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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Mr Bevis' Words Summer 11

We sang, we rocked we conqured, we seek adventure and we celebrate our competitive spirit. 

A colleague who has been with Claires Court for many a year said to me.... “I have been attending shows at Claires Court for more than 30 years and this is the best I have ever seen”. I have only been here for six years so my opinion lacks the gravitas of history but I could not have agreed more. The “We will Rock You” theatre experience was an exuberant celebration of the enthusiasm and passion young people bring to performance when they are engaged, trusted and trained.

We began with a two course dinner that was creatively planned, skilfully prepared and confidently served by our Year 10 GCSE Food group and members of Year 7 & 8 Food Club. Our Dining Room was transformed into an elegant salon with bright pink beautifully offset by brilliant white crockery and chair covers - all provided with a generous donation from our PTA. I think our pupils could see that good food well served is a real skill and those who provide that experience should be accorded the true status that it deserves.

And then on to the show.... wow!! “We will rock you” foretells a dystopian future when music is constructed and packaged, drained of character and energy (the future - hmmm think it might be here.....). The fight back by the rebellious young, searching for the rawness of true rock gave a perfect backdrop for our actors and singers to strut their stuff, to give many prickles on the back of the neck and get our toes tapping to those Queen numbers that we all know. Voices soared above the bass pumping, guitar wailing live band, some beautifully timed acting drew out comedic asides, and our lead actors had immense stage presence... and they are only in Year 9.....Year 8... Year 7 - really? I cannot tell how proud we are of their achievements, and they have set the bar high for next year.

Monday night we get the opportunity to celebrate another vital part of what offers - and that is our Sports Award Dinner. Staging this occasion late in the year allows us to include all of our sports - hockey, netball, athletics, swimming, tennis, x-country and of course horse riding. To honour those that have striven, or succeeded or have been those essential team stalwarts is so important. It sets the scene for the future.

Next Friday we finish for the summer and your daughter will bring home her report that provides you with feedback on her work and progress through this term and year. We have already analysed both the data and the teacher comments and we have on our radar any that are failing to meet expectations, for whatever reason. This will be picked up when pupils return in September and a plans of action will be in place.

Ok so next we jump off a cliff into Activity Week. I can see the whole range of challenging, and creative work that Years 7-10 will be engaging in. Stream clearing, camping, bushcraft, army team building, circus skills, river challenges, rowing.............. I hope to see many of theses myself whilst enjoying an overnight sojourn with Year 10. We finish with a barbecue at the Phoenix Sports Ground and we would love to see as many of you there as possible. I am attending until about 1.15 when I shall then be rushing back up to attend the Junior Girls Prize giving.

Have a fabulous weekend

Life is an adventure, it's not a package tour.
Eckhart Tolle

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