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Mr Richards' Words Week 8
Mr Richards'  Words Week 8
Freedom was one of the words we developed during our Remembrance Service on Wednesday. The boys since half term have in PSHE, assembly and form times been involved in fact finding, reflection and discussion.  This is to make them aware of the...
Monday 16 NovemberAnti-Bullying WeekAll Day
From the Office
A message for the Executive Head
Dear Parents and Guardians

My daughter asked me the following ill-fated question on Monday morning: “Dad, what do you actually do all week?!” Slightly bemused, I could only answer her with a feeble:”It’s difficult to say, it changes hourly!” 

And indeed it does. Being at the mercy of the fluctuating Department for Education (DfE) guidance about which opportunities we can and cannot offer your children is frustrating, as it means we are constantly being reactive rather than proactive with many of our school strategies. Whilst we do this we will always maintain our school values, and in doing this, our staff, pupils and parents know that we continue to do the best we can for all of our families.

One of the developments that cannot go unnoticed since the first lockdown in March is the increase in use of IT by your children for educational purposes. This briefing note, which has been provided by James Wilding, Academic Principal, on IT security and filtering will be of interest to you all and ensures everyone’s cyber safety. Please take time to read it carefully.

I was present at the remarkable two minute silence the College Avenue site gave for Remembrance Day. The pupils from all divisions spread across the school fields, the mist lowering onto the grass in the freezing morning air, and the lonely sound of Mr Gravett’s exquisitely played trumpet with the ‘The Last Post’ cutting through the chill...it was a moment that I will never forget, and I am sure the pupils will remember it for many years to come. 

Enough from me, please stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

Best wishes

Justin Spanswick 
Executive Head Teacher

Lunch booking form w/c Monday 23 November
Please complete this lunch booking form by 4pm Thursday 19 November to book your child’s lunch for the week commencing 23 November. Unfortunately forms completed after this date/time cannot be accepted, as our food order is placed then. You should receive email confirmation of form completion, if not please check your junk/spam folder. 

New campus 
Our long and eagerly-awaited planning inquiry for the development of the Ridgeway site is nearly upon us, and we are calling for your help and support. The inquiry will be held online by an independent planning inspector from 18 November for eight days.

As we celebrate our diamond jubilee in our 60th year, we would dearly love to cement our plans to bring us all together at one purpose-built, future-proof campus fit for our quality teaching and the families we care so much about. Letters of support for the plans are welcomed by the inspector and help form a good picture of all the significant benefits arising from our plans that will so positively affect a wide-range of people in our community. More information is being sent to all our families and friends, so we do hope you can help us and show your support and write to: tim.salter@planninginspectorate.gov.uk by: Wednesday 17 November 2020. Include the relevant planning references in your subject line (or at the top of your email): 
APP/TO355/W/20/3249117 – Claires Court School
APP/T0355/W/20/3249119 – Sports Pitches and Pavilion

For details of the plans you can visit our website.

Trip letters
3-11 April 2021 Ski Trip 2021 Cancellation Letter

Remembrance Day ‘Wear red to remember’ mufti day
A BIG thank you for helping to support the British Legion - we raised a total of £223.60. Please find here our recorded Remembrance service.

Flu vaccination - Monday 7 December 2020
Have you completed the e-consent form for your son to have the vaccination? The e-consent form will close on Friday 4 December at 12noon but would appreciate this completed asap as the NHS School Nursing Team need to know how many vaccines are required. The school code which you will be asked to enter is BK110153B - please see further information about the flu vaccination for boys in Reception to Year 6.

Key Stage 1 artist of the week
Ted Jeffries (2B) and Murray Hall (2B) for their cartoon characters.

Key Stage 2 artist of the week
Wonderful watercolour painting from Charlie Yeulett (5G) using washes and dry brush techniques.

Rabbit awards
Awarded for kindness, helpfulness and compassion doing the right thing without being asked, it is what makes our school a wonderful environment. This week our rabbits have been awarded to Harry Burfitt (3V) and Alexander Webber (5P).
Bookwanderers hang out virtually with favourite author Anna JamesBookwanderers hang out virtually with favourite author Anna James

Pupils from Junior Girls recently enjoyed the opportunity to meet popular children's author Anna James when she dropped into the classroom for a virtual Q&A session this week (November 10).  Year 5 girls were starstruck when...
Claires Court remembers

Claires Court pupils this week (November 11) wore red to mark Remembrance Day 2020 and also heard special assemblies to remember those in the armed forces who have died.
Claires Court remembers
From the Chess Master
Well done to all those who have been continuing to play chess during this time. As you know, several pupils have continued, or even recently started receiving tuition from Mr Tuck, and I hope that this will continue. An opportunity for an online tournament has arisen through ChesswithDino who has been to Claires Court before. He is going to run three online chess competitions next Sunday 15 November, starting at 15.00. Please see below for the links to the competition: For the purpose of the age calculation, the cut off date is 31 August 2020, so if your child is under 8, 10 or 12 on this date then they are in this group. This provides an opportunity for children to play their peers and prepare for next year’s UK Chess Challenge. The time control is 10 minutes per player plus an extra five seconds for each move made. The competition will last for two hours exactly and you can play as many or as few games as your time allows it. If you are not a member of the ChesswithDino club and would like to participate, you will need to create an account on www.chess.com. When creating a username, please use your child’s name followed by the initial. If it is taken, just add a number at the end, such as AditiP or AditiP21. Please note that this format is compulsory so children know who they are playing against. Once you have created an account, email the username, your son’s full name, date of birth and your mobile contact number to dino@chesswithdino.co.uk. You will then be added to the club and you will need to accept the invite in your chess.com account. The cut off date for providing the information detailed above is Saturday 14 November at 6pm. This is a free competition and currently there are no entry fees. If you have friends who would like to join, feel free to forward this email to them. Should you have any queries, or are new to this format of competition, you can contact Dino on 07449 313414 or using dino@chesswithdino.co.uk. This is not a Claires Court event, but does provide an excellent opportunity for tournament play.
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