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Mr Richards' Weekly Words

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

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 5

    Published 22/05/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians 

    Crikey, it's been hot. But I am not moaning, long may the sunshine continue into June.

    While we are set to open our school gates on Monday 1 June for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, along with children of key workers, we have also been working on our plans to reintegrate our Year 10 pupils and Year 12 students back to school at a date yet to be confirmed in June. These examination groups have crucial academic responsibilities and we want to ensure we are providing them with every opportunity to excel.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 4

    Published 15/05/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    I hope you have had a safe and healthy week as we move slowly towards the ‘half term’ break next Friday.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 3

    Published 07/05/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    It is a big weekend coming up!

    Everyone is waiting to see what Boris Johnson says on Sunday evening when he announces his plans for the next set of proposals to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Whatever direction the government chooses, we at Claires Court are ready with strategies to continue distance learning where appropriate and to open the School for our families as soon as we are allowed to do so.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 2

    Published 01/05/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    I hope you are well and a huge thank you to all of you who have contacted me this week with feedback on your experiences of becoming a temporary support teacher while juggling so many other plates at the same time. Feedback is how we can continue to improve and develop our academic and wellbeing programme. We are sharing a short questionnaire which we ask you to complete here  - we value your opinions and this will help us in our thinking to deliver the best educational experience possible.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 1

    Published 24/04/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear parents and guardians - welcome to our first bulletin of the term

    I hope the start of term has been as smooth as can be expected during these troubled times. Herein we have words from the Heads of each division sharing their experiences of the first few days of pupil learning, and I will let you enjoy their stories in the Friday evening sunshine. We also have some reminders of what is coming up in the various challenges that have been set.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 11

    Published 27/03/20, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Well done everyone. A week where we have all been exposed to a new way of learning, delivering, supporting and working. Young and old have all experienced highs and lows, no doubt laughing, connecting, smiling and probably, on occasion, howling with frustration. The Richards household comprises a very conventional two adults and two older children but no dog (yet!)  and we all go in various ways to four different education establishments. Four conference calls, four ways of remote learning; it has been fascinating especially when we are all talking but not to each other. I still have not acquired an appreciation of rap music though! What I do know is that we are all providing the best, have made the most of a very demanding situation and are developing what we are doing.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 10

    Published 20/03/20, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Unprecedented, unusual and unsettling times for young and old. What has been remarkable though and something to cherish and be proud of has been the positive outlook as well as the desire of us all. The work ethic of those in school and the palpable disappointment of those having to self-isolate and being unable to assist has been absolutely stunning. My colleagues this week have prepared lessons, supported those unable to attend school and planned for unknown eventualities with a steely ‘all in it together’ effort. Thank you all so much. We have really appreciated the countless messages of support from you as the parents. Hopefully as we break up into our smaller pods, as directed from on high, we can remember the strength of the Claires Court family and rely upon each other. I know many of you have already thought about those in our communities not as fortunate.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 9

    Published 13/03/20, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Wow and I thought last week was busy! Competition, teamwork, culinary delights, positive approaches and winning are some of the themes that have emerged this week. Monday saw the whole school cooperate to host a fantastic ISA Regional tournament. The logistical triumph and sporting success was organised by Mr Barber and countless colleagues. Pleasingly, the boys responded with the U11 A’s reaching the cup semi-finals and have now progressed to the National Finals in May at the FA Centre of Excellence. Quite an achievement and a tremendous reward to a good term’s endeavours. A special mention should go to the B team as well who competed with energy, effort and enterprise, playing A teams throughout.


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    Published 06/03/20, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    I am often asked what words would you use to describe Junior Boys. Happy, inspiring, lively, kind, family are some that spring to mind. Another is certainly ‘busy’ and this chimed with me this week as we looked forward to planning next term and beyond as well as making sure that this week and the rapidly disappearing half term proceeds seamlessly.

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    Published 28/02/20, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Our house poetry performances were very rewarding before half term. It was fantastic to see the quality and range of offerings across the year groups. The final’s three way tie was a fitting way to share the spoils and coloured discs. Well done to Mrs Vine, our judges and all the boys. We did however run out of time to award the fantastic array of merits and masters of multiplication certificates afterwards. The topic of reward and awards then followed me through the break as I prepped for our changing assembly theme. This half term we will be considering the word ‘reward’ rather than ‘risk’.

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    Published 14/02/20, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    What a fantastic place to be! Junior Boys is just such an industrious, enjoyable environment to be in. No sooner have I have submitted my words for the previous week than I already have an abundance of wonderful, inspiring opportunities that colleagues have provided for the boys to participate in and for their imaginations to run wild over.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 5

    Published 07/02/20, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Parents at our recent Open Day were astounded by the extra curricular offer at our school. There are 52 activities on offer throughout the week, before and after school, allowing a wide variety of talents and skills to flourish, or just be explored for the first time. The knock on benefits to everyone are countless; with relationships being developed outside of academia and self esteem exploding through the roof. Of course it could lead to life-long passions or just a great opportunity to relax and have fun with equally like minded people.


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