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Mr Spanswick's Words Lent 11

Well, it’s been a fairly standard week at school. Nothing much occurring...except that we were treated to arguably the most engaging, humbling and emotional performance on Tuesday evening, from our Year 5 and 6 boys and girls, along with several Year 4 musicians.  I am still waking in the morning to hear the song ‘Bring him home’ from Les Miserables in my head. Mr Rowan and Mrs Stevenson should be so proud of their boys and girls. And actually, I should mention our outstanding Reception boys who travelled to Bucklebury Farm on Wednesday to experience ‘real outdoor life’ - their behaviour was impeccable.

I should also mention our Fancy Dress Sponsored Walk yesterday where your sons showed such energy and drive to complete a number of laps of our (rather big!) new field. Thousands of pounds have already been raised, and we are hoping that the sponsorship money that will come in from their endeavours will bring even more resources to The Link Foundation and Rosie’s Rainbow.

In fact, our Pre-Prep department all had their cake sales this week and they were fantastic, with our Reception boys and families giving so much of their time to prepare the boys for this wonderful event. Thank you for all of your efforts. Actually, I could also venture that our under 11A Football squad enjoyed considerable success winning the Dair House Football Tournament on Wednesday for only the second time ever, beating teams like Caldicott, Crown House and Long Close along the way... and not conceding a goal all day.

And while I am on the topic of success, I have seen boys from Year 3 and 4 this week showing me their work - work of outstanding quality, of evidence of considerable learning and understanding of topics. Watching our Year 5 boys prepare for their Books and Bushcraft festival tonight, I can see why the boys are so engaged in their work.

Early this morning I waved off our Under 11 footballers who were Leicester bound to play in the National Independent Schools finals. Rather than giving them an empowered speech of ‘Once more unto the breach’ variety, I simply read them a letter that the school received yesterday from Theresa May, congratulating them on reaching the finals and wishing them all the best for today’s finals.

Yes, a pretty standard week at Claires Court! Enough from me, our picture gallery will tell its own story. I wish you all a lovely weekend and if I do not catch up with you all beforehand, an enjoyable Easter break.

Justin Spanswick

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