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Tuesday 30 MarchSchool & Nursery Term Ends (full day)All Day
Friday 02 AprilGOOD FRIDAYAll Day
Monday 05 AprilEASTER MONDAYAll Day
From the Office
A message from the Executive Head

Dear Parents and Guardians
As this most unusual term draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention several pieces of news before we break for the Easter holidays.

We have had two positive cases of Covid-19 within our school community this term, both of which have occurred this week. No amount of rigorous and carefully planned societal or school safety control measures can sometimes prevent the transmission of Covid-19, and it serves as a stark reminder that we are far from ‘out of the woods’ just yet with regard to the pandemic. 

You will receive an end of term set of notifications from the Principals setting out financial and operational matters for the Summer Term next week. In these communications, we are setting out our plans moving forward in relation to all aspects of schooling. Please take the time to read these carefully.

Today we have shared with you a questionnaire to request feedback on our current lunch provision for your children. Your responses will help guide us as we start the process of opening up the kitchens on a wider scale, once Covid restrictions allow. You can find the survey here. Please return this survey by 4pm on Tuesday 30 March. On the topic of food, we are trialing ‘Meat Free Monday’ after the Easter break, and our Eco team has written to you in this bulletin to explain their motivation to see this scheme succeed. 

Our bus service will return to the ‘late’ timings that were used before the first Lockdown. In other words, buses will leave the Senior Boys site for onward travel at 5.30pm with the exception of Friday where they leave at 4.30pm. Our after school activity programme will therefore be able to run at its full capacity and give your children so much sort after enrichment experiences. There is no facility for parents to sign their children up to activities until the first day of the new term, as we are obliged to wait for any changes in the Covid restrictions before confirming the choices available. However, our activity intentions will be shared in the coming days for your children to choose from. Full details of the school day and the activity programme will be found with the Principals words next week.

The DfE has guided us towards continuous testing of Year 7-13 pupils and all staff on all sites throughout the Easter break. Test kits and instructions are being distributed today and early next week to ensure that we comply with these arrangements. 

I will leave you with words from the Divisional Headteachers. Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes
Justin Spanswick
Executive Head Teacher

Meat Free Mondays
Hello, we are the ‘Make a Difference’ group - an Eco group at Claires Court with members from Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Sixth Form. Our aim is to implement projects at Claires Court to improve our local community and global environment - to make a difference.

All the divisions at Claires Court have a good track record for improving their environmental impact, and during lockdown we have been working together to see if we can have a bigger impact. From the Summer Term we are starting an initiative which will involve the whole school. We want to encourage our Claires Court community to reduce the amount of meat they eat. This has many benefits: individuals health benefits, reducing climate change, helping our global community to be sustainable, and reduce world hunger. And so we will begin Meat Free Mondays.

All meals provided at the school on a Monday will be meat free. We hope that students who bring a packed lunch will also join in. And perhaps whole families will go entirely meat free on a Monday - a small change will make a big difference.

Kind Regards,
The Make a Difference Team

Summer Term Lunches
Please find our new menus for the Summer term. We will continue with the ‘takeaway style’ hot lunch, in order to adhere to the DfE guidelines of maintaining social distancing and year group bubbles, but will revert to our usual dining arrangements as soon as we are able to safely reopen our dining rooms. 

All lunch bookings will roll over into next term, so you only need to do something if you wish to make a change to your child’s current lunch booking (help document). However, if your child has any form of dietary requirements, we do need you to check and update the information we hold on the Report Portal, as this is how the kitchens are aware of any dietary needs. Please do this by going to ‘Child Details’, then select ‘Medical Information’ and dietary needs can be found under ‘Conditions and Allergies’.

School Lunches - Change to Tuesday’s Menu
Monday 29 March - BBQ Chicken Kebabs / BBQ Vegetable Kebabs, Savoury Herb Diced Potatoes, Sweetcorn and Fresh Seasonal Fruit

Tuesday 30 March - Beef Meatballs with a Tomato and Mascarpone Sauce / Vegetarian Balls in a Tomato and Mascarpone Sauce, Pasta and Garlic Bread and Fresh Seasonal Fruit

Tuesday 30 March
Last day of Lent term is a full school day. We wish you an enjoyable Easter and look forward to seeing the boys back at school on Wednesday 21 April.

Tuesday 20 April - Pre-Season Cricket Training (Y4, Y5, Y6)
There will be a pre-season cricket training afternoon to be held at Claires Court Junior Boys on Tuesday 20 April for Years 4,5&6. Please click here for more information. Click here to book.

Reporting your son’s absence from school
Please don’t forget to call the school office to report any sickness/absence/medical appointments on 01628 327400 or alternatively you can email juniorboys@clairescourt.com

Art and Design
A few weeks ago Jonty Restrick in 4W painted a Hydrorace water bottle during his online art lesson at home. His dad decided to put it on Instagram and tag the company. They loved it so much that it was agreed that Jonty would paint another bespoke to them. Jonty sent in his designs and Hydrorace have produced 10 limited additions of the bottle with all profits going to his chosen charity; The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. 

The Stanley Spencer Gallery Competition
This week the boys have finished their Stanley Spencer projects. These are the entries from Key Stage 1 and Year 3 that are going forward to be judged by the gallery. Year 4, 5 and 6 winners will be announced in the first assembly after the Easter break. All pupils in Pre-Prep have produced such a high standard of artwork. Good luck in the next round to those boys who have had their work chosen. Here are the Reception to Year 3 finalists.

Chess Words
Mr Tuck shall be returning to us for in-school lessons from the week beginning 26 April. I shall be contacting parents regarding these lessons as we work our way back into the ‘old normal’ way of doing things. Mr Tuck is extremely keen to be back working over the board.

I shall also be welcoming back Mrs Goford who will be working with our Tuesday Chess Club. Over-the-board chess has been sorely missed and I am keen to get going as soon as we can!

Just a reminder that no qualification is required for this year’s Delancey Megafinals. If your son would like to play in the Megafinals you can register him at http://schl.cc/ca . I know several boys from Claires Court are already on the list.

Have a lovely Easter all, and please remember to let me know what chess you are playing and how you get on: rih@clairescourt.net 

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 Louis De Jager (BR) and Deven Shah (4H).
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