Claires Court Bulletin



I hope you all enjoyed a lovely half term break. As mentioned before, I spent the week with my family in what proved to be a very sunny Cornwall. By all accounts, the weather back here was not so good…....!! Once I had adapted to having no phone signal or wi-fi, I was lucky enough to find a few sea waves to splash about in with my children, although my family were rather unimpressed with my attempts to get back on a surfboard!!

In assembly this morning I asked if any of our pupils aspired to be a teacher when they get older……...quite a few hands were raised! I explained that sometimes, it is simply the best job to have in the world. As a teacher, you get to see and be part of so much progress, success, enthusiasm and endeavour, all of which I have had the satisfaction of observing in abundance this week.

Whether it be our with our pleasing Academic Assessment results which are coming home today (except for Reception who do their own benchmarking analysis, and Year 6), our outstanding triumph on Wednesday winning the ISA Regional Athletics Championships, or our Chess masters in their Jamboree, the pupils have been their ‘Best Selves’ in all aspects of Claires Court life, and I am very proud of their wonderful attitude to school. I finished my assembly assuring the boys that the most important success they achieve is when they follow the Golden Rules closely. As you can imagine, we had a large number of Rabbit nominations this week!

Our Year 6 boys are either touring North Devon wielding their cricket bats, or learning the more advanced arts of Bushcraft in their local expedition. Either way, they are very busy and we wish them all the best of luck. Year 5 actors who are currently at Windsor Castle in fancy dress for the Queen’s birthday celebrations - they have dressed up as civilians from the 1930’s and the 1990’s!! Year 5 also enjoyed a visit to Claires Court Senior Boys on Thursday where they were introduced to several of the secondary teachers and had some great fun making their boats.

As we move towards the end of term, please do keep a close eye on important dates and events that are coming up. I will be holding my Year Group Information Mornings very soon, letters will be coming home for this early next week. I hope you are all able to attend so that I can prepare you for what to expect as your son moves up a year group in September! There are also Parents’ Evenings and a number of Bushcraft/camping dates to bear in mind.

Susan Payne has had another excellent week in relation to her recovery, and she is hoping to be moved into a rehabilitation ward whenever a space becomes available. She is still not feeling too many unpleasant effects of the chemotherapy, and she has been bragging to us all that she can now take quite a few steps, for which she has a brand new pair of Nike trainers…….her first ever pair of trainers she tells us!!! As always, she thanks you all for your neverending support.

I will leave you with my most treasured memory so far this term which occurred on Wednesday while I was commentating to over 1000 people at the Athletics event in Eton. At the end of a rather gruelling long distant event, as soon as the first 3 boys crossed the line, they refused to leave the track and go into their ’places’ for the judges…...they simply waited at the finish line to shake hands with every athlete who took part in the race, embracing the last place runner as he struggled across the line. I am happy to say that Claires Court boys were involved in this, and this happened at the end of most of the events. Sportsmanship and modesty remain at the top of your sons priority list, something of which we can all be proud.

Have a super weekend.

Justin Spanswick

Year 5 Pupils Live at the Queen's 90th Birthday Tea Party

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There is now just 2 weeks until our Summer Fete, which this year is celebrating the Great Outdoors. Please do get your tickets in advance in order to be entered in to a prize draw to win a family photoshoot with the amazingly talented Clare Keylock. Tickets are just £2 for adults and £1 per child and are available from the school office.

We have some amazing raffle prizes up for grabs this year. Tickets will be available for this on the day. Here is a list of just some of our prizes:

2 x £50 Hawkinsport gift vouchers

‘Jump In’ birthday party for 10 children

Chef experience dinner for 4 by ‘81 Events’

Dinner, bed and breakfast at The Crowne Plaza, Marlow

High Sports family rock climbing taster session at Wycombe Leisure Centre

12 Chocolate cigars (with choice of centre) by The Roli Poli Cake Company

One week of childcare (9am-5pm) at Wise Owls Club, Maidenhead

Odds Farm Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children)

Little Kickers 6 week course (1 space)

1 x Cut and Blow Dry Harringtons

1 x Cut and Colour Harringtons

Bake Away: 1 x 20cm (Double) Chocolate and Vanilla Sponge Cake / 12 x Banana & Chocolate Muffins

I know that your class reps are busy rallying the troops for your year group stall or activity. Please do get back to them asap and donate your time.

We have our silly sock/tie day on Thursday 23rd June. Boys are able to come into school wearing silly socks and/or ties in return for a bottle for the drinks tombola. Please remember that an adult has to carry alcoholic drinks onsite. Please leave these in the dining room.

We will also be sending home an empty pint size cup with the boys, and would kindly ask that you fill it with sweets and goodies for the sweet stall. We would also like to ask if you would be kind enough to donate some baked goods (home baked or shop bought – we won’t judge!) for our tea tent.

We are also looking for donations of books and toys. From Monday 20th June there will be a marquee on the lawn where you can leave these. Please don’t leave any perishable goods in there, instead sweets and cakes can be left in the reception area.

We are hoping to have a Nearly New Uniform Sale on the day if stocks allow, so if you have any uniform you are able to donate please take it into the office for the attention of Aneeta Rogers.

It feels like I’m asking a lot of you all, but the success if this event, as always, is a result of the generosity from all our parents.

Many thanks in advance.

Emma Robertson


This year the theme of our fete is 'The Great Outdoors', a theme inspired by the allotment and bushcraft projects the PTA have recently supported.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to take a stall at this year’s event please contact me at We are also looking for a number of raffle prizes. If you are able to contribute something please contact me at the same address.

Please click here for the ticket order form.

Payment can be made by cash or cheque with the accompanying order form to the school office. If you pay online then please remember to send in your prize draw entry to the school office as it also assists us with how many tickets you require. Cheques should be made payable to Claires Court and Ridgeway Society.


Well what a week of sport it has been at Junior Boys!

The U9s took on Chesham Prep on Tuesday with the A&B teams travelling away. Both games proved to be very competitive with the A team chasing a run total and the B team putting on a fantastic score bowling when the most almighty lightening storm hit very close by. Both games had to be abandoned due to the storm for the safety of everyone involved.

The remainder of the year group were split into three teams - Wales, Scotland and Ireland and played a mini tournament against Chesham’s third team at Home. Ireland played the first match with a comfortable win, with Aiden Mukherjee and Jack Newton both bowling superbly well. Wales played the second, also with a fine win.

Wednesday saw Claires Court host the ISA London West Athletics Championships at the Thames valley Athletics Centre in Eton. This is a huge event with nearly 1000 pupils travelling from all over the region to compete. The boys in Years 4,5 & 6 competed superbly well winning many of the events. A special mention must go to each year group's relay team as they all managed to win their events comfortably. All athletes contributed towards the Junior Boys team winning the Junior Boys Trophy with 188 points to second placed Hawley Place with 101. This also helped Claires Court win the overall trophy.

Please see a full list of results below and we wish the U11 cricket team all the best of luck this weekend as they leave to tour in North Devon.

Nick Butterfield

ISA Athletics

Overall results -

JB 1st

JG 2nd

SB 3rd

SG 1st

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RIP Viktor Korchnoi GM (23/3/1931 - 6/6/2016)

"Those who think that it is easy to play chess are mistaken. During a game a player lives on his nerves, and at the same time he must be perfectly composed."

"No Chess Grandmaster is normal; they only differ in the extent of their madness."

BBC - Viktor Korchnoi

U11 Jamboree

The Under 11 squad spent Wednesday afternoon at the Abbey Junior School playing in the Berkshire School Jamboree.

We went into the event as holders of the title so were not expecting the easiest of draws, though the last-minute withdrawal of another school also worked against us.

The team was: Niam Popat, Kyle Wheeler, Aaron Johnson, Aaron Mussell and Alex Pearce.

After a challenging first round we recovered to finish 3rd from eight teams. This was a good result and the boys should be proud of their achievements and medals.

Special mention goes to Alex Pearce as he found himself playing in an amalgamated team made up of Board 5 players in order to make up for the missing school. Alex found himself playing against Board 1 players and not only held his own but scored 3/4, beating the winning team's Board 1 in the process!

Very well done, Alex!

We look forward to seeing what the Under 9 teams can achieve next week.

Summer Tournament: 4 July

Entries are now pouring in for this term's school chess tournament on Monday 4th July.

Entry forms can obtained from me and the entry fee is a very reasonable £1.

Richard Hogg

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Monday 13 June, Tuesday 14 June and Thursday 16 June - Reception Parents Evening

Monday 13 June - Y5 Swimming Gala 9.30am - 10.30am. Tea, coffee and croissants will be available from 9am for those coming to support.

Monday 13 June -17 June - Healthy Eating Week.

A variety of activities are taking place next week highlighting different foods, activities and healthy eating across the school. Keep an eye on our news and social media pages!

Monday 13 June - Y3 have a visit from the Vikings!

Thursday 16 June - Travelling Book Fair. (See poster in Library News)

Thursday 16 June - Reception to Year 4 Parents Evening from 4pm

Friday 17 June - Year 4 Chembakolli Day

Friday 17 June - Reception - Year 2 Swimming Gala 9.30am - 11am. Tea, coffee and croissants will be available from 9am for those coming to support.


Monday 20 June - Year 5 Parents Evening from 4pm

Tuesday 21 June - Year 1 Parents' Information Meeting. 8:45am - 9:30am

Wednesday 22 June - Year 2 Parents' Information Meeting. 8:45am - 9.30am

Wednesday 22 June - Year 6 Parents Evening from 4pm

Thursday 23 June - Year 3 Parents' Information Meeting. 8:45am - 9.30am

Thursday 23 June - Silly Sock Day/ Silly Tie Day (see info in PTA NEWS)

Friday 24 June - Year 3 and Year 4 Swimming Gala 9:30am - 11am. Tea, coffee and croissants will be available from 9am for those coming to support.

Saturday 25 June - PTA Summer Fete

Monday 27 June- Year 4 Parents' Information Meeting. 8:45am - 9.30am

Tuesday 28 June - Year 5 Parents' Information Meeting. 8:45am - 9.30am

Tuesday 28 June - Early buses only for link to Senior Boys due to New Boys Evening

Thursday 30 June **************SPORTS DAY*****************

Reception - Year 1 9.30am - 10.30am

Year 2 & Year 3 11am - 12.30pm

Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6 1.15pm - 3.45pm


Does your child currently use the coach? If so please make sure you complete the form emailed to you this week with your requirements for next term as soon as possible.


Friday 10 June - Sunday 12 June - U11 North Devon Cricket Tour.

Friday 17 June - Sunday 19 June - U10 Isle of Wight Cricket Tour.

Thursday 23 June - Year 4 to Woolley Firs. Letter to follow next week.

Friday 1 July - Reception to The Forest School, Windsor. Letter out in due course.

Friday 1 July - Year 3 Outward Bound



Next week it is Healthy Eating Week. We are holding a 'Crazy Cress Head' competition and all boys need to bring in a clean and empty eggshell on which to grow the cress. If they wish to participate please can they carefully bring their eggshells to school during the week. Thank you.


Please note that due to cricket tours and bushcraft events there will be no Athletics after school on Friday 17 June. You may collect your son at the end of school or they can go down to the College site for After School Care.


Following an incident yesterday may we remind pre-prep parents to supervise their children once they have been collected at the end of the day/after an activity. They may not be left to play with the chess pieces or use the climbing frames and should be within sight of the parent at all times. This is in the interest of Health and Safety. Thank you for your cooperation.


We have sent out proofs of the recent cricket photos to boys in Year 4 and 5 today. Year 6 will bring theirs home on Monday. If you wish to place an order please return your order form and payment to the school office by Friday 17 June.


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Work matters – linking the worlds of Education and Employment


Our Rabbit winners this week are Sam Roberts Y6 and Jack Terry Y2. Sam showed tremendous compassion when helping a younger member of our school community was having some difficulty. His good nature really helped the young man in this situation. Jack is always a very kind and helpful individual. This week he has been especially caring and considerate towards others, including a boy who was having a 'taster day' with us. Both Jack and Sam are a wonderful example of boys who follow the Golden Rules and they are worthy winners of the rabbit this week.


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – Summer holiday (Mon 18 Jul to Fri 2 Sep)

This Summer at Claires Court Holiday Activities we're offering 7 themed weeks based on different book genres for the Mini, Mid and Kool groups. Xtra activities for older Kool children will include themed Science, Textiles, Cookery and Crafts. Sport Xtra offer days of Golf, Cricket, Olympic Sports and Rugby, as well as Swim, Bike and Run.

>> click for more of What's on and To Book on our new booking system.

>> Claires Court parents will need to wait a minimum of 24 hours after registering to allow the booking system to be updated, which will then trigger any available discounts. . Please do contact us before completing your booking if you think the discount has not been applied.


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