Junior Girls Bulletin
Claires Court Maidenhead - from Nursery to Sixth Form
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Mrs Kirby's Words Week 8
Mrs Kirby's Words Week 8
Happy World Kindness Day! Wonderful things have happened this week including, a very kind and warm assembly from Miss Mansfield: Miss Mansfield showed a beautiful video which can be found here.
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
Please find here our recorded Remembrance service which the pupils watched during form time on Wednesday 11 November. We also marked Remembrance by all coming together outside for our two minute's silence and to hear Mr Gravett play the Last Post.

A BIG thank you for helping to support the British Legion - we raised a total of £358.00 through donations received from the Nursery, Junior and Senior Girls.

A message from the School Libraries... Do you have an overdue library book?!
After wisely stockpiling our reading during Lockdown #1 it is now time to return these library books to the relevant school site. Please make sure all books issued during the previous school year (Sep 19 to Mar 20) are returned to avoid a book charge. Returning a book is easy! Just leave them in one of the safe Library book returns boxes on each school site.
All library books issued this term can be retained and renewed, as required. Thank you.

PTA nearly new sale - Wednesday 18 November - CANCELLED
Apologies but for the time being the PTA will not be holding any nearly new sales.  We will let you know as soon as they are able to do so.  

Flu vaccinations - Monday 7 December GR to G6
Have you completed the vaccination form for your daughter to receive the flu vaccination yet? Please find an e-consent form (you will be asked for the school code which is BK110153G) and information about the flu vaccination for girls in Reception to Year 6.  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.

FoodShare collections - Wednesday 2 December to Monday 14 December
We are collecting for the FoodShare ‘School Holiday’ list this Christmas and would appreciate donations of items listed below as from Wednesday 2 December and will advise parents and pupils soon where the collection boxes will be situated in school. Once again thanking you in advance for your support:

School holiday list
  • Children's cereal
  • Multipack cereal
  • Spreads for bread/toast
  • Biscuits
  • UHT Milk
  • Crisps
  • Multi-pack snack biscuits
  • Dried fruit or raisins
  • Nappies
  • Vitamin Supplements.
St Lukes Christmas Tree trail 9 to 24 December
St Lukes are not holding their usual Christmas tree festival where you decorate or donate a tree in the church this year but running a Christmas tree trail around the Maidenhead area (further details here). 
Juniors give back to the local community in celebration of harvestJuniors give back to the local community in celebration of harvest

The culmination of our Juniors’ harvest celebrations this autumn term saw Claires Court families give generously and donate items from their food cupboards to local charities Foodshare and One Can Trust.  
Claires Court shortlisted for two ISA awards

Claires Court is in the running for two top prizes, having been shortlisted by the Independent Schools Association (ISA) 2020 awards. The award categories include excellence in fine art for the high standard and variety of art and creativity...
Claires Court shortlisted for two ISA awards
Juniors wow with first virtual harvest performancesJuniors wow with first virtual harvest performances

As we continue to adapt to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s harvest celebration takes on an even more special meaning as pupils, staff and our community give thanks for what they have. Unfortunately we were unable...
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