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Mr Richards' Words Autumn 9
Mr Richards' Words Autumn 9
Our tourists returned on Sunday after another (the 10th to be precise) touring triumph across the River Tamar. Matches were won and lost but friendships were made, skills were improved and the occasional challenge of being away from home or...
Friday 15 NovemberHouse Science Finals9:00am - 10:00am
Saturday 16 NovemberPTA Chess Festival11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 16 NovemberPTA Chess FestivalAll Day
Monday 18 NovemberAcademic Parents' Evening4:15pm - 7:15pm
Monday 18 NovemberB6 Rugby Photos2:30pm - 3:00pm
Tuesday 19 NovemberOpen morning All Sites9:30am - 11:30am
Wednesday 20 NovemberB5 Rugby Photos2:30pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday 20 November5M Assembly9:00am - 9:30am
Thursday 21 NovemberInformal Concert3:45pm - 4:45pm
Friday 22 November5V Assembly9:00am - 9:30am
Tuesday 26 NovemberB4 Rugby Photos1:30pm - 2:00pm
Tuesday 26 NovemberB5 Victorian Classroom at Reading Museum9:00am - 3:00pm
Friday 29 November3B Assembly9:00am - 9:30am
Work of the Week - Monday 11 November - Friday 15 November
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.

After School Activities - Ultimate Frisbee Cancelled
Due to Parents Evening taking place on Monday 18 November, we have had to cancel Ultimate Frisbee.  Your son is very welcome to attend homework/study club that day.

Just a reminder, Year 3 Rugby will no longer be running due to the light, however homework club will be available.

Christmas Lunch - Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 December
As the festive season approaches, our wonderful catering team have been working hard to put together our Christmas Lunch Menu.  We assume that your son will be joining us for turkey unless you complete this online form. So if your son either has dietary needs to consider, or will be bringing in a packed lunch instead, please complete the form by Friday 29 November.

Christmas Presents
Due to the success of this project last year, the PTA would like to offer your boys the chance to once again purchase a ‘surprise’ present for their Mums, Dads, Grandparents or other significant grown-ups.  Please see letter here for further information.

Local Police Request - please read
Network Rail will be carrying out essential maintenance to the railway track in the Furze Platt area leading to Cookham.  Please see letter here for further information and map showing area concerned.

Diamond Jubilee Ball - Book your tickets now!
Book your tickets now for the highly anticipated Diamond Jubilee Ball, celebrating the School’s 60th Anniversary. An event not to be missed, we recommend you reserve a table as early as possible before tickets sell out. Please visit the website for more information and booking details.

Gambia Just Giving Page 
Over the past year students, staff and the PTA have been busy fundraising to support ‘Charity Pearl The Gambia’ in its efforts to make substantial improvements to day to day life in the Brufut area of The Gambia. Help us make a difference by visiting our JustGiving page and making a small donation towards this worthy cause. For more information on our work in The Gambia, please visit our website.
Learning through PerformanceLearning through Performance

A recent workshop allowed Year 1 and 2  to experience learning through the art of performance, discovering information all out about seasonal the festivities of Diwali and the Gunpowder Plot.
A War Memorial for Maidenhead College

A digital memorial remembers those former pupils of Maidenhead College who served their country during the First World War.
A War Memorial for Maidenhead College
Claires Court wins ISA Award for Outstanding Community InvolvementClaires Court wins ISA Award for Outstanding Community Involvement

At a ceremony on Thursday 7 November, Claires Court were delighted to be announced as winners of the Independent Schools Associations award for ‘Outstanding Community Involvement.’ The award recognises a school for the contribution and...
News from the Sports Master
Last weekend we took 24 Year 6 pupils away on rugby tour to Cornwall. Over the course of the weekend we had two fixtures against St Peter's Prep in Lympstone Devon and two fixtures against Truro Prep, with 3 wins and one loss over our matches the tour was a huge success. All pupils played superbly well and represented the school with pride on and off the field. 

Meanwhile at home on Friday our U10 teams gained two great results against Thorpe House. They carried on this week with some superb results against Moulsford U10 teams. All U10 teams should feel really proud of the progress they have made. All U9 & U11 teams have also played Moulsford this week and while we found it difficult to get the result, the standard of rugby continues to go from strength to strength.  

On Thursday this week our swimmers were in action at the local swimming gala held by Maidenhead Marlins. All pupils performed very well and many medals were won and the team achieved an overall second place. This will have put them in an excellent position as many of them will compete again today in the ISA regional finals at Aldershot.

News from the Chess Master
The PTA Chess Festival is finally here and we have children coming from all over the country to take part. More news next week, but I am pleased to see the number of Claires Court boys involved. Hopefully we can win the School Trophy again!
On Wednesday I sat down with a few of the younger boys. One had just declared in an exasperated voice, "I give up, I can't win!" He was right - he couldn't win. He only had his king left. I asked him if I could take over and he gladly gave up his place. After a few moves it became clear that his opponent did not know how to finish the game off with a checkmate and after 5 minutes stalemate was given - ending the game in a draw.
The lesson here was of a two-fold nature:
1. Nil desperandum. Don't give up. You may be able to salvage a result from the very jaws of defeat. Nobody in the long history of the game of chess ever gained anything from resigning.
2. Learn your checkmates! Unless you know how to finish your opponent off you are playing in vain. Lichess is the way to go!
Letters put on the website this week

Tues 26 November - B5 Victorian Classroom at Reading Museum
Ridgeway, The Thicket, Maidenhead, SL6 3QE
Tel: 01628 327400     Email: juniorboys@clairescourt.com

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