Claires Court Bulletin



Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 2 December 2016



With some dark nights and mornings plus a real cold snap biting at us having mulled wine and mince pies has seemed appropriate at our Junior Christmas Shows this week. It was a privilege to be invited to see our younger actors and singers put on such a professional and skilful performance to a hall full of parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents.

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

Something magical happened this week; it has been all about the Christmas Productions! We enjoyed the Upper Junior production on Wednesday evening and again on Thursday afternoon along with the Lower Juniors. For both “Hey Ewe” and “Ebeneezer”, the girls demonstrated superb acting and dancing skills as well rapping and some break dancing could be seen too!!

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Thank you PTA

It’s not just the children that have fun in the nursery! Thanks to the huge generosity of our PTA a new toy for outside has arrived and the Nursery Leaders just had to try it out, much to the enormous amusement of your children!! A real opportunity to build on team spirit and working cooperatively as the riders steer it around the playground.

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Making sense of tragedy and chaos – why it is important to be an expert witness.

Dates to remember - please don't forget to look on our website for all information/dates

Tuesday 6 December - Lower JG/Nursery Christmas Production

Wednesday 7 December - G3 to G6 Junior Choir at Young Voices Xmas Concert

Thursday 8 December - GR to G6 Trip to Windsor Christmas Panto

Friday 9 December - Christmas Lunch Day for Transition, Girls & Sixth Form



Activities and Study will end on Thursday 8 December (Living Tennis will be on as per the schedule) and early buses are in operation on Monday 12 December/Tuesday 13 December


Nursery party morning - all Nursery children are invited.


Junior Girls Y3-Y6 2.30pm Carol Service All Saints Church

Senior Girls Y7-Y9 9.30am Carol Service St Lukes Church

Senior Girls Y10-Y13 10.30am Carol Service St Lukes Church

WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER - end of Autumn Term

Nursery and Lower Junior Girls (Reception to Y2) 'Carols Around The Tree' 11.15am in The Chapel - parents are invited

Nursery - full day as usual until 3.30pm

Junior Girls - Finish 12.00noon

Senior Girls - Finish 12.15pm

Buses home are in operation

If you are collecting from CCJB first then your daughter will be supervised until 12.30pm

There is no After School Care available except for Nursery children who finish at 3.30pm

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY - Friday 9 December (Nursery, Girls & Sixth Form)

Help support Save The Children charity by donating £1.00 to wear your Christmas Jumper to school on this day.

Copas Turkey Offer

Order online using code ‘CCS16’ to earn the School PTA £5. Anyone collecting their turkeys that they ordered on this offer will be able to go and say hello to a couple of Santa’s helpers and have their picture taken too. As well as meeting the reindeer there will be many other treats including wine tasting, cooking and carving demonstrations, a choir and Father Christmas himself.

Nursery & Junior Girls Christmas Productions

The Junior Girls Christmas Productions of "Hey Ewe" and "Ebenezer" have already been filmed by Wizard Video Productions Ltd and you should have received an order form and our Nursery "Once Upon A Time" will be filmed on Tuesday 6 December - we will place all orders at the end of term so please ensure you send the order and payment into the School Office by Wednesday 14 December to enable us to get the DVD's in asap in January.



We are still collecting for the Salvation Army Christmas Hampers - thank you to everyone who has contributed so far - last day for sending items in will be on the morning of Friday 9 December:

Nursery - Biscuits

Lower Junior – Fruit Cakes

Upper Junior - Toiletries/Non-alcoholic beverages including tea/coffee

Years 7 & 8 - Luxury Items

Years 9 & 10 - Tin Food/Preserves

Year 11 - Novelty Items


The vaccination letters have gone out to G9-G11 please could you return your response before the end of term. Preparing your child for primary school is an exciting, but busy, time for parents. An important part of your plans should be checking that your child is up-to-date with their immunisations. Please click here for more information.


Please can we remind you that all uniform should be named as it is easier to be returned to the rightful owner when found.


The Breakfast Club is available in the School Dining Hall from 8.15am until registration Monday to Friday - a variety of items are on sale from croissants/pain au chocolate/fruit and yoghurt.


Thank you to all those parents of KS4 pupils who attended the talk on Building resilience in adolescence, and of course thanks to Rachael Williams who was presenting. We will be sending out links to her presentation and to other useful resources to everyone who attended the talk by the end of next week so do look out for these in your inbox.


Please check you have the right number in your phone

Nursery, Girls & Sixth Form

If your daughter/son is unwell please telephone the School Office on 01628 411480 by 9.30am on each day of the sickness (you can leave a voicemail message if 'out of hours' and this will be picked up) and then follow up with a letter as they return to school. For medical appointments please send a note into the class teacher prior to appointment where possible notwithstanding emergencies then a telephone call will suffice. Thank you for your co-operation - it does save us a lot of time chasing up absences.

PLEASE NOTE: The registrar's’ number as listed on the website should only be used for admissions/ moving up enquiries.

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A full & exciting programme of festive fun is now available for the Christmas break

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd December

There is something for everyone – from crafts to textiles, cookery to football, winter Olympics to pantomime, games, singing, and a special visit from Mr S Claus……...

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Library book returns

Is your library book loved? Or is it out in the cold?! There will be the usual Amnesty Book Box outside the Senior Library next week so please return any unwanted library books before the end of term… and take another to read for the holidays! The Junior and Senior Girls’ libraries are full of seasonal suggestions, so take a look at one of our festive displays. Or why not download an eBook for the Christmas break? Just see the library database on the Claires Court Hub.

The final overdue letters of the term will also be going home this week. Please note these are just reminders although if you receive your ‘third and final’ letter you may be billed for the full replacement cost! Don’t pay for your reading! Why buy when you can borrow?!


Junior Choir Concert - The Royal Albert Hall - Wednesday 7 December

A letter went home last week with the final arrangements for the day.

What to bring: Packed supper

Dress: Dark bottoms and either white top or Young Voices T-Shirt (the Young Voices T Shirts have arrived and have been sent home with the students). School blazer.

Pickup: From Claires Court COLLEGE AVENUE site around 11.30pm

If any parents wish to pick up directly from The Royal Albert Hall, please can they email Miss Goodsell on providing a contact phone number. They will be then notified of the meeting point on the day. This will be next to where the coach is parked.



Thursday 8/Friday 9 December – ISA Junior Girls auditions at lunch time – The Chapel

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


GR - G6 Christmas Panto to Windsor Thursday 8 December - consent slip and 'treats' choices by Monday 5 December latest

G3 - G6 Carol Service Arrangements - consent slip by Monday 5 December

Y10/Y11 Geography Trip to Iceland - 31 October to 3 November 2017 - please return reply slip to show your interest in this trip by Friday 9 December


SKI 1 - 9 APRIL 2017 There are now three spaces available - please contact Mrs Hasyildirim asap on

G10 & G11 Rigoletto at the ENO 28 February - last call for consent and payment by Monday 5 December


Friday 9 December - Christmas Fair & Nearly New Uniform Sale at Junior Boys. Great shopping gifts with a cosy Christmas market and lots of mince pies, mulled wine, Christmas carols and a raffle. Please contact us if you would like to be part of it or have a stall



Monday 5 December - U11 Hockey at Braywick

Tuesday 6 December - U12A Hockey v Holyport A and Furze Platt A

Wednesday 7 December - U18 Hockey v LVS

Tuesday 13 December - U14 Hockey v Holyport A&B

Thursday 5 January 2017 - U12 A&B Hockey v LVS A&B