Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 12|Autumn Term 2014

Information correct as at Friday 5 December 3pm



Paul Bevis has been out of School since Wednesday as part of an Inspection team on an ISI Inspection. Hence, no words from him this week. But previously ... >>>


Christmas has begun!

You know it’s Christmas when you smell the sweet aroma of the Mulled Wine and taste your first delicious mince pie (courtesy of the PTA)! My thanks to Gill Towell and her team for their support by supplying the goodies and serving us all.

One is also filled with Christmassy joy, when 93 girls take the stage and give the performance to beat all performances!

As I am sure most of you noticed, I was very moved by the Upper Junior performance of “Christmas 1914” - so much so that I could not give my “thank yous” properly! The girls captured the very essence of what life must have been like in 1914. I think you’ll agree that the acting and singing overall was superb.

The Lower Junior girls, once again, amazed me. The skill of learning lines and cues is not an easy one to master but they really did, in addition to dancing and singing too!

I must take this opportunity to thank Mrs Warren and Miss Goodsell for the energy and direction. Huge thanks to the teachers who have supported the girls in learning their lines and helped backstage to ensure all ran smoothly.

Thank you to Mrs King, Mrs James and Miss Sadler for directing and producing the Lower Junior production - another outstanding performance! A special thank you to Miss Bauwers for helping with the making for the props and Miss Pridham for her unbelievable artwork and creativity. >>>


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 staff have been arriving at Waitrose or other food stores on their way home looking like the fairy on the top of the Christmas tree!

We had a lovely time on Wednesday when the Lower Junior Girls entertained us to their production “The Innkeeper’s Breakfast”. The children were mesmerised and sat spellbound throughout with many of them recounting the story of the nativity on our return to the classrooms. It really is a magical time of year and never more so than seeing the children on the stage singing to their parents. read more >>>



The closure of one part or all of the School is a rare event, but as winter is now approaching and the weather is getting colder, we would like to remind parents that full guidance is available on the School website.

SnowFlow Cascades have already been sent home to all those who have returned their details. Parents are reminded to check the School website’s homepage for updated information during any period of bad weather.

MENUS for the Lent Term: The menus for next term are now online, and will be in use from Monday 15 December, Week 1, due to the changes in Allergy legislation. The first week of term will also be Week 1.


Thank you so much for all your donations so far - please keep them coming!! A reminder of our themes:

· Nursery - Biscuits

· Lower Juniors - Cakes

· Upper Junior - Toiletries / Non-alcoholic beverages including tea/coffee

· Years 7 & 8 - Luxury Items (Christmas pudding/crackers/mincemeat/"posh-nosh!")

· Years 9 & 10 - Tin Food/Preserves (cupboard staples)

· Year 11 - Novelty Items

Please send in next week. Our Year 10 'Christmas Elves' will then make up the hampers for collection.


The Passage helps homeless people in London. They welcome adult size clothes, particularly outer garments and footwear – please drop them in to Mrs Adams at Reception. Thank you.


Year 8 - a letter with regards to Instagram usage has been sent home with your daughter today – please ask your daughter for it!

Thurs 11 Dec – Christmas Lunch!! Just a reminder that there will be no other hot food available on the day, and snacks (muffins, sandwiches etc) will only be available until morning break. Please remember to send a packed lunch if you have not ordered lunch. There will be no other lunch choices available on that day.


Sat 6 Dec - Art on the Street

Mon 8 Dec - Nursery Production dress rehearsal. Please can all children attend, even if it is not their normal morning (no charge).

Tues 9 Dec – Nursery & Transition Christmas Production ‘All Aboard for Christmas’ 9am (with Lower Junior girls performing their ‘Innkeeper’s Breakfast’ for Nursery parents).

Wed 10 December 6.30pm: Senior Winter Concert involving musicians from Years 7-13. Please come and enjoy refreshments from 6pm. A letter has been sent home and if any student needs to stay between 5pm and 6,30pm the parent should return the request slip to Miss Goodsell, and bring a packed supper.

Thurs 11 Dec – Christmas Lunch (please note there will be no other food served at lunchtime) and Christmas Sweater Day.

Fri 12 Dec – Hockey/Rugby Dinner 7.30pm at Senior Boys – please remember to pay for your ticket if you haven’t already done so. Smart casual dress code.


Mon 15 Dec – Nursery Christmas Party – all Nursery children are invited.

Tues 16 Dec – Carol Services:

- Seniors at St Luke’s Church Years 7 – 9, 12 to 1pm / Years 10 & 11, 2.30 – 3.30-m

- Upper Juniors at 2.30 at All Saints Church.

Wed 17 Dec – Nursery and Lower Juniors ‘Carols Around the Tree

Wed 17 Dec – END OF TERM (Girls midday, Nursery Full Day)

Thurs 18 – Tues 23 Dec - Holiday Club (see below)


Amnesty Book Return!: With the end of term fast approaching, our Library Amnesty Box will be in place outside the Senior Library. Please return all overdue library books as soon as possible or see your Librarian for a loan extension over the Christmas holidays. Remember… Santa’s watching…!

Senior Book Club: To celebrate our last Book Club meeting of the term, we will be welcoming a special mystery guest to talk about their reading history and habits and share our end of term Christmas treats…

Senior Book Club: Wednesday 1.15-1.45pm

Another Willy Wonka Winner found in Snowy's Story >>>


**BOOK NOW for discounted rate at HOLIDAY CLUB ** ends TODAY Friday 5 December… four days of festive fun from Thursday 18 to Tuesday 23 December at our College Avenue site…. Highlight calendars, programmes and booking forms can be found on our website .. we do hope you’ll join us!

**SPACE STILL AVAILABLE for SPORTS CLUB** inset courses… kicking off with Football Skills Development on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 January at the Junior Boys site. Visit our website for full details and booking **available to all CC boys and girls in Years 4 and above **.


Letters are here (* = sent home this week)

Wed 10 Dec – All Junior girls to ‘Cinderella’ at the Hexagon in Reading – lots of reply slips now overdue!!! We need your consent and to know the preferred flavour of ice cream and drink (very important!).

*Thurs 11 Dec - Upper Juniors Carol Singing at St Mark's Nursing Home

Fri 12 Dec – Year 9 Visit to Bucks New University for Passport Day - consent slip was due by today, Friday 5 December.

13-16 February 2015 - Year 11 girls and boys History trip to Berlin interim letter - reply slip and payment by Friday 12 December.

27-29 March 2015 - Year 10 girls Geography trip to Margam Park – the reply slip and payment are due by Friday 12 December.

Ski Trip 2015 - Final payment of £345.00 for the ski trip due now, please. Letter to follow shortly with details of Information Evening in January.

BURNS NIGHT SUPPER - Saturday 24 January 2015

Advance warning of a great social event! A flyer will be sent home next week with full details of this annual event which raises funds for the Claires Court Tours Clubs. Tickets are £25 each, £45 for two or £220 for a table of ten. There will be live music, various entertainments and, of course a traditional haggis supper! To book, follow this link.



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


Mon 8 Dec - U15 Hockey v LVS

Tues 9 Dec U15 Hockey v Furze Platt

Tues 9 Dec - U13A & B Hockey v LVS

Wed 10 Dec - U14 Netball