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Mr Richards' Words Autumn 5
Mr Richards' Words Autumn 5
Surprises can be great and surprises can also bring out quite the opposite feeling. Just ask the opinion of those involved in the Japan v Ireland match last weekend!
Friday 04 OctoberB1 & B2 Woolley Firs9:15am - 2:45pm
Friday 04 OctoberB6 Parents' Coffee Morning8:45am - 10:00am
Tuesday 08 OctoberISA London West ARTS Competition at Norden Farm, MaidenheadAll Day
Tuesday 08 OctoberISA Regional Swimming gala Year 4-6 8am-4pm8:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 08 OctoberParents and SLT Coffee Morning 8:45am - 9:15am
Wednesday 09 October6O Assembly9:00am - 9:30am
Friday 11 OctoberISA U13 Junior Open Golf - Huntswood Golf Club All Day
Friday 11 OctoberHouse General Knowledge Quiz Final9:00am - 10:00am
Friday 11 OctoberWhen I Grow Up DayAll Day
Saturday 12 OctoberClaires Court PTA Annual Fireworks5:00pm - 9:15pm
Monday 14 OctoberB4 Hampton CourtAll Day
Tuesday 15 OctoberY6 STEM Workshop @ RAF Museum9:00am - 3:30pm
Thursday 17 OctoberBR visiting GR11:15am - 3:00pm
Friday 18 OctoberB1&2 'topic' DayAll Day
Friday 18 OctoberHarvest Festival9:15am - 10:15am
Friday 18 OctoberBR-B6 Flu Immunisations1:00pm - 4:00pm
Work of the Week - Monday 30 September - Friday 4 October
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.

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!
New Sailing and Outdoor Education Centre Officially Opened!New Sailing and Outdoor Education Centre Officially Opened!

The new Claires Court Sailing and Outdoor Education centre officially opened recently, marking the relocation of our entire sailing club to Taplow Lake.
In Poetry, Truth

With an explosion of words, rhymes and alliteration our budding poets shined as they wholeheartedly embraced National Poetry Day.
In Poetry, Truth
Chess Success for Junior BoysChess Success for Junior Boys

With the new chess season still in its infancy, our young chess stars, Henry, Year 3, and Josh, Year 6, have burst out of the blocks notching up a number of impressive performances in their respective competitions.
News from the Sports Master
On Saturday 28 September Claires Court Junior Boys hosted the annual U9 Rugby Festival. We welcomed A&B teams from Gayhurst, St George's Weybridge, Chesham Prep, Oratory Prep School, Berkhamsted and Winchester House for a morning of excellent rugby. We ran two separate A and B team festivals with all teams playing each other. The emphasis of festival rugby is very much on all pupils enjoying sport and learning from the experience, this certainly took place! The two Claires Court teams showed just how far they have come in a very short space of time since the start of term, playing some fantastic attacking rugby while being fearless in defence. Both of our teams enjoyed a very successful morning winning five out of six matches played. Mr Barber and Mr Butterfield are very proud of the way all the pupils conducted themselves through the morning and look forward to the rest of the season ahead. 
In our regular fixtures on Tuesday, sadly all U9 matches and festival were lost to freak thunderstorms. The weather was much kinder on Wednesday when we hosted OPS U10 teams. OPS proved to be very strong and it was a difficult afternoon in terms of results. However, all pupils showed great resilience and never let negativity set in - a very important attribute! Our U11 teams travelled to Gayhurst for triangular fixtures against Gayhurst and Chesham Prep. This proved to be a very successful afternoon and special mention must go to the U11A team who ran in 13 tries over the two matches.
News from the Chess Master
Napoleon once said "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
But what if they're not making any mistakes?
The answer: encourage them to do so.
On Wednesday, I was sitting with a group of young chess players introducing the "weapons" of chess: the pin, the fork, the skewer and the surprise or discovered attack. These are the tools of chess player's trade and the better a player knows them the more likely he will be to overpower an otherwise faultless opponent. Try clicking on the lichess links for each and encourage your son to go through the exercises. 
Just another reminder that the 19th PTA Chess Festival is 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 for next year
If your son is in Years 2 to 5 and is interested in having chess lessons with Mr Tuck next year (and is not already enjoying this privilege) please contact me on rih@clairescourt.net as I am now putting together the plan for next September.
These lessons are an excellent chance for your son to not only improve his chess, but to also strengthen his logic and processing skills at the same time.
Ridgeway, The Thicket, Maidenhead, SL6 3QE
Tel: 01628 327400     Email: juniorboys@clairescourt.com

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