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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Head's Words Lent Term Week 10

Well the Chancellor of the Exchequer might have concerns about GB prosperity, competitiveness and entrepreneurial zeal but all is in fine fettle at Claires Court.

The Independent Schools Association recently launched an Enterprise Week, asking schools what they were doing to encourage entrepreneurship. Well, we were proud to tell them that at Claires Court Girls and Sixth Form we do - Y8 Dragons Den Day, Y9 Tenner Challenge, Y9 Lexmark Breaking Glass Ceiling, Y10 Jaguar Marketing Challenge, Y12 Young Enterprise and soon to be announced our link with Adobe in their Girls into Technology initiative. All in all a pretty impressive commitment I thought, and I was even more impressed when our of our Tenner Challenge groups  managed to make £105 in a day for an expenditure of £9.75 - who knew candles would be so popular! Alongside that we had the cleanest cars in any staff car park in Maidenhead, so great effort Year 9.

Huge congratulations to Amna Khan in Year 11 who has received an invitation to spend a week on a work placement during the summer at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford in the neutron accelerator design division. Year 7s have also been busy in science all week with visits to the Rutherford- Appleton laboratory and the Big Bang Science Fair. Mrs O’Clee (Head of Maths and self confessed spreadsheet geek) surprised senior girls in her assembly by showing them that every selfie they take is in reality a spreadsheet, before going on to hand out Rock Star Times Tables and World Maths Challenge certificates. So STEM in very rude health at Claires Court.

At that assembly it was with huge huge pleasure and no little pride that I presented Shannon, current member of the Sixth Form, and a senior prefect from last year, with a Certificate of Commendation from the Commander of the Thames Valley Police for her coolness under pressure and bravery. She had already received her certificate at a Civic Ceremony in January but I thought it was only right that the rest of or school community should be aware of how well she carried out her duty as a citizen. Well done Shannon.

Senior Girls NetballSo cannot keep sport out of the headlines at the moment. On Monday the Under 12 (Year 7) were runners up in the ISA U12 Hockey Championships... although they were surpassed by the Under 11s who won their competition!! Following that on Wednesday the Under 13 (Year 7 & 8) netball team achieved a fantastic 3rd place in the ISA National Championships. Well done girls - our sporting future looks very rosy.

So looking forward - next week I shall be attending the Year 12 Drama presentation at Norden Farm, our Under 15s will be battling at the County Hockey Championships. Now and what else? Oh yes - the Easter holidays!

We finish at 12.15noon on Wednesday, and please note that there are no activities next week.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your family time together over the Easter holiday.

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