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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 Richards' Words Week 3

    Published 25/09/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Opportunity has become a buzz word this week at Junior Boys. It has certainly been exciting to see in all areas of our curriculum that the boys and adults are adapting well to the changes, as well as thinking of ways to enrich what we do and being oh so flexible. We have embraced the challenge, and a  ‘we can do it’ attitude.

    One change at the start of each day has seen a slight alteration to the arrival process but the refreshing and cheery meet and greet still allows the boys to be dropped off efficiently, with reassurance, good hygiene and even time for a pupil-parental hug, or not! As the weather turns we will not be using the grass entrance to the temporary hand basins but we are already planning permanent replacements to be stationed under the Mezzanine walkway. 

    Pupils developing their independence bouncing into school has been a joy to see but has limited the odd conversation. Pleasingly our pastoral phone calls were used by many to keep the dialogue channels open. If you do need a quick catch up please do email the School Office or teachers to request a mutually convenient catch up, or you can pass on messages to the senior leadership team or the nurses at the gate. One topic from the calls that was raised was an adult yearning for books and less Google Classroom. Google Classroom has certainly proved to be a useful tool and benefit for many reasons. Please be reassured that teachers are still utilising all their skills to engage, hook, stimulate, encourage, provide challenge, feedback and build relationships within lessons. Watch out for the house handwriting competition that will allow us to develop fine motor skills, consider presentation and technique. I wonder if there should be a staff section as well?

    Handwriting will be developed in form time whilst social skills and manners are often forged at lunch time. It has also presented an opportunity for some to be creative with dinosaur or regular and irregular shaped mathematical sandwiches plus other culinary delights. Thank you for remembering to adhere to the absolutely no nuts edict. My colleagues are also pleased that the assorted packed lunch boxes have also contained many healthy diet choices. Mrs Carter has also recently reminded us about the healthy eating Wweek next week. I am just pleased that my post lockdown return to refereeing fitness drive shed five kg and the banana suit will now fit more comfortably!

    Reception this week got ahead of the game and had a wonderful soup tasting, making and hands on learning experience. A little too much pepper for my palette but great fun. There were quite a few birthday cakes this week too. Please do send in purchased and sealed nut free edibles for the class to celebrate if you wish, plus possibly one extra…

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  • Mr Richards' Words 2

    Published 18/09/20, by Nicola Robinson

    This week has flown by and the good weather has certainly been appreciated at break time if the shrieks and excited animation is a reliable barometer. I was also somewhat a worryingly easy target for Reception during their playtime tag. I think I need a few weeks on the SAQ ladders that the boys are quick stepping through in PE. 

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  • Mr Richard Words Autumn 1

    Published 11/09/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Calmness, laughter, apprehension, inquisitiveness, relationships, excitement, smiles, communication, opportunity, understanding, routine and thriving are all words that I have witnessed this week at Junior Boys. I would like to thank the boys for their wonderful approach to the return to school and praise my colleagues for the positive atmosphere they continuously model. A quick mention also to colleagues in supporting capacities who do so much unseen work to make our environment efficient, clean, kind and helpful.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 11

    Published 10/07/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    To close our final bulletin of the academic year, your children’s Headteacher has shared many words of wisdom, some lovely memories, and even the odd video! Please take some time to read them, and to also reflect on your child's final report of the year.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 10

    Published 03/07/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    A shorter set of words from me this week, despite my beloved Liverpool FC winning the Premier League title (had to mention this somewhere!).

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 9

    Published 26/06/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    Another week comes to a close, but one where we have welcomed our Junior pupils back for the last three weeks of term. Both pupils and staff have happy stories to tell and wide smiles... as I am sure many parents do too!

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 8

    Published 19/06/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    It has been a bit of an unusual week.

    Strange weather, an eerie return to premier league football, mysterious technology U-turns on track and trace analysis, curious rumblings from sports governing bodies referencing coaching strategies at grass roots level for children, and confusion emanating from the Department for Education….. Year 8 can come back to school if they are in a prep/middle school, but not if they are in a senior school? I understand the reasons why, Year 8 being the equivalent to Year 6 in these schools in that it is their final year, but it does not make it any easier for our parents who are in their second term as teachers trying to balance their child's curriculum content, their own work, and teenagers who want to see their friends.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 7

    Published 12/06/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians 

    I start this week's newsletter with the headline news that Mrs Margaret Heywood, Head of Senior Girls has announced her retirement at the end of this summer term. Known as Maggie in school and the wider professional and sporting community, Maggie joined Claires Court back in 1984. During her incredible career with us, she has led the PE department with great distinction, served as Deputy Head Pastoral under Paul Bevis and stepped up to headship in 2017. Her husband Peter and she chose Claires Court for their children, and both Jessica and Lara have returned as employees in recent years. As these two daughters are currently on maternity leave, and Maggie has her grandson Fox and family living with her during #lockdown as well, she has chosen now to adjust her priorities accordingly. The Principals will plan formal thanks and presentations later in the year, when we are all ‘back-in’; in the meantime, Mrs Heywood wishes everyone to treat school as ‘business as usual’, and as you can read below, Senior Girls has a very good deal going on, including of course reopening for business on Monday for Year 10.

    The Principals are delighted to announce that her Deputy, Steve Richards has been appointed as her successor, already a well known face to the girls as their Deputy Head Operations. 

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 6

    Published 05/06/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians 

    What a wonderful feeling it has been to welcome some pupils and parents back into school. I have been lucky enough to be based at Junior Boys this week where around 100 boys and girls from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, and children of our Key Worker parents have been enjoying the ‘actual’ school rather than the ‘virtual’ school. Moonlighting in my other role as a Junior Boys car park attendant, it has been a privilege to be part of the process of safely bringing our boys and girls into school.

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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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