Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 7|Summer Term 2015

Information correct as at Friday 12 June 2015 3pm


So high spots of the week... so, so many.

First high spot being informed that one of our Year 8 girls had won a poetry competition. As part of the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, RBWM offered Poetry Joust workshop at schools. After the workshop, the pupil was encouraged to enter her poem into the RBWM Poetry Joust competition. Rowan Norman’s poem was a winner and was chosen as one of 8 to be read at the Magna Carta 800th River Relay. Rowan will be reading the poem at Cookham Meadows on 13 June at 2pm. Read more >>>


“Where there is kindness, there is goodness. where there is goodness, there is magic.”


Today is National Kindness Day and with this in mind, I spoke about acts of kindness in Tuesday’s assembly. I told the girls a story about Gandhi. Read more >>>


The good weather has been lovely for the children in their hunt for minibeasts in the garden which has helped with their observation skills and number work as they have recorded what they have seen on their survey sheets and counted the results. They have made clay tiles with mini beast imprints, mixed red and yellow paint on the table tops and used their mark making skills to create prints.

Transition children have carried on with the topic about “woodlands and parklands” this week and have looked at the life cycle of an apple tree, printed using real apples and painted pictures of trees. Read more >>>


“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.”



On Monday and Tuesday we have professional photographers on site taking photos for our new website. Please could:

  • ALL SENIOR pupils be dressed in WINTER school uniform
  • Certain JUNIOR classes will required to wear winter uniform as notified by Miss Barlow.

We look forward to seeing all pupils be smartly dressed in the correct uniform as per the uniform regulations. Thank you for your support.

EARLY BUS ALERT! Please note there will be early buses ONLY on Tuesday 23 June (due to the Senior New Boys Evening).


We are pleased to launch the Claires Court Careers Website.

Please take a look, as this valuable tool is a great way for the School and for you as parents, to support your daughter and help her investigate her future career options.

It is bespoke to our pupils and packed with all the resources needed for them to find, research, understand and make decisions about their future. For pupils in Year 7 onwards it will be used as part of their educational experience at Claires Court in specific sessions, but available for you and them to browse at any time

The Careers website can be accessed from the Parent Area of the School website or, with your daughter, via the hub.

We hope you will find it useful and informative.


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 - 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 All orders have to be posted direct to Tempest by parents, or ordered on-line.


*Nursery to Reception 'Moving Up Day' Invitations have been sent home to parents of girls transferring to Reception in September.

*New Year 7 Induction Evening Invitations have been sent to our current Year 6 families who will be becoming our new Seniors!



Well done to all girls who took LAMDA exams this week. A lot of hard work and pre-determination has really paid off!! A reminder to girls taking part in 'Art on the Street' to meet at Claire's Accessories at 10.50am ready to perform LAMDA pieces at 11am.

Summer Production 'Our Day Out' by Willy Russell: Tues 30 June / Wed 1 July at 7pm

Rehearsals are going well for our Senior production, and it's time to let us know if you would like to attend. If family and friends would like to reserve seats to see the play, please fill in the reply slip at the end of this bulletin or collect a form from the School Office. We will not be issuing tickets but it will help us with seating and catering.

For cast members: a quick reminder of the rehearsal schedule - Sunday 28 June, Technical Rehearsal, 10am to 5pm; Monday 29 June 1.00pm, Dress Rehearsal 1; Tuesday 30 June, 10am Dress Rehearsal 2. There will also be a letter coming out soon to remind all cast members of costume requirements.

For parents: we will be running a raffle to raise funds for the Drama department and would be very grateful for any donated prizes. Please take to the School Office.


Saturday 13 June - Art on the Street Do join us on Maidenhead High Street and Nicholsons Shopping Centre tomorrow and say hello! More >>>

Saturday 13 June - PTA Summer Ball

Tues 16 June - Lower Junior Parents' Evening from 4pm (and Year 3 parents).

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

Thurs 18 June - Junior 'Moving Up Day' (to include our Nursery girls joining Reception)

Sat 20 June - PTA Summer Fete at Junior Boys 12 - 4pm.

Mon 22 June - PTA Second Hand Sale in the Dining Room from 3pm. Please bring in items for sale, on the day.

Mon 22 June - New Year 7 Induction Evening 6pm. This is a lovely, informal evening where parents meet staff and and our Year 6 girls get together with their new classmates.

Mon 22 - Wed 24 June A Level Art Exhibition in the Chapel All parents are welcome to attend.

Tues 23 June - Junior 'Summer Soiree' 2pm - see below.

Wed 24 June - Year 10 Sixth Form Taster Day

Thurs 25 June - 'Tiny Tappers' display 12.45 - 1pm Our terrific, tiny tappers have been trying terribly tricky routines, which they would like to show their parents!


Tues 30 June - Junior Girls Sports Day 1pm

Tues 30 June & Wed 1 July - Years 7 - 9 Summer Production 7pm (see Drama News)

Fri 3 July - Nursery & Transition Sports Day 9.15am

Fri 3 July July - Senior Sports Day 1pm

Mon 6 July - Lower Junior Swimming Gala 1.30pm

Thurs 9 July - Junior Prize Giving 1.30pm

Tuesday 23 June - JUNIOR SUMMER SOIREE from 2pm

Please join us for an outdoor (hopefully) concert featuring group songs from each Year from Reception to Year 6, a Year 4 ensemble, ensemble choir and whole department items. Please join us for refreshments from 1.30.

Can you afford to miss it?!


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. Visit our website for details.

TRIPS (*Letter sent home this week)

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

Tues 16 June - Year 10 to Woman in Black the consent form and payment is due in on Monday 15 June. Last few spaces available.

*Wed 17 June - Lower Juniors trip to the Living Rainforest, Newbury

Wed 17 June - Year 7 to Ministry of Science - space still available!

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 and Junior Boys. Please return the consent slip and payment by Wednesday 17 June.


17 - 24 October - Years 7 - 13 Sailing trip to Kos

This October half term, we are planning a 7 night sailing holiday to Lakitira Beach Resort on the island of Kos October half-term break. The resort itself is a Mark Warner resort, and the trip will be a holiday. We anticipate the cost will be between £800 and £1000, depending upon the level of interest, and will include flights from London Heathrow, sailing tuition and use of other facilities at the resort.

Places will be allocated on a first come/first served basis. A booking form will follow.

*24 - 27 October - Rowing Training Camp at Longridge in Marlow. Please return the booking slip by Friday 3 July.

FROM THE PTA re the Summer Fete

We'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 School Office will issue with a ticket to gain entry to the event.

Plastic cups should have come home with the girls 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. Allergen stickers are available from the School Office or can be downloaded from the website.

We are also collecting good quality, unwanted toys and books for the fete so it's a good opportunity to have a clear out before the summer.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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

Don't forget there are some great action photos like the one above, from the ISA Athletics available.


Monday 15 June - Years 7 & 8 RBWM Knight Frank athletics, TVAC, Eton.



Please return to the School Office via your Form Tutor

Name of pupil: .................................................................. Form: ...................

Tuesday 30 June at 7pm: Please reserve me .............. seats

Wednesday 1 July at 7pm: Please reserve me ............ seats

Signature of parent: .......................................................... Date: ...................

(this form can also be collected from the School Office)