Claires Court Bulletin
FROM THE HEAD'S DESK
I was taken back in time to my own school days earlier this week when some of the lads in Year 3 asked me to join their ‘Food Club’. Sharing snacks at the end of the day with your mates was something we all used to do when I came to this school many years ago, and although we do have to be careful with allergies, these lads were happily comparing sandwiches, crisps and other goodies with each other. I have now been instructed to bring chocolate, cheese burgers and pizza with me for the next meeting……….it is very different to when I was at school!
Some of these older traditions that we have at Claires Court add so much value to the pupils' experiences . I cannot imagine our calendar year without the Sports Day, the Swimming Gala, and of course our beloved School Fete. Indeed on Saturday 20 June I hope you can all join us for what is a wonderful event. With the ‘Wimbledon’ theme that we have this year, we can guarantee plenty of strawberries and cream, free tennis coaching for the boys and girls, a well stocked Pimm’s tent (I am sure this is a Wimbledon tradition!) and plenty of entertainment. Our PTA have worked so hard to put on this fundraiser and although the intention is to collect money to spend on the pupils, it is equally if not more importantly to bring our school community together and have some fun. Please join us if you can. I would urge you to buy your tickets from the schoo office. I must admit to being slightly disappointed though - I have been moved away from working on the bar this year, something that I have done for the last 17 years, and am now on the microphone!! I am sure that you have already seen the brilliant programme that has been put together by our PTA team, and many congratulations to Harrison Kerr in Year 4 who won the front cover competition with his beautiful illustration.
Our boys have continued to excel in their endeavours over the course of the week. Although we came second to Chesham Prep in the Under 9 matches on Tuesday, Mr Barber and his coaching team have expressed their pride at how much progress our teams are making in this very difficult and technical sport. Along with the great weather we have seen a number of lessons finding their way outside which is always a firm favourite with the boys, and Mr Hogg bravely tackled Shakespeare’s the Tempest with Year 4…..it apparently went down very well.
I spent most of Wednesday observing staff teaching their classes which is always a great experience. I found it particularly fascinating watching some of the boys learn and remember information in a variety of ways. I observed some 1:1 sessions on working memory and processing techniques where I was flabberghasted at the advanced methods the boys are being taught to retain and apply discrete skills. As parents, I hope it is reassuring to know that the staff really understand how your son works best, and they encourage them individually to be brave and try new learning strategies.
If you get the chance, come into school and have a look at two of our new displays that have been put up on the walls in the dining room and in the Pre-prep link corridor. The dining room is housing our Healthy eating posters and I am pleased to announce that Jay Keyte won first prize and Alex Pearce was runner up in this competition. The other display is of the Year 2 boys at their Books and Bushcraft event. There are some great shots involving many of the dads trying to build shelters!
Assemblies have been a little disjointed this week due to so many things going on but on Wednesday I spoke to the boys about the difference between hearing something and listening to something. Playing them Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge over troubled water’, we discussed if the boys had actually listened to the words, or just heard the music. They came out with some interesting results and comments!
I know that some of you will be attending the Summer Ball tomorrow and I hope you have a great time. The marquee is certainly big enough to house the party (and a few others if desired!) and it promises to be a lovely evening.
Today is fairly busy! Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have their Swimming Gala, Year 3 are at Dinton Pastures, Year 4 at Woolley Firs, Year 6 are on cricket tour and Bushcraft……..it looks like I will be spending most of my day with Year 5……….with the whole school to ourselves!!!!!
Please read carefully the information below relating to cancelled after school activities due to Parents Evening on Thursday for some year groups.
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all soon
“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.”
I've been made aware that there may be some confusion about tickets to the summer fete. Tickets cost £5 per family and when you return the form in your programme you will also be entered into a raffle to win a day at Windsor Racecourse. Once you have paid, the office will issue you with a ticket to gain entry to the event.
Plastic cups should have come home with the boys today. We'd be grateful if you could fill them with sweets and treats and wrap them up and return them to the office. We are also looking for help with cakes, whether they be homemade or shop bought, for the tea tent and also the cake stall. We have cake boxes available if you need them.
Don't forget to bring in any unwanted, good quality toys and books next week. There will be a table in the playground during drop off and pick up times where you can leave them.
Finally we have our silly sock/tacky tie day on Thursday 18th June . Your son can dress up in return for a bottle. But please remember that an adult has to carry any alcohol into school.
We are still seeking people to help on stalls. In particular year 4 parents are needed on the tea tent so please do contact your class rep if you can help.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the ball tomorrow.
Saturday 13 June - Art on the Street come and see our boys perform
Saturday 13 June - Summer Ball
Monday 15 June - Year 3 visit from the Vikings
Monday 15 June - Reception Parents evening
Tuesday 16 June - Year 6 Cricket photos - Please have cricket kit in school & blazers
Tuesday 16 June - Year 4 Cricket photos - Please have cricket kit in school & blazers
Tuesday 16 June - Reception Parents Evening (Mrs Sullivan)
Wednesday 17 June - Year 6 talk from Thames Valley Police
Wednesday 17 June - Reception Parents Evening (Mrs Sullivan)
Thursday 18 June - Travelling Book Fair
Thursday 18 June - Silly Sock Day
Thursday 18 June - Parents evening Year 1 - Year 4
Friday 19 June - Year 3 & Year 4 Swimming Gala
Friday 19 June - Whole school photograph. Tidy hair and smart uniforms please
NOTES & TO DO
Year 5 and Year 6 boys enjoyed a visit from Paul Hay of PCLS Training, our Internet Safety Consultant on Wednesday. They explored issues around social networking and cyberbullying. We also held a parents' session in the evening, which forty or so parents attended. The feedback was extremely positive. If any parents missed the session or would like to view some of the material that we have been using with the boys please follow this link to Paul's website where there are some excellent resources for you to use.
If you need any further advice on this issue or would like a copy of "Digital Parenting Magazine" please contact me.
****Due to our Parents Evening on Thursday 18 June there are some cancellations and changes to the After School Activities.****
Listed below are the activities which will still take place. Those not mentioned are cancelled.
Reception swimming 3pm - 4pm
Year 1 Great Outdoors
Year 4 - 6 Lifeguarding
After School Care
TUESDAY 23 JUNE - We will be having a photographer on site during Tuesday taking photographs for our new website. Please make sure boys are all dressed tidily and wearing the correct uniform. Thank you.
TUESDAY 23 JUNE - Due to the New Boys Evening at the Senior Boys School we have early buses on Tuesday June 23. Therefore boys who need onward coaches or have to be collected from the Senior Boys site need to take the 4pm bus. We will still have a 5pm bus but only for boys requiring After School Care or collection from the College site when the bus arrives.
General Note - Reception and Year 1 parents - When picking up your son at the front of the school on a Wednesday or a Friday, please stay in your cars and wait for your son to be brought to you. Our quick pick up service has started to slow down recently!!!
Wednesday 24 June - Year 6 Parents Evening
Friday 26 June - Sports Day.
Saturday 27 June - Karate grading in the Sports Hall
Thursday 25 June - Reception visit Marlow Park
Wednesday 1 July - Year 1 visit Windsor Castle
Friday 3 July - Year 4 Outward Bound
There are visitors galore this summer at Holiday Club... we’ve Sadie from Feathers & Fur returning with her wondrous Hawks, Falcons and Owls. The Samurai Fitness Group will deliver 'Little' and 'Young' Samurai taster sessions. mini & mid kidz will get interactive with the Science Museum, and the kool kidz take a Mission to Mars! We're also looking forward to meeting a crew from the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Look at the Theme Weeks on our website for more Highlights and you’ll also find Sports Club’s immense programme of 3 day courses… all from £25 per day – www.clairescourt.com/holidayactivities
Fantastic Food Posters
The Junior Boys created a fantastic display, well done to the prize winners - Alex and Jay >>>
Catch up on last week's news
From across the School