Claires Court Bulletin



Thank you all very much for your lovely messages of support for Susan Payne. While she remains critically ill in hospital, we know that she is listening to all of your kind words and is responding to them with smiles of appreciation.

With our 3 for 3 charity work well underway, the school is awash with penalty shoot outs, crossbar challenges (which I have yet to win!), wellie throwing, guessing games, donut competitions……...and cakes, lots of cakes!! Indeed, sugar levels at 11am this week have certainly meant that lesson 3 has been a real challenge for both pupils and teachers alike!! Thank you to everyone who has helped bake, purchase prizes etc - I will ensure that we keep you abreast of our running money totals from next week.

The three charity groups that we are supporting are The Alexander Devine Trust, The Link Foundation and Rosie’s Rainbow. The last two groups mentioned have a very close link to our parents at school - please do take the time to click on the links provided and find out more about the super work they do.

We have decided to do a whole school sponsored event this year, and we will be taking part in a sponsored walk around the new CC fields… fancy dress!! More information is outlined later in this Bulletin. I have been reliably told that certain members of staff will also be dressing up.

On Tuesday afternoon we were all thoroughly entertained by the wonder that is Ridgeway’s Got Talent. Some absolutely brilliant performances from the ten finalists - please check out the gallery to see photos and results. Many congratulations to all the boys who took part - the confidence and talent needed to stand up in front of the harshest critics of all, your friends, is in no small measure, and I was taken back by some of the daring and challenging acts that the boys had chosen. We had everything from stand up comedy to poetry, from singing to juggling. Our winner, Josh Fisher, sang brilliantly (along with some snazzy dancing!) and was a worthy winner this year. Thank you to Mrs Ward for her inspiration, and Mr Goddard for his sound and lighting skills. Our three judges, Mrs Shannon, Mr Gillespie and Mrs Holder were all suitably impressed with the afternoon!

I hope to see many of you at the Year 5 and 6 Music concert on Tuesday evening. Mr Rowan and his pupils have been working very hard and rehearsing their songs. After the amazing success of our orchestra at the ‘Orchestra in a day’ several weeks ago, I am really looking forward to seeing what our boys have got in store for us.

Best of luck for tomorrow to our 16 boys who are taking part in the EPSCA chess challenge at Under 9 and Under 11 level - they will be travelling to Gateway school early in the morning to compete with the best teams from our region. Qualifying teams from this section will be invited to participate in the National Finals at Bristol Grammar school in May. I hope to bring you more news of this next week.

A significant number of you joined us at the girls school on Wednesday evening for a super talk on ‘Resilience’. I hope those who attended found it both enjoyable and useful. Our Year 5 and 6 boys enjoyed an equally good lecture from author Megan Rix, who spoke to the boys and girls about her work and the joy of reading. It proved to be very popular.

Last weekend Jamie Smith, Finn Keylock and Maximus Chapman competed in the ISA National Cross Country championships and all performed superbly, representing their school and their area with great determination and skill. Please have a look at some of the photos of our star long distance runners. We also held the Year 3 Football Festival last week for the first time and it proved to be a great success, with the Dragons emerging as the winning team - the Dragons consisted of Hugo Winter, Ishraj Samra, Ross D’Alessandro, Ben Savidge, Josh Spanswick and James Wojciechowicz. A great effort from all of our boys, with the all important Teamwork awards going to Freddie Galitzine-Scott, Tommy Beever, George Watson and Ross D’Alessandro.

On the theme of football, well done to our Under 9 teams who played wonderfully against some very strong Colet Court teams, with special mention going to James Binks and Felix Oppenheimer for their excellent performances. Similarly, our Under 11 teams fought well against Davenies on Wednesday despite having to stop to allow hail storms to pass!! However, at the moment and as I write this, we do not have snowflakes dropping as I feared and so I hope we will be able to enjoy the Under 10 annual CC tournament today where we invite 20 teams from the local area to join us in a 6-a-side competition. I will update you on the results next week. And on results, I must apologise for the error in my reporting last week, where I did not mention that Max Setchell scored a very impressive hat trick in the rout over Chesham Prep school - well done Max.

We have a number of weekend events coming up whether they be of a PTA nature, sporting or chess nature, and even Bushcraft! Please ensure that you read our notes on the bulletin for all the relevant information.

I wish you all a good weekend.

Justin Spanswick


We've been made aware that there are a couple of sporting events that clash with our Easter Event, but that some children who are attending these are still keen to enter our Egg Drop and Design a Sweet Competitions. As a result, all entries will be happily received this year, as long as they are in by Friday 11 March. Just to remind you that first prize for the Egg Drop Competition is two tickets to The Chocolate Factory, where you can go along and create your own chocolate treats. The winner of the Design a Sweet Competition will win a giant chocolate Egg.

If you are planning on joining us for the Easter Event on the 19 March then we'd be grateful if you could purchase tickets in advance so we can accurately cater for the day.

As you are all aware, the success of these events is down to the support we get from parents. We are after volunteers on the tea tent, handing out chocolate prizes, running our tombola, setting up and clearing up. If you are able to offer even half an hour of your time then please contact Lynne Peach ( who will add you to the rota.

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 (

Martina, whose son is in Y6 and who has very kindly managed our nearly Nearly-New Uniform sales for a number of years will be leaving the school at the end of the year and so we are looking for someone to take this over. If you are interested then please contact Emma Robertson (

Emma Robinson

Easter Egg Hunt - 19 March

Join us for our Annual Easter Event with activities including Easter Egg Hunt, competitions, face painting and much more…

Tickets order form

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


Saturday 5 March - EPSCA First Round Qualifying Chess Tournament

Saturday 5 March - U11 OPS 7's Rugby Tournament

Tuesday 8 March - 7pm Joint Junior Boys and Junior Girls concert in the Sports Hall. Boys should arrive at 6.30pm.

Friday 11 March - Year 3 Electric Lego

Friday 11 March - U9 Football Tour and Bushcraft

Saturday 12 March - Karate Tournament.

Saturday 19 March -Join us for our Annual Easter Event with activities including Easter Egg Hunt, competitions, face painting and much more…

Saturday 14 May - The Great Gatsby Ball


Tuesday 15 March - Year 1 visit the London Aquarium. Letter will go home with boys next week

Wednesday 16 March - Reception trip to Bucklebury Farm. Letter will go home with boys next week.

Friday 18 March - Year 2 visit the National Archives. Letter will go home with boys next week.


Tuesday 8th March 7pm: Joint Junior Girls and Junior Boys concert. Held at the Junior Boys site, this is our bi-annual concert involving both schools. Please join us for an evening of music making involving all girls in Years 5-6 and choir members in Years 3-4. An invitation with a ticket seating request form has been sent home to all those involved. This is now overdue, please contact us if you require seats.

Please be advised that due to concert rehearsals there will be changes to some of the usual days that your son has peripatetic lesson. Please check the timetable on the Junior Boys Weblog.

3for3 Charity Fundraising

Here are the dates for the 3 for 3 cake sale days.

Year 2 Monday 7 March *** revised date ***

Year 3 Thursday 10 March ***revised date ***

R and Y1 Monday 14 March

Please be reminded all unlabelled i.e. home made cakes and biscuits being sold for 3 for 3 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

Our Year 5 cake sale raised £280.86 on Tuesday and Year 4 totalled £288.81but as there were three classes there were triple the amount of cakes so any unsold cakes have been sold at the tournament today. A grand total for Year 4 will be announced in next week's Bulletin.

Sponsored Events.

As part of CCJB’s charity appeal the whole school is going to join in a fancy dress sponsored walk around the new field. This will take place on Monday 14th March. Each form will walk together, Reception and Year 1 will complete 1 lap, Year 2 can complete a maximum of 2 laps and the boys in Junior Prep may complete up to 4 laps. A sponsor form will be given to your child on Monday.

The theme of the fancy dress is your son’s favourite character. This may be from a book, film, cartoon or sports team. Your son should arrive at school on Monday 14th March in costume. He may change into either his own clothes or school tracksuit after the event has been completed.


Our Rabbit winners this week are Ruben Goswell (6Y) and Harrison Atkinson (2G). Ruben has been extremely polite and thoughtful this week and been a excellent role model for younger pupils to follow. Harrison has also demonstrated consistently outstanding manners and he has been very kind to his class this week helping them whenever he can. Both boys are worthy Rabbit winners this week.


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

Holiday Club is journeying through space for the first week of the holiday with an exciting visiting astronomer, a chance to escape from the Death Star and join in 'Earth Hour' day. Our second week brings spring with seed planting, as well as a visit from a real Nature Detective! Xtra activities for older children include themed Cookery, Crafts, Science and Art. All available to extend from 8am to 6pm and a hot lunch option – based at the Junior/Senior Girls Site.

Sports Club have five days of activities for all boys and girls in Year 3 and above. Develop skills in batting, bowling and fielding with Cricket courses in the first week. Join in a range of sports, including track and field athletics in the second, with Olympic Sport days. Available to extend from 8am to 5pm – based at the Junior Boys Site.

> more details at for activity highlights, programmes and booking.

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Ridgeway Has Certainly Got Talent

Ten acts were chosen following auditions before half-term which gave the finalists time to perfect their performances. On Tuesday they all took part in ‘Ridgeway’s Got Talent’.

There were a variety of acts from comedy sketches to singing groups and a recorder player. One novelty performance was a remarkable display with a Chinese yoyo! Each child in the school had a vote and the very popular winner this year was Joshua Fisher who received a standing ovation for his amazing 1980's inspired singing and dancing act.

Christine Ward, teacher at Junior Boys, commented;

“Everybody enjoyed the afternoon and it was felt that this was one of the best shows in the eight years it has been running! Well done to all the boys involved.“

See the pictures