Bulletin 10| Lent Term 2017

Information correct as at Friday 17 March 2017 at 4.00pm


I am watching the weather forecast and hoping it stays dry for the Year 10 Geographers in Wales on their Field Trip (Saturday looks very unlikely!). However we were blessed with good conditions for the Charity Walk, well done Years 7 and 8, and the House Cross Country which proved to be a great success, congratulations to all who attended to make a memorable event.

I look forward to meeting parents of Year 8 at their Evening on Monday and wish good luck to all performing in the Music Concert on Wednesday which is held at the College Avenue site. A reminder that the Year 8 Civil War day on Friday is also on the College Avenue site.

Lastly I hope to see a good turnout for the Boat Club Dinner where Olympic Gold Medalist Martin Cross is the guest speaker.


Claires Court Schools Boat Club

Annual Dinner Saturday 25 March - Tickets still available to purchase. A delightful event, held in our Sports Hall on the Senior Boys site for both parents and pupils to celebrate our rowing achievements. Guest speaker this year is Martin Cross - Former Olympic Gold Medallist and BBC Sports Rowing Commentator. Full details available from the office.

Music Concert

Wednesday 22 March - The boys will be rehearsing at Senior Girls site from 4.00pm, transport is provided, though they may need a snack for their tea!! The plan is for them all to stay at Senior Girls until the start of the concert at 6.30pm. Many thanks Mr Roach.



Summer term activities will be open for online registration via the Activities Hub from Monday 20 March until 5pm on Wednesday 29 March (last day of term).

You can preview the activity options online over this weekend.

Any pupil travelling home on the bus must be signed up for an activity, study or pre-prep after school care. Pupils not staying after school should register as “No Activity”, helping us to ensure that our “after-hours” fire lists are correct.

An email with more details will come home early next week. If you have any queries, please email our activities co-ordinator rather than calling the school offices as this will avoid any delay.


PTA Ball - 13 May 2017

Please remember payments for reserved tables must be made by 24th March to secure your booking. We are currently at our maximum of 400 guests, so tables will be released to those on the waiting list if payment is not made. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please email

PTA Easter Egg Hunt

Tickets can be bought at the door but does not guarantee any food or a chocolate egg.


Sunday 19 March - Year 10 Geography Trip returns from Margam Park about 3.30pm to Senior Boys.

Monday 20 March - Year 8 Parents Evening

Wednesday 22 March - Year 11 sets 1 & 2 Chemistry mock

Joint Senior Music Concert - at Senior Girls (SL6 6AW) prompt start at 6.30pm

Thursday 23 March - Year 11 sets 1 & 2 Biology mock

Friday 24 March - Year 8 Civil War Day based at the Girls site (transport is arranged so usual drop off and pick up from Senior Boys. School uniform to be worn and boys can take a packed lunch or have school meals as normal).

ISA Drama Festival at Hurst Lodge

GCSE Drama Moderation

Saturday 25 March - Annual Rowing Dinner at Senior Boys Sports Hall

Monday 27 March - Year 9 University Challenge

Year 13 Drama Moderation at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead at 6.30pm Audience is most welcome.

Wednesday 29 March - End of Lent Term 12.30pm


Years 8 - 11 HAZEWINKEL ROWING CAMP - 8 to 15 April & 10 to 15 April. Request for passport, final payment and completion of medical and rule sheets, these items are now overdue.

YEAR 10 GCSE HISTORY TRIP - Friday 21 to Saturday 22 April. To Battlefields of Flanders. Full details have been emailed to appropriate pupils, hard copy available from the office.


Excellent achievement and Cognitive dissonance…


It appears we have a current trend for fiddle toys which are causing considerable distraction for some boys in lessons. While we recognise that some pupils need a fidget aid to support their concentration, there are other pupils for whom they have the opposite effect. Unless issued or sanctioned by the SENCO the spinner and cubes will be considered toys and are not permitted in lessons.

If your son has any of these items please ask him to leave it at home, any unauthorised items which are seen in lessons will be confiscated and returned at the end of term.


Sports Photographs

We currently have proofs of the Lent Term Hockey and Football team photographs on display in the reception. If you would like to order prints contact the school office for an order form (, or boys can collect an order form to bring home. Deadline for orders to be received by is 29 March. The orders will be returned at the beginning of the Summer term. Thank you.

Red Nose Day

Red Noses are now on sale - please tell your son to come into the School Office to 'pick' their nose £1.00 each.

Holiday Club

Monday 3 through to Thursday 13 April (Weekdays only)

Spring into Nature and Easter Eggstravaganza themed weeks. Will also include Easter Crafts, Cookery, Warhammer, Cricket, Athletics and Rollerskiing. See website for details.


Scientist of the Week

Scientist of the week goes to boys who have either improved enormously in one or more science subjects or have maintained their excellent progress.

Year 10 - Rhys Haywood and Thomas Hall (biology), Samuel John and Ben Bravo (chemistry), Toby Prestedge (physics and chemistry)

Year 9 - Oliver Brandwood (biology), Ben Tapner Evans (chemistry), Oliver Lythgoe (physics),

Year 8 - William Edwards-Handley

Year 7 - Ben Dyer, Raphael Baker, Josh Fisher, Pavneet Batra

English Department - Reader of the Week

MFL - Linguist of the Week

French Year 7 - Aaron Mussell, Year 8 - Jonathan Nagele, Year 9 - James Freeman & Freddie MacGregor and Year 11 - Alex Samber.


Grade 1 Music Drum Exam success for Daniel Gribben. Well done to Daniel and his teacher Mr Davis.