Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 6|Summer Term 2015

Information correct as at Friday 5 June 2015 3pm



Congratulations to our stunning athletes who triumphed at the ISA London West Athletics Championships on Wednesday. The Senior girls took overall 1st place. Our brilliant Junior Girls, outperformed larger schools, with very much larger athletes to come an exceptionally well deserved 2nd place. Our PE Department, led by Miss Cox and supported by Miss Hudson for the Juniors, should be very proud of what they have achieved with Claires Court Girls finishing 1st overall resulting in our team of 14 girls representing London West at the National Championships later in the term. Read more >>> and see 'Pupil News' below.


Welcome back to one the busiest half terms of the academic year! (Who am I kidding? - every half term is busy at Claires Court!). I think this is deemed to be the busiest because it such a short half term and thoughts are moving towards next academic year. With this is mind, a letter will be coming home to announce our staffing for September 2015.

Whilst we are excited for next year, we still have so much to look forward to this term and the girls have started back with a bang. Read more >>>


Transition children have had enormous fun this week visiting our Junior Boys site, Ridgeway, where they have explored the grounds and the trees, discussing the importance of trees for the environment and undertaking leaf printing and rubbing. A big thank you goes to Stuart Stevens, our site manager, who has driven the 4 groups of Transition children and the 3 groups of nursery children, who went before the half term holiday, in the school minibus. Read more >>>


"You don’t need the eyes to see; you need vision.”


PARKING: Over the last few months we have made strenuous efforts to improve the parking situation for both parents and staff. As you will know we have been assailed on all sides by extra parking restrictions, large scale building works opposite our site and various disruptions due to road works.

Whilst appreciating the difficulties that parents face, we do ask that we all show consideration for the safety of others and in enabling smooth traffic flow around the site. Therefore, can we please remind parents that, when dropping children at the front of the school (outside the Office), cars should only be parked within the marked bays. Vehicles should NOT park randomly or on double yellow lines. Irregular parking restricts access and causes congestion in this area, as well as risking the safety of all our pupils, parents and visitors. Therefore, we ask if there is no bay free to please drive out and park elsewhere. Thank you for your understanding.


SUMMER FETE Saturday 20 June: Your daughter / Nursery child will be bringing home the Fete Brochure which includes, (inside the front cover), a tear off slip for admission into the Fete and entry into the Lucky Programme Draw. The prize this year is a voucher for a premier racing day in October at Royal Windsor Racecourse. Please send the slip & payment back to the School Office prior to the date of Saturday 20 June 2015. The Office will then send you (via pupil post) a payment receipt which will act as your Entry ticket (so please keep it safe!).

A plea for help at the Fete: Are there any artistic parents out there who could support the Face Painting stall at the Summer Fete? The PtA would love your offers of help!!

WHOLE SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPH - This is now available to view in the Atrium. An order form is available from the School Office or alternatively the photo can be ordered on line through Bring up school name 'Claires Court School Senior Girls'. You will be asked for a password to access images on-line: either 121124 or BURGUNDY. All orders have to be posted direct to Tempest by parents – unfortunately Tempest do not operate a collection service for this particular order. Or ordered on-line.


*Years 7 & 8: Language Options for September 2015 (and emailed to parents)

* Upper Junior and Lower Junior Parent Evenings invitation to parents

* GCSE Art Exhibition Viewing (emailed to relevant parents)

*Thurs 18 June - Year 7 'Hands on History Day' on site. Please return the consent slip by Friday 12 June.

LAMDA exams: Please can those girls who are taking the Lamda exams send in the reply slip/payment asap – the closing date for return was Monday 1 June.

LOST! Lost school cardigan belonging to Paris in Year 5. It has a sew-in label. Please could Junior parents check through their uniform and bags. Thank you, much appreciated!



A hugely successful day at the reCent ISA Athletics Competition saw CC girls win a total of 18 gold, 19 silver and 9 bronze medals. All the training paid off as the Senior Girls finished as overall winners and the Junior Girls came runners-up overall. This secured the Claires Court Girls the Overall Winners Trophy. 14 girls have been selected to represent the Region of London West at the forthcoming National Finals on Monday 22 June at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham which is really exciting. There are still many athletics events over the forthcoming weeks including the Year 7 District Trials and County Championships, the Year 8 - 13 County Championships, RBWM Knight Frank Athletics fixtures and Finals and of course our Junior and Senior Sports Days!


Year 6 are studying mountains this term and in particular the Himalaya mountain range.

In order to help the young children who have been affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal, some of the Year 6 class have decided that they would like to raise some money.

The girls have worked out that if they walk around the outside lane of the School athletics track 40 times, it will be approx 8800 metres in distance, which is roughly the height of Mount Everest. Therefore, they would like to be sponsored to climb Mount Everest (walk the distance of 8.8km)!

If any parents (or staff) would like to sponsor/donate, please collect a form from the Year 6 classroom.


Mon 8 June - GCSE Art & Textiles Exhibition 4 - 7pm This is a viewing for friends and family in the Senior Girls art Room. However, other parents and pupils are also welcome to attend.

Tues 9 June - OPEN MORNING 9.30 - 11.30am on all three sites.

Tues 9 June - Upper Junior Parents' Evening from 4pm

Wed 10 June - Upper Junior Internet Safety Sessions in lesson time.

Wed 10 June - Internet Safety talk to parents at Junior Boys 7pm - information has been emailed home to parents.

Saturday 13 June - Art On the Street / PTA Summer Ball

Tues 16 June - Lower Junior Parents' Evening from 4pm

Thurs 18 June - Year 7 Hands on History on site.

Thurs 18 June - Junior 'Moving Up Day'

Sat 20 June - PTA Summer Fete at Junior Boys


Mon 22 June - New Year 7 Induction Evening 6pm - a letter will be going home to Year 6 Parents.



Join Holiday Club and Sports Club…. from £25 per day with Claires Court pupils (excluding Nursery) gaining free extended sessions when booked early! Details of Sports Courses and Theme Weeks, along with Xtra activities, and booking are available online.

Here's the roundup from last half term >>>

TRIPS (*Letter sent home this week)

*Thurs 11 June - Reception to Forest School -the coach will leave school at 9.15am and return by 3.15pm. Please return the consent slip on MOnday 8 June,

*Fri 12 June - Year 4 to Woolley Firs - the girls will travel by minibus, leaving at 9.15am and return by approximately 3pm. Please return the consent slip by Wednesday 10 June.

Fri 12 June - Year 3 Outward Bound trip to Dinton Pastures

*Mon 15 June - Year 3 History trip to The Vikings at Junior Boys Please return the consent slip by Thursday 11 June.

Wed 17 June - Year 7 to Ministry of Science

Tues 16 June - Year 10 to Woman in Black

*Tues 23 June - Year 7 Science Stem Activity Day at University of Reading Please return the consent slip by Monday 15 June.

*Fri 3 - Sat 4 July - Year 4 Outward Bound at Longridge. Please return the consent slip and payment by Wednesday 17 June.


Visit the schoolsports website for all details of teams, venues travel arrangements.


Tues 9 June - Years 9 &10 RBWM Knight Frank Athletics, TVAC.

Thurs 11 June - Year 7 district Athletics Trials, TVAC

Sat 13 June - County Athletics Championships, Palmer Park Reading.