Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin No 10 - Lent Term 2016

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 18 March 2016



Well the Chancellor of the Exchequer might have concerns about GB prosperity, competitiveness and entrepreneurial zeal but all is in fine fettle at Claires Court. The Independent Schools Association recently launched an Enterprise Week, asking schools what they were doing to encourage entrepreneurship. Well, we were proud to tell them that at Claires Court Girls and Sixth Form we do - Y8 Dragons Den Day, Y9 Tenner Challenge, Y9 Lexmark Breaking Glass Ceiling, Y10 Jaguar Marketing Challenge, Y12 Young Enterprise and soon to be announced our link with Adobe in their Girls into Technology initiative. All in all a pretty impressive commitment I thought, and I was even more impressed when our of our Tenner Challenge groups managed to make £105 in a day for an expenditure of £9.75 - who knew candles would be so popular! Alongside that we had the cleanest cars in any staff car park in Maidenhead, so great effort Year 9.

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

As we draw closer to the end of the Lent Term, it is time to reflect on what the girls have achieved in such a condensed term. As I look back on all of these achievements, from sporting to academic, to music to drama, it is hard to believe that the girls have had time for much else…. But they have!

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The Nursery classes and Transition children have enjoyed the topic about Easter and have been incredibly busy making cards, bonnets, Easter pictures and baskets or nests which they are wishing will be filled by the Bunny who hopefully will visit sometime next week.

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Oh to win a million dollars…



Saturday 19 March - Easter Egg Hunt CCJB/Academic/Music & Drama Scholarships

Monday 21 March - Early Buses/No Activities

Tuesday 22 March - Commemoration Service 2pm at Magnet/Early Buses/No Activities

Wednesday 23 March - End of Term/Early Finish/Nursery normal day/G7 to G11 Grade Cards coming home

Friday 25 March - Claires Court Old Boys Rugby Match 2pm Braywick


Saturday 2 April - Saturday 9 April - Ski Trip

Wednesday 13 April - Start of New Term/Early Buses/No Activities

Monday 18 April - Late Buses and Activities commence/Boat Club Rowing Education Evening at CCSB Sports Hall 6.30pm

Tuesday 19 April - G8 HPV2 Injections

Thursday 21 April - Open Morning 9.30am-11.30am

Friday 22 April - Ypres Trip departs


Commemoration Service

All parents are invited to join all Senior pupils and staff at this annual event, which will take place on Tuesday, 22 March at 2.30pm at the Magnet Leisure Centre. It is a chance to reflect on the year so far. All welcome.

Claires Court Old Boys v Desborough Old Boys Rugby Match

Come and support the players at Braywick Rugby Club on Friday 25 March at 2.00 pm. All welcome.

Early Buses/Activities/End of Term

Please note that early buses commence Monday 21 March.

No activities after school on Monday 21/Tuesday 22 March.

Wednesday 23 March - Last day of term and please note that school finishes at 12noon for all Junior Girls and at 12.15pm for all Senior Girls. Nursery will operate a normal day until 3.30pm. Please note that After School Care is only available for Nursery children on the last day.

Joint Junior Concert DVD

Just a reminder to parents that the DVD of the Joint Junior Concert is still available to purchase.

School Nurse Request

Can we remind parents that any medication that comes into school should be handed into Form Tutors or School Office and accompanied by a 'Prescribed Medicine Form' (please ask the office). No pupil should have any medication in their bag, locker or blazer pocket. Also any change with regards to medical conditions should also be documented and handed in.

Music Department

All those in the Senior Ensemble and Year 7-9 choir will be performing at the commemoration service on Tuesday. Please can girls remember their instruments on this day.


Saturday 19 March - Easter Egg Hunt

Our rota for the Easter Event is filling up, but we still have a number of gaps. If you are attending please volunteer just 30 mins of your time to help out. Contact Lynne Peach who will add you to the Rota (

Order Form

Summer Fete

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

Saturday 25 June Summer Fete - CCJB


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


Library Amnesty Box

With the end of term approaching, our Library Amnesty Box will be in place outside the Senior Library. Please return all overdue library books as soon as possible or see your Librarian for a loan extension over the Easter holiday.

Carnegie and Greenaway Book Awards

The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards have been announced! Run by The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) the Carnegie Medal is awarded for an outstanding book for children and young people and the Kate Greenaway Medal is presented to an outstanding book in terms of illustration. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win', they are the gold standard in children's literature.

We will be shadowing both these book awards in Junior and Senior Book clubs in the summer term until the winner is announced in June. Girls will be asked to read all the shortlisted books, evaluate their favourites and finally vote for their own Medal winner. For more information see here or come and see the shortlisted titles in the Libraries. A great idea for an Easter break read!


Monday 21 March - G10/G11 6pm Norden Farm to watch the AS Level performance. Arrange pick up 7.00pm/7.15pm from Norden Farm

Tuesday 12 April - G11 extra drama rehearsal in preparation for Moderation 12noon – 4pm The Chapel

Monday 18 April - Moderation 9am set up - Performance at 11am - parents welcome to watch

LAMDA (G3-G6 and G10 Girls)

Examination payments due in Monday 21 March

Tuesday 19 April – final group sessions

Exam Week

Monday 25/Tuesday 26 April – individual rehearsals

Wednesday 27 April/Thursday 28 April - examinations

Ensure you are wordperfect, thinking about clear actions, use of stage and projection.

Senior Girls Summer Production

Ensure you have learnt your lines by Wednesday 20 April in order work on stage blocking and devised scenes

Don't forget the poster competition - entries to Mrs Warren ASAP

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

Book NOW to get the best rate with holiday and sports activities at Easter- this offer ends TODAY (FRI 18 MAR).

Join Sports Xtra for Cricket, as well as a range of Olympic sports. Also, come and journey through space, get with nature, and enjoy specialised workshops with Kool Xtra and Holiday Club.

For more details, dates and booking visit our website or send us an email.



Ski Trip Saturday 2 April to Saturday 9 April. Last call for medical form and rules by Monday 21 March.

Ypres Y10 History Friday 22 April to Saturday 23 April. Last call for balance payment, rules and medical form to be returned Monday 21 March.

Hockey Tour to Barcelona Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October - there are still a few places left. Please send reply slip asap.



Tuesday 12 April

GCSE PE Mock Moderation 9am-12pm

Wednesday 13 April

Y10 Girls (& boys) Tennis v Edgbarrow School, away 4pm start. Players - Jemma, Holly, Isabelle M, Anna

Thursday 14 April

G8 Girls Tennis v The Abbey, away 4.45pm start. Players - Isabella S, Isabelle P, Ariel S, Hannah S

Friday 15 April

GCSE PE Moderation

Friday 22 April

G1&2 ISA Festival of Sport (Further details to follow)


ISA Hockey - U11a Champions!! U11b 5th. U12 Runners up!!