Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin No1 - Lent Term 2016

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 8 January 2016



Happy New Year to you, and I hope 2016 brings happiness, fulfillment and a sense of well being to you and all your family.

Theme of the week in assemblies has been using our experiences to allow us to go forward, and not to limit what we might do in the future. It’s also about seizing the moment, not allowing dreams of the future to inhibit living in the now and grabbing opportunities.

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

Welcome back to the Lent Term after what was a very busy and successful 1st term. The girls have many things to look forward to over the next few weeks and they have started the term with a very positive and engaged attitude. Year 6 started their Stock Market topic on the first day back; already some girls have made a profit… there have been losses too!

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Image is New Year in Europe captured from Space.


We wish everybody a very happy and healthy 2016 from all of us in The Nursery Department.

It has been a lovely start to the year with children coming in with smiling faces and full of chatter about their holidays and new toys. We have welcomed lots of new children into the nursery rooms and are pleased to say how well they are settling in and they even coped remarkably well with the fire drill on Thursday morning. The new children in Transition are having a wonderful time too and have had no problems transferring from their nursery classes.

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Emergency Closure Guidance

At this time of year, the weather is not always predictable, and bad weather can often affect the daily routine. Please refer to the updated Emergency Closure Guidance for full information. A reminder that initial contact will be via text message and supporting email from the School. Please ensure you keep your contact details up-to-date at this time.



Please note that activities, study and late buses commence next week 11 January 2016.


Tuesday 12 January/Tuesday 19 January

Please note that the Parents' Evenings start at 4.00pm


Saturday 9 January - Maidenhead Lions Swimarathon @ Magnet Leisure Centre Start 4pm

Monday 11 January - Study & Activities commence/Late buses start as normal

Tuesday 12 January - Lower & Upper Junior Girls Parents' Evening 4.00pm start

Thursday 14 January - Lower & Upper Junior Girls Class Photos
SG Y10 Parents & Pupils Post 16 Landscape 6.30pm CCSG

Friday 15 January - Senior Girls Y11 and Sixth Form Reports coming home
Senior Girls Y9 Injections Diptheria/Meningitis C

Tuesday 19 January - Lower & Upper Junior Girls Parents' Evening 4.00pm

Wednesday 20 January - Ski Trip Information Evening 7.00pm @ Senior Boys

Thursday 21 January - Y9/Y10 Girls Parents' Drug Information Talk by Bob Tait 7pm-8pm

Saturday 23 January - ISA National Swimming Gala


Swimarathon – Saturday 9 January

The school is raising money for charity by entering 6 teams in the Lions Club Swimarathon at The Magnet pool. Supporters are very welcome to come along to cheer our teams on.

Year 10 Senior Girls - Looking Beyond GCSE Evening Thursday 14 January 2016

Year 10 parents and girls are invited to an information evening 'Looking Beyond GCSE' - if you wish to attend can you please confirm by returning the tear off slip at the bottom of the letter sent home recently.

Year 11 GCSE Revision Clinics

These start next week. Please let your teacher know in advance if you are planning to attend. The timetable can be found on the board outside the Assistant Heads' Office or on the Year 11 page of the school hub.

Clothing Collection

Thank you to all those who donated clothing, footwear, hats and gloves before Christmas. The Salvation Army would like to say how grateful they were for all the donations received, without which they could not be able to support society’s most vulnerable people.

Wizard Video - Nursery and Junior Christmas Productions

If you still wish to order please send in your order form together with your payment to the school office.

Nearly New Uniform Sale Girls Only - Tuesday 26 January

A reminder to all parents that the PTA are holding a nearly new sale on Tuesday 26 January 3pm - 5pm in the Dining Hall; If you wish to sell any outgrown/unwanted good condition uniform please remember to complete the paperwork/labels that can be found on the school website.

Burns Night Supper

The annual Burns Night Supper will take place on Saturday 30 January 2016 at Senior Boys. All funds raised will support our Touring Sports sides. Please see the flyer for further information.


Year 9 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio and Meningitis are taking place next Friday 15 January.

Parents Picking Up

The area directly outside the main doors from the atrium is not designated parking - please can parents not use this to stop and wait in their vehicles for their daughter to come out of school.


The office still has a number of children's clothing items that have not been claimed, namely a padded gilet, blue padded coat and a blue fleece jacket. If they sound familiar please pop along to the school office to claim.



The Year 6 class have each invested £15,000 in shares on the Stock Market (not real money!). The girls will monitor their share prices on a daily basis, record the data, produce graphs and charts, work out the profit and loss at the end of each week and after four weeks of trading, sell their shares to find the eventual 'Stockbroker of the Year' winner. Watch this space for their recommendations each week.



Tuesday 12 February – ISA Auditions 4.10pm in the Chapel

Tuesday 2 February - Talent Show Auditions 4.10pm in the Chapel


Wednesday 3 February – Talent Show Auditions 4.10pm in the Chapel


Thursday 11 February - Talent Show 6.30pm in the Main Hall

SENIORS - Theatre Trips

Monday 8 February - Year 10 and 11 GCSE Drama Group to Norden Farm to see the A Level performance inspired by Noel Coward – ‘The Flamboyant Entertainer’. Meet time of 6pm at Norden Farm and please arrange to be collected from Norden Farm at 7.30pm

Saturday 13 February - Year 9, 10, 11 ‘Confusions’ by Alan Ayckbourn 4.45pm Theatre Royal Windsor – Meet in the Foyer at 4.30pm. Letters to follow. £13 a ticket

Monday 21 March - Year 10 and 11 GCSE Drama Group to Norden Farm to see the A Level performances of ‘Whose Afraid of Virgina Wolf’ and ‘Spring Awakening’ - Meet at Norden Farm at 6pm and arrange to be collected by 7.45pm


Accelerated Reader House Winner

Congratulations to all the Year 7 girls who have made a fantastic start to the academic year with our new reading development scheme, ‘Accelerated Reader’. Not only are many girls well on their way to becoming ‘Word Millionaires’ (having read one million words or more) special congratulations must go to St Ignatius, whose members read the most words in the Autumn Term! Well done girls! ‘Yellow’ prizes will be on their way to you soon…

Taking a Risk in the Library…

Look out for our new display supporting the ‘Claires Court Essential of the Month’. In January we are focussing on risk-takers so come and find a new book showing what benefits taking risks can bring…


Letters home this week:

Lower Junior Ballet/Upper Junior Ballet - After school. Consent slip and payment required by Monday 11 January.

Upper Junior Judo - After school. Consent slip and payment required by Monday 11 January.

Year 10 - Geography Trip to Margam Park. 18 - 20 March 2016. Consent and deposit by Friday 29 January.

Year 11 - Art Trip to Tate Modern. Tuesday 19 January. Consent and payment by Friday 15 January - urgent.

Trips Update

2-9 April - Ski Trip final payment overdue - asap - also please complete the Google form URGENT


Swimarathon - Saturday 9 January

Please meet at 3.30pm - we are in the pool promptly at 4pm and we cannot be late!

Miss Hudson will be in reception - please report to her when you arrive. Mrs Ruddick will be poolside so once you are changed please report to her.

You must bring:-

School swimming kit (blue costume, swimming hat, goggles and towel)

Snacks and drink for after

Our time in the pool will finish at 5pm so please arrange to be picked straight after.


12 January

U15 hockey v Holyport ‘a’, Braywick, pick up from Braywick at 5pm

13 January

U18a & b netball, 'a' away v LVS/'b' home v Pangbourne

U13 netball at Kidwells

U10a & U11a netball v St Bernards away 3pm start

15 January

U8a & 8b & U9a & 9b netball v Marist at CC Girls 2.30pm start

16 January

U10 netball tournament at Maltmans Green

23 January

ISA Swimming National Finals

U13, U15, U17 Berkshire Inter schools Cross Country/letters to selected pupils have been handed out