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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Mrs Kirby's Weekly Words Week 10

Our family of learners are all different, and it allows our school to be the vibrant inclusive environment that it is. Our differences, our unique skills and talents are to be celebrated and encouraged so that self-esteem blossoms and with it grows our understanding, our tolerance, acceptance and from it a true community develops. We can then polish our strengths and encourage humility, we will work hard at our weaknesses and can create the opportunity for us all to have or make an impact with our actions, kindness and decision-making.

It was therefore just heartwarming to see the breath of accomplishments recognised across the school this week. Mr Goddard, our inspirational art teacher (sportsman and talented musician) held two assemblies to promote everyone’s ability to be an artist. He has throughout the term been encouraging the Upper Juniors to explore different mediums within a ‘Realism’ House Competition. Enthusiastic water colours, sculptures, photography, cartoon styles were applauded and discussed. Jake’s 6B winning entry also allowed us to interpret Year 6’s journey in the Junior School and the leap they will soon make to their next stage as they continue to grow as firstly people and as learners. Well done to all who participated and especially to those whose work was displayed.

On Tuesday morning we had the pleasure of the Lower Junior swimming Gala. What a treat it was to see the youngest children in the school demonstrate their water confidence and swimming technique in a range of different races that concluded with the house relay. They did a wonderful job and were so well-supported by spectating parents and our Year 6 House Captains. Well done to Miss Hudson for organising the event, and thanks to the team of staff that supported the girls in the pool. They were amazing!

Music on the Lawn, also on Tuesday, gave us the opportunity to see our Junior girls and boy choirs, plus a selection of solo singers demonstrate their confidence and progress throughout this year. They performed songs from a variety of different genres, and I was blown away by their confidence. 

Wednesday brought plenty of noisy drum rolls in the above assembly but in Modern Foreign Languages this term the pupils have been exploring Japanese culture. Our termly approach to learning and discovery in this curriculum area has been a great addition to our offer. Taiko drumming and junk percussion workshops produced a fittingly great rhythm, were definitely a striking success and were ‘bang on’ in enthusing the pupils.

Whilst this concert was being prepared Year 3’s Forest School campfire smoke drifted across the horizon whilst the energy and howzat shrieks echoed from Year 4 on our amazing sports fields as they commenced the week's House Cricket in competitive fashion. Year 6 on Wednesday enjoyed our traditional ‘Caribbean’ themed House matches. Year 3 and 5 played their events towards the later part of the week. Sportsmanship and rivalry can go hand in hand and our boys know when it is time to encourage others, be determined, resilient and do their best.

Reception children also visited Copas Farm and were encouraged to think about how fruit and vegetables are grown. By the look of them on their return quite a few had really enjoyed the tasting! Throughout the week our Year 6 boys have been very animated about reading their own stories to them next week. Seeing our school leaders take the time to write, edit and improve their stories as well as relax with the most impressionable and  youngest  pupils is incredible to witness and a huge benefit to all our well-being.

As this is my last bulletin of the term, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Summer holiday!

Mrs Kirby

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