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Weekly Words from Mrs Heywood

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mrs Heywood of the week gone by.  Read below recent messages from the Head's desk and previous word's from former Head Mr Bevis.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 7

    Published 20/10/17, by Katy Sugden

    A huge thank you to all who helped and attended the ‘Fireworks & Halloween Spectacular’ at the weekend. An extremely well attended and successful evening was had by all and a double thank you to the Girls PTA team, who ran a Nearly New Uniform sale on what was the coldest day of the year so far, taking over £500.

    Special thanks also to Year 10 girls and boys who pulled together as a year group to support the event. The girls and boys spent time in their tutor groups planning their stalls and how they would run. Senior Girls ran three stalls and raised £213 and the best stall 10B, created homemade tasty toffee and chocolate covered apples which sold out quickly.  Senior Boys ran seven stalls and raised £316 and they seemed to hit the target with the shooting stall raising the most funds.  

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 6

    Published 13/10/17, by Katy Sugden

    It was a great to celebrate the Art Department's achievements in assembly on Monday. The school won many of the categories at the recent ISA London West Regional round and got places across all of the year groups. In the Key Stage 3 category Elicia Mercer G9 was awarded 2nd place for her ‘Patterned Elephant’, Holly Catton G9 was awarded a 1st place for her drawing’ of a Gas Mask and former pupil Corinne Mankoo G12 1st place for her Family History.   

    We had a great number of parents and their daughters attend our Open Afternoon on Thursday, a rare opportunity to see the Senior Girls in action and a chance for pupils to speak about their impressions of the school with the guests, Senior Staff and the Head Girl team. Thank you also to our enthusiastic tour guides for the afternoon.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 5

    Published 06/10/17, by Kim Davies

    Last Saturday as part of their GCSE course Year 10 & 11 pupils watched Francis Durbridge’s ‘House Guest’ at the Theatre Royal.  As true mystery thriller with suspense and a dramatic and unexpected conclusion, it gave the girls inspiration for their own devised pieces.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 4

    Published 29/09/17, by Katy Sugden

    It has been an exhilarating and enriching first four weeks of term. As I write this I can see the Year 8s arriving back from their residential trip to Osmington Bay hastily exiting the coaches, exhausted and excitedly informing their parents of memorable experiences. This happy sight makes the huge effort of all involved worthwhile and I thank them for their hard and exhausting work.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 3

    Published 22/09/17, by Katy Sugden

    This week we were delighted to hold our annual Speech Day and Prize Giving Ceremony where over nine hundred pupils and invitees attended this prestigious event. The afternoon featured a lively Russian Melody performed by our school ensemble and a moving contemporary performance from Cassie Halpin and Josh Morgan. The school was also pleased to welcome back former pupil, Lord James O’Shaughnessy as guest speaker who presented pupils with their awards highlighting the many successes of the past academic year.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 2

    Published 15/09/17, by Katy Sugden

    It has been another busy week as we settle down to the routine of the school day. One thing to report with some pleasure this week was the brilliant way in which our Year 10s took on the challenge of their final assessed expedition over the weekend for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. It was great to see them working with previous familiar peers, getting to grips with relating map to ground, putting up a tent and cooking a meal from scratch and coping with the difficult weather conditions. I witnessed first hand their happy faces as they walked through Cookham Moor and saw the huge benefit that young people gain from their involvement in such a diverse scheme.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 1

    Published 08/09/17, by Katy Sugden

    Welcome back after what I hope has been a very enjoyable summer holiday.

    A particular warm welcome to our new starters to the school, pupils, parents and staff and I ask our girls and parents to give them the characteristic friendly welcome that we at Claires Court pride ourselves on and support them as they get used to a new school and an unfamiliar environment. As one of the oldest serving members of staff here, I can honestly say that this is the friendliest, most welcoming school I have ever had the pleasure of working in, and I am proud to be Head Teacher of the Senior Girls. It has been wonderful to see over the last three days the school bursting with life and energy again. The cardboard boxes have been emptied, painters ladders removed and computers restored (well nearly).

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  • Mr Bevis' Words Week 12

    Published 14/07/17, by Paul Bevis

    Nine days that encapsulate Senior Girls and an educational career...

    The last nine days have encapsulated all that Claires Court Senior Girls are about. They have demonstrated to the full the characteristics and essence of our young people, and why it is a privilege to work with them.

    The tunes from the musical “We Will Rock You” are still reverberating around my head as are the images of so many bravura performances.. but I spoke about that last week so we should move on.

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  • Mr Bevis' Words Summer 11

    Published 07/07/17, by Paul Bevis

    We sang, we rocked we conqured, we seek adventure and we celebrate our competitive spirit. 

    A colleague who has been with Claires Court for many a year said to me.... “I have been attending shows at Claires Court for more than 30 years and this is the best I have ever seen”. I have only been here for six years so my opinion lacks the gravitas of history but I could not have agreed more. The “We will Rock You” theatre experience was an exuberant celebration of the enthusiasm and passion young people bring to performance when they are engaged, trusted and trained.

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  • Mr Bevis' Words Summer 10

    Published 30/06/17, by Paul Bevis

    Medieval matters, great athletic endeavour, game set and match... and what's on my horizon?

    Our Main Hall was ringing with the clash of swords and the clank of armour as Year 7 had a whole day of experiencing and learning what life was like in Medieval times - finding about dress, food, social mores and how surgeons dealt with injuries and all things military. They will be following up and reflecting on their experiences in next week’s lesson, and how it links to their final project.

    It has been a week of athletic endeavour and success. Having reached the finals of the RBWM Athletics Championships we were delighted that our Year 7 and Year 8 combined team finished in second place from over 10 school teams across the Borough. In addition five Year 7s  were selected to represent RBWM at the Berkshire County Athletics Championships and we came away with two silvers and two 5th places. It is such a testament to the quality of teaching and coaching that we squeeze so much achievement from our youngsters.

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  • Mr Bevis' Words Summer 9

    Published 23/06/17, by Paul Bevis

    A week of efforts rewarded, responsibilities confirmed and creativity and boldness shining through...

    A great week .........

    Eight senior girls were selected to represent London West at the National ISA Athletics Championships and we returned with 14 individual and relay medals, including 8 golds. Athletics success was also forthcoming in the local RBWM Knight Frank League. This year we entered two teams into the Y7&8 competitions to enable all girls who attended after school athletics club to enjoy the experience of competition.  Not even schools with over 200 girls in a year group entered two teams, and this just typifies our commitment to participation and excellence.  The Y7&8 team qualified through to the finals even though our top athletes were competing in the  ISA National Finals on the same day.

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  • Mr Bevis' Words Summer 8

    Published 16/06/17, by Paul Bevis

    Achievement - a triumph at the regional athletics and beyond, senior prefects announced and Year 10 see Sixth Form life.

    School summer terms are often focussed on achievement  - end of year exams, GCSEs, athletics competitions, academic awards......... et al. With exam grade cards coming home on Friday it seemed an opportune time to reflect in assembly on the nature of achievement. We considered was it about winning, gaining an exam grade, or reaching the top? Whilst it was clear that that could represent an achievement it may not. Similarly with the some of the more bizarre ‘world records’ in the famous Guinness Book - for example was having the longest fingernails really an achievement! After analysing most of the dictionary definitions we concluded that it had to involve effort, striving, determination as the means to succeeding or reaching an objective.

    So when your daughter brings home that grade card (limited to exam outcomes only) please focus on how they have tried and strived rather than just grade outcomes.

    It was a delight however to announce that we had an amazing set of results at the London West ISA Athletics where both Senior Girls and Junior Girls won their sections and we were therefore overall winners against 27 other schools. We were so proud that all that effort and striving after school has lead to such a fantastic outcome. On top of that we achieved two 1sts  and a 3rd place at the Berkshire County Athletics, with both of our winners gaining the qualification for English School Athletic Association Track & Field Championships - the blue ribbon event or school athletes. Our two stars are Robyn Watkins, competing in the Under 17 800m and Rachel Okoro in the Under 15 Long Jump (whilst only an Under 14. The Championships take place 6/7 July at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

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