Claires Court Bulletin

JUNIOR BOYS

FROM THE HEADS DESK

Starting my slightly shorter Heads Words today with some lovely news. Mrs Susan Payne has been moved out of Intensive Care and into a lower dependency ward. She is talking freely and remains in extremely good spirits. Susan and her whole family have asked me to pass on their gratitude to the parent body for all of your lovely messages and kind words. I will continue to update you on her condition whenever possible.


Masses of pupil achievements this week, whether it be on the sports field at the wonderful football tournament last Friday when our two Under 10 teams did us proud, whether it be in the classroom where our mathematicians have been excelling on their Turbo Tables, whether it be with our Reception and Year 1 boys and their creative writing exploits, or even with the enthusiasm our pupils have shown towards the cake sales and raising money for others. It has been one of those weeks where you as parents can be so very proud of how your sons have worked and played in school.


The highlight of the week, possibly even the term, was the Year 5 and 6 (with a few very brave and talented Year 3 and 4 boys!) Celebrational Music Concert. Playing the music of Pixar, our joint venture with the girls school was a wonderful occasion where our musicians and choirs were able to showcase where the hours of practice and endeavour had been focused. In other words, they sang and they played their hearts out, and I was so impressed with the collaboration with the girls school on the final four numbers, and in the orchestra. A masterpiece. Many thank must go to Mr Rowan and Miss Goodsell for their inspiration and hard work in preparing the boys and girls.


Another busy set of activities in school today with Year 4 on their Football tour and Bushcraft expedition and Year 3 enjoying Electric Lego. I am pleased to report that I came third this week in the ‘Crossbar Challenge’ at the Year 3 cake sale…...at the moment Guy Saffman, Ben Babcock and Finn Keylock always seem to get ahead of me! I have told them not to transfer this skill onto the football field!! On the subject of our charities, we have enjoyed both the Link Foundation and Rosie’s Rainbow Fund joining us in assembly, and the boys were treated to a musical extravaganza on Thursday with Andy Stevens from Rosie’s Rainbow.


We have our whole school Fancy Dress Sponsored Walk on Monday. The boys have hopefully been asking you to sponsor them. They should arrive in school on Monday wearing their fancy dress costumes…..please ensure that they bring their wellington boots, and once they have completed the walk they can change into their own clothes or the CC sports kit. They do not need to bring in their school uniform. It promises to be a very colourful event! I should also remind parents of boys in Year 5 that we have the Lads and Dads Books and Bushcraft next Friday - you should have received in your son’s bag an invitation. Similarly, I hope that you will all be able to attend our Workshare on Thursday. Indeed, next week looks even busier than this week with the Easter Egg Hunt, a number of sports tournaments in both rugby and football taking place, as well as trips out for Year 2 to the National archives to name but a few things. It should be lots of fun!


Well, apart from the small matter of England beating Wales tomorrow in the rugby international, I hope you all enjoy a restful and peaceful weekend!


Justin Spanswick

NEW WEBSITE

By now you have probably noticed the School has launched a new website. We hope you like the new look and have been able to find your way around. We are aware that there were a number of quick links parents used from the landing page of the old site, but with our aim to create a cleaner, more logical site for prospective and current users, some of these are now tucked behind the menu. Here's a short 'how-to-find' guide! The website is an evolving process, so look out for details of the calendar integration in our next mailing.

PTA NEWS

EASTER EVENT - 19 March

Join us for our Annual Easter Event with activities including Easter Egg Hunt, competitions, face painting and much more…


More information

Emma Robinson


PTA SUMMER BALL - 14 May 2016

Great Gatsby Ball

We now have reservations for well over 400 people for the annual ball, quite amazing! If you have reserved a table you have until 1st April to pay. If you would still like a table please let us know and we can add you to the waiting list pta.ccgs@gmail.com

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Commemoration Service

All parents are invited to join all Senior pupils and staff at this annual event, which will take place on Tuesday, 22 March at 2.30pm at the Magnet Leisure Centre. It is a chance to reflect on the year so far. All welcome.


Claires Court Old Boys v Desborough Old Boys Rugby Match

Come and support the players at Braywick Rugby Club on Friday 25 March at 2.00 pm. All welcome.

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FORTHCOMING DATES

Saturday 12 March - Karate Tournament

Monday 14 March - Whole school fancy dress sponsored walk 11am

Monday 14 March - Reception and Year 1 cake sale day

Monday 14 March - U8 House Matches

Thursday 17 March - U9 Football Photos. Please ensure boys have clean kit ready to wear.

Thursday 17 March - Year 6 visit from The Greeks

Saturday 19 March -Join us for our Annual Easter Event with activities including Easter Egg Hunt, competitions, face painting and much more…

Saturday 14 May - The Great Gatsby Ball

TRIPS

Tuesday 15 March - Year 1 visit the London Aquarium. Letter went home yesterday.

Wednesday 16 March - Reception trip to Bucklebury Farm rescheduled for 20 April.

Thursday 17 March - Year 2 - Year 6 Workshare.

Two sessions 4pm - 4.30pm and 4.30pm - 5pm. A letter explaining 'Workshare' has recently gone home. Please return the reply slip with your preferred session.

Friday 18 March - Year 2 visit the National Archives. Letter to follow next week.

Friday 18 March - Year 5 Books and Bushcraft

MUSIC NEWS

Peripatetic music lessons, singing and Speech & Drama timetables are available to view via the link which moved when the new website went live. Please check it carefully as there are many activities happening next week which will affect the timetable.

3for3 Charity Fundraising

There is one cake sale day left!

R and Y1 Monday 14 March


Please be reminded all unlabelled i.e. home made cakes and biscuits being sold for 3 for 3 week will require an allergen label. We have a strict 'No Nut' policy here at Claires Court therefore please do not bring in anything homemade or manufactured which contains nuts or is processed in an environment which has nuts. We have labels in the school office to attach to your cake boxes. Please feel free to come and collect some.


Year 2's cake sale amounted to £208.17 and Year 3 managed £264.41. At the football tournament on Friday Year 4 sold their remaining cakes and raised £62.32.



Sponsored Events

A reminder that as part of CCJB’s charity appeal the whole school is going to join in a fancy dress sponsored walk around the new field. This will take place on Monday 14 March. Each form will walk together, Reception and Year 1 will complete 1 lap, Year 2 can complete a maximum of 2 laps and the boys in Junior Prep may complete up to 4 laps. A sponsor form will be given to your child on Monday.


The theme of the fancy dress is your son’s favourite character. This may be from a book, film, cartoon or sports team. Your son should arrive at school on Monday in costume. He may change into either his own clothes or school tracksuit after the event has been completed.

RABBITS

The Rabbits this week go to Tom Mussel and Jed Constable.

Tom was extremely helpful earlier in the week and impressed a number of teachers with his caring nature. Jed has consistently worked hard to do his best self and has been putting the feelings of his classmates before himself on a number of occasions. Well done boys.

HOLIDAY CLUB

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – Easter holiday (Tue 29 Mar to Fri 8 Apr)

Places still available to journey through space and get with nature at Holiday Club - older children can also join specialised Kool Xtra workshops of Cookery, Crafts Science and Art. Don’t miss the opportunity to the develop skills in Cricket and to try a range of Olympic sports with Sports Xtra!

**BOOK BY FRI 18 MAR to get your best rate… as well as free extended sessions for Junior and Senior CC pupils**

For more details, dates and booking please go to www.clairescourt.com/holiday-activities or email hoildayclub@clairescourt.com