Claires Court Bulletin

JUNIOR BOYS

FROM THE HEAD'S DESK

The solar eclipse this morning provided some excitement amongst the boys. Having been through all of the science and the safety procedures, we eagerly left assembly at 9.26am for the 9.31am rendezvous with this rare and awe inspiring spectacle. If we had been able to see anything through the heavy grey cloud, the boys would have been even happier! Unfortunately, we were unable to see even the position of the sun and moon, let alone the eclipse…….nevertheless, the boys did get the sense of darkness and a drop in temperature, and as the whole school stood in silence, only the occasional confused bird tweeting away disturbed our 6 minutes of hush.


With preparations for our concert next week on Tuesday 24 March going as smoothly as Mr Rowan could expect, I do hope that you will be able to join us for what is always a superb display of the talents of our musicians and our school choir.


I would like to thank you for responding so positively to our upcoming Workshare on Thursday 26 March - I am trying to create as many opportunities as possible for parents to be part of the school community and share in the fantastic achievements of the boys. As I say, I was delighted that so many of you have chosen to come in. As always, I would welcome any feedback that you may have on this type of occasion. Similarly, I am trialing a new system of communication to parents next term in regards to when you get information about events, especially those that need a return slip to come back in via boy post. I hope that this will allow us to become more efficient and keep you in the loop of what is going on more effectively.


With our musicians and dramatists working so hard this week, it is amazing that we managed to get so much football played. Congratulations to the Under 11A football team who won the tournament at Dair House school on Wednesday. It is the first time we have been invited to this event….and now I am hoping that it will not be the last time! The boys played superbly and Mr Goddard and the rest of the school are very proud of them. The Under 10’s played some tough matches against St John’s Beaumont on Wednesday and really excelled - I was lucky enough to watch some of the games, and was delighted to hear that Ruben Goswell scored a super goal for the D team, as well as William Keylock Captaining the A team for the first time and scoring a brace in his side's win. It was after the game at tea when I saw the whole of Year 5 in their element - sitting, chatting to their friends, welcoming the away team and making them feel at home, and generally exhibiting the type of behaviour that makes us parents very proud. Well done boys.


Year 4 are splitting into two groups today. We have one set of boys who are on a Bushcraft extravaganza with Woodland Ways, accompanied by Mrs Vine and Mrs Nott - as I look out the window of my office I can see some fire lighting going on in our wooded area! The other set of boys are travelling down to Bournemouth for a football tour - I hope that both sets of pupils have a great experience. We must also wish our Under 11 Rugby sevens team the best of luck - they will be battling it out on the pitches of Caldicott in this prestigious tournament tomorrow afternoon.


I hope to see many of you at the Easter Egg hunt tomorrow - let’s hope the weather holds!


Justin Spanswick.

PTA NEWS

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Easter Egg Hunt from 12.30pm tomorrow, lets all keep our fingers crossed that it stays dry! Can we just say a massive 'thank you' to those parents who have volunteered to help out tomorrow. The PTA works hard to organise these events, but they just can't run without your help on the day. Just a reminder that whilst tickets will be available on the day, we can't guarantee either a hotdog or Easter egg for those tickets as these items are pre-ordered.

Turning our attentions to the Summer Fete can I just remind you all that the deadline for booking an Ad in the programme is next Friday (27th March). Please contact Julie Van Vuuren for rates and details of how to secure space - jjvanvuuren@yahoo.co.uk . At the Fete this year there will be a Summer Market. We already have a number of stalls confirmed, but there is still time to book one. Please contact Caroline Payne for details - roli_payne@Hotmail.com

Finally, please don't forget to get entries in for the Front Cover Competition for the Summer Fete programme by Friday 27th March.

PTA Summer Ball - tickets now on sale

Saturday 13 June - We invite you to join us for this year’s PTA Summer Ball, 'An Arabian Night' being held in a stunning marquee at our Ridgeway site. Find out how to book your table of ten, tables are selling fast!

IMPORTANT NOTICES

RED NOSE DAY - Our Junior Boys total for Red Nose Day is a whopping £526.97 of which £60 was used to pay for the noses in advance. The school was a sea of red instead of green for a day and our supply of 'Noses' sold out a week before the day ! Well done for raising such a brilliant amount.


CAR PARKING - We are hoping that our new car parking spaces will be available for use after the Easter Holidays and would like to thank you for your patience . Feedback from our parents indicates that you are really pleased with our current strategies to alleviate the current parking situation - these will still continue next term as well.


COMMUNICATION - Would parents please inform the school office if there are any last minute changes to your son's pick up arrangements at the end of the day.

FORTHCOMING DATES

Monday 23 March - 3 for 3 Chess Tournament 2pm - 6pm. If you want to still enter please bring in your £2 and entry form on Monday. Please also bring some money for tuck.

Tuesday 24 March - Reception making Easter Crafts and joined by Reception girls.

Thursday 26 March - Workshare for Reception - Year 6 4pm - 5.45pm

Friday 27 March - Year 5 Books and Bushcraft

Saturday 28 March - Karate Tournament cancelled due to lack of funding and low response. Any money paid will be refunded.

FUTURE EVENTS

Tuesday 31 March - Term ends at midday. Boys need to be collected at 12 o'clock.

Tuesday 21 April - Term commences

Thursday 23 April - Boys may wear cub/scout uniforms for St Georges Day

3 FOR 3 CHARITY NEWS

Mums have been busy baking again this week. This time it was the turn of Year 3 on Wednesday to hold a cake sale and organise some games. Between the three classes they raised £302.41 for our 3 for 3 fundraising. Well done boys and Mums!


Our total to date is now £1301.28!!!


Monday 23 March - 3 for 3 Chess Tournament

Tuesday 24 March - Year 2 Cake Sale

Thursday 26 March - Year 1 and Reception Cake Sale

RABBITS

Our Rabbit winners this week are Ruben Grewal 2G and Aaran Sanger 6G. Ruben consistently behaves in an impeccable manner and this week Mrs Thomson has been so pleased with how polite, helpful and kind he has been with his fellow classmates. Aaran has impressed our Y3 teachers with his conduct around the school. Again Aaran always tries to be his Best Self and is extremely polite and caring towards others. Well done to both boys.

HOLIDAY CLUB

Holiday Club is getting ready for plenty of fun at the College Avenue site from Tue 7 to Fri 17 April… it brings Frozen themed fun for our mini kidz, Abstract Art and Marbellous Marbles for our mid kidz, along with Pirate Day and Construction Chaos for our kool kidz older kool kidz can also join Xtra Cookery Club, Craft Club and Drama Club (limited availability). Go to www.clairescourt.com/holidayclub for all the groups ‘highlights and activities’ and book before 27 March for a discounted rate.

Sports Club is also returning to the Junior Boys site with a Sports Club Taster Day on Tue 7 April and Cricket Master Skills days from Tue 14 to Thu 16 April… spaces still available – book by 27 March for discounted rate. There is also the option to join a Cricket Skills Development course on the Inset day after the holiday - Mon 20 April… this is available to all Claires Court boys & girls in Years 4 and above. Go to www.clairescourt.com/sportsclub for both programmes and booking