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Head's Words Summer Term Week 4

I still find it amazing how a bit of sunshine can have such a dramatic affect on everyone’s outlook!! This has been a wonderful week at school, some may argue this is mainly because it has only been four days long! Our staff have taken every opportunity to bring their curriculum to the outdoors and our boys have relished learning in such a practical and ‘hands on’ environment.

I am going to slightly alter my Head’s Words from now on and allow some of my staff the opportunity to inform you of success in their specialist areas. You will be reading not just my observations, but also those of Mr Butterfield our Head of Sport, Mr Hogg who leads our Chess teams, and possibly a few more!

Right! Very well done to Alistair Jesseman, Edward Verstringhe, Dylan Chaddha and Jack Mundy who together showed a great deal of nerve and resilience as they competed against other schools last Saturday, at the ThinkTank Olympic Tournament. The competition was very tough but they scored enough points to become joint 5th and must be congratulated for their positive sportsmanship qualities.

In assembly this morning I was able to congratulate our many scholarship winners from Year 6 who are already setting their sights on our Senior Boys school and other local schools. Indeed, all of our Year 6 boys are a superb set of pupils and I addressed them after assembly today to just ensure that they were looking forward to this, their last term at Junior Boys - they certainly are it would seem.

In the picture gallery you will see some lovely work from Anthony Chan in Year 1 and Josh Sharma in Year 2. There are also some great snaps of our school in action over the past four days.

I will be addressing the issues relating to pupil assessment in my next set of words. In a week where ten’s of thousands of pupils have not attended mainstream testing due to inappropriate and in some cases irrelevant pitching of material and questions, I hope to shed some more light to you on how we are tracking your son’s progress at Claires Court. You will also be receiving more detailed information on our Pupil Problem Solving week at the end of May.

I am pleased to inform you again that Mrs Payne continues to baffle science and make good progress in hospital. My staff who have visited her this week are marvelling at her complete disregard of the ailments she has! Long may this continue.

I hope you enjoy the sunshine and have lovely weekend.

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