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Mr Wilding's words summer week 6
Mr Wilding's words summer week 6
Our final week of GCSE assessments is concluded , and our celebration of Year 11s academic, pastoral, leadership and community successes will have taken place on this Friday morning. It's a huge tribute to the fortitude of the boys who have led...
Friday 28 MayB11 Final Assembly ( - 10:30am
Monday 31 MayHalf-Term HolidayAll Day
Monday 07 JuneExtended B11 Half Term, including Art/Drama/Technology opportunitiesAll Day
From the Office
A message from the Executive Head
Dear Parents and Guardians
Thank you for your support and feedback over the past six weeks. It has been a busy and successful half term which has seen the re-introduction of many of the pleasures that we took for granted before Covid. For example, watching your children enjoy their sports fixtures, a comprehensive after school enrichment programme, school excursions - just a few of the ‘return to norm’ activities that enhance our educational support for your children.
Come Monday 21 June, we hope to see even more restrictions eased, for then we can invite you to join us in larger numbers at school for end of year celebrations. However, please ensure that your children if in Year 7 or above continue to take the Lateral Flow test over the half term break - 1 in 3 people with Covid have no symptoms, so it is crucial that we continue with this programme. 

For our Year 11 and 13 pupils who have worked so hard under the new Covid affected regulations, they can reflect on their considerable efforts with pride, and most will be returning after a short break in June to take up their places on our Leadership and Playworker courses.

Whether you are venturing away for half term or staying at home, I hope you all enjoy a break that allows you to catch up on conversations with your children, rest and recuperate even if only for a short time, and spend precious moments with family and loved ones. 

Best wishes
Justin Spanswick
Executive Head Teacher

Catering Provision after half term
In line with current Covid guidelines, we are pleased to announce the return of catering services and dining rooms from Monday 7 June. Please find the new menus on the website. The following services will commence:
  • Breakfast at College Avenue and Senior Boys. Pre-school care at Junior Boys and College Avenue are already benefiting from a breakfast service.
  • Morning breaks at College Avenue And Senior Boys.  Due to time constraints and the risk of mixing of bubbles, we request that both Junior Girls and Junior Boys bring in an appropriate nut free snack for break time, as it will not be possible to get everyone through the dining room in a timely manner for this break time service.
  • Lunch at all sites with virtually all choices of main meal, vegetarian/dietary options, salads, sandwiches, pasta, jacket potatoes, desserts and drinks.
Whilst our suppliers get used to the demands of hospitality reopening once again, we will endeavour to return favourites and new choices as soon as we can get them.

Finally, on a green note, after the introduction of water bottle filling fountains in 2019 we have saved in excess of 40,000 plastic bottles over the past year. Please be reminded, whilst cooler than usual at the moment, the weather is warming up, so do please send your child in with an appropriately named and refillable water bottle to keep their hydration levels up.

Stephen Rhodes, Domestic Bursar


Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Enrolment - Deadline extended Friday 4 June

Please find information about joining the CCF in this letter. If you wish to enrol, or register interest for future enrolment, please visit the CC CCF site. Enrolment forms are to be completed by Friday 4 June, the initial £60 joining fee payable via the Payment Portal again by 4 June.

Sports & Fixtures 
Can all parents please ensure that their son brings sun cream with them to school and applies it before PE and games lessons, as well as fixtures. Team sheets for fixtures are emailed to boys and parents, but can also be checked at using the password CCsport2020. 

Reminder The Big Ask
The Children’s Commissioner’s survey of childhood, The Big Ask, is the largest ever survey of children in England. Already more than 400,000 children and young people have had their say about what matters to them for their future. Does that include your son? Every single pupil’s voice is important. If they haven’t already done so, please encourage them to complete the survey today, Friday 28 May.

Reporting School Absence - Trial at Senior Boys
We are trialling a new system after half term at Senior Boys ONLY of reporting your son’s absence via the Report Portal. Once logged in, select Absence Reporting from the left hand navigation, and then select your child’s name(Senior Boys only at this stage please, not siblings in other divisions). Enter the date/timings of the absence, select a reason from the drop down and provide further details to explain the absence. Please see slide five of the help document for further information. Any feedback after using the system would be gratefully received to Amy Hewitt via


Transition to Senior Boys

We would like to gather feedback on your son’s transition to Claires Court Senior Boys to understand how it went and what we could have done differently to help him settle in at school with us. Please complete this form by Monday 31 May. Thank you.


Accelerated Read Reports 

Your son’s most recent Accelerated Reader Report has now been uploaded to the Parent Portal. Please login and you will find it under ‘Reports and Documents’, called Star Reader Parent Report. This provides information on Reading Age and Reading Range (ZPD Range), from which boys should be selecting books for optimal growth in reading. There will be a final fourth assessment in July. Please also look at the ‘Renaissance Home Connect Informational Letter’ from October 2020. This provides information about the ‘Home Connect’ service, which allows you to see what books your son has read and his book quiz scores.


B10 Virtual Parent Briefing - Tuesday 25 May 

Thank you for joining Mr Wilding and Mr Young, Head of Year 10, for the virtual Parent Briefing on Tuesday evening. Please find the slides from the briefing.

Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Enrolment - Deadline Friday 4 June
Year 10s are now also invited to enrol in the CCF programme, further details in the letter that was emailed home earlier this week. If your son would like to enrol, please complete the relevant form available to fill in online via the CCF Google Site by Friday 4 June. Please also make payment of the initial £60 joining fee via the Pay Portal by Friday 4 June.

Well done to our Year 11 boys for making it through! For those staying with us in Sixth Form, we very much look forward to seeing you around next academic year, and for those moving onto pastures new, we wish you the very best. Please find the slides and recording from the wonderful celebration this morning and we hope the boys enjoyed the rest of the day.

 Year 11 Final Assembly 
Please find the slides from the B11 Final Assembly this morning. The recording will be shared when available.
Year 11 Thorpe Park - Thursday 24 June
Further information about the Year 11 Thorpe Park day will follow shortly. 
Year 11 Prom - Wednesday 30 June
Please find the poster for the Year 11 Prom taking place at Lillibrooke Manor on Wednesday 30 June. Payment of £35 via the payment portal and completion of this booking form is required ASAP to confirm your place (and by 8 June at the latest). Parents are welcome to attend between 7pm and 8pm for an arrival drink on the lawn. We must of course attach an enormous caveat to all of this. If the situation with Covid 19 worsens and the next round of restrictions are not lifted, or delayed, we may have to review whether the event can go ahead. We very much hope we don't get there but if we do, we will give a full refund for the event.
Cricket Updates

Congratulations to our U13, U14 and U15 cricket teams who have all progressed in their age group county cup competitions.
  • The U15s having beaten Langley Grammar and Windsor Boys will play Wellington College in the semi-final on Wednesday 10th June.
  • The U14s also beat Langley Grammar in a very close 1st Round match, taking three wickets in the last over to win by 2 runs. They now play Windsor Boys.
  • The U13s beat St Bernard's and are through to the semi-final of the county cup. In the county plate, the U13s tied with Langley Grammar, with the last five Langley wickets falling for 13 runs, however the U13s progressed by losing fewer wickets. They will play LVS in the quarter-final on Saturday 12th June.
  • The U12s have been terribly unfortunate with their fixtures having been badly affected by the very wet weather. They will play their first county cup match on Thursday 10th June away at St Bernard's.
With regards to the dreadful weather this first half term, this has led to fixtures being rearranged and I would ask parents to regularly check the sports section of the school website as I regularly update fixture lists. With the very rare exception, all matches are played on games afternoons or Saturday mornings.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming parents to fixtures after half term.  
Linguists of the Week
In German
  • In Year 9 for their excellent brochures on a class trip: Max M, Jack N, Cole D, Tom C, Anoop J, Cameron T-K, Panashe C, Jayden D and Luca B.
Historians of the Week
The last stars in History this half of the term are:
  • Year 7 Max S for his current classwork
  • Year 9 Eren B for his project work
  • Year 10 Daniel G, Oliver L and Dominic L for their excellent CT3 work
 Scientists of the Week
  • Henry C (Year 7) for his hard work, interest and enthusiasm in Science lessons
  • Hugo W (Year 8) for top CT3 result, as well as outstanding engagement in class!
  • Tom G-S (Year 9) for excellent work on electrolysis.
  • Santi M-B (Year 9) for his work on acids and carbonates
  • Jed W and Ethan K (Year 10) for their excellent contributions to the group task on Ecosystems this week
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