Junior Boys Bulletin
Claires Court Maidenhead - from Nursery to Sixth Form
Claires Court logo Junior Boys Bulletin
Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 8
Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 8
It has been another very successful week for our boys. From our Reception, Year 1 and 2  classes who have participated in their swimming gala at school, to our Year 3 Vikings and our Year 4 Chembakolli citizens, from our 5 and 6 cricket...
Friday 16 JuneY4 Chembakolli DayAll Day
Friday 16 JuneB5&6 Swimming Gala Yr 5 1.30pm / Yr 6 2.45pm1:30pm - 3:30pm
Saturday 17 JuneChess9:30am - 11:15am
Monday 19 JuneB3-6 ISA National Athletics ChampionshipsAll Day
Monday 19 JuneB5/B6 Drama Showcase2:30pm - 3:45pm
Monday 19 JuneB6 Parents Evening4:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday 21 JuneTravelling Book FairAll Day
Wednesday 21 JuneJB Speech and Drama Showcase (part 2)3:00pm - 3:45pm
Wednesday 21 JuneBR-4 Parents Evening4:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday 22 JuneB5 Parents Evening4:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday 23 JuneB5 Parents Information Morning8:45am - 9:30am
Friday 23 JuneSwimming Gala Yr3 09.15/Yr 4 10.00am9:15am - 10:45am
Saturday 24 JunePTA Summer Fete12:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday 26 JuneBR Parents Information Morning8:45am - 9:45am
Tuesday 27 JuneB1 Parents Information Morning8:45am - 9:45am
Wednesday 28 JuneB2 Parents Information Morning8:45am - 9:45am
Wednesday 28 JuneYR Forest School 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday 29 JuneB3-B6 Swimming Gala Berkhamsted4:00pm - 6:15pm
Thursday 29 JuneB4 Parents Information8:45am - 9:30am
Friday 30 JuneJB Sports Day: Rec Yr1 9.30-10.30/Yr2 3 11.00-12.30/Yr4-6 1.15-3.45All Day
From the Office
Reminder - there will be early buses on Wednesday 28 June

Assessment Results - The results of the recent assessments have now been returned to us. Boys in Years 1-6 will be bringing home today an envelope containing their Progress in Maths and Progress in English and Writing scores.  You will be able to discuss these results with your son's teachers next week.

End of Term Production Costumes - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
These were due in school today, Friday 16 June. Your son’s costume will be kept in his classroom and should be in a carrier bag which is clearly named. Please could any remaining costumes be in school by Monday. If you have any problems please speak to the class teacher or Mrs Icke.

Activities - Due to Parents’ Evenings next week the following activities have been cancelled. Please note that After School Care will be available for pupils on these days until 5pm.
Monday - Archery cancelled. All other activities will run as normal. Affected pupils may join the study group.
Wednesday - all activities are cancelled. Pupils may be collected at 4pm or will be supervised until 5pm at JB.
Thursday - Newspaper club is cancelled. All other activities will run as normal. Affected pupils may join the study group.
Cricket Photos - Orders should be received at the latest by next Friday 23 June.

Packed Lunch
Kindly note packed lunches will be required on the following days:
Friday 30 June For all year groups - Sports’ Day
Wednesday 12 July For all year groups - Concert & Prize-Giving
Important Coach Information
On Wednesday 28 June there will be early buses (as per Friday timetable).  The reason for this is that our Senior Boys have a New Boys evening, and as all the coaches depart from Senior Boys they need to have the site clear.
Travelling Book Fair details can be found here.

PTA Summer Festival - 24 June
Tickets can be purchased via the Payment Portal and collected on the day.  A family ticket is £5, each extra adult entry is £2 and unaccompanied children £1. Further details can be found here.

Tickets online must be purchased by Wednesday 21 June and this will also enter you into a prize draw to win a family photo session by Clare Keylock worth £175! Tickets can be purchased on the day but you will not be entered into the draw.

News from the Sports Master
This has been an incredibly busy week for many, particularly for our Year 5&6 pupils. Last weekend saw the U10A&B teams  travel to Weymouth and the U11B team travel to North Devon on Cricket tour. By all accounts both tours were a huge success with all teams returning home unbeaten. All pupils behaved and competed excellently and showed how good both on and off they field they can be. The pupils who did not travel on tour did not miss out as they traveled to Longridge in Marlow for two days of outward bounds activities and camping. Pupils enjoyed  a whole range of different activities from - kayaking, raft building, sailing, water zorbing, giant swinging, climbing, dragon boating, bell boating, go karting and leap of faith. It really was an action packed weekend for all of Year 5&6. This week the the U10 & U11A,B&C teams took on the very strong Oratory Prep school. All pupils performed well but it was clear that some were still a little jetlagged from tour. The U10B&C teams performed extremely well both recording convincing wins against strong opposition.  
News from the Chess Master
We have been working hard on our notation this week and I am pleased to see the progress being made by the boys. Mistakes still happen but, like all things, practice makes perfect; and it is a pleasure observing how greater care is being taken over games. Boys who started the year playing at a hundred miles an hour are now considering each move, simply because they now have to take time to notate. I have been talking to the boys about check-lists and what to look for every move:
1. Piece safety (are any of your pieces in danger?)
2. Threats (can your opponent play a fork/skewer/pin/discovered attack next move?)
3. Hanging pieces (are any of your opponent's pieces undefended?)
4. Checks (can I play any checks?)
5. Over-worked pieces (are any of my opponent's pieces trying to do too many things?)
Clearly this is not an exhaustive list, but it's a good way to start.
Our Summer Tournament 3/7/17
We are up to 27 entries for the tournament. Entry forms are available from the Chess noticeboard and the entry fee is £1.

The Rabbit winners this week are Christian Bradley and Nyle Cohen. Christian has been spotted helping out a number of boys and staff members this week, and he always tries hard to be his best self. Nyle has been very kind and thoughtful to his peers, helping out those who are in need of a good friend. Both boys are worthy winners of the Rabbit award this week.
The Viking RitualsThe Viking Rituals

On Monday 12 June, Year 3 met Hrothgar the Viking who brought stories of Gods and rituals to life. They got to try on helmets, hold chainmail and look at how different weapons were used. The boys took part in a role play of 'Sif and her Golden...
Healthy Eating Week 2017

Across the School pupils and staff have been in the Healthy Eating Week mode and selecting the healthier options at break and lunch times, as well as trying out new foods. Here are some of the activities that have been taking place across the...
Healthy Eating Week 2017
Junior Boys U11 Cricket Tour 2017Junior Boys U11 Cricket Tour 2017

The Junior Boys U11 cricket tour in Devon started with a match against Blundell’s in Tiverton. This would be far the strongest opposition of the weekend, with 5 Devon county players in their team. Mr Brad Pennington, PE Teacher wrote the...
Trips Letters
Wed 28 June - B&G Rec Forest School in Windsor
From the photo galleryFrom the photo gallery
From the photo galleryFrom the photo gallery
Ridgeway, The Thicket, Maidenhead, SL6 3QE
Tel: 01628 327400     Email: juniorboys@clairescourt.com
twitter Follow us on Twitter
facebook Find us on Facebook