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Claires Court Maidenhead

from Nursery to Sixth Form

Mr Richards' Words Lent 4

The future is always an exciting topic of conversation and is frequently on the minds of adults in our community. The boys on the other hand for the large part are blissfully unaware of the enormity of the concept. I would certainly like the above status quo to stay this way. Our boys should be able to achieve without anxiety, try new skills, take chances, make mistakes and just enjoy their school days. Our curriculum, the wide ranging activity programme and co-curricular pillars of art, chess, drama, music, public speaking and sport give our charges the widest variety of experiences. Here they learn skills, develop lots of talents, are successful and gain much self-esteem along the way.

I was delighted to hear the same messages being delivered at the Senior Boys Scholarships on Friday and Saturday. All in Year 6 are bravely taking steps towards securing their future with school interviews, assessment days or Open Day visits realizing that their pathway might be changing as they grow up. I have been reassured by their positive spirit and have a go attitude. I certainly believe you can pick out a CCJB boy by his well rounded, pleasant unassuming character.

Many Year 5 parents attended our Future Schools evening and I have recently taken round a very healthy number of prospective parents on tour. Our busy Open Morning also enabled others who are considering the future of their sons to see our vibrant community. Our guides were highly commended for their honesty, politeness and unpretentious confidence. Well done boys.

Continuing our visits into school life Mrs Carter and Mr Barber write that Year 3 have had a busy few weeks. Tackling fabulous fractions in maths, studying non-fiction books and creating their own brilliant booklets about British Wildlife in English and investigating marvellous magnets and forces in Science.

Gymnastics is the current topic in PE with an emphasis on balance and movement in an attempt to develop coordination and confidence outside, their enthusiasm for football is undiminished by the cold snap. The whole year group are working superbly in all areas which include teamwork, sportsmanship and respect.

We joined with Junior Girls to attend GLive Children's Concert in Guildford where they were treated to an orchestra, a magic show, and listened to a musical story joining with over 1000 other school children in a finale of 'It's an Ark'. They had a marvellous time, hopefully inspiring them to take up an instrument in the future.

Have a super snowy weekend.

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