Junior Boys Bulletin
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Mr Richards' Words Autumn 5
Mr Richards' Words Autumn 5
Constructing good ‘open ended’ questions to seek understanding and develop reasoning are one of a teachers' many challenges. Encouraging the boys to think of asking well crafted questions in response is also essential. When this...
Friday 05 OctoberB6 Pupils and Parents Breakfast 9:00am - 11:30am
Saturday 06 OctoberChess Tournament9:00am - 12:30pm
Thursday 11 OctoberBR-6 Parents Evening4:00pm - 6:30pm
Thursday 11 OctoberSenior Girls Open Afternoon2:30pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 13 OctoberPTA Fireworks Spectacular5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday 13 OctoberBerkshire Chess County TrialsAll Day
Monday 15 OctoberY6 Field Studies Week - PGL Osmington BayAll Day
Wednesday 17 OctoberY4 Hampton CourtAll Day
Wednesday 17 OctoberBR to Pizza Express9:15am - 11:00am
Friday 19 OctoberY6 Field Studies Presentation Day9:00am - 3:30pm
Friday 19 OctoberYR Hallowe'en Party9:30am - 11:30am
From the Office
**REMINDER - BUY YOUR TICKETS**  Fireworks and Halloween Spectacular  
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for this “spectacular” event taking place at Junior Boys on Saturday 13 October from 5.30pm and is always a great evening for all the family! The advance purchase price via the Payment Portal  is available until midnight Thursday 11 October. Please check our website for further information. We hope to see you there!
Entrance Driveway
When exiting the end of the school drive, please use caution when turning right as drivers entering and leaving the National Trust car park have the RIGHT OF WAY.
Allergen Awareness
Following the recent Pret A Manger press coverage, we would like to reassure parents that since the introduction of the Allergen and Labelling Legislation in 2015, all our own made products are clearly labelled with any of the identified allergens. Our full allergen list is available in the dining room and on our website, and are regularly checked with suppliers and updated on a regular basis. If you have any questions, please contact our Domestic Bursar ser@clairescourt.com.
Boots off to Mumbai
Please do check your shoe cupboard for old football boots as we are supporting the Oscar Foundation. Collection point in Junior Boys Reception.

Rugby FestivalRugby Festival

The hotly anticipated annual U9 rugby festival was hosted by Junior Boys on Saturday.
England Rugby Star Heather Visits Junior Boys

Junior Boys were thrilled to be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime rugby training session by Heather Fisher, England Rugby union and rugby sevens player, on Monday 1 October.
England Rugby Star Heather Visits Junior Boys
Junior Boys Harvest FestivalJunior Boys Harvest Festival

The sports hall echoed from afar with the sound of boys singing and reciting poems during their Harvest Festival.
News from the Sports Master
Last Saturday our Sports Department hosted the annual U9 Rugby Festival. We welcomed U9A&B teams from - St George's, Moulsford, Gayhurst, Chesham Prep, Berkhamsted and Oratory Prep. In total 36 matches were played over the course of the morning with separate festivals for the A and B teams. It was a fantastic learning opportunity for all the boys involved. The U9 teams have all just started playing contact rugby and the standard of tackling throughout the morning was superb. Each coach picked a player from their team who had not only shown great skill but also sportsmanship, this player was then awarded with a trophy. We look forward to welcoming the same schools again next year.
The U9 teams had a busy week as they went off to St John’s Beaumont on Tuesday to play in a five way mini festival along with Gayhurst, Chesham and Davenies. While the afternoon didn't run exactly to plan, the boys did get to play a great deal of rugby and all the coaches returned stating how much the boys have improved since the start of the term.

The U10’s all travelled to play Oratory Prep School on Wednesday.  This gave many of our new boys another chance to hone their skills and it seems like they are all making excellent progress.
The dry weather has again led to our grounds becoming rock solid and not suitable for contact rugby, which meant that all U11 fixtures on Wednesday were played as touch matches. The U11C&D teams travelled to Chesham Prep while the U11A&B teams hosted Chesham, Davenies and Gayhurst in a four way fixture afternoon. The lack of tackling meant the boys massively improved their handling skills through the afternoon. It was also pleasing that both the A and B teams went through the afternoon unbeaten with two wins and a draw apiece.
News from the Chess Master
It is always a pleasure to watch progress being made over the chessboard. My large group of beginners have moved on from how the pieces move to what the pieces are worth how they can be kept safe. We continue to use lichess to improve our skills, and I would like all boys to be using this at home.
Entries have started coming in for the 18th Claires Court PTA Chess Festival on Saturday 10 November. Entry forms are available from the Chess noticeboard or from clicking on the link.
REMEMBER: “You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.” – GM José Raúl Capablanca
News from the Art Department
The ISA Art competition for the London West region was held on Tuesday at Norden Farm.

Many schools affiliated to the London West region of the country displayed their art from EYFS to A Level. The competition, as always, was fierce with many fine pieces of artwork being displayed across the different categories that ranged from Sculpture to Fashion to Textiles. We performed particularly well in the Photography category where we completed a clean sweep of first second or third with Oliver Fern producing a photograph called 'Wood Pattern' that shows an excellent eye for detail. Old Boy Fraser Jones, came out top in the drawing category. This fantastic piece of work had finished second in our CCJB Drawing competition in the summer. It just shows how objective art can be. Our other placings included an impressive close-up of a leaf photograph by Spike Stalham, a colourful pattern study of pool floats by Aarron Croly and a sculpture of a shark bursting through the waves by the Watsons, Samuel Tschiesche and Jeremy Chen.
All our Key Stage 2 boys have been working hard throughout the first few weeks of the school year to produce their best work for the ISA. It was such a shame that we couldn't enter them all. We have a great depth of talented artists in our school. Oliver's and Fraser's work will now go through to the National competition to be held in November. Good luck boys!
KS2 3D Group
Highly Commended: 'Shark' by George Watson, Harry Watson, Jeremy Chen and Samuel Tschiesche 
KS2 Drawing
1st place: 'Still Life' by Fraser Jones
KS2 Photography
1st Place: 'Wood Pattern' by Oliver Fern
2nd Place: 'Leaf' by Spike Stalham
Highly Commended: 'Pool' by Aarron Croly

Trip Letters
15-18 October - Y6 Osmington Bay
8-11 November - B6 Sports Tour & Outward Bound
8-11 November - Y6 Netball/Hockey/Rugby Tour to Newquay

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