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What a fantastic place to be! Junior Boys is just such an industrious, enjoyable environment to be in. No sooner have I have submitted my words for the previous week than I already have an abundance of wonderful, inspiring opportunities that...
Friday 14 FebruaryHouse Poetry Final9:00am - 10:00am
Friday 14 FebruaryBR,1&2 Activity DayAll Day
Saturday 15 FebruaryChess Event2:00pm - 6:00pm
Monday 17 FebruaryHalf Term HolidayAll Day
Friday 21 FebruaryGB Rowing TrialsAll Day
Friday 28 FebruaryY6 Charity Break10:30am - 11:00am
To celebrate World Book Day we would like you to use your love of books together with your creative skills to design a Book in a Box.

Work of the Week - Monday 10 to Friday 14 February
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.

U11 Fixture - Wednesday 26 February
In a change to previously advertised, the U11 fixtures on Wednesday 26 February against Davenies will now take place at the following venues -  U11AB at Davenies 2.30pm KO, U11CDE at Home 2.30pm KO.
Important information about coronavirus (covid-19) and travel during half term (from Cherie Levi RGN, Lead School Nurse)
For anyone travelling during half term or returning from an area at risk, we sent an email earlier in the week to highlight advice from both Public Health England and the Foreign Office.  

If you experience any symptoms (eg. fever, cough, shortness of breath), no matter how mild, you should self isolate and contact the NHS on 111. 
Please also follow any advice you receive at ports of entry into the UK.
We wish you an enjoyable and safe holiday. Please feel free to email Cherie Levi at col@clairescourt.net if you need further help.

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Scientists of the futureScientists of the future

This week a number of young science enthusiasts from Year 8 were selected to compete in the Faraday Challenge Day at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcott.  The Faraday Challenge is an annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and...
Croissant, Monsieur?

There was an opportunity to explore French culture and cuisine at Junior Boys this week when Year 5 were treated to a trip to a Parisian cafe for breakfast.
Croissant, Monsieur?
Running into the ISA National Cross Country FinalRunning into the ISA National Cross Country Final

The ISA regional cross country final, hosted at Sherfield School earlier this month, saw Claires Court field 20 runners from Juniors to Seniors, 11 of which qualified for the national final which will take place on Friday 20 March.
News from the Sports Master
Last Friday afternoon our U10A and B teams travelled to St John’s Beaumont for a tournament with a few players missing due to the Young Voices concert at Wembley. It gave the C team players an opportunity to step up. This was a tough competition as they were against A teams from other schools. Despite this both teams held their own and produced some fantastic performances and results. For the C team players, this clearly had a positive effect as they beat Caldicott 5-1 mid week. 
The U9A and B teams' turn was on Tuesday. This time St John’s Beaumont were hosting their tournament inside the football cages at Egham Sports Centre. This was an entirely different type of football to what they were used to. This did not stop both teams playing some fantastic two touch football and finishing the day on a high winning their respective final matches. While the A and B teams were at the tournament the U9CDE teams travelled to Gayhurst for triangular fixtures with St John’s Beaumont. With two wins, two draws and two losses, a lot of positives were taken from the afternoon.
News from the Chess Master
This week's chess words belong to Mrs Susan Payne who died on Sunday 9 February.
She was a great servant of Chess at Claires Court, an outstanding teacher, a patient mentor and a loyal friend. Susan continued to develop chess at Claires Court, taking the game outside these walls for the first time to play in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and EPSCA leagues. She pushed for more tournaments to be played at the school and helped build the foundation for future success - not only driving the school minibus to weekend tournaments but, in the early days of EPSCA, Susan would take the boys off to Camber Sands for a whole weekend tournament; not to everyone's taste I hear you say, but a true testament to someone determined to give Claires Court boys every possible opportunity during their time with us. So many boys have so much to thank her for.
I will never forget the time I was visiting Susan in hospital after her miraculous recovery from meningitis. We had been chatting away about life, the universe and everything when a diminutive nurse knocked on the door and announced in a sweet Irish brogue that it was time for Susan to sit her psych evaluation; a must for all in her situation. At this point Susan asked, straight faced, if we could have another paper so I could sit the test too...
Mrs Payne was a kind and above all, determined individual; possessing a regal quality that would in itself not be out of place on a chessboard. On the wall in what was her office she had a large poster boasting the poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas. Susan Payne would not "Go Gentle". She fought illness with a cheerful and faithful confidence, living to see the marriage of both her daughters, and the birth of two grandchildren - two years after being given only weeks to live.
I still keep a text message from Susan from the morning after Claires Court finally, after much effort on Susan's part, broke into the group of top Chess playing schools in the country with triumph in Bristol. The message reads:
"Had a great night's sleep... Just sinking in what a momentous achievement it is. Thank you for inviting me to see history being made. WELL DONE to you all!"
No Susan - Thank you.
Trip Reminders
Letters sent home this week
Friday 28 February - B6 Animal Farm - Change of Timing
12-13 March - B4 Sports Tour Final Letter
4-12 April - Ski Trip 2020 - Parents Information Evening
Consent and deposit overdue:
12-13 March - B4 Sports Tour to Bournemouth

Consent and payment by Friday 21 February 2020:
3-11 April 2021 - current Y4-12 Ski Trip initial letter for 2021 trip
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