Bulletin 9 | Autumn Term 2014

Information correct as at Friday 14 November 4.00pm


From the School Nurse – If your son needs to bring medicine into school could we ask parents to ensure that it is in the original packaging from the chemist. It MUST be accompanied by a prescribed medication form with all details clearly written on it. We may refuse to give it if we are not happy.

PTA Family Fireworks Party- what did you think? - The PTA’s 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 everyone who came 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 and complete 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.


We have been back only for two weeks and have already covered a great deal of activity. I thank the History and Music Departments for their Remembrance assembly on Monday, it focused the boys thoughts on the importance of the two minute silence.

It was pleasing to see a great number at the Year 7 Parents Evening, a very useful evening to check on the progress of the boys at the start of their journey through Senior Boys. We had an excellent crowd for the David Course Memorial match, great to see so many old boys there. The honours were evenly split with Desborough winning the 1st XV fixture and our U14 XV winning theirs.

I would recommend the talk by Paul Hay on Internet Safety to all parents. He will answer the questions that worry us all. It is at the Senior Girls site on Monday 17 November starting at 7.00pm.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy


Saturday 15 November – PTA Chess Tournament at Senior Boys Site

Cricket Tour Curry Night

Monday 17 November – Anti-Bullying Week

Paul Hay ‘Safe Online’ Parental Evening 7.00pm to 8.30pm at our Girls

Site, 1College Avenue, Maidenhead SL6 6AW

Tuesday 18 November – Year 7 Art Trip – National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery

Year 9 Vaccinations

Year 10 Target Setting 1.30pm to 7.30pm

Wednesday 19 November – Year 10 Target Setting 8.00am to 1.00pm

Thursday 20 November – ISA London West Swimming Championships

Friday 21 November – Scholarship Art Portfolio Deadline

Saturday 22 November – Boat Club Cheese & Wine Evening at Maidenhead Rowing Club – Still Spaces

Tuesday 25 November – 6th Form Open Evening 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Silent Auction - In support of the Cricket Tour. Two Tickets to The David Thomas Champions Lunch (value £100 each) on 5 December at The Grange, Tower Bridge Guest Speaker Graham Gooch. Sealed Envelope Entries to Mr Rayer with your bid and your name and best contact telephone number by 19 November.

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Tickets are now on sale for this wonderful musical production by pupils in Years 10 - 13. To be staged in the Desborough Suite, Maidenhead Town Hall. Tickets can be paid for via the Payportal or with the reply slip which accompanied the paper copy of this weeks Bulletin.

'The performance is a portrayal of the nostalgia of the era of WW1. Much of it is funny and carefree, yet behind the songs and dances the realities of war will scream at the audience. It is both a tribute to the men in the trenches and an assault on the decision makers and those who became rich from the profits of war.'


Year 7 Art Trip Tuesday 18 November to National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery - Consent forms now overdue.

Year 9 English Trip Thursday 27 November to see ‘War Horse’ at New London Theatre – A full information sheet has been distributed, please return payment of £38 (or pay on line) together with the consent slip to ‘The Office’ by Friday 21 November. This trip departs school at 11.45am and will return at approximately 6.30pm, so it will not connect with buses.

Rowing Training Camp April 2015 – Details of this have been distributed to rowers, the deadline for deposits is Friday 28 November.


Year 9 – Please return vaccination consent forms to The School Nurse as soon as possible in regard to the immunisation programme on Tuesday 18 November.

‘Oh What a Lovely War !’ A Claires Court Production to be held at Desborough Suite, Town Hall, Maidenhead, for two nights only Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November. Tickets are now on sale, a full information sheet accompanies this Bulletin.

Holiday Club Thursday 18 to Tuesday 23 December at our College Avenue site. Mini kidz get cracking with Pip Ahoy! along with a day of Christmas Crafts. Our older kidz discover different Christmas’ around the world and help at Santa's Workshop to get everything done in time. Experimental Science and a Stocking Treasure Hunt are topped off with a Christmas Party! Highlight calendars, programmes and booking forms can be found on our website Book now for Sports Club inset courses (Claires Court boys and girls in year 4 and above **), kicking off with Football Skills Development on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 January at the Junior Boys site. Go to for full details and booking **

Christmas Lunch – Thursday 11 December – Full details accompany this Bulletin home. Please return your choice to The Office, £3.50 will automatically be deducted via the usual cashless payment system for those partaking so there is no need to send any money.

Goyals – Our uniform suppliers have informed us that their winter coats are now available, £25 for a fleece lined, cosy, waterproof jacket with a hidden hood for very wet weather. A sample jacket is available to see/try, just ask in the office.

Found Property - We have four pairs of glasses at reception – please do come and have a look if you have lost yours…it would be good to reunite them with an owner. In addition a Samsung mobile phone has been handed in, again please come and ask at the office if you have mislaid this.

Lost property -We are searching for several items of sports kit belonging to Alex McDougle, all named. Please do check that you have the correct kit. We are also searching for a complete sports kit, in a bag, belonging to Guy Bromfield – all named – this was left on the bag rack at school last week. Please do hand in to the office if found. Thank you.

Annual Raffle Tickets – which is drawn at the Junior school disco, accompany this Bulletin home.


Music - Letters to the Years 7-9 choir, about the Young Voices event in January, and a letter to members of the Samba Band about Art in the Street in December have been handed out. Reply slips need to be returned to Mr Roach personally as soon as possible. Thank you.

Maths Club - Pupils who would like one to one coaching in some aspects of Mathematics are invited to attend the Maths Club every Tuesday from 4.25pm to 5.25pm. You will need to make an appointment with Mrs Myers as this club will run on a first come first served basis. You can participate in your usual after school activity and then go to Room 1 when your turn comes. This invitation is open to all pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. Parents please encourage your sons to make an appointment if you think that this will assist your sons' general progress or perhaps help with a particular problem. This Club has now started.

Bridging the Gap between GCSE Maths and AS level Maths - If you are thinking of pursuing Maths from GCSE to AS/A level , then why not attend the Booster Club every Thursday after school from 4.25pm to 5.25pm in Room 1? This invitation is open to Year 10 and Year 11 pupils who would like to be prepared for the challenges of Sixth Form Mathematics. Please email Mrs Myers to sign up.


Pupils who are studying GCSE languages are encouraged to make use of the support on offer each week by the MFL team. This will be particularly beneficial to those who are in Year 11 and are preparing for Controlled Assessment tasks, mock exams etc.

FRENCH: Mrs Stratton - Mondays 1.45pm - 2.10pm Room 21

GERMAN: Mrs Denton – Thursdays 1.45pm – 2.10pm Room 26

SPANISH: Mr Henry - Tuesday, 1.45pm - 2.10pm Mrs Rubio – Thursdays 1.15pm – 2.00pm Room 20

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Congratulations to this weeks Mathematicians’ - Year 7 – Usman Ali, Year 8 Kento Nakai, Year 9 Sam Higgins, Year 10 Tom Lidstone and Year 11 Robert West.

Linguists for this week: French: Oliver Cadinouche, Nick Casson, Owen Richards and Joshua Ralphson. Spanish: Oliver Ellis, Henry Bennett and Stephen Ellis. German: Matthew Pottage Latin: Joshua Bull.