Claires Court Bulletin



My excuse for a slightly shorter Heads Words this week is that I am accompanying some of the Under 9’s down to Bournemouth for their Football tour today. We are all hoping for blue skies and bright sunshine, as are the Year 4 boys who are on their Bushcraft Expedition…….we can but hope!!

You will see in the gallery just how much has happened in school over the past seven days, what with success in the Football Tournament last week from both the A and B teams, as well as our Year 5’s donning their lab coats for a visit to the Senior Boys school Science Department. Reception have been hunting bugs again with their counterparts at the girls school, and Year 2 enjoyed burning London - do have a look at some of the wonderful pictures of awe and wonder as the boys get to dowse the flames! Yet again, Year 3 have impressed me with their knowledge of Rainforests, and they have created a beautiful display in Mrs Carter’s classroom. Year 1 have been working on their sea creatures both digitally and practically and Year 6 proudly showed off their school to a number of visitors at our Open Day on Tuesday.

What with success in chess last weekend at the EPSCA qualification tournament and a concert rehearsals taking up most of our musicians time, the word ‘busy’ does not come close to explain how hard the pupils and the staff have been working.

More news from the Chess and Sports Masters, I am off to the South Coast to help our impart a little of our Claires Court Football Philosophy onto some club and school teams…...and I am sure we will make some new friends too!

Have a super weekend

Justin Spanswick

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Year 3 displaying their impressive artwork on the Rainforest.


When dropping into pre-school care/ breakfast club please ensure that you accompany your child and sign him in with a member of staff. Some parents have been dropping boys at the gate and expecting them to walk in alone.


  • 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.


Saturday 11 March - Karate Tournament at Windsor Boys School.

Saturday 11 March - U9 EPSCA Chess at Kennet School

Monday 13 March - Year 4 - Year 6 OPS Cross Country Event. Boys have been notified.

Tuesday 14 March - Concert 7pm. This involves all Year 5 and Year 6 pupils plus choir and instrumentalists from Year 3 - 6.

Wednesday 15 March - Year 3 Cake Sale

Thursday 16 March - Year 2 & Year 3 Musical Afternoon 3.20pm in the Mezzanine. Parents are welcome to attend

Friday 17 March - Year 6 have a visit from The Greeks

Friday 17 March - Year 5 Books and Bushcraft

Saturday 18 March - PTA Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 18 March - U9A & B OPS Football Tournament

Saturday 18 March - U11A Rugby 7's at Caldicott


Friday 17 March - Year 2 are visiting The National Archives in London. Please remember a packed lunch in a named carrier bag. A consent letter went with home with boys yesterday.
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We are now close to the the Easter Event and looking forward to a fun day. Please remember to purchase your tickets before the event, as this guarantees a delicious hot dog and Easter Egg prize. If you have not yet purchased your ticket, you can do so online through our payment portal but still return the form to the office as this indicates whether or not you want the vegetarian option. If you need any help, please contact the school office.

We are having an Alice in Wonderland themed Easter Egg Hunt along with a bouncy castle and slide. We also have our Make a Hat for The Mad Hatter Competition where entrants have the chance to win Amazon vouchers. This year we are inviting all boys & girls to take part in the Bake Off Challenge to see which budding baker can bake and decorate the best cake, biscuit or muffin with an Alice in Wonderland theme. ​The winners for this competition will receive a large chocolate egg.

As always the success of these events relies on volunteers, please let us know if you can help on the day. Email or click on the link to add your name to the rota. We welcome all parents and grandparents as volunteers! Just 30 minutes helping on a stall or inflatables or even 30 minutes helping to clear up at the end of the day would be much appreciated.We would also like donations of a cake or some cup cakes, etc. for us to sell in the Tea Tent.

Click here for more competition information.


PTA Ball - 13 May 2017

The Masquerade Ball tables are now all reserved and there is now a waiting list. If you have reserved a table and do not think you will be using it, please release it so that other parents can attend. For more information please contact

Thank you so much for supporting this event.

Anna Taylor-West



Last Friday we hosted 20 different teams at our annual U10 Football Tournament. The U10A team reached the final of the Main Cup competition and the U10B reached the final of the Vase. A full report can be found in the news section of the bulletin.

This week the U9s travelled to Moulsford to play triangular matches against Moulsford and Abingdon. It was a fantastic afternoon with the U9A & B teams playing some excellent football. Today the Year 4's have set off on a Football tour of the South Coast. I look forward to telling you how they got on next week.

The U11 travelled to Gayhurst on Wednesday with Nyle Cohen and Kavish Verma scoring their first goals of the season. Well done boys!

Nick Butterfield

Head of Sport


Bristol - here we come!

Congratulations to the U11 and U9 teams on qualifying for the EPSCA tournament in Bristol on 13 May.

The Under 11s were Teo Rybak, Nayan Popat, Alex Pearce, Tavish Gangwani, Haider-Ali Baig and Theo Sullivan. This team was in first place going into a tough last round, which saw them drop just outside the medal places but still securing qualification.

The Under 9 team was Houning (Kida) Zhu (who went undefeated), Josh Sharma, Josh Spanswick, Moksha Suriarachchi, Samuel Tschiesche and Zack Sullivan. The Under 9s finished second, only a point off top spot. Very well done to all. The boys all represented the school and themselves superbly throughout with both their attitude and their manners.

We have still to hear that our place at Bristol has been confirmed but parents of boys involved should put it this date in their diaries now. More details will be forthcoming in a few week's time.

Delancey Chess Challenge

Those boys who have managed to pick up 11 points or more have earned a Chess Challenge mascot (see picture below). There are now two rounds remaining. The draw for Round 6 can be found on the Chess noticeboard.

Lent Term Tournament (Monday 27 March)

Thank you to those boys who have already entered this term's chess tournament. Entry forms are pinned to the Chess noticeboard. The entry fee is £2 with money going to our 3 for 3 charities.

Self Study

I have been spending a lot of time on and these last few weeks. The site is free to use (though one can pay for extras) and there are lessons and teaching tips for players of all abilities. Why not have a look?

Richard Hogg

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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.

There are various concert rehearsals happening in the next few days so please can boys remember their instruments EVERY DAY.

3for3 Charity Fundraising

Here are the dates for the 3for3 cake sale days and sponsored event.

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 or you can collect one from the school office.

Year 5 raised £371.93 by selling cakes and doing games at breaktime last Friday. Being such a big year group not all the cakes sold at break so those remaining were sold during and after the Football Tournament .

Year 4 raised £329 on Wednesday with their games and cake sales.

Thank you for your continued support.


Our Rabbit winners this week are the whole of RY class and Toby Carter 2Y. Mrs Hankin was impressed at how well the boys followed their Golden Rules when they had a pupil visiting earlier this week. They made him very welcome and 'at home' in the classroom. Toby is a kind, well mannered and polite member of Year 2. He has consistently followed our Golden Rules all term. All these children have demonstrated admirable winners of Rabbit award.


Monday 3 – Thursday 13 April 2017 (Weekdays only)

We have a fantastic range of fun sessions planned, in our Spring into Nature and Easter Eggstravaganza themed weeks!
Also on offer: Easter Crafts and Cookery, Warhammer, Cricket, Athletics, Rollerskiing, Welly Throwing – something for everyone!

See website for details