Claires Court Bulletin
FROM THE HEAD'S DESK
I think back to October when Reception pupils visited my office to show me their single letter construction and I observed tentative steps towards understanding number bonds……. wind forward to this week where many of our 4 and 5 year olds came to show me their independently written four page essays, addition and subtraction of double and sometimes triple digit numbers - my word, how quickly they progress!
In fact, it has been a week of appreciation of our academic success as a whole. Whether it is Year 1 and their extension Maths work, Year 2’s learning of the Great Fire of London, Year 3 and their speedy times tables, Year 4 and their love (sometimes!) of fractions, Year 5 who have been tackling all sorts of comprehensions today, or Year 6’s preparation of their Mountains presentation in Geography, we have been very busy as a school, and a significant number of our Merit certificates this week were awarded for academic reasons.
I am delighted to inform you that we will be supporting two local charities again this year - The Link Foundation and Rosie’s Rainbow Fund. Please click onto the links to learn more about the fantastic work these organisations carry out. The boys are busy preparing for their cake sales, and for their sponsored event. Una Loughery who leads the Link Foundation will have a stand at our Under 10 Football Tournament next Friday so feel free to pop into the mezzanine for a chat. Some of our boys are doing individual fundraisers - Joseph Brittain, one of the leading tennis players for his age group in the country is donating a pound for every tennis match he wins between now and September…..if his performances last year are anything to go by, Joseph could end up giving our charities a lot of money!! Thank you Joseph for such a selfless and generous gesture.
The boys have also been perfecting their fine motor control of a pen or pencil for the annual Handwriting competition. Mrs Thomson told the boys in assembly this morning that the standard this year is the highest she has ever seen. We are hoping to have results in a few weeks once the judges have been able to work through the 270 pieces of writing!
My picture of the week is that of two boys who I snapped snapping for their photography project in Art - Mr Goddard has been piloting a slightly unusual approach to his Key Stage 2 Art lessons this term, where the boys are able to choose their media, materials, and genres with very few constraints…….and some of the outcomes have been quite dazzling.
At the PTA AGM last night, I was reminded of the outstanding contributions our parents and The Parents Society make to this school. I hope to update you very soon on some of the purchases that we are intending to make to enrich the experiences of our boys even further.
I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend, we may even see a bit of sunshine!
Working on their Art project for Mr Goddard.
The topic in year 1 is sea life so boys in Mrs Holder's class decorated their glasses in their Art lesson this week.
The Principals are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Margaret Heywood to the role of Head of Senior Girls with effect from September 2017.
Mrs Heywood, has considerable leadership experience within our organisation, most recently as Assistant Head with responsibility for pastoral care at Senior Girls. She also has experience as a Claires Court parent with two daughters passing from Nursery through to Sixth Form with us.
We are delighted that Mrs Heywood will be taking the lead role for this division and continuing to develop the good work she has initiated to inspire our girls to achieve further success. She will be working closely alongside the existing team at College Avenue (as below), all reporting directly to James Wilding as Academic Principal:
Mrs Sheena Wilding, Head of Nursery
Miss Leanne Barlow, Head of Junior Girls
Mr Andy Giles, Head of Sixth Form
NOTES AND TO DO
- We are collecting 'Active Kids' Sainsburys vouchers up to the end of June 2017. Please donate any vouchers you have from your shopping and post them in the box on the fireplace in the entrance hall. Thank you.
- As it is Pancake Day on Tuesday we will be serving pancakes as the dessert instead of the normal cheesecake.
Sunday 26 February - Judo Tournament and grading.
Monday 27 February - Fairtrade Fortnight (see separate heading for information)
Wednesday 1 March - Y6 3for3 Cake Sale
Wednesday 1 March - U10 Football photos. Please remember clean kit.
Wednesday 1 March - Parents Internet Safety Talk by Paul Hay 7pm CCJB Mezzanine
Thursday 2 March - Internet Safety workshops for boys in Y3 - Y6
Thursday 2 March - World Book Day. Pupils will be able to dress up as their favourite book character and encouraged to bring in the book that their character is from.
Thursday 2 March - Fair Trade snacks for morning break. All children need to bring in a Fair Trade snack from home for morning break. No break will be sold during the morning this Thursday and the following Thursday 9 March. Please remember, however, that no Fair Trade nuts are allowed on site so please check the ingredients of any Fair Trade bar if that is your chosen snack.
Thursday 2 March - Y5 and Y6 go to CCJG to meet author Ali Sparkes. An email has been sent today regarding this event.
Friday 3 March - Y5 3for3 cake sale
Friday 3 March - U10 Football Tournament midday onwards
Friday 3 March - Sports Scholarships at Senior Boys (Second Round)
Saturday 4 March - EPSCA Chess U11 and U9 teams all day at Gateway School
Saturday 4 March - ISA Cross Country Competition Y4 - Y6. Boys who are taking part have been notified.
BULLETIN AND TRAVEL SURVEY
We would like to thank all parents who responded to these surveys. The feedback received was extremely helpful and we are now following up on your comments and suggestions. Watch this space for further news…..
Our Annual Easter Event is being held on Saturday 18th March between 12-2pm. This year the theme is Alice in Wonderland. As well as the Easter trail, where you answer the clues to win a chocolate prize, there is a competition to make a hat for the Mad Hatter. Further details of the event here.
There is a PTA meeting for committee members to discuss the Easter Hunt on Wednesday 8 March 7.30pm.
Tickets (wristbands) are now on sale from the school office. If you pay online through the payportal still submit your ticket order form so we know if there are any vegetarians etc.
As always the success of these events relies on volunteers, please let us know if you can help for an hour or more on the day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link to add your name to the rota.
Mad Hatter Competition ...You can win one of two Amazon vouchers by making a 'mad hat'.
Bake Off Challenge .... We shall see which budding baker can bake and decorate the best cake,biscuit, muffin or anything to do with Alice in Wonderland theme. There are two classes of entry. Nursery - Year 2 and Year 3 - Year 6. The prize for each of these two classes is a large chocolate egg.
ALL ENTRIES FOR THE COMPETITIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE RELEVANT TABLE BY 12.30PM ON THE DAY, AND ENTRIES MUST HAVE NAME, SCHOOL (NURSERY, CCJB, CCJG) AND CLASS.
Click here for more information.
FROM THE SPORTS MASTER
In PE and Games lessons this half term Reception and Year 1 have moved onto looking at improving their football skills as well as their overall coordination. While Year 2-6 are covering net and wall games in PE.
Year 4 played Chesham Prep on Tuesday. The pick of the results was the U9B team winning 5-1. This was a great send off for Mr Grose who will be away for a couple of weeks. Mr Blakeley senior will now be looking after his team.
On Wednesday the U10s travelled to Caldicot. The U10A team gained their second win against this tough opposition. The U11s hosted Chesham Prep and U11B gained a 1-1 draw. Today the U10s were hosting St Paul’s and I will report on these matches next week.
Head of Sport
FROM THE CHESS MASTER
LENT TERM CHESS TOURNAMENT 2017
The Annual Lent Term Chess Competition will take place on Monday, 27 March 2017 between 2.00pm and 6.00pm. It is open to chess players of any standard from years 2-6. Entry fee is £2 with the money going towards our 3 for 3 charities. Winners and runners up in the U11 and U9 sections win cups. The highest scorer in each year group wins a medal. All participants win certificates and have a lot of fun.
Entry forms are pinned to the chess notice board or can be found here.
Sunday 12 February saw Claires Court hosting a four team Under 11 match between Sussex, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Maidenhead. The Maidenhead team included the following Claires Court boys- Téo Rybak, Nayan Popat, Hou Ning (Kida) Zhu, Josh Sharma and Moksha Suriarachchi. Congratulations to Josh, Moksha and Kida who were all playing up an age group. The match was incredibly close with Sussex (headed by Mr Tuck) only just coming out on top.
DELANCEY CHESS CHALLENGE
Whilst we are three rounds down in our internal Delancey qualifier, Mr Dennis is running another Delancey qualifying tournament tomorrow (Saturday 25 Feb). This tournament offers boys another chance to qualify directly for the Megafinal. The club programme can be found by clicking on the link Maidenhead Junior Chess Club
HANDY CHESS LINKS
I have been asked again to provide some handy links to chess websites that provide boys with the chance to practise. The two sites below provide the tools to have a go at various endgames and to play against opponents online (as well as keeping up with developments in the world of chess.
A FINAL WORD...
Very well done to those boys who went off to Swindon to play in the West of England Championship on Saturday 18 February. This offered an excellent taste of some really competitive chess. Moksha Suriarachchi, Josh Sharma and Hou Ning (Kida) Zhu all took part and did well. Kida came third in the Under 9 section - a fine achievement as he is not yet 8!
Well done boys - Keep putting in the hard work and you will earn the rewards!
MUSIC AND DRAMA NEWS
Please note that lessons are subject to times/days altering so it is imperative that you check the timetable regularly thus ensuring boys have their music and/or instrument in school on the correct day.
Mr Hastings - Guitar lessons
Boys involved in the concert will need to bring their guitar on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in order to rehearse at morning break.
BOOKS AND BUSHCRAFT
Early reminder for our popular Year 5 Lads and Dads, Books and Bushcraft event is Friday 17 March - lookout for a personalised invite from your sons coming home today via boy post along with some information on the importance of male reading role models. Invitation
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
Your son has been given a Scholastic Book Club catalogue to bring home. There is no pressure to order but if you would like to please complete the order form and return to the school office with your payment by Friday 3 March. Please note we do not accept CASH for Scholastic orders. You may pay by cheque or by card.
WORLD BOOK DAY
Every year, the world gets together to celebrate the joy of reading on World Book Day and here at CCJB, we are no different. Every boy will receive a £1 book token on Monday that can be redeemed in all good bookshops for one of the specially published books or money off any other book in the bookshop. The library will be decorated and fun activities held during library lessons and library club all next week.
Boys and Girls in Years 5 and 6 will be meeting Children's author Ali Sparkes on Thursday 2 March at the College site as part of these celebrations in the afternoon. We will be back in time for normal afternoon pick up/activities.
3for3 Charity Fundraising
Here are the dates for the 3for3 cake sale days and sponsored event.
Year 6 Wednesday 1 March
Year 5 Friday 3 March
Year 4 Wednesday 8 March
Year 3 Wednesday 15 March
Year 2 Monday 27 March
R and Y1 Tuesday 21 March
Whole School 3 for 3 sponsored walk - Friday 24 March
Please be reminded all unlabelled i.e. home made cakes and biscuits being sold for 3for3 week will require an allergen label. We have a strict 'No Nut' policy here at Claires Court therefore please do not bring in anything homemade or manufactured which contains nuts or is processed in an environment which has nuts.
The labels can be downloaded from our website
Zack is a thoughtful pupil who aided another pupil in his year group by giving his time to talk to him to calm him down and help him sort out his problem. All these boys are worthy winners of the Rabbit award this week.
Cooking up some maths
Year 6 have been learning about ratio and proportion in their maths lessons this week, and practised this with some cookery >>>
Feb half-term fun
Holiday Activities travelled the globe >>>
Our Junior Boys are training for The School of Traditional Karate's National Tournament on Saturday 11 March at Windsor Boys School. The Karate pupils will enjoy showing off their skills with their excellent competitiveness. They are practicing their kata (sequenced set form, including blocks and strikes) and their Kumite (sparring techniques and strategy.) This promises to be a hugely successful Tournament and we wish our boys luck and hope they come back with a few trophies! We wish you all a fabulous day.
The picture below is of our 2016 Tournament last year.