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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Mrs Kirby's Summer - Week 9

The last week has created a wonderful feeling of connected togetherness. Sports Days on both sites; including the first ever two-year-old ‘sprint races!’ in our Nursery School. Combined with the races, throws and jumps by all the Junior Girls and Boys these were magical moments to treasure as a competitor, parent and educator. Achievements and effort were enthusiastically celebrated alongside plenty of good competitiveness and fun. The boys event was won by Windsor (blue).

Saturday saw the return of the Junior PTA Summer Fete. Our newly combined committee created a terrific occasion where year groups stalls, colleagues, Senior Schools pupils and a fabulously wide range of other vendors and activities encouraged abundant opportunities to spend or just take a scenic train ride! Well done to the raffle winners and thank you to everyone who donated to the amazing pool of prizes.  My personal favourite was the Cadet Forces hide and seek variation of a traditional fairground game. 

On Tuesday we hosted Lea Nursery School, Slough who visited our Forest School. It is just great to extend our offer to other schools who might not necessarily have the chances our children do. Ms Stay, our ex-colleague and their Head teacher, was just thrilled that we were able to inspire the youngest of children in the great outdoors. 

On Wednesday Burchetts Green Infants held their Sports Day at Junior Boys and thoroughly enjoyed our amazing site and I know our Year 6 boys made a great impression with their helpfulness. They also appreciated the opportunity to see some of their old teachers as they were old boys of BGIS.

We also sent various year groups off site this week. Year 6 all benefited from a great learning experience at the Design Museum where they investigated creating football shirts and stadiums design as well discovering the cost and pricing of various items.

Towards the end of the week Year 5 boys cricket and Year 4, 5 & 6 girls tourists had an incredible time away on Thursday and Friday. Thank you to Mr Thompson who used his connections as an ex professional cricketer for Hampshire to create a brilliant sporting trip. Those that stayed behind also developed their wider thinking with an off timetable activity programme with sporting challenges, Dragons Den competition, as well as rocket design and launching and further environmental studies.

Our Lower Juniors were able to take centre stage on Thursday afternoon, and they entertained us all with a tremendous concert on the lawn at Junior Boys. Well they should have, but the rain showers scuppered that plan. Nonetheless, the team pulled together and quickly recreated the event within the Sports Hall.  Regardless of the setting, their enthusiastic singing and plenty of talent helped us all come together to toast their successful year. I was very sad to miss the excitement, but I have heard how wonderful it was!

It was also pleasing to see our sites being used to help the older aged pupils with their immunisation programme, sports dinner and host a First Aid course for colleagues to keep everyone safe and sound across all our sites.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Leanne Kirby

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