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Mr Richards' words Lent week 2
Mr Richards' words Lent week 2
Head of Junior Boys Mr Richards shares his thoughts and stories this week here >>>
From the Office
A message from the Executive Head
Dear Parents and Guardians

As we finish our second week of home learning, I would like to thank you again for your wonderful support of your children as they tackle the challenges that remote education can bring. Without exception, we have been pleased with the way children from four years old in Reception through to our 18 year olds in Year 13 have developed their metacognition and shown energy in their lessons. Thank you also for talking to us with feedback reflecting on your own lockdown experiences.

Across the media this week, children’s mental wellbeing has continued to be a hot topic of conversation, with a number of leading psychologists expressing considerable concern over the negative impact on children of not being in school. At Claires Court, we are working hard to ensure our lessons take on both pastoral and academic elements to maintain our link with your children that goes beyond simply delivering a curriculum. Please continue to stay in contact with us if you have any concerns on this matter. Please talk to us, we will be only too happy to support you.

With much to read and watch from your child’s Divisional Headteachers, I will close with this thought from the Buddhist religion:
‘A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talked to each other rather than about each other.’

Have a safe and restful weekend.

Best wishes

Justin Spanswick
Executive Head Teacher

Year 1 Artist of the Week
Dylan Richardson (Y1) - Great painting techniques and vibrant colour from Dylan.

Year 2 Artist of the Week
Alexander Crowder (2S) - Wonderful tropical parrot painting by Alexander.

Year 3 Artist of the Week
Max Ogilvie-Smals (3G) - Fantastic illustration from Max using pen.

Year 4 Artists of the Week
Daniel Feeney (4W) - Captain’s Fall, impressive animation with the octopus grabbing the pirate.

Jack Walsh (4W) - Bingo, great use of natural light in Jack’s photograph.

Year 5 Artist of the Week
Ishaan Pathak (5G) - Effective abstract photograph by Ishaan.

Year 6 Artist of the Week
Jack Luke (6O) - An impressive sketch by Jack with excellent shading.

From the Chess Master
Very well done to Kanishka Suriarachchi on representing Berkshire at an Under 18 event at the weekend. Coming up against players from Hampshire and Suffolk, Kanishka came 12th overall - an excellent performance!
Delancey Chess
As I mentioned in assembly, thank you to all those who have signed up (https://lichess.org/team/claires-court-chess-club) and have let me know their ID. 

If your son has not done so already, please set up a (free) lichess account with him and ask to join the Claires Court Chess Club. As soon as I have identified you as "one of us", I shall let him in!
Coronavirus: How to keep children healthy, happy, learning and entertained at home
Here is your free e-copy of Family First magazine, packed full of information to help keep children happy, learning and entertained at home during lockdown. We hope it helps in some way.
Please follow this link >>>
Virtual open events
We have virtual open events for all age groups during January. Find out more and book on or please share this link with family and friends
Support and resources from Everlief
Our partners in clinical and educational health, Everlief, have developed a brand new parent support site, which is now live at https://www.theyarethefuture.co.uk/
The website holds articles on a wide range of mental health issues, including a free three day mini course: "Reset Your Child's Wellbeing in 2021" 
This is for parents of children with stress, anger or anxiety. 
Dr Lucy Russell, from Everlief, said: “We look at three fundamental areas of children's wellbeing. When parents sign up they receive an email each day for three days. Each email will link to a video and a PDF, to guide you through the mini course.”
Update from Finance
In light of the government direction requiring all schools to close, there will be a number of areas for example exams, transport) that need further clarification as to provision. Please bear with us while we seek resolution to these matters so as to ensure consistency in our response. Refunds, where appropriate, can take us a number of days to process, so we appreciate your patience.
Online school daysOnline school days

We're missing all our pupils in school but online learning continues to stimulate, engage and provide fun learning.
Drama brought life in online lesson

Junior Boys and Girls were entertained and gripped in their online drama lesson by Ms Stay.
Online school days
Online lesson a roaring successOnline lesson a roaring success

Year 1 Junior Girls enjoyed their work and imagination for a live google meet lesson with Miss Sadler.
Ridgeway, The Thicket, Maidenhead, SL6 3QE
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