Claires Court Bulletin



Dear Parents,

The Sixth Form have been working hard over this half term and now deserve some holiday time. This is the perfect time to catch up on subject notes, tidy folders and consolidate learning for Year 12, and for Year 13 to ensure that all sections of their UCAS applications are completed. Autumn half term Grade Cards for all Sixth Form students will be posted today and should be received very soon. After the holidays, we will be resuming our collection for Foodshare and in particular would welcome contributions of tinned meat and fish and jars of cooking sauces. We wish you all a very restful break.

Best wishes

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


“Should the last one out switch off the lights?”…another parable of modern times.


Fri 21 Oct - Half term begins at 4pm

Mon 7 Nov - Return to school

Tues 8 Nov - Yr 13 mock interviews with Jane Marshall

Tues 8 Nov - Yr 12 Start your EPQ. 3.40pm HB1

Tues 8 Nov - Talks by Gill Aspel to all Photography students 3.30pm HM4

Thurs 10 Nov - Art trip to the Courtauld & National Galleries

Fri 11 & Sat 12 Nov - A Night at the Movies, Norden Farm

Tues 15 Nov - Yr 13 to Safe Drive, Stay Alive at Wycombe Swan

Thurs 17 Nov - Yr 12 Post 18 Options Evening 6-7pm

Wed 14 Dec - Sixth Form Christmas Party at Magnolia Park, Hughenden Valley

Thurs 9 Feb 2017 - Heathrow Jobs & Careers Fair, Sofitel Hotel, T5, Heathrow

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Communicating with the Sixth Form Office

Please can you contact the Sixth Form Administrator, Kim Hall, on for student absences, and send any forms and letters to the Sixth Form office. The office number for contacting the Sixth form is 01628 411489. Thank you for your help with this.

Windsor Festival Winners visit to Windsor Castle

Tuesday 18th October saw the prize winners of the Windsor Arts Festival invited to Windsor Castle for a presentation and tour of the Windsor Library. Niamh Bates (3rd prize: Music Competition: Vocal), Georgina Wheeler (3rd Prize: Art Competition: Photography), Joseph Baker (2nd Prize: Rankin Prize: Photography) received their prizes from Andrew Try CEO and founder of ComXo, a communications company who sponsor the event. Andrew spoke of the need for creativity and lateral thinking in business and his wish to support events that sponsor this within education. Among the attending judges were David Emanuel, dress designer for the wedding of Princess Diana in 1981 and Gil Aspel well known local photographer.

After the prize giving the students were given a private tour of the Royal Library. Highlights of the exhibition for Joseph and Georgina included the Annie Leibovitz portrait of the queen taken in 2007. The photograph was taken next to an open window, with the only light being that emanating from the window, leading to an interesting and naturalistic feel. Also shown was the Dorothy Wilding portrait of the young queen, the image currently used on stamps. Niamh was excited to see the newly restored Audubon book of American birds (1827-1838), the largest book in the Royal collection measuring some 1.5 by 1m contrasted with a book dating back to the 1600s measuring a mere 2cm by 1cm. Also on display were the Da Vinci drawing 'A bust of a man in profile', several other Da Vinci and Holbein drawings and an early manuscript of Mozart's written when he was 11 years old complete with corrections by his father Leopold. It was a super day for all concerned.

Annual Fireworks - Saturday 15 October 5.30pm-9pm

The annual fireworks at Junior Boys was a very successful, albeit a wet evening. The Sixth Form students were as helpful as ever. There were some very damp Year 12s helping out in the car park, and on stalls. Year 13s also were out in force helping on stalls and the very talented Ed Axtell performed a selection of songs to entertain the many visitors before the fireworks.

A Night at the Movies - presented by Claires Court

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November at Norden Farm

This year’s show is filled with song, dance, performance and music, from some of the world’s most famous and favourite cinema soundtracks. The programme includes The Great Escape, Pirates of the Caribbean, What a Wonderful World, Ghostbusters, Moon River and Stand By Me. Get your tickets now, from the Norden Farm online box office

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Sixth Form Social Club - Please bring your subs to the Sixth Form office

The Social Club have planned their forthcoming Sixth Form social events which will be

the Christmas Party on Wednesday 14 December at Magnolia Park, Hugenden Valley and next summer's Prom. We are now collecting subs for these events and the cost is a very reasonable £45. Please can we ask you to send in a cheque for £45 to the Sixth Form office. Cheques should be made payable to Claires Court Sixth Form Social Club. Please do not pay online as it will go into the wrong account. Many thanks.

Young Enterprise

This year's Year 12 Young Enterprise teams went to Moor Hall in Cookham to see the launch of the area's Young Enterprise. Team "Lagoon" are selling water bottles with their own design whilst "Vinyl Strike" are selling vinyl clocks. "String Line" have decided to change their product which is now at the research stage. Our final team, "Cheaper by the Eleven" will be selling branded T-shirts. Do look out for sales opportunities. Being part of YE gives the students a great opportunity to utilise many key skills; not only their entrepreneurial skills but also leadership, creativity, working to deadlines and teamwork skills. They all look very professional in their apprentice-like "board room" photographs and we wish them well in their efforts.

Electronic Entry and Exit

Sixth Form students now all have a red lanyard with badge attached which allows them electronic entry to the College Ave site. Some Sixth Form students are regularly forgetting to bring in their lanyards. Please could parents help to remind students that they MUST bring in and wear their lanyard every day, and to leave it somewhere obvious overnight so they can easily remember it every morning. A charge will be made for replacing the lanyard or photo card. Thank you.

GUEST SPEAKER - Danielle Pilcher

Danielle Pilcher from Double First came to speak to a large group of Year 12s about university and careers. She introduced them to the website "TalkingPro" which allows students to search for a university or career of their choice, then be able to access information from many professionals from that sector to see how they got into their career, see the pros and cons and to enable them to make more informed choices. The website can be found at


Rugby report

Claires Court hoped to continue their winning ways after coming up against strong local grammar school, John Hampden this Wednesday at Braywick, the ground Claires Court are yet to be beaten at this year. This was the first time the two sides had played each other at first team level for 5 years, so there was a lot on the line!

The visitors were the first to score after consistent phase play in Claires Court's 22 finally led to a close quarters try after 10 minutes. It didn't get any easier for Claires Court after being forced down to 14 men not long after the try. However, the character of this years Claires Court side was superbly illustrated in the remaining 50 minutes.

Two tries from Owain Griffiths in the first-half gave Claires Court a 10-7 lead going into the half-time break. Strong defensive work from debutant Mason Scott in the centre and 1st team veteran Toby Yate helped keep the spirit high in the Claires Court camp.

The second-half started off the same way as the first ended. Tries from Connor Thomas, Mason Scott, Hamish Smart and a third for Owain Griffiths, meant the team would leave Braywick 32-14 winners. Honourable mentions for scrum-half, Kieran Grey, showing great breakdown work causing turnover after turnover for the home side, and number 8 on the day, Teo Gaster, who was a continuous thorn in the John Hampden defensive line.

Owain Griffiths, Rugby Captain

Date for the Future: Thurs 9 February 2017 - Heathrow Jobs & Careers Fair

The Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair at the Sofitel Hotel, Terminal 5, Heathrow is an exciting opportunity for students to see the variety of careers available and the qualifications and skills they need to succeed at Heathrow. It is an exciting opportunity to speak to many top employers under one roof. In 2016, employers included British Airways, British Gas, Carluccio's, Hamleys, Heathrow Airport Engineering Academy, Transport for London and many more.

Places can be booked by calling 01823 362800. More information is available at