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Mr Wilding's words summer week 8
Mr Wilding's words summer week 8
The welcome cooling at the close of this week, the rain dampening down the pollen count as well reminds me that we Brits are a resilient crew, there being no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices. The T101 schedule for today had us...
Monday 21 JuneB11 NASA week 2 (T101 & games)All Day
Monday 21 JuneArts Week (details TBC)All Day
Thursday 24 JuneY11 Thorpe ParkAll Day
Monday 28 JuneB11 NASA week 3 (Volunteering, Work Experience, Playworker & games)All Day
Monday 28 JuneSenior Boys Blazer FreeAll Day
From the Office
A message from the Executive Head
Dear Parents and Guardians
Whilst our local neighbouring areas are battling the new Covid variant with surge testing, we are still actively reinforcing the crucial strategies to minimise the Covid risk and endeavour to keep your children safe and healthy. Thank you for your support of these measures, especially the Lateral Flow Testing for Seniors. All of these small steps enable us to provide the safest possible environment for our community.
Some lovely success stories have emerged this week - both Amber Hill and Ellie Rayer, two former pupils who went from Juniors through to Seniors with us at Claires Court have both been selected to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in their chosen sport. We are so proud of them, and you can read more about this story here.
In my communication yesterday, I outlined the school's response to the delayed easing of restrictions as directed by the Government. We are trying our best to remain agile to the guidelines which seem to change daily from the DfE, and I will write to you again next week to update you on any other adaptations that we are required to make. 
I hope you have a lovely weekend
Best wishes
Justin Spanswick
Executive Head Teacher

Catering Provision 
Parents are reminded that from 7 June we are no longer providing a fixed cost takeaway lunch menu and meals do not need to be booked in advance. The dining rooms are open for breakfast, breaks and lunches, and children may select from any of the available menu items. Food and drink is charged on a pay as you go basis via the till. There are age appropriate services and fixed costs for our younger years. You can top up your child’s dining account via the Parent Portal, where you can also see what has been bought. Should you have any queries regarding dining, please contact the Domestic Bursar, Stephen Rhodes, at


Reporting School Absence - Trial at Senior Boys

We would be very grateful if you could please try reporting any absences (due to illness, doctors appointments etc.) 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.

From Monday 28 June - Senior Boys Blazer Free
Senior Boys can go blazer free from Monday 28 June until the end of term and if it gets cooler, they can wear their jumpers and a permitted jacket to school.  If you are donating a blazer to the PTA nearly new uniform sale, this will also allow time for you to arrange for it to be dry cleaned before donation.

Donations of Nearly New Uniform - from 5 to 8 July
The PTA will be accepting donations of good quality uniforms from Monday 5 July and 100% of the proceeds raised from the sale will now go directly to the PTA. All money raised will be used to enrich the school lives of the boys who attend the Senior Boys School. All items donated should be good quality and laundered or dry cleaned. Accepted items include blazers, jumpers, ties, trousers, shirts, rugby, football, PE shirts and shorts. No socks please. Any queries, please contact Tina Webster via email

PTA Nearly New Uniform - Friday 9 July 4.30pm 
Subject to change depending to COVID restrictions, but please save the date for the PTA Nearly New Uniform sale on Friday 9 July from 4.30pm - 6.30pm. If you are planning to attend, please complete this form so we have an idea of the numbers of people arriving at different times. Please do not drive into school until all coaches have departed the Senior Boys site which is approximately 4.35pm.

Hawkinsport Claires Court Shopping Days - 19 and 20 July
Hawkinsport will be hosting Claires Court shopping days on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 July (and throughout July and early August) at their Bourne End store (SL8 5DT). Please book an appointment in advance to help things run smoothly on the day. Further information on sports kit and bookings can be found here.

Final date for Sailing/Paddling Sessions
Due to a number of activities running on all three sites on Tuesday 6 July, please be aware that the final after-school sailing/paddling sessions will be on Tuesday 29 June.

Parent Workshare / Evenings 
As a result of the delay on the easing of covid restrictions, unfortunately the Parent Workshares and Parent Evenings cannot now go ahead as planned. Instead, they will be replaced by a telephone conversation with your son’s form tutor w/c 28 June for B7, B8 & B9 and conversations with subject teachers w/c 5 July for B10. Further information will follow in due course.


Sixth Form T101 Workshops w/c Monday 21 June

Year 11 Students taking part in the T101 sessions on Monday and Tuesday are reminded to take a Lateral Flow Test with a negative result before coming into the Sixth Form centre. Thank you.

Cricket Fixtures Next Week 
Parents are welcome to spectate at home as long as Covid protocols are followed, particularly social distancing. With regards to away fixtures, confirmation on whether parents can watch will be sent out as soon as we have that information.

Tuesday 22 June  (2.30pm start)
U12A  v  Herschel GS  @  Phoenix Rugby Club (County Cup Semi-Final) - To be confirmed  
U14s  v  John Hampden GS  @  Boyne Hill CC
Wednesday 23 June  (2.30pm start)
U15s  v  Pangbourne College  @  Pangbourne College (RG8 8LA)
Thursday 24 June  
U12A  v  Sir William Borlase's GS  @  Marlow Sports Club (SL7 2AE)  (4pm start)
U13A  v  John Hampden GS  @  Phoenix Rugby Club  (2.30pm start)
Saturday 26 June  (9am start)
U12A  v  Gordon's  @  Boyne Hill CC
U13A  v  Gordon's  @  Gordon's  (GU24 9PT)*
U14s  v  Gordon's  @  Gordon's  (GU24 9PT)*
U15s  v  Gordon's  @  Phoenix Rugby Club
Linguists of the Week
In German for their excellent Common Task:
  • KS3: Leo K, Tom F, Oli K, Harry W, Oli F, Auryn P, Cole D  KS4: Louis S, Jamie S, Matthew D
Mathematicians of the Week
Luca P (Year 7); Auryn P and James W (Year 8); Joe A and Alex B (Year 9); and Constant S, Jonah S, Matt D and Finn M (Year 10).

Historians of the Week
For their splendid work and effort this week:
  • KS3 - James B, Henry A, Noah F-R and Danny J (Year 7)
  • Kerim Y (Year 8)
Scientists of the Week
  • Joshua S (Year 8) for his superb presentation on lasers
  • William N (Year 10) for his excellent article on the Brain
  • Luke B-M (Year 10) for his fantastic result in his Physics Common Task (Grade 9!) 
  • Jake F (Year 10) for his excellent Part 2 on Ecosystems
Sports Update
Berkshire Schools' Athletics - County Championships
Two of our top athletes competed at the athletics county championships held at Palmer Park Stadium last Saturday.
  • William D (Year 8) achieved a personal best time of 2 minutes 17 seconds in the junior boys 800 metres which enabled him to win a bronze medal. A fine achievement considering William still has another year in this age group! 
  • Benjamin D (Year 11) competed in the intermediate boys High Jump finishing 4th in a strong field. He equalled his personal best of 1 metre 70 cm and was only denied a medal on 'countback' as the two athletes in 2nd and 3rd places also jumped the same height. With minimal opportunities to train, this was a very pleasing performance from Benjamin.
On Saturday the Under 12s, 13s,14s and 15s all recorded convincing wins against LVS. The U13 fixture was a county plate quarter-final which saw Claires Court bat first. The total of 119-4 was achieved thanks to Hugo W 29 not out, Josh S 25 and Ben H 19. In reply LVS were bowled out for 45 thanks to an enthusiastic and energetic team performance in the field, with Archie L being the pick of the bowlers taking 2-4. Other individual performances of note occurred in the U12 match where Raeef K took a hat-trick and Zac P hit an unbeaten 50; Harry V also chipped in with 3-8, while Tom P scored 39.
Sadly, in the semi-final the U13s came across a very strong Herschel GS side who were just too good on the day.
The U14 team also played a county cup semi-final this week, away against Eton College. Playing a 30 over match the U14s did well to bowl Eton out for 207 with Eddie H with 3-33 and Finn K 2-30 being the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Eton's talented bowling attack was a good level above anything the team had experienced this term. Joe B top scored with 28 out of our total of 64. However, although well beaten, it is good to play against strong teams, as this is when players learn the most which should help with improvements individually and as a team.
The U12A, U13A and U12/13B teams all recorded wins against Shiplake College on Tuesday. It was particularly pleasing to see the U12/13B team win in what was a very exciting match with the final margin of victory being just 5 runs!
In the fixtures against Oratory Prep, Tom P top scored with an unbeaten 39 in the U12A fixture helping the team to a final total of 111. In reply Oratory Prep won by 1 wicket, despite Caspar B turning in the best bowling performance of the season for any Claires Court team with the stunning figures of 6-23.
The U13B team narrowly lost by 11 runs. Chasing 95 to win, the chances of managing this seemed remote at 30-6, but Callum P and Henry L added 49 for the 7th wicket to provide hope, before the last four wickets fell quickly as the team tried to up the tempo with overs running out.
The U12B team however won convincingly. Batting first they achieved a total of 116-6 with Will Knight finishing as top scorer with 34. In reply, Oratory Prep were bowled out for 47 with Sam B (2-5), Zain A (2-6) and Thomas C (2-24) causing the damage.
Well done to all our cricketers in what has been a very busy week of cricket!
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