chocolate Egg.

If you are planning on joining us for the Easter Event on the 19th March then we'd be grateful if you could purchase tickets in advance so we can accurately cater for the day.

As you are all aware, the success of these events is down to the support we get from parents. We are after volunteers on the tea tent, handing out chocolate prizes, running our tombola, setting up and clearing up. If you are able to offer even half an hour of your time then please contact Lynne Peach ( who will add you to the rota.

Our attentions are already turning towards our Summer Fete on 25th June. If you have a business that you would like to advertise in our programme, or you would like to take a stall at this year’s event, then please contact Julie Van Vuuren (

Nearly New Uniform Sales

Tuesday 15 March 3pm-5pm CCSG Dining Room

Saturday 25 June Summer Fete - CCJB

We accept uniform throughout the year please drop at the Claires Court Girls School Office. If donated just mark on the bag, or if you wish to sell clothes please find the information and on the PTA page.


Great Gatsby Ball - 14 May 2016

We now have reservations for well over 400 people for the annual ball, quite amazing! If you have reserved a table you have until 1st April to pay. If you would still like a table please let us know and we can add you to the waiting list

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HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – Easter holiday (Tue 29 Mar to Fri 8 Apr)

Holiday Club is journeying through space for the first week of the holiday with an exciting visiting astronomer, a chance to escape from the Death Star and join in 'Earth Hour' day. Our second week brings spring with seed planting, as well as a visit from a real Nature Detective! Xtra activities for older children include themed Cookery, Crafts, Science and Art. All available to extend from 8am to 6pm and a hot lunch option – based at the Junior/Senior Girls Site.

Sports Club have five days of activities for all boys and girls in Year 3 and above. Develop skills in batting, bowling and fielding with Cricket courses in the first week. Join in a range of sports, including track and field athletics in the second, with Olympic Sport days. Available to extend from 8am to 5pm – based at the Junior Boys Site.


LAMDA EXAMINATIONS - Reply slips to be returned by Friday 18 March.

Tuesday 8 March - Next LAMDA session

Monday 25/Tuesday 26 April - Individual rehearsals in the Chapel (class teachers will be informed of the times).

Wednesday 27/Thursday 28 April - LAMDA examinations.


Monday 7 March - Final auditions taking place in the Chapel at lunchtime.

Monday 6 June - Closing date for Senior Girls to send in their poster entries for the production.


Tuesday 8 March 7pm: CCJG/CCJB Joint Concert

This is our biannual concert involving both schools. Please join us for an evening of music making involving all girls in Years 5-6 and choir members in Years 3-4. An invitation has been sent home to all those involved and pupils should be brought to the Junior Boys site at 6.30 pm on the evening. Refreshments for parents will be available in the Sports Hall on the mezzanine between 6.30 -7.00 pm. Activities will still run and normal after school arrangements apply. There is no transport to Junior Boys available from College Avenue.


World Book Day 2016

Free £1 Book Token

All Claires Court pupils received their free £1 World Book Day Book Token this week which can be exchanged for one of ten, specially produced £1 books or redeemed against any purchase from participating bookshops. The Book Token is valid until 27 March, so use it, don’t lose it! For a list of the new £1 books available this year, see

Design a Book Token Competition

As part of our celebrations for World Book Day this month we are asking our readers and artists to take part in a national competition to design a book-themed National Book Token. A panel of judges will select a winner and runner-up in each of three age categories: up to 8 years, 9–12 years and 13–16 years. Plus one overall winner could see their design turned into a real National Book Token and distributed to bookshops nationwide in time for Christmas! Come and see the Librarians during Book Club for a book token template or download it here. Closing date for school entries: Friday 17th March. See the World Book Day website for more information.



Monday 7 March - Y7 Rushall Farm - please note revised date

Wednesday 16 March - Y7 Faraday Challenge - consent slip Wednesday 9 March

Thursday 17 March - Y7/8 Big Bang Show - consent slip Wednesday 9 March

Monday 24 - Friday 28 October - Y8-11 Hockey Tour to Barcelona - consent slip Friday 18 March


MFL trips to Bordeaux, Cologne and Salamanca - consent slip and deposit please by Wednesday 9 March. Further details of what we will get up to are available from your teacher or have a look at previous years' videos via the link on the on the hub.


TEAM PHOTOS - Tuesday 15 March

Sports team photos taking place - please ensure that your daughter has her full team kit for this day.


Saturday 5 March

ISA U14 Netball tournament - letter has been handed out with all information

Tuesday 8 March

U13a Hockey v Holyport 'a' 4.30pm start - pick up from Braywick astro at 5pm

U16 Hockey v Newlands, 5pm start - pick up - from Braywick astro at 5.30pm

U18 Netball v Upton Court – Home 4.15pm start - pick up at 5.15pm

Wednesday 9 March

U11a&b Hockey v Highfield 4pm start - pick up at 5pm from Braywick astro at 5pm

U13 a Netball v Newlands & Altwood, meet in atrium at 4pm, matches start at 4.15pm & 4.55pm - pick up from Furze Platt School at 5.15pm

U13b Netball v Dedworth, meet in atrium at 4pm, match starts at 4.55pm - pick up from Furze Platt School at 5.15pm

U18 Netball v Reading Blue Coats 'c' Away 2.30pm start - pick up from CCSG at 4.15pm

Thursday 10 March

U14 Hockey v LVS, meet at 4pm in atrium, 4.45pm start - pick up from school at 6.15pm.

U12 B & C Netball v Furze Platt, Away 4.15 start - pick up from Furze Platt at 5pm



U18B v Leighton Park A - Lost 28 - 15

Y7A v Altwood Won 15 - 0

Y7A v Holyport Won 5 -1

Y7B v Charters B Lost 4-5

Y7B v Dedworth won 2-1

Junior Girls Spring Concert