Claires Court Bulletin



I would like to start by congratulating the boys in Year 4, 5 and 6 - they all represented the school in their first rugby matches of the academic year against Davenies and Gayhurst. While I was delighted at the way they played and with the commitment they showed on the pitch (and we certainly won our fair share of the games!!), the best feature of these fixtures was the excellent behaviour and manners that they showed both at home and away. Indeed, many parents from the other schools commented on how polite and sensible our pupils were. Well done boys!

It has been another busy week and yet again, many of our boys have got busy weekends. A special mention must go to Max Pianta and Harry Bennett who will be taking part at Datchet Water Sailing Club, joining together with thousands of sailors at other clubs worldwide in a race to set a new Guinness World Record for the biggest yacht race in history. This event will raise money for charity, inspire the next generation of young sailors, as well as remember Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, British Gold and Silver Olympic medalist and America's Cup sailor who tragically died recently. The boys have already raised over £200. A wonderful cause, best of luck boys!

This week in assemblies we have been talking about what good manners look like! The boys have been considering in particular their table manners - I hope you are able to see an improvement at home too!

Thank you for helping us raise money for Jeans for Genes day. There has been a very impressive range of denim in school, along with some interesting football and rugby shirts. I never realised how many boys supported Arsenal! The best dressed today was undoubtedly Harly Hutchings in Year 5 and Noah Sylvester in Reception. They were both very smart!


Mobile Phones etc - Boys should sign in their mobile phones on arrival in school without fail. Any boy found with his phone on his person will have it confiscated till the end of the day and a letter will go home to parents to say they can no longer bring them in.

Swimming - Many thanks to those of you who have enquired about swimming lessons with Mrs Whiteley. Mr Barber is now organising the timetable and will get back in contact with you confirming all the necessary details shortly.

Between 3.30pm-5pm - Due to the large number of families we have in our community who have more than one child in the school, there is often a ‘waiting’ period between pick up times. You are more than welcome to stay on site when this happens. We have a number of benches over by the swimming pool in what we call ‘the boys quiet area’ - please feel free to use these at any point. We would only ask that you do not use the climbing frames or any of the equipment. We often have after school activities on the grass and on the climbing frames and this can often create a safety issue for us. Many thanks for your understanding. Do not hesitate to contact the Head teacher if you would like any more information on this.


Wednesday 24 September – Osmington Bay meeting for Y6 parents in the Mezzanine 8.50am

Thursday 25 September – Claires Court PTA AGM 7.30pm in the dining room at Senior Boys.

Friday 26 September –Claires Court PTA afternoon tea 2.30pm in the Gazebo at Junior Boys.


Tuesday 30 September – Junior Boys Harvest Festival 11am All Saints Church. All are welcome. A separate letter giving all information will be sent home next week.

Saturday 11 October – PTA ‘Fireworks Spectacular’ at Junior Boys. Flyer has gone home with boys today. Order your tickets by Tuesday 7 October. Download a copy of the letter.


Friday 26 September – Year 5 Outward Bound trip to Marchants Hill. Return Sunday by midday but subject to change due to traffic.

Monday 6 October – Thursday 9 October - Year 6 Field Studies Trip to Osmington Bay.


Orders for the Scholastic Book Club should have been returned to the office by the end of Friday 19 September. The order will be placed on Monday 22 September. Please note we cannot accept cash.

Mrs Davies


Berkshire Junior Chess Association (<> )is a voluntary organisation that organises junior chess in Berkshire.

They regularly run Saturday Afternoon Events (SAE) where children from Berkshire and elsewhere enjoy competitive chess, which is the best way to learn and improve the game. Usually SAE take place from 2pm to 6pm on Saturdays in schools across Berkshire ( ).

On Saturday 11th October they will be running trials for the U9 and the U11 teams. These will be at CCSB and an entry form is available at CCJB. Children are not expected to be experienced players, everybody is very welcome.


Congratulation to Sam Roberts in Year 5 who wins a Rabbit award this week. Sam introduced himself to me and some visitors who I was showing around the school at the end of last week. He invited the visitors into his classroom to watch his presentation on what he was doing over the summer break. He was extremely polite, confident yet humble in his approach, and he put on a superb show for our guests who were immensely impressed. Well done Sam.

Our other Rabbit winners this week are Archie Arnold, William Dempster and Jenyo Balogun in Year 6. All of our older boys have been wonderful in welcoming our new Reception classes into the school, and these three boys in particular gave up a substantial amount of their time during break to play little games with the Reception boys, and they acted as excellent role models. Very well done!

J Spanswick


Holiday Club’s calendars of activities and Sports Club’s program for October half-term, as well as booking forms can NOW be found on our website