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Weekly Words from Mrs Heywood

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mrs Heywood of the week gone by.  Read below recent messages from the Head's desk and previous word's from former Head Mr Bevis.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 12

    Published 07/12/17, by Margaret Heywood

    Here we are in the final couple of weeks of the Christmas Term, always a very busy term with lots still going on...

    The Berkshire County Tennis Award was presented to Claires Court School at the Berkshire LTA Annual General Meeting this week. Miss Cox was delighted to receive the trophy on behalf of the school and we congratulate all our extremely talented tennis players for their dedication and continual love of the sport.

    The Performers Platform last week was an absolute success, guaranteeing our philosophy of keeping the creative and performing arts as an essential part of the life of our community. It was a marvellous celebration of superb musicianship, faultless performances with lively energy and showmanship throughout the evening. The young talent that is now coming through the school is extraordinary and my thanks to our peripatetic music teachers and to our Head of Music, Daniel Gravett and Head of Drama, Kate Warren.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 11

    Published 30/11/17, by Margaret Heywood

    Congratulations to our Year 11 drama pupils who performed their devised pieces, experimenting with Brechts and Artauds theories and using physical theatre as expressionism. Some very accomplished performances showing the darker and more mysterious way of presenting theatrical devised pieces. 

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 10

    Published 23/11/17, by Margaret Heywood

    For those of you who went to the show it was “Unforgettable” and a great opportunity to feature a diverse talent pool and showcase artistic mediums such as singing, dancing and our very own master of ceremonies Tom May. 

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 9

    Published 17/11/17, by Margaret Heywood

     A week of kindness, conferences and competition.......

    On World Kindness Day on Monday we reminded the girls of the benefits of kindness in school and that the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pass it on”.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 8

    Published 10/11/17, by Admin

    The half term break has flown past for many of the Senior Girls who have crammed a huge amount of learning and activity into each day. They have ventured to many countries with too many highlights to list them all here. I should,  however, like to give a huge vote of thanks to all of my colleagues for leading and accompanying our youngsters and enabling them to have so many wonderful experiences.

    This has been a week when we have been reflecting on how we can ensure that we support, rather than hinder, each other and the importance of the way that we speak to and treat each other. So the assembly this week was on ‘Kindness’ and next week running alongside our Anti Bullying Week we are celebrating a week of kindness acts within the school. Kindness is a virtue that Claires Court holds very dear and not only is it the ethos of a happy school society but it is one of the best ways to achieve individual well-being too. As Dr O’Grady, an expert in neuroscience and education, reports: “Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it”.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 7

    Published 20/10/17, by Admin

    A huge thank you to all who helped and attended the ‘Fireworks & Halloween Spectacular’ at the weekend. An extremely well attended and successful evening was had by all and a double thank you to the Girls PTA team, who ran a Nearly New Uniform sale on what was the coldest day of the year so far, taking over £500.

    Special thanks also to Year 10 girls and boys who pulled together as a year group to support the event. The girls and boys spent time in their tutor groups planning their stalls and how they would run. Senior Girls ran three stalls and raised £213 and the best stall 10B, created homemade tasty toffee and chocolate covered apples which sold out quickly.  Senior Boys ran seven stalls and raised £316 and they seemed to hit the target with the shooting stall raising the most funds.  

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 6

    Published 13/10/17, by Admin

    It was a great to celebrate the Art Department's achievements in assembly on Monday. The school won many of the categories at the recent ISA London West Regional round and got places across all of the year groups. In the Key Stage 3 category Elicia Mercer G9 was awarded 2nd place for her ‘Patterned Elephant’, Holly Catton G9 was awarded a 1st place for her drawing’ of a Gas Mask and former pupil Corinne Mankoo G12 1st place for her Family History.   

    We had a great number of parents and their daughters attend our Open Afternoon on Thursday, a rare opportunity to see the Senior Girls in action and a chance for pupils to speak about their impressions of the school with the guests, Senior Staff and the Head Girl team. Thank you also to our enthusiastic tour guides for the afternoon.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 5

    Published 06/10/17, by Kim Davies

    Last Saturday as part of their GCSE course Year 10 & 11 pupils watched Francis Durbridge’s ‘House Guest’ at the Theatre Royal.  As true mystery thriller with suspense and a dramatic and unexpected conclusion, it gave the girls inspiration for their own devised pieces.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 4

    Published 29/09/17, by Admin

    It has been an exhilarating and enriching first four weeks of term. As I write this I can see the Year 8s arriving back from their residential trip to Osmington Bay hastily exiting the coaches, exhausted and excitedly informing their parents of memorable experiences. This happy sight makes the huge effort of all involved worthwhile and I thank them for their hard and exhausting work.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 3

    Published 22/09/17, by Admin

    This week we were delighted to hold our annual Speech Day and Prize Giving Ceremony where over nine hundred pupils and invitees attended this prestigious event. The afternoon featured a lively Russian Melody performed by our school ensemble and a moving contemporary performance from Cassie Halpin and Josh Morgan. The school was also pleased to welcome back former pupil, Lord James O’Shaughnessy as guest speaker who presented pupils with their awards highlighting the many successes of the past academic year.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 2

    Published 15/09/17, by Admin

    It has been another busy week as we settle down to the routine of the school day. One thing to report with some pleasure this week was the brilliant way in which our Year 10s took on the challenge of their final assessed expedition over the weekend for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. It was great to see them working with previous familiar peers, getting to grips with relating map to ground, putting up a tent and cooking a meal from scratch and coping with the difficult weather conditions. I witnessed first hand their happy faces as they walked through Cookham Moor and saw the huge benefit that young people gain from their involvement in such a diverse scheme.

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  • Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 1

    Published 08/09/17, by Admin

    Welcome back after what I hope has been a very enjoyable summer holiday.

    A particular warm welcome to our new starters to the school, pupils, parents and staff and I ask our girls and parents to give them the characteristic friendly welcome that we at Claires Court pride ourselves on and support them as they get used to a new school and an unfamiliar environment. As one of the oldest serving members of staff here, I can honestly say that this is the friendliest, most welcoming school I have ever had the pleasure of working in, and I am proud to be Head Teacher of the Senior Girls. It has been wonderful to see over the last three days the school bursting with life and energy again. The cardboard boxes have been emptied, painters ladders removed and computers restored (well nearly).

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