Claires Court Bulletin



Best laid plans! No sooner had we started our parking plans when the gas board turned up unannounced and started digging a trench on our entrance slip road! I am very sorry for the disruption caused and I hope you did not get caught up in the traffic for too long. We have been assured that the works finish on Sunday………..I sincerely hope that they do.

Congratulations go to Luke Lyons and Kyle Wheeler who accompanied Mr Rowan today to the National BETT conference to present to various groups how we as a school use technology to good effect, and to express how significant technology is for educating our young generation. These two boys earned the right to attend this annual exhibition through hard work and determination, and we are very proud of their efforts.

I was delighted to hear in the week how so many of our boys displayed what good teamwork is all about - this has been our theme in assemblies. I could mention numerous examples, however, one that caught my eye was when Will Dempster in Year 6 showed tremendous character and selflessness when he played for his football team on Wednesday. During what was a good win over Davenies, Will who was playing well out of position, tackled, closed down and ran himself into the ground for the good of the team. Well done Will.

Thank you all very much for sending your boys into school on Thursday so smartly dressed and even with combs in hand for our class photos. Our photographer commented that she had not seen such a well presented troop of pupils for some time. Good job we did the photos in the morning - after Games lessons early in the afternoon there was a lot of mud on some Year 2 boys knees!!

Another week of hard work and achievement - if you get the chance to look at the display of shields and spears in the entrance changing room - Mr Hogg and his Year 6 historians have been very busy replicating some old Greek battles!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Justin Spanswick


Mr Spanswick has kindly offered the PTA a regular slot on the bulletin to keep you all up to speed with upcoming PTA events and how all the money that you all so generously contribute is being spent within the school.

Last term we asked each year group to suggest ways we could use funds to enhance the enjoyment of learning and recreation time for each and every boy in the school. We had some great suggestions and the boys are already benefiting from new books, board games and playground equipment to name but a few. Mr Spanswick has already sent out a letter about the fantastic reading scheme we've also supported, and the PTA is looking forward to hearing some of the boys read to us from some of these new books.

You may also have seen some work starting on the grounds in preparation for the new Bushcraft Centre that we are funding, which we hope will be officially opened at the Easter Egg Hunt on 21st March. We hope to see many of you there!

We were thrilled to see so many of you attend our 'Afternoon Tea on the Lawn' and our 'Mince Pie and Mulled Wine Shopping Afternoon' and are planning another event this term, details of which will follow shortly.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday February 13th and anyone is welcome to attend, or if you'd like to suggest things you'd like the PTA to be supporting then please speak to myself or any of our committee members. Thanks again for your continuing support.

Emma Robertson


Tuesday 3 February - An evening with Margaret Goldthorpe 7.15pm

Thursday 5 February - Harry Potter Book Night Party for Year 4 boys 4pm - 6pm. Y4 boys should have received their information. Places are limited so book early!

Friday 6 February - Book swap. See Library News below.

Saturday 28 February - Regatta Night. Flyer went home with boys on Thursday.


Over the past week, lots of boys have been putting their general knowledge skills to the test to compete for a place in the Claires Court Junior Schools General Knowledge Team. Congratulations to Andrew Babcock (Y6), Wade Thomas (Y5), Samuel Jackson (Y4) and Alex Peach (Y3) who all showed a particular strength during the selection process and will be representing the school next week in an Inter Schools General Knowledge Quiz. We wish them, alongside the Junior Girls team, every success next week.


Boys who have signed up for Ridgeway's Got Talent will be able to take part in the audition process on Tuesday 27 January 8.30 - 9.30 in the mezzanine.


Our Rabbits this week are awarded to Morgan Long (3S) and John Getley (6Y). Morgan was extremely kind to a fellow pupil earlier this week and showed he was following our Golden Rules really well. John looked after some younger boys when they were a little upset on a bus journey - a lovely act of kindness.


We have a Bookswap again on Friday 6th Feb 2015 :

In celebration of National Storytelling Week (31 Jan-7 February) Claires Court Schools will be holding book swap events in the library.

• Bring in ONE book in good condition that you have enjoyed but no longer want.

(during the week Mon 2 Feb – Thur 5 Feb).

**Check with your parents first**

• Hand it in to one of the librarians at break times and receive a book token in return.

• Come to the LIBRARY on Friday 6th Feb during lunchtime with your book token.

• Choose a new book and swap it for your token.

• Take your new book home, read and enjoy it!

We also have our Harry Potter Book Night Party for Year 4

February 5th 2015 will be the first ever Harry Potter Book Night and year 4 are invited to embrace the magic……

From 4-6pm at CCJB

Dress up as a wizard, movie and snack time, experience a hair raising potions class, make a wand workshop and create your own spellbook and finally enjoy a candlelit story session in the library...

Watch out for the letter via Boy Post (not Owl!) as spaces are limited!


We hope you’ve already read about Holiday Club’s impending ‘Journey to the CREST STAR’ for Years 1 & 2’s who love discovering and investigating science… we’re getting really excited about it and the other many activities at College Avenue during the half-term holiday. There's a new take on the Highland Games, Andy Goldsworthy inspired Nature Murals and more Science that's messy and explosive. We'll also be learning a few skills & drills with help from the Sports Club team. Join us at from Mon 16 to Fri 20 Feb - don't forget you can book from as early as 8am until as late as 6pm and also enjoy a hot lunch when booked in advance.

You can also join our specialist team at Sports Club this holiday with Football and Rugby Skills Development courses for all boys & girls in year 3 & above. More details of this and our other great Holiday Club ‘highlights’ can be found on our website