Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin No 11 - Autumn Term 2015

Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 4 December 2015



It can be easy as a teacher to get into ‘bah humbug’ mode over Christmas. The very nature of school means that everything starts end November, beginning December (and often earlier). Planning for Christmas shows, lunches, filling of gift boxes, decoration of classrooms, putting up of trees etc etc.

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

Elves! Glitter! Secret Agents! Angels! And even a disco ball… This can only mean one thing: Christmas production week! Without wanting to repeat myself too much, weren’t the Christmas shows just fantastic? The girls sang, danced and acted with great skill and confidence. Their energy did not dwindle and they gave us a real treat of a performance! Christmas has now begun! Next week, we have much to look forward to, highlights of which will be sent to the class reps.

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December arrives and Christmas is upon us. Trees seem to have magically arrived in the halls and classrooms, the children have been busily making all sorts of glittery things and the wonderful pictures they created have been transformed into cards and your orders will be with you on Monday if not collected today.

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David Wilding

Last Saturday we heard the very sad news that David Wilding, father of James and Hugh Wilding, and founder of Claires Court with his wife Josephine, had died peacefully overnight at his nursing home in Norfolk. Even after his retirement from day-to-day management of the school in 1989, David retained a keen and active interest in the school’s life, returning to Maidenhead on a frequent basis to participate in strategic meetings and discussions and attend speech days until blindness and increasing frailty made this no longer practical. A full obituary is available for the website and it is planned to celebrate his life at our annual Commemoration Service at the end of next term on 22 March 2016. There will be a Requiem Mass said for David at St Joseph’s Church, Cookham Road, Maidenhead at 11.00 on 23 December. RIP.

Obituary to David Francis Wilding



Activities and Study will end on Thursday 10 December and early buses are in operation on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 December.


Nursery entertainment morning - all Nursery children are invited.


Junior Girls Y3-Y6 2.00pm Carol Service All Saints Church

Senior Girls Y7-Y9 9.30am Carol Service St Lukes Church

Senior Girls Y10 & Y11 11.00am Carol Service St Lukes Church

WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER - end of Autumn Term

Nursery and Lower Junior Girls (Reception to Y2) 'Carols Around The Tree' 11.15am in The Chapel

Nursery - full day as usual until 3.30pm

Junior Girls - Finish 12.15noon

Senior Girls - Finish 12.15noon

Buses home will be operating

There is no After School Care available except for Nursery children who finish at 3.30pm


Saturday 5 December - Art on the Street in Maidenhead High Street

Tuesday 8 December - 9.00am Lower Juniors "Angel Express" and 9.30am Nursery "Working Together For Christmas" productions - We would ask that all parents are seated before 9.00am and watch both performances. If you are unable to arrive before 9.00am then please wait outside the hall until the “Angel Express” has finished as the Lower Juniors production is being filmed. When they finish the doors will be opened to allow you in.

Wednesday 9 December - Last day to send in donations for the Christmas hampers/ New Transition Parents' Evening - 6.30pm

Thursday 10 December - Christmas Lunch - please note there is no alternative lunch available this day/Christmas Jumper Day £1.00 donation/Nursery New Parents' Evening 7.00pm

Friday 11 December - Junior Girls Reception to Y6 Panto to see 'Dick Whittington' in Reading

Clothing Collection for The Passage

Please support the homeless by donating any clean adult clothing, footwear and other garments such as hats and gloves. Please bring items to your school office. Further information can be found on our 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 on how to book tickets. Link to: Burns Night Flyer

School to Parent Contact by Text

Thank you for your positive response. A few mobile numbers appear not to have been delivered and we will be following up with those concerned.

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Please keep sending in your donations for our Christmas hampers! The Salvation Army will be collecting on Thursday 10 December


What great story would you love to find in your stocking this Christmas? What book would you like to give as a gift this year?! Decorate a Christmas stocking with the title of a book on your Christmas wish list and bring it into the Library to decorate our Christmas Reading Tree. Prizes for the best decorated stockings! If you need inspiration, look out for our display of this year’s book award winners…


Get our ‘best booking rate’ TODAY at Holiday Activities this festive season - book NOW and get free extended sessions for CC Junior & Senior pupils… last chance on Fri 4 Dec!!

- Join Holiday Club’s 'Five days of Christmas' along with Xtra Cookery and Crafts – open MSWord booking form -

- Also Sports Club’s two days of Football - online booking form -

Visit for all booking forms (including pdf versions), programmes and more activity highlights.


Letters home this week:

Tues 8 Dec - G3 Celts & Romans at JB

Fri 11 Dec - G9 to Bucks New University - consent please by Mon 7 Dec

Y3-6 Xmas Carol arrangements - consent please by Fri 4 Dec - please return urgently Mon 7th as if your daughter is in the choir she will not be able to go to the nursing home on Monday without the consent slip

13 Jan 2016 - Junior & Senior girls elite swimming sessions start - consent please by Fri 11 Dec.

Trips Update

2-9 April - Ski Trip final payment due by Fri 4 December

Swimarathon - Saturday 9 January: Consent form/Lions Club details sheet if not returned please do so by Friday 11 December.



Tues 8th - U14 hockey at Braywick

Wed 9th - U15 netball at Furze Platt

Thurs 10th - U12 A&C netball at Furze Platt