Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 3|Lent Term 2015

Information correct as at Friday 23 January 2015 3pm



One of the features of Claires Court has been the incredibly strong pastoral care that is evident across the piste from Nursery to Sixth Form. I am extremely fortunate that in Senior Girls I have two outstanding colleagues heading up Key Stage 3 (G7 - 9) and Key Stage 4 (G10 -11), in Mrs Hawker and Mrs Heywood respectively. It has become apparent for some time that their work would be even more advantaged if they had a deputy to take on some of the work load.

I am delighted to announce therefore that Mrs Mulhearn and Mrs Ruddick have been appointed as Senior Tutors in Key Stage 3 and 4 respectively. They will remain in charge of their current tutor groups but will have some extra support to enable them to undertake their extended role. I am sure you will join me in congratulating them on their appointment. Read more... >>>


This week we continue with our theme of resilience. Years 1 and 2 have been earning Viking helmets to reward resilience. What is important when discussing resilience is a thorough understanding of what it means to be resilient. Resilience is not keeping things to yourselves or not telling on someone. Resilience is the ability to bounce back, to cope, to view difficulties as problems to solve not as obstacles that will stop you on your path to success. Read more... >>>


We could enjoy the topic of dinosaurs forever! The children have had enormous fun creating both large and small scale dinosaurs with the Beehive children deciding to call theirs Mike and the Busy Bees hoping that their pterodactyl doesn't fly down from the ceiling! Honeycomb children have all created individual ones so the variety of shapes and sizes is enormous. We have created pictures of dinosaur skeletons, made large footprints and looked at lots of books and pictures.

Transition children have been looking at animal habitats, considering where certain species choose where to live and why they like that area, have drawn animals using appropriate colours and have used pictures to match animals to habitats. Read more...>>>


DRIVING! Please can parents be very aware of their speed when driving in and around the school site. Small children can be unpredictable and run out between cars, so extra care and consideration is vital for their safety. It is also important to negotiate the bend into the front car park very slowly and carefully - the hatched markings denote the pedestrian path, and it is effectively a blind corner. Thank you!

DANCE SHOW ' A Night at the Movies' Flyers have gone home with all pupils, and parents are urged to book their tickets soon to be sure to get them. Performances are Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 February at 7pm (Years 5 - 13 taking part); and the matinee is on Thursday 12 February is at 2pm ( featuring Reception to Year 9). Tickets are £2 (the PE department is fundraising for the Claires Court Tours Club).



*Years 3 - 5 Upper Junior Secondary Matters Evening (Information Evening on the Options for Secondary Schooling)

* Year 11 Spanish Controlled Assessment (and emailed)

* Year 5 Final Year Trainee Teacher


Mon 26 Jan - Year 11 'Spotlight on the Sixth Form' 7pm in the Chapel. Information has been sent home.

Tues 27 Jan - Year 10 'Looking Beyond GCSE' in the School Hall at 6.30pm.

Thurs 29 Jan - Upper Junior Secondary Matters Evening 6.30pm (refreshments are served in the Dining Room) for a 7pm start in the Year 5 classroom. Please return the reply slip by Tuesday 27 January.

Tues 3 Feb - Year 2 Great Fire of London Parents are invited to witness this moment in history! Weather permitting!

Tues 3 Feb - Year 11 GCSE Spanish Controlled Assessment

Tues 3 Feb - 'An Evening with Margaret Goldthorpe '7pm at Junior Boys details to follow.

Thurs 5 Feb - Year 9 GCSE Options Evening 6pm. Details to follow.


Sat 28 Feb - Claires Court Regatta Race Night A flyer has been sent home today. Tickets will cost £11 each to include fish and chip supper. There are also sponsorship opportunities to add to the fun so please see the flyer and return your booking form asap! The evening will start at 7pm,

TRIPS (*Letter sent home this week)

Tues 27 Jan - Year 7 - 9 Choir 'Young Voices' at the O2 The reply slip was due LAST Friday. All forms should have been returned last week, please contact the Office if you have not received a final instructions letter. Leave 10am, return 11pm. Performance starts at 7pm. Please wear white t-shirts or official t-shirts and dark bottoms. Bring lunch, supper and snacks.

*Thurs 29 Jan - Reception girls to Junior Boys for a storytelling workshop. PLease return the travelling consent form on Monday.

*Mon 2 Feb - Year 10 Art trip to Tate Britain. Please return the consent slip by Wednesday 28 January.

*Wed 4 Feb - Year 4 History trip to Ufton Court. Please return the consent slip by Friday 30 January.

Wed 4 Feb - Year 9 trip to Lexmark 'Through the Glass Ceiling'. Details to follow.

*Fri 6 Feb - Bronze Arts Awards Trip to see ‘Light’ at Norden Farm

*Tues 10 Feb - Year 11 Art & Textiles trip to Tate Modern. Please return the consent slip by Wednesday 4 February.

13 - 16 Feb History Trip to Berlin: the final payment of £183 is now due and also a copy passport, please.


27-29 March 2015 - GCSE Geography trip to Margam Park deposit of £100 overdue - forms and payment asap please.

6-11/12 April - Hazewinkel Rowing Training Camp - if anyone who has not signed up is interested please see Chris Clark/Tom Jost asap.

*28 June - 1 July 2015 - Years 11 & 12 Physics trip to CERN in Switzerland. A letter has been sent home and those interested should please send their reply and £100 deposit by Friday 30 January.


Story Writing Competitions

Have you ever written a fantastic short story? Do you want to find out how to write super stories and enter national competitions to win great prizes?! See details of two great writing competitions below… The Libraries will be offering help and advice to any budding writers so just come along to your Senior or Junior Book Club and find out more…

500 Words 2015: Get reading, Get Writing. Get Inspired.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show’s 500 Words story-writing competition has returned for a fifth year in 2015. Launched this week, 500 WORDS asks children aged 13 and under, up and down the UK, to put pen to paper to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words. There are two age groups in the competition: one for children aged 10-13, and another for children aged 4-9. Children can submit their stories via the entry form on the 500 WORDS website. You need to be between 4 and 13 years-old on the 29th May 2015 and full time residents of the UK. An adult will be required to approve the entry and agree to the Terms and Conditions on behalf of the entrant, by way of a check-box in the online form. The adult may be the child’s parent, guardian or teacher. Entry closes on Thursday 26 February 2015 at 7pm.

BBC Young Writer’s Award with Book Trust 2015

Young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK, are invited to submit short stories of up to 1,000 words on any topic by 5pm on Wednesday 25 February 2015. This new award has been launched as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the BBC National Short Story Award with Booktrust. The aim of the Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of writers to follow in the footsteps of those championed by the adult Award. For full details, and entry guidelines follow the link.

HALF TERM HOLIDAY CLUB Monday 16 - Friday 20 February

Journey to the CREST STAR

We hope you have already read about Holiday Club’s impending ‘Journey to the CREST STAR’ for Years 1 & 2s who love discovering, and investigating science… we are getting really excited about it and the many other activities at College Avenue during the half-term holiday - there's a new take on the Highland Games, Andy Goldsworthy inspired Nature Murals and more Science that's messy and explosive. We'll also be learning a few skills & drills with help from the Sports Club team. Join us from Mon 16 to Fri 20 Feb - don't forget you can book from as early as 8am until a late 6pm and also enjoy a hot lunch when booked in advance.

You can also join our specialist team at Sports Club this holiday with Football and Rugby Skills Development courses for all boys & girls in Year 3 & above. More details of this and our other great Holiday Club ‘highlights’ can be found on our website



Visit the schoolsports website for all details of teams, venues travel arrangements

Tues 27 Jan - U14 Hockey v Newlands and Holyport A, at Braywick.

Wed 28 Jan - U18 Super League Netball v Reading Blue Coats - away.

Wed 28 Jan - U12 Netball at Kidwells Park.

Thurs 29 Jan - U10/U11 Hockey v Highfield at Braywick

Fri 30 Jan - U8/U9 Hockey v Highfield at Braywick.

Sat 31 Jan - Inter Counties Cross-Country - Robyn Watkins will be representing Berkshire.