Claires Court Bulletin



Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 14 October 2016



I think I should open with congratulating our sports teams, particularly the hockey sides. Last week I reported that the Under 15s had won the County Plate competition, this week it was the turn of the Under 14s. After a first round loss to St Mary’s, wins against Newlands, Holt School and Charters, draws with Holyport, LVS and Leighton Park saw us into the County U14 Plate Final where we defeated Holyport College 2-0, and Kennet School 1-0 to run out winners. Well done to all members of the squad. At the same time our 1st XI were defeating LVS 1-0.

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“Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

During our penultimate week of the first half term (how quickly has that time gone?!), the girls have been as busy as usual working hard in and out of the classroom.

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Please ensure that you supervise your children as soon as they have been handed over by the nursery staff as we are aware that some are running off towards the gate.

Please note that individual photographs are being taken on Monday morning.

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End of Life Policy - a modern parable

Dates for next week - please don't forget to look at our website for all information/dates

Saturday 15 October - Fireworks CCJB

Sunday 16 October - CCSG Rehearsal 'Night at the Movies' at CCSB 11am - 4pm

Monday 17 October - Nursery Individual Photos

Tuesday 18 October - SG Open Afternoon 3.30pm start

Friday 21 October - G11 Grade Cards coming home

Monday 24 October - 2 week half term holiday - return to school on Monday 7 November


SG Open Afternoon - Tuesday 18 October 2016

Please note that the last lesson of the day for senior girls has been re-organised for this event. The senior girls will stop at 3.25pm for a snack tea which the school will provide and the last lesson will resume again at 4.00pm - the girls will finish at 5.10pm in time for buses. There will be NO activities that afternoon for the senior girls.

Apologies in advance to our parents as parking for the visitors for the Open Afternoon will be the front carpark and the bays opposite the coach bay. Mr Bevis politely requests courtesy and patience from all.

Winter Uniform

A reminder that winter uniform is to be worn after the October half term.

Tempest Individual Photo for Main School

Deadline for returning your orders is Monday 17 October.

Nursery Photos

These are taking place on Monday 17 October - if this is not a booked session for your child but you would still like a picture taken then please come in at 8.45am and wait to have it taken. The order deadline for returning Nursery order forms is Friday 11 November.

G11 Parents' Evening - Tuesday 8 November

Your daughter has been given the appointment sheet to start making appointments for you to see her subject teachers.

G11 Assessment 2016-2017

Year 11 - Organise your homework and revision more effectively using this month-by-month diary of assessments. GCSE Support Clinics start after half term - check the notice board and/or hub pages for details. Please see link here.


We have in the school office a small chrome strapped watch - is it yours?

A Night at the Movies - presented by Claires Court

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November at Norden Farm

This year’s show is filled with song, dance, performance and music, from some of the world’s most famous and favourite cinema soundtracks. The programme includes The Great Escape, Pirates of the Caribbean, What a Wonderful World, Ghostbusters, Moon River and Stand By Me. Get your tickets now, from the Norden Farm online box office

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We also thought you should know that spaces are restricted for Half-term Holiday Activities. In order to avoid disappointment, please don't delay...

Click here for more information or here to book.


The Scholarship programme for pupils entering Years 7, 8 , 9 or Sixth Form in September 2017 is now available. You can request a scholarship application pack from the school office, or download one from the website. Please note, there was an error in the printed leaflet, please refer to the website for the correct qualifying ages.

To aid parents with the planning of their child’s education and the high demand for places we have two Scholarship application rounds for 2016-17. Candidates can only take part in one round. Dates for round one are as follows:

YEAR 7, 8 & 9

CLOSING DATE: Monday 14 November 2016


ART/SPORT Friday 25 November 2016

ACADEMIC Saturday 26 November 2016

CHORAL/DRAMA/ART Saturday 26 November 2016


CLOSING DATE: Friday 11 November 2016

INTERVIEWS: From Monday 14 November 2016

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With the nights drawing in what better time to think about reading a good bedtime story?… But could you write one?! Would it make a fantastic picture book?!

The Book People is on the lookout for the country's best young storyteller... All you need to do is write an animal-themed story of 200-800 words and you could be in with a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing your bedtime story brought to life in your very own book, illustrated by the wonderful Ada Grey and published by Little Tiger Press. The competition is open to anyone aged 5-11 years old, Closing date: 24 October 2016. Come to Junior Book Club to work on your stories and enter on The Book People website here:


If you’d like some help crafting stories, then why not enrol for a FREE story writing masterclass? Blue Peter Award winning children’s author Ali Sparkes is hosting a masterclass aimed at young authors of the future. Ali will take you through some fast paced fun and games designed to help you develop your writing skills, getting you ready to enter the Rotary Young Writers competition. Aimed at young writers aged 7-14, the event takes place on Saturday 12 November, 1.30-1.15pm at Cox Green Library. Register your place on Eventbrite:



Juniors Christmas Production - Full walk through on stage in the Hall Tuesday 18 October 2016 - 1.30pm to 3.15pm. Please bring script and a pencil to write notes onto.

Drama Club next week - Year 5 and 6 will join the Year 3 and 4 on Thursday. No Lunchtime Drama Club on Friday.


Seniors Norden Farm Performance - Sunday 16 October Rehearsal

Meet at the senior boys at 11am - wearing drama blacks and bring a packed lunch. Due to finish latest 3pm. Girls are advised to bring mobiles in order to contact home if we finish earlier.

TRIPS - copies of all trip letters can be found on our website


G7 National Gallery Thursday 20 October - consent slip by Monday 17 October.

G8-G11 Hockey Tour to Barcelona - final information letter with consent for swimming by Monday 17 October.




Young Voices Wednesday 7 December G3 to G6 - consent slip and T shirt order by Monday 17 October/note tickets for parents on sale online now.

U10'S Netball Tournament Saturday 15 October.


MFL Trips to Bordeaux/Cologne/Salamanca final information letter with copy passport, medical and rules to be returned Monday 17 October.



PARKING - please enter the large field from the driveway and follow directions of the parking assistants to park you car. Please remember that it is dark when you leave, so please bring a torch and take extra care when leaving the car park field.

TICKETS (wristbands) - If you have paid for your tickets via the parent payment portal, please collect your ticket (wristband) at the entrance gate, where we will have 6 ticket stations to hand over tickets. The payment portal closes at 5pm tonight, Friday evening, so further tickets (wristbands) may be bought by cash on the entrance gate (Adult £8, Child £5). Wristbands are exchanged for the BBQ food. If we sell out 1200 tickets, then entry is still available, but there will not necessarily be food available, except after all with wristbands have exchanged.

Forthcoming Events

Friday 18 November - Fright Night Disco for Juniors held at Girls site.

And one for the future .... Saturday 13 May - Annual Ball

Nearly New Sale

Tuesday 8 November - Second hand uniform sale, 3pm-5pm

Good quality second hand uniform is always needed. Here’s what you need to do.

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Saturday 15 October - U13 hockey at St Mary's, 9am meet at St Mary's Ascot, 12pm pick up from St Mary's Ascot.

Monday 17 October - U13/4 Hockey v Leighton Park - 4pm start, 5.30pm pick up at 5.30pm from CCSG

Wednesday 19 October - U9's Netball - Claires Court vs Godstowe Preparatory. Away - Pick up from CC Girls at 6.30pm

Wednesday 19 October - U18 Hockey v Gordons 2.30pm start at Braywick, 4.25pm pick up from CCSG

Wednesday 19 October - U12 RBWM Netball tournament, 4pm start, 5.50pm pick up from Furze Platt School

Thursday 20 October - Hockey tour training / matches, 5.30pm pick up from Braywick astro