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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Mr Spanswick's Words Lent 1

Happy New Year!!

I hope you were all able to to enjoy a peaceful Christmas break, and seeing the boys tearing around the playground yesterday, it would seem they have had a very good rest and have lots of energy to burn!

The Lent Term, while being the shortest of the three, is often considered to be the busiest. We have so much to look forward to including workshares, joint music concerts and musical visits to London, football matches and cross country events, Sevens rugby festivals, sports tours to the West Country, books and bushcraft evenings, French breakfasts, regional and national chess tournaments, our charity week, visits to the Living Rainforest, the Roald Dahl Museum, the National Archives…….I could go on!! All in all, lots of fun and hard work to be getting on with!

Our events starting next week include Parents Teacher Evenings and a Year 5 talk regarding onward secondary schooling, along with activities starting and late buses. Please have a good look at the calendar for the term to make sure that no dates slip through the net.

You may have seen on the front page of the Maidenhead Advertiser a glimpse of the exciting plans for our new school development, and I discussed this briefly with your sons in assembly this morning. We have also made some New Year’s resolutions - although several Year 6 boys have since disclosed that they have already broken them!

A separate email should have reached parents of boys in Year 3,4,5 and 6 today from Mr Butterfield and I regarding some of the sporting arrangements for this term, and I hope that this gives you a chance to put important dates into the calendar. We always encourage our parents to come and watch sporting fixtures, especially the football matches and we hope to see many of you cheering on the boys from the sidelines.

Mr Barber has introduced a new scheme for our boys to aspire to…who will make the sports department's team of the week?! Every week in the bulletin you will see the players (in appropriate attacking and defensive formation, of course!) who have excelled in their matches and practice sessions, and who the staff believe have earned the right to be in the top team. Lots of fun, especially for the boys!

Thank you to everyone who has had to endure a rather ‘slow’ pick up of the boys at the end of the school day yesterday and today. With no grass to work with and no activities to stagger the traffic, it is a very busy time. The Friday evening stagger (where you can pick up your children as late as 4.30pm on this day) is still very much in use, and I hope many of you are able to use this facility to ease the congestion in the car parks.

Well, onto the rest of the term, I hope to see you all at one of our events or simply in the playground very soon.

Have a super weekend.

Justin Spanswick


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