Claires Court Bulletin



It has been an unbelievably busy seven days! I joined my U11 rugby boys in Cambridge for their tour and we enjoyed four active days sampling the sites of the city and clashing with the best schools and clubs around. Twenty six boys represented the school superbly, and they also found a great deal of success on the field of play, winning four matches, drawing one and losing one. Our Year 6 Bushcrafters were also hard at work lighting fires, tracking animals and building shelters - we have some budding ‘Bear Grylls’ in the making!

We are extremely proud of our U10A rugby team. They travelled to Oratory Prep School on Wednesday and took part in a large rugby tournament - they were unbeaten and ended up as Joint Winners. In the final against Moulsford, there was nothing between the teams at the end of normal time and extra time, hence the sharing of the trophy. The boys showed tremendous courage and deserve a great deal of praise. Equally impressive were our U9 boys who played in the St Columba’s tournament earlier this week. They showed resilience and bravery in defence and scored some wonderful tries- they won one, drew one and lost two matches. This is still their first season of competitive rugby and I am delighted with their attitude and determination - this can be said for all of Year 4 on the rugby field. Also very well done to Archie Arnold and Johannes Dreischmeier in Year 6 who have been selected to represent the South East of England in the rugby prep school Barbarians team - we are very proud of their achievements.

This week saw the first full meeting of the class reps as part of our ‘Pupil Voice’, and Mrs Stay has been really encouraged at how the whole school have approached this new initiative. Year 5 were taken back to ‘old school’ on Tuesday at the Victorian School Museum - a brilliant experience, but no chromebooks or interactive whiteboards available back then I am afraid boys!

Claires Court Junior Boys paid their respects to the memory of the fallen heroes of past wars at 11 o’clock on Tuesday. Boys and staff met for a special assembly first thing in the morning before returning to their classrooms to observe a period of silence. I stood with the boys and teachers in Reception, and our four year olds were impeccably behaved in their show of respect, reminding me of how quickly our little ones are maturing and understanding the world around them.

I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Justin Spanswick

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Could we ask that if it is necessary to bring medicine into school for your son that it is in an appropriate container that is clearly labelled with content and pupil’s name/ dosage etc and it MUST be accompanied by a prescribed medication form with all details clearly written. If we are not happy that this has not been complied with we reserve the right to refuse to give the medication. Medicine may not be given to the boys to take home on the bus so alternative arrangements will need to be made to take this into account. If you require further clarification on these rulings please contact Angela Fowke (School Nurse) at Claires Court, The College on 01628 687402.

Please note that the following activities are cancelled on Monday:- Y4 Football skills (8am), Art Club, Social Club and Hockey. Tuesday’s Y2 Football (8am) is also cancelled.


Tuesday 18 November –U9 rugby photographs.

Wednesday 19 November – U10 rugby photographs

Thursday 20 November – Reception – Year 5 Parents Evening from 6pm. Appointments sent home today.


Monday 24 November – Y6 Parents Evening from 6pm. Appointments sent home today.

Wednesday 26 November - U11 Rugby photos


Friday 12 December – Reception – Y2 trip to Norden Farm to see ‘Kippers Snowy Day’. Consent slip and payment should have been delivered to the Office by Friday 7 November.


Our Rabbit winners this week are Aaron Sanger (6G) and James Jeffs (1Y). Aaron was awarded the Rabbit for carrying out jobs without being asked and James received his for always being kind, helpful and thoughtful. Well done boys.


The Scholastic Book Club leaflet has gone home with boys this week. Should you wish to place an order, please return the order form by Friday 21 November. Please note we cannot accept cash.


Over the past few weeks the boys have been practising and competing in a class tournament developing their skills in the fun game of Quoridor. Congratulations go to Edward Verstringhe who won all of his games and who was therefore selected to join the CCJB Mindlab Olympic Team when they compete against other schools next May. He was closely followed by William Paveley winning Silver and Alistair Jesseman Bronze. Well done to all the boys who took part.


The PTA can no longer accept any more orders for the Christmas Cards. The orders have been posted to the supplier. Parents may still order online and we will still benefit from the commission as the PTA will be putting the money towards art equipment and prizes. You may order online via this link or by calling 0845 408 5194. Just ensure you have your unique reference code found on the order form or on the reverse of your sample card. Your order will incur a postage and packing cost.

PTA Family Fireworks Party- what did you think?

The PTAs were grateful to all who joined them for this amazing event just before half term. A crowded field at Junior Boys enjoyed food, drink, entertainment and a fantastic fireworks display. We hope that all who attended had a great time and in order for all who attended to give us their views on the event – we ask that YOU click on our feedback questionnaire. Do please let us know what you think – we love to hear your views. Substantial funds were raised for the PTAs to utilise in the forthcoming year.

Oh! What A Lovely War


Tickets now on sale!

Tickets can be paid for via the Payportal or with the reply slip that has come home. Not suitable for children under 11, but we would like parents from across the School to enjoy the show.


Holiday Club is having four days of festive fun this holiday – Thu 18th to Tue 23rd 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 for this feast of festive fun!

Book now for our Sports Club inset courses… kicking off with Football Skills Development on Mon 5th and Tue 6th January at the Junior Boys site.

Go to the sportsclub link for full details and booking. **Available to all CC boys and girls in year 4 and above **.