Claires Court Bulletin


Bulletin 9|Lent Term 2015

Information correct as at Friday 13 March 2015 3pm



As you can imagine its been a busy week of 3 for 3 activities across the whole site, involving staff and pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form. Sponsored silences, smoothies, donut eating championships, House Music, art sales, pyjama days and on Red Nose Day an opportunity to express oneself through one’s attire - brilliant stuff.

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This week, as you know, has been our annual 3for3 week. The children have raised a lot of money doing a variety of fundraising activities, some outside of School too. I have been incredibly impressed with the girls’ attitude towards helping others and raising money for those in need. Thank you to all of the girls for their effort this week, and to the parents for supporting three worthy causes.

Sporting events this week… there have been many!

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The Nursery children have enjoyed the topic on nocturnal creatures and have learnt lots of new vocabulary as well as making lovely owl cards for you and classroom displays.

We are all very excited about “Hatch Watch” taking place in the Nursery Hall with the 10 live eggs arriving on Monday.

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REMINDER: please note that it is School policy that pupils leave School in their uniform with blazer.


Girls in Year 11 who are being entered for the Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) qualification, and have not completed all aspects of their work, will be reminded for the last time this week of what is missing. In most cases it is simply a question of printing out and organising completed work. Pupils will have until the final lesson on Friday 27 March to bring in the missing elements. We would be grateful for parental support in reminding your daughter if she has outstanding work to hand in.


The School has been buzzing all week with competitions, cake and sweet sales, mufti and FUN! We will report the amount raise when we have finished counting....visit the website news and pictures to see the fun!


LOST PROPERTY - Yasmin Paton (Year 5) has lost her named PE Tracksuit Bottoms. If found, please return them to the School Office,


*Year 11 mailing to parents (posted Friday 13 March)


Sat 14 Mar - ISA Drama Festival

Mon 16 Mar - Joint Senior Music Concert Joint Senior Concert for participants in Years 7-13. Held at Senior Boys site. Starts 7pm, refreshments from 6.30pm. All those in the choirs, rock school and some soloists will be involved.

Tues 17 Mar - OPEN MORNING on all 3 sites. 9.30am - 11.30am.

Wed 18 Mar - Junior Informal Concert 2pm. All girls in Reception to Year 6 are involved in an afternoon of music making, to be held in our School Hall. Refreshments, provided by the PTA, will be served in the Hall from 1.30pm.

Wed 18 Mar - New Transition (Summer 15) Parents' Evening 7pm

Thurs 19 Mar - BBC Schools Report Day Year 8 girls (and some Year 10) will engaging in the BBC Schools Report Day, interviewing and presenting on a range of topical subjects which will be on the Claires Court website and sent to the BBC.

Fri 20 Mar - Secondary Sports Scholarships - on this site

Sat 21 Mar - Academic and Drama at Senior Boys

Sat 21 Mar - Easter Egg Hunt – tickets on sale now (from the Office) – parents can pay via the pay portal.

Tues 24 March - Year 6 Maths Challenge Quiz

Thurs 26 Mar - ABRSM Grade exams. Timetable for students involved can be viewed in the Music department.

Thurs 26 Mar - Tempest 'Team' photos Please ensure your daughter's kit iS presentable for the photos!

Fri 27 Mar - Music / Choral scholarships at Senior Boys

Fri 27 Mar - End of After School Activities,

Mon 30 Mar - Early Buses only

Tues 31 Mar - END OF TERM (half day for Girls, full day for Nursery)

Tues 31 Mar - Easter Golf Day


Tues 21 April - Nursery & School commence - Early buses/ No after school activities

Pre and After- School Care will operate as normal.

Mon 27 April - After School Activities and late buses commence

TRIPS (*Letter sent home this week)

Sat 14 March - Years 10 & 11 ISA Drama Festival at Hurst Lodge, Ascot.

Tues 24 March - Years 10 and 11 to 'The Crucible' at Norden Farm - the consent slip was due to be returned by today, Friday 13 March.

11 - 18 April - Ski Trip to Les Menuires

*Fri 24 April - Year 10 History trip to Ypres: please return the consent slip and payment of £75 by Friday 20 March.

Wed 25 March - Lower Juniors History Waddesdon Manor - a letter will follow.

Fri 27 Mar - Year 10 Geographers to Margam Park Field Studies Centre

*24 - 27 April Years 8 & 9 Netball Tour: the balance of £130 is now due and should be paid by Monday 27 April, please.

Year 2 need your help!!!

After receiving a letter from Mother Gothel, the girls in Year 2 have been working hard to try and find ways to help Rapunzel. One group decided to appeal for help through our school bulletin. Here is their work...

"Hello! Our names are Chloe, Victoria and Alexandra, we are at Claires Court in the Junior Girls. When we started English we got this note ! (See photo)

Warning! A girl called Rapunzel has gone missing.!!!!!! We need your help to find her. Her hair is gold, and drops to the floor. She has green eyes and she was last seen wearing a purple dress.

We are trying to find her and we are making this bulletin note to ask for help. If you want to help us please can you pass on any information to Mrs King and Year 2.



World Book Day Winners

We gave the ‘Once Upon A Bus’ storyteller one last challenge on World Book Day… to judge all our entries for the Design a Book Token Competition! Our three Junior Girls winners are: Isabella Davy (Year 3), Shamailah Islam (Year 3) and Holly Catton (Year 6). Congratulations also go to our two Year 7 winners: Beccy Zeckler (7A) and Emily Taylor-West (7B). Look out for the winning designs on our Senior Library notice board! All entries will be posted off for judging in the national competition.

Shelfie support

A huge thank you to everyone who sent in their ‘shelfies’! We were delighted with the response and all the pictures are now on display outside the Senior Library. Small ‘thank you’ prizes have been given out this week to everyone who took part.


For Nursery & Junior Girls only: PTA Easter Egg Hunt - 21 March 12.30pm at Junior Boys

Tickets for the Easter Egg Hunt are still available from the Office. Tickets will be available on the day, however the PTA can not guarantee availability of chocolate eggs or hot-dogs for those tickets purchased on the day. We've had nearly 40 entries for the Big Egg Drop competition so far, so it looks like it's going to be a an 'eggsellent' event! There is still a week to go, so get designing your structure! Also don't forget to decorate an egg to be in with a chance of winning a chocolate hamper.

Saturday 20 June - Summer Fete - The programme for our Wimbledon Tennis themed Summer Fete is being produced by Julie Van Vuuren. We've already had some fantastic colourful entries to the front page competition. The deadline for this is 26 March, so there is still plenty of time to get your entry in. Please do contact her if you would like to advertise in the programme or Caroline Payne if you would like a stall at the event (Julie - , Caroline -


Saturday 13 June - TICKETS NOW ON SALE

We invite you to join us for this year’s PTA Summer Ball, 'An Arabian Night' being held in a stunning marquee at our Ridgeway site. Find out how to book your table of ten, tables are likely to sell fast!


Holiday Club is getting ready for plenty of fun at the College Avenue site from Tuesday 7 - Friday 17 April… it brings 'Frozen' themed fun for our mini kidz, Abstract Art and Marbellous Marbles for our mid kidz, along with Pirate Day and Construction Chaos for our kool kidz older kool kidz can also join Xtra Cookery Club, Craft Club and Drama Club (limited availability). Go to the website for for all the groups ‘highlights and activities’ and book before 27 March for a discounted rate.

Sports Club is also returning to the Junior Boys site with a Sports Club Taster Day on Tuesday 7 April and Cricket Master Skills days from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 April… spaces still available – book by 27 March for discounted rate. There is also the option to join a Cricket Skills Development course on the Inset day after the holiday - Monday 20 April… this is available to all Claires Court boys & girls in Years 4 and above. Go to the website for both programmes and booking.

Parental Questionnaire

Further to our earlier email, please remember to complete our Parental Questionnaire. If you have more than one child, please complete a survey per child.

Thank you


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


Tuesday 17 March - U13 Hockey League v Charters at Braywick

Wednesday 18 March - U18 Super League Netball

Thursday 19 March - U13 Netball League

Friday 29 March - Tennis National Championships (1st Round v Farnborough Hill) - J Lancaster, A Worsfold, H Sheeran-Hall, I Shirley. 2pm start at Bisham.


Nursery 'Hatch Watch'

Nursery 'Hatch Watch': the Nursery Department "hatch watch" project started on Monday with the arrival of 10 live eggs. Read more >>>

Would you like some chicks?! If any family (not just Nursery) would like to give a home to two or more female chicks, please tell your Nursery leader or the School Office. We have seven who will be wanting a new home!