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Mr Richards' Words Week 10
Mr Richards' Words Week 10
It was Socrates who called education ‘the kindling of a flame, rather than the filling of a vessel’. As educators at Junior Boys, we strive to ignite that flame in our pupils, and create a lifelong love of learning with breadth and...
Friday 11 DecemberChristmas Jumper DayAll Day
From the Office
A message from the Executive Head
Dear Parents and Guardians

With the school currently going through its appeal to build a new school, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you a picture that one of our parents sent to me this morning from the Junior Boys school driveway. A beautiful picture…and absolutely freezing! We will update you on any outcomes from the appeal process as soon as we hear anything. 

Thank you so much to the hundreds of you who have responded to our questionnaire regarding after school activities and school transport. If you’ve not yet had the chance to complete this form, please do so by 9pm on Sunday evening. Your feedback will help inform our plans and I will be able to confirm next week the arrangements for the Lent term. 

We are also inviting our peripatetic teachers back into school in January. It will be lovely to have the sound of musical instruments filling our hallways once again, and I know the Heads of Music are delighted at this prospect. 

We are hoping to be able to support our local Food Share, and I am aware some of you have already sent in items that will go to those in need this Christmas. We are currently establishing with our local charity groups if they are allowed to accept food parcels in light of the Covid-19 crisis - hopefully they can, and we will let you know next week. On the subject of food, I am pleased to say that all pupils will have the opportunity to have a traditional Christmas lunch this year (with crackers!) - electronic forms are included below:
I can also provisionally confirm we are intending to run a short holiday camp programme before Christmas, depending of course on any restrictions that tend to emerge overnight! We’ll share details shortly.

Have a lovely weekend, and please stay safe.

Best wishes

Justin Spanswick
Executive Head Teacher

12 days of Christmas countdown competition - Deadline for entries Monday 30 November
If you're thinking of something to do this weekend, how about reimagining the 12 days of Christmas by drawing, crafting, sculpting or acting your way through to Christmas. Entrants will be shortlisted with the winner for each day voted for across the Claires Court Facebook page throughout December and prizes up for grabs. 

The closing date is Monday 30 November and please send your entries to: marketing@clairescourt.com. Full details can be found here.

Senior Open Mornings - Thursday 3 December
Families considering secondary school options for their sons and daughters are invited to Claires Court’s virtual open events. The online events, taking place at 9.30am on Thursday December 3, with Senior Head teachers James Wilding and Steve Richards are for families to ask questions and find out more about the educational journey and life at Claires Court.

The virtual open events can be booked here.

Lunch booking form - Junior Boys & Senior Boys 
(w/c 7 December, Christmas Lunch 11 December and w/c 14 December)
  • Please find the final lunch booking form for Junior Boys for the remainder of term, which also includes the booking for Christmas Lunch on Friday 11 December. 
  • Please complete this form if you want to book lunches for the rest of term only, the rest of term and Christms lunch, or just Christmas lunch, by 4pm Thursday 3 December. 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.
  • As before, please complete one form for each child, but please be aware that there is a different form for Nursery, Girls and Sixth Form.
Reminder: flu vaccination - Monday 7 December 2020
The e-consent form will close on Friday 4 December at 12pm. The school code which you will be asked to enter is BK110153B.

Football Keepy-Up Challenge
The challenge is simple, video yourself trying to keep a football in the air for as long as possible without using your hands. Send your videos to Mr Butterfield at nsb@clairescourt.net by Friday 11 December. The best videos will win prizes and be shown in the final Sports Celebration Assembly. Good Luck!

Christmas Festivities Diary
Christmas music videos 

Reminder, following our letter last week, please record your child’s musical performance in landscape and email to Mrs Stevenson at evs@clairescourt.net by Friday 4 December. The video recordings don’t have to be long, you can either do a full piece or part of a piece and preferably Christmas themed. Don't forget the Christmas jumper!

Carol service Years 3 to 6
Our much loved joint Carol Service between the Junior Boys and Junior Girls will also be different this year. We will be recording the Christmas songs next week and would ask that you encourage your children to learn their Christmas songs. All repertoire has been placed in their Music Google Classroom ready for practising at home. We look forward to sharing the performances with you towards the end of term.

Friday 11 December - Christmas jumper day £1 donation
Wear your festive jumper into school for ‘Save the Children’ Charity with a £1 donation to be given to the class teacher.
From Friday 9 December - St Lukes Christmas Tree Trail 
Junior Boys will be participating in the St Luke’s Christmas Tree Trail, so please do get involved and support this lovely initiative from St Luke’s Church. Vote for your favourite tree here.
Key Stage 1 artist of the week
Phinn Butterfield (Reception) produced an excellent watercolour study in class this week. Well done Phinn.

Key Stage 2 artist of the week
Year 4 have been working on a group project looking at the work of Keith Haring. Here is their final piece.

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 Sam Terry (2B), Saiveer Vedhara (5G) and Joshua Notton-Brown (6B).
Hand-designed Christmas cards tribute to Stanley SpencerHand-designed Christmas cards tribute to Stanley Spencer

Christmas cards designed by Claires Court Junior Boys for a competition run by Stanley Spencer Gallery have been launched by the Cookham-based gallery.
Scholarships available at Claires Court

Opportunities for scholarships for entry next September into Years 7 to 9 and Sixth Form are open now at Claires Court school.
Scholarships available at Claires Court
Claires Court invites families to virtual open events for SeniorsClaires Court invites families to virtual open events for Seniors

Families considering secondary school options for their sons and daughters following 11 results at the end of this month (November) are invited to Claires Court’s virtual open events.
From the Chess Master
Two exciting pieces of news this week. Firstly, we are looking for volunteers from the four houses to play in the house chess competition, to take place in the final week of term. If you would like to play, please give your name and your house to your form teacher. Hopefully, we shall have lots of people looking to play.
Secondly, the UK Delancey Chess challenge is back, and I will be running the first round through the Claires Court chess club. In order to do this, I shall need those boys wishing to take part to sign up for a free lichess account. Once they have done this, they will need to share their ID with me (rih@clairescourt.net) and I will add them to our tournament. No external players will be able to access our tournament area, so do make sure you have given me your son's details so I can add him.
Ridgeway, The Thicket, Maidenhead, SL6 3QE
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