Claires Court Bulletin

JUNIOR BOYS

FROM THE HEAD'S DESK

I have decided this week to tell some our school story through pictures. There has been so much success to relate to you, I am not sure my office team would allow me the luxury of telling it all to you in words as it would take most of the day…..and as they say, a picture is as good as a thousand words!!!


From our Reception and Year 1 boys developing their learning and being challenged in the classroom, through to our outstanding Year 6 rugby players who enjoyed a super tour to Cornwall, we have been a school that has been recognised as a leading player on sports fields, music halls, and at local landmarks. Year 2 were wonderful as they visited the Stubbings Memorial on Thursday and some of their Remembrance poems reflect such mature and creative minds. Their ability at such a tender age to attempt to comprehend the actions of so many men and women at war a century ago is remarkable - do have a look at their work when you visit the school on the first floor displays.


Tomorrow we are welcoming scores of chess players to our school to battle it out with a view to find out who are the leading players from our area…...in saying that, I know that some are joining from Cornwall and the Midlands! The very best of luck to our Claires Court representatives from Year 2 to Year 6. I will update you on how they have done next week.


Year 5 didn’t want to be left out of the action and their A rugby team reached the final of the Plate Competition at the Oratory Rugby Festival, with some especially good performances from Louis Stewart, Harrison Sands, Matthew Dempster and Jamie Shepherd. Our Year 4 boys played in the St Columba’s Tournament on Tuesday - Mr Barber’s side played brilliantly in their section and reached the final where they were beaten in a superb game by one try - I hear that Jake Rogers, George Crowe and Billy Ray were really fired up and helped motivate their team to some great wins throughout the day. It is the first time that a Claires Court side has beaten the St Columba’s school team, a great achievement. Mr Grose also took his team over and played in a different section of the tournament…….and won it!! What a brilliant effort from all of his players, and I have been hearing stories of Leo Robinson’s and Felix Oppenheimer’s crunching tackles.


Year 4 and 5 played matches against Long Close school. Our C teams played against their A teams, and Year 4 still won through, while Year 5 played well but were just pipped at the post. I watched one of the games and was impressed with how our boys have progressed since September. Henry Carter Shaw, James Golding, Oliver Todd, Jamie Nixon and Saul Lopez Guisado were just some of the fantastic players who battled hard and tackled a much bigger (and we later found out, much older) set of boys. All of the Year 5 boys who played showed tremendous character. From Year 5 we also have some County Champions - Blake Sylvester and Luca Thomas stood up in my assembly today and proudly displayed their trophies for being a crucial part of the Marlow Cricket team that won the Bucks County Cup - very well done boys.


Year 6, having not played enough rugby over the past week (about 11 matches in total!!) also entered the Independent Schools Association National Rugby Tournament held in Bedford. Although tired, they also reached the semi final, having played some of their best rugby of the season to get there. They met a very strong, large Prep school from Suffolk who beat them by one try and then went on win the whole event. What an inspiration they were , I am very proud of all of our boys who represent the school in this way, and as Headteacher I am so lucky that we have such talented, skilled and modest pupils in the school.


Not to be outdone, Year 3 have been very diligent in their work and their form teachers are immensely proud of how they are coping with the greater independence that is required for Key Stage 2 learning. Well done to all of Year 3. I have also received my first story - Alex Pearce from Year 5 has written a beautiful piece which will be a very good contender for the wall of fame!!


On Wednesday the school observed a minutes silence at 11am to remember our fallen heroes. I took a long assembly that morning where a number of our pupils and staff came out to tell stories about the War and about their ancestors. Mr Goddard relayed to the boys exactly how the poppy should be worn, while Jack and Harry Newton proudly showed everyone their Grandfather’s medals and explained his role in the RAF. Gursahej Bakshi and Prabhan Kang then spoke to the boys about the celebration of Diwali and why that day holds such a significance for their culture. It really was a very moving assembly and I hope the boys learnt some history, as well as the importance of respecting and remembering others.


Well, I have written more than I expected!! I will let some pictures tell the rest of our story. I hope you all enjoy relaxing weekend.



Justin Spanswick

PTA NEWS

We're sorry that there were some disappointed people who didn't manage to get tickets for the Fright Night Disco tonight. The event has been incredibly popular and numbers had to be restricted due to health and safety reasons. We'll make sure to remind you all to get your tickets early next year. We are looking forward to seeing those with tickets later on.

We already have a number of stalls booked for our shopping afternoon on 11th Dec. If you or someone you know would like a stall, please contact either myself (emmarobertson@hotmail.co.uk) or Anna Hitchen (hitchenanna@gmail.com).

You should have received an email this week alerting you to the mistake on the order forms for the Christmas cards. Please can you make sure that cheques are made payable to 'Claires Court & Ridgeway Society'. If you have already sent in your cheque, could we ask you to pop in to the office to amend it, alternatively we'll send home any incorrect cheques via boy post and ask you to resend payment in. Apologies for this error.

Our next PTA meeting is on Tuesday 19th January at 9.00am.


Emma Robertson

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FORTHCOMING DATES



Friday 13 November - Fright Night Disco at CCJG 6pm - 8pm. Tickets are sold out now. Tickets are not available on the door.

Saturday 14 November - 15th Annual PTA Chess Festival 10.45am - 6pm

Friday 20 November- ISA Swimming Gala

Saturday 5 December - Art on the Street

IMPORTANT NOTES


Christmas Lunch Orders

It seems a long way off, but we are already planning the School Christmas Lunch. For the first time, you will be asked to order online. Watch out for an email next week.


School to Parent Contact by Text

We will shortly be introducing a new text/email system to improve our communication with parents. Initial testing will take place next week. An email will be sent home before testing, as it is important we know if any of the test messages are not being received.


Thank you

Many thanks to Mrs Stevens, mother of Jonah and Felix, for donating many lovely pre-loved toys to our Early Years department. They are very much appreciated and we will take great care of them.

TRIPS

Monday 16 November - Year 1 visit to The Sounding Arch

Tuesday 17 November - Prebooked sibling photos in the Sports Hall

Friday 20 November - Year 4 visit Littlewick Green as part of their Geography studies

MUSIC NEWS

Just a reminder that you can check your son's music/drama timetable by logging into our website and clicking on the Junior Boys Weblog (bottom left corner in yellow). Then choose the Music and Drama tab at the top of that page and you will see the link to the timetable. Don't forget to choose the right week so you are looking at the correct timetable. Here is a quick link which may help you. Music Timetable.

RABBITS

Our Rabbit winners this week are Ben Reid Y2 and Maninder Singh Y4. Ben showed tremendous compassion when looking after a new boy to the school at the end of last week. He made sure our visitor was well looked after and he made the boy's day very special. Mani is a wonderful example of one our pupils who always does his best and follows the Golden Rules. Earlier in the week he was spotted by one of our teachers clearing up some bags and belongings of other boys who had left things behind in the playground. He had not been asked to do this but did so out of the kindness of his heart. Both boys are worthy recipients of the Rabbit this week.

HOLIDAY CLUB

We are now taking bookings for Christmas at Claires Court Holiday Activities.

Join Holiday Club from Thursday 17 to Wednesday 23 December at College Ave/Junior Girls site for five days of themed activities for the festive season - including cookery, games, crafts, fun and challenges... as well as a special visitor and Xtra for older children!

Sports Club are at Junior Boys on Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 December where children can work on skills and join tournaments with 2 days of Football.

Go to www.clairescourt.com/holiday-activities for booking forms, programmes and more activity highlights.