Junior Boys Bulletin
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Mr Richards' Words Autumn 3
Mr Richards' Words Autumn 3
As Robert Ingersoll once said, “We rise by lifting others.” This week it has been a common theme that has resonated strongly with me.  I have given tours around the school with prospective parents and pupils and witnessed kind...
Friday 20 SeptemberJeans For GenesAll Day
Friday 20 SeptemberY5 PGL Marchants Hill - Return 2.30pmAll Day
Friday 20 SeptemberJeans for Genes DayAll Day
Monday 23 SeptemberPastoral Parents' Evening4:15pm - 7:15pm
Wednesday 25 SeptemberU11 Rugby Festival - Allianz Park5:45pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday 25 September6B Assembly9:00am - 9:30am
Friday 27 SeptemberNSPCC workshops Y5 & 69:30am - 12:30pm
Friday 27 SeptemberOpen MorningAll Day
Saturday 28 SeptemberCCJB U9A&B Rugby Festival9:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesday 02 October6P Assembly9:00am - 9:30am
Thursday 03 OctoberNational Poetry DayAll Day
Friday 04 OctoberB6 Parents' Coffee Morning8:45am - 10:00am
Friday 04 OctoberB1 & B2 Woolley Firs9:15am - 2:45pm
Individual Photos
Reminder that individual photos will be collected on Monday 23 September for processing by Tempest.

Work of the Week - Monday 16 - Friday 20 September
Please click on the following link for a list of children who have been selected for the outstanding work they have produced this week.  Their work will be displayed for one week from today, please do come and have a look.  Reception to Year 2’s ‘Work of the Week Display Board’ can be found in the link way of the early years area and Year 3 to Year 4’s ‘Work of the Week Display Board’ can be found inside the back door.

Summer Reading Challenge 2019
Thank you to all the boys who took part in the Bingo Reading Challenge this summer.The challenge was designed to encourage reading over the summer break and to inspire boys to try new authors and it's clear from the entries that it succeeded in this aim. The quality of the entries was high, making my job of choosing some winners very difficult. Congratulations to the winning boys who managed to complete all of the challenges and submitted some impressive pieces of work. - Mrs Flood

Our winners
Johann Wendt
Raefe Kemmis
Daniel Feeney
Ben Norrington

Special Commendations were also awarded to;
Nathan Bhargava
Timothy Fearn
Archie Milne
Harry Ogilvie-Smals
Max Visser

Nurses Contact
If you wish to contact our nurses via email, please email medical-ry@clairescourt.net

Reporting Absences
If a pupil is unwell and unable to attend school, please telephone the school on 01628 327400.  Alternatively, you can send an email to juniorboys@clairescourt.com for the attention of Mrs D Gill. This should be done before 8.00am on each day of absence.  Any unreported absences will result in a telephone call home by the school nurse.

Any absence for holidays during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.  All requests for holiday absences should be emailed to juniorboys@clairescourt.com for the attention of Mrs R Henley.

Parents are asked to book appointments whenever possible outside of normal school hours. Pupils who need to leave school for a dental/medical appointment must sign out at the Main Office before they leave school and sign back in on their return.

Calling all Equestrians!
Did you know you can ride for your school?  If your son or daughter rides, has a horse or pony they can compete and would be interested in riding for Claires Court on a team or as an individual please email Serena Hickson serena@fmbs.co.uk for more information. Open to girls and boys of all ages.
You can see what competitions are run and read a little bit more about it here:  https://www.nsea.org.uk/

Book tickets now for our Firework and Halloween Spectacular!
Organised by our PTA, this “spectacular” event will take place at Junior Boys on Saturday 12 October from 5pm to 9pm and is always a great evening for all the family! Pay via the parent PayPortal - further information here. We hope to see you there!
PTA Dates for Diary
Fireworks 12 October 5pm-9pm - tickets now available for purchasing on the Pay Portal, more information here 
Junior Disco 8 November 5.30pm-7.30pm
Diamond Jubilee Ball 6 June 2020
More information to follow!
A new chess season has started!A new chess season has started!

Maidenhead Junior Chess Club recently held their first tournament of the academic year at Junior Boys with players coming from the far side of Wiltshire.
PTA Fireworks Spectacular - Get Your Tickets!

The popular and exciting Fireworks Spectacular returns on Saturday 12 October, organised by the Claires Court PTA. Make sure you arrive at 5.00pm to enjoy the delicious food on offer, fun stalls and sideshows by Year 10 and Year 11 pupils...
PTA Fireworks Spectacular - Get Your Tickets!
Rugby Squads raring to go after Pre Season TourRugby Squads raring to go after Pre Season Tour

With the start of the new school rugby season just around the corner, fifty five boys from the U14 and U15 Rugby teams were put through their paces during a pre season tour in Cardiff.
News from the Sports Master
I firstly wanted to thank all of you who turned out to help support the Sports Department of the Junior Boys and the Junior Girls in our fundraising event last Friday. It was a very enjoyable evening and the money raised will go to support our many sports tours and outward bound activities.

Before the event took place our Year 5 pupils had their first competitive fixture against St John’s Beaumont. With the weather more suited to cricket and the ground rock hard and unsafe to play contact rugby, matches had to be played as touch rugby. While not all the results went our way, the afternoon gave our students an excellent opportunity to improve their handling skills in a competitive environment.

With the hot and dry weather continuing on into this week the Year 4 teams also played their first ever fixtures as touch matches; this time against Davenies. The change in rules did not faze our Year 4 pupils as all 5 teams came away from the afternoon unbeaten with wins for the U9A,B&D teams and draws for our U9C&E teams.

Sadly our U11 teams did not get to play their matches on Wednesday as St George’s Weybridge decided that they did not want to travel to play touch rugby. The U11 teams spent the afternoon playing internal games against each other which proved excellent experience for them.

Next weeks fixtures are as follows-

Tue 24 Sept
U9A&B,  v The Beacon (Home)
U9C,D&E v The Beacon (Away)
Wed 25 Sept
U11B,C,D&E v The Beacon (Home)
U11A Haileybury Rugby Festival @ Allianz Park 5.45pm-7.00pm 
Fri 27 Sept
U10A,B,C, v Davenies (Away)
Sat 28 Sept
U9A&B CCJB Rugby Festival (Home)  9.00am
News from the Chess Master
With the commencement of activities this week we saw the return of Chess at CCJB.
We have a vast number of boys taking part in our two clubs on Monday and Wednesday, which bodes well for the future.

I spoke to the boys at both sessions about using lichess.org to improve their chess (regardless of how strong players are). Regular practise will see your son improve.

Beginners should work their way through this link, whilst slightly stronger players should focus on these practice situations.
There are some tricky puzzles too!
Within the local chess community our links with Maidenhead Junior Chess Club continue to be strong and a number of tournaments designed for Juniors of varying strengths can be found by clicking on the link below:
Maidenhead Junior Chess Club  
Our 19th PTA Chess Festival fast approaches on Saturday 16 November. This tournament offers a route for qualification for the London Nationals and is well attended with competitors coming from around the country, though Claires Court boys have a very good track record in the competition.
Entry forms can be found on the Chess noticeboard or through the Maidenhead Junior Chess Club website.
Lessons with Mr Tuck
There is now just one Friday 30 minute lesson slot with Mr Tuck left. This will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.

7-10 Nov - B6 Joint Sports Tour & Outward Bounds
Ridgeway, The Thicket, Maidenhead, SL6 3QE
Tel: 01628 327400     Email: juniorboys@clairescourt.com

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